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Education, security, management found wanting HUNDREDS of young offenders at state-funded youth care centres in the province face a bleak future as the state offers them education only up to Grade 7. Those in privately controlled institutions are educated up to Grade 12. These details are contained in a report tabled by the portfolio committee on social development at the Bhisho legislature last week, after conducting oversight visits to child …


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THOUSANDS of Eastern Cape pupils were still without textbooks at the end of January – and even now, as the second term starts, there are some whose books are outstanding. Members of the provincial portfolio committee on education made the revelation yesterday after visits to the 23 education districts in the Eastern Cape. Lady Frere was found to be worst affected in the province. Not one of its 175 public …


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THE DA in the Eastern Cape legislature wants the cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) MEC Fikile Xasa to get involved in speeding up the resolution of Buffalo City Metro (BCM) suspensions which are costing the taxpayer R1.2-million. But the MEC says he has already been involved in the process leading to the municipal manager’s suspension, a requirement in terms of the legislation. He would not get involved in operational …


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THE South African Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) has called for a probe into the Mayibuye Transport Corporation and the details around the awarding of a multimillion-rand bus tender to an unknown company. Satawu deputy general secretary Nicholas Maziya said the awarding of the tender to a firm which was “obviously” unable to deliver, concerned the union. “We call for a probe into how this … contract was awarded. …


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THE vast majority of pupils in the Eastern Cape benefit from the no-fees schools programme, with 81% not paying fees in 2013. This is well above the national average of 62.4%. The Eastern Cape has the second-highest number of pupils not paying school fees, after Limpopo at 91%. This was revealed in Statistics South Africa’s latest report, titled “Education series II: Focus on schooling in Eastern Cape”. Despite the no-fees …


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