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Lack of water shuts school on first day Pupils sent home, others wait anxiously for places
ay one of the school year got off to a bad start for Eastwood Secondary School as learners had to be sent back home because of problems with the water supply at the school. It emerged that the replacement of old pipes by the Department of Public Works, which started in December last year, went on longer than expected. “We definitely have no water at the school,” a staff member confirmed yesterday. Ward councillor Eunice Majola expressed disappointment over the problems. She told Public Eye that she learnt about the water supply problem on Tuesday. “I approached the municipality about this and there is an understanding that they will send water tankers as an interim measure,” said Majola. She said they were hoping that
the repair work will be concluded by the end of the week. Meanwhile, other schools struggled with a different kind of problem as a number of parents were seen lining up in a desperate effort to get places for their children. A teacher at Woodlands Secondary School, who spoke to the Public Eye on condition of anonymity, said the school currently has 65 names on its waiting list. Phume Dubazana of Imbali said she hoped that her son would eventually get a place at the school as she was later told to buy a school tie. “I’ve been stressing for months as I had applied to this school in July last year,” she said. Joining Dubazana was Shewbashnie Ramborosh of Northdale who was also pinning her hopes on the fact that some of the teachers told her to come back. “My son attended W A Lewitt. I’m hop-
ing that he will be given a chance to attend this school. We have no other alternative but to send him to Woodlands,” she said. The school principal was unavailable for comment as she was reportedly locked in meetings with departmental officials. Despite the storm damage inflicted on some schools during the school holidays, most other school principals in the Northern areas were ready to set the 2013 school year rolling. Schools such as Northlands Primary, Regina Primary, Greenhill and Eastwood Primary, which experienced minor setbacks after the recent storm which swept through the city, said earlier this week they were ready for the first day of term. Northlands Primary School principal V Naidoo said that even though the heavy rain and fast winds managed to uproot trees
New principal aims to make Silver Heights ‘the school of choice’ “This year I wish to focus on good performance from Silver Heights Secondary School. I strongly believe that good resources, a safe environment and excellent
infrastructure all help to produce excellent results so those are my main priorities for my first year as principal,” said Moodley. Moodley’s message to his new staff and learners: “Let us work together and aim for the best!”
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ilver Heights Secondary School warmly welcomed its new principal this week. Hailing from Kharina Secondary School where he served as deputy principal for 15 years, Dina Moodley (pictured) said the opportunity to serve as principal of Silver Heights was a challenge he accepted eagerly. Good human relations, honesty, the ability to work with all role players, good negotiation skills and being in touch with learners’ needs are the qualities of any good principal, said Moodley. “Embracing these qualities would lead to successes such as a 100% matric pass rate which I hope to achieve with the school,” said Moodley, adding that he also hopes to improve the internal results and create a safe environment for learners.
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A new routine Public Eye follows a Grade one learner as she adjusts to her new life
he back-to-school routine kicked in this week across the province. It was a day marked by many firsts: first day in Grade 1, first day in high school and, for 2013 matriculants, the last “first day” at school. Public Eye reporter Kailene Pillay was given the task of documenting the first of many routine
4 Mum rushes her to finish her cereal, explaining to her why a good breakfast is important.
mornings for Ria Leigh Maharaj who embarked on her first day in Grade 1 at Greenhill Primary School. At 6.15 am, Ria is woken by her mum, Rekha, who tells her its “back to school”. In return, her mum gets a sleepy “Oh, Gosh”.
5 Bags packed, tummy full and neatly dressed, Ria jumps excitedly into her mum’s car.
1 Ria’s mum brushes her hair into two pigtails. It is a style Ria complaines about, saying that none of her friends tie their hair that way.
6 The first steps to independence. Ria makes her way through the school corridors leaving her mum behind.
Putting on her school jersey for the first time. She wears her new school uniform proudly as she follows the footsteps of her mum, dad and big brothers who all attended Greenhill Primary School.
Ria goes through her bag full of new stationery. Excitement filters through her as she points out each new item.
7 Parents Naveen and Rekha say their goodbyes to their “big girl”. “I still remember the day she was born,” reminisces her dad.
It’s all systems go. Not a tear in sight, confident Ria begins her work.
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Suspected ATM bombers: police search for Jadoo murder link
group of suspected ATM bombers made a brief appearance in the Howick Magistrate’s Court this week after been arrested in Matubatuba on the North Coast over the weekend. Police have dis-
missed reports of their arrests being made in Soweto and say they are unable at this stage to link the suspects to last year’s murder of Dog Unit constable Vidhur Jadoo. The 10 suspects were travelling
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in a minibus taxi at the time of their arrests. Firearms and explosives were found in the Josini house they stayed in the previous night. The men were remanded in custody, facing charges of attempted murder, theft of money belonging to FNB and malicious damage to property relating to the damage to ATMs. The bombings took place in the midlands region, Nottingham Road and Howick. Jeevan confirmed that all the arrested men were from KwaZulu-Natal. The suspects will appear in court again on Tuesday. Police Spokesperson Joey Jeevan said that the suspects have not at this stage been linked to the murder of K9 constable Jadoo and attempted murder of his partner Warrant Officer Livingstone Mpangase. Jadoo and his partner, Mpangase were ambushed and shot in Howick during what police suspected was an attempted ATM bombing last year.
Reach out takes to the streets
he Reach Out team took to the streets of Pietermaritzburg on Christmas Eve, handing out teddy bears. The team stopped for a bite to eat when they met some paramedics on duty. “We gave them teddies as well because we know that they will also come into contact with kids who might be in situations where they may just need a warm soft cuddly toy to make them feel a little safer,” said Melanie du Plessis, SEO of Reach Out (pictured above). “Reach Out” is an organisation that aims to help the children, the
elderly and the infirm. And those who are unable to help themselves. They are based in Pietermaritzburg and deal mainly with the informal settlement, France. The area has high levels of poverty and unemployment. Many of the children there are orphans and most of them are forced to fend for themselves. Reach Out is committed to serving the children, the elderly and the infirm. They are supported by Add Hope (local KFC’s) and Save Cash and Carry, BSI Steel and many more local businesses’s to make a difference in the lives of poverty stricken families.
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