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Parents strike against Principal Parents call her “an under miner”. Although classes were not disturbed, parents had a strike against the principal of Melodi Primary School in Sgodi for not taking them serious. Parents allege that the school has dropped its academic performance which they say results to their children repeating the same class the following year. Parents say this however is because of the principal who comes late followed by the teachers.

“If the head is not leading by example, then how can teachers do what’s right?” asked one parent who did not want to be mentioned by name. Angry parents say the principal has bad approach towards the parents and community. “Whenever you go to the school and ask for the Principal, we get to be told that she is busy. If you are lucky, then you can see her but the way you’ll come out will be worse

than the way you came in that office. She has made parents and teachers cry because of her insults,” the parent continued. The protesting parents said she doesn’t respect students or adults. “She speaks with a disheartening tone, behaves like a bully and creates an unfriendly environment for everyone around her. “What’s worse is, whenever we call the meeting with the SGB to discuss about such matters,

the principal does not attend,” the parent continued. Parents also allege that whenever they want to notify the Department of Education they get to be told that they cannot demand the District. “It’s really funny cause now that we have decided to protest they come rushing,” said the parent. Another parent told Vutha news reporter that her child tells her that toilets are always

Child protection week campaign

W/O Morage seen with learners of Kuzimisele Primary School after getting their jerseys.

The Daveyton Police station took it upon themselves to honour and celebrate the child protection week.

They went to Kuzimisele Primary school in Daveyton last week Tuesday. Under the theme “Play your part,


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On the last day of the celebration, the members of the police together with the CPF and youth Desk distributed pamphlets with the aim of forming partnership with the community to fight against crime. The community was given a chance to voice out their concerns with the police. Members of the community were also told that any unattended case they have laid against anyone can also be brought forth. “We want the community of Daveyton to be happy at all times,” said Nakana.

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working together to protect children” learners were taught about safety in and outside the school premises. They were also told not to allow anyone to touch their private parts. “If anyone has touched or raped you, tell your teachers or someone in the family that you can open up to,” said the Police spokesperson Captain Alfred Nakana. The Daveyton SAPS identified 10 needy kids in the school and donated school jerseys to them. “This is our winter warmer campaign,” said Nakana. The child protection week was run throughout the week.

Patrick Marothodi Meludi (25) of Etwatwa was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment, after he was found guilty of Robbery. He was found guilty in the Benoni Magistrate’s Court recently. The incident hap-

pened in 2012, December, when the victim was on her way to church on early hours of Sunday morning. Victim was robbed off her cellphone, after she was pointed with a knife on her face. She recognised her attacker and alert-

ed the Police. The accused was later arrested and found guilty of armed robbery. He would spend his next twenty years of his life in jail, and Constable Timothy Masilela said this proves that crime doesn’t pay.

The 14-year-old boy appeared before Benoni Magistrate’s Court on charges of Murder. It is alleged that the boy conducted a prayer outside of his sleeping room before the incident occurred.

It is alleged that the suspect, after praying at 00:00 midnight, was armed with an axe, hacked to death his mother and died instantly on the scene, his grandmother (58)

who is still in hospital recovering and his little brother who was only 7-years of age died later in Hospital. All the victims were in the same shack sleeping when the incident occurred. Two of his sisters escaped an attack unharmed to seek help from the neighbours. When the attacker heard the noise of people outside the yard, he grabbed a 3-month-old child and fled the scene. Neighbours tried to give chase, but the suspect disappeared with the child in the long grasses that where close by. Police were summoned to the scene, and they launched a hunt. During the search in an opening field, a body of the child was found

locked during school hours because the cleaner says she has cleaned the toilets and cannot repeat the same thing twice or thrice. “My child told me that they share the male toilet with boys and the cleaner tell them she’ll guard the boys not to touch or hurt them,” a parent said. Parents say they do not want to give the principal a second chance, all they want is a new principal.

Vutha News asked the Department of Education regarding allegations made against the principal, they said they are sending an intervention team to the school to assess all these allegations. “If they prove to be true, we will take disciplinary action against those implicated,” said the Department of Education’s Communications Director Charles Phahlane.

Robbers with firearm aprehended The 20 and 29-year-old suspects were taken into custody shortly after they were arrested on the scene of Business Robbery, which took place at Emaphupheni. Two of these suspects were amongst the six suspects who were found by Etwatwa Police jumping from the roof of a business during the early hours of the morning last week Friday. These suspects were apprehended on the

scene shortly after the victims of crime called the Police who were patrolling few streets away from the scene, it took Police under 5 minutes to respond and found the suspects on top of the roof struggling to gain entrance from the roof. Suspects were arrested and found in their possession armed with hand guns. They (suspects) are expected to appear before Benoni Magistrate’s Court facing the charges of Attempted Business Robbery and Possession of unlicensed firearms. Further investigation will be conducted to determine any linkages of this firearms to other serious cases reported. Police have launched manhunt to get other four suspects behind bars.

The leadership of Ward 67 on behalf of all wards in Daveyton organised a stakeholder meeting were Business sector, Ngos, CPWS, QLTC, FBO, SANCO, ANC, SAPS, MPD, SGBs, and Clrs discussed on matters concerning the community. Amongst other things raised by the pastors was how to root out Satanism, bullying and drugs in schools. Pastors and Business owners also raised their worries of foreigners’ business owners and churches taking over the land whilst they are being side lined. People from

the community appreciated the ANC and the work they do for the community, however, they said the service delivery is slow and wanted to know what can speed up every process. ANC CLR Madihlaba addressed the masses on what they have pointed out and explained to them the procedures they need to follow. About 200 people attended the meeting and they hoped for the better.

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14-year-old to face four counts of murder

Constable Glory Maluleke pointing where the body of a 3 months old baby was found.

with injuries. “We called the Public meeting the same morning asking the community to assist in tracing the attacker, late in the afternoon, the same day, a boy was seen walking on the street of Barcelona, about a kilometre away from the scene,” said Constable Timothy Masilela. He was arrested and taken into custody then later transferred to Place of safety until he appeared before Magistrate in Benoni on 4 counts of Murder. Community members accused the teen of sacrificing his family in an apparent satanic ritual. Neighbour Andries Dlamini said the community spared the teen’s life to get answers.

“The community thought of killing him but did not do so as we could have lost information and the full story of what happened. He claims the teenager is involved in Satanism. He said he is a satanist. If he kills, he is sacrificing his family for the boss.” Dlamini said the teenager believed a “higher force” told him to kill his family. “He said it came from his mind and told him to kill them because of the full moon.” The Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni has expressed his shock and he has set up a team of community leaders led by councilors to interact with relatives of the deceased to accord them a decent funeral.

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Satanism, do you think it is demons or a religious practice?

Thuli Masello Thomo There are lots of weird churches and who knows what happens in them, but it scares me though.

Eric Mahlangu I think both because we always get different stories about this thing but what worries me is that there were no such long time ago.

Ocean-Pearl Tiyah It is a religion which people practice and trust me those people are powerful and no one can stop them because we(Christians) never pray by faith.

Home based care in need of funds

Lethokuhle Home Based Care is in desperate need of donations and funding. The centre is based in Barcelona and was started in February this year by 6 Women joint by Bishop Silingile. Co-member, Winnie Boroko, said the project was started by them after they saw how elderly people are treated badly in the community. “The centre has helped many people in the community as they not only look after elderly people but they visit them at home to see how they can further assist. “We do their washing, Iron and clean for them because most of them stay alone and cannot do these things on

their own,” said Boroko. In most households we find there is no source of income. Grandmothers have no identity documents and children have no birth certificates. We help them apply for their documents.” Boroko explained that the centre has even helped Sello Rakgatla who is blind to get an Identity Document. “I did not have an Identity Document because my birth Certificate got lost. Lethokuhle workers have helped me get one and for that I will always be grateful,” said Rakgatla. They cook every Thursday for the elders with money that they contribute from their

own pockets and make them exercise so they could stay healthy and fit. “We do this because we have realised that the elderly people stay alone during the day and that makes them think a lot so we want them to enjoy their lives and meet up with other elderly people,” said Boroko. Simon Halane also confirmed that the care workers visit him regularly. “They cook, clean and wash for me without asking for money or anything in return,” he said. Anyone who would like to donate or land a helping hand to this centre can contact Maria 072 963 9444.

Tumelo King Rod Malope Devil worshipers, that boy who killed his family in Barcelona must also be killed.

Mbali Mashaba Lee-Gal It’s a religion. I was terrified to even see the Satanic Bible, We (Christians) really need to pray to overcome such horror.

Nomhlekhabo Thoko Skosana It’s time we check churches that are around and see what they are doing, especially the ones selling water and oils.

Mothers honoured on mother’s day

This event was organised by the FBO and QLTC to honour mothers for the value and role they play in the community. Speakers included representatives from SADF, GDE, FBO, QLTC, SAPS and NICSA.

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Unlawful, immoral deductions from social grants should stop, says Black Sash After months of work to stop deductions from social grants, the Black Sash welcomes the long overdue decision by SASSA to prevent unlawful deductions being made from social grants by financial providers which trade in microloans. After SASSA introduced an automated biometric-based payment system last year, we were horrified to find that grant beneficiaries were experiencing an avalanche of unauthorised and unlawful deductions from their social grants. As a human rights organisation working in the area of social security, Black Sash

was alerted by community monitors, and saw the negative effects of these deductions first hand, in engagement with beneficiaries at payment points. We were shocked at how little of their grant amount remained for food and other basic family needs.  In terms of Regulation 26 (A) to the Social Assistance Act, only one deduction for a funeral benefit, not exceeding ten percent of the monthly grant amount, may be authorised by the grant beneficiary and paid by SASSA.  No other deduction may be made from a beneficiary’s grant, through their bank account, as a mat-

ter of law. For the past months we have urgently raised the issue of unlawful deductions from grants through formal submissions, monitoring reports and letters; and in meetings with decision makers. If deductions were to continue unchecked, we feared the systematic erosion of our social grants system by immoral elements of the private sector and called on government to take immediate steps to curb this potentially devastating trend. The decision, announced this week, to strictly enforce the law is a welcome indication of SASSA’s commitment to

protect the massive investment made by South African society in our social security system in order to alleviate poverty in our country. Although positive, this step will not protect grant beneficiaries, a vulnerable group by any definition, from being targeted by unscrupulous members of the micro lending sector for short-term and unsustainable high interest rate loans, once the grant is paid out. In this regard, Black Sash appeals to the Legislature to amend the National Credit Act of 2005 to align it to provisions in the Social Assistance Act which states that ‘grants

may not be transferred, ceded, or pledged or in any way encumbered or disposed of..’ The Social Assistance Act’s provision is specifically to ensure that grants are used to ensure a decent quality of life for beneficiaries. We also call for an independent economic enquiry to determine the real socio-economic impact of redirected social grants to the formal and informal micro finance industry. WE APPEAL TO SOCIAL GRANT BENEFICIARIES TO BE VIGILANT AND REPORT ANY QUESTIONABLE DEDUCTIONS FROM THEIR SOCIAL

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Nduna presented the Holistic approach in job saving. He told the users that as they can be assisted to understand financial information when using holistic approach and also be assisted with retrenched workers by linking them with institutions like UIF, SETAs for their workers to get better educational training and improved skills.

Recently at the Jerry Moloi Library Lenst’word Trading and Projects brought this workshop to young entrepreneurs of Etwatwa and Daveyton with the aim of empowering them with skills and development to manage their companies at a high level of professionalism. “We had invited NYDA, SAAYC, GEP and MSV Holdings to share what they have that can empower these young entrepreneurs,” said Sikhalo

Sikhonde. About 108 young entrepreneurs attended the workshop and were positive after the workshop. One of the objectives of the workshop was to create a dialogue with these corporate institutions with our entrepreneurs, for them to ask questions on how they can assist in empowering them and that was achieved. Also to bridge the gap between both parties in exchanging information with

our young entrepreneurs. Lenst’word trading and Projects amalgamated with MSV Holdings in initiating this workshop and also with the help of Jerry Moloi Library. Also the team behind the scenes that worked tirelessly in making sure that it becomes a success. “I would like to thank the young entrepreneurs of Etwatwa and Daveyton for responding well to the invite,” Concluded Sikhonde.

CCMA user forums The idea of “CCMA User Forums” flows from the CCMA’s partnership building and networking focus, and the associated view that we need to be talking to each other more. The overall objective of the User Forums was to facilitate information and exchange experiences and ideas between the CCMA and all stakeholders involved, and in

particular, parties that make regular use of the CCMA on a range of areas linked to meeting the goals and vision of the CCMA. During the discussion problems experienced by users when dealing the CCMA were touched on and the user information and training needs regarding dispute resolution and prevention. Commissioner Xolani

Rhino poaching update The number of rhino poached in South Africa since the beginning of the year has increased to 367. The number of people arrested in connection with poaching now stands at 114. The majority of these (109) were alleged poachers, with 5 being couriers. A total of 50 suspected poachers have been arrested in the Kruger National Park. The Kruger National Park continues to be the most seriously affected by rhino poaching, with 247 animals being killed in the Park since the beginning of the year. In the North West province 35 rhino have been poached, 33 in KwaZulu-Natal province, 28 in Limpopo Province, 23 in Mpumalanga province and one in Gauteng Province. A total of 50 poachers have been arrested in the Kruger National Park where Houtboschrand Section Ranger,

Andrew Desmet was shot and wounded in the stomach during a joint operation to arrest rhino poachers near Letaba. He remains in stablecondition in the intensive care unit of a Nelspruit hospital. Water and Environmental Affairs Minister, Mrs Edna Molewa, has wished Mr Desmet a speedy recovery. SANParks Head of Communications, Paul Daphne said while the increasing number of suspected poachers being arrested in the Kruger National reflected the escalating number of people engaging in rhino poaching, it was also an indication that the anti-poaching measures put in place by SANParks were working. Among the actions taken in the Kruger National Park to combat rhino poaching have been the adoption of a military stance in tackling rhino crimes, the deployment of an

unmanned drone provided by Denel, the deployment of two surveillance aircraft and the use of tracker dogs. The Department has signed biodiversity management Memoranda of Understanding with the Socialist Republic of Vietnam and the People’s Republic of China, recently signing an implementation plan with Vietnam putting into action initiatives aimed specifically at curbing rhino poaching. The signing of the MoU with Vietnam is already starting to yield results through increased security measures against alleged rhino horn smugglers. South Africans are urged to report incidents of poaching and tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.

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Satellite broadcasts to help improve low grade 9 ANA results -- Creecy Gauteng Education MEC Ms Barbara Creecy today launched a programme to improve the quality of lessons to grade 8 and 9 learners through satellite broadcasts. The service will broadcast directly to priority high schools during lesson time so that teachers can integrate the broadcasts into their teaching time. Broadcasts are automatically recorded for revision or afternoon lessons. The broadcasts have been piloted in 15 schools from February and will now be rolled out to 385 schools that are part of the Senior Secondary School Improvement Programme during the course of the year. “We are acutely aware of the fact that Gauteng’s education system has the task of producing graduates who are able to become the next generation of skilled workers, engineers, and managers the advanced industrial economy of our province requires if it is to continue to grow,” said MEC Creecy. “This means rapidly improving the quality of maths and science teaching available to learners in our most disadvantaged schools. Around the world, schooling systems are using technology

to assist in dealing with educational inequalities. We see this as an exciting innovation that brings Gauteng in line with this international trend,” MEC Creecy said. The programme is an extension of the Secondary School Improvement Programme (SSIP) that has seen the matric pass rate increase by 12% in the last four years to 83.9%. The immediate target of the satellite broadcast is to rapidly improve learner performance in maths and science in grades 8 and 9. Turning around learner performance in these gateway learning subjects is central to encouraging more learners to choose these subjects for matric in Grade 10. The system does not only provide for one way communications. Learners and teachers use landline and mobile phones and social media platforms such as Facebook, Mxit and Twitter to communicate back to the central broadcast studio to ask questions or make comments. The programme will roll out over the next few years, starting with the installation of equipment in all 385 priority high schools by the end of 2013. The first test broadcasts that started in

February beamed daily Grade 8 and 9 maths lessons into classrooms in a first group of schools. All participating schools have standard lesson plans and pace-setters which enables the department to know where the lessons are. The lessons are broadcast from a central location to participating schools and the teacher focuses on the more difficult concepts. The satellite platform also provides on-the-job training for class teachers who also attend further lessons in the afternoons. Teachers in the schools involved so far have been enthusiastic in their response to the programme as have district officials who are overseeing its implementation. Expected 2013/14



MEC Creecy is expected to announce a budget of R29.2 billion for the 2013/14 financial year. This budget would be a remarkable 649% increase over 18 years, and an increase of 7.8%, or R2.1billion, over last year’s R27.1 billion.

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Daveyton School children given deskbags

children at the Daveyton Intermediate School after recieving their deskbags. According to basic education minister, Angie Motshekga, there are as many as 3 million school children in South Africa who do not have the privilege of working at a desk. In addition, there are over 24 000 schools who require desks. As many of these children do not have formal classrooms, they are forced to either kneel on the ground, or work on make-shift desks during their school day. As you can imagine, they not only experience extreme discomfort, but their educational development is  considerably hampered, and they could subsequently struggle  to become positive contributing members of society. While building structured class-rooms and providing them with the relevant furniture would be the ideal, this is unfortunately not an immediate solution, due to the substantial investment

required. Sharon Smith who won the facebook PR Worx competition went along with the DeskBags team on the 3rd of May 2013 to hand over 300 DeskBags to the Grade R’s and one’s at Daveyton Intermediate School. The PR Worx Marketing Director Madelain Roscher came up with the DeskBags innovative and viable alternative solution, in which you can make a significant difference in helping to uplift educational standards in Africa. “Our DeskBags are not only functional eco-friendly school bags, but also provide a portable desk solution. The bag allows the child to carry his or her books and stationery, while the flap is reinforced with durable Perspex, that when folded open, allows for instant desk support too, Roscher said. She also explained that the product is made from

the vinyl of recycled billboards, and is so robust that if looked after well, can last a whole school career. “The bags are waterproof, reflective, and light enough for preprimary scholars to use. So there is no need for children to worry about books getting wet should kids get caught in the rain,” she added. The reaction on the children’s face when they received their bags was astonishing. “Our goal, through our csi initiative, deskbags are made to help empower children in South Africa to flourish in their educational development,” Roscher said. She said they believe that every single child should have the opportunity to be educated without being hampered by classroom conditions, lack of education supplies and all the issues currently plaguing education in South Africa.

Ekurhuleni warns the public of false bursary advert The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality wishes to warn the public to not fall prey to false bursary scheme advertisements which are circulating on online media at present. It has come to the Metro’s attention that the website has placed information detailing the fields of study which the municipality’s bursary caters for, the value of the bursary and June 30 as the closing date for applications. “The community is advised that the Ekurhuleni Metropol-

itan Municipality’s community bursaries are advertised annually during the months of August or September. Advertisements are placed in local newspapers,the municipality’s website, at municipal offices, libraries and via ward committee councilors,” continued Modiba. Community members are encouraged to contact the following officials to enquire about the community bursary scheme and to confirm authenticity of adverts: Busisiwe Sibiyaon 011 9996342;

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The Final Reckoning

Hekkie Budler will face a hard battle when he steps into the ring with tough as teak former IBF and IBO champion, Nkosinathi Joyi in the Centre Court at Emperors Palace on 15 June. Aptly dubbed the Final Reckoning boxing tournament, Budler will defend his IBO Strawweight world title. This fight will see two of the best little fighters in the world go toe to toe; the versatile and great puncher Joyi against Budler, the scientific workhorse who’s defensive skills have improved with trainer Colin Nathan.

Growth through play Ekurhuleni kiddies olympics 2013

The preschool phase is crucial in the development of a child, and encouraging them to partake in physical activities contributes to the fine-tuning of their gross motor skills. The City of Ekurhuleni is aware of this fact, and through its Kiddies Olympics programme, it has contributed to the growth of hundreds of children since 2003. According to Skill Builders online “gross motor skills are the skills we use to move our whole body, arms and legs. They include running,

jumping, walking and balance. These skills generally develop in an order and build upon each other. As a result, if a stage of development is missed or delayed, the higher level skills will also be delayed or may never develop at all.” Recently children from crèches, day care centers and nursery schools within Ekurhuleni participated in this year’s annual Kiddies Olympics held at the Mehlareng stadium in Tembisa. The four to six year olds

competed against each other in the disciplines of ball throwing, ball hopping, ring throwing, ball kicking, ball dribbling and cycling. According to organizer of the event, Letta Ramano, the main objective of the programme is to ensure that children are physically active from a young age and also to increase their interest in participating in sports even before they enter school. “This programme is therefore an intervention tackling childhood obesity.

Kicking it for the team - Boys representing their teams and Mbalenhle day care in blue shirts are leading the game.

It also introduces the kids to the basics of formal sport which they will participate in at primary school,” says Ramano. A total of 343 preschool institutions registered to participate in this years’ tournament which was rolled out in three parts. The first leg was the area games held at Customer Care Area (CCA) level. During the second leg, teams who won the first leg represented their CCAs for a place in their region team. “The final leg which is the Metro-wide games, is the main highlight of the tourna-

ment and a total of 90 preschools made it to the 2013 Ekurhuleni Kiddies Olympics of 2013” continued Ramano. She further expresses the municipality’s wishes that each and every crèche within the City of Ekurhuleni participate in these games in order to intensify social-cohesion. “If there are any preschools who have not heard of this initiative, they should contact the City’s Sports and Recreation office on (011) 9993289 and make enquiries with Mbali Gumbi” pleads Ramano. The tournament ended with a prize giving

ceremony where Little Stars Edu-Care took the first place prize in cycling. The school’s excited principal, Princess Zwane, said: “Participation in the games helps build the kids’ confidence and they learn to interact with other players in some of the sporting codes.” “These games help develop the kids’ gross-motor skills and they motivate them to want to come to crèche every day,” added Nobuhle Zikhali, principal of Mbalenhle Day Care which came second in at second place for ball throwing.

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