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DBE confirmed 3500 pit toilets still at South African schools

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) confirmed last week in the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education that there are currently 3 532 pit toilets at schools across the country.

After 24 years of democracy, it is appalling that children are still subjected to pit toilets which put their lives at risk.

The DBE estimated that it will cost about R7.8 billion to address the sanitation backlog all schools. Shockingly, the budget for school infrastructure has been cut by R3.6 billion – when this amount could have met nearly half this need.

Pit toilets are not only hazardous to the health of learners, but they can also be deadly. The deaths of Michael Komape and Lumka Mketwa could have been avoided if they had access to decent sanitation.

The DA welcomes the instruction by the High Court in Limpopo today that the province’s education department present a plan on supplying safe toilets in rural schools in Limpopo by 30 July 2018.

South Africans can still co-sign our letter to President Cyril Ram…
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Tributes pour in for DJ Avicii from across the globe #RIPAvicii

As news of DJ Avicii’s death spread on Friday night, there was an outpouring of tributes from fans and his high-profile friends from across the globe.

News of Avicii’s sudden death sent shockwaves across the world.

The Wake Me Up hitmaker’s death was confirmed in a statement released by his management.

“It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman, this Friday afternoon local time, April 20. The family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time. No further statements will be given,” read the statement, according to TMZ.

Avicii retired from performing in 2016 after suffering health issues including acute pancreatitis.

Musicians including Calvin Harris, Liam Payne and Deadmau5 have remembered their friend.
Devastating news about Avicii, a beautiful soul, passionate and extremely talented with so much more to do. My heart goes out to his family. God bless you…

Aged 33 Kelly Khumalo having a blast in Durban: Pictures and Videos

Award-winning songbird Kelly Khumalo is fierce, fabulous and fun. She’s insanely talented and we can’t get enough of her art and craft. Her Vocal Highness is a sight to behold and her stage performances are too lit to quit. When it comes to having fun and enjoying life Kelly Khumalo is your girl, She posted pictures on her Instagram having a blast in Durban with her friends.

Watch Video: We always call her a girl of no worry and she likes to have a blast and its all about fun.

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Take a look at what she got up to during the weekend in her Durban.

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This Mandela Day Barack Obama coming to SA for Mandela's birthday

Former US president Barack Obama will deliver this year's Nelson Mandela lecture‚ the Nelson Mandela Foundation announced on Monday.

The foundation said Obama had accepted the invitation to the annual event. This year would have been Mandela's 100th birthday‚ which has been celebrated with a series of events.

"The @NelsonMandela Foundation is honoured to announce that President Barack Obama accepted our invitation to be the speaker at this years... 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture to take place in Johannesburg on 17 July‚ ahead of Madiba’s birthday‚" the foundation tweeted.

Obama‚ who has often cited Madiba as a source of inspiration‚ attended Mandela's funeral in 2013. Mandela's birthday is on July 18.
The @NelsonMandela Foundation is honoured to announce that President Barack Obama accepted our invitation to be the speaker at this year’s The 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture to take place in Johannesburg on 17 July, ahead of Madiba’s birthday - @SelloHatan…

#IamZulu Sbahle Mpisane rocking in a Zulu traditional outfit

Sbahle Mpisane rocking in a Zulu traditional outfit. The beautiful, sexy and fit Sbahle Mpisane took part in a traditional ceremony and decided to show us that she can even rock in traditional outfits. She posted pictures of her posing in the costume and she looked terrific. Surely this girl is blessed, and we love it. We love her too. We got to know her mother also, as she posted one of the pictures that she was posing with her. Check photos below…
Intombi yom’Zulu #FezosMemulo
This is just beautiful. Owning your Culture and killing it♥

This was just too beautiful. 

Mother and daughter dance  #IamZulu || it’s a wrap!

#DateMyFamily Women rich married men also form of pr0stitutes

Date My Family helps singletons find love by sending them on dates with their potential partner’s family. Can you really trust your family to help you find love?

Women who fall in love with rich married men or only date men who drive nice cars must never criticize prostitutes because they’re in the same profession the only difference is they work in the private sector while prostitutes work in the public sector.

Did Neo mention that he has a child with my cousin? — Tshepo Modise 🔥 (@Modise_Pride) April 22, 2018
This gal's attitude , ladies it is possible to politely reject a guy without breaking his spirit… this gal is so childish yoh — Jabs (@Tinyiko32957732) April 22, 2018
#DateMyFamily I'm glad that the guy walked away. That girl is full of shit shame — Wakandian_Princessđź‘‘ (@PrizQ30) April 22, 2018
#DateMyFamily I love how this guy thinks…vele you must afford yourself before someone else can prov…

Sbahle Mpisane’s #MCM is Itumeleng Khune.

Sbahle Mpisane’s #MCM is Itumeleng Khune. Sbahle has reacted in a nice, smart move to rumours that have been circulating that she is now dating a new man. She simply uploaded a video of herself and his man we all know, the one and only Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana goalie Itumeleng Khune. Check the pictures and video below, as Sbahle showed us her #MCM…
I heard it’s Monday #MCM

Millions stranded Bus strike continues Nationwide

Millions of commuters are set to be stranded on Monday as the nationwide bus strike continues.

Negotiations between Golden Arrow coaches and Satawu members broke down on Friday afternoon.

Satawu Spokesperson Zanele Sabela said, “The unions currently are standing at a 9 percent increase. We were not willing to sign a multi-year agreement, this is what we are willing to accept right now… Friday the spirit was not good at all. We are still waiting to see what will happen.”

The MyCiTi bus service in Cape Town also remains suspended until further notice and commuters should expect heavy traffic on the roads, the city warned on Sunday.

“The nationwide strike action affecting the South African bus industry is continuing,” mayoral committee member for transport and urban development Brett Herron said.

It was unclear when the strike action, which was the result of deadlocked wage negotiations, would come to an end. Those making use of road-based transport should expect heavy traffic and longer trav…

Mzansi spent over R100-million on #BlackPanther

I love Black Panther. Not just the film, but what it has come to represent to us and to be – a young black woman. That’s why all the people who are pissed that we’ve shipped over R100-million to the US for Wakanda need to chill.

I’ll explain why. I watched it once, suitably at a cinema, and I don’t regret it one bit!

Because what kind of black person would I be if I didn’t watch a film that ticked all the right boxes and also happened to be pro-black and instils so much pride in us?

I should also point out that the fact that I went to the cinema is a big deal because I had a chance to watch it for R10. The DVD was only R10 in the Joburg CBD, just hours after it was released.

Anyway, I also know people who have gone to the cinema a couple of times to watch it. Side note: This is excluding the serial cheaters, who only watched it a couple of times because all the girlfriends/boyfriends wanted a #BlackPanther date. Lol!

The Marvel film, which was a massive investment in telling a story of a b…

Age 30 Bonang Matheba to host Tata Madiba’s dinner in London

Bonang Matheba will be representing Mzansi this week when she jets off to London to host a centenary celebration dinner for Tata Madiba.
When we caught up with the star this week she told us she couldn’t fit us in her bags so she won’t be able to take us with to The Global Gift Nelson Mandela Centenary Dinner on Tuesday, but she would do us proud by preaching the legacy of both Nelson and Ma Winnie Mandela.
“I was a special guest of the foundation’s gala dinner in London last year where Eva Longoria was chair. I guess I made an impact because I was approached this year to host their event.”
“Lol! I am not sure what they have prepared for us but it would be cool if they had traditional South African dishes. Either way, I’m sure people will enjoy it.”

“Well, I am going alone because some of my family members weren’t able to get the right documentation in time but Vanessa Williams, Pamela Anderson and Beverley Knight will be there so there’s that…”
“I’ll tell them about the impact they have h…

She Conquers is not happy about Nonkanyiso Conco affiliation to Zuma Family

Nonkanyiso Conco’s future role at a national campaign that helps young women avoid unwanted pregnancies and HIV infections is uncertain.

Conco‚ who is set to become the seventh wife of former president Jacob Zuma‚ is the communications officer at She Conquers‚ reported The Citizen.

She Conquers was launched by the government as a campaign to “improve the lives of adolescent girls and young women in South Africa” to help them avoid unwanted pregnancy‚ HIV infections‚ gender-based violence and stay in school.

The campaign’s national executive committee chairperson Lerato Morulane told the publication that they knew Conco planned to marry but not “who she was marrying.”

“[Conco] has not been transparent with us and this is one of the things we are pushing in the campaign‚ for transparency and accountability towards young people,” said Morulane.

The board is concerned about her affiliation to Zuma.

“This raises a lot of alarms for us … Looking at all the controversial things around the Zuma fa…

Angry Kaizer Chiefs Fans Beaten security and damages estimated to R5 -million

A security guard was badly beaten, a ball boy and several other spectators injured and millions of rands of damage sustained as angry Kaizer Chiefs fans rioted at the end of the club’s loss in the Nedbank Cup semifinal to Free State Stars on Saturday night.

The security guard, who was set upon by a group of hooligans on the pitch at the end of the game, was severely hurt, hit about the head by objects in full view of the stadium security personnel and is fighting for his life, according to colleagues.

Paramedics treated several other injuries amid the lawless carnage as fans set fire to an SABC camera and damaged several others belonging to host broadcaster SuperSport.

Technicians told SowetanLIVE there was at least R2-million’s worth of damage to their equipment, with several items stolen.

A further R3-million of damage is estimated to the audio equipment for the matching entertainment. Speakers around the field were kicked to pieces.

Police and stadium security were overrun as fans invad…

A 27-year-old man who threw his daughter off a rooftop has died

The man was critical on Thursday after the dramatic ordeal‚ which occurred because of an alleged vicious domestic brawl with his girlfriend on Wednesday night. The man was under police guard after the attempted murder-suicide.

A 27-year-old man who threw his daughter off a rooftop in Bloemfontein‚ and then tried to kill himself‚ has died.

His seven-year-old daughter is still in the hospital. Her life was saved by a bystander who caught her.

“He allegedly took his seven-year-old daughter and went to the rooftop of the Shoprite building at the Bloem Plaza. He then threw the child down from the rooftop and later threw himself down. The child was luckily caught by the bystander on the ground‚” said police spokesperson Captain Chaka Marope.

Source: Sowetan Live

Court rules that banks can sell your house for next to nothing (Standard Bank once sold R470k for R40k)

When a person obtains a home loan from the bank, a mortgage bond is usually registered over their home as security by the bank. The bank will use this to recover any debt should the debtor default on their home loan repayments, in which event the debtor may lose their home.

This has raised the question of whether the bank should be allowed to sell the debtor’s home for an amount that is at least equivalent to the outstanding debt or to sell the property at any price.

This was the subject of a Pretoria High Court judgment (PDF, 12MB) handed down on 22 March 2018. The Court dismissed a challenge against the constitutionality of specific rules of court which enable the home of a debtor to be sold without a reserve price.
BackgroundGiven Nkwane obtained a home loan from Standard Bank in September 2011 for an amount of R380,000 and had a mortgage bond registered in favour of the bank. Nkwane defaulted on his home loan in February 2012. For the rest of that year, he continued to default and on…

Lockdown’s Linda Sebezo was arrested in 2008 for possession of Mandrax worth R5-million

According to City Press, the star was arrested in 2008 at her Cleveland home in Johannesburg for possession of Mandrax worth R5-million. She told Move magazine this week that the time she spent in prison was a “dark time”.

Linda Sebezo’s portrayal of a prison inmate on Lockdown has us peeing our pants on the regular and may have come in part from her own experience behind bars.

“Heh. It was a dark time. I was in Sun City Maximum Prison (Johannesburg Correctional Centre) for three months,” she said.

She said she taught other inmates how to dance, act and sing during her time there. Even when she returned home jobless and had to move into a one bedroom she wouldn’t let herself become depressed by her situation.

“I don’t know what depression is. I have never let my life be destroyed by circumstances. I decided long ago to live my life the best way I want to and that’s what I am doing”
During an interview with Drum late last year, the star revealed that she returned to the prison when castin…