MEC Polly Boshielo blames teachers and taverns for poor matric results

Laziness among teachers, proximity to taverns, and inactive governing bodies are to blame for the poor matric outcomes in some Limpopo schools, Education MEC Polly Boshielo has said. Boshielo expressed her disappointment at the seven schools that obtained 0% pass rates among the 18 nationwide, in the 2020 national certificate exams. Last year the province […]

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi takes aim at Umalusi

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says education quality assurance body Umalusi, has been unfair to the class of 2020. Umalusi reduced the marks in eight subjects in which pupils performed better than normal. The province boasts the top five districts in the country and honoured its top achievers at an official ceremony on Wednesday. In […]

Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane sets the record straight on why she has not been vaccinated yet

Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane has cleared the air over claims that she refused to be vaccinated “for personal reasons”. Addressing the allegations, the MEC said she would get vaccinated in due course. She said she and KZN Health head of department, Dr Sandile Tshabalala, decided to hold back from getting vaccinated owing to the limited […]

MEC Lesufi: 694 Gauteng pupils still not placed in schools

There are 694 pupils who have not yet been placed in Gauteng primary and high schools. Provincial Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the delay in the allocation of space for pupils was caused by some parents who chose schools that were already full. Lesufi urged parents, especially those in townships, to consider seeking placement in […]

MEC Lesufi pleased with Gauteng matric 2020 pass rate

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said that he was relieved that the matric class of 2020 in the province achieved an 83.8% pass rate. In an unprecedented school year hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and several lockdowns, Lesufi said that it was a tough time for teachers, parents, and pupils. “Among the top 10, six […]

Eastern Cape premier appoints acting Health MEC

The fraud debacle around the late Nelson Mandela’s funeral has claimed the head of the Eastern Cape’s Health MEC. Premier Oscar Mabuyane has fired the scandal-ridden Sindiswa Gomba. Xolile Nqata has been appointed the acting Health MEC in her place. Gomba is accused of involvement in fraud, corruption and money-laundering related to Madiba’s 2013 funeral. […]

Premier Oscar Mabuyane fires EC Health MEC

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has fired Health MEC, Sindiswa Gomba. The premier has appointed Xolile Nqata as acting MEC. Gomba is accused of involvement in a fraud, corruption and money laundering case, in connection with Nelson Mandela’s funeral. News just in: Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has been fired, Premier Oscar Mabuyane says […]

David Makhura takes a pass while Health MEC Mokgethi gets COVID vaccine

Gauteng Premier David Makhura said he was not receiving the jab because health care workers come first. He is on a walkabout at the at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg to see the process where 40 people are getting the jab on Wednesday. Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi is among the first front-line […]

MEC Parks Tau to feel the heat after one of his agencies dodges auditor-general

Newly-appointed Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture and Rural Development Parks Tau is set to face a baptism of fire after one of the agencies under him failed to submit its annual financial statement to the auditor-general for auditing. Tau is due to appear before the Gauteng provincial legislature’s portfolio committee on economic development, agriculture […]

Western Cape Safety MEC calls for clearing of DNA backlog in police service

The Western Cape Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz has reiterated calls for the police’s DNA backlog to be addressed. He said delays at the police’s forensic science lab hampers service delivery, particularly the finalization of rape cases. Fritz said dealing with the matter would have a significant impact on crime-fighting, especially when dealing with gender-based […]