April 23, 2017



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Wage protest erupts at Rhodes grad week

Two education unions at Rhodes University yesterday joined hands in a vocal protest against the university’s 5% salary increase offer. The pickets coincided with some of the university’s graduation ceremonies and cars ferrying graduates to and from ceremonies at the 1820 Monument slowed to a trickle as picketers danced on either side of Lucas Avenue.

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Three national depts’ power cut over debt

An Eastern Cape municipality had to cut electricity supply to three national government departments in Dordrecht on Wednesday, as the department of Public Works had failed to pay its electricity debt to the local authority. The police, magistrate’s court and prison were left without electricity on Wednesday, after the Lady Frere-based Emalahleni municipality cut their power

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Sharks, Antarctic swell lead to closure of beaches

Sharks and other ocean predators are gathering for the scrumptious sardine bait balls which are believed to be on the way from the south. Sharks and a pumping Antarctic south swell has seen beaches officially closed for the week. Three sightings last week are signs that the feeders are gathering and sharpening their cutlery, local

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SA curriculum under critique

An Eastern Cape academic believes the South African government should have redesigned the education curriculum as far back as 1994 instead of adopting the existing “foreign curriculum”. Walter Sisulu University’s (WSU) Academic Affairs and Research deputy vice-chancellor Sechaba Mahlomaholo said the country missed the opportunity to redesign the curriculum as those in power were in

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Poet swops homburg for academic cap

Renowned Jamaican-British dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson briefly swapped his trademark homburg hat for a floppy academic bonnet this week when he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Rhodes University. After being capped by Rhodes Registrar Steve Fourie, the dapper Johnson whipped off the black Tudor Bonnet and slapped his homburg back on his head

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Huge power bills shock residents

Hundreds of residents including indigents in Buffalo City have been cut off from the power grid due to unpaid electricity bills. To add insult to injury, residents who live in King William’s Town, Berlin and Mdantsane were forced to travel to East London to resolve the situation because the metro’s billing system is faulty in

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Giving Chalumna youth hope

Holding a firm belief that children are not things that can be moulded, but are people to be unfolded, Ray Schöne and Alexis Salaman founded Youth Potential South Africa (Youpsa) in 2015. Their aim was to awaken creativity, potential and purpose in the young people of South Africa. Since then, Ray and Alexis have been

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Contract to govern, not rule

The ANC regards itself as a national liberation movement “in power”. This ambiguity has to disappear. The ANC is a governing party, no longer a liberation movement. If one were to pass judgment on the ANC in the role of being both a national liberation movement and a governing party, one would simply state that

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ANC ‘will not dictate to Cosatu’

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will not be dictated to by the ANC as to when the trade union should talk about the ruling party’s succession, ahead of the national elective conference to be held in December. This was said by Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali yesterday at the East London City

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E Cape Health to train 350 nurses at Lilitha

The provincial department of health is looking to train more than 350 nurses at Lilitha College of Nursing. The college has campuses in Mthatha, East London, Queenstown, Port Elizabeth and Lusikisiki. Provincial health spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said they were hoping to improve the quality of healthcare in the Eastern Cape. “We are trying to ensure

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It’s do-or-die for Bucks

Mthatha Bucks will be looking to revive their hope of qualifying for the play-offs when they entertain Witbank Spurs in a crucial National First Division League clash at the Mthatha Stadium today. The Eastern Cape outfit will be eager to bounce back from their surprising 2-0 loss away to Milano United on Tuesday. The loss

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Metro halls face neglect

The Buffalo City Metro does not have enough money to maintain some of its halls. As a result a councillor sometimes cleans one of the halls himself. The shortage of funds was revealed in a report tabled and noted in council last month concerning the status of the Scenery Park, Ndevana Hall and the Airport

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Calls linked to ‘hitman’

The state submitted records from three cellphone companies yesterday showing the dates, time and locations an alleged hitman apparently called Eastern Cape department of health and former provincial government spokesman Sizwe Kupelo, threatening to kill him. The case resumed yesterday in East London Regional Court 3 after a six-month postponement. The alleged hitman, Mkhuthazi Excellent

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King stylist makes top-eight cut

King William’s Town hairstylist Vuyokazi Tshazibana will battle it out with eight other stylists from around the country for the No1 position in the Sofn’free HairXperts Masters Challenge. The Sofn’free HairXperts Masters Challenge set a buzz among hair gurus and fashionistas when a nationwide search for innovative hairstylists was launched. Tshazibana, 27, previously known as

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Bulldogs look to devour Cavaliers

The Border Bulldogs have gone for the tried and tested in their opening game of the SuperSport Rugby Challenge against the Boland Cavaliers in Port Elizabeth tomorrow. The game, at the Wolfson Stadium in Zwide, will be one of three televised games on SS1 and SS Select as the sports channel and SA Rugby take

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Nigerian pastor stays behind bars after arrest

Controversial Nigerian pastor Tim Omotoso will remain behind bars until May 3 as the Hawks continues its investigation into allegations that he lured girls from various churches to his house to molest them. Omotoso has been charged with two counts of human trafficking – in contravention of Section 71 of Act 32 of 2007 –

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