National Assembly hosted a debate to mark the end of Women’s Month
The National Assembly held a debate yesterday afternoon , to mark the end of Women’s Month. The theme for this year’s debate is advancing gender equality through inclusive economic growth and precepts of a developmental state.
The debate comes at a time when the country is seeing the brutal murder of some women which are making headlines. SABC News
Manhunt for suspects in school security officer murder case in Mbombela
The Mpumalanga Education Department has called on members of the public in Daantjie, east of Mbombela, to assist police with information that may lead to the arrest of suspects, who murdered Philemon Zitha, a security guard at Sibambisene Primary School.
The suspects broke into the school’s store room, and stole laptops worth over R40 000. The 51-year-old Zitha has been employed as a security guard at the school since 2019. Zitha was one of three security personnel employed at the school.
On Friday, he reported for duty for night shift. It was to be his day at work. He was murdered and thrown inside one of the classrooms.
His lifeless body was discovered by one of his colleagues in the morning. SABC News
4th wave threat encouraging local travel – expert
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on South Africa’s tourism industry.
Small Tourism Enterprise Association CEO, Percy Morapedi Koji, says the threat of a 4th wave is encouraging people to travel locally. ENCA News
Several labs testing efficacy of current COVID-19 vaccines against C.1.2 variant
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) remains confident that despite the various mutations of the coronavirus, vaccines currently being administered will mitigate against death and hospitalisation.
Last night, the NICD announced the emergence of a new variant, C.1.2, which has relatively low frequency across the country, at just 3%.
Scientists say they are conducting a study on its transmissibility. The variant was first detected in South Africa in May. SABC News
Sadtu launches initiative against violence in schools
Teachers’ union Sadtu has launched a campaign against violence in schools. The ‘I Am a School Fan’ campaign seeks to tackle bullying and assault. It will also look at teacher-on-teacher violence and violence by community members.
Sadtu’s Xolani Fakude said: “We saw this campaign as an opportunity to rally in all stakeholders to play a very clear role in the context of violence in schools. ENCA News
SA’s greatest ever fast bowler Dale Steyn officially retires
South Africa’s greatest ever fast bowler, Dale Steyn, has officially retired from all forms of cricket.
Steyn, who was known as the Phalaborwa Express, has not played international cricket for more than two years, but in his 93 test matches, he took a record 439 wickets.
He also played 125 one-day internationals taking 196 scalps, while in his 47 T20 internationals, yielded 64 wickets. SABC News