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By ASHLEY WESTAWAY Community members flocked to GADRA’s 2022 AGM, held on 6 September at the Joza Youth Hub, and welcomed its renewed determination to take local educational performance to new heights. The organisation’s Board and management used the occasion of its AGM to present the findings of a recent external evaluation and the recommendations of its strategic plans for 2023 – 2027. Key aspects of the plan that were welcomed by the meeting were: GADRA intends to build on recent educational successes in Makhanda, thereby achieving new heights concerning matric pass rates, Bachelor pass rates and enabling local students…

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By STAFF REPORTER The Mayoral Imbizo is an ongoing mayoral outreach programme to bring local government closer to citizens. The municipality interacts with communities regarding upcoming service delivery projects in their areas and progress on existing ones. Ward 1: Tuesday, 15 March, 5 pm, Riebeeck EastWard 2 and Ward 9 (“D” and Eluxolweni): Wednesday, 16 March, 5 pm, Noluthando HallWard 7 and Ward 10: Thursday, 17 March, 5 pm, Tantyi HallWard 14: Sunday, 20 March, 2 pm, Seven FountainsWard 8: Tuesday, 6 April, 12 noon, City HallWard 10: Tuesday, 6 April, 5 pm, BB ZondaniWard 3 (Phumlani & Extension 10)…

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By SHANNON SKAE, Health and Life Coach at Revive with Shan Many if not all of us have dealt with toxicity or toxic relationships sometime in our lives. It could be in our past, present, or even in our future. A toxic relationship is one in which two people do not relate to each other in healthy ways. The relationship is characterized by behaviour on the part of the toxic partner that can be emotionally and often physically harmful. A toxic partner may criticize you, blame you for things that are not your fault, they may be selfish, and they…

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By SIZIPHIWE YUZE, Rhodes University Law Clinic Have you always wondered what the National Credit Act’s purpose is and who it is meant for? If you have, then this article is for you. Credit transactions are those where there is a deferral or delay of payment of a sum of money to another person or a promise to pay money in future, rather than payment being made immediately for cash. Loans are another common form of credit transaction. Such transactions are dangerous, as they generally involve extra payments (interest and other costs) in return for access to the credit. Many…

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Rhodes University’s Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong recently received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from her alma mater, McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, where she completed her MSc in Chemistry in 1981. “I feel privileged and honoured to be recognised in this way,” Prof Nyokong said. “But truly, the award should go to my team, especially the students. I would also not be here without Gail [Personal Assistant] and the technical and cleaning staff. They do a lot to make us comfortable.” President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University, Dr David Farrar, said: “I am delighted that our University has chosen…

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By ANONYMOUS If you haven’t heard about the recent national scandal of sexual abuse in South African schools, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past few months. The podcast My Only Story has been shared widely across South Africa and the world and has everyone asking one question; are our schools safe for children? The real question we should be asking ourselves is how we protect children from predatory individuals, not just in schools but in the whole of society. The Optimus National Prevalence Survey in 2016 reports that 1 in 3 adolescents (ages 15-17 years) in South Africa…

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By ANONYMOUS Content warning: sexual abuse, self-harm I was 16 years old when a substitute teacher at a former Model C school in Makhanda took advantage of me. It went on for two months. I thought, at the time, that we were in a relationship. We were not. When she ended things, she still had a few weeks left at the school. Those were the most painful weeks of my school career. I hurt myself every single day. In each class of hers, I would ask to go to the bathroom to escape for a few minutes. I could not…

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By NICCI HAYES, chair of the Makhanda Circle of Unity Education Cluster and CSD director Yet another heart-breaking story! My heart goes out to the writer and to all children who feel betrayed not only by the abuser but by the other teachers (like myself), and parents, and friends who should have/could have noticed but did not. I am truly sorry for your still enduring pain, and I applaud you for having the courage to tell your story. Beyond the personal, this story is also important in that it helps us to remember that while one or two schools have…

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By LINDSAY KELLAND Violence and sexual violence are endemic in our societies, and our schools are no exception. The South African Council of Educators has declared violence in schools a matter of national concern, finding that, for example, 160 cases of sexual misconduct in schools were reported between April 2020 and July 2021.[1] While we may find ourselves desensitized to the violence around us, we should consider violence in our schools particularly egregious given the legal (and moral) duty of care that schools have to protect and prevent harm from coming to our children. Educators in particular – as in…

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Two women aged 25 and 58 were issued with fines of R1 000 each for offences relating to the liquor act and a 25-year-old man was detained for possession of dagga and selling beer concoctions during the Joza SAPS’s pre Easter Operations tis afternoon.

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