SACE has only recently sought to access sex offenders register – Sonja Boshoff

SACE compromise child safety by failing to vet teachers against the Sexual Offenders register, as required by law The South African Council of Educators (SACE) admitted in a reply to a DA Parliamentary Question that it has only recently attempted to access the National Register for Sex Offenders or the Child Protection Register. Today marks the start of Child Protection Week and the admission by SACE that they have never checked teachers against the registers is a damning indictment against the body as well as the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga.…

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Murder plot confirms our view of IFP municipalities – ANC KZN

ANCKZN APPLAUDS THE ARREST OF IFP MAYOR FOR CONSPIRACY TO MURDER The African National Congress (ANC) in KwaZulu-Natal has noted the arrest of the three suspects including the IFP Mayor in eNdumeni Local Municipality in connection with a maneuver to assassinate his colleague.  A team of the South Africa’s elite police unit, Hawks based in the province intercepted information of a plot to assassinate the council speaker. It’s alleged that the mayor Siboniso Richard Mbatha, a councillor of Inkosi Langalibalele Local Municipality and a hit man had intended to assassinate…

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Agreement reached with WCED – EE

EE and Western Cape Education Department come to an agreement On Thursday 24 May, Equal Education (EE) members met with Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer, Western Cape Head of Department Brian Schreuder, and other staff from the Western Cape Department of Education (WCED). We had a constructive discussion about recent developments at EE, and our movement’s continued work in the province. EE’s delegation included elected Leadership Committee (LC) Members (who are Equalisers – high school members of EE), the Head of EE Western Cape Noncedo Madubedube, Deputy Head of…

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Simphiwe Montlha murdered – SACP

SACP strongly condemns murder of ANC councillor, former leader of the Young Communist League of South Africa, Comrade Simphiwe Montlha The South African Communist Party expresses its heartfelt condolences to the Montlha family for the loss of their loved one, Simphiwe. A councillor of the ANC in the City of Tshwane, Comrade Simphiwe Montlha was shot dead on Tuesday evening, 22 May 2018 in Soshanguve Block VV. The SACP is calling upon the Police to leave no stone unturned in the investigation of the assassination. The justice system must bring to book…

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Fin24.com | London introduces ‘world first’ contactless payments for buskers

Busker Charlotte Campbell in London trialling the contactless card reader in what organisers say is a world first. (iZettle/PA) London – London is introducing a contactless payment scheme for buskers in what organisers said would be a world first, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Sunday as he unveiled a partnership with tech company iZettle. Under the “Busk in London” programme, street musicians in the British capital will be able to accept non-cash payments with contactless cards, wearable technology and chip and pin. “Now, more Londoners will be able to show…

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Vodacom says it has a WASP-blocking option – Too bad its employees don’t know anything about it

At the start of May, MyBroadband investigated Vodacom’s WASP-blocking option – which the operator previously stated customers could enable by completing a form. When visiting a Vodacom store and asking for the required form, however, we were informed there was no option to block WASP subscriptions on Vodacom SIMs. Speaking to an agent through Vodacom’s customer care line yielded the same result. A Vodacom spokesperson responded by stating it had stopped the process where customers were required to complete a form to block WASPs. Instead, it said customers could block WASP…

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Fin24.com | Hackers loot R300 000 from Goliath and Goliath: ‘I’m petrified’, says CEO

Cape Town – Comedy and entertainment agency Goliath and Goliath suffered a loss of more than R300 000 in what appears to be a phishing scam. The hackers are seemingly intercepting invoices and then changing banking details. The money paid over to the hackers range between R60 000 and R130 000. The PR Bailiff, which is a subsidiary of Goliath and Goliath, has also been targeted with it losing R20 000. Goliath and Goliath’s CEO Kate Goliath told Fin24 she was alerted to the scam in April when a client…

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Why I use a Mac computer, but an Android phone

When people see my MacBook, they assume that I have an iPhone. With Apple’s ecosystem so tightly integrated, why wouldn’t they? However, I have used an Android smartphone since the launch of the HTC Desire in 2010 – and a MacBook laptop as my work machine since 2011. While iPhones and non-Mac laptops are fine devices, I will never go back to Windows or Linux on my work PC, or switch to iPhone. That’s not to say it hasn’t been tempting, but there are many small things which when added…

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Fin24.com | Fed-up Spanish cities are bursting Airbnb’s bubble

Madrid – Spain may be one of the world’s top tourist destinations, but many people in its biggest cities have grown exasperated with Airbnb-style rentals. And now, their city councils are taking action. Airbnb and other peer-to-peer rental websites have for years been credited with enabling lovers of travel and culture to find new ways to explore foreign lands. However, complaints have abounded in Spain that greedy landlords are throwing out long-term tenants in order to cash in on the tourist flow, and that the short-term leases are pushing up…

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Fin24.com | IDC appoints new auditors after dumping KPMG

Cape Town – The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) announced the appointment of new external auditors. This follows the decision taken by its annual general meeting not to reappoint KPMG, which had previously audited the IDC, it stated in a notification sent out by the JSE.   “[Th]e IDC appointed SizweNtsalubaGobodo Inc (SNG) and Ngubane & Company (Ngubane) as joint auditors for the financial statements ended 31 March 2018.” It added that the decision was made after an open tender procurement process. KPMG suffered a server blow for…

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