NEWSFLASH NEWS AGENCY 21 November 12 pm
In this bulletin:
# Parents and teachers are urged to be observant as school kidnappings rise
# Free State political parties question COGTA’s financial assistance strategy to struggling municipalities
# And, FW de Klerk’s cremation and funeral service will take place at an undisclosed venue today
#The Basic Education Department is requesting parents to be more vigilant while dropping their children off at school. Last week an 18-year-old girl narrowly escaped being kidnapped and a grade-five pupil is still missing after being kidnapped outside her Mayfair school. Basic Education spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga says the department is deeply concerned with the situation:
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# Mhlanga also says 287-thousand people have been deployed as additional capacity at schools:
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# Some political parties in the Free State have expressed mixed reactions towards the notice issued by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to assist struggling municipalities financially. The EFF and the DA say the timing of the decision is a move by the ANC to dominate hung councils in the province. COGTA MEC, Mxolisi Dukwana says the proposed system aims to revise the powers of the council from an executive mayoral system to a collective executive system, to bring stability to collapsed municipalities. Selected municipalities have until mid-December to make their submissions.
# South Africa’s last apartheid president, FW de Klerk, will be laid to rest today in what the FW de Klerk Foundation says will be a private service, with no media allowed. The 85-year-old former president died from cancer on the 11th of November. The Presidency earlier says government will host a State Memorial Service, at a future date, in remembrance of De Klerk for his role as former deputy president. Within hours after his death, the De Klerk Foundation released a video on social media in which he unreservedly apologised for apartheid and the hurt it caused.
# And finally more rugby: Despite the 27-26 defeat handed by England to the Springboks at Twickenham, this was not the only international rugby this weekend. Scotland finished off Japan 29-20 at Murrayfield, while Italy got the better of Uruguay with a final score of 17-10. At the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales narrowly won their match against Australia with 29-28. And in Paris the French gave the All Blacks their second consecutive defeat when they beat the New Zealanders with 40-25. Ireland and Argentina will face each other later today in Dublin.
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