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Minister Lindiwe Sisulu hosts her Venezuelan counterpart, 6 Jul

Minister Sisulu to host her Venezuelan counterpart

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, will on Friday, 06 July 2018, host the Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Jorge Arreaza. This visit takes place after the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela held its Presidential elections on 20 May 2018, which saw the re-election of President Nicolas Maduro as the Head of State and the re-appointment of Minister Arreaza to the portfolio of Foreign Affairs.

The visit will be used as an opportunity to continue to strengthen the existing bilateral relations between South Africa and Venezuela, specifically on the areas of Trade and Investment; Agriculture; Energy; Transport; Mining, Tourism and consular matters as the identified areas of focus for the relationship. Diplomatic relations between South Africa and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela were established in 1993 and in 1995. The two countries share cordial relations premised on mainly political relations.

Source: Government of South Africa

Limpopo Education on tragic passing of Grade 12 learner from Mphari Secondary school

Tragic passing of a Grade 12 learner at a Winter Support Camp

The Department wishes to express its sadness due to the death of Benedict Phaswane Monene, a Grade 12 learner from Mphari Secondary school at Mogalakwena, Baltimore circuit, Waterberg District.

Benedict Phaswane Monene, was attending a two week Winter Support Camp as part of curbing the high failure rate in grade 12. The two week Winter Support Camp was arranged at Kgobuki Primary school for 298 learners from 8 secondary schools from Baltimore circuit. Learners arrived at the camp on 24 June 2018 and lessons commenced on 25 June 2018.

Winter Support Camps are the department’s intervention strategy to improve the quality of learner performance and grade 12 results in the province.

Learners at the camp were feed freshly cooked food by food handlers who cook for learners under the NSNP on daily basis. This made hygiene a normal thing as the food handlers are used to cleanliness.

On Sunday, 01 July 2018, while the learners were taking a break from lessons, others played sports and others did their laundry.

Benedict was playing football with his peers when he suddenly collapsed and was rushed to Mankuwe clinic; where he was sadly certified dead.

After receiving the sad news the host principal called other members of the management at the centre, where a decision was taken to discontinue the camp.

The very same group then went to the family to inform them of the news. Monene’s family indicated that they were aware that their son had health problems but never considered them serious.

The Department of Education is working closely with the Department of Social Development in counselling all the affected parties.

Benedict Phaswane Monene, will be laid to rest on 07 July 2018 and a memorial service held today on 5 July 2018 at Mphari Secondary school.

Source: Government of South Africa

Limpopo Junior Commissioner’s project unfolds at University of Limpopo

The youth of this country should play a vital role in crime combating tactics.

The SAPS Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Jan Scheepers in partnership with the Department of Education, found it fit to engage young people, especially learners from various schools across the Limpopo province to feature in this unique crime prevention strategy.

The strategy, named “Junior Commissioner’s project”, engaged learners in Grade 9 and 10 from various schools to participate in this crime prevention strategy by competing on a topic determined to discourage the escalation of various crime trends. The competition started from police stations to the Cluster levels and now is held at Provincial level and then on to the National level.

The Provincial event is being held today, 25 June 2018 and is taking place at the Tiro Hall in the University of Limpopo Campus in Mankweng.

The dignitaries in attendance include the Deputy Provincial Commissioners, the Provincial Heads, the Cluster Commanders, Station Commanders, Members from Department of Community Safety and Transport, the Department of Education, Community Police Forums, Youth Desk and the Department of Social Development.

Source: South African Police Service

Three relatives nabbed for allegedly killing a rape suspect in Addo

Addo – Police nabbed three suspects for allegedly killing a rape suspect in Addo yesterday.

On Sunday, 24 June 2018 around 03:00, it is alleged that a 20-year-old woman was sleeping at her home in Kwa Nomathamsanqa area, Addo, when a man broke into the house and raped her. The victim was alone at the time of the incident, and it is believed that her relatives arrived while the suspect was still in the act and attacked him. The suspect died at the scene.

Three people, aged between 23 and 50, were arrested and are due to appear in the Addo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 for charges of murder. A case of rape was also opened for investigation.

Source: South African Police Service

Three relatives nabbed for allegedly killing a rape suspect in Addo

Addo – Police nabbed three suspects for allegedly killing a rape suspect in Addo yesterday.

On Sunday, 24 June 2018 around 03:00, it is alleged that a 20-year-old woman was sleeping at her home in Kwa Nomathamsanqa area, Addo, when a man broke into the house and raped her. The victim was alone at the time of the incident, and it is believed that her relatives arrived while the suspect was still in the act and attacked him. The suspect died at the scene.

Three people, aged between 23 and 50, were arrested and are due to appear in the Addo Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 for charges of murder. A case of rape was also opened for investigation.

Source: South African Police Service