EldosFM News Wrap Week Ending 12 April 2019 FeaturedWritten by EldosFM News Desk
In our EldosFM News Headlines for the week gone by: Joburg Water will resume fixing the drainage systems in Eldos; New chances of Eskom Load Shedding; Education Minister concerned over Teacher Absenteeism; Ext 3 Residents unhappy with new Cell Phone Tower; The election is coming up and Youth are not interested in voting; Soweto murder suspect hands himself over to SAPS & Service Delivery Protests flare up nationally. Read all the details in our Weekly News Wrap below.
08 April 2019
Joburg Water to resume work in Eldos
According to Ward 17 Councilor Peter Raffety, Joburg Water will resume fixing the drainage systems as well as leakages in area soon and has urged residents to be vigilant during this time. This after a meeting was held last week to address the issue of the Joburg water employees being robbed when working in the areas.
Number of Teacher Absenteeism Increases
Earlier today Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga released the findings of the recent school monitoring survey which revealed that there has been an increase in teacher absenteeism in the country. According to the assessment, the number of teachers who are absent from school on a daily basis has increased from 8 to 10% since the last survey which was conducted in 2011. Motshekga says she is concerned about the increase and described the 2% hike in as deeply troubling, adding that more needs to be done to support teachers in the country.
09 April 2019
Motshekga Concerned over Teacher Absenteeism
Amid recent increments in teacher absenteeism Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga say more has to be done to support educators. Yesterday Motshekga unraveled the 2017 school monitoring survey which found the number of teachers absent on a daily basis increased to eight and ten percent respectively. A similar survey was last conducted in 2011. There have been tremendous increases in teacher absenteeism in the recent years and the problem was reflected on the latest survey. Motshekga raised various concerns over what called a leave of absence phenomenon further stating that more has to be done to support teachers. On a positive note, the survey has found that more pupils in poor and rural schools have access to libraries compared to 2011 and that great strides have been made to ensure that children have textbooks at school.
Ext 3 Residents Protest the Erection of Cell Phone Tower
Earlier today in Eldorado Park ext. 3 contractors appointed by Skycoverage, a telecommunications rental, internet Services Company, was allegedly in the process of erecting a cell phone mast in the area. Moving furious residents to protest, claiming that the tower was put up without their consent and are concerned over the health risks it poses. A member from Skycoverage declined to comment on the matter.
Young People See No Reason for Voting
With the national 2019 elections a month away, many young people are adamant about not voting. This is unsurprising as evidence by the institute for security studies has revealed that youth participation for the upcoming national elections on May 8th has dropped by 47%. Rising concern on the level of satisfaction with democracy and how well political parties perform in addressing socio-economic challenges the youth faces.
28 days left to Vote
With 28 days left to for the national and provincial elections South African Citizens can still go to www.elections.org to check their registration status. Closer to home ward 17 councillor Peter Rafferty has notified local residents of their nearby voting stations.
10 April 2019
Soweto man hands himself over to the police after strangling his partner to death
A 30-year-old man handed himself to the police in Jabulani, Soweto for allegedly strangling his 24-year-old girlfriend to death. Jabulani SAPS’ Sargent Phindile Mavuso said the deceased had bruises on her neck she further said that the incident took on March 7, 2019 at Xuma Street in Zola Extension. Mavuso said the deceased had previously opened a case of assault and later dropped the charge. The motive behind the killing remains unknown.
12 April 2019
Stage one load shedding to be implemented if necessary
According to Eskom the grid remained vulnerable last night with possibilities of load shedding, but it’s given the assurance that stage one load shedding will only be implemented if necessary. The cash-strapped utility states that it’s battling capacity shortages, due to problems at its power stations. South Africans have not experienced load shedding for a few weeks now, but Eskom states that the grid is at risk for now but has also thanked South Africans for their co-operation and understanding. Eskom has further urged residents and businesses to use electricity sparingly.
Service delivery protests flare up nationally
Protests flare up nationally with numerous townships joining the service delivery protests. Residents from Pennyville Soweto also started protest action today, barricading the N17 and main roads. Residents are demanding proper housing. Twenty-one days away from voting day the country has been experiencing protests for approximately two weeks now, with furious residents demanding proper service delivery and solutions to the continuous increase in the unemployment rate. Residents from Kroonstad and Steysrus in the Freestate are also joining in on the protest actions, over fifty protestors are currently in police custody on charges of public violence. The arrests follow the torching of one building and municipal vehicles.
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