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Recent articles by Sesona:

School reopening: 'The timelines were unrealistic'

The South African Democratic Teachers' Union says the Department of Basic Education's timelines on the reopening of schools were always "unrealistic". → Read More

Covid-19: SA records 40 more deaths, 1 716 new cases

The country has recorded 1 716 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total to 32 683, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says. → Read More

Education dept now says pupils will only go back on 8 June, Western Cape disagrees

The Department of Basic Education says that, after consulting with the Council of Education Ministers, it has decided that schools will reopen on 1 June, but that pupils will only return from 8 June. → Read More

Motshekga delays briefing on readiness of schools to reopen

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has rescheduled a much anticipated briefing on the state of schools' readiness to reopen, amid ongoing consultations. → Read More

Ramaphosa to instruct police minister to ensure Free State journalist's 'safe passage' to SA

President Cyril Ramaphosa says he will direct Police Minister Bheki Cele to ensure that Free State community journalist Paul Nthoba can return home safely, after he fled to Lesotho for out of fear for his life. → Read More

To open or not? Some places of worship stick with praying at home

Despite President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing of the lockdown that religious gatherings of up to 50 people would be permitted under Level 3, some religious institutions have decided to keep their doors closed for safety reasons. → Read More

To open or not? Some places of worship stick with praying at home

Despite President Cyril Ramaphosa announcing of the lockdown that religious gatherings of up to 50 people would be permitted under Level 3, some religious institutions have decided to keep their doors closed for safety reasons → Read More

Motshekga expects teaching delays of up to 1 week for some schools

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says she is aware that a number of schools in some provinces may not be able to resume on-site teaching on 1 June, but expects delays to last no longer than a week. → Read More

Narrative that Gauteng is not doing targeted testing is false, says Makhura

David Makhura says the health department has conducted a lot of tests and the narrative the provincial government has not been conducting Covid-19 tests as targeted is false. → Read More

Gauteng schools may use soap, not sanitiser, as criminals target PPEs

The most recent incident occurred at Sikhulisile Primary School in Ekangala, Tshwane, which was broken into twice, during which PPEs for teachers and pupils were stolen. → Read More

Lockdown: DA supports reopening of schools, but will monitor closely to ensure safety

The Democratic Alliance says, while it supports the Department of Education's decision to reopen schools as the country grapples with Covid-19, it will be closely monitoring the implementation of plans to ensure schools are ready, safe and clean. → Read More

Gauteng plans to establish ward-based Covid-19 response team to focus on hot spots

Gauteng is set to start a ward-based Covid-19 response team as part of its strategy to tackle hot spots. → Read More

This is how some of Gauteng schools are preparing ahead of the return of pupils on 1 June

While it remains unclear what lies ahead once pupils start returning to schools in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, some schools in Gauteng have already hit the ground running. → Read More

What we know about how children will be kept safe once schools reopen from 1 June

The Department of Basic Education has announced strict safety measures to be put in place at schools once the phasing in approach of pupils resumes from 1 June. → Read More

Schools to reopen from 1 June, starting with grades 7 and 12

The National Coronavirus Command Council and Cabinet have approved the reopening of schools as of 1 June, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced. → Read More

Schools reopening: Basic education dept still consulting stakeholders, as SA waits

The Department of Basic Education is in continued engagement with various stakeholders on the state of readiness for schools to resume from 1 June, while a public briefing by Minister Angie Motshekga is now expected on Tuesday. → Read More

'We can't have every province doing its own thing'

Schools' state of readiness to reopen during the Level 4 lockdown hangs in the balance yet again as teacher unions continue to raise what they call "gaps" in an updated report received from the Department of Basic Education. → Read More

North West man in dock for allegedly raping 6-year-old girl

North West police have arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly raping a six-year-old girl at a supermarket in the city of Hebron. → Read More

Sisulu appoints Terry Motau to lead team reviewing corruption in water and sanitation dept

Sisulu says there is a lack of consequence management in the department and as a result many officials who were implicated in fraud and corruption were either still at work or suspended with pay. → Read More

Mkhize reiterates that nurses without PPEs will not be allowed to care for patients

Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize has affirmed his department's commitment that no nurse will be allowed to care for patients without the appropriate protective equipment as the country battles the spread of Covid-19. → Read More