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Month: October 2016

The bigger picture shows no solution to the education crisis

I believe that free education for all is a worthy aspiration and should be pursued as it would catapult our country into a new era.  In its pre-1994 manifesto, the ANC promised free education, only to find that it is not affordable.  The best that it has been able to manage is to provide for the children of poor families, and this is a significant step in the right direction. At present, the government is being held to ransom by some (and it is unlikely to be the majority of) university students who, regrettably, are unable to see the...

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Human Settlements and Trading Services Committee chairperson Mondli Mthembu (second from right) and Ward 20 Councilor Mandla Mbambo handed over six bicycles to the GO!Durban Academy and the Durban Green Corridor. (From left to right) Qiiniso Sithole, Mzwakhe Langa and Sakhile Langa from KwaDabeka received the bikes. TIKZN economist Felleng Mahlatsi.   Over 100 children enrolled in the GO!Durban Cycle Academy gathered at eNanda Adventure Park and KwaDabeka Adventures over the past couple of weeks to paint their vision of what transport could look like in years to come. This was one of a series of road safety awareness campaigns...

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ACCOUNTABILITY IN THE HOOD Martin Meyer, 39, is a kind, empathetic chap with degrees in theology who is often spotted walking around in my hood:  Morningside. He is a social worker at a Durban hospital and the councilor for the city’s Ward 27. Bordered by Sydenham Road, North Ridge Road, the Umgeni River and the beachfront up to SunCoast, this is home to key businesses and important business people. Meyer was elected with a majority of 77% in his ward of 15 000 voters. After his re-election in August for another five-year term, I asked him what his priorities...

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  “It’s painful but you have to work through it,” Carlos Esteves, head of infrastructure roll-out at GODurban! told a gathering of the Northern Area Business forum at Umhlanga’s Beverley Hills today. These are businesses that face the same massive upheavals experienced by firms in Pinetown and surrounds during the construction of the first phase of the project – the C3 corridor linking Bridge City with Pinetown central. That, it seems, is all but complete with lessons learnt that could make things easier for those in the north as the next phase takes shape. Current construction is on the...

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Even through the gas market has stagnated due to a lack of economic growth, Afrox says that the R60 million state-of-the-art facility that it officially unveiled at Riverhorse Valley on Friday is a sign of its confidence in the KwaZulu-Natal economy. “Our R60m Riverhorse Valley facility is geared specifically for efficiency and cost-effectiveness, aimed at benefiting customers in the medical, hospitality and industrial sectors and sets a new standard by which modern industrial gases hubs will be measured,” managing director, Schalk Venter, said before cutting loose a bunch of red balloons. This modern 18 000 square metre site which...

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