On Monday, 28 October 2019, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga visited a school and communitie in Gauteng. She was present at the Diepsloot Youth Centre Hall in Ext 2 at the beginning of this week.
Motshekga visits Diepsloot community
Minister Motshekga visits Diepsloot Township at the Diepsloot Youth Centre Hall as part of her public engagement aimed at accelerating service delivery in Education. @ElijahMhlanga pic.twitter.com/oPbEY0E36K
— Dep. Basic Education (@DBE_SA) October 28, 2019
The minister took the opportunity to interact with school
management teams and community members about matters relating to Basic
Education. Motshekga’s visit was a public participation programme which took
place in the north of Johannesburg.
During the visit, the minister was also able to share information with Early Childhood Development (ECD) practitioners and youth that is out of school. Part of her visit was also aimed at having a public engagement that will accelerate service delivery in Education.
The issues discussed at the meeting
Minister Motshekga said: “The overall mantra of this public engagement is discussion; dialogue; joint problem-solving; and above all feedback. We want to have first-hand experience of the impact our policies have on the people we serve.” Read full speech: https://t.co/mnMIsCKacE pic.twitter.com/jw1V2jhIjE
— Dep. Basic Education (@DBE_SA) October 28, 2019
Speaking at the event, the minister stated:
“The overall mantra of this public engagement is discussion; dialogue; joint problem-solving; and above all feedback. We want to have first-hand experience of the impact our policies have on the people we serve.”
Angie Motshekga, Basic Education Minister
The minister quoted the South African Schools Act of 1996 that says:
“…this country requires a new national system for schools which will redress past injustices in educational provision, provide an education of progressively high quality for all learners and, in so doing lay a strong foundation for the development of all our people’s talents and capabilities…”
South African Schools Act 1996
“We are however still of the view that it remains the responsibility of the state to ensure that all learners have access to quality education and, that the state should provide this through a credible public education system.”
Angie Motshekga, Basic Education Minister
Motshekga addresses Independent schools
She addressed Independent schools and encouraged parents to
register their children in them. The minister also outlined the requirements
for a school to be deemed as an independent one.
Motshekga noted that currently 632 443 learners are enrolled
in registered Independent schools. Most of them, 296 282, were said to be
However, there are only 1922 registered Independent schools
in South Africa.
Department of Basic Education deals with illegal schools
She revealed how the department was struggling with Independent schools that were illegally operating. The minister continued explaining how the schools were being tackled:
“Working jointly with our provincial counterparts, we are continuously seeking to identify these unregistered Independent schools, and impose the authority of the State on them. We continuously investigate all allegations of schools operating without being registered with the relevant education departments.”
Angie Motshekga, Basic Education Minister
She informed those gathered that the department would issue
letters to cease operations if an illegal school was found. Motshekga shared
that parents, learners, and educators would then be informed of the closure of
She encouraged parents and communities to come forward in
reporting illegal schools to ensure “a credible basic education system.” The
minister is set to visit Kanana Primary School on Friday, 1 November 2019 at
Then her last school visit in Gauteng will be at Ebony Park
Primary School on Sunday, 3 November 2019 at 9:00.
This is what we want to see from our billionaires: No run-of-the-mill investments, no hoarding of personal wealth, but rather, spending their fortunes on exciting projects like this. The moguls behind Steyn City – nestled in the north of Gauteng – are entering the next phase of their development. And yes, they will be bringing a beach to Johannesburg.
The ambitious plans were revealed earlier this week. Douw Steyn is an insurance tycoon, whose businesses have thrived in both South Africa and the UK. Construction on his legacy project “Steyn City” started in earnest four years ago. Luxury apartments, lush playing fields and state-of-the-art facilities are already up and running at the sprawling complex.
Where is Steyn City, and the “Johannesburg beach”?
Steyn City is located between Lanseria and Fourways. It has the potential to become a millionaire’s playground, and it is this exclusive status that has irked some South Africans. However, Giuseppe Plumari is the CEO of Steyn City Properties – and he’s explained how the multi-billion rand expansion will benefit the neighbouring poor citizens in Diepsloot, stating that “more than 1 800 jobs” have been created in the mini-metropolis.
“Our location alongside Diepsloot is not accidental. To the contrary, it was carefully planned. Significantly, our proximity to the community means that people who work do not have high transport expenses. Instead, they can save their salaries for essentials like school uniforms and stationery.”
“With infrastructure developments making the area more accessible, we believe that the New North is poised to become Johannesburg’s next CBD – particularly since Fourways is part of the next phase of the Gautrain expansion, and Lanseria is undergoing major upgrades.”
Features of Steyn City
So, if you’ve got enough loose change behind the sofa, what do you get when you move to Steyn City?
- 700 luxury apartments and 11 penthouse suites to choose from, all fitted with integrated Gaggenau appliances.
- It boasts its own heliport.
- Cycling and hiking trails.
- A 45km-long promenade.
- Outstanding security features.
- The “world-class” education facility, Steyn City School.
- Office space at Capital Park, a 14-hectare commercial centre with three-and-four-story buildings
- Rows of restaurants and boutiques alongside the city’s green parks, and a number of rooftop pools.
- Indoor aquatics centre.
- And yes, a clear water lagoon which will be “the only beach in Johannesburg”.
A beach in Johannesburg? Tell us more…
The Steyn City Clearwater Lagoon is a 300-metre long facility that’s entirely chemical free. Much like the Blyde Lagoon in Pretoria, these waters provide a beach setting in the middle of a land-locked city. According to SA Property Insider, there are countless activities for visitors to “the only beach in Johannesburg”.
“The lagoon’s incredible features are as good as any of South Africa’s seaside destinations, including a kiddies’ water park, beach areas, volleyball courts, change facilities and a kiosk where you can grab refreshments and rent necessities like umbrellas or sports equipment.”
SA Property Insider
The beach is the jewel in the crown of Douw Steyn’s “Vision 2020” plan. The group are ploughing another R5.5 billion into their manufactured city from next year, in a bid to get more South Africans to set up shop in the vibrant location. Phase 1 is set for its official launch in the next 12 months.
Who is Douw Steyn?
Steyn is now 66 years old. He grew up in Johannesburg and went to the university in Potchefstroom. The businessman launched Auto & General Insurance in 1985, and replicated the model in the UK with Budget Insurance.
The billionaire’s personal home, Palazzo Steyn, is valued at R250 million. Naturally, it is located in the center of Steyn City. It even beats Zuma’s Nkandla, but at least it wasn’t paid with taxpayers money. The 3 000 square meter mansion is one of South Africa’s most expensive and sits on two and a half hectares of land.
- All photos were taken from Steyn City’s social media channels, unless stated otherwise
In today’s digital world, security is everyone’s business as the breach of cyber security affects us all in one way or another.
With that in mind, the Cyber Security Innovations Conference 2019 is designed to “shift organisational culture to improve cyber security, privacy and business resilience”.
What is the Cyber Security Innovations Conference?
Organised by KiWeb, the event aims to bring together CISOs, IT security, risk management and other IT professionals. Topics on the table include cyber security, data privacy and risk management.
KiWeb – short for Knowledge Integration Web – strives for excellence “through the application of our extensive knowledge and experience in business development.”
Cyber Security Innovations Conference speakers
In addition, attendees can look forward to a lineup of acclaim and respected business leaders, including Hein Venter, Professor and Head: Digital Forensic Science at the University of Pretoria.
Yvette Du Toit, who joined EY in London in 2006, will also be attendance. Furthermore, Du Toit worked mainly in penetration testing, information security, compliance and operational risk projects in the UK.
She is CIPM, CIPT, CLPI & CDPO Certified and is also an approved PECB privacy trainer. Other speakers at the event include:
- Johan Steyn: Artificial Intelligence enthusiast at IQBusiness. Conference speaker, author. Software Quality Engineering professional.
- Maeson Maherry: Chief Solutions Officer at LAWtrust
- Kudakwashe Charandura, CISA,CISM,CEH,CPTE,CCSK,SAP : Director – Cybersecurity at SizweNtsalubaGobodo Grant Thornton
- Guy Golan – Chief Executive Officer at Performanta
- Verine Etsebeth: Senior Lecturer of law of negotiable instruments, tax law, LLM cyber law, LLM access to information and privacy and bill of rights at University of the Witwatersrand
- Candice Sutherland: Cyber Underwriter at ITOO Special Risks (Pty) Ltd
- Rishalin Pillay (CISSP, INFOSEC 4011 & 4013, eJPT), Cybersecurity Professional and Author Snr, Cybersecurity PFE at Microsoft
- Given Shingange: Chief Operations Officer at Avumatech & Co-Founder and Director at Institute for Defence, Security and Intelligence
- Tsholofelo Rantao: Speaker | Cyber Security | Data Privacy Consultant at PwC
- Gus Clarke: Head of Security at Tari Labs
- Janine West – Data Privacy Officer at Investec
- Edwin Mpofu: Senior Information Security Consultant, Advisory – GRC at Wolfpack Information Risk (Pty) Ltd
Cyber Security Innovations Conference topics
Topics for this year’s event includes:
- The New Security Frontier: AI, Threat Hunting, Behavioral Anomalies, and Automated Response
- Standardising Incident Investigation and Response.
- Implementing a Cybersecurity Skills Competencies Framework
- What are the risks of IoT to your business? And What you need to know about hackers
- “POPI and the relevance of GDPR”
- From Heist to Hostage Situation: The Rise of the Modern Bank Robbery
- Take a Ride on the Dark Side – Data on the Dark Web
- How Global Expansion Affects Cybersecurity Risk
- Creating the right cyber security culture
- Creating future-proof resilient businesses in an ultra-connected world
- How to Articulate the Value of Information Security to Senior Management?
- The Human Deception Problem: Understanding and Defending Against Social Engineering Attacks
- How to reduce employee vulnerability to socially engineered threats and phishing emails
- How to protect against latest malware and ransom attacks
TECHSPO is a two-day tech expo that aims to bring together developers, brands, marketers, innovators and designers to “set the pace in our advanced world of technology”.
In addition, exhibitors will get the the opportunity to present their companies to investors, the media, tech enthusiasts and early adopters.
TECHSPO Johannesburg 2019:
When and where
TECHSPO events are scheduled around the globe, with the Johannesburg event set to kick off on 30 October at the Hyatt Regency on 191 Oxford Road, Rosebank.
This year’s TECHSPO will be co-located to include DigiMarCon South Africa 2019. DigiMarCon Conferences & Exhibitions showcase the most audacious and thought provoking speakers in the digital marketing industry.
Attendees will be provided with emerging strategies, the latest innovative technologies, best practices, and insights from successful digital marketing campaigns.
DigiMarCon is a global initiative as well. If you miss the South African event, you’d still be able to attend DigiMarCon Latin America from 19 to 21 November 2019.
How to check in
Check in at the Registration Desk located at the Ayanda Room Foyer on the second level to collect your badge and lanyard, and to familiarise yourself with the venue.
Check-in hours are between 9:00 and 16:00 on both 30 and 31 October.
Be prepared to be inspired, amazed and educated on how these evolving technologies will impact your business for greater growth.
TECHSPO Johannesburg 2019 Agenda
The event will kick off with a Technology Training Session in the Training Theatre at 10:00, followed by a networking luncheon at 12:00, in the Dining Hall.
Four Technology Training Sessions are scheduled over the course of two day. Do note, however, that seating is reserved and available to All Access & Thursday Training Pass Holders only.
Reasons to attend:
If you’re still not convinced, the organisers compiled a list of 10 reason to attend the TECHSPO Johannesburg event:
- Inspiring: Visitors will learn more about the latest development in Internet, mobile, adtech, martech, SAAS, and more.
- Emerging: TECHSPO presentations will be conducted by top leaders in the industry.
- Expertise: Visitors will get the opportunity to learn more about the latest trends, giving attendees a competitive advantage.
- Collaborative: Brainstorm and interact with representatives from the world’s leading high-tech firms.
- Insightful: The TECHSPO agenda is determine by an independent editorial board to provide real insight, and not merely sales pitches.
- Return on Investment: Attendees will be introduced to a wealth of information, insights and new ideas
- Opportunities: Attendees will be able to propel their career advancement, to gain personal fulfillment and be exposed to new challenges.
- Location: The TECHSPO events are easily accessible and offer breathtaking backdrops for networking and entertainment.
- Exploring: Attendees will have evenings free to dine or pursue sight-seeing opportunities.
- Networking: All TECHSPO agendas are “designed to ensure attendees have ample time to relax, mingle and network.
The EFF have suggested they will contest the election for the next mayor of Johannesburg on Monday. Funzela Ngobeni of the DA has proved to be the front-runner in the competition, but with Julius Malema and his comrades in the mix, almost anything can happen.
The EFF says it’s considering contesting the position of Joburg mayor. #sabcnews
— Radio 2000 (@Radio2000ZA) October 28, 2019
Julius Malema wants an EFF mayor in Johannesburg
Speaking to the media at their second elective conference in Nasrec, Malema revealed that he wants EFF members to be considered for posts in government – with the mayorship of Johannesburg being no different.
“They never talk about the EFF. I don’t understand why. We are ready to govern and I think we must look at this properly. If we can’t start identifying talent amongst our own ranks… The debate must not be reduced to simply DA or ANC. I want to propose that the EFF must contest Johannesburg.”
EFF elective conference – latest news:
The stark admission came as Malema criticised some of his own comrades in the EFF, who have also failed to put forward other party members for position of leadership. He stated that a lack of opportunism within the Red Berets could end up killing the party – with small fractures beginning to show in their hierarchy.
It’s understood that this week’s elective conference could see a major shake-up within the top structures of the third-biggest political party in the country. The likes of Dali Mpofu and Godrich Gardee face a battle to keep hold of their positions, whereas Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu have been rocked by a series of VBS corruption allegations.
Fierce competition for Johannesburg mayor role
Should the EFF decide to field their own candidate in Johannesburg, they could turn the city red by winning. The party are in a coalition government with the DA, and although Malema and co have shared their glowing praise for Herman Mashaba, they are much less likely to welcome another DA leader to the position.
Funzela Ngobeni looks like he’ll have all this to contend with. DA Parliamentary leader John Steeenhuisen said earlier in the day that Joburg’s Finance MMC is the most likely to fill-in as mayor. The politician has also represented the ANC and Cope in his time, so he knows a thing or two about cross-party functions.
— Bulelani Phillip (@BulelaniPhillip) October 28, 2019
This scene from Lonehill, Joburg wouldn’t be out of place on a Benny Hill sketch. But two robbers who thought they’d picked-out an easy target were left humiliated when they had to run for their lives.
Two dudes in Lonehill fight off attempted robbery
The incredible video has been shared thousands of times on social media, as the would-be victims turn the tables on their potential assailants. The clip begins by showing us two men talking outside of a property, but events soon go from casual to chaotic in a heartbeat.
A man in an orange shirt leaps from the passenger side of a white vehicles and approaches his target. He withdraws a gun and points it at the pair. But do you know what? Two can play at that game…
How it all unfolded
One of the men stood on the driveway takes evasive action by retreating backwards and withdrawing his own firearm. The situation is flipped on its head, and the hunter becomes the hunted as shots are fired towards the supposed thief and his getaway vehicle.
In almost cartoon-like fashion, the criminal panics and runs away in sheer terror, scrambling towards safety in Lonehill. It would appear no-one is seriously injured in the clash, but we’re sure doctors would find a bruised ego and severely-battered pride amongst the orange-shirted scarperer.
Strong self-defence on show
The incident took place at 16:00 on Sunday afternoon. Police have started an investigation into the matter. This was arguably the best-possible outcome, too. Had the robber been shot dead, the man on the driveway may have faced his own police probe – as per the laws of self-defence in South Africa.
However, with no fatalities and an appropriate display of force shown, the targets escaped a life-threatening situation by giving these thugs a taste of their own medicine. You can watch the video of the incident below – blink, and you’ll miss the moment rough justice was served.
Watch the Lonehill shootout here
Attempted robbery: Lonehill JHB. WATCH pic.twitter.com/mkHpNbtZg3
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) October 27, 2019
The quick-thinking reactions certainly won a few fans online…
Lord we have Clint Eastwood right in our backyard right in backyard ?
— Thapedi Ngwepe (@NimNgw) October 27, 2019
Lawful use of a law abiding citizen being attacked by a criminal. #legalgunowners should practice with their #selfdefence #firearms so that they are proficient when the criminal attacks… #gunssavelives pic.twitter.com/qLgmJLI70p
— Gun Friendly SA ?? (@GUNFRIENDLY_SA) October 27, 2019
The Democratic Alliance Leader, Mmusi Maimane officially tendered his resignation on Wednesday, 23 October 2019. A number of politicians have since reacted to the news.
Why did Mmusi Maimane resign
made the announcement at Nkululeko House, the party’s Federal Head Office in
Johannesburg. The former leader revealed that his main reason for quitting was
because the political party didn’t have his vision of “building One South
Africa for All.”
“It is with great sadness that in order to continue the fight for this vision I so strongly believe in, and the country I so dearly love, I today tender my resignation as leader of the Democratic Alliance.”
Mmusi Maimane, former DA Leader
reacts to Maimane resigning
Taking to Twitter, the Economic Freedom Front’s (EFF) Leader, Julius Malema, reacted to Maimane’s resignation news by retweeting a number of posts. One such post was by the UDM’s Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, Mongameli Bobani.
featured a video of a group of men whom Bobani joked were Maimane, Athol
Trollip, and Herman Mashaba. The mayor mocked the three men saying the video of
them failing to reel in a cow was their attempt “to take on Nontsapo before
#DAFedEx and #DApresser.”
Leader also retweeted a thread on Twitter that alleged Helen Zille had been “experimenting
with the black project” when she allowed Maimane, Mashaba and Lindiwe Mazibuko
to lead in the DA.
accused Zille of making a “U-turned with speed to normalise and appease the
verkrampte racist that is the DA core constituency.”
Phumzile Van Damme wishes the former DA Leader well
Phumzile Van Damme, a DA MP and the Shadow Minister of
Communications and Digital Technology shared a photo of herself with Maimane.
In the caption of the post, she thanked him for his work in politics and shared
her anticipation for the work they would continue doing in parliament.
She also tweeted a couple of times clarifying that the
former leader wasn’t leaving the DA. In his resignation speech, Maimane said I he
would continue in his role “as parliamentary leader until the end of the year,
after which the party will go to Congress to elect new leadership.”
Zille’s cryptic tweet
Earlier in the day, Zille posted a poem by Charles Mackay
that spoke about having enemies. The poem alluded to how when you have dabbled
in the rough, you are bound to have enemies.
The tweet was quite ironic as Maimane spoke about those in
the DA “who do not see eye to eye with me.” And members who “do not share this
vision for the party and the direction it was taking.”
The Democratic Alliance’s reaction to Maimane’s resignation
The DA responded to Maimane’s revelation by thanking him and
Trollip “for your selfless service to the DA and to the nation.” The political
party also shared the former leader’s resignation speech.
The South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations (exams) for 2019 officially began today on 23 October. More than 790,000 pupils have registered for this year’s final exams.
Lesufi on NSC exams: Conduct yourself honestly
Gauteng Education Member of the Executive Council (MEC) Panyaza Lesufi urged students to conduct themselves with honesty during the NSC exams. He warned them on how cheating and other exam irregularities could result in criminal records.
Throughout South Africa, Grade 12 pupils sat down to write
English Paper One.
Lesufi visits Park Town Boys High School
Lesufi planned to visit Park Town Boys High school in Johannesburg
to oversee the exams. The MEC chose Park Town Boys because of the allegations
of misconduct that were brought against teachers.
Collan Rex, a former waterpolo coach at the school, was
sentenced to 23 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to 144 counts of sexual and
Shadow minister wishes matriculants well for the exams
The Democratic Alliance’s (DAs) Shadow Minister of Basic
Education and Member of Parliament (MP), Nomsa Marchesi, also had words of
encouragement for the matrics of 2019.
She wished “the Class of 2019 well for their final matric examinations.” Speaking to those who had completed their practical exams, Marchesi said, “We trust that it was a success.”
Addressing the recent load shedding blackouts, the MP
“In light of the recent rolling blackouts, we hope that the rest of the matric examinations will kick off with a smooth start and that there will be no further interruptions as our learners take this vital step towards unlocking opportunities for themselves.”
Nomsa Marchesi, Democratic Alliance (DA) Shadow Minister of Basic Education and Member of Parliament (MP)
Marchesi urges everyone to rally behind those writing exams
Noting how final exams could be stressful for matriculants,
she urged “families, schools and communities” to support those writing. Marchesi
said the 52.8% youth unemployment rate made these exams crucial.
She stated how a matric certificate could, ultimately, be
the most “important stepping stone towards finding employment and breaking the
cycle of poverty.” The MP commended the Class of 2019 for pushing forward
despite facing many challenges.
She said the students had faced “a broken education system
and disintegrating socio-economic conditions.” Marchesi concluded: “We hope
that all their hard work will pay off come the release of their results.”
Steve Mabona, the Gauteng Education spokesperson also wished
the matriculants well saying:
“We wish to call upon everyone to support our learners. Let’s make sure that we work with them. To learners, focus, it is the last push.”
Steve Mabona, Gauteng Education spokesperson
According to Reuters, customers will be thrilled to hear that South African Airways (SAA) and Comair have begun returning grounded planes to service on Wednesday, 23 October 2019.
SAA grounds airplanes
The airlines both grounded their airplanes on Tuesday after
safety regulators picked up on maintenance problems. At the time, SAA said it “may
operate an amended flight schedule.”
Mbalula tries to calm the situation
To avoid confusion and further issues, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula gave an afternoon briefing on the problem. He revealed that there was no need to panic and that the disruption was likely to come to an end shortly.
OR Tambo, Lanseria, Cape Town International, King Shaka, and
Port Elizabeth were all affected with cancellations or delays. Some of the
affected planes had to “undertake compliance verification in line with the South
African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) requirements.”
SAA and Comair flights back on schedule
A passenger service representative for Airports Company South Africa gave an update recently. The representative said today flights were flying from Johannesburg’s OR Tambo airport as per usual.
Comair also said it expected no disturbances on their
flights on Wednesday.
Why were the planes grounded
On Tuesday, the Comair had eight of its domestic flights disrupted. SAA had 25 aircraft affected by the regulators’ safety audit.
The airline declined to comment on the matter. On Tuesday,
SACAA revealed that it had found faults during an inspection at SAA Technical.
It then proceeded to issue a prohibition order until the
faults were fixed. However, the authority declined to disclose the nature of
the problems that led to the grounding.
How the airlines handled the grounding
In reaction, SAA’s maintenance unit offered SACAA a corrective plan which they accepted.The authority also welcomed the decision by “SAA and Comair to ‘self-ground’ some aircraft on Tuesday as a precautionary measure.”
SAA Technical is responsible for maintaining SAA aircrafts. They also maintain SAA’s subsidiary Mango Airlines and British Airways franchise partner Comair.
The latter also operates under the kulula.com brand. SAA was forced to cancel four domestic flights yesterday.
They remedied the situation by combining services and deploying bigger aircraft to accommodate its affected passengers. The company also sent out notices on its social media to alert passengers of alternate measures for those affected.
The state-owned flag carrier of South Africa hasn’t made an annual profit since 2011. So far, the company has been relying on the government to
bail it out to allow it to operate.