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August 14, 2018 6:57 PM South Africa to eradicate pit latrine toilets in schools

South Africa is to get rid of all pit latrines in state schools within two years after a five-year-old pupil drowned in a toilet in March. “This is an initiative that will save lives and restore the dignity of tens of thousands of our nation’s children,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said. Pit latrines are holes in the ground covered with a platform – and many are shoddily 12

July 25, 2018 1:43 PM Schools prematurely close countrywide

Scores of schools across the country yesterday prematurely closed before the July 26, date which government had declared for the second term. A survey by the Daily News yesterday revealed that many schools were informing parents not to bring their children to school today. Zimbabwe Teachers Association (Zimta) chief executive officer Sifiso Ndlovu said the premature 20

July 24, 2018 2:32 PM Schools close on Thursday

Schools will close on Thursday, at least two weeks earlier than had been scheduled, a development which has been necessitated by the harmonised polls set for Monday. President Emmerson Mnangagwa proclaimed July 30 as the date for elections. The ministry of Primary and Secondary Education advised of the changes in the schools calendar in a statement issued 21

July 2, 2018 2:28 AM Binga teachers’ ‘absenteeism’ sparks alarm

The Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education is investigating alleged absenteeism from school by teachers in Binga district because of lack of supervision by district officials. The alarm was raised through an anonymous letter written to the ministry by concerned Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) officers who were in the district carrying out voter 18

June 15, 2018 3:34 PM Boko Haram: I’ll talk some sense into Shekau if I see him, says mother

SHEKAU, NIGERIA — Driving west from the city of Maiduguri, Nigeria, the roads get narrower as the towns get smaller. Along the road lie bullet-ridden buildings and security check points as vigilante members patrol gates, all signs of a region where people are trying their best to protect themselves. After three hours VOA ends up in Yobe state, at a village 27

June 11, 2018 4:14 AM Serial robber teen arrested

A teenager from Mzilikazi suburb in Bulawayo has been arrested for allegedly robbing four pupils and a man of their mobile phones on separate occasions. The 17-year-old boy, who cannot be named for ethical reasons, allegedly targeted pupils from different schools. The juvenile is said to have been in the company of an unknown accomplice who is still 26

May 31, 2018 7:21 AM Biafra shutdown cripples Nigerian cities

A stay-at-home protest by Biafran separatists in Nigeria has crippled cities and towns in the south-east. Streets are empty and markets, banks and schools are closed to mark the abortive attempt in 1967 to gain independence for the region. It led to a bitter three-year civil war in which more than one million people were killed. The authorities have warned 24

May 30, 2018 4:08 AM Man drags ex-wife to court over upkeep

A Bikita veterinary officer has dragged his ex-wife to court, demanding payment of maintenance arrears amounting to over $13 000 for the upkeep of their three children. Malvern Mashava accuses his wife, Eustina Mugadza (39), who works as a teacher in Bikita of reneging on payment of her monthly maintenance since 2010, resulting in the arrears. The court 40

May 23, 2018 12:05 PM Kwekwe ropes in debt collectors to recover $43 million

Kwekwe City Council has engaged debt collectors to recover more than $43 million owed by companies and individual ratepayers to improve service delivery. Mutatu and Partners Legal Practitioners on behalf of Kwekwe City Council, have been distributing letters advising ratepayers to settle outstanding bills within a week. “We are instructed to demand as we hereby 45

May 11, 2018 4:29 AM President appoints two Supreme Court judges

President Mnangagwa has appointed two new judges to the Supreme Court to beef up the understaffed bench. Justices Francis Bere and Lavender Makoni — who were at the High Court — were elevated after succeeding in public interviews conducted two years ago. The pair will today take oaths of office before Chief Justice Luke Malaba in Harare. Judicial Service 35