NewsWrap: Schools back but some learners are in inadequate places of learning in the country 

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Schools back but some learners are in inadequate places of learning in the country 

Schools have been in a sharp focus on the news diary throughout the country, but there is major concern that some structures are not adequate to cater for the educational needs and safety of learners. Reports suggest that thousands of children are at risk by going to schools in poorly serviced and constructed structures. This is a problem specifically highlighted in some parts of Johannesburg , with some of the schools said to be so dilapidated that some schools had to move to into mobile classrooms with no timeline on repairs to their schools.

City urges Capetonians to use accredited plumbers

The City’s Water and Sanitation Directorate reminds property owners to ensure that they only make use of accredited plumbers to install or modify water systems on their properties. This will give reassurance that the work done complies with the City’s by-laws and other related standards. The directorate says that by using accredited plumbers it will assist the City to manage the loss of water and reduce illegal connections which poses a risk to the Cape’s interconnected drinking water.

Identikidz project has the best summer season by far 

Another heat wave will hit the Mother City this week and many will again flock to our beaches, which places the City’s Identikidz project into the spotlight again, especially after it had the best summer seasons by far. The programme which was implemented by the Western Cape Social Development and Early Childhood Development Department, more than 120,000 children were tagged at participating beaches since the launch of the project in mid-December. Participating beaches include Big Bay, Camps Bay, Fish Hoek, Gordon’s Bay, Harmony Park, Melkbosstrand, Milnerton, Mnandi, Monwabisi, Muizenberg, Sea Point and surrounding areas, Silwerstroom, Strand and Strandfontein.

Bad news as close to 6.000 SA Post Office workers face retrenchment, but union fights it  

South Africa’s unemployment rate continues on a downward trend and there’s further bad news for Post Office workers should a planned retrenchment go ahead. According to the business rescue plan for the South African Post Office, estimates are indicating that 6,000 workers could be left unemployed in the first quarter of this year. The Communication Workers Union is now fighting the job cuts, proposing that the number of retrenchments be reduced. The Post Office is said to be in financial strain of R4,5billion.

Written by: Keenan Williams

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