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South African private schools see major drop-outs due to rising costs: report


South Africa’s top private schools have lost thousands of students over the last year due to rising school fees and other costs.

According to a report by the Sunday Times, two of South Africa’s biggest private school chains, Curro and AdvTech, lost 3,881 pupils last year – mainly because parents could not afford to pay fees.

In addition, both St John’s College in Parktown and St Stithians College in Sandton confirmed that they had seen a number of drop-outs as well as an increase in students who had fallen behind in school fees.

However, it appears the pain is being felt at both ends of the school spectrum as enrolment at these private schools has also dropped – increasing by 2.7% this year compared to 4.9% last year – while some schools have been unable to fill…

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Underground Echoes: From sorrow to joy : Martinez News-Gazette


By JOSEPH & JUDIE PALMER
Special to the Gazette

In our last installment it stated on November 14, 1872, the Rice family grew when Aaron’s 26-year-old son Nathaniel married 18-year-old Rebecca Donzel with no family members present. Also mentioned in an announcement regarding churches on March 18, 1871 published in the Napa County Recorder, Rev. Robert Rice (Aaron’s father) gave two sermons a day as acting minister for the Napa AME Church, while Nathaniel supervised the Sunday School. Robert also owned the family farm that employed both Aaron and Nathaniel.

On Nov. 23, 1873, Elevator newspaper representatives from San Francisco visited Napa to report on its African-American community, and then published their findings on Nov. 30, 1873. An excerpt, “……

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South African shopping centres will slowly start to ditch their massive parking garages


Anyone familiar with the retail shopping experience in South Africa will know the nightmare of the shopping parkade.

As more shopping centres spring up around the country however, developers are starting to question the feasibility of these structures – especially because of the costs and space that they take up.

Speaking to BusinessTech, Sean Paul executive director of Spire Property Management explained that while the shift is still along way away, its an issue that is increasingly being considered -especially in the country’s dense urban areas.

“We have been involved in developing in dense residential nodes for a number of years, and these types of shopping centres are already quite restrictive,” he said.

“We were recently involved in the development of the Cape…

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African Union wants to finance security and peacekeeping in Africa


Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

When the Libyan crisis began in 2011, the African Union wanted to use a political strategy to facilitate a transition of power, and by any means necessary, avoid war. Yet that policy approach was overridden by Western powers by way of the United Nations security council, leading to a military intervention, the overthrow and demise of president Muammar Gaddafi, and the eventual conflagration of Libya.

Cognizant of that watershed moment and others, African decision-makers this weekend gathered in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia for the high-level Tana Forum on security in Africa. The theme this year is about how the AU could better finance its own security agenda in order to reduce the continent’s dependence on donors and hence, keep foreign intervention at bay.

Africa is the…

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Wenger’s legacy in African football — Quartz


As Arsene Wenger steps down as Arsenal coach and the longest serving manager in the English Premier League era, a discussion of his legacy will inevitably ensue.

In England, introducing new training methods, radically changing dietary and nutrition habits at Arsenal influenced other clubs, grooming some of the world’s best players as youngsters, winning a historic league title after going an entire season without a loss, winning a record seven FA Cup titles and coaching his team to play free flowing, attacking soccer will all rank among his finer achievements.

In Africa though, Wenger will mostly be remembered for the faith he placed in signing African players and giving them a chance before it became fashionable to do so. From legends of old to current promising stars, Africans too are…

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Sundowns Set To Sign Another African Star



Mamelodi Sundowns look set to bolster their squad with the addition of a Guinea-Bissau international.


Read: Sundowns Offer African Winger Contract


The Siya crew recently revealed that Sundowns have offered Toni Brito Silva a contract as they looked to beat off interest from Cape Town City.


Siya sources have now indicated that the Brazilians are set to sign the 24-year-old, who previously played for Greek outfit, APO Levadiakos.


The winger was spotted by Sundowns’ scout back in 2016, although they did not pursuit their interest any future at the time.


Read: Sundowns Add More Names To Their Shopping List?


Silva has featured for the Guinea-Bissau national side on seven occasions since making his debut in 2016, while he played against Bafana Bafana in an…

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