There is no denying the fact that education remains on the back foot as far as the future of this all important part of the training of learners is concerned. There is also no refuting the fact that education is a stepping stone out of poverty, a key that equips individuals for a brighter future. Therefore, the quality and the professionalism that is required from those who offer education should be of the utmost highest importance.
When the curtains finally came down at the Mmabatho Conventions Centre on Sunday morning and the thousands of revellers who had come to enjoy the final round of the three-year spectacle of traditional music extravaganza coupled with a spectacular display of colourful attires by the audience, it also signalled the end of a contract in which the provincial government had spent millions of rands paid to an events management company residing from outside the province.
The reason why the North West Province has earned the status of the worst performing region when it comes to service delivery responsibilities in the country is because of the dismal performance of the 22 municipalities in the region.
And the reasons why this sickening status keep on recurring at the end of every finance year is because the financial management of most municipalities starting from their Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) down to their most junior ranks are not capable to handle issues of financial administration properly.
While criticism against South Africa continue on the African continent and several parts of the world about the recent violence against foreigners living in the country, the fact that the violence might not have happened in the first place had a foreign national not shot and killed a local taxi driver in Pretoria seems to be over looked.
Recent developments which have negatively affected peace and stability in South Africa have resulted in the country calling on government authorities to revisit one of the most serious topics in modern history – the death penalty.
It is common knowledge that chapter 2, section 11 of the Bill of Rights in the constitution clearly states that everyone has the right to life but there have been debates whether South Africa has a case to reintroduce the death penalty or not. The death sentence was abolished in 1995 by then Constitutional Court president, Arthur Chaskalson.