By Ndumiso Mlilo JOHANNESBURG South
Africa (Xinhua) -- South Africa’s
Durban will not host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the
Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) said Monday.
South Africa won the
bid in mid 2016 after Canada withdrew to host the tournament.
South Africa initially failed to appoint the local organizing
committee with the required 180 days after the announcement and
also failed to pay the initial deposit to the CGF.
In a statement
emailed to Xinhua on Monday, the CGF confirmed that South
Africa’s bid has been withdrawn.
president of the CGF, said the CGF is actively exploring
alternative options, including a potential replacement host.
“The CGF will
continue to have an open dialogue with the South African Sports
Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the Republic of
South Africa and remains committed to realizing the shared
ambitions of a future Commonwealth Games in Africa,” said
CGF stated that the
decision has been necessitated by key obligations and
commitments in areas such as governance, venues, funding and
South African minister decries
high rate of learner pregnancy
CAPE TOWN South
Africa (Xinhua) -- The high rate of learner pregnancy in South
Africa has become a major social, systemic and fiscal challenge,
Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga said Monday.
It poses a challenge
not only to the basic education sector, but also to national
development, Motshekga said after a meeting of the Council of
Education Ministers (CEM) in Pretoria.
among school girls can impact negatively on the country’s
ability to ensure these girls complete their schooling, which is
also goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the
United Nations, the minister said.
impacts the lives of thousands of young people, often limiting
their personal growth, the pursuit of rewarding careers and
their ambitions, with incalculable impact on South Africa’s
socio-economic systems,” she said.
An estimated 15,740
learners fall pregnant in an academic school year with some
girls being in primary schools, and the Health Department said
this number could be even greater.
In North West
Province’s impoverished Ratlou-municipality, for instance, 3,000
underage girls were found pregnant earlier this year, including
an 11 years old who had already given birth.
The girls were
allegedly impregnated by older men.
In many cases girls
who fall pregnant while in school drop out or rarely return to
school post pregnancy, thus ending any prospect for a descent
career, said Motshekga.
To curb the high
pregnancy rate of learners, the Department of Basic Education
(DBE) has developed a National Policy for the Prevention and
Management of Learner Pregnancy.
This policy seeks to
ensure the accessible provision of information on prevention,
choice of termination of pregnancy, care, counselling and
support, frameworks for impact mitigation, and guidelines for
systemic management and implementation.
In particular, it
commits the basic education system and other role players to
providing the Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) crucial to
optimal sexual and reproductive health.
The DBE needs to
ensure that learners are educated and know what they are getting
into when it comes to sexual activity and to advise and support
them to access relevant forms of contraception, Motshekga said
For those learners
who do fall pregnant, “we do not want them to be expelled from
school or denied the right to education,” she said.
South Africa Durban assessing
By Ndumiso Mlilo DURBAN South Africa (Xinhua)
-- South Africa’s Durban is assessing
the damage and cleaning the area hit by high winds and huge
waves, the local government said on Monday.
Strong winds pelted
South Africa’s tourist resort Durban beach in eThekwini
Metropolitan Municipality on Sunday. The winds and high waves
damaged the beachfront, destroying beach promenade embankment
and the commercial zone near the hotels and restaurants. Three
people were injured.
Chairperson for Community Services Committee Zama Sokhabase said
officials were working along all affected beaches to clean up
debris, litter and large volumes of sea sand that has been
washed up on the promenade and car park area.
The beaches have
been closed to the public while they take stock of the damage
“We are appealing to
beachgoers to heed the warning of lifeguards and refrain from
swimming until beaches have been re-opened,” Sokhabase said.
Acting Member of the Executive Committee for Cooperative
Governance and Traditional Affairs of eThekwini Municipality,
said they will announce the the damage after assessment.
“The rough seas have
caused some damage largely on some of the infrastructure along
eThekwini’s coastline. We have taken stock of the damage and we
deployed additional teams to speedily restore the situation back
to normality,” he said.