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MacG named among YouTube’s top creators 

YouTube unveiled lists ranking the top trending videos, music videos, Shorts and creators in South Africa today and creators like MacG, Ghost Hlubi, Birth of Stars, MrBeast and Wanitwa Mos were named across various lists. 

According to the online video sharing and social media platform, “this year’s lists are reflective of the most talked about moments to unfold in 2022 on and offline, such as the NFL halftime show, the moment actor Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Oscars, a dancing Pretoria school teacher and top South African musical talent like Wanitwa Mos”.

MacG topped the list of SA’s creators despite criticism surrounding a lot of the things he says, the views he holds and the things he chooses to lend his platform to.

What people in South Africa were most curious about

“Every year, the YouTube End-of-Year Top lists give us in South Africa a valuable glimpse into what people in South Africa were most curious about. YouTube is the place where everyone comes to see what is happening in the world, while participating in today’s culture. 

“Whether it’s Shorts creators fascinating millions such as the daring antics of Hingaflips, or iconic events such as that Will Smith slap, 2022 was an important year for us all and we cannot wait to see what the next year has in store for us,” commented Zeph Masote YouTube Lead, South Africa. 

This year, the company released five lists in South Africa:

Top Shorts: A new list ranking the most viewed Shorts in 2022. 

Top trending YouTube shorts in 2022
Top trending YouTube shorts in 2022. Picture: Screengrab

Top Trending Videos: A list ranking the most viewed Trending videos in 2022. 

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Top trending YouTube videos in 2022. Picture: Screengrab

Top Music Videos: A list ranking the most viewed music videos in 2022. 

Top trending YouTube music videos in 2022
Top trending YouTube music videos in 2022. Picture: Screengrab

Top Creators: Based on subscribers gained in 2022. This list includes long-form, Shorts, and multiformat Creators.

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Top trending YouTube creators in 2022
Top trending YouTube creators in 2022. Picture: Screengrab

Breakout Creators: Based on subscribers gained in 2022 and channel tripling in size when compared to 2021 (+200% year-over-year growth). This list includes long-form, Shorts, and multiformat creators.

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Top trending YouTube Breakout Creators in 2022. Picture: Screengrab

How did YouTube compile these lists? 

The Top Trending Videos list is based on a range of factors – beyond just views – that indicate how “trending” a video really is. 

The YouTube Culture and Trends team also considers engagement and looks at signals like shares and likes of a certain video. 

The online video sharing and social media platform recently announced that Shorts has over 1.5 billion logged-in viewers every month and is averaging over 30 billion daily views. 

The company also announced that YouTube paid more than 50 billion (USD) to creators, artists, and media companies in the 3 years before June 2022.

“More than two million people participate in the company’s partnerships programme around the world. YouTube’s subscription services, YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, now have more than 80 million users, including trailers, around the world.”

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Recipe of the day: Viral festive turkey bread

It is that time of the year when the festive treats cooking and baking will be non-stop. Some people have been waiting all year to make festive treats such as gingerbread cookies, trifle, turkey or turkey bread and mince pies to fruit puddings. 

To add creativity to your Christmas menu and some fun, this viral shaped turkey bread intrigued many foodies and become one of the top things to make during the festive season. 

It will be a tedious exercise, however, save this turkey bread recipe to make days before Christmas or the day before. 

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What better way to kick off the festive cooking and baking than having a turkey shaped bread at the centre of the table?

To shape the turkey bread there is detailed step-by-step instruction to guide any cook or baker from beginner to advanced. 

Turkey bread recipe

Ingredients

Dough 

  • 350g Bread flour
  • 50g Whole wheat flour
  • 50g Rye flour
  • 90g starter
  • 325g water
  • 8g salt

Topping

  • Rosemary sage, pepper mix ( ¼ teaspoon each )
  • Cocoa powder + paprika mix 1 tablespoon each for sprinkling.

Instructions

Autolyse

  1. When you are ready to make the dough.
  2. Mix all the flour in 325g water in a large bowl.
  3. And mix by hand until there are no dry bits.
  4. Knead for 1-2 minutes until well combined.
  5. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes

Make dough

  1. After 30 minutes incorporate the starter into the autolysed dough
  2. Then after 30 minutes add salt. Mix well and cover the dough again and set aside

Stretch and fold 

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Then do two stretches and fold the dough at 1-hour intervals. This means grabbing the underside of the dough and stretching it up and over the rest of the dough. Perform a few of these turns each time you handle the dough.

Laminate the dough 

Thirty minutes after the last coil fold do a lamination of the dough. This means spreading the dough into a thin sheet and folding them into a letter fold.

Shaping the dough 

  1. Then transfer the dough lightly floured workspace and shape them into a round Boule.
  2. Fold the third of the dough closest to you inward, and then stretch the dough out to the sides.
  3. Fold the right, and then the left sides toward the centre.
  4. Fold the top of the dough inward, and then wrap the bottom part of the dough over it all.
  5. If you want, you can make a pre-shape and set it aside for 15 minutes and then make a final shape.
  6. Work this into a round shape, and place the seam side up in a proofing basket lined well with flour.

Cold proof

After transferring to Banneton, let rise the dough overnight in the refrigerator. You can keep this cold retard for up to 14 hours.

Score and bake

  1. When you are ready to bake preheat the oven to 500°F/ 260°C.
  2. Remove the dough from the proofing basket and score.
  3. First, make two cut on the top part of the dough which makes it Turkey wing. The bottom two cuts of the dough make the legs.
  4. Tie the leg with twine. Then score the breast part of the turkey. Sprinkle rosemary, sage, and pepper mix on top. and dust with cocoa powder- paprika mix, which gives colour to the bread when it is baked.
  5. Transfer to Turkey roaster and close the lid and immediately place the top back on and return to the oven.
  6. At 475°F/246.1°C and cook for 15 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 450°F/ 232°C for 20 minutes with the lid.
  7. After 10 minutes remove the top of the Turkey roaster and rotate the pan. Continue to bake the bread for another 5 minutes, until the crust is deeply caramelized. Give 10-15 minutes extra if you want more crusty bread.
  8. If you want a crackling crust after switching off the oven keep the oven door ajar and keep the bread inside.
  9. Once the bread comes out of the oven cool it completely on the wire rack and cut it into slices and enjoy.

This recipe can be found on zestysouthindiankitchen.com

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What to know when buying a car ‘new’ or ‘new new’

With the festive season having officially started, the term “gift” very much rates as the word on most people’s minds or lips heading after a tough year.

Centre of the gift giving for someone or oneself is a new car before the end of the year in order to either avoid a price rise or take advantage of a massive saving initiated as a way of clearing stock in readiness for the new year.

In order to take advantage of a looming saving or be wary of any pitfalls, online vehicle insurer Naked as released the following tips worth taking into consideration before signing on the dotted line.

  • Type of car

Probably the most important question is the type of vehicle that would suit not only your requirements, but also your pocket when it comes to insurance, maintenance and monthly payments.

Taking the flip-flopping fuel price into account plays a big part as does the inherent reputation of the vehicle and its manufacturer parts and reliability perspective.

  • New vs new new

A mental barrier many cannot bridge is the year in which the vehicle is bought in spite of it not having received any changes underneath the bonnet or aesthetically.

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While buying in 2023 comes with the bragging rights of having bought a so-called new new vehicle, purchasing it in 2022, although without the “new new” tag, could come with a lower price tag as the mentioned stock clearances.

  • The price of inflation

Besides getting rid of “old” stock, inflation counts another reason to buy a car before the end of the year as it could be significantly more expensive come the new year.  

  • Hold out for the new model?

Another catch-22 situation is determining whether you should buy a car now, or wait for its likely replacement that will have with a steeper price tag. It is, therefore, important to do the necessary research before committing to possibly being taken for a ride based on price.

  • State of account

Arguably the area where buyers come unstuck the most is buying without knowing, or not wanting to know, the state of their bank accounts.

Careful self evaluation is, therefore, for required – not just in the short-run, but also in the long-term as the vehicle’s upkeep, once its warranty runs it, could become unattainable.

  • Grudge buy or a necessity?

“All too many car purchases are fuelled by a desire to show status or keep up with peers,” Naked co-founder Ernest North says.

“If you’re driving a reliable, run-around car that is fully paid-off and you work from home, you probably don’t need to upgrade to a petrol-guzzling, luxury SUV.

“You might thank yourself in future years if you invest the deposit and monthly repayments instead or put the money away towards a home deposit. A car is not an investment; it’s an expense.”

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Connie Ferguson looks bad-a** in ‘Kings of Jo’Burg’ season two first-look images

After leaving her titular role as Harriet Khoza in the long-running Mzansi Magic telenovela, The Queen; actress and producer Connie Ferguson will be playing a more prominent role in her late husband’s show, Kings of Jo’Burg

She will be appearing in the show alongside Zolisa Xaluva who now has to carry the dark family secret his on-screen brother, played by Shona Ferguson, used to carry. 

To celebrate the fact that the Masire family returns to Netflix on 27 January 2023, the streaming giant dropped both a teaser trailer and some first-look images for the show ahead of the upcoming season of Kings of Jo’Burg.

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Zolisa Xaluva in Kings of Jo’Burg season two. Picture: Supplied/ Netflix

“The Masires, haunted by a supernatural family curse, find themselves tangled in a web of betrayal that threatens to destroy the family in this riveting new season.  

“The eight-part, action-drama series picks up from a successful first season which saw fragmented family structures, treacherous brotherhoods and a deal with the devil.”

A tribute to Shona Ferguson

The maiden Netflix series from Ferguson Films and Samad Davis Production, starred the late filmmaker and actor Shona Ferguson onscreen and behind the camera. 

Ferguson portrayed the character of Simon “Vader” Masire and was also credited as an executive producer of the show. 

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Zolisa Xaluva and Connie Ferguson in Kings of Jo’Burg season two. Picture: Supplied/ Mosa Hlope/ Netflix

The Kings of Jo’Burg sequel sees executive producer and showrunner Samad Davis and executive producer Connie Ferguson teaming up again in what they both described as a tribute to the late great Shona. 

Reprising their roles alongside Connie Ferguson and Zolisa Xaluva are Thembi Seete, Cindy Mahlangu, Nnekwa Tsajwa, Buhle Samuels, Thapelo Mokoena, TK Sebothoma and Altovise Lawrence. 

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Thapelo Mokoena in Kings of Jo’Burg season two. Picture: Supplied/ Mosa Hlope/ Netflix

‘Keeping up with the youngins’

Netflix recently hosted an envy-worthy party at a mansion in Cape Town to celebrate their local line up of productions like Kings of Jo’Burg, How To Ruin Christmas and Blood & Water. 

At the party, Connie Ferguson took some time out to show off some impressive moves alongside Dillon Windvogel (Wade Daniels) and Mekaila Mathys (Tahira Kahn). And she managed to pull off the dance move in some heels. 

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Buy now, pay later good news for small businesses

The buy now, pay later (BNPL) phenomenon sweeping the retail industry is not just good news for big retailers, but also drives a boom in business for smaller vendors, with four local online sellers reporting a combined 77% spike in business for the first six months of 2022 compared to the same period last year.

BNPL allows shoppers to spread the cost of their purchases across three months interest and fee free, while they receive the goods immediately and South African consumers are embracing this payment method with open arms.

Local BNPL provider, PayJustNow, noted a 260% increase in the number of transactions, as well as 129 000 new customers in the first six months of the year alone, says Craig Newborn, DEO of PayJustNow.

“This has been a boon for smaller local retailers. Durban-based shoe retailer Blu Betty saw business surge since offering BNPL on its ecommerce site, with turnover for the first six months of the year up by 86% compared to 2021. Handbag and tote retailer Lauprene had even better numbers, with turnover growing by 134.6% in the first half of 2022 since joining PayJustNow.”

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More consumers complete purchase with BNPL

He says consumers are between 20%-30% more likely to complete a purchase when a retailer offers BNPL as a payment method, either online or instore. With rates of digital shopping cart abandonment running as high as 70%, retailers are embracing any tool that makes shoppers go from browsing to buying.

“The rising popularity and uptake of BNPL is allowing more retail businesses than ever to compete in the ecommerce market. For small vendors, the boost that this gives their sales figures and cash flow is critical in a really tough retail environment,” Newborn says.

“We all know the importance of small business in our economy, but they had a hard time of it in the past couple of years. By providing a payment method that works for consumers as well, we support small business and help them to be flexible in changing market conditions.”

PayJustNow’s merchants had a 22% increase in conversion rates and a 40% higher average spend per customer for the first six months of 2022. Newborn says the company’s data shows customers are shopping twice as frequently and now spend almost double as much as they did a year ago.

“This is partly due to BNPL evolving from being a purely online shopping phenomenon to becoming an in-store shopping choice as well. The company’s 120% growth in participating merchants in the past year has included a 257% growth in in-store locations.”

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Simz Ngema offers post-baby body advice for moms: ‘Stop comparing yourself to other people’ 

Even though the conversation around the pressure that new mothers face to snap back into shape after giving birth is a conversation that has been going on for years, the post-baby body conversation was thrust into the spotlight with speculation that reality TV star Faith Nketsi got surgery shortly after giving birth to her first child. 

Many accused the star of getting some kind of surgery or aesthetic treatment to retain her famed curves and do so in record time. 

Amid all the chatter, actress Simz Ngema took to her Instagram account to share her two cents on the post-baby body conversation. 

“Dear New mum, take your time with your body. You carried a whole human being. It’s okay to fall, as long as you don’t stay down. A little commitment and discipline can take you far. Stop comparing yourself to other people, it’s been 2years and I’m still working on my body. stay in your lane and love the body you are in,” wrote Ngema. 

The caption accompanied images and video of her frolicking in a pool at a spa. 

‘I needed this’ 

Simphiwe’s message resonated heavily with her followers who took to her comments to thank her for the massage and let her know that they needed to hear what she had to say about post-baby body pressure. 

Some also shared their own experiences about their relationship with their body changed after giving birth. 

One of those followers was actress and singer Tshepi Mashego (@tshepithesong). 

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“I appreciate this so much, I literally had friends, family and the acting industry judge me as if “Tshepi” had changed but all it was is I had a child and refused to get into the snap-back trap. I’m still struggling but I’m so comfortable with who I am. Let’s normalise mom bods. We create miracles. We are amazing!” commented Tshepi. 

Tshepi appeared on the eTV drama Scandal! where she met actor Brighton Ngoma (Quinton Nyathi). The pair later had a child together and recently celebrated their 14th anniversary. 

“Also, new moms need to stop pressurising themselves and learn to be patient and extend as much grace to themselves as they do to others. You look gorgeous mama,” commented @omolemomathebe. 

“[Three] humans later and I feel no pressure to look like how I was at Varsity. I am content. I eat clean, I workout 5x a week, but I truly stay in my lane. Love it,” said @mmalenyalo_82.

“I gained 20kgs during pregnancy. Baby 2 years now l only lost 5kgs and I’m taking my time, no hurry no pressure,” added @gabriellemaka. 

Adding to the post-baby body conversation, Instagram user @tshego_mnc wrote; “I needed to hear this. I gained just over 20kgs during my pregnancy and it is exactly 2 months today since the c-section and I only managed to shed off only 10kgs.”

“I really needed to hear this… thank you. It’s been 11days,” said @iamfionanyasha.

“Thank you mama, I needed this,” commented @velilenothandoh.

Curvy woman doing workout morning routine outdoor at city park. Picture: iStock

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Mathabatha to take election campaign to KwaZulu-Natal

Limpopo ANC provincial chair Stan Mathabatha will take his election campaign to KwaZulu-Natal this weekend.

ANC Limpopo provincial spokesperson Jimmy Machaka said the party’s provincial executive committee (PEC) was informed on Monday that Mathabatha will run his election campaign from Limpopo this weekend.

‘Overwhelming’ nominations

Mathabatha has received overwhelming nominations from party branches in Limpopo to contest in the party’s 55th national elective conference in Johannesburg from 16-20 December.

The nominations, coming from more than 450 ANC branches throughout the province’s five regions, rallied behind Mathabatha for the position of ANC national chair. Mathabatha walloped his two contenders, Gwede Mantashe and David Masondo, who are vying for the same position during the nomination process.

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He received 1 492 nominations while Mantashe and Masondo got 979 and 502 respectively. Mathabatha’s history of good political leadership earned him support from two influential provinces – KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

Mandate must not be changed

But for Mathabatha to win the election at the comference he will have to convince all those who nominated him not to change the election mandate at the conference.

Limpopo ANC provincial spokesperson Jimmy Machaka said the Monday PEC meeting was to note the outcomes of the ANC Limpopo consolidated branch general meetings (BGMs) on leadership.

“During BGM’s, the majority of our branches nominated Cyril Ramaphosa for ANC president, Paul Mashatile for deputy president, Mdumiseni Ntuli for secretary-general, Nomvula Mokonyane for deputy secretary-general and Bejani Chauke for treasurer general,” said Machaka.

He confirmed the PEC was informed Mathabatha had appointed current party provincial secretary, Reuben Madadzhe, as his provincial election campaign manager.

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More details to follow

He also confirmed Mathabatha would be taking his election campaign to KZN this weekend. “It is not yet clear which day the campaign will take place, but it will be at the weekend. I may also not tell now where the campaign will take place. We will revert to you as and when more information becomes available.” he said.

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Proteas batters must come to the party in Australia, says Elgar

Proteas captain Dean Elgar believes he has a great attack for Australian conditions, but at the moment the pressure is on his batters to put enough runs on the board for the tourists to be effective in their three-Test series that starts on December 17.

The South Africans departed for Australia on Thursday and Elgar admitted the focus would be on their embattled batsmen.

“The style of cricket we play is tailor-made for over there. We have great fast bowlers,” Elgar said.

“It’s bad enough facing them in the nets, so I’m really glad I don’t have to do it in a match.

“But runs on the board is key in Australia and our attack needs those scores to be most effective.

“Our batting has not been good enough in the last year… and it’s up to the batsmen to take accountability and responsibility.”

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There has been some criticism aimed at the recalling of Theunis de Bruyn and Heinrich Klaasen to the squad, both of whom are over 30 and last played Test cricket on the ill-fated tour of India in October 2019. But Elgar backed them as both having the experience and ability to dominate the strong Australian attack.

“Heinrich is a good, experienced international cricketer now and he has immense ability and a lot of character,” Elgar said.

“And I’ve always thought that Theunis is one of the most talented batsmen in the country, he just has that extra gear which not a lot of guys have. He can really take an attack apart.”

Verbal bait

Elgar also fully expects the Australians to try and bait his team with verbal jabs, and he said the Proteas must not back down when things get fiery.

“Australia is a tough place to play because there are a lot of external pressures and in their home conditions they are always pretty feisty. It’s the nature of them as individuals – brash and bold and in your face.

“But we enjoy that confrontation and we’ve shown the ability to keep calm heads. I would encourage the players not to shy away from it because that’s when South Africans show their best character.”

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Due to popular demand– Kevin Hart’s SA tour gets more dates

South Africans surprised themselves when they bought comedian Kevin Hart’s presale ticket sales in numbers.

Even though many complained the ticket costs were expensive, starting at R910 to R17 820 for VIP front-row tickets, it has been announced people are more than ready to fork out the money.

Hart announced one date to perform in South Africa, 17 February 2023 at the Sun Bet Arena, Time Square, in Pretoria, on Monday.

Big Concerts adds an extra date

Due to popular demand, Hart will now perform his Reality Check tour on Friday, 17 February 2023, and a new date Saturday, 18 February 2023.

Fans of the comedian and actor have been implored to sign up to Discovery Bank for the presale tickets. 

The early bird tickets were made available on Wednesday morning, for Discover Bank clients. 

The pre-sale access will only be available until 2 December, 8.59am.

The starting price is R910 with the wheelchair accessibility priced at R680. However, the ticket prices jump from R1 360 to R2 215. 

The platinum tickets cost between R2 500 to R4 000 and the “Kevin Hart Premium Ticket package” will set you back R5 050. The package comes with exclusive merchandise, unique to this package is a limited-edition tour lithograph, commemorative VIP laminate, red carpet entry, VIP check-in and entry and crowd-free merchandise shopping. 

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The general sale of tickets will go live on Friday, 2 December, from 9am. 

Hart’s successful career

Hart movie box office revenue stands at over $4.23 billion global revenue. He is also a successful entrepreneur, with ventures such as being the chairman of HARTBEAT; a global, multi-platform media company, his also the founder of HartBeat Venture which plays a part in building a “Hart’s eco-system for extraordinary growth and creativity in the entertainment industry. 

The last time Hart was in South Africa was in 2016, and he performed in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. The stand-up comedian received a good reception amongst locals. 

Hart also has Netflix stand-up specials such as Irresponsible and Zero F**ks Given. 

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Three pupils from same high school take their own lives weeks apart

Three pupils from Hoërskool Riebeeckrand in Randfontein have reportedly taken their own lives just weeks apart.

The school’s principal, Annelize van den Berg, said the community was “traumatised”, and that the incidents were isolated, reports Randfontein Herald.

Grade 8 pupil Kearabetswe Ledima, Grade 11 pupil Schalk Groenewald, and Leandri Herbst, who was in Grade 9, died by alleged suicide this month.

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Bullying not the cause

“The school wants to make it clear that there is a strict anti-bullying policy in place, and that no bullying at the school is tolerated. There is also a well functioning disciplinary system in place, with the deputy principal and the school’s advocate at the helm.

“Pupils are informed about how to identify bullies and what steps to take to report incidents. Hoërskool Riebeeckrand wants to provide a safe haven for our pupils and personnel.”

She said after a thorough internal investigation, however, none of the pupils’ deaths appeared to be as a result of bullying.

“We are still busy with investigations… One pupil’s parent already stated on social media that bullying was not a factor.”

Van den Berg said the school has a councillor that supports pupils with emotional matters, and is available for any child, at any time.

“Unfortunately, there are many pupils who do not talk about their emotional pain and hardship, and it is impossible to identify such a pupil, and to support them.”

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‘Irresponsible’ rumours

Members of the community have reportedly made “irresponsible and harmful assumptions” without learning the facts, Van den Berg said.

“These assumptions, lies and comments cause more trauma for the parents and the school community, and ruins the name of a good, functioning school, with incalculable consequences.”

Comment from the Gauteng education department had not been received by the time of publication.

Translated from Afrikaans by Nica Richards.

This article first appeared on Caxton publication Randfontein Herald’s website, by Michelle Roodt. Read the original article here.