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HE Minister of Science and Tech-
nology, Naledi Pandor, launched
theWorld Space Science Outreach
and Awareness Open Day at Wal-
ter Sisulu University (WSU), Za-
mukulungisa Campus in Mthatha last Satur-
The aim of the launch was to advise pupils
to choose Science and Mathematics as main
subjects, so that they could become scientists
Pupils from various Senior Secondary
Schools in Mthatha and those under the
Lusikisiki district, attended the World Space
Science Outreach open day.
Among the people who motivated pupils
was Mandla Maseko (26) who won the Axe
Apollo Space Academy competition last year,
securing himself one of 23 seats in the Lnx
Mark II Shuttle which will go into space next
Maseko encouraged students to take good
decisions about their lives, forget about pov-
erty and not lose focus owing to their back-
grounds. The Eastern Cape MEC for the De-
partment of Education, Mandla Makupula,
emphasized the need for young people to take
advantage of the opportunities offered by gov-
TheECdepartment of educationwelcomes
technologically advanced initiatives of this
nature. It is a great opportunity for our young
people to fully engage with the countrys
brightest minds, said Makupula.
He said as the department they acknowl-
edge that they had been obtaining a poor pass
rate duringmatric exams, but that this didnt
mean they would take a back seat.
I am challenging Grade 12s to work hard
so that we can at least obtain a 70% pass rate
in this years final exams. Parents must give
their full support to their children during the
exams. Pandor appealed to young people to
studymathematics and science in order to in-
crease the supply of critical skills that are vi-
tal to the economy of South Africa.
I encourage you to choose Mathematics
and Physical Science as subjects. Science ca-
reers are demanding and require a high level
of perseverance. One of my responsibilities is
to discover pupils with talent and potential
for science, engineering and technology ca-
reers, said Pandor.
Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, recently launched the World Space Science Outreach and Awareness Open Day at the Walter Sisulu University (WSU). PHOTO: SUPPLIED
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ASTUDENT (22) fromNgqungqushe Further
Education Training (FET) College was
stabbed to death on Saturday, October 4, at
the Mathakhatha Tavern in the Lusikisiki
Central Business Development (CBD).
ment student from Mnga location in Tsolo,
was allegedly stabbed in the neck and later
died in the St Elizabeth hospital, Lusikisiki.
His relatives only found out about his death
two days later.
Sikhokheles aunt, Nontle Mpehle, said she
was devastated about his death and described
him as someone with a good sense of humour
and non-violent person.
His girlfriend, Khanyisa Mandela (35), said
she last sawhimatmidday on Saturday in the
company of his roommate.
We chatted a bit and they left and I was
surprised when he didnt come back to our
room later. Two days passed without him
coming back to our room, so I decided to call
his family. This was when we found his body
lying in the hospital mortuary, said Mande-
She said she had lost a friend because he
was everything to her. According to her, he
was humble and hated fighting.
He was not violent, actually he was a cow-
ard. I really dont know what the person who
stabbed hims problem was. His death is tear-
ing my heart apart, said Mandela.
The police confirmed the incident and said
no arrests had yet been made, but that they
were investigating the matter.
Police spokesperson, Captain Mduduzi
Godlwana, said police in Lusikisiki were in-
vestigating a case of murder.
Sikhokhele is expected to be laid to rest on
Saturday, October 25 at his home in Mnga,
Student stabbed todeathat tavern
Sikhokhele Mpehle who was
stabbed to death in Lusikisiki.
AS the world panics over the Ebola outbreak,
West Africans are reportedly fleeing their coun-
tries in a bid to outrun the virus someevenhead-
ed overland for South Africa.
According to the Sunday Independent, this
could place South Africa at considerable risk.
Johannesburg-based members of the immi-
grant communities from Liberia, Sierra Leone
and Guinea, told the newspaper that there is a
considerable number of people attempting to
reach SA, most trying to reach it overland a 5
Oneman said he alone knew of at least five peo-
ple who were on their way.
The newspaper reports that it would just take
one carrier to change the situation in SA partic-
ularly in a community that is largely housed in
the densely populated city centre of Johannes-
burg an ideal breeding ground for a communica-
ble virus such as Ebola.
In addition, these often undocumented mi-
grants also enter the country through the porous
border at Beitbridge in northern Limpopo an
entry point that has no measures such as temper-
ature radars in place to check visitors who could
However, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gi-
gaba and Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi
have stated that although caution needs to be ex-
ercised, it cannot be done at the expense of fuel-
Motsoaledi said that he feels SA is too far away
for most people to reach by land and if they were
carrying the disease, the chances are they would
notmake it to the border alive, reported the news-
Meanwhile, as reported by News24 on Satur-
day, the UN special envoy on Ebola says the
number of cases is probably doubling every three
to four weeks and the response needs to be 20
times greater than itwas at the beginning of Octo-
David Nabarro warned the UN General Assem-
bly on Friday that without the mass mobilisation
of the world to support the affected countries in
West Africa, it will be impossible to get this dis-
ease quickly under control, and the world will
have to live with the Ebola virus forever.
Nabarro said the UN knows what needs to be
done to catch up to and overtake Ebolas rapid
advance and together were going to do it.
And our commitment to all of you is to achieve
it within a matter of months a few months, he
More than 4 000 people have died of the disease
since the start of the outbreak, the worst to date.
Last week, News24 reported that although no
cases of Ebola have been reported in South Afri-
ca, the country is ready for a possible outbreak.
Its not that we are just starting now. We are
just ramping up efforts to fight the virus that
started in December, said Motsoaledi.
Aministerial advisory committee onEbola had
been appointed comprising private healthcare
Motsoaledi said Cabinet had approved a budget
of R32.5million to support Ebola preparedness
and response activities.
South Africa started in March and strength-
ened efforts at major airports, especially the Lan-
seria and OR Tambo International airports in Jo-
Private health care practitioners were also
put on alert, he s