5 important things happening in South Africa today

Here’s what is happening in and affecting South Africa today:

South Africa’s matric class of 2017 is preparing for a big week of results – with the IEB’s NSC results set to release at midnight on Tuesday. Government school matriculants will have to wait a little longer as the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has announced that the results for the 2017 matric exams will be released by the Minister of Education on 5 January 2018.

The transformation of higher education will be a major area of focus for the ANC government in 2018. This is according to president Jacob Zuma’s New Year’s Eve message delivered on Sunday, in which he outlined some of the areas that his government would continue to focus on in 2018. Renewed economic growth, radical socio-economic transformation, free education and the beginning of a “skills revolution” are all high on the agenda, he said.

However the Constitutional Court judgement ruling released on Friday could mean that the president may not remain in power ahead of the 2019 general elections. The court directed the National Assembly to establish rules on how to impeach a president, adding that it had failed to determine whether Zuma had breached section 89(1)(a) or (b) of the constitution. This puts more pressure on Zuma to negotiate an early exit that would spare him the embarrassment of being impeached, analysts said.

Universities South Africa (Usaf) has warned of possible mayhem at campuses following a call by the EFF for people who could not afford to study in the past, to join registration queues when universities open. This after EFF leader Julius Malema stated on his Twitter page on Sunday night that his party members would be camping out at universities across the country to make sure that all those who wish to register, (without applying or having funds) were allowed to do so.

South Africa’s rand was firmer on Friday, the last trading day of the year, as continued volatility in low liquidity conditions saw the currency touch and then retreat from levels near its two and a half year best. On Tuesday, the rand was trading at R12.36 to the dollar, R16.71 to the pound and R14.86 to the euro.

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5 important things happening in South Africa today