Today's Big Stories

1st yr varsity student resource centre, Jordaan takes PE, new road regulations

Image: Alamy

First resource centre in SA to assist first-years at universities

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: with dropout rates amongst first-year university students being a continuing trend, a national resource centre targeting first-year transitions into university life has been established. The South African National Resource Centre for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition (SANRC) is housed at the University of Johannesburg's (UJ) Bunting Road Campus in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. The Director of UJ's Academic Development Centre, Dr. Andre van Zyl says the centre is a first of it's kind outside of the United States:

There's more than the first years that we'd like to look at. The main aim at the centre is to create a base to address first year transistions and we aren't getting it right yet, nationally. This also get a better understanding who our students really are. More than 90% of US universities have first-year resource programs and we would be the first resource program of this nature outside of the United States. We are now going to have an annual conference on the first-year experience of transitioning.

The proposed road regulation amendments and how they could translate

Image: accidents.co.za

Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies, Africa Melane standing in: the proposed amendments to our traffic laws have been met with criticism, with some saying there is no point in changing the law if nothing is done to root out corrupt officials who allowed the situation on our roads to get where they are. Former head of Emergency Medical Services in the Western Cape and emergency physician, Dr Cleeve Robertson:

We have to do everything we can to avoid the situation we are in currently, with more than 20 000 deaths every year on our roads. It's a national disaster. Half the people that are dying on our roads are pedestrians and most of those are children and this is happening in residential roads which are small, meaning that people are driving at high speeds in residential areas. I think the far greater majority of South Africans are law-abiding citizens and if you decrease the speed limit, people will obey those rules. Nationally, road safety needs more support, leadership and better coordination between local and provincial structures, along with more funding.

Is Danny Jordaan the mayor PE needs for a turnaround?

Image: Soccer Laduma

Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies, Africa Melane standing in: the political world has weighed in on the ANC's move to make South African Football Association (Safa) President Danny Jordaan the new mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality - the municipality which encompasses Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch in the Eastern Cape. Jordaan - a native of Port Elizabeth - is well-known for leading the 2010 Local Organising Committee during the Fifa World Cup in South Africa. What does the appointment of Jordaan mean politically and administratively for the highly-contested metro municipality? Municipal analyst, Paul Berkowitz:

I think the ANC is feeling the pressure especially in this metro and maybe in the wider province. Is it necessary? Maybe. But is it sufficient? I don't think so, because the ANC perhaps needs to do more than just change the mayor. There's been a lot of infighting within the alliance, especially between the ANC-Cosatu, particularly with Numsa. Two municipal elections ago since the 2006 Council was chosen, the previous mayor Zanoxolo Wayile - who is a Numsa man - was kicked out to the National Assembly, Numsa were very angry. I think that Mr Jordaan is very well-liked in the province and could assist with the fractures in the province. (Jordaan) is also a good administrator, as we've seen with his work in the Fifa committee, but he's got a lot of work to do with the alliance partners in the province, particularly with Numsa.


702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

Veterans and ANC not on same page about terms of consultative conference

ANC vets want civil society groups present at the consultative conference, which they want held separately from another meeting.

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

Top SABC journos applauded for brave testimony

EWN's Gaye Davis summarises the evidence of the SABC journalists who appeared before the ad hoc committee in Parliament.

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

If you're gona be a hero (and smash a car window), make sure you can prove harm

A criminal lawyer explains what leg citizens can stand on if they witness a child or pet locked in a vehicle in risky conditions.

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

SABC 'in contempt of court' if Motsoeneng reports for duty, says DA

The DA's James Selfe says it is not clear whether SABC's Hlaudi Motsoeneng will be either fired or suspended pending an inquiry.

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

Tweeps throw shade as court shows Motsoeneng the door

A judge has ruled that Hlaudi Motsoeneng should not hold any position at the SABC and Twitter has wasted no time reacting.

Why family traditions matter

Why family traditions matter

Whether it's breaking bread or celebrating through song and dance, family rituals and traditions can create a sense of belonging.

Popular articles
South Africans Doing Great Things |  Nkosinathi Nkomo

South Africans Doing Great Things | Nkosinathi Nkomo

Wasanga speaks to Co-founder of AquaRenu, Nkosinathi Nkomo about turning a problem into an opportunity.

Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi opens up about his thesis

Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi opens up about his thesis

Ndlozi explains the significance of the the first chapter of his thesis: 'Trauma in the archives'.

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

German prosecutors probing Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste (for accounting fraud)

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Steinhoff International Chairperson Christo Wiese.

Is it normal to have a curved penis? Dr Shingai explains

Is it normal to have a curved penis? Dr Shingai explains

Urologist Dr Shingai Mutambirwa says penile curvature is only a concern if it impedes a man's ability to have penetrative sex.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

Meet Shoprite’s Christo Wiese, ruler of retail (and 3rd richest African)

Meet Shoprite’s Christo Wiese, ruler of retail (and 3rd richest African)

Bruce Whitfield interviews the remarkable Wiese (net worth R100 billion!) about how it all began and where it’s going.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?