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

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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

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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?

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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.


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