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History was made when a record price dating back to 1985 was shattered when R118 000 was paid for an Angora ram of Messrs. Billy and Fred Colborne of Willowmore. The Colbornes were guest-sellers at the Van Hasselt private Angora Veld Ram sale at Willowmore. The ram, of which the fleece tests 31.7micron, was bought by Cassie Carstens of CMW for Mr. George Stegmann, of the Willowmore district, for his personal stud. The previous record price of R111 000 was paid for a ram of Matyrsford Angoras in 1985.

Pierre van der Vyver, Manager: Mohair of Cape Mohair&Wool mentions that this achievement caps an outstanding marketing year for Messrs. Colborne, who have farmed angoras at their farm Kilborne for five generations! They currently also hold the record of R850.50/kg for an individual bale of mohair and can write the highest clip average ever of R338.54/kg against their name. Added to the new record price for their stud ram, this bears testimony of their five decades of dedication to the industry. It is to be noted that the Stegmanns, the buyer, also has forty years’ experience of angora farming. The average price of the 8 stud rams were R 42 500ram and the 74 select flock rams sold at an average price of R 6 113/ram.


Late learner admissions 

frustrates start of school year 

Parents who did not respond to requests last year to ensure that their children are enrolled in schools timeously are frustrating efforts to kick off the 2015 school year successfully.

The provincial Department of Education indicated at a briefing meeting on Monday, 19 January 2015 that it would be concentrating on five indicators for school readiness, which include progress on learner admissions, delivery of learner-teacher support material, infrastructure challenges, teacher demand, supply and utilisation and teaching and learning on the first day of schooling.

It is regrettable that schools have been flooded with late applications for learner admissions. It has come to my attention that numerous children are stranded without schools to attend, especially in Grades 1 and 8 as a result of parents not having their children enrolled in time.

Sadly, these late admissions will definitely have a negative impact on the teaching and learning calendar at many of our schools. This will place an additional burden on our already overcrowded schools and it will then be the department’s responsibility to identify schools where overflow can be admitted.

The department must be commended for having delivered 100% of stationery to all schools in the province as well as 99% of leaner-teachers support material by the end of 2014. It has also undertaken to top up shortages of textbooks at a rate of 5% per school.

My concern with the top-up of only 5% is not adequate to provide books for all learners.

The DA welcomes the approach of the department in that it will be focussing on under-performing districts that achieved less than 60% in the National Senior Certificate examinations, namely Mount Frere, Butterworth, Queenstown, Fort Beaufort and Dutywa.

The department has also indicated that special attention will be given to the Sterkspruit district due to labour- and community service delivery unrest which negatively affected learning and teaching in 2014 as well as less than encouraging Annual National Assessment results in the district. The DA supports this approach.

There are still numerous challenges as in previous years that must be overcome to ensure quality and meaningful education in the Eastern Cape.

We still have 5 103 teachers vacancies in our schools of which 1 465 are in secondary schools. We also have 6 453 teachers that are in addition to staff establishments and of this total there are 1 815 in our secondary schools.

The DA will continue to bring innovative suggestions to the department and to the legislature’s portfolio committee on education, to find ways to resolve this decade-long issue.


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