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Greg Louw eyes Cradock

glory at Hansa Fish

Fresh from his victory in the Breede River Canoe Marathon on the weekend, Eastern Cape local Greg Louw is eyeing glory in his hometown major at the Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon in Cradock on 10 and 11 October.
Louw partnered four times Dusi champ Andy Birkett to a stunning win on the Breede River beating K1 World Marathon Champ Hank McGregor and his partner Jasper Mocké to the line, which earned them the SA K2 River Marathon title.
Louw and Birkett have been holed up in Plettenberg Bay on an intense training camp ahead of their K2 bid at the World Marathon Championships in Oklahoma City on September 28th, and the win on the Breede was part of their training plans and a very welcome confidence booster.
The 28 year old will now fine tune his preparations with Birkett, who last year won the Under 23 World Marathon Championship title in Copenhagen, for their bid against the fastest senior men’s crews in the world.
While this remains his main focus, the chirpy Cradock raised athlete is also finding it hard not to look forward to the 2014 Hansa Fish River Canoe Marathon, which is handily placed less than two weeks after the Marathon World Champs in the USA.
Central to that excitement is the fact that Len Jenkins – the paddlers who has won every single K1 title since the turn of the new millennium – won’t be racing this year, and the juggernaut Hank McGregor has never won a K1 title on the Hansa Fish.
Louw warned that all round athletes like Birkett and Lance Kime will be factor in the title race.
Louw is hoping to take his current K2 form into the Hansa Fish this year and improve on his fourth place in the last K1 championship race in 2012, and shuns the notion that the expectation of the Cradock locals will place extra pressure on his shoulders.
Louw says his race plans will hinge around staying in touch with what he expects to be a large bunch of paddlers approaching Cradock weir, twenty minutes from the end of the race, where he believes he might have an advantage.
Can the younger of the two Louw siblings race his way onto the podium at a K1 Hansa Fish? It certainly won’t be for a lack of hometown support.
The Hansa Fish River Canoe marathon takes place on Friday 10 and Saturday 11 October 2014. More information can be found at


Desperate school

sells braai stands

and drums to pay creditors

Issued by: Ross Purdon (MPL)

Constituency Leader: Ntsikana (including Nxuba, Nkonkobe and Ngqushwa municipalities)

The Templeton Secondary School in Bedford is so desperate for funds that a teacher is making braai stands and drums for sale for R300 to pay creditors. Next to go will be the school’s tractor and the school bus. A donation of nartjies is being sold to pay for paper.
This is a heart-breaking example of the agonising struggles faced by schools in the province as result of the collapse of the Eastern Cape Department of Education.
An investigation by the DA has revealed not only the dire financial situation at Templeton High School but has exposed the plight of seven schools in Bedford and Adelaide where basic subjects are not being taught and where many classes are without teachers.
The DA’s investigation found that:
*Templeton Secondary School is bankrupt. It is owed R300 000 by the department for School Governing Body (SGB) posts for educators who were supposed to be paid during the 2011/12 financial year.
*Adelaide Primary School is owed R771 596 which dates back to 2011, 2012 and 2013. These are monies which the school had to pay for allocated posts and for which the department did not provide educators.
*At Adelaide Primary School no Grade 6 subjects are taught and there is no Grade 6 teacher.
*At Bedford Primary School no Grade 3 subjects are taught and there is no Grade 3 teacher.
*The Elandsdrift Farm School is not teaching any Grade 4, 5 or 6 subjects.
*The Lonwabo Secondary School in Adelaide is unable to teach Maths Lit for Grade 11, Life Sciences for Grade 11, Life Orientation for Grade 10, Arts and Culture for Grades 8 and 9 or Technology for Grade 8.
*At the Richard Msutu Primary School in Adelaide no teaching is taking place for Grade 3.
*The Sipho Camangu Secondary School in Adelaide is unable to teach Maths and Accounting for Grade 10, 11, and 12, nor are there classes for English for Grade 10, Life Orientation for Grade 10 and 11, Economics and Management Sciences for Grade 8 and 9 and Technology for Grade 9.
*Templeton Secondary School not teaching Geography for Grade 10, 11 and 12, Social Sciences for Grade 8 and 9, nor can they offer Foundation Phase English for Grade 1.
Quality education is the key to improved quality of life. Those with a quality education can fulfil their potential. Those without it are destined to remain excluded from opportunities and dependent on the state to survive.
It is clear that many schools in the Eastern Cape are not able to offer learners the opportunity of a better life due to the failure of the department of education.
I have passed on the information about the shocking state of these schools in my constituency to my colleague in the legislature, DA Shadow MEC for Education, Edmund van Vuuren, to demand answers and solutions in the next sitting of the portfolio committee on education.

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