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TUESDAY - 17 MAY 2022 - DAY 6

by Mr J FISHER -


How to improve your marks

Tip #5: Start organising your life

Clutter of any kind inhibits our ability to operate efficiently, so another way of improving your academic performance is to get organised. Keep your workspace tidy and all your notes and textbooks organised in such a way that you know where everything is. Start thinking more about your time management, too, as this will allow you to prioritise your time effectively, freeing time for problem subjects. Write yourself a daily timetable that incorporates your school schedule, dividing your day into slots of time and fitting in plenty of time for studying. Allocate extra time to subjects or topics you’ve identified as being ones you’re struggling with; it could be that the reason for your underperformance in these subjects is that you’re simply not devoting enough time to them.




1978South African police close the investigation into the death of Steve Biko

1977A Whites-only referendum in SWA gives a support on Black majority.

1954: On this day in 1954, lawyer Thurgood Marshall scored a landmark victory as the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.

1900The South African War: The lifting of the siege of Mafeking

1838SA sugar magnate Sir Hulett is born


WEATHER WARNING | Widespread rainfall, snow, and flooding expected in KZN and neighbouring provinces

Compiled by Nompilo Kunene

The South African Weather Service (Saws) has warned of a cut-off low weather system that is expected to bring cold and wet weather to large parts of South Africa from Thursday into the weekend.
These conditions are expected to bring bitterly cold conditions, and heavy rainfall that may lead to flooding and snow in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal from Thursday.

The weather office said a steep upper-air trough system will develop into a cut-off low-pressure system over the north-western interior of the country by Friday.

Widespread rainfall can be expected over the southern and central parts of the country from Thursday onwards, with light snowfalls likely over the mountainous, high-lying areas of the Western and Eastern Cape, spreading to the Lesotho Drakensberg regions by the weekend, where heavier falls are anticipated.

“Light snowfalls can also be expected over the high-lying ground of south-eastern and eastern Free State. 24-hour rainfall accumulations of 25 to 35 mm can also be expected over the drought-stricken parts of the Eastern Cape.

“Moreover, there is also the possibility of isolated severe storms, accompanied by strong winds and large amounts of small hail over the central and eastern interior, however [we] will issue detailed radar-based warnings in this regard, should the need arise,” said Saws.

Figure 1: 24-hour rainfall (mm) for South Africa on May 20 and 21, 2022. PHOTO: Global Forecast System, NCEP (2022)

The weather office said the cold front will move over the south-west coast of the Western Cape by Wednesday afternoon, with rain spreading along the south coast and adjacent interior in the evening.
Saws said gusty winds of 45-55 km/h can be expected ahead of the cold front over the interior and south coast of the Western Cape as well as the interior of the Northern Cape. These conditions may enhance the risk for veldt fire development.
“Warm to hot conditions are expected ahead of the cold front (due to offshore Berg wind conditions) especially along the south coast of the Western Cape and the coastal areas of the Eastern Cape. The upper-air trough will intensify during Thursday, causing widespread rainfall over the eastern parts of the Western Cape and the western parts of the Eastern Cape.”
A warning for disruptive rainfall, resulting in localised flooding of susceptible roads and bridges as well as flooding in informal settlements, can therefore be expected in the aforementioned areas, spreading to the central and south-eastern parts of the Eastern Cape during Thursday, said Saws.
Heavy snowfall in KZN, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and the Free State
Due to the lowering of atmospheric freezing levels, combined with abundant moisture in the lower layers of the atmosphere, Saws said snowfalls as deep as 2 to 5 cm can be expected from Thursday night over the eastern high-lying areas of the Western Cape, spreading to the western high lying areas of the Eastern Cape, the extreme south-eastern high-lying areas of the Northern Cape and the southern high ground of the Free State during Friday morning.
“Heavier snowfall of 10 to 20 cm can be expected over the north-eastern high ground of the Eastern Cape, the Drakensberg region of KwaZulu-Natal and the Lesotho mountains from Friday evening into Saturday morning.
“Thunderstorms, combined with strong, gusty surface winds are expected over the central interior by Friday afternoon, spreading to Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal in the evening and parts of Limpopo by Saturday,” said the weather office.

Figure 2: Forecast rainfall probability (percentage) for May 18, 19 and 20, 2022, as well as the corresponding Impact-Based Warning for May 19. PHOTO: SAWS

Saws said warnings in this regard will be issued if necessary.
KZN residents urged to prepare for flooding
Due to the pre-existing condition of water-saturated soils in parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Saws said rainfall amounts exceeding 20 mm are likely to lead to localised flooding. Residents are urged to take the necessary precautions to prepare for such conditions.
“Bitterly cold conditions are expected to move in over the western and southern parts of the country during Thursday, spreading to the central and eastern parts by Friday and Saturday.
“Maximum temperatures are not expected to exceed 14°C over the interior of the country, with maximum temperatures barely able to reach 8°C over the high-lying areas of the Eastern Cape, the south-western high ground of KwaZulu-Natal and the south-eastern and extreme southern Free State during Friday and Saturday. Small stock farmers should be advised of these conditions and take the necessary precautions,” said the weather office.


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MONDAY - 16 MAY 2022 - DAY 5

by Mr J FISHER -


How to improve your marks

Tip #4: Pay more attention in class – and ask questions

If you’re prone to daydreaming in class, it’s time to start focusing on the here and now. Listen to what the teacher is saying rather than talking with friends or allowing your mind to wander. Don’t simply copy down what’s on the board without thinking about it; make sure you’ve understood it, make neat notes so that you can understand them when you come back to them (more on that later), and don’t be afraid to speak up if there’s something you don’t understand or want clarifying. It’s much easier to ask a teacher to explain something differently than it is to trawl through books trying to find a clearer explanation for yourself, and they won’t think less of you for asking.



Lesedi Dalasile (Grade 8) 

Mosa Legoete (Grade 10) 

Lethabo Mekoe (Grade 10) 

Odentse Motha (Grade 9)



1985International Conference on Sports Boycott against SA commences in Paris

1977Winnie Mandela is banished to Brandfort

1976Pupils boycott classes in defiance of the use of Afrikaans in their schools

1971Prime Minister B.J. Vorster predicts South Africa will become leading state in the Southern Africa


Stellenbosch University student's belongings urinated on in allegedly racist incident

Nicole McCain

An allegedly racist incident occurred at Stellenbosch University over the weekend. According to the SA Students' Congress (Sasco), a white student broke into a black student's room at Huis Marais residence and urinated on his belongings.

An allegedly racist incident occurred at Stellenbosch University over the weekend.

According to the SA Students' Congress (Sasco), a white student broke into a black student's room at Huis Marais residence and urinated on his belongings.

Sasco said the black student was asleep on Sunday morning when the white student entered his room and urinated on his desk, books and laptops.

Stellenbosch University campus
Stellenbosch University campus.
Getty ImagesPHOTO: Getty Images

Stellenbosch University confirmed the incident and said it would release a detailed statement.
The university's student representative council (SRC) chairperson, Viwe Kobokana, said a meeting had been scheduled with the victim and university.
The SRC will issue a statement after the meeting on Monday, she said.


FRIDAY - 13 MAY 2022 - DAY 4

by Mr J FISHER -


How to improve your marks

Tip #3:Talk to your teachers

Your teachers know you best, so it’s worth talking to them when you’re drawing up a plan of action for improving your grades. Ask them where they think you need to improve, and they’ll probably have some advice on how you can go about it. Coupled with the advice in the rest of this article, this should allow you to tailor an action plan to your personal situation.

Daniel Diale (Grade 9)

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Joe Nkhata (Grade 11)
Larry Ntlatla (Grade 10)
Zenande Tshona (Grade 10)

Parris Emmanuel (Grade 9)
Mbali-Entle Khumalo (Grade 9)
Neo Lesia (Grade 10)
Onkarabetse Mahosi (Grade 9)
Ofentse Moloi (Grade 10)
Bathabile Moreetsi (Grade 9)
Mashudu Mphaga (Grade 12)
Bongiwe Mthethwa (Grade 8)
Christiano Peters (Grade 9


SACEE JUNIOR CHAMPS DEBATE ROUNDS 1 TO 3: Saturday at Trinityhouse Little Falls. Debaters depart at 6:45 

7s RUGBY U/14, U/15, U/16, U/16 AND U/18 THIS SATURDAY

ASNA ATHLETICS AT POTCHEFSTROOM: Details are available from the athletic coaches


2008Nelson Mandela receives the Freedom of the City of Tshwane

1991Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, former African National Congress Women League president and Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, was found guilty on four charges of kidnapping and four of being an accessory after the fact to assault. 

1989Mayor of Welkom, in the Free State, is tarred and feathered

1980Nelson Mandela is visited on Robben Island by Helen Suzman for an hour

1950: American musician Stevie Wonder, a child prodigy who developed into one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century, was born in Saginaw, Michigan.

1940: British politician Winston Churchill faced the House of Commons for the first time as prime minister and told the members that “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.


Why is Friday the 13th unlucky? Meaning of superstitious day explained - and what is triskaidekaphobia?

One popular theory behind why Friday the 13th is thought to be with the fall of the Knights Templar, a group of legendary warriors

Rhona Shennan

Each year, at least once, Friday the 13th makes an appearance on our calendars - and for some, the date spells nothing but bad news.
For many around the world, Friday the 13th is considered a very unlucky day.

While the date can occur up to three times in a single year, 2022 only has one Friday the 13th, F, which is good for those with a fear of the number 13.
But where does the superstition around this particular date come from? This is what you need to know.
Why is Friday the 13th considered unlucky?
There are a number of theories around why Friday the 13th is considered such an unlucky date.

One of the most popular ones regarding superstition connects the date of Friday the 13th with the demise of the Knights Templar.
Hundreds of Knights Templar were arrested on Friday 13 October 1307, by King Philip IV of France.

1314, Jacques de Molay (c. 1244 - 1314), the 23rd and Last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, is led to the stake to burn for heresy. He is shouting to Pope Clement and King Philip that they will face 'a tribunal with God' within a year. They both died soon (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)History states: “Founded around 1118 as a monastic military order devoted to the protection of pilgrims travelling to the Holy Land following the Christian capture of Jerusalem during the First Crusade, the Knights Templar quickly became one of the richest and most influential groups of the Middle Ages, thanks to lavish donations from the crowned heads of Europe, eager to curry favour with the fierce Knights.
“By the turn of the 14th century, the Templars had established a system of castles, churches and banks throughout Western Europe. And it was this astonishing wealth that would lead to their downfall.”
In a bid to overtake the money, land and power from the Knights Templar, King Philip IV of France ordered their arrest.

The Knights Templar were brutally tortured, kept in isolation and fed only scraps and water.

What are some other theories?

Another popular theory regarding the unluckiness of Friday the 13th is attributed to the story of Jesus’s last supper and his crucifixion. Leonardo da Vinci’s painting of the Last Supper presents 13 people in the Upper Room on the 13th of Nisan Maundy Thursday, the night before Jesus’s death on Good Friday.
Judas, who betrayed Jesus, is also thought to have been the 13th guest to sit at the table.

Visitors watch “The Last Supper” (Il Cenacolo or L’Ultima Cena), Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci’s late 15th-century mural painting housed by the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, on February 10, 202 (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)                    

Visitors watch “The Last Supper” (Il Cenacolo or L’Ultima Cena), Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci’s late 15th-century mural painting housed by the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan, on February 10, 202 (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)
Additionally, the connotations of Friday the 13th being unlucky could be traced back to a novel by Thomas W Lawson called Friday, the Thirteenth, which was published in 1907.
The story tells the tale of a banker who uses superstition around Friday the 13th to create a Wall Street panic on that very date.

In the 1869 biography of Italian composer Gioachino Rossini, who died on Friday 13 November, by Henry Sutherland, it is documented that the composer regarded Friday as an unlucky day and the 13th as an unlucky number.

What is triskaidekaphobia?

Triskaidekaphobia is the irrational fear of the number 13. explains: “Most people with triskaidekaphobia have an immersive and ongoing phobia/fear of the number 13.
“The premise of phobia or fear of the number 13 is usually challenging to explain, but in some cases, its causes are linked to panic-related experiences or genetic conditions.

The 13th Club Meet For Lunch In London. The 13 members of the famous 13th Club held a dinner or luncheon on the 13th of each month, their special joy is when Friday falls on the 13th (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The 13th Club Meet For Lunch In London. The 13 members of the famous 13th Club held a dinner or luncheon on the 13th of each month, their special joy is when Friday falls on the 13th. 
“Fear of the number 13 can be handled by a psychologist using exposure therapy in combination with drugs.”
The word has Greek origins, with tris meaning three, kai meaning and, Deka meaning 10 and phobia meaning fear.
Paraskevidekatriaphobia refers to the specific fear of Friday the 13th, not just the number 13.
Do we see triskaidekaphobia in everyday life?
While you may not have thought about it before, the superstition regarding the number 13 can be seen in various parts of society.
Major airlines, such as Air France, Lufthansa and Ryanair, don’t have a 13th row in their places, and many hotels also don’t have room number 13, or a 13th floor.

Do you believe Friday the 13th is an unlucky day? (Photo: Adobe Stock)

Do you believe Friday the 13th is an unlucky day? 
Lufthansa explains: “In some cultures, the number 13 is considered unlucky.
“That is why there is no row 13 in planes because we respect the superstition.
“That way nobody who thinks that the number 13 is unlucky has to sit in that row.”
Some cruise liners also don’t have a deck or floor number 13, and many restaurants don’t have a number 13 table either.

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