Better luck this time
Congratulations to the 2016 matrics: those who strove and succeeded, and those who tried and must try again if they want to get that ticket to the next step.
In a widely circulated address to this year’s matrics, Professor Jonathan Jansen speaks of the value of critical, independent thought over subject knowledge, along with a “capacity for democratic, decent and deliberative behaviour on and off campus”.
In a university centred town it’s hardly surprising that the assumption is one will aim for a degree after school. The route – although it may be expensive and arduous - is well mapped out. And Grahamstown is lucky to have an institution on its doorstep that is capable of providing an excellent post-school education.
But that’s not the only option, and next week we’ll be looking at what your post-school options are.
Gadra Education’s Ashley Westaway, along with a hard look at Grahamstown’s matric results, will be telling you what some of those options are in next week’s edition.
Makana Municipality is putting measures in place to pull the strings tighter on its revenue collection with the aim of ensuring the town, and the area’s sustainability – getting the entity back up on its feet – and keeping it there.
Meter audits, enhanced monitoring of consumption and a new billing system are among those measures.
On the expenditure side, says Riana Meiring, overtime is one of the areas being tackled head-on, with overtime payments more than 30% of the value of a staff member’s salary targeted for reining in.
“We can’t continue limping along,” the acting municipal manager told Grocott’s Mail in an interview yesterday.
With the disruptions of national elections some distance away, perhaps we can hope for the continuity of management required at all levels to pursue the project and keep it on track.
In a month, Grahamstown will quickly fill up again as Rhodes students return, or arrive for their first year.
With that comes our annual O-Week supplement, which is a great opportunity for businesses to tell young people who will be mostly living here for the next three to five years what they have to offer. Every first-year will receive a copy of the 10 February Grocott’s Mail.
Also with the students’ return comes a degree of apprehension about what will return with them.
Protests on and around the university campus last year left that community, as well as the broader Grahamstown community, traumatised and on edge.
This year, let there be reason and understanding.