“With resources allocated by the Cabinet at the end of 2010, we will be able to start dealing with inappropriate school structures,” Motshekga said. “We will build and renovate laboratories, libraries, specialist rooms and administration blocks where there are none. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the results at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Thursday. “Between 2011 and 2014, we are committed to addressing all our sanitation and water supply challenges.” Pass rates for the provinces were encouraging in 2010, with all registering an improvement from the previous year: “The Class of 2010 has shown us there is no mountain we can’t climb when we are up for the challenge,” she said, adding that pupils, parents, teachers and all citizens should pull together to support all pupils, from Grade 1 up to Grade 12. Source: BuaNews “We’d like to congratulate the class of 2010, they did us proud! Their unrelenting determination is commendable,” Motshekga said. “The class of 2010 is truly distinctive!” Motshekga added that textbooks and other learning and teaching materials had also been identified as a priority. Gauteng: 78.6% (71.8% in 2009)Western Cape: 76.8% (75.7% in 2009)North West: 75.7% (67.5% in 2009)Northern Cape: 72.3% (61% in 2009)KwaZulu-Natal: 70.7% (61.1% in 2009)Free State: 70.7% (69.4% in 2009)Eastern Cape: 58.3% (51% in 2009)Limpopo: 57.9% (48.9% in 2009)Mpumalanga: 56.8% (47.9% in 2009) She said the department’s determination to change the status quo of previous results came from the recognition that education was the driver of national change and played an important role in improving people’s lives. This was a major improvement of 7.2 percentage points from 2009’s 60.6% national pass rate, she said. Motshekga wished the Class of 2011 well, and called on them to further improve on the matric pass rate. She added that there would be an intensified focus on improving performance in maths and science, school infrastructure and the basic functionality of all schools. Calls for improvement “We’ve worked hard to ensure the credibility of the exams,” Motshekga added. “Umalusi convened standardisation of exams on 24 December to ensure that the quality of results is the same as in other years.” 6 January 2011 South Africans have a reason to be proud of the Class of 2010, who have recorded a pass rate of 67.8%.
After a brief respite, several parts of western Maharashtra including Pune, Satara and Kolhapur districts were battered by incessant showers in the past 24 hours.According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy to very heavy showers were expected in the ghat areas in Maharashtra over the next 48 hours.“While the situation is not expected to ease before September 7, today’s rainfall in western Maharashtra could be said to have reached its peak. While Pune city is expected to get moderate rainfall on Thursday, isolated areas in Pune district, especially the ghat areas, will nevertheless continue to receive heavy showers for the next two days,” said Dr. Anupam Kashyapi, Head, Weather & Air Pollution Monitoring Unit, IMD.While Pune city received steady showers since Tuesday night, the downpour was extremely heavy in the catchment areas in Maval and Mulshi taluks. The heavy downpour has led to Irrigation Department increasing the discharge of water from Pune’s Khadakwasla dam, causing the Bhide bridge in the city to be submerged.With the Khadakwasla, Varasgaon, Panshet and the Pavana dams being filled to capacity, the discharge of waters from the reservoirs has led to a rise in the Mula, Mutha and Pavana rivers.According to authorities, 27,000 cusecs of water were let out of the Khadakwasla – Pune city’s potable water lifeline – on Wednesday while 12,500 cusecs of water was released from the Pavana dam, which caters to the potable water needs of Pimrpi-Chinchwad.In western Maharashtra, the hill station of Mahabaleshwar in Satara district had received more than 200 mm rainfall in the past 24 hours till Wednesday morning, greatly increasing the inflow of water to the Koyna dam.This led the authorities to raise the height of the doors of the Koyna dam, which was filled to its capacity of 104 tmcft, prompting a steady discharge of 38,000 cusecs since morning. A high-alert has been issued to people living in the vicinity of the dam.Kolhapur, which has yet to recover from a crippling deluge, once again reeled under the onslaught of rain as extremely heavy showers battered several talukas, notably Gaganbawda tehsil.More than 270 mm rain was recorded in the district in the past 24 hours, said authorities.Two doors of the Radhanagari dam in the district was opened with a discharge of 1,428 cusecs causing a rise in the levels of the Bhogawati river.
Pakistan batting sensation Babar Azam said he would not want people to draw comparisons with Virat Kohli as the Indian captain was way ahead of the rest of the pack.Azam, 23, has played only 36 ODIs but has scored seven hundreds including three on the trot against West Indies last year. He has so far scored 1758 runs at an average of 58.60 and many feel he can go on to become one of the greats in limited-overs cricket.Kohli, who scored 2818 international runs and 11 hundreds in 2017 is currently No.2 in Tests and No.1 in ODIs and T20Is. Azam, who finished 2017 with 872 runs from 18 ODIs is ranked No.4 in the ICC’s rankings for ODI batsmen, behind Kohli, AB de Villiers and David Warner. (Kohli best across formats, Steve Smith best in Tests: Michael Vaughan)However, Azam wants to stay grounded and said Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur should not have compared him to a player of Kohli’s stature.”He compared me with a very big player. I think it shouldn’t be done,” Azam told ESPNcricinfo. “But that is the coach’s thinking. Maybe the stats at the start of our careers are similar, but he is the No. 1 batsman in the world. I want to perform at a high level for Pakistan too.” (Kohli has best work ethics in Indian team: Cheteshwar Pujara to India Today)Azam said he grew up watching and wanting to copy South African legend AB de Villiers. Incidentally, Kohli and de Villiers are close friends and play for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.advertisement”I loved watching AB de Villiers in the early days. I used to follow him closely. I copied him a lot too. In the nets, I used to at least try some of the shots he played in the matches,” he said.Azam is yet to make an impact in Test cricket where he averages a mere 23.75 after 11 Tests. Kohli is the only player in the world to average over 50 in all three formats of the game.Last December, during Pakistan’s tour of Australia, Arthur had said Azam reminded him of a young Kohli.”I’ll go so far as to say, at the same age, I reckon he’s as good as Virat Kohli, which I know that’s high praise but he’s right up there,” Arthur had told Perth’s 6PR radio. (Virat Kohli finishes 2017 with 2818 international runs)Kohli is the only batsman to slam double hundreds in four successive Test series and recently broke Brian Lara’s record for most Test double hundreds as captain.The 29-year-old Delhi run-machine is also second in the list of most century scorers in ODIs behind Sachin Tendulkar.