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Briefing over 150 senior officials in the department about the "Masifundisane" campaign, department head Cassius Lubisi said the campaign would enable people in rural areas particularly, to read and write, and thus be able to fill in any form without assistance.
"This campaign will go a long way towards giving them dignity as reading and writing opens doors for people," said Dr Lubisi
He added that everyone needed to commit to the project and help the " marginalized" to be part of the broader process of development.
The province has the highest rate of illiteracy in the country with 1.9 million people unable to read or write.
This prompted Premier Sbu Ndebele to initiate the project to deal with the problem.
Churches, temples, NGOs and other spheres of society are expected to be part of the campaign that the Premier will officially launch in August.
Masifundisane means let us teach one another, and according to Dr Lubisi, the campaign will also yield benefits to volunteers and others who will be part of the campaign.
"People should not think that illiteracy is equivalent to ignorance and should be eager to learn from the people that they would be teaching."
The department has set aside R50 million in the current financial year to make a difference to about 50 000 people by March next year.
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A Hindu woman here has said she is Jesus Christ and claims to have the "stigmata of Jesus" on her palms, feet and stomach, as well as the power to heal the sick.
Katherine Jhawarelall, 35, who has a degree in criminology, said on Tuesday that she was born with the stigmata and also claimed that Hebrew scriptures and religious symbols from the Bible appear on the walls of her home, the Post newspaper reported.
Stigmata are marks or sensations in locations corresponding to the crucification wounds of Jesus Christ.
Jhawarelall claimed she did not know the significance of the stigmata until two years ago.
When reporters from the Post visited Jhawarelall at her home, she pointed out sketches of angels and a cross on the walls.
A sign, which she claimed was written in Hebrew, was also etched in her front lawn, the report said.
Jhawarelall told the Post that on the morning of her 33rd birthday on May 15, 2004, she woke up with a swollen arm and realised a message was written on her skin: "Happy birthday Katherine. God gave you life."
She was quoted as saying that she was initially startled "but eventually came to realise and accept who she was".
"People have condemned my claim. Some have even called me a fake and Satan. However, I believe this reaction is attributed to the fact that I am female and a Hindu. Jesus Christ is universal irrespective of race, colour or creed," she told the Post, adding: "I am now the child of God."
Jhawarelall said her family was forced to flee their Kharwastan home when word about her powers got out and she began receiving death threats.
The family then moved to their current residence in the Seaview area "where the miracles have continued to happen".
Religious leaders in Durban have condemned Jhawarelall's claims and have warned people to be "wary of her revelation", the Post reported.
Kingdom Network International founder Bishop Johnny Frank said: "In the Bible there is no talk of reincarnation and certainly not of Jesus Christ being reincarnated as a woman in this life.
Jesus is God and He will come to us in the same form as when he was resurrected. I pray that accuracy and clarity will be revealed to Katherine through the Holy Spirit."
Jhawarelall, however, is unfazed. "I carry the legacy that Jesus Christ is the Archangel Michael and He is universal. In Judaism he is Mikael, in Hinduism he is Shiva, Saraswathie, Luxmi, Lord Krishna and Shirdi Baba, in Christianity he was Jesus Christ and in Islam he is Hasrat Mikael," she was quoted as saying.
Jhawarelall's parents, Jay Hiralall, 63, and Thara, 60, told the Post that they had accepted their daughter's calling and believed she was Jesus because they had seen the miracles in their home.
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Port Shepstone - The National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) is monitoring a mysterious situation on the KZN south coast.
"Numerous" eye-witnesses reported an unidentified flying object crashing into the sea on Saturday.
NSRI Shelley Beach station commander, Eddie Noyons, said eye-witnesses had reported an unidentified object - possibly an aircraft - crashing into the sea behind the breaker line off-shore of the Port Shepstone High School.
Police, rescue craft and a fixed wing aircraft were alerted to the scene to investigate.
Noyons said: "Following a full-scale search of the area covering 12 square nautical miles nothing has been found.
"There are no reports of activity in the area that may be related to this incident and there are no aircraft reported overdue or missing."
He said numerous eye-witnesses - including teachers and pupils attending a sports event at the high school, by-standers and local fishermen - were convinced they had seen an aircraft go into the water.
They said they saw smoke and described "water exploding".
Some also reported seeing flames.
Noyons said: "Some reported seeing something, an unidentified object, splash into the sea causing a ripple effect of waves."
Noyons said it was being presumed that weather activity in the area at the time might have given the impression of something falling into the sea.
" We will continue to monitor the situation, which remains a mystery," he said.
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