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Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced drastic measures in an effort to preserve lives and limit the rise in infections. Addressing the country on Sunday night, the President said while the country will remain on lockdown level 3, certain regulations were being reintroduced with immediate effect while others were…
File Photo. Five North West MECs are all in the clear after coming into contact with MEC Gordon Kegakilwe who died earlier this week and had tested positive for Covid-19. Kegakilwe was admitted with Covid-19-related pneumonia last Sunday afternoon at the Vryburg Private Hospital and was immediately put on oxygen…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20:00 this evening, Sunday 12 July 2020, on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19. Speculation is rife that Ramaphosa may announce stricter restrictions in areas with the highest infection rates including Gauteng, the Western…
File Photo:BCM council speaker Alfred Mtsi. The Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality has announced the death of Speaker Alfred Mtsi. Mtsi was admitted to hospital on Tuesday night due to Covid-19-related complications. "It is said to announce that this humble, soft-spoken, yet decisive and visionary leader of the people of the…
Photo Credit:Thulani Mbele. On Saturday morning, church members and a splinter group reportedly clashed over leadership of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. Five people were shot dead when a splinter group allegedly forcefully entered the church. The group of men, allegedly led by a representative of a church faction and…
In a statement released on Saturday evening, the power utility said the demand for electricity has risen. Stage 2 load shedding started this morning again at 08:00 and continue until 22:00. It’s the third consecutive day of rotational power cuts as the utility deals with a constrained generation system. "Implementing…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation tonight,the presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko has confirmed although time is yet to be announced. His address, is the first since June 17 when he announced the move to advanced level 3, comes after a meeting of the National Coronavirus…
The late Queen of AmaRharhabe Queen Noloyiso Sandile is being laid to rest at Mngqesha outside King William’s Town, Eastern Cape, on Sunday. She has been accorded an official Special Funeral Category One. Queen Noloyiso Sandile passed away on the Wednesday following a short illness. President Cyril Ramaphosa lauded Queen…
The Department of Health has announced that the country now has 264 184 confirmed coronavirus cases. This is an increase of 13 497 new cases on the previous day's figures. Gauteng has the highest number of cases (93,044), followed by the Western Cape (77,336), the Eastern Cape (48,232) and KwaZulu-Natal…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. Summary of Latest Developments. Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan said he has tested positive for COVID-19 and moved to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai despite having mild symptoms. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said it was not possible to shut down the country's economy despite the surge in coronavirus cases.…
Image via Twitter: @Lesufi. Struggle stalwart and former commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Thomas "Tom" Manthata died on Friday night at the age of 80. Manthata was born on 29 November 1939, in Soekmekaar in the then Northern Transvaal. Despite being expelled from Catholic seminary "for being…
At least five people died and 30 people were arrested during a hostage situation at the International Pentecost Holiness Church at Zuurbekom, on the West Rand, earlier today. According to police, the incident took place at the International Pentecost Holiness Church. Police responded to reports of a hostage situation and…
Summary of Latest Developments. The World Health Organization (WHO) reported a record daily increase in global coronavirus cases, with the total rising by 228,102 in 24 hours. Nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of US President Donald Trump's handling of the pandemic, according to a new ABC/Ipsos poll. More than 12.5…
Picture: Twitter / @MbuyiseniNdlozi. President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a special provincial official funeral for the queen of the Royal House of the amaRharhabe. Queen Noloyiso Sandile passed away on the Wednesday following a short illness. Ramaphosa has described the late queen as a bastion of traditional values and an…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom has warned that loadshedding will resume this morning from 9am. "Continuing with loadshedding on Saturday is necessary in order to replenish the emergency generation reserves to better prepare for the coming week. Due to the much colder weather, demand for electricity has also risen significantly," Eskom…
Photo Credit:GCIS. As of today,a cumulative total of 250 687 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been reported. South Africa has recorded 12,349 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hour cycle. Gauteng is the country's epicentre with 87,033 deaths, of which 5,487 were reported in the past…
Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina said the effects of COVID-19 on global economies requires innovative solutions. She said that while interventions have been put in place by governments across the world to stem the tide of the pandemic, some interventions have caused significant disruptions in the production,…
Tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. Photo Credit:Ntswe Mokoena. Tourism Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, has reiterated that while easing the COVID-19 lockdown regulations in the tourism sector is aimed at assisting businesses, it has to be done under strict conditions to curb the further spread of the virus. Addressing the Portfolio Committee on…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Police Minister Bheki Cele has urged the country’s police officers to persevere amid trying times, as they continue to be at the forefront of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The Minister made the remarks while addressing police officers in Pretoria on Friday. With infection rates soaring in…
Photo Credit:Pixabay. As the number of COVID-19 patients continues to soar in Gauteng, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says his department is working around the clock to procure more field hospital beds. Speaking in Pretoria on Friday, the Minister said in addition to the close to 2 000 procured beds…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Due to increase in plant breakdowns, Eskom will implement Stage 2 load shedding from midday on Friday. “The load shedding has been caused by an increase in plant breakdowns exceeding 3000MW of capacity. While five generation units were taken off the grid last and this morning, a…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Gauteng is boosting its bed, staff and oxygen capacity at its healthcare facilities to meet rising demand. On Thursday, Gauteng took the top spot as they country’s epicentre, as it recorded 81 546 cases, 26 438 recoveries and 515 deaths. In an effort to combat the exponential increase…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) says it has noted that the South African Airways Pilots Association (SAAPA) has endorsed the Voluntary Severance Packages (VSPs) which are being offered to individual employees of the South African Airways (SAA). “While the DPE appreciates the level of commitment and…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Council of Education Ministers (CEM) has noted with disappointment ongoing sporadic attempts by political and civic organisations to disrupt learning at some schools around the country. These organisations, the CEM said, have threatened teachers and learners, while others have gone to court and failed to stop…
Photo Credit:@David_Makhura. Gauteng Premier David Makhura has announced that he has tested positive for Covid-19 and is in self-isolation. “On Wednesday 08 July 2020, I experienced some mild symptoms. On Thursday 09 July 2020, I decided to self-quarantine and test for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure. Today, Friday 10 July…
Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba tests out the province's EMS scooters. Picture: Healthmec/Facebook. An investigation has been instituted into a R10 million tender awarded to a King William’s Town company to supply 100 ambulance scooters to the Eastern Cape Department of Health. The department confirmed that the Bid Adjudication…
The Competition Tribunal has confirmed three consent agreements relating to COVID-19 excessive pricing complaints. The Commission concluded the consent agreements with the firms after receiving and investigating complaints from the public. The level of cooperation by the firm in question with the competition authorities as well as how timely a…
Summary of Latest Developments. Italy has banned entry to people coming from 13 countries that it said presented an excessive rate of COVID-19 infections. The first coronavirus case has been confirmed in northwest Syria, aid workers have said. Greek authorities say they are ready to re-impose public and travel restrictions…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 238,339 total cases of coronavirus in South Africa. This is an increase of 13,674 cases from the 224,665 cases reported on Wednesday. Mkhize confirmed 129 new Covid-19 related deaths, taking the total to 3,720 casualties following a high…
President Donald Trump stands on stage before he speaks at the Mount Rushmore National Monument on July 3, 2020, in Keystone, S.D. Photo Credit:Alex Brandon. The US Supreme Court has ruled that President Donald Trump's financial records can be examined by prosecutors in New York. In a related case, the…
The High Court in Pretoria will next week hear an application by the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association for leave to appeal a ruling that kept cigarettes banned. FITA's court challenge to have the ban overturned was dismissed with costs in June. FITA had in early July submitted an application…
The story of Mabel Maleka exemplifies both the spirit and the purpose of the Mandela Day campaign. Mabel suffers from diabetes and has lost sight in both eyes due to cataracts during the COVID-19 lockdown. The overwhelmed public health system has been unable to assist her. A third-year BCom Finance…
The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation; and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Water and Sanitation and Human Settlements Select Committee have welcomed the reallocation of R300 million rental relief support to social housing institutions during the National State of Disaster. “The reallocation will go a long way…
File Photo. The Gauteng Department of Health has confirmed that six members of its COVID-19 war room has contracted the virus. In a statement, the department said its head, Prof Mkhululi Lukhele, was among those who had tested positive. They are all doing well and isolating at home, reads the…
The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) plays a vital role in government's comprehensive COVID-19 response and mitigation strategy. This is according to the International Labour Organization's Michael Samson, who was one of the key guest speakers at the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure's EPWP Webinar on the repositioning of…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom has warned residents of possible load shedding on Thursday evening, which is also likely to persist throughout the weekend as demand for electricity peaks. The power utility has since urged the public to reduce electricity usage. “While Eskom is working hard to return generating units to…
File Photo. Statistics South Africa says South Africa’s mid-year population is estimated at 59.6 million in 2020. According to StatsSA report, Gauteng continues to record the largest share of South Africa’s population, with approximately 15.5 million people (26%) living in this province. KwaZulu-Natal is the province with the second largest…
A trend analysis by the Compensation Fund has revealed that women make up the majority of COVID-19 related claims, with the most affected workers being nurses. This is according to claims lodged with the Compensation Fund, which indicate that more than 80% of the cases received so far involve women.…
The Gauteng Health Department has signed the statute paving the way for the establishment of a single government-operated nursing college in the province known as the Gauteng College of Nursing (GCoN). Following the signing of the statute on Wednesday, the GCoN forms the umbrella organisation for known nursing colleges such…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the department is implementing interventions aimed at addressing COVID-19 infections among healthcare workers. The Minister said this while giving an update on the COVID-19 pandemic to the National Assembly on Wednesday. Mkhize said as at 30 June 2020, 4 821 healthcare workers in both…
Screen legend Mary Twala will be laid to rest on Thursday morning. Her funeral service is being held in Soweto. The veteran actress died at the weekend. The news was broken by her son, entertainer Somizi Mhlongo. Last year, President Cyril Ramaphosa awarded her the Order of Ikhamanga. Livestream Below.…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, said the department of Science and Innovation (DSI) continues to work to foster international partnerships to bolster the South African and African ability to respond to COVID-19. “Our National Research Foundation (NRF) with its partners in Canada, Sweden and…
File Photo. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister,Blade Nzimande, said multimodal teaching is the only way continued learning can take place in the COVID-19 context. “Multimodal teaching, learning and assessment is not an option for universities and Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges any more -- it is a…
The Department of Water and Sanitation said it has noted the successful rollout of its Drought Relief Intervention Project in affected Free State municipalities. This comes after Minister Lindiwe Sisulu in January commissioned the Sedibeng Water board to implement the project at the Maluti-a- Phofung Local Municipality in the Thabo…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 224,665 total cases of coronavirus in South Africa. This is an increase of 8,810 cases from the 215,855 cases reported on Wednesday. Gauteng accounted for 3,527 of those new cases, meaning it has replaced the Western Cape as…
Summary of Latest Developments. The United States passed another grim coronavirus milestone with three million confirmed cases. The virus is surging in several southern hotspots including Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Arizona. Israeli defence minister, Benny Gantz, has said he entered quarantine as a precautionary measure due to suspected exposure to…
Disability grants that were suspended in March have now been extended to October to cushion the beneficiaries against the crippling effects of COVID-19. “Directions were issued to reinstate all temporary disability grants which lapsed in the period between February and June 2020. These grants will remain in payment until October…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, said the Department of Science and Innovation is in the process of implementing multiple interventions, including the use of African medicine, as immune-modulators and anti-Coronavirus therapeutics. Addressing the media on Wednesday on further measures being implemented on COVID-19 within…
Photo Credit:GCIS. A locally manufactured ventilator is set to hit state hospitals nationwide to assist patients showing respiratory distress in the early phase of COVID-19 infection. The ventilator is the fruit of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in collaboration with a number of local partners. The development…
Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said government has started implementing a “surge strategy” in anticipation of the peak. Leading a debate on COVID-19, Mkhize said the storm has arrived and while government works tirelessly to ensure that the system is ready to manage the peak, South Africans have a duty…
Photo Credit:GCIS. African Union Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has encouraged the international community to protect working people against the rising tide of unemployment through universal social protection. “We have to invest in people's capabilities, in skills development, in lifelong learning, in workplace inclusivity and in advancing gender equality,” the President…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has welcomed the arrest of a 17-year-old minor for allegedly raping a Grade 7 learner in Bulwer, KwaZulu-Natal, on Monday. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) said police indicated that the 12-year-old learner was reportedly raped…
World Health Organization (WHO) experts have travelled to China where they will work together with their Chinese counterparts to prepare scientific plans to identify the zoonotic source of COVID-19. The experts will develop the scope and terms of reference for a WHO-led international mission. “The mission objective is to advance…
Photo Credit:GCIS. African Union Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, will on Wednesday participate in the International Labour Organisation (ILO)’s Global Summit on COVID-19 and the World of Work. The virtual COVID-19-focused Summit will build on the ILO’s 2019 International Conference which adopted the Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work. “The…
Photo Credit:Unsplash. The National Joint Operational Structure (NatJoints), consisting of various government departments has issued directives to law enforcement agencies to activate contingency plans ahead of a national truck shutdown. Directives have been issued to law enforcement role players, including the South African Police Service (SAPS) to activate contingency plans…
Photo Credit:Trevor Samson. No company should ever think it can operate in South Africa and not comply with the labour laws that have been designed to protect both workers and employers. This was a warning from the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, issued after the conclusion of a…
A cumulative total of 215 855 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been reported. South Africa has recorded 10,134 new Covid-19 infections - 4,597 of these in Gauteng. A further 192 COVID-19 related deaths were reported - 15 from Limpopo, 22 from KwaZulu Natal, 36 from Eastern Cape, 44…
File Photo. Publisher Media24 has announced a number of closures and restructuring in its newspaper and magazine portfolio, which will affect 1,100 positions. The group said that it will consider the closure of five magazines and two newspapers, outsourcing and reducing the frequency of its remaining monthly magazines, taking two…
Summary of Latest Developments. Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19 after months of downplaying its severity. A top Israeli health official resigns saying her guidance on combatting coronavirus was being disregarded and containment efforts were "disoriented". Nearly 11.6 million people around the world have now been diagnosed with…
File Photo. North West Premier Job Mokgoro has tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement by his spokesperson, Vuyisile Ngesi. Mokgoro will be in self-isolation, Ngesi said. "Premier Mokgoro took the Covid-19 test yesterday following the passing on of the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs,…
Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has studied and welcomed the Gauteng High Court judgment on the reopening of early childhood development (ECDs) programmes. Delivered on Monday, the judgment by the High Court stipulated that private nursery schools can reopen, provided they follow the safety measures put…
File Photo. Dis-Chem notes with disappointment the Competition Tribunal’s decision in which it found that Dis-Chem had engaged in excessive pricing of surgical masks and imposed an administrative penalty of R1 200 000 (one million and two hundred thousand rand). Dis-Chem Pharmacies CEO Ivan Saltzman said that Dis-Chem will take…
Four employees from the National Department of Health have tested positive for COVID-19, the department announced on Tuesday. The department said the four infected employees include one from the Ministerial Office and three from the department itself. “All employees, who had been in close contact, are being traced and will…
Pic123rf. Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane says they are reaching a point where tough decisions will have to be made regarding funerals, in order to try to control the spread of Coronavirus. “[We’re at a point] where we’re no longer talking about 50 [mourners] attending, but where people will be…
The Coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact on many industries and has now also taken its toll on the treatment of blood disorders and stem cell transplantations worldwide – putting thousands of lives at risk. Dr Charlotte Ingram, Medical Director of the SA Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) – the…
Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane sanitises his hands against the spread of the coronavirus ahead of a special EXCO meeting on 20 March 2020. Picture: @OscarMabuyane/Twitter. A military team of doctors, nurses, health technicians and clinical support staff were deployed to the Eastern Cape. The province is the first to…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has called on unions to convene their own bilateral meetings to finalise the South African Airways (SAA) restructuring plan. In a statement issued on Monday, the department said after withdrawing from the Leadership Consultative Forum (LCF) - a mechanism formed to…
File Photo. The Competition Tribunal has slapped pharmacy group, Dis-Chem, with a R1.2 million fine for excessively overpricing surgical masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes after the company was found guilty following complaints registered by the public. In its order and reasons, the Tribunal found that Dis-Chem contravened the…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. While millions of learners in Grades R, 6 and 11 went back to school across the country on Monday, their peers in the Eastern Cape remained at home. According to the circular signed on Sunday by Superintendent-General of the Department of Education in the Eastern Cape, Themba…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Eskom interim Chairman, Professor Malegapuru Makgoba, has been appointed to serve on the 12-member expert panel of the Data and Safety Monitoring Board for the first COVID-19 vaccine clinical trials. In a statement on Tuesday, the power utility congratulated Makgoba who also serves as South Africa’s Health Ombud…
The South African National Parks (SANParks) has not yet opened for overnight accommodation, as per Level 3 lockdown regulations on leisure and interprovincial travel. Day self-drives in national parks continue to be permissible for residents of the various provinces in which the respective National Parks are located. Visitors are urged…
The Public Service Commission (PSC) has welcomed Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu’s decision to take action against 1 544 public servants, who were involved in doing business with the State. Public servants are not allowed to do business with the State. The actions of the Minister are compliant…
South Africa 's coronavirus cases breached the 200 000 mark, recording a cumulative total of 205 721 confirmed COVID-19 cases. There has been 8,971 new infections over the past 24-hour cycle. A further 111 COVID-19 related deaths were reported- 9 from Eastern Cape, 17 from Limpopo, 35 from Western Cape…
North West Cogta MEC Gordan Kegakilwe. Picture:ANA. North West Premier Job Mokgoro has confirmed that North West MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Gordon Kegakilwe has died. In a statement, Mokgoro said Kegakilwe died on Monday following a "short and serious illness" and had tested positive for…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Water and Sanitation will conduct a virtual celebration of the Clear Rivers campaign. The Clear Rivers Campaign is the department’s annual event, in which thousands of South Africans celebrate Mandela Month by cleaning the country’s rivers and other polluted water sources. Every year in…
Photo Credit:Veli Nhlapo. The state capture inquiry has heard evidence from a contractor who corroborated former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi's evidence that former Environmental Affairs minister Nomvula Mokonyane had allegedly benefited from renovations to her home which may have been financed by Bosasa. The commission was hearing evidence related to…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) has closed its offices in Sandton, Johannesburg after receiving information that an employee of one of its host tenants came into contact with a COVID-19 positive person. EAAB CEO Mamodupi Mohlala said the board was notified of the matter on Friday…
Photo Credi:Stock Photo. Learning during lockdown has been a challenge for many families over the past few months. However, for assisted learning students, who require additional attention and support, the return to school has been cause for great relief. “Most parents and guardians who had to support their children with…
The Department of Social Development says it has noted the High Court ruling on Monday that all private preschools and Early Childhood Development centres (ECD) may open with immediate effect, provided they maintain safety measures. The Solidarity Occupational Guild for Social Workers and the Solidarity Support Centre for Schools (SCS)…
Former VBS Mutual Bank CFO Philip Truter is in talks with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to turn state witness and help prosecute those involved in the looting of more than R2 billion. The Specialised Commercial Crimes Court granted Truter R50 000 bail in Palm Ridge on Monday. He told…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. The Mpumalanga Department of Education has directed the Nkangala District Director to immediately suspend a teacher from Silamba Secondary School in KwaMhlanga for allegedly assaulting two women. The teacher was caught on a video that went viral on social media, allegedly assaulting two women. Mpumalanga MEC for…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says almost all provinces are currently doing repairs to schools that were vandalised during the national lockdown. Briefing the media on Sunday on the state of readiness for the return to school of the second group of grades, Motshekga said a total of…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the public to protect the elderly from exposure to Coronavirus, as this group is the most vulnerable. Writing in his weekly newsletter to the nation, the President said keeping a distance from the elderly during this period can save their lives. “Coronavirus can infect…
Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has welcomed the weekend arrests of suspects, who are accused of being part of the enterprise that scammed R5.7 million from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). The money was meant as relief for workers during the lockdown. The suspects are expected to appear in…
Private contractor Charl Le Roux will be testifying at the state capture commission of inquiry that’s sitting in Johannesburg. Bosasa, now African Global Operations, is alleged to have bribed government officials for years to secure government deals, exceeding about R12 billion. The company’s CEO David Watson died in a car…
Photo Credit:AFP. Summary of Latest Developments. Iran recorded its highest number of deaths from COVID-19 within a 24-hour period, official health ministry figures showed. The 163 deaths reported on Sunday exceed the previous record from last Monday, when the health ministry reported 162 deaths in a day. Coronavirus infections in…
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize confirms total of 196 750 cases of Coronavirus COVID-19. There has been 8,773 new infections over the past 24-hour cycle. A further 173 COVID-19 related deaths were reported - 2 from Northern Cape, 10 from the Free State, 21 from KwaZulu Natal, 29 from…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Sunday confirmed that Grade 6 and 11 pupils, and some Grade Rs, would be returning to school on Monday. The department briefed the media on the state of readiness of schools ahead of a further reopening of the sector during the…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Ellen Mashatile, the wife of African National Congress (ANC) treasurer general,Paul Mashatile has died. The circumstances surrounding her death are still unclear but it’s understood she passed on after battling a long illness. In a statement on Sunday evening, the ANC said it’s deeply saddened by her…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will host a media briefing at 4pm to give an update on the progress in the sector since the reopening of schools in the COVID-19 environment. The Minister will also elaborate on the revised plans regarding the return of other grades to…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) Military Health Service has deployed doctors, nurses and operational emergency care practitioners to the Eastern Cape to help the province’s overwhelmed public hospitals. The military medical team was expected to touch down at Port Elizabeth International Airport on Sunday morning. The…
Photo Credit:Pixabay. Netcare group said it is preparing for a surge in Covid-19 cases in the coming weeks. "The situation remains extremely fluid and we expect demand to escalate further in the coming weeks. We are therefore continuously assessing the demand for hospitalisation of Covid-19 patients, patients under investigation (PUIs)…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic education minister Angie Motshekga is expected to give an update this afternoon on schools readiness to phase in extra grades on Monday. Motshekga, together with various education MECs, will hold a press briefing at 4pm in Pretoria. "The minister will also elaborate on the revised plans regarding…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of United States President Donald Trump, has announced that he will run for president in 2020, raising bewildered reactions to his move to challenge Trump and the presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. "We must now realise the…
File Photo. Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo will self-isolate for 14 days on the advice of doctors after a person in his close circle tested positive for the coronavirus, Reuters news agency reported, quoting a government statement. "He has, as at today, tested negative, but has elected to take this measure…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 187 977. There were also more than 10,000 cases in a single day for the first time. Gauteng accounted for more than 5,000 of these cases. A further 74 COVID-19 related deaths were reported - 31 from Eastern Cape,…
Summary of Latest Developments. The WHO said that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality. Spain's Catalonia region has placed restrictions on 200,000 people amid surge in new coronavirus cases. People…
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng recommended that a tribunal be established to investigate gross misconduct claims against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe. A counter-complaint made against Goliath by Hlophe was dismissed. These are the claims against the Judge President that Mogoeng recommended be investigated. In her complaint, Goliath charged that…
 Photo Credit:Stock Photo. South Africa marks 100 days of lockdown and so far there have been significant changes to many aspects of daily life. Lockdown has also given us the chance to meet our neighbours – whether it’s saying “hello” over the garden fence, going into the street to clap…
Photo Credit:Delwyn Verasamy. Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development Tasneem Motara has tested positive for the coronavirus. Motara received her results on Friday after testing on Wednesday. She will now be in isolation for 14 days, in accordance with the World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols. The Gauteng Executive Council, led by…
Summary of Latest Developments. The World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries hit by serious coronavirus outbreaks to "wake up" to the realities on the ground instead of bickering, and to "take control" of the pandemic. Brazil passed 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, as cities reopen bars, restaurants and gyms sparking…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 177 124. This is the first time that daily confirmed cases have breached the 9 000 mark, and also the first time that daily deaths have climbed by more than 100 in a single day. A further 108 COVID-19…
A screengrab from a video taken on 1 July 2020 in which Cape Town law enforcement officials evict a naked man from his Empolweni home in Khayelitsha. City of Cape Town and South African Human Rights Commission are briefing Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs over evictions…
The Competition Tribunal has been clamping down on companies that have been hiking prices of sanitisers and masks since the COVID-19 outbreak. On Friday, the Tribunal said it had confirmed two consent agreements relating to COVID-19 exorbitant pricing complaints, bringing the total to 20 since April. “All of these agreements…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendicks. The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) says the time for rhetoric talk has come and gone. But, it is calling for decisive action to be taken to bring justice to the families who have lost their loved ones due to Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF). “Those that…
The Department of Employment and Labour has provisionally closed the biggest Labour Centre in Pretoria situated at 239 Concilium Building at Nana Sita Street and the Brits Labour Centre in the North West. The Pretoria Labour Centre is among the two Labour Centres in Gauteng to provisionally shut doors on…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says government is not considering returning to a hard lockdown. Ramaphosa clarified government’s stance during his oversight visit to Mpumalanga on Friday where he assessed the province’s state of readiness for the COVID-19 pandemic. “Another hard lockdown is not being considered for now, the issue…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Mpumalanga’s COVID-19 response plan, which seeks to target cases at a ward level and drive awareness, has received approval from President Cyril Ramaphosa. The President visited the province on Friday to assess its state of readiness for the COVID-19 pandemic. Accompanied by Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize; Minister…
Photo Credit:David_Makhura. Gauteng Premier David Makhura says the Provincial Coronavirus Command Council is consulting with various sectors about the need to reinstate some of the drastic measures that will ensure that the pandemic is contained. Makhura said that the province will also, among the key interventions, make a representation to…
File Photo. Hundreds of elephants have died mysteriously in Botswana's famed Okavango Delta, the wildlife department said, ruling out poaching as the tusks were found intact. The landlocked southern African country has the world's largest elephant population, estimated to be around 130,000. "We have had a report of 356 dead…
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has confirmed it will continue to accept and process COVID-19 TERS claims submitted for April, May and June. However, the Fund will not be accepting and processing claims for July and onwards, said Fund Commissioner, Tebogo Maruping, in a statement. The three-month relief was introduced…
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) said it has been working on innovations to improve the disbursement of students’ allowances to eliminate all third parties from the disbursement chain. For the 2021 academic year, NSFAS will be migrating students from all public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)…
Oromo youth outside the home of Jawad Mohammed, the founder of an independent media network in Ethiopia, on Wednesday. Photo Credit...Tiksa Negeri. More than 80 people have been killed in unrest in Ethiopia after a popular singer was shot dead this week, the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation said. Hachalu Hundessa…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Summary of Latest Developments. Brazil surpasses 60,000 deaths from the virus after recording more than 1,000 fatalities over the last 24 hours, the country's health ministry said. The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution demanding an "immediate cessation of hostilities" for at least 90 days…
Mncedisi Ndlovu and Sedumedi Attorneys (MNS) has welcomed a Press Council ruling that City Press newspaper committed multiple breaches of the Press Code in an article about the firm on 5 January 2020. The newspaper had claimed MNS was involved in a "bribery scandal" relating to its forensic and legal…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Gauteng education department reported that a total of 589 schools were affected by positive cases of Covid-19. MEC Panyaza Lesufi announced during provincial command council weekly update. Lesufi said 184 learners and 428 teachers tested positive for Covid-19 while 71 schools were closed as a result of…
Photo Credit:Robbie Tshabalala. The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) facilitation meeting at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) has been postponed to 16 July. The meeting is part of the public broadcaster’s retrenchment process. SABC employees will have to wait for another two weeks for the CCMA process…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Four South African Airways unions and staff representatives have expressed an intention to sign voluntary severance packages (VSPs) offered as part of the airline’s business rescue and restructuring process. This was on Thursday revealed by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), which said the process was a…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Only Grades 6, Grade 11 and Grade R will now be returning to school on 6 July 2020, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) said on Thursday. “The decision affects all provinces. The other grades will be phased in during July in a differentiated approach within the stipulated…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. An explosion on Thursday at Astron Energy's South African refinery in Cape Town has killed at least two people and injured several others. Astron Energy South Africa confirmed in a statement that the incident occurred at its Milnerton refinery at approximately 4am. "Astron Energy immediately activated its…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) cautioned South African Airways (SAA) employees, labour unions and creditors that the liquidation of the airline will lead to financial hardship for employees and substantial undervaluation of assets. In a statement issued on Thursday, the department said SAA stakeholders should realise…
Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, has called for the suspension of law enforcement officers involved in the eviction of a naked man in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, with immediate effect. This comes after a video was circulated on social media of a naked man in Thembeni informal…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has welcomed the Basic Education Department’s state of readiness and plans as more learners are scheduled to return to school under level 3 of the COVID-19 enforced lockdown. The Department of Basic Education briefed the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education, and…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has passed the Cybercrimes Bill, Civil Union Amendment Bill and the Science and Technology Laws Amendment Bill during its sitting on Wednesday. The Cybercrimes Bill was initially introduced as the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill in 2017, and was referred to the fifth…
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed that children are less likely to die of COVID-19, while the disease is usually mild among school-going kids, aged between five and 18. Even though Coronavirus may be less severe in children compared to adults, the newly published NICD report has…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged citizens not to be complacent and adhere to the regulations put in place. “We have all seen images and this is the worrying part, of people having parties and social gatherings, attending funerals where sometimes the limited number is not adhered to and without masks.…
File Photo. If you’ve been waiting a long time for a parcel from the Post Office, the State-owned postal service said it is experiencing hold-ups due to COVID-19 restrictions. “The SA Post Office would like to advise its customers that mail processing does not take place at the normal rate…
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister, Patricia de Lille, said government has signed off 12 properties in Gauteng and the Western Cape to be used as shelters for victims of gender-based violence. The Minister said this when she participated in a debate on gender-based violence in the National Assembly’s hybrid sitting…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 159 333 with 8 124 new cases reported. The majority of the new cases were in Gauteng,Also KwaZulu-Natal became the fourth province - after the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng - to pass the 10,000 mark for confirmed…
Photo Credit:Alon Skuy. ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is briefed the media on the outcomes of the party's national executive committee meeting that took place over the weekend. The ANC has resolved that two of its officials who were suspended over allegations that they looted VBS, should be reinstated. Speaking at…
Photo Credit:Courtney Africa. The Constitutional Court has dismissed the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s application for direct access in challenging the constitutionality of the Disaster Management Act and lockdown regulations. The court has ruled that it's not in the interests of justice to hear the matter. The DA argued to court that…
Photo Credit:GCIS. As the country’s COVID-19 cases surpasses the 150 000 mark, President Cyril Ramaphosa will host a virtual Presidential Imbizo on Coronavirus where you can engage him. By calling the community radio toll free line on 0800 142 446 or using #PresidentialImbizo on social media, citizens across the country…
File Photo. The arrest warrant issued against National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise was cancelled after the Potchefstroom regional court found she did not show contempt of court by failing to appear for her animal cruelty trial. Modise said she could not make it to court on March 24 because of…
Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, has welcomed the Pretoria High Court decision to dissolve the Mamelodi Amalgamated Taxi Association (MATA) executive committee. The Pretoria High Court granted an order dissolving the current MATA executive committee following the breakout of violence, unrest and instability in Mamelodi, east…
Photo Credit:Dudu Zitha. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruled that the removal of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at Unisa was unlawful and unconstitutional. AfriForum approached the SCA to appeal against an earlier ruling by the high court that supported a council and senate resolution to approve the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu says the Western Cape and Gauteng are two out of the nine provinces that developed characteristics of good governance. Makwetu said this when he released his report on the audit outcomes of municipalities on Wednesday. “Just looking at the map at a glance, you will…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu says government cannot afford to lose money because of neglect, inefficiencies or poor decision making. Makwetu said this when he released the report on the audit outcomes for municipalities for the financial year that ended in March 2019. “The levels of fruitless and wasteful expenditure…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Tabling his final audit report on municipalities of his seven-year term of office, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu says there is not much to go by in terms of audit outcomes. Makwetu said this when he released the report on the municipal audit outcomes for the period 2018-19. Releasing the…
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, has issued a stern warning to those planning to or people who have already invaded properties - to desist from the unlawful acts. “The department has noticed incidents in which people illegally occupy places of land, buildings and houses. Recent cases have…
File Photo. The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) today resumes limited operations after a COVID-19 enforced lockdown saw its operations ground to a halt in March. In a statement, the agency uurged commuters to arrive at stations earlier than usual to accommodate time for screening and hand sanitisation on…
The Department of Health has condemned the dumping of medical waste next to the road between Mdantsane and East London in the Eastern Cape. “The inappropriate dumping of medical waste is dangerous for public health. It can lead to infectious diseases,” the department said in a statement. The department said…
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is reassessing rejected applications for the COVID-19 R350 grant, which is meant to help those who are unemployed and receiving no other assistance. The agency believes it is wise to reassess applications before subjecting them to an appeal process, which comes at a…
Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has urged the elderly and those living with comorbidities to take extra precaution, avoid leaving home and ensure their chronic conditions are managed. Citing the National Institute for Communicable Diseases’ report released on 21 June, Mkhize said it confirmed that these population groups are most…
File Photo. Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says 4 138 low risk offenders have been released on parole to ease prison population figures to minimise the risk of Coronavirus spreading in correctional centres. Lamola said this when Ministers in the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster fielded questions…
Summary of Latest Developments. The US recorded more than 47,000 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, as data showed cases in 14 states more than doubled last month. Top US infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci has warned the country could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day and a "disturbing" number…
File Photo: ANC Birthday Celebrations. The economic impact of Covid-19 has hit the ANC's coffers hard, with salaries for staff members delayed for the second time. ANC general manager Febe Potgieter wrote to staff to say their June salaries will only be paid on 6 July. "We regret to inform…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The world looks very different today compared to when the Matric Class of 2020 entered their final year of school six months ago. Covid-19 and the resultant lockdown have caused much upheaval for this year's Matrics, not least in terms of the way their educational journey has…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 151 209 with 6 945 new cases reported. A further 128 COVID-19 related deaths were reported- 4 from Mpumalanga, 25 from Eastern Cape, 36 from Gauteng, 11 from KwaZulu Natal and 52 from Western Cape. This brings the total…
Photo Credit: Ashraf Hendricks. Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola said the justice system is making a concerted contribution to combatting gender-based violence and femicide. Lamola said this when the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster fielded questions in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday at a time…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. The Presidency has dismissed a report by online news service, Daily Maverick, which reported that a planned Ministerial visit to Botswana was linked to developments between the neighbouring country and South African businesswoman Bridgette Radebe. “The Presidency wishes to draw attention to a false report by online…
File Photo. Prasa trains are expected to resume operations on Wednesday after nearly three months of lockdown. The trains will be transporting people at a 15 percent capacity. Earlier this month, Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula indicated that Metrorail services were projected to resume on 1 July. Metrorail said once…
Photo Credit:BP. Motorists will be paying R1.72 per litre more for the most popular grade of petrol from Wednesday. Prices for diesel and illuminating paraffin are also set to increase. Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, released the schedule of new fuel prices on Tuesday and they will…
The Gauteng SAPS has announced the temporary closure of the Diepsloot police station after one of its members tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement, the provincial head office said during this period, the station’s Community Service Centre would operate from the metro police department office, opposite the station. “The…
Pic123rf. South Africa’s COVID-19 cases are on a sharp and steady increase with 6 130 new cases reported on Monday, bringing the total number to 144 264. A further 73 COVID-19 related deaths were reported, bringing the total to 2 529. Of the 73 new deaths reported, 1 was from…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Plans are underway to welcome back more pupils to schools across the country as the Basic Education Department continues with its phased reopening of schools amid COVID-19. In just five days, pupils in Grades R, 1, 2, 3, 6, 10 and 11 are set to return to…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said the case in which soldiers are accused of brutality in an incident that led to the death of Alexandra resident Collins Khosa during lockdown is still receiving attention from several law enforcement entities. The Minister said this when Ministers…
The South African Gross Domestic Product (GDP) decreased by 2.0% in the first quarter of 2020, Statistics SA has revealed. Releasing the data on Tuesday, Stats SA said the contraction was due to decreases in several key sectors. “The mining and quarrying industry decreased by 21.5% and contributed 1.7 percentage…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for human trials, making it India's first domestic candidate to get the green light from the government's drug regulator as cases surge in a country with more than 1.3 billion people. The Drug Controller General of India has approved the company's…
Photo Credit:GCIS. In an effort to tighten government’s grip on the impending surge of COVID-19 cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa is deploying Ministers and Deputy Ministers to every district of the country to support the work of provincial health authorities. Ramaphosa revealed this in his weekly newsletter to the nation. This,…
Photo Credit:Istock. The number of people who have died following a bus crash on the R532 road between Graskop and Ohrigstad in Mpumalanga has risen to nine. Two more people have died in hospital. Earlier it was reported that seven people died on the scene and over 40 were rushed…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 144 264. This is an increase of 6,130 cases from 138,134 cases reported on Sunday. A further 73 COVID-19 related deaths were reported- 1 from Mpumalanga, 5 from Limpopo, 2 from North West, 6 from Gauteng, 10 from Eastern…
Pic123rf. Summary of Latest Developments. World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned the pandemic is "not even close to being over" and that while there had been some progress initially, the pandemic was "actually speeding up". States in the US are pausing reopening plans amid a surge in…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 144 264. This is an increase of 6,130 cases from 138,134 cases reported on Sunday. A further 73 COVID-19 related deaths were reported- 1 from Mpumalanga, 5 from Limpopo, 2 from North West, 6 from Gauteng, 10 from Eastern…
The World Health Organization warns that the pandemic 'is not even close to being over', as the number of deaths worldwide exceeds 500,000. "Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world -- and our lives -- would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus," WHO…
Former Passenger Rail Association of SA (Prasa) chairperson Popo Molefe has accused the then ANC top six of failing to act against widespread corruption within the organisation. Molefe revisited evidence he gave in March about a meeting with the ANC top six at the time to alert them to corruption…
World Health Organization officials are holding a press conference Monday to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak, which has now infected more than 10 million people across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Last week, WHO officials said coronavirus outbreaks in the Americas, which includes North, South…
The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein has dismissed Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's application for leave to appeal the scathing Estina dairy farm judgment. "The application for leave to appeal is dismissed with costs on the grounds that there is no reasonable prospects of success in an appeal and there…
Tongaat Hulett has worked with local government, traditional leaders and non-governmental organisations to distribute food hampers to 3 500 households experiencing undue hardship during the lockdown in South Africa. “We’ve worked for decades with the communities where we trade. We support one another, and we couldn’t turn a blind eye…
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) leadership to reconsider their decision to incite lawlessness, and place their drivers and passengers on a collision course with law enforcement authorities. This comes after Santaco announced that it has taken a decision to revert to…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The Department of Basic Education has urged school principals to ensure all health protocols on the management of COVID-19 are strictly followed. This comes after the department successfully opened schools earlier this month in a new and unfamiliar environment. The department said while it is facing rising records…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. While international passenger flights remain prohibited, with the exception of those authorised by the Transport Minister, seven more airports are set to resume operations on 1 July 2020. At an aviation industry briefing on Monday, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said in addition to the airports (OR Tambo,…
Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said we are going to see a rapid rise in the cumulative number of positive COVID-19 cases indicating that, as we had expected, we are approaching a surge during the latter winter months of July and August. It is anticipated that while every province will…
Photo Credit:Istock. Seven people were killed when the bus they were travelling in overturned on the R532 between Graskop and Ohrigstad on Sunday. The bus they were travelling in overturned on the R532 Highway. Department of Community Safety in Mpumalanga spokesperson Moeti Mmusi said all seven died at the scene.…
South Africa has recorded 6,334 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 138,134. A further 43 new COVID-19 related deaths were reported bringing the total to 2456. The recoveries stand at 68 925. Case Data: Province Total cases for 28 June…
The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) confirmed that from Monday taxis will load at 100 percent capacity. This was announced at a press conference by the council on Sunday. The taxi association has also resolved that long-distance operators must resume work without permits. Santaco’s resolution goes against government’s COVID-19…
In this file photo taken on May 18, 2019 opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader and presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera (L) waves to the crowd as he arrives at the last campaign rally, in Lilongwe, ahead of general elections.Photo Credit:AFP. Malawi's opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera on Saturday was declared the…
Gauteng, is now recording more Covid-19 cases every day than at any point during the Western Cape's outbreak. So far, the Western Cape has been the hardest-hit province. As of Saturday, 27 June, the Western Cape has 16 753 active cases of Covid-19, with a total of 58 925 confirmed…
Summary of Latest Developments. Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months. More than five million have recovered. Italy has registered…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 131 800, with 7 210 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours. A further 73 COVID-19 related deaths were reported- 3 from KwaZulu Natal, 13 from Eastern Cape, 17 from Gauteng Province and 40 from Western Cape. This…
Photo Credit:@Magda_Wierzycka. Magda Wierzycka, CEO of JSE listed company Sygnia, has filed a defamation lawsuit for an article published on IOL which, she said, attacks her personally and professionally. Included in the lawsuit is Independent Online,Independent Media and the author of the article, Adri Senekal De Wet. According to court…
Several companies have been forced to reassess their products and branding following the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests across the globe.(Photo Credit:Reuters). French cosmetics giant L’Oreal announced that it was removing words like “whitening” from its products, against the backdrop of global anti-racism protests. “The L’Oréal Group has decided to remove…
File Photo. The Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign is calling on world leaders to commit the billions of dollars needed to deliver COVID-19 testing, treatments, and vaccines equally for everyone. Global Citizen and the European Commission have teamed up to bring Global Goal: Unite for Our Future —…
Blue Nile River in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Photo courtesy:Wikimedia Commons. The leaders of Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt agreed that Ethiopia will delay filling a mega-dam on the Blue Nile and return to talks aimed at reaching an accord on use of the river's waters, according to statements from Cairo and…
Photo Courtesy of the United Nations. Malawi's opposition candidate Lazarus Chakwera has claimed victory in the rerun of last year's presidential election. Early results have put him ahead of the incumbent, Peter Mutharika. Official results for Tuesday's poll have not yet been declared by Malawi's electoral commission. But state broadcaster…
Summary of Latest Developments. The European Union plans to bar travellers from the United States, Brazil and Russia due to a continued surge in coronavirus infections in the three countries, diplomats said. Sixteen NBA players in the US have tested positive for the new coronavirus in the first wave of…
Professor Zeblon Vilakazi (Image source: Wits.ac.za). Wits University announced that professor Zeblon Vilakazi will take over from Adam Habib from January 1 2021, as the 15th Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand Habib announced his resignation from Wits in February. This after he was offered the position…
The judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture will resume its hearings on Monday. The inquiry is expected to hear evidence into allegations of corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) for the most part of the week, spokesperson Mbuyiselo Stemela said in a statement.…
The cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 124 590, with the Western Cape at 46% of the overall figure, followed by Gauteng (25.2%) and the Eastern Cape (17.6%). There were 6,215 new infections. A further 48 Covid-19-related deaths were reported – eight from Eastern Cape and…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has called on all South Africans to join hands in the fight against the scourge of Gender-Based Violence. “I implore all South Africans wherever you are, whatever language you speak, whatever your religious persuasion and whatever your political affiliation, let us join…
The Gauteng High Court has dismissed the case brought by fair trade association Fita to try and lift the ban on the sale of cigarettes in the country. Fita had taken the government to court, challenging the ongoing ban on tobacco and related products. The government had opposed the court…
The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has issued a warning about a scam that is doing the rounds, where fraudsters use personal details of the department’s staff members to con the public and service providers. “These fraudsters have been lying low for some time and have just started…
Photo Credit: Adobe Stock. The Competition Commission has welcomed the decision for MTN to slash its data costs after reaching a settlement agreement on Wednesday. The agreement follows the Data Services Market Inquiry (DSMI) report released last year, which found that data in South Africa was excessively expensive, and that…
The African National Congress (ANC) said it was concerned about sentiments attributed to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng expressing his apparent support for “apartheid Israel”. In a statement issued on Thursday, ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said Mogoeng had entered the arena of political commentary which might make him vulnerable should…
File Photo. Ratings agency Moody’s has expressed scepticism that SA could achieve its debt stabilisation aims outlined in finance minister Tito Mboweni's supplementary budget. In a statement late on Thursday evening Moody's said that “stabilising debt by 2023 in line with the government's target laid out in this budget will…
File Photo. Cinemas, restaurants, theatres and casinos can start operating again, albeit under strict conditions, after having closed for three months in the COVID-19 enforced lockdown. This comes after Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on Thursday signed and gazetted an amendment to the regulations…
File Photo. The Competition Commission of South Africa has welcomed the Constitutional Court judgment delivered on Wednesday in the matter between the Commission and Pickfords Removals. In its judgment, the Constitutional Court upheld the Commission's appeal that section 67(1) of the Competition Act does not prevent the Commission from investigating…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Cabinet has expressed support for the establishment of a new airline and has backed the concerted efforts to mobilise funding from various sources that will see the proposed carrier take off. The mobilising of funding will include potential equity partners, government said in a post-Cabinet meeting statement.…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. Cabinet this week received a progress report from the National Coronavirus Command Council and the proposed amendments to the regulations in terms of the Disaster Management Act 2002 were presented. “Whilst Cabinet appreciated the extensive work still being done to maintain a balance between sustaining livelihoods and…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu will on Friday commemorate International Day Against Drug Abuse by launching the country’s National Drug Master Plan (NDMP). The NDMP is a blueprint for combating the scourge of alcohol and substance abuse which has reached epidemic proportions in South Africa. The overarching…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. African Union Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has called on African leaders to support efforts on the continent to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. Addressing the Conference on Africa's Leadership Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Access, President Ramaphosa said it is essential that there be significant local vaccine…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Deputy President David Mabuza said Eskom has committed to completing the construction of Medupi power station this year, while Kusile will be completed by 2023. Mabuza announced this when he responded to oral questions in the National Assembly on Thursday. He said while the system remains under…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 118 375. This is an increase of 6,579 cases from 111,796 cases reported on Wednesday, which is a new 24-hour high. A further 87 COVID-19 related deaths were reported- 2 from Gauteng, 15 from KwaZulu Natal, 17 from Eastern…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The Department of Basic Education said while the decision to reopen schools was not taken lightly, as it tries to save what is left of the academic year, it is not going to gamble with human lives. During the virtual ministerial briefing of the National Council of Provinces…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images . The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has welcomed the judgment to strike off the roll an urgent court application by SA Airlink. The airline this week approached the Johannesburg High Court seeking to interdict South African Airways (SAA) Business Rescue Practitioners from convening a creditors’ meeting…
File Photo. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has announced that the 2020 Filing Season will begin on 1 August 2020. In a statement issued on Thursday, SARS said on the day, a significant number of taxpayers can expect to receive an SMS indicating that SARS has prepared their tax…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. South Africans have been encouraged to save water, as water resources and dam levels across the country, with the exception of the Western Cape, continue to decline consistently week-on-week. “The national water storage of our combined dams has declined to 69.3% this week, from 69.3% last week,”…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 111 796. There were 5,688 new infections. This is not only the biggest single-day increase in confirmed cases, but also the first time that more than 5,000 cases have been recorded in a single day. Case Data: Province Total…
National Treasury has set aside R21.5 billion for COVID‐19‐related healthcare spending for health and frontline services, as government continues to treat and contain the spread of the pandemic. The Minister revealed this while virtually delivering his Supplementary Budget on Wednesday. The budget was necessitated by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that…
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