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Image: Gallo Images. Premier Soccer League chairman Dr Irvin Khoza has paid tribute to the mother of former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana star Doctor Khumalo, who passed away this week. Khoza said South African football was grateful for the role played by Mable Khumalo in not only nurturing her…
A YouTube screengrab of SA virologist Professor Gita Ramjee. Tributes have been pouring in from around the world for internationally acclaimed scientist, academic and women's rights campaigner Prof Gita Ramjee who died in a Durban hospital of Covid-19 complications on Tuesday. The institute shared the news of Ramjee's death in…
Image:AFP. The United Nations chief has warned the coronavirus pandemic is the "worst crisis" to face the world since World War II, as the number of dead in the United States surpassed that in China and hard-hit countries in Europe reported their highest death tolls in a single day. The…
Image:GCIS. Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said that the country has registered five COVID-19 deaths but the rate of new cases seems to have reduced for now. The number of confirmed cases now stands at 1 353 up from 1 326 on Monday. The Minister said the latest death was…
In a statement issued earlier today,government said it has noted the uncertainty with regard to the 2018 public service wage agreement ahead of the 1 April 2020 pay day. This comes after Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced in the Budget Speech in February that government will adjust the wage bill…
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has visited three mines to monitor compliance with the country’s 21-day national lockdown. The Minister used the visits to the three collieries in Mpumalanga to assess the implementation of the directive and guiding principles issued by the department to all mines on how…
Minister of Small Business Development, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. Photo: GCIS. Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has unveiled wide-ranging financing interventions for COVID-19-hit Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) and businesses in the informal sectors during a social cluster media briefing on Tuesday. The interventions, including a Debt Relief Financing Scheme…
@Fikilembalula. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced that talks are continuing with the taxi industry on crucial matters, including the possible introduction of a subsidy for the sector. Speaking at a media briefing held at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) head office in Pretoria, the Minister said a…
Image:GCIS. The Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the confirmed cases of Covid-19 had risen to 1,353 after 39,500 tests were conducted and four people have died. He said that there was still huge pressure on lab services to do tests. “The rate of increase in the numbers is…
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor said over 1000 South Africans are stranded in various countries around the world. “The most recent data that we have suggests that we may have 1 471 South Africans stranded across the world. Of this number, 723 are students, 204 people who are…
The Department of Home Affairs says during the lockdown, all of its offices will open from 10h00 to 14h00, Monday to Friday, except those offices that are located in Thusong Centres. The department says only limited services are being offered, namely: issuing of temporary identity certificates, issuing of death certificates…
The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has cancelled fraudulent certificates allowing companies to trade as essential services during the 21-day national lockdown. ”Businesses in the CIPC database that are not eligible to continue operations during the lockdown have had their certificates cancelled and will be handed over to the…
Image:GCIS. The Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has urged citizens to play their part in ensuring heightened care and access to information for people with disabilities during the 21-day COVID-19 enforced lockdown. In a statement,the department said people with disabilities are among…
Today is officially the day that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, step down as senior members of the British royal family. The couple are now said to now be living in the Los Angeles area, but will divide their time between the UK and…
South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Edward Kieswetter. Picture: @sarstax/Twitter. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has paid out R2.4 billion to taxpayers in refunds since the commencement of the COVID-19 enforced lockdown on 26 March. In a statement, the revenue collector said this was in an effort to balance…
The US might toughen movement restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus, with the country now reporting twice the number of cases as China where the outbreak began late last year. US President Donald Trump told the media that guidelines on social distancing - encouraging people not to gather in…
Image:AFP. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published guidelines to help countries balance the demands of responding directly to COVID-19, while maintaining essential health services. The guidelines are an effort by WHO to ensure that while health systems across the globe deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, vaccine-preventable deaths and treatable…
Image:GCIS. Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has called for harsh action against the men who raped and murdered a woman after allegedly posing as soldiers deployed for the 21-day lockdown. “I am deeply concerned about criminals who take advantage of the national lockdown to rob and…
Image:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa was addressing the nation on Monday for the first time since he declared the National State of Disaster to combat the pandemic. His address comes as South Africa went into a nation-wide lockdown for the first time in the history of its democracy last Thursday at…
Image: GCIS. The address by the President follows a meeting of the National Command Council yesterday, 29 March 2020, which assessed the efficacy of the national lockdown which came into effect on Thursday 26 March 2020. The President’s televised address will be at 19h30. Courtesy of SABC.
Image:GCIS. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has condemned any form of abuse committed by soldiers during the 21-day nationwide lockdown. The Minister’s remarks follow various allegations of abuse by members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) deployed in support of government efforts to contain the…
The Gauteng Health Department has confirmed a COVID-19 case in Alexandra, Johannesburg. “The confirmed case, was tested and was instructed to remain under self-isolation while awaiting results,” said the department on Monday. According to the provincial department, the man who has tested and was subsequently found to be infected with…
Business for South Africa’s Public Health Workgroup is calling on all companies, especially those in lockdown, to urgently divert their stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use in the national healthcare sector. The PPE is critically needed to protect frontline doctors and healthcare workers and to keep them healthy…
DStv will launch a new pop-up channel catering for various Christianity groupings,in response to a call from the Communications and Digital Technologies Department to assist the religious sector during the lockdown. The channel, named Africa Easter Channel, is expected to launch on Good Friday, on 9 April 2020. The Africa…
Social grant payments for the elderly and people with disabilities is in full swing as South Africa enters Day 4 of the 21-day lockdown to curb COVID-19. In preparation for the lockdown, social security agency - SASSA - announced that grants for the elderly and people with disabilities will be…
US President Donald Trump has extended federal guidelines on social distancing until April 30 after a top health official warned more than 100,000 people could die from the coronavirus in the United States. The announcement on Sunday evening came as the death toll in hard-hit New York state passed 1,000.…
Image:@FikileMbalula. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has amended the public transport rules under the National State of Disaster. Under the current lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, public modes of transport are allowed to operate from 5am - 9am and again from 4pm - 8pm. As of Monday, 30…
The Minister of Health,Zweli Mkhize, has announced that South Africa has recorded the second death resulting from Coronavirus. "It is with sadness that we announce the second death of a patient, who had tested positive for COVID-19. The 74-year-old male had been in ICU and ventilation in a private hospital…
Image: David Mabuza via Twitter. Deputy President David Mabuza has tested negative for Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Presidency said. Mabuza made a call to traditional leaders and all South Africans to get tested, should they experience symptoms associated with the virus. This includes instances where they may have recently travelled to…
Western Cape premier Alan Winde announced on Sunday that Khayelitsha has recorded its first Covid-19 coronavirus case. The informal township has a population nearing 400,000 people. As of 00h01 on March 29, the Western Cape had recorded 310 Covid-19 infections, the premier said. The premier said that response teams are…
The Gauteng Provincial Government Command Council gives an update on the adherence to the nationwide lockdown. The number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases has increased to 1187. The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures on Saturday. Gauteng remains in the lead with the highest number of infections standing at…
The North West House of Traditional Leaders has suspended all initiation schools and related activities until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “In light of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, which led to President Cyril Ramaphosa declaring a 21-day national lock down, the North West House of Traditional…
Image: Gallo Images. The Department of Defence and Military Veterans has called up members from the Reserve Force to complement the already deployed soldiers in the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19). The call comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa deployed South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members to assist the country to…
Image:You Tube screen grab. President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared the Ranch Resort a green zone after everyone, who had been placed under quarantine there, has tested negative for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The group of 112 citizens was placed under quarantine at the Ranch Resort in Polokwane from 14 March 2020 after…
President Cyril Ramaphosa, together with Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize, is seeing off the 112 South African Citizens that were placed under quarantine at a Limpopo resort from 14 March 2020. This after they were repatriated from Wuhan in the Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China following the…
Image:AFP. South Africa will participate in the Public Health Emergency Solidarity Trial, which has been initiated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to conduct a clinical trial to find an effective COVID-19 treatment. “WHO has convened an independent group of experts to review evidence from laboratory, animal and clinical studies…
Mali president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Picture: AFP. Malians are headed to the polls on Sunday for a long-delayed parliamentary election just hours after the country recorded its first coronavirus death. The parliamentary election has been delayed several times since 2018, mostly over security concerns. But Mali's government said it will…
US President Donald Trump has backed away from imposing a quarantine in the New York area,instead directing that a "strong travel advisory" be issued for the region to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. The announcement on Twitter came late on Saturday as criticism grew over Trump's earlier call…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has hit 1,187 – an increase of 17 cases from Friday’s report. He said that the increase in results does not indicate a reduction in the number of infections, but merely a reflection of…
SABC has confirmed that another employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. This second case is from its Johannesburg office. The Public Broadcaster said the employee is currently hospitalised and the affected worker’s colleagues are already working from home as part of contingency plans. The news comes as another SABC…
Photo: Linda Mnisi / Twitter. Plans to reunite the 114 South African citizens repatriated from Wuhan City in China with their families are underway, as their 14-day quarantine period has ended. Addressing a media briefing, in Tshwane, Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, said the Department of Health…
A team of experts are working on creating a range of data warehouses, including the current geographic spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) current cases, health vulnerabilities and location of health and other facilities, among other things. This work is being done by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)…
Government has identified 17 land parcels for resettlement purposes for people who stay in informal settlements should the need arise, as the country deals with the spread of COVID-19. “Of these, 13 land parcels are state-owned and four pieces of land parcels are privately owned. We have already started preparing…
Eskom has donated it’s Academy of Learning centre in Midrand to the government to be used as a coronavirus quarantine site. The facility, which has 416 beds and other facilities, will be used to accommodate guests of the government who have to undergo a period of quarantine and observation for…
Image:The Giving Pledge. The Motsepe Family in partnership with companies and organisations that they are associated with, have pledged R1 billion to assist with the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its related challenges that are confronting South Africa and the African Continent. These companies and organisations are: Motsepe Foundation Sanlam…
The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus in the United States hit more than 104,000 early on Saturday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, with the number of fatalities surpassing 1,700, pushing the global death toll up to 27,360. Meanwhile,Italy,announced 919 new deaths from the coronavirus, the…
Government has deployed a total of 22 347 traffic officers across the country, to ensure compliance with the published Regulations and Directions for the 21-day nationwide lockdown. South Africa went on lockdown on Friday in response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. “Our National Traffic Police are working closely…
Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has urged retailers to manage crowds and queues at their establishments, so as to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). With reports and footage of crowded grocery stores in some parts of the country - even as the country has entered lockdown and is…
The number of COVID-19 deaths in South Africa has been revised down from two to one mortality, after a subsequent investigation found that one patient was negative for the virus. Earlier on Friday, the Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said South Africa had recorded its first two deaths. The cases…
Bheki Cele. Picture:Sunday Times. Police have arrested 55 people on a largely successful operation, on the first day of a nationwide 21-day lockdown, Police Minister Bheki Cele said. “We had a good night, [it was] a success. Many South Africans had a very good will, our phones were abuzz with…
Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has confirmed that there are now 1 170 cases of Coronavirus in the country. South Africa has reported two coronavirus-related cases, but presidency minister Jackson Mthembu said the second death is “suspect”. He said health minister Zweli Mkhize will update the nation at a…
South Africa has recorded its first two deaths attributed to COVID-19 while the number of confirmed cases has risen over 1,000. The country has been in a state of lockdown for 14 hours. The Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize, Police Minister Bheki Cele and other ministers representing the national command…
Image:@RevMeshoe. Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, the leader of the African Christian Democratic Party, has tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement, the party confirmed that the reverend and ACDP MP Steve Swart had tested positive for virus. “Rev Meshoe displays no symptoms and remains in good health. Swart, who has experienced…
A group of 60 German tourists has been placed under quarantine after one of them tested positive for COVID-19, said the Gauteng Health Department. In a statement, the department said the group is now at a health facility in the province. The development comes on the same the day the…
Photo: GCIS. South Africa came under a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown on Friday, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus across the continent. Some 57 million people are to be restricted to their homes during the three-week total lockdown…
Image:IStock. The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has expressed concern at the manner in which some media houses are engaging with inmates, using illegal means to spread false and misleading information. “This is totally unacceptable and very disturbing as the country is mobilising all its resources in the fight against…
Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize,have announced that two people have died as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19). “This morning, we wake South Africans up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19,” Mkhize said in a statement on Friday. The deaths occurred in the…
The confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has risen by 218 - bringing the total number of cases to 927. The Ministry of Health released the latest figures on Thursday afternoon. Gauteng has the highest number of cases with 409 people testing positive for the virus. The Western Cape has…
Image:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has called on members of the public to desist from spreading false information about when the schools will re-open and on any other matter. “There is no truth to what has been circulated on social media about schools re-opening in September. Please ignore it,”…
Image:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that there are now more than 900 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in SA. Ramaphosa made the announcement during his virtual G20 Summit address in Pretoria on Thursday. "We now have more than 900 people infected, as the minister told me, and we…
The United States has registered more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths as the country confirmed more than 69,000 cases. The US Senate passed a sweeping $2 trillion measure to aid workers, businesses, and the healthcare system. It has gone back to the lower house for approval. Meanwhile, United Nations chief Antonio…
Image:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has invited all South Africans to take part in a National Day of Prayer wherever they are, in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The President made the call on the eve of the 21-day national lockdown, which will start at midnight on Thursday. Following discussions with religious…
AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa - Image: Rex. President Cyril Ramaphosa,in his capacity as the African Union Chair will on Thursday host a teleconference with the members of the AU Bureau to coordinate the continent’s approach to the Coronavirus pandemic. “The consultation is aimed at developing a common response of…
The World Health Organisation(WHO) has called on all countries who have introduced “lockdown” measures to use this time to attack the Coronavirus. To slow the spread of COVID-19, many countries have introduced unprecedented measures at significant social and economic cost – closing schools and businesses, cancelling sporting events and asking…
Image:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). “The President submitted for testing as a precautionary measure upon the advice of his physicians on Tuesday and received his results last night,” the Presidency said in a statement on Thursday. As Head of State and Chair of…
South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago. Picture: @SAReserveBank/Twitter. The SA Reserve Bank has announced additional measures to add liquidity to the financial system, including a further expansion of refinancing operations and a programme to buy government securities in the secondary market. As the Covid-19 global pandemic impacts on SA,…
Image:GCIS. Arts and Culture sets aside R150 million for relief: The Arts and Culture Department has reprioritised its budget allocation from Quarter One to avail over R150 million to provide much needed relief to practitioners in the sector. “The allocated funds will be utilised to render various forms of support…
The Gauteng Provincial Government has announced wide ranging plans and interventions to stop the spread of COVID-19. Premier David Makhura said the province had adopted a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach which will proactively involve significant actors within the province to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. These plans include the establishment…
Department of Higher Education has established a task team for stakeholders in the post school and education training sector. “We have established a COVID-19 Team comprising of Universities South Africa (USAF), South African College Principals Organisation (SACPO), Higher Health and Health Experts to coordinate sector response and collate institutional case…
Government has unveiled employment related plans expected to soften the blow of the COVID-19 countrywide lockdown, on workers and firms. During the lockdown, which will come into effect on Thursday midnight until midnight 16 April, only essential services will be able to perform work as normal. “A large cohort of…
India's 1.3 billion people have joined the global lockdown triggered by the outbreak as the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern at the acceleration of the pandemic in the United States. Germany recorded 4,191 new cases of the coronavirus and 36 more deaths, raising the total number of infections to …
Rights Group Women and Men Against Child Abuse said they were disappointed that former Tennis star Bob Hewitt would be released before completing his six-year sentence. The groups Ngaa Murombedzi said: “It’s a step backwards in terms of getting justice for victims of historical cases of child sexual abuse.” She…
Twenty-nine areas have been identified for de-densification in an effort to combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Outlining her department’s interventions to curb the spread of COVID-19 at a media briefing in Tshwane on Tuesday, Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, warned that if the virus reaches densely…
South African Airways (SAA) will suspend all its domestic flights with effect from Friday, 27 March 2020. “The decision came after government announced a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days aimed at combatting the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19),” it said in a statement on Tuesday. The decision follows President Cyril…
Cabinet ministers responsible for safety and justice will outline their plans for the 21-day nationwide lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of a 21 day lockdown will severely affect mobility in the maritime, aviation, rail and road transportation sectors. The Ministers will provide details on the implementation strategy of the President’s…
Image:Credo Mutwa Foundation. Traditional healer Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa has died and His Foundation confirmed the passing of the 98-year-old. Mutwa was renowned for his prophecies. He was born in Zululand on the 21st July 1921.Raised by his father’s brother,and he was taken to the South Coast of Natal (present day…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 has increased to 709 cases over night. The number increased with new 155 cases from Tuesday's tally of 554. Mkhize said the most increases were in Gauteng where there are 64 new cases.The Western Cape recorded…
South African businesses and members of the general public on the edge of financial ruin due to the COVID-19 outbreak will breathe a sigh of relief after South African banks agreed to implement debt relief measures. This comes after the banks agreed to government interventions, which will see competition laws…
FILE: In this file photo taken on 29 June 2018 Cameroon jazz saxophonist Manu Dibango performs during a concert at the Ivory Hotel in Abidjan. Picture: AFP. The African saxophone legend Manu Dibango has died in Paris after catching coronavirus. Dibango - best known for his 1972 hit Soul Makossa…
Eskom says the possibility that it might be implementing load shedding still remains as the power generation system is constrained and vulnerable. “We are currently utilising minimal emergency generation reserves to supplement supply. We remind the public, however, that Eskom may have to implement load shedding at short notice should…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the number of Covid-19 cases has risen to 554. He said the department had recorded an increase of 152 new Covid-19 cases. Mkhize said anyone who refuses to be isolated when they test positive for Covid-19 will have their names published to warn…
The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says it supports the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa 15 March to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country. It says it supports appropriate and evidence-based measures to deal with the spread of the virus. “Mitigation strategies are proving key in addressing…
An inter-ministerial committee is currently briefing the media on details of government interventions following President Ramaphosa's announcement of the 21 day lockdown in South Africa amid spread of COVID-19. Ministers in the Economic Cluster unpack Government Measures to combat Coronavirus. Watch the Live Feed Here. Courtesy of SABC.
The British government has announced strict controls on movement after 52 more deaths were reported in the country. The British move follows the imposition of strict lockdowns in France, Spain, and Italy, and slightly looser restrictions elsewhere, as Europe reels from a pandemic that the World Health Organization (WHO) has…
Image:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will enter a nationwide lockdown for 21-days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020. The lockdown, announced in a televised address to the nation on Monday night, is part of efforts to curb the rapid spread of the Coronavirus in…
Image:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on COVID-19 at 19:30pm this Monday evening. Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu confirmed the official time of the address in Pretoria. Courtesy of ENCA. Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday Help protect your loved…
The Pretoria High Court has ruled in favour of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) in the matter related to the Public Protector and former President Jacob Zuma's tax affairs. The Public Protector issued a subpoena in a bid to obtain Zuma's tax information. Zuma submitted an affidavit this month…
Image:AFP. The UAE is suspending all passenger and transit flights for two weeks, while Saudi Arabia has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. In Europe, Italy has moved to stop all domestic travel, as the country's death toll from COVID-19 climbed past 5,400. More…
South Africa has 402 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 128 from Sunday’s announcement. The Northern Cape has its first confirmed cases. The announcement comes just hours ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on measures to be undertaken to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The President…
Gauteng Cooperative Governance MEC Lebogang Maile has announced 10 administrators that will oversee the affairs of Tshwane municipality. Former Executive Mayor of the West Rand District Mpho Nawa has been announced as the head administrator and Former Johannesburg City Manager Mavela Dlamini has been appointed acting Municipal Manager with immediate…
Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize briefs media on Covid-19 epidemic at OR Tambo building, Pretoria [Photo: DIRCO]. The number of cases in South Africa of the novel coronavirus has jumped to 274, with 34 new cases recorded Sunday, the Health Ministry said in a statement. Most of those infected are…
President Cyril Ramaphosa was due to address the nation this evening following several meetings about the coronavirus. However, he's been locked in a meeting with the national command council dealing with Covid-19 that is expected to continue late into the night. Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu said the President…
President Cyril Ramaphosa engaging in safer elbow bumping ealier this week with leaders of political parties represented in Parliament at Tuynhuys to discuss the national response to the Corona virus outbreak. [Photos: GCIS]. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on COVID-19. Courtesy of ENCA. Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029…
President Cyril Ramaphosa met with business leaders to discuss the impact of the national state of disaster and engage on possible measures to mitigate the impact on the economy at large. The engagement with business forms part of a series of meetings the President has held with various stakeholder constituencies…
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will pay social grants to older persons and persons with disabilities from 30 and 31 March 2020. Other beneficiaries will be able to access their grants from 01 April 2020. The social security agency’s decision to pay grants earlier is in response to…
Hotel and casino magnate Sol Kerzner has died of cancer on Saturday evening aged 84 in Cape Town. Statement from the Kerzner family: Solomon (Sol) Kerzner, one of the world’s most innovative hoteliers, founder of the Southern Sun hotel group, Sun International and Kerzner International, has died of cancer surrounded…
Italy ordered all but the most essential businesses to close until April 3, tightening a lockdown against the coronavirus,after nearly 800 people died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, on Saturday. "Only production activities deemed vital for national production will be allowed," Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in…
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased to 240. Gauteng remains the province with the most reported cases, up to 125 from 109 on Friday. The Eastern Cape has also reported its first case. So far,the…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished all South Africans a reflective national Human Rights Day and called on all citizens to unite behind the national effort to minimize the rapid spread of the Coronavirus. “We observe Human Rights Day at an extraordinary time for our country and the world, as we…
Wounded people lie in the street, 21 March 1960 in Sharpeville, near Vereeniging, where at least 180 black Africans, most of them women and children, were injured and 69 killed. Image: AFP. Political parties across the country - including the PAC, which led the anti-pass march on March 21, 1960…
Image:Twitter/Kenny Rogers. Music legend Kenny Rogers has died at the age of 81. In a statement released on Saturday, Rogers’ family said the musician died from natural causes. The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81. Rogers…
The death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed 5,000 in Europe, the new epicentre of the pandemic, with Italy, Spain and Germany reporting a steep rise in infections, and as worldwide fatalities surged past 11,000 on Saturday. Italy announced 627 more deaths on Friday, the biggest day-to-day increase in the…
Embattled South African Airways has announced that it is immediately suspending all international operations until 31 May 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. SAA will only be servicing domestic and regional routes. South Africa has issued a travel ban on people from high-risk countries affected by the coronavirus. The ban…
Image::GCIS. The Statistician General Risenga Maluleke has suspended all the fieldwork activities of the Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) with immediate effect until 31 March. The announcement comes amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. “COVID-19 has hit our shores, and the disease is spreading rapidly,” said Maluleke. “Stats SA’s…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the COVID-19 cases in the country have risen to 202. Free State has registered seven cases for the first time. Briefing the media in Bloemfontein, Mkhize urged South Africans to turn their homes into places of worship this Easter. Earlier, he visited the…
The Gauteng Department of Health has imposed immediate restrictions to visiting hours at health facilities across the province. The restrictions comes after the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic was also declared a national disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday. The department said visitors will be screened and sanitizes will be available…
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy rose in the last 24 hours by 427 to 3,405,overtaking the number of deaths so far in China,officials said, as the tally worldwide nears 10,000. The total number of infections in Italy has also risen to more than 41,000, while…
Government has imposed regulations that will limit unjustified price hikes and product stockpiling, to protect consumers, as the number of COVID-19 pandemic cases rise to 150. The announcement was made by Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel during a press briefing, dealing with pricing matters during the national disaster.…
The board of Eskom has ordered aninvestigation into allegations of corruption and victimisation against the power utility's chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer. “The Eskom board acknowledges receipt of correspondences from Corruption Watch, an anti-corruption civil society organisation, dated 11 March 2020, and from the South African Federation of Trade Unions…
Image: 123RF President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 has reached 150. The latest numbers have risen by 34 from Wednesday's 116 confirmed cases, which were announced by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. Ramaphosa made the announcement of the latest infections during a meeting with…
Image@ArchbishopThabo. The Methodist Church has cancelled Good Friday and Easter Sunday services to combat the spread of the Coronavirus and the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has cancelled Friday prayer. In addition, the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) has cancelled its annual Moria pilgrimage. At the meeting, which took place at the…
Image:Virgin.Com Virgin Active has closed its Melrose Arch branch until further notice, after one of its members tested positive for the coronavirus. The company said that it has initiated a sanitisation process after the incident and it has since advised it's members who visited the gym that day seek medical…
Government gazetted regulations on the national state of disaster have directed that taverns, restaurants and clubs must be closed by 6pm. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma gazetted the regulations, which outline rules that need to be adhered to by the general public, on Wednesday. According to…
The National Council of Provinces is yet to pronounce on whether it will support a decision by the Gauteng government to dissolve the council and place the metro under administration. It received representations, from concerned parties, over the past two days. Gauteng Premier David Makhura decided to invoke section 139…
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has gazetted regulations aimed at containing the spread of the cornavirus outbreak. This comes after the Minister in recent days consulted her colleagues in Cabinet and the relevant stakeholders, in terms of section 3 of the Disaster Management Act. The regulations…
Italy,the country most affected by the coronavirus outside China, reported a further 475 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday. Nearly 220,000 people have now been confirmed with the coronavirus globally, and while at least 84,000 people have recovered from COVID-19, more than 8,800 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins…
Eskom says the power generation system remains constrained and vulnerable, the possibility of load shedding still remains. “During peak hours we are utilising emergency generation reserves to supplement supply, and [we] may have to implement load shedding at short notice should the power generation system deteriorate,” said the power utility…
Following the directive issued by President Ramaphosa on 15 March 2020 and the guidelines and considerations issued by the Department of Health (DOH), the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), in a bid to ensure the safety of its employees, users and…
Parliament has announced that it will be closed to the public until further notice and arrangements are being made to reduce the number of staff members in the precinct. A special meeting between Presiding Officers, chief whips and party representatives was held on Tuesday to discuss the parliamentary programme and…
President Cyril Ramaphosa is briefing the media after his meeting with opposition parties where they discussed a response plan to the coronavirus epidemic. On Sunday Ramaphosa announced that the government would implement a ban on foreigners visiting from high-risk countries - including Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the US,…
South Africa now has 116 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). There has been an increase of 31 new cases from yesterday’s announcement,with 6 more new cases of local transmission said the Health Department this morning. Among the new cases are two males, one from Gauteng with no international travel history,…
SA Express will be suspending all operations from 18 March indefinitely in light of adverse developments, including the Covid-19 outbreak. “In light of adverse recent developments including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, SA Express announces that it will suspend operations from 18 March 2020 until further notice,” said the…
Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, has announced that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa has increased by 23. There are now 85 cases of the Coronavirus which has been declared a national disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Globally, there are now 184 976 confirmed cases if…
The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, has directed the department to increase the provision of water and sanitation in high density public areas, informal settlements and rural areas in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Sisulu said she is concerned that people living in the informal settlements…
Image Supplied. The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has confirmed that two vessels in the Port of Cape Town are being held off port limits after a crew member on board one of the vessels began to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. It has been established that the crew member had…
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said courts around the country will beef up sanitation in a bid to ensure that access to justice is not hindered by COVID-19. Mogoeng, who was addressing the media in Johannesburg on the measures the judiciary will be taking to curb the spread of the Covid-19…
The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the coronavirus pandemic as the "defining global health crisis of our time", and urged countries to test all suspected cases of COVID-19. Globally, the virus has infected more than 168,000 people and killed at least 6,610, according to the WHO. Almost 80,000 people…
The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has warned the public that it is not withdrawing banknotes and coins due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This came amid fake news circulating on social media involving a scam claiming that it is “recalling” money from the public. “It is believed that criminal…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said that despite having funds available through the National Disaster fund it may need to set aside further funding to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday announced that due to the severity of the virus and its rapid spreading,…
In line with the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa to limit the impact of the COVID-19 virus and to protect citizens, Pan Macmillan South Africa will be working to limit exposure as far as possible whilst continuing to ensure business continuity. We expect our books to be in stores as…
At the beginning of March, the Whitaker Peace & Development Initiative (WPDI) successfully completed the recruitment of 320 payam – or local – youths from across South Sudan’s Central Equatoria State (CES) thanks to our partnership with the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development. This new group of 206 male…
The World Health Organization has warned that the coronavirus pandemic is a "defining global health crisis of our time", as it urged countries to test all suspected cases. WHO held a briefing today for media to update them on the current status of the global pandemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus.…
Image:@PresidencyZA. President Cyril Ramaphosa declared Covid-19 a national disaster on Sunday. He implemented bans and restrictions regarding schools, universities, prisons, visas, travel and group gatherings. Rhema Bible Church has suspended its Sunday church gatherings. “It is vitally important to maintain connection and community as a church during this health crisis…
The ANC has announced that it is postponing all its upcoming conferences, including its midterm conference, the national general council (NGC), as the country deals with the widespread of the Covid-19 pandemic. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa said the decision to postpone all conferences was taken at an extended national working…
UJ Arts & Culture postpones upcoming events: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UJ Arts & Culture, a division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg has announced the postponement of all events scheduled to take place at its venues from 16 March until…
The Department of Health has confirmed that South Africa now has 62 confirmed and verified cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). It added that there are more cases but these are yet to be verified. The department reported that Limpopo now has its first confirmed case, 29 year-old male who had travelled…
FILE: Janusz Walus at a hearing in the Pretoria City Hall on 11 August 1997. Image: AFP. Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has denied Janusz Walus parole. Lamola said he had considered both negative and positive factors that contributed to the approval or denial of parole.…
Allandale Road in Midrand is closed for three months for major rehabilitation. The closure follows Gauteng MEC for public transport and roads infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo’s visit to inspect the road. According to the MEC, the department had been maintaining the road from time to time, but due to underlying underground…
A team of ministers are briefing the media after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced strict measures to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. In his address on Sunday evening, Ramaphosa declared the outbreak of Covid-19 a national state of disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act. He also announced a travel…
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that we are now having 61 confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Africa and has declared a national state of disaster. Ramaphosa was addressing the country from the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Sunday after a special Cabinet meeting to discuss matters related to the pandemic.…
President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 6pm following a special meeting held by Cabinet to discuss the nation's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The president today called for an urgent Cabinet meeting to discuss the matter. The Cabinet meeting at the Union Buildings on Sunday was expected to…
Wits University student who has been in quarantine since last week has tested positive for COVID-19. All 350 students who could be affected have been instructed to go into self-quarantine. The number of confirmed cases in South Africa of Covid-19 patients has risen to 51 – an increase of 13…
Eskom released a statement this morning saying that it will suspend load shedding today at 12:00 , following improved generation system performance and low demand over the weekend. "Uplanned breakdowns were at 9527 MW as at 10:42 while planned maintenance outages were at 6552 MW," the power utility said. Last…
The Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that the number of COVID-19 infections in South Africa has risen to 51. The number rose by 13 from Saturday’s 38. The recent cases are recorded in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Gauteng now has 24 cases while the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal…
President Cyril Ramaphosa will convene an urgent cabinet meeting on Sunday to explore ways of intensifying the country’s response to this outbreak. This meeting comes a day after the Health Minister, Dr. Zweli Mkhize, announced that the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country climbed to 38. He…
The South African Airways flight, transporting South African citizens repatriated from Wuhan, China has arrived in Polokwane. They will be in quarantine at the Protea Hotel's The Ranch Resort, 25km from Polokwane, for 21 days. All passengers have been tested prior to the flight back from China, and none were…
Image: Gallo Images. The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) has placed twelve senior officials on suspension pending a disciplinary process due to various allegations of gross misconduct. Prasa administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo, who took over the troubled state owned company in December, has been tasked with establishing a system of…
FILE: JJ Tabane. Picture: @JJTabane/Twitter. Newzroom Afrika has suspended its show 'Your View' following comments made of the people of the Limpopo province by anchor Onkgopotse JJ Tabane. In a clip that has been posted to Twitter, Tabane is seen remarking on the state of the ANC Youth League,claiming that…
The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Gauteng has filed an urgent court application in an attempt to stop the decision by the provincial government to place the Tshwane metro under administration. In court papers filed in Pretoria on Friday, the DA also asked the court to order that councillors from the…
The World Health Organization has warned that Europe was now become the "epicentre" for the global coronavirus pandemic and reporting more daily cases than China did at the height of its outbreak. Speaking at news conference on Friday, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pointed out that the continent has reported…
The Department of Health has confirmed that eight more cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus have been found in South Africa. The patients have been found in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. A 39 year old female from Gauteng who had travelled to Switzerland and Austria; A 50 year old…
Former President Jacob Zuma’s bid to appeal against a ruling that could see him going on trial for corruption has been dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). The court issued its decision without even hearing argument from his lawyers about why he contends the Pietermaritzburg high court was…
Old Mutual has confirmed that one of its employees has tested positive for Covid-19 after returning from abroad. The company would not disclose where in South Africa the person is located but said the employee was told not to return to the office for another 21 days, in line with…
The Eastern Cape police have confirmed that AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has been arrested. According to reports the AbaThembu king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has been arrested for assaulting his family at the Bumbane Great Place in the early hours of Friday morning, after “going on the rampage” with an axe. This…
This morning the Football League held an emergency meeting at 10.30am to determine their immediate future. Live Updates affecting sports due to coronavirus: Newcastle Manager Steve Bruce says the Premier League should shutdown until the situation is clearer. The Magpies are due to play Sheffield United at 3pm on Saturday…
The 122 South Africans evacuated from Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak in China, are expected to arrive in the country today. They will be quarantined for between 14 and 21 days on arrival. Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu urged the public not to flock to the…
Former Prasa board chairperson Popo Molefe and former Bosasa CEO Angelo Agrizzi are set to testify at the Zondo commission on Friday. Molefe will continue his testimony on Prasa-related matters and Agrizzi is expected to give testimony on facilities management company Bosasa. Molefe told the inquiry yesterday that politically connected…
Image:@JustinTrudeau. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, has tested positive for coronavirus, a statement from the prime minister's office said. "She will remain in isolation for the time being. She is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild," it read. The…
Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta tested positive for Covid-19: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has tested positive for coronavirus, the club have announced. Premier League officials will now meet for an ’emergency club meeting’ this morning to discuss whether matches should continue this weekend. On Thursday evening, the Premier League and EFL…
Image:@JustinTrudeau. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is self-isolating at home while his wife, Sophie Gregoire, awaits the results of a test for COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, a spokesperson said on Thursday. “The doctor’s advice to the Prime Minister is to continue daily activities while self-monitoring, given that he is…
The Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is briefing the country on the latest developments regarding the coronavirus infections in the country. He clarified that the case of a Free State man having been infected with the coronavirus was incorrectly interpreted and that he in fact tested negative for COVID-19. The minister…
Manchester City's Champions League fixture vs Real Madrid has been postponed, it has been announced. A Man City statement read: "Manchester City’s UEFA Champions League fixture at home to Real Madrid has been postponed." "The decision to postpone Tuesday’s game was made in conjunction with UEFA and follows confirmation that…
President Cyril Ramaphosa released the report on Thursday, which will be handed over to the NPA and other authorities for further action. “The commission implicates a number of individuals in wrongdoing. The commission gave relevant persons the opportunity to be heard at the hearings it held. Any follow-up investigations, based…
The Department of Basic Education has issued a set of guidelines for schools to follow amid the global coronavirus outbreak. A number of schools temporarily closed their doors since last week after South Africa recorded its first confirmed case of Covid-19. In a statement, the department says schools are expected…
The Nelson Mandela Bay council meeting was expected to sit this morning. On the agenda was the election of a new mayor and the removal of several committee chairs. But the special council meeting was brought to an abrupt end, few minutes it has started. This,after Council Speaker, Buyelwa Mafaya,…
The Department of Health have confirmed on Thursday,that the cases of the novel coronavirus now rose to 17. In a media statement, the Department of Health confirmed four new cases in KZN, Mpumalanga, the Free State and Gauteng - with each province having one new case each. A 32-year-old Free…
Image: instagram.com, @masechabandlovu Minister of Sports,Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has appointed TV and Radio personality Masechaba Ndlovu as his spokesperson. “I am pleased to welcome Masechaba Ndlovu to the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture as my newly appointed Spokesperson. As a Department, we know that you will play…
The state capture inquiry resumes today after the proceedings were interrupted on Wednesday due to load-shedding. Former Prasa board chairperson Popo Molefe is expected to testify. On Wednesday, the commission heard Prasa-related testimony from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Autopax, Tiro Holele. Courtesy of SABC.
US President Donald Trump announced that his administration would be rolling new travel restrictions, prohibiting most travel from Europe to the US. The restrictions will start on Friday, March 13 and last for 30 days. "We have seen dramatically fewer cases of the virus in the United States than are…
The World Health Organization declared coronavirus a pandemic. There are now over 118,000 cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, in 114 countries around the world. The WHO continues to closely monitoring spread of the virus, said Tedros Adhanom, director general of the WHO, during the announcement. “We…
Image:IOC. A member of the organising committee's executive board said,a delay of one or two years would be the "most feasible" option if the Tokyo Olympics cannot be held as planned this year due to the global coronavirus outbreak. But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Wednesday "the preparations…
Image:ER24. Ten people, including three children, died when a taxi and a car collided on the Golden Highway in Eldorado Park, near Soweto this morning. ER24 paramedics said the incident happened at about 7am. Emergency services arrived to find passengers who were travelling in the taxi scattered around the scene.…
Cash strapped power utility is currently load shedding in stage 4. Eskom's systems are currently down and customers are unable to access schedules and it has stated the unexpected loss of additional generation units on Tuesday led to the need for additional power cuts. The power utility said Koeberg Unit…
Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize has confirmed this morning that thirteen people have been diagnosed with Covid-19 in South Africa. Seven cases are part of a group of ten that returned from Italy at the beginning of March, while the six additional cases are individuals who had all travelled to…
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s lawyer Peter Harris has labelled Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s actions regarding her report into the CR17 presidential election campaign in 2017 an indication of a lack of impartiality or an open mind. The court found that Ramaphosa did not deliberately mislead parliament about a R500,000 Bosasa donation…
A flight is scheduled to leave OR Tambo International Airport tonight handling the repatriation of 122 South Africans quarantined in Wuhan, China, has been confirmed. In a statement on Tuesday, government said it was ready to repatriate 122 South Africans from the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China.…
Tshwane special council meeting ended before it started earlier today as the sitting couldn't form a qourum due to ANC and EFF members not attending. However, the meeting was postponed without dealing with any business of the day after only 93 of the 214 councillors attended the sitting. There was…
Image:@AdvDali_Mpofu Former EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee has resigned from his role as a member of Parliament. Gardee was not voted back as the party SG at their national elective conference, but He was appointed the EFF’s head of international relations where he will be in charge of growing the movement…
The high court in Pretoria has dismissed Dros rapist Nicholas Ninow's application for leave to appeal against his sentence. Judge Mokhine Mosopa handed down his judgment this morning, finding that there are no reasonable prospects of success in an appeal He subsequently dismissed Ninow’s application. Ninow approached the High Court…
President Cyril Ramaphosa and Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane are back in court. Today's judgment will be handed down in the case brought by Ramaphosa for a judicial review of Mkhwebane’s report on the funding of his 2017 ANC presidential election campaign. He applied to the high court in Pretoria to…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced earlier that four more people had tested positive for the coronavirus. This brings the number to seven of infected people in the country. The minister was speaking at an inter-ministerial briefing on the coronavirus where he announced that the four new infections were part…
The business rescue practitioners (BRPs) of South African Airways (SAA) announced that they will begin consultations with employees under Section 189 and 189A of the Labour Relations Act. Notices of the consultation were issued to all the recognised unions in SAA for employees and management, and the BRPs have been…
The inter-ministerial committee dealing with coronavirus cases in South Africa is providing an update on the situation in South Africa. Watch Live: The Briefing on Coronavirus cases in South Africa: Courtesy of SABC.
The Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, briefed the media on the developments in the education sector. Motshekga said that the department is going ahead with the implementation of entrepreneurship and employability education. The entrepreneurship education should be implemented by 2024. "This intervention cultivates entrepreneurial minds and entrepreneurship among learners. Learners…
The Gauteng Department of Education has confirmed that Grayston Preparatory School in Sandown has been closed,as one of their teachers goes into isolation as a precautionary measure against coronavirus. Reports indicate that one of its teachers allegedly had been in contact with the group of people who had recently traveled…
The Egyptian Ministry of Health have confirmed the death of a German tourist who tested positive for coronavirus, the infectious disease on March 6. Egyptian authorities said in a statement that the dead patient (60 years old) arrived in Hurghada port city on Friday coming from Luxor, he showed alarming…
Image@ChrisMaroleng. Former SABC chief operating officer Chris Maroleng is taking the public broadcaster to court for unfair dismissal. Maroleng wants the disciplinary action against him set aside and be paid for the rest of his contract which amounts to R16 million. This is according to a report in the City…
Eskom says the likelihood remains high that it may have to implement load-shedding at short notice on Sunday due to an increase in unplanned breakdowns. “The system is currently constrained, unpredictable and vulnerable. We are replenishing the emergency reserves in order to be in a better position to meet demand…
Countries around the world will celebrate International Women's Day on Sunday, March 8. The day not only recognizes the achievements made by women, but also brings awareness to the obstacles that still stand in their way. Although the day wasn't officially recognized until 1977 by the United Nations, the history…
COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by the latest discovery of the coronavirus. The new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. CAF is following with great attention the evolution of the situation of this pandemic affecting our continent. Eight (8) major African…
The wife of SA's first novel coronavirus patient has been diagnosed with Covid-19. This brings to three the number of South Africans diagnosed with the novel coronavirus. "This morning we have received results of the direct contact of the first patient, his wife. She had also travelled with him to…
Minister of health Dr Zwelini Mkhize has confirmed a second case of the coronavirus (Covid-19) in South Africa. The 39-year-old lady from Gauteng was in direct contact with the first case from KwaZulu-Natal. She was part of the group of 10 that had travelled to Italy. The Department of Health…
Engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon has denied its tender contributed to the City of Tshwane being placed under administration. According to City Press, some of the reasons cited by Premier David Makhura was the flagrant disregard for the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA), especially those regarding procurement processes that…
More than 100,000 people have been diagnosed with the coronavirus disease globally, according to Johns Hopkins Univeristy - with at least 3,015 deaths in China and 267 fatalities in other parts of the globe, most of them in Italy and Iran. At least 1,200 of the new infections are in…
Jacob Zuma has given consent that he is happy for his confidential tax records to be handed over to the public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. In a sworn statement filed hours before Mkhwebane was set to face off with Sars commissioner Edward Kieswetter in court, Zuma has also confirmed he will…
Ambassador of China to South Africa, Lin Songtian, is currently briefing media at the Chinese Embassy in Pretoria. The Chinese government believes that due to the effective prevention and control efforts implemented across China, the COVID-19 epidemic has generally been brought under control. However, there is also a surge in…
With all votes counted, Israel's election results indicate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud is the largest party – but the right-wing bloc has failed to secure a 61-seat majority to form a government. Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan party trails behind the Likud by several seats. The Central Election Committee released…
In light of the increasing concern related to the evolving coronavirus outbreak, it is important that athletes and officials that are preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games stay informed and understand how to best protect themselves from illness. This update is informed by information collated from the…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has applauded swift action taken by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) in dealing with the country's first case of Covid-19. Ramaphosa addressed the media after arriving at the Waterkloof Airforce Base. He said that government will keep providing South Africans with updates and they will…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed in a statement that South Africa's first suspected case of Covid-19,known as coronavirus has tested positive. While it was not clear at which port of entry the patient landed, Mkhize said that a tracer team has been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal. The man is…
The ANC address the media after the City of Tshwane was placed under administration. Gauteng Premier David Makhura dissolved the municipality and placed it under administration. Watch Live: ANC in Tshwane briefs the media. Courtesy of ENCA.
A forensic report into the death of Parktown Boys’ High School pupil Enock Mpianzi was released by Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi in Johannesburg. The report found that the Nyati Bush and River Breakaway in Brits, North West and the headmaster and five educators from Parktown Boys High School were…
City of Tshwane has been placed under administration by the provincial government after failed attempts to hold council meetings. Gauteng Premier David Makhura announced the decision this morning during a media briefing in Johannesburg. The Gauteng Executive Council said an administrator will be appointed to run the municipality in the…
The two South Africans working on a Japanese cruise ship who tested positive for the coronavirus (Covid-19) are in the clear after undergoing treatment. On February 25, the government was alerted by the Japanese authorities that there were 12 South African crew members working on the cruise ship when it…
EFF leader Julius Malema has, through their legal representatives, reached a settlement with ANC MP Boy Mamabolo at the Polokwane High Court. The court ordered Mamabolo to apologise to Malema and his wife Mantoa,and send proof to the EFF leader’s legal representatives within 24 hours and to refrain from making…
Members of the media have been asked to step outside as the MEC of Education in Gauteng, Panyaza Lesufi addresses parents in private, into the report of Parktown Boys High learner, Enock Mpianzi. Enock Mpianzi Forenstic Report: Media not allowed. Courtesy of SABC.
The Gauteng Department of Education will release a forensic report into the drowning of Parktown Boys High School’s Enock Mpianzi. Mpianzi, 13, drowned during a Grade 8 school camp at the Nyati Bush and River Break Lodge in January,He had been participating on a water activity when their makeshift raft…
Cosatu present its proposals for an Eskom Social Compact to the Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises. The trade union wants government workers and private pension funds to bail out Eskom. The labour federation also said the Public Investment Corporation could fork out R250-billion to save the ailing power utility but…
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