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Four miners trapped underground after a tremor caused a rockfall at a mine in Orkney and they are feared to have been cut off from oxygen. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) have confirmed that five workers were trapped after a rockfall, but one was rescued shortly after the incident…
The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has set aside resolutions by the Tshwane council to remove Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa and Council Speaker Katlego Mathebe from their positions. This includes : - The appointment of a new speaker. - The passing of a motion of no confidence in the speaker and…
The City of Tshwane has been placed under the administration of the Gauteng provincial government. MEC for Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance Lebogang Maile said the city was marred by administrative and service delivery challenges, which prompted the provincial government to intervene. The announcement came after the removal of mayor…
Eskom has announced that the power utility will implement stage 4 load-shedding from 14:00 on Friday. Stage 4 allows for up to 4 000 MW - just under 10% of Eskom's nominal capacity - to be cut from the national grid. "For now, the prognosis is that we will implement…
Cricket South Africa chief executive officer Thabang Moroe has been suspended. A CSA statement read as follows: The board of directors of Cricket South Africa has taken a decision to put the chief executive officer Thabang Moroe on precautionary suspension with pay, effective 6 December 2019, on allegations of misconduct,…
Eskom will continue with stage 2 load shedding from 9 am until 6 am on Saturday. In a statement released this morning,Eskom said its generating plants continued to perform at low levels of reliability, and its technical teams were unable to return units from planned and unplanned maintenance as scheduled.…
Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa was removed from office during the chaotic special council sitting at Tshwane House Council Chamber. Mokgalapa was voted out with 111 votes cast by the EFF and ANC councilors, while the DA councillors abstained from the proceeding. His removal came in the wake of the widely-reported…
US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has instructed the House Judiciary Committee to draft articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump over his effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate a political rival. "The facts are uncontested. The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit…
Tshwane Speaker of council Katlego Mathebe has been been voted out. No one has opposed the vote and no one abstained. About 110 councillors voted in support of the motion of no confidence against her. EFF Tshwane treasurer Obakeng Ramabodu was appointed as the acting speaker and presided over the…
Image:EFF. EFF Deputy president Floyd Shivambu appeared briefly in the Cape Town Magistrates Court. A charge of assault was laid following an altercation between Shivambu and Media24 photographer Adrian de Kock outside Parliament in March last year. Spokesperson of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in the Western Cape Eric Ntabazalila…
Eskom has announced that it will implement stage 2 load shedding from 16:00 until 23:00. In a short statement,Eskom said it was implementing load shedding "due to a shortage of capacity". #PowerAlertEskom regrets that Stage 2 loadshedding will be implemented from 16:00 to 23:00 today due to a shortage of…
Adam Catzavelos has pleaded guilty to crimen injuria. "The accused admits that he took the video and uttered those words on August 12, 2018 but accepts that the video was seen for the first time by the complainant [Mandisa Mashego] on August 27, 2019. The accused admits that the use…
Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Mongameli Bobani has been removed through a motion of no confidence. The majority of the parties in the council chamber – DA, ANC, Patriotic Alliance, COPE, ACDP and AIC – voted in favour of DA councillor Morne Steyn’s motion. Political parties have tried on three previous…
Alleged sex offender Willem Breytenbach has been granted R50,000 bail following his appearance in the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court. He faces charges of sexual and indecent assault and has been given strict bail conditions which include appearing at the police station three times a week and surrendering his passport. His…
Image:Metrofm. Gospel singer and pastor of All Nations Revival Ministries, Neyi Zimu, has passed away after a long illness. He was diagnosed with skin cancer. In a statement on social media last month, Neyi's wife, Nelizisiwe, said the singer was undergoing chemotherapy for mycosis fungoides. Pastor Zimu has been on…
South African Airways (SAA) will be placed under voluntary business rescue according to a leaked memo. The letter, drafted by secretary of the cabinet Cassius Lubisi, informs cabinet ministers and deputy ministers that the airline would have to “urgently” go into voluntary business rescue “to avoid an uncontrollable implosion of…
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has once again been admitted to hospital, the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation said on Wednesday. Tutu, who turned 88 in October, has been admitted for a "stubborn infection", his wife Leah told the foundation. The Nobel laureate has been hospitalised several times over the past…
The National Assembly has approved Kholeka Gcaleka for the position of deputy public protector and her name will be sent to President Cyril Ramaphosa for ratification. The position of the deputy public protector becomes vacant from next week following the departure of incumbent Kevin Malunga, whose term has ended. Despite…
Geoff Makhubo is the new executive mayor of the City of Johannesburg. Makhubo won the vote,which took place on Wednesday, by a comfortable margin. The ANC's nominated him for the position as their preferred candidate, which was formerly held by Herman Mashaba of the DA and He received 137 of…
The election of a new City of Johannesburg is set to take place,following rules set out in the Municipal Structures Act after the special council meeting's postponement last week. Courtesy of SABC.
The National Assembly has adopted the rules for the removal of the head of a Chapter 9 institution, such as the public protector. Parliament decided to draft the rules as it was considering instituting proceedings to remove Public Protector Busisiwe Mkwhebane. During the Fifth Parliament, then-DA chief whip John Steenhuisen…
A former teacher and Media24 executive, 55-year old Willem Breytenbach, was arrested in Hartenbos near Mossel Bay this afternoon. He had apparently just finished a session at a psychologist when he was arrested in connection with sexual assault charges. His arrest follows a weekly podcast by Johannesburg-based copywriter, Deon Wiggett,…
The National Assembly has agreed to remove Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi as senior prosecutors in the NPA. Members of the National Assembly said they support the decision of President Cyril Ramaphosa to fire Jiba and Mrwebi in April following an inquiry headed by retired Constitutional Court Justice Yvonne Mokgoro.…
Cricket South Africa,Chief Executive Thabang Moroe has apologised for the "mishap" that unfolded over the weekend which saw five cricket journalists have their media accreditation revoked. The five reporters who found themselves unable to work at Mzansi Super League (MSL) matches in Cape Town and Johannesburg over the weekend, were…
State capture inquiry chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has granted both Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe and Journalist Ranjeni Munusamy leave to give evidence and cross examine witnesses. He said Mantashe's time to cross-examine former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi and Richard le Roux would be determined at…
The former ministers Mildred Oliphant and Richard Baloyi are testifying at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry. Meanwhile, a non-government organisation is claiming new forensic evidence on Free State graft. Shadow World Investigations claims the evidence further implicate Ace Magashule and Mosebenzi Zwane. It is reportedly prepared to hand the…
Vodacom has responded to the release of the Data Service Market Inquiry by the Competition Commission on 2 December 2019. The network operator said that the delay in the allocation spectrum should be blamed for the rate at which data prices have fallen. Commission found that MTN and Vodacom must…
Gauteng MEC for Transport, Jacob Mamabolo is set to intervene after a taxi shooting this morning in Olievenhoutbosch, south of Tshwane that left one person dead and others injured. Mamabolo said the police needed to provide clarity on the circumstances around the shooting, but it was clear that at least…
The North Gauteng High Court has ruled that former SAA board chair Dudu Myeni,who is facing a civil case seeking to declare her a delinquent director, cannot change her plea and the court has also dismissed an application to include other board members in the case. Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse…
President Cyril Ramaphosa said Precious Ramabula’s alleged killer had a pending rape case against him when he attacked her. The 21-year-old Capricorn TVET College student was found dead in her room a week ago after being stabbed 52 times. A 28-year-old man was arrested for her murder at his parents’…
The theme of this year's World AIDS Day is "Communities make the difference". The commemoration of World AIDS Day, which will take place on 1 December 2019, is an important opportunity to recognize the essential role that communities have played and continue to play in the AIDS response at the…
The Electoral Commission has confirmed that former Tshwane MMC Sheila Senkubuge was verified as a citizen and thus placed on the voter’s roll. It is on this basis that she was able to contest as a candidate in the 2016 general elections of municipal councils,” the electoral body said in…
President Hage Geingob and his ruling Namibian South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) party has won the elections, the country’s electoral commission announced. The SWAPO party received over 56 percent of the votes for the national assembly, significantly less than during the last elections when the party, which has been…
The ANC’s Integrity Commission has recommended that former State Security Minister, now chair of the parliamentary committee on home affairs Bongani Bongo to step aside from all party positions and activities, pending the finalisation of his criminal case. Bongo was arrested by the Hawks in Cape Town and was released…
A structural fire has ravaged buildings on Rivonia Boulevard, close to 9th Avenue, in Rivonia. At least three people were reported injured when a fire broke out and they have been hospitalised,while the firefighters have managed to contain the flames. It is believed that one person was airlifted to hospital…
The embattled Tshwane MMC for Roads and Transport Sheila Senkubuge has resigned from her position. Senkubuge said that despite her work successes, there were efforts to personally drag her name. "In light of recent events, and despite the many successes, it has become clear that attempts to vilify me are…
The Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced that the results for the 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams will be made public on January 7,2020. More than 700,000 candidates sat for the end-of-year exams at 7,000 examination centres across the country. Motshekga was "pleased that the exam process had…
Eskom has announced that it would no longer be cutting power next week to three municipalities in the Free State due to failure of payment. #ESKOMFREESTATE #MEDIASTATEMENT : ESKOM SUSPENDS PLANNED ELECTRICITY SUPPLY INTERRUPTIONS TO MANGAUNG METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY pic.twitter.com/miG5tEzmxt — Eskom Hld SOC Ltd (@Eskom_SA) November 29, 2019 Notices of…
Tongaat Hulett said it plans to pursue claims against 10 executives, after a PwC probe identified a number of undesirable accounting practices. The investigation identified practices that led to revenue being recognised in earlier reporting periods than it should have been expenses being inappropriately capitalised to assets, this had led…
The former President Jacob Zuma’s application for leave to appeal the High Court judgment on his trial has been dismissed. Zuma launched a leave to appeal bid, arguing the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) could arrive at a different decision to the High Court. The High Court dismissed his leave…
The king passed away two weeks ago at the Nelson Mandela Academic hospital at the age of 51. President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy. King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu has been accorded a category 1 funeral. He had been King since January 2006. Courtesy of SABC.
South African retailers are already preparing for Black Friday, which is set to begin on Friday 29 November. Black Friday is an American tradition which is celebrated the day after Thanksgiving and is marked by retailers offering massive discounts on products. In SA, the tradition has gained popularity in the…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has withdrawn from this year’s Chairman’s Conversation hosted by Power FM following concerns raised by civil society organisations over assault allegations previously faced by the station’s boss and MSG Afrika chairperson,Given Mkhari. Civil society organisations The Wise Collective and the Soul City Institute on Wednesday issued statements…
Jet Demolition Director Joe Brinkmann highlights the close working relationship that the demolition specialist established with various stakeholders throughout the course of the project. The co-operation and dedication to the project by all stakeholders, including its main client the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development (GDID), various local and provincial departments,…
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the master plan aimed at addressing the country’s water crisis would include restructuring of her department and addressing financial mismanagement. She was speaking at the official launch of the national water and sanitation master plan. The plan outline government’s short, medium,…
Voting for the mayor of Johannesburg has been postponed to 4 December, to help determine the actual number of votes made up by the 50 percent plus one majority. The councillors wanted to know the number and the presiding officer had to consult, he then said the matter require proper…
The abaThembu King Buyelekhaya Zwelibanzi Dalindyebo has decided against attending the funeral of amaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu to avoid causing “unnecessary distraction during this difficult moment” for the Xhosa nation. Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane’s spokesperson Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha confirmed there were “engagements between government and King Zwelibanzi on this…
The ruling party in Namibia faces its biggest challenge since independence nearly three decades ago. About registered 1.3 million voters were choosing the president and National Assembly members. The ruling SWAPO has been shaken by a corruption scandal and the weakening economy. Meanwhile, more than 700,000 of the country’s 2.5…
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is going to charge EFF leader Julius Malema for allegedly firing a weapon in public during a rally in the Eastern Cape. Malema appeared in court in East London on Wednesday. NPA said in a statement that Malema faced five counts, including the unlawful possession…
The ANC majority of parliament’s justice committee has decided to recommend Kholeka Gcaleka as deputy public protector despite strong objections by opposition parties. DA and the EFF strongly opposed the choice of Gcaleka, who was special adviser to former home affairs and finance minister Malusi Gigaba. The committee’s recommendation will…
The parliament’s justice committee has decided that Nomgcobo Jiba and Lawrence Mrwebi should not be restored to their former positions. Jiba was a deputy national director of public prosecutions,and Mrwebi headed the special directorate of public prosecutions. The committee found no compelling reasons for them to be restored to office,…
City of Tshwane Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa will be placed on special leave pending investigations into his conduct. The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Gauteng leader John Moody said Mokgalapa informed the party that he will be going on leave starting on Thursday. "Until such time the legal commission has concluded its business.…
The National Assembly's rules committee has adopted draft rules for the removal of the head of a Chapter 9 institution, such as the Public Protector. The draft rules must still be adopted by the National Assembly before they come into effect and it is only likely to happen next year.…
The EFF's Tshwane caucus has submitted an urgent motion of no confidence against City of Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa. The party said in a statement: “There is an escalating water crisis in the City of Tshwane, more specifically at the water treatment plant in Rooiwaal which supplies water to residents…
The higher education, science and technology minister Blade Nzimande has condemned the “barbaric and shameful” murder of 21-year-old student Precious Ramabulana, from Limpopo. I denounce such barbaric and shameful acts against women, both in our institutions of learning and in society in general. “Our society cannot continue another day harbouring…
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) said South Africa faces a prolonged period of weak economic growth marked by rising unemployment, inequality and greater credit-rating risk if the government does not act quickly to implement reforms. In October, the IMF slashed its 2019 gross domestic production (GDP) forecast for South Africa…
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has confirmed his intention to launch a countermotion to grill the axed SARS Commissioner, Tom Moyane. Gordhan has welcomed the state capture commission's decision to grant Moyane the right to cross-examine him. Moyane wants to question Gordhan over the minister's suggestion that he was politically…
The former head of the foreign desk at the State Security Agency,Mo Shaik said the Gupta family was already a threat to national security by 2010. He accused former State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele of quashing a Gupta investigation in 2011. "The minister did not want to listen to the…
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and axed Public Protector COO Basani Baloyi will face off in court. The former Chief Operating Officer, Baloyi has taken both Mkhwebane and Public Protector CEO Vusi Mahlangu to court over her axing. Baloyi also wants the court to declare that Mkhwebane acted unconstitutionally, violating her…
The 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence (GBV) is a global campaign which begins on November 25 and concludes on December 10 each year. The campaign was initiated by activists at the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991, triggered by the Montreal massacre in Canada, where on December…
State Security Agency (SSA) is back in the spotlight at the state capture commission of inquiry. The commission has called former senior SSA officials Mo Shaik and Gibson Njenje to testify today. The former head of the South African Secret Service Shaik took up the position in 2009 when former…
Tshwane mayor Stevens Mokgalapa allegedly disses colleagues while ‘having sex’ with MMC. The City of Tshwane said in a media statement that they viewed what they called an alleged extortion attempt against their mayor, Stevens Mokgalapa, in a serious light and considered it criminal. An audio recording had been leaked…
Thirteen houses and some schools have been damaged in the Ulundi area of KwaZulu-Natal after what has been confirmed as a tornado hit the area. “According to our tools there is a strong signal that the severe storm that moved over the area produced a tornado”, South African Weather Service’s…
The Bank of Lisbon building in the Johannesburg CBD was demolished on this morning. Last week, the Gauteng provincial government confirmed that the Bank of Lisbon building will be imploded and the decision comes after a structural assessment on the building was conducted, following the fatal fire in September 2018.…
On the 22nd of November, 2019, the Nelson Mandela Foundation hosted a special conversation between the Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Professor Njabulo S. Ndebele, and Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, facilitated by seasoned media personality, Phemelo Motene. The conversation was a prelude to the 17th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture,…
The theme which the Chief Justice will speak to is Constitutionalism as an instrument for transformation. The Foundation is mindful of the fact that constitutionalism can be (and has been) utilised as a sophisticated instrument for protecting power, privilege and property. How can it become an instrument for deep and…
The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has ruled that African Global Operations, formerly known as Bosasa, is commercially insolvent and should be liquidated. SCA Judge Malcolm Wallis delivered a scathing judgment, just seven days after hearing the matter, overturning the March 2019 Gauteng High Court order in Johannesburg that set…
Liberty Life founder and entrepreneur Donald Gordon passed on yesterday at the age of 89. Gordon through his philanthropy provided scholarships for several underprivileged scholars that allowed them to go on to study at universities around the country. He founded Liberty in 1957 on the “principles born of a deep…
Mining Magnate Patrice Motsepe has concluded a deal with Remgro and the Blue Bulls Company to buy a controlling share in the Pretoria-based franchise. The much talked about and anticipated deal was unanimously concluded yesterday evening at a meeting held at Loftus Versfeld. The new structure will mean that existing…
The Commission for conciliation, mediation and arbitration has announced that SAA and unions the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association have reached an agreement. "The CCMA is pleased to announce that the wage dispute between South African Airways (SAA) and the…
The former President Jacob Zuma is back in the Kwazulu-Natal High Court. Last month, the court dismissed his application for a permanent stay of prosecution. Zuma is facing fraud and corruption charges arising from the multi-billion rand arms deal with French arms company. Meanwhile the French company has approached the…
The AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu will be honoured with an official category 1 funeral, the Presidency revealed in a statement. "The king's funeral will feature ceremonial military elements in accordance with the category 1 status of this occasion," presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko said. President Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy…
The Hawks have arrested the CEO of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs’ (Cogta) Municipal Infrastructure Support Agent (MISA), Goodman Ntandazo Vimba. MISA is an agency under the ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) mandated to provide technical support and build capacity in local government for municipal infrastructure and…
The Kwazulu- Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said all provincial governments structures that incurred irregular and wasteful expenditure will be held accountable. Auditor General Kimi Makwetu revealed that KZN incurred irregular expenditure of over R12 billion, the highest figure of all provinces and even national government. He further revealed that irregular…
The state capture inquiry will hear Waterkloof landing related testimony of former Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. She was the minister of international relations at the time when a Gupta plane landed in 2013 at the Waterkloof airbase. The A330 touched down at Waterkloof Air Force Base,…
The former state security minister Bongani Bongo has been confirmed as the ANCMP arrested in Cape Town by the Hawks on allegations of bribery and corruption. Hawks spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said that the suspect was currently being processed for court following his arrest this morning. It has also been confirmed…
The National Director of Public Prosecutions, Adv Shamila Batohi, and NPA head of Investigative Directorate, Adv Hermione Cronje, are ready to prosecute those who were involved in the theft of more R250 million at Estina Dairy Farm. The project in Vrede,Free State was intended to see black emerging farmers receive…
A family from Kwazulu-Natal brought a corpse to an Old Mutual office following a claim dispute after the insurer allegedly failed to pay up. In a video that has been doing the rounds, two women can be seen picking up the body, in a blue bag. The women can be…
Constitutional Court has dismissed the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s (NMF’s) application to appeal a ruling by the Equality Court in favour of Afriforum's Ernst Roets and his display of the old South African flag. We have just received this order by the Constitutional Court, stating that it is NOT in the…
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan has urged striking unions to work with South African Airways (SAA) management to end the strike. Gordhan has met with unions on day 5 of the strike and also met with the board and management of SAA as the airline is prepared to resume some…
MMC for Finance Funzela Ngobeni has been announced as the Democratic Alliance's mayoral candidate for Johannesburg when Herman Mashaba leaves the post at the end of November. This follows the resignation of Herman Mashaba in October. DA Gauteng leader John Moodey said that the party had been through a rigorous…
Park Station in Johannesburg came under attack by a group of vandals who damaged property and looted a number of shops this afternoon. Security guards said a number of people forced their way into the station to loot shops, break glass access gates, smash ticket box windows and even damage…
Senior state advocate Addelaid Ferreira-Watt has died after she was shot at the regional court in Ixopo, Kwazulu-Natal, after a gun displayed in court as evidence, was accidentally discharged. KZN police confirmed that a case of culpable homicide was being probed after the apparent freak shooting. Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay…
The state capture inquiry will hear testimony from ANC stalwart Reverend Frank Chikane. The commission will also hear testimony from Acting Head of Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) Lieutenant Yolisa Matakata. Courtesy of ENCA.
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has filed court papers that former president Jacob Zuma has no prospect of convincing an appeal court that political interference in his corruption prosecution violated his rights to a fair trial. NPA is trying to convince the Pietermaritzburg High Court to dismiss Zuma’s appeal against the…
The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) said it has found no evidence that South African Airways (SAA) is using unqualified personnel in the maintenance, repair of aircraft and in the cabin crew area. SACAA was reacting to the allegations by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa(NUMSA) that…
President Donald Trump has said he likes "the idea" of testifying in the impeachment inquiry against him. In a tweet Trump said he would "strongly consider" the move after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested it over the weekend. The Democrat-led inquiry is establishing whether Trump withheld aid to Ukraine in…
Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gorhdan has announced that Andre de Ruyter had been appointed as the new CEO of Eskom and that he would commence duties on January 15, 2020 "In line with Eskom policies, the recruitment process took two forms: a head-hunting process and a publicadvert placement for external…
Democratic Alliance (DA) federal council chairperson Helen Zille has disputed claims that her plan to reinstate Gwen Ngwenya as DA head of policy was opposed by the party’s federal council yesterday. Zille said that neither the council or the party’s federal executive (FedEx) rejected the decision to reinstate Ngwenya. “No…
The Gupta family house in Saxonwold was sold at auction for R2.6m, according to the auctioneer Park Village Auctions. Guptas bought the property for R3.2m in 2011 and it is the same house from which Tshepiso Magashule, son of ANC secretary general Ace Magashule, was forcefully removed, according to a…
Former UK politician Peter Hain is testifying at the state capture inquiry. He volunteered to give evidence before the commission and is expected to share information at his disposal on how international banks, corporates and states aided in the state capture. Courtesy of SABC.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has indicated that it’ll be taking On Point Engineering to court over fraud allegations. On Point Engineering representatives allegedly defrauded the Limpopo Roads and Transport Department of almost R52 million and two of the four on point representatives in the matter will also be charged…
John Steenhuisen is the DA's new interim leader . He was elected by the party's federal council in a special meeting which was prompted by former leader Mmusi Maimane's resignation, from the position he held since 2015. The DA has been without a leader for almost a month following Maimane's…
National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) says it was consulting with workers on a secondary strike across the industry after talks with the South African Airways (SAA) ended without a deal. "This secondary strike will have the impact of shutting down the entire aviation sector," National Union of…
President Cyril Ramaphosa turns 67 and South Africa took social media to wish him a happy birthday. Happy birthday Mr President!May your day be filled with love, hope and happiness.@CyrilRamaphosa pic.twitter.com/YMpFD97Szr — South African Government (@GovernmentZA) November 17, 2019 #COSATU wishes the African National Congress President a Happy birthday. The…
Democratic Alliance members will vote for a new interim leader today, who will replace Mmusi Maimane. Mmusi Maimane resigned from the party and from Parliament in October. Maimane said he had fought to create a party for all South Africans, but felt that there was a "consistent and coordinated attempt…
Eskom has released a statement this morning, stating that the power utility's power system remained constrained and vulnerable, although no load shedding is expected The power utility reintroduced load shedding in late October after damage to hardware at a coal power station interrupted the ability to move and burn a…
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said Minister of State Security Ayanda Dlodlo has handed her a redacted version of the Inspector General of Intelligence (IGI) report, which found that the so-called SARS "rogue unit" was unlawful. "In a settlement reached in terms of Rule 43 of the Uniform Rules of Court,…
Former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini has been appointed as chairperson of the interim board of the social housing regulatory authority (SHRA). The SHRA is a public entity which was established by the minister of human settlements in August 2010. The entity reportedly has a budget of a R1 billion…
South African Airways (SAA) said it will reinstate the international flights for Sunday from OR Tambo but plans to cancel regional and domestic for Sunday and Monday due to the strike. The airline is working with Mango Airlines, to re-accommodate as many customers as possible traveling on its domestic services.…
The former SABC Group CEO Solly Mokoetle passed away this morning and the details of his passing are yet to be confirmed. Mokoetle took up his position as GCEO on January 1, 2010. Eight months after his appointment Mokoetle was suspended by the board who cited his failure to provide…
Luyanda Botha who confessed to the rape and murder of UCT student Uyinene Mrwetyana has been handed three life sentences in terms of a plea and sentencing agreement heard in the Western Cape High Court. He was charged with two counts of rape in addition to a murder charge, as…
The Police have started removing refugees who have been camping at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHRC) offices in Pretoria and the scuffle ensued between refugees and the police. Police Brigadier Mathapelo Peters said police in Tshwane were attacked with stones and other projectiles being thrown at them. The…
The planned strike at South African Airways will go ahead indefinitely and this after the unions and SAA failed to reach agreement. SAA had offered the workers a wage increase of 5.9 percent but the unions rejected the offer and are demanding 8 percent. In a joint statement the two…
The Amaxhosa King Mpendulo Calvin Zwelonke Sigcawu (51) has died this morning in Mthatha. He was rushed to hospital on Wednesday evening. His passing has been confirmed by his uncle, Nkosi Xhanti Sigcawu. “I can confirm that His Majesty King Zwelonke passed on at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in…
A woman who displayed symptoms of the Ebola virus at the Ficksburg border was falsely confirmed to have contracted the disease and It was revealed to have been a “simulation exercise”. Eyewitness News earlier reported that health officials had "confirmed its first case of Ebola" According to the report, the…
South African Airways (SAA) has cancelled all its domestic, regional and international flights scheduled for Friday, 15 November and Saturday, 16 November 2019. The cancellations follow an announcement by the South African Cabin Crew Association (SACCA) and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) that their members will…
The Africa Investment Forum declared it had secured $40.1 billion in investment,an increase on last year. Hundreds of delegates from scores of countries around the world got together in South Africa, the continent’s most industrialised country, to try to attract billions from foreign investors to boost business and fill a…
Trade unions have served the South African Airways with a 48-hour strike notice. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the South African Cabin Crew Association said the strike would begin a 4am on Friday morning. The unions and SAA are deadlocked over the demand of an 8%…
KZN Government has confirmed that at least two people have died in New Hanover where a tornado ripped through the small town. Several parts of the province were lashed by heavy downpours last night. Cooperative Governance MEC Sipho Hlomuka and KZN Premier Sihle Zikalala visited the affected communities this morning,…
Former President Jacob Zuma has given the South African Revenue Service (SARS) permission to hand over his tax information to Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. Zuma says the Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane should be given the records as requested and she must not be hindered in doing her work. The…
The Public Investment Corporation(PIC) has lodged an application to liquidate Sekunjalo Independent Media (SIM). SIM owns 55% of Independent Media, the publisher of titles such the The Star, Cape Times and Weekend Argus. SIM spokesperson Takudzwa Hove,said in a statement, the group had received an application to liquidate the company…
Adam Catzavelos has lost his bid to have criminal charges against struck off the roll. He is attempting to avoid prosecution on crimen injuria charges, laid by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), after an explosive video in which he used the k-word to express joy at not seeing a single…
Democratic Alliance (DA) Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela withdrew from the race to lead the party at a national level. Madikizela had initially indicated that he will contest the post vacated by Mmusi Maimane who resigned last month. He said before he made a decision to run for national leader,…
National police commissioner general Kehla Sitole said the investigation into the death of Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was being conducted by a team led by a good and capable investigator. The police made this comment in response to an article in the Sunday Independent. The newspaper said based on…
Eskom said it doesn’t anticipate there will be load-shedding this week despite the system being constrained and vulnerable. The power utility has called on electricity users to reduce consumption to alleviate pressure on its system. On Thursday Eskom implemented stage 2 load shedding after it lost three generating units. Spokesperson…
Police are liaising with Interpol to check if the suspects arrested in connection with the kidnapping of Sandra Moonsamy are wanted outside South Africa. The Hawks have confirmed the arrests of four people. Two suspects were arrested in Johannesburg, and two suspects were arrested in Witbank. The mother-of-two was driving…
It's day three of the Springboks' Rugby World Cup trophy tour and the country's outpouring of sporting joy continues. The champions are in Eastern Cape this weekend. They will parade in East London on Saturday and Port Elizabeth on Sunday. The province is home to Siya Kolisi, Makazole Mapimpi and…
The beloved veteran broadcaster Xolani Gwala is being laid to rest on Saturday in his home town, Impendle, in KwaZulu-Natal. Courtesy of SABC.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a Special Provincial Official Funeral Category 2 for journalist and popular talk show host Xolani Gwala, the Presidency said last night. He died last week after battling colon cancer for two years. In September 2017, Gwala confirmed that he had been diagnosed with the disease…
Eskom will implement stage 2 load-shedding tonight from 10pm to 5am Friday morning. The power utility says the loss of three additional generation units is behind the decision to implement stage 2 load-shedding. Eskom confirmed the load-shedding on twitter. #POWERALERT 2Date: 7 November 2019Eskom will implement stage 2 loadshedding this…
The KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg has dismissed former president Jacob Zuma’s bid to appeal its ruling on the defamation lawsuit against former minister Derek Hanekom. In September, Judge Dhaya Pillay ruled that Zuma's tweet, in which he accused ANC NEC member Derek Hanekom of being "a known agent" was…
Hundreds of people gathered at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Rivonia, Johannesburg, to pay their respects to departed radio journalist Xolani Gwala on Wednesday. He passed away after a long battle with colon cancer on November 1. Gwala was revered by colleagues, friends and family throughout the proceedings.…
The inquiry was adjourned yesterday in order to allow Jimmy Manyi time to review relevant documents. These include the Public Protector's report on a conflict of interest when he served as director-general of the Department of Labour. He dismissed the allegations levelled against him as "malicious" and "frivolous". Courtesy of…
President Cyril Ramaphosa receives the Springbok team in Pretoria this morning. Watch: Springboks World Cup Trophy Tour: Courtesy of SABC.
More than R363bn in new investments were pledged by the private and public sector during President Cyril Ramaphosa's investment conference, which he described as a vote of confidence in the country. Ramaphosa said he is pleased to announce that the total value of investment commitments made at the second investment…
The National Assembly has adopted the Promotion of Access to information Amendment Bill (PAIA) and once signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa, political parties and independent candidates will have to disclose private funders who donate to them. The Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) Amendment Bill makes it…
The South African Police Services (SAPS) have confirmed that the convicted racist Vicki Momberg handed herself over to the Douglasdale Police Station following a consultation between police and her legal team. “Police have processed Ms Momberg, she will be handed over to prosecuting authorities at Randburg Magistrates’ Court,” said the…
The Durban father who killed his three biological children and stepdaughter was sentenced to four life terms in jail. Judge Sharmaine Balton when handing down the sentence to Sibusiso Mpungose in the Pietermaritzburg High Court said his actions were "horrendous" and "inhumane". He pleaded guilty in October to hanging his…
President Cyril Ramaphosa said that out of 31 projects which represented R238 billion in investment announced at last year's investment conference, eight has been realised and completed. He described as gratifying to witness the commitments of the inaugural conference materialising in the form of new factories, production lines, services, products…
The Commission will hear from the former Director Generals of GCIS, Themba Maseko and Mzwanele Manyi. Maseko told the commission that he was fired when refused to spend government advertising with the Gupta companies and Manyi was then appointed to that position. Manyi has denied that a large part of…
The fans welcome the Springboks coach Rasie Erasmus, and Captain Siya Kolisi. Watch: Springboks Captain and Coach bring the Webb Ellis Trophy Home. Courtesy of SABC.
Former President Jacob Zuma will not testify at the state commission of inquiry next week after the commission had issued a statement on Tuesday, saying He would appear from Monday to Friday. In a statement issued this afternoon the commission said: "The commission has been informed by the legal representatives…
Black First Land First (BLF) movement is no longer a political party. This follows a complaint by the Freedom Front Plus that the BLF excluded membership on the basis of race. BLF appealed the IEC’s ruling to deregister them as a political party, but party president Andile Mngxitama said they…
The former President Jacob Zuma will return to the state capture commission next week from the 11th to the 15th of November 2019. He was meant to appear last week but he had asked for a postponement to deal with his corruption case. The former president made explosive claims when…
Lobby group AfriForum makes an announcement on former Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa's murder case. Courtesy of ENCA.
Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani has survived another motion of no confidence against him and remains mayor of the municipality. Earlier the EFF marched out of council chambers following a dispute with the speaker and the ANC also indicated it was pulling out of the petition calling for Bobani’s…
When PRASA launched the War Room on 8 August 2019, they made a firm commitment that this intervention will result in an improved customer experience for the citizens who use PRASA services every day. The high levels of customer dissatisfaction and a decline in passenger patronage, mostly attributable to, amongst…
The former Gauteng Economic Development MEC Kgosientso Ramokgopa has been appointed to head the president's infrastructure office. He was removed as member of executive council in Gauteng to make way for female MEC in order meet ANC directive on a 60/40 gender parity. Ramokgopa will be part of a special…
The former president Jacob Zuma has filed court papers to appeal a judgment that he stand trial on corruption charges. The KwaZulu-Natal High Court rejected his bid for a permanent stay of prosecution. The application for leave to appeal will be heard later this month. Zuma is facing a string…
Following a revelation in 2018 by the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA), that about 94% of bridges in the city were derelict, the M2 highway was closed for structural repairs earlier this year. After being closed for repairs for eight months, the highway is set to reopen. Motorists, however, will only…
Police are trying to track down convicted racist Vicky Momberg. This after a warrant was issued for her arrest a few months ago. Gauteng police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters said if she (Momberg) knows what's good for her, she will go to court and do what is right. "Unfortunately at this…
Gauteng MEC of Social Development Thuliswa Nkabinde Khawe passed away at Mulbarton hospital in Alberton on Friday night. The ANC in Gauteng has expressed its condolences. "The African National Congress in Gauteng province has received with shock and sadness the news of the passing of Comrade Thuliswa Winlove Nkabinde-Khawe on…
The Gauteng Department of Education has extended the admission placement period for the 2020 academic year to November 30. "During this period, 310 350 applications were made for grades 1 and 8. Of these, 27 563 applicants have not submitted any documents, while 282 787 submitted documents as required," department…
Moody's has changed the outlook on South Africa’s credit ratings to negative from stable. The decision to change the outlook reflects the ‘material risk that the government will not succeed in arresting the deterioration of its finances through a revival in economic growth and fiscal consolidation measures’, the group said…
Veteran radio personality Xolani Gwala has died at the age of 44 after succumbing to a lengthy battle with cancer. Xolani's wife, Peggy Sue Khumalo wrote a heartfelt letter to South Africans following the death of her husband: "The children and I and the rest of the family are devastated…
702 presenter Xolani Gwala has lost his battle with stage 4 colon cancer, the radio station announced on Friday morning after hearing from his family. The much-loved veteran talk-radio host was welcomed back with open arms and tears by both colleagues and listeners last year August when he made his…
The Democratic Alliance has announced the candidates who will contest the position of party leader and federal chair at its federal council next month. Western Cape MEC of Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela has joined the battle to become the party’s next interim federal leader. In a statement on Thursday, the…
New DA interim Parliamentary leader John Steenhuisen has appointed MP Natasha Mazzone as the new Chief Whip. In a statement Steenhuisen said Mazzone will resume the position immediately and Jacques Julius will remain deputy Chief Whip. Mazzone will replace John Steenhuisen, who ended his term as whip when former DA…
SAB has embarked on a road safety drive ahead of the festive season, launching a further four Alcohol Evidence Centre’s (AECs) in Durban, Limpopo, Marlboro and Soweto before December. The country’s leading brewer has already invested in 17 AECs across South Africa, which have shown great success in reducing fatalities…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in his medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) said that after considering a number of issues, it was decided that government would remain committed to a ‘user-pay’ model, showing support for the e-tolling system. He said motorists needed to leave behind the culture of non-compliance, again imploring…
Twitter was ablaze after residents took to the social media platform to report that they felt a tremor in and around KZN. It lasted for less than 40 seconds. The South African Weather Service has informed the public via Twitter that they should make contact with the Council of Geoscience…
The president is responding to questions posed by Members of Parliament in the National Assembly. The President’s responses will deal with, amongst others, the fight to end gender based violence, an update on the implementation of the economic stimulus and recovery plan and progress on government’s programme to accelerate land…
Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe said she was never involved in money laundering, illicit flows, regime change, supporting the opposition or terrorism in Botswana. Motsepe-Radebe was responding to the allegations that she was involved in a plot to topple Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi, who will be inaugurated on Friday following his victory in…
The Equality Court has dismissed the Minister of Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan's hate speech application against EFF leader Julius Malema. Judge Roland Sutherland said while comments may indeed be hateful,but they do not fall within the terms of the Equality Act. Last year,Gordan lodged a case against Malema over remarks…
The state capture inquiry continues with more testimony expected on contracts between Eskom and Gupta-owned newspaper "New Age". Courtesy of ENCA.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivered the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement on Wednesday afternoon. Mboweni said the economy is now forecast to grow at 0.5% this year compared to the 1.5% that was expected in his February Budget. He said the consolidated budget deficit was now projected to rise from R3…
Finance minister Tito Mboweni will table his medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) before parliament today at 14:00. His medium-term budget policy statement will likely make crisis management a focal point. Please note that this livestream will go live at 2pm. Courtesy of SABC.
Police and the City of Cape Town’s law enforcement have moved in-to disperse the foreign nationals from United Nations Refugee Agency Office in Cape Town. The foreign nationals have been camping out at the UN refugee agency offices demanding help to leave South Africa. Refugees from Somalia, Burundi, the Democratic…
Finance minister Tito Mboweni will table his medium-term budget policy statement (MTBPS) before parliament today (30 October) and is expected to begin at 14h00. The speech will be broadcast on SABC news channels, ENCA and the Parliamentary Services Channel on channel 408 on DStv. The minister faces a challenging balancing…
The Legislators in the UK Parliament have signed off on holding a pre-Christmas general election following months of deadlock over Brexit. MPs voted 438 to 20 in favour of the snap poll on December 12, which will take place just seven weeks before Britain is scheduled to depart the European…
South Africa’s unemployment rate continued its climb to the highest levels in over a decade, data from Statistics SA showed. The rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 29.1% during the third quarter of 2019, statistician-general Risenga Maluleke said. “This is the highest since the first quarter of 2008,”…
The Zondo Commission of Inquiry into state capture looks into Eskom's sponsoring of TNA breakfast briefings. In 2014, the Mail and Guardian reported that the then Eskom interim CEO Collin Matjila stirred controversy at the power utility over a R43-million contract to sponsor The New Age's (TNA) breakfast briefings. The…
The Sunday World newspaper has rejected Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe denial that he paid bribes to two of its journalists to bury an article about his alleged extramarital affair. However, in a statement Mantashe’s ministry said no bribery occurred. “This past weekend, following a Sunday World report,…
The SABC has reached an agreement with SuperSport that will see them airing the Rugby World Cup final match between the Springboks and England. The match will be broadcast live on Sabc 2 on Saturday at 11am and they will also broadcast the third-place playoff between New Zealand and Wales…
The European Council has agreed to grant Britain a new Brexit delay to January 31 next year. President Donald Tusk said on Twitter "the EU 27 has agreed that it will accept the UK's request for a Brexit extension. The decision is expected to be formalized through a written procedure".…
The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) said it would be writing to Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe asking him to reveal the two journalists he allegedly admitted to paying hush money to over a story about an extra-marital affair. In the statement Sanef said brown envelope journalism is completely…
Life Healthcare Group has suspended Professor Peter Beale, a paediatric surgeon accused of negligence. In an internal letter to staff, Life Healthcare Group’s regional manager, Jayesh Parshotam, said the company had “taken the decision to suspend Professor Peter Beale’s administration privileges”. Beale has faced a number of negligence accusations, the…
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced that former chief whip John Steenhuisen has been elected as the new Parliamentary Leader for the party. DA caucus chairperson Annelie Lotriet said that nominations officially closed Friday night at 20:00,the position was uncontested with only one nomination. "She added that the DA's parliamentary…
Today marks the fifth anniversary of the passing of former Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa. Senzo was gunned down in Volsoorus, east of Johannesburg, in the presence of his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo, her mother, Ntombi, sister Zandi, Zandi’s boyfriend, Longwe Twala, his friends Mthokozisi Twala and Tumelo…
The City of Johannebsurg said it expects systems to be back online over the weekend following a cyber attack. The City tweeted: "The incident is currently being investigated by City of Joburg cyber security experts, who have taken immediate and appropriate action to reinforce security measures to mitigate any potential…
Thousands of Zimbabweans have rallied in support of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's call on the United States and the European Union to lift sanctions imposed against him and dozens of other officials over alleged human rights abuses and electoral fraud. Today's rally was part of a government-organised day of action to…
Convicted rapist Bob Hewitt is to remain behind bars after the Correctional Supervision and Parole Review Board(CSPRB) reviewed and set aside his parole placement. Department of Correctional Services spokesperson Singabakho Nxumalo said the decision was based on the fact that the parole board did not adhere to Section 75(4) of…
In a statement, the City of Johannesburg urged citizens to conserve water by ensuring they don’t leave taps dripping, use watering cans instead of hosepipes, shorten showering time and take shallow baths amongst other tips. Randwater spokesperson Eddie Singo said despite calls for residents to use water sparely, reservoir levels…
In a statement,he EFF expressed disappointment in the resignation of Mmusi Maimane. "As the EFF we worked with him well to unseat the irreparably corrupt ANC following the outcomes of the 2016 Local Government Elections. As leader of a white dominated DA, we could hold his hand in protests that…
The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) said it was disappointed with the ruling in favour of the EFF in the intimidation case it brought against the party and its leader, Julius Malema. The application by Sanef to interdict EFF leader Julius Malema and his followers from intimidating and harassing…
Former Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane has confirmed that he has resigned from both parliament and the party, following his announcement that he would be stepping down as DA leader. “I have worked tirelessly to build the project of One SA for All. It’s been my greatest honour to…
The Democratic Alliance (DA) federal executive are expected to hold an urgent meeting today following its leader Mmusi Maimane's resignation from his position in the South Africa's main opposition party. Maimane announced his decision to resign on Wednesday afternoon ending months of speculation on whether he was going to be…
Russian President Vladimir Putin opened a major summit aimed at reviving Russia’s influence in Africa,telling leaders from the continent he would seek to double trade in the coming years. All 54 African states were represented at the first Russia-Africa Summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, with Putin set…
The Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane is expected to address the media this afternoon at 15:00. The press briefing will take place at the party's Nkululeko House headquarters in Johannesburg. Maimane ascended to the position of Federal leader in May 2015, when he defeated Wilmot James at the party's…
The voters in Botswana head to the polls today for crucial general elections in one of Africa’s most stable democracies. Over 900,000 registered voters are expected to cast their ballots across the country to elect members of the national assembly. The government has declared October 23 – 25 as public…
Eskom was handed an additional R59 billion lifeline by parliament, prompting criticism from opposition parties who described it as a “blank cheque”. The special bill passed by parliament to grant the funding was first proposed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in July as Eskom struggled to service its ballooning debt…
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson won Parliament’s backing for the substance of his Brexit deal but lost a key vote on its timing, a result that inches him closer to his goal of leading his country out of the European Union but effectively guarantees it won’t happen on the scheduled…
The Constitutional Court has delivered a unanimous judgment declaring a section of the Apartheid-Era Intimidation Act unconstitutional. In 2012, general Alfred Moyo, an activist from Makause informal settlement, in Germiston was arrested and charged with intimidation under Section 1(1)b of the act. It's alleged Moyo planned a march against police…
South African Airways (SAA) has revealed that it “may operate an amended flight schedule” following a decision to recall some of its aircraft to undertake compliance verification in line with the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) requirements. The decision to recall the aircraft follows an oversight inspection conducted by…
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced he is giving up his effort to form a new government after failing to form a coalition following an inconclusive parliamentary election last month. Netanyahu, who heads the right-wing Likud party and faces potential indictment in three corruption cases, had hoped to establish…
Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has retained power but as a minority government, according to projections by Canada's national broadcaster, CBC. Despite some early losses in Canada's eastern provinces, the Liberals are expected to claim the most seats in parliament, giving them a second term. This federal election was seen as…
UK journalist Mehdi Hasan grilled former National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete on whether, in the 25 years since apartheid, her party has betrayed Nelson Mandela’s legacy and the dreams of South Africa’s rainbow nation. Mbete said: “People have done wrong things, but that doesn’t mean it’s all lost, [or] it’s…
The Democratic Alliance (DA) will hold an urgent federal committee meeting to discuss operations in the City of Johannesburg following the resignation of Mayor Herman Mashaba. He is expected to vacate office on the 27th of November 2019. Mashaba resigned this morning following the appointment of former DA and Western…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has weighed in the current energy crisis in the country. In his weekly newsletter, He said the cost to our economy of power outages is significant. It contributes to investor unease at a time when we are trying to attract more domestic and foreign capital to South…
Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba is expected to announce his resignation. It follows the Democratic Alliance's Federal Council meeting over the weekend where Helen Zille was elected chairperson. Courtesy of ENCA.
Eskom said no load shedding is expected today and the probability of load shedding remains low for the rest of the week. The system’s improvement was largely as a result of several units being returned to service from planned and unplanned maintenance, and achieving a healthy water level at pumped…
Helen Zille was elected chairperson of the federal council narrowly beating Athol Trollip. Her election comes despite reservations by Mmusi Maimane and his supporters about her return to politics. Maimane and Zille’s relationship has soured since she tweeted about colonialism, and her election could weaken his grip on the party’s…
Uk Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent a series of letters to the EU after he was forced by MPs to seek a further Brexit extension. The prime minister sent two letters to European Council president Donald Tusk – an unsigned message relaying parliament’s request for an extension to Brexit…
The United Kingdom's parliament has approved a proposal forcing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to request a three-month Brexit extension from the European Union. MPs on Saturday voted 322 to 306 in favour of the amendment, which was brought forward by former Conservative MP Oliver Letwin and backed by a…
Boris Johnson has urged MPs to back his Brexit deal, insisting the deal has come to heal the rift in British politics over the UK's withdrawal from the EU. As Parliament sat for the first time on a Saturday in 37 years, the Prime Minister said the agreement he struck…
The Democratic Alliance's (DA) Federal Council meeting taking place over the weekend will be crucial in mapping the way forward for a party at a crossroads. The election is expected to be a two-horse race between former party leader Helen Zille and Athol Trollip, with Mike Waters and Thomas Walters…
Stage 1 load shedding will be implemented tomorrow as the power system remains "volatile". Eskom spokesperson Dikatso Mothae has confirmed load shedding and urged people to take precautions. “We will continue to double our efforts in terms of working around the clock to ensure that going forward that we don’t…
Axed deputy national director of public prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba’s application to be reinstated has been dismissed with costs in the Western Cape High Court. Jiba asked the court to order President Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shamila Batohi to reinstate her to the deputy national…
Cabinet has approved the Integrated Resource Plan on Thursday and It comes at a time when the country is grappling with rotational load-shedding. Minister of Mineral Resources Gwede Mantashe has told a media briefing this morning that South Africa is not planning large nuclear units, but smaller, modular nuclear plants.…
Eskom will now be implementing stage 2 load shedding instead of the previously announced stage 1. The power utility said it has lost its Medupi 3, 4 and 5 power stations due to coal and handling issues further creating an additional shortage 1.500 MW generation capacity. Lat night Eskom announced…
Parliament has unanimously resolved to dismiss secretary to parliament Gengezi Mgidlana with immediate effect. Earlier the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) voted unanimously to dismiss Mgidlana, who has been on special leave since June 2017. All nine provinces supported the motion. He was suspended with full pay in 2017 following…
Mike Pence, the vice president of the United States, said Washington and Ankara have agreed to a ceasefire in northeast Syria, where Turkey launched an offensive last week to push back Kurdish fighters from the border region. The announcement came after talks between Pence and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan…
Eskom board chairperson Jabu Mabuza said that Eskom would implement stage one load shedding tomorrow and did not foresee the need for further power cuts thereafter. He was briefing the media on the state of the power utility after it implemented load shedding on Wednesday due to faulty generating units.…
The former president Jacob Zuma will not appear at the State Capture Commission as previously scheduled. He was expected to make his second appearance at the inquiry on Monday October 21, following his first appearance in July. Chairperson for the commission deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo made the announcement and…
Nicholas Ninow has been sentenced to life imprisonment for rape. Judge Mokhine Mosopa summarised the pre-sentencing evidence and said the fact that Ninow chose a child as his victim, is a case for concern. "The accused is a young person. At the time [of the rape] the accused had a…
After months of negotiations, the UK and EU agreed a new withdrawal deal, according to statement from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker. A major sticking point to the plan had been the question of the Irish border. According to Juncker, the withdrawal agreement "focused…
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