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South Africa 's coronavirus cases breached the 200 000 mark, recording a cumulative total of 205 721 confirmed COVID-19 cases. There has been 8,971 new infections over the past 24-hour cycle. A further 111 COVID-19 related deaths were reported- 9 from Eastern Cape, 17 from Limpopo, 35 from Western Cape…
North West Cogta MEC Gordan Kegakilwe. Picture:ANA. North West Premier Job Mokgoro has confirmed that North West MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Gordon Kegakilwe has died. In a statement, Mokgoro said Kegakilwe died on Monday following a "short and serious illness" and had tested positive for…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Water and Sanitation will conduct a virtual celebration of the Clear Rivers campaign. The Clear Rivers Campaign is the department’s annual event, in which thousands of South Africans celebrate Mandela Month by cleaning the country’s rivers and other polluted water sources. Every year in…
Photo Credit:Veli Nhlapo. The state capture inquiry has heard evidence from a contractor who corroborated former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi's evidence that former Environmental Affairs minister Nomvula Mokonyane had allegedly benefited from renovations to her home which may have been financed by Bosasa. The commission was hearing evidence related to…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) has closed its offices in Sandton, Johannesburg after receiving information that an employee of one of its host tenants came into contact with a COVID-19 positive person. EAAB CEO Mamodupi Mohlala said the board was notified of the matter on Friday…
Photo Credi:Stock Photo. Learning during lockdown has been a challenge for many families over the past few months. However, for assisted learning students, who require additional attention and support, the return to school has been cause for great relief. “Most parents and guardians who had to support their children with…
The Department of Social Development says it has noted the High Court ruling on Monday that all private preschools and Early Childhood Development centres (ECD) may open with immediate effect, provided they maintain safety measures. The Solidarity Occupational Guild for Social Workers and the Solidarity Support Centre for Schools (SCS)…
Former VBS Mutual Bank CFO Philip Truter is in talks with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to turn state witness and help prosecute those involved in the looting of more than R2 billion. The Specialised Commercial Crimes Court granted Truter R50 000 bail in Palm Ridge on Monday. He told…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. The Mpumalanga Department of Education has directed the Nkangala District Director to immediately suspend a teacher from Silamba Secondary School in KwaMhlanga for allegedly assaulting two women. The teacher was caught on a video that went viral on social media, allegedly assaulting two women. Mpumalanga MEC for…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says almost all provinces are currently doing repairs to schools that were vandalised during the national lockdown. Briefing the media on Sunday on the state of readiness for the return to school of the second group of grades, Motshekga said a total of…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the public to protect the elderly from exposure to Coronavirus, as this group is the most vulnerable. Writing in his weekly newsletter to the nation, the President said keeping a distance from the elderly during this period can save their lives. “Coronavirus can infect…
Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has welcomed the weekend arrests of suspects, who are accused of being part of the enterprise that scammed R5.7 million from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). The money was meant as relief for workers during the lockdown. The suspects are expected to appear in…
Private contractor Charl Le Roux will be testifying at the state capture commission of inquiry that’s sitting in Johannesburg. Bosasa, now African Global Operations, is alleged to have bribed government officials for years to secure government deals, exceeding about R12 billion. The company’s CEO David Watson died in a car…
Photo Credit:AFP. Summary of Latest Developments. Iran recorded its highest number of deaths from COVID-19 within a 24-hour period, official health ministry figures showed. The 163 deaths reported on Sunday exceed the previous record from last Monday, when the health ministry reported 162 deaths in a day. Coronavirus infections in…
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize confirms total of 196 750 cases of Coronavirus COVID-19. There has been 8,773 new infections over the past 24-hour cycle. A further 173 COVID-19 related deaths were reported - 2 from Northern Cape, 10 from the Free State, 21 from KwaZulu Natal, 29 from…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Sunday confirmed that Grade 6 and 11 pupils, and some Grade Rs, would be returning to school on Monday. The department briefed the media on the state of readiness of schools ahead of a further reopening of the sector during the…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Ellen Mashatile, the wife of African National Congress (ANC) treasurer general,Paul Mashatile has died. The circumstances surrounding her death are still unclear but it’s understood she passed on after battling a long illness. In a statement on Sunday evening, the ANC said it’s deeply saddened by her…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will host a media briefing at 4pm to give an update on the progress in the sector since the reopening of schools in the COVID-19 environment. The Minister will also elaborate on the revised plans regarding the return of other grades to…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The SA National Defence Force’s (SANDF) Military Health Service has deployed doctors, nurses and operational emergency care practitioners to the Eastern Cape to help the province’s overwhelmed public hospitals. The military medical team was expected to touch down at Port Elizabeth International Airport on Sunday morning. The…
Photo Credit:Pixabay. Netcare group said it is preparing for a surge in Covid-19 cases in the coming weeks. "The situation remains extremely fluid and we expect demand to escalate further in the coming weeks. We are therefore continuously assessing the demand for hospitalisation of Covid-19 patients, patients under investigation (PUIs)…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic education minister Angie Motshekga is expected to give an update this afternoon on schools readiness to phase in extra grades on Monday. Motshekga, together with various education MECs, will hold a press briefing at 4pm in Pretoria. "The minister will also elaborate on the revised plans regarding…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of United States President Donald Trump, has announced that he will run for president in 2020, raising bewildered reactions to his move to challenge Trump and the presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. "We must now realise the…
File Photo. Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo will self-isolate for 14 days on the advice of doctors after a person in his close circle tested positive for the coronavirus, Reuters news agency reported, quoting a government statement. "He has, as at today, tested negative, but has elected to take this measure…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 187 977. There were also more than 10,000 cases in a single day for the first time. Gauteng accounted for more than 5,000 of these cases. A further 74 COVID-19 related deaths were reported - 31 from Eastern Cape,…
Summary of Latest Developments. The WHO said that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality. Spain's Catalonia region has placed restrictions on 200,000 people amid surge in new coronavirus cases. People…
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng recommended that a tribunal be established to investigate gross misconduct claims against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe. A counter-complaint made against Goliath by Hlophe was dismissed. These are the claims against the Judge President that Mogoeng recommended be investigated. In her complaint, Goliath charged that…
 Photo Credit:Stock Photo. South Africa marks 100 days of lockdown and so far there have been significant changes to many aspects of daily life. Lockdown has also given us the chance to meet our neighbours – whether it’s saying “hello” over the garden fence, going into the street to clap…
Photo Credit:Delwyn Verasamy. Gauteng MEC for Infrastructure Development Tasneem Motara has tested positive for the coronavirus. Motara received her results on Friday after testing on Wednesday. She will now be in isolation for 14 days, in accordance with the World Health Organisation (WHO) protocols. The Gauteng Executive Council, led by…
Summary of Latest Developments. The World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries hit by serious coronavirus outbreaks to "wake up" to the realities on the ground instead of bickering, and to "take control" of the pandemic. Brazil passed 1.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, as cities reopen bars, restaurants and gyms sparking…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 177 124. This is the first time that daily confirmed cases have breached the 9 000 mark, and also the first time that daily deaths have climbed by more than 100 in a single day. A further 108 COVID-19…
A screengrab from a video taken on 1 July 2020 in which Cape Town law enforcement officials evict a naked man from his Empolweni home in Khayelitsha. City of Cape Town and South African Human Rights Commission are briefing Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs over evictions…
The Competition Tribunal has been clamping down on companies that have been hiking prices of sanitisers and masks since the COVID-19 outbreak. On Friday, the Tribunal said it had confirmed two consent agreements relating to COVID-19 exorbitant pricing complaints, bringing the total to 20 since April. “All of these agreements…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendicks. The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) says the time for rhetoric talk has come and gone. But, it is calling for decisive action to be taken to bring justice to the families who have lost their loved ones due to Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF). “Those that…
The Department of Employment and Labour has provisionally closed the biggest Labour Centre in Pretoria situated at 239 Concilium Building at Nana Sita Street and the Brits Labour Centre in the North West. The Pretoria Labour Centre is among the two Labour Centres in Gauteng to provisionally shut doors on…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says government is not considering returning to a hard lockdown. Ramaphosa clarified government’s stance during his oversight visit to Mpumalanga on Friday where he assessed the province’s state of readiness for the COVID-19 pandemic. “Another hard lockdown is not being considered for now, the issue…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Mpumalanga’s COVID-19 response plan, which seeks to target cases at a ward level and drive awareness, has received approval from President Cyril Ramaphosa. The President visited the province on Friday to assess its state of readiness for the COVID-19 pandemic. Accompanied by Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize; Minister…
Photo Credit:David_Makhura. Gauteng Premier David Makhura says the Provincial Coronavirus Command Council is consulting with various sectors about the need to reinstate some of the drastic measures that will ensure that the pandemic is contained. Makhura said that the province will also, among the key interventions, make a representation to…
File Photo. Hundreds of elephants have died mysteriously in Botswana's famed Okavango Delta, the wildlife department said, ruling out poaching as the tusks were found intact. The landlocked southern African country has the world's largest elephant population, estimated to be around 130,000. "We have had a report of 356 dead…
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has confirmed it will continue to accept and process COVID-19 TERS claims submitted for April, May and June. However, the Fund will not be accepting and processing claims for July and onwards, said Fund Commissioner, Tebogo Maruping, in a statement. The three-month relief was introduced…
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) said it has been working on innovations to improve the disbursement of students’ allowances to eliminate all third parties from the disbursement chain. For the 2021 academic year, NSFAS will be migrating students from all public Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)…
Oromo youth outside the home of Jawad Mohammed, the founder of an independent media network in Ethiopia, on Wednesday. Photo Credit...Tiksa Negeri. More than 80 people have been killed in unrest in Ethiopia after a popular singer was shot dead this week, the state-run Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation said. Hachalu Hundessa…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Summary of Latest Developments. Brazil surpasses 60,000 deaths from the virus after recording more than 1,000 fatalities over the last 24 hours, the country's health ministry said. The United Nations Security Council has unanimously adopted a resolution demanding an "immediate cessation of hostilities" for at least 90 days…
Mncedisi Ndlovu and Sedumedi Attorneys (MNS) has welcomed a Press Council ruling that City Press newspaper committed multiple breaches of the Press Code in an article about the firm on 5 January 2020. The newspaper had claimed MNS was involved in a "bribery scandal" relating to its forensic and legal…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Gauteng education department reported that a total of 589 schools were affected by positive cases of Covid-19. MEC Panyaza Lesufi announced during provincial command council weekly update. Lesufi said 184 learners and 428 teachers tested positive for Covid-19 while 71 schools were closed as a result of…
Photo Credit:Robbie Tshabalala. The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) facilitation meeting at the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation, and Arbitration (CCMA) has been postponed to 16 July. The meeting is part of the public broadcaster’s retrenchment process. SABC employees will have to wait for another two weeks for the CCMA process…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Four South African Airways unions and staff representatives have expressed an intention to sign voluntary severance packages (VSPs) offered as part of the airline’s business rescue and restructuring process. This was on Thursday revealed by the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), which said the process was a…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Only Grades 6, Grade 11 and Grade R will now be returning to school on 6 July 2020, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) said on Thursday. “The decision affects all provinces. The other grades will be phased in during July in a differentiated approach within the stipulated…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. An explosion on Thursday at Astron Energy's South African refinery in Cape Town has killed at least two people and injured several others. Astron Energy South Africa confirmed in a statement that the incident occurred at its Milnerton refinery at approximately 4am. "Astron Energy immediately activated its…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) cautioned South African Airways (SAA) employees, labour unions and creditors that the liquidation of the airline will lead to financial hardship for employees and substantial undervaluation of assets. In a statement issued on Thursday, the department said SAA stakeholders should realise…
Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police, Tina Joemat-Pettersson, has called for the suspension of law enforcement officers involved in the eviction of a naked man in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, with immediate effect. This comes after a video was circulated on social media of a naked man in Thembeni informal…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education has welcomed the Basic Education Department’s state of readiness and plans as more learners are scheduled to return to school under level 3 of the COVID-19 enforced lockdown. The Department of Basic Education briefed the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education, and…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has passed the Cybercrimes Bill, Civil Union Amendment Bill and the Science and Technology Laws Amendment Bill during its sitting on Wednesday. The Cybercrimes Bill was initially introduced as the Cybercrimes and Cybersecurity Bill in 2017, and was referred to the fifth…
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed that children are less likely to die of COVID-19, while the disease is usually mild among school-going kids, aged between five and 18. Even though Coronavirus may be less severe in children compared to adults, the newly published NICD report has…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged citizens not to be complacent and adhere to the regulations put in place. “We have all seen images and this is the worrying part, of people having parties and social gatherings, attending funerals where sometimes the limited number is not adhered to and without masks.…
File Photo. If you’ve been waiting a long time for a parcel from the Post Office, the State-owned postal service said it is experiencing hold-ups due to COVID-19 restrictions. “The SA Post Office would like to advise its customers that mail processing does not take place at the normal rate…
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister, Patricia de Lille, said government has signed off 12 properties in Gauteng and the Western Cape to be used as shelters for victims of gender-based violence. The Minister said this when she participated in a debate on gender-based violence in the National Assembly’s hybrid sitting…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 159 333 with 8 124 new cases reported. The majority of the new cases were in Gauteng,Also KwaZulu-Natal became the fourth province - after the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng - to pass the 10,000 mark for confirmed…
Photo Credit:Alon Skuy. ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is briefed the media on the outcomes of the party's national executive committee meeting that took place over the weekend. The ANC has resolved that two of its officials who were suspended over allegations that they looted VBS, should be reinstated. Speaking at…
Photo Credit:Courtney Africa. The Constitutional Court has dismissed the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s application for direct access in challenging the constitutionality of the Disaster Management Act and lockdown regulations. The court has ruled that it's not in the interests of justice to hear the matter. The DA argued to court that…
Photo Credit:GCIS. As the country’s COVID-19 cases surpasses the 150 000 mark, President Cyril Ramaphosa will host a virtual Presidential Imbizo on Coronavirus where you can engage him. By calling the community radio toll free line on 0800 142 446 or using #PresidentialImbizo on social media, citizens across the country…
File Photo. The arrest warrant issued against National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise was cancelled after the Potchefstroom regional court found she did not show contempt of court by failing to appear for her animal cruelty trial. Modise said she could not make it to court on March 24 because of…
Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, has welcomed the Pretoria High Court decision to dissolve the Mamelodi Amalgamated Taxi Association (MATA) executive committee. The Pretoria High Court granted an order dissolving the current MATA executive committee following the breakout of violence, unrest and instability in Mamelodi, east…
Photo Credit:Dudu Zitha. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) ruled that the removal of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction at Unisa was unlawful and unconstitutional. AfriForum approached the SCA to appeal against an earlier ruling by the high court that supported a council and senate resolution to approve the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu says the Western Cape and Gauteng are two out of the nine provinces that developed characteristics of good governance. Makwetu said this when he released his report on the audit outcomes of municipalities on Wednesday. “Just looking at the map at a glance, you will…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu says government cannot afford to lose money because of neglect, inefficiencies or poor decision making. Makwetu said this when he released the report on the audit outcomes for municipalities for the financial year that ended in March 2019. “The levels of fruitless and wasteful expenditure…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Tabling his final audit report on municipalities of his seven-year term of office, Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu says there is not much to go by in terms of audit outcomes. Makwetu said this when he released the report on the municipal audit outcomes for the period 2018-19. Releasing the…
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, has issued a stern warning to those planning to or people who have already invaded properties - to desist from the unlawful acts. “The department has noticed incidents in which people illegally occupy places of land, buildings and houses. Recent cases have…
File Photo. The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (PRASA) today resumes limited operations after a COVID-19 enforced lockdown saw its operations ground to a halt in March. In a statement, the agency uurged commuters to arrive at stations earlier than usual to accommodate time for screening and hand sanitisation on…
The Department of Health has condemned the dumping of medical waste next to the road between Mdantsane and East London in the Eastern Cape. “The inappropriate dumping of medical waste is dangerous for public health. It can lead to infectious diseases,” the department said in a statement. The department said…
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is reassessing rejected applications for the COVID-19 R350 grant, which is meant to help those who are unemployed and receiving no other assistance. The agency believes it is wise to reassess applications before subjecting them to an appeal process, which comes at a…
Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has urged the elderly and those living with comorbidities to take extra precaution, avoid leaving home and ensure their chronic conditions are managed. Citing the National Institute for Communicable Diseases’ report released on 21 June, Mkhize said it confirmed that these population groups are most…
File Photo. Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says 4 138 low risk offenders have been released on parole to ease prison population figures to minimise the risk of Coronavirus spreading in correctional centres. Lamola said this when Ministers in the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster fielded questions…
Summary of Latest Developments. The US recorded more than 47,000 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, as data showed cases in 14 states more than doubled last month. Top US infectious diseases expert Dr Anthony Fauci has warned the country could see 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day and a "disturbing" number…
File Photo: ANC Birthday Celebrations. The economic impact of Covid-19 has hit the ANC's coffers hard, with salaries for staff members delayed for the second time. ANC general manager Febe Potgieter wrote to staff to say their June salaries will only be paid on 6 July. "We regret to inform…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The world looks very different today compared to when the Matric Class of 2020 entered their final year of school six months ago. Covid-19 and the resultant lockdown have caused much upheaval for this year's Matrics, not least in terms of the way their educational journey has…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 151 209 with 6 945 new cases reported. A further 128 COVID-19 related deaths were reported- 4 from Mpumalanga, 25 from Eastern Cape, 36 from Gauteng, 11 from KwaZulu Natal and 52 from Western Cape. This brings the total…
Photo Credit: Ashraf Hendricks. Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola said the justice system is making a concerted contribution to combatting gender-based violence and femicide. Lamola said this when the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security cluster fielded questions in the National Council of Provinces on Tuesday at a time…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. The Presidency has dismissed a report by online news service, Daily Maverick, which reported that a planned Ministerial visit to Botswana was linked to developments between the neighbouring country and South African businesswoman Bridgette Radebe. “The Presidency wishes to draw attention to a false report by online…
File Photo. Prasa trains are expected to resume operations on Wednesday after nearly three months of lockdown. The trains will be transporting people at a 15 percent capacity. Earlier this month, Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula indicated that Metrorail services were projected to resume on 1 July. Metrorail said once…
Photo Credit:BP. Motorists will be paying R1.72 per litre more for the most popular grade of petrol from Wednesday. Prices for diesel and illuminating paraffin are also set to increase. Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, released the schedule of new fuel prices on Tuesday and they will…
The Gauteng SAPS has announced the temporary closure of the Diepsloot police station after one of its members tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement, the provincial head office said during this period, the station’s Community Service Centre would operate from the metro police department office, opposite the station. “The…
Pic123rf. South Africa’s COVID-19 cases are on a sharp and steady increase with 6 130 new cases reported on Monday, bringing the total number to 144 264. A further 73 COVID-19 related deaths were reported, bringing the total to 2 529. Of the 73 new deaths reported, 1 was from…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Plans are underway to welcome back more pupils to schools across the country as the Basic Education Department continues with its phased reopening of schools amid COVID-19. In just five days, pupils in Grades R, 1, 2, 3, 6, 10 and 11 are set to return to…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said the case in which soldiers are accused of brutality in an incident that led to the death of Alexandra resident Collins Khosa during lockdown is still receiving attention from several law enforcement entities. The Minister said this when Ministers…
The South African Gross Domestic Product (GDP) decreased by 2.0% in the first quarter of 2020, Statistics SA has revealed. Releasing the data on Tuesday, Stats SA said the contraction was due to decreases in several key sectors. “The mining and quarrying industry decreased by 21.5% and contributed 1.7 percentage…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Bharat Biotech's COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for human trials, making it India's first domestic candidate to get the green light from the government's drug regulator as cases surge in a country with more than 1.3 billion people. The Drug Controller General of India has approved the company's…
Photo Credit:GCIS. In an effort to tighten government’s grip on the impending surge of COVID-19 cases, President Cyril Ramaphosa is deploying Ministers and Deputy Ministers to every district of the country to support the work of provincial health authorities. Ramaphosa revealed this in his weekly newsletter to the nation. This,…
Photo Credit:Istock. The number of people who have died following a bus crash on the R532 road between Graskop and Ohrigstad in Mpumalanga has risen to nine. Two more people have died in hospital. Earlier it was reported that seven people died on the scene and over 40 were rushed…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 144 264. This is an increase of 6,130 cases from 138,134 cases reported on Sunday. A further 73 COVID-19 related deaths were reported- 1 from Mpumalanga, 5 from Limpopo, 2 from North West, 6 from Gauteng, 10 from Eastern…
Pic123rf. Summary of Latest Developments. World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has warned the pandemic is "not even close to being over" and that while there had been some progress initially, the pandemic was "actually speeding up". States in the US are pausing reopening plans amid a surge in…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 144 264. This is an increase of 6,130 cases from 138,134 cases reported on Sunday. A further 73 COVID-19 related deaths were reported- 1 from Mpumalanga, 5 from Limpopo, 2 from North West, 6 from Gauteng, 10 from Eastern…
The World Health Organization warns that the pandemic 'is not even close to being over', as the number of deaths worldwide exceeds 500,000. "Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world -- and our lives -- would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus," WHO…
Former Passenger Rail Association of SA (Prasa) chairperson Popo Molefe has accused the then ANC top six of failing to act against widespread corruption within the organisation. Molefe revisited evidence he gave in March about a meeting with the ANC top six at the time to alert them to corruption…
World Health Organization officials are holding a press conference Monday to update the public on the coronavirus outbreak, which has now infected more than 10 million people across the globe, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Last week, WHO officials said coronavirus outbreaks in the Americas, which includes North, South…
The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein has dismissed Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's application for leave to appeal the scathing Estina dairy farm judgment. "The application for leave to appeal is dismissed with costs on the grounds that there is no reasonable prospects of success in an appeal and there…
Tongaat Hulett has worked with local government, traditional leaders and non-governmental organisations to distribute food hampers to 3 500 households experiencing undue hardship during the lockdown in South Africa. “We’ve worked for decades with the communities where we trade. We support one another, and we couldn’t turn a blind eye…
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) leadership to reconsider their decision to incite lawlessness, and place their drivers and passengers on a collision course with law enforcement authorities. This comes after Santaco announced that it has taken a decision to revert to…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The Department of Basic Education has urged school principals to ensure all health protocols on the management of COVID-19 are strictly followed. This comes after the department successfully opened schools earlier this month in a new and unfamiliar environment. The department said while it is facing rising records…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. While international passenger flights remain prohibited, with the exception of those authorised by the Transport Minister, seven more airports are set to resume operations on 1 July 2020. At an aviation industry briefing on Monday, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said in addition to the airports (OR Tambo,…
Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said we are going to see a rapid rise in the cumulative number of positive COVID-19 cases indicating that, as we had expected, we are approaching a surge during the latter winter months of July and August. It is anticipated that while every province will…
Photo Credit:Istock. Seven people were killed when the bus they were travelling in overturned on the R532 between Graskop and Ohrigstad on Sunday. The bus they were travelling in overturned on the R532 Highway. Department of Community Safety in Mpumalanga spokesperson Moeti Mmusi said all seven died at the scene.…
South Africa has recorded 6,334 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 138,134. A further 43 new COVID-19 related deaths were reported bringing the total to 2456. The recoveries stand at 68 925. Case Data: Province Total cases for 28 June…
The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) confirmed that from Monday taxis will load at 100 percent capacity. This was announced at a press conference by the council on Sunday. The taxi association has also resolved that long-distance operators must resume work without permits. Santaco’s resolution goes against government’s COVID-19…
In this file photo taken on May 18, 2019 opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader and presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera (L) waves to the crowd as he arrives at the last campaign rally, in Lilongwe, ahead of general elections.Photo Credit:AFP. Malawi's opposition leader Lazarus Chakwera on Saturday was declared the…
Gauteng, is now recording more Covid-19 cases every day than at any point during the Western Cape's outbreak. So far, the Western Cape has been the hardest-hit province. As of Saturday, 27 June, the Western Cape has 16 753 active cases of Covid-19, with a total of 58 925 confirmed…
Summary of Latest Developments. Global coronavirus cases exceeded 10 million on Sunday, according to a Reuters tally, marking a major milestone in the spread of the respiratory disease that has so far killed almost half a million people in seven months. More than five million have recovered. Italy has registered…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 131 800, with 7 210 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours. A further 73 COVID-19 related deaths were reported- 3 from KwaZulu Natal, 13 from Eastern Cape, 17 from Gauteng Province and 40 from Western Cape. This…
Photo Credit:@Magda_Wierzycka. Magda Wierzycka, CEO of JSE listed company Sygnia, has filed a defamation lawsuit for an article published on IOL which, she said, attacks her personally and professionally. Included in the lawsuit is Independent Online,Independent Media and the author of the article, Adri Senekal De Wet. According to court…
Several companies have been forced to reassess their products and branding following the ‘Black Lives Matter’ protests across the globe.(Photo Credit:Reuters). French cosmetics giant L’Oreal announced that it was removing words like “whitening” from its products, against the backdrop of global anti-racism protests. “The L’Oréal Group has decided to remove…
File Photo. The Global Goal: Unite for Our Future campaign is calling on world leaders to commit the billions of dollars needed to deliver COVID-19 testing, treatments, and vaccines equally for everyone. Global Citizen and the European Commission have teamed up to bring Global Goal: Unite for Our Future —…
Blue Nile River in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia. Photo courtesy:Wikimedia Commons. The leaders of Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt agreed that Ethiopia will delay filling a mega-dam on the Blue Nile and return to talks aimed at reaching an accord on use of the river's waters, according to statements from Cairo and…
Photo Courtesy of the United Nations. Malawi's opposition candidate Lazarus Chakwera has claimed victory in the rerun of last year's presidential election. Early results have put him ahead of the incumbent, Peter Mutharika. Official results for Tuesday's poll have not yet been declared by Malawi's electoral commission. But state broadcaster…
Summary of Latest Developments. The European Union plans to bar travellers from the United States, Brazil and Russia due to a continued surge in coronavirus infections in the three countries, diplomats said. Sixteen NBA players in the US have tested positive for the new coronavirus in the first wave of…
Professor Zeblon Vilakazi (Image source: Wits.ac.za). Wits University announced that professor Zeblon Vilakazi will take over from Adam Habib from January 1 2021, as the 15th Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand Habib announced his resignation from Wits in February. This after he was offered the position…
The judicial commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture will resume its hearings on Monday. The inquiry is expected to hear evidence into allegations of corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) for the most part of the week, spokesperson Mbuyiselo Stemela said in a statement.…
The cumulative number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 124 590, with the Western Cape at 46% of the overall figure, followed by Gauteng (25.2%) and the Eastern Cape (17.6%). There were 6,215 new infections. A further 48 Covid-19-related deaths were reported – eight from Eastern Cape and…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has called on all South Africans to join hands in the fight against the scourge of Gender-Based Violence. “I implore all South Africans wherever you are, whatever language you speak, whatever your religious persuasion and whatever your political affiliation, let us join…
The Gauteng High Court has dismissed the case brought by fair trade association Fita to try and lift the ban on the sale of cigarettes in the country. Fita had taken the government to court, challenging the ongoing ban on tobacco and related products. The government had opposed the court…
The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has issued a warning about a scam that is doing the rounds, where fraudsters use personal details of the department’s staff members to con the public and service providers. “These fraudsters have been lying low for some time and have just started…
Photo Credit: Adobe Stock. The Competition Commission has welcomed the decision for MTN to slash its data costs after reaching a settlement agreement on Wednesday. The agreement follows the Data Services Market Inquiry (DSMI) report released last year, which found that data in South Africa was excessively expensive, and that…
The African National Congress (ANC) said it was concerned about sentiments attributed to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng expressing his apparent support for “apartheid Israel”. In a statement issued on Thursday, ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe said Mogoeng had entered the arena of political commentary which might make him vulnerable should…
File Photo. Ratings agency Moody’s has expressed scepticism that SA could achieve its debt stabilisation aims outlined in finance minister Tito Mboweni's supplementary budget. In a statement late on Thursday evening Moody's said that “stabilising debt by 2023 in line with the government's target laid out in this budget will…
File Photo. Cinemas, restaurants, theatres and casinos can start operating again, albeit under strict conditions, after having closed for three months in the COVID-19 enforced lockdown. This comes after Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, on Thursday signed and gazetted an amendment to the regulations…
File Photo. The Competition Commission of South Africa has welcomed the Constitutional Court judgment delivered on Wednesday in the matter between the Commission and Pickfords Removals. In its judgment, the Constitutional Court upheld the Commission's appeal that section 67(1) of the Competition Act does not prevent the Commission from investigating…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Cabinet has expressed support for the establishment of a new airline and has backed the concerted efforts to mobilise funding from various sources that will see the proposed carrier take off. The mobilising of funding will include potential equity partners, government said in a post-Cabinet meeting statement.…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. Cabinet this week received a progress report from the National Coronavirus Command Council and the proposed amendments to the regulations in terms of the Disaster Management Act 2002 were presented. “Whilst Cabinet appreciated the extensive work still being done to maintain a balance between sustaining livelihoods and…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu will on Friday commemorate International Day Against Drug Abuse by launching the country’s National Drug Master Plan (NDMP). The NDMP is a blueprint for combating the scourge of alcohol and substance abuse which has reached epidemic proportions in South Africa. The overarching…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. African Union Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has called on African leaders to support efforts on the continent to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. Addressing the Conference on Africa's Leadership Role in COVID-19 Vaccine Development and Access, President Ramaphosa said it is essential that there be significant local vaccine…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Deputy President David Mabuza said Eskom has committed to completing the construction of Medupi power station this year, while Kusile will be completed by 2023. Mabuza announced this when he responded to oral questions in the National Assembly on Thursday. He said while the system remains under…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 118 375. This is an increase of 6,579 cases from 111,796 cases reported on Wednesday, which is a new 24-hour high. A further 87 COVID-19 related deaths were reported- 2 from Gauteng, 15 from KwaZulu Natal, 17 from Eastern…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The Department of Basic Education said while the decision to reopen schools was not taken lightly, as it tries to save what is left of the academic year, it is not going to gamble with human lives. During the virtual ministerial briefing of the National Council of Provinces…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images . The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has welcomed the judgment to strike off the roll an urgent court application by SA Airlink. The airline this week approached the Johannesburg High Court seeking to interdict South African Airways (SAA) Business Rescue Practitioners from convening a creditors’ meeting…
File Photo. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has announced that the 2020 Filing Season will begin on 1 August 2020. In a statement issued on Thursday, SARS said on the day, a significant number of taxpayers can expect to receive an SMS indicating that SARS has prepared their tax…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. South Africans have been encouraged to save water, as water resources and dam levels across the country, with the exception of the Western Cape, continue to decline consistently week-on-week. “The national water storage of our combined dams has declined to 69.3% this week, from 69.3% last week,”…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 111 796. There were 5,688 new infections. This is not only the biggest single-day increase in confirmed cases, but also the first time that more than 5,000 cases have been recorded in a single day. Case Data: Province Total…
National Treasury has set aside R21.5 billion for COVID‐19‐related healthcare spending for health and frontline services, as government continues to treat and contain the spread of the pandemic. The Minister revealed this while virtually delivering his Supplementary Budget on Wednesday. The budget was necessitated by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has announced a zero-budgeting approach that will see government cutting spending on programmes it can no longer afford. Mboweni said this when he tabled the Supplementary Budget Review at the National Assembly on Wednesday. The budget was necessitated by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that government would…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said the National Treasury has set aside R100 billion to support government’s response to job creation. He said this when he tabled the Supplementary Budget Review to the National Assembly on Wednesday. His announcement came a day after Statistics SA announced that unemployment has gone up…
In preparing the 2020 Supplementary Budget, National Treasury and national departments have conceded that certain projects and programmes will have to be postponed from the 2020/21 financial year. National Treasury revealed this in the Supplementary Budget Review report delivered by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni on Wednesday. The document reveals that…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said government expects to miss its tax revenue target by over R300 billion this year. The Minister said this when he tabled the Supplementary Budget Review to the National Assembly on Wednesday. The budget was necessitated by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that government would spend R500…
The National Treasury has revised the 2020 Budget national share from R758 billion to R790 billion, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has revealed while delivering his Supplementary Budget on Wednesday. The revision of the budget will also see the provincial share decrease from R649 billion to R645 billion. “[The] local government…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s economy is projected to contract by 7.2% in 2020. Mboweni said this when he tabled the Supplementary Budget Review on Wednesday. “This is the largest contraction in nearly 90 years. Inflation will likely register 3% in…
While the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to derail government expenditure on infrastructure projects, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has told Parliament that the State would have to resume these post-lockdown. Delivering the Supplementary Budget virtually on Wednesday, the Minister said post the pandemic, government will be required to build high‐quality physical…
As the country has moved from a hard lockdown to advanced level three lockdown and most of the economy is opening up again, the COVID-19 loan guarantee scheme will be expanded to help businesses restart. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said this when he tabled National Treasury’s Supplementary Budget Review to…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said government will need to borrow US$7 billion from international finance institutions as one of the measures to cover the budget hole brought about by South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, measures and reforms would need to be implemented to narrow public debt post…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to table an emergency budget this afternoon. Since last month, government has started loosening the lockdown to enable business activity to gradually resume. Government announced an unscheduled R500-billion economic stimulus and social relief package, including R100-billion for job protection. Mboweni is likely to tell us that…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Public Service Commission Commissioner, Michael Seloane, said the PSC is concerned about the continued failure by some government departments to put effective systems in place to ensure suppliers are paid on time. Seloane said with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic many, small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs),…
Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said her department has formalised over 2 000 spaza shops during the COVID-19 pandemic. Responding to oral questions in the National Assembly on Tuesday, Ntshavheni said this would assist the newly formalised businesses to build a credit profile, which would make them viable to…
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel said a scaled-up reconstruction plan is necessary to address the growth and jobs impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. He said this when Ministers in the Economic Cluster fielded oral questions in the National Assembly on Tuesday. Patel said the plans government put in…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has once again put a spotlight on safety in schools as the other grades prepare to go back to class on 6 July. Schools have been closed since the lockdown was instituted in March to curb the spread of Coronavirus. Schools…
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille says government has so far spent R17 million to procure quarantine sites. Responding to a question when Ministers in the Economic Cluster fielded oral questions in the National Assembly, De Lille said there was a need to find a bigger balance between…
Two female officers and one senior male officer from the Tshwane Metro Police Department have tested positive for COVID-19. The 51-year-old, a senior superintendent and a 37-year-old female constable, tested positive on 17 June 2020 at Number 1 Madiba Street. The building was closed for two days to allow for…
File Photo. Community broadcasters have been reminded that applications for pre-registrations of Class Community Sound Broadcasting Service and related Radio Frequency Spectrum Licences will close at end of the month. These licences are for providing community sound broadcasting services. “This licensing process commenced as far back as November 2019 and…
File Photo. All eyes will be on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni this afternoon when he delivers the Supplementary Budget Speech to Parliament. The budget has been necessitated by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that government would spend R500 billion to support the economy’s resuscitation following the outbreak of Coronavirus. Mboweni will…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 106 108. This is an increase of 4,518 cases from 101,590 cases reported on Monday. A further 111 COVID-19 related deaths were reported- 1 from Mpumalanga, 4 from KwaZulu Natal, 28 from Eastern Cape and 78 from Western Cape.…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The 2021 applications for Grade 1 and 8 learners in Gauteng will commence on Thursday. “I urge all parents and guardians to use the online registration process and apply during the specified application period. No late applications will be accommodated,” Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Tuesday.…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has spelt out how government will foster infrastructure development, while creating much-needed jobs to boost the economy. Speaking at the opening of the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa (SIDSSA) on Tuesday, the President said this was a historic moment, as the country…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said while more still needs to be done, South Africa has risen to the challenge of responding to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Minister said this when he participated in the debate on government’s response to the COVID-19 at the National Council of…
The Departments of Basic Education and Health are working together to support 204 learners and hostel assistants who have contracted Coronavirus at Makaula Senior Secondary School in KwaBhaca, Eastern Cape. The Department of Basic Education said a team of doctors and tracers has since been sent to attend to the…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The first participants in South Africa's first clinical trial for a vaccine against COVID-19 will be vaccinated this week. The first clinical trial in South Africa and on the continent for a COVID-19 vaccine was announced on Tuesday during a virtual press conference hosted by the University of…
Unemployment in South Africa rose to 30.1% in the first three months of 2020, Statistics South Africa has revealed. The results are contained in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) released by Stats SA on Tuesday and revealed that in the quarter, employment decreased by 38 000 to 16.4 million.…
Photo Credit:Esa Alexander. The Pietermaritzburg High Court has postponed the corruption case against former President Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales to September. State prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer has told the Pietermaritzburg High Court that preparations for former President Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial have been hampered by the outbreak…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has commended all government essential service workers for their dedication and commitment in providing services to the people during the lockdown. Mchunu said government is aware that the lockdown has caused great disruption to lives, to the economy and to the…
File Photo. The Minister of Small Business Development, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has given the green light for formal and informal salons to open under strict conditions after closing their doors since March due to lockdown. The Minister gazetted guidelines following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that many industries would now reopen under…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has breached the 100 000 mark at 101 590. A further 61 COVID-19 related deaths were reported - 1 from Limpopo, 3 from KwaZulu Natal, 18 from Eastern Cape and 39 from Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to …
Cricket South Africa revealed that seven people within the organisation had tested positive for coronavirus. The acting chief executive of South African cricket's governing body, Jacques Faul, said more than 100 tests had been conducted within the organisation, and they had included players and support staff. "The number of seven…
Summary of Latest Developments. The novel coronavirus pandemic is still accelerating, and its effects will be felt for decades, the World Health Organization's director-general said. The WHO reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases as the total rose by 183,020 in a 24-hour period. The biggest increase was from…
File Photo. President Cyril Ramaphosa will tonight address an alliance dialogue on Gender-based Violence as the African National Congress president under the theme: Men and Boys Fighting Gender-Based Violence The Tripartite Alliance made up of the African National Congress (ANC), Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has referred the Copyright Amendment Bill and the Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill to the National Assembly, because of his reservations on the constitutionality of the legislation passed by Parliament. “The President has, in correspondence to the Speaker of the National Assembly, acknowledged the noble objectives of the…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Rand Water has expressed concern about inflated prices that are being thrown around in the media, overstating the suppliers’ costs for water tankers. According to Rand Water, they have partnered with the Department of Basic Education’s national return to school programme to ensure safe and clean water…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday open the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa (SIDSSA). SIDSSA will be hosted virtually and will attract both a national and international audience. The symposium will be held under the theme, ‘Investing in infrastructure for shared prosperity: now, next and…
The Presidency has announced the commencement of certain sections of the 2013 Protection of Personal Information Act. The Act, which gives effect to section 14 of the Constitution, provides that everyone has the right to privacy. “The Act promotes the protection of personal information processed by public and private bodies…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has expressed its intention to oppose an SA Airlink application, which seeks to place South African Airways (SAA) under provisional liquidation. In a statement on Monday, the department said it was notified of a court application by SA Airlink aimed at…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 97 302 with 4 621 new cases identified. A further 53 COVID-19 related deaths were reported - 8 from Gauteng, 1 from KwaZulu Natal, 17 from Eastern Cape and 27 from Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to …
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has dismissed the Democratic Alliance’s bid for the minister of small business development to stop using BBBEE status, race, gender, age or disability when considering who gets Covid-19 aid. At the same time, the court ruled that the the department’s criteria by…
File Photo. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has appealed to the taxi industry to call off Monday’s planned Gauteng strike in response to government’s coronavirus relief support for taxi owners. Mbalula said government cannot go beyond its offer of R1.1 billion. In a statement, government is describing SANTACO Gauteng’s decision as…
File Photo. F.W. de Klerk foundation said on Sunday,that de Klerk, has withdrawn from a U.S. seminar about minority rights because he did not want to embarrass himself or his hosts in the current charged racial climate. De Klerk, who was the head of South Africa’s white minority government until…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. The body of another female has been found in Philippi in the Western Cape. It's unclear how the 17-year-old had died, whose body was discovered on Saturday. According to police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut, the girl was found naked in Albert Luthuli Street in Browns Farm around…
Father’s Day is a special day of celebration to commemorate father and father figures around the world. Observed on third Sunday of June in most parts of the world, this is a day of thank those who form an important part of our lives. If by now you are growing…
Photo Credit:Sydney Mahlangu. South African Football Association (SAFA) national executive committee (NEC) on Saturday removed Gay Mokoena and Ria Ledwaba as vice-presidents of the association. The Times reported that Ledwaba was specifically unhappy with the response that came in the wake of a damning report sent to the NEC by…
Summary of Latest Developments. Nearly 50,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Brazil with 1,022 fatalities in the last 24 hours. Brazil confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on February 26 and passed 1 million cases on Friday. South Africa has announced nearly 5,000 new coronavirus cases,…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 92 681. This is an increase of 4,966 cases from Friday night, where cases totalled 87,715. A further 46 COVID-19 related deaths were reported - 11 from Eastern Cape, 3 from KwaZulu Natal and 32 from Western Cape. This…
The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) said government should explore other avenues to ensure the sector is awarded more in taxi relief support. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula yesterday announced a R1,135 billion relief package to aid thousands of taxis and their operators during the Covid-19 pandemic. TAXI RELIEF FUND…
File Photo. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has reminded countries of their fundamental obligation to protect the nearly 80 million people worldwide forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and other crises. In his message to mark World Refugee Day on Saturday, the UN chief also praised those nations…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom said Gauteng will be hit by persistent load shedding this weekend due to network disruptions caused by illegal connections in the province. In a statement, the power utility said the load shedding would be limited to peak hours between 5 am and 9 am and 5…
President Cyril Ramaphosa said the Coronavirus pandemic has helped government in the implementation of a programme aimed at bringing the informal economy into the mainstream. Ramaphosa said this when he fielded oral questions from members of the National Assembly during a hybrid question and answer session. He said just before…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has begun laying criminal charges against government employees illegally conducting business with the State. Public Service and Administration Minister, Senzo Mchunu, expressed concern at the high number of public servants still conducting business with the State. “We are following up…
Summary of Latest Developments. Pakistan reported 153 fatalities in a new daily record for coronavirus deaths as infections in the South Asian nation continued to rise. Brazil has passed one million coronavirus cases and approached 50,000 deaths, making it second only to the United States in both infections and deaths.…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa now has 87,715 confirmed cases of coronavirus. This is up by 3,825 cases from the 83,890 infections on Thursday. Case Data: Province Total cases for 19 June 2020 Percentage total Eastern Cape 13506 15,4 Free State 658 0,8 Gauteng 17261 19,7…
File Photo. Old Mutual mourns the passing of Morgan Maarman (Adams),who passed away on Wednesday this week, from Covid-19 related complications. After joining Old Mutual in 2017, she quickly became a great friend and colleague who endeared herself to everyone privileged enough to work with her, and she will be…
Photo Credit:Antonio Muchave. Rapper Thulani Ngcobo, also known as Pitch Black Afro, will serve an effective five years in jail for killing Catherine Modisane. This after he was sentenced on Friday to 10 years for culpable homicide, half of which were suspended. Ngcobo was found guilty on Thursday. Modisane died…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. With South Africa counting down to the 150 years anniversary of Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke, the country has been reminded of her contribution to the fight against patriarchy in society. “There’s been discrimination against her throughout her life but these actions never discouraged her or broke her spirit to…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said South Africa is moving forward with confidence, backed by science, with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said government has taken the necessary bold steps needed to prevent the rapid spread of Coronavirus. “The numbers would have been extremely high and quickly…
President Cyril Ramaphosa said government relied on scientific advice, consultations and the experience of other countries when it made the decision to gradually ease lockdown. The President said this when he fielded oral questions from members of the National Assembly during a hybrid question and answer session on Thursday. “In…
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced R1.135 billion relief package to the country’s taxi industry in an effort to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the sector. Addressing reporters on Friday, the Minister said reaching an agreement within government for this relief support for the taxi industry was…
President Cyril Ramaphosa says a new continental online platform will help African countries to access critical medical supplies needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the African Union, said this when he launched the Africa Medical Supplies Platform on Thursday evening. “Through this…
The South African National Parks (SANParks) said it is preparing to recall its hospitality staff for a phased approach in the reopening of its overnight facilities. This follows an announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that accommodation providers can resume operations in alert level 3. SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni said the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country has sufficient law enforcement agencies to deal with corruption. Ramaphosa said this when he fielded oral questions from members of the National Assembly during a hybrid question and answer session on Thursday. Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) chief whip Narend Singh had asked…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 83 890. A further 63 COVID-19 related deaths were reported - 6 from Eastern Cape and 57 from Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to 1 737. Gender Distribution Deaths: Male (%) Female (%) Unknown Total 903 (52%)…
Photo Credit:Robbie Tshabalala. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) said it has issued a notice of possible redundancies following consultations with the public broadcaster’s key stakeholders. "The notice of redundancy will impact approximately 600 employees and these affected employees will be invited to make representations during a consultation process which…
The Specialised Commercial Crimes Court has granted bail to the seven men arrested for allegedly looting R122-million from VBS Mutual Bank. Seven suspects appeared in court on Thursday on charges related to the VBS Mutual Bank heist. Bail was set at R100,000 for each applicant. Among those arrested, the former…
Image Supplied. SA Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor Lesetja Kganyago said the effects of COVID-19 on the South African economy are expected to produce the worst economic downturn in a century. “We expect that ‘the great lockdown’ will cause output to contract by about 7% this year. The last time a…
Photo Credit:Kingsmead Office Park. Transnet SOC Ltd has instituted a process of lifestyle audits for its employees, as part of efforts to ensure high standards of ethics and integrity. “In setting the tone and leading by example, senior management, which includes executive management (Level A - C), are the first…
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) have called on eligible Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) to apply for funding to manufacture fabric face masks. “This initiative aims to provide relief for SMMEs that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa is on Wednesday responding to questions for oral reply in the National Assembly. To comply with social distancing measures amid COVID-19, the sitting is conducted in a hybrid form, with a small number of members present in the National Assembly and the rest on a…
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says it has been receiving many grievances about the declined R350 grant applications, which did not meet the approval requirements. However, according to the agency, the majority of rejected applications are from people already on the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) database or qualifying…
As learners across the country prepare to go back to school, more than 3 million will return to classrooms with no desks – a stark reality facing children in so many of our country’s peri-urban and rural areas. The Tutudesk campaign, which has provided portable school desks, known as Tutudesks,…
United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres,File Photo. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is proud to announce that the 18th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture will be delivered by the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres on the 18th of July 2020. The theme for this year’s lecture, “Tackling the Inequality Pandemic: A new Social…
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