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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa has recorded 947 new COVID-19 cases taking total infections to 3 991 003. Four new COVID-19-related deaths have been recorded in the past 24-48 hours taking total fatalities to 101 717. Active cases currently stand at 13 204. Meanwhile Sinovac Biotech’s Coronavac Covid-19 vaccine has…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Health and Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) on Friday approved and registered a new combination antiretroviral treatment for infants and young children who are HIV positive. The regulatory body said the treatment came in granules that could be sprinkled on soft food or dissolved in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Presidency has confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa's upcoming meeting with his Namibian counterpart Hage Geingob has been postponed. The meeting was scheduled to start next week from 28 June until 1 July in Windhoek. In a statement presidency said it was custom that schedules of heads of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. The director-general at the Department of Public Enterprises Kgathatso Tlakudi has been placed on precautionary suspension. This came after a whistle-blower allegation regarding his conduct in the process to appoint a security manager at the department. The suspension, at the instruction of justice and correctional…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom Chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer says a combination of unit breakdowns, lack of diesel reserves and labour action means Eskom has no option but to move to stage 4 load shedding over the weekend. In a media briefing on Friday afternoon (24 June), Oberholzer said the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC's special national executive committee (NEC) has tasked the provincial executive at the conference to deal with the disputed Ekurhuleni and Tshwane conferences. The NEC meeting has given the green light for the party's Gauteng elective conference to go ahead. Panyaza Lesufi will go head-to-head with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: MasiLosi. President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa plans to rely on localisation and other tools as part of its post-Covid economic reconstruction plan. Answering a recent parliamentary Q&A, Ramaphosa said localisation is one of several tools in the economic reconstruction and recovery plan to improve…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Due to the ongoing unprotected labour action, Eskom says it has been compelled to take precautionary actions to conserve emergency generation reserves. As a result, load shedding will be moved to stage 4 from 11h00 on Friday (24 June) until 00h00. On Saturday and Sunday, stage 4…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has explained his government’s decision to construct a new national monumental flag project, which is currently under review. Originally detailed in May, the giant flag has faced criticism after it emerged that the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture had budgeted R22 million for…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom says it has experienced protests at nine of its power stations and other operating facilities over the past 24 hours, by some of its employees who have embarked on unprotected strike action following a deadlock in wage negotiations on Tuesday. These protests included incidents of intimidation…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Employment and Labour minister Thulas Nxesi says South Africa needs to push hard for transformation in the workplace or risk having the 'status quo prevailing for the next 100 years. Nxesi was speaking on South Africa’s latest employment equity figures which show that more than two decades…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Controversial Mamelodi businessman Vusi "Khekhe" Mathibela and his three co-accused were today convicted of the 2015 murder of billionaire businessman Wandile Bozwana. Mathibela, 36, Sipho Patrick Hudla, 40, Matamela Robert Mutapa, 46 and Bonginkosi Paul Khumalo, 42, were found guilty of premeditated murder by the high court…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says BRICS response to the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated what can be achieved when nations work together in the spirit of friendship, solidarity and responsibility. Ramaphosa said the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on human life, livelihoods, economies and communities around the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng said it's all systems go for the highly-anticipated provincial elective conference, set to get underway on Thursday, in Benoni. Panyaza Lesufi will go head-to-head with Lebogang Maile for the top spot at the province's 14th elective conference - despite some…
By Loni Prinsloo. Government and national airline are being sued by a little-known investment firm, which wants the sale of a majority stake in the carrier scrapped and re-run due to a lack of transparency. This year's acquisition of 51% of South African Airways by the Takatso Consortium – made…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Basic Education has confirmed that it will adjust its existing regulations to align with South Africa’s new regulations around mask-wearing and gatherings. In a statement on Thursday (23 June), Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga said she supported the repealing of the mask mandate for…
Staff Reporter. With Phase III of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI) fast approaching its end-date of 31 August 2022, the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has taken a decision to close new appointments of assistants on 15 June 2022. Phase III of the PYEI, implemented in the basic education…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The national Department of Health has confirmed the first case of monkeypox in South Africa, in a 30-year-old man from Johannesburg. Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla confirmed the diagnosis on Thursday morning and said contact tracing of the patient has begun. "Monkeypox is usually a mild disease…
Staff Reporter. The cost of passenger air travel in South Africa has increased by almost 50% over the last 12 months as pent-up demand and the closure of several domestic routes add pressure on the market. Consumer Price Inflation data published by Statistics South Africa on Wednesday (22 June), shows…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa's tourism industry has called for urgent government intervention as hundreds of new and existing tour operators are unable to work, or are being forced to do so illegally, as the National Public Transport Regulator (NPTR) is not fully functional. Tour operators in South Africa require…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Wearing of masks, limits on gatherings, and border checks – including for vaccination status – have been dropped. Minister of health Joe Phaahla published a notice in the Government Gazette on Wednesday repealing the country's Covid–19 regulations. "I Mathume Joseph Phaahla, minister of Health hereby repeal Regulations…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. State capture commission chair Raymond Zondo has recommended the Hawks revisit an investigation into former spy chief Arthur Fraser that was dropped at the insistence of former intelligence minister Siyabonga Cwele. Zondo made the recommendation in the final report of the commission handed over to President Cyril…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chief justice and commission chairperson Raymond Zondo handed over part five of the report to President Cyril Ramaphosa at a ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria at about 6.30pm — after the delay of two and half hours. Part five includes investigations into the SABC, the…
By Tammy Petersen. Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe has been given the right to challenge a ruling that paved the way for his potential impeachment. While finding that Hlophe's leave to appeal application lacked merit, a full bench of the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, however, granted it saying…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Healthcare stakeholders have raised concerns around the future of healthcare in South Africa under the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme – including issues of governance, management and accountability. These concerns are highlighted in a new report published by Section 27 and the Concentric Alliance on Monday…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it has full confidence in its team of highly skilled prosecutors working on the legal aspects of the Gupta extradition process. Atul and Rajesh Gupta were arrested in Dubai earlier this month after a red Interpol notice was issued for the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on BRICS to support the drive of the African Union to ensure that vaccines destined for African countries are procured from African manufacturers. Ramaphosa was delivering a pre-recorded message at the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum on Wednesday ahead of…
By Tania Broughton. The Eastern Cape government went to court to stop money in the health department’s account from being attached by successful medical negligence claims. But, on Tuesday, the High Court ruled against the state in a damning judgment. The Eastern Cape MECs of finance and health, as well…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has warned of a move to stage 3 load shedding or higher should it continue to see further breakdowns in its coal fleets. In a media briefing on Wednesday (22 May), chief executive Andre de Ruyter said the power utility was grappling with an ‘unstable and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Nearly seven months after train services across the Eastern Cape were ground to a halt, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) says it will resume operations using diesel trains on Thursday. This comes after the line was closed in January due to severe vandalism rendering…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead South Africa’s participation in the virtual 14th BRICS Leaders' Summit, hosted by the People’s Republic of China, from 23 to 24 June 2022. The summit will be chaired by President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, as chair of BRICS…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Labour unions are in discussions with the government to equalise minimum wages across all sectors. In a statement, trade federation Cosatu said this includes the equalisation of wages for workers in the expanded public works and community work programmes. The government most recently updated minimum wage on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Power utility Eskom has announced extended load shedding following breakdowns at a number of its power units. In a statement, the power utility said stage 2 load shedding will now be implemented between 10h00 and 00h00 on Wednesday (22 June). From Thursday until Sunday, stage 2 load…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has hailed the late King of amaMpondo, Zanozuko Tyelovuyo Sigcau, as an exemplary traditional leader, who was passionate about developing his area. Ramaphosa said King Sigcau's name shines in the pantheon of the traditional leaders of the country who fought gallantly against dispossession and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Department of Health minister Joe Phaahla has recommended dropping the country’s remaining coronavirus-related restrictions. These include the wearing of masks and curbs on gathering sizes. Phaahla made those proposals following the decline in hospitalizations and reported cases, according to a statement dated 20 June. The cabinet will…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced more steps to ensure that president Cyril Ramaphosa is held accountable for his failure to publicly disclose all the relevant details surrounding the theft of four million US dollars from his Phala Phala residence in 2020. The DA has written to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A Department of Home Affairs official is expected to appear in the Benoni Magistrate’s Court for a bail hearing on Tuesday on allegations of corruption. The Home Affairs Counter Corruption Branch, working with the Hawks and other law enforcement agencies, on Monday nabbed the official for fraudulently…
By John Bowker. South African FlySafair plans to add at least 10 new routes across sub-Saharan Africa to take advantage of a gap in the market left by the collapse of domestic rival Comair. The closely held carrier will fly to capital cities such as Nairobi, Lusaka and Maputo alongside…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. An inter-ministerial committee tasked with resolving challenges in the trucking industry has adopted an action plan aimed at resolving challenges in the road freight sector. The road and freight inter-ministerial committee - made of the Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi; Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula; Home Affairs…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Presidency has denied claims that President Cyril Ramaphosa has in any manner interfered with the work of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture of the judiciary as speculated by some opposition parties. In a statement, which the Presidency said to avoid any…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The AmaMpondo King Zanozuko Tyelovuyo Sigcau will be laid to rest in a special category one funeral. The late king died late last month after a short illness, nearly three years after he was crowned king. The funeral will take place at the Ndimakude Great Palace in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The government is co nsidering lifting remaining Covid restrictions as cases in the country continue to remain flat. In a letter published on social media, health minister Joe Phaahla has asked provincial health authorities for their views on whether South Africa should repeal its Covid-19 regulations. The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver the eulogy at the funeral service of the late King of amaMpondo, Zanozuko Tyelovuyo Sigcau. Ramaphosa has accorded the King of amaMpondo a special official funeral Category 1. He was inaugurated as a King of the amaMpondo nation in 2018.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African government, local vaccine manufacturers and organised labour have welcomed the agreement secured at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) last week to support the production of Covid-19 vaccines in developing countries. The agreement allows governments to authorise local manufacturers to produce vaccines or their ingredients,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Gauteng Traffic Police has called upon drivers to adhere to the rules of the road following the arrest of seven drivers aged between 32 and 60 for allegedly speeding. "Excessive speeding significantly contributes to the high number of road fatalities in the province. We call upon…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The final report on the state capture commission of inquiry will be handed over to President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday, in Cape Town. Earlier Ramaphosa's spokesperson, Vincent Magwenya, said the president discussed "the timing of the handing over of the final Commission report" with Chief Justice Raymond…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will be introduced from 17h00 – 22h00 this evening. "Due to the continued shortage of generation capacity, load shedding will be implemented every evening at the same time until Thursday night. Eskom will continue to closely monitor the system,…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Home Affairs has moved to clarify misconception created about the patrolling of the border, in particular along the Limpopo River. This comes after the Department became aware of the video which has been circulating on social media and other news platforms alleging that AfriForum has…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Protest action in Soweto has led to several road closures on Monday morning, as residents took to the street demanding electricity and water service delivery in the area. Protest organisers warned that the shutdown, which saw major roads in the area closed, would culminate in a march…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ActionSA has unveiled former ANC member Sello Lediga as its Limpopo chairperson on Monday. Lediga is a former member of the ANC’s Limpopo provincial task team, political analyst and CEO of the Patriotic Movement, a civil society organisation that promotes patriotism in South Africa. ActionSA leader, Herman…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will meet with leaders of China, Brazil, Russia and India at the BRICS Leaders’ Summit this week, with the global economy set to be a major talking point among the world leaders. Writing in his weekly letter to the public, Ramaphosa said this week’s…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has recommended the appointment of Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) Judge President Mandisa Maya as Deputy Chief Justice. Following interviews with four shortlisted candidates, the Judicial Service Commission in February recommended Maya as the country’s next Chief Justice. President Cyril Ramaphosa ultimately…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has warned that its system is severely constrained and load shedding may be implemented at short notice, should there be any significant breakdowns. Due to the continued shortage of generation capacity, the power system is very constrained for this evening and will be for the next few…
By Cebelihle Mthethwa. The search for six-year-old Khayalethu Magadla, who fell down a manhole while playing with friends last Sunday, is continuing. Today (Sunday), the Joburg Emergency Services were back at the scene where Magadla was alleged to have fell at a park in Dlamini, Soweto, last week. "Today is…
Staff Reporter. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed Kenya’s proposal to deploy a regional force to fight the M23 rebel group in the east of the country, but said it won’t accept neighbour Rwanda’s participation. Military chiefs from seven East African countries are meeting in Nairobi on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Advocate Dali Mpofu has been cleared by the Legal Practice Council (LPC), which regulates the conduct of legal practitioners for misconduct. Mpofu was investigated by the Legal Practice Council (LPC) regarding his conduct at the state capture commission in March 2021. Proceedings became heated at the time…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit Darren Swart. Former President Thabo Mbeki celebrated his 80th birthday. Mbeki served as the second president of the democratic SA from June 14 1999 to September 2008. Mbeki - marked this major milestone in a glitzy dinner celebration in Sandton on Saturday night, attended by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The 2022 Sanlam Benchmark Survey research into the state of retirement funds and retirees in South Africa, found that 55% of retirement fund members had experienced reduced household income as a result of Covid-19, 58% had started living frugally and cut out all luxury items, and 18.5%…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has denied that the Namibian Police Force (Nampol) contacted the institution over President Cyril Ramaphosa’s $4 million theft saga. It emerged this week that Namibian authorities had indeed made contact with their South African authorities regarding the robbery at Phala Phala farm…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A video of police apprehending eight foreign nationals at OR Tambo International Airport has been doing the rounds on social media. In the footage, five men can be seen laying on the ground as a sixth is pulled out of what looks to be a small crawl…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - Security has deteriorated in two provinces in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) since the government placed them under military rule last year, United Nations experts have said. Last April, the government declared a state of siege in North Kivu and Ituri provinces in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa's Phala Phala farm game auction in Limpopo has concluded with more than 60 lots auctioned off. Security was tight at the farm but not all sales were of Ankole cows. Some breeders sold the embryos and straws of semen belonging to these prized animals.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa will next week join the rest of the continent in commemorating Africa Public Service Day (APSD). South Africa will mark the annual programme with a weeklong series of activities starting on 20 June 2022 to 24 June 2022, with a virtual launch as the precursor…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Caption: The entrance to the wildlife Ranch of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Phala Phala Wildlife Farm in Bela Bela, South Africa, June 3, 2022. Ramaphosa could face criminal charges and is already facing calls to step down over claims that he tried to cover up the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture says the final report will be handed over to Presidency on Monday after missing a court deadline earlier this week. The commission, chaired by Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, was given a deadline of 15 June to complete its work and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga has announced several changes to national assessments and subjects at the schools in South Africa. Presenting her department’s budget vote in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) , Motshekga announced that Khoi, Nama, San and sign languages will officially be introduced as…
Staff Reporter. A patient was found hanging from a tree outside the Shongwe Hospital, in Schoemansdal in Nkomazi on Thursday morning. Police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said police and paramedics received information from members of the public about a lifeless body that was found in bushes in Schoemansdal, Nkomazi. He…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Chief Justice's probe into the Ismail Abramjee SMS saga has revealed that none of the Constitutional Court judges had knowledge of the of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's judgment. Chief Justice Raymond Zondo appointed retired President of the Supreme Court of Appeal, Justice Lex Mpati to investigate…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Acting Public Service and Administration Minister Thulas Nxesi says government has spent more than R308 million to pay Cuban doctors and engineers. Nxesi was replying to parliamentary question by DA MP Mimmy Gondwe. He said based on information extracted from the Personal and Salary System, as at…
Staff Reporter. The City of Johannesburg has announced a new project to enter into 'large-scale, innovative and fully funded'private-sector partnerships to boost the city’s public parks. The multi-year initiative will help make the metropole’s parks safer and more environmentally friendly and forms part of a R1 billion green campaign, said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Police Service (SAPS) is in the process of procuring new drones to be used in anti-crime and monitoring operations – particularly in rural areas. Responding in a recent written parliamentary Q&A, police minister Bheki Cele said a total of 166 drones will be purchased…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A 52-year-old Limpopo man arrested for assaulting a 16-year-old boy has been remanded in custody after appearing in court. Corrie Pretorius on Friday appeared in the Groblersdal Magistrate’s Court on charges of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and pointing of a firearm. His bail…
Staff Reporter. eThekwini Municipality plans to ration water for about a year, dealing another blow to a regional economy damaged by the worst flooding in almost three decades and deadly riots. The rationing, scheduled to start in some parts of the area from Monday, is being implemented to enable the…
Staff Reporter. The Independent Electoral Commission says a Durban teacher convicted of voter fraud is guilty of abusing her position as electoral officer. Nomusa Gabuza was this week handed a suspended sentence after she admitted stuffing a ballot box with 24 votes at her school during last year's municipal elections.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said a truck driver made an error which resulted in the horrific crash in which 15 people lost their lives on the Hornsnek Road near Ga-Rankuwa, north of Tshwane. Addressing a media briefing on Friday, Mbalula said it was established that weather conditions…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa had a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discussed possible deliveries of Russian agricultural products and fertilisers to Africa, including South Africa. "The presidents expressed satisfaction with the current level of the two countries 'strategic partnership and stressed the shared intention to…
By Anurag Kotoky, Angus Whitley, and Siddharth Vikram Philip. Airline and airport executives spent the past two years trying to convince everyone it’s safe to fly during a pandemic, touting reduced touch points and hospital-grade filters. Little did they know how overwhelmed they’d be once travel came roaring back. From…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Employment and Labour minister Thulas Nxesi says his department is in the process of finalising two new documents which will tighten employment laws, including limitations on the hiring of foreigners. Nxesi was responding to complaints by truck drivers this week which led to a major blockage of…
By Fazel Patel. Namibian police chief Sebastian Ndeitunga confirmed that members of his police force met with their South African counterparts in "no man’s land" on 19 June 2020, to discuss the theft of money from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Phala Phala game farm in Limpopo. In the statement released on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Road Freight Association has published an open letter to president Cyril Ramaphosa, calling for urgent intervention to end attacks on South Africa’s trucking and road freight sector. The letter, penned by the chief executive Gavin Kelly, warns that the country’s entire logistics chain is under threat…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele will on Friday visit the family of Warrant Officer, Mokgadi Joseas Mpepe, who was murdered while on duty on Monday. In a statement, the Police Ministry said Mpepe, 53, who was a Gauteng flying squad police officer, was shot and killed while patrolling the…
Staff Reporter. Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, has called upon South Africans to respect, defend and uphold the dignity, integrity and safety of older persons. The Minister said this in commemoration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day which occurs annually on 15 June. The day seeks to prioritise the protection…
Staff Reporter. National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi said that the "complete failure" of local government to tackle corruption was stretching the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to the limit. She said that the lack of controls and maladministration in municipalities was having an impact on the NPA’s resources. The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal police have arrested four men aged between 40 and 59 in relation to the ongoing truck blockades on the N3. This was confirmed by the KZN Provincial police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker, who said that the four men were arrested for obstructing a national route, damaging…
By Michael Cohen. The party that has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994 is being buffeted by a scandal implicating its leader, president Cyril Ramaphosa, setting back its efforts to reclaim support lost during nine years of misrule by his predecessor Jacob Zuma. The opposition wants…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has launched legal action challenging Cabinet's decision to terminate the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP). The ZEP, which ended on 31 December 2021, will not be extended and those with the permit have a 12-month grace period to either apply for another type…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa is committing to the delivery of a 'skills revolution' to enable human capital to match the rapid evolution of the digital economy. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the jobs of the future lie in technology and in order to attract the newest industries, the country needs…
Staff Reporter. The N3 Toll Route on Van Reenen Pass and Tugela Plaza has been blocked off in both directions and motorists are urged to avoid the area until the road is cleared. It is believed that truck drivers are protesting, but their grievances are unknown at this stage. The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The nomination of Reverend Frank Chikane for the post of inspector-general of intelligence failed to muster the required support in the National Assembly. In terms of the Intelligence Services Oversight Act, a two-thirds majority is required.Chikanene was nominated for the post earlier this month by parliament’s Joint…
Staff Reporter. Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister, Barbara Creecy, has urged communities and landowners to remain vigilant and protect themselves and their properties from potential devastation of wildfires with extremely chilly weather conditions expected from Wednesday. The Minister's call comes as the Department’s Working on Fire (WOF) Programme announced…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says South Africa is considering buying oil from Russia as a possible measure to mitigate steep fuel prices. "It is an idea," said Mantashe "Russian oil is not on the sanctions list." A purchase is far from being finalized and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Constitutional Court on Wednesday dismissed an application by the suspended public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane for leave to appeal against a high court judgment which set aside her report on the early retirement of SA Revenue Service (Sars) Irvan Pillay. The application was dismissed, with costs. Mkhwebane…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Water and Sanitation in the Eastern Cape has called on residents to adhere to water restrictions imposed by local municipalities to ensure water security. The call comes as dam levels in Nelson Mandela Bay Metro continue to decline on a weekly basis. The department said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former State Security Agency (SSA) director-general Arthur Fraser today held a meeting with the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) "to assist them" in the criminal case he laid against President Cyril Ramaphosa at a Johannesburg police station. Hawks spokesperson Brigadier Nomthandazo Mbambo confirmed that the unit…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has noted the 2020/21 municipal audit reports released by Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke on Wednesday. The AGSA in her report states that it is encouraging to see the slight increase in the number of clean audits as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Auditor-general Tsakani Maluleke says the financial state of municipalities has continued to disappoint over the last year, with little sign of things being turned around. Presenting the local government audit outcomes for the 2020/21 financial year, Maluleke said there has been an increase in clean audits, with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has welcomed the visit by the World Health Organisation (WHO) technical team on traditional medicines to South Africa. A panel of experts from the World Health Organisation focussing on Traditional African Medicines is visiting South Africa led by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Transnet Freight Rail has reopened a line on the Container Corridor, a key economic node to move freight between Gauteng and Durban. The single line between Durban and Cato Ridge was reopened on Monday after operations had been suspended since 11 April when devastating floods wreaked havoc…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga says her department is developing a new plan to promote the nine previously marginalised languages at schools in South Africa – other than English and Afrikaans. Responding in a recent written parliamentary Q&A, Motshekga said the plan will see these languages used…
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