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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 2,783 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,892,081. This increase represents a 6.8% positivity rate. The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (22%), followed by…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi said that while the governing party is faced by many challenges, it has remained a loyal ally of the working class and all workers should make sure it is elected at the upcoming local government elections. She said workers would be the…
Staff Reporter. @GalloImages. The African National Congress (ANC) has written to staff members on Thursday saying the party was still unable to pay outstanding salaries. In a letter, ANC general manager Febe Potgieter-Gqubule informed staff the party would not pay their salaries for September, in addition to the outstanding salaries…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the guest of honour today, Thursday, 23 September 2021, at an announcement by Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder of the multinational conglomerate, NantWorks LLC, of an ambitious initiative to build capacity for advanced healthcare in Africa. The initiative will entail collaboration between NantAfrica,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Gauteng Department of Education has laid charges against three senior managers over R431 million spent on the decontamination of schools. This is as the department implements recommendations received from the Special Investigating Unit's (SIU) report into the monies spent on decontaminating schools. According to department spokesperson…
Staff Reporter. The University of the Free State (UFS) has labelled the attack on students, which led to the deaths of one UFS student and one TVET College student, as senseless. This, as the police report that four gun-wielding men on Wednesday morning accosted students, demanding laptops and cellphones, among…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the job creation and SMME support resulting from the construction of Msikaba Bridge is an example of a government at work. He was speaking during a visit to the construction of the bridge in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape. "What I have seen today is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the full extent of the vaccine gap between developed and developing economies, and how that gap can severely undermine global health security. President Cyril Ramaphosa said this on Wednesday during the global COVID-19 Summit hosted by United States President Joe Biden on…
Staff Reporter. @GettyImages. South African-born biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong will announce a plan to transfer technology for the manufacture of Covid-19 and cancer vaccines to the country. Soon-Shiong, who is based in California, will make the announcement at 17h00 local time together with President Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African presidency…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana says manufacturing and industrialisation remain key to stimulating South Africa’s economy. He was speaking during the launch of a book on the transformation of the economy’s structure and industrial development. Industrialisation is identified as a key pillar in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Economic Reconstruction…
Staff Reporter. The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed a second appeal by Ledla Structural Development against the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU’s) Special Tribunal orders. The orders, dated between 10 December 2020 and 4 February 2021, declared the R139 million personal protectiveequipment (PPE) contract, awarded by the Gauteng Department of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @ActionSA. ActionSA launched its inaugural manifesto at Old Park Station in Newtown, Johannesburg. ActionSA president Herman Mashaba has promised voters his party will prioritise service delivery, fight corruption and deliver pro-poor governance if elected into power in the upcoming municipal elections. Mashaba told thousands of his party’s…
Staff Reporter. The return of South African Airlines (SAA) to the skies will benefit consumers as it will bring more competitive pricing to the sector. This is according to SAA board chairperson John Lamola who was speaking ahead of the airline's first flight since it was grounded at least 16…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Pietermaritzburg high court Judge Piet Koen said he will try to deliver judgement on former president Jacob Zuma's plea to have the lead prosecutor, Billy Downer, removed from a case he has been involved in for almost two decades because of perceptions that Downer was biased and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Cape Judge President John Hlophe has withdrawn his application seeking to interdict his suspension from office and the institution of the impeachment process against him. The stage is now set for Judge Hlophe, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and Freedom Under Law (FUL) to agree on a…
Staff Reporter. The third bail application of the alleged mastermind behind Tshegofatso Pule’s murder - Ntuthuko Shoba - has been dismissed in the High Court in Johannesburg. The ruling was delivered on Wednesday by Judge Nomonde Mngqibisa-Thusi. "I am not convinced that the court a quo erred in the exercise…
Staff Reporter. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has expressed shock and sadness at the gruesome murder of a teacher at Heinz Park primary school in Philippi, Western Cape. The teacher was gunned down on the school premises on Tuesday. Motshekga has condemned the number of violent crimes taking place against…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte says the ruling party has fielded a diverse group of councillor candidates for the upcoming local government elections, scheduled for 1 November. Addressing the media on Wednesday at the ANC’s headquarters in Johannesburg, Duarte confirmed the party was able to meet the…
Staff Reporter. The application for state prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer to recuse himself in the arms deal corruption case against former President Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales continues at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Wednesday. Below is the live stream video: Video Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) wants to 'redefine' TV licences in South Africa and has recommended the introduction of a household levy to help stabilise its finances. This levy would be imposed on all households and is based on the possibility of access to SABC services, rather…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Nersa has granted Turkey's Karpowership three licences to generate power on floating gas ships at ports, a company spokesperson said on Tuesday. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirmed in a statement that it had approved a total of seven power generation licences for preferred…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) move to have former president Jacob Zuma hand over medical records to substantiate a claim that he is unable to attend court due to ill-health, failed on Tuesday at the Pietermaritzburg High Court. This took place this morning in the Pietermaritzburg High…
Staff Reporter. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women: Photo Credit: Getty Images. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced former UN under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as the winner of the 2021 Global Goalkeeper Award. As part of its yearly Goalkeepers campaign, the foundation…
Staff Reporter. Government hospitals in Gauteng are taking strain amid the third wave while the AngloGold Ashanti Hospital remains unutilised. Photo: Gauteng Government/Twitter. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has been granted an order to freeze R7.9 million held in the bank accounts of one professional service provider (PSP) and one…
Staff Reporter. The South African Post Office (SAPO) has announced that approved recipients of the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant can now collect their benefit from Pick n Pay and Boxer stores nationwide from Wednesday, 22 September. However, according to the national postal service, this is only open…
Staff Reporter. Former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini returned to the Johannesburg Regional Court on Tuesday for perjury. Dlamini is facing charges related to her testimony during an inquiry by the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) with regards to her role in the social grants crisis in 2017. She briefly appeared in…
Staff Reporter. Former President Jacob Zuma's corruption case is back in court. The high court in Pietermaritzburg court will be hearing arguments in the recusal application brought by Zuma's legal team. Meanwhile National Commissioner of Correctional Services,Arthur Fraser subpoenaed to attend court proceedings. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is focused on collecting the ‘lowest hanging fruit’ to help close South Africa’s tax gap, including increased compliance and broadening the taxpayer base, says commissioner Edward Kieswetter. "Our position as SARS is that the lowest hanging fruit is still collecting the…
Staff Reporter. The Technical Assistance Unit is an integral cog in the anti-corruption machinery of government and an important instrument to address corruption, fraud and unethical conduct in the Public Administration. These were the remarks of Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo at the launch of the Public Administration…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma has penned his first statement since his release from prison. Zuma criticises the processes that resulted in his imprisonment and highlights the "anomalies" that were clear signs the courts were used to target him. But Zuma says this is not the end and…
Staff Reporter. Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head, Advocate Andy Mothibi, says whistleblowers remain an important aspect to combatting corruption. He was speaking during the first webinar in a five-part series, which will explore the importance of whistleblowing and the challenges that whistleblowers experience. "More often, corruption goes undetected until a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo said that the registration weekend was very successful, with many new voters added to the roll. Addressing the media on Monday afternoon on the outcome of the voter registration weekend which was held over the weekend, Mamabolo said "approved applicants already have…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC’s national executive has identified a number of measures aimed at increasing growth and enhancing job creation, says president Cyril Ramaphosa. In his keynote address at Cosatu’s four-day central executive committee meeting ending on Thursday, the president said that this will cover a range of issues…
Staff Reporter. The late Deputy Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, will be laid to rest on Saturday at her home in Johannesburg, Gauteng. The Presidency said on Monday that she will be honoured with an official Funeral Category 2. Mkhize passed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) on Monday dismissed the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) urgent application challenging the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC’s) decision to reopen the candidate nomination process. The IEC reopened the submission of councillor candidates to contest the 1 November municipal elections after the ConCourt dismissed its application …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says accountable, accessible and reachable leadership is key to a well-run local government in the country. Ramaphosa was reflecting in his weekly newsletter following the voter registration weekend and ahead of the local government elections next month. The President said during his visits to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Germany has removed South Africa from its list of high-risk countries, giving travellers another route into the European Union’s (EU) Schengen region. In a notice on Sunday (19 September), the German federal government announced that 14 countries have been removed from the list, no longer subject to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday told Tekwane residents in Mpumalanga that while he and the political party he leads are not perfect, he would attempt to attend to their concerns. Ramaphosa took the party’s campaign trail to Mbombela where he visited Tekwane South and KaMagugu. He interacted…
Staff Reporter. Nine voter stations were not opened on Sunday, on the second day of the voter registration weekend due to service delivery protests, according to the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC). The remaining 23 142 registration stations opened without a hitch, allowing the commission to register around 29 305…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema wraps up the final day of voter registration weekend by visiting some of the voting stations in Pietermaritzburg (PMB) in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands. It is reported that some African National Congress (ANC) members have tried to block Malema from monitoring…
Staff Reporter. Members of the Hawks from the Durban Serious Organised Crime Investigation on Saturday arrested a 47-year-old suspect after he was caught carrying heroin worth about R2,340,000. Police conducted an intelligence driven operation after receiving information about a suspect who was distributing heroin in KwaZulu-Natal. "The suspect was caught…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @VeliNhlapho. President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to Johannesburg Mayor, Jolidee Matongo,who died in a car crash on Saturday evening. Two more people involved in the accident have since died. Matongo had earlier on Saturday accompanied Ramaphosa in Soweto,to campaign for the ANC ahead of this year's…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the ANC should be frank about its failures in government but shine the spotlight on its successes, especially the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting economic meltdown. Speaking at the party’s national executive committee (NEC) this week, Ramaphosa said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Newly-elected City of Johannesburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo has died in a car crash. Circumstances around the accident that the mayor was involved in are not yet clear and an official statement is expected to be issued. Matongo had earlier on Saturday accompanied President Cyril Ramaphosa in Soweto,…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday moved to distance himself from former president Jacob Zuma's medical parole. Ramaphosa said he was only informed about it once the decision was made. Speaking during the local election campaign trail in Soweto, Ramaphosa said prisons boss Arthur Fraser made the decision to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @MYANC. The African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa's visit to Naledi in Soweto on Saturday afternoon has been overshadowed by a service delivery protest. Ramaphosa kicked off the party's election campaign for the upcoming municipal elections in the area. He was greeted by furious residents who…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) says its voter registration drive attracted 104 000 South African voters in the first few hours on the first day of the two-day registration weekend. Mamabolo addressed a press briefing on Saturday to outline the latest voter registration figures. "The commission…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma has instructed his lawyers to challenge his jail sentence at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. This is according to a tweet sent by the Jacob Zuma Foundation. This comes after the Constitutional Court on Friday upheld its decision to sentence…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has died at 84, the presidency said on Friday, more than two years after he stepped down under pressure from mass protests and the army. Bouteflika, a veteran of Algeria's war for independence, had ruled the North African country for two…
Staff Reporter. Anyone over the age of 18 in possession of a valid South African ID document can register on Saturday and Sunday to vote in the upcoming local government elections. An exciting time for first-time and seasoned voters, registering to vote can be an admin headache for some. The…
Staff Reporter. As part of government’s ongoing efforts to deal with corruption in the public service, the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ayanda Dlodlo, will on Monday launch the Public Administration Ethics Integrity and Disciplinary Technical Assistance Unit (PA-EID-TAU). The Technical Assistance Unit was established in 2014 in line…
Staff Reporter. The South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) has initiated the process to suspend social grants –with the exception of foster care payments - paid to 177 108 public servants, Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, said. The public servants, she said, would soon have to prove they were eligible…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The UK government has opted to keep South Africa on its red list for travel – holding in place incredibly restrictive and expensive quarantine conditions for local travellers. Under the UK’s travel rules, travellers who have been in a country or territory on the red list in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has approved the terms of reference of the expert panel he has established to review government’s response to the incidents of public violence, destruction of property and looting that took place in July 2021, presidency said in a statement. Ramaphosa announced the establishment of…
Staff Reporter. Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says addressing increasing global environmental challenges such as climate change, air and water pollution, biodiversity loss, ocean degradation, and inefficient resource use has become even more important as countries seek to rebuild their economies and enhance resilience against future shocks. "The…
Staff Reporter. African countries have – in the past week – administered four times as many COVID-19 vaccines as they have in the past three to four weeks. This is according to World Health Organisation (WHO) Africa Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti. She said the increase in vaccinations…
Staff Reporter. The sport and creative industries can play a catalyst role in South Africa reaching its vaccination targets, and in turn, ensuring life returns to pre-COVID-19 levels, says Deputy President David Mabuza. The Deputy President, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on COVID-19 Vaccines, made…
Staff Reporter. An intelligence-driven swoop has halted the operation of an unregistered tobacco manufacturing plant producing molasses/shisha tobacco products in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. The plant was uncovered during a search and seizure operation conducted by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) through its National Rapid Response Team (NRRT) and its Illicit…
Staff Reporter. Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, says Home Affairs offices throughout the country will be opened this weekend to assist those who will be applying for IDs and temporary IDs to enable them to register to vote. Motsoaledi said during the voter registration weekend, assistance will also be…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Joe Phaahla says South Africa is seeing a decline in the third wave of its Covid-19 cases, and the government is now considering the further easing of lockdown restrictions. Addressing media on Friday (17 September), Phaahla said that when compared to the previous seven days,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, says the planned COVID-19 vaccine certificates will not be used to deny unvaccinated citizens access to public services. "I want to emphasise that this certificate will not prevent people from accessing essential services, especially public services. You will not be required to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Constitutional Court has dismissed former president Jacob Zuma's application to have the contempt of court judgment against him rescinded. In its majority judgment on Friday, the apex court ruled that Zuma did not meet the requirements of a rescission application and sought to reopen the merits…
Staff Reporter. Former police constable Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu has pleaded not guilty to charges of killing six of her relatives to cash in on funeral and insurance policies. Alistair Russell. Nomia Ndlovu is accused of killing six people, including her lover and relatives. When former police officer Ndlovu took to…
Staff Reporter. Constitutional Court rules on Former President Jacob Zuma rescission application. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. The Department of Higher Education and Training, through Higher Health, is rolling out stakeholder engagement programmes in response to gender-based violence and mental health incidents in the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) sector. The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, has hailed stakeholder engagement…
Staff Reporter. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has welcomed the report of the Auditor-General of South Africa (AGSA) for the unqualified audit opinion with findings for the year ended March 2021. "This is a significant achievement and a step in the right direction. The unqualified audit opinion is…
Staff Reporter. Government’s funding through the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) to a small and developing small businesses, has provided a much needed lifeline for these companies. For Bizrocket Trade and Projects, the assistance came at a time when it was most needed. In a recent address to the nation,…
Staff Reporter. Despite positioning himself as an anti-corruption leader, a new poll conducted by Afrobarometer shows that South Africans perceive corruption as increasing under president Cyril Ramaphosa. Three years into his tenure, not only do South Africans believe that corruption is getting worse, but they also see large portions of…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) says it is ready for this weekend's voter registration drive as it opens up more than 23 000 stations across the country. At a press briefing on Thursday, IEC chief executive Sy Mamabolo said new voter management devices (VMDs) would be used…
Staff Reporter. The Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture has launched an urgent application in the North Gauteng High Court for yet another extension. Chairperson of the commission, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo reportedly wants the hearings to be extended until 31 December. The commission is expected to…
Staff Reporter. The Special Tribunal is expected to hear an application by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to review and set aside R11 million worth of contracts awarded to companies allegedly linked to Eskom senior manager Petrus Shaka Mazibuko. According to a statement by the tribunal, it is alleged that…
Staff Reporter. Securing and restoring livelihoods should be top of the agenda in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, an African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN) has resolved. It is against this backdrop that an online platform for the African Green Stimulus Programme has been launched to provide an…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on the public to nominate South Africa's next chief justice to promote transparency. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's term will come to an end on 11 October. The Presidency announced anyone would able to nominate a candidate. A nomination should be accompanied by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) has announced that it will launch its manifesto in Tshwane ahead of the local government elections. Briefing the media on Thursday, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, who is the party’s head of elections, confirmed the launch would take place on 27 September. "In…
Staff Reporter. The Independent Electoral Commission is briefing the media about its readiness. Voters will have one last chance to register to vote in the November municipal elections. More than 23,000 voting stations will be open between 8am and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng Premier David Makhura says collaboration between law enforcement agencies and private security companies is critical for crime fighting. He was speaking during the Operation O Kae Molao road safety and crime prevention blitz in Soweto. "The police have been working with private security companies… on specific crimes…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his condolences on the passing of Professor Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize, the Deputy Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities. Mkhize passed away today at the age of 69. The President extended his condolences to the family, friends, colleagues,…
Staff Reporter. The National Treasury has commissioned a study to determine what long-term plan can be devised to narrow the country’s current poverty gap. Addressing Parliament’s Select Committee on Appropriations (SCOA), Treasury said it was considering five options. These included evaluating the current R350 grant; the Basic Income Grant; the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC national executive committee (NEC) member and Deputy Minister in the Presidency Hlengiwe Mkhize has died. She was 69 years old. Mkhize was first elected to the National Assembly in 2009 as a member of the ANC and served as Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services…
Staff Reporter. The African National Congress is holding a media briefing on its readiness for the local government elections. There have been protests outside Luthuli House over the alleged rigging of candidates' lists. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. A new internal ethos of delivering first class customer service will ensure that South African Airways (SAA) is revived to its former glory. This is according to the airline’s interim CEO Thomas Kgokolo. SAA is set to take to the skies next week following a turbulent 16 months…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Water and Sanitation has called on the people of Limpopo to use water sparingly. "Lack of rains and scorching temperatures are affecting water levels in some parts of the country, particularly Limpopo province," the department said in a statement. The provincial water storage levels continually…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, has welcomed the 25-year sentence imposed on a father who killed his three-year-old daughter. The sentence was handed down at the Gauteng South High Court on Wednesday. In a statement, Gauteng SAPS spokesperson, Captain Mavela Masondo, said: “On 24 January 2017,…
Staff Reporter. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) has arrested a member of the South Africa National Defence Force (SANDF) for his involvement in cross-border crimes in the Northern Cape. The 30-year-old suspect is expected to appear in the Musina Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, following his arrest on Wednesday…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa will need to meet certain requirements before the country’s state of disaster regulations can be lifted. The president said that the state of disaster will only be lifted if the appropriate Covid-19 prevention regulations are in place in each sector outside…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Transport minister Fikile Mbalula says that his department is working on a number of initiatives to improve the experience of drivers, including a number of upgrades to the licensing process. Responding in a written parliamentary Q&A, Mbalula acknowledged a backlog of 500,000 licences waiting in the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC top six Jessie Duarte, Ace Magashule, Gwede Mantashe, Cyril Ramaphosa, David Mabuza and Paul Mashatile at Nasrec, Johannesburg. /Simphiwe Nkwali. Carl Niehaus has laid criminal charges against the top brass of the ANC, excluding Ace Magashule, along with the ANC itself. Niehaus, who was fired…
Staff Reporter. The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has appealed to employers to resolve errors on the COVID-19 TERS portal to enable it to finalise outstanding claims. The UIF said it has done all it needed to and the onus is now on the claimants if they qualify. In a statement…
Staff Reporter. An Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Department (EMPD) officer has been handed a six year prison sentence for corruption. In a statement, Directorate for Priority Crimes Investigation (Hawks) Gauteng spokesperson, Captain Ndivhuwo Mulamu, said the gavel fell on Constable Mazulwandile Wilson Makaula, 49, on Friday at the Vosloorus Magistrates’ court. Mulamu…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Home Affairs is reviewing its IT architecture to improve customer service and reduce overall dependence on the State Information Technology Agency (SITA), says minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Responding in a written parliamentary Q&A, Motsoaledi said the department is in the process of evaluating its internal…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Hawks arrested a 36-year-old suspect in Gauteng on Wednesday (15 September) following an investigation into the data breach at Experian in August 2020. South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) announced that Experian, a consumer credit reporting company, had experienced a data breach, exposing the personal…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Transport plans to introduce a new 'taxi subsidy' as part of a broader focus on making transport more accessible in South Africa, says Transport minister Fikile Mbalula. Answering in a written parliamentary Q&A, Mbalula said that before this subsidy is introduced, the wider taxi…
Staff Reporter. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is expected to institute civil proceedings in the Special Tribunal against construction company, Aventine CC, to recover financial losses suffered by the State after the unit concluded an investigation into a temporary housing construction tender awarded to the company by the Limpopo Provincial…
Staff Reporter. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has urged South African aged 18 and above to visit the country’s 23 146 voting stations at the weekend to register to vote at the 1 November municipal elections. The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) will…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Basic Education has shifted the end-of-year exam timetable for matrics to accommodate the local government elections on 1 November. In a notice published on Wednesday (15 September), the department said that the exams are now scheduled to start on 27 October 2021, four days…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Western Cape Judge President, John Hlophe, has gone to court in an attempt to prevent his suspension and possible impeachment. The Judicial Service Commission in August decided by a majority that Hlophe was guilty of gross misconduct for a 2008 complaint by all the then justices of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa and a host of other countries could soon be taken off the UK’s travel ‘red list’, according to The Telegraph and UK Independent. Citing information from Covid analyst Tim White, UK media outlets report that the nation is currently reviewing the list, and may even…
Staff Reporter. @Istock. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has informed beneficiaries of child maintenance that payments will be delayed due to departmental systems, including MojaPay, not being accessible. MojaPay is the system the department utilises to administrate maintenance payments. While the department is not able to determine the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo:Activists picket outside the National Department of Social Development (DSD) offices in Pretoria , calling for the extension and increase of the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant. Photo Credit: Masego Mafata. Government met Tuesday to discuss how to accelerate the country’s economic recovery and consider…
Staff Reporter. The drive-by shooting that claimed the lives of three women in Inanda, Durban, at the weekend was part of intimidation tactics devised to weaken and undermine the country’s Constitution ahead of the 1 November municipal elections. This is the firm position of the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security …
Staff Reporter. Judge Colin Lamont has recused himself from the Marikana massacre civil case. An application was launched for Lamont's recusal after he disclosed that he had shares in Lonmin. The events include the killing of 34 miners by police on 16 August 2012. More than 300 people affected in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) has launched a court application to declare that correctional services department head Arthur Fraser’s decision to grant former president Jacob Zuma medical parole is unlawful and is set aside. This is the second application before the high court in Pretoria challenging the…
Staff Reporter. Businesses affected by the devastating public violence and looting that swept across Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal in July have until 30 September 2021 to apply for government financial relief. This comes after the National Treasury on Monday launched a registration portal for the registration of businesses that suffered losses.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Widows and the partners of deceased men are still being side lined when it comes to inheritance and succession after their partners pass away. This is according to the South African Women Lawyers Association’s Chuma Hlengane. Hlengane was speaking during the Department of Justice’s virtual dialogue marking…
Staff Reporter. The bail hearing for Ntuthuko Shoba, the alleged mastermind behind Tshegofatso Pule’s gruesome murder, has been moved to Thursday, 16 September. Shoba had brought forward a third bail application, claiming that he has been receiving death threats from inside prison. The 32-year-old, who has been denied bail twice,…
Staff Reporter. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has dismissed Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's bid to appeal the invalidation of her report on Pravin Gordhan's decision to grant SARS official Ivan Pillay early retirement after finding it had "no prospects of success". The court reached its decision without hearing argument…
Staff Reporter. Unemployment, economic recovery and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will be top of the agenda during this week’s Cabinet Lekgotla. This is according to Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, who was briefing the media ahead of the start of the Lekgotla. He said Ministers, Deputy Ministers,…
Staff Reporter. Mauritius has lifted the travel ban on South Africans in what is expected to be a serious tourism boost for the island nation ahead of the December holiday season. The lifting of restrictions means that South Africans can now travel to Mauritius on authorised commercial flights without first…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Finance minister Enoch Godongwana warned leaders of the ruling African National Congress that the party’s project wish list could cost R73.5 billion and funding it will require difficult trade-offs. Big-ticket items that would place pressure on state finances included spending R10 billion on a state bank, Godongwana,…
Staff Reporter. Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza, has announced the reduction of the size of the disease management area (DMA) affected by foot-and-mouth diseases (FMD) in KwaZulu-Natal. This follows the conclusion of the second round of serological surveillance, where it was established that the disease, within…
Staff Reporter. Human Settlements Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi, has issued a strong warning to all implementing agents and contractors who perform poorly and do not deliver on housing projects. "We can no longer allow, under such a constrained fiscal environment, project developers and contractors to waste public resources on poorly implemented…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng Department of Education has confirmed that over 73 000 successful Grade 1 and 8 applications were recorded on day one of the Phase 2 of the 2022 Online Admissions applications. The department said that as of midday, a total of 73 305 successful Grade 1 and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority has approved the study of an orally administered pill for patients with symptomatic Covid-19 who do not require hospital care. The study is already ongoing in the US, with the expansion of study sites underway to further accelerate recruitment, said…
Staff Reporter. A four-year-old girl from Soweto has been raped, allegedly by a man living at the daycare centre. The Gauteng department of social development has since sent a team of investigators to establish if the Silindokuhle Day Care Centre is operating legally. "In terms of the Children’s Act 38…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. No South African has died from the COVID-19 jab, as the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHRPA) continues to investigate the safety of vaccines. This is according to the National Immunisation Safety Expert Committee (NISEC) Chairperson, Professor Hannelie Meyer, who was speaking during a webinar on…
Staff Reporter. Customs officers of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) seized 67 pieces of calcium hydroxide, which is used to produce crystal methamphetamine - commonly referred to as "ice" or "tik". The "party drug", weighing 132.41kg and valued at R40 million, was intercepted at a cargo terminal at the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Western Cape premier Alan Winde has welcomed the government’s move to an adjusted alert level 2 lockdown but raised concerns about the country’s current regulations and what seems to be a never-ending national state of disaster. On Sunday (12 September), Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has called on the police to hunt down the suspects linked to the murder of three women in Inanda on Saturday. According to reports, the women met their untimely death during an African National Congress (ANC) activity, in preparation for the upcoming elections. It…
Staff Reporter. The six men accused of the murder of Gauteng health department official, Babita Deokaran, appeared in the Johannesburg Magistrate's Court. Image: Alon Skuy The case of six men arrested in connection with the murder of senior Gauteng Health Department official, Babita Deokaran has been postponed to next month…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa has received at least $2 billion in financial assistance from the New Development Bank since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The New Development Bank is an initiative of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries, which seeks to mobilise resources for…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. African National Congress (ANC)’s embattled secretary general Ace Magashule has lost yet another court bid, this time the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, which has dismissed his application for leave to appeal with cost. Magashule had approached the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg to appeal a judgment…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Restrictions on movements of people and gatherings have been eased in South Africa following a steady decline in new COVID-19 infections. This was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during an address to the nation on Sunday evening. He announced that the country would move from Adjusted Alert…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa’s adjusted level 3 lockdown regulations will be relaxed as the country sees a decline in its third wave of Covid-19 cases. In a national address on Sunday evening, the president said that a sustained decline in infections has been…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to ease lockdown regulations as infections decrease. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation tonight at 20h00 on developments in the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The president’s address follows meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council, the president’s Coordinating Council, and Cabinet. "As South Africa rolls out its Covid–19…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. Bantu Stephen Biko, (born December 18, 1946,King William's Town—died September 12, 1977, Pretoria), founder of the Black Conciousness Movement. His death from injuries suffered while in police custody made him an international martyr for South African Black nationalism. After being expelled from high school for…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Nelson Mandela Bay councillor Andile Lungisa’s suspension has been lifted after he successfully challenged his suspension at the ANC’s national disciplinary committee. Lungisa was placed on 18 months suspension by the ANC in the Eastern Cape following his conviction of assaulting a DA councillor during a…
Staff Reporter. Three children were among six people shot dead by a security guard from Mooi River, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Saturday. The man (26) embarked on a deadly rampage moving between towns to carry out his shooting spree, before he later died in shootout with police. The motive…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Vials of Sinovac Biotech Ltd.'s CoronaVac SARS-CoV-2 vaccine,Photographer: Nicolas Bock. China's Sinovac Biotech is in talks about setting up a vaccine production facility in South Africa to supply the African continent with shots against a range of diseases, the chief executive of its local partner said on…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa reportedly gave the green light for his predecessor Jacob Zuma to be released on medical parole. The City Press reported on Sunday national commissioner of correctional services, Arthur Fraser, allegedly consulted Ramaphosa before deciding to release Zuma from prison. Fraser admitted this week during an…
Staff Reporter. South Africa has seen a steady decline in commercial farmers over the last decade and increasing concentration levels in certain areas, a new report by the Competition Commission shows. The regulator said that there had been a 73% decline in producer numbers in the dairy sector alone, from…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce relief for the hospitality industry and other businesses by easing lockdown restrictions for South Africa, the Sunday Times reports. While no official date and time has been set for the president’s address to the nation, stakeholders who met with Ramaphosa…
Staff Reporter. Western Cape police have confirmed that a truck en route from Somerset West to the Eastern Cape was pulled over carrying 100 bodies. Police spokesperson Colonel Andre Traut said the stop was a routine traffic stop. “The truck was transporting 106 bodies from the undertaker, they did have…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has boosted efforts to vaccinate children. Sahpra announced they have approved the use of the Pfizer Comirnaty vaccine in terms of Section 21 of the Medicines and Related Substance Act 101 of 1965 (The Medicines Act) to include individuals…
Staff Reporter. The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) has warned the public to tread with caution when doing any financial services with businessman Mandla Lamba. In a statement, the FSCA said it had received information that Lamba was conducting unregistered business and offering shares to members of the public on…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Social development will on Friday officially launch a community-based programme to care for orphaned and vulnerable children. Known as RISIHA, the prevention and early intervention programme will be launched by Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu and the MEC of Social Development in Mpumalanga, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali,…
Staff Reporter. The EFF on Saturday maintained that it did not receive any donations above R100,000, between April and June this year, that needed to be declared to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The IEC released on Thursday its first quartely report on political parties’ donations received from donors, in…
Staff Reporter. National Treasury has invited the public to participate in pre-Budget consultations. South Africa is one of the five pilot countries that are participating in the Fiscal Openness Accelerator (FOA) project that was launched in 2019 by the International Budget Partnership (IBP) and the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has confirmed a fire that broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning at Kendal Power Station in Mpumalanga. The fire damaged Unit 1 and the cables to the main cooling water system on the west side of the power station. "Unit 2 and Unit 3…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana,Live from Ulundi. The funeral of National Freedom Party (NFP) leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi is being held in Ulundi, northern KwaZulu-Natal. Magwaza-Msibi (59) died at a Durban hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest. She had been unwell since 2014 after suffering a major stroke, which severely affected her speech…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday declared a special category two provincial funeral for late National Freedom Party (NFP) leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi. KaMagwaza-Msibi died earlier this week due to cardiac arrest. She will be interred during a service to be held in Ulundi on Saturday. The category two…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen has filed court papers to have erstwhile president Jacob Zuma sent back to prison. Steenhuisen announced on Friday that he had applied to the Gauteng High Court to review and set aside National Commissioner of Correctional Services Arthur Fraser’s decision to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Parliament has been informed that it is unable to conduct another investigation into Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe’s charges as it is only limited to a check-and-balance function. National Assembly’s portfolio committee on justice and correctional services on Thursday was briefed by Parliament’s legal advisers Barbara…
Staff Reporter. Africa has recorded a 23% decline in new COVID-19 cases over the past week. This is the according to the World Health Organisation’s Regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti. Moeti said the decline is the highest since the peak of the third wave in July. She warned,…
Staff Reporter. The South African Special Risks Insurance Association (Sasria) has told Parliament that they will need a further R3.9 billion to strengthen its balance sheet following the July civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The figure, Sasria said during an appearance before the Standing Committee on Appropriations (SCOA), was…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development says it is working with State agencies to investigate a ransomware attack on the department’s Information Technology systems. Ransomware is often in the form of infectious software unwittingly downloaded by a user, which blocks access to a computer usually until a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The government has commenced with the development of a digital Covid-19 vaccination certificate which will confirm that a person has been vaccinated in South Africa, says health minister Dr Joe Phaahla. Addressing media on Friday (10 September), Phaahla said that the certificate will be available through a…
Staff Reporter. At least 337 cases of alleged corruption in government departments have been reported to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline (NACH) in the period between April and the end of June this year. This is according to a report released by the Public Service Commission (PSC) on Thursday. The report…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Health Dr. Joe Phaahla together with the Deputy Minister Dr. Sibongiseni Dhlomo and a panel of experts, convene a media briefing on government efforts in the fight against COVID-19 and Vaccine Rollout SA programme. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Action SA president Herman Mashaba on Thursday launched his political campaign to become Johannesburg mayor for a second time. The former DA Johannesburg mayor, who launched his own political party a year ago, has been a strong campaigner to clean up the inner city. "The road to …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) has fired Carl Niehaus and ordered to collect his personal belongings from ANC security at Luthuli House on Friday between 10am and 11am. This comes after Niehaus earlier on Thursday threatened to file criminal charges against the ANC top six, which includes…
Staff Reporter. The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, says his department is planning to announce the preferred bidder for the procurement of 2 600 megawatts of renewable energy under Bid Window 5 by the end of next month. The Minister said this when Ministers in the Economics…
Staff Reporter. The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) and the Liquor Traders Association of South Africa (LTASA) have published a new report on the impact of the government’s Covid-19 regulations on the liquor industry, with the groups warning that continued restrictions will lead to thousands of job losses.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again put the spotlight on the equitable access to COVID-19 life-saving vaccines, as poorer countries continue to battle with obtaining the much-needed jabs. In his opening remarks during the virtual 13th BRICS Summit on Thursday, Ramaphosa called on the five emerging countries…
Staff Reporter. Only three political parties made declarations of qualifying donations received from donors, the Electoral Commission revealed on Thursday. Releasing the 2021/22 first quarter Party Funding Disclosures Report, IEC Deputy Commissioner Janet Love said the political parties funding regime makes it peremptory for all registered political parties to disclose…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. China’s Sinovac Biotech will trial its Covid-19 vaccine in children and adolescents in South Africa as part of a global Phase III study, Sinovac and local partner Numolux Group said on Thursday. The study will evaluate the efficacy, immunogenicity and safety of the CoronaVac vaccine on children…
Staff Reporter. The 2022 phase 2 online admissions for Grade 1 and 8 learners will commence on Monday, 13 September 2021 and end on Friday, 8 October 2021. The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) says phase 2 will be for parents and guardians with children going to Grade 1 or…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Judge President, Achmat Jappie, has paid tribute to senior member of the KwaZulu-Natal judiciary, Judge Bhekisisa Mnguni, who passed away earlier this week. Mnguni - who served at the KwaZulu-Natal Division of the High Court in Pietermaritzburg – passed away on Tuesday after falling ill a few…
Staff Reporter. The Special Tribunal has granted the Special Investigating Unit and the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) an order to freeze R42 million worth of luxury properties and funds linked to Johannesburg businessman Hamilton Ndlovu. This was hot on the heels of a similar preservation order obtained by the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma’s special-plea hearing to remove the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) prosecutor, Billy Downer, from the arms deal corruption trial has been postponed and will heard on 21-22 September. Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Piet Koen postponed the case on Thursday morning during a virtual hearing …
Staff Reporter. The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has noted with concern misleading reports suggesting that the government intends to add a charge of R250 to make an online booking on the National Traffic Information System (NaTIS) system. "The information emanates from the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) misinterpretation of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Treasury is working with the Presidency and the Department of Social Development to tackle the poverty gap, and this will include looking at an alternative for the R350 SRD grant, says Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana. Godongwana said this when Ministers in the Economics Cluster responded…
Staff Reporter. The Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) has refuted the authenticity of a directive purportedly from Western Cape Division of the High Court Judge President, John Hlophe circulating on social media. "The spurious directive states that it is being issued as an addendum to the official directives issued…
Staff Reporter. The outgoing National Commissioner at the department of correctional services, Arthur Fraser, has admitted that he overruled the parole board to grant the controversial medical parole to former President Jacob Zuma. The board "indicated that he [Zuma] was in a stable condition". Zuma was serving a 15-month sentence…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC is fighting hard to ensure it gets another chance at registering all its eligible candidates for the 2021 local government elections. Late on Wednesday, the ANC submitted its grounds for opposing the DA’s application to the Constitutional Court to stop the Electoral Commission of SA…
Staff Reporter. @GalloImages. The director-general (DG) of the Department of Higher Education and Training, Gwebinkundla Qonde, has suffered a blow after his application to have his suspension declared unlawful was dismissed by the Labour Court. The matter was heard in the Labour Court last month while the judgment was delivered…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. It's official: the 2021 local government elections will be held on 1 November. At a press briefing on Wednesday, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma confirmed the date. She said she "accepted the ConCourt's order to set aside" her October proclamation of the election date.…
Staff Reporter. Deputy President David Mabuza has called on all South African citizens to heed the call to vaccinate in order to reduce the rate of infections, hospitalisation and deaths. Mabuza was speaking at the launch of the Vaccination Social Mobilisation campaign, in partnership with the Department of Sports, Arts…
Staff Reporter. Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will virtually address the media this afternoon to give an update on the 2021 local government elections scheduled for not later than November the first. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. Christiana Hospital on fire. Photo: Facebook/Paramedics, SAPS and Firefighters South Africa. The North West Department of Health confirmed a fire had broken out at Christiana Hospital,three hours away from Mmabatho Springs. Health MEC for the province, Madoda Sambatha, said in a statement the entire hospital was affected by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Democratic Alliance (DA) has urgently applied to the Constitutional Court to set aside the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) decision to reopen the candidate nomination process for upcoming local government elections. In papers filed in court late on Tuesday night, the DA wants the court…
Staff Reporter. The National Vaccination Campaign "Return to Play – it’s in your hands" is being launched at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday. The launch will be led by Deputy President David Mabuza supported by Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa and Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla.…
Staff Reporter. The Special Tribunal has granted the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and Transnet a preservation order to freeze approximately R4.2 billion held in bank accounts linked to state capture corruption accused CRRC E-Loco Supply. In a statement, the SIU said it believes that the funds were proceeds of unlawful…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The cause of the fire is under investigation, and so far, no injuries have been reported. Photo: Twitter. North West firefighters are battling a blaze at Mmabatho Palms Hotel in Mahikeng. Details are still sketchy but police have confirmed that the blaze broke out at the Mmabatho…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The JG Zuma Foundation on Tuesday said former President Jacob Zuma will be meeting with his legal team "to discuss a wide range of issues." The foundation said it will provide further updates in due course, adding that his team "lives in the hope the Recision Application…
Staff Reporter. Public Enterprises Director General Kgathatso Tlhakudi says government will no longer be funding bailouts, as they are known, for state owned enterprises. Tlhakudi was speaking during a departmental briefing of Parliament’s Public Enterprises committee. He said any funding would be given under strict conditions. "What has been communicated…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Blade Nzimande, says a lack of accreditation at historically disadvantaged institutions limits access to the advancement of black people in the accountancy profession. "It results in their BCom Accounting (Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting) graduates not being able to become Chartered Accountants…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has launched the Renewable Energy Tariff pilot programme, which aims to supply cleanly sourced electricity to the utility’s business customers. The electricity will be supplied through Eskom’s Sere Wind Farm. The programme targets businesses that have corporate renewable energy targets and would like to use renewable…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Founder and President of the National Freedom Party (NFP),Zanele Magwaza-Msibi will be laid to rest on Saturday in Ulundi,Kwazulu-Natal. KaMagwaza-Msibi, passed away on Monday morning. NFP secretary-general Canaan Mdletshe confirmed her death, saying the party was devastated as NFP members had hoped that she would recover.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says that civil society groups have misinterpreted proposed vehicle licence fees gazetted late last week. The Automobile Association and civil action group Outa published statements on Tuesday (7 September) slamming the proposals for including a R250 online booking fee for licence…
Staff Reporter. Improving the foundational skills of literacy and numeracy, especially 'reading for meaning,' is now an apex priority for the Department of Basic Education. Addressing the UNESCO World Literacy Day, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the department remains convinced that literacy and numeracy are the heartbeats of basic…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC on Tuesday strongly denied allegations that it had influenced the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to reopen the candidate registration process for the upcoming local government elections. "We made no comments about what should happen with the IEC. We only hoped that the IEC would take…
Staff Reporter. The South African Revenue Service (SARS), in partnership with the South African Police Service and liquor industry, has slammed the brakes on a Mpumalanga warehouse allegedly trading illicit liquor valued at R15 million. In a statement on Tuesday, the revenue collector said the warehouse recycled the duty-free liquor…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on the relaxation of lockdown regulations in the coming days. According to a government advisory published on Tuesday (7 September), the address will also focus on the way forward to achieve population immunity through vaccination. The update comes after the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Joao Rodrigues, the apartheid-era police officer charged with the murder of activist Ahmed Timol, at his first court appearance on July 30 2018. He died on Monday. File photo.Alon Skuy. Former apartheid policeman João Rodrigues has died without disclosing his secrets about exactly how anti-apartheid activist Ahmed…
Staff Reporter. The National Prosecuting Authority will have a chance to examine former president Jacob Zuma's medical records. Zuma's special plea hearing will be postponed to the 20 and 21 September. "We can confirm that the special plea hearing relating to Mr Zuma's case will be postponed virtually by consent…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC veteran Bushy Maape on Tuesday was elected as the new premier of the North West by the provincial legislature. Maape replaces Job Mokgoro after he was recalled last month from the top post by the ANC’s North West interim provincial committee (IPC). The former Robben Island…
Staff Reporter. Alleged unrest instigator Bonginkosi Khanyile has been granted R5 000 bail in the Durban Magistrate's Court. Khanyile is accused of inciting public violence on social media during civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July in which more than 350 people died. He allegedly posted various hashtags in…
Staff Reporter. A sigh of relief for the ANC and other parties who missed the candidate list registration process deadline They'll have another chance to register candidates for the upcoming elections. The governing party has welcomed the commission’s decision as Local Government Elections draw closer. The ANC faced the prospect…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Public Service and Administration will host a dialogue aimed at finding ways to improve the financial and organisational performance systems in government and State entities. The dialogue is part of activities for Integrated Public Service Month (IPSM) and will be led by Public Service and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the decision to release former president Jacob Zuma, after the department of correctional services (DCS) on Sunday confirmed that Zuma had been placed on medical parole. "We have received and taken note of the decision by correctional services' national commissioner to…
Staff Reporter. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa deliver closing address at the NEC Lekgotla. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ANC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) chairperson Glen Mashinini (right) and former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke. Photo Credit:Sarel van der Walt. The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has announced it will reopen its candidate registration process for the 2021 local government elections after the voter…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is briefing the media on Monday afternoon after the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) on Friday dismissed its application to postpone this year’s municipal elections to February 2022. The IEC was locked in meetings over the weekend to discuss the implications of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Reuters. The South African government has noted with great concern the ongoing political and security situation in the Republic of Guinea following an apparent coup de ’tat at the weekend. In a statement issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), the South African Government…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, has conveyed heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Zanele Magwaza-Msibi following the announcement of her passing on Monday. Pandor in a statement said Magwaza-Msibi, the Founder and President of the National Freedom Party, played an…
Staff Reporter. In an effort to address challenges some beneficiaries have experienced in trying to access their Social Relief of Distress R350 grant from the Post Office, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has reopened a system for applicants to change their payment method. Applicants of the Special COVID-19…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @JacoMarais. Embattled prisons boss Arthur Fraser signed off on former president Jacob Zuma's medical parole just two weeks before his contract is set to expire, and not be renewed. News24 has been told by reliable sources that Fraser's contract as Correctional Services National Commissioner is set to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi. Picture: GCIS. National Freedom Party (NFP) leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi died in hospital on Monday, the party confirmed. NFP MP Ahmed Shaik Emam said the party was reeling from the news. He said kaMagwaza-Msibi had been admitted to an Umhlanga hospital in Durban. KaMagwaza-Msibi, a former…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the government aims to establish a citizen-centred public service delivery system that is seamless, adaptive and responsive. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, the president said that public servants have been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons in…
Staff Reporter. DA federal council chairperson Helen Zille says the party will seek an interdict should the ANC be allowed to register candidates for the fifth local government elections. The ruling party failed to register candidates with the IEC in more 90 municipalities, more than a third of SA's 278…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma has been released from prison on medical parole, the department of correctional services confirmed on Sunday. In a statement released on Sunday afternoon, the department said: "Medical parole's eligibility for Mr Zuma is impelled by a medical report received by the Department of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday called on SAPS to implement its police safety strategy, and urged officers to defend their own lives and those of citizens against criminals. Ramaphosa was addressing a police commemoration day held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The annual event is held…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe has described the former Umkhonto we Sizwe Veteran's Association Kebby Maphatsoe, as someone who has made a significant contribution to the party. Mantashe delivered eulogy at Maphatsoe’s funeral service at the G.O.G. Recreational Centre in Protea Glen, Soweto. He said the disbanding…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Six people burnt to death after a minibus taxi they were travelling in smashed into a tree and caught fire in Krugersdorp, Gauteng on Saturday night. Five others, including a child, were badly injured. According to ER24 EMS paramedics, "six people were killed, and five others –…
Staff Reporter. Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has published the government’s updated national licensing transaction fees for 2021 for public comment. In a government gazette published on Friday (3 September), Mbalula said that the new transaction fee will cost R72. In terms of the Road Traffic Management Corporation Act, local registering…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa join families of slain police officers at the annual South African Police Service Commemoration Day. The commemoration is held at the South African Police Service (SAPS) Memorial Site at the Union Buildings, in Pretoria, on Sunday. This year’s event commemorates members of the SAPS…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president of the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association Emmanuel Kebby Maphatsoe's funeral service take place at the G.O.G. Recreational Centre in Protea Glen,Soweto. Maphatsoe, an avid supporter of former president Jacob Zuma, was no stranger to controversy and often landed in trouble for some of…
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