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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…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has refused to withdraw his suspension of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane following a letter of demand to reverse his decision to suspend her. This was confirmed by presidency on Tuesday evening. In a lengthy letter dated 13 June 2022, Mkhwebane demanded that Ramaphosa reverse…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni wants to enter into a plea bargain agreement with the state for allegedly revealing the identity of a witness – referred to as "Mr X" – at the state capture commission. Myeni on Tuesday appeared at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has designated the funeral of King Zanozuko Tyelovuyo Sigcau, of the Royal House of the amaMpondo Kingdom, as a Special Official Funeral Category 1. King Zanozuko Sigcau died last month following a period of illness. The funeral will take place on 21 June. "President…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein has confirmed a high court's ruling that government was wrong to ban the sale of cigarettes at the start of the nationwide lockdown in March 2020. This after a regulation made under Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 (the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The high court in Pretoria has granted a request to postpone the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial. Defence lawyer advocate Zandile Mshololo filed an application for postponement so that she can study the contents of the second docket disclosed last week. In that docket Meyiwa's girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo,…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has resolved to withdraw the charges of a crimen injuria and assault case against former Ukhozi FM presenter Ngizwe Mchunu. Mchunu, who also opened a case against Zikalala, said he would also withdraw his matter. It follows an incident that took place during the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government has allocated R22 billion for the South African Special Risk Insurance Association (Sasria) in the current financial year to assist the insurer in settling claims and guaranteeing that it has adequate capital to fulfil regulatory requirements. Speaking at the debate on the Second Adjustments Appropriation Bill…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has granted airline operator Comair an application to be placed under provisional liquidation. In the urgent court application, BRP Richard Ferguson, appointed as one of the company’s business rescue practitioners, said that "there is no longer a fair or moderate…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has announced two projects to dramatically reduce the environmental footprint of its Kariega plant in the Eastern Cape. The first project is a wastewater recycling facility, which has been constructed onsite at the plant. This facility will recycle production-related wastewater from…
Staff Reporter. The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality says it reached its 'day zero' on Monday (13 June) as the metropole is no longer able to extract water from the surrounding Impofu Dam. The municipality published a document which indicated that the dam had hit Day Zero and would no longer…
Staff Reporter. The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has announced that the N3 highway will be intermittently fully closed on 21 June 2022 between the hours of 10h00 to 14h00 to facilitate the work of Eskom engineers. The project will see the height of Eskom’s 88kV overhead powerlines crossing…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The World Bank has approved a loan of €454.4 million (R7.613 billion)* to help South Africa fund COVID-19 vaccine purchases, the bank and South Africa's National Treasury said in a statement. South Africa has recorded the most coronavirus cases and deaths on the African continent, with over…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Cape Town traffic officials are on Tuesday morning attending to reports of localised flooding where suburban roads and routes have been obstructed. Mopping up operations are under way as heavy rains continue to pummel parts of the Cape. These included the intersection of Japhta K Masemola and…
By Bernadette Wicks. Judgment in the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)'s "Kill the Boer" case has been reserved in the Equality Court, sitting in the Johannesburg High Court. Advocate Mfesane Ka-Siboto, representing the EFF, said the party's use of the song had been taken out of context. Lobby group AfriForum brought…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. National Assembly (NA) Speaker, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has declined requests by the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the African Transformation Movement (ATM) for the initiation of a parliamentary action concerning allegations against President Cyril Ramaphosa. The UDM requested a parliamentary investigation into the alleged conduct of the President,…
Staff Reporter. Ministers Responsible for Gender and Women's Affairs from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) have urged Member States to develop effective and sustainable gender-based violence (GBV) prevention programmes. The call came at the ministers’ meeting held recently in Lilongwe, Malawi, to review progress on the implementation of gender…
Staff Reporter. Transport minister Fikile Mbalula says his department plans to further regulate road freight in South Africa as large trucks are becoming an increasing feature on the country’s roads. Speaking at a media briefing on Sunday (12 June), Mbalula said road freight transport has seen 48% growth over the…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Home Affairs has launched a pilot project to ease the passport renewal process for South African nationals living in the United Kingdom. The pilot will cover the cities of London, Edinburgh and Manchester, the department said in a statement on Monday (13 June). To deliver…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A fire broke out at Unit 2 of the Duvha power station in Mpumalanga on Monday morning, Eskom has confirmed. In a statement, Eskom said the fire had been extinguished quickly and no injuries to staff had been reported. The extent of the damage was still being…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed that it did not make a decision on the second docket implicating singer Kelly Khumalo in the murder of former Bafana Bafana captain, Senzo Meyiwa, because the document had no merit. This was confirmed in the Pretoria High Court on…
Staff Reporter. South Africa’s record electricity cuts last year could rise 10-fold by 2026 unless the country rapidly adds generation capacity from renewable energy sources, complemented by battery storage and even diesel-powered plants, a study by Meridian Economics has found. The bulk of the country’s energy is generated by state-owned…
Staff Reporter. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has welcomed the unanimous judgment of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) affirming the revenue collector’s procedure and right to seize goods which have been under-declared when crossing into South Africa. Ruling on the matter involving SARS and a freight company that…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Defence lawyer adv Zandile Mshololo argued that the non-disclosure of the second Senzo Meyiwa killing case docket, which recommended the prosecution of singer Kelly Khumalo and others, has delayed the murder trial and "violated" the accused’s constitutional rights. When proceedings were postponed on Friday, Mshololo, addressed the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The corruption trial of former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and her co-accused is set to start next month. Most of the accused, including Gumede, were not present in court. Legal teams also argued that the trial should take place in the Durban High Court instead of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the government plans to introduce several reforms to create jobs for the country's millions of unemployed young people. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, Ramaphosa said South Africa’s latest employment figures give some cause for optimism, with 370,000 jobs created…
By Jenny Evans. Thomson Reuters has put its contract with ZA Square on hold and launched a formal investigation following a report by the Sunday Times insinuating three former senior staffers of the Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) set themselves up to benefit from its contract with the OCJ.…
Staff Reporter. The father of the three children who died after consuming an energy drink laced with poison, given to the kids by him, has died. He was admitted to the hospital after trying to take his life on 26 May, the day of the incident. According to police spokesperson…
Staff Reporter. Tanzania has signed a framework agreement with Norway’s Equinor and Britain’s Shell that will bring them closer to starting construction on a $30bn project to export liquefied natural gas (LNG). The deal announced on Saturday foresees a final investment decision by 2025, and a start of operations by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Three senior officials from the Office of the Chief Justice have been implicated in a R225 million IT contract that was awarded to multinational media and technology company Thomson Reuters. The Sunday Times reported that the contract relates to the national rollout of the CaseLines project, a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A three-month strike at Sibanye-Stillwater's gold operations is finally over after unions signed the company's latest offer. Workers at Sibanye-Stillwater's gold operations downed tools earlier this year after the two parties failed to agree on wage increases. The wage agreement was supposed to have been signed on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Civil society organisation Defend our Democracy has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to be forthright and sincere about the $4 million (R61.8 million) robbery at his at his Phala Phala farm in Limpopo in 2020. Ramaphosa has so far remained mum on the details of the incident,…
By Kemiso Wessie. Government will resume payment of a Covid-19 grant after millions of people who rely on the stipend went unpaid for two months. The so-called Social Relief of Distress, or SRD grant, wasn't remitted in April and May after the government changed the criteria for the payments, according…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Federation of Unions of South Africa (Fedusa ) affiliate Public Servants Association (PSA) has welcomed the suspension of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, accusing her of purging employees. President Cyril Ramaphosa suspended Mkhwebane from office on Thursday, PSA alleged that Mkhwebane hired external lawyers for disciplinary hearings, ignoring…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. One person has died after a fire broke out at an informal settlement near Kwa Mai Mai in Johannesburg. It is undestood the blaze broke out in the early hours of Sunday morning. This is the second time the informal settlement was gutted by fire. The Johannesburg…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science And Innovation minister Blade Nzimande says his department is embarking on a massive programme to train and employ more artisans in the country. Speaking at a fuel retailers event on Thursday (9 June), Nzimande said the goal is to produce 30,000 artisans in South Africa…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Presidency is steadfast in lending its support to law enforcement agencies in South Africa’s war against corruption and is fully focused on rebuilding South Africa's public institutions. Ramaphosa was addressing Parliament in reply to the house’s debate on the Presidency’s budget vote.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered that human settlements director-general Mbulelo Tshangana be transferred to another department after a breakdown in the relationship between him and minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. Tshangana was placed on special leave by Kubayi who reportedly accused him of repeatedly defying her and failing to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala offered his condolences on behalf of the provincial government to the family, friends and colleagues of Ukhozi FM newsreader Sicelo Mbokazi, who passed away on Friday. "On behalf of the provincial government and all the people of KwaZulu-Natal, we would like to convey…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, will be attending the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference on agricultural negotiations, scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 12 to 16 June 2022. The negotiations are based on Article 20 of the Agreement on Agriculture,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ActionSA has announced that its Western Cape Provincial Chairperson, Vytjie Mentor, has stepped down from her role in order to assume new responsibilities within the party. ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba, says the decision follows a period of Mentor experiencing poor health. In a statement from the party,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Police have confirmed that Shireen Essop, who went missing about two weeks ago, has been found alive. Authorities say Essop, who was kidnapped on 23 May, was found at around 2am by members of the Klipfontein Neighbourhood Watch and Klipfontein Mission Station. Western Cape police spokesperson Captain…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated government's vision for South Africa, which is laid out by the National Development Plan (NDP), aimed at eliminating poverty and reducing inequality. "In these intervening years, we have to redouble our efforts and work harder, because as elected representatives, we have an…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says he and government are committed to accounting to the people of South Africa and addressing challenges that the country is facing. He was speaking during a reply to the Presidency's budget vote in Parliament on Friday. Ramaphosa' has been under some scrutiny amid…
Staff Reporter. Deputy President David Mabuza says hundreds of military veterans will receive their long-awaited pension payout. He said this when he participated in a debate on the Presidency budget vote during a sitting of the National Assembly on Thursday. "Our country remains a shining example of how a divided…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala, has welcomed a R1 million donation from Harmony Gold Mining employees to assist the province in responding to the recent floods that left over 7 600 people homeless. The donations, including 200 mattresses, 283 blankets, 130 pillows, 242 fitted sheets, clothes, toiletries, groceries valued…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Department of health deputy director-general Nicholas Crisp says government will ultimately need to collect additional taxes to fund its new National Health Insurance scheme. Presenting the scheme to the parliament this week, Crisp said that a large part of the NHI’s funding will be made up through…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has opened a case of assault and sexual assault against National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. This after the President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech in the National Assembly chambers descended into chaos on Thursday, when EFF members continuously heckled Ramaphosa and other ANC MPs.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane will be challenging her suspension from office by President Cyril Ramaphosa. In a statement, Mkhwebane has questioned the wisdom and legality of Ramaphosa's decision and claimed the president's verdict to remove her from office is in contempt of court and in breach of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Namibian Presidency says there is no truth in allegations that President Hage Geingob inappropriately used his office to assist his African counterpart President Cyril Ramaphosa in an alleged cover-up of a cash heist at Ramaphosa's game farm. In a statement on Friday, the Namibian Presidency said:…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital in Johannesburg has lifted the suspension of Paediatrician Dr Tim De Maayer. De Maayer was placed on precautionary suspension after he wrote an open letter to the Gauteng health department, stating that the "horrendous conditions in our public hospitals" were contributing…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has made unsubstantiated claims that the case against him has been purposefully delayed so he will not be able to contest the national ANC elective conference in December. Speaking to the media on Friday, on the sidelines of his court appearance in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Competition Commission will from September have a new Commissioner in Doris Tshepe replacing Tembinkosi Bonakele. In a late statement yesterday, the Department of Industry and Competition said Minister Ibrahim Patel announced that Cabinet had been briefed and supported the appointment of Tshepe. Tshepe has previously served…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Justice and Constitutional Development Minister Ronald Lamola says President Cyril Ramaphosa as a victim of crime, has a right to be treated fairly by the justice system. Lamola said this when he participated in a debate on the Presidency budget vote during a sitting of the National…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Constitutional Court allowed Parliament a six month extension of the deadline it gave Parliament to amend the Electoral Act to allow independent candidates to stand in national and provincial elections. The apex court handed down judgment on Friday morning, its reasons will follow at a later…
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