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Staff Reporter. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula releases this year’s Easter road traffic death toll. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. An oil blending and storage company secured deals to supply South Africa’s state power utility with fuel oil worth more than R15 billion ($1 billion) at inflated prices by paying inducements, including donations to the ruling party, a forensic investigation has found. Econ Oil & Energy Ltd.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa hit a significant milestone on Wednesday night, as the 10-million mark for the number of Covid-19 tests was passed. There has been 1,553,609 total cases confirmed across the country, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said - and this from 10,020,025 tests conducted to date. Of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Parliament has named the 26-member committee that will enquire into whether or not there are grounds to remove Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane from office. Parties represented in the national legislature had until March 31 to submit the names of members to serve on the committee. Parliament spokesperson…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @MyANC. President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed to establishing a Charlotte Maxeke Memorial College in the Eastern Cape as he honoured the political and social stalwart at her 150th birthday celebrations in Fort Beaufort. Members of the ANC led the celebrations of 150 years of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. In a further blow to beleaguered public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, three Pretoria high court judges have rejected her application for leave to appeal against a judgment overruling her report on an early retirement package for former SA Revenue Service (Sars) deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay. A full bench…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga says that the national teacher vacancy rate as of the end of February 2021 stood at 5.8%. Responding in a written parliamentary Q&A, Motshekga said that the vacancy rate reported is in terms of the actual vacancies at schools in relation to…
Staff Reporter. Africa should be able to have capacity to manufacture and distribute its own biotechnology to develop vaccines as COVID-19 continues to sweep the globe. Speaking during the webinar on World Health Day on Wednesday, Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said depending on other continents should be the thing…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The International Monetary Fund is preparing to give its member countries the biggest resource injection in its history – $650 billion – to boost global liquidity and help emerging and low-income nations deal with mounting debt and Covid-19. The choice of vehicle – reserves known as special…
Staff Reporter. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has launched three probes relating to allegations of corruption and maladministration in Gauteng Enterprise Propeller, Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in an effort to recover any losses suffered by the State. This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa signed proclamations authorising…
Staff Reporter. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says government has concluded an agreement with pharmaceutical company Pfizer for the delivery of 20 million Covid-19 vaccines to South Africa. The new agreement, alongside a deal with Johnson & Johnson, will set the stage for a significant and rapid expansion of the…
Staff Reporter. World Health Day Webinar hosted by Dr Zweli Mkhize and Dr Matshidiso Moeti. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter Renowned gospel musician and medical doctor Dr Tumi and his wife have been released on bail after they appeared in court on Tuesday on charges of defrauding the National Lotteries Board, The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) said. The Hawks’ serious commercial crime investigation team in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published new draft regulations aimed at improving the service of post offices around the country. In an explanatory statement, Icasa councillor Dr Charley Lewis said that the regulations are being proposed in direct response to complaints received about…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed 37 more Covid-19 deaths, taking South Africa’s death toll to over 53 000. Mkhize said the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 552 853. The cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 995 431 with 16 137…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africans can expect to pay significantly more at the petrol pumps from Wednesday (7 April), with fuel price increases and new taxes taking effect. A large portion of South Africa’s petrol price is made up of levies, with the General Fuel Levy (GFL) and the Road…
Staff Reporter. @Gallo Images. Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli has failed in his bid to have the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria judge Bert Bam recused from further presiding over any matter relating to his criminal trial. His advocate, Ike Motloung had made it clear he and Mdluli were of…
Staff Reporter. South Africa finalised a deal to receive 20 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech SE from mid-April, allowing the country to prepare for a broad roll-out of inoculations after a series of setbacks. The agreement had been delayed by contractual conditions demanded by…
Staff Reporter. The opposition Democratic Alliance has announced its plans to introduce the Public Administration Laws General Amendment Bill as a private member’s bill in parliament. The bill is a direct response to testimonies given in the state capture commission of inquiry into state capture, during which a number of…
Staff Reporter. The SABC has formally laid three charges against its economics editor, Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki, for various incidents of misconduct. This is in the backdrop of continuous protests by its workers over looming retrenchments that Gqubule opposed at the broadcaster. On Tuesday last week, the public broadcaster announced that 621…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Picture@LuckyNxumalo. UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has called for a unity government to run the country amid the ruling ANC’s infighting. Holomisa’s statement comes after reports claiming ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule's supporters are planning a shutdown in response to the ANC national executive committee’s (NEC’s) decision that corruption-accused…
Staff Reporter. Public-sector unions have threatened to embark on mass action as part of an ongoing fight with the government around wage hikes. The latest threat comes after the Constitutional Court ruled that the unions’ application to appeal against a Labour Court of Appeal (LAC) ruling in December was unlawful.…
Staff Reporter. @MyAnc. The ANC is commemorating the life and times of struggle activist Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu. He was convicted of common-purpose murder under the apartheid government and hanged in 1979. Tuesday's commemoration will include a visit to Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre in Tshwane. While the tombstone of struggle icon…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Mineral Resources and Energy minister Gwede Mantashe has published a Liquefied Petroleum Gas rollout strategy for public comment. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is typically is a mixture of hydrocarbon gases including propane, butane and pentane. It is most often used in heating appliances and cooking equipment, but…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Novavax Inc says participants in its ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials in South Africa and the UK can now receive additional shots, ensuring those who received a placebo can also get the active vaccine. Allowing volunteers to crossover to the active vaccine offers them an incentive to continue…
Staff Reporter. Former Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) national chairperson, Dr Frank Mdlalose, who died from Covid-19 complications has been granted official state funeral. The announcement of the state funeral was made on Monday by current provincial premier Sihle Zikalala after he led a delegation to mourn Mdlalose’s passing at his…
Staff Reporter. @ Simphiwe Nkwali. The ANC in Gauteng has come out in defence of Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, denying there was a "secret meeting" that took place in which allegations have been made he attempted to meddle in the department’s tender. City Press reported that the MEC had been…
Staff Reporter. Transport minister Fikile Mbalula was recently asked about the costs involved in maintaining the country’s roads, and how much it will cost to eliminate every pothole in South Africa. Responding in a recent written parliamentary Q&A, Mbalula said that the funding required to sustain the South African road…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Thulani Mbele. Mmusi Maimane has hit back at former DA leader Tony Leon for saying at the weekend that he was "an experiment that went wrong". Maimane said he was described as such because he did not vote for the 'fight back' campaign waged by Leon in…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko warned that more Covid-19 infections could be expected as hundreds of people partied the night away in Soweto and broke lockdown regulations. Mazibuko was at a police operation in Diepkloof, Soweto, on Saturday evening to enforce adjusted level 1 lockdown regulations. Police…
Staff Reporter. Jakarta - Floods and landslides triggered by tropical cyclone Seroja in a cluster of islands in southeast Indonesia and East Timor have killed at least 76 people and displaced thousands, officials said on Monday. There were 55 people dead and 40 missing in Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former President Jacob Zuma accused the ANC's top six of conspiring to see him behind bars during their meeting held virtually last month. He further slammed the officials who sought to convince him to appear before the state capture commission - telling them that their visit was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize reported 1 240 new Covid-19 cases on Easter Sunday bringing the cumulative number of cases for South Africa to 1 551 964. Mkhize said a further 33 more Covid-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 0, Free State 2, Gauteng 2, Kwa-Zulu…
By LehlohonoloLehana. @ Simphiwe Nkwali. City Press on Sunday reported that they heard a recording of a meeting in which Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi told his team that, as an MEC, he had to ensure that people are satisfied at all costs. The meeting is said to have centred…
Staff Reporter. The South African alcohol industry associations have complained about the government's ban on off-site consumption trade over the Easter weekend saying it would once more, cause irreparable damage to the sector. Sibani Mngadi, chairperson of the South African Liquor Brandowners Association, said the alcohol industry and its value…
Staff Reporter. @Jonathan Ball. Jonathan Ball, who established the publishing house carrying his name in 1976, has died in Cape Town of cancer. He was 69. Eugene Ashton, chief executive of Jonathan Ball Publishers, confirmed Ball’s death to News24. Asked for comment, Ashton said: "Jon hated soundbites. But he will…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Alon Skuy. Factions within the African National Congress (ANC) are reportedly planning protests across the country, promising a series of national shutdowns over the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) ruling that Ace Magashule – and those charged with serious crimes – step aside. According to circulars being…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @IFP. The first Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Frank Mdlalose, has died at the age of 89. The news was confirmed by Mdlalose’s political home, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on Saturday night. Mdlolose became the premier of the KwaZulu-Natal government after the ANC won the country’s first democratic…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 551 501. The cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 956 086 with 16 391 tests completed since the last report. Mkhize said a further 8 more COVID-19 related…
Staff Reporter. The UK medical regulator said Saturday that out of 30 people who suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, seven have died. The British acknowledgement of deaths comes as several European countries have paused the use of the AstraZeneca jab over a potential link to blood clots.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng lodged his appeal on Saturday against the Judicial Conduct Committee’s finding of misconduct, and its directive that he must apologise for his public comments on SA’s foreign policy on Israel. The JCC decision was the first time in SA’s democratic history that a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Gallo Images. More than 50 South Africans who were reported missing in northern Mozambique following last week’s deadly jihadist attack have been accounted for, the Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans said on Saturday. This after President Cyril Ramaphosa on Good Friday said the South African National…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Higher Education Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande has expressed concern about reports of pockets of Covid-19 infections within the post-school education and training sector. Nzimande on Friday appealed to students, lecturers and all staff to remain vigilant and adhere to the Covid-19 regulations and Higher Health…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said South Africa has recorded 1 273 new Covid-19 infections and a further 49 deaths over the past 24 hours. This brings the cumulative number of cases recorded since the start of the pandemic to 1 550 72 and death toll now stands…
Staff Reporter. French energy major Total has withdrawn all its staff from its Afungi natural gas project site in northern Mozambique, two sources with direct knowledge of the site's operations told Reuters, as clashes between Islamic State-linked insurgents and the Mozambican army continue. Total, which last week called off the…
Staff Reporter. The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba joined the Deputy Minister of Transport Me.Dikeledi Magadzi and the Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety Me.Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya during Operation Paseka which aimed to reduce the road fatalities along the roads as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africans are opening their hearts and wallets to Dr Sindi van Zyl in her time of need, including retailer Woolworths, which donated R100 000 to help pay the bills in her Covid-19 battle. She was diagnosed with Covid-19 at the beginning of the year and admitted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Gallo Images. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday said the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) had sent its troops to Mozambique to repatriate stranded South Africans in Cabo Delgado province following a deadly assault last week by Islamic State-linked militants in the northern town of Palma. Ramaphosa…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday seemed unfazed by efforts to unseat him at the governing party’s upcoming national general council (NGC). Ramaphosa spoke after laying wreaths on the graves of Struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her daughter, Zindzi Mandela, in Fourways, north of Johannesburg. NGCs are…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on Friday announced that the first batch of South Africa’s one million AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses were successfully dispatched from the country to the African Union (AU). In early February, government halted the rollout of the vaccine to the country’s healthcare workers…
Staff Reporter. The SA Reserve Bank (SARB) has seized R19.7m from the Gupta-owned Sahara Computers’ SA bank account. On Wednesday the government gazette published a notice by Reserve Bank deputy governor Kuben Naidoo for the forfeiture of the money and any interest accrued from Sahara’s Nedbank account and its deposit…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 549 451. This is an increase of 1294 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 912 073 with 32 725 tests completed since the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has published its draft national data and cloud policy, which proposes moving most of the government’s data online. The policy seeks to ‘strengthen the capacity’ of the state to deliver services to its citizens, ensure informed policy development based on…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) is collaborating with companies in the energy sector to carry out a feasibility study for the establishment of a Platinum Valley. The collaboration agreement is led by DSI, partnering with Anglo American, energy and services company ENGIE, and clean energy solutions…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine remained highly effective after six months, according to new long-term results that the company said could be used to seek an expansion of its regulatory status. Follow-up data from a final-stage trial of 46,307 people showed the vaccine was 91.3% effective in preventing symptomatic…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has confirmed that South Africans will not be allowed to transport alcohol under the country’s adjusted level 1 lockdown regulations. In a media briefing on Thursday (1 April), the minister said that police officer will establish roadblocks…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine has been approved by South African regulators for general use days after President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country will get more than 30 million doses. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority has backed the single-shot candidate with conditions, spokesman Yuven Gounden…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who is under immense pressure to withdraw and apologise for pro-Israel remarks he made during a webinar hosted by the Jerusalem Post in June last year, has resigned as chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). There has been no reason given for…
Staff Reporter. @ GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has urged citizens to be cautious and adhere to Alert Level 1 COVID-19 regulations over the Easter weekend. Given the relatively low transmission levels, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday announced that Cabinet had decided to keep…
Staff Reporter. As the Political Party Funding Act comes into effect today, the Electoral Commission says it is all systems go. President Cyril Ramaphosa signed a Proclamation on the Commencement of the Political Party Funding Act, 2018 (Act no. 6 of 2018), which regulates public and private funding of political…
Staff Reporter. The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has gazetted its recommended salary increases for South Africa’s government officials in 2021. The commission is mandated to make annual recommendations relating to the salaries, allowances, benefits, and other resources required by some public office bearers to enable…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Pixabay. Diageo SA is urging South African’s to carefully consider their own health and safety and that of those around them by making responsible drinking choices this Easter period and beyond. The company is supporting South Africans and consumers through its DRINKiQ tool which is built on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has established a national relief fund for taxi and e-hailing operators, to offer support after the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. But to qualify, operators will need to subject themselves to tighter regulation. First announced in June 2020, the relief fund is not…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of health Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 548 157. This is an increase 1422 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 879 348 with 34 513 tests completed since the last…
Staff Reporter. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has declared the ANC Free State conference in 2018 unlawful and unconstitutional. The matter had previously been struck off the roll, but the SCA handed down judgment on Wednesday morning. The SCA upheld the appeal with costs, including the costs of two…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Auditor General (AG) of South Africa, Tsakani Maluleke, has expressed concern over the financial health of departments as unauthorised expenditure increased in the 2019-2020 financial year. "The financial health of departments continued to be alarming. Unauthorised expenditure, which is mainly as a result of overspending of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke said that last year’s irregular expenditure had come down from R66.9 billion to R54.3 billion but that was no reason to celebrate. She said that 118 auditees or 31% didn't disclose their irregular expenditure. Maluleke is presenting the audit outcomes of the last financial…
Staff Reporter. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has expressed gratitude to the Mozambican government for the assistance provided to South African citizens affected by the recent terrorist attacks. "This follows the successful evacuation today [Tuesday] of six more South African nationals and the repatriation of the mortal…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has announced that Unit 3 of the Kusile Power Station has achieved commercial operation status. This brings to three the number of generation units that have achieved commercial status at the project, generating a maximum 2 400MW to support the South African power grid. In a…
Staff Reporter. The Hammanskraal's Jubilee District Hospital got a new lease on life after the Gauteng Department of Health unveiled a new ward, CT (computerised tomography) scan and skills laboratory. According to the Gauteng Health MEC, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi, the newly renovated hospital situated north of Pretoria, will now be…
Staff Reporter. File:Naledi Mandisa Pandor, the South African Minister of Higher Education; acting Vice-Chancellor at Wits University, Tawana Kupe, and Former Director General in the Office of the Premier of Gauteng, Phindile Baleni. Photo: Bianca Pindral. President Cyril Ramaphosa has in terms of Section 84 of the Constitution appointed long-serving…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published a new gazette that provides further details around South Africa’s level 1 lockdown over the Easter period. The gazette gives effect to the national address given by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday evening (30 March),…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 546 735. This is an increase of 756 new cases identified and tcumulative total of tests conducted is 9 844 835 with 24 842 tests…
Staff Reporter. Ululation and tears of joy were the order of the day, when KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, cut off the red ribbon to mark the official opening of the state of the art Pholela Special School at Bulwer in the Harry Gwala District Municipality. Opened on Tuesday, Pholela Special…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that government will introduce new restrictions for South Africa ahead of the Easter weekend. In a national address on Tuesday evening (30 March), the president said that the latest set of restrictions come a year after the country first entered into a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address the country tonight at 7.30pm on developments in relation to the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The time of the address was changed from 7pm. This follows meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 19h00 on Tuesday (30 March) to discuss on developments in relation to the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The address follows meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC), and…
Staff Reporter. Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has extended the validity of visas which expired during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. The Minister gazetted an amendment to the lockdown regulations last week. According to the department, the short-term visas issued for a period no longer…
Staff Reporter. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) refutes claims that it has authorised Ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19. This comes after Afriforum, which is pushing for the use of the drug, claimed court victory in a press statement saying "doctors can prescribe Ivermectin to patients if…
Staff Reporter. The South African High Commission in Maputo on Monday said it has accounted for the 43 South Africans affected by the recent attacks in northern Mozambique. Meanwhile, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister, Naledi Pandor, has expressed her deepest condolences to the family of a South…
Staff Reporter. Today, Mayors and the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) are calling on the national government to provide reliable and consistent operational subsidies to public transport networks to safeguard the health of workers and passengers, create decent jobs, build an environmentally sustainable transport network, and drive…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it has has concluded its section 189 retrenchment process, which will see 621 people leaving the group at the end of March. The reduction of employee costs is central to the SABC’s Turnaround Plan and its long-term sustainability. The Section…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The impact of a predicted third Covid-19 wave in South Africa and the introduction of additional lockdown measures over Easter could be another blow for an already devastated tourism industry, says Fedhasa, the national trade association for the hospitality industry. The group cited Statistic South Africa’s recent…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that all members facing criminal charges in the ruling party must step aside within 30 days or face suspension. This is after the National Executive Committee (NEC), the ANC’s highest decision-making body in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 545 979. This is an increase of 548 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 819 994 with 16 123 tests completed since the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Self-proclaimed Phophet Shepperd Bushiri wins bid to have South Africa accusers testify in Malawi court. Magistrate Court in Lilongwe has ruled that Prophet Shepherrd Bushiri’s South African accusers should come to Malawi to testify as part of authenticating their sworn affidavits. Bushiri had asked the court to…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele says significant inroads in attempts to professionalise crowd management processes within the South African Police Service (SAPS) have been made. The Minister made the remarks on Monday while releasing the Panel of Experts Report on policing and crowd management of the SAPS. The panel…
Staff Reporter. @Getty Images. South African traffic officers will be issued with body cameras to help gather evidence and improve the conviction rate for traffic law violators. Addressing the launch of the Easter Road Safety campaign on Monday on the N4 Bapong Weighbridge in the North West, Deputy Minister of…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has condemned the recent vandalism of university property and theft conducted by criminal elements during student protests. According to a department report, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology recently reported two cases, mainly related to the vandalism of fire…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Sport, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, has ordered a forensic investigation into the mismanagement of R300 million by the National Arts Council (NAC). These funds are part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Package (PESP) programme, which is designed to act as an aggressive injection of income…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will produce 30 million Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines for use in the country. In a media briefing on Monday (29 March), the president said that the vaccines will be manufactured by Aspen Pharmacare at its factory in Gqeberha…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele has urged municipalities and stakeholders to become more proactive in removing the root causes of violent protests. He said it was worrying that protests are turning violent and dangerous. "The fact is that communities resort to violent demonstrations if and when they feel their…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for caution over the coming Easter weekend and other religious holidays, warning that mass religious gathering could lead to an influx in Covid-19 cases. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public on Monday (29 March), the president said that religion…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza will today visit the Aspen Pharmacare sterile manufacturing facility and Coega Special Economic Zone at Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape. Deputy President Mabuza will undertake the visit in his capacity as Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 Vaccines, said…
Staff Reporter. @Gallo Images. The state capture inquiry is hearing Eskom-related evidence on Monday. Former Eskom Acting Group Chief Executive Officer, Matshela Koko will be testifying. Koko has distanced himself from doing the bidding of the Gupta family through their lieutenant, Salim Essa. He was quizzed on why he shared…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The ANC’s discussion document about the future of secretary-general Ace Magashule and others facing criminal charges has deepened factional battles within the party. The debate on Magashule and others facing criminal charges in different courts intensified just before 5pm on Sunday, when party…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Four South African expatriates are alive and will soon return home after surviving and escaping the deadly terrorist attacks in Palma in Mozambique last week which dozens killed. On Sunday two families were informed their loved ones are alive after the attack, which saw all communication with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 545 431. This is an increase of 965 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 803 871 with 24 256…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) continued this morning, focusing some of its attention on the integrity commission’s reports. Sunday is the last day of the ordinary meeting which was aimed at discussing issues in and around the country as…
Staff Reporter. @Getty Images. The South African government is investigating reports that a South African amongst those killed in northern Mozambique. This, as approximately 200 expatriates are trapped in a luxury hotel in Palma following an insurgent attack. Attacks in northern Mozambique started on Wednesday, several people were reportedly dead,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation on temporary lockdown measures for the coming Easter weekend, the City Press reports, citing government insiders. He is expected to call a 'family meeting' either on Sunday evening (28 March) or on Monday (29 March), following the conclusion…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 544 466. This is an increase of 1387 of new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 779 615 with 27 553…
Staff Reporter. Messages of condolences are pouring for Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane and her family after her mother passed away. Martha Geli Mkhwebane passed away on Saturday. This was confirmed by Mkhwebane’s spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe to Independent Media. "Mkhwebane’s mother passed away on the morning of 27 March 2021,"said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Acting director general of State Security Agency (SSA) Loyiso Jafta has been axed and replaced by head of the National Intelligence (NICOC) Ambassador Gab Msimanga. Jafta's axing comes a few months after he gave evidence at the state capture commission on the looting at SSA. State Security…
Staff Reporter. File Photo:KwaZulu-Natal DA leadership Zwakele Mncwango, left, and Francois Rodgers. The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal elected a new leader on Saturday. Francois Rodgers will now spearhead the party in the province. Zwakele Mncwango, who was the previous leader of the party in the province, opted not to run…
Staff Reporter. @Gallo Images. With Easter falling on the first weekend of April this year, South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) beneficiaries will have to wait a few days extra in order to access their grants after the Good Friday and Family Day public holidays. Also in April, the extended…
Staff Reporter. Former trade and industry deputy minister Elizabeth Thabethe has died after being involved in a car accident. She was 62. President Cyril Ramaphosa said Thabethe died on Friday. Ramaphosa said Thabethe died in hospital after she had been admitted some time ago following a car accident. Thabethe was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa observed the one year anniversary of the hard lockdown that was put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus. According to the Department of Health’s daily Covid-19 statistics update, the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases for South Africa also reached 1 543 079…
Staff Reporter. As South Africa commemorates Human Rights Month, Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, has emphasised the importance of protecting children rights. The Constitution and the Children’s Act advocate for children’s rights to be regarded as basic services including the rights to life, shelter, protection, maintenance, education, social security…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. With municipal elections planned for some time in 2021, and an ANC elective conference coming in 2022, investors have raised concerns that the political landscape could be shifting underneath the feet of president Cyril Ramaphosa, and that more radical, nationalist elements within the ruling party are mobilising…
Staff Reporter. The four police officers charged with the murder of Mthokozisi Ntumba have each been granted R8 000 bail. Tshepisho Kekana, 28, Cidraas Motseathata, 43, Madimetja Legodi, 37, and Victor Mohammed, 51, were given the bail at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Friday. The four officers face charges of…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has welcomed the announcement that Her Majesty Queen Mantfombi Dlamini will act as regent of the Zulu nation during the interregnum. This is until an official successor is named, AmaZulu Prime Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, said on Wednesday at KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace. This comes…
Staff Reporter. South African traffic officers will be issued with body cameras to ensure the safety of both law enforcers and members of the public. In a statement ahead of the Easter festive season, the Department of Transport said that the cameras will be a useful tool in dealing with…
Staff Reporter. The theft, fraud and corruption case against 18 people suspected of being involved in the VBS Mutual Bank heist has been postponed to 2 August 2021. Bail conditions have been extended for all 14 of the accused. The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) request that the matter be transferred…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The City of Johannesburg has tabled its draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework Budget for public comment, with ratepayers expected to pay more in a number of areas. The city’s mayoral committee member for Finance in the City of Johannesburg, Jolidee Matongo, said…
Staff Reporter. All charges against Norma Mngoma have been withdrawn. The Pretoria Magistrate's Court made the ruling on Friday. The estranged wife of former minister Malusi Gigaba was charged with crimen injuria and malicious damage to property. The court decided to drop the charges against her, putting an end to…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission will hear Denel related testimony from the former Denel Board Chairperson, Daniel Mantsha at 10:00. It will also hear Eskom related evidence from the Eskom's Former Chief Financial Officer:Anoj Singh at 16:30pm. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused great suffering on the African continent and around the world, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) remains as a priority for countries on the continent, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. "It has claimed the lives of millions of people, devastated economies and…
Staff Reporter. Liquor industry stakeholders have warned of the harmful effects of a fourth alcohol ban for South Africa, after the lockdowns and bans devastated the sector over the past year. The warning comes as president Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet is set to meet to discuss the possible introduction of a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma insists he will serve the prison term should the Constitutional Court decide on one. Zuma has written a 25 point statement explaining why he didn’t appear before the state capture commission. He said this in a late night statement after the Constitutional Court…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The COVID-19 Sisonke vaccination roll out programme has been extended to 54 vaccine sites across the country, Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, announced on Thursday. Briefing the media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting, Ntshavheni said the programme has to date vaccinated more than…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 541 563. This is an increase of 1554 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 722 821 with 32 002 tests completed since the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. The South African government is committed to rebuilding state capability destroyed by state capture. This goal was on Thursday outlined by President Cyril Ramaphosa during a National School of Government (NSG) Master Class for Members of the Executive, Heads of Departments and senior leaders…
Staff Reporter. A Midrand mall manager who humiliated Ndebele activist and author Thando Mahlangu by hounding him out of a shop over his traditional attire has been suspended. The owners of Boulders shopping centre announced that the manager has been suspended pending an internal investigation into the matter. Mahlangu had…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission of Inquiry continues hearing testimony related to the South African Revenue Service (SARS), on Thursday afternoon. State capture commission chair deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo has lambasted Dali Mpofu’s behaviour on Tuesday after the lawyer told minister Pravin Gordhan and his legal representative to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet has welcomed the announcement of eight energy projects as part of the independent power programme, which it says will inject billions of rands into the local economy and help stabilise the country’s power supply. In a media briefing on Thursday (25 March) acting…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. There is no other appropriate remedy but to jail former president Jacob Zuma for his "malicious" behaviour and defiance of a Constitutional Court order, the apex court has heard. The court on Thursday heard an application brought by the state capture commission to have Zuma found guilty…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that a decision to move South Africa to a higher lockdown level is currently being discussed by government officials. In an interview with the public broadcaster, Mkhize said that the decisions will be based on recommendations from epidemiological experts as well…
Staff Reporter. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's perjury case has been postponed. The Public Protector is accused of having lied to the courts about her investigation into the South African Reserve Bank. She made a brief appearance in the Pretoria magistrate’s court on Thursday, where the court heard that the national…
Staff Reporter. The state capture inquiry will continue to hear South African Revenue Services (SARS) related evidence from SARS employee Vlok Symington on Thursday. The Commission will also hear testimony from another former SARS employee, Johan van Loggerenberg. The commission will later hear Eskom-related testimony from former power utility Chief…
Staff Reporter. Epidemiologist Professor Salim Abdool Karim has announced that he will be returning to his academic commitments after his term as co-chair of the Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee (MAC) comes to an end. "It has been a singular honour to serve on the MAC alongside exceptional colleagues. After exactly…
Staff Reporter. President Jacob Zuma should be brought by the sheriff of the high court to testify before the commission of inquiry into state capture in addition to being jailed for contempt of court. This is the view of the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF), which has asked to be admitted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on Covid-19 has recommended that government impose tighter lockdown restrictions for the upcoming long Easter weekend. The chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 Professor Barry Schoub said the committee had advised the government to implement tougher restrictions in a bid…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. A group in the ANC calling itself the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) committee is engaged in an early campaign for secretary-general Ace Magashule to be elected the next president of the ANC at its 2022 elective conference. This is the opinion of ANC…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Deputy President David Mabuza has called on South African men to be counted in the nation’s efforts to end tuberculosis (TB) by getting tested. "Unless men heed this call, the wellbeing of South Africans will forever hang in the balance, "he said. Speaking during World TB…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana Co-chair of the ministerial advisory committee (MAC), Prof Salim Abdool Karim says government should move SA to alert level 2 before the upcoming Easter holidays as a precautionary measure. A News24 report said the national command council (NCC) was advised last week in a MAC advisory to…
Staff Reporter. Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, will return to Sebokeng next week to meet with local community representatives affected by sewage blockages that have resulted in the Vaal River pollution. The meeting follows Deputy President David Mabuza’s visit to the township on Tuesday to check on…
Staff Reporter. The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology has commended the University of Witwatersrand Student Representative Council (SRC) for raising R3.6 million towards assisting 3% of students who could not register due to outstanding fees. "This is a patriotic act by the SRC to ensure that no…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. State capture inquiry chairperson deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo has fixed four days for the appearance of President Cyril Ramaphosa. Zondo announced Ramaphosa will appear on April 22 and 23 and again on April 28 and 29. The president will be appearing wearing his current ANC cap…
Staff Reporter. The City of Johannesburg has announced its intention to rename William Nicol drive to Winnie Madikizela Mandela drive. In a notice published on social media on Wednesday (24 March), the city said that the proposed re-naming is in terms of its approved policy on the naming of streets…
Staff Reporter. Former Bain SA partner, Athol Williams is expected back at the state capture inquiry on Wednesday. His testimony on Tuesday had to make way for the cross-examination of Minister Pravin Gordhan by the lawyers representing Tom Moyane. Williams told the commission that Bain knew that Moyane would be…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A statistical analysis by researchers at the Nelson Mandela University has indicated that a third Covid-19 wave could impact the two big Eastern Cape metropolitans of Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City by the end of March or the beginning of April. In a column for the…
Staff Reporter. UAE-based airline Emirates has announced that it will extend its ban on flights from South Africa until at least the first week of April. In a notice sent to passengers, Emirates said that flights from the country will remain suspended until 8 April 2021, in line with government…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa now stands at 1 538 961. This is an increase of 510 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. Kader Asmal put it so eloquently when he said, "Water runs through our every aspiration as a society." It is essential to the health of our population, the socio-economic growth of our country and the basic human dignity of our people. Yet as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi says that his department is working on a number of tech-focused features, with plans to take some services digital. Answering in a recent written parliamentary Q&A, Motsoaledi said that the department will also introduce a number of changes which are…
Staff Reporter. The 2020 matric class has three days to register to rewrite their matric exams. This includes the June/November 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC), Senior Certificate (SN) and Adult Education and Training (AETE4) exams. The closing date for the 2020 examination rewrite is 26 March 2021. According to the…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission of Inquiry continues to hear South African Revenue Services (SARS) related evidence from the former partner at BAIN SA, Athol Williams, on Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan faced questions about negative comments he made about Tom Moyane as the former Sars…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Basic Education says it has successfully implemented the Presidential Youth Employment Stimulus which commenced in December 2020, creating over 300,000 jobs at schools across the country. The department said that the programme also helped save over 25,950 School Governing Body (SGB) funded posts in public…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The trade sector experienced a tough start to the new year, and much of the performance of the sector still largely reflects a Covid-19 narrative, the latest retail trade survey by the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) shows. The survey took place from 18 January to 1…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. After almost two years of dithering and nearly collapsing one of the most high profile corruption cases, the State has finally charged former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and her 20 co-accused in the matter which they were arrested for in April 2019. On Tuesday Gumede and her…
Staff Reporter. Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation (DWS) Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has received the multi-million rand Roodeplaat Training Centre to train artisans to deal with water losses in communities. The centre was officially handed over by the Ambassador of Japan to South Africa, Maruyama Norio, during an event held at…
Staff Reporter. The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality will make a formal submission to Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa, opposing Port Elizabeth’s name change to Gqeberha. In a town hall meeting broadcast on Monday evening (22 March), mayor Nqaba Bhanga said that the submission would also object to Uitenhage’s name…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has outlined some of the demands it will be making when negotiations with the government begin later this year – including a new minimum wage for workers. The union, which represents 160,000 workers across 257 municipalities, held its national collective…
Staff Reporter. The state capture inquiry will hear South African Revenue Services (SARS) related evidence on Tuesday. Former partner at BAIN SA, Athol Williams will give evidence. The Commission will also hear testimony from SARS employee, Vlok Symington. Later in the day, the commission is scheduled to have an evening…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the total number of confirmed cases in South Africa now stands at 1 538 451. This is an increase of 599 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. Mkhize said the total number of deaths…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. Former SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane will finally be given a chance finally to cross-examine Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. It is expected that Moyane’s legal representative, Advocate Dali Mpofu, will lead the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former public enterprises minister Lynne Brown says she did not know Brian Molefe when he was controversially seconded to take over as CEO at Eskom. However, Brown said, Molefe's name came up during a meeting she had with former president Jacob Zuma over concerns about load-shedding. She…
Staff Reporter. Department of Cooperative Governance director-general, Avril Williamson, has emphasised the institutionalisation of long-range planning in the development of Port St Johns as a new coastal city. This, she said, could be realised through the District Development Model (DDM) as a key element to realising full potential. Williamson made…
Staff Reporter. The civil rights organisation AfriForum said it had filed a formal application to the State Capture Commission of Inquiry to cross examine President Cyril Ramaphosa about the ANC’s cadre deployment policy. In a statement on Monday, the organisation said it also requested to be given the opportunity to…
Staff Reporter. Former Public Enterprises Minister, Lynne Brown to continue testifying at the State Capture Inquiry on Monday morning. Brown will be delivering more evidence about Eskom. On Friday, she denied allegations of wrongdoing, and that the Guptas influenced her choice of board members for the power utility. Brown told…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. "My dear compatriots, I am in trouble, I am fighting death, but nevertheless I ask you to stand up. Go and vote for change. I will not have fought for nothing. Fight for it. I will not have fought for nothing." Those were the last words…
Dear Fellow South African, For more than a week now, South Africans have had to endure the disruption and inconvenience of intermittent load shedding, as the country's power stations have not been able to produce enough electricity to meet demand. The electricity shortage has been a problem for more than…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa now stands at 1 537 852. This an increase of 1051 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 635 287 with 24 025 tests completed since…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. President Cyril Ramaphosa has used his Human Right’s Day address to ensure South Africans of his mission to establish a better country especially after the Covid-19 pandemic. Ramaphosa said this was being done through building a new economy that would ensure equal opportunities for all…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers a national message during the virtual commemoration of Human Rights Day. As the 61st anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre is marked on 21 March 2021, there has been a call for compassion, and a continued fight against injustice and police brutality. Human Rights…
Staff Reporter. Three people have died following a horrific accident on the R101 between Shell Ultra and the Ranch Hotel in Limpopo on Sunday. Two people were found with fatal injuries inside the taxi, while the driver of the truck was also fatally injured in the collision. The Limpopo department…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: AFP. Queen Mantfombi MaDlamini Zulu has been announced as the interim ruler of the Zulu nation pending the installation of a new king to succeed the late Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini KabhekuZulu. King Zwelithini, 72, passed away in the early hours of Friday morning, 12…
Staff Reporter. South Africa is proactively preparing to manage marine pollution incidents to lessen their impact on the environment. The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) said it will do this by ensuring that the appropriate resources and stakeholders are activated quickly, and that the decision-making process is done timeously.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Experts warn that South Africa is heading towards a third Covid-19 wave with no concrete vaccine rollout plan and some way off its target of vaccinating healthcare workers. Professor Glenda Gray, a co-lead investigator for the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine trial, told the Sunday Times that…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a national message during the virtual commemoration of Human Rights Day on Sunday. According to the presidency, Human Rights Month 2021 will be commemorated under the theme "The Year of Charlotte Maxeke: Promoting Human Rights in the Age of Covid-19". The theme pays…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa now stands at 1 536 801. This is an increase of 1378 new cases identified in the last 24 hours and the cumulative total of tests conducted is …
Staff Reporter. The Department of Home Affairs will be offering birth registration services this Human Rights Day weekend at health facilities nationwide, it said in a statement on Friday. The registration weekend is held to assist parents to register their children within 30 days of birth as is required by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) has called on the South African Police Service (Saps) to immediately cease the surveillance of journalists. In a statement released on Saturday Sanef labelled this as a blatant act aimed at threatening journalists and compromising media sources and whistleblowers. "Sanef …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Sixty-thousand additional Johnson & Johnson vaccines have arrived in South Africa. The aircraft carrying the consignment from Switzerland touched down at OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday morning. This as government looks to complete the first phase of its vaccination programme involving healthcare workers in the public…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Twitter/Bomb Productions. Menzi Ngubane was a South African actor best known for his role as Sibusiso Dlomo, or Ngamla, on Generations. In 1987, Menzi showcased his talent to South Africa in the local television series Kwa Khala Nyonini 1. The second series followed in 1988,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Moeletsi Mabe. Minister of Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe told the State Capture Commission on Friday night that former Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson bribed shop stewards in hostels for catering contracts. Mantashe revealed this when he was testifying at the commission while being led by evidence leader…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, announced that 182 983 healthcare workers have been vaccinated since the country kicked off its vaccine roll out plan last month. Reporting on the latest on Covid-19 in SA, Mkhize said 1 462 new cases have been recorded with 311 new deaths.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of rape. Malawi-born "prophet" Shepherd Bushiri raped women and girls as young as 16, including two sisters; drugged some, bribed them into silence, and threatened others with murder in six years of jaw-dropping sexual violence, prosecutors have alleged. The Mail and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Freddy Mavundla. Gauteng Premier David Makhura has given assurance that the government is not planning to tighten Covid-19 protocols to prevent a third wave during and after the Easter holidays. Makhura on Friday addressed a briefing on Covid-19 status. In a presentation, scientists from the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Moeletsi Mabe. Minister of Minerals and Energy Resources, Gwede Mantashe, has taken the stand at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Johannesburg. He is testifying on Bosasa, now African Global Operations, which is accused of having paid bribes to secure lucrative deals with government.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A group of state persecutors have taken to the streets of Pretoria to accuse the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) of racism and discrimination within the institution. The disgruntled prosecutors carried placards expressing grievances, picketing outside the NPA head office. Grievances contained in the memorandum include racism, failure…
Staff Reporter. The Nathaniel Julies murder case has been postponed by the High Court in Johannesburg. The three police officers accused of shooting and killing Nateniël Julies briefly appeared at the Johannesburg High Court for a pre-trial conference on Friday. The matter has been postponed to 22 April for the…
Staff Reporter. The Ad Hoc Committee on the Section 100 Intervention in the North West province, has requested the North West Education Department to provide a comprehensive infrastructure plan for the 2021/22 financial year that will ensure spending of its budget. The committee made the request during a visit to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has announced that load shedding will be suspended from 12h00 on Friday, after some generating units were returned to power, and the long weekend ahead would give it opportunity to do maintenance while power demand is lower. Generating units were restored at the Duvha, Medupi, Kendal,…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says South Africa is in talks to sign a ground-breaking vaccine production contract with ImmunityBio, a US-based firm owned by a South African-born billionaire. The Minister said this on the sidelines of Deputy President David Mabuza’s visit to the…
Staff Reporter. London-based law firm Leigh Day and Johannesburg-based Mbuyisa Moleele Attorneys say that ride-sharing giant Uber should ‘do the right thing’ and acknowledge that its South African drivers are legally entitled to statutory employment rights. On Tuesday (16 March), Uber said it would adopt a different model for its…
Staff Reporter. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Johannesburg will hear further testimony from former Public Enterprises Minister Lynn Brown on Friday morning. The commission said in a statement that it will also hear from former Eskom secretary Suzanne Daniels. The commission hearings will continue into the evening…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Condolences poured in following the announcement of the death of Tanzania’s President John Magufuli, while an opposition leader called for the immediate swearing in of his deputy to avoid a constitutional vacuum after two weeks of uncertainty around the health of the country’s leadership. Vice President Samia…
Staff Reporter. Former president FW de Klerk has been diagnosed with cancer. In a statement, the FW de Klerk Foundation said: "Former President FW de Klerk announced at his 85th birthday that he has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is a cancer that affects the tissue that lines the lungs.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa has recorded 90 new deaths in the last 24 hours. The country's Covid-19-related death count now stands at 51 724. SA has a cumulative total of 1 533 961 cases with 1 464 new cases reported,. The cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 556…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has published its priority projects, valued at R23-billion, for delivery in the next ten years as part of its contribution to an infrastructure-led economic recovery. Of the 67 projects, 13 are private developer contribution projects valued at R5.6-billion. At a launch…
Staff Reporter. It cost R20.25m to stave off load-shedding for Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's memorial service on Thursday. Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha told TimesLive that the power utility used nine open cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) to keep the lights on — at a huge financial cost. "To keep the lights…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Social Development has urged Early Childhood Development (ECD) service organisations to update their information for the ECD Employment Stimulus Relief Fund (ECD-ESRF) by Saturday, 20 March 2021 to enable speedy processing of the payments. This follows the finalisation of the ECD-ESRF payments by the department…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Wits Press. Former Wits vice-chancellor Professor Adam Habib has been suspended at his new job at the University of London after he used the N-word during a video meeting with students last week. Habib is the director of the university's School of Oriental and African…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of mineral resources and energy Gwede Mantashe has announced the winning bidders for the government’s emergency power procurement and has opened calls for bids for the fifth round of renewable power procurement. The announcement comes as South Africa remains in the grips of an energy supply…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has challenged leaders to pick up King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu’s spear and continue the quest to build a better South Africa. Delivering the eulogy during a special memorial service for the late Zulu King, held at kwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace in kwaNongoma on Thursday, President…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Inquiry into state capture hears Eskom-related evidence from the former Eskom Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Anoj Singh. Singh has admitted that Eskom paid about R30.6 million to consulting firm McKinsey without any services rendered. Testifying at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government spending is too high for the tax base – and this gap has likely increased as a result of the 2020 recession, National Treasury said its annual performance plan published on Wednesday (17 March). The gap between revenue and expenditure has increased significantly in 2020/21, increasing…
Staff Reporter. From improving the balance sheet to correcting defects at the Kusile and Medupi power plants, Deputy President David Mabuza says the task team on Eskom is pleased with the progress the recently-appointed transformation management office at the power utility has made. "In line with achieving operational efficiency, five…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy at the memorial service for King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu at around 10 am this morning. People are urged to watch the ceremony using these media and not to visit Nongoma because of the coronavirus pandemic. The King Shaka Visitor’s Centre…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Wednesday that South Africa recorded 1,531 new Covid-19 infections and 74 deaths in the past 24 hours. This means that there have now been 1,532,497 cases recorded to date, along with 51,634 confirmed coronavirus-related fatalities. The new infections come from …
Staff Reporter. Eskom said it would suspend load-shedding between 10am and 2pm on Thursday to allow SA to mourn the death of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. This, the embattled power utility said, would allow the nation to participate in the King's memorial service. "This extraordinary measure has been implemented to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Sulhu Hassan on Wednesday announced the death of President John Magufuli on state television. In a televised address, Hassan said that Magufuli had died of heart complications. Hassan said that Magufuli was hospitalised on March 6 at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute. She…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. King Goodwill Zwelithini, was the eighth Zulu king, reigned for more than 50 years, making him the longest-serving Zulu monarch. As the traditional leader of the Zulu nation, Zwelithini did not hold political office but had considerable influence over the country’s estimated 12 million Zulus, the largest…
Staff Reporter. The four police officers accused of the death of a bystander during student protests at Wits University in Braamfontein last week will remain in custody after the case was postponed for a formal bail application. The four officers, Tshepiso Kekana, 27, Motseothata Boitumelo, 43, Madimeja Lekgodi, 37, and…
Staff Reporter. After announcing extended load shedding at stage 1 until Saturday, Eskom has now escalated outages to stage 2 to safeguard the grid. Load shedding will now be at stage 2 from 21h00 on Wednesday night, continuing until 05h00 on Saturday. The escalation comes after the power utility lost…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Even if the high court granted the EFF the court order they want to unseal the CR17 bank records, they would still be protected from public disclosure under the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) Act, counsel for the FIC said in court. The FIC was arguing to keep…
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