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Staff Reporter. South Africa will have 13 public holidays in 2021, including an additional two days off to celebrate public holidays which fall over a weekend. The Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994) determines that whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following on it…
Staff Reporter. Trade union Solidarity and civil society group AfriForum will bring legal action against the government’s proposed 'monopoly' on the buying and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. The two organisations said that they want to ensure that those who seek to get the vaccine are not obstructed from doing so…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Sedibeng Mayor Busisiwe Modisakeng has died after short illness. Local Government MEC Lebogang Maile says Modisakeng died on Friday morning after a short illness at the age of 60. "On behalf of the Gauteng provincial government led by Premier David Makhura, we extend our heartfelt condolences…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Waldo Swiegers. Eskom has announced that there will be no power cuts as electricity demand has dropped as the weekend approaches. "While this is the case, Eskom requests the people of South Africa to continue using electricity sparingly as the system remains vulnerable and unstable,” the…
The State Capture Commission will hear mining-related evidence on Friday as the hearings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, corruption, and fraud in the public sector including organs of state resume in its first sitting of 2021. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. January 8 marks the African National Congress (ANC’s) 109th anniversary. The highlight of the day will be party President Cyril Ramaphosa’s delivery of the January 8 statement on behalf of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC). But due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ramaphosa…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Employment and Labour has urged all businesses to prioritise the health and safety of its employees and to take all necessary steps to ensure they are not exposed to Covid-19. "It is crucial that industries, businesses and entities, both private and in the public…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize in his daily update said South Africa has recorded 20 999 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 1 170 590. The country has also recorded 441 new COVID-19 related fatalities, pushing the death toll to 31 809.…
Staff Reporter. The SABC has concluded its retrenchment process and will cut 303 jobs, the national broadcaster announced on Thursday. After considering all options to minimise the job losses, the SABC said the total number of affected SABC employees now 303 which is half of the 600 redundancies that were…
Staff Reporter. Congress formally confirmed President-elect Joe Biden's election win early Thursday following the storming of the Capitol by a violent mob of President Donald Trump's supporters. The House and Senate reconvened overnight after they were forced to pause the official count of the Electoral College votes and flee when…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation David Mahlobo has tested positive for COVID-19. He received his results on Thursday 7 January 2021. This was the Deputy Minister’s first test to be conducted since the outbreak of the virus in South Africa in March 2020.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Public sector union, the PSA, says it will approach the Constitutional Court to overturn a Labour Appeal Court ruling which found that the state did not have to give public service workers the third year of salary increases as agreed to in 2018. As…
Staff Reporter. With schools returning later than usual in January, now is the time to think about putting some money aside to cover the costs of starting the new school year. Nozizwe Fakude, Head of Customer Insights at DirectAxis, and a mother of one, says with schools starting later parents…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Dado Ruvic. Health minister Zweli Mkhize on Thursday announced that the country will receive its first million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine this month. Mkhize was addressing the portfolio committee on health on the country's Covid-19 vaccine programme. He said his department had reached an…
Staff Reporter. Limpopo Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, has called for a change in behaviour after the province saw its highest number of new infections since the Coronavirus pandemic began. According to the MEC, the province recorded 1 575 positive cases in the last 24 hours, a sharp increase from…
Staff Reporter. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, says while the fiscus will carry the burden of procuring the COVID-19 vaccine aimed at preventing the further spread of the virus and loss of life, government will reach out to medical schemes to make a contribution. Mkhize on Thursday said they will…
Staff Reporter. A suspect is expected to apply for bail in the Verulam Magistrates Court on Friday after he was arrested for illegal possession of Ivermectin, an animal drug not confirmed for COVID-19 infection management. The 43-year-old man was arrested at King Shaka International Airport after he was found with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided further details on the government’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out strategy, including a three-phased distribution process. In a presentation to parliament on Thursday (7 January), the Health minister said that the aim of vaccination is to: Prevent morbidity and mortality; Achieve herd…
Staff Reporter. Morocco authorised for emergency use the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, the health ministry said. The North African nation, with some 35 million people, has recorded over 447,000 COVID-19 cases, including 7,618 deaths, according to the latest official count. The deal with Sinopharm…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. The Lilongwe Magistrate's Court ruled against the arrest of self-appointed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary, Malawi media reported. The State made a fresh application seeking a warrant of arrest for the couple, this was after the State withdrew the appeal of the November 20…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement South Africa have reached a grim milestone of 20 000 mark for new cases identified in 24 hours. 21 832 cases have been identified since the last report, bringing the total cumulative COVID-19 cases in South Africa to 1 149 591.…
The U.S. Capitol locked down Wednesday after a mob breached barricades amid violent clashes between President Donald Trump’s supporters and Capitol police. Both chambers of Congress abruptly recessed as they were debating the Electoral College vote that gave Joe Biden the presidency. There was confusion in the House chamber as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The U.S. Capitol locked down Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump and police. An announcement was played inside the Capitol as lawmakers were meeting and expected to vote to affirm Joe Biden’s victory. Due to an "external security…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. The King of Bapedi Victor Thulare of the Bapedi Kingdom in Limpopo has passed away at the age of 40. Thulare was the son of the late King Rhyne Thulare who died in 2007, while Victor was still too young to be crowned King.…
Staff Reporter. President Donald Trump urged his deputy Mike Pence not to certify Joe Biden's election victory at a Congress session starting later in the day, repeating unfounded allegations of vote fraud. "If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election," Trump told cheering supporters outside the White…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Government officials have called for stricter measures to curb soaring coronavirus infections at a meeting to discuss the state’s response to the pandemic, according to two people familiar with the matter. President Cyril Ramaphosa is hosting a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South African Breweries (SAB) has announced plans to challenge the constitutionality of South Africa’s latest alcohol ban. The ban on the sale of alcohol was reintroduced a part of the country’s move to an adjusted level 3 lockdown at the end of December. "After much consideration, SAB…
Staff Reporter. Government is working around the clock to fast-track relief and aid to residents of Masiphumelele and Taiwan informal settlements in Cape Town. This comes after a blaze that wrecked 1 000 structures in Masiphumelele in December 2020, forcing the area to be declared a disaster to enable resources…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. Former Deputy Defence Minister Mluleki George has passed away at the age of 72. The anti-apartheid activist was a founding member of the United Democratic Front. The South African Sports Conferderation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) confirmed George’s passing and said in a statement he "leaves…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Pixabay. The Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) has sent an urgent call to president Cyril Ramaphosa, asking him to lift the blanket ban on alcohol from the 16th of January. This is imperative to ensure the survival of small business owners and craft breweries,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Waldo Siegers. Eskom has announced that Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented on Wednesday and Thursday evening. The load shedding will take place overnight, starting at 22h00 on Wednesday (6 January), and ending at 05h00 on Thursday. This will again be repeated on Thursday night,…
National Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said SA now has a cumulative total of 1 127 759 Covid-19 cases with 14 410 new cases reported since the last report. A cumulative total of 6 828 147 tests have been conducted with 47 875 tests in the last 24 hours, Mkhize…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government communications said there was nothing urgent about tomorrow's national coronavirus command council (NCCC) meeting. The NCCC was initially only expected to meet next week Monday to review regulations around the adjusted level 3 lockdown, which are set to continue until at least 15 January. GCIS director…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has paid tribute to the late National Teachers’ Union (NATU) President, Allen Thompson, who succumbed to COVID-19 related complications on Monday. In a statement, Motshekga described Thompson as more than just a president of a teacher union. Expressing shock and…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Istock. Government plans to appeal the High Court ruling on the ban of cigarettes during hard lockdown last year. The court found the ban was unnecessary. The case was brought to court by tobacco traders, including British American Tobacco SA (Batsa), after the sale of tobacco…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture has gazetted the new guidelines for the sector under the latest adjusted lockdown level 3. The guidelines detail what gyms, fitness centres and other sporting facilities need to have in place to continue operating. The latest set of regulations follow…
Staff Reporter. Durban Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda is currently isolating at home and remains in good health after testing positive for COVID-19. According to a statement from his office, Kaunda has since urged eThekwini residents to continue to be vigilant and avoid unnecessary movements and organising super-spreader events. He has also…
Staff Reporter. President Donald Trump on Monday implored Georgians to "save" America and re-elect Republicans in two runoffs that will determine US Senate control and could decisively impact the start of Joe Biden's White House tenure. "Our country's depending on you. The whole world is watching the people of Georgia…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi has published the draft One-Stop Border Policy (OSBP) for public consultation. The policy aims to harmonise the movement of people and goods between South Africa’s land ports of entry and its neighbouring countries, as well as address congestion which…
Staff Reporter. South African medical-insurance companies, business organizations and the government are developing a program in which the private sector will help fund Covid-19 vaccines for people not covered by insurance. Legislation has been amended to allow the companies to fund shots for people who don't have medical insurance and…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on his daily update that South Africa has recorded 12 601 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total of infections to 1 113 349. This is a 33.7% positivity rate. Gauteng is leading with 301 212 cases, which is 27.% of the total number of…
Staff Reporter. African National Congress (ANC) councillor Kenneth Mgaga - who has been charged with rape - has written to the party asking to step aside. He made a brief appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court where he was formally charged with rape, allegedly committed on December 26. Mgaga has…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Saftu. National Teachers' Union (Natu) president Allen Thompson has died. Thompson was elected to lead Natu in 2018. He took over from Siphosethu Ngcobo (now an MP on the IFP ticket) who retired as the longest-serving Natu president after serving for 18 years. He was known…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Government officials have indicated that South Africa is unlikely to introduce stricter lockdown restrictions this week. The clarity comes after messages spread on popular social media platforms WhatsApp and Facebook, which stated that that the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) was meeting on Monday,…
Staff Reporter. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize says government has set a minimum target of 67% of the population to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to achieve herd immunity. South Africa recently made the down payment to secure the COVID-19 vaccine for 10% of the population. In a…
Staff Reporter. Three suspected smugglers are expected to appear in the Kempton Park magistrate's court on Monday on charges of dealing in precious metal after gold weighing 73.5kg was found in their hand luggage at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport. Police estimated the gold had a street value of R61m.…
Minister Health Dr Zweli Mkhize in his daily update says South Africa has a cumulative total of 1 100 748 COVID-19 cases identified with 11 859 new cases since the last report, representing a 32% positivity rate. A cumulative total of 6 742 853 tests have been conducted with 36…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize outlined South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout strategy in a public address this evening, as the country deals with a second wave of the virus. "We are targeting a minimum of 67% of the population to achieve herd immunity and the approach will…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Robert Botha. A special provincial official funeral category 2 has been declared for the late Jon Qwelane. Qwelane died on Christmas Eve and will be laid to rest Monday in Mahikeng. He worked for various media houses as a writer, broadcaster and editor for many…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and a panel of experts will shortly outline how South Africa will rollout the Coronavirus vaccine to the public. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. Police in Lesotho have recovered the bodies of seven people believed to have been trying to cross into South Africa through the Mohokare River. The bodies were retrieved between just before Christmas Day and Saturday. The river is located at the Ficksburg border in the Free State between…
Staff Reporter. Three initiates have been found dead with gunshot wounds at an initiation school at Tsomo in the Eastern Cape. This brings the number of initiates who died this season to 10. The grim discovery of the victims aged between 19 and 20 was made by other initiates bringing…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: 123RF. Zimbabwe extended a nationwide curfew, banned gatherings and ordered non-essential businesses closed for a month on Saturday in an effort to curb a surge in coronavirus infections. Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, who is also health minister, said some of the tighter restrictions were effective immediately and…
Staff Reporter. The Democratic Alliance (DA) calls on government to expedite access to a Covid-19 vaccine. DA urges government to put the people first and to urgently secure a bi-lateral deal to expedite the arrival of the vaccine to our shores. They argue that waiting for the second quarter next…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health experts have criticised the government's response to the second wave of Covid-19 in South Africa, saying that officials were warned about the poor state of hospitals in the country, but ended up not doing enough to improve the situation. Now South Africa sits with hospitals nearing…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, in his daily Covid-19 statement revealed that the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa was now 1 088 889 with Gauteng leading the tally at 295 450. This is an increase of 15002 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. A further 288 …
Staff Reporter. Residents in Krugersdorp and surrounding areas west of Johannesburg are picking up the pieces after heavy rainfall and strong winds left behind a trail of destruction. Many homes, roads and other infrastructure were damaged. The local Leratong Hospital was flooded. Various sections of Leratong Hospital were adversely affected…
Staff Reporter. Picture: Facebook Patrick Mngxunyeni. The ANC caucus in Cape Town is to investigate the arrest of its councillor Patrick Mngxunyeni. Councillor Mngxunyeni allegedly committed the crime on New Year's Eve. It's also believed he was caught flouting the 9pm curfew at the time. "As the ANC we take…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. Former Athletics South Africa president Leonard Chuene has died at the age of 68. This according to a statement by the Comrades Marathon Association. The CMA wrote in a statement: "The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) is saddened by the tragic passing of Comrades Marathon honorary…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. South Africa started trading under two new agreements on Friday as the first goods began to flow under an Africa-wide free-trade pact and the UK left the European Union’s single market. The deals are with African countries ready to trade under the free-trade accord and…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Friday that on the first of the 2021 South Africa recorded 16 726 new cases of Covid-19 and 418 more Covid-19 related deaths. The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa is now 1 073 887 and the the total detected deaths has…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has released new directives and protocols ahead of the marking of matric exam scripts. The directives are aimed at providing guidelines to officials, educators and administration staff who are involved in the marking of exam scripts, as well as other…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Moeletsi Mabe. Minister of mineral resources and energy Gwede Mantashe has denied that he broke the Covid-19 alert level 3 regulations set by President Cyril Ramaphosa by going ahead with a potentially superspreader event in his hometown of Cala. Mantashe confirmed that a two-day wedding celebration…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa marked New Year's Eve under level three lockdown restrictions with a 9pm curfew and a ban on alcohol sales. It was hoped the alcohol ban would ease the trauma load on the nation's hospitals, allowing workers to focus on managing the pandemic. And it seems…
South Africa has recorded 18,000 positive coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, setting a record high on the final day of 2020. This was announced by health minister Zweli Mkhize that for the first time in the history of the pandemic in South Africa, we have reached the 18,000…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa wished South Africans "a happy and healthy 2021" in his New Year message after a difficult year rocked by COVID-19 pandemic. Ramaphosa said in a televised address that the pandemic had also demonstrated the spirit of ubuntu as citizens took responsibility for each other’s…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. North West Premier, Professor Job Mokgoro, has encouraged communities to adhere to level 3 regulations so as to alleviate pressure on healthcare workers. While chairing the virtual Provincial Command Council meeting on Tuesday evening, the Premier said people should stay at home, respect all health protocols…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Police ministry have confirmed that the deputy police minister Cassel Mathale tested positive for Covid-19. It said Mathale was currently asymptomatic and was self-isolating. "Mr Mathale is one of 21,294 employees of the SA Police Service who have been infected with the coronavirus," the ministry said…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Sandile Ndlovu Gauteng’s provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has met with representatives of the cash-in-transit (CIT) industry following a spike in the number of CIT incidents in the province. Mawela, together with his Deputy responsible for Policing, Major…
Staff Reporter. Leading experts in South Africa’s vaccine procurement strategy say while securing a COVID-19 vaccine is top of the country’s agenda, it is not a magic bullet that will end the pandemic. "There is a general misunderstanding and we need to clarify that once the vaccines arrive on our…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 17 710 (positivity rate 33%) new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to date to 1 039 161. Mkhize said the positivity rate, being an indicator of the rapidity of spread, remains of major…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Julius Malema has seemingly been exposed this week – after video clips of the EFF leader getting in the festive spirit were uploaded on Wednesday. In two separate outdoor events, Juju can be seen dancing, mingling with others, and ultimately disregarding the advice on gatherings dished…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Health Department on Wednesday dismissed reports that the province was running out of beds due to a spike in COVID-19 infections. The province said that it had moved with speed to implement various measures to manage the rapid spread of the virus. In the latest COVID-19 statistics,…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has accused the Democratic Alliance (DA) of publishing false and defamatory statements about her. This comes after DA parliamentarians claimed that Mkhwebane was a spy whose appointment as Public Protector was aimed at perpetuating State Capture. Mkhwebane has won the first round…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:Waldo Siegers. Eskom will again implement stage 2 load shedding which is expected to get underway at 10 pm tonight. Wednesday’s load shedding marks day two of load shedding after the power utility announced that it would cut power on Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Load shedding is…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Professor Bongani Khumalo has died after COVID-19 related complications. The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) says it is saddened by the passing of Prof Bongani Khumalo, chairperson of the second national lottery operator, Gidani. NLC Commissioner, Thabang Mampane sent condolences to Khumalo’s family. Professor Khumalo previously worked…
Staff Reporter. Government has outlined plans for operations at the ports of entry from 2 January until 14 January that have been approved by the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints). During this period, traveller volumes are expected to be above normal because of people returning to South Africa.…
Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi is briefing the nation on immigration matters and border law enforcement under the adjusted COVID–19 alert level 3. Livestream Below: Motsoaledi on immigration matters under COVID-19 alert level 3. Video Courtesy of SABC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa, which has Africa’s worst recorded coronavirus outbreak, may have to wait months to receive its first vaccines even as other countries race to roll out the shots. The government only expects vaccines that it paid a deposit to secure from the World Health Organization’s Covax…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. Pan African Bar Association of SA (PABASA) denies social media reports claiming that Muzi Sikhakhane SC, has passed away, or been poisoned. Sikhakhane "was infected with the Covid-19 virus a few weeks ago and subsequently experienced very severe symptoms, which required hospitalisation". He is recovering…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in statement that the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases identified South Africa have risen to 1 021 451. This in an increase of 9580 cases identified since in the last 24 hours. A cumulative 6 500 482 tests have been conducted with 31 457 …
Staff Reporter. The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants Parliament to convene an emergency meeting before the new year to debate the country’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday night that the country had forked out R327 million to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Covax facility to secure a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday heard the state capture commission's urgent application to compel former President Jacob Zuma to appear and give evidence before the inquiry. Zuma has refused to take the witness stand, arguing that the commission was unfair and biased towards…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Police minister Bheki Cele said that the SAPS will doggedly enforce the new lockdown level 3 regulations, focusing on people walking around without masks, wandering around after curfew, and trying to move alcohol. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday (28 December) that South Africa would…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Waldo Siegers. Eskom has announced that Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented on Tuesday and Wednesday. The load shedding will take place overnight, starting at 22h00 on Tuesday night, and ending at 05h00 on Wednesday. This will again be repeated on Wednesday night, the utility…
Staff Reporter. A new cohort of health workers is set to assist the already constrained health system that is in the throes of a second COVID-19 wave, at the start of the New Year. Expressing concern on the rising numbers of healthcare professionals becoming infected with COVID-19, Health Minister Zweli…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:123RF/Anyaberkut. The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) on Tuesday provided detail on South Africa’s move to level 3 of the COVID-19 lockdown. Briefing the media virtually, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said the country finds itself in a grave situation, as COVID-19 infections…
Photo Credit: GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, says under Level 3 lockdown restrictions people are still allowed to visit, among others, restaurants, cinemas, and libraries. President Cyril Ramaphosa banned the sale of alcohol for two weeks, placed a curfew across the country from 9 PM…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has gazetted the latest amendments to the Disaster Management Act, giving effect to the move to lockdown level 3 announced by president Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night. The gazette officially moves the country to an adjusted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Pixabay. The Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) has warned that a third alcohol ban for the country, as part of an effort to ease the strain on the healthcare system and medical facilities, will lead to further job losses and increase illicit sales. President…
His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, today announced that the total cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa now stands at 1 011 871. This is an increase of 7458 cases identified in the last 24 hours. A cumulative 6 469 025 tests have been conducted with 23 707 …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move back to lockdown level 3, taking effect from midnight tonight. In an address this evening, emotional Ramaphosa said that the move is being done to limit super-spreader events further, and will adjust previous level 3 regulations to…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Thinus Maritz. Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi has spoken about his wife Rachel testing positive for Covid-19 and the struggles of her self-isolating away from him and their children. In an emotional post on Instagram on Sunday, Siya shared a snap of himself and their children…
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation on developments in relation to the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The address follows a meeting on Sunday, 27 December 2029, of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and special sessions today of the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and Cabinet.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20h00 on Monday evening (28 December) regarding developments related to South Africa’s Covid-19 response. The address follows a meeting on Sunday of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and special sessions today of the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. The cabinet is due to hold an urgent meeting on Monday as speculation mounts over the imposition of new restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19, GCIS Director General Phumla Williams has said. The executive will discuss the outcome of an emergency meeting held by…
Staff Reporter. African Union Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has urged political actors in the Central African Republic (CAR) to desist from fomenting tension as a means of achieving sustainable peace and stability. "The guns of insurrection must be silenced to enable the democratic will of the people of the Central…
Staff Reporter. More than 3 000 motorists have been arrested throughout the country for allegedly violating traffic regulations since the start of December. "The majority of suspects (1 328 or 43%) were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. A total of 496 or 16% were arrested for driving…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa is considering reinstating a total ban on liquor sales as the number of Covid-19 infections surge over the summer holiday season, a source familiar with the discussions said. Restrictions on alcohol sales have been implemented to various degrees since one of the world’s most stringent…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize in a statement announced that South Africa have breached one million cumulative cases of COVID-19, with a cumulative total of 1 004 413 cases reported. This is an increase of 9502 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. A cumulative 6 445 318 tests…
Staff Reporter. Polls have opened in Niger where people are voting in an election that is expected to lead to the first transfer of power between two democratically elected presidents in a country reeling from violence. Former Minister of the Interior Mohamed Bazoum, the ruling party’s candidate, is the overwhelming…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Fullview investigation has uncovered an alleged property fraud syndicate operating in Bethlehem, Free State, where unsuspecting would-be buyers have been duped into purchasing houses which are for sale, losing hundreds of thousands of rand's in the process. The alleged syndicate involves people who pose as estate agents…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Pixabay. Liquor traders are pleading with the government to be allowed to continue with off-premises alcohol sales. This as the country navigates the second wave of Covid-19 and rumours of imminent harder lockdown. The Liquor Traders Formations called on the government, in a statement on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) will reportedly meet this week, as South Africa continues to see record daily Covid-19 infections, rapidly approaching the 1 million confirmed cases. As of 26 December, South Africa has reported a total of 994,911 Covid-19 cases, falling just short of the…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed in a statement South Africa's cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 994 911. This is an increase of 11 552 identified in the last 24 hours. A cumulative 6 415 824 tests have been conducted with 37 817 tests completed since the last report.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. South African Communist Party (SACP) has confirmed that former Durban deputy mayor Nomzuvo Shabalala has passed away. SACP said in a statement that Shabalala died in the early hours of Saturday morning on 26 December she was hospitalised last week. She also joined Parliament in…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Veli Nhlapo. The tombstone of the late Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has been vandalised. South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan, other Safa members and Meyiwa’s family took part in an unveiling ceremony at the Mayville Heroes Acre in Durban. Meyiwa…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng has seen a significant increase in road deaths so far over the Christmas weekend. Seven people were killed in seven crashes in less than 18 hours. Gauteng Traffic Police Community Safety spokesperson Obed Sibasa says drunk driving and pedestrian fatal crashes remain a major concern. "Out of…
Staff reporter. File: The Beitbridge border post between South African and Zimbabwe. Picture: @HomeAffairsSA/Twitter. The transport and freight forwarding industries have called for urgent intervention at the Beitbridge border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe "where a humanitarian disaster is unfolding," at the same time creating a potential Covid-19 catastrophe.…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: AP. The death toll from a Wednesday attack in the western Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia has risen to 222 people, a volunteer from the country’s Red Cross said. "Yesterday we buried 207 people who are the victims and 15 more from the attackers," volunteer Melese Mesfin…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. Government departments gazetted a couple of changes to the current lockdown regulations under the Disaster Management Act, which make slight changes to the restrictions currently in effect. The most notable change is the allotted beach time, for the beaches in the country that remain open…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says that cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 983 359. This is an increase of 14796 new cases in the last 24 hours. The Christmas infection rated was confirmed in a statement by Mkhize. A cumulative total of 6 378…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. The General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), David Kolekile Sipunzi, has passed away. The union confirmed the news in a press statement on Friday. "The family of comrade David Kolekile Sipunzi confirmed that he passed on at 11 am this morning, "says…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Reuters. Kwazulu-Natal Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu expressed concern over teenage mothers, as she welcomed Christmas babies. The province registered 54 Christmas baby births by midday on Friday, with 30 boys and 24 girls born. Adhering to the spirit of a "new normal" world, the provincial health…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: AP. In the annual Christmas Day message at the Vatican on Friday, Pope Francis urged world leaders to make available COVID-19 vaccines to all -- especially the most needy. The pontiff delivered the message during his annual holiday comments at the Hall of Blessings in…
Staff Reporter. File: The Beitbridge border post between South African and Zimbabwe. Picture: @HomeAffairsSA/Twitter. The Health Department has suspended screening at the Beitbridge border post to allow traffic to flow. It comes after the deaths of at least 15 people waiting to cross into Zimbabwe. The department says it has…
Staff Reporter. At least seven people have been killed during a violent clash believed to be connected to taxi violence in the Eastern Cape. It is alleged that 10 men from a community in Mount Ayliff attacked a group from a nearby village in a dispute over local taxi routes.…
Staff Reporter. SA Pharmacy Council (SAPC) has announced a 0% annual fee adjustment for 2021, in solidarity with pharmacy professionals on the Covid-19 front line. The 25-member Council collective also opted to absorb any inflationary and service cost increases amid the Covid-19 pandemic. SAPC president Mogologolo Phasha said the council…
Staff Reporter. Another new variant of the new coronavirus seems to have emerged in Nigeria, the head of Africa’s disease control body has said, cautioning more investigation was needed. The discovery could add to new alarm in the pandemic after similar variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that appear to be…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa’s health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has questioned a statement by his UK counterpart, Matt Hancock, around South Africa’s link to the mutated coronavirus strain that’s been spreading in the UK. The UK secretary for health said in a press briefing earlier this week, that a…
In a statement, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says South Africa has recorded 14 305 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to date to 968 563. A cumulative total of 6 325 784 tests have been conducted with 56 008 tests conducted since the last report. A…
Staff Reporter. Four men have been arrested after they allegedly assaulted lifeguards at Manaba beach on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. The assault was captured on video and has been widely shared on social media. The suspects are reportedly Gauteng holidaymakers. Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said a case of assault…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. SA Rugby Union chief executive Jurie Roux has been ordered to repay R37 million, which an arbitrator found had been misappropriated from the coffers of Stellenbosch University during his tenure at the institution's finance department. In its dispute against JW Roux and JC…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File: The Beitbridge border post between South African and Zimbabwe. Picture: @HomeAffairsSA/Twitter. The Road Freight Association confirmed that four truck drivers have died while waiting to cross the Beitbridge border due to the conditions at the post. CEO of the Road Freight Association Gavin Kelly said "It's…
Staff Reporter. The South African Post Office (Sapo) has advised its customers not to pay self-appointed queue marshals a fee for a place in front of the queue when visiting their branches. "Customers are advised not to pay the fee demanded by these queue marshals, and to report such incidents…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Robert Botha. Former South African ambassador to Uganda Jon Qwelane has died in hospital, at the age of 68. Born on 10 September 1952, Qwelane was a talkshow host for 702 for a decade, according to South African Journalists’ Wiki. He was the founding member…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Water and Sanitation says South Africans are poised for a bumper wet Christmas following persistent rains that fell over large parts of the country in the past month. The latest weekly report by the department shows that the persistent downpours have improved the country’s water…
Staff Reporter. Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, Advocate Bongani Bongo, has called for urgent intervention regarding the movement of people and trucks through the Beit Bridge border post in Limpopo. This follows reports of kilometres of cars and trucks backlog at the bridge which has resulted in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that the government will review lockdown restrictions in South Africa as the country sees a spike in Covid-19 infections. The country reported 14,046 new Covid-19 cases, taking cumulative cases to 954,258. An additional 411 Covid-19-related deaths were reported. Mkhize said that…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that it is with concern, that 14 046 COVID-19 cases have been identified since the last report at a positivity rate of 26%, bringing the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases to 954 258. This indicates that the virus continues to spread…
Staff Reporter. Phot Credit: AFP. President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured liberation struggle war veterans and military veterans that the issues they have raised with government in relation to social and economic support will be addressed. Ramaphosa made the commitment at a meeting of the High Level Task Team on matters…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:123RF/Anyaberkut Britain on Wednesday introduced restrictions on travel from South Africa over the spread of another new variant of coronavirus, UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said. The restrictions, which applied with immediate effect, were introduced following the discovery of two cases of the virus variant in Britain.…
Staff Reporter. The Western Cape High Court has dismissed the Brackenfell High School’s application for an interdict against the EFF protesting outside the school’s grounds. The application was brought by the school governing body (SGB) last month. Brackenfell High School had argued before the court that the Economic Freedom Fighters…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says the rate of Covid-19 infections and hospitalisations is finally decreasing in the Garden Route after the district experienced a peak which was double the height of its first peak. "A similar pattern is currently emerging in the metro, which is…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Police Minister Bheki Cele has welcomed the arrest of three possibly high ranking figures of the criminal underworld, allegedly linked to an ongoing "extortion racket" of businesses in Cape Town. Mark Lifman, Jerome Booysen and William Stevens appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates court on…
Staff Reporter. Travelers are making their way home for the festive season and the Beitbridge post which bridges South Africa and Zimbabwe is experiencing high traffic volumes while trying to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 regulations. In line with the regulations, travelers are required to produce their COVID-19 results to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. The African National Congress (ANC) Integrity Commission has finally met with President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Commission requested a meeting with the President in 2018 when the issue of BOSASA and his CR17 Campaign funds were raised. In a report dated December 21, chairperson George Mashamba…
Staff Reporter. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) offices will temporarily close with effect from Christmas Eve,as part of measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19. South Africa is currently experiencing a second wave of infections. "Taking into account the transmission risk that COVID-19 poses, SARS has decided to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, turned down three applications by various stakeholders for beaches along the Garden Route and in the Eastern Cape to reopen. Judge Hans Fabricius confirmed the declaration by the government earlier this month that these beaches will remain closed until January 3. The…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng Provincial Government has expressed concern at reports of people breaking COVID-19 health protocols as the country battles a second wave of infections. In a statement on Tuesday, the provincial government said it has taken note of videos circulating on social media platforms showing young people partying…
Staff reporter. The N3 south has been temporarily closed between Pietermaritzburg and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) following a deadly accident on Wednesday morning. Two people have been killed and 12 others injured in another major crash on the N3 highway near Pietermaritzburg. This after a container fell off a truck…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa's Covid-19 cases now stands at 940 212 since the last report. This is an increase of 9 501 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. A cumulative total of 6 215 728 tests have been conducted with …
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Willah Mudolo, one of the accused in a R100m case involving self-proclaimed Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri, will remain in custody after being denied bail on Tuesday. Mudolo, who runs an investment firm and a property development company, appeared at the Pretoria magistrate's court alongside his wife…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Reuters. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation that will grant former presidents lifetime immunity once they leave office. The bill, which was published online Tuesday, gives former presidents and their families immunity from prosecution for crimes committed during their lifetime. They will also be exempt from…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Veli Nhlapo. The Democratic Alliance (D) has lost its court bid to have the beaches along the Garden Route reopened. The Western Cape High Court delivered the ruling on Tuesday. The DA took the matter to court on Monday, arguing that government's decision to close…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands have joined countries banning flights from SA to stop the spread of a new variant of the coronavirus believed to be responsible for a recent surge in infections. Germany’s travel ban affects people coming from SA, Northern Ireland and…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Veli Nhlapo. The High Court in Pretoria has dismissed former SAA board chairperson, Dudu Myeni's leave to appeal her delinquency judgment. Myeni's application for new evidence has also been dismissed. Both applications were dismissed with costs. In May 2020, Judge Ronel Tolmay of the North Gauteng…
Staff Reporter. Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has revealed that the province has engaged with relevant national departments on how to deal with public service offices that are potentially becoming COVID-19 super-spreaders due to snaking long queues. These include the post offices, Department of Home Affairs and Department of Employment…
Staff Reporter. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has successfully interdicted the Municipal Employees Union Retirement Fund from paying pension benefits due to former Lepelle Northern Water chief executive (CEO) Phineas Kgahliso Legodi. This comes after the Special Tribunal granted an application to interdict the pension after Legodi resigned from his…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Gauteng Department of Education on Tuesday announced the opening of online late registration admissions for grade 1 and 8 learners. "We would like to call upon all parents who could not apply in June/July to visit gdeadmissions.gov.za and grab this opportunity to apply…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has paid tribute to the late Professor Malusi Marcus Balintulo. The Minister was saddened by news of the passing of Balintulo, who was a former Vice-Chancellor of Walter Sisulu University. "I wish to express my condolences to…
Staff Reporter. South Africa has made a down payment to secure the COVID-19 vaccine for 10% of the country’s population. "The National Department of Health and the Solidarity Fund are pleased to announce that a down payment of US $19.2 million USD (R283 million) has been made to GAVI (the…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu is expected to present a proposed long-term housing solution for residents Masiphumelele informal settlement. A massive fire on Thursday destroyed over 1000 structures in the Cape Town informal settlement, leaving over 6,000 people homeless. Sisulu visited the area on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said 690 people had died on the country's roads since the beginning of December, compared to 732 over the same period in 2019. That is about 5% decline compared to last year. Mbalula briefed the media in Pretoria this morning,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed recently retired Judge Sirajudien Desai as the Legal Services Ombud in terms of Section 47 of the Legal Practice Act No. 28 of 2014. In terms of the Legal Practice Act, Judge Desai is empowered to investigate complaints, alleged…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC, Ravi Pillay, has warned that plans by British Airways to suspend 13 destinations, including the Durban - London direct route from its network, will hamper the growth of international air services into the region post-COVID-19. This follows reports…
Staff Reporter. The City of Joburg said it would move swiftly to implement Public Protector's Busisiwe Mkhwebane's recommendations. "The city also wants to confirm that it will be interrogating the report and will be taking further actions in trying to see how we could possibly recover some of the monies…
Staff Reporter. South African’s private hospital operators have warned that they are facing severe capacity constraints due to a resurgence in coronavirus cases. The Covid-19 pandemic first peaked in Africa’s most industrialized economy in late July before infections tailed off. The country is in the midst of a second wave …
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed 8 789 new cases of Covid-19 in South Africa on Monday and 216 more deaths. This brings the cumulative total to 930 711 cases of Covid-19 and 24 907 deaths. The Eastern Cape confirmed 97 deaths on Monday, the Free State 4, Gauteng 16,…
Staff Reporting. The European Union's medicines regulator has given its conditional approval for the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech to be used across the bloc, paving the way for inoculations to start within a week. Following a closed-door expert meeting, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday said it was…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said on Monday that there was definite political interference in the Vrede dairy farm project. And,she said, her office had referred its latest report into the controversial Free State farming project to the National Prosecuting Authority's investigative directorate as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) has cancelled its January 8th commemoration amid growing COVID-19 concerns. The party said that its president, Cyril Ramaphosa, would read a statement to be broadcast on media platforms. This is the first time the event has had to be cancelled since 1994…
Staff Reporter. Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Machwene Semenya, has welcomed the arrests of suspects in connection with the Talana Temporary Housing units project in Limpopo. The arrests follow the construction of 40 shacks at Talana in the Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality. The construction…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Chair of the commission of inquiry into state capture, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, says President Cyril Ramaphosa will testify at the commission. He was speaking on Power to Truth with JJ Tabane on Sunday. Zondo says the commission cannot finish its work until the…
File Photo. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is currently to releasing a number of reports in her office. The Office of the Public Protector has achieved a clean audit for the first time in twenty-five years. The Public Protector has been a subject of a lot of court action stemming from…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), will pump R25 million towards the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) as scientists grapple with the new COVID-19 variant. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, announced this on Friday, during a joint briefing with the Department…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Ronnie Tshabalala. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has welcomed a high court ruling setting aside an SABC lift replacement contract after finding it to be unlawful and invalid. The Johannesburg High Court last week made the ruling after the SABC, later joined by the SIU, asked…
South Africa’s confirmed Covid-19 cases have risen to 921 922, an increase of 9 445 cases over the past 24 hours, said Dr Zweli Mkhize. A further 152 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 105 , Free State 5, Gauteng 1, Kwa-Zulu Natal 8, Mpumalanga 3 and…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: KZN Prov. A church gathering attended by more than 2,000 people has contributed to the increased rate of Covid-19 infections in KwaZulu-Natal. Premier Sihle Zikalala said during a media briefing on Sunday that this gathering resulted in at least 48 Covid-19 infections. Zikalala added that the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. Germany is considering banning flights from Britain and South Africa to prevent the spread of new, more infectious coronavirus strain circulating in the two countries, a source close to the German health ministry told AFP on Sunday. Following the example of the Netherlands, where…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Heather Mason. The Sport, Arts and Culture Department has placed the liquidation process of the Mandela House Museum on hold in a bid to find an amicable solution with debtors. Minister Nathi Mthethwa met with the appointed liquidators, Tugendhaft Wapnick Banchetti & Partners to resolve…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Covax vaccine set to be delivered to South Africa by the first half of 2021, will only be enough to cover 3% of the population, the City Press reports. Deputy director-general of health Dr Anban Pillay said in a webinar, that each of the 190 countries…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. The Gauteng High Court has set aside Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s report, together with its remedial motion, into the early retirement of former SARS deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay. The ruling this week is a victory for former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, who had utilized to the…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 10 939 new Covid-19 cases and another 254 deaths over the past 24 hours. The cumulative number of cases now stands at 912 477 and the death toll at 24 539. A cumulative total of 6 100…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published a new gazette which provides further clarity around South Africa’s new lockdown rules for the festive season. The gazette gives effect to an address made by president Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday evening, in which he…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. Health minister Zweli Mkhize has finally cleared the air over claims that South Africa missed certain deadlines to partake in the Covax vaccine programme, saying that the hold up had to do with administrative issues. Mkhize was speaking during a briefing on the latest scientific…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Uber Eats drivers around the country have put the brakes on food deliveries on Saturday, accusing the takeaway service of low pay and poor working conditions. The Uber Eats drivers strike is against actions by Uber Eats South Africa of lowering the fee paid…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr ZweliMkhize announced that a variant of the SARS-COV-2 Virus (Covid-19) – currently termed the '501.V2 Variant' – has been identified by genomics scientists in South Africa. Mkhize said a genomics team, led by the Kwazulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform, or KRISP, has…
Staff Reporter. Thousands of residents from Masiphumelele in Cape Town will spend the next few days rebuilding homes they lost in a devastating blaze. A fire swept through a section of the informal settlement, destroying over a thousand structures and no one was injured. The City of Cape Town, in…
Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said South Africa’s COVID-19 infections have increased to 901 538 with 8 725 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The country has conducted 6 051 986 tests with 40 751 tests in the past 24 hours. Mkhize said a further 274 deaths have been…
Staff Reporter. To ramp up prevention efforts in the wake of a second COVID-19 wave, more than 300 000 cloth masks have been distributed to vulnerable communities throughout the Western Cape thanks to a non-profit initiative, called UbuntuCare. The initiative gives women in impoverished areas the opportunity to produce masks…
Staff Reporter. In November 2018, the Ex-Political Prisoners’ Association ("the EPPA") made certain allegations of mismanagement against Robben Island Museum ("RIM"). The RIM Council resolved that its fiduciary and other statutory responsibilities, required that it investigate and assess the veracity of these allegations ("the EPPA allegations"). The RIM Council took…
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize and health experts briefing on new scientific developments and evidence discovered on COVID-19. Mkhize has announced that South African scientists have identified a variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The variant is a version of the COVID-19 virus. The Kwazulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Only 100 people will attend the African National Congress (ANC) 8 January celebrations that will be held in Ga-Mphahlele, Limpopo in the new year. The event will also be used as a platform to commemorate the party’s 109 anniversary. The provinces will be connected via video link.…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Saturday host the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, on a Working Visit to South Africa. Tshisekedi will be accompanied by senior members of his government, while Ramaphosa will be accompanied by the…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said she would "co-operate" with authorities after she was issued with a summons to appear in court next month as an accused. Mkhwebane is set to appear in the Pretoria magistrate's court on January 21 on three counts of perjury. A summons…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Bekkersdal police have a manhunt for suspects following a shootings incident that left one victims dead and two fighting for their lives. The incident happened on the 16th of December approximately 21:30. It is alleged the victims were sitting inside shack in Spooktown informal settlement when…
Staff Reporter. The Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto has granted bail of R10 000 to one of the three police officers linked to the murder of Eldorado park teenager, Nathaniel Julies. This is Sergeant Voster Netshiongolo’s second attempt at securing bail based on what his lawyers say are new facts…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, has again expressed solidarity with the peoples of Palestine and Western Sahara in their quest to achieve fundamental freedom, equality, justice and dignity. "It is necessary for the international community to uphold international legality in…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Water and Sanitation has warned South Africans against flocking to the country’s dams and rivers as an alternative to the beaches, following a government ban on the use of some of the beaches to minimize the impact of COVID-19. This week President Ramaphosa announced government’s…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng Traffic Police has called on motorists to be responsible and exercise caution on the roads as traffic volumes are expected to increase this weekend. "The law enforcement authorities have observed that many accidents occur as a result of non-compliance with the rules of the road. We…
Staff Reporter. Investigators from the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) have this morning raided the offices of Matlosana Local Municipality in Klerksdorp in the North West. The SIU executed a search and seizure warrant as part of its investigation into alleged COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement corruption. In a statement,…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced South Africa has recorded 9126 new infections and 184 more Covid-19 related deaths. According to Mkhize,103 deaths are from the Eastern Cape; four from the Free State; Gauteng has lost 11 lives; KwaZulu-Natal eight and the Western Cape 58. The country’s COVID-19 related death…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. Norma Mngoma has made some contentious allegations about her estranged husband, former finance minister Malusi Gigaba. She alleged that the pair would visit the Guptas compound, where she would be made to sit in one room while Gigaba sat with the Guptas in a separate…
Staff Reporter. South Africa has missed a December 15 deadline to make a deposit to secure vaccines to fight the pathogen, and hasn’t arranged a guarantee to make the full payment. The payment to the Covax program will be made in coming days, according to Tandi Nzimande, the chief executive…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Basic Education says Government Printing Works has been identified as the second source of the leaked grade 12 exam papers. A few weeks ago, just before two exams could be written, matric papers were leaked, namely the Mathematics Paper 2 and the Physical Sciences Paper…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Veli Nhlapo. The DA has officially filed in papers at the Western Cape High Court to challenge government’s decision to close beaches in the Garden Route over the festive season due to rising Covid-19 infections. Government gazetted regulations under the Disaster Management Act on Tuesday that…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Marking of the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams will get underway on 4 January 2021. The nationwide exams concluded on 15 December 2020. "Marking will commence in earnest on 4 January 2021. On 12 February 2021, the DBE will present an irregularities report to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Michael Wuertenberg. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has dismissed the EFF's appeal against a high court judgment which ruled that comments the party's leader Julius Malema made about former finance minister Trevor Manuel were derogatory. The court, however, referred the aspect of the R500,000…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:AP. France's President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, his office says. The 42-year-old took a test after developing symptoms and will now self-isolate for seven days, the Elysée Palace said in a statement. Macron "is still in charge" of running the country and will work…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele has called on police officers to strengthen their resolve in clamping down on COVID-19 lockdown regulation contraventions during the festive season. The Minister made these remarks during a law enforcement parade in Limpopo on Thursday. During the provincial inspection tour which was aimed at…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The 2021 academic year will start on 25 January for teachers and 27 January for learners with a three-year curriculum recovery plan to make up for lost time due to COVID-19. "As part of the 3-year curriculum recovery plan, from 2021, we will be…
Staff Reporter. South African Revenue Service (SARS) Commissioner, Edward Kieswetter, has welcomed the unanimous judgment of the Constitutional Court confirming the revenue collector’s right to withhold taxpayer information. The position was confirmed in the matter of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane against the Commissioner and others. In a statement, Kieswetter said…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will outline her department’s plans for 2021. The minister is expected to give an update of the state of readiness of schools in the context of COVID-19. Schools are expected to open later than normal next year. According to the school calendar sent…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The latest weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation shows that dam levels in the Eastern Cape are sitting at 51% after the recent torrential rains. "With more rains expected in the run-up to Christmas, it is likely that the levels may…
Staff Reporter. Image Supplied. President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated epidemiologist and Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 Proffessor Salim Abdool Karim on being awarded the 2020 John Maddox Prize. "It is an honour to congratulate Prof Karim on an outstanding achievement and international recognition of his contribution to…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says to achieve true reconciliation, the country must first overcome poverty, inequality and underdevelopment that affects the country’s majority. "True reconciliation will not be possible unless we address the many ills in our society. We cannot build a truly caring society so long…
A statement released by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize reveals that the country recorded 10 016 new cases since the last report. The cumulative number of cases stands at 883 687. The Western Cape is leading with 3 233 new cases, followed by KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng with 2 743 and…
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