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Staff Reporter. The Garden Route mayor, the DA, as well as the local business forum and AfriForum, are challenging the government over the decision to close beaches in the Western Cape district. The Democratic Alliance (DA) has given President Cyril Ramaphosa until 17:00 on Wednesday to justify the grounds upon…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Tourism is set to introduce a programme that will stimulate and encourage innovation in the travel sector. The department, in collaboration with the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), will implement the Tourism Technology Grassroots Innovation Incubation Programme (TTGIIP). The programme aims to stimulate entrepreneurship and new…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 873 679 Covid-19 cases. This is an increase of 7 552 new cases identified since the last report. A cumulative total of 5 920 574 tests have been completed with 36 347 new tests conducted since…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is to appear in court next month — as an accused. Mkhwebane will appear in the Pretoria magistrate's court on January 21 on three counts of perjury. A summons ordering her to appear in court is dated Tuesday December 15 .…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede has gotten the green light to return to her positions. The ANC's Integrity Commission has stated the controversial ex-mayor is allowed to return to the party as well as the provincial legislature. ANC KZN spokesperson Nhlakanipho Ntombela said Gumede…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Moeletsi Mabe. National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has tested positive for COVID-19. Sitole went for a test on Monday after coming into contact with a SAPS member confirmed to have the disease. In a statement on Tuesday, SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo, confirmed that Sitole…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Murder accused Zane Kilian will spend Christmas and New Year behind bars. The bail application of Killian, who is implicated in the murder of Anti-Gang Unit head Charl Kinnear, was set to be heard at Belville Regional Court on Tuesday. Kinnear was gunned down in front…
Staff Reporter. In commemorating Reconciliation Day, celebrating 21 years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and celebrating its first anniversary as a Marine Protected Area, Robben Island Museum (RIM) will introduce a month-long reduced rate for locals. As the festive season fast approaches, one of Cape Town’s iconic visitor destinations…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been dealt another blow as she loses yet another major court case. The Constitutional Court this morning dismissed her appeal to access personal tax information of former President Jacob Zuma on the basis that it does not reach the Constitutional Court's…
File: ANC's Pule Mabe on 29 May 2018. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter. The ANC's integrity commission wants secretary-general Ace Magashule to step aside immediately. The party's Pule Mabe is currently briefing the media on that recommendation. The commission is also suggesting that Magashule be suspended pending the outcome of his criminal case.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The ANC’s integrity commission has recommended that secretary-general Ace Magashule step down pending the outcome of his corruption case in court. The commission said in its final report following a meeting with Magashule at the weekend, that the national executive committee (NEC) must…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has embarked on a process to merge some of its entities in line with the state owned enterprises (SOE’s) rationalisation plan. These mergers are in line with last year’s State of the Nation Address by the President, committing…
Staff Reporter. Former Lepelle Northern Water Board Chief Executive Officer, Phineas Kgahlisho Legodi, was on Monday remanded in custody by the Polokwane Magistrate Court following arrest related to a R45 million tender fraud. Legodi was over the weekend arrested by the Hawks along with the board’s chairperson of the Bid…
Staff Reporter. Government has announced tighter level 1 lockdown restrictions nationwide, with effect from Tuesday. This as the country enters the festive season amid a second wave of rising COVID-19 infections. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the restrictions on Monday evening, as the country’s cumulative number of cases stands at 866,127,…
Staff Reporter. South Africa is set to receive initial vaccines from the COVAX facility to cover 10% of its population in the early part of 2021. President Cyril Ramaphosa made this announcement during his address to the nation on Monday, on developments in relation to the country’s response to the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. United States President-elect Joe Biden claimed victory in the Electoral College after key battleground states gave him and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris a clear majority of electors and he rebuked President Donald Trump for failing to acknowledge the will of the American people. In a speech delivered…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced 5 163 new infections on Monday night, as he presented new measures to curb the rapid spread of Covid-19 across SA. A cumulative total of 5 884 227 tests have been completed with 25 049 new tests conducted since the last report. A further 175 …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Pixabay. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced new lockdown measures at both national, and district level for South Africa. In a national address this evening, Ramaphosa said that the country has been hit by a second wave of coronavirus infections with nearly 8,000 new cases reported…
Staff Reporter. Pharmaceutical group Johnson & Johnson is the first company to apply to register a Covid-19 vaccine in South Africa, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) said on Monday (14 December). Sahpra chief executive Boitumelo Semete told a press briefing on Monday that the application was received…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Malawi's Homeland Security Minister has signed extradition papers for self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary. The Bushiris absconded while on bail and are facing charges of theft, money laundering and fraud in connection with an alleged R100-million investment scheme. The Pretoria Magistrates Court granted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. Former president Jacob Zuma has defied a Constitutional Court order which required him to indicate whether he will defend a case brought against him by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture. The Constitutional Court has agreed to hear an…
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the country this evening. Ramaphosa held a consultation with the National Coronavirus Command Council this weekend. It's expected that Ramaphosa will impose harsh restrictions. Last week, the country officially entered the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. South Africa's total cases now stand…
Staff Reporter. Africa’s leading private education provider, ADvTECH, today announced the launch of MindSharp, a premium dynamic digital learning platform aimed at upskilling individuals and corporate teams. A number of MindSharp courses are endorsed by The Independent Institute of Education (IIE), SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education provider,…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral College meets on Monday in one of the most important steps of a United States presidential election cycle that has brought new drama to the usually administrative process. Eligible voters in the US cast their votes on November 3. Since then, states have been determining and…
Staff Reporter. Companies and individuals are donating more than ever to South African universities, but the current challenge is to help historically disadvantaged universities to become more sustainable. This is according to the latest Annual Survey of Philanthropy in Higher Education (ASPIHE), conducted in 2019 and based on data from…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Reuters. Eswatini Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini, who tested positive for Covid-19 four weeks ago, has died at age 52 after being hospitalised in neighbouring South Africa, the tiny absolute monarchy's government said late on Sunday. "Their Majesties have commanded that I inform the nation of the…
Staff Reporter. South African Revenue Service (SARS) Commissioner, Edward Kieswetter, has been appointed as Vice-Chair of the Africa Initiative by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. The announcement was made by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Global Forum chairperson,Maria Jose Garde,…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, is pleading with South Africans travelling to the Northern hemisphere countries to exercise caution as most nations are deep in the second wave of COVID-19. Speaking during a media briefing on Monday, Pandor said she…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Basic Education Department says it will approach the courts to challenge aspects of the judgement handed down by Judge Norman Davis, which set aside the matric national rewrite. On Friday, Judge Davis set aside the decision taken by the department to have the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga says that her department will undertake a full audit of its systems to ensure that no more matric exam papers are leaked going forward. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) planned to make matric students re-write their maths and science…
Staff Reporter. The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has urged motorists to remain vigilant on the roads during this festive season following three major crashes this past weekend. "They are urged to choose daytime driving and to keep their lights on at all times. Motorists are also warned to refrain…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the South African public to once again use Reconciliation Day to reflect on how far the country has come in advancing national reconciliation. The President made the plea on Monday in his latest weekly newsletter. He said it is important for the…
Staff Reporter. Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has tested positive for Covid-19. Provincial health department spokesperson Siyanda Manana said Gomba's Covid-19 results came back on Sunday. "The MEC is at home for isolation as per the protocol of Covid-19," said Manana. "The MEC would like to advise all those…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that as of today, South Africa has recorded a cumulative total of 860 964 COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 7 999 new cases identified since the last report. A cumulative total of 5 859 178 tests have been completed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa would address the nation on Monday, 14 December, in the evening on the status of COVID-19 prevention measures after a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC). Ramaphosa recently said lockdown is not going to happen but he is likely to…
Staff Reporter. Herman Mashaba's ActionSA party has finally been registered to contest the 2021 local government elections after he decided to change its logo. The IEC ruled against ActionSA in September rejecting the party's registration over concerns that the party's logo which features the South African flag appeared too similar…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. ANC secretary general Ace Magashule appeared before the party’s Integrity Commission on Saturday but the party has remained silent on the outcomes of the meeting. Magashule was ordered to appear before the commission to explain the 21 charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering…
Staff Reporter. Picture Supplied. Three buildings were gutted in a fire in Killarney Gardens in Cape Town on Saturday, December 12. The City’s Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to the fire at the buildings, all on the same premises of Starflex Plastics, in Lauda Road, at 10.13pm. The first…
Staff Reporter. The ANC wants taxpayers to fund the bankrupt South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) through a 'household levy' which every home in in the country would be forced to pay, the Sunday Times reports. The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) included this in its draft resolutions during a meeting…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce strict new lockdown restrictions in South Africa as a way of curbing the country’s second coronavirus wave. The higher restrictions are set to be introduced at a localised level in the country’s coronavirus hotspot areas. The additional…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Saturday that South Africa has recorded 7 882 new Covid-19 cases bringing total number of cases 852 965. A cumulative total of 5 819 755 tests have been completed with 40 211 new tests conducted since the last report. Mkhize said a further 154 …
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Waldo Swiegers. Eskom has announced it will be reducing load shedding to stage 1 on Sunday as there has been a recovery in generation reserves, however, stage 2 power cuts will continue as planned until 11 pm on Saturday. Due to recovery in the emergency generation…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) announced that there will be no rewrite of the leaked Maths Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2 matric exams. The rewrites were scheduled for 15 and 17 December respectively. The High Court in Pretoria on Friday set aside a …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Department of Basic Education on Saturday said it would not appeal the ruling by the High Court in Pretoria which set aside its decision to undertake a national rewrite of two leaked exam papers. With investigations into the leaks still ongoing, the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Istock. British American Tobacco South Africa (Batsa) on Saturday said it had been vindicated in its view that the ban on tobacco products was unjustified, ill-considered and had worsened illicit trade. The Western Cape High Court ruled in favour of tobacco companies in the case against…
File Photo. Royal Bafokeng Queen Mother, Dr Semane Bonolo Molotlegi, will be laid to rest on Saturday. The Queen Mother died a week ago at the age of 77. She was married to the late Kgosi Edward Patrick Lebone Molotlegi. Her second son, Leruo, is now king after her husband…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Waldo Swiegers. Eskom will implement stage 2 load shedding on Saturday and Sunday as the power utility deals with unforeseen breakdowns. The power cuts will be introduced from 06h00 on Saturday (12 December) and will run until 23h00. The same schedule will be implemented on Sunday…
Staff Reporter. Government has gazetted the National Small Enterprise Amendment Bill 2020 in an effort to provide an ombud service that will assist small enterprises with legal issues. "Despite the critical role of small businesses in the economy and development objectives of South Africa, the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. The National Development Agency (NDA) has set aside R32 million for 200 civil society organisations to stimulate local economic development. This will be done through the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and recruitment of volunteers in all district municipalities. Social Development Minister Lindiwe…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said a total of 8 319 new Covid-19-related cases were recorded on Friday, bringing the total number Covid-19 cases to 845 083. Mkhize has expressed concern over an exponential rise after 6 709 new cases were identified on Wednesday and 8 166 on Thursday. A cumulative…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku on Friday welcomed the charges against him by the African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng and insisted there was no proof to support findings from the Special Investigating Unit (SIU). It was alleged Masuku played a pivotal role in the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom’s coffers will this month be bolstered after the power utility struck a deal to recoup over R1.56 billion irregularly paid to service provider ABB. This comes after the Zurich-based industrial giant, ABB, was fingered in suspicious payments relating to contracts awarded in 2015 involving the control…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. The High Court in Pretoria has set aside the decision to rewrite the Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Sciences exams, following a leak of the exams papers. Last week, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that the 2020 matriculants would rewrite the two exams after…
Photo Credit: Waldo Swiegers. Eskom and the Special Investigating Unit will give an update on investigations into corruption at the utility on Friday. Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and Justice Minister, Ronald Lamola, are expected to attend the briefing. An important announcement is expected. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. While the better-than-expected latest gross domestic product (GDP) figures indicate that more people became employed in the third quarter of 2020, this does not mean that South Africa is out of the woods, says the Department of Employment and Labour. In a statement on the latest figures, department…
File Photo. Former Free State MEC for Human Settlements Mosebenzi Zwane is back at the state capture inquiry on Friday. Zwane will provide testimony first and the commission will reportedly also hear more from former Eskom CEO Matshela Koko. When He appeared before the commission last month, Zwane said he…
Staff Reporter. An amount of R13.5 billion has been disbursed through the special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant to more than six million eligible beneficiaries. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu on Friday said of the 9.5 million applications processed in November, over 6.9 million were approved and paid.…
File Photo. Closing arguments in the matter against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe will be heard on Friday. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Premier Alan Winde says new COVID-19 cases have grown by 53.4% in the Western Cape in the past seven days. The province currently has 18 296 active cases, while 1 641 patients have been hospitalised with 287 of these in ICU or high care. Winde said…
File Photo. The State Capture Inquiry will continue hearing evidence related to Global consulting firm McKinsey. On Thursday, company director, Jean-Christophe Mieszala, conceded bribes were paid to get an SAA contract. The company has since agreed to repay about R650-million it received for the work it did for the carrier…
Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. Social development Minister Lindiwe Zulu will brief the media on their social relief measures taken to mitigate the impact of COVID19. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is briefing media following the release of the 2019/2020 Judiciary Annual report. Mogoeng has lashed out at those criticising him over his controversial COVID-19 vaccine, 666 remarks. He says he will not compromise his religion for anyone. "I am crying unto God, if there's any vaccine,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has welcomed Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke’s finding that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) had markedly improved the disbursement of COVID-19 relief funds. In the first report, late former Auditor-General (AG) Kimi Makwetu found that various incorrect Temporary Employee/Employer Relief…
Staff Reporter. At least six people have been wounded in an early morning shootout at the Bosman taxi rank in Tshwane. Tshwane emergency services spokesperson Charles Mabaso says gunshots were heard at 6:30 am on Friday morning. He says shortly after the gunshots rang out three people, including one man…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said that South Africa has recorded 8 166 new coronavirus cases bringing the total to 836 764. Mkhize has reiterated the plea to South Africans to heed the threat of the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases identified. "There is clear evidence of an exponential rise…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral Commission announced the results of the 24 by-elections held across 17 municipalities in all nine provinces on 9 December 2020. The African National Congress (ANC) has continued to do well across the country’s municipalities, retaining 12 wards and winning five new ones in Wednesday's by elections.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chief Justice has courted another controversy, this time through a prayer which called for God to destroy any vaccine "meant to infuse the mark of the anti-christ symbol, 666 in the lives of people". He was speaking at Tembisa Hospital during a thanksgiving ceremony on Thursday. In…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule said that the NEC had resolved that remedial action should be applied in an even-handed manner for all those facing charges against them. Speaking at Luthuli House, Magashule said that the step-aside issue would be discussed…
Staff Reporter. A former driver and bodyguard to former Free State premier Ace Magashule was convicted on Thursday of stealing an R8m Pierneef painting which once hung in Magashule's office. The Bloemfontein high court on Thursday found Ricardo Mettler, 43, guilty of theft, money laundering and fraud. This follows a…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, announced the study in September. The HSRC is conducting the study with Epicentre, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), and the South African Medical Research Council…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The case against former eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede, and 17 others has been postponed to 23 March next year. Gumede and her several co-accused face corruption, fraud and racketeering charges linked to a waste collection tender amounting to R430 million. The postponement was granted after the State…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Getty Images. The Health Department will launch the COVID SA travel system, a digital screening platform that allows travellers to complete the required travel health questionnaire (THQ) on their personal devices ahead of their arrival at ports of entry. The COVID SA travel system will be…
Staff Reporter. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has lauded the establishment of the Special Tribunal as a game changer and effective tool in the fight against corruption in South Africa. This comes as the world commemorated International Anti-Corruption Day on Wednesday. The SIU said the setting up and subsequent operation…
File Photo. The State Capture Commission will continue to hear Eskom related evidence and hear money flows related evidence in relation to McKinsey. Former Trillian Capital and Regiments Capital employee, Mosilo Mothepu, on Thursday said that Mohamed Bobat, who was appointed special advisor to former Finance Minister Des Van Rooyen,…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The legal challenge of the matric rewrite is heard in the High Court in Pretoria. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that pupils will rewrite two papers, that leaked. AfriForum, Sadtu and other organisations are calling for her decision to be set aside. The Department argues that the…
Photo Credit: BackpagePix. Amazulu and Bafana Bafana player Anele Ngcongca is being laid to rest on Thursday. The Mzansi football fraternity, as well as his former club and teammates in Belgium, are still recovering from shock after learning about the passing of the former Bafana Bafana international who tragically lost…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Public Service and Administration Minister, Senzo Mchunu, has reiterated government’s commitment to fighting corruption without fear or favour. Mchunu said lack of integrity has put millions of people under the shadow of poverty, while some loot the State’s coffers. "This is at the expense of those…
Staff Reporter. The Western Cape government is pleading with citizens to refrain from organising or attending large, private functions and parties, which could easily become superspreader events. This is in light with the COVID-19 cases, which continue to soar in the province. The province has since issued a COVID-19 community…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa's cumulative coronavirus cases has risen to 828 598. This is an increase of 6 709 identified in the last 24 hours. To break it down: The majority of new cases today are from WC (30%) followed by EC…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has officially been hit by a ‘second wave’ of coronavirus infections – and that an increase in cases is no longer confined to select 'hotspot' areas. In a media briefing this evening, Mkhize said that four provinces…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. The Pretoria Regional Court has sentenced former Crime Intelligence chief financial officer Solomon Lazarus to 10 years behind bars on corruption charges. Lazarus was convicted and sentenced in connection with the fraudulent acquisition of cars for Crime Intelligence from Atlantis Motors, a service provider to the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize media briefing on the state of Covid-19 in SA. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. The multi-vehicle crash and fire on the N1 North at the Allandale Road exit in Midrand has been extinguished. The N1 highway is heavily backed up on Wednesday afternoon following a major accident. A truck lost control and crashed, resulting in a fire. Two fatalities have been reported…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, has urged partners to work with Eskom's leadership to help the company transition from the grips of State capture, which has led to financial and operational difficulties that are currently facing the power utility. "Eskom as an institution is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. While steady progress has been made in curbing COVID-19 related plunder, non-compliance continued to plague the disbursement of relief funds and procurement of goods and services, an Auditor-General (AG) report has revealed. The sordid tale is contained in newly appointed Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke’s office’s second…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:123RF/Anyaberkut. The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has announced an interim six-member South African Airways (SAA) board as the airline prepares to relaunch in 2021. In a statement on Wednesday, the department said Geoff Qhena will chair the board, which also comprises Peter Tshisevhe, June Crawford, Bembe…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says no formal decision has been taken regarding the reports and proposals around the possible closure of the provincial beaches over the festive season. "At this stage there is no decision the provincial government has taken or contemplating to take with regards to the…
File Photo. The new Auditor-General, Tsakani Maluleke, gives an update on the audit of Covid-19 relief funds. Her predecessor had previously shared that there was a lack of control over the government relief. Maluleke said government could have reached more people if the funds made available for the COVID-19 pandemic …
Staff Reporter. By-elections are currently underway in 118 voting stations across all nine provinces, with 77 candidates representing 14 political parties along with 18 independent candidates contesting the ward by-elections. The by-elections take place in 24 wards across 17 municipalities in all nine provinces. The voting stations will be opened…
Staff Reporter. The two members of the "Crusaders" right-wing organisation have been sentenced in the Middelburg Regional Court for contravention of Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorist and Related Matters Act. This is after the pair planned to carry out terrorist attacks on government institutions and the African population in…
File Photo. Former Eskom board member and acting CEO, Zethembe Khoza, testifies at the state capture commission on Wednesday. On Tuesday, former Eskom board chairperson Ben Ngubane gave evidence. He defended the appointment of Brian Molefe as Eskom CEO, saying Molefe is one of few highly skilled black executives. But…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Basic Education department is in court to defend its decision to ask matriculants to rewrite the two leaked exam papers. The matric rewrite will be considered in court on Thursday after a postponement this morning. The Basic Education department defended its decision to ask matriculants to rewrite…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the 13.5% rebound in GDP during the third quarter of 2020 shows that a strong economic recovery is possible, even as the economy remains below its pre-pandemic levels. The 66.1% GDP growth on an annualised basis in the third quarter surpassed…
Entertainment Report. Image Twitter. South African music fans are in mourning. Olpha Selepe, known as Gee Six Five, has died. The sad news was confirmed by her niece Sbu Mpungose in the early hours of Wednesday morning. "My beloved aunt, MumNcane who many of you know as Gee Six Five,…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Tuesday the cumulative total of Covid-19 cases in South Africa are now sitting at 821 889. This is an increase of 4 011 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The death toll also shot up from 43 on Monday…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, will on Thursday visit the Western Cape as the first stop of the #OperationTightGrip Safer Festive Season Operations Inspection Tour. The annual roadshow will see Cele, National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole and senior management of the South African Police Service,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana, Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule will present himself to the party's Integrity Commission on 12 December. Magashule is facing 21 charges of corruption related to a controversial Free State asbestos tender, worth more than R200m, which was awarded during his time…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Google Maps. Special Investigating Unit investigators on Tuesday morning pounced on the National Lottery Commission (NLC) offices in Pretoria as it probes alleged maladministration at the agency. The swoop comes after the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) on Monday secured a search and seizure warrant from a…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has paid tribute to the late Professor Belinda Bozzoli, who passed away after a long battle with cancer. Bozzoli was a Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) since May 2014, and served her second term as…
Staff Reporter. At least 13 people have been injured in a chemical explosion at a company in Otto Volek Road in New Germany, Pinetown, on Tuesday. Advanced life support paramedic Garrith Jamieson said there was a second explosion afterwards. He said 13 people have been transported to various hospital for…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Waldo Siegers. Deputy President David Mabuza has hailed this year’s National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) Summit as particularly special as it will see the signing of the Framework Agreement for a Social Compact on supporting Eskom. The Deputy President made the remarks when he…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. The case against former President Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales has been postponed to 23 February 2021. Zuma and Thales face corruption, racketeering and money laundering charges linked to the arms deal. The postponement follows an application by Thales to have…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) is working around the clock to track all learners from the province who recently attended the Ballito Rage event. "GDoH can confirm that over 1 300 students coming from Gauteng province took part in the much-publicised super-spreader Rage event which resulted in…
Photo Credit: Freddy Mavunda. Former Eskom board chairperson, Ben Ngubane is back at the state capture inquiry on Tuesday. On Monday, whistleblower and legal head, Suzanne Daniels, took the stand. Daniels refuted Ngubane's testimony that she initiated a memorandum that saw Eskom pre-purchase coal from Optimum. That company was then…
File Photo. The hearing into Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe's fitness to hold office resumes on Tuesday. Retired Justice Bess Nkabinde and Justice Chris Jafta will be cross-examined. Hlophe argues he was misunderstood when using an IsiZulu phrase. He's accused of trying to influence judges in favour of former…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Deputy President David Mabuza delivers a keynote address at the 25th Annual National Summit of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), at the Hilton Hotel, Johannesburg, in the Gauteng province. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. Former president Jacob Zuma is expected to appear before the High Court in Pietermaritzburg on charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering. The charges are related to the Strategic Defence Procurement Packages or the Arms Deal of the late 1990's. It’s expected the matter will…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative total of Covid-19 cases in South Africa stood at 817 878. This is an increase of 3 313 new Covid-19-related cases were recorded in the last 24 hours. A cumulative 5 611 915 tests have been completed, of which…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule has described the governing party’s final national executive committee (NEC) meeting of the year as "frank and good". Magashule told journalists the party’s President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a political overview, which placed emphasis on the need…
Staff Reporter. The Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum (HSACF) has dealt with 20 allegations of serious maladministration, fraud and corruption this year alone. The HSACF has recently met to discuss progress made with regard to the implementation of initiatives to fight fraud and corruption in the health sector. The HSACF comprises…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The civil rights organisation AfriForum is going to file an urgent court application in the Gauteng Division of the High Court in Pretoria to reverse the decision by Angie Motshekga, minister of basic education, that the two exams where question papers were allegedly leaked…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo, has expressed satisfaction with the progress that has been made in dealing with the backlog for license renewals over the past two weeks. The Department of Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure has been working with the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza has invited all subsistence producers to apply for the Presidential Employment Stimulus initiative. The initiative is aimed at sustaining and increasing employment in the agricultural sector. Announcing the department’s interventions to support subsistence producers, at a media…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. The Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane's report into the so-called SARS "rogue unit" has been set aside by the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday. Gauteng division Judges Selby Baqwa, Annali Basson and Leonie Windell directed that their findings be sent to the Legal Practice Council…
Staff Reporter. The COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant recipients have until the end of February next year to launch an appeal for rejected applications. According to the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), these are applications made during the extension period, between November 2020 and January 2021. Meanwhile, the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The organisers of Rage Festivals say all events planned for 2020 and 2021 have been postponed until further notice after a Covid-19 superspreading event at Ballito in KwaZulu-Natal. "For now, all further Rage Festival events have been postponed until further notice as we consult with relevant officials…
File Photo. Former head of legal and compliance at Eskom,Suzanne Daniels, on Monday said she was stunned by former head of generation Matshela Koko's denial that he knew of Gupta associate Salim Essa's suspension letters that Koko said Daniels must have written. Daniels was back at the commission where she…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:Alaister Russell. The African National Congress (ANC) has cleared the air on former president Thabo Mbeki’s attendance at its national executive committee (NEC) meeting, which kicked off on Sunday. In a virtual conference designed to discuss the party’s renewal and preparation for the 2021 local government election,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Moeletsi Mabe. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has concluded a successful working visit to Nigeria. The Minister visited the West African country to meet with his Nigerian counterpart, Chief Timipre Sylva - Minister of State for Petroleum Resources in Abuja. "This was an important…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. African Union Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has rallied for support of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) which comes into operation in January 2021. "Our continent is one of the fastest growing markets in the world with a projection of more than a billion consumers.…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. If South Africa was to ensure that the recovery of its economy and society in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic is meaningful, then the country should ensure that every citizen is included and that all benefit, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. Making the remarks in his…
South Africa has recorded 4 116 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the national positive total to 814 565. Gauteng still has for the most cases, accounting for 29.2% (237 719) of total cases. In a statement, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says a further 139 more COVID-19 related deaths have been…
Staff Reporter. The National Department of Health has on Sunday called on all learners who attended matric rage parties across the country to immediately go into a 10-day quarantine period. The Rage 2020 events are hosted annually to celebrate the end of matriculation and they took place at the following…
Staff Reporter. Three vehicles, a cellphone jammer and firearms, including a rifle and two pistols, were seized and 11 suspects arrested last night in Bryanston following a robbery and a shootout. Police received intelligence on a planned robbery at an apparent diamond trading business and put a sting operation in…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. The impartial panel appointed to decide whether or not there’s a prima facie case for Public Protector Busisiwe Mkwhebane’s removal, has been granted an extension to do its work. The panel – comprised of Justice Bess Nkabinde, advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza SC and advocate Johan De Waal…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. It is time for African leaders to heed the admonition of PAC founder and struggle icon Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe, to serve, suffer and sacrifice, "to eschew cowardice and self-pity, to stand for principle rather than safety," and to empower themselves and others through education. So…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. African Union Heads of State and Government have underscored the urgent need for member states to kick-start trading activities, under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The decision was adopted during a virtual meeting of the 13th Extra Ordinary Session of the Assembly of…
Staff Reporter. President Donald Trump has urged voters in Georgia to support Republican Senate candidates in the upcoming runoff elections while repeating baseless allegations that his re-election was "stolen" by Democrats. "You must vote for David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Go out and vote," Trump told thousands of people gathered…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu) is going to fight the rewriting of matric exams in court. The union says it will be filing court papers on Monday, to challenge the decision by the Basic Education Department. The scheduled rewrite follows leaks of two papers.…
Staff Reporter. South Africa will probably take its first delivery of coronavirus vaccines by the middle of next year after agreeing on an initial payment, the health ministry said. The government will take delivery of the vaccines under the Covax initiative that will cover about 10% of the population after…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The constitutionality of the 2015 ANC National General Council (NGC) resolution, which calls for leaders implicated in corruption to step aside will be tested at the governing party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, which kicks off this afternoon. Clearer lines are being drawn…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Saturday that South Africa has recorded 4 645 new confirmed Covid-19 cases and 104 deaths since the last report. The cumulative number of cases now stands at 810 449 and the death toll at 22 067. A cumulative 5 565 928 tests have…
The Nelson Mandela Foundation, with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, is hosting a dialogue event commemorating the passing of Nelson Mandela on the 5th of December. The 7th anniversary of the passing of Nelson Mandela, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, with the support of the Hanns Seidel Foundation, hosted…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:Veli Nhlapo. DA leader John Steenhuisen has wielded his axe on his shadow cabinet, removing Phumzile van Damme as shadow minister for communications. Zakhele Mbhele is the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) new Shadow Minister of Communications. This after MP Phumzile Van Damme was forced to take what Steenhuisen…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Senegalese football hero Papa Bouba Diop, who died in France last week aged 42, is being buried in a private ceremony at his birthplace near Dakar. On Friday, President Macky Sall led tributes to him, saying the nation's loss was "immense". Diop scored the only goal…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Democratic Alliance MP Belinda Bozzoli has died after a protracted battle with cancer. DA chief whip Natasha Mazzone confirmed that Bozzoli had died on Saturday morning. "She had a long and brave fight against cancer, "mentioned an emotional Mazzone. So sad to hear of the passing…
Staff reporter. Photo Credit: Eugene Coetzee. DA provincial leader, Nqaba Bhanga, has been elected the new mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay at a fractious Special Council Meeting late Friday. This was after a lengthy council meeting filled with insults, drama and an alleged kidnapping. Bhanga was elected unopposed at the…
Staff Reporter. Cabinet has approved the Land Donations Policy, which aims to accelerate land donations as one of the ways to respond to the slow pace of land reform. Cabinet said the implementation of the policy will create meaningful opportunities for citizens in peri-urban and rural areas to participate in…
Staff Reporter. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that the country's cumulative cases now stands at 805 804 with 4 932 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. Cumulatively 5 534 084 tests have been completed, of which 33 415 have been conducted since the last report, Mkhize said. A…
Staff Reporter. Bahrain said it had approved the emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and German partner BioNTech. The approval on Friday makes Bahrain the second country in the world to grant an emergency use authorisation for the vaccine, the Bahraini national news agency BNA reported. The…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. The Department of Transport has extended the deadline for driving licence renewals once again, Minister Fikile Mbalula stated in new regulations gazetted. The Disaster Management Act has been amended to facilitate the extension for the validity period of driver’s licences until 31 August 2021. Licences which…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. South Africa has sent to Malawi a formal extradition request for Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and wife Mary and has expressed hope that Malawi will honour the request. In a statement today, the South African Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services has confirmed serving Malawi with the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma has been summoned to appear before the state capture inquiry next year. The State Capture Commission has issued a statement, saying the dates of 18 to 22 January 2021 and 15 to 19 February 2021 have been set aside to hear the evidence.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. For the first time in the country’s history, matriculants will sit for a national rewrite of two examination papers after they were leaked. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga made the announcement during a media briefing on Friday where she provided an update on…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will update South Africans on the progress of the matric exams on Friday. The matrics of 2020 have had a tough time of it with many interruptions to their schooling due to the lockdown. When they finally got to the exams, three papers…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Christopher Moagi. The High Court in Johannesburg has found Dumisani Mkhwanazi guilty of murdering Palesa Madiba, defeating the ends of justice, stealing her phone, possession of an unlicensed firearm and possession of ammunition. The matter has been postponed to 26 February 2021 for a pre-sentence report.…
Staff Reporter. With the festive season fast approaching, Cabinet has expressed extreme concern about the spike in the number of new COVID-19 infections in the Eastern Cape and parts of the Western Cape. Government attributes the rise in infections to, among other factors, non-adherence to COVID-19 prevention protocols and alert…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has reiterated its commitment to finding solutions to the financial challenges that have seen South African Airways (SAA) staff salaries unpaid for months. In a statement issued on Friday, the DPE expressed sympathy to the predicament but urged…
Staff Reporter. Image Supplied. A massive fire broke out at the Engen refinery in Wentworth, south of Durban following an explosion at around 7am on Friday morning. The cause of the explosion is not yet clear. The area around the refinery has been closed to traffic while emergency services attend…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. President Cyril Ramaphosa will later today preside over a United Nations (UN) high-level debate on "cooperation between the United Nations and regional and sub-regional organisations with a specific focus on the UN and the African Union (AU)". South Africa will host the high-level debate as part…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has pledged to provide any support it can to make the new Gauteng MEC for Health tenure successful. Gauteng Premier David Makhura announced the new Gauteng MEC for Health, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi, on Wednesday, as the province bolsters its COVID-19…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says African countries will continue to need substantial support to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. "We reiterate our call for a comprehensive economic stimulus package for Africa, for a suspension of interest payments on Africa’s external and public debt, and for the lifting…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that SA's cumulative Covid-19 caseload had increased by 4400 cases to 800 872. The numbers have increased by more than 4000 for a second day. He said more than five million tests have been conducted in SA of which 31 999 have been conducted…
Staff Reporter. With many initiatives around the world to speed up the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured South Africans that government is working with its partners to ensure all countries have access to the vaccine. "We continue to collaborate with our partners in the international…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the introduction of localised lockdowns in hotspot areas, in an effort to curb the spread of a second coronavirus wave. In a national address this evening, Ramaphosa said that despite the progress the country has made, it was always known…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm on the country's rescponse to the coronavirus pandemic. It follows a special sitting of Cabinet, which considered recommendations of the National Coronavirus Command Council. Parts of the country have experienced sharp spikes in COVID-19 infections. Over 4,000 cases were…
Photo Credit:Esa Alexander. Eskom former CEO's will give evidence at the state capture inquiry. Koko has been linked to several corrupt activities while at Eskom. It was revealed that his step-daughter received a tender worth R800-million from the power utility. Koko is said to have been personally involved in price…
Staff reporter. Photo Credit:KZN Prov. KwaZulu-Natal is discouraging the hosting of major events during the festive season, as the country works around the clock to contain the spread of COVID-19. The Provincial Executive Council (PEC) of KwaZulu-Natal, chaired by Premier Sihle Zikalala, said it was determined to save lives, as…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. The Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, has encouraged all road users to behave responsibly on the road and be mindful of the rights of others as traffic volumes are expected to increase during the festive season. According to research conducted by the South African Medical Research…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Thursday at 8pm. Ramaphosa's address will focus on the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic. The address follows a special sitting of Cabinet that considered recommendations of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) meeting. He will likely…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Despite the well-documented deficiencies plaguing the country’s local government, President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that the sphere cannot be allowed to fail. "We cannot allow the widespread governance failures in municipalities to continue. "We cannot have municipalities that are so dysfunctional that people feel they must…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. The African Transformation Movement (ATM) has formally asked National Assembly Speaker, Thandi Modise to postpone the vote of no confidence against President Cyril Ramaphosa. The National Assembly is set to debate the motion of no-confidence in Ramaphosa on Thursday. The ATM is arguing that a…
Staff reporter. Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza has announced that the country is currently experiencing outbreaks of locusts in the Free State, Northern Cape and Western Cape. "Control measures are currently being implemented to curb the spread of the locusts. The current strong winds are aiding…
File Photo. The state capture inquiry will resume proceedings on Thursday morning. The commission has confirmed it will hear testimony from former Eskom CEO Matshela Koko. He's been implicated by witnesses including former Kusile Power Station project manager Abram Masango and Suzanne Daniels. Both said Koko called them to meetings…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has called for the introduction of volunteer exchange programmes for youth. She called for the programmes to target young women, young diplomats, young academics and students. "As we accelerate socio-economic empowerment of our…
Photo Credit: Hetty Zantman. Western Cape, Premier Alan Winde, will give details on his province's plans to curb the spread of COVID-19. South Africa recorded over 4,000 new coronavirus cases over the past 24-hours, the highest in recent weeks. The Western Cape government has been discussing implementing localised restrictions in…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers the keynote address on the first day of the South African Local Government Association’s (SALGA) two-day hybrid National Members Assembly (NMA). The video below, is the live stream: Courtesy of SABC.
The total number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Africa has reached 796 472. Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said that 4,173 new infections were reported since the release of Tuesday's figures, taking the national tally to 796,472. There were 65 Covid-19 related fatalities recorded in…
Staff Reporter. The Restaurant Association of South Africa (RASA) says it will challenge any stricter curfews implemented by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the national government. RASA chief executive Wendy Alberts says that the country’s restaurants would be severely impacted by a lockdown as the country moves into…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has called on South Africans to unite in confronting racism, gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) and other intolerances such as tribalism and anti-foreigner sentiments. "Reconciliation is not about being cosy with each other, having a good…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Matric Class of 2020 is entering the final stretch of their school careers and their exams, after facing down one of the most disruptive years Grade 12s have arguably ever faced as a collective. While the pressure is slowly lifting, and the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has invited the public to join the National Reading Coalition’s first virtual book club reading session, which will be launched on 14 December 2020. At the launch of the virtual book club, readers will discuss the book, Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi…
Staff Reporter. Former deputy Hawks head in KwaZulu-Natal, Simon Mzayifani Madonsela, has been sentenced to eight year imprisonment after he was found guilty on two counts of corruption. He was tried and sentenced by the Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court following his arrest in 2015. According to media reports, the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. The unprecedented court battle between government and public sector unions has gotten under way in the Labour Appeal Court where lawyers for the Public Servants Association (PSA) says government was misleading the parties about the cost estimates of this year’s unmet wage increases. The Department of…
Staff Reporter. Image Supplied. President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his condolences to the Royal Bafokeng nation on the passing of Mohumagadi (Queen Mother), Dr Semane Bonolo Molotlegi. Dr Molotlegi, the mother of Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi, passed away on Monday 30 November 2020 at the age of 77. "This is indeed…
Staff Reporter. Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has announced an increase in regional courts that will adjudicate civil disputes as of December 2020. Until recently, regional courts heard more serious criminal offences and civil disputes including divorce matters. In terms of the Magistrates Court Act, the Minister of Justice and Correctional…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. Gauteng premier David Makhura has reshuffled his cabinet announcing Nomathemba Mokgethi as the new MEC of health. Mokgethi is the MEC of social development in the province. Her position in social development will be taken by Morakane Mosupyoe who is the MEC for economic development.…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:Ronnie Tshabalala. The Labour Court in Johannesburg has dismissed the Broadcasting, Electronic, Media and Allied Workers Union (Bemawu) application to compel the SABC to retract redundancy letters issued as part of its restructuring process. The union had also wanted the public broadcaster to engage in a fair…
Staff Reporter. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says Western Cape government will argue against a lockdown being imposed on the province, and is instead in favour of targeted, local interventions based on scientific evidence Winde said that his provincial government is considering its own proposals outside of the those being…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The UK became the first western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine, with its regulator clearing Pfizer Inc. and BioNTech SE’s shot ahead of decisions in the US and European Union. The emergency authorization clears the way for the deployment of a vaccine that Pfizer and its…
The Health Ministry says the total number of people who have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Africa has reached 792 299. This is an increase of 2 295 of new cases identified in the last 24 hours. A further 109 people have died in the past 24 hours,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. The Presidency has released its first progress report on the implementation of the 'presidential employment stimulus', which aimed to create or support 800,000 jobs in South Africa within the current financial year. President Cyril Ramaphosa in his address to a joint sitting of Parliament in…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. North West Premier, Professor Job Mokgoro, has tasked leaders from different industries to craft and implement focused priorities that will set the province onto an all-inclusive economic recovery path. Mokgoro made the call during an engagement session with industry leaders, held at Sun City outside Rustenburg,…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. The long-awaited bail application of Charl Kinnear murder accused, Zane Killian, was delayed again because the prosecutor had to go into Covid-19 isolation. During brief proceedings in the Bellville Regional Court on Tuesday, prosecutor Blane Lazarus said his colleague, Greg Wolmarans, could not make it after…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. The State Capture Inquiry will hear Eskom-related evidence from the former Project Manager at Kusile Power station, Abram Masango. Masango, has told the state capture commission that Matshela Koko called him several times and he suspected that his movements or calls were being monitored. He said that…
The National Assembly debates the escalating situation at the SABC. This, after the IFP made the request to the Speaker for parliament to debate the issue. Opposition Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday said that restructuring and cost-cutting measures at the SABC should be allowed to go ahead. They said…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Deputy President David Mabuza has commended people with HIV for sharing their personal stories about their experiences, despite the stigma and discrimination associated with the virus. "I’m happy with your courage and the confidence to step forward and talk. We can [bemoan] stigma and discrimination, but…
Staff Reporter. The Hawks have arrested a 31-year-old man in connection to the leaked Mathematics Paper 2 exam. Themba Daniel Shikwambana was nabbed by the Hawks’ Serious Corruption Investigation members on Wednesday last week. Initial reports suggest that some learners had access to the paper, which was leaked last month,…
Staff Reporter. A research study by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) shows that HIV negative women rape survivors have a greater risk of acquiring HIV for years after the rape. This is due to the long-term negative impact of rape on survivors’ mental health and well-being, driven by…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Former Nelson Mandela Bay councillor Andile Lungisa has been released from prison after serving only two months of his two-year sentence. The Department of Correctional Services confirmed on Tuesday that Lungisa has been placed on parole with effect from December 1. The disgraced ANC councillor started…
The world observes World Aids Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic under the theme "Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact". More than 38 million people globally are living with HIV among them 18.8 million women and girls. According to a UNAIDS report, young women aged 15–24 years are twice as…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. South Africa is today assuming the rotating monthly presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). "This will be South Africa’s second Presidency during its two-year (2019-2020) elected term on the council. December will also be South Africa’s final month on the council during its current…
South Africa has recorded 2302 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the country's cumulative total to 790 004. Gauteng, the Western Cape,the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal remain the four provinces with the country's highest Covid-19 cases, recording 234 957, 132 450, 127 737 and 127 842 respectively.…
Staff Reporter. Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been refused leave to appeal against the judgment that rejected her bid to interdict parliament’s impeachment process against her. The Western Cape High Court on Monday dismissed her application for leave to appeal. On behalf of a unanimous bench of three judges, judge…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:Trevor Samson. The gloves are off as former SA Revenue Service (Sars) boss Tom Moyane finally squares off with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry. This long-standing feud between the two parties is said to be over the SARS, "rogue…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has allocated an additional R588 million to four provinces in an effort to speed-up the upgrading of informal settlements and servicing of stands to accelerate the rapid land release programme. Sisulu allocated R100 million to Gauteng, R200 million…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: KZN Provincial. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says the province is waging a war against Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF), not just for the 16 Days of Activism, but for the next 365 days and beyond. "We refuse that our beautiful province be associated with violent crimes,…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi says his department cannot afford to pay the family of Enoch Mpianzi R20-million. The family is suing the education department following the drowning of the 13-year-old Parktown Boys High pupil. He died during a school camp in January. The principal was fired but…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) has welcomed the probe launched by the Department of Health into the forced sterilisation of HIV positive women at state hospitals. The Commission said it has noted with interest the presentation by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize before the Portfolio…
Staff Reporter. South African Police Service (SAPS) management has expressed dismay at the behaviour of a constable stationed at Wolmaransstad in the Dr Kenneth Kaunda District, in the North West. This comes after a video captured by members of the community in the area on Saturday went viral on social…
 Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Gauteng Education Department has placed a total of 181 119 (81.48%) Grade 1 and 8 learners who had applied for admission through the online admissions placement process. The online admissions application period commenced on 25 June 2020 and ended on 25 July 2020.…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. While South Africa has made significant inroads in reducing HIV related deaths and new infections, the country is far from reaching the 2016 goal of a 75% reduction in infections by 2020. The concession was made on Monday by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his latest weekly…
Photo Credit:Trevor Samson. Former SARS Commissioner, Tom Moyane will be the one asking questions at the state capture inquiry on Monday. Moyane will cross-examine Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan. But only for a limited time, according to Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo. The commission will also hear testimony from former…
Staff Reporter. Image Supplied. The Queen mother of the Royal Bafokeng, Semane Bonolo Molotlegi, has died. She was married to the late Kgosi Edward Patrick Lebone Molotlegi. Her third son, Leruo, is now king after her husband and two older sons died. She is the paternal aunt of former Botswana…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Sunday said that the cumulative total of Covid-19 cases in South Africa now stood at 787 702. This is an increase of 2 563 new cases identified since the last report. Mhize said a further 38 more Covid-19 related deaths have been reported: 17 in…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said truck drivers in the province have pledged that there will be no burning of trucks or blockading of roads. On Friday, Zikalala held emergency talks with key stakeholders in a bid to end the ongoing violence currently plaguing the road freight industry. Zikalala…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Police in Argentina have searched the house and private clinic of Leopoldo Luque, the doctor of football legend Diego Maradona who died four days ago. They are trying to establish if there was negligence in the treatment of the footballer - one of the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Gauteng Education Department on Sunday said at least 40,000 applicants for grade 1 and 8 have not been allocated a school for the 2021 academic year. Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said out of the 220,000 applications received, only 181,000 have been approved. The…
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