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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. There was a heavy police presence at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday morning in anticipation of Wits students who planned to march there ahead of the appearance of four police officers charged with murder. The officers are linked to the death of Mthokozisi Ntumba who was…
Staff Reporter. Motorists travelling on the N3 towards Van Reenen’s Pass have been urged to find alternate routes to get to their destination after a crash involving two trucks forced the closure of that section of the national freeway. The crash which occurred early on Wednesday saw the trucks -…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has appealed to students who applied on time for a place at all public institutions but not offered a place to study, to contact the Central Application Clearing House (CACH) for help. The Central Application Clearing House is a system meant…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 530 966. This is an increase of 933 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 490 435 with 24 920 tests completed since the last…
Staff Reporter. The EFF had full access to the CR17 bank statements, but did not consider them relevant enough at the time to include them in the original court battle between President Cyril Ramaphosa and public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, the high court heard on Tuesday. The High Court in Pretoria…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Franziska Krug. The family of late actor Menzi Ngubane has suffered another tragic blow with the death of his father. The actor’s father’s death comes while the family was busy preparing for Menzi’s memorial scheduled for Thursday. Family spokesperson Naomi Mokhele confirmed that Menzi’s father…
Staff Reporter. Human Settlement, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has commended residents of Duncan Village informal settlement in East London for agreeing to be relocated to a nearby temporary residential area to make way for the development of their informal settlement. The temporary relocation of the households to Temporary…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has decided to appeal the Western Cape High Court’s decision to dismiss former state security minister Bongani Bongo’s bribery and corruption case. "The acting [Western Cape] director of public prosecutions, advocate Nicolette Bell, has decided, after careful consideration of the facts, the…
Staff Reporter. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has approved a section 21 emergency-use application for the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Sahpra said in a statement that the approval was subject to further efficacy and safety surveillance of the vaccine in the country, including against…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that load shedding will be extended to the weekend, at a reduced stage. The group said that load shedding will be cut to stage 1 from Wednesday 05h00, and will run until 05h00 on Saturday. Stage 2 load shedding was implemented on Wednesday 10 March…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Parliament has voted in support of a motion on an inquiry to decide on the removal of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. The motion was initiated by the Democratic Alliance (DA). During a National Assembly sitting on Tuesday, 275 MPs voted in support of the motion and 40…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Covid-19 regulations will not deprive thousands wishing to pay their last respects to King Goodwill Zwelithini, despite lockdown level 1 restrictions which allow only 100 people to attend his funeral. The government on Tuesday announced an electronic condolences book for use by anyone "who would like to…
Staff Reporter. The case against four students who were arrested in Braamfontein on Monday evening has been postponed for a formal bail application. The four - Sivuyile Mhatu, Oradiretse Masebe, Siyasanga Tshembele and Moses Leshadi - are facing charges of public violence. Two of the students have been remanded in…
Staff Reporter. The commission of inquiry into state capture will on Tuesday hear evidence related to Eskom from the power utility's former head of legal and company secretary Suzanne Daniels. Daniels previously told the Zondo commission that the questionable R1.68bn guarantee granted to Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration and Resources was a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday dismissed Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s application for direct access to appeal a Western Cape High Court’s ruling to interdict parliament’s removal proceedings against her. In December last year, the high court ruled that Mkhwebane’s application had no prospects of success. This comes…
Staff Reporter. Newly elected Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Patrice Motsepe is back in SA following last Friday’s elections. He will brief the media about his immediate plans. Motsepe, whose candidacy was announced by the SA Football Association (Safa) in November, stood unopposed at Caf’s 43rd General Assembly in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Pick n Pay has agreed to cap profit margins on garlic and ginger after the Competition Commission said consumers had complained about the high prices of the products at a variety of grocers around the country. The commission announced on Monday that it had signed a memorandum…
Gauteng COGTA MEC Lebogang Maile will release a report of the inquiry into the state of affairs of several Gauteng municipalities. The committee was appointed in 2019 to look into the province’s 11 municipalities based on financial governance, institutional capability and service delivery. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 530 033. This is an increase of 613 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 465 515 with 15 023 tests completed since the last…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A female student has been admitted to hospital after she was shot and wounded in the leg allegedly by police firing live ammunition during protests that have intensified in Johannesburg. Several students have also been arrested. A handful of students have gathered outside the Hillbrow Police Station…
Staff Reporter. The South Gauteng High Court has handed former Bank of Athens treasurer Vincenzo Pietropaolo two life sentences for murdering his wife and father four years ago. He was convicted last November in the same court. He was also handed an additional fifteen years for being in possession of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Statistical data shows that South Africa’s economic recovery remains fragile – which has been reflected by a drop in business confidence, say economists from the Bureau for Economic Research (BER). The group pointed to the RMB/BER Business Confidence Index (BCI) for Q1 which showed a renewed deterioration…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africans should brace themselves for more load-shedding over the next five years. Eskom group chief executive officer Andre de Ruyter says the embattled power utility is 'not where it wants to be’ in terms of performance, and power reliability will remain sketchy until after winter. Presenting…
Staff Reporter. Four police officers were arrested on Monday in connection with the death of Mthokozisi Ntumba, who was shot dead on the sidelines of student protests in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) confirmed that the four officers were from the public order policing unit. "The four…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says the department and universities have reached another fee compact to ensure fee increases for the 2021 academic year are kept at affordable levels. The compact is also aimed at ensuring the sustainability of universities. Responding to the South…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Higher Education and Training minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says the department is not in a financial position to be able to support institutions to clear all the debt of fee-paying students. Responding to the South African Union of Students (SAUS) letter of demands, Nzimande acknowledged that there…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 529 420. This is an increase 1006 of new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 450 492 with 23 903 tests completed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Lindiwe Sisulu SA. ANC national executive member Fikile Mbalula remains unapologetic and defiant after he allegedly described fellow comrade Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu as a "criminal." Sisulu lodged an official complaint against Mbalula to ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule Wednesday in which…
Staff Reporter. The South African Union of Students is briefing the media on the outcome of urgent SRC meetings. South African Union of Students (SAUS) announced on Sunday that all of the country's 26 universities are in support of a national shutdown beginning on Monday. This after the SAUS met…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is set to appeal the decision made by a member of the Judicial Conduct Committee (JCC) regarding complaints lodged over his comments on South Africa's foreign policy on Israel. In a statement on Sunday, the JCC confirmed that Mogoeng has signified his intention…
Staff Reporter. South Africa has received more Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccines, which arrived in the country on Saturday, 13 March. This is according to South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) chairperson, professor Glenda Gray. The country has since received 40,000 more J&J vaccine doses as government looks to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The late king Goodwill Zwelithini who passed away on Friday will now be buried privately and his burial will only be attended by men. Zwelithini who died aged 72, will also be buried at night with the date kept as a family secret. This was announced on…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that its stage 2 load shedding will continue next week due to further breakdowns at five more power stations. The embattled utility said that the power cuts are now set to continue until 05h00 on Wednesday (17 March). "Eskom regrets to inform the public that…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A number of current and former cabinet ministers together owe millions of rands in rent on homes that have been subsidised by taxpayers, the Sunday Times reports. Public works minister Patricia de Lille has sent letters to high-profile politicians in an effort to recover more than R8…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 528 414. This an increase 1541 new cases identified in the last 24 hours and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 426 589 …
Staff Reporter. Image Supplied. Eastern Cape actress Noxolo Maqashalala has died aged 44. According to family friend Senyukele Zibobo, Maqashalala's body was found at her Honeydew home in Johannesburg on Friday. "I received a call from her brother informing me of her death. Someone went to drop off something at…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Franziska Krug. Veteran actor, Menzi Ngubane has passed away. Ngubane suffered a stroke on Saturday morning according to his family. He had a long career as an actor having starred in productions like Generations, How to steal 2 million to name a few. Ngubane was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The body of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulus has arrived in Nongoma where he is expected to rest in the coming days. The arrival of the body of the king brought the small northern KwaZulu-Natal town to a complete standstill. Mourning residents lined up…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma has met with members of the African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL). A delegation, led by the league’s president Bathabile Dlamini visited Zuma at his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Zuma did not mince his words during the latest tea party at his…
Staff Reporter. Memorial service of the late journalist and broadcaster Karima Brown. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. Wits University has suspended and charged five students for disrupting exams and violating Covid-19 regulations. The university said the suspension of the five students had nothing to do with the protests that took place in the streets of Johannesburg this week. Students have blockaded traffic and burnt tyres…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala, has paid an emotional tribute to King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu, describing him as a custodian of culture and repository for customs and traditions. The news of the King's passing on Friday after a battle with ill health has seen tributes streaming in from…
Staff Reporter. Aspen Pharmacare Holdings will supply the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson within the next three months, putting Africa’s biggest drugmaker "right up front of producing this vaccine globally," chief executive officer Stephen Saad said. Since agreeing in November to produce as many as 300 million doses…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will continue until 23h00 on Sunday evening (14 March). The power utility said that it has to extend the power cuts due to the loss of further generation capacity and to replenish emergency generation reserves. The country has faced continuous…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo credit:123RF. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 526 873. This is an increase of 1225 new cases identified in the last 24 hours and the cumulative total of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared that the late Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini will be accorded an official state funeral. King Zwelithini passed away in hospital in the early hours of Friday after an extended illness. The special official funeral category 1 will entail ceremonial elements provided…
Staff Reporter. University campus protests continued for a second day as students demanded that historical debt be scrapped to allow students to register for the 2021 academic year. The student protest against financial exclusion, which started in Braamfontein, Johannesburg has now spread to campuses across the country. Some of their…
Staff Reporter. Deputy president David Mabuza has confirmed that Eskom has communicated its headcount reduction plan to government. The deputy president said this when he responded to oral questions in the National Council of Provinces. "We can confirm that Eskom’s headcount reduction plan was communicated to government as a shareholder,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Seven more accused persons were added in the VBS Mutual Bank corruption matter and appeared for the first time at the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Johannesburg on Friday 12 March 2021. This follows their arrest by members of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. King Goodwill Zwelithini is expected to return to his main palace on Friday afternoon where he will lie in state for a couple of days. IFP founder Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, in his capacity as traditional prime minister of the Zulu monarch, made the announcement on Friday morning…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Patrice Motsepe has been confirmed as the first South African president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Motsepe, whose candidacy was announced by the SA Football Association (Safa) in November, stood unopposed at Caf's 43rd General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco, on Friday. He will serve a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) published its latest annual statistics on power generation in South Africa, showing that the country spent a significant amount of time in 2020 dealing with power cuts. The report shows that 2020 saw 859 hours of load shedding –…
Staff Reporter. The Prime Minister of the Amazulu nation, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, is expected to give an address on the death of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. The monarch died in the early hours of Friday morning. The 72-year-old had been in hospital receiving medical care for high glucose levels. Livestream Video…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Isilo Samabandla, King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu, who passed away on Friday morning. His Majesty passed away in hospital at the age of 72. "This sad news come at a time when we had all…
Staff Reporter. Deputy President David Mabuza says the Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 Vaccines has put measures in place to prevent corruption and wasteful expenditure in the procurement and distribution of vaccines. The Deputy President said this when he responded to oral questions in the National Council of Provinces on Thursday.…
Staff Reporter. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has advised property owners that all forms of rental income must be declared in their income tax returns. In a statement, SARS said property owners, whose properties are located in South Africa and who host fee-paying guests, must declare the rental income…
Staff Reporter. The Former Transnet Chief Financial Officer will be delivering evidence related to the state-owned enterprise. Various witnesses have told the inquiry that Singh was involved in dubious dealings at both Transnet and Eskom. The SA Institute of Chartered Accountants revoked his membership after finding him guilty on 12…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo says that his department has put together a comprehensive plan to replace the e-tolls scheme. Mamabolo said that the plan is based on proposals that have been properly modelled by technical experts. "(The models) show that we can generate more money, outperform the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini has died. IFP founder and traditional prime minister to the Zulu monarch, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, confirmed the tragic news in a statement issued on Friday morning. "It is with the utmost grief that I inform the nation of the passing of His…
Staff Reporter. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Bursary Guidelines for university students will be finalised within the course of next week and released to institutions as soon as possible. Making the announcement at a media briefing in Tshwane on Thursday, following a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Higher Education…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said South Africa recorded 1,474 new Covid-19 cases and 95 deaths in the past 24 hours. This meant that 1,525,648 total infections and 51,110 have been recorded across the country to date. The new infections came from 33,493 tests, at a positivity…
Staff Reporter. The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) has heavily criticised the government’s plans to introduce a zero-tolerance stance on drunk driving. The proposed change is included in the National Road Traffic Amendment Bill, which is currently being considered in parliament. The amendments effectively change the legal blood alcohol…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The High Court in Pretoria has reviewed and set aside Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s instruction to the University of South Africa (Unisa) to reduce the intake of first-year students by 20 000. This means Unisa may now admit the same number of students as it did…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein has ordered Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to provide the DA proof of her job application for the State Security Agency (SSA). This comes as the two parties prepare for a legal showdown on spying claims made by the DA…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande says 184 315 spaces are available for first time entering students for 2021 in the public university system, as per the enrolment plan for the system as a whole. A total of 578 468 learners wrote the Grade 12 examination in…
Staff Reporter. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed that it will not go ahead with the prosecution of six Wits University students who were arrested during protests in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on Wednesday. The six students were arrest after the Wits Student Representative Council (SRC) embarked on protests for the…
Staff Reporter. In the aftermath of the passing of bystander, Mthokozisi Ntumba, during a student protest on Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa says government will not abandon its students. He said this when he addressed the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament on Thursday. "We will not abandon our students.…
Staff Reporter. The South African Post Office (SAPO) has confirmed that the R350 Social Relief of Distress grant recipients will be paid all monies owed to them. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Post Office said beneficiaries should also know that there is no deadline for them to collect…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Cabinet has agreed that funding should be reprioritised from the Department of Higher Education and Training budget, in order to ensure that all deserving National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) students receive funding support for the 2021 academic year. Unpacking Cabinet’s decision on NSFAS…
Staff Reporter. Compensation Fund commissioner Vuyo Mafata has gazetted additional regulations to the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (Coida) for domestic workers. The gazette confirms that domestic workers are now covered under the act for illness or injury contracted at work. It also provides further information on the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet has approved the extension of South Africa’s national state of disaster by a further month. In a briefing to media on Thursday (11 March), cabinet said that the National State of Disaster is now set to continue until 15 April 2021.…
Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshaveni and Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande are holding a post-cabinet briefing to unpack the NSFAS decision regarding policy and funding options for students at universities. The briefing will also give details of Wednesday's Cabinet meeting. This week, Nzimande said funding applications could not…
Staff Reporter. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has identified the man killed on Wednesday when police fired rubber bullets at protesting Wits students in Johannesburg. He was Mthokozisi Ntumba. The directorate said the investigation team was working around the clock processing evidence gathered at the crime scene. During the…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Inquiry will continue to hear Transnet-related evidence on Thursday. Former Transnet Group CEO, Siyabonga Gama will give evidence. It was none other than Gupta foot soldier Salim Essa who took former Transnet boss Siyabonga Gama to the controversial family's residence in Saxonwold. This, Gama told…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister, Dr Zwelini Mkhize, says government remains committed to vaccinate 65% of the population, or 40 million people, as per the original plan by the end of the year to help the country reach herd immunity. This, he said, is owing to vaccine doses…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says as of today the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 1 524 174. This is an increase of 1477 identified new cases and the cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 9 336 101 with 36 217 …
Staff Reporter. The Free State division of the High Court has on Wednesday sentenced former Premier Ace Magashule’s former bodyguard to 15 years in jail for stealing a painting worth R8 million. Ricardo Mettler has also been handed another 15 years for money laundering after he offered the Pierneef painting…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Akuy. Police have fired stun grenades and rubber bullets at protesting Wits University students, arresting some protesters. Students have disrupted traffic on Empire Road with rubble and burning tyres. Earlier, a man was shot and killed when police fired rubber bullets at protesters in…
Staff Reporter. A number of top Covid-19 vaccine makers have sent a letter to US president Joe Biden, warning against efforts to undermine American intellectual property and innovation-dependent manufacturing jobs. The letter specifically takes aim at South Africa and India’s efforts to suspend Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Family, friends, and colleagues gathered to bid businessman Peter Matlare farewell in a moving funeral service. Matlare, 61, succumbed of Covid-19 complications on Sunday. Speaking at the funeral, Absa Group’s chief executive Daniel Mminele said was with a heavy heart that he was paying his last tributes…
Staff Reporter. A former logistics official in the Eastern Cape Health Department, Baxolile Ngoloyi, has been found guilty of corruption, fraud and money laundering involving just over R357 000. Ngoloyi, who had pleaded guilty to corruption, faced five counts of fraud and four counts of money laundering, was a supervisor…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has clarified that it did not receive any funds from Steinhoff to investigate alleged fraud and corruption by the company’s former senior executives. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the NPA was equivocal, saying funding of the forensic investigation falls squarely within…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 17h00 on Wednesday 10 March 2021. Thiss will continue until 23h00 on Friday night (12 March) and may continue over the weekend, the power utility said. "There is a probability that load-shedding may be implemented at…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Raymond Preston. One person has died after police fired rubber bullets at Wits University’s protesting students at the Braamfontein campus. Students have threatened to continue their protest on Wednesday over the financial exclusion by NSFAS. On Tuesday, traffic was badly affected on Empire Road in Johannesburg…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. S&P Global Ratings has warned that South Africa’s 2021 budget did not focus enough on economic reforms, Reuters reported. This will make a sustained rebound in its gross domestic product unlikely, analysts from the ratings agency said in a webinar on Tuesday (9 March). "There’s been some…
Staff Reporter. EFF leader Julius Malema and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi are back in court. They're facing assault charges over an incident dating back to April 2018 during the funeral of struggle stalwart, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. CCTV footage of the incident was part of Tuesday’s testimony in the Randburg magistrate’s court. A…
Staff Reporter. Former Transnet CEO Brian Molefe is back on the witness stand at the state capture inquiry. On Tuesday, he gave evidence on some of the contracts entered into during his time at Transnet. Molefe was Transnet CEO from 2011 to 2015. He admitted on Wednesday that, from time…
Absa Group deputy CEO Peter Matlare will be laid to rest on Wednesday. Matlare died of complications related to Covid-19 on Sunday. He has been described as a consummate professional and a family man. He was a former CEO of the SABC, chief strategy and business development officer of Vodacom…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: CBS. Queen Elizabeth said Tuesday that the royal family will address allegations of racism within Buckingham Palace made by Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex in their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey. The queen’s comments were her first since that interview, when Harry and…
Staff Reporter. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) says the recruitment of its Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), Zolani Kgosietsile Matthews, was regulated by its recruitment and selection policy. The agency has dismissed reports by GROUNDUP indicating that Matthews’s recruitment was inconsistent with its policy. The report alleged…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 522 697. This is an increase of 991 new cases in the last 24 hours and the cumulative total of tests conducted to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. With road infrastructure being prioritised in South Africa’s economic recovery plan in a post-COVID environment, the upgrade of the Thembalethu Bridge in George, bodes well for the Southern Cape economy. This project is a collaborative venture between SANRAL and the George Local Municipality, with the National Department…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom briefed parliament on its efforts to curb carbon emissions on Tuesday (9 March), warning that its coal-powered plants will need significant investments to meet the country’s new pollution standards. Eskom chief executive Andre De Ruyter told parliament that the power utility is 'very aware' of the…
Staff Reporter. The recruitment and training of police trainees is still on hold, the South African Police Service (SAPS) said on Tuesday. In a statement, the SAPS said the training, which had been scheduled to commence in January 2021, has not begun and will be on hold until a formal…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed a proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate allegations of corruption and maladministration at Mogalakwena Local Municipality in Limpopo. The unit will also use the proclamation to recover any losses suffered by the municipality or State. The investigation will probe transactions…
Staff Reporter. The board of state power utility Eskom will investigate allegations made against chief executive officer, Andre De Ruyter, the company said on Tuesday (9 March). De Ruyter is accused of racism by suspended chief procurement officer, Solly Tshitangano. "In light of the allegation of racism that has been…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that government will clamp down on the illegal importation of goods in South Africa and introduce additional incentives to support local buying in South Africa. The president was speaking as part of a keynote address at the Proudly South African Summit and Expo…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Stats SA has published the latest gross domestic product (GDP) data for South Africa for the fourth quarter of 2020, showing growth over the period broadly in-line with expectations. South Africa’s real GDP growth for the fourth quarter was up 1.5% on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Year-on-year, there…
Staff Reporter. Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane made changes to his Cabinet on Tuesday, most notably filling the vacant position left after the sacking of Sindiswa Gomba as health MEC last week. Gomba has been implicated in the Nelson Mandela funeral corruption scandal. She is no stranger to controversy. She…
Staff Reporter. Former Transnet CEO Brian Molefe is expected to continue with his Transnet-related testimony at the state capture inquiry on Tuesday. On Monday, Molefe admitted to having a close relationship with the Gupta family. He gained infamy when he claimed he was visiting a Saxonwold shebeen after being quizzed…
Staff Reporter. EFF leader Julius Malema and EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi are returning to the Randburg magistrate's court on Tuesday morning. They are facing of assaulting police officer Colonel Johannes Venter. The incident happened during the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in 2018. Both Malema and Ndlozi pleaded not guilty to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister health Dr Zweli Mkhize says as of today the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases is 1 521 706. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 9 269 122 with 13 630 new tests recorded since the last report. Mkhize said a further 125 more…
Staff Reporter. Police minister Bheki Cele and the Hawks have applied to appeal a high court judgment that found that Nomachule Norma Mngoma had been unlawfully arrested. Mngoma was arrested in July last year after allegedly damaging a Mercedes-Benz G Wagon — that was being driven by her husband, former…
Staff Reporter. The Robben Island Museum (RIM) Council has announce that its investigation into allegations of mismanagement at RIM has been completed and that it has been furnished with the contemplated report of legal advice. "The recommendations are still to be implemented, so at this point in time we can…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has opened a case of crimen injuria and contempt against transport minister Fikile Mbalula, who tweeted that Mkhwebane was a "hired gun". "Mr Mbalula and other ministers who have made contemptuous remarks about the public protector were previously reported to the president," said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. Former President Jacob Zuma has taken part in a virtual meeting with the ANC top six officials after an in-person meeting at Luthuli House in Johannesburg failed to materialise. The meeting was called to discuss Zuma’s defiance of the Constitutional Court order compelling…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has paid tribute to Peter Matlare for his contribution to the economic development of South Africa as he held various roles both in the public and private sector. Matlare passed away on Sunday due to COVID-19-related complications. "His passing is…
Staff Reporter. Over 153 000 asylum seekers who have been waiting for many years for a decision on their applications for asylum will have their cases heard and decided, thanks to a new agreement signed on Monday by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency and the Department of Home Affairs. The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande says that the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) does not have sufficient funding for the 2021 academic year. In a statement on Monday (8 March), the minister said that this lack of money means that the NSFAS has…
Staff Reporter. The teenager arrested and charged with the murder of Itumeleng Khune’s sister Mapula after her grisly death has been set free. The teenager was supposed to have appeared in the Ventersdorp Children’s Court on Monday. However, he did not appear in court as the matter was not put…
 By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. Employment and Labour minister Thulas Nxesi says that his department will introduce a new labour migration policy that regulates foreign workers in South Africa. In a briefing to parliament on Friday (5 March), Nxesi said that the policy would be submitted to president…
Staff Reporter. Women have played a pivotal role in South Africa’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. "We salute the resilience and bravery of women frontline workers who worked to fight the pandemic as nurses, doctors, emergency personnel, police and soldiers," Ramaphosa said on Monday. In his…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. The Eastern Cape government has announced the name change of Mbizana Local Municipality to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Local Municipality. The change, which has faced some controversy, was officially gazetted on Thursday (4 March) but is backdated to December 2020. The municipality encompasses a number of…
Staff Reporter. Former Transnet CEO Brian Molefe return to the state capture inquiry. He'll testify about his tenure there. The Commission will be hearing evidence related to the state parastatal. Molefe headed the railway agency from 2011 to 2015. In the past week, Molefe appeared before the inquiry to answer…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said South Africa on Sunday recorded 862 new Covid-19-related cases with the cumulative number of cases rising to 1 521 068. The number of fatalities now stands at 50 678 after 31 more Covid-19 deaths were reported. The cumulative total of tests conducted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The family of Peter Matlare has confirmed he has died after a battle with Covid-19. At the time of his passing, Matlare was Deputy CEO of Absa, with responsibility for operations outside South Africa. Matlare previously held the positions of Chief Executive Officer at Tiger Brands and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The SA National Editors' Forum (Sanef) on Sunday condemned the death and rape threats made against senior eNCA reporter Lindsay Dentlinger. The forum said the abuse, which has mostly been on online platforms, was uncalled for. "The abuse of journalists, particularly women journalists, is rife on social…
Staff Reporter. Robben Island Museum (RIM) has announced that it is unable to sustain its annual bursary fund for the 2021 academic year after experiencing a 90% drop in visitors over the holiday season. The RIM made the announcement on Friday, stating that it had been severely impact by the…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng police have launched a manhunt for two suspects following the discovery of the bodies of two young men at a house in Eldorado Park. Another two suspects, aged 40 and 50, have already been arrested. Gauteng police spokesperson Mathapelo Peters says police arrived at the house on…
 Staff Reporter. A 32-year-old doctor rushing to work in her Mercedes-Benz was arrested for speeding by the Ekurhuleni Metro Police (EMPD) following a high-speed chase on Saturday morning. She was one of three motorists caught by Speed Enforcement Unit members for driving over the stipulated speed limit in Alberton. The…
Staff Reporter. Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune and his late sister Mapula. Picture: Instagram @mapula_Khune. North West police have confirmed that a 17-year-old boy has been arrested for the murder of Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune’s sister. Provincial police spokesperson Col Adéle Myburgh said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has called on his party's MPs to oppose the process to impeach public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, which is due to commence next week. He told the Sunday Times that "principled" ANC MPs would not vote in support of the motion brought by the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. As government continues to drag its feet on providing a "solution" to the failed Gauteng e-tolling system, roads agency Sanral is gearing up for a new legal framework which could see motorists fined, or having licence renewals blocked if they don’t pay their…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of positive cases in South Africa has risen to 1 520 206. This is an increase of 1 227 new Covid-19 cases since the last report. Mkhize said the number of fatalities now…
Staff Reporter. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) said on Saturday that they are aware of the numerous posts on Twitter about the R350 grant, but the information is not correct. The student fund said in a statement that reports circulating on Twitter that students would be getting a…
Staff Reporter. The Judicial Conduct Committee has recommended that allegations made against Western Cape deputy judge president Patricia Goliath should be investigated by the Judicial Conduct Tribunal. Western Cape judge president John Hlophe's wife, Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe, alleged that Goliath had attempted to influence her to lay false criminal charges…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Health (DoH) has suspended the services of Digital Vibes, a communications firm linked to two close associates of Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. This comes after Daily Maverick recently reported that Digital Vibes secured emergency procurement orders from the department for Covid-19 awareness campaigns…
Staff Reporter. Mpumalanga Premier, Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane, has committed to prioritising economic transformation and mass job creation by aligning the province’s plans to the national Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan. The recovery plan was unveiled by the President in October 2020, in an effort to assist the country’s economy recover from…
Staff Reporter. Seven people have died and 2 sustained serious injuries in a car accident on the N1 near Modimolle in Limpopo. The Transport Department said a trailer detached from a bakkie and collied with several vehicles on Friday night. It is reported that the two Sedans were heading north…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of cases in South Africa now stands at 1 518 979. This is an increase of of 1 313 new Covid-19-related cases in the last 24 hours. The number of fatalities now stands at 50…
Staff Reporter. North West Premier Job Mokgoro is a law unto himself and runs a rogue unit in his office, which often spies on some of his executive committee members and senior politicians in the province, according to the African National Congress (ANC) in the platinum-rich province. The interim provincial…
Staff Reporter. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Friday there was no conflict of interest in Steinhoff contributing millions of rand towards investigating fraud at the company. Retailer Steinhoff said it has agreed to give investigators from the Hawks and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) R30m to finance the investigation…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele has expressed delight at yet another breakthrough in the murder of two Kraaifontein police officers, in the Western Cape, at the weekend. This comes after investigators in the case on Friday arrested nine suspects who they believe will bring them closer to solving the…
Staff Reporter. Transforming the country’s heritage landscape is part of government’s efforts to restore human rights, says Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa. "The transformation of the heritage landscape is part of the process of restoring the human rights to our people. The renaming of the East…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. South Africa expects to miss its target of inoculating 1.5 million people by the end of this month because sufficient shots aren’t available. "We expect now only to complete 700,000 vaccines by end of March," Deputy Health Minister Joe Phaahla said in an…
Staff Reporter. Alleged mastermind Ntuthuko Shoba, accused of ordering the murder of his lover Tshegofatso Pule when she was eight months pregnant, was on Friday denied bail by the Roodepoort magistrate's court. Magistrate Delize Smith said: "The applicant has not shown that he will stand trial. He relied on an…
 By Lehlohonolo Lehana. One of the men accused of being behind the murder of soccer star Senzo Meyiwa has dropped his lawyer for allegedly forcing him to confess to a crime he says he didn't commit. Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi said he would like to now apply for legal aid because…
Staff Reporter. The former chief executive of Gupta-linked Trillian Management Consulting feared having to take responsibility for a R300 million Bank of Baroda overdraft facility for generations. Bianca Goodson told the commission of inquiry into state capture on Thursday that investment management firm Integrated Capital Management director Clive Angel, who…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. On 5 March 2020, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize briefed president Cyril Ramaphosa that South Africa had reported its first Covid-19 case. A year later, and the official statistics show that 1,517,666 total cases have been reported in the country, with 50,462 confirmed deaths due to the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 1 517 666 the total number of deaths is 50 462. Mkhize said that the total number of recoveries is 1 436 101 and the total number of vaccines…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula appointed a task team to investigate allegations of the importation of the R260 million medical supplies of Heberon Interferon-B from Cuba without following regulatory and procurement procedures. Spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said Mapisa-Nqakula appointed the three-member task team to investigate the veracity of…
Staff Reporter. The Eskom board has instructed the power utility’s executive management to pay particular attention to the procurement function to effect the required change, and deliver the expected savings as it implements its turnaround plan. This emerged on Wednesday after the State-owned enterprise met with Parliament’s Standing Committee on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has been ordered to apologise and retract, pro-Israel comments he made during a webinar in June 2020. The Judicial Conduct Committee found Mogoeng guilty and ordered him to apologise unconditionally for becoming involved in political controversy through his utterances in the online seminar…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) said on Thursday that it was at an advanced stage of reviewing an emergency use application for Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine. "Pfizer has engaged with Sahpra via two regulatory pathways, that is registration for full commercial market access and Section…
Staff Reporter. Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, says the names of the Home Affairs officials, who helped the Bushiris with their travel documents, are known by the department. Responding to oral questions during a hybrid sitting of the National Assembly on Wednesday, Motsoaledi said the identities of the officials…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng province has activated four new COVID-19 vaccination sites, says Health MEC, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi. The four new sites are based at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital, Netcare Milpark Private Hospital and Lenmed Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital, and are now operational. "The…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa says as people adapt to new ways of working and as they make use of technology to do their work, the digital revolution should also happen in rural areas. Ramaphosa said this when he addressed the opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders at…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says the National Prosecuting Authority is prioritising the Steinhoff matter and that it is dealing with it without fear, prejudice or favour. The Minister said this when the Peace and Security Cluster replied to oral questions during a hybrid sitting of the…
The State Capture Commission will continue hearing Eskom related evidence from the Former Chief Executive Officer of Trillian Management Consulting, Ms. Bianca Goodson. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) says it will conduct an assessment on the feasibility of establishing a domestic card scheme. In a consultation paper published on Tuesday (2 March), the central bank said that the assessment will look at creating 'white-label' banking cards that can only…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Facebook. Renowned journalist Karima Brown has died from Covid-19 complications. The news of her death was confirmed by eNCA. [BREAKING NEWS] Journalist Karima Brown dies of COVID-19. Brown hosted ‘The Fix’ on eNCA. She was admitted to hospital with COVID-19. #DStv403 #eNCA pic.twitter.com/qE6Ut51o9y — eNCA…
Staff Reporter. South African authorities have seized hundreds of fake Covid-19 vaccines following a global alert issued by Interpol, the international criminal police organisation. Some 400 vials – equivalent to around 2,400 doses – containing the fake vaccine were found at a warehouse in Germiston, Gauteng, where officers also recovered…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has ordered a forensic investigation into allegations of judges being bribed. Speaking during a question and answer session in the National Assembly, Dlodlo said she had made every effort to obtain information regarding the impugned projects. "I have as a matter of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 516 262, with 95 further deaths. This is an increase of 1,447 new infections were identified since last report. Gauteng…
Staff Reporter. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in KwaZulu-Natal has been slammed for deciding not to press ahead with criminal charges brought against Premier Sihle Zikalala for allegedly flouting lockdown regulations last year. The DA said in a statement on Wednesday that "it appears all men are not equal before…
Staff Reporter. Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has appointed a Ministerial Committee to advice on the amendment of the Electoral Act. This comes after a July 2020 Constitutional Court ruling found that the Electoral Act (Act 73 of 1998) was unconstitutional. This was in regards to that the Act…
Staff Reporter. Since its launch in 2018, the activities of the Gibela-Rail Manufacturing Plant have added R8.1 billion into the economy of Ekurhuleni and the Gauteng City Region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). "This facility has created a total of 5 129 jobs, trained 2 540 people through its skills development…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. The minister of Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has announced the resumption of a number of services under South Africa’s level 1 lockdown. This comes after several services were temporarily suspended in January 2021 due to concerns around Covid-19 transmissions. "Following the president’s announcement…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. While the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines continues across the world bringing new hope, the tourism sector will still have to operate alongside the virus with the threat of a third wave on the horizon, says Tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. "Scientists are telling us the virus…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has welcomed the research results that found that people who were infected by the 501Y.V2 variant are immune from reinfection and possibly other circulating variants. "This is indeed good news for all of us and a reflection of good…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says the latest scientific results on the COVID-19 501.V2 variant is a highly significant fight by South African scientists in the fight against the pandemic. Nzimande made the remarks on Wednesday during a virtual media briefing on the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blaze Nzimande, are hosting a joint webinar on the latest findings on the Covid-19 variant, 501Y.V2. Genomic research has proved to be a potent tool in the fight against Covid-19. Investigations…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has published the national youth policy (NYP), aimed at promoting young South Africans over the next decade. The policy wants to introduce positive youth development outcomes for young people at local, provincial, and national…
Staff Reporter. Deputy President David Mabuza has reiterated government’s stance to ramp up efforts for the country to produce its own lifesaving vaccines, as the world battles COVID-19. Mabuza conducted an oversight visit at the Biovac Institute in Midrand, Gauteng, on Tuesday. Biovac is a bio-pharmaceutical company, in partnership with…
The state capture inquiry is expected to hear more Eskom-related testimony on Wednesday. Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe continue his testimony before the State Capture Commission. The commission is also expected to hear from former Eskom CFO Anoj Singh. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng provincial government has made formal submissions to the national government indicating its rejection of the implementation of e-tolls, the Citizen reported. Gauteng MEC Jacob Mamabolo told the paper that the province is working with the national government to ensure e-tolls are stopped due to concerns of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Tuesday night that less than 1 000 new Covid-19-related cases were recorded in South Africa. A total of 856 new cases have been identified since the last report and the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases has risen to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Freddy Mavundla. The African National Congress (ANC) in the Gauteng provincial legislature has, with the help of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), defeated a motion of no confidence brought against Premier David Makhura. The governing party managed to secure 37 of the required votes, one…
Staff Reporter. Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she is confident the parliamentary process and judicial proceedings will result in her being cleared of any alleged wrongdoing. Mkhwebane, who is on sabbatical leave to "get some rest", says the panel jumped the gun as she has two pending litigations related to…
Staff Reporter. Former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe again took a swipe at President Cyril Ramaphosa at the commission of inquiry into state capture. Molefe, who resumed giving evidence at the commission on Tuesday, took issue with evidence leader Pule Seleka not mentioning the claims he made against Ramaphosa during…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele has vowed that law enforcement will serve justice to the families of the two Kraaifontein police officers fatally attacked while on duty at the weekend. Cele made the commitment on Tuesday while visiting the families of Sergeant Mnakwazo Mdoko and Constable Mninawa Breakfast. The…
 By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The labour court on Tuesday set aside the Passenger Rail Agency of SA’s (Prasa's) termination of employment contracts for two senior executives and a manager, who must be reinstated with immediate effect. Martha Ngoye, group executive for legal risk and compliance, and Nkosinathi Khena, Prasa’s COO, received…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been granted leave to appeal the Western Cape High Court’s ruling that the lockdown ban on tobacco sales was unconstitutional and invalid. Leave to appeal was granted because two court rulings on the ban…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral Commission has welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa of the country's return to Alert Level 1 which allows the resumption of some political activities. "The relaxation of the restrictions paves the way for the holding of by-elections for municipal ward vacancies which arose since the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Treasury today has published its draft amendments to Regulation 28 of the Pension Funds Act for public comment. The proposed amendments seek to make it easier for retirement funds to increase investment in infrastructure and improve the measurement of infrastructure investment by the Financial Sector…
Staff Reporter. After weeks of wrangling over the new date and accusations that the State Capture Commission was trying to prevent Brian Molefe from completing his Eskom testimony – to protect President Cyril Ramaphosa and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan – the former Eskom chief executive has been rescheduled to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa sought to identify a backup option in case finance minister Tito Mboweni left his post, but abandoned the search because he couldn’t find a suitable alternative, according to four people familiar with the situation. While some of the nation’s most prominent policymakers and business…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe will return to the state capture commission witness box on Tuesday morning. Molefe will be expected to finish what he started in late January this year when his testimony was cut short. At the time, after three hours of testifying, commission chairperson…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that a total of 566 new Covid-19-related cases have been identified since the last report, bringing total number of Covid-19 cases to 1 513 959. The total number of tests conducted to date is 9 090 273, with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Constitutional Court will hear an application by the state capture inquiry to have former president Jacob Zuma declared to be in contempt of court for defying a summons to testify on March 25. The commission launched the application last week after Zuma failed to appear before…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The DA has today filed a complaint with the Press Ombudsman following a Sunday Times article that appeared in the newspaper yesterday (Sunday 28 February). DA leader John Steenhuisen told the Sunday Times this week that the DA is keen to work with "reformists" in the ANC…
Staff Reporter. State-owned defence company Denel said on Monday that chief financial officer Carmen le Grange had resigned. Denel's board chair resigned last week, in the same week that the company announced that a handful of other members of the board of directors had departed. "The board wishes to thank…
Staff Reporter. Public sector unions are expected to table their wage demands this week as part of the negotiations for the next round of public employee salary adjustments. This comes after the unions were left reeling by government’s decision to renege on the final year of the 2018 wage agreement,…
Staff Reporter. Investigations into the source of the sulphur stench that was experienced in parts of Gauteng and Mpumalanga last month are ongoing. The update on the investigations comes after a visit by officials from the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) and the Gert Sibande District Municipality in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The three-member panel that conducted preliminary assessment on allegations of misconduct and incompetence against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she has a case to answer. The panel said the charges, based on the findings of prima facie evidence of incompetence and misconduct, should be referred to a…
Staff Reporter. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has spoken frankly about the ongoing struggle with the price of school uniforms as parents battle to make ends meet. "This is very close to my heart and I think anybody who comes from a poor background - like ourselves - or a…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. Ntuthuko Shoba, accused of ordering the murder of his lover Tshegofatso Pule when she was eight months pregnant, remains in custody for now. This is after his bail application in the Roodepoort magistrate's court was on Monday postponed to Friday, when a decision on…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says the Land Court Bill will ensure stronger judicial oversight over claims. "The bill seeks to ensure stronger judicial oversight over claims, and this must lead to better settlements, reduce the scope for corruption and avert the bundling…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Moody’s Investors Service has warned that slightly lower deficits won’t prevent debt rising in South Africa, as downside risks remain elevated in the country. The ratings agency was referencing South Africa’s 2021 Budget Review, published on 24 February, in which it slightly lowered its deficit forecasts in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that his government is working on an important policy document that aims to root out corruption among public service officials. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public on Monday (01 March), Ramaphosa said that the draft National Implementation Framework towards the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The State Capture Commission of Inquiry hears Eskom related evidence. Former Eskom head of generation Matshela Koko has asked the State Capture Commission of Inquiry into State Capture to probe allegations that Gupta-linked businessman Salim Essa paid R100 000 for his trip to Dubai in January 2016.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published a new gazette that confirms the move to lockdown level 1, and the changes to some restrictions. The gazette gives effect to the national address given by president Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday evening (28…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola and the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, brief the media on the Cabinet approved Land Court Bill. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. As announced by His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 1 513 393 with 1 168 new cases identified since the last report. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 9 077 479 …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move back to lockdown level 1. In a national address on Sunday evening (28 February), the president said that the eased restrictions come nearly a year after the first Covid-19 case was first reported in the country. He…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s will address the nation at 20:00 and the address comes as the country continues the rollout of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine against COVID 19. South Africa is also seeking to stimulate the economy that has been ravaged by the lockdowns.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm on Sunday night on the latest Covid-19 developments. In a statement on Sunday afternoon, the presidency said that the address would be on "developments in the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic". "The address follows meetings in recent…
Staff Reporter. Two on-duty police officers in Cape Town were shot dead on Sunday morning in what was described as an "apparent ambush". Both members were killed on the scene and robbed of their official firearms. "At around 01:25 the members were on patrol in Phumla Street in Bloekombos when…
Staff Reporter. Former SAA board chair Dudu Myeni's fortunes seem to be improving. Two years ago, she couldn't afford to travel from Durban to Pretoria to attend a court case seeking to declare her a delinquent director. Now, she can afford to help former president Jacob Zuma feed scores of…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. The Msunduzi municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, which manages Pietermaritzburg and is the seat of the KZN legislature, has uncovered over one hundred 'ghost workers' on its payroll. The municipality’s administrator Scelo Duma discovered the phantom workers following an employee headcount. The municipality was placed into administration in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A preliminary forensic report claims that over R2 billion has been stolen from state power firm Eskom through a network of ghost service suppliers and well-placed officials, according to City Press. The money was allegedly funnelled via fraudulent transactions over the last three years, and involved numerous…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 512 225. This is an increase of 1447 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date…
Staff Reporter. National Treasury is proposing changing rules governing pension funds to encourage investment in infrastructure projects. The government has put public works in sectors such as transport, energy and water at the heart of its economic recovery plans. Treasury is proposing changes to Regulation 28 of the Pension Funds…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Zolani Matthews has been appointed Group chief executive officer (CEO)at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). This was announced by transport minister Fikile Mbalula on Saturday at the Langa train station in Cape Town. Mbalula said Matthews is a seasoned professional with an understanding of…
Staff Reporter. No loss of human life, property or serious injuries have been reported thus far. Two ground crew members were taken to hospital for minor injuries. Picture: Twitter. Two firefighters have been taken to hospital after being injured while fighting a blaze in the Jonkershoek Valley, 10km south-east of…
Staff Reporter. The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone has to date attracted over R21 billion worth of investments, says Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Fikile Majola. The Deputy Minister said these investments were at different stages of development and two of them, with private investment value of R380 million…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Social Development is expected to make payments to beneficiaries of the Early Childhood Development Employment - Stimulus Relief Grant (ECD-ESRF) in the first week of March. Addressing a media briefing on Friday, Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, said her department has received R496 million…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Within just over a week, 63 648 patient-facing healthcare workers in the public and private sector have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the country. The rapid rollout of the Johnson and Johnson (JnJ) vaccine to healthcare workers through the Sisonke Programme is a…
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