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Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) says an amount of R911 million has been committed for the 2020/21 financial year to assist in solving the longstanding sewer pollution of the Vaal River. “A total investment by the department in the 2020/21 financial year is R1.2 billion…
Photo Credit:GCIS. South Africa’s new Reconstruction and Recovery Plan should help unlock greater job creation and faster economic growth. “The plan contains many practical initiatives which together should improve the underlying investment environment and unlock greater job creation and faster economic growth. Much now depends on how quickly the specific…
President Cyril Ramaphosa says African countries are encouraged by moves by international financial institutions to provide relief to indebted countries at a time when the effects of COVID-19 continue to be felt. “We are encouraged by moves by the international financial institutions to provide relief to indebted countries, and reiterate…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (NEHAWU) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan for the emphasis it places on job creation. In a statement shortly after the President’s speech at the joint sitting of Parliament, NEHAWU’s secretariat said: “In particular, we welcome…
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is appealing for calm in the Free State town of Senekal today as two suspects are due to appear in court over the murder of farm manager, Brandon Horner. This follows the chaotic scenes at Senekal Magistrate’s Court that led to a police…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, has condemned the torching of the Oval student residence at the Westville campus, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). “The destruction of university property is a criminal offence and all those engaging in such acts must be arrested…
Police Minister Bheki Cele says police officers are fully prepared for any eventuality at the Senekal Magistrate’s Court in the Free State this morning. His statement comes as the community threatens more chaos should Sekwetje Mahlamba and Sekola Matlaletsa be granted bail. The two are accused of the murder of…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed in a statement that South Africa now has 698,184 total infections. This is an increase of 1,770 new Covid-19 cases confirmed in the past 24 hours. A further 158 Covid-19 related deaths had been recorded in the past 24 hours. Of these, eight…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says if South Africa is to adopt the right localisation policy at a larger scale, about 3.2 percentage points could be added to the country’s annual GDP. This policy would include manufacturing 10% of goods locally, as well as supplying 2% of goods that African…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. There’s no doubt that COVID-19 has changed how we work, and while there have been many negatives to this pandemic, it presents a unique opportunity to shape the world of work in a way that improves the environment for a greater section of the workforce, a leadership expert…
File Photo. Former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi was taken to hospital on Thursday,less than 24 hours after being detained in prison. This is according to his attorney, Daniel Witz, who said the prison had earlier alerted him that Agrizzi was unwell and his condition was being monitored. "I can confirm…
Photo Credit:GCIS. As South Africa gears to embark on a massive infrastructure drive, government has established Infrastructure SA and the Infrastructure Fund to prepare and package projects. “To ensure that there is active implementation of our infrastructure build programme, we have established Infrastructure SA and the Infrastructure Fund with the…
File Photo. Government has reiterated its commitment to take decisive action against crime and corruption – a move President Cyril Ramaphosa says is essential for inclusive growth. “We are working to clamp down on the illegal economy and illicit financial flows, including transfer pricing abuse, profit shifting, VAT and customs…
File Photo. Deputy police national commissioner for human resource management, Lt-Gen Bonang Mgwenya has been suspended. Mgwenya was allegedly involved in fraud relating to a multimillion-rand tender for emergency warning equipment. National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole confirmed that Mgwenya was suspended "following damning allegations of her alleged involvement in…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says government is working on a subsidy scheme to empower the taxi industry. “As we make strides towards an industry that is truly empowered, we have made a firm commitment as government that such empowerment includes participation of the industry in the subsidy scheme,”…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Government has committed R100 billion to support and create over 800 000 employment opportunities over the next three years. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced this at a joint sitting of the Houses of Parliament in a hybrid session on the Reconstruction and Recovery Plan aimed at steering the country…
File Photo. The Pretoria High Court (High Court of South Africa, Gauteng Division in Pretoria) has set aside Public Protector's report on the Financial Services Board. The report is declared unconstitutional and unlawful and Busisiwe Mkhwebane is also ordered to pay costs. Mkhwebane may have publicly defended her 2018 report…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa is to table an economic plan that will reignite growth in the country. Ramaphosa will virtually address the two Houses of Parliament, these being the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. The president said the coronavirus pandemic has plunged the country and the…
Mpumalanga police have launched a manhunt following the discovery of an 80-year-old woman's body stashed in a freezer in Pankop, near Mmamethlake. According to Colonel Donald Mdhluli, the preliminary investigation suggests that the victim was staying with her 10-year-old grandson and a caregiver from Lesotho. The woman had been hired…
File Photo. State Capture Commission continues to hear Transnet related testimony from the Director at Bowmans Gilfilan Attorneys,Christopher Todd. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Wednesday heard that former president Jacob Zuma’s office demanded state-owned freight, rail and logistics company Transnet settle an R8 million lawsuit for goods…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to appear before Parliament this afternoon to outline the country’s much-anticipated economic recovery plan. The President last week wrote to National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise and National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson Amos Masondo about his intention to call a joint sitting of…
As of today, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 696 414. This is an increase of 1 877 new cases identified since the last report. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 458 745 with 24 793 new tests conducted since the…
The Western Cape provincial government has called on youth and business to play their part in staying safe. This comes after a cluster outbreak, where 63 cases were linked to a club in the southern suburbs of Cape Town. Half of the infected are reportedly matric learners. "Given that these…
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has signed the wage proposal made by the management of the Bombela Operating Company (BOC), thus effectively ending the strike. Gautrain workers affiliated with Numsa had been on strike since 5 October over a wage dispute. The union was demanding an…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Members of Parliament have heard how R44.4 million was channelled from Eskom’s contractors, through sub-contracted companies, to four Eskom officials in a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probe, which has led to four arrests. Briefing the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts on Wednesday, the SIU told…
File Photo. Former Bosasa Chief Operating Officer Angelo Agrizzi has been denied bail in the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court. Agrizzi made his first appearance at the court today having failed to show up due to illness earlier this month. Magistrate Philip Venter, in reading out a lengthy bail judgment on…
International development practitioners and organisations should question how they can decolonise their work by adopting African-led solutions, says Ivorian-American Stephanie Kimou, founder and principal consultant at Population Works Africa. Kimou was the international keynote speaker at the Trialogue Business in Society Virtual Conference today (14 October). Decolonising international development is…
File:President Cyril Ramaphosa and the new Free State Premier, Sisi Ntombela. Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela has become the latest provincial head to test positive for COVID-19. The MEC for Health, Montseng Tsiu and the Director-General (DG) in the Free State Provincial Government, Kopung Ralikontsane, were confirmed to have contracted…
File Photo. President Cyril Ramaphosa has accorded the late South African Human Rights Commission Deputy Chairperson, Ambassador Priscilla Jana, a special category two provincial funeral. "Ramaphosa has authorised that the National Flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station in the Gauteng province on the day of her funeral…
Photo Credit:Chante Schartz. The Palm Ridge Magistrates Court has postponed the fraud and corruption case against former ANC MP Vincent Smith to 3 December. Smith was charged with fraud and corruption after he allegedly received money from Bosasa amounting to R800,000 through various transactions. The gratifications were allegedly in exchange…
File Photo. The State capture inquiry hear Transnet related testimony. Former General Manager of Group Legal Services at Transnet Group Capital, Advocate Siyabulela Mapoma will give testimony on Wednesday. The Commission will also hear testimony from Director at Bowman Gilfillan, Christopher Todd. Meanwhile the Gauteng Provincial Legislature’s committee on Roads…
File Photo. The Eastern Cape-based Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has extended its market offering beyond the South African borders into Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR) and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), under the Coega Africa Programme (CAP). “Through its African Trade and Investment Solutions Strategy, the CDC is championing…
File Photo. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has written to National Assembly Speaker, Thandi Modise, requesting to table the 2020 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) on 28 October 2020. The Minister was initially expected to table the mid-term budget next week Wednesday. In a statement, the National Treasury said Modise…
It’s been over 200 days since the country declared a national lockdown in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19 and efforts are now showing results. We have seen a decline in Covid-19 daily infections as some parts of the country have reached the peak during the lockdown period.…
File:BLSA CEO Busi Mavuso. COVID-19 has exposed just how fractured South Africa’s democracy is and how unequal we are as a society. We need rational, pragmatic choices from government, labour and business, says Busisiwe Mavuso, CEO of Business Leadership South Africa. Ms Mavuso was addressing over 300 delegates at the…
The Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced the names of candidates nominated to stand for election to Party Leadership roles at the DA elective Federal Congress on 31 October 2020 and 1 November 2020. In just 18 days, DA Federal Congress delegates will participate in a election to select the leadership…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. With about 30 days left before the start of the 2020 Matric exams, the focus of Grade 12s is now firmly on the final preparation for this important milestone. But they should also take some time to finalise their Higher Education plans for next year, as the…
The man arrested in connection with the torching of a police vehicle outside a Free State court last week, will remain behind bars. He was was part of a violent protest in Senekal when two suspects appeared in court in connection with the murder of a farm manager. Andre Pienaar…
A Carletonville caregiver,Nellie Senwametsi, who was found guilty of assaulting minors under her care has been sentenced to five years imprisonment. Magistrate Jan Steyn handed down the sentence in Oberholzer magistrate's court on Wednesday. Steyn further declared Senwametsi unsuitable to work with children and her name will be entered in…
File Photo. The COVID-19 crisis offers South Africans opportunities to tackle the unfinished agenda of transforming our society into a more equitable, resilient and prosperous democracy that promotes the wellbeing of all people and our planet. This call to action was made by academic, businesswoman and political thinker Dr Mamphela…
Photo Credit:Trevor Samson. Employment and Labour Minister, Thulas Nxesi, has commended the role played by the Labour Health and Safety Inspectorate in wider efforts to combat COVID-19. “A positive take-away from this is that we will emerge from this difficult period, as a department, with a much strengthened occupational health…
File Photo. The case against EFF leader Julius Malema and MP Mbuyseni Ndlozi has been postponed to 28 and 29 October. The case failed to get underway as scheduled today, as it could not be decided whether or not media should be allowed to film inside the court room. Malema…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has called for the re-imagining of Harry Gwala District Municipality in a manner that will be beneficial to communities in the region. The Minister made the call during the first day of a three-day District Development Model (DDM)…
File Photo. Eskom continue to top the agenda at the State Capture Commission this morning. Former Eskom Board chairperson Ben Ngubane is currently testifying. Ngubane said that his predecessor Zola Tsotsi had faced serious allegations, including meddling in operations and misrepresenting information. He earlier admitted that he communicated with Gupta…
The African National Congress has reprimanded Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula over his tweets, saying if there were issues, they should be brought before the party and not ventilated on social media. Party spokesperson Pule Mabe said Mbalula’s action went against the ANC’s social media policy. Mbalula launched an attack through…
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 693 359 detected COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 888 new cases identified since the last report. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 418 418 with 10 977 new tests…
Photo Credit:Mduduzi Ndzingi. The Democratic Alliance has been rocked by allegations of sexual harassment involving the party’s Gauteng interim leader, Solly Msimanga. DA Gauteng legislature member Nkele Molapo is accusing Gauteng interim leader Msimganga of sexual harassment. Molapo claims that the conduct of the party has forced her to ditch…
Photo Credit:Alaister Russell. The Parktown Boys High School principal,Malcom Williams has been fired by the Gauteng education department. His dismissal comes nine months after the death of Enoch Mpianzi, a 13-year-old grade 8 pupil who drowned during a school orientation camp at Nyati Bush and River Break in North West.…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has released the latest protocols from Higher Health for the 2020/21 examination period in the Post-Schooling Education and Training (PSET) sector. The protocols will guide 26 universities, 50 Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges and other post-schooling…
Photo Credit:Moeletsi Mabe. National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, has pledged the South African Police Service’s (SAPS) support to institutions working on rooting out criminality in the service. This comes after Deputy National Commissioner, Lieutenant General Bonang Mgwenya, was on Monday arrested by the Investigating Directorate (ID). Mgwenya, Human Resource…
Deputy national police commissioner, Bonang Mgwenya appeared in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court for her alleged role in a multi-million-rand tender fraud scandal. She has been released on R20,000 bail. Mgwenya is the deputy national commissioner for Human Resources management. Her arrest and appearance relate to the supply of emergency…
Photo Credit:GCIS. While South Africa faces a mammoth task of tackling the scourge of violent crimes, the fight will require that all peace-loving citizens stand together not only to condemn these acts but also work together to end them, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. The President made these remarks in the…
Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on Monday announced Darwin Zinzile Nkonki as the new chairperson of the Postbank Board. Nkonki is one of four incoming board members at the Postbank, following approval by Cabinet. He is a highly qualified executive, with more than two decades of experience in…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has launched a toll-free number that will see the public expeditiously lodge misconduct complaints by police officers. Speaking at the launch on Monday, Police Minister Bheki Cele said while he was confident that the majority of police officers were hardworking, dedicated and…
File Photo. Former Free State MEC for Human Settlements Mosebenzi Zwane is back at the state capture inquiry on Monday. The commission will be listening to evidence relating to the province's R1 billion housing project. When he appeared before the commission last month Zwane said he wasn't aware of the…
File Photo. President Cyril Ramaphosa says while South Africa faces a mammoth task of tackling the scourge of violent crimes, the fight will require that all peace-loving citizens stand together not only to condemn these acts but also work together to end them. The President made these remarks in the…
File Photo. The Expropriation Bill 2020 has been submitted to Parliament for introduction. The bill, which is set to replace the Expropriation Act of 1975 that is inconsistent with the Constitution, was gazetted on 09 October 2020. The bill is part of the work of government in ensuring that a…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 692 471 detected COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 1 575 new cases identified since the last report. Province Total cases for 11 October 2020 Percentage total Eastern Cape 90867 13,1 Free State 50851 7,3…
Photo Credit:KZN Prov. Twelve people were killed, including a child, and three others injured following a taxi rollover on the D429 Kilmun Road in Underberg, KwaZulu Natal, yesterday afternoon. ER24 paramedics arrived on the scene at 16h50 to find another private service as well as the Provincial EMS already in…
Photo Credit:Pexels. The South African Weather Service has warned of the possibility of localised flooding from showers and thundershowers in Gauteng and other parts of the country on Sunday. Temperatures are also expected to take a dip. Thunder storms can be expected in Gauteng, South West Limpopo, the Weestern and…
Photo credit: Picture Perfect Pose. One person was killed and another seven sustained injuries ranging from moderate to critical after two vehicles collided in OR Tambo Rd(Church Str) close to Falck Rd early yesterday evening. The high impact collision left four of the victims entrapped in the wreckages and jaws…
File Photo. Human rights lawyer and former Member of Parliament, Priscilla Jana, has passed away. She was 76. Jana played a significant role in protest politics against apartheid. Jana represented Solomon Mahlangu in 1978 and played a pivotal role in engineering international awareness and protest against his death sentence and…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 690 896 detected COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 2 364 new cases identified since the last report. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 388 171 with 28 066 new tests…
Image: Dumisane Lubisi/Facebook. City Press executive editor Dumisane Lubisi has died on Friday as a result of heart attack. He was 44 years old. Mondli Makhanya, the editor of the City Press, said that the paper had lost a pillar of strength. "I can’t even begin to describe the devastation…
Gautrain has announced a limited-service for Sunday between 9 am and 6 pm. Operations were grounded to a halt on Saturday due to a strike by workers affiliated to Numsa over a wage dispute. The Bombela Operations Company, which manages the Gautrain, offered the workers a non-negotiable 4.1% increase, while…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister, David Mahlobo has instructed the departmental officials to move with speed in implementing remedial actions contained in the Public Protector’s report on the construction of Nandoni Dam. The Public Protector’s report follows dissatisfaction from some community members affected by the construction of…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Aweza have collaborated to develop a unique mobile application to bridge communication barriers between healthcare providers and patients. Aweza is an international award-winning tech-based initiative that strives to inspire and empower South Africans to overcome language barriers across…
Photo Credit:Unsplash. The deadline for written submissions into the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill has been extended to 30 November 2020. Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services Committee Chairperson Bulelani Magwanishe said the committee had received several requests for an extension. This after the committee opened the process approximately…
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 688 532 detected COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 1 641 new cases identified since the last report. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 360 105 with 20 419 new…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The dismissed Gauteng Health MEC, Bandile Masuku has hit back at the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU) report claiming he failed to execute his functions in line with the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA). Masuku was fired by Premier David Makhura on the basis of the SIU’s findings and…
The South African Post Office (SAPO) is currently repositioning its e-commerce strategy to be a driver of global exports and to enhance intra-African trade under the new African Continental Free Trade Agreement, while engineering local trade. Today the world is commemorating World Post Day. The Ministry of Communications and Digital…
File Photo. The Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation has reopened the window of opportunity, targeting individuals to apply for the sector relief fund. This second phase is earmarked for individuals running programmes within the sectors of sport, recreation, culture and creative industries. It also targets those working…
A 47-year-old woman was arrested on Friday for allegedly defrauding the COVID-19 TERS relief benefits amounting to over R3 million. The suspect who is a Director of Mtititi Drop-in Center allegedly claimed R3.2 million COVID-19 social relief funds from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) on behalf of her 242 former…
Antigen tests for SARS-CoV-2 detection will be rolled out to all ports of entry in South Africa with immediate effect. The purpose of the rollout is to effect the provisions of the level 1 travel regulations, which stipulate that all travellers who arrive at a port of entry without a…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Gauteng premier David Makhura has fired the province's health MEC, Bandile Masuku, following a Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report into allegations of tender irregularities. On Friday, Makhura said the SIU found that Masuku had failed to execute his functions in compliance with the constitution and the Public Finance…
File Photo. The Western Cape High Court has dismissed with costs public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s urgent bid to halt the parliamentary process that could see her impeached, paving the way for an inquiry into her fitness to hold office to proceed. Judge Vincent Saldanha, on behalf of three judges, on…
Photo Credit:Fabrice COFFRINI. African Union Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has called on the continent to rally behind Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to be elected as the first African at the helm of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). President Ramaphosa congratulated Okonjo-Iweala on her advancement to…
Photo Credit:Esa Alexander. Former president Jacob Zuma has been summoned to appear before the state capture inquiry from 16 to 20 November. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said he would be failing as State Capture Inquiry Chairperson if he didn't compel Zuma to testify at the commission. He's allowed to…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom’s maintenance efforts, which will help reduce load shedding, are likely to bear fruit next year, says Eskom Chief Executive Offier André de Ruyter. Speaking at the two-day Joburg Indaba that concluded on Thursday, de Ruyter said plans are in place to enable Eskom to achieve operational…
Photo Credit:Simphiwe Nkwali. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, together with law enforcement agencies, are looking into the possible shut down of two illegal schools in Ivory Park, east of Johannesburg. Following allegations that Wisdom English Private School in Ivory Park and True Grace Christian School in Ebony Park operated illegally,…
Photo Credit:AFP. An application will be heard at the State Capture Commission this morning to issue a summons to former president Jacob Zuma.His foundation is fighting back, issuing a statement accusing commission chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, of playing politics. The foundation was sent a communication on an application…
File Photo. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa recorded 686 891 detected COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 1 736 new cases identified since the last report. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 339 686 with 21 172 new…
Lekela, renewable power-generation company that delivers utility-scale projects across Africa, anounced its South Africa's Perdekraal East windfarm began commercial operations. The Perdekraal East windfarm will add 110MW to South Africa’s national grid. It becomes the first wind farm from Round 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme…
Photo Credit:Esa Alexander. The Jacob Zuma Foundation has once again accused the state capture commission of playing politics. In a statement issued on Thursday, the foundation said Zuma’s lawyers got the amended notice late on Monday and they were not given sufficient time as the matter would be argued before…
The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has placed eight officials on precautionary suspension following a forensic investigation into contracts allegedly irregularly awarded by the Waste Management Bureau. The Waste Management Bureau’s mandate, among others, is to promote and facilitate minimisation, re-use, recycling and recovery of waste, and disburse of…
Photo Credit:UN. Almost 2 million babies are stillborn every year – or one every 16 seconds, says the first-ever stillbirth report by the United Nations Inter-Agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation (UN-IGME). The vast majority of stillbirths or 84% occur in low and lower-middle-income countries, according to the new report…
Photo Credit:Alon Skuy. The case of seven people arrested in connection with the plundering of VBS Mutual Bank was postponed on Thursday to January 26 next year. The suspects are former board chairperson Tshifhiwa Matodzi, former CEO Andile Ramavhunga, former treasurer Phopho Mukhondobwane, former KPMG partner Sipho Malaba, and former…
Police Minister General Bheki Cele has welcomed the arrest of the first suspect involved in violent demonstrations by a group of farmers outside the Senekal Magistrates Court in the Free State. This as chaotic scenes unfolded outside the court building, following a court appearance by two suspects accused of the…
File Photo. Eskom will continue to top the agenda when the State Capture Commission resumes on Thursday morning. The inquiry will continue to hear evidence from former Eskom board member Venete Klein. Former Eskom Company Secretary Malesela Phukubje is also expected to testify. Livestream Video Below. Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom has restored electricity to two Northern Cape municipalities following payments made towards settling their debt. “After being without electricity supply since 06h00 on Tuesday, 7 October 2020, supply to the Kamiesberg and Richtersveld Local Municipalities was restored yesterday evening. This comes after both municipalities paid an…
Photo Credit:GCIS. In an effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 academic year, Higher Education Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has published a national framework to ensure that the cost for tuition and accommodation will remain the same for the 2020 academic year, regardless of its length at…
Media applicants looking for funding can officially submit their applications for grants to the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) from 15 October 2020. The MDDA will officially open the 2020/21 call for grant funding applications for a six-week period commencing on 15 October 2020. Community media projects, including radio,…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has been granted leave to appeal a High Court decision relating to Eskom’s fourth Multi-Year Price Determination (MYPD4). “The National Energy Regulator of South Africa welcomes the granting of leave to appeal against the High Court of South Africa…
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 685 155 detected COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 1 913 new cases identified since the last report. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 318 514 with 23 583 new…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Willem de Klerk, the son of former president FW de Klerk, has died at the age of 53. The FW de Klerk Foundation announced the 53-year-old's death on Wednesday. "It is with the deepest sadness that FW de Klerk announces that his son, Willem, died last night…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Parliament has confirmed that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will deliver his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement on 21 October. Mboweni will announce a raft of financial measures government will take to assist the country's economy following a tough COVID-19 lockdown. He will take to the podium against the backdrop…
Photo Credit:Alon Skuy. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Director Advocate Shamila Batohi briefed Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and correctional services today, on its annual report in the past year and the first quarter of this year. Batohi explained that if the proposed budget cuts were to be implemented, the NPA…
South Africa is slowly making inroads in beneficiation and industrialisation, with the successful construction of the first fuel cell manufacturing facility at the Dube Trade Port being a prime example of what the country can achieve. The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) Director-General, Lionel October, on Wednesday said…
With lockdown now lifting, development of additional classrooms, ablutions facilities, and a kitchen at the Lerome Secondary School, in Moruleng village, is underway. Sun City, a Sun International resort, has collaborated with the North West Department of Education, Northam Platinum and its Zondereinde Community Trust to help develop a secondary…
Photo Credit:GCIS. With COVID-19 having had devastating effects on the country’s economy, a virtual Cabinet Lekgotla is underway to discuss South Africa’s economic recovery plan. “The Cabinet Lekgotla will focus on the economic recovery. As we all know, COVID-19 has caused serious devastation in our lives, economy, employment and businesses.…
Photo Credit:KZN Prov. The KwaZulu-Natal government has applauded the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural and Linguistic Communities (CRL) for launching an investigation into KwaSizabantu Mission. The mission is accused of gross human rights violations following a News24 investigation lifting the lid on allegations of…
Photo Credit:Alon Skuy. Former VBS Mutual Bank CFO Phillip Truter pleaded guilty to six counts related to looting of funds at the bank. The National Prosecuting Authority said Truter will spend an effective seven years behind bars for his role in the scandal that saw some R1.89 billion looted from…
Photo Credit:Jackie Clausen. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) embark on a nationwide stay away this morning. Cosatu has asked its more than 1.8 million members and other workers around the country to stay at home in support of the action due to the impact of the coronavirus…
File Photo. Eskom continue to top the agenda when the State Capture Commission resumed this morning. The inquiry will hear from Nonkululeko Dlamini, Eskom's former financial director. Former Eskom board members group executive Norman Baloyi and Venete Klein are also expected to testify. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Photo Credit:Alon Skuy. The Hawks have distanced themselves from reports that ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is going to be arrested. This followed a report by Independent Media last night that a warrant of arrest had been issued for Magashule. Magashule said He has instructed his lawyers to contact the National…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to South Africa’s educators for their role in teaching young minds. The President’s remarks came during his keynote address at the South African Democratic Teacher’s Union’s (SADTU) virtual 30th anniversary event on Tuesday. “We can all be proud that 30 years later SADTU remains…
South Africa has recorded 1 027 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 683 242. The number of COVID-related deaths has risen to 17 103. A further 87 more COVID-19 related deaths were recorded: Four from Eastern Cape, 35 from KwaZulu-Natal, 28 from Gauteng, 5 from North West and 15…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Police Minister Bheki Cele has expressed his "shock and disgust"over the violent demonstration by a group of farmers outside the Senekal Magistrate’s Court in the Free State, which resulted in arson and vandalism. Cele also questioned the demonstrators’ motives in "turning their anger towards the police". "Police reports…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Western Cape Department of Education (WCDE) is doing everything it can to see that Grade 12 learners in the province finish their matric year. The department has since launched a campaign focusing on the ‘Future You’ and with matriculants thanking their younger selves for making the…
Photo Credit:Jackie Clausen. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will embark on mass strike action on Wednesday as part of an ongoing dispute with the government. The labour federation has asked its members to stay at home in support of the action due to the impact of the…
Communications and Digital Technologies Minister, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, has announced the release of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Commission Report for public consumption. This comes after Cabinet last month approved the report, which was handed to President Cyril Ramaphosa in August. President Ramaphosa appointed members of the Presidential Commission on the…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)’s Asset Forfeiture Unit has seized several luxury cars belonging to businessperson Edwin Sodi’s company Blackhead Consulting in Bryanston. This comes as the NPA and the Hawks continue with their crackdown on those implicated in corruption across the province since last week. Sodi…
File Photo. Eskom will continue to top the agenda when the Zondo Commission resumes on Tuesday morning. Former Eskom consultant Nick Linnell was giving evidence on Monday when the commission had to adjourn early. This was due to a severe storm that hit parts of Gauteng. Former Eskom group executive…
Photo Credit:SANAC. Deputy President and South African National Aids Council (SANAC) chairperson, David Mabuza, has welcomed the appointment of Dr Thembisile Xulu as the SANAC Chief Executive Officer. Xulu's appointment follows the resignation of Dr Sandile Buthelezi, who left SANAC to serve as the Director-General of the National Department of…
File Photo. The International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) has introduced changes to the Price Preference System (PPS) in an effort to improve access to affordable scrap metal for the domestic steel and other metal producing industry. This comes after the commission finalised an initial investigation into the supply of scrap…
Photo Credit:Reuters. Eskom CEO André de Ruyter has been cleared of misleading or being dishonest with the parastatal's board over the cancellation of lucrative fuel tenders. This is according to a report from advocate Wim Trengove, who was called in following a complaint made against group CEO De Ruyter. Eskom…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 682 215 detected COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 926 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 280 340 with 10…
Photo Credit:Pexels. Johannesburg Emergency Management Services (EMS) spokesperson Nana Radebe confirmed that a woman in her 30s was struck by lightning and subsequently died around 16:30 in Melville. Radebe said the woman was struck by lightning on the corner of Main and 2nd road in Melville. She was declared dead…
Photo Credit:GCIS. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers closing address after the party’s National Executive Committee lekgotla. The virtual lekgotla focused primarily on economic recovery. Watch Live Below the Virtual Lekgotla. Video Courtesy of SABC.
Photo Credit:CSIR. Africa’s leading research, development and innovation organisation, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), has reached a major milestone, as today marks 75 years of its existence. Established in 1945, the CSIR has, for seven and a half decades, dedicated its resources to improving the quality of…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. John Moodey has joined Herman Mashaba’s new political party, ActionSA. Mashaba, a former DA mayor of Johannesburg, on Monday announced that Moodey, the former DA Gauteng leader, has joined his party and will take up the position of provisional chair. "John is a veteran civil servant who…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has lauded teachers as the heartbeat of the education system, as the world celebrates World Teachers’ Day. Held annually on 5 October since 1994, World Teachers’ Day commemorates the anniversary of the adoption of the 1966 International Labour Organisation recommendation concerning the status…
File:Kgaogelo Bopape and Malwande Nkonyane from Horizon International High School were awarded the best performing SA Black learners in the SAMO at the SAMF National awards. Both also represented South Africa at the 2017 Pan African Maths Olympiad. Soweto born, Kgaogelo Bopape, a grade 12 learner from Horizon International High…
File Photo. The state capture inquiry resumed with testimony from Eskom's Nicholas Linnell. Linnell has told the Commission how former SAA chairperson Dudu Myeni facilitated discussions around affairs at the power utility. He gave more Eskom related evidence to the commission. Referred to as a "fixer" for Myeni, Linnell met…
Photo Credit:Istock. The National Credit Regulator (NCR) said as effects of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to be felt across the world, new credit granted to consumers decreased by 56.72% quarter–on-quarter from R126.35 billion to R54.68 billion. This as the regulator released the Consumer Credit Market Report (CCMR) and the Credit…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has launched the Mooikloof Mega Residential City in Tshwane, Gauteng, which is geared to address the housing needs of the “missing middle”. Launched by the President on Sunday, the public-private partnership development seeks to assist the missing middle -- people who earn too much to qualify for…
Photo Credit:GCIS. South Africa’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Ebrahim Patel, has been elected as the chair of the ministerial body tasked with finalising negotiations on the terms for the commencement of the preferential trade under the African Continent Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). He takes leadership of the African…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says transforming patterns of agricultural land ownership is vital not just to address the historical injustices of the past, but to safeguard the nation’s food security. Writing in his weekly newsletter on Monday, the President made this remark in the wake of government last week…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 681 289 detected COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 1573 new cases in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 269 626 with 18 113 new tests conducted…
Photo Credit:Facebook. ANC activist and former Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) soldier Igshaan Dangor has passed away less than a month after his brother, former Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO, Achmat Dangor,died aged 72. Igshaan has died of COVID-19 related complications. His brother Zane said Igshaan was buried on Sunday in accordance…
File Photo. South African Airways Technical has reinstated aircraft maintenance after it managed to reach a payment agreement with some of the airlines. The SAA subsidiary had suspended maintenance services to four of its airline customers, including low-cost carrier Mango, due to outstanding payments. "We are pleased to have reached…
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the keynote addresses at the Mooikloof Mega Residential City Launch in Tshwane. According to Ramaphosa, the Mooikloof project is the outcome of a very successful public-private process and an example of how each sector’s interests can be aligned and can work for mutual benefit. He began…
Gautrain management said it would implement a contingency plan to ensure train services continued as planned for a possible strike on Monday. Trade union the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa(Numsa) on October 2 issued a notice to strike at the Bombela Operating Company (BOC) − the management and…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that South Africa's cumulative Covid-19 count stands at 679 716. This is an increase of 1 883 new cases in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 251 513 with 21 804 new tests conducted since…
Sedibeng municipal manager, Stanley Khanyile has been shot dead. He was reportedly shot multiple times while sitting in his car at Meyersdal Square in Alberton, south of Johannesburg. The circumstances surrounding the incident are still unclear, but it’s understood he succumbed to his wounds after being shot six times. The…
Photo Credit:Doug Mills. President Donald Trump was hospitalised on Friday and given an experimental COVID-19 treatment, but said he was "well," following bombshell news that the Republican had contracted the virus, knocking him off the campaign trail a month from the US election. After having not been seen in public…
The detectives from the Provincial Organised Crime Unit arrested three men and seized a 9mm pistol at KwaNdengezi following the execution style murders of four young men last week. On Saturday, 26 September 2020, police at KwaNdengezi received a report of four men who were killed at Zwelibomvu Reserve near…
File Photo. The Gauteng Health HOD, Professor Mkhululi Lukhele has resigned. Lukhele had been placed on precautionary suspension by Gauteng Premier, David Mahura, following a recommendation from the Special Investigative Unit. "Prof Mkhululi Lukhele, head of department at the department of health has informed Makhura of his resignation," provincial spokesperson…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 677 833. This is an increase of 1749 new cases in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 229 709 with 20…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is denying receiving funds from businessman Edwin Sodi. "I wish to categorically state I have never received any funds from Mr Sodi, either personally or through a third party intended for my personal benefit. I can confirm that during my tenure as the ANC…
File Photo. Partnerships in mega projects are critical to the success of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA), says South African High Commissioner to Mozambique, Mandisi Mpahlwa. “If we cannot have these major projects that are going to help to integrate our continent, this agreement is going to be…
Photo Credit:GCIS. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test certificate not older than 72 hours and travel insurance are just some of the requirements for travellers to South Africa upon arrival on the country’s shores. On Friday, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula provided details on the requirements for travellers following the reopening…
File Photo. Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane and the MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Gabisile Tshabalala, have tested positive for COVID-19 this week. According to a statement, the Premier developed flu-like symptoms on Sunday and was tested to establish the cause of her symptoms. She received her results on…
Edwin Sodi at the State Capture Inquiry - Photo: YouTube. The seven accused in the R255 million asbestos matter have been granted bail ranging between R50,000 and R500,000. The Bloemfontein Magistrates Court has also ordered the accused to surrender their passports. Seven accused and five companies face 60 charges which…
File Photo. US President Donald Trump announced early on Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for Covid-19, shortly after one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, had fallen ill with the coronavirus. "Tonight, @FLOTUS and I tested positive for COVID-19. We will begin our quarantine…
File Photo. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Johannesburg will on Friday hear Bosasa related testimony from African National Congress MP Cedric Frolick. Frolick has denied receiving monthly payments from the scandal-plagued Bosasa. The State Capture Commission heard more evidence linked to the company, which now trades as…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Democratic Alliance said President Cyril Ramaphposa must be held accountable for the ANC’s controversial trip to Zimbabwe for inter-party talks. DA MP Kobus Marais said Ramaphosa "only gave the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula permission to travel to Zimbabwe after she had already returned"…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramphosa has called on governments represented at the United Nations General Assembly to end all forms of violence against women and girls. The President was speaking during a virtual high-level meeting to mark the 25th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women convened by the…
The Health Ministry announced that the country's cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases had increased by 1 745 to 676 084. A further 132 more Covid-19-related deaths were recorded: 41 from Mpumalanga, 49 from KwaZulu-Natal, 8 from Gauteng, 7 from North West, 7 from Northern Cape, 6 from Western Cape…
The South African Council of Geo-Science confirmed an earth tremor with a magnitude of 2.8 in the West Rand It occurred around midday and was felt in Roodepoort, Randfontein and parts of Krugersdorp. The council's Michelle Grobler said the cause of the tremor is not yet known. "It was located…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says despite budget constraints, government continues to make strides in prioritising road infrastructure that adversely affects the livelihood of people. The Minister was speaking at the launch of Transport Month at the Mpumalanga Regional Stadium in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal. Mbalula said the South African National…
Photo Credi:GCIS. Government will, in the next two weeks, advertise thousands of hectares of available State land for lease, as the country accelerates its land reform programme. Detailing how the process will unfold, Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, on Thursday said during this period, government will…
South Africa has recorded additional cases of human rabies after two children from KwaZulu-Natal died from the virus recently. According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases of South Africa (NICD), the first case involved a two-year-old child from Umlazi, Durban, who was admitted in hospital with muscle fatigue, hyper-salivation…
File Photo. The State Capture Commission resumed this morning. North West Premier Job Mokgoro and SAA head of procurement Nontsasa Memela are expected to appear before the commission. Since last week, the commission has been focusing on allegations of corruption in the Free State housing and asbestos project worth millions…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The South African Police Service (SAPS) on Thursday scooped the International Digital Award at the Crime Stoppers International Awards in Sydney, Australia. The SAPS’s Crime Stop office won the award for a promotional video of the MySAPS app. The Crime Stop office is a member of the Crime…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has expressed concern for learners who have not returned to school yet, despite schools operating at full capacity under alert level 1 of the lockdown. “We are concerned that there are learners who have not returned to school yet. In the schools that…
Six suspects, among them former and current senior government officials, are expected to appear before the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday on fraud and corruption charges related to the 2014 Free State Asbestos Project. This comes after the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI), also known as the Hawks, swooped…
Photo Credit:Chante Schartz. Ex-ANC MP Vincent Smith has been granted bail of R30 000 for fraud and graft charges relating to Bosasa. Smith appeared in a packed specialised commercial crimes court, sitting in the Palm Ridge magistrate's court this morning. Wearing a dark blue suit and white shirt, he and…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. The first of Koeberg’s nuclear power station’s long-awaited six new replacement steam generators have arrived. “This is a culmination of exceptional teamwork and collaboration, heralding a key milestone for Africa’s only nuclear power station. The steam generators weigh approximately 380 tons each and are about 20 metres…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The United States Embassy, University of Pretoria (UP) and Rutgers University-Newark have officially launched a $500 000 (R8.3 million) grant to further strengthen and support the United States-South Africa Higher Education Network (US-SA HEN). The US-SA HEN is a consortium of higher education institutions in the United States…
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) will from today begin processing COVID-19 TERS applications for the period covering 16 August to 15 September 2020. The payments are part of government’s basket of services aimed at acting as a safety net for workers detrimentally affected by the pandemic’s halting of the economy…
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 674 339 detected Covid-19 cases. This is an increase of more than 1767 new infections reported in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 187 917 with 23…
Photo Credit:Alon Skuy. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has exonerated former Free State premier Ace Magashule in her latest report into malfeasance during Magashule’s tenure. Investigating a claim that Magashule violated the Executive Ethics Code by giving the Free State legislature false information, Mkhwebane concluded: "The allegation is unsubstantiated." The complaint…
South Africa is a nation that is perhaps best described as one which was born out of solidarity. It is time, again, to ignite our culture of solidarity as we face the greatest test of our character and cohesion since the dawn of democracy. The COVID-19 pandemic and the national…
The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) is in the final stages of the preparation for a study to determine the extent of COVID-19 infection in the general population with age-specific prevalence, as determined by seropositivity, Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, said on Wednesday. Nzimande said the…
File Photo. With the country having moved to Level 1 of the lockdown, the Department of Higher Education is now in a position to welcome back all university students, including international students who are currently outside the borders of South Africa. “All universities are implementing their plans to return all…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. As life slowly starts returning to normal under Level 1 of the Covid-19 lockdown, the experience gained over the past few months, during some of the most challenging times faced by parents, schools and teachers, has presented an unexpected silver lining - the opportunity for a renewed…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has directed that documentation relating to a recent visit to Zimbabwe by Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, be made public. The publication of the Minister’s initial and supplementary reports to the President is informed by the President’s commitment to transparency, said the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. With hours to go before the reopening of some borders following the easing of lockdown restrictions, South Africa has released a list of countries from which leisure travellers will not be allowed into the country. Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, revealed the list of countries at a…
File Photo. Guided by the World Health Organisation’s regulations, South Africa will gradually re-open some its international borders from 1 October 2020 after a six-month closure to manage COVID-19 infection rates. Business and some leisure travel will take precedence as the country welcomes international travellers in a staggered approach. “Travellers…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. South Africa will reopen its international borders for travellers from the African continent from 1 October 2020. The decision to open up the country’s borders to Africa is in a bid to facilitate the free movement of people, goods and services from South Africa, SADC and the…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Gauteng Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Advocate Andrew Chauke, has commended the investigating and prosecution efforts that have culminated in the jail sentence of former crime intelligence head, Richard Mdluli. This comes after Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng on Tuesday sentenced Mdluli and his co-accused, Colonel Mthembeni Mthunzi, to…
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has urged people to send through their appeals after experiencing an increased number of rejected applications for the R350 COVID-19 grant. According to the agency, this is attributed to several factors such as discrepancies in details provided by beneficiaries and information derived from…
Photo Credit:David Makhura Twitter. Gauteng Premier David Makhura has placed the provincial Health Department head, Professor Mkhululi Lukhele, on immediate precautionary suspension for allegedly failing to exercise responsibility in the COVID-19 related procurement. The development comes after the Special Investigating Unit, in a report dated 22 September 2020, made the…
Photo Credit:AFP. Weeks before the first presidential debate of 2020 ever unfolded, US President Donald Trump laid down the markers of how viewers were supposed to watch it. The programme was supposed to be about the self-immolation of a doddering, drooling 77-year-old fool on live national television in front of…
File Photo. The Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) has launched the South African Food Loss and Waste Voluntary Agreement, which commits food manufacturers and retailers to reduce food waste. Launched on Tuesday, the Food Loss and Waste Voluntary Agreement was developed by CGCSA in partnership with the Department…
File Photo. African Union (AU) Chair President Cyril Ramaphosa says financing for Africa remains crucial if the continent is to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets. Ramaphosa made these remarks during a virtual high-level meeting on financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the era of COVID-19. The…
The Gauteng Department of Health is concerned about the 6% increase in the number of COVID-19 active cases since the country moved to level 1 of the lockdown. South Africa moved to level 1 of the lockdown on 21 September 2020. Gauteng remains the epicentre of the virus with 219…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africans must work together to ensure a rapid rebound in employment following the release of the latest employment figures. “Now is the time for all South Africans to pull together and grow South Africa,” he said. Statistics South Africa released the Quarterly Labour…
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 672 572 detected Covid-19 cases. This is an increase of 903 new cases identified since the last report. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 164 491 with 12 011 new tests…
Donald Trump and Joe Biden will go head to head for the first time as they kick start a series of televised debates ahead of the November 3 election. The 90-minute meeting will take a different format to usual thanks to restrictions necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. There will be…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. South African Airways Business Rescue Practitioners have decided to suspend all of the airline's operations with immediate effect. This is a measure to put the national carrier under care and maintenance until funding discussions are completed. SAA halted operations and sought bankruptcy protection in December. The carrier’s…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Government will have to spend about R6 million on water tanks and trucks for emergency relief of the current water challenges in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. “Rand Water estimated that it would cost government R6 million to procure 100 x 5 000 litre tanks and 20 water…
File Photo. South Africa has reiterated its commitment to assist the Mozambican government to advantage of its gas booming market. Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Nomalungelo Gina said government would bolster bilateral relations between the two countries for the betterment and prosperous Africa. The Deputy Minister was speaking during…
File Photo. Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel says the death of social activist Anwah Nagia is a loss to society. “His death is a sad loss to the community of someone still in the prime of his life, able to give so much to build stronger and resilient…
Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has underscored the importance of environmental health practitioners as the world marks the 9th World Environmental Health Day amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Mkhize delivered the keynote address at the World Environment Health Day webinar on Tuesday. Reflecting on South Africa’s ongoing fight against COVID-19, Mkhize…
Despite the South African economy shedding 2.2 million jobs due to the COVID-19 lockdown, unemployment in the country dropped to 23.3% in the second quarter of 2020, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has revealed. This finding is contained in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS), which reveals that the number…
File Photo. Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC, Jacob Mamabolo, has instructed the taxi associations operating at Bosman taxi rank to abide by the law and stop the intimidation that has resulted in some operators being barred from the rank. This follows tensions which have been simmering between three…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli and his co-accused Mthembeni Mthunzi have been sentenced to an effective five years in jail. In July last year, Mdluli and a former police officer were convicted of kidnapping, assaulting and intimidating Oupa Ramogibe in 1998. The case relates to the…
The State Capture Commission continues today with Blackhead Consulting Director Edwin Sodi expected to take the stand. Blackhead-Diamond Hill was the joint venture company that was awarded a 255 million rand tender. Sodi said the millions of rand in donations paid to the African National Congress (ANC) was not corruption…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has rejected the registration of Action SA as a political party. This decision was based on similarities with the Party of Action (POA), and the use of the South African flag in the logo. Herman Mashaba applied to the IEC for registration…
The Embassy of Portugal has donated 25 laptops and 2 000 masks to support the phased-in reopening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The COVID-19 essentials donation and ICT devices come from the people of Portugal. We warmly accept this act of solidarity amid the devastation caused by the COVID-19…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize in a statement said South Africa has recorded 671 669 detected COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 903 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 152 480 with 9 014…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The saying "don't leave for tomorrow what you can do today" has never been more apt for this year's Grade 11s, as Covid-19, the lockdowns and their impact on education have shown. While many learners wait until their final year of school to put in the hard…
Photo Credit:Esa Alexander. Former president Jacob Zuma has asked Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to recuse himself when he appears before the State Capture Commission in November. Zuma told Zondo that he appeared to have a personal vendetta against him and as such, he has presented him to the public…
File Photo. The ANC Mpumalanga revealed former MP Eric Kholwane had been taken in for questioning by police over the alleged rape of his own daughters. The prominent party member, who still plays an active role in the aforementioned province, was arrested earlier this morning Kholwane has served as a…
The three police officers accused in the Nathaniel Julies murder case have been denied bail. Police officers Simon Ndyalvane, Caylene Whiteboy and Voster Netshiongolo were applying for bail in the Protea Magistrates Court. They are accused of killing 16-year-old Julies, who had Down syndrome, near his Eldorado Park home last…
File Photo. South Africa and Mozambique will on Tuesday host a two-day virtual Trade and Investment webinar. The webinar will be held under the theme 'Developing Afrocentric Solutions and Forging Partnership in Response to COVID-19'. Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister, Nomalungelo Gina and Mozambique Deputy Minister of Commerce and…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Innovation will come to the fore when the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic), together with the South African Innovation Summit (SAIS), host a summit this week. The two-day Innovation Summit, which will get underway on Wednesday, will bring together innovation leaders from different countries, backgrounds, disciplines…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says government has gazetted ministerial determinations that will enable the development of more than 11.800 megawatts (MW) of additional power generation. This follows commitments government made in the State of the Nation Address (SONA) in February this year. South Africa currently has in the region…
File Photo. The Commission of Inquiry into State Commission in Johannesburg continue to hear testimony from former Free State head of the Human Settlements Department Tim Mokhesi. Mokhesi has told the State Capture Commission that, in hindsight, he should not have entered into what he described as a "commercial property…
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 670 766 detected COVID-19 cases. This is an of increase of 1 268 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 143 466 with 15…
A joint operational plan to address corruption within the ranks of the South African Police Service (SAPS) continues to yield positive results as three more persons of interest were arrested in the R56 million tender fraud case. The latest arrests brings to total the number of people arrested in the…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Gauteng Education Department says parents who’ve used its online school admissions portal to apply for placement of their children will be given just seven days to accept or decline their offer. MEC Panyaza Lesufi gave an update on the application process in Johannesburg this afternoon. He…
Photo Credit:Craig Howes. There was a second earthquake measuring 2.3 on Sunday morning in Cape Town, the Council for Geoscience (CGS) has confirmed. According to The Council for Geoscience (CGS), the area in the Northern suburbs recorded a lesser tremor measuring 2.3 magnitude. It occurred at 9:12am on Sunday morning.…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has formally reprimanded Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula over the recent controversial ANC trip to Zimbabwe. The Presidency released a statement late on Saturday, saying the President had also imposed a "salary sacrifice" on Mapisa-Nqakula’s salary for three months starting from 1 November,…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Saturday a total of 969 new Covid-19 cases have been identified in South Africa over the past 24 hours, with the cumulative number of detected cases rising to 669 498. A further 64 more Covid-19 related deaths were recorded: 5 from…
Photo Credit:Craig Howes. City of Cape Town shared information regarding a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that shook some areas of the Cape on Saturday evening. The quake, which occurred 1918 km SSE of Cape Town, hit at around 19.10 pm, according to the US Geological Survey. With its epicentre at a depth…
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