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Staff Reporter. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has approved the issuing of a generation licence to GFI Joint Venture Holdings Proprietary Limited and Gold Fields Operations Limited (South Deep Joint Venture) to operate a 40MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant. The generation facility will be constructed in Westonaria,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. eNCA says its senior journalist’s conduct during interviews at the 2021 budget speech this week was not "racially motivated or with malicious intent". Reporter Lindsay Dentlinger faced backlash on social media after a news clip of her asking the UDM's Nqabayomzi Kwankwa to wear a mask during…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The man convicted for killing University of Johannesburg student Palesa Madiba is expected to appear in court for sentencing in the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday morning. Dumisani Mkhwanazi was found guilty of her murder earlier this year, seven years after Madiba was last seen at…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former state security minister Bongani Bongo on Friday claimed a faction within the ANC was behind his prosecution because they believed that he had access to files containing the names of "spies". He made the claim outside the Western Cape High Court after judge president John Hlophe…
Staff Reporter. Despite the economic decline induced by COVID-19, the KwaZulu-Natal youth empowerment programme has created over 130 000 jobs. The empowerment programme, known as Sukuma 100 000, is implemented across all provincial government departments, including State-owned entities and partners in the private sector. "Last year, we stated our ambition…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. Claims that the South African Airways (SAA) flight dispatched by government to transfer a consignment of COVID-19 vaccines was an expensive exercise, are devoid of the truth, says the Department of Public Enterprises. In a statement on Friday, the department said these claims seek…
Staff Reporter. The trial of an Eldorado Park teenager with Down Syndrome allegedly died at the hands of police officers is expected to begin on March 19. It was stated at the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Friday that investigations into Nathaniel Julies case have been completed and the trial to…
Staff Reporter. Cabinet has approved a number of new bills for submission to parliament, including new proposed legislation around land, discrimination and the establishment of Postbank as a state bank. In a media briefing on Friday (26 February), acting minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni indicated that the bills would…
Staff Reporter. Motorists are set to be hit with yet more steep fuel price hikes going into March, the Automobile Association (AA) warns. Commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund, the association said although the rand performed well against the US dollar during February,…
Former Eskom Board Chairperson, Zola Tsotsi is appearing at the State Capture Commission. During his testimony last year, he alleged the Guptas wanted the exclusive right to supply gas through Eskom units in the Western Cape. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The panel looking into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and her fitness to hold office has concluded its work. National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise appointed the panel last year to conduct a preliminary inquiry. This after Democratic Alliance (DA) chief whip Natasha Mazzone tabled the motion. "Mkhwebane’s tenure…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:123RF/Anyaberkut. Australian airline Qantas says it is planning to restart regular international passenger flights to most destinations from 31 October 2021 – an extension from the previous estimate of July. The date change aligns with the expected timeframe for Australia’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout to be effectively complete,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The Mthatha magistrate’s court on Thursday issued a warrant of arrest against the AbaThembu King Buyelekaya Dalindyebo. The monarch failed to appear in court charges for allegedly assaulting his son, the former acting king, Prince Azenathi Dalindyebo in 2020. NPA spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa stands at 1 509 124. This is an increase of 1676 new cases in the last 24 hours. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has reiterated her commitment to turn the department around and root out maladministration. This comes after the High Court Gauteng Division, Pretoria, ordered Metric Industrial Suppliers CC to pay back more than R27 million earned fraudulently to the Department…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. North West Premier Job Mokgoro says the vaccination of close to 42 000 frontline health care workers in the province is well underway. Mokgoro said the province received its first batch of 3 900 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Addressing the Hybrid Sitting…
Staff Reporter. Shoppers at an unnamed local Pick n Pay supermarket were surprised when a woman seemingly used her underwear as a mask after she claimed she did not have one. In the clip, which has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times, the woman is seen standing in a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana Photo Credit: Getty Images. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that government is aiming to vaccinate a million people against Covid-19 between now until the end of March. This means that most of the country’s healthcare workers will receive either a single dose or the first of…
Staff Reporter. A man who doused his girlfriend with petrol as she slept and set her alight has been handed a 20-year sentence for the murder. Mpho Thobane was sentenced yesterday at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court three years after murdering Viwe Dalingozi. The magistrate said Thobane never showed any remorse…
Staff Reporter. Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says inmates must be equipped with skills that will make them employable and enable them to create opportunities for themselves and their respective communities. "No correctional centre should ever breed hardened criminals who, upon their release, terrorise communities with their newly acquired sophisticated…
Staff Reporter. The state capture commission hears evidence relating to allegations of corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. The commission is hearing evidence from Crowe Forensics SA Director, Ryan Sack. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said officials at the entity who made decisions to award corrupt tenders…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is currently finalising the due diligence and quality checks of the application information received. "They [NSFAS] will communicate funding eligibility once the verification and quality assurance process is complete in order…
Staff Reporter. South African authorities will investigate the awarding of contracts to a company that reportedly has links to two aides of health minister Zweli Mkhize. The investigation falls part of a proclamation signed by President Cyril Ramaphosa last year directing the SIU to probe corruption allegations linked to the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. One of the key focus areas of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan is boosting education and skills development, says president Cyril Ramaphosa. Speaking at the launch of the Basic Education Sector Lekgotla on Thursday (25 February), the president said that the country’s…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government will in the next financial year avail an additional R8 billion to the health system for the country’s COVID-19 pandemic response. This will be in addition to the R20 billion the state allocated in the 2020/21 financial year, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday, while…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. A new analysis by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine provides strong protection against severe disease and even death from Covid-19. The research also shows that the one-shot vaccine may also reduce the spread of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. From 2021, expenditure failure accountability is expected to take centre stage as the National Treasury is set to review provincial infrastructure sector funding policies. In its 2021 Budget Review, the National Treasury said this would be accompanied by proposals of how grants, incentives and other funding can…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. While education continues to be a priority, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has announced that government will in the next three years trim expenditure in the learning and culture function. The Minister revealed this while delivering the 2021 Budget Speech, in Parliament, on Wednesday. Over the medium term,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Finance minister Tito Mboweni has delivered the 2021 budget, detailing how National Treasury intends to navigate an increasingly precarious financial position amid the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent economic fallout. National Treasury said that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are far-reaching and long-lasting, and thus the budget’s…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Social grants will from April increase by below inflation rates of between 1.0 and 3.4%, finance minister Tito Mboweni has announced. Coupled by this will be the ending of the social relief of distress grant in the same month, seeing expenditure on grants decreasing by 2.2% over…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Finance Tito Mboweni has announced that government will over the next three years allocate R213.4 billion to ensure the safety of the country through an efficient and effective criminal justice system. The function accounts for 12.1 percent of consolidated expenditure, declining from R218.6 billion in 2020/21 to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. In support of government’s quest to inoculate 67 percent of the South African population, the National Treasury will inject an amount of R9 billion to the country’s COVID-19 vaccination programme. This was on Wednesday revealed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni while delivering the 2021 Budget Speech in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government’s fiscal strategy over the next three years will be to narrow the deficit and stabilise the debt-to-GDP ratio, the National Treasury said on Wednesday (24 February). "Since the 2020 Budget Review, the budget deficit has doubled, and the in-year revenue shortfall is estimated at R213.2 billion.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane on Wednesday reshuffled her cabinet. "It is in the spirit of optimising our effectiveness and ensuring that we deliver better services to the people of Mpumalanga while calibrating the provincial economy that I announce changes to the executive component of the provincial government,"…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tables the national budget on Wednesday afternoon. His budget is overshadowed by a weak economy, an escalating debt to GDP ratio and a shockingly high unemployment rate in the wake of a COVID-19 pandemic. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa says in order to fight COVID-19, there is a need for all the countries to pool their resources together to overcome the pandemic. "To overcome the pandemic, we must work together to end hunger, promote education and the resumption of learning and to protect our…
The State Capture Commission hears more Prasa-related evidence on Wednesday. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:123RF/Anyaberkut. New Zealand says it will shut its immigration offices in Pretoria, Mumbai, and Manila in the Philippines by March, "and bring more visa processing onshore". Immigration New Zealand, the department responsible for border control, issuing travel visas and managing immigration to New Zealand, said in a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. When Finance Minister Tito Mboweni steps up to the podium to deliver his Budget Speech in Parliament this afternoon, he will be faced with a mammoth task. The Minister will need to tackle tough questions like what will be done to bolster revenue and improve the already…
Staff Reporter. Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthetwa has announced a number of name changes for towns, cities and airports in the Eastern Cape. The changes were published in a government gazette on Tuesday (23 February). The gazette also includes a number of spelling corrections for existing geographical names as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Finance minister Tito Mboweni’s 2021 budget speech should provide full details on the total costs of implementing the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in South Africa, says professional services firm PwC. Given the improved revenue outlook for the country, the firm said that it down expect tax hikes to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 1 505 586 and the total number of deaths is 49 413. Mkhize said a further 263 Covid-19 related deaths were reported on Tuesday - up from the previous…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that the next batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines will arrive in the country this weekend, taking the total doses in South Africa for phase one of the rollout to 160,000. The first batch of vaccines saw…
Staff Reporter. The Eastern Cape government will in the next 12 months focus its attention to transforming its economy and creating jobs as the province rebuilds from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, says Premier Oscar Mabuyane. The Premier made the commitment as he delivered the province’s 2021 State of…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng is pinning its hope on infrastructure development to create much-needed jobs as the effects of COVID-19 continue to batter the country's economy. Speaking during the State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Tuesday, Premier David Makhura revealed that Gauteng shed 660 000 jobs during the pandemic, while…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Communications has updated parliament on the status of the SABC on Tuesday (23 February), outlining some of the 'quick wins' and long-term strategies it is considering to help get the embattled state broadcaster back on track. A key part of the presentation is a…
Staff Reporter. The state capture inquiry has been granted a three-month extension by the Pretoria high court. It will now have until June 30 to deliver its report to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Judge Nomonde Mngqibisa-Thusi granted the order in court on Tuesday morning after the inquiry’s application was made unopposed.…
Staff Reporter. As the winter season approaches, bringing with it the possibility of a third wave, Gauteng Premier David Makhura has called for the urgent roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. In Gauteng alone, over 400 000 people contracted Coronavirus, while almost 10 000 succumbed to the respiratory disease.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa’s unemployment rate rose to 32.5% in the last three months of 2020, Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke has revealed. The increase presents a 1.7 percentage point increase from the third quarter of 2020. Despite the grim picture painted in the fourth quarter (Q4) Labour Force Survey, released…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. Almost three years after graft charges were reinstated, the trial of former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales will go ahead in May. The trial is set down from May 17 to June 30. Further dates will be added at a…
Premier David Makhura will deliver Gauteng’s State of the Province Address (SOPA) – highlighting the Provincial Government’s service delivery action plan for the year ahead. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of Gauteng Legislature.
The state capture commission continues to hear evidence relating to allegations of corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa from the former Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters on Tuesday. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has approved the 2021 toll tariffs as recommended by the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL). Toll tariffs on South Africa’s national roads will be adjusted on 1 March 2021 by 3.39%. "The toll tariff amounts are adjusted by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) says that the country’s 2020 matric result are not a true reflection of the number of the students who are failed by the country’s education system. On Monday (22 February), Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga announced the pass rate for the 2020…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 1 504 588 with 792 new cases identified since the last report. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8 907 857 with 15 342 …
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. Former President Jacob Zuma will not appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in person on Tuesday for proceedings in his corruption trial which is due on the court roll. The matter is expected to be postponed until May 17 after an agreement was reached…
Staff Reporter. The defence in the case of ANC MP and former state security minister Bongani Bongo has signalled it will be applying for an acquittal of the matter when the court resumes on Wednesday. The state's evidence in the case of ANC MP and former state security minister Bongani…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The boyfriend of Tshegofatso Pule, and alleged mastermind behind the Soweto woman’s death, has made a brief appearance in court and will remain behind bars until March. The 28-year-old heavily pregnant woman was found hanging in a tree with stab wounds when she was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. The 2020 matric pass rate has dropped to 76.2% from 81.3% the previous year. Basic education minister Angie Motshekga made the announcement during the release of the matric results on Monday. The overall pass rate including the progressed learners is at 76.2% a drop…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has asked the Constitutional Court to sentence former President Jacob Zuma to two years behind bars for contempt. In an urgent application filed at the Constitutional Court on Monday afternoon, the inquiry seeks an order that Zuma "intentionally and unlawfully"…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. Employment and Labour minister Thulas Nxesi has reiterated that the adjustment of the National Minimum Wage rate was the outcome of an extensive consultation process. The minister on Monday made the comment in response to the outcry on the newly adjusted National Minimum…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the national results for the matric class of 2020 on Monday. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. State-owned arms manufacturer Denel has appointed its current COO, William Hlakoane, as the company’s acting group CEO. Hlakoane takes up the role on Monday, as current acting CEO Talib Sadik’s contract comes to an end. Denel board chair Monhla Hlahla said Hlakoane’s appointment allows for a seamless transition…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Acting Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, MEC Kwazi Mshengu, has tasked police to leave no stone unturned in their search for the assailants who killed two off-duty police officers in execution-style in Taylor’s Halt, near Pietermaritzburg. According to reports, Sergeant Makhosaze Mdlangathi, aged 33 and Sergeant Mfikelwa…
Staff Reporter. The release of matric results is typically a high stakes time for many students and their parents, but pandemic disruptions throughout 2020 are adding extra angst. This week, the anticipation will be over, but getting these final school marks in black and white can spiral some young South…
Staff Reporter. Former Transport Minister Dipuo Peters testifies at the State Capture Commission. She will be giving evidence related to allegations of corruption at Prasa. Former Board chairperson Popo Molefe is also expected on the stand. Peters said that she attended a meeting called by former President Jacob Zuma where…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will announce the results of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations in Pretoria on Monday. The matric exams concluded on 15 December 2020 after a strenuous academic year. The release of the matric results have been approved by Umalusi, the Quality Council…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Senior traditional leader and self-styled king of the AmaBhaca, Nkosi Thandisizwe Madzikan II Diko, 43, husband of controversial suspended presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko, has died in a hospital in East London. There are few details available on the exact nature of the illness that led to his…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has raised concerns around individuals who show 'disdain' for South Africa’s constitution and its courts. The president said in his weekly letter to the public on Monday (22 February), that these individuals undermine the country’s legal system and cause damage to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Health has confirmed that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 1 503 796. This is an increase of 1429 new cases identified in the last the 24 hours. A further 113 deaths COVID-19 related deaths: Eastern Cape 2, Free State…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma criticised the country’s laws for being too lenient on hardened criminals. Speaking during a virtual gathering on Sunday, Zuma said the country's laws took a "soft" stance, even against those who commit heinous crimes. "For an example, today, if I commit a crime,…
Staff Reporter. Jacob Zuma and Bheki Cele met on Thursday, 18 February 2021 in Nkandla. Picture Twitter. Former president Jacob Zuma says there is still plenty of tea available for those who wanted to visit his Nkandla homestead. This as a long list of high profile politicians have in the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa is celebrating Armed Forces Day on Sunday, to commemorate the tragic sinking of the SS Mendi steamship on this day in 1917. President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) commander-in-chief, will officiate the proceedings, to be held at the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Presidency has welcomed the DA’s withdrawal of its application against government on the country’s Covid-19 vaccination strategy. The DA had sought an order from the Western Cape High Court declaring that government’s conduct in preparing and implementing its programme to administer Covid-19 vaccines "is irrational and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Pixabay. Gauteng premier David Makhura says that the provincial government will look at stricter rules around the sale of alcohol, beyond those introduced during the Covid-19 lockdown. The premier was speaking at an event on Saturday (20 February) where he presented 55 high-performance police vehicles…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 502 367. This is an increase of 1690 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8…
Staff Reporter. 98 learners from Roodewal Primary can now walk into their school with pride, thanks to a donation of shoes from The Golden Valley Casino. Concerned teachers approached The Golden Valley about the plight of learners who are sometimes forced to go to school hungry and barefoot, because of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Gender activists have welcomed a move by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to take into account the wishes of transgender, non-binary and intersex people in allocating identity numbers. The DHA has published a draft of its new official identity management policy, which is open for public…
Staff Reporter. Nedbank Group Ltd. is leading discussions to restructure South African power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.’s R464 billion ($32 billion) debt load, Bloomberg reported. The parties met in recent days, and one of the options is to transfer at least R100 billion of debt to a special-purpose vehicle…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Eskom company secretary Suzanne Daniels has told the state capture commission that the questionable R1.68bn guarantee granted to Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration and Resources was a better deal for the power utility. Daniels was testifying at the commission on Friday afternoon, being quizzed by evidence leader advocate…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Human settlements, water and sanitation minister Lindiwe Sisulu is taking over the water infrastructure of the Emfuleni local municipality on the Vaal river. Her move follows a SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) report into the state of wastewater treatment sparked by reports of raw…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has welcomed the roll out of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by government, which it says highlights the importance of a well-resourced science, technology and innovation system. "The country can safely store the vaccine, roll it out and monitor its implementation,"…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Nick Lourens. The late boxing icon Mzimasi Mnguni has been granted a provincial official funeral. This was revealed by government officials on Wednesday. Sports dignitaries and government officials converged at the home of Mnguni in East London to pay their respects to him. Mnguni, 73, died…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa have risen to 1 500 677 with 1 911 new cases identified since the last report. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8 838 937 …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The corruption case against former State Security Minister Bongani Bongo has been adjourned until Monday in the High Court in Cape Town. On the third day of trial, state witnesses advocate Modibedi Phindela, secretary to the National Council of Provinces, and Penelope Tyawa, acting secretary of parliament…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Social Development has extended the deadline for applications of the Early Childhood Development - Employment Stimulus Relief Fund (ECD-ESRF) to 26 February 2021. In addition, a new web-form (available in three other languages over and above English) to assist with the applications is available on…
Staff Reporter. A former OR Tambo District Municipality capital expenditure accountant will be sentenced in March after she was this week convicted of fraud and money laundering charges. The Umtata High Court convicted Nyameka Qongqo of the charges emanating from a 2014 case when the accused was still an employee…
Staff Reporter. MSC Cruises, one of the largest privately-owned cruise ship companies in the world, will not be sailing to South Africa until at least November 2021. Passengers due to board its ships before November are being offered vouchers for the next sailing season, which runs until April 2022. Cruise…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Independent Examination Board (IEB) has published its matric results for the class of 2020, with the group achieving a pass rate of 98.07%. The board noted that the 2020 NSC pass rate is 98.07%, slightly lower than last year’s pass rate of 98.82%. The board said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Ace Magashule holds media briefing post-court appearance. Magashule said no new charges had been added in the case against him. He and 15 others appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Friday in connection with an asbestos…
Staff Reporter. The man who is accused of brutally murdering the heavily pregnant Tshegofatso Pule last year has pleaded guilty. Muzikayise Malephane appeared in the South Gauteng High Court this morning. He faced charges of murder, defeating the ends of justice and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. According…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. The South African Police Service (SAPS) and Stats SA have published quarterly crime statistics for the third quarter of the 2020/21 period, covering criminal activity reported between October and December 2020. Presenting the latest data, police minister Bheki Cele said that the numbers represent…
Staff Reporter. The South African Police Service (SAPS) this week seized unregistered medicines worth a market value of R126 million at the OR Tambo International Airport. The unregistered medicines which are believed to be Ivermectin were mainly found to be in tablet form. The discovery of the tablets was made…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The corruption case against ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and 15 others has been transferred to the high court in Bloemfontein. On Friday, the 11 accused and five companies implicated in the case made a brief appearance before the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court before their…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that total of 2 327 new Covid-19-related cases were identified in South Africa yesterday, seven more than on Wednesday. This brought the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases to 1 498 766. A total of 230 more deaths have…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule might face more charges for his alleged role in the multi-million-rand asbestos audit contract scandal in Free State. According to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Sipho Ngwema, prosecuting authority has prepared itself to move the case…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa’s First Lady, Dr Tshepo Motsepe, has called on the Ministers responsible for food and nutrition security to strengthen food safety nets for children. Motsepe made the plea on Thursday, when she delivered the opening address at the launch of the 2020 South African Child Gauge,…
Staff Reporter. Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced plans to introduce the Draft Disaster Management Bill, which aims to change South Africa’s laws around how a state of disaster is handled. The private member’s bill specifically takes aims at the government’s use of a state of disaster to deal with the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. The Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, has published the 2021 Critical Skills List which shows which skills are in high demand in South Africa. The list is important for businesses in South Africa who are looking to attract skilled workers. The last critical skills…
Staff Reporter. Rob Ferreira Hospital and Witbank Hospital have been designated as vaccination sites to administer the newly acquired Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which arrived in the country on Tuesday. Outlining the Mpumalanga provincial COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan to the Portfolio Committee on Health, Head of Department, Dr Savera Mohangi,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. After over a decade of research and development around hydrogen fuel technology, President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa is now ready to manufacture and commercialise hydrogen fuels technology. The President said this when he responded to a debate on the State of the Nation Address…
Staff Reporter. South Africa kick-started its first phase of the vaccination rollout programme using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Wednesday. Yesterday, the first group of healthcare workers lined-up to receive the shot of the 80 0000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines that landed on Tuesday, which the department has described…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has officially unveiled the COVID-19 vaccine rollout programme in the province, which will see frontline healthcare workers get vaccinated with the newly acquired Johnson and Johnson vaccine. This follows the launch of the country’s vaccination programme by President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister, Dr…
President Cyril Ramaphosa is back in Parliament on Thursday. After two days of debate on his State of the Nation Address, he will respond to opposition parties. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
The State Capture Inquiry hears more Parliamentary oversight-related evidence. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Mark Andrews. Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has fired health MEC Sindiswa Gomba. Her axing was announced by Mabuyane at a news conference on Thursday. Gomba’s firing comes after Mabuyane was instructed during the provincial working committee of the province that he had to deal…
Staff Reporter. Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has outlined a number of initiatives which are currently being worked on by his department, including a plan to scrap over 63,000 taxis and finalise the issue of e-tolls. Speaking in the debate on the State of the Nation Address in parliament on Wednesday…
Staff Reporter. The Health Department has given South Africa the thumbs up as the country began its first round of the vaccination rollout programme on Wednesday. Yesterday, the country watched as healthcare workers lined-up to receive the shot of the 80 0000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines that landed on Tuesday,…
Staff Reporter. Johnson & Johnson has only a few million doses of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in its inventory even as likely U.S. regulatory authorization is only a few weeks away, White House officials said on Wednesday. J&J remains committed to providing 100 million doses by June but deliveries are…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The three workers who were trapped after an explosion at ArcelorMittal’s premises in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, on Wednesday have been confirmed dead. Metalworkers union Numsa has confirmed that three of its workers who were trapped at ArcelorMittal's Vanderbijlpark operation have died. We mourn the loss of three workers…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement South Africa has recorded 2 320 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number to 1 496 439. Mkhize said a further 165 deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 15, Free State 22, Gauteng 76, Kwa-Zulu Natal 14,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Justice and constitutional development minister Ronald Lamola has warned those launching attacks against the judiciary, saying doing so without presenting evidence undermined public confidence in the country's judges. Opening the second day of the debate on the state of the nation address (SONA), Lamola…
Staff Reporter. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has recommended that the Emfuleni Local Municipality be put under national administration, following damning findings against municipal officials in their report into the Vaal River sewerage crisis. The Vaal River system, on which approximately 19 million people depend for drinking water…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. Data from the latest National Income Dynamics Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM) estimates that 85% of smokers continued smoking during the South African government’s controversial lockdown ban on the sale of cigarettes. The survey, published on Wednesday (17 February), shows that only 8%…
Staff Reporter. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has used his 2021 State of the Province Address (SOPA) to outline the province’s COVID-19 vaccination programme while preserving and restoring affecting livelihoods. Delivering the address in Genadendal, Winde said the province was embarking on a four point strategic plan aimed at turning…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng province’s vaccination programme is now underway, with Health MEC, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi, being the first healthcare worker to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Accompanied by Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Mokgethi received the vaccine at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. The vaccine, which…
Staff Reporter. Isibaya actress Zinhle Mabena has been arrested and will appear in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on charges the alleged attempted murder of her husband Robert Ngwenya and the murder of her husband’s bodyguard. It is believed the couple is in the midst of a divorce and has deleted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A nurse at Khayelitsha District Hospital injects President Cyril Ramaphosa with the Covid-19 vaccine on February 17 2021.Image: Twitter/Cyril Ramaphosa. President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is pleased with the start of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, which starts in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, today. "To demonstrate our…
The debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address continues on Wednesday afternoon. It is a joint sitting between the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, says government has offered the African Union the AstraZeneca vaccine doses that South Africa procured from the Serum Institute in India. This comes amid reports that South Africa had asked the Serum Institute to take back the one million doses that arrived earlier…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the first batch of 80,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is being prepared for distribution across South Africa with immediate effect. In a statement on Wednesday morning (17 February), the president said that the vaccines have already been approved by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.. The first delivery of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in South Africa. The vaccine, which has been approved by the South African Health Products Authority, arrived at the O.R. Tambo International Airport in Gauteng on Tuesday night. "Health teams worked overnight to distribute the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC is set to probe the mysterious disappearance of a clause from the party’s constitution after its 2012 national conference in Mangaung, under which President Cyril Ramaphosa could have been charged for raising private funds for his campaigns. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize chairs the party committee…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Basic education minister Angie Motshekga has hit back at criticism after a video of her saying "educated men won't rape" went viral on social media. Motshekga was at Nellmapius Secondary School when she told the group of learners that educated, civilised men did not rape.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Image: Supplied/N3TC. The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it will soon start work on much-anticipated upgrades to the National Route 3 (N3). The upgrades form part of a R30 billion upgrade package for both the N2 and N3 highways in and around Durban in…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has emphasised the importance of the Tourism Equity Fund (TEF) as part of government’s intervention to build an inclusive tourism economy. The Minister’s remarks comes after her meeting on Monday with Solidarity and AfriForum, following a letter from their attorneys in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Khize says that South Africa has managed to successfully secure nine million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, with the delivery of the first batch of 80,000 on course, and rollout due to begin this week. Responding in parliament on Tuesday (16…
Staff Reporter. Police have confirmed the husband of Lesedi FM presenter Dimakatso Ratselane was arrested on Tuesday morning. At about 10.30am, the Free State team supported by Soweto Flying squad arrived at a house in Ennerdale, where they found the suspect in hiding. He was taken into police custody and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Health said on Tuesday (16 February) that the manufacturers of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine has submitted documentation to local regulator the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority for registration, Reuters reported. The Department of Health said is it is ‘continuously engaging’ with the manufacturers…
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to face some tough questions from opposition parties in Parliament. The National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces will hold joint sittings on Tuesday and Wednesday to debate the SONA. The debate and the president's reply will take the form of hybrid sittings. In…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has congratulated South African filmmakers for the short film "Address Unknown" being selected to participate in the 2021 Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) taking place in Los Angeles in the United States. This is America’s largest…
Staff Reporter. UAE-based airline Emirates announced that it will continue to suspend flights to South Africa until 10 March 2021. The airline said that the decision to extend the restrictions has been made in line with recent UAE directives that restrict the entry of travellers originating from South Africa into…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has closed two of the five sluice gates, which were opened at the Vaal Dam to make way for the water inflows expected from rainfalls over the Orange River System (ORS). "The release of water from the Vaal Dam is due…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 492 909. This is an increase of 1102 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma has hit back at the State Capture Commission of Inquiry. In a 12-page and 37 points statement issued this evening, Zuma started by claiming that he took this extraordinary step not to undermine the Constitution but to vindicate it, in the face of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Veli Nhlapo. Former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni has lost her bid to suspend the execution of a life-time delinquency order issued against her in the North Gauteng High Court. Last week, Myeni made an urgent bid before the full bench of the High Court…
Staff Reporter. Drowning is quick and silent. It's not like you see in the movies. No yelling, no waving. Just a silent gasping for air and 20 to 60 seconds later, submersion. Someone has drowned, perhaps in plain sight. Following a week of fatal drowning across South Africa, the National…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. The African National Congress (ANC) MP Bongani Bongo has pleaded not guilty to corruption. Bongo was at the Western Cape Division of the High Court on the first day of his corruption trial. The corruption trial presided by Judge President John Hlophe takes place this…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Deputy Chief Justice and State capture commission chair Raymond Zondo said on Monday the commission would approach the Constitutional Court to find former President Jacob Zuma guilty of contempt of court, and would request a term of imprisonment for him. And to set an example, the Constitutional…
Staff Reporter. After a strenuous academic year, Umalusi, the Quality Council in General and Further Education and Training, has approved the release of the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination results. Over the past three weeks, members of the Umalusi Assessment Standards Committee and Umalusi staff hade successfully conducted the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is encouraging learners to work hard to make up for the lost times after the COVID-19 outbreak affected last year’s academic year. Minister Angie Motshekga is visiting schools in Gauteng as learners went back to school today. Addressing learners…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published new gazettes which update the country’s lockdown travel rules. The gazettes, which were published this weekend and take effect immediately, primarily deal with the country’s borders as well as travel regulations. The regulations…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The 2020 combined matric examination was not compromised, while the leaks were only limited to a small group. This is according to the Department of Basic Education’s National Investigations Task Team (NITT) Chairperson, Hugh Amoore, who was leading the probe into the leaks of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken a hard stance on corruption and criminality in the ANC, and says the party will account for its actions. In a closing address to the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Sunday (14 February), the president said that…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma was due to testify at the state capture inquiry this week. However, on Monday morning, Zuma confirmed that he will not appear at the inquiry. His lawyers say his review application to set aside Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo's refusal to recuse himself…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma has maintained his defiance and that of his family members against appearing before the state capture inquiry. Through his legal team, Zuma again said he would not appear before the inquiry chaired by deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo. This despite a formal notice…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 1 491 807. This is an increase of 1744 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. Mkhize said the cumulative total of tests conducted to date is …
Staff Reporter. The Department of Sports,Arts and Culture refutes Sunday Times report that it has paid gospel star Dr Tumi R500 000 for putting together a two hour online concert. The department has confirmed that Dr Tumi was contracted for variety of services in line with his quote for execution…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Avusa. A company with close ties to the ANC'S Gauteng provincial secretary, Jacob Khawe, is in the Public Protector's sights following its appointment to render services within Emfuleni Local Municipality. One of the directors of the company, Isaac Mashaba is alleged to be extremely close to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has briefed members of the media on the state of readiness for the opening of schools, in the context of Covid-19 on Sunday. This as learners get ready to head back to the school on Monday, 15 February 2021. The term…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga briefs the nation on Sunday as millions of children prepare to return to school on Monday. However, teacher unions say they remain concerned about safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Unions say they are most concerned about the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo…
Staff Reporter. The battle to overturn the outcomes of the ANC Free State provincial conference is heading to the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Monday. Disgruntled ANC members are challenging the 2018 conference at which Police, Roads and Transport MEC Sam Mashinini was elected to replace the governing party’s…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte has issued a formal apology addressed to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo after backlash to a recent op-ed, penned by Duarte. The apology was shared in an official statement by the ANC, and reads in part: "On 10 February an article was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The expiry date of the one million AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines secured by the South African government is a far bigger problem than authorities are letting on – and there’s nothing that can be done about it, according to reports. Speaking to the City Press on condition of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former US president Donald Trump has been found not guilty in his impeachment trial. Although the final vote was 57 'guilty', 43 'not guilty', there only needed to be 34 'not guilty votes' - ie a two thirds majority - for acquittal. Seven members of Trump's own…
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 1 490 063. This is an increase of 2 382 new cases in the last 24 hours. The cumulative total of tests conducted to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The African National Congress’s (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) heard that guidelines established for the implementation of the step aside resolution have to be discussed at branch level before being adopted. The ANC's highest decision-making body in between conferences meeting kicked off today,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Twenty South African land borders will re-open on Monday after they have been closed for more than a month. On Saturday, cabinet gave the go-ahead for the reopening for these border posts. The border crossings between SA and Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Namibia, Mozambique and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Nick Lourens The boxing fraternity was plunged into mourning this morning after the news broke of the death of boxing icon Mzimasi Mnguni in East London hospital. He was 73 years old. In the last two months, he has permanently been in hospital where he…
Staff Reporter. Struggle stalwart and former KwaZulu-Natal legislature deputy speaker Meshack Radebe will be laid to rest today. Radebe passed away after a short illness in Hospital, last week. Radebe previously held MEC positions in the provincial departments of Social development and Agriculture. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. International relations and co-operation director-general Kgabo Mohoai has been placed on precautionary suspension after the department spent R118m of taxpayers' money on a piece of land in New York that did not exist. The purchased property was meant to be used by the South African Diplomatic Mission to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Veli Nhlapo. The controversial Hawks colonel Welcome Mhlongo in 2015 tried to get rid of the fraud, theft and tender-rigging case against Kaizer Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung related to the R1.2bn Mbombela Stadium case. This was revealed at the state capture inquiry on Friday…
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 1 487 681. This is an increase of 2781 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The cumulative total of tests conducted to…
Staff Reporter. Former President Trump impeachment trial continued for the fourth day on Friday as his lawyers have the chance to rebut the House impeachment managers' case for his conviction. Mr. Trump's lawyers have up to 16 hours to make their case, and his lawyer David Schoen said Friday that…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Friday said the province was ready for the reopening of public schools on Monday. The reopening of schools on an earlier date was stalled by the resurgence of Covid-19 infections. Gauteng had recorded 396,560 cumulative cases and 8,949 fatalities by Friday.…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng roads and transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo has released the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into Taxi Violence in the province after Premier David Makhura appointed the commission two years ago. Makhura announced the commission at a taxi summit held in Vanderbijlpark in July 2019, following violence…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Mark Andrews. Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba tops the list of ANC bigwigs fingered for siphoning up to R10 million allocated for the funeral of Nelson Mandela. On Friday, the Hawks announced the arrest of Buffalo City officials, prominent political party members, businessmen and…
Staff Reporter. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says recipients of the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant need not reapply for the grant. This follows the announcement made by President Cyril Ramaphosa during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday, that the special COVID-19 grant of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his fourth state of the nation address (SONA) on Thursday evening, looking to inspire the country with words of hope and deliver promises of progress after a year in which it was ravaged by the Covid-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown.…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will today open two more sluice gates at the Vaal Dam to release water. This is in addition to the three gates opened on Thursday. "The initial analysis indicated that there was a need for the opening…
Staff Reporter. Fifteen suspects are this morning expected to appear before the East London magistrates court in connection with the alleged misappropriation of funds in the memorial and funeral service of late former President Nelson Mandela. This was on Friday confirmed by the Hawks in a statement. Among the suspects…
Staff Reporter. Free State police have opened a case of attempted murder after Lesedi FM radio personality Dimakatso Ratselane was stabbed multiple times and left for dead, allegedly by her husband. Free State police spokesperson Motantsi Makhele confirmed that Ratselane and her husband left their home in Mandela View to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that government is pushing forward with its plans to strengthen the local government infrastructure and accelerate service delivery through the introduction of the District Development Model (DDM). Speaking in his state of the nation address on Thursday evening (11 February),…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that 237 more Covid-19 related deaths and 2488 new infections were recorded on Thursday night. This takes South Africa’s Covid-19 infections to over 1.48 million infections since March, with the death toll now at 47 382 coronavirus related deaths.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. In a year where the economy took a huge knock as the COVID-19 pandemic halted production, President Cyril Ramaphosa says defeating the health crisis and rebuilding the economy are among the key priorities for the year ahead. He said this as government also announced…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. President Cyril Rampahosa has assured South Africans that government will work hard to regain lost learning time at schools and improving the educational outcomes for learners. "It is our priority for this year to regain lost time and improve educational outcomes, from the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The long-awaited national switch-off process of analogue television transmitters will get underway next month. The analogue switch-off will see the country move away from analogue to digital broadcasting. "It is anticipated that this process, which will be done province-by-province, will be completed by the end of March…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that government is currently 'conceptualising' a number of post-apartheid smart cities in provinces around the country. Speaking in 2021 state of the nation address, Ramaphosa said that these infrastructure projects form a key part of the government’s Covid-19 recovery plan. The president…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Power utility Eskom estimates that, without additional capacity, there will be an electricity supply shortfall of between 4,000 and 6,000 megawatts over the next five years, as old coal-fired power stations reach their end of life. To address this shortfall, president Cyril Ramaphosa said that government will…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government has announced plans to extend Covid-19 grants in South Africa as businesses and individuals continue to struggle due to the pandemic. In his state of the nation address on Thursday (11 February), the president said that businesses in several sectors are still struggling, and many families…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his fourth annual State of the Nation Address tonight at 19h00. Far removed from the 'pomp and prestige' of previous addresses, the 2021 SONA will roll up the red carpet and move to a mostly virtual environment. Measures are in place to…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has handed over a cheque of R337 676.81 to Mhani Gingi Centre for Women and Children based at the Saartjie Baartman Centre in Manenberg, Cape Town to help buy fertiliser for their vegetable gardens. Zulu handed over the cheque…
Staff Reporter. The Pretoria high court has set aside Norma Mngoma's arrest and found the decision to confiscate her cellphones and laptops was unlawful, saying the Hawks had acted "with malice". Judge Cassin Sardiwalla ordered that the decision by the Hawks to apply for her warrant of arrest and the…
Staff Reporter. Long-held traditions associated with the State of the Nation Address (SONA) will not be on display tonight as President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an impact on everyday life. What has not changed is that the President will…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. Cabinet has announced the extension of South Africa’s national state of disaster by a further month. In a statement on it latest decisions published on Wednesday (10 February), cabinet said that the state of disaster will now continue until 15 March 2021. The extension is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Wednesday in a statement said South Africa recorded 3 159 new confirmed Covid-19 cases and a further 276 deaths over the past 24 hours. This brings the total number of cases in the country since the start of the pandemic to 1…
Staff Reporter. The Presiding Officers of Parliament say they are confident that tomorrow’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) will run smoothly. Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said this when reading a statement of the Presiding Officers on Wednesday. "Yesterday, the Presiding Officers received a final briefing about Parliament’s preparations to…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has congratulated Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza’s on his appointment as a member of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The 34th African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Ordinary Summit, which sat over the weekend, selected…
Staff Reporter. Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has called on the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to support at least 15 000 start-ups by 2024. "We must now support young people who are in businesses that we call 'high-risk businesses' such as the technology innovation, digital businesses and other…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies says that it plans to push forward on changes for TV licences for South Africa – but is specifically excluding smartphones from its list of devices it could potentially charge licence fees for. In a presentation to parliament this week, the…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that stage 3 load shedding will be implemented from 13h00 on Wednesday afternoon (10 February). The embattled power utility said that the power cuts will continue until 06h00 on Thursday morning following the loss of generation units and to replenish emergency generation reserves. It said…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s ambitious drive to inject much-needed jobs into South Africa’s COVID-19 ravaged economy is beginning to bear fruit. This much is evident in the second progress report on implementation of the Presidential Employment Stimulus released by the Presidency on Tuesday. The stimulus, which targets the employment…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government will go ahead with its planned phase one of vaccination targeting healthcare workers – using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine instead of an AstraZeneca jab. Updating the country on the latest developments, Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been proven…
Staff Reporter. Cape Town Mayor, Dan Plato says the incident that claimed the lives of four children could have been avoided. "For people to come and dig out sand for building purposes under the N2 Highway. They should have known that if they don't close the hole, children might go…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:Trevor Samson. Employment and Labour minister Thulas Nxesi has published the new minimum wage for domestic workers in South Africa. In a gazette published on Monday evening (8 February), the minister said that the national minimum wage for domestic worker s now R19.09 for each ordinary hour.…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Government is expected to extend its present state of disaster by another month when it officially comes to an end on Monday (15 February). The extension would allow government to continue with its current lockdown restrictions, introduced to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. A…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver this year’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) under a significantly altered global and domestic environment. This environment is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that continues to sweep through the world, claiming lives and livelihoods in its wake. The new normal which…
Staff Reporter. Lights will be out from 10pm tonight until 5am on Wednesday as Eskom continues to experience system constraints. According to Eskom, the load shedding stage 2 is necessary to preserve and replenish the emergency generation reserves and to maximise the capacity available during the daytime hours. "The power…
Staff Reporter. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is expected to decide on the emergency use listing of the AstraZeneca vaccine, for the two sites in India and the Republic of Korea, which will produce it for COVAX. The announcement comes after results showed that the two-dose regimen of the University…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral Court has authorised the postponement of by-elections scheduled to be held during March 2021 due to continued COVID-19 level 3 lockdown restrictions which prohibit political activities. This comes after the Electoral Commission (IEC) approached the Electoral Court for approval to extend the period within which the…
Staff Reporter. The state capture inquiry will continue to hear Parliamentary oversight related evidence. Associate Professor of Public Law at the University of Cape Town Professor Richard Calland will testify at the Zondo Commission. Then the commission will also hear evidence Eskom related evidence. Acting Senior Manager of Fuel Resources,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. An international team of experts wrapping up a month spent in China investigating COVID-19 pandemic origins will brief the media in Wuhan on Tuesday, the WHO announced. "The international team working to understand the origins of the COVID-19 virus is completing its four weeks' stay in Wuhan,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Department of Basic Education has published the updated academic calendar for schools in South Africa for 2021. The amended calendar comes after the return of public schools was delayed by several weeks until 15 February, due to the impact of a second Covid-19…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced 183 more Covid-19 related deaths and 1376 new infections on Monday night. This takes South Africa’s Covid-19 infections to over 1.47 million infections since March, with the death toll now at 46 473 virus related deaths. The number of recoveries…
Staff Reporter. A new investigation by amaBhungane has found questionable ties between Nedbank and state-captured-linked Regiments Capital, relating to contracts and millions of rands in commissions paid pushing Nedbank accounts to state-owned companies. Wherever investigators looked in Regiments’ business operations, Nedbank was close behind offering products such as loans and…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. Numsa and Sacca's urgent Labour Court application against South African Airways has been dismissed. Unions asked the court to find SAA BRPs decision to pay workers 3 months back pay, as opposed to 8 months, unlawful. The Labour Court said the legality of business…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Robert Tshabalala. Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has cleared former home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba, saying he did not abuse his powers by granting early naturalisation to his alleged acquaintance of controversial Gupta family. However, she found Gigaba did breach the Executive Ethics Code by failing…
Staff Reporter. Diageo South Africa, together with the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Soweto (SANCA Soweto) and local comedian and broadcaster, Felix Hlophe, is challenging South African consumers to make more responsible drinking choices by offering a free bank of evidence-based information on alcohol consumption, and…
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