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Photo Credit:GCIS. The African National Congress (ANC) provincial executive committee (PEC) in Gauteng is expected to conclude its meeting today. The PEC has been meeting since Saturday to consider, among other things, the report by the Integrity Commission relating to a multimillion-rand personal protective equipment (PPE) tender. In its report,…
File Photo. Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy has urged countries to explore green industries as governments across the world work on economic recovery strategies in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. “As a result of the pandemic there has been minimal economic activity, jobs have been lost, industries…
Five suspects aged between 28 and 41 have been arrested in a pre-dawn operation on Saturday in connection with the murder of Sergeant Thomas Mashimbye (42). Mashimbye, who was attached to the VIP Section at the Union Buildings, was shot dead in Winterveldt, North of Pretoria, during a house robbery…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced in his daily update that South Africa has recorded 659 656 detected Covid-19 cases. This is an increase of 2 029 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 4 024 659 with 21…
South African Police Service (SAPS) officers in Gauteng have launched a search for suspects responsible for the murder of two young children in Johannesburg. This follows the discovery of the bodies of the two children in Orange Farm in the south of Johannesburg early this morning, Gauteng SAPS spokesperson Brigadier…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Basic Education has announced that all teachers who were granted permission to work from home due to COVID-19 must report for duty on Monday, 21 September 2020. More than 22500 teachers were granted approval for concession countrywide in terms of Collective Agreement 1 of…
Photo Credit:SAPS. Police Minister Bheki Cele has paid his respects to the family of anti-gang unit commander Charl Kinnear. Visiting Kinnear’s family earlier, Cele said investigations are continuing into why security measures were withdrawn from Kinnear’s house. Kinnear was shot dead outside his Bishop Lavis home on Friday. Last year,…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the demure firebrand who in her 80s became a legal, cultural and feminist icon, has died. The Supreme Court announced her death, saying the cause was complications from metastatic cancer of the pancreas. The court, in a statement, said Ginsburg died at her…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Department of Public Enterprise (DPE) on Friday confirmed that government will reprioritise funds to finalise the restructuring of South African Airways (SAA) and the implementation of the airline’s business rescue plan. The DPE said an announcement to this effect will be made in the Adjustments Appropriation…
File Photo. The ANC in Gauteng finds itself in a difficult position over the future of the province’s Health MEC Bandile Masuku and Presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko following Diko’s alleged refusal to cooperate with the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) investigations. The party is set to hold its special provincial executive…
Photo Credit:Moeletsi Mabe. A prominent Cape Town detective has been assassinated in front of his Bishop Lavis home. Colonel Charl Kinnear was gunned down in front of his home shortly after 3pm,according to SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo. The details surrounding his killing are still very vague. Kinnear, 52, was…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has recorded 657 627 detected COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 2 055 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 4 003 590 with 20 057 new tests conducted…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Government says while a ban will be put in place for international countries still experiencing high infection rates when South Africa reopens its border for global travellers, this will be reviewed regularly. Addressing media on Level 1 regulations on Friday, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. South Africans will soon be able to give their friends and family the best send off, as more mourners will be permitted to attend funerals from Monday under alert Level 1. Religious gatherings have also been given the green light to accommodate hundreds of worshippers. The Cooperative Governance…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, leads the media briefing by Ministers who serve in the National Coronavirus Command Council on the regulations relating to the COVID-19 Level 1 restrictions. This briefing follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Wednesday address to the nation on progress…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. Parliament has urged all South Africans to participate in the public consultation process to strengthen the current draft legislation dealing with gender-based violence (GBV). Parliament, through the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services, is processing three crucial Bills that will change the landscape in terms of…
The Electoral Commission (IEC) has set the deadline of 11 November 2020 to clear the backlog of all outstanding by-elections postponed during the COVID-19 lockdown. During this period, by-elections in 96 wards in 56 municipalities will be held after President Cyril Ramaphosa announces that the country would from Monday move…
File Photo. The South African Rugby Union (Saru) paid tribute to Monde Temba Tabata, a member of the SA Rugby Executive Council (Exco), who died after several months fighting the effects of the Covid-19 virus. Tabata (60), was a much-loved and well-known businessman in his native Eastern Cape and in…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has called on South African Airways (SAA) employees and creditors to be patient while work continues to find a constructive outcome to challenges at the airline. “The department is aware of a creditors meeting called to discuss the future of the…
Photo Credit:World Athletics. The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) and the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) are planning to embark on a global and national advocacy to fight against the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) discriminatory regulations. This comes after Caster Mokgadi Semenya lost her appeal to Switzerland's…
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has passed the Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Bill, the Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill and the Prescription in Civil and Criminal Matters (Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill. The three bills were approved during the NCOP’s virtual plenary on Thursday. Disaster Management Tax Relief The…
File Photo. Former ANC provincial secretary in the Western Cape, Songezo Mjongile, has died. The party said Mjongile, who was affectionately known by his clan name "Madiba", died on Thursday at home in Morningside, Johannesburg. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in April. "Around the 29 August 2020, the ANC…
Summary of Latest Developments. Canada could lose its ability to manage the pandemic due to a spike in new COVID-19 cases, the country's top medical officer has said. One in seven cases of COVID-19 reported to the WHO is a health worker and in some countries that figure rises to…
South Africa needs to do better at preserving the history of the late kings, queens and other traditional leaders, the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Obed Bapela, said on Thursday. Bapela was speaking during a virtual Heritage Month celebration webinar hosted by the National House of…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Basic Education has scrapped final examinations for Grade 10 and 11 learners and will instead replace them with controlled tests. Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said that the decision was made as a once-off measure, due to teaching time lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.…
The South African Medical Association (Sama) has condemned the murder of Johannesburg anaesthetist Dr Abdulhay Munshi. SAMA said it deplored the violence that resulted in Munshi’s murder, and that it was a sad day when a country could not guarantee the safety of its healthcare workers. According to reports, Munshi…
File Photo. Former African National Congress Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Councillor Andile Lungisa has started serving a 2-year jail term. Lungisa was previously sentenced to three years in jail for assault, with one year suspended, for smashing a glass jug full of water over DA councillor Rayno Kayser’s head during…
Photo Credit:Gary Van Wyk. Renowned human rights lawyer and activist, Advocate George Bizos, has been laid to rest at Westpark Cemetery in Randburg, Johannesburg. Bizos, 92, passed away on 9 September 2020. The Bizos family held a private family service ahead of the Special Official Funeral Category 1, as declared…
File Photo. Gauteng Acting Health MEC Jacob Mamabolo has called on the department to ensure that where possible, temporary infrastructure, including fever tents that have been put up as part of the response to COVID-19 are strategically deployed beyond the pandemic. Mamabolo said this on Wednesday as he completed his…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Water and Sanitation in KwaZulu-Natal has reiterated its commitment to implement long-term measures to address water scarcity issues in different parts of the province. Department spokesperson Sputnik Ratau said the department is on course with the implementation of the Greytown Bulk Water Supply, which…
File Photo. Despite the debilitating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa remains committed to promoting the well-being, socio-economic development and upliftment of the country’s people. South Africa, said International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor, is also committed to protecting the planet for future generations to ensure the prosperity…
Photo Credit:Gary Van Wyk. Human Rights lawyer and one of the leading lights in the fight against Apartheid, Advocate George Bizos will be laid to rest at the Westpark cemetery in Johannesburg this morning. His burial will be preceded by a funeral service at the Greek Orthodox Church in Hillbrow.…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. South Africa will reopen its international borders on 1 October 2020, under alert level 1 of lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement during a televised address to the nation on Wednesday evening. While the country will move to alert level 1 of lockdown from midnight on…
The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) has approved a proposal by United Kingdom-based film and production company, Plimsoll Productions, to film a wildlife documentary series on Marion Island. The approval, which follows a rigorous approval process involving key stakeholders, will see film makers and scientists collaborate to ensure…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. President Cyril Ramaphosa says, as new COVID-19 infections decline and the pressure on health facilities is reduced, the country now has sufficient capacity to expand the criteria for testing. The President said this on Wednesday evening when he addressed the nation on South Africa’s risk-adjusted response to…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that South Africa has recorded 653 444 detected COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 1 923 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 3 961 179 with 20 962 new…
Photo Credit:Gcis. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that a number of South Africa’s lockdown regulations will be relaxed as the country moves to a level 1 lockdown from midnight on Sunday. In a national this evening, the president said that the country has 'stood the storm' in its fight against…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on developments in response to the COVID-19 pandemic at 7pm Wednesday evening. The address follows a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council on Monday, 14 September 2020; a meeting of the President’s Coordinating Council on Tuesday, 15 September 2020, and…
This Thursday, 17 September, Project Playground will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a virtual fundraising gala, Project Playground Safe Space. Hosted by Swedish television presenter and journalist, Renée Nyberg, the gala will be streamed live in countries across the globe. Guests can expect appearances by co-founders Princess Sofia of Sweden…
The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) says communal land will play no part in land redistribution, but will rather be transferred to the people who live on it. “Even though communal land is either registered in the name of the State or is considered to be…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Government has developed an integrated plan, incorporating all law enforcement and prosecution authorities, to police and secure the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's rail infrastructure. “The re-imagined safety strategy is built on the foundation of a seamlessly integrated value chain that incorporates all the law enforcement and…
A total of 7 199 claims have been lodged with the Compensation Fund for COVID-19 sickness contracted while at work. Of the total claims, 4 595 have been submitted directly to the Compensation Fund (CF) and a further 2 385 to Rand Mutual, while Federated Employees has received 219 claims.…
File Photo. The Powers and Privileges Committee has resolved to accept external legal opinion on the incident which led to the temporary adjournment of the sitting and delay in the presentation of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) earlier this year. President Cyril Ramaphosa presented the SONA on 13…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation this evening, where he is expected to announce a move to level 1 national lockdown. "President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 19h00 today, Wednesday, 16 September 2020, on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted response to the Covid-19 pandemic,"the presidency…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Matjhabeng Local Municipality in the Free State has agreed to hand over its 139 farms to Eskom as security for debt owed. “In its ongoing efforts to recover more than R3.4 billion in unpaid debt owed by Matjhabeng Local Municipality, the municipality has agreed to hand over…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The City of Cape is elated about its dam levels that have almost reached full capacity between 7 September and 13 September. At the same time last year, dam levels were at 81.9%. “Seeing the dam levels draw nearer and nearer to the 100% mark is exciting…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) on Tuesday agreed on a plan of action for economic recovery, which is due for consideration and finalisation by Cabinet. The agreement was formalised at a meeting of the NEDLAC Forum for Economic Recovery, chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has recorded 651 521 detected COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 772 new cases in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 3 940 217 with 11 603 new tests conducted since the…
File Photo. Suzanne Daniels, a former secretary and legal head for Eskom, has reeled off a list of stunning exchanges she witnessed between senior executives for the firm and the Gupta brothers themselves. But this didn’t spare her Raymond Zondo’s wrath… She admitted to meeting with known Gupta fixer Salim…
The Clicks Group has confirmed the resignation of non-executive director Nonkululeko Gobodo. She cited personal reasons for her resignation,which will be effective from 14 September 2020. "We would like to thank Nonku for her valuable insights and contribution to the board and to the audit and risk committee over the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture says applicants for the second wave of the COVID-19 Relief Fund must be registered as taxpayers. “Despite the opening of the second wave, the department has observed the challenges experienced by potential applicants in terms of their tax registration status, however,…
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has extended the processing of new Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS) benefit claims for April to September following consultations with social partners at Nedlac. In line with the extension, the COVID-19 TERS benefit applications for March 2020 to May 2020 shall close on 25 September…
Photo Credit:Alon Skuy. The African National Congress (ANC) has announced that they will reimburse government for the travel costs incurred by a party delegation to Zimbabwe using an SANDF jet. On Friday, President Cyril Ramaphosa gave Minister of Defence Mapisa-Nqakula 48 hours to give him a full report into the…
Photo Credit:Moeletsi Mabe. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has welcomed declaration order handed down by the High Court in Pretoria, which affords interested and affected persons automatic access to mining rights applications. The court declared that interested and affected parties, as contemplated by the Mineral and Petroleum…
Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, says the department is currently conducting a national seroprevalence study, which should unveil the actual seroprevalence of Coronavirus antibodies and status of national immunity. “South Africa has seen the surge receding and thus raises the question of the level of immunity that may already be…
Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has announced the creation of a Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) that will focus on Coronavirus vaccine development. Mkhize made the announcement in a statement. "In addition to the multi-sectoral MAC focusing on community mobilisation, another MAC has been created to focus on Coronavirus vaccine development,”…
Gauteng Cooperative Governance MEC Lebogang Maile. Picture: @LebogangMaile1/Twitter. The Gauteng Department of Human Settlements’ Anti-Fraud and Corruption Unit has concluded investigations into various officials accused of corruption, money laundering, illegal sale of houses and stands, as well as theft and misappropriation of funds. Human Settlements, Urban Planning and CoGTA MEC,…
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) said on Tuesday that the interim employer reconciliation and third party declaration period is now open. “As part of ensuring that SARS provides certainty and clarity of the legal obligations of employers and third parties, SARS wishes to announce that the interim employer reconciliation…
The production of South African poultry increased by 5% in the first eight months of 2020 when compared to the same period last year. Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) said “this is despite the challenges in the operating environment brought on by COVID-19,” Dtic Minister Ebrahim Patel, together…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will today chair two virtual meetings that will deliberate on the country’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic and the economic recovery plan. The first virtual meeting the President will chair is the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC). The council is co-chaired by the President and the…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The UK’s Comic Relief and the US-based Conrad N. Hilton Foundation are the latest funders to join Africa No Filter (ANF) – a donor collaborative working to change harmful and stereotypical narratives about and within Africa. Both organisations join existing partners Ford Foundation, Bloomberg, Mellon Foundation, Luminate and…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Monday that South Africa recorded 650 749 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 956 new cases in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of tests conducted to date is 3 928 614. A further 52 more Covid-19-related deaths were reported: 2…
File Photo. Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema believes there was good reasons for a delegation of the African National Congress (ANC) to fly to Zimbabwe to meet with Zanu-PF but the ANC used an unacceptable mode of transport and He has called for a fine against the governing…
Photo Credit:Alon Skuy. Iran is said to be contemplating an assassination attempt against America's ambassador to South Africa. The alleged plot has been detailed in intelligence papers which have been seen by U.S. intelligence and government officials. American officials say they have been aware of threats towards ambassador, Lana Marks,…
Photo Credit: Jacques Nelles. The case against the wife of former finance minister Malusi Gigaba, Norma Mngoma, has been postponed. Her lawyer, Victor Nkhwashu, requested additional documents from the state. "The matter is being postponed to the 23rd of October to allow the state to get the outstanding disclosure to…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The clock is ticking for an estimated 1.1 million Matrics from the Class of 2020, who will sit for their final exams in two months' time after arguably the most challenging year they would have faced during their school careers. With uncertainty still lingering about much of…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom says it is pleased to note that the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has concurred with the ministerial determination for the procurement of 11 813MW of electricity generation infrastructure, as issued by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy in February 2020. This is…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. Police have confirmed that two suspects were arrested after a foiled robbery at Cresta Shopping Centre in Johannesburg. Police spokesperson Capt Mavela Masondo said six armed suspects entered a shop at the mall about 9am and held up the employees with firearms. "One of the employees screamed…
Photo Credit:GCIS. South Africa’s nine provinces have collectively employed 13 135 nurses during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said he was pleased with the numbers saying this proves that it is “possible to achieve such numbers in such a short space of time”. Speaking…
The Butterworth Regional Court has sentenced a 66-year-old man to 18 years imprisonment for raping his stepdaughter. Between January 2012 and October 2015, the man, whose name has been withheld to protect the identity of the victim, stayed with the victim in Butterworth, Eastern Cape. According to the National Prosecuting…
Social grant applicants can now skip long queues thanks to the new South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) online portal launched on Monday. According to SASSA, for now, the pilot project will cover Child Support, Older Persons and Foster Child grants. The government entity said the move will provide much-needed…
The Health Department says while it will not allow non-compliance to legislation in the funeral undertaking sector, it is open to continue talks with undertakers who are set to down tools. A group of undertakes around the country is planning to shut down the collection of human remains from private…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to the South African media for its in-depth coverage of the Coronavirus pandemic, despite the industry itself being confronted by daunting challenges. In the latest instalment of his weekly newsletter on Monday, the President said countries with strong institutions, vigilant judicial systems…
Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Department of Water and Sanitation has welcomed a court order issued against the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality to refrain from polluting water resources. The municipality has been ordered to take all necessary steps to ensure that raw sewage is not discharged into the…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that South Africa has recorded 649 793 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 1 579 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 918 478 with 15 692 new tests conducted since the…
File Photo. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said in an opinion piece that South Africa’s economy will likely contract this year by more than the 7% previously forecast by the Treasury. Gross domestic product shrunk by a record 51% in the second quarter, its fourth quarterly contraction in a row, as…
The Department of Health says its concerned about a planned strike by funeral undertakers. The department is warning that this could lead to public health risks. Over 3,000 funeral industry employees are planning to down tools from Monday. The shutdown comes after the government failed to respond to the sector’s…
Cabinet has approved the establishment of the Presidential Climate Change Coordinating Commission, at its ordinary meeting this week. "The commission will coordinate the just transition of our country to a low carbon climate and resilient economy and society by 2050,"said a statement issued by the Government Communication and Information System…
Summary of Latest Developments. Austria is experiencing the start of a second wave of coronavirus infections, its chancellor has said , as cases spike upwards in line with other EU countries. UNHCR steps up efforts to combat COVID-19 among tens of thousands of Syrian refugees in camps in Jordan after…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says International travel will soon be permitted as part of their strategy for Level 1 lockdown. Mbalula said the National Coronavirus Command Council is considering opening borders. "Very soon, international travel will be opened. We will announce measures as and when that happens,"said…
The collective of organisations that had made a moral call against Covid-19 corruption, met a delegation of the Government led by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The group of six organisations is made up of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, the Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution, the Desmond &…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize have announced that South Africa have been recorded 648 214 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This is increase of 1 816 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 902 786 with 18 620 new tests…
Steve Biko in King William's Town on September 3 1976, a year before he was killed. Image: John F Burns. American civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton is delivering the 20th annual Steve Biko memorial lecture. The legendary civil rights activist has been vocal on the Blacks Lives Matter movement.…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The report into the alleged irregularities in the awarding of tenders for COVID-19-related personal protective equipment (PPE) in Gauteng has been concluded. It will be presented to the ANC Provincial Executive Committee on Sunday for consideration. In July, the party's integrity committee started its investigation into the allegations …
Photo Credit:Alon Skuy. The ANC delegation that visited Zimbabwe on a fact-finding mission again returned to South Africa without meeting opposition political parties and civic organisations. Leader of the delegation ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, who had promised to meet all players in the Zimbabwean crisis, also promised his team would…
The Mpumalanga police have arrested three men in connection with the shooting death of well-known actress,Thandeka Mdeliswa. The 34-year-old, who portrayed the role of Khanye Hlophe in the TV soapie, Ikani, was shot outside her Evander home last Thursday. According to reports, Mdeliswa heard her brother arguing outside with the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has welcomed Cabinet’s approval of the long-awaited draft White Paper on Audio and Visual Content Services Policy Framework. Cabinet approved the draft during a virtual meeting and the next step is for the department to go on provincial consultations before the…
File Photo. In celebration of Tourism Month, CapeNature will allow free access to selected reserves in the Western Cape for a full week between 16 and 22 September. Western Cape Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC Anton Bredell has encouraged locals and visitors to the province to make…
Photo Credit:Gary Van Wyk. President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared that the late human rights lawyer and social activist Advocate George Bizos will receive a Special Official Funeral Category 1. Ramaphosa has authorised that the national flag be flown at half-mast at every flag station from Saturday until the evening of…
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has recorded 646 398 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This an increase of 1 960 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 884 166 with 20 713 new tests conducted since…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has directed Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to furnish the President - within 48 hours - with a detailed report on the circumstances that led to the Minister sharing a flight to Harare, Zimbabwe, with a senior delegation of African National Congress…
File Photo. The National Prosecuting Authority(NPA) has confirmed that ANC councillor Andile Lungisa was served with a notice to report to authorities within 48-hours of receiving it, to start serving his sentence. "The clerk of the court served the notice to his attorneys yesterday [Thursday],"NPA regional spokesperson Anelisa Ngcakani said.…
Photo Credit:Reuters. The African National Congress (ANC) Interim Provincial Committee has announced the recall of the mayors, speakers and chief whips of five municipalities. The municipalities affected are Mahikeng, Ditsobotla, Macquassi Hills, Matlosana and Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District. The move follows the Auditor General’s recent report which found irregular…
Photo Credit:Reuters. President Donald Trump and his Democratic rival, Joe Biden marked the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on Friday at memorial services where their differences in style couldn't have been more sharply on display. Trump and Biden were both traveling to rural Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the hijacked…
Photo Credit:KZN Cogta. KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, is expected to inspect renovations at the Margate Airport. The MEC is expected to inspect the airport which falls under the Ray Nkoyeni Local Municipality on the South Coast on Saturday. The department has injected R10…
Limpopo MEC for Social Development, Nkakareng Rakgoale, has sent her condolences to the family of the mother and daughter, who were killed along the R37 road outside Polokwane. According to the police, businesswoman Lizette Deacon, 55, and her 70-year-old mother, Hettie, were reported missing from their home in Welgelegen, next…
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), working with the Department of Employment and Labour, has temporarily halted payments for the COVID-19 TERS relief benefits, until it addresses the system control concerns recently raised by the Auditor-General. According to the UIF, this move will not only assist them in dealing with the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on South Africans to have their say on the National Taxi Lekgotla discussion document. The document, released on Friday by the Minister, seeks to drum up debate from all corners of society on ways to develop a blueprint for a sustainable and…
Photo Credit:Liqui fruit. Pioneer Foods has confirmed that the substance in its Liqui Fruit 330ml red grape juice cans is not glass. Chief Executive Officer of Pioneer Foods/PepsiCo Sub-Saharan Africa, Tertius Carstensthat, said what was previously visually identified as shards of glass found in the 330ml cans is actually crystals…
File Photo. Former Eskom board chairperson Dr Ben Ngubane this morning said that Zola Tsotsi’s take that they were a Gupta board was disgusting and unfortunate. Ngubane is appearing before the state capture commission of inquiry to continue this week’s evidence on the power utility. He was among board members…
File Photo. International commercial trade of rhino horn and derivatives remains prohibited in terms of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the South Africa’s CITES regulations (2010). “International commercial trade in rhino horn is and remains prohibited in terms of…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has acknowledged the significant role the banking sector has played in financing mega and catalytic projects including Cosmo City and Fleurhof in Gauteng Province. “We have travelled a long journey with the banking sector; together we have restored the dignity…
Picture:@Clicks_SA/Twitter. The Clicks Group, owners of Clicks stores and United Pharmaceutical Distributors (UPD), has committed to increase spending on small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) and support local beauty, hair care brands and other products. Clicks Group Chief Executive Officer Vikesh Ramsunder made the undertaking during a meeting held with…
Summary of Latest Developments. The United Arab Emirates says daily coronavirus cases have jumped five-fold compared with a month ago, and warns residents and citizens to abide by measures. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announces a mass testing plan, health experts raise doubts over the strategy. The Indonesian capital will…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has defended the decision to ferry members of the African National Congress (ANC) to Zimbabwe on a South African Air Force jet earlier this week. The ANC-led delegation visited the country to help find solutions on its ongoing political and…
Cabinet has welcomed the drop in the number of new confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks and the improved recovery rate that now stands at 87%. In a statement following a virtual meeting held on Wednesday, Cabinet said it noted the declining number of people requiring admission in…
President Cyril Ramaphosa says as the world scrambles to find a cure for the novel Coronavirus, once developed, the vaccine should be equally distributed to all countries in need and not just the wealthy. Ramaphosa made the impassioned plea while virtually delivering his opening remarks at the World Health Organisation’s…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says government is hard at work to address COVID-19, economic recovery and corruption as it lifts the country out of the crisis caused by the pandemic. Ramaphosa was speaking during a virtual question-and-answer session with the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF). The engagement is…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. The Economic Freedom Fighters have announced the outcomes of discussions held with Unilever with a joint statement on the controversial advert produced by the company. Both parties agreed that the ad in question, describing African hair as "dry and damaged", was both "offensive and racist". While large…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The case against former eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede and 16 others has been postponed to 10 December. Gumede and her co-accused face corruption charges linked to tender fraud to the tune of over R400 million. The State requested the postponement, saying that while it had enough evidence…
File Photo. The African Development Bank board has approved $27.33 million in grants to boost the African Union’s efforts to mobilise a continental response to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement, the AfDB said the approval follows a meeting of the extended Bureau of the Conference of Heads of…
Photo Credit:Gary Van Wyk. President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended condolences to the family of human rights lawyer and activist George Bizos, who passed away on Wednesay evening. News of Bizos's passing broke during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s engagement with the South African National Editors Forum (SANEF). Concluding the engagement, Ramaphosa paid…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The number of confirmed Coronavirus infections has risen to 642 431 after 1 990 new cases were recorded on Wednesday, said Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. Meanwhile, 82 more deaths were reported in a space of 24 hours. Of the latest fatalities, 27 are from Gauteng, 22 from…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom says the possibility of load shedding has increased, as a belt that feeds the Medupi units snapped on Wednesday. “Last night [Wednesday], a conveyor belt feeding coal into the Medupi generation units failed, increasing the risk of load shedding. This means the four generations units in…
Photo Credit:Gary Van Wyk. The loss of George Bizos is a hard blow for the Nelson Mandela Foundation. We got to know him first as a close friend of Nelson Mandela and over more than twenty years came to regard him as a friend and trusted adviser to the organisation.…
File Photo. The Bizos family, the Legal Resources Centre, and the George Bizos SAHETI Scholarship and Bursary Fund are sad to report the passing of Advocate George Bizos SC at 17.30 today, Wednesday 9 September. George, 92 years old, died peacefully at home of natural causes, attended to by family.…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has recorded 642 431 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 1 990 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 842 898 with 21 736 new tests…
File: South African lawyer George Bizos speaks during an interview in Johannesburg 17 May 2005. Renowned human rights advocate George Bizos has died aged 91. Bizos was born in Athens in 1927,He then moved to South Africa during the Second World War as an evacuee. He first lived in Durban,…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently engaging in a question-and-answer session with the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF). The engagement is part of the President’s ongoing dialogue with different sectors of society. It also fulfills a commitment the President gave SANEF during a similar engagement on 31 May…
File Photo. National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson Amos Masondo has urged delegates at the Local Government Week (LGW2020) to take some responsibility for the state municipalities are in. “We cannot claim innocence, when the Auditor-General makes the critical observation that over the past three years there have been serious…
Retailer Checkers is removing all TRESemmé products from its shelves. This follows a public outcry over a marketing campaign on the Clicks website which promoted racist stereotypes about hair. Clicks, TRESemmé and Unilever – who were responsible for the disbursement of the controversial campaign – have all apologised for the…
File Photo. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Leah Tutu are safe after managing to escape a fire at their retirement village. The news of the fire was shared by the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Mrs Leah Tutu have extended their love and…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has extended the deadline for submission of applications for the 2nd Wave COVID-19 Relief Fund to Friday, 11 September 2020. Sport, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, announced the 2nd Wave COVID–19 Relief application process on 17 August 2020, as a…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Police Minister Bheki Cele has called on police officers to continue to ensure the safety of customers, staff members and property of Clicks stores. This follows what the Ministry describes as organised acts of vandalism at Clicks stores in some provinces. The Minister’s comments come after public outrage…
File Photo. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture will continue to hear Eskom related evidence from the former Chairperson of the board Zola Tsotsi. Tsotsi has had to explain events that led to him meeting one of the Gupta brothers, at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on…
South Africa has recorded 1 079 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number of cases to 640 441. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 821 162 with 12 213 new tests conducted since the last report. The Department of Health has reported 82 more COVID-19 related…
File Photo. Andile Lungisa has been suspended by the ANC for his conviction for assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm against Democratic Alliance (DA) Councillor Ryno Kayser during a council meeting in 2016. Lungisa, a Nelson Mandela Bay ANC councillor, was served with the letter earlier on Tuesday…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Parents and guardians considering online schooling for their children must ensure they properly vet the ability of a school to provide an holistic, meaningful educational experience coupled with excellent academic and emotional support, an education expert says. “There are a number of online schooling options on the…
Photo Credit:Hugh Masekela Website. Government has honoured well-known legends Hugh Masekela, Dr Phillip Tabane and Professor Willie Keorapetse Kgositsile with postage stamps. The three were honoured for the role they played during the country’s darkest of times of apartheid. This is a result of a 2018 Cabinet decision, which would…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the plunge in South Africa’s gross domestic product during the second quarter of 2020 reflects the severe impact of the global Coronavirus pandemic on the economy and should spur all South Africans to do all they can to help rebuild the economy. While the…
The Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has granted retailer Clicks an interdict against the EFF. Acting Judge Norman Manoim has interdicted the party – along with those "acting in concert with it or pursuant to instructions from it"- from inciting violence against the retailer’s "ordinary commercial operations". Manoim issued the…
File Photo. State Capture Inquiry continues to hear Eskom related evidence from the former Board Chairperson at Eskom,Zola Tsotsi. Meanwhile Eskom says Stage 1 load shedding will only kick in at 16:00 and last until 22:00 on Tuesday. The power utility attributed the suspension of load shedding until 16:00 to…
Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille says the department is taking steps to give effect to the report recommendations by the Auditor General into the Beitbridge border fence project. The Beitbridge project was initiated by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure in mid-March…
Picture:@Clicks_SA/Twitter. Government has expressed concern at the vandalising and torching of Clicks stores across the country, saying it goes against the spirit of peace and respect for human rights. In a statement, government said it noted the public outrage following the Clicks advertisement, where black hair is portrayed as “dry…
The Department of Employment and Labour on Monday announced that it will continue making the COVID-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS) payments until 15 September 2020. This, according to the department, follows negotiations at the National Economic and Labour Council (NEDLAC) and the signing of the direction to that effect…
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has recorded 639 362 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 854 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 808 949 with 8 759 new tests conducted since…
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received more than 160 536 applications from students seeking funding for 2021, since the opening date for funding applications on 3 August 2020. NSFAS Administrator, Dr Randall Carolissen, said that during the first month on average NSFAS has been receiving more than…
CAPTION (left to right): Retired KwaZulu-Natal Judge, Mr Vuka Tshabalala; MEC for Basic Education, Mr Kwezi Mshengu; Sibaya Community Trust Chairman; Mr Vivian Reddy; and MEC Spokesperson, Mr Kwezi Mshengu, handing out copies of My First Isizulu Picture Dictionary to learners from the Maidstone Primary School in Tongaat. Learners at…
Picture:@Clicks_SA/Twitter. Two Clicks employees have been suspended following the controversial hair advert,which caused social media outrage. The advert included pictures of four women – two black and two white – and described the hair of the two black women as ‘dry and damaged; and ‘frizzy and dull’, while the images…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa says racism cannot be tolerated in South Africa and must be fought with vigour every time it raises its ugly head. Mthethwa was speaking during the launch of Heritage Month, under the theme “Celebrating South Africa’s Living Human Treasures”, at…
Photo Credit:Liqui fruit. The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has received information from Pioneer Foods on its intention to recall a batch of Liqui fruit Red Grape Still 330ml cans. In a statement on Sunday, Pioneer Foods said it has received reports of small shards of glass in a single batch…
Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has welcomed the arrest of the Mpumalanga Human Settlements Head of Department, Keboni Masange, while also announcing that the department will oppose his release. Motsoaledi welcomed Masange’s arrest last week following a probe to verify his status in the country. Masange, 51, was arrested…
File Photo. The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has reviewed its COVID-19 risk-adjusted strategy, with visits to inmates at the country’s correctional centres now permitted. “Inmate visits to correctional centres and remand detention centres shall be permitted under strict conditions, observing COVID-19 health protocols, as well as departmental Standard Operating…
File Photo. The State Capture Commission is currently hearing evidence from Eskom's former Chief Executive (CEO) Tshediso Matona. Allegations of corruption at Eskom take centre stage at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Monday. The commission hears evidence from Eskom’s former Chief Executive (CEO) Tshediso Matona and an…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed that the South African government and its partners will make good on its promise to protect the country’s women and children against gender-based violence. To demonstrate this commitment, government recently set the wheels in motion to tighten perceived legislative loopholes. Apart from…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom will implement stage 1 and 2 load shedding on Monday and Tuesday. The power utility reduced load shedding to stage 1 at 12h00 on Sunday (6 September) and plans to implement stage 1 and stage 2 load-shedding between 08h00 and 22h00 over the next two days.…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has recorded 638 517 of confirmed COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 1 633 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 800 190 with 16 367 new tests conducted…
Photo Credit:Esa Alexander. The Jacob Zuma Foundation has released a statement on what it calls the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) unreadiness to proceed with its trial against the former President. The Foundation says it is disappointed that there would be no court appearance in Pietermaritzburg this week. In a statement…
File Photo. Achmat Dangor, an author and political activist who served as an ambassador and CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, has died. Dangor's published novels are Waiting for Leila (1981), The Z Town Trilogy (1990), Kafka's Curse (1997), Bitter Fruit (2001) as well as two poetry collections, Bulldozer (1983)…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Democratic Alliance(DA) Member of Parliament Phumzile Van Damme has revealed that she has only learned about the details of charges filed against her by the DA through media. Her remarks are in response to an article by the Sunday Times, which claims she's being investigated by the…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom has announced it will down-scale load shedding to stage 1 from noon until 10 pm. Stage 2 load shedding was implemented from 08h00 to 22h00 on both Saturday and Sunday. This was to replenish the emergency generation reserves which were depleted over the week, it said.…
Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. The Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA), Mkhuleko Hlengwa, says disciplinary hearings should start in earnest for 14 suspended Public Works and Administration officials. He has expressed shock at the shoddy work done in the construction of the R37million Beitbridge border fence between…
Photo Credit:Facebook. Actress Thandeka Mdeliswa was gunned down in Mpumalanga on Thurs, 03 Sept 2020. She died days later on Sat, 05 Sept 2020. The family of actress Thandeka Mdeliswa confirmed in a statement issued at the weekend that her murder was an act of Gender Based Violence. In a…
File Photo. South African Police Service holds its annual National Commemoration Day to pay homage to members who sacrificed their lives in the execution of their duties. In line with Level 2 lockdown regulations, only the family of three deceased members will be in attendance at the annual event this…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed that South Africa’s cumulative caseload now stands at 636 884. This is an increase of 1 806 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 783 823 with 18 123 new tests conducted since the last…
Photo Credit:DA. The Democratic Alliance (DA) has already adopted several policies at its inaugural conference which kicks off today. Delegates at the conference started the morning by adopting policies under its values and principles theme. These include the unanimous adoption of constitutionalism and the rule of law which pushes for…
Picture:@Clicks_SA/Twitter. Clicks a health and beauty retailer in South Africa is in hot water over images on their website. Many believe the images show prejudice against natural black hair. The images sparked outrage on social media. The website had pictures of black hair labelled as Dry and Damaged while white…
Photo Credit:Antonio Muchave. Nathaniel Julies will be laid to rest on Saturday. The Eldorado Park teenager -- who had Down syndrome -- was shot dead last week, allegedly by police.The killing caused an outrage with the community accusing police in the area of brutality. Julies has been described as a…
Photo Credit:Penguin Random House. The military funeral of former Surgeon General, Lieutenant-General Vejay Ramlakan, who was a consummate soldier and freedom fighter takes place in Durban. He headed the South African Military Health Service from 2005 to 2013, and was later appointed as Chief of Corporate Services prior to his…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said without government’s intervention, the tourism sector was on course to lose between 500 000 and 600 000 jobs. Kubayi-Ngubane said the past four months of lockdown have been very difficult for the tourism sector. Addressing the Pretoria National Press Club, Kubayi-Ngubane said at…
File Photo:The National Council of Provinces. The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has approved the Judicial Matters Amendment Bill of 2019 during its virtual plenary. The bill, designed to further regulate the division of assets and maintenance of parties in divorce proceedings, was passed by the National Assembly and referred…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, will today visit the Waterberg District Development Model (DDM) Hub in Limpopo. Waterberg District is one of the three DDM pilots which were launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in the later part of 2019. Minister Dlamini-Zuma will be accompanied…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Summary of Latest Developments. Iraq has registered 5,036 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, the health ministry has said, a record single-day increase in the country. The World Health Organization (WHO) does not expect widespread vaccinations against COVID-19 until the middle of next year, a spokeswoman…
Photo Credit:FM. Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, has congratulated former Health Director-General, Dr Precious Matsoso, on her appointment as a panellist in the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response. Dr Matsoso is among the 11 panellists who were announced in Geneva by the panel’s…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Public Service Month is a time where the public is sensitised of the services delivered by government but it also serves as a month where these services are reviewed in order to ensure that quality services are delivered. “As government, we deem it important that the citizens of…
The Parliamentary Constitutional Review Committee is considering recognising South African Sign Language as the 12th official language. Deputy Minister in the Presidency Department of Women Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize, said Parliament was considering amending Section 30 of the Constitution and the National Official Languages. “I want…
File Photo. The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) board has announced that its Chief Executive Officer Mninawe (Pepi) Silinga, is leaving the organisation. Silinga will be joining the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on 1 October 2020, after being with the CDC for 22 years, since 1998. “The 22 year relationship…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has affirmed its commitment to working with stakeholders in the creative industries on plans to resume activities. “The department is aware of the frustration and challenges that are faced by practitioners of the sector. Government is doing everything it can while…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom has summarily suspended managers at Tutuka and Kendal power stations following the escalation of load shedding to stage 4 during the past two days. In a statement issued on Friday, Eskom said while it is true that the aging fleet is plagued by legacy issues of…
File Photo. ANC MP Vincent Smith claimed that the money he received was a personal loan from the former Bosasa Chief Operating Officer Angelo Agrizzi. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Johannesburg will on Friday hear evidence from the African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament Vincent Smith.…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Deputy President David Mabuza says provincial departments of health have started experimenting with combining Tubercolisis (TB) and COVID-19 screening in some locations, while also offering HIV self-screening at COVID-19 sites. Responding to oral questions to the National Council of Provinces via a virtual link-up, the Deputy President said…
The Pan South African Sign Language (PanSALB) Board will today launch the South African Sign Language Charter (SASL Charter) which is aimed at removing barriers to enable deaf people equal opportunities to information and services. The Charter was conceptualised to address issues that relate to communication, access to information, facilities,…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Thursday that South Africa’s cumulative caseload now stands at 633 015. This is an increase of 2 420 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 747 101 with 20 380 new tests conducted since…
Photo Credit:GCIS.. Deputy President David Mabuza says despite the current challenge of load shedding, South Africans should be confident this will be sorted once the Medupi power plant is incorporated into the grid. The Deputy President said this when he fielded questions in the National Council of Provinces via a…
The Competition Tribunal has approved, with conditions, the merger whereby JSE Limited (the JSE), the operator of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, will acquire shares registry firm, Link Market Services South Africa (LMS SA). “After 12 days of hearing oral evidence from factual witnesses and expert witnesses over a virtual platform,…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has unveiled a 45-bed quarantine and isolation COVID-19 site for infected members. Beyond the pandemic, the facility will be converted into a 160-bed South African Police Service (SAPS) hospital. Located at the SAPS Tshwane Academy, the project is a collaborated effort between…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Vaal Dam levels have continued their steep fall this week, plummeting to levels unseen since the beginning of 2017, when large parts of the country were in the grip of a devastating drought. “As the Vaal Dam persists to drop week-on-week, it now hovers at distressing levels…
Photo Credit:Veli Nhlapo. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture hears Bosasa related evidence from the former Minister of Environmental Affairs, Nomvula Mokonyane on Thursday. Watch Live the State Capture Inquiry Below. Video Courtesy of SABC.
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says ahead of personal protective equipment (PPE) being procured by the State, discussions were held with MECs and various departments to curb COVID-19 corruption. Responding to oral questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Mkhize said this was over and above several instructions…
Law enforcement agencies are working together to probe the breaches of the COVID-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS). The benefit scheme was established to provide much needed relief to employees, who have been laid-off work or unable to earn an income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his first special…
File Photo. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says to ensure that matriculants are not compromised by the late release of the Grade 12 results, Universities South Africa has agreed to extend the academic year to the end of February 2021. Universities are expected to start their 2021 academic year in…
South Africa has recorded a cumulative total of 630, 595 Covid-19 cases, with 2,336 new cases identified. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 726 721 with 21 313 new tests conducted since the last report. A further 126 more Covid-19 deaths have also been recorded: 12…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Northern Cape has launched its first user-friendly online schools registration system for 2021 admissions. Northern Cape Premier, Dr Zamani Saul, has described this move as a major milestone to modernise the province. “As this new administration, we articulated a vision of building a modern, growing and…
File Photo. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor is set to lead South Africa’s delegation to the extraordinary G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting. The virtual meeting is scheduled for Thursday, 3 September 2020. “As was the case following the global financial crisis in 2008 and in line with the G20’s…
Photo Credit:Trevor Samson. The Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, on Wednesday suspended the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) Commissioner Teboho Maruping. The suspension follows the Auditor General’s audit on the COVID-19 temporary employee/employer relief scheme (TERS). The benefit scheme was expected to provide much-needed relief to employees, who have…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom has announced that load shedding will move from stage 2 to stage 4 as at 15:00 until 22:00 on Wednesday. The power utility said the move is “due to exceptionally high demand”. “Due to the continuing severe generation supply constraints caused by multiple unit breakdowns as…
Poor financial management by public institutions once again reared its ugly head during the disbursement of COVID-19 relief scheme funds, an audit report has found. The synopsis is contained in Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu’s first of a series of special reports on the financial management of government’s R500 billion COVID-19 relief…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. The Health Department has launched a new mobile application - COVID Alert SA - to strengthen South Africa’s digital contact tracing efforts. To date, the department has deployed teams to conduct manual contact tracing in every district. Subsequently, the WhatsApp-based COVIDConnect service was launched, which allows index…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Democratic Alliance (DA) federal leadership candidate John Moodey has announced that he is resigning from the party. Moodey joined the DA in 1998 and he’s been serving as the party’s provincial leader since 2012. "After much soul-searching, I have reached a point where I am unable to…
File Photo. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture hears Bosasa related evidence from the Personal Assistant to the former Bosasa COO, Angelo Agrizzi. Live Stream Below: State Capture Inquiry. Video Courtesy of SABC.
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Due to the continuing severe generation supply constraints as a result of multiple unit breakdowns, Eskom says it will continue to implement stage 2 load shedding from 8am until 10pm today. In a statement, Eskom said 10 generation units at seven power stations have suffered breakdowns in…
Photo Credit:123rf. Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister, Mcebisi Skwatsha, has condemned the spate of farm attacks, describing them as cruel and barbaric. Skwatsha said this when he participated in a debate on farm murders in a hybrid sitting of the National Assembly on Tuesday. “We must all…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (dtic) has launched the Export Barriers Monitoring Mechanism (EBMM) that will provide the support needed to continuously improve the country’s export environment. The Export Barriers Monitoring Mechanism (EBMM) was launched on Monday. The department’s Deputy Director-General of Export Development, Promotion and…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Summary of Latest Developments. Brazil's economy contracted by a record 9.7 percent in the second quarter of 2020, plunging into recession as coronavirus lockdowns hit home, the official statistics agency said. Europe can live with COVID-19 without a vaccine by managing outbreaks with localised lockdowns, the World Health…
Photo Credit:Reuters. Some Sudanese citizens are welcoming the signing Monday in Juba of a peace deal mediated by South Sudanese leaders. Some say the agreement will allow them to move freely, engage in agriculture and carry out other developmental projects without fear. Sudan's government and the main rebel alliance agreed…
Photo Credit:123rf. A memorial garden has been opened to honour all South Africans who have succumbed to COVID-19, as well as all frontline professionals and staff who have worked tirelessly to treat patients with the virus. Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Makhotso Sotyu, opened the garden on Tuesday…
File Photo. Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo, has dissolved the Leratong-Bara-Lusaka Taxi Association (LERABALUTA) interim executive committee. The taxi committee was dissolved following its failure to administer it affairs in the interest of its members. Mamabolo said the provincial government is deeply concerned with the…
File Photo. The National Assembly holds a debate on the scourge of farm attacks and the murder of farmers and farm-workers. The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Dianne Kohler Barnard leads the debate. Watch Live Below:National Assembly Debate. Video Courtesy of SABC.
Photo Credit:GCIS. Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says the Gauteng Provincial Government must deal with officials implicated in the sale of government houses. This follows reports that some public servants have illegally benefitted in the Clayvile Housing Project in Tembisa. According to the Gauteng Portfolio Committee on…
File Photo. The 15th annual SA National Parks Week will be held in November 2020 due to COVID-19 regulations. In a statement on Tuesday, the South African National Parks (SANParks) Chief Executive Officer, Fundisile Mketeni, said the National Parks Week has been moved from September to November. “SANParks has postponed…
Photo Credit: KZN Gov. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has urged law enforcement agencies to work around the clock to ensure that criminals involved in the murder of a couple on their farm in Normandien are brought to book. Glen and Vida Rafferty were murdered on their farm in Normandien, near…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, has announced the appointment of an interim Ingonyama Trust board. The appointment of the new board, which is effective from 1 September 2020, comes after the expiry of the term of office of the current board, as of 31…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom has announced that it will implement stage 2 load shedding from noon today until 10pm due to challenges of a constrained power system. “Ten generation units at seven power stations suffered breakdowns in the last 48 hours,” the power utility said on Tuesday morning. According to…
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that while people are experiencing pandemic fatigue, the COVID-19 pandemic is not over. “WHO fully supports efforts to re-open economies and societies. We want to see children returning to school and people returning to the workplace – but we want to see it…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has recorded a total of 627 041 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 1 985 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 693 721 with…
File Photo. ANC MP and NEC member Bongani Bongo is set to step aside from all his positions in Parliament and within the party. This comes after the NEC resolved over the weekend at an explosive meeting that all those who were criminally charged had to step aside from all…
The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has launched a database for unemployed youth, professionals and artisans throughout the country. Launched on Monday, the database, which is District Development Model based, will be used to capture and store information on these unemployed groups to find out the country’s available…
Photo Credit:Alon Skuy. African National Congress national officials address the media on the outcomes of the special session of the National Executive Committee, which took place virtually from Friday the 28th to Sunday the 30th of August 2020. President Cyril Ramaphosa said members of the ANC, formally charged for corruption,…
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