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By Karyn Maughan. Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has withdrawn his challenge to Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo's application for a three-month extension of the State Capture Inquiry - a day after he lodged it. In that now aborted case, Lamola had slammed Zondo's application for another extension of the State…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says passing a time-bound targeted Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) waiver, as proposed by South Africa and India and now supported by many countries around the world, is urgent if the world is to save millions of lives. Ramaphosa was addressing the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says the mining industry is playing a critical role in "saving" the economy during the country's ongoing COVID-19 induced lockdown. Mantashe was speaking during the opening of the two-day Mining Investment Conference held in Limpopo. The Minister said the decision…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Police have instituted a 72-hour activation plan for the mobilisation of resources in search of those who shot and killed three young women execution-style at Khayelitsha on Monday evening. According to the South African Police Service (SAPS), reports from the scene indicate that residents at the TT…
Staff Reporter. @JMPDTwitter. At least two people were killed when a petrol tanker lost control and collided with other vehicles on the N1 north near Fourways, north of Johannesburg. One of the vehicles that the tanker crashed into burst into flames and two people inside were burnt to death. A…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The UK High Commission in Pretoria has met with the South African Department of Health and local scientific and health experts to discuss the country’s continued presence on the UK’s travel ‘red list’. Under the UK’s travel rules, travellers who have been in a country or territory…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Justice and Correctional Services has appointed Makgothi Thobakgale as the Correctional Services acting National Commissioner. This after the contract of former commissioner Arthur Fraser expired this month. It was confirmed earlier this month that Fraser's contract would not be renewed, adding him to the latest…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Health confirmed that the United Kingdom would consider the data provided by South African government scientists in their next review of its red list within 14 days. This comes after the local government experts had a meeting with their UK counterparts over the red list…
Staff Reporter. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has launched the "Country in Blue" campaign aimed at increasing police visibility across the country. Under the campaign, drone policing will also be introduced in some crime hotspots. The launch took place on Saturday at the Inanda policing precinct in Durban, an…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has assured voters that the party will take a tough stance against representatives who fail in their mandates. In its election manifesto, launched on Monday evening Ramaphosa, the party said it would improve the quality of leadership in local government. He was joined…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) is working on expanding its online system to allow users to apply for their IDs and other essential documents without going into a physical branch. The department also intends to expand its network of satellite offices at local bank branches, and…
Staff Reporter. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) says it has concluded investigations into corruption and irregularities in contracts in the Limpopo province totalling at least half a billion Rand. This was revealed by SIU head Advocate Andy Mothibi. The investigations are mainly centred on 60 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) procurement…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Civil proceedings against architect Minenhle Makhanya – the architect behind upgrades to former President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead – are expected to get underway today in the Special Tribunal. According to the Special Tribunal, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is attempting to recoup at least R155…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. An investigation to recover funds is currently underway after an independent forensic audit report pointed out wrongdoing, maladministration and mismanagement in the process of implementing the Presidential Economic Stimulus Programme (PESP). The PESP is designed to act as an aggressive injection of income into the creative economy …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) launches its 2021 local government election manifesto this afternoon. The two biggest opposition parties, the DA and the EFF, have already launched their manifestos both focusing on promises around improving service delivery and exploiting the many failings of ANC-led administrations at local…
Staff Reporter. Power supply from an Eskom substation, which negatively impacted water production in Gauteng, has since been restored. The power supply interruption, affecting transmission from Snowden substation, was caused by a veld fire on Sunday afternoon. This subsequently impacted Rand Water's Zuikerbosch Water Treatment Works, reducing its production capacity…
Staff Reporter. The cross-examination of Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu, continues in the High Court in Johannesburg. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. Government, through its Basic Education Employment Initiative (BEEI), has called on unemployed youth to apply for the second phase of education assistants posts, which open today and close on 3 October 2021. As part of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PES), the Department of Basic Education…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The government has introduced a new 'ethics unit' targeting unscrupulous public sector employees, including those whose lifestyles don’t match their salaries, says president Cyril Ramaphosa. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, Ramaphosa said that around 16,000 employees on the government payroll were irregularly paid…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A kaleidoscopic mural of Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been defaced with the k-word in Cape Town. This comes less than two weeks before the South African Anglican cleric and theologian, known for his work as an anti-apartheid and human rights activist, turns 90 on October 7. Cape…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Zenani Mandela-Dlamini cuts a cake with Julius Malema at the launch of the EFF's local government election manifesto alongside Floyd Shivambu, Veronica Mente and Omphile Maotwe | Picture: EFFSA. Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has told thousands of supporters that the ground was fertile for…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa is on an election campaign in Ekurhuleni. Ramaphosa is leading the ANC campaign trail in Ekurhuleni with door-to-door and community meetings planned for the day. Ekurhuleni is the only key metro in Gauteng where the governing party has governed since 2016 through a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The director-general of the national Department of Health, Sandile Buthelezi, has been placed on precautionary suspension. Prior to Buthelezi’s precautionary suspension,He had requested two weeks to prepare a response to allegations about his role in the Digital Vibes saga. The Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU) inquiry into the…
Staff Reporter. A police officer from the Honeydew trio task team and his wife were found dead on Friday evening in Cosmo City, Johannesburg. According to a statement released by the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid), the police officer, a sergeant, and a warrant officer from the same police station…
Staff Reporter. Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema, will launch the party's 2021 local government election manifesto in Johannesburg on Sunday. The manifesto was compiled following an extensive consultation with citizens and EFF branches, the party said. In the August 2016 municipal election manifesto, the EFF promised to build…
Staff Reporter. Police officials walk over tracks near a curve where an Amtrak train derailed above Interstate 5 on Monday in Washington state.Photo Credit:AP. At least three people died on Saturday and some passengers were injured after an Amtrak train derailed in north-central Montana, an official at the local sheriff's…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A delegation of seven South African officials will meet with UK scientists on Monday (27 September) to discuss South Africa’s continued inclusion on the UK’s Covid red list for travel, the Sunday Times reports. The team from South Africa – which includes scientists, representatives from the ministerial…
Staff Reporter. Cheetahs are large, spotted cats that live in various parts of Africa. (Image credit: Shutterstock). A motorist was arrested on Friday night after running over a cheetah in the Kruger National Park (KNP). In a media alert, issued on Saturday morning, the park urged visitors to be "extra…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the late Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities,Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, as an honest leader and praised her for patriotism. Delivering the eulogy at Mkhize's funeral at the Fourways Memorial Park in Johannesburg, Ramaphosa described her…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen has told supporters that the party's manifesto was a "blueprint for a local government that works". Steenhuisen launched the party’s manifesto on Saturday, ahead of the local government elections on 1 November. He told supporters the DA manifesto is not…
Staff Reporter. The Democratic Alliance launches the party's manifesto in Cape Town on Saturday ahead of the 2021 municipal elections. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of DA.
Staff Reporter. The Constitutional Court has given Unisa until the start of the 2023 academic year to revise its language policy. In a unanimous judgment handed down, the ConCourt upheld a ruling by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) which found Unisa's decision to discontinue teaching and learning in Afrikaans…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa to deliver the eulogy at the Official Funeral of the late Deputy Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize. The funeral service will be followed by a burial at the Fourways Memorial Cemetery adjacent to the church.…
Staff Reporter. File Photo:Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota. The Congress of the People (COPE) has outlined its manifesto and announced its plans ahead of the local government elections on 1 November. The party launched its manifesto in Kempton Park East of Johannesburg. Despite dwindling support, the party is confident ahead of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Johannesburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo was laid to rest at West Park cemetery in Johannesburg. Matongo, who was sworn in as mayor in August following the passing of Geoff Makhubo, died in a car crash last weekend while travelling on the Golden Highway. He had been campaigning…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. National Heritage Day celebrations in South Africa. Photo credit: Twitter. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to unite and rebuild the country following the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic on society and the economy. He was speaking during the Heritage Day celebrations hosted by the…
Staff Reporter. The Ministry in the Presidency has sent its condolences to the family of Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele following the death of his son. In a statement on Friday, Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele revealed his deep sadness at the untimely passing of his son, Karabo…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa leads countrywide celebrations of Heritage Day 2021. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of Presidency.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Heritage Day on 24 September is a public holiday that encourages people in South Africa to celebrate their cultures in a broader context because the country’s make-up is so diverse. According to SA History website, the day in KwaZulu-Natal is marked as Shaka’s Day to commemorate the…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral Commission has encouraged South Africans, who will not be able to cast their votes on 1 November 2021 at their voting station, to apply for special votes. Voters who are not able to cast their votes on Election Day and those who are not able to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South African-American business tycoon Patrick Soon-Shiong has announced the launch of an SA Covid-19 and cancer vaccine initiative. Last night, Soon-Shiong announced that his company had partnered with Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape to set up the biggest genomics facility in Africa - the Centre for…
Staff Reporter. A sustainable sanitation future lies in the country’s ability to adapt to new technologies in an era where water scarcity is taking a firmer hold, says the Department of Water and Sanitation. "We live in a time where there is not enough water. We are flushing toilets with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The funeral of the late executive mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Cllr Jolidee Matongo, will take place this morning in Finetown Hall. The service will start at home at 8am to 8:30am. From 8:30am, the family and faith leaders will then proceed to Finetown Hall for…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi said that while the governing party is faced by many challenges, it has remained a loyal ally of the working class and all workers should make sure it is elected at the upcoming local government elections. She said workers would be the…
Staff Reporter. @GalloImages. The African National Congress (ANC) has written to staff members on Thursday saying the party was still unable to pay outstanding salaries. In a letter, ANC general manager Febe Potgieter-Gqubule informed staff the party would not pay their salaries for September, in addition to the outstanding salaries…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the guest of honour today, Thursday, 23 September 2021, at an announcement by Dr Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder of the multinational conglomerate, NantWorks LLC, of an ambitious initiative to build capacity for advanced healthcare in Africa. The initiative will entail collaboration between NantAfrica,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Gauteng Department of Education has laid charges against three senior managers over R431 million spent on the decontamination of schools. This is as the department implements recommendations received from the Special Investigating Unit's (SIU) report into the monies spent on decontaminating schools. According to department spokesperson…
Staff Reporter. The University of the Free State (UFS) has labelled the attack on students, which led to the deaths of one UFS student and one TVET College student, as senseless. This, as the police report that four gun-wielding men on Wednesday morning accosted students, demanding laptops and cellphones, among…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the job creation and SMME support resulting from the construction of Msikaba Bridge is an example of a government at work. He was speaking during a visit to the construction of the bridge in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape. "What I have seen today is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the full extent of the vaccine gap between developed and developing economies, and how that gap can severely undermine global health security. President Cyril Ramaphosa said this on Wednesday during the global COVID-19 Summit hosted by United States President Joe Biden on…
Staff Reporter. @GettyImages. South African-born biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong will announce a plan to transfer technology for the manufacture of Covid-19 and cancer vaccines to the country. Soon-Shiong, who is based in California, will make the announcement at 17h00 local time together with President Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African presidency…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana says manufacturing and industrialisation remain key to stimulating South Africa’s economy. He was speaking during the launch of a book on the transformation of the economy’s structure and industrial development. Industrialisation is identified as a key pillar in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Economic Reconstruction…
Staff Reporter. The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed a second appeal by Ledla Structural Development against the Special Investigating Unit’s (SIU’s) Special Tribunal orders. The orders, dated between 10 December 2020 and 4 February 2021, declared the R139 million personal protectiveequipment (PPE) contract, awarded by the Gauteng Department of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @ActionSA. ActionSA launched its inaugural manifesto at Old Park Station in Newtown, Johannesburg. ActionSA president Herman Mashaba has promised voters his party will prioritise service delivery, fight corruption and deliver pro-poor governance if elected into power in the upcoming municipal elections. Mashaba told thousands of his party’s…
Staff Reporter. The return of South African Airlines (SAA) to the skies will benefit consumers as it will bring more competitive pricing to the sector. This is according to SAA board chairperson John Lamola who was speaking ahead of the airline's first flight since it was grounded at least 16…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Pietermaritzburg high court Judge Piet Koen said he will try to deliver judgement on former president Jacob Zuma's plea to have the lead prosecutor, Billy Downer, removed from a case he has been involved in for almost two decades because of perceptions that Downer was biased and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Cape Judge President John Hlophe has withdrawn his application seeking to interdict his suspension from office and the institution of the impeachment process against him. The stage is now set for Judge Hlophe, the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) and Freedom Under Law (FUL) to agree on a…
Staff Reporter. The third bail application of the alleged mastermind behind Tshegofatso Pule’s murder - Ntuthuko Shoba - has been dismissed in the High Court in Johannesburg. The ruling was delivered on Wednesday by Judge Nomonde Mngqibisa-Thusi. "I am not convinced that the court a quo erred in the exercise…
Staff Reporter. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has expressed shock and sadness at the gruesome murder of a teacher at Heinz Park primary school in Philippi, Western Cape. The teacher was gunned down on the school premises on Tuesday. Motshekga has condemned the number of violent crimes taking place against…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte says the ruling party has fielded a diverse group of councillor candidates for the upcoming local government elections, scheduled for 1 November. Addressing the media on Wednesday at the ANC’s headquarters in Johannesburg, Duarte confirmed the party was able to meet the…
Staff Reporter. The application for state prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer to recuse himself in the arms deal corruption case against former President Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales continues at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Wednesday. Below is the live stream video: Video Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) wants to 'redefine' TV licences in South Africa and has recommended the introduction of a household levy to help stabilise its finances. This levy would be imposed on all households and is based on the possibility of access to SABC services, rather…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Nersa has granted Turkey's Karpowership three licences to generate power on floating gas ships at ports, a company spokesperson said on Tuesday. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) confirmed in a statement that it had approved a total of seven power generation licences for preferred…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) move to have former president Jacob Zuma hand over medical records to substantiate a claim that he is unable to attend court due to ill-health, failed on Tuesday at the Pietermaritzburg High Court. This took place this morning in the Pietermaritzburg High…
Staff Reporter. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director of UN Women: Photo Credit: Getty Images. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has announced former UN under-secretary-general and executive director of UN Women Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka as the winner of the 2021 Global Goalkeeper Award. As part of its yearly Goalkeepers campaign, the foundation…
Staff Reporter. Government hospitals in Gauteng are taking strain amid the third wave while the AngloGold Ashanti Hospital remains unutilised. Photo: Gauteng Government/Twitter. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has been granted an order to freeze R7.9 million held in the bank accounts of one professional service provider (PSP) and one…
Staff Reporter. The South African Post Office (SAPO) has announced that approved recipients of the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant can now collect their benefit from Pick n Pay and Boxer stores nationwide from Wednesday, 22 September. However, according to the national postal service, this is only open…
Staff Reporter. Former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini returned to the Johannesburg Regional Court on Tuesday for perjury. Dlamini is facing charges related to her testimony during an inquiry by the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) with regards to her role in the social grants crisis in 2017. She briefly appeared in…
Staff Reporter. Former President Jacob Zuma's corruption case is back in court. The high court in Pietermaritzburg court will be hearing arguments in the recusal application brought by Zuma's legal team. Meanwhile National Commissioner of Correctional Services,Arthur Fraser subpoenaed to attend court proceedings. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is focused on collecting the ‘lowest hanging fruit’ to help close South Africa’s tax gap, including increased compliance and broadening the taxpayer base, says commissioner Edward Kieswetter. "Our position as SARS is that the lowest hanging fruit is still collecting the…
Staff Reporter. The Technical Assistance Unit is an integral cog in the anti-corruption machinery of government and an important instrument to address corruption, fraud and unethical conduct in the Public Administration. These were the remarks of Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo at the launch of the Public Administration…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma has penned his first statement since his release from prison. Zuma criticises the processes that resulted in his imprisonment and highlights the "anomalies" that were clear signs the courts were used to target him. But Zuma says this is not the end and…
Staff Reporter. Special Investigating Unit (SIU) head, Advocate Andy Mothibi, says whistleblowers remain an important aspect to combatting corruption. He was speaking during the first webinar in a five-part series, which will explore the importance of whistleblowing and the challenges that whistleblowers experience. "More often, corruption goes undetected until a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo said that the registration weekend was very successful, with many new voters added to the roll. Addressing the media on Monday afternoon on the outcome of the voter registration weekend which was held over the weekend, Mamabolo said "approved applicants already have…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC’s national executive has identified a number of measures aimed at increasing growth and enhancing job creation, says president Cyril Ramaphosa. In his keynote address at Cosatu’s four-day central executive committee meeting ending on Thursday, the president said that this will cover a range of issues…
Staff Reporter. The late Deputy Minister in The Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, will be laid to rest on Saturday at her home in Johannesburg, Gauteng. The Presidency said on Monday that she will be honoured with an official Funeral Category 2. Mkhize passed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) on Monday dismissed the Democratic Alliance’s (DA’s) urgent application challenging the Independent Electoral Commission’s (IEC’s) decision to reopen the candidate nomination process. The IEC reopened the submission of councillor candidates to contest the 1 November municipal elections after the ConCourt dismissed its application …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says accountable, accessible and reachable leadership is key to a well-run local government in the country. Ramaphosa was reflecting in his weekly newsletter following the voter registration weekend and ahead of the local government elections next month. The President said during his visits to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Germany has removed South Africa from its list of high-risk countries, giving travellers another route into the European Union’s (EU) Schengen region. In a notice on Sunday (19 September), the German federal government announced that 14 countries have been removed from the list, no longer subject to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday told Tekwane residents in Mpumalanga that while he and the political party he leads are not perfect, he would attempt to attend to their concerns. Ramaphosa took the party’s campaign trail to Mbombela where he visited Tekwane South and KaMagugu. He interacted…
Staff Reporter. Nine voter stations were not opened on Sunday, on the second day of the voter registration weekend due to service delivery protests, according to the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC). The remaining 23 142 registration stations opened without a hitch, allowing the commission to register around 29 305…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema wraps up the final day of voter registration weekend by visiting some of the voting stations in Pietermaritzburg (PMB) in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands. It is reported that some African National Congress (ANC) members have tried to block Malema from monitoring…
Staff Reporter. Members of the Hawks from the Durban Serious Organised Crime Investigation on Saturday arrested a 47-year-old suspect after he was caught carrying heroin worth about R2,340,000. Police conducted an intelligence driven operation after receiving information about a suspect who was distributing heroin in KwaZulu-Natal. "The suspect was caught…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @VeliNhlapho. President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to Johannesburg Mayor, Jolidee Matongo,who died in a car crash on Saturday evening. Two more people involved in the accident have since died. Matongo had earlier on Saturday accompanied Ramaphosa in Soweto,to campaign for the ANC ahead of this year's…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the ANC should be frank about its failures in government but shine the spotlight on its successes, especially the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting economic meltdown. Speaking at the party’s national executive committee (NEC) this week, Ramaphosa said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Newly-elected City of Johannesburg Mayor Jolidee Matongo has died in a car crash. Circumstances around the accident that the mayor was involved in are not yet clear and an official statement is expected to be issued. Matongo had earlier on Saturday accompanied President Cyril Ramaphosa in Soweto,…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday moved to distance himself from former president Jacob Zuma's medical parole. Ramaphosa said he was only informed about it once the decision was made. Speaking during the local election campaign trail in Soweto, Ramaphosa said prisons boss Arthur Fraser made the decision to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @MYANC. The African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa's visit to Naledi in Soweto on Saturday afternoon has been overshadowed by a service delivery protest. Ramaphosa kicked off the party's election campaign for the upcoming municipal elections in the area. He was greeted by furious residents who…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) says its voter registration drive attracted 104 000 South African voters in the first few hours on the first day of the two-day registration weekend. Mamabolo addressed a press briefing on Saturday to outline the latest voter registration figures. "The commission…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma has instructed his lawyers to challenge his jail sentence at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. This is according to a tweet sent by the Jacob Zuma Foundation. This comes after the Constitutional Court on Friday upheld its decision to sentence…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Former Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has died at 84, the presidency said on Friday, more than two years after he stepped down under pressure from mass protests and the army. Bouteflika, a veteran of Algeria's war for independence, had ruled the North African country for two…
Staff Reporter. Anyone over the age of 18 in possession of a valid South African ID document can register on Saturday and Sunday to vote in the upcoming local government elections. An exciting time for first-time and seasoned voters, registering to vote can be an admin headache for some. The…
Staff Reporter. As part of government’s ongoing efforts to deal with corruption in the public service, the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ayanda Dlodlo, will on Monday launch the Public Administration Ethics Integrity and Disciplinary Technical Assistance Unit (PA-EID-TAU). The Technical Assistance Unit was established in 2014 in line…
Staff Reporter. The South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) has initiated the process to suspend social grants –with the exception of foster care payments - paid to 177 108 public servants, Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, said. The public servants, she said, would soon have to prove they were eligible…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The UK government has opted to keep South Africa on its red list for travel – holding in place incredibly restrictive and expensive quarantine conditions for local travellers. Under the UK’s travel rules, travellers who have been in a country or territory on the red list in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has approved the terms of reference of the expert panel he has established to review government’s response to the incidents of public violence, destruction of property and looting that took place in July 2021, presidency said in a statement. Ramaphosa announced the establishment of…
Staff Reporter. Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says addressing increasing global environmental challenges such as climate change, air and water pollution, biodiversity loss, ocean degradation, and inefficient resource use has become even more important as countries seek to rebuild their economies and enhance resilience against future shocks. "The…
Staff Reporter. African countries have – in the past week – administered four times as many COVID-19 vaccines as they have in the past three to four weeks. This is according to World Health Organisation (WHO) Africa Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti. She said the increase in vaccinations…
Staff Reporter. The sport and creative industries can play a catalyst role in South Africa reaching its vaccination targets, and in turn, ensuring life returns to pre-COVID-19 levels, says Deputy President David Mabuza. The Deputy President, in his capacity as Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) on COVID-19 Vaccines, made…
Staff Reporter. An intelligence-driven swoop has halted the operation of an unregistered tobacco manufacturing plant producing molasses/shisha tobacco products in Fordsburg, Johannesburg. The plant was uncovered during a search and seizure operation conducted by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) through its National Rapid Response Team (NRRT) and its Illicit…
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