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Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa received a courtesy call from the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Dr Moeketsi Majoro, at his official residence in Mahlamba Ndlopfu, Tshwane. This will be the first courtesy call by Dr Majoro on President Ramaphosa since his swearing in as the Prime Minister…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) will re-open its Sandton, Johannesburg offices before the end of June following their closure due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The regulator said it would adopt a phased-in approach from 23 June 2020 where essential staff will return to the office to…
Photo Credit:@FikileMbalula. Government is working on the modalities of distributing the relief fund for the taxi industry, which has been negatively affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. When the regulations for the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown were first introduced, they prescribed a maximum loading capacity of 50%. This was later changed to…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize is in the Eastern Cape for the EMS scooter launch. Watch Live:Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize Below. Courtesy of SABC.
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has effected changes to regulations and directions issued during the COVID-19 National State of Disaster. The department said the changes come after consultations with the Department of Health and other key stakeholders in relevant fields. “The amendments withdraw and effect changes…
File Photo. National Treasury has announced that cabinet has approved the tabling of the Financial Sector Laws Amendment Bill, 2020. In a statement issued on Thursday, Treasury said the Bill is part of the Twin Peaks reform of the financial regulatory system applicable to the financial sector. The Bill introduces…
Photo Credit: Masi Losi. President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed members of the Presidential State-Owned Enterprises Council (PSEC). The PSEC is to support government’s plan to reposition State-owned enterprises as effective instruments of economic transformation and development. The President will chair the PSEC, which will comprise Ministers responsible for SOEs, and…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 58 568. This is up by 3,148 cases from the 55,421 infections on Wednesday when 2,430 new cases were reported. A further 74 COVID-19 related deaths were reported: 39 from Western Cape, 31 from the Eastern Cape, and 4…
File Photo. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has over the past three months released numerous parcels of land for human settlements development, land redistribution and restitution. Public Works and Infrastructure Minister, Patricia de Lille, said the release of land under the custodianship of the department is part…
The Electoral Commission has noted the judgment of the Constitutional Court declaring parts of the Electoral Act unconstitutional. The highest court in the land on Thursday ruled that the act was unconstitutional in requiring that only candidates of political parties contest national and provincial elections. “The Electoral Commission welcomes the…
File Photo. Cabinet, at its ordinary meeting on Wednesday, has received an updated report from the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC). The NCCC tabled several recommendations about the enhanced risk-adjusted alert level 3 of the national lockdown. South Africa entered level 3 lockdown on 01 June 2020. South Africa’s infection…
Photo Credit:Moeletsi Mabe. Cabinet has approved appointment of a professional restructuring company that specialises in mergers to investigate the most viable model for a single "National Petroleum Company". The approval follows a briefing this week relating to ongoing work to rationalise the oil and gas subsidiaries of the State-owned Central…
Statistics South Africa published its overview of mining production and sales for April, providing insight into how the lockdown affected the wider mining industry. The fall in production was largest in iron ore, which fell by 68.7%. Production of platinum group minerals was down by 62%, gold fell by 59.6%…
The Constitutional Court on Thursday is handing down judgment on whether the Electoral Act is unconstitutional to the extent that it does not provide for adult citizens to be elected to the National and Provincial Legislatures as independent candidates. The Constitutional Court has declared the Electoral Act unconsitutional – meaning…
Photo Credit:Pixabay.com. The court battle over the continued ban of tobacco products is not over,it remains to be seen what the next move will be for the National Coronavirus Command Council(NCCC). The North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria heard that Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma had failed…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said the torching of water tanks in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg, is a major setback in efforts to provide water to communities in need. The department is placing water tankers and tanks in communities around the country in response…
The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) CEO, Dr Karmani Chetty, said the institution is working around the clock to reduce the backlog of COVID-19 test samples. While the backlog of unprocessed specimens was as high as 101 000 on 21 May 2020, Chetty told members of the health committees in…
Tshegofatso Pule (28) was found stabbed and hanging from a tree in Durban Deep, Roodepoort. Picture: Twitter. Tshegofatso Pule, the 28-year-old who was found on Monday hanging from a tree in Roodepoort, on Gauteng’s West Rand, will be laid to rest on Thursday. Pule had been stabbed and killed after…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 55 421. This is up by 2,430 from the 52 991 infections on Tuesday. Case Data: Province Total cases for 10 June 2020 Percentage total Eastern Cape 7154 12,9 Free State 401 0,7 Gauteng 7195 13,0 KwaZulu-Natal 3347 6,0…
Summary of Latest Developments. The global economy is set to contract by 6 percent in 2020, according to the OECD. India recorded 9,985 cases in one day and 274 deaths, as the country emerges from a two-month lockdown. Concerns are growing about a second wave of coronavirus infections in the…
Photo Credit:Courtney Africa. The Gauteng North High Court has ruled in favour of the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) application that the court judgment declaring the dissolution of the Tshwane Council illegal be implemented immediately. The judgement that deemed the dissolution of Tshwane Council illegal will be implemented with immediate effect, which…
The Department of Employment and Labour has refuted media claims that COVID-19 patients no longer need to test negative to resume work. "It is not correct that COVID-19 patients no longer need to test negative to resume work," said the department’s Chief Inspector for Health and Safety, Tibor Szana. However,…
File Photo. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Blade Nzimande, said he is pleased with the progress at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) towards the planned phased return of students to the university. Nzimande made the remarks following his visit to the institution’s campus in Ga-Rankuwa on Tuesday to assess…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has welcomed the National Assembly’s decision to pass two amendment bills to remedy laws, which have had deeply layered patriarchal effects on society. The amendment bills, namely, Prescription in Civil and Criminal Matters (Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill and Recognition of…
At least 10 people were killed in a multi-vehicle accident in Jozini in northern KwaZulu-Natal on 10 June 2020. Picture: Twitter @_arrivealive. Ten people have been killed and 32 others injured after a crash involving 10 vehicles including a truck occured in Jozini, north of KwaZulu-Natal. The crash occurred shortly…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) are set to work together to develop technologies and infrastructure to support socio-economic development in South Africa and Southern Africa. The parties recently signed a framework agreement to collaborate on projects…
Photo Credit:Pixabay.com. The fight over the continued ban on the sale of tobacco products will be heard in the High court in Pretoria. The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association wants the decision prohibiting the sale of cigarettes declared irrational. It argues government regulations were implemented arbitrarily. The ban on the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. African Union Chairperson and South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has expressed his sadness at the untimely passing of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza. The government of Burundi announced on Tuesday that Nkurunziza passed away at the age of 55 following a short illness. His passing came shortly after Burundi…
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande has reiterated that the department is not going to change the stipulated number of years within which National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) beneficiaries are expected to finish their studies. The NSFAS N+2 rule, which is part of the core funding policy…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. The Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has expressed shock at the brutal killing of two women in Cape Town and Johannesburg at the weekend. Eight-month pregnant Tshegofatso Pule, 28, from Soweto was on Monday found hanging from a tree…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Approximately two million students and staff in all Post School Education and Training (PSET) institutions will be required to register for HealthCheck and use it to assess their temperature level prior to entering campuses. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande said HealthCheck, which is part of…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 52 991. This is up by 2,112 from the 50,879 infections on Monday. A further 82 COVID-19 related deaths were reported: 61 from Western Cape, 11 from the Eastern Cape, and 10 from Gauteng Province. Gender Distribution Deaths: Male…
File Photo. Government of Burundi have confirmed that President Pierre Nkurunziza has died of a heart attack. In a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday, the government announced "with great sorrow to Burundians and the international community" the passing of Nkurunziza, 55. According to the statement, Nkurunziza had attended a…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Police Minister Bheki Cele during a press briefing at the Jabulani Hostel in Soweto on Tuesday,said the lifting of the ban on the sale of alcohol since the beginning of lockdown level 3 in June has ushered an unwanted surge in reported deaths after a lull between March…
Multiple people have been injured while many are believed to be trapped in a structural collapse in Durban central. Picture: Netcare 911. One person has been killed in the Durban CBD after a building collapsed on Tuesday morning. Just after 9:30am, emergency services were called to the scene at the…
Summary of Latest Developments. Tanzanian President John Magufuli declared the East African country "coronavirus-free" thanks to prayers by citizens. Coronavirus might have been spreading in China as early as August 2019, according to a Harvard Medical School research. Indonesia reported 1,043 new coronavirus cases, its biggest daily rise. The health…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, gives a briefing on progress in the implementation of COVID-19 measures. This follows a briefing that was held on the 23rd of May in which he briefed the media on issues affecting NSFAS allowances, SETA’s stipends and…
Police have launched a manhunt for three gunmen who shot and killed six people at Jabulani Hostel in Soweto. Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Kay Makhubele said the gunmen started randomly shooting at the men Monday evening. He said it was not known if the men lived in the shack or were…
A Re Yeng Bus Service: Photo Credit: Thulani Mbele . The City of Tshwane’s Roads and Transport Department, together with the Tshwane Rapid Transit (TRT), suspended the A Re Yeng bus service operations in Mamelodi on Tuesday morning. The suspension comes after protesting members of a local taxi association attempted…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has offered his condolences to the families of COVID-19 victims, who have succumbed to the virus. “Each one of these deaths is a tragedy. Each one represents a unique life: a parent, a child, a sibling or a friend. Each one leaves behind a family…
The Compensation Fund has received over 200 claims from health workers as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. “Already, the Compensation Fund has seen 212 COVID-19 related claims with the largest number coming from KwaZulu-Natal having registered 76 claims. The Fund has accepted liability of 67 of those claims; two…
File Photo. The Gauteng Legislature has closed for the rest of the week after two police officers stationed there tested positive on Sunday. The legislature has now called on members of the public who have visited the building in the past two weeks to get tested for the virus. In…
Photo Credit:Pixabay.com. Life Healthcare Group has announced that its operation has been the victim of a targeted criminal attack on its IT systems. In a statement on Tuesday, the group said it acted immediately after becoming aware of the hack and took its systems offline. “We acted immediately on becoming…
File Photo. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Blade Nzimande, will this morning visit the Tshwane University of Technology, Ga-Rankuwa Campus to assess its state of readiness for the phased return of students to the university. The Minister’s visit follows a media briefing on 23 May 2020 in which the…
The Department of Employment and Labour has closed two labour centres as one employee at each office has tested positive for COVID-19. The Eastern Cape provincial office in East London and the Vredenburg Labour Centre in the Western Cape Province have been closed as of Monday. “To ensure that service…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Gauteng Education (GDE) MEC Panyaza Lesufi has provided an update of the first day of schools reopening since the country went into lockdown on 27 March 2020, to curb the spread of COVID-19. On educator attendance, Lesufi said most districts reported no problems with attendance also estimated…
The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has urged the public against bogus and potentially harmfully personal protective equipment (PPE). The Bureau said it has uncovered that numerous PPEs were being sold as ‘SABS Approved’. “Consumers are being duped into using potentially harmful PPE,” said SABS Lead Administrator Jodi Scholtz…
File Photo. Driving License Testing Centres (DLTC) and the Motor Vehicle Registering Authority (MVRA) in Gauteng have reopened their doors while others will do so next week. Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo, said priority will be given to applicants who have confirmed bookings while walk-ins…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 50 879. This is up by 2,594 from the 48,285 infections on Sunday. Regrettably,a further 82 COVID-19 related deaths were reported: 55 from Western Cape, 26 from the Eastern Cape, and 1 from KZN. Gender Distribution Deaths: Male (%)…
Photo Credit: Abigail Javier. The family of Enock Mpianzi wants to sue the Basic Education Department for R10-million. Provincial Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi announced this at a media briefing on Monday afternoon in Midrand. "After we released a report on Enoch Mpianzi, we received a letter from legal representatives representing…
KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza,has condemned the circulation of a child pornography video that has been circulating on social media. This as a 30-second video, which depicts three children engaged in a sexual act, has been widely shared in various social media platforms, including Facebook and WhatsApp. “We are…
The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has dismissed four senior officials in its Protection Services Department, who have been found guilty of procurement irregularities. The dismissals are the culmination of a disciplinary inquiry, following allegations of impropriety in the awarding of security related tenders. “The malfeasance in supply chain…
Photo Credit:Sebabatso Mosamo. The EFF has camped outside the Amerian embassy to kneel for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, in solidarity with American protests against the murder of George Floyd and South African Collins Khoza. EFF leader Julius Malema said black lives must be treated with respect and dignity. “We…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. On the first day of the reopening of schools, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga visited various schools across Gauteng to oversee their implementation of the COVID-19 health and safety regulations. While the Minister was yet to receive feedback on the national reopening, she expressed her satisfaction at…
The Cape Town Labour Centre will shutdown on Monday as one of its employees has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Department of Employment and Labour spokesperson, Teboho Thejane, the closure is to allow for all workers who may have been in contact with the affected employee to be…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the public not to be alarmed,as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are increasing at a startling rate in South Africa but to prepare to deal with an upsurge in numbers. This comes as the country on Sunday confirmed 2 312 new cases,…
The cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa is 48 285. This was a 2,312 increase of new cases in the last 24-hour reporting period. Ministry of Health has reported the first death in Mpumalanga,while the Western Cape has reported a further 45 COVID-19 related deaths. This brings…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, announced that most of the country’s schools are ready to receive learners tomorrow morning. The Minister briefed media in Pretoria on Sunday on the readiness for schools to reopen for matrics and Grade 7s. “We can now say with confidence that about…
Passengers used to paying R11 for a trip by taxi from Alexandra to Sandton, will have to cough up R30 from next week. The Alexandra, Randburg, Midrand, Sandton Taxi Association (Armsta), has announced that a trip from the township of Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, will increase from R11 to R30…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said schools will be ready to reopen tomorrow despite a few issues. Grade 7s and 12s will be the first to return to class. “We are working with the Department of Water and Sanitation to help us deal with those areas...” she added.…
Photo Credit:Alaister Russell. Former Bosasa boss Angelo Agrizzi has been slapped with the letter of demand for R91 million by the team of liquidators managing the winding up of the corruption-accused Bosasa group. According to Media 24,Agrizzi now become the first of the Bosasa dons to face major financial repercussions…
Photo Credit:Pixabay. There has been an increase in alcohol-related crimes since South Africa moved to Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown. This has sparked concerns that the lifting of the ban may reverse the gains made so far in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize has…
Summary of Latest Developments. Global cases of the novel coronavirus topped seven million as case numbers surge in Brazil and India, according to a Reuters tally. About 30 percent of those cases, or two million infections, are in the US. Latin America has the second-largest outbreak, with more 15 percent…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Minister of Basic Education,Angie Motshekga is expected to update the country on the state of readiness to reopen schools. Motshekga will hold a media briefing on Sunday. She will be joined by MECs of education at the media briefing, which is expected to take place at 4…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 45 973. This was an increase of 2,539 cases in the past 24 hours. The health ministry announced the latest figures in a statement this evening. Case Data: Province Total cases for 6 June 2020 Percentage total Eastern Cape…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa is proposing legislative enforcement to ensure that all federations meet their transformation targets. In a statement released by the department of sports, arts and culture on Friday, it was confirmed that Mthethwa had met with chairperson of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG), Happy…
Summary of Latest Developments. India overtakes Italy as the sixth worst hit country by the coronavirus pandemic after another record single-day spike in confirmed infections, bringing the total to 236,657 cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its position on face masks and is now encouraging people to wear…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. Joe Biden has formally won the Democratic Party nomination to take on Donald Trump in November's presidential election. He said on Twitter that he had secured the 1,991 delegates needed and would fight to "win the battle for the soul of the nation". He had been the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The US has donated 1000 ventilators to assist SA's COVID-19 fight,20 of those ventilators are being installed at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. At a ceremony at the hospital on Saturday, US Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks said South Africa was the first country to receive ventilator donations…
File Photo. African National Congress (ANC) struggle veteran and the only surviving Rivonia Trialist Andrew Mlangeni says he’s grateful to God for his long life. Mlangeni is celebrating his 95th birthday today. He was among those sent to Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu after the Rivonia Trial.…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. President Cyril Ramaphosa said those responsible for the death of Collins Khosa and ten others must face the full might of the law. The Alexandra resident died allegedly at the hands of SANDF members. Speaking during the online launch of an anti-racism campaign by the ANC and…
Anti-apartheid ANC struggle stalwarts, Raymond Mhlaba, Oscar Mpetha, Andrew Mlangeni, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Elias Motsoaledi and Wilton Mkwayi, after their release in 1989 in Soweto. Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Andrew Mokete Mlangeni was born on 6 June 1925 at Prospect township in Soweto,alongside liberation movement luminaries such as the late…
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has increased to 43,434. This is an increase of 2,642 cases in the last 24 hours. Regrettably,60 more COVID-19 related deaths were reported: 7 from Gauteng and 53 from Western Cape This brings the total national deaths to 908. "We…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. Summary of Latest Developments. US President Donald Trump on Friday called for a shift in strategy against the coronavirus pandemic to focus resources on protecting "high-risk populations", while calling for a total end to stay-at-home orders in states throughout the country. The World Health Organization (WHO) said…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Deputy President David Mabuza says all South Africans have a responsibility to play an active role in combating the spread and transmission of COVID-19, as they have done in the past when faced with challenges such as HIV and TB. “As a country, we are all called upon…
Photo Credit:Pixabay.com. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said on Friday various departments have been working together to provide additional beds to place people in quarantine. "We need more beds… we need to push up to close to 30 000 beds," he said, explaining that the rapid spread of the COVID-19…
Photo Credit:Thulani Mbele. Founder of the One South Africa (OSA) movement Mmusi Maimane has been denied direct access to the Constitutional Court in his bid to stop schools from reopening on Monday. The judgment read: “The Constitutional Court has considered the application for direct access to the Court on an…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law legislation that will improve the safety of navigation in South Africa’s territorial waters, professionalise the country’s diplomatic foreign service and give citizens access to information about funding for political parties. The Presidency made the announcement in a statement on Friday. The Hydrographic Act…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday that the Western Cape’s staffing and money shortages will be prioritised as a matter of urgency, as government attempts to deal with an upsurge of COVID-19 infections in the province. Speaking during a monitoring visit to the province on Friday, where he…
President Cyril Ramaphosa is in the Western Cape to assess the readiness of the province in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Western Cape is currently the country’s epicentre accounting for nearly two-thirds of infections nationally. As of Thursday, the Western Cape had 27 006 out of the 40 792 …
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday be in Cape Town to assess the Western Cape’s provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Western Cape is currently the country’s epicentre accounting for nearly two-thirds of infections nationally. As of Thursday, the Western Cape had 27 006 out of the…
Several South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) offices in KwaZulu-Natal have temporarily shut down due to positive cases of COVID-19. According to the KZN SASSA’s spokesperson, Sandy Godlwana, the three local offices are the Mandeni, Ladysmith and Midlands District offices. “The Department of Health has been requested to test all…
Motorists and fleet-owners, whose car licences expired during the lockdown, can skip the long queues at the Traffic Department by renewing them at their local Post Office during level 3. According to the Post Office’s spokesperson, Johan Kruger, the service has resumed at all Post Office branches that offer it.…
Cameroonian journalist Samuel Wazizi, who was arrested in August for criticising the government's handling of a separatist revolt, has died in detention, rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has said. Wazizi worked for CMTV, a local broadcaster based in Southwest Region, one of two areas where separatists in 2017 launched…
Minister of health Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa now has 40,792 confirmed cases of coronavirus. This is up by 3,267 from the 37,525 infections reported on Wednesday. Case Data: Province Total cases for 4 June 2020 Percentage total Eastern Cape 4936 12,1 Free State 322 0,8 Gauteng 4845…
Summary of Latest Developments. Russia's total number of infections across the country passes 440,000 cases, as the death toll also continues to mount. The coronavirus death tolls in Brazil and Mexico have soared to new daily records, with 1,349 and 1,092 confirmed fatalities, even as the countries begin to ease…
Photo Credit:AP. Protests in response to the deaths of Black people at the hands of police or military - George Floyd in the United States, Collins Khosa in South Africa, Adama Traore in France - speak to a growing rage across the globe at continued white supremacy and the use…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Cabinet has resolved to appeal the North Gauteng High Court judgment that declared COVID-19 regulations under levels 3 and 4 invalid and unconstitutional. Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, announced this during a media briefing on the outcomes of a Cabinet virtual meeting held earlier on Thursday. According…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The South African Police Service said it has been vindicated by the ruling of the High Court that set aside the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's finding against Police Minister Bheki Cele. The North Gauteng High Court ruled her finding that said the South African Police Service must offer…
Photo Credit:GCIS Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu briefs the media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Thursday. The total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in South Africa stands at 37,525 with 792 deaths. The health department announced that a total of 761,534 tests have been…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Treasury has set up a mechanism to monitor how provincial departments, municipalities and public entities are utilising the COVID-19 procurement fund. Delivering his department’s R718.763 million 2020/21 Budget Vote on Wednesday, Provincial Treasury MEC, Ravi Pillay, reiterated that the department cannot do the procurement itself,…
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has arrested eight of its own in a pre-dawn operation across the country. The eight are among the 14 arrested by an Anti-Corruption Task Team during the operation. Among the arrested are senior police officers and six company owners and directors. In a statement,…
The North West Health Department has expressed concern about the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the province’s mines, as the number of cases rose to 314, as of Wednesday. According to the department’s spokesperson, Tebogo Lekgethwane, 74 confirmed cases, previously allocated to Gauteng, have since been reallocated to the province…
Photo Credit:Laptop Mag. The South African Post Office (SAPO) has delivered laptops to almost 5 000 Wits students to enable online learning during the nationwide lockdown. Through its Speed Services Courier Unit, SAPO delivered the laptops to the homes of disadvantaged Wits students across South Africa, including in rural areas.…
Photo Credit:Esa Alexander. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said plans are underway for the state capture commission to resume with public hearings towards the end of June. The commission has been out of action since 17 March due to the coronavirus outbreak. In February, the court granted the Zondo commission…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. Former President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to make "real change" in response to the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing wave of protests. In a hopeful speech, Obama said that the significant events over the last months, including the protests over the killing of Floyd…
Minister of health Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa now has 37,525 confirmed cases of coronavirus. This is up by 1,713 from the 35,812 infections reported on Tuesday. The minister reported 37 more deaths, taking the number up to 792, while recoveries increased to 19,682. Mkhize said that…
Photo Credit:AFP. Police in Lesotho have arrested the country's former first lady over the 2017 murder of the then-estranged wife of recently resigned Prime Minister Thomas Thabane. Maesaiah Thabane, who was out on bail, is suspected of orchestrating the shooting of Lipolelo Thabane in the capital, Maseru. Lesotho's court of…
The North Gauteng High Court has ordered that South Africans who test positive for Covid-19 cannot be forced to quarantine at a state facility if they can self-isolate at home. The order follows an urgent application from civil society group Afriforum, which argued that the regulations were "unconstitutional, illegal and…
Eskom briefs parliament on its recovery plan and progress on the unbundling of the power utility into three independent entities. Watch:Eskom Briefing Below: Courtesy of SABC.
The Competition Tribunal has found two Gauteng mask suppliers guilty of inflating prices since the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the Competition Tribunal’s spokesperson Gillian de Gouveia, TNT Basic Trading (TNT) admitted to contravening the Competition Act by significantly increasing its mark-up and gross profit margin on FFP2 respiratory face masks…
State Capture Inquiry | Raymond Zondo briefs the media on commission’s work during lockdown. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said plans are underway for the state capture commission to resume with public hearings towards the end of June. The Deputy Chief Justice was briefing the media on the work of…
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has expressed confidence that the aviation industry and the country’s airports will adhere to COVID-19 regulations and directives, as the sector reopens. The Minister made the declaration on Wednesday at the O.R Tambo International Airport, where he was inspecting the airport’s adherence to lockdown regulations and…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, along with the Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, on Monday launched Youth Month under the theme, ‘Youth Power: Growing South Africa together in the Period of COVID-19’. The theme is a rallying call…
According to the Department of Employment and Labour spokesperson Teboho Thejane, Gauteng constitutes 1 516 441 beneficiaries of the 3 464 124 million workers who have already received the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS). “In monetary terms, this amounts to R7.9 billion and the workers who have been given the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Department of Trade and Industry and Competition (dtic) has welcomed a court decision not to grant Sakeliga the relief it sought in a matter involving the lawfulness of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission's issuance of certificates for companies to render service in the first phase of…
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says it has kept its promise to pay at least 100 000 applicants who had applied for the Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant. According to SASSA, by 31 May 2020, 116 867 clients were paid for the Special COVID-19 SRD Grant.…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The South African Government has taken note of the Johannesburg High Court ruling, which declared COVID-19 lockdown regulations in levels 3 and 4 unconstitutional and invalid. The court, however, suspended the declaration of invalidity for a period of 14 days. “This means that the Alert Level 3 regulations…
Summary of Latest Developments. India's government has approved antiviral drug remdesivir for emergency use in treating COVID-19 patients. Remdesivir is the first drug to show improvement in COVID-19 patients in formal clinical trials. Africa's coronavirus cases have surpassed 150,000 while more than 4,300 deaths have been confirmed across the continent.…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The COVID-19 lockdown alert levels 3 and 4 have been declared invalid and unconstitutional. The High Court in Pretoria has handed down this judgment and suspended the declaration of invalidity for a period of 14 days, however. This means that the Alert Level 3 regulations remain in operation…
File Photo. National Treasury has gazetted the Notices on Expanding Access to Living Annuity Funds. The Notices give effect to the legislative framework required to implement the tax measures in this regard to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. This follows the President’s address to the nation on 21 April 2020 and…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday that the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the country had risen to 35,812. According to Mkhize, the Western Cape still has the majority number of cases with 23 583, followed by the Eastern Cape with 4 324, Gauteng with 4 276, and…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister briefs the media following a site tour at the Sonstraal field hospital, Western Cape. Mkhize said that the testing effort was progressing well across the nation. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases stands at 35,812, Mkhize confirmed on Tuesday. "At this stage, 761,534 tests have…
The Competition Tribunal has found Babelegi Workwear and Industrial Supplies CC (Babelegi) guilty of excessive pricing. “In its order and reasons issued today, the Tribunal has found that Babelegi contravened section 8(1)(a) of the Competition Act by charging excessive prices for face masks that it sold to customers between 31…
The Department of Social Development, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, aims to improve the standard of Early Childhood Development (ECD) across the country, as part of this year’s Child Protection Week campaign. This year’s campaign is being held under the theme: ‘Let Us All Protect Children, During Covid-19…
Outdoor enthusiasts now have something to smile about as hunting, self-drive visits to private or public game reserves and national parks, as well as recreational fishing is now permitted under lockdown level 3. The directions that guide marine and freshwater fisheries, forestry and biodiversity sectors, have since been gazetted in…
In a statement on Monday, the Department of Employment and Labour, of which the UIF is an agency of, reiterated that the Fund is making good progress on its promise to capture and process May COVID-19 relief benefit applications. “Payments this time around should be a lot quicker as the…
Photo Credit:Istock. During alert level 3 of the nationwide lockdown, lovebirds can officially tie the knot at Home Affairs offices following the resumption of marriage services. Under level 3, the department will also receive late registrations of birth. These services will be provided by appointment. This is in addition to…
Photo Credit:AP. A medical examiner's office on Monday ruled that the death of George Floyd, whose killing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, police custody last week triggered nationwide protests, was a homicide and that he died from asphyxiation. The medical examiner's finding that the death was a homicide confirms the same conclusion…
Summary of Latest Developments. Health authorities in Spain have reported no new deaths from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours for the first time in nearly three months. Coronavirus cases in Iran have jumped by nearly 3,000, its highest daily count in two months, while China also saw its…
The prolific image taken by Sam Nzima of Hector Pieterson being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo after being shot on June 16, 1976 while Pieterson's older sister, Antoinette Sithole, runs beside them. This image has become the iconic representation of the 1976 student uprisings. Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has…
A total of 22 new COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded, this as the total number of cases climb to 34 357 on Monday. All 22 of the new deaths are from the Western Cape, bringing the total to 525 deaths in the province and increasing the national figure to…
File Photo. Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille has appealed to companies to exercise extreme vigilance to ensure the health and safety of employees as more businesses open, including the construction industry. “Today, many industries including the construction industry, will return to work to commence with operations in…
Photo Credit:@flysaa_care/Twitter. The Public Enterprises Department says it has received a draft Business Rescue Plan for South African Airways, which is under business rescue. The department's spokesperson, Sam Mkokeli, on Monday said government has not yet discussed the plan and no decisions have been taken on some of the proposals…
Photo Credit:BrandSA. The South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) on Monday in a statement,said over 100 000 unemployed South Africans in May received R350 from the special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress. SASSA spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi said, to date, over 3.5 million applicants had been checked to confirm if they…
Photo Credit:Sebabatso Mosamo. There are long queues of South Africans waiting outside bottle stores to purchase alcohol since this morning. It’s been more than two months since South Africans were last able to purchase liquor and many have been eagerly anticipating the day it would be allowed again. During Level…
Photo Credit:AP. President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated South African citizen and global technology pioneer, Elon Musk, for his company SpaceX’s historic first commercial flight into space. Powered by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft carried NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley into space on Saturday, 30…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The schools around the country are set to use the first week of June to induct and orientate teachers on the COVID-19 school environment, and to ensure the readiness of each facility for the arrival of learners. On Sunday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga took a decision…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to give an update on the reopening of schools after she made an about-turn deciding grade 7s and matriculants will not go back to school on Monday morning as planned. Schools will reopen on 8 June 2020 for grade 7 and…
While the National Home Builders’ Registration Council (NHBRC) provincial offices will resume full service operations next Monday, satellite offices will be phased in gradually. The satellite offices are in Tzaneen, Witbank, Bethlehem, Thulamela, Mafikeng, Klerksdorp and Newcastle. Acting Chief Executive, Otsile Maseng, said the approach was to ensure that the…
File Photo. President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Advocates Ouma Rasethaba and Rodney de Kock as Deputy National Directors of Public Prosecutions with effect from today, Monday, 01 June 2020. The President has also approved the appointment of Adv. Mthunzi Mhaga as a Special Director of Public Prosecutions in the Office…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured parents that the health and safety of learners and students would be of paramount importance as government prepares to reopen schools and institutes of higher education in lockdown level 3. The gradual reopening of schools was meant to begin today with Grades 7…
The minister of health has announced that the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 32 683, with 1 716 new cases reported from the last 24 hour testing cycle. Regrettably, 40 more COVID-19 related deaths were reported,bringing the total national deaths to 683. "We extend our…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Basic Education Department has announced that Grade 7 and 12 pupils should now return to school on 8 June. The department was expected to brief the country on the plans for pupils to return to school,however the briefing has since been postponed to Monday at 11am.…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The briefing by Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga has been postponed. Motshekga was set to address the country on the department's readiness to reopen schools. The briefing will now take place on Monday at 11 am. Schools are set to open for Grades 12 and 7 on…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will brief the media to provide an update on the readiness for the reopening of schools. It’s been confirmed by government that the briefing will get underway at 18:00. Barring any unexpected delays or postponements, Motshekga is expected to reveal if children can…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared Sunday a National Day of Prayer. He has urged religious leaders and the public to pray for the battle against COVID-19. On Tuesday, Ramaphosa announced that places of worship may reopen subject to strict restrictions under level three of the lockdown. South…
Photo Credit:Istock. President Cyril Ramaphosa convened a virtual meeting with the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) this afternoon. This comes as the media industry has taken a hard knock from the economic crunch caused by the coronavirus, with many companies struggling to stay afloat. In May, Caxton announced it…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga is expected to delay the reopening of South African schools on 1 June following strong opposition from teacher unions and school governing bodies, the Sunday Times reports. The paper reported that Motshekga acknowledged to the five unions and three major governing body associations…
National Child Protection Week is commemorated in the country annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and Children's Act (Act No. 38 of 2005). South Africa has drafted legislation, based on the United Convention of the Rights…
Photo Credit:Phillip Mogakoe. President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared Sunday a national day of prayer. He has urged the religious leaders and the public to pray for the battle against COVID-19 pandemic. Places of worship are expected to open on Monday, June 1, under strict conditions, as the country heads into…
Summary of Latest developments. Latin America's death toll has topped 50,000 and cases neared one million, with countries such as Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru struggling to stem the tide, according to a Reuters tally. Brazil has registered a record 33,274 new cases of the coronavirus, its health ministry said,…
US President Donald Trump has announced that he would postpone the Group of Seven summit that he wanted to hold in late June and expand the list of countries invited to include Australia, Russia, South Korea and India. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One during his return to Washington…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 30,967 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa. This is an increase of 1,727 cases, from the 29,240 cases reported on Friday. According to the minister the country has recorded a further 32 deaths, taking the total up to 643. We…
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced that South Africans, who have been confined to their homes, will now be allowed to venture out for hikes from 1 June when the country moves to level 3 of the lockdown. As of next month, hiking is permitted - provided it is done in…
Photo Credit: Ntswe Mokoena. The Minister of Tourism is expected to address the media on the regulations relating to COVID-19 level 3 restrictions. Watch Live:Minister of Tourism Media Briefing. Courtesy of SABC.
Photo Credit:@flysaa_care/Twitter. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced that public transport will operate throughout the day,as millions of citizens set to return to work, school and institutions of higher learning when the country moves to COVID-19 lockdown level 3. However, capacity restrictions remain, with minibus taxis still only permitted a…
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula outlines how public transport will operate under level three of the lockdown. Domestic travel will be allowed under level three of the lockdown. However, it will be strictly regulated. During alert level five and four, taxis were allowed to operate at a capacity of 70-percent passengers.…
Photo Credit:AP. Protesters have clashed with police in cities across the US over the killing of an unarmed African-American man at the hands of officers in Minneapolis. Minnesota's governor said the tragedy of the death of George Floyd in police custody had morphed into "something much different - wanton destruction".…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has gazetted new regulations that will see the phased return of other grades from 6 July - 3 August 2020. Following the return of grades 7 and 12, the Basic Education Department (DBE) said it would monitor the adherence of schools to…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Saturday,that his department has made significant progress in the disbursement of Relief Funds for athletes and artists, whose livelihoods were affected by the COVID-19 lockdown. In March, the department availed R200 million for this function. Of this amount, R150 million is being distributed…
Summary of Latest Developments. United States President Donald Trump has said the US is "terminating" its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO), saying the agency has not made coronavirus reforms. The WHO and 37 countries launched the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool, an alliance aimed at making coronavirus vaccines, tests,…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. US President Donald Trump has announced the United States will be terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization, saying it had failed to adequately respond to the coronavirus because China has "total control" over it. He said the Chinese officials "ignored" their reporting obligations to the…
Photo Credit:Courtney Africa. The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes the Constitutional Court’s directive,that it will consider arguments in the DA’s application for direct access to challenge the Disaster Management Act. The Constitutional Court handed down a directive on Friday, that it will consider arguments by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in its…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Non-contact sporting codes in the country will get more clarity from the Minister of Sport, Arts, and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa on the resumption of sport under lockdown Level 3. Watch the Media Briefing Below. Courtesy of SABC.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 29,240 confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Africa. This is an increase of 1,837 cases from the 27,403 cases reported yesterday. Mkhize said that the total number of deaths has now reached 611 – an increase of 34 deaths from…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Phumla Williams has now been given the nod by Cabinet to officially take over the reins at the GCIS,after at least eight years as the acting Director-General of the Government Communication and Information System. Before joining government in 1995, Williams worked in the African National Congress (ANC) and…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize, together with the members of the Ministerial Advisory Committee and other stakeholders, is briefing the media at 19h30 on health interventions during Level-3 lockdown. Watch Live:Zweli Mkhize briefs the media on Health Interventions during Level 3. Courtesy of SABC.
Photo Credit:Trevor Samson. Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi says employers who will be reopening their businesses in terms of level 3 are required to appoint COVID-19 compliance officers at their workplaces. Minister Nxesi said the employers are also expected to undertake a risk assessment of the workplace and develop…
Photo Credit:AFP. The Eskom Political Task Team has agreed on drastic measures to address the municipal debt owed to the power utility. Over the past year, municipal debt levels have increased by R8.2 billion to R28 billion by 31 March 2020. Deputy President David Mabuza convened and chaired a meeting…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel says as the countries across the globe scramble to source much-needed ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients, government is ramping up the production of the critical equipment. Patel says this has put a spotlight on what government can do to contain the spread of…
Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Hon Patricia De Lille,File Photo. Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille said on Friday that her department was working around the clock to procure enough beds for those who are likely to get sick. Briefing the media with her colleagues in the…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Distressed SMMEs, co-operatives, informal traders and hawkers in the North West province are invited to send applications for the COVID-19 Relief Fund. The North West COVID-19 Relief Fund was established by the provincial Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism (DEDECT) and will be managed by the…
Photo Credit:Moeletsi Mabe. Ministers of the Economic Cluster who serve in the National Coronavirus Command Council are briefing the media on the regulations relating to the COVID-19 Level-3 restrictions following the announcements made by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, and the subsequent address to the nation on Tuesday, 26 May…
The Constitutional Court has dismissed a leave to appeal application which the EFF and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane lodged in a case involving Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and the so-called SARS "rogue unit" report. Both the EFF and Public Protector approached the apex court last year, seeking to appeal…
South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), in KwaZulu-Natal, announced that 6 470 beneficiaries have been successfully paid as of 27 May, out of the 1 366 057 applications received in the province. “Many South Africans are still waiting to hear if their applications have been successful. The easing of the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu on Friday announced that the National School of Government (NSG) will reopen for limited contact training on 1 June 2020. This, according to the Minister is in light of the easing of the lockdown to level 3 of the COVID-19 risk…
Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Photo: Twitter/@David_Makhura. Gauteng Premier David Makhura is currently outlining the province's plans moving forward as lockdown regulations ease. The members of the Gauteng Command Council are expected to outline plans on dealing with COVID-19 hotspots. Earlier, the premier received a donation of various items including mobile…
There are now more than over 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control…
File Photo. The International Criminal Court said former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo can leave Belgium under certain conditions following his acquittal last year over post-electoral violence that killed 3,000 people. Gbagbo and his deputy Charles Ble Goude were both cleared of crimes against humanity a year ago, eight years…
Photo Credit:Luke MacGregor. British American Tobacco South Africa announced that it will recommence with urgent legal proceedings to challenge the government’s decision to extend the ban on tobacco sales under Level 3 Lockdown. BATSA said in a statement it was supported in this action by Japan Tobacco International as well…
Photo Credit:Pixabay. Critical United Nations climate negotiations, at which nations were expected to ramp up plans to combat global warming, have been pushed back a full year to November 2021. The deferment has been done in light of the coronavirus pandemic and other concerns, British politician Alok Sharma, who is…
Summary of Latest Developments. The English Premier League and Italy's Serie A are set to resume in June after a near-three month suspension over coronavirus fears. China again reported no new cases as US President Donald Trump renewed attacks on Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic. He called the virus "a…
With just few days to go until South Africa moves to alert level 3 of lockdown, government is shifting to rebuild the economy which suffered a massive blow as a result of the lockdown. Under alert level 3, many more economic activities will be permitted with about 8 million workers…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has deployed cohorts of engineering teams to build bridges and purify water in remote and destitute communities, as the country continues to contain the spread of COVID-19. This was revealed by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula during a media briefing of the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Police Minister Bheki Cele has revealed that there is a correlation between the high number of arrests and the provinces with the highest infection rates. During a press briefing of the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster on lockdown level 3 regulations on Thursday, the Minister revealed…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, said the cluster has received several corruption claims related to COVID-19 relief efforts earmarked for the poor. “In response to these allegations, the cluster has developed a collaboration framework which will ensure prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution and recovery of…
The minister of health Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the number of positive Covid-19 cases in South Africa has increased to 27 403. This is an increase of 1 466 new cases in the last 24 hours. On Thursday, the Health Ministry said 25 more deaths had been reported, bringing…
Investments in supporting successful transitions from school and university directly to entrepreneurship could unlock significant employment gains in Africa, this is according to a new research paper from the Anzisha Prize which has worked with very young African entrepreneurs for over a decade. To produce the report, the Anzisha Prize…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has outlined the regulations that will be implemented as government further opens up various sectors of the economy. Addressing media during a National Coronavirus Command Council briefing on Thursday in Tshwane, Dlamini Zuma said under the Risk Adjusted…
President Cyril Ramaphosa said South Africa supports the call of the African Union for a two-year debt standstill due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at a virtual United Nations High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond, held on Thursday, President Ramaphosa…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The board of inquiry found that soldiers and Johannesburg metro police who were accused of killing Khosa at his home could not be held liable for his death. It found that: “The cause of the incident was gender inequality and provocation, specifically lack [of] respect towards female…
Sibanye-Stillwater has confirmed that 51 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus at its Thembelani shaft in Rustenburg. The company said that it had tested staff at the shaft after two employees tested positive for the virus last week. In addition to all the employees who were deemed to be…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minster Angie Motshekga said while most schools are ready for the reopening of schools to grade 7 and 12 learners - her department will not allow schools to reopen if the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) is not available. The country’s schools were prematurely shut on…
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has entered into a partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to host a Deep Space Ground Station. The station, which will be based in Matjiesfontein in the Western Cape, will support human spaceflight missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. It…
File Photo. ZCC Bishop Dr BE Lekganyane announced on Thursday that their churches will remain closed until further notice. In a statement released to the public on Thursday, Lekganyane said it is not yet safe to resume services at ZCC churches. The directive will impact all churches, even outside the…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Vaal Dam has plummeted below the neutral 50% mark as it persists to decline week-on-week for the first time in 12 months. According to the Water and Sanitation Department’s spokesperson Sputnik Ratau, the dam levels have dropped to 49.8%, compared to 71.5% recorded in the same…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The much-awaited briefing by the National Command Council will be addressed by, among others, cooperative governance minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and her trade and industry counterpart, Ibrahim Patel. Government says it will on this afternoon finally lay bare all on Level Lockdown Regulations President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday…
The EFF is responding to the country's move to lockdown 3. Courtesy of SABC.
File Photo. South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) passed the first reusable sanitary standard: The manufacturer of Washable, Reusable Sanitary Towels (SANS 1812) on 6 May 2020. The publication of this standard is one of the first standards for washable sanitary pads in Southern Africa and is leading the way…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on 23 June 2020 host the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa (SIDSSA) to unveil an infrastructure pipeline for six priority sectors. In preparation for the symposium, a market sounding exercise, in the form of pitch sessions, will be held on Thursday,…
The Health Minister Dr Zweli Nkhize has announced that the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases to date in South Africa is 25 937. This is the biggest single-day increase to date,of 1,673 new cases of Covid-19 that were recorded in South Africa in the last 24 hours. The number…
Photo Credit:Veli Nhlapo. Former South African Airways (SAA) chair Dudu Myeni has been declared a delinquent director. Myeni was appointed as non-executive director of the board of SAA in September 2009, became acting chair in December 2012 and chair in September 2016 until 2017. This means Myeni cannot hold any…
Image Supplied. Finance minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday,Abel Sithole has been appointed the new CEO of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). Sithole, who is the principal executive officer of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) and the commissioner of the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), will replace Dan Matjila,…
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has apologised for the freak break in its network, which has affected plans to capture the May applications for the COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS). The benefit scheme is expected to provide much needed relief to employees, who have been laid off work or…
Photo Courtesy of the United Nations. Burundi will have a new president after the country's election commission declared the governing party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye the winner of the May 20 poll, a result disputed by the opposition. The electoral body, CENI, said Ndayishimiye, a former rebel commander and current secretary-general…
Photo Credit:Adobe Stock. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has clarified that the whole country will move to level 3 lockdown from 1 June, including areas identified as hotspots after the confusion was created when an old slide was presented stating hotspots would remain at level 4 and was also making rounds…
Photo Credit: SANAC. The newly appointed Health Department Director General Sandile Buthelezi will take the reins from 1 June 2020. Buthelezi, whose appointment was announced a fortnight ago, will take office at a critical time with the country and the world at large in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic.…
Summary of Latest Developments: Spain is to begin 10 days of mourning on Wednesday in memory of the more than 27,000 people who have lost their lives to the coronavirus. Flags will fly at half-mast. A new study is warning that Brazil could be facing a death toll of 125,000…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Water and Sanitation in KwaZulu-Natal has ramped up its water and hygiene products supply to communities, as a means of curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the province. According to the provincial department, to date, 4 200 water storage tanks and 532 water tankers…
The Department of Employment and Labour says the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has to date paid in excess of R15 billion to beneficiaries -- marking a historic first in terms of a lump sum paid out by the Fund within five weeks. On 16 April, the Fund paid the first…
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa has increased to 24 264. Forty-three more deaths have been reported, bringing the number of Covid-19-related deaths to 524. Regrettably, we report 43 more COVID-19 related deaths- this brings the total national deaths to 524. We wish to express our condolences…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that places of worship may reopen subject to strict restrictions under level three of the lockdown. South Africa will move to lockdown level three from 1 June. Churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, and other recognised places of worship will resume services with a maximum…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the call for a National Day of Prayer through a televised broadcast at 19h30 this evening. During the address, the President is also expected to provide an update on provisions for the religious sector following a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said that South Africa has reported a marked decline in coronavirus tests in the last 24 hours because of a global shortage in testing kits. Presenting to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Tuesday, Mkhize said that in the last 24 hours…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The City of Ekurhuleni’s Harambee bus service is back on the road with reduced passenger seating capacity in, line with the level 4 regulations of the lockdown. The services were suspended when level 5 of the nationwide lockdown was declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 23 March. “The…
South African Police Service (SAPS) said the public may now report any police brutality during lockdown at their nearest police station,this is in response to the judgement handed down on 15 May in the North Gauteng High Court in the matter of Collins Khosa. Khosa is the 41-year-old man who…
Professor Glenda Gray. Picture: Ground Up/SA Medical Research Council. SA Medical Research Council (MRC) board has made a u-turn on its decision to investigate the organisation’s president, Glenda Gray, for comments she made “in her personal capacity” to the media about the government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis. In a…
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