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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Health will receive a report on Friday from the government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on whether South Africa’s adjusted level 4 lockdown will be extended and whether restrictions should be tightened or relaxed. In a media briefing on Friday morning, department director-general Sandile Buthelezi…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng province risks running out of coffins as Covid-19-related deaths surge. While a third wave of coronavirus cases in South Africa’s worst-affected province may have peaked, fatalities have risen 57% in the past week, data from National Institute of Communicable Diseases show. Funeral parlors are starting to buckle…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has announced a major boost to South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination plans, with vaccines now being made available to more age groups and on weekends. In a media briefing on Friday morning (9 July), Kubayi-Ngubane said that her department held talks with Treasury…
Staff Reporter. Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi and a panel of experts will give a briefing on the government's COVID-19 response. The current lockdown Level 4 restrictions are set to end on Sunday. The COVID-19 numbers have not shown any downward trends under the current restrictions. Livestream Video Below: Video…
Staff Reporter. Members of executives from across the country’s three spheres of governance have this week gathered in a winter school programme in an effort to improve the performance of the state and promote economic growth. Ministers, Deputy Ministers, MECs, Mayors, and Members of Mayoral Committees have since Monday been…
Staff Reporter. Sport, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, has described the former late Zambian President, Kenneth Kaunda, as a man of great discipline and dedication, conviction and conscience, as well as humour and humanity. Speaking at the National Memorial Service for Dr Kenneth Kaunda, Mthethwa said Kaunda’s background was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),Reports 22, 910 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2, 135, 246. This increase represents a 30.4% positivity rate. Hospital Adamissions:There has been an increase of 711 hospital…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has launched an investigation after photos went public on WhatsApp on Thursday afternoon showing former president Jacob Zuma being attended by a correctional services officer in what looks like the medical wing of the Estcourt Correctional Centre in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The…
Staff Reporter. @Netwerk. The State Security Agency (SSA) has suspended the head of the spy agency's foreign branch, Robert Mcbride. SSA spokesperson Mava Scott said:"We can confirm the suspension of Mr McBride, but we are not in a position to discuss further details in line with the confidentiality requirement between…
Staff Reporter. Carl Niehaus, has been arrested outside the Estcourt Correctional Centre. Niehaus arrived at the Estcourt Correctional Centre, where former president Jacob Zuma is currently incarcerated, shortly before 4pm. Outside the facility he began engaging with a handful of Zuma supporters. After his short speech, Niehaus began conducting interviews…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Bosasa COO-turned-whistleblower Angelo Agrizzi and former ANC MP Vincent Smith will be tried separately in the corruption and fraud case. On Thursday, the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrate's Court granted the State's application for a separation of the trial due to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former President Jacob Zuma’s incarceration at the Estcourt Correctional Centre in KwaZulu-Natal will be dignified throughout his term, says Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola. The former statesman, 79, was sentenced to 15 months in jail on 29 June for defying an instruction to give evidence…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola outlines Correctional Services processes following former President Jacob Zuma's admission to begin sentence. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has this morning confirmed that former President Jacob Zuma has been admitted to start serving a 15-month sentence at Estcourt Correctional Centre in KwaZulu-Natal. The former statesman, 79, was sentenced to 15 months in jail on 29 June for defying an…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral Commission on Wednesday announced it has postponed the voter registration weekend by two weeks in light of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic currently sweeping the country. At a special meeting, the commission resolved to reschedule the voter registration weekend from 17-18 July to the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Suspended African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule on Tuesday said supporters of former President Jacob Zuma must 'soldier on’. Taking to social media, Magashule said, "Be strong now because things will get better. It might be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever. We soldier on."…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. With 12 minutes to go before midnight, Jacob Zuma’s Foundation confirms that he has handed himself over to police and is being taken to a correctional services facility. The foundation said a full statement will be issued in due course. Dear South Africans and the World.Please be…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. An ambulance tried to gain access to the Nkandla homestead at about 10.30pm but was denied by the singing crowd led by former president Jacob Zuma’s son Edward, as they suspected the vehicle may have been part of a ruse to arrest Zuma. With less than two…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 21,427 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,112,336. This increase represents a 30.3% positivity rate. The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (49%), followed by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma’s lawyers have written to the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) requesting a directive that the execution of the committal order for his arrest be suspended pending the outcome of the high court’s decision on Friday and the ConCourt application on 12 July. The ConCourt sentenced…
Staff Reporter. @PA. Many children have to go through this winter with blankets that's torn and has holes in it they have to share 1 blanket with their siblings, some has no blanket at all and has to rely on a plastic bag or box to cover themselves. For these…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa has confirmed that a number of key businesses will have to remain closed in South Africa until after a decision around South Africa’s adjusted level 4 lockdown is made this weekend. In a government gazette published on Tuesday, Nathi Mthethwa said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus has been temporarily suspended from the ANC. In a letter dated 7 July 2021, the party's deputy secretary general, Jessie Duarte, informs Niehaus that the NEC has temporarily suspended his membership of the party. The NEC explained that it was concerned with his…
Staff Reporter. The United States’ (US) Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CI) and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) enforcement division are joining forces to fight tax and economic crimes affecting the two countries. The two agencies on Tuesday said they are working together to identify, investigate and bring…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse has been killed in an attack on his private residence, according to a statement by interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph. Joseph said the president's residence in Port-au-Prince was stormed by unidentified armed men at 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT). The First Lady was…
Staff Reporter. The City of Cape Town and Discovery Health on Tuesday conducted an oversight visit at the Cape Town International Convention Centre mass Vaccination Centre of Hope to check on its preparation ahead of its activation today. Between July and December this year, this mass vaccination centre is expected…
Staff Reporter. The City of Ekurhuleni has warned residents and businesses in various parts of the metro of water supply interruptions after a Rand Water pump exploded on Sunday. On Monday, the Gauteng water utility said its Palmiet Booster Pumping Station was on Sunday rendered inoperable after three medium voltage…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Ombud Council has commenced the process of giving effect to its legal establishment and developing an operational plan to establish its office and fulfil its functions, says National Treasury. The Council will in due course issue communication with existing financial sector ombud schemes. The Ombud Council…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 15,501 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,090,909. This increase represents a 26.2% positivity rate, which is lower than yesterday (31.6%). The majority of new cases today…
Staff Reporter. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) had backtracked on its statement that Interpol had issued red notices for the Gupta family. In a statement on Monday, the NPA’s Investigative Directorate (ID) head, advocate Hermione Cronje, said efforts to bring back the Guptas had intensified. "Interpol has issued red notices…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday reserved judgment in the matter brought by former president Jacob Zuma’s, which sought to have his arrest and imprisonment stayed pending his contempt of court rescission application. The ruling will be delivered on Friday morning. Judge Bhekisisa Mnguni heard a long…
Staff Reporter. The National Regulator for Compulsory Specification (NRCS) inspectors have seized an illegal treated timber from distributors in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, worth more than R1 million and halted all treatment due to non-compliance with the regulation. The NRCS was responding to the growing number of illegal treated timber found in…
Staff Reporter. Parliament has opposed an urgent application by Letlhogonolo Modisane Maimane to stop the appointment of the seven new members of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Board. The National Youth Development Act obliges the President to appoint NYDA Board members on recommendation of Parliament. In a statement on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) announced on Tuesday that a group of 20 galaxies have been discovered with South Africa’s MeerKAT telescope. This large galaxy group is likely the most neutral hydrogen gas-rich group ever discovered, and it is the first time this group has…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Health has backtracked on its decision to allow certain groups of people under 50 to apply for a Covid-19 vaccination. In a circular sent to hospitals, health professionals and published on its website, the department initially said that the following individuals and groups will…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi SC has argued in the Pietermaritzburg High Court that former president Jacob Zuma must be arrested by midnight on Wednesday should he fail to present himself to the police. Ngcukaitobi said the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture wanted Zuma’s application…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. PRASA CEO, Zolani Matthews, has affirmed his commitment to building capacity for the organisation to deliver on its mandate, resume services, modernise infrastructure and restore good governance. Addressing a media briefing on Tuesday on the status quo of the organisation, Matthews said key areas that require urgent…
Staff Reporter. The Presidency has received the final report of the Special Investigating Unit on an investigation into a contract between the National Department of Health and service provider, Digital Vibes. "The Presidency is studying the report and will keep the public abreast of developments in this matter. "It will…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The police have notified the acting Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo, that it will, until further notice, not arrest former president Jacob Zuma as ordered by the Constitutional Court on June 29. In a letter dated July 5, 2021 and coming from the Office of the State Attorney,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A special ANC national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Monday focused mainly on the situation at Nkandla – the homestead of former president Jacob Zuma – as well as the country’s fight against the third wave of Covid-19 infections. At a media briefing on Tuesday morning, ANC…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Pietermaritzburg high court will on Tuesday hear an urgent application from legal representatives of former president Jacob Zuma to stay the execution of his arrest. Zuma was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment by the Constitutional Court for contempt of court, after he defied an order by…
Staff Reporter. The governing party has held a special NEC meeting and will provide feedback on Tuesday. Livestream video below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. Eskom is moving forward on its plans to establish a new nuclear power site in Thyspunt in the Eastern Cape. The country’s National Nuclear Regulator said that it received a Nuclear Installation Site Licence (NISL) application from Eskom for the site, with public hearings scheduled in the surrounding…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Vinpro, a non-profit company that represents 3,500 South African wine producers, will challenge the government’s adjusted level 4 lockdown restrictions in court this week in a bid to have the prohibition around the sale of alcohol relaxed. The group, which is set to have its urgent interdict…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports 12,513 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,075,409. This increase represents a 31.6% positivity rate, which is higher than yesterday (30.2%). The majority of new cases…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) is set to discuss issues around the party's former president Jacob Zuma. Today's meeting comes after the initial gathering, scheduled for last week Friday was subsequently postponed amid the rising tensions over Zuma’s prosecution. Zuma was thrust into a corner last…
Staff Reporter. Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has appealed to labour unions that have left the public sector wage negotiations at the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council to return to the table. Government, he said, respects all the unions represented at the chamber. Addressing the media virtually on…
Staff Reporter. The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture will hear Bosasa-related testimony on Monday from Pretoria Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair and former Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Thabang Makwetla. Makwetla says it has "pained" him that he was appearing before an inquiry that is…
Staff Reporter. Inkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi has lashed out at the supporters of former president Jacob Zuma, saying their week-long behaviour in Nkandla was treasonous and made a mockery of the Zulu nation. Buthelezi, while addressing an impromptu press conference in Ulundi, northern KwaZulu-Natal, and speaking as an "elder", said that…
Staff Reporter. The Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Pretoria (UP) and Steve Biko Academic Hospital have welcomed a mobile robot called Stevie to help improve the treatment of patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Named after Steve Biko - one of the most prominent leaders during South Africa’s…
Staff Reporter. Government’s COVID-19 vaccination programme reached a milestone on Monday, with government rolling out the inoculation of the security sector. Police Minister Bheki Cele and National Police General Khehla Sitole were the first to receive their jabs at the launch of the programme at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) efforts to repatriate corrupt-Gupta family members have received a major shot in the arm after Interpol issued red notices against two implicated brothers, their wives and other associates. The brothers - Atul and Rajesh Gupta– and their respective wives, Chetali and Arti…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission has filed a responding affidavit at the Pietermaritzburg High Court, where former president Jacob Zuma has applied for an urgent interdict against his imminent arrest. In the court documents, the secretary of the commission Professor Itumeleng Mosala provided an affidavit to motivate its opposition…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that South Africa is beginning to show signs of economic recovery after the country was deeply damaged by the Covid-19 pandemic. Writing in his weekly letter to the public, the president cited data from the South African Revenue Service (SARS) which shows that…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 16,585 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,062,896. This increase represents a 30.2% positivity rate. The Gauteng province accounts for the majority of new cases (57%), followed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @SandileNdlovu. Embattled former president Jacob Zuma on Sunday launched a public offensive against the judiciary, state capture inquiry chairperson Raymond Zondo and former public protector Thuli Madonsela, blaming them for his current woes. Zuma was addressing hundreds of his staunch supporters on Sunday who converged in large…
Staff Reporter. Former president Jacob Zuma is addressing the media at his homestead in Nkandla on the day he was meant to go to jail following the finding against him that would see him spend up to 15 months in prison. Earlier, he addressed his supporters. The Constitutional Court (ConCourt)…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is considering approaching the Constitutional Court to ask it to reconsider its finding that she "changed" wording in the Executive Code of Ethics when it dismissed her appeal on her report on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s CR17 ANC election campaign funding. Mkhwebane approached the…
Staff Reporter. The Emfuleni Local Municipality problems are continuing to deepen. It has emerged that the municipality is running short of service vehicles, with 41 service vehicles being held hostage by a repair service provider due to payment failures for the past two years. This was revealed in a written…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Despite the Constitutional Court agreeing to hear former president Jacob Zuma’s contempt rescission case, there is still an imminent arrest for Zuma should he not hand himself over to the police by 12 midnight on Sunday. Should Zuma fail to act in accordance with the ruling,Police minister…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @ThulaniMbele. South African Communist Party General Secretary Blade Nzmande is to deliver the keynote address at the SACP Rally that marks 100 years of existence. Nzimande has warned against the incitement of civil war, as often chaotic scenes played out in Nkandla this week. He also called…
Staff Reporter. The Congress of the People (Cope) general secretary and former Free State Education MEC Papi Diratsagae Kganare has died from Covid-19 related complications. This was confirmed by Cope and his family. He died at around 18:30 at Life Flora Hospital in Johannesburg on Saturday. "Dear Comrades and Friends.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former President Jacob Zuma says he will not hand himself over to the police to begin the 15-month sentence handed on Tuesday by the Constitutional Court. Zuma said this while addressing the Amazulu regiments (Amabutho) outside his home in Nkandla on Saturday afternoon, following his first public…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 26,485 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,046,311. This increase represents a 27.3% positivity rate. The Gauteng province accounts for the majority of new cases (61%), followed…
Staff Reporter. The mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Geoffrey Makhubo, has been hospitalised, following complications related to Covid-19. The City’s spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase said in statement on Saturday that Makhubo will remain in hospital "until his medical team is satisfied [with] his recovery". Makhubo went into self-quarantine on 20…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @FelixDlangamandla. The Constitutional Court will on July 12 hear former president Jacob Zuma’s urgent application to rescind its order sentencing him to jail for 15 months for contempt of court. The Constitutional Court issued these directions on Saturday after Zuma made the application on Friday. It did…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @TrevorSamson. The Jacob Zuma Foundation confirmed that the embattled former president would "address the nation" on Sunday in Durban. Sunday will mark five days since Zuma was sentenced to 15 months behind bars for being in contempt of the Constitutional Court. It is also the day he…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike after government wage talks collapsed. Samwu, which represents over 160,000 municipal workers across the country, said that it would declare a formal dispute and request a strike certificate after the government failed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa is committed to both supporting and implementing the actions contained in the Global Acceleration Plan for Economic Justice and Rights. "Our interventions must dismantle the systemic barriers that marginalise women and girls and perpetuate inequality in the global economy," Ramaphosa said.…
Staff Reporter. The Public Service Commission (PSC) says it has noted with concern the announcement by Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu that 15 711 public servants were irregularly paid the R350 COVID-19 grants meant for the unemployed citizens. This is not the first time such irregularities in the public service…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has authorised the use of CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by Sinovac Life Sciences Co, and imported by Curanto Pharma (Pty) Ltd. The authorisation was done in terms of Section 21 of the Medicines and Related Substance Act 101 of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC has recommended that the Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) should plan for elections to be held on October 27 as planned. This was said by ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte during virtual oral hearings at the Moseneke Inquiry into Free and Fair Local Government…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 24,270 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,019,826. This increase represents a 27.4% positivity rate. The Gauteng province accounts for the majority of new cases (59%), followed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma is filing an urgent application for the rescission of the Constitutional Court ruling in terms of which he was sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt by refusing to appear before the Commission of Inquiry in State Capture. In an affidavit filed…
Staff Reporter. Under Adjusted Alert level 4, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will remain open and operate with a reduced staff complement as per the Department of Public Service and Administration circular. "Applications for social grants at all local offices will be staggered according to grant type, for…
Staff Reporter. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has urged taxpayers to carefully consider working from home expenses before submitting claims to the revenue collector. SARS recently published an update on its website in relation to home office expenses. In a statement on Thursday, the revenue collector provided additional clarity…
Staff Reporter. The South African Police Service (SAPS) management has appointed two provincial commissioners, one for the Western Cape and the other one for Mpumalanga province with effect from 1 July 2021. The appointment of these senior managers into these positions is part of the organization's plans to enhance accountability…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet has raised concerns around the state of South Africa’s municipalities which were laid bare by a report by the Auditor-General this week. The report shows that there is widespread mismanagement and irregular spending across the country’s 257 municipalities, and despite repeated warnings, the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @MasiLosi. The African National Congress (ANC) has postponed its scheduled National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting scheduled for the weekend amid developments of the situation outside former President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal. This was announced by the party’s spokesperson Pule Mabe on Friday as scores of…
Staff Reporter. The Office of the Chief Justice has announced that Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has assumed responsibilities as Acting Chief Justice with effect from yesterday. The Office said on Friday that the acting capacity of Madam Justice S S V Khampepe as Acting Deputy Chief Justice ended on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A study on vaccine efficacy against COVID-19 variants has shown that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine works better against the Delta variant, and gets better over time with both Delta and Beta variants. This follows a study conducted where 10 participants received one dose, and 10 participants…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. While Gauteng remains the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic, acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has warned that many provinces in the country are almost at red alert as infections continue to increase. "The trends are clearly showing that other provinces which are currently lagging are going to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday, 02 July 2021, undertake a working visit to the Republic of Zambia to attend the State Funeral Service of Dr Kenneth Kaunda, Founding President of the Republic of Zambia. Kaunda passed away on Thursday, 17 June 2021, at the age of…
Staff Reporter. The South African Revenue Service's (SARS) efforts to root out tax evasion and corruption within its ranks is beginning to bear fruit. This is according to SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter, who launched the 2021 Tax Season on Thursday. He said the revenue collector was making steady progress in…
Staff Reporter. The Acting Minister of Health, Mmamoloko Kubayi and a panel of experts brief media on the progress of government efforts in the fight against COVID19, including an update on the national vaccination rollout programme. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Entertainment Reporter. @GalloImages. Former Muvhango actor Mutodi Neshehe has died, his family confirmed in a statement on Thursday evening. Neshehe was born in Soweto in 1975. He started acting when he was four years old with the guidance of his mother Thelma Neshehe, who starred in several movies and soaps.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @News24Wire. A High Court judgment which declared almost all of the level 3 and 4 lockdown regulations as unconstitutional and invalid has been dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). In May last year,the Liberty Fighters Network (LFN) lauched proceedings in the North Gauteng High Court…
Staff Reporter. North West Premier Tebogo Job Mokgoro has acknowledged that the province is experiencing strain, as the province battles with the COVID-19 third wave. Providing an update on the provincial government’s response to the recently increasing number of infections, Mokgoro said the number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths are…
Staff Reporter. Despite having constitutional and legislative protection of the rights of people of different sexual orientation, South Africa has recently seen an increase in the number of attacks against lesbians, gays and transgender people. Justice and Constitutional Development Deputy Minister, John Jeffery, said while Pride Month, which is celebrated…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports 21,584 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1,995,556. This increase represents a 28.4% positivity rate. The Gauteng province accounts for the majority of new cases (59%),…
Staff Reporter. Despite the crippling effects the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have on the country’s economy, South African Revenue Services (SARS) Commissioner Edward Kieswetter says the tax revenue outlook was positive. This was revealed during the launch of the 2021 Tax Season on Thursday. SARS collection activities, which are integrally…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. As South Africa commences with the phased rollout of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act, Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula has emphasised that the legislation has been introduced to save lives on the roads. "We have made a commitment to arresting the carnage on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government is considering buying more AstraZeneca Plc coronavirus vaccines to combat the spread of the Delta variant of the illness, four months after selling one million of the doses. The government may approach the Serum Institute of India for the shots, deputy health minister Joe Phaahla told…
Entertainment Reporter. South African musician Steve Kekana has died at the age of 63. The Take Your Love musician died early on Thursday morning according to his manager Xolani Majozi. "Yes it’s true, Ntate Steve Kekana is no more. He died in the early hours of this morning and we…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.. @ MasiLosi The Constitutional Court has found that President Cyril Ramaphosa neither wilfully mislead Parliament about a R500 000 donation from Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson, nor did he personally benefit from donations made to his CR17 campaign for the ANC presidency. In 2018, then DA leader Mmusi…
Staff Reporter. Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd has reduced its debt to less than R400 billion ($28 billion) as discussions ensue to secure funding for a transition to renewable energy, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. The state-owned company announced in May it had reduced debt by a fifth to about R401…
Staff Reporter. Retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke will continue hearing submissions at Centurion in Gauteng into whether free and fair Local Government Elections can be held under COVID-19. Thursday’s proceedings will start at 9am. Link of the proceedings below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. @ MasiLosi. The Constitutional Court is set to deliver judgment on whether or not President Cyril Ramaphosa mislead Parliament when answering questions about a R500m donation from Bosasa for his CR17 campaign. The apex court is also expected to hand down judgment on whether Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma has criticised the Constitutional Court judgment that handed him a 15-month jail sentence for contempt of court. In a statement released after 11.30pm on Wednesday, the Jacob G Zuma Foundation said the former president believed that the majority judgment, delivered by acting chief…
Staff Reporter. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has announced the suspension of in-person data collection after President Cyril Ramaphosa this week moved the country to Adjusted Alert Level 4 lockdown. The move comes three months after the national statistical agency resumed limited field visits across the country after these were…
Entertainment Reporter. File Photo. Pennsylvania's highest court on Wednesday overturned Bill Cosby's sexual assault conviction and ordered him released from prison immediately, ruling that a non-prosecution deal he had struck with a previous district attorney should have shielded him from charges. The decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court came after…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports 19,506 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1,973,972. This increase represents a 27.6 % positivity rate. The Gauteng province accounts for the majority of new cases…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi’s name has been cleared in the controversial R30 million tender he was believed to have influenced in back in 2020. This was revealed by the Deputy Public Protector Kholeka Gcaleka on Wednesday during the release of 16 investigative reports. The complaint was…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral Court has postponed the by-elections that were due in eight wards on Wednesday. The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) requested a postponement for the by-elections in wards in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. This amid an increase in the Covid-19 infection…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr. Blade Nzimande media briefing on Alert Level 4 lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced South Africa’s move to Level 4 on Sunday. Live proceedings below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo says the inquiry "cannot say anything at this stage" on whether former president Jacob Zuma was the architect of state capture. Zondo, on Wednesday, gave updated to the public on the commission’s…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission of Inquiry will hear evidence from Regiments Capital’s Litha Nyhonyha in relation to money flow evidence in Johannesburg, Braamfontein. Live proceedings below: Video courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. @GalloImages. Retired Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke continues hearing submissions at Centurion in Gauteng into whether free and fair Local Government Elections can be held under COVID-19. One South Africa Movement's leader Mmusi Maimane, who wanted the October elections to go ahead, argued that the right to life…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The kingdom of eSwatini came to an almost standstill on Tuesday as protesters demanded political reforms amid claims that the absolute monarch, King Mswati III had fled the country to neighbouring SA. Acting Prime Minister Themba Masuku denied media reports that the king had fled the violence.…
Staff Reporter. The Information Regulator will be taking over the regulatory mandate functions relating to the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) 2000 as of 30 June 2021. This follows a proclamation, by the President, of sections 110 and 114(4) of Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) 2013, which…
Staff Reporter. Following the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday of placing the country on Adjusted Alert Level 4 with effect from Monday, the South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced changes to its hospitality and tourism services in all its various national parks. SANParks Acting Chief Executive Officer,…
Staff Reporter. Following the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday placing the country on Adjusted Alert Level 4, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says his department will ensure the sector is responsive to the tightening of measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Addressing the National Coronavirus Command Council…
Staff Reporter. As the country battles a third wave of COVID-19 infections, Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi says his department’s priority is to ensure that workers are safe and that workplaces do not become super spreaders. Speaking during a briefing by the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) earlier Tuesday,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports 13,347 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1,954,466. This increase represents a 26.2 % positivity rate. The Gauteng province accounts for the majority of new cases…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC says the sentencing of former president Jacob Zuma to 15 months in prison by the Constitutional Court marks a difficult time for the governing party. It has also pleaded for calm. In KZN, ANC KZN provincial chairperson and KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala, said the ruling…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Acting Health Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, has reassured the citizens of Gauteng that government is working around the clock to ramp up bed capacity to deal with the third wave of COVID-19 infections. While the Nasrec Field Hospital has been closed, Kubayi-Ngubane said other health facilities have been…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, has extended the validity period of legally issued short-term visas, which expired during the lockdown period - to 30 September 2021. These are short-term visas issued for a period not longer than 90 days, such as a tourist visa. In a statement…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral Commission says it will urgently approach the Electoral Court to postpone eight by-elections scheduled for Wednesday, 30 June 2021. This follows the implementation of Adjusted Alert Level 4 lockdown restrictions, which ban all gatherings, including political ones. The Electoral Commission said it took the decision to…
Staff Reporter. Three former senior West Rand District Municipality officials are this morning expected to appear before the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court for allegedly illegally making deposits to the now defunct VBS Mutual Bank. The suspects are a 60 year-old West Rand district municipal manager, the council’s 37 year-old…
Staff Reporter. The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) will brief the media following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on Sunday, 27 June 2021, to further outline measures to ensure compliance to the regulations in the fight against the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa. Police Minister Bheki Cele…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @TrevorSamson. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday imposed a 15-month sentence on former president Jacob Zuma for defying their order to appear before the State Capture Commission. Justice Sisi Khampepe read out the judgment on Tuesday, which found that Zuma was fully aware of the consequences of his…
Staff Reporter. The Commission will hear State Security Agency (SSA) related evidence from the former Minister of State Security, Dr Siyabonga Cwele. In 2019, former head of foreign intelligence Rieaz "Mo" Shaik told the commission that Cwele had summoned senior intelligence bosses to a meeting after he learned the Gupta…
Staff Reporter. The Constitutional Court is expected to rule on whether Jacob Zuma is guilty of being in contempt of court on Tuesday. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Constitutional Court’s long-awaited judgment on former president Jacob Zuma’s defiance of two summons the state capture commission issued is due to take place on Tuesday. The Constitutional Court said the judgment would be handed down at 10am. Only a limited number of people, including the media,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 12,222 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1, 941,119. This increase represents a 28.3 % positivity rate. The Gauteng province accounts for the majority of new cases…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. State Security deputy minister Zizi Kodwa has testified that none of the payments he received from former executive at EOH, Jehan Mackay were to buy his influence on government tenders. The state capture commission referred to an email from Mackay to Kodwa asking him to speak to…
Staff Reporter. @GalloImages. The ANC’s national disciplinary committee (NDC) has referred the suspension of former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo back to the provincial disciplinary committee (PDC) for a rehearing. This after the NDC found that Mahumapelo’s case along with his ally, Bitsa Lenkopane, was not properly ventilated at the…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande says the development of a policy framework for the regulation of university fees is underway to ensure that fees are kept at affordable levels for all families that need assistance. "These efforts in the long-term aim to ensure that going…
Staff Reporter. South Africa’s move to a stricter lockdown and restrictions will be the death knell for many businesses and jobs, warn industry groups. On Sunday evening (27 June), president Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will move to level 4 lockdown, with a complete prohibition on gatherings and the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Basic education minister Angie Motshekga has outlined the new regulations for schools as part of the country’s move to an adjusted level 4 lockdown. In a media briefing on Monday, Motshekga said that all schools will be closed for contact classes from Wednesday (30 June), with Thursday…
Staff Reporter. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga is visiting schools in the Free State as the education sector's vaccine rollout continues. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) says it continues to implement measures to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19, in an effort to protect officials, inmates and the general public. As part of implementing preventative measures and adhering to all regulations to curb the spread of infections, the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that South Africa’s state-owned enterprises have mostly been associated in the public eye with state capture, financial mismanagement and inefficiency. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, the president said that these enterprises have been struggling to meet their mandates, in…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission hears evidence from the former ANC spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa, former Eskom Executive, Prishotham Govender, then one of the Commission investigators, Lance Poon. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has gazetted South Africa’s adjusted level 4 lockdown restrictions. The restrictions, which will remain in place until 11 July, give effect to president Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on Sunday evening (27 June), including a complete prohibition on the sale…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday announced the placement of the country under Adjusted Alert Level 4 for two weeks, due to the worrying increase in the numbers of COVID-19 infections in South Africa. As of Sunday, the seven-day average of new daily COVID-19 infections nationally has overtaken…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says there is much misinformation being circulated about the COVID-19 vaccine which is causing fear and confusion. "The scientific evidence before us shows that vaccines work. They are safe. They are effective, and they save lives. "If you have any questions about the vaccine,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move to an adjusted level 4 lockdown as the country struggles against the third wave of Covid-19 infections. In a national address this evening,Ramaphosa said that the restrictions were necessary to curb the high rate of infections and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @EsaAlexander. The State Capture Commission will hear money flows related evidence from the former African National Congress (ANC) Spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa at 10:00, on Monday, 28 June 2021 The commission heard that when Kodwa was ANC spokesperson, he received more than R2 million in payments and luxury…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce several lockdown measures on Sunday evening (27 June), as the country struggles with the third wave of Covid-19 infections. The President’s address follows meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council, the President’s Coordinating Council and Cabinet. Some of the proposals…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the Hawks are bolstering resources to go after those responsible for apartheid-era atrocity crimes in the 1960s. In a joint statement on Sunday, the crime fighting bodies said the NPA was in the process of setting up a specialist unit to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) CEO Dr Boitumelo Semete says the regulator will not succumb to political pressure to approve Covid-19 vaccines because the safety of the public should not be compromised. "Sahpra cannot allow political pressure to cloud a clear science-based approach to approving…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added a warning about the risk of heart inflammation to fact sheets for Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines. The warning on Friday noted that reports of adverse events following vaccination – particularly after the second dose – suggest increased…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @AlaisterRussell. Former president Thabo Mbeki says the current state of the ANC is of concern and South Africans' confidence in the party is diminishing. Mbeki was delivering the Walter Sisulu Memorial Lecture on Saturday afternoon. "The survival of the ANC threatens our country and all 60 million…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Reuters. Lawyers for investors in a cryptocurrency exchange in South Africa, which told clients in April their accounts had been hacked, say $3.6 billion has disappeared from the platform and that the two brothers who ran it cannot be traced. If confirmed, Africrypt's losses would rank among…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce several lockdown measures tonight, as the country struggles with the third wave of Covid-19 infections. Health experts on the government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) have urged the government to take drastic measures to help ease pressure on the country’s hospitals,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports 17,958 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1,913,861. This increase represents a 25.6 % positivity rate. The Gauteng province accounts for the majority of new cases…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Deputy President David Mabuza is off to Russia for medical treatment after he took a leave of absence. In a statement released on Saturday, Mabuza’s absence is for a "medical consultation" in Russia. "During this time, the Deputy President will undertake a visit to the Russian Federation…
Staff Reporter. @GalloImages. Former DA MP Phumzile van Damme on Saturday confirmed she terminated her DA membership. She said her decision was based on the future projects she will be working on and that her membership within the party could become problematic in future. "The misinformation monitoring and combatting project…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Sunday, 27 June, after meeting with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) in a special briefing. Government spokesperson Phumla Williams said that the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure will meet today (26 June) to discuss the surging number…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has confirmed that the highly infectious Delta variant of Covid-19 is likely behind the current surge in new cases in South Africa, with new data showing that the variant is rapidly becoming the dominant one in the country. In a media briefing…
Staff Reporter. Acting Minister of Health Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane speaks on the country's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Kubayi-Ngubane and a panel of experts will provide an update on South Africa's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. Leratong Hospital in the West Rand has suspended outpatients and elective procedures with effect from Monday, 28 June. Hospital CEO, Dr DP Moloi, on Friday said urgent cases will be prioritised, and discretion will be used for patients collecting their results. "Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement to extend…
Staff Reporter. The Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) Commission has highlighted the need for information dissemination and a real focus on skills development as two major pillars to facilitating youth participation in the mainstream economy. The commission on Friday held a virtual youth dialogue under the theme, ‘Promoting economic inclusion…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has appealed to university chancellors to join hands with government in finding solutions to funding for the "missing middle". "Although the debt profile of students is something that needs to be better understood, it is presumed that much of…
Staff Reporter. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane appeared briefly in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Friday for her perjury case following her representations to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). This relates to allegations that she intentionally lied under oath, about her investigation into an apartheid-era loan by the Reserve Bank to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GettyImages. Derek Chauvin the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd by applying deadly pressure to the unarmed and handcuffed Black man’s neck for more than nine minutes, was sentenced to 22 and a half years in prison. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill delivered the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports 18,762 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1,895,905. This increase represents a 25.5 % positivity rate. The Gauteng province accounts for the majority of new cases…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A facility in Cape Town could produce Africa’s first vaccines using messenger RNA, the breakthrough science of the global inoculation effort against Covid-19, within 15 months of signing a technology transfer agreement. The World Health Organization this week announced it will establish its first-ever mRNA technology transfer…
Staff Reporter. With transformation in South Africa’s labour market continuing to progress at a snail’s pace, government should consider reviewing legislation in an effort to achieve the desired outcomes, says Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi. This comes in the wake of the Commission for Employment Equity (CEE) 21st report,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. EFF leader Julius Malema has threatened to engage in mass action protests including a protest outside the home of the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) chairperson if Sputnik and Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines are not authorised within the next seven days. The EFF wants the Russian…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @AlonSkuy. Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule’s bid to challenge the party’s controversial step-aside resolution continued in the Johannesburg high court on Friday morning. Advocate Mahlape Sello, acting on behalf of Magashule, told the full bench of the high court the embattled secretary-general was duly authorised to suspend…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The biggest labour group at South Africa’s Eskom accused the power utility of disregarding rules around wage negotiations by implementing its final offer to workers. Eskom will implement a 1.5% basic wage increase from July 1, funded through savings realized from reviewing employee benefits, according to the…
Staff Reporter. Owing to the soaring COVID-19 infections currently sweeping the country, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has announced the temporary closure of tax branches from physical visits as from 1 July. This comes as the country’s seven-day moving average of positive COVID-19 infections surpassed 12 000 cases. On…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission continues to hear Flow of Funds evidence from a researcher employed by Shadow World Investigations, London, Paul Edward Holden. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Acting health minister Mammoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has announced that government will open up Covid-19 vaccine registrations to more age groups nationally from next week. In a media briefing on Friday morning (25 June), Kubayi-Ngubane noted the important dates for all citizens between the ages of 50-59 : Registration…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC's three-strong legal team, led by Wim Trengove SC, is set to argue party members are bound by its constitution. Trengove's appearance is expected to wrap up the two-day hearing of the case brought by suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule in a bid to have his…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Closing the trust gap between business and society will only be possible when the private sector addresses the full spectrum of challenges we face in our country. This was the message delivered by Sipho Pityana in his keynote address on the opening day of the three-morning Trialogue…
Staff Reporter. The Commission on African COVID-19 Response has shone the spotlight on the immediate urgency of accelerating COVID-19 vaccine procurement and rollout on the continent through a unified approach. The commissioners also emphasised the critical role of health systems strengthening and public health investments as the foundation of this…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana While breakthrough COVID-19 infections have been recorded in vaccinated individuals, signs are beginning to emerge that inoculations were reducing the risk of serious illness and hospitalisation. This was on Thursday revealed by South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) chairperson, Professor Helen Rees, during a webinar on…
Staff Reporter. Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has called on the business sector to comply with the Alert Level 3 regulations as the country continues to fight the pandemic. "Taverns, shebeens, bars and alcohol establishments have become super spreaders themselves because [there is] no social distancing, we need…
Staff Reporter The Department of Employment and Labour has announced that it is widening its investigation into the R219 million COVID TERS payments made to the Eastern Cape Transport Tertiary Co-operative (ECTCC). This follows complaints from taxi drivers in Gqeberha, who recently claimed to have never received benefits claimed on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries said in a statement that "after due consideration of all relevant information" it had decided to refuse all three applications from Karpowership for environmental authorisation – based on the inadequacy of the environmental impact assessment and public consultation process. "The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Image Supplied. Gauteng’s provincial health experts say that a move to level 5 lockdown will be too damaging for the province – but an increase in restrictions to somewhere between level 3 and level 4 may be necessary. Professor Bruce Mellado, a member of Gauteng’s Premier’s Advisory…
Staff Reporter. Caption:Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela,Photo Credit:GCIS. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) says it will not grant approval to vaccines that do not meet stringent standards and protocols. SAHPRA chief executive Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela reaffirmed this stance during the authority’s webinar on the process of vaccine approval on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African National Parks (SANParks) says an independent report on the wildfire that burned about 600 hectares of land within the Table Mountain National Park (TMNP) and some neighbouring properties has ruled out natural causes. The report also ruled out rock falls or lightning strikes or…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng premier David Makhura says that government will begin opening up Covid-19 vaccine registrations to people under 60. Speaking in a provincial budgetary address, Makhura said that from next week the government will start with the registration and vaccination of 50-59-year-olds. This registration process will then be opened…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The legal showdown between the ANC and its embattled suspended secretary-general, Ace Magashule, got underway on Thursday morning with the Johannesburg high court dismissing applications by parties who wanted to intervene in the matter. The court heard at least three applications for intervention before it could proceed…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Basic Education says it is satisfied with the first day of the vaccination programme in the basic education sector, which saw more than 48 000 educators and staff vaccinated. According to the preliminary report from the Department of Health, more than 48 000 educators and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (Samwu) has threatened to embark on a nationwide strike after it failed to come to an agreement with the government and facilitators on worker’s wage demands. Samwu, which represents over 160,000 municipal workers across the country, has rejected proposals made at…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele is today expected to receive a briefing from the Western Cape SAPS management following Wednesday’s shooting,which claimed eight lives in Gugulethu. Accompanied by the province’s Acting Provincial Commissioner, Major General Thembisile Patekile, the Minister is also anticipated to visit the scene of the brutal…
Staff Reporter. State Capture Commission will hear BOSASA related evidence from suspended Senior Manager: Supply Management at the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA), Mbulelo Gingcana. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. EFF leader Julius Malema has lost his defamation appeal against a former party member and MP, Thembinkosi Rawula, in the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). The SCA on Wednesday dismissed Malema’s appeal of the high court judgment which ruled in Rawula’s favour on statements made by Rawula in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said in a statement that 17,493 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1,861,065. This increase represents a 24.9% positivity rate. NICD continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GettyImages. The Gauteng provincial government has decided to go the legal route against Independent Media Group and Pretoria News editor, Piet Rampedi, for the sensationalised reporting of the so-called "Tembisa 10 saga" . This follows the furore around Rampedi's story recently, which captured local and international attention,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Countries in Southern Africa on Wednesday agreed to deploy forces to help quell a bloody jihadist insurgency wreaking havoc in northern Mozambique over the past three years. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) bloc "approved" the deployment of the "SADC Standby Force in support of Mozambique to…
Staff Reporter. South Africa has various multi-sectoral programmes currently under implementation aimed at, among other things, to contribute towards climate change adaptation and mitigation. Addressing the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Symposium on Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) on Wednesday, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Barbara Creecy said many of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Eskom chairperson and businessman Jabu Mabuza was laid to rest in Mpumalanga on Wednesday. A virtual funeral service was held. Mabuza succumbed to COVID-19 related complications last week. The business fraternity has paid tribute to the 63-year-old's efforts in transforming the business landscape. Deputy President David…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has been granted a preservation order to freeze approximately R22 million held in bank and investment accounts linked to Digital Vibes (Pty) Ltd. The order was granted on 17 June 2021 by the Special Tribunal. This is as part of taking action…
Staff Reporter. Public and private school teachers are finally receiving their COVID-19 vaccines across the country amid the third wave. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga launched the start of the vaccination programme in the sector in Tembisa, Gauteng, on Wednesday. The Minister said she is confident that over half a…
Staff Reporter. The South African Revenue Service’s (SARS) efforts to rid the country of illicit cigarette trade was on Tuesday patently demonstrated when the revenue collector destroyed over 2000 master boxes of the product, valued at R17.4 million. In a statement, SARS director for customs border operations, ports of entry…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Nelson Mandela Foundation has called on the public to honour Nelson Mandela’s birthday by contributing to meeting the immediate needs of the most vulnerable communities on 18 July. "While the Mandela Day call to action remains a general call to reach out to those in need,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Choral music legend, composer and conductor Prof Mzilikazi Khumalo in 2012.Image: Tsheko Kabasia. The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture says it has learnt with deep sadness of the passing of one of South Africa's revered choral music composers and conductors, Professor Mzilikazi Khumalo. Professor Khumalo passed …
Staff Reporter. An intelligence driven operation on Tuesday morning saw police successfully slam the brakes on a R243 million drugs consignment in an Isipingo depot, in Durban. In a statement, Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI/Hawks) spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Philani Nkwalase said the operation was conducted in the early hours…
Staff Reporter. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture will continue to hear Transnet-related evidence from former Minister of Public Enterprises, Malusi Gigaba, on Wednesday. At the centre of the early proceedings at the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture on Wednesday was the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Pretoria News editor Piet Rampedi has apologised to his colleagues for the damage his story on SA’s so-called "Tembisa 10" babies did to Independent Media’s reputation. In a letter to Independent Media’s editor-in-chief Aneez Salie, Rampedi apologises for how the story was handled — but also accuses…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports 11,093 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1,843,572. The majority of new cases today are from the Gauteng province (67%), followed by the Western Cape (8%)…
Staff Reporter. The case of a Eastern Cape municipality which spent Covid-19 funds on a new vehicle for its mayor illustrates the financial chaos that engulfs South Africa’s municipalities. This according to Auditor-General (AG) Tsakani Maluleke, who said local government finances were under pressure, reporting R26 billion in irregular expenditure…
Staff Reporter. Political parties and independent candidates could see themselves pay a deposit of more than R400,000 to contest the 2021 municipal elections. This is after the proposed rates of election deposits were gazetted and published by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) for public comment last week Friday. The proposed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa’s Information Regulator has confirmed that there will be no deadline for the registration of information officers and deputy information officers and that no responsible party will be held liable for not registering by 30 June 2021. This decision follows technical glitches with the registration portal…
Entertainment Reporter. The Nteleko Family is deeply saddened to confirm the passing of their Son Luzuko Nteleko In a statement,the family said Luzuko was diagnosed with brain cancer stage 4 in 2019; he fought a good fight until he met his untimely death on the 21st of June 2021. "We…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that he is concerned about the rising number of Covid-19 and that government will meet this week to discuss restrictions. Answering media questions at an event in Cape Town on Tuesday (22 June), the president said that it might be necessary for the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. As government continues to implement structural economic reforms to accelerate economic recovery, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the establishment of the Transnet National Ports Authority as an independent subsidiary of Transnet. Ramaphosa briefed media following his visit to the Port of Cape Town to assess port operations, the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government officials will meet with scientific advisors and medical experts this week to discuss the possibility of introducing further restrictions in South Africa as the third Covid-19 wave hits. Gauteng’s provincial command council will meet on Tuesday (22 June), with the meeting set to focus on the…
Staff Reporter. @GalloImages. Gauteng Premier David Makhura has warned that the province is in the midst of a COVID-19 crisis, as cases show no signs of slowing down. The Premier was speaking at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital on Monday, where he welcomed medics from the South African National…
Staff Reporter. Government spent R49-billion on allegedly dodgy contracts linked to Gupta business interests. That’s according to an estimate by Shadow World Investigations’ Paul Holden who revealed the number to the Zondo Commission last month. He is back at the inquiry today to give more evidence about how the Guptas…
Staff Reporter. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the provinces are at various stages of readiness for the return of all primary school learners to school on a daily basis. This follows a Government Gazette issued on 28 May 2021, where the department announced that primary school learners would return…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Minister Malusi Gigaba is expected to begin cross-examination of his estranged wife Norma Mngoma, after he concludes his oral evidence on Wednesday. Gigaba returned to the State Capture Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture on Monday, where he continued to challenge Mngoma’s testimony that…
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