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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The offices of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in Johannesburg were burgled on Saturday night. This was confirmed by a source who wished to remain anonymous. "The officials are currently still trying to ascertain whether important documents relating to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has made recommendations that the suspension of J&J vaccine rollout be lifted subject to conditions. "These conditions include, but are not limited to, strengthened screening and monitoring of participants who are at high risk of a blood clotting disorder,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. SA among highest death rates in the world, says Madhi. Health experts have warned that the Covid-19 virus is unlikely to leave South Africa any time soon given that it is an airborne pathogen. While vaccines will reduce hospitalisations and deaths, they will not eliminate them, with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says recent media reports of a complaint of corruption against him that has been reportedly been made at the Sandton police station are false. This after it was alleged that the Free State Department of Education gave his former company a "dubious tender" for…
Staff Reporter. @StockPhoto. HAWAII police have released body cam footage from the officers who responded to a call out that ended in the death of KwaZulu-Natal rugby player, Lindani Myeni. In the footage, the first officer on the scene sees a woman crying hysterically and pointing at someone. The officer…
Staff Reporter. Exxaro, one of South Africa's largest black-​empowered and diversified resource companies, today handed over additional classrooms at Arnot Colliery Primary School in Sikhululiwe Village – an informal mining settlement in the Steve Tshwete Local Municipality, Mpumalanga. What began as a relocation project has since turned into an education…
Staff Reporter. The African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the African Union’s Specialized Agency for capacity building, and the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) have engaged the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), through the Committee on Monetary and Financial Affairs, to consider the adoption of a Model Law on Factoring by African Union (AU)…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Duke of Edinburgh's funeral procession has begun at Windsor with members of the Royal Family walking behind his coffin. His children Princess Anne and Prince Charles make up the front row, followed by Prince Edward and Prince Andrew. In the third row, Prince William and Prince…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen has described claims that Chief Whip in the National Assembly Natasha Mazzone has lied about her qualifications as fake news. Steenhuisen was responding to the recent suspension of Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela after it was found that he may have…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A fire broke out at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg on Friday, 16 April 2021. Picture: Twitter/@GautengHealth. The Gauteng health department said details about the relocation of patients who have been evacuated from the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital would be revealed in due course. The department…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana Pharmaceutical companies supplying South Africa with Covid-19 vaccines are pressing the country to stop trying to loosen patent protections related to the inoculations, according to a person familiar with the situation. South Africa and India are calling for a broad waiver of World Trade Organization rules on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Gallo Images. Former Prasa group chief executive Lucky Montana said he defied powerful African National Congress (ANC) politicians and the Guptas from manipulating the company's rolling stock programme. Montana was testifying at the state capture commission of inquiry into state capture on Friday. "The Guptas tried to…
By Marriam Berger. @AP. Prince Philip, the late husband of Queen Elizabeth II, requested a no-fuss funeral before he died on April 9 at 99. But low-key for a British royal still means a high-profile affair. Every detail of the day has been meticulously planned to reflect both Philip's life…
Staff Reporter. A fire broke out at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital’s store room on Friday morning and it’s cause is still being investigated. According to the Gauteng Department of Health’s Kwara Kekana, the fire started at the Hospital’s Special Dispensary Stores around 11.30am. "The department wishes to assure the public…
Staff Reporter. The South African Council for Educators (SACE) has officially launched its Handbook on Teachers’ Safety and Security in South African Schools. Unveiled on Friday, the handbook will serve as a toolkit for teachers on matters affecting them daily in the classroom/school environment, and focuses on their safety and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment minister Barbara Creecy has outlined the government’s push to phase out harmful plastics and replace them with recyclable alternatives. In a media briefing on Thursday (15 April), Creecy said a this is in line with the department’s commitment to reduce plastic waste…
Staff Reporter. The two biggest unions representing workers at Eskom Holdings are seeking 15% wage increases, adding to the woes confronting the loss-making South African power utility. The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa and the National Union of Mineworkers tabled their demands at a preparatory meeting on Friday…
Staff Reporter Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has invited the public to comment on the draft regulations of the COVID-19 Vaccine Injury No-Fault Compensation Scheme. The scheme, according to the gazette published on Thursday, is an essential part of the COVID-19 vaccination rollout. In the…
Staff Reporter. The South African Police Service (SAPS) has announced the commencement of training of over 2000 reservists and security officers at its academies nationwide. The cohort previously served as reservists in the SAPS. In a statement on Thursday, the SAPS said the reservists and security officers, who were appointed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says that South African tourism businesses have been particularly hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic because of their focus on international travellers. In a media briefing at the launch of the new Hotel Sky in Cape Town, Kubayi-Ngubane said that unlike other parts of…
Staff Reporter. The state capture inquiry will hear testimony related to corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency. Former Prasa CEO Lucky Montana is expected to take the stand. He was scheduled to testify in January, but his testimony was cancelled. Montana then slammed Commission Chair Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, accusing…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that online registrations for phase 2 of the country’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout will officially open at 16h00 on Friday (16 April). In a media briefing on Friday morning, the Health minister said that qualifying workers will be able to sign…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the progress made at the Durban Port following reports of congestion and backlog problems. Addressing media during a tour of inspection, Ramaphosa said he has met with the local business people who raised concerns about the port’s inefficiencies. "They were complaining that…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Alon Skuy. ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has arrived in Nkandla, northern KwaZulu-Natal, to meet with former president Jacob Zuma as part of his consultations on the governing party’s "step aside" resolution. Magashule and other ANC members charged with corruption and other serious crimes have until the end…
Staff Reporter. Although South Africa is beginning to see a slight decline in dam levels, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has assured that the country has sufficient water to see it through the dry winter season. "Although the overall average of South Africa’s dams has begun a slight…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde on Thursday suspended Transport and Public Works MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela for a period of 14 days. This follows an investigation by the DA’s federal legal commission into allegations that Madikizela – who’s also the party’s provincial leader – lied about his qualifications…
Staff Reporter. The state capture inquiry continues with former Land Reform Minister, Gugile Nkwinti, taking the stand. In 2019, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane found he violated both the Executive Ethics Code and the Constitution. He allegedly abused his powers by influencing his department to buy a farm, which was then…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Reuters. Australia will withdraw its remaining 80 military personnel in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, after the United States announced it would pull out from the country to end its longest war. "In line with the United States and other allies and partners, the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa agreed to onerous conditions like non-refundable downpayments to secure COVID-19 vaccines from Johnson & Johnson (J&J) and Pfizer, its health minister Zweli Mkhize said, describing terms vaccine manufacturers had demanded as "difficult and sometimes unreasonable". The country worst-hit by the pandemic on the African continent…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Moeletsi Mabe. ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe on Wednesday put up a spirited defence of the party's deployment policy. Mantashe appeared before commission chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo to give parliamentary oversight-related evidence in his capacity as the national chairperson and former secretary-general of the ANC.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has a new chief. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that from 1 June 2021, Lieutenant-General Rudzani Maphwanya will take over as chief of the SANDF. "Lt-Gen Maphwanya is a highly decorated officer with vast operational experience. His military career began…
Staff Reporter. Commander-in-Chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) President Cyril Ramaphosa announces appointments to the Military Command Council (MCC). The announcement of new army chiefs follows the retirement of a number of generals. Below is the announcement: Video Courtesy of SABC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma has missed the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) deadline to make representations to the apex court outlining how he wants to be censured should he be found guilty of contempt of court. Zuma had until the close of business on Wednesday, 14 April 2021, to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has announced that South Africa has secured an additional 10 million COVID-19 Pfizer vaccines. Speaking in Parliament, Mkhize told the Health Portfolio Committee on Wednesday that this will increase the total number of the two-dose vaccine to 30 million. "We can now…
Staff Reporter. The Democratic Alliance (DA)’s Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela has been accused of allegedly lying about his qualifications on his CV. The Transport and Public Works MEC’s CV will come under scrutiny from the DA’s Federal Legal Commission for investigation, chairperson Helen Zille said in a statement on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan has denied that he in any way sought to influence chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng "whose independence I have always respected" He said his reference to judge Dhaya Pillay during a meeting with the chief justice in 2016 was "purely incidental". In a…
Staff Reporter. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has announced the extension of South Africa’s national state of disaster by a further month. In a gazette published on Wednesday (14 April), Dlamini-Zuma said that the state of disaster will now continue until 15 May 2021. South Africa…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Trevor Samson. The Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) is expected to lay a criminal complaint on Wednesday against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan. This after Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng told the Judicial Services Commission on Tuesday that Gordhan had in the past requested a meeting with him to…
Staff Reporter. Power utility Eskom has announced no load shedding will take place on Wednesday, 14 April. This is after Eskom implemented stage 2 load shedding from 9pm on Tuesday until 5am on Wednesday, citing reduced generation capacity. In a statement, Eskom said it was not expecting any load shedding…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa is facing delays to its Covid-19 vaccine supply because of 'unreasonable terms' being demanded by manufacturers, says health minister Zweli Mkhize. The government has been notified by Johnson & Johnson that the company won’t sign off on the supply of 20 million doses until it…
Staff Reporter. The South African Post Office (SAPO) says that it is working on a turnaround plan, after the country’s auditor-general declared that the organisation was 'commercially insolvent'. "We continue to engage SAPO’s creditors to acknowledge our indebtedness and willingness to honour the commitments. Equally, debt collection is a focus…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture will hear State Security Agency-related application from the former Director-General of the SSA, Arthur Fraser. During the proceedings, Fraser’s lawyer, Rapulane Kgoroeadira, brought an application to the commission to obtain documents from the SSA. "From as early as August last…
Staff Reporter. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize's expected to provide further clarity on when South Africa will resume its vaccine rollout. He's addressing the Portfolio Committee on Health. Mkhize announced on Tuesday that the country is temporarily halting the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after a recommendation from US…
Staff Reporter. A Grade 10 Limpopo schoolgirl who overdosed on prescription pills died by suicide on Monday after she was violently beaten by a fellow pupil at her Mbilwi Secondary School. In the video of the incident, which has since gone viral on social media, Lufuno Mavhungu, 15, was seen…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 559 960. This is an increase of 847 new identified cases in the last 24 hours. Mkhize said the number of tests conducted to date…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @AlonSkuy. ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has sent an internal memo to the governing party’s nine provincial secretaries requesting them to submit a list by Thursday of all ANC members affected. The ANC’s highest decision-making body between conferences, the national executive committee (NEC), resolved in March to implement…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday that South Africa will suspend the rollout of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine over blood clot fears. Mkhize was speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday night after the US Food and Drug Administration advised a temporarily suspension…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South African Medical Research Council president Glenda Gray says South Africa’s medical stakeholders will hold discussions on Tuesday (13 April), over concerns around the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine. US health officials have called for an immediate pause in use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose Covid-19 vaccine…
Staff Reporter. Power utility Eskom has announced that it will implement stage 2 load shedding on Tuesday night (13 April), starting at 21h00. Load shedding will continue overnight, until 05h00 on Wednesday. The load shedding is being implemented due a shortage of generating capacity as a result of a delayed…
Staff Reporter. @Daylin Paul. ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte told the party’s national officials she believes former president Jacob Zuma should not appear before deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo at the state capture inquiry he chairs. Another leaked audio recording from last month’s meeting between the ANC’s top six officials…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Nomachule Mngoma, the estranged wife of former minister Malusi Gigaba, who was meant to spill the beans on her husband’s alleged relations with the Guptas has withdrawn from testifying at the state capture inquiry. Mngoma, through her lawyers, told the inquiry she was not pleased with how…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma suffered another blow when the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein dismissed his appeal against a judgment which ruled the state is not liable to cover his legal costs. The high court in Pretoria had found in December 2018 that the state…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the continent needs to build a vibrant and innovative African medical supplies manufacturing capability that meets the health needs of the continent’s people. Addressing the High-Level Virtual Conference on Africa's Vaccine Manufacturing for Health Security, the President said throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Africa has…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has proposed a 2.8% salary hike for the 2021 salary and wage negotiations for municipal workers at the South African Local Government Bargaining Council (SALGBC). This is ahead of wage negotiations for the 2021-22 financial year as the current wage…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced the sale of two buildings to the Department of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation. According to the power utility, this will help relieve some of the accommodation pressures faced by university students and social housing. The sale of these two high-rise office buildings in Kimberley…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Eskom chief financial officer, Anoj Singh, said that it was not true that consultancy firm McKinsey backdated its contract to January 2016 even though it was signed only in October that year. Despite his insistence, he couldn’t tell the state capture inquiry exactly when it was…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has published its draft national data and cloud policy for public comment, outlining the government’s plan to move towards online systems. Included in the policy is the proposal to create an online identity for South Africans, as well as increased public-private…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File: The last image Andries Tatane alive, after police beat and shot him with rubber bullets in Ficksburg. @Getty Images. Ten years ago today, Andries Tatane died after being shot with rubber bullets at close range by police in Ficksburg, in the Free State Tatane was 33…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Despite Covid-19 data showing a relatively stable rate of infection a week after the Easter break, it’s still too early to tell whether lockdown measures over the long weekend were effective or not. A possible third wave of infection in the country remains a significant risk to…
Staff Reporter. @Vaal Explorer . The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will appoint contractors to unblock sewer systems that flow into the Vaal River. According to the department, the 18 contractors to be hired on an emergency basis will accelerate the "protracted" seepage of raw sewer into the Vaal…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The EFF has dragged President Cyril Ramaphosa through the mud after one of its leaders, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, was on Monday falsely accused of rape by the newspaper Daily Sun. According to the article the woman claimed that she was raped at an upmarket penthouse by a man…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Expectations about when life might return to something like a 'pre-Covid normal' vary widely across the globe, according to a new World Economic Forum-Ipsos survey. The survey was based on the online responses of 21,011 adults from 30 countries around the world. It found that, on average,…
By Tania Broughton. The Road Accident Fund (RAF) has secured an extraordinary court order preventing successful claimants and their attorneys from laying claim to money in its bank account and other assets in order to recover what they are owed. The Fund is facing imminent implosion, the consequences of which…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Treasury has extended its Covid-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme (LGS) by a further three months. The LGS was announced by president Cyril Ramaphosa on 21 April 2020 as part of the government’s economic stimulus package and was designed to support small businesses that were experiencing financial…
Staff Reporter. A total of 979 beneficiaries of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Package (PESP) programme, which is administered by the National Arts Council (NAC), have been paid R160 million. In a media statement on Monday, Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa said the second tranche payments, will be…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku has failed in his bid to challenge the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) report that was used to discharge him of his duties. He wanted the report set aside, while maintaining his innocence of any wrongdoing in the controversial personal protective equipment…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Inquiry will hear Eskom-related evidence from the former Eskom Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Anoj Singh. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that South Africa’s economic recovery plan will not see a return to previous systems, but will rather focus on new digital skills. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, the president said that this change in focus will put the economy…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa may evade the protection provided by Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine to some extent, a real-world data study in Israel found, though its prevalence in the country is very low and the research has not been peer reviewed. The study, released on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa has recorded 66 more Covid-19 related deaths in the past day, bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 53 322. A total of 23 013 more tests were completed in the past day. The number of tests conducted to date is 10…
Staff Reporter. The Durban University of Technology has said online registration for first time applicants and returning students has been extended to 16 April 2021. "DUT has also confirmed that remote, online learning for first time enrolling (FTEN) students will commence on Monday, 12 April 2021. This will ensure that…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa is considering a cabinet reshuffle, which would include a reduction in the number of ministers and changes to state-owned enterprises, the City Press reports. However, the president will either need to wait or introduce short-term changes as the government’s final report on the restructuring…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. A Judicial Conduct Tribunal has unanimously found that Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe "improperly attempted to influence" two judges of the Constitutional Court. The tribunal’s report has now been submitted to the Chairperson of the Judicial Services Commission which will determine his fate. The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 1,557,527 with 1,285 new cases identified. Mkhize said a further 30 people have succumbed to the virus bringing the total death toll to 53 256. Gauteng recorded the highest number of deaths with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa hailed Chris Hani, describing him as a "nation builder" and a "champion of non-racialism". Ramaphosa was speaking in Ekurhuleni at the 28th annual commemoration of Hani on Saturday. The President laid a wreath at the Thomas Titus Nkob Memorial Park in Ekurhuleni as part…
Staff Reporter. Struggle activist and education expert Graeme Bloch has died. He was 65-years old. Graeme’s brother Lance took to social media on Friday morning to make the announcement. Graeme was battling a neurodegenerative disease, according to his brother. He passed away on Friday morning with his wife activist, Cheryl…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on Friday said that his department did not know when the third wave could hit the country, but said maintained it remained a big risk. Mkhize said that there was no way of telling whether the next wave would be orchestrated by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The 28th year of assassinated Chris Hani, born Martin Thembisile Hani, is being commemorated by political figures and members of the public alike on Saturday. President Cyril Ramaphosa laid a wreath at the Thomas Titus Nkob Memorial Park in Ekruhuleni early on Saturday morning as part of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 556 242. This is an increase of 1 267 new cases identified and the number of tests conducted to date is 10 086 459. Of these…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) has instructed former president Jacob Zuma to make presentations to the apex court outlining how he should be punished should he be found guilty of contempt. Zuma has to file an affidavit by Wednesday 14 April 2021. The affidavit is Zuma’s last chance…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GCIS. Former State Security Minister David Mahlobo has denied receiving R21 million that was allegedly set to bribe judges. Mahlobo told the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture that the allegations had been made to further political interests. The things said to implicate me by the witnesses…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Leaders across the world are paying tribute to Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, after Buckingham Place announced his death at the age of 99. Prime ministers, presidents and kings from all over Europe, the Commonwealth and the rest of the planet are among those paying condolences after…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. An audio clip has been made public on social media on Friday, revealing what went off behind closed doors at the ANC Top 6 meeting last weekend. The secret exchange between Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma. The leaked recording in which Ramaphosa addresses Zuma’s feelings towards him,…
Staff Reporter. The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says that government should relook at the introduction of a fuel price cap, as petrol prices reach record highs in South Africa. Cosatu is the largest trade federation in the country with an estimated membership of 1.8 million workers. The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) will introduce new voting management devices for the 2021 municipal elections. In a presentation to parliament this week, the commission said that the devices will replace the ‘zip-zip’ devices that had previously been used. The commission said that the new generation technology…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II's husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced. In a statement shortly after midday, the palace said: "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle." The duke, who was the longest-serving consort in British history, had returned to…
Staff Reporter. @GCIS. Government has established a Technical Task Team to provide technical support as well as to facilitate the implementation and monitoring of the program of action of the Presidential Task Team on Military Veterans. This was on Friday announced by Deputy President David Mabuza during the Gauteng provincial…
Staff Reporter. The 30th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change has urged developed countries to revisit their climate change mitigation targets while also urging them to provide support to developing countries. In a joint statement at the conclusion of the 30th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change on Thursday, Ministers…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Airways (SAA) flight to collect vaccines in Belgium in late February was not only unnecessary, it may also have been illegal in terms of public finance laws. The Citizen newspaper is reporting that the chartering of the S340-600 at an estimated cost of R5…
Staff Reporter. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) must be seen as a pillar of the broader development integration agenda, says Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Fikile Majola. Majola said integration is seen as essential to overcoming the limitations of small fragmented economies established under colonialism. The…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission hears evidence from former Minister of State Security, David Mahlobo. The Commission is also expected to hear former Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s application for leave to cross-examine his estranged wife, Norma Mngoma Mngoma is also expected to testify. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Southern African Development Community (Sadc) has directed an immediate "fact-finding mission" to assess and investigate further the situation on the ground in Mozambique after attacks by insurgents allegedly linked to Islamic State two weeks ago. This while another summit has been convened for later this month…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 554 975. This is an increase of 1 366 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. Mkhize said the number of tests conducted to date is 10 055…
Staff Reporter. Transformation in the aviation sector remains a challenge, with the 2020/21 financial year aviation statistics showing that no meaningful progress has been made in terms of transformation, particularly for previously disadvantaged individuals. Virtually addressing the National Aviation Conference on Thursday, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said Africans, Coloureds and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has announced that the second phase of the country’s vaccination rollout will begin on 17 May. Mkhize made the announcement in Gauteng on Thursday, owing to the millions of vaccine doses that are expected to land in South Africa in the next…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The preliminary figures for the Easter road traffic statistics indicate that law enforcement efforts are yielding some positive results, with the number for crashes being reduced by 2.1% - while fatalities came down by 9.6%. This year’s Easter statistics was compared to the 2019 Easter statistics as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Picture by Jabu Khumalo. Cosatu has called for unity in the African National Congress (ANC) and expressed its support for the party. Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali said on Thursday the ANC cannot live in two worlds. "We don’t understand how the ANC become two ANCs, the…
Staff Reporter. Police minister Bheki Cele says that the South African Police Service has made over 400,000 arrests due to the violation of Covid-19 regulations. Responding in a recent written parliamentary Q&A from the EFF, Cele said that a total of 411,309 people have been arrested for breaching regulations since…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister General Bheki Cele has welcomed the deployment of 200 police officers to the Western Cape as force multipliers in violence-laden hotspots across Cape Town. The officers were seconded from the national South African Police Service. Addressing the parade of the officers on Wednesday, Cele said the…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal’s first premier, Dr Frank Mdlalose, is being laid to rest in a Special Provincial Official Funeral at Madadeni in Newcastle in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Below is the live stream: Video Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. Government has welcomed the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) revised upward growth outlook of South Africa from 2.8% to 3.1% for 2021. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the Ministry in the Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, said the upgrade affirmed the robustness of the country’s economy and positive…
Staff Reporter. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula releases this year’s Easter road traffic death toll. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. An oil blending and storage company secured deals to supply South Africa’s state power utility with fuel oil worth more than R15 billion ($1 billion) at inflated prices by paying inducements, including donations to the ruling party, a forensic investigation has found. Econ Oil & Energy Ltd.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa hit a significant milestone on Wednesday night, as the 10-million mark for the number of Covid-19 tests was passed. There has been 1,553,609 total cases confirmed across the country, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said - and this from 10,020,025 tests conducted to date. Of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Parliament has named the 26-member committee that will enquire into whether or not there are grounds to remove Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane from office. Parties represented in the national legislature had until March 31 to submit the names of members to serve on the committee. Parliament spokesperson…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @MyANC. President Cyril Ramaphosa has committed to establishing a Charlotte Maxeke Memorial College in the Eastern Cape as he honoured the political and social stalwart at her 150th birthday celebrations in Fort Beaufort. Members of the ANC led the celebrations of 150 years of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. In a further blow to beleaguered public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, three Pretoria high court judges have rejected her application for leave to appeal against a judgment overruling her report on an early retirement package for former SA Revenue Service (Sars) deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay. A full bench…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga says that the national teacher vacancy rate as of the end of February 2021 stood at 5.8%. Responding in a written parliamentary Q&A, Motshekga said that the vacancy rate reported is in terms of the actual vacancies at schools in relation to…
Staff Reporter. Africa should be able to have capacity to manufacture and distribute its own biotechnology to develop vaccines as COVID-19 continues to sweep the globe. Speaking during the webinar on World Health Day on Wednesday, Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said depending on other continents should be the thing…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The International Monetary Fund is preparing to give its member countries the biggest resource injection in its history – $650 billion – to boost global liquidity and help emerging and low-income nations deal with mounting debt and Covid-19. The choice of vehicle – reserves known as special…
Staff Reporter. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has launched three probes relating to allegations of corruption and maladministration in Gauteng Enterprise Propeller, Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) and eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality in an effort to recover any losses suffered by the State. This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa signed proclamations authorising…
Staff Reporter. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says government has concluded an agreement with pharmaceutical company Pfizer for the delivery of 20 million Covid-19 vaccines to South Africa. The new agreement, alongside a deal with Johnson & Johnson, will set the stage for a significant and rapid expansion of the…
Staff Reporter. World Health Day Webinar hosted by Dr Zweli Mkhize and Dr Matshidiso Moeti. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter Renowned gospel musician and medical doctor Dr Tumi and his wife have been released on bail after they appeared in court on Tuesday on charges of defrauding the National Lotteries Board, The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (the Hawks) said. The Hawks’ serious commercial crime investigation team in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) has published new draft regulations aimed at improving the service of post offices around the country. In an explanatory statement, Icasa councillor Dr Charley Lewis said that the regulations are being proposed in direct response to complaints received about…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed 37 more Covid-19 deaths, taking South Africa’s death toll to over 53 000. Mkhize said the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 552 853. The cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 995 431 with 16 137…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africans can expect to pay significantly more at the petrol pumps from Wednesday (7 April), with fuel price increases and new taxes taking effect. A large portion of South Africa’s petrol price is made up of levies, with the General Fuel Levy (GFL) and the Road…
Staff Reporter. @Gallo Images. Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli has failed in his bid to have the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria judge Bert Bam recused from further presiding over any matter relating to his criminal trial. His advocate, Ike Motloung had made it clear he and Mdluli were of…
Staff Reporter. South Africa finalised a deal to receive 20 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine produced by Pfizer and BioNTech SE from mid-April, allowing the country to prepare for a broad roll-out of inoculations after a series of setbacks. The agreement had been delayed by contractual conditions demanded by…
Staff Reporter. The opposition Democratic Alliance has announced its plans to introduce the Public Administration Laws General Amendment Bill as a private member’s bill in parliament. The bill is a direct response to testimonies given in the state capture commission of inquiry into state capture, during which a number of…
Staff Reporter. The SABC has formally laid three charges against its economics editor, Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki, for various incidents of misconduct. This is in the backdrop of continuous protests by its workers over looming retrenchments that Gqubule opposed at the broadcaster. On Tuesday last week, the public broadcaster announced that 621…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Picture@LuckyNxumalo. UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has called for a unity government to run the country amid the ruling ANC’s infighting. Holomisa’s statement comes after reports claiming ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule's supporters are planning a shutdown in response to the ANC national executive committee’s (NEC’s) decision that corruption-accused…
Staff Reporter. Public-sector unions have threatened to embark on mass action as part of an ongoing fight with the government around wage hikes. The latest threat comes after the Constitutional Court ruled that the unions’ application to appeal against a Labour Court of Appeal (LAC) ruling in December was unlawful.…
Staff Reporter. @MyAnc. The ANC is commemorating the life and times of struggle activist Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu. He was convicted of common-purpose murder under the apartheid government and hanged in 1979. Tuesday's commemoration will include a visit to Kgosi Mampuru Correctional Centre in Tshwane. While the tombstone of struggle icon…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Mineral Resources and Energy minister Gwede Mantashe has published a Liquefied Petroleum Gas rollout strategy for public comment. Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) is typically is a mixture of hydrocarbon gases including propane, butane and pentane. It is most often used in heating appliances and cooking equipment, but…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Novavax Inc says participants in its ongoing COVID-19 vaccine trials in South Africa and the UK can now receive additional shots, ensuring those who received a placebo can also get the active vaccine. Allowing volunteers to crossover to the active vaccine offers them an incentive to continue…
Staff Reporter. Former Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) national chairperson, Dr Frank Mdlalose, who died from Covid-19 complications has been granted official state funeral. The announcement of the state funeral was made on Monday by current provincial premier Sihle Zikalala after he led a delegation to mourn Mdlalose’s passing at his…
Staff Reporter. @ Simphiwe Nkwali. The ANC in Gauteng has come out in defence of Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi, denying there was a "secret meeting" that took place in which allegations have been made he attempted to meddle in the department’s tender. City Press reported that the MEC had been…
Staff Reporter. Transport minister Fikile Mbalula was recently asked about the costs involved in maintaining the country’s roads, and how much it will cost to eliminate every pothole in South Africa. Responding in a recent written parliamentary Q&A, Mbalula said that the funding required to sustain the South African road…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Thulani Mbele. Mmusi Maimane has hit back at former DA leader Tony Leon for saying at the weekend that he was "an experiment that went wrong". Maimane said he was described as such because he did not vote for the 'fight back' campaign waged by Leon in…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng community safety MEC Faith Mazibuko warned that more Covid-19 infections could be expected as hundreds of people partied the night away in Soweto and broke lockdown regulations. Mazibuko was at a police operation in Diepkloof, Soweto, on Saturday evening to enforce adjusted level 1 lockdown regulations. Police…
Staff Reporter. Jakarta - Floods and landslides triggered by tropical cyclone Seroja in a cluster of islands in southeast Indonesia and East Timor have killed at least 76 people and displaced thousands, officials said on Monday. There were 55 people dead and 40 missing in Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former President Jacob Zuma accused the ANC's top six of conspiring to see him behind bars during their meeting held virtually last month. He further slammed the officials who sought to convince him to appear before the state capture commission - telling them that their visit was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize reported 1 240 new Covid-19 cases on Easter Sunday bringing the cumulative number of cases for South Africa to 1 551 964. Mkhize said a further 33 more Covid-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 0, Free State 2, Gauteng 2, Kwa-Zulu…
By LehlohonoloLehana. @ Simphiwe Nkwali. City Press on Sunday reported that they heard a recording of a meeting in which Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi told his team that, as an MEC, he had to ensure that people are satisfied at all costs. The meeting is said to have centred…
Staff Reporter. The South African alcohol industry associations have complained about the government's ban on off-site consumption trade over the Easter weekend saying it would once more, cause irreparable damage to the sector. Sibani Mngadi, chairperson of the South African Liquor Brandowners Association, said the alcohol industry and its value…
Staff Reporter. @Jonathan Ball. Jonathan Ball, who established the publishing house carrying his name in 1976, has died in Cape Town of cancer. He was 69. Eugene Ashton, chief executive of Jonathan Ball Publishers, confirmed Ball’s death to News24. Asked for comment, Ashton said: "Jon hated soundbites. But he will…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Alon Skuy. Factions within the African National Congress (ANC) are reportedly planning protests across the country, promising a series of national shutdowns over the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) ruling that Ace Magashule – and those charged with serious crimes – step aside. According to circulars being…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @IFP. The first Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Frank Mdlalose, has died at the age of 89. The news was confirmed by Mdlalose’s political home, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) on Saturday night. Mdlolose became the premier of the KwaZulu-Natal government after the ANC won the country’s first democratic…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 551 501. The cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 956 086 with 16 391 tests completed since the last report. Mkhize said a further 8 more COVID-19 related…
Staff Reporter. The UK medical regulator said Saturday that out of 30 people who suffered blood clots after receiving the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, seven have died. The British acknowledgement of deaths comes as several European countries have paused the use of the AstraZeneca jab over a potential link to blood clots.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng lodged his appeal on Saturday against the Judicial Conduct Committee’s finding of misconduct, and its directive that he must apologise for his public comments on SA’s foreign policy on Israel. The JCC decision was the first time in SA’s democratic history that a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Gallo Images. More than 50 South Africans who were reported missing in northern Mozambique following last week’s deadly jihadist attack have been accounted for, the Ministry of Defence and Military Veterans said on Saturday. This after President Cyril Ramaphosa on Good Friday said the South African National…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Higher Education Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande has expressed concern about reports of pockets of Covid-19 infections within the post-school education and training sector. Nzimande on Friday appealed to students, lecturers and all staff to remain vigilant and adhere to the Covid-19 regulations and Higher Health…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said South Africa has recorded 1 273 new Covid-19 infections and a further 49 deaths over the past 24 hours. This brings the cumulative number of cases recorded since the start of the pandemic to 1 550 72 and death toll now stands…
Staff Reporter. French energy major Total has withdrawn all its staff from its Afungi natural gas project site in northern Mozambique, two sources with direct knowledge of the site's operations told Reuters, as clashes between Islamic State-linked insurgents and the Mozambican army continue. Total, which last week called off the…
Staff Reporter. The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Limpopo, Lieutenant General Nneke Ledwaba joined the Deputy Minister of Transport Me.Dikeledi Magadzi and the Limpopo MEC for Transport and Community Safety Me.Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya during Operation Paseka which aimed to reduce the road fatalities along the roads as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africans are opening their hearts and wallets to Dr Sindi van Zyl in her time of need, including retailer Woolworths, which donated R100 000 to help pay the bills in her Covid-19 battle. She was diagnosed with Covid-19 at the beginning of the year and admitted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Gallo Images. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday said the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) had sent its troops to Mozambique to repatriate stranded South Africans in Cabo Delgado province following a deadly assault last week by Islamic State-linked militants in the northern town of Palma. Ramaphosa…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday seemed unfazed by efforts to unseat him at the governing party’s upcoming national general council (NGC). Ramaphosa spoke after laying wreaths on the graves of Struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and her daughter, Zindzi Mandela, in Fourways, north of Johannesburg. NGCs are…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on Friday announced that the first batch of South Africa’s one million AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses were successfully dispatched from the country to the African Union (AU). In early February, government halted the rollout of the vaccine to the country’s healthcare workers…
Staff Reporter. The SA Reserve Bank (SARB) has seized R19.7m from the Gupta-owned Sahara Computers’ SA bank account. On Wednesday the government gazette published a notice by Reserve Bank deputy governor Kuben Naidoo for the forfeiture of the money and any interest accrued from Sahara’s Nedbank account and its deposit…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 549 451. This is an increase of 1294 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 912 073 with 32 725 tests completed since the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has published its draft national data and cloud policy, which proposes moving most of the government’s data online. The policy seeks to ‘strengthen the capacity’ of the state to deliver services to its citizens, ensure informed policy development based on…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) is collaborating with companies in the energy sector to carry out a feasibility study for the establishment of a Platinum Valley. The collaboration agreement is led by DSI, partnering with Anglo American, energy and services company ENGIE, and clean energy solutions…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine remained highly effective after six months, according to new long-term results that the company said could be used to seek an expansion of its regulatory status. Follow-up data from a final-stage trial of 46,307 people showed the vaccine was 91.3% effective in preventing symptomatic…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has confirmed that South Africans will not be allowed to transport alcohol under the country’s adjusted level 1 lockdown regulations. In a media briefing on Thursday (1 April), the minister said that police officer will establish roadblocks…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine has been approved by South African regulators for general use days after President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country will get more than 30 million doses. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority has backed the single-shot candidate with conditions, spokesman Yuven Gounden…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who is under immense pressure to withdraw and apologise for pro-Israel remarks he made during a webinar hosted by the Jerusalem Post in June last year, has resigned as chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). There has been no reason given for…
Staff Reporter. @ GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has urged citizens to be cautious and adhere to Alert Level 1 COVID-19 regulations over the Easter weekend. Given the relatively low transmission levels, President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday announced that Cabinet had decided to keep…
Staff Reporter. As the Political Party Funding Act comes into effect today, the Electoral Commission says it is all systems go. President Cyril Ramaphosa signed a Proclamation on the Commencement of the Political Party Funding Act, 2018 (Act no. 6 of 2018), which regulates public and private funding of political…
Staff Reporter. The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has gazetted its recommended salary increases for South Africa’s government officials in 2021. The commission is mandated to make annual recommendations relating to the salaries, allowances, benefits, and other resources required by some public office bearers to enable…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Pixabay. Diageo SA is urging South African’s to carefully consider their own health and safety and that of those around them by making responsible drinking choices this Easter period and beyond. The company is supporting South Africans and consumers through its DRINKiQ tool which is built on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has established a national relief fund for taxi and e-hailing operators, to offer support after the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. But to qualify, operators will need to subject themselves to tighter regulation. First announced in June 2020, the relief fund is not…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of health Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 548 157. This is an increase 1422 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 879 348 with 34 513 tests completed since the last…
Staff Reporter. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has declared the ANC Free State conference in 2018 unlawful and unconstitutional. The matter had previously been struck off the roll, but the SCA handed down judgment on Wednesday morning. The SCA upheld the appeal with costs, including the costs of two…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Auditor General (AG) of South Africa, Tsakani Maluleke, has expressed concern over the financial health of departments as unauthorised expenditure increased in the 2019-2020 financial year. "The financial health of departments continued to be alarming. Unauthorised expenditure, which is mainly as a result of overspending of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke said that last year’s irregular expenditure had come down from R66.9 billion to R54.3 billion but that was no reason to celebrate. She said that 118 auditees or 31% didn't disclose their irregular expenditure. Maluleke is presenting the audit outcomes of the last financial…
Staff Reporter. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has expressed gratitude to the Mozambican government for the assistance provided to South African citizens affected by the recent terrorist attacks. "This follows the successful evacuation today [Tuesday] of six more South African nationals and the repatriation of the mortal…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has announced that Unit 3 of the Kusile Power Station has achieved commercial operation status. This brings to three the number of generation units that have achieved commercial status at the project, generating a maximum 2 400MW to support the South African power grid. In a…
Staff Reporter. The Hammanskraal's Jubilee District Hospital got a new lease on life after the Gauteng Department of Health unveiled a new ward, CT (computerised tomography) scan and skills laboratory. According to the Gauteng Health MEC, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi, the newly renovated hospital situated north of Pretoria, will now be…
Staff Reporter. File:Naledi Mandisa Pandor, the South African Minister of Higher Education; acting Vice-Chancellor at Wits University, Tawana Kupe, and Former Director General in the Office of the Premier of Gauteng, Phindile Baleni. Photo: Bianca Pindral. President Cyril Ramaphosa has in terms of Section 84 of the Constitution appointed long-serving…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published a new gazette that provides further details around South Africa’s level 1 lockdown over the Easter period. The gazette gives effect to the national address given by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday evening (30 March),…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 546 735. This is an increase of 756 new cases identified and tcumulative total of tests conducted is 9 844 835 with 24 842 tests…
Staff Reporter. Ululation and tears of joy were the order of the day, when KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala, cut off the red ribbon to mark the official opening of the state of the art Pholela Special School at Bulwer in the Harry Gwala District Municipality. Opened on Tuesday, Pholela Special…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that government will introduce new restrictions for South Africa ahead of the Easter weekend. In a national address on Tuesday evening (30 March), the president said that the latest set of restrictions come a year after the country first entered into a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address the country tonight at 7.30pm on developments in relation to the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The time of the address was changed from 7pm. This follows meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 19h00 on Tuesday (30 March) to discuss on developments in relation to the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The address follows meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC), and…
Staff Reporter. Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has extended the validity of visas which expired during the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. The Minister gazetted an amendment to the lockdown regulations last week. According to the department, the short-term visas issued for a period no longer…
Staff Reporter. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) refutes claims that it has authorised Ivermectin for the treatment of COVID-19. This comes after Afriforum, which is pushing for the use of the drug, claimed court victory in a press statement saying "doctors can prescribe Ivermectin to patients if…
Staff Reporter. The South African High Commission in Maputo on Monday said it has accounted for the 43 South Africans affected by the recent attacks in northern Mozambique. Meanwhile, Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister, Naledi Pandor, has expressed her deepest condolences to the family of a South…
Staff Reporter. Today, Mayors and the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) are calling on the national government to provide reliable and consistent operational subsidies to public transport networks to safeguard the health of workers and passengers, create decent jobs, build an environmentally sustainable transport network, and drive…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says it has has concluded its section 189 retrenchment process, which will see 621 people leaving the group at the end of March. The reduction of employee costs is central to the SABC’s Turnaround Plan and its long-term sustainability. The Section…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The impact of a predicted third Covid-19 wave in South Africa and the introduction of additional lockdown measures over Easter could be another blow for an already devastated tourism industry, says Fedhasa, the national trade association for the hospitality industry. The group cited Statistic South Africa’s recent…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that all members facing criminal charges in the ruling party must step aside within 30 days or face suspension. This is after the National Executive Committee (NEC), the ANC’s highest decision-making body in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 545 979. This is an increase of 548 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 819 994 with 16 123 tests completed since the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Self-proclaimed Phophet Shepperd Bushiri wins bid to have South Africa accusers testify in Malawi court. Magistrate Court in Lilongwe has ruled that Prophet Shepherrd Bushiri’s South African accusers should come to Malawi to testify as part of authenticating their sworn affidavits. Bushiri had asked the court to…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele says significant inroads in attempts to professionalise crowd management processes within the South African Police Service (SAPS) have been made. The Minister made the remarks on Monday while releasing the Panel of Experts Report on policing and crowd management of the SAPS. The panel…
Staff Reporter. @Getty Images. South African traffic officers will be issued with body cameras to help gather evidence and improve the conviction rate for traffic law violators. Addressing the launch of the Easter Road Safety campaign on Monday on the N4 Bapong Weighbridge in the North West, Deputy Minister of…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has condemned the recent vandalism of university property and theft conducted by criminal elements during student protests. According to a department report, the Cape Peninsula University of Technology recently reported two cases, mainly related to the vandalism of fire…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Sport, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa, has ordered a forensic investigation into the mismanagement of R300 million by the National Arts Council (NAC). These funds are part of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Package (PESP) programme, which is designed to act as an aggressive injection of income…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will produce 30 million Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines for use in the country. In a media briefing on Monday (29 March), the president said that the vaccines will be manufactured by Aspen Pharmacare at its factory in Gqeberha…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele has urged municipalities and stakeholders to become more proactive in removing the root causes of violent protests. He said it was worrying that protests are turning violent and dangerous. "The fact is that communities resort to violent demonstrations if and when they feel their…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for caution over the coming Easter weekend and other religious holidays, warning that mass religious gathering could lead to an influx in Covid-19 cases. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public on Monday (29 March), the president said that religion…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza will today visit the Aspen Pharmacare sterile manufacturing facility and Coega Special Economic Zone at Gqeberha in the Eastern Cape. Deputy President Mabuza will undertake the visit in his capacity as Chairperson of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 Vaccines, said…
Staff Reporter. @Gallo Images. The state capture inquiry is hearing Eskom-related evidence on Monday. Former Eskom Acting Group Chief Executive Officer, Matshela Koko will be testifying. Koko has distanced himself from doing the bidding of the Gupta family through their lieutenant, Salim Essa. He was quizzed on why he shared…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The ANC’s discussion document about the future of secretary-general Ace Magashule and others facing criminal charges has deepened factional battles within the party. The debate on Magashule and others facing criminal charges in different courts intensified just before 5pm on Sunday, when party…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Four South African expatriates are alive and will soon return home after surviving and escaping the deadly terrorist attacks in Palma in Mozambique last week which dozens killed. On Sunday two families were informed their loved ones are alive after the attack, which saw all communication with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 545 431. This is an increase of 965 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 803 871 with 24 256…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee (NEC) continued this morning, focusing some of its attention on the integrity commission’s reports. Sunday is the last day of the ordinary meeting which was aimed at discussing issues in and around the country as…
Staff Reporter. @Getty Images. The South African government is investigating reports that a South African amongst those killed in northern Mozambique. This, as approximately 200 expatriates are trapped in a luxury hotel in Palma following an insurgent attack. Attacks in northern Mozambique started on Wednesday, several people were reportedly dead,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation on temporary lockdown measures for the coming Easter weekend, the City Press reports, citing government insiders. He is expected to call a 'family meeting' either on Sunday evening (28 March) or on Monday (29 March), following the conclusion…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 544 466. This is an increase of 1387 of new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 779 615 with 27 553…
Staff Reporter. Messages of condolences are pouring for Public Protector Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane and her family after her mother passed away. Martha Geli Mkhwebane passed away on Saturday. This was confirmed by Mkhwebane’s spokesperson, Oupa Segalwe to Independent Media. "Mkhwebane’s mother passed away on the morning of 27 March 2021,"said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Acting director general of State Security Agency (SSA) Loyiso Jafta has been axed and replaced by head of the National Intelligence (NICOC) Ambassador Gab Msimanga. Jafta's axing comes a few months after he gave evidence at the state capture commission on the looting at SSA. State Security…
Staff Reporter. File Photo:KwaZulu-Natal DA leadership Zwakele Mncwango, left, and Francois Rodgers. The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal elected a new leader on Saturday. Francois Rodgers will now spearhead the party in the province. Zwakele Mncwango, who was the previous leader of the party in the province, opted not to run…
Staff Reporter. @Gallo Images. With Easter falling on the first weekend of April this year, South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) beneficiaries will have to wait a few days extra in order to access their grants after the Good Friday and Family Day public holidays. Also in April, the extended…
Staff Reporter. Former trade and industry deputy minister Elizabeth Thabethe has died after being involved in a car accident. She was 62. President Cyril Ramaphosa said Thabethe died on Friday. Ramaphosa said Thabethe died in hospital after she had been admitted some time ago following a car accident. Thabethe was…
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