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Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said government expects to miss its tax revenue target by over R300 billion this year. The Minister said this when he tabled the Supplementary Budget Review to the National Assembly on Wednesday. The budget was necessitated by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that government would spend R500…
The National Treasury has revised the 2020 Budget national share from R758 billion to R790 billion, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has revealed while delivering his Supplementary Budget on Wednesday. The revision of the budget will also see the provincial share decrease from R649 billion to R645 billion. “[The] local government…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s economy is projected to contract by 7.2% in 2020. Mboweni said this when he tabled the Supplementary Budget Review on Wednesday. “This is the largest contraction in nearly 90 years. Inflation will likely register 3% in…
While the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to derail government expenditure on infrastructure projects, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has told Parliament that the State would have to resume these post-lockdown. Delivering the Supplementary Budget virtually on Wednesday, the Minister said post the pandemic, government will be required to build high‐quality physical…
As the country has moved from a hard lockdown to advanced level three lockdown and most of the economy is opening up again, the COVID-19 loan guarantee scheme will be expanded to help businesses restart. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said this when he tabled National Treasury’s Supplementary Budget Review to…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said government will need to borrow US$7 billion from international finance institutions as one of the measures to cover the budget hole brought about by South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, measures and reforms would need to be implemented to narrow public debt post…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to table an emergency budget this afternoon. Since last month, government has started loosening the lockdown to enable business activity to gradually resume. Government announced an unscheduled R500-billion economic stimulus and social relief package, including R100-billion for job protection. Mboweni is likely to tell us that…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Public Service Commission Commissioner, Michael Seloane, said the PSC is concerned about the continued failure by some government departments to put effective systems in place to ensure suppliers are paid on time. Seloane said with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic many, small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs),…
Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said her department has formalised over 2 000 spaza shops during the COVID-19 pandemic. Responding to oral questions in the National Assembly on Tuesday, Ntshavheni said this would assist the newly formalised businesses to build a credit profile, which would make them viable to…
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel said a scaled-up reconstruction plan is necessary to address the growth and jobs impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. He said this when Ministers in the Economic Cluster fielded oral questions in the National Assembly on Tuesday. Patel said the plans government put in…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has once again put a spotlight on safety in schools as the other grades prepare to go back to class on 6 July. Schools have been closed since the lockdown was instituted in March to curb the spread of Coronavirus. Schools…
Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille says government has so far spent R17 million to procure quarantine sites. Responding to a question when Ministers in the Economic Cluster fielded oral questions in the National Assembly, De Lille said there was a need to find a bigger balance between…
Two female officers and one senior male officer from the Tshwane Metro Police Department have tested positive for COVID-19. The 51-year-old, a senior superintendent and a 37-year-old female constable, tested positive on 17 June 2020 at Number 1 Madiba Street. The building was closed for two days to allow for…
File Photo. Community broadcasters have been reminded that applications for pre-registrations of Class Community Sound Broadcasting Service and related Radio Frequency Spectrum Licences will close at end of the month. These licences are for providing community sound broadcasting services. “This licensing process commenced as far back as November 2019 and…
File Photo. All eyes will be on Finance Minister Tito Mboweni this afternoon when he delivers the Supplementary Budget Speech to Parliament. The budget has been necessitated by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that government would spend R500 billion to support the economy’s resuscitation following the outbreak of Coronavirus. Mboweni will…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 106 108. This is an increase of 4,518 cases from 101,590 cases reported on Monday. A further 111 COVID-19 related deaths were reported- 1 from Mpumalanga, 4 from KwaZulu Natal, 28 from Eastern Cape and 78 from Western Cape.…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The 2021 applications for Grade 1 and 8 learners in Gauteng will commence on Thursday. “I urge all parents and guardians to use the online registration process and apply during the specified application period. No late applications will be accommodated,” Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said on Tuesday.…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has spelt out how government will foster infrastructure development, while creating much-needed jobs to boost the economy. Speaking at the opening of the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa (SIDSSA) on Tuesday, the President said this was a historic moment, as the country…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel said while more still needs to be done, South Africa has risen to the challenge of responding to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Minister said this when he participated in the debate on government’s response to the COVID-19 at the National Council of…
The Departments of Basic Education and Health are working together to support 204 learners and hostel assistants who have contracted Coronavirus at Makaula Senior Secondary School in KwaBhaca, Eastern Cape. The Department of Basic Education said a team of doctors and tracers has since been sent to attend to the…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The first participants in South Africa's first clinical trial for a vaccine against COVID-19 will be vaccinated this week. The first clinical trial in South Africa and on the continent for a COVID-19 vaccine was announced on Tuesday during a virtual press conference hosted by the University of…
Unemployment in South Africa rose to 30.1% in the first three months of 2020, Statistics South Africa has revealed. The results are contained in the Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) released by Stats SA on Tuesday and revealed that in the quarter, employment decreased by 38 000 to 16.4 million.…
Photo Credit:Esa Alexander. The Pietermaritzburg High Court has postponed the corruption case against former President Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales to September. State prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer has told the Pietermaritzburg High Court that preparations for former President Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial have been hampered by the outbreak…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has commended all government essential service workers for their dedication and commitment in providing services to the people during the lockdown. Mchunu said government is aware that the lockdown has caused great disruption to lives, to the economy and to the…
File Photo. The Minister of Small Business Development, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has given the green light for formal and informal salons to open under strict conditions after closing their doors since March due to lockdown. The Minister gazetted guidelines following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that many industries would now reopen under…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has breached the 100 000 mark at 101 590. A further 61 COVID-19 related deaths were reported - 1 from Limpopo, 3 from KwaZulu Natal, 18 from Eastern Cape and 39 from Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to …
Cricket South Africa revealed that seven people within the organisation had tested positive for coronavirus. The acting chief executive of South African cricket's governing body, Jacques Faul, said more than 100 tests had been conducted within the organisation, and they had included players and support staff. "The number of seven…
Summary of Latest Developments. The novel coronavirus pandemic is still accelerating, and its effects will be felt for decades, the World Health Organization's director-general said. The WHO reported a record increase in global coronavirus cases as the total rose by 183,020 in a 24-hour period. The biggest increase was from…
File Photo. President Cyril Ramaphosa will tonight address an alliance dialogue on Gender-based Violence as the African National Congress president under the theme: Men and Boys Fighting Gender-Based Violence The Tripartite Alliance made up of the African National Congress (ANC), Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has referred the Copyright Amendment Bill and the Performers’ Protection Amendment Bill to the National Assembly, because of his reservations on the constitutionality of the legislation passed by Parliament. “The President has, in correspondence to the Speaker of the National Assembly, acknowledged the noble objectives of the…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Rand Water has expressed concern about inflated prices that are being thrown around in the media, overstating the suppliers’ costs for water tankers. According to Rand Water, they have partnered with the Department of Basic Education’s national return to school programme to ensure safe and clean water…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday open the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa (SIDSSA). SIDSSA will be hosted virtually and will attract both a national and international audience. The symposium will be held under the theme, ‘Investing in infrastructure for shared prosperity: now, next and…
The Presidency has announced the commencement of certain sections of the 2013 Protection of Personal Information Act. The Act, which gives effect to section 14 of the Constitution, provides that everyone has the right to privacy. “The Act promotes the protection of personal information processed by public and private bodies…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has expressed its intention to oppose an SA Airlink application, which seeks to place South African Airways (SAA) under provisional liquidation. In a statement on Monday, the department said it was notified of a court application by SA Airlink aimed at…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 97 302 with 4 621 new cases identified. A further 53 COVID-19 related deaths were reported - 8 from Gauteng, 1 from KwaZulu Natal, 17 from Eastern Cape and 27 from Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to …
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has dismissed the Democratic Alliance’s bid for the minister of small business development to stop using BBBEE status, race, gender, age or disability when considering who gets Covid-19 aid. At the same time, the court ruled that the the department’s criteria by…
File Photo. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has appealed to the taxi industry to call off Monday’s planned Gauteng strike in response to government’s coronavirus relief support for taxi owners. Mbalula said government cannot go beyond its offer of R1.1 billion. In a statement, government is describing SANTACO Gauteng’s decision as…
File Photo. F.W. de Klerk foundation said on Sunday,that de Klerk, has withdrawn from a U.S. seminar about minority rights because he did not want to embarrass himself or his hosts in the current charged racial climate. De Klerk, who was the head of South Africa’s white minority government until…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. The body of another female has been found in Philippi in the Western Cape. It's unclear how the 17-year-old had died, whose body was discovered on Saturday. According to police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut, the girl was found naked in Albert Luthuli Street in Browns Farm around…
Father’s Day is a special day of celebration to commemorate father and father figures around the world. Observed on third Sunday of June in most parts of the world, this is a day of thank those who form an important part of our lives. If by now you are growing…
Photo Credit:Sydney Mahlangu. South African Football Association (SAFA) national executive committee (NEC) on Saturday removed Gay Mokoena and Ria Ledwaba as vice-presidents of the association. The Times reported that Ledwaba was specifically unhappy with the response that came in the wake of a damning report sent to the NEC by…
Summary of Latest Developments. Nearly 50,000 people have died from the coronavirus in Brazil with 1,022 fatalities in the last 24 hours. Brazil confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus on February 26 and passed 1 million cases on Friday. South Africa has announced nearly 5,000 new coronavirus cases,…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 92 681. This is an increase of 4,966 cases from Friday night, where cases totalled 87,715. A further 46 COVID-19 related deaths were reported - 11 from Eastern Cape, 3 from KwaZulu Natal and 32 from Western Cape. This…
The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) said government should explore other avenues to ensure the sector is awarded more in taxi relief support. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula yesterday announced a R1,135 billion relief package to aid thousands of taxis and their operators during the Covid-19 pandemic. TAXI RELIEF FUND…
File Photo. UN Secretary-General António Guterres has reminded countries of their fundamental obligation to protect the nearly 80 million people worldwide forced to flee their homes due to conflict, persecution and other crises. In his message to mark World Refugee Day on Saturday, the UN chief also praised those nations…
Photo Credit:Waldo Swiegers. Eskom said Gauteng will be hit by persistent load shedding this weekend due to network disruptions caused by illegal connections in the province. In a statement, the power utility said the load shedding would be limited to peak hours between 5 am and 9 am and 5…
President Cyril Ramaphosa said the Coronavirus pandemic has helped government in the implementation of a programme aimed at bringing the informal economy into the mainstream. Ramaphosa said this when he fielded oral questions from members of the National Assembly during a hybrid question and answer session. He said just before…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) has begun laying criminal charges against government employees illegally conducting business with the State. Public Service and Administration Minister, Senzo Mchunu, expressed concern at the high number of public servants still conducting business with the State. “We are following up…
Summary of Latest Developments. Pakistan reported 153 fatalities in a new daily record for coronavirus deaths as infections in the South Asian nation continued to rise. Brazil has passed one million coronavirus cases and approached 50,000 deaths, making it second only to the United States in both infections and deaths.…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa now has 87,715 confirmed cases of coronavirus. This is up by 3,825 cases from the 83,890 infections on Thursday. Case Data: Province Total cases for 19 June 2020 Percentage total Eastern Cape 13506 15,4 Free State 658 0,8 Gauteng 17261 19,7…
File Photo. Old Mutual mourns the passing of Morgan Maarman (Adams),who passed away on Wednesday this week, from Covid-19 related complications. After joining Old Mutual in 2017, she quickly became a great friend and colleague who endeared herself to everyone privileged enough to work with her, and she will be…
Photo Credit:Antonio Muchave. Rapper Thulani Ngcobo, also known as Pitch Black Afro, will serve an effective five years in jail for killing Catherine Modisane. This after he was sentenced on Friday to 10 years for culpable homicide, half of which were suspended. Ngcobo was found guilty on Thursday. Modisane died…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. With South Africa counting down to the 150 years anniversary of Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke, the country has been reminded of her contribution to the fight against patriarchy in society. “There’s been discrimination against her throughout her life but these actions never discouraged her or broke her spirit to…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said South Africa is moving forward with confidence, backed by science, with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said government has taken the necessary bold steps needed to prevent the rapid spread of Coronavirus. “The numbers would have been extremely high and quickly…
President Cyril Ramaphosa said government relied on scientific advice, consultations and the experience of other countries when it made the decision to gradually ease lockdown. The President said this when he fielded oral questions from members of the National Assembly during a hybrid question and answer session on Thursday. “In…
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced R1.135 billion relief package to the country’s taxi industry in an effort to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the sector. Addressing reporters on Friday, the Minister said reaching an agreement within government for this relief support for the taxi industry was…
President Cyril Ramaphosa says a new continental online platform will help African countries to access critical medical supplies needed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Ramaphosa, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the African Union, said this when he launched the Africa Medical Supplies Platform on Thursday evening. “Through this…
The South African National Parks (SANParks) said it is preparing to recall its hospitality staff for a phased approach in the reopening of its overnight facilities. This follows an announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa that accommodation providers can resume operations in alert level 3. SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni said the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country has sufficient law enforcement agencies to deal with corruption. Ramaphosa said this when he fielded oral questions from members of the National Assembly during a hybrid question and answer session on Thursday. Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) chief whip Narend Singh had asked…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 83 890. A further 63 COVID-19 related deaths were reported - 6 from Eastern Cape and 57 from Western Cape. This brings the total deaths to 1 737. Gender Distribution Deaths: Male (%) Female (%) Unknown Total 903 (52%)…
Photo Credit:Robbie Tshabalala. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) said it has issued a notice of possible redundancies following consultations with the public broadcaster’s key stakeholders. "The notice of redundancy will impact approximately 600 employees and these affected employees will be invited to make representations during a consultation process which…
The Specialised Commercial Crimes Court has granted bail to the seven men arrested for allegedly looting R122-million from VBS Mutual Bank. Seven suspects appeared in court on Thursday on charges related to the VBS Mutual Bank heist. Bail was set at R100,000 for each applicant. Among those arrested, the former…
Image Supplied. SA Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor Lesetja Kganyago said the effects of COVID-19 on the South African economy are expected to produce the worst economic downturn in a century. “We expect that ‘the great lockdown’ will cause output to contract by about 7% this year. The last time a…
Photo Credit:Kingsmead Office Park. Transnet SOC Ltd has instituted a process of lifestyle audits for its employees, as part of efforts to ensure high standards of ethics and integrity. “In setting the tone and leading by example, senior management, which includes executive management (Level A - C), are the first…
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) have called on eligible Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) to apply for funding to manufacture fabric face masks. “This initiative aims to provide relief for SMMEs that have been negatively impacted by COVID-19…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa is on Wednesday responding to questions for oral reply in the National Assembly. To comply with social distancing measures amid COVID-19, the sitting is conducted in a hybrid form, with a small number of members present in the National Assembly and the rest on a…
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says it has been receiving many grievances about the declined R350 grant applications, which did not meet the approval requirements. However, according to the agency, the majority of rejected applications are from people already on the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) database or qualifying…
As learners across the country prepare to go back to school, more than 3 million will return to classrooms with no desks – a stark reality facing children in so many of our country’s peri-urban and rural areas. The Tutudesk campaign, which has provided portable school desks, known as Tutudesks,…
United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres,File Photo. The Nelson Mandela Foundation is proud to announce that the 18th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture will be delivered by the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres on the 18th of July 2020. The theme for this year’s lecture, “Tackling the Inequality Pandemic: A new Social…
Photo Credit:Bitmap. Higher Education, Science and Technology Deputy Minister Buti Manamela has paid tribute to those young people who are at the frontline of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Manamela on Wednesday participated in a debate on Youth Day during a hybrid National Assembly sitting in Parliament. When President Cyril Ramaphosa…
Several labour offices will remain shut for a few weeks after employees tested positive for COVID-19. The Mitchells Plain labour centre and its satellite office in Nyanga will be closed for an additional week after another employee contracted the virus. Meanwhile, the Paarl Labour Centre has also confirmed a case…
Photo Credit:@flysaa_care/Twitter. The Department of Public Enterprises said that government, as the sole shareholder of SAA, supports the business rescue plan where it results in a viable, sustainable, competitive airline that provides integrated domestic, regional and international flight services. This comes following the publication of the carrier’s business rescue plan…
President Cyril Ramaphosa in his address this evening said it is now just over 100 days since the first case of coronavirus was identified in South Africa. For 100 days we have been living in the shadow of one of the greatest threats to global health in over 100 years.…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 80,412. He was addressing the nation on developments in SA’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19. Ramaphosa's address follows a number of meetings of the cabinet, the national coronavirus command council…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation tonight at 8pm on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19. The president’s address follows a number of meetings of the cabinet, the National Coronavirus Command Council and the Presidential Coordinating Council. Ramaphosa is expected to…
Image: 123rf.com. Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Makhotso Sotyu, has urged South Africans to protect land from over-use as it provides food, water and energy. “We all can play a role in combating the effects of desertification. As individuals and corporates, we need to change our behaviour, adopt…
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday that the continent is launching the Africa Medical Supplies Platform, an innovative marketplace to enable all African governments to access critical supplies. According to Ramaphosa, Africa has over 250 000 confirmed infections and about 6 700 deaths. “Although the number of infections in Africa…
File Photo. Hawks head Lieutenant-General Godfrey Lebeya said those who had been suspected of money laundering and fraud at VBS are expected to appear in court on Thursday. Lebeya and NPA head Shamia Batohi briefed the media on the progress made in the VBS Mutual Bank heist matter on Wednesday.…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will today, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the African Union (AU), participate in a virtual Extraordinary China-Africa Solidarity Summit against COVID-19. The summit is co-hosted by the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the AU. The aim of the summit is to explore…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) is being briefed by the Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises and the South African Express liquidators on the process of liquidation at the airline. The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria found that the provisional liquidators of SA Express are…
Photo Credit:Sebabatso Mosamo. Gauteng police have arrested a 31-year-old man in connection with the murder of Soweto mother-to-be, Tshegofatso Pule. The 28-year-old had been missing for four days when her body, covered in stab wounds, was found on Monday last week, hanging from a tree in a veld in Roodepoort.…
As the number of COVID-19 cases increase to 76 334, the Health Department said it is pleased about the results of the affordable life-saving drug used to treat critically ill COVID-19 patients. The Recovery Trial, based at Oxford University, published results on the therapeutic merits of low dose dexamethasone, which…
Several senior officials linked to the R2bn looting of VBS Mutual Bank were arrested in a raid this morning. Amabungane reported that eight people linked to the looting and collapse of VBS Mutual Bank were nabbed during a search and seizure operation by the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority.…
Summary of Latest Developments. The steroid dexamethasone has been found to save the lives of one-third of the most serious COVID-19 cases, according to trial results by the University of Oxford, hailed as a "major breakthrough" in the fight against the disease. More than 8 million people have been confirmed…
File Photo. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has closed 13 reports, including an investigation into allegations that Western Cape Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo received benefits or sponsorship during a special birthday celebration in 2016. "I concluded that the MEC did not receive any benefit, gift or sponsorship as contemplated in the…
The prolific image taken by Sam Nzima of Hector Pieterson being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo after being shot on June 16, 1976 while Pieterson's older sister, Antoinette Sithole, runs beside them. This image has become the iconic representation of the 1976 student uprisings. Mama Sophie Tema was born in Sophiatown…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, said as government,they will continue to improve the response to GBVF by ensuring that perpetrators are brought to book, whilst taking good care of survivors. The Minister’s remarks come as South Africa continues to experience a high…
Photo Credit:Cosmopolitan. It is said that healthcare workers are at the forefront of the fight against the Coronavirus, however a young medical doctor is of the view that everyone, can make a difference in the fight against the Coronavirus. “The most important thing to remember is that you need not…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Since the establishment of the National Command Centre at Rand Water, an agency of the Department of Water and Sanitation, almost 19 000 water storage tanks and 1299 water delivery tankers have been delivered. This is according to the progress reports on water provision across the country…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has encouraged the youth to work with government in creating an inclusive economy that will rid South Africa of inequality, poverty and unemployment. “There has to be life beyond COVID-19. We are looking forward to creativity, innovation and new ideas from young people and we…
Summary of Latest Developments. India has announced 11,929 new confirmed cases of coronavirus - the highest one day infection total since the virus was first detected in the country in late January. China reported 57 new confirmed - and nine asymptomatic - COVID-19 cases, for June 13, the highest since…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Saturday,there are now 65,736 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa as deaths climb to 1,423. This is up by 3,809 cases from the 61,927 infections on Friday when the country recorded 3,359 new cases. Mkhize announced 69 new deaths, taking the total up to…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Forty water tanks have been distributed to 11 needy schools in the City of Tshwane in a bid to protect learners against the spread of Coronavirus. Learners in Grade 7 and 12 across the country returned to school on Monday, two months after the country went into…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the brutal killings of several women in the country as a dark and shameful week for the nation. Since the country entered coronavirus (Covid-19) alert level 3 there has been a surge in GBV and femicide, the Presidency said in a statement.…
The full NSRI Station 26 Kommetjie crew donated blood at the WCBS Blood Donation Centre in Blue Route Mall this week ahead of World Blood Donor Day on Sunday. Ahead of World Blood Donor Day on Sunday 14 June, National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) volunteers across the country have responded…
Summary of Latest Developments. Authorities in Beijing place parts of the city in lockdown after six new domestic coronavirus cases were reported. Brazil became the country with the second-highest coronavirus death toll in the world with 41,828 fatalities, surpassing the death toll of the United Kingdom and second only to…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 61 927. Case Data: Province Total cases for 12 June 2020 Percentage total Eastern Cape 8615 13,9 Free State 435 0,7 Gauteng 8781 14,2 KwaZulu-Natal 3573 5,8 Limpopo 288 0,5 Mpumalanga 243 0,4 North West 865 1,4 Northern Cape…
Photo Credit:Simphiwe Nkwali. Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi is self-isolating and awaiting his Covid-19 test results, after he was exposed to individuals who had tested positive for the disease. This was revealed on Friday during an update by the Gauteng coronavirus command council, or PCCC, the province’s response to…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Sports bodies have until 26 June 2020 to make submissions to the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture on the staggered opening of professional non-contact sport and professional athletes training. Last month, Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa announced details of the Directions for Sport, Arts…
Gauteng Premier David Makhura said over the past seven days, COVID-19 cases in Gauteng have doubled, with hospital admissions increasing and 20 more people dying as a result of COVID-19. "Gauteng has entered a new period in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic is gaining momentum. We must…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The Select Committee on Security and Justice has adopted the Cybercrimes Bill, among several other pieces of legislation. The Cybercrimes Bill (B 6B-2017) aims to create offences that have a bearing on cybercrime; criminalise the distribution of harmful data messages and to provide for interim protection orders; further…
The Department Social Development has appealed to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to report all cases of child abuse, neglect, abandonment and exploitation. The call comes after an article published by The Citizen newspaper on 10 June 2020, entitled ‘Baby dumping increases under lockdown hardships’. The article claims that the number of…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa received a courtesy call from the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Dr Moeketsi Majoro, at his official residence in Mahlamba Ndlopfu, Tshwane. This will be the first courtesy call by Dr Majoro on President Ramaphosa since his swearing in as the Prime Minister…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The Estate Agency Affairs Board (EAAB) will re-open its Sandton, Johannesburg offices before the end of June following their closure due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The regulator said it would adopt a phased-in approach from 23 June 2020 where essential staff will return to the office to…
Photo Credit:@FikileMbalula. Government is working on the modalities of distributing the relief fund for the taxi industry, which has been negatively affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. When the regulations for the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown were first introduced, they prescribed a maximum loading capacity of 50%. This was later changed to…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize is in the Eastern Cape for the EMS scooter launch. Watch Live:Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize Below. Courtesy of SABC.
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has effected changes to regulations and directions issued during the COVID-19 National State of Disaster. The department said the changes come after consultations with the Department of Health and other key stakeholders in relevant fields. “The amendments withdraw and effect changes…
File Photo. National Treasury has announced that cabinet has approved the tabling of the Financial Sector Laws Amendment Bill, 2020. In a statement issued on Thursday, Treasury said the Bill is part of the Twin Peaks reform of the financial regulatory system applicable to the financial sector. The Bill introduces…
Photo Credit: Masi Losi. President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed members of the Presidential State-Owned Enterprises Council (PSEC). The PSEC is to support government’s plan to reposition State-owned enterprises as effective instruments of economic transformation and development. The President will chair the PSEC, which will comprise Ministers responsible for SOEs, and…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 58 568. This is up by 3,148 cases from the 55,421 infections on Wednesday when 2,430 new cases were reported. A further 74 COVID-19 related deaths were reported: 39 from Western Cape, 31 from the Eastern Cape, and 4…
File Photo. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has over the past three months released numerous parcels of land for human settlements development, land redistribution and restitution. Public Works and Infrastructure Minister, Patricia de Lille, said the release of land under the custodianship of the department is part…
The Electoral Commission has noted the judgment of the Constitutional Court declaring parts of the Electoral Act unconstitutional. The highest court in the land on Thursday ruled that the act was unconstitutional in requiring that only candidates of political parties contest national and provincial elections. “The Electoral Commission welcomes the…
File Photo. Cabinet, at its ordinary meeting on Wednesday, has received an updated report from the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC). The NCCC tabled several recommendations about the enhanced risk-adjusted alert level 3 of the national lockdown. South Africa entered level 3 lockdown on 01 June 2020. South Africa’s infection…
Photo Credit:Moeletsi Mabe. Cabinet has approved appointment of a professional restructuring company that specialises in mergers to investigate the most viable model for a single "National Petroleum Company". The approval follows a briefing this week relating to ongoing work to rationalise the oil and gas subsidiaries of the State-owned Central…
Statistics South Africa published its overview of mining production and sales for April, providing insight into how the lockdown affected the wider mining industry. The fall in production was largest in iron ore, which fell by 68.7%. Production of platinum group minerals was down by 62%, gold fell by 59.6%…
The Constitutional Court on Thursday is handing down judgment on whether the Electoral Act is unconstitutional to the extent that it does not provide for adult citizens to be elected to the National and Provincial Legislatures as independent candidates. The Constitutional Court has declared the Electoral Act unconsitutional – meaning…
Photo Credit:Pixabay.com. The court battle over the continued ban of tobacco products is not over,it remains to be seen what the next move will be for the National Coronavirus Command Council(NCCC). The North Gauteng High Court, Pretoria heard that Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma had failed…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) said the torching of water tanks in Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg, is a major setback in efforts to provide water to communities in need. The department is placing water tankers and tanks in communities around the country in response…
The National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) CEO, Dr Karmani Chetty, said the institution is working around the clock to reduce the backlog of COVID-19 test samples. While the backlog of unprocessed specimens was as high as 101 000 on 21 May 2020, Chetty told members of the health committees in…
Tshegofatso Pule (28) was found stabbed and hanging from a tree in Durban Deep, Roodepoort. Picture: Twitter. Tshegofatso Pule, the 28-year-old who was found on Monday hanging from a tree in Roodepoort, on Gauteng’s West Rand, will be laid to rest on Thursday. Pule had been stabbed and killed after…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 55 421. This is up by 2,430 from the 52 991 infections on Tuesday. Case Data: Province Total cases for 10 June 2020 Percentage total Eastern Cape 7154 12,9 Free State 401 0,7 Gauteng 7195 13,0 KwaZulu-Natal 3347 6,0…
Summary of Latest Developments. The global economy is set to contract by 6 percent in 2020, according to the OECD. India recorded 9,985 cases in one day and 274 deaths, as the country emerges from a two-month lockdown. Concerns are growing about a second wave of coronavirus infections in the…
Photo Credit:Courtney Africa. The Gauteng North High Court has ruled in favour of the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) application that the court judgment declaring the dissolution of the Tshwane Council illegal be implemented immediately. The judgement that deemed the dissolution of Tshwane Council illegal will be implemented with immediate effect, which…
The Department of Employment and Labour has refuted media claims that COVID-19 patients no longer need to test negative to resume work. "It is not correct that COVID-19 patients no longer need to test negative to resume work," said the department’s Chief Inspector for Health and Safety, Tibor Szana. However,…
File Photo. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Blade Nzimande, said he is pleased with the progress at Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) towards the planned phased return of students to the university. Nzimande made the remarks following his visit to the institution’s campus in Ga-Rankuwa on Tuesday to assess…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has welcomed the National Assembly’s decision to pass two amendment bills to remedy laws, which have had deeply layered patriarchal effects on society. The amendment bills, namely, Prescription in Civil and Criminal Matters (Sexual Offences) Amendment Bill and Recognition of…
At least 10 people were killed in a multi-vehicle accident in Jozini in northern KwaZulu-Natal on 10 June 2020. Picture: Twitter @_arrivealive. Ten people have been killed and 32 others injured after a crash involving 10 vehicles including a truck occured in Jozini, north of KwaZulu-Natal. The crash occurred shortly…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) are set to work together to develop technologies and infrastructure to support socio-economic development in South Africa and Southern Africa. The parties recently signed a framework agreement to collaborate on projects…
Photo Credit:Pixabay.com. The fight over the continued ban on the sale of tobacco products will be heard in the High court in Pretoria. The Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association wants the decision prohibiting the sale of cigarettes declared irrational. It argues government regulations were implemented arbitrarily. The ban on the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. African Union Chairperson and South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has expressed his sadness at the untimely passing of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza. The government of Burundi announced on Tuesday that Nkurunziza passed away at the age of 55 following a short illness. His passing came shortly after Burundi…
Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande has reiterated that the department is not going to change the stipulated number of years within which National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) beneficiaries are expected to finish their studies. The NSFAS N+2 rule, which is part of the core funding policy…
Photo Credit:Ashraf Hendricks. The Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has expressed shock at the brutal killing of two women in Cape Town and Johannesburg at the weekend. Eight-month pregnant Tshegofatso Pule, 28, from Soweto was on Monday found hanging from a tree…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Approximately two million students and staff in all Post School Education and Training (PSET) institutions will be required to register for HealthCheck and use it to assess their temperature level prior to entering campuses. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande said HealthCheck, which is part of…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 52 991. This is up by 2,112 from the 50,879 infections on Monday. A further 82 COVID-19 related deaths were reported: 61 from Western Cape, 11 from the Eastern Cape, and 10 from Gauteng Province. Gender Distribution Deaths: Male…
File Photo. Government of Burundi have confirmed that President Pierre Nkurunziza has died of a heart attack. In a statement posted on Twitter on Tuesday, the government announced "with great sorrow to Burundians and the international community" the passing of Nkurunziza, 55. According to the statement, Nkurunziza had attended a…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Police Minister Bheki Cele during a press briefing at the Jabulani Hostel in Soweto on Tuesday,said the lifting of the ban on the sale of alcohol since the beginning of lockdown level 3 in June has ushered an unwanted surge in reported deaths after a lull between March…
Multiple people have been injured while many are believed to be trapped in a structural collapse in Durban central. Picture: Netcare 911. One person has been killed in the Durban CBD after a building collapsed on Tuesday morning. Just after 9:30am, emergency services were called to the scene at the…
Summary of Latest Developments. Tanzanian President John Magufuli declared the East African country "coronavirus-free" thanks to prayers by citizens. Coronavirus might have been spreading in China as early as August 2019, according to a Harvard Medical School research. Indonesia reported 1,043 new coronavirus cases, its biggest daily rise. The health…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, gives a briefing on progress in the implementation of COVID-19 measures. This follows a briefing that was held on the 23rd of May in which he briefed the media on issues affecting NSFAS allowances, SETA’s stipends and…
Police have launched a manhunt for three gunmen who shot and killed six people at Jabulani Hostel in Soweto. Police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Kay Makhubele said the gunmen started randomly shooting at the men Monday evening. He said it was not known if the men lived in the shack or were…
A Re Yeng Bus Service: Photo Credit: Thulani Mbele . The City of Tshwane’s Roads and Transport Department, together with the Tshwane Rapid Transit (TRT), suspended the A Re Yeng bus service operations in Mamelodi on Tuesday morning. The suspension comes after protesting members of a local taxi association attempted…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has offered his condolences to the families of COVID-19 victims, who have succumbed to the virus. “Each one of these deaths is a tragedy. Each one represents a unique life: a parent, a child, a sibling or a friend. Each one leaves behind a family…
The Compensation Fund has received over 200 claims from health workers as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. “Already, the Compensation Fund has seen 212 COVID-19 related claims with the largest number coming from KwaZulu-Natal having registered 76 claims. The Fund has accepted liability of 67 of those claims; two…
File Photo. The Gauteng Legislature has closed for the rest of the week after two police officers stationed there tested positive on Sunday. The legislature has now called on members of the public who have visited the building in the past two weeks to get tested for the virus. In…
Photo Credit:Pixabay.com. Life Healthcare Group has announced that its operation has been the victim of a targeted criminal attack on its IT systems. In a statement on Tuesday, the group said it acted immediately after becoming aware of the hack and took its systems offline. “We acted immediately on becoming…
File Photo. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Blade Nzimande, will this morning visit the Tshwane University of Technology, Ga-Rankuwa Campus to assess its state of readiness for the phased return of students to the university. The Minister’s visit follows a media briefing on 23 May 2020 in which the…
The Department of Employment and Labour has closed two labour centres as one employee at each office has tested positive for COVID-19. The Eastern Cape provincial office in East London and the Vredenburg Labour Centre in the Western Cape Province have been closed as of Monday. “To ensure that service…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Gauteng Education (GDE) MEC Panyaza Lesufi has provided an update of the first day of schools reopening since the country went into lockdown on 27 March 2020, to curb the spread of COVID-19. On educator attendance, Lesufi said most districts reported no problems with attendance also estimated…
The South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has urged the public against bogus and potentially harmfully personal protective equipment (PPE). The Bureau said it has uncovered that numerous PPEs were being sold as ‘SABS Approved’. “Consumers are being duped into using potentially harmful PPE,” said SABS Lead Administrator Jodi Scholtz…
File Photo. Driving License Testing Centres (DLTC) and the Motor Vehicle Registering Authority (MVRA) in Gauteng have reopened their doors while others will do so next week. Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo, said priority will be given to applicants who have confirmed bookings while walk-ins…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 50 879. This is up by 2,594 from the 48,285 infections on Sunday. Regrettably,a further 82 COVID-19 related deaths were reported: 55 from Western Cape, 26 from the Eastern Cape, and 1 from KZN. Gender Distribution Deaths: Male (%)…
Photo Credit: Abigail Javier. The family of Enock Mpianzi wants to sue the Basic Education Department for R10-million. Provincial Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi announced this at a media briefing on Monday afternoon in Midrand. "After we released a report on Enoch Mpianzi, we received a letter from legal representatives representing…
KwaZulu-Natal Social Development MEC Nonhlanhla Khoza,has condemned the circulation of a child pornography video that has been circulating on social media. This as a 30-second video, which depicts three children engaged in a sexual act, has been widely shared in various social media platforms, including Facebook and WhatsApp. “We are…
The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has dismissed four senior officials in its Protection Services Department, who have been found guilty of procurement irregularities. The dismissals are the culmination of a disciplinary inquiry, following allegations of impropriety in the awarding of security related tenders. “The malfeasance in supply chain…
Photo Credit:Sebabatso Mosamo. The EFF has camped outside the Amerian embassy to kneel for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, in solidarity with American protests against the murder of George Floyd and South African Collins Khoza. EFF leader Julius Malema said black lives must be treated with respect and dignity. “We…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. On the first day of the reopening of schools, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga visited various schools across Gauteng to oversee their implementation of the COVID-19 health and safety regulations. While the Minister was yet to receive feedback on the national reopening, she expressed her satisfaction at…
The Cape Town Labour Centre will shutdown on Monday as one of its employees has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the Department of Employment and Labour spokesperson, Teboho Thejane, the closure is to allow for all workers who may have been in contact with the affected employee to be…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the public not to be alarmed,as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are increasing at a startling rate in South Africa but to prepare to deal with an upsurge in numbers. This comes as the country on Sunday confirmed 2 312 new cases,…
The cumulative number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa is 48 285. This was a 2,312 increase of new cases in the last 24-hour reporting period. Ministry of Health has reported the first death in Mpumalanga,while the Western Cape has reported a further 45 COVID-19 related deaths. This brings…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, announced that most of the country’s schools are ready to receive learners tomorrow morning. The Minister briefed media in Pretoria on Sunday on the readiness for schools to reopen for matrics and Grade 7s. “We can now say with confidence that about…
Passengers used to paying R11 for a trip by taxi from Alexandra to Sandton, will have to cough up R30 from next week. The Alexandra, Randburg, Midrand, Sandton Taxi Association (Armsta), has announced that a trip from the township of Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, will increase from R11 to R30…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said schools will be ready to reopen tomorrow despite a few issues. Grade 7s and 12s will be the first to return to class. “We are working with the Department of Water and Sanitation to help us deal with those areas...” she added.…
Photo Credit:Alaister Russell. Former Bosasa boss Angelo Agrizzi has been slapped with the letter of demand for R91 million by the team of liquidators managing the winding up of the corruption-accused Bosasa group. According to Media 24,Agrizzi now become the first of the Bosasa dons to face major financial repercussions…
Photo Credit:Pixabay. There has been an increase in alcohol-related crimes since South Africa moved to Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown. This has sparked concerns that the lifting of the ban may reverse the gains made so far in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize has…
Summary of Latest Developments. Global cases of the novel coronavirus topped seven million as case numbers surge in Brazil and India, according to a Reuters tally. About 30 percent of those cases, or two million infections, are in the US. Latin America has the second-largest outbreak, with more 15 percent…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Minister of Basic Education,Angie Motshekga is expected to update the country on the state of readiness to reopen schools. Motshekga will hold a media briefing on Sunday. She will be joined by MECs of education at the media briefing, which is expected to take place at 4…
The cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 45 973. This was an increase of 2,539 cases in the past 24 hours. The health ministry announced the latest figures in a statement this evening. Case Data: Province Total cases for 6 June 2020 Percentage total Eastern Cape…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister of Sport Nathi Mthethwa is proposing legislative enforcement to ensure that all federations meet their transformation targets. In a statement released by the department of sports, arts and culture on Friday, it was confirmed that Mthethwa had met with chairperson of the Eminent Persons Group (EPG), Happy…
Summary of Latest Developments. India overtakes Italy as the sixth worst hit country by the coronavirus pandemic after another record single-day spike in confirmed infections, bringing the total to 236,657 cases. The World Health Organization (WHO) has changed its position on face masks and is now encouraging people to wear…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. Joe Biden has formally won the Democratic Party nomination to take on Donald Trump in November's presidential election. He said on Twitter that he had secured the 1,991 delegates needed and would fight to "win the battle for the soul of the nation". He had been the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The US has donated 1000 ventilators to assist SA's COVID-19 fight,20 of those ventilators are being installed at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. At a ceremony at the hospital on Saturday, US Ambassador to South Africa Lana Marks said South Africa was the first country to receive ventilator donations…
File Photo. African National Congress (ANC) struggle veteran and the only surviving Rivonia Trialist Andrew Mlangeni says he’s grateful to God for his long life. Mlangeni is celebrating his 95th birthday today. He was among those sent to Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu after the Rivonia Trial.…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. President Cyril Ramaphosa said those responsible for the death of Collins Khosa and ten others must face the full might of the law. The Alexandra resident died allegedly at the hands of SANDF members. Speaking during the online launch of an anti-racism campaign by the ANC and…
Anti-apartheid ANC struggle stalwarts, Raymond Mhlaba, Oscar Mpetha, Andrew Mlangeni, Walter Sisulu, Ahmed Kathrada, Elias Motsoaledi and Wilton Mkwayi, after their release in 1989 in Soweto. Photo Credit:Gallo Images. Andrew Mokete Mlangeni was born on 6 June 1925 at Prospect township in Soweto,alongside liberation movement luminaries such as the late…
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has increased to 43,434. This is an increase of 2,642 cases in the last 24 hours. Regrettably,60 more COVID-19 related deaths were reported: 7 from Gauteng and 53 from Western Cape This brings the total national deaths to 908. "We…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. Summary of Latest Developments. US President Donald Trump on Friday called for a shift in strategy against the coronavirus pandemic to focus resources on protecting "high-risk populations", while calling for a total end to stay-at-home orders in states throughout the country. The World Health Organization (WHO) said…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Deputy President David Mabuza says all South Africans have a responsibility to play an active role in combating the spread and transmission of COVID-19, as they have done in the past when faced with challenges such as HIV and TB. “As a country, we are all called upon…
Photo Credit:Pixabay.com. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said on Friday various departments have been working together to provide additional beds to place people in quarantine. "We need more beds… we need to push up to close to 30 000 beds," he said, explaining that the rapid spread of the COVID-19…
Photo Credit:Thulani Mbele. Founder of the One South Africa (OSA) movement Mmusi Maimane has been denied direct access to the Constitutional Court in his bid to stop schools from reopening on Monday. The judgment read: “The Constitutional Court has considered the application for direct access to the Court on an…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law legislation that will improve the safety of navigation in South Africa’s territorial waters, professionalise the country’s diplomatic foreign service and give citizens access to information about funding for political parties. The Presidency made the announcement in a statement on Friday. The Hydrographic Act…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday that the Western Cape’s staffing and money shortages will be prioritised as a matter of urgency, as government attempts to deal with an upsurge of COVID-19 infections in the province. Speaking during a monitoring visit to the province on Friday, where he…
President Cyril Ramaphosa is in the Western Cape to assess the readiness of the province in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Western Cape is currently the country’s epicentre accounting for nearly two-thirds of infections nationally. As of Thursday, the Western Cape had 27 006 out of the 40 792 …
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Friday be in Cape Town to assess the Western Cape’s provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Western Cape is currently the country’s epicentre accounting for nearly two-thirds of infections nationally. As of Thursday, the Western Cape had 27 006 out of the…
Several South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) offices in KwaZulu-Natal have temporarily shut down due to positive cases of COVID-19. According to the KZN SASSA’s spokesperson, Sandy Godlwana, the three local offices are the Mandeni, Ladysmith and Midlands District offices. “The Department of Health has been requested to test all…
Motorists and fleet-owners, whose car licences expired during the lockdown, can skip the long queues at the Traffic Department by renewing them at their local Post Office during level 3. According to the Post Office’s spokesperson, Johan Kruger, the service has resumed at all Post Office branches that offer it.…
Cameroonian journalist Samuel Wazizi, who was arrested in August for criticising the government's handling of a separatist revolt, has died in detention, rights group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has said. Wazizi worked for CMTV, a local broadcaster based in Southwest Region, one of two areas where separatists in 2017 launched…
Minister of health Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa now has 40,792 confirmed cases of coronavirus. This is up by 3,267 from the 37,525 infections reported on Wednesday. Case Data: Province Total cases for 4 June 2020 Percentage total Eastern Cape 4936 12,1 Free State 322 0,8 Gauteng 4845…
Summary of Latest Developments. Russia's total number of infections across the country passes 440,000 cases, as the death toll also continues to mount. The coronavirus death tolls in Brazil and Mexico have soared to new daily records, with 1,349 and 1,092 confirmed fatalities, even as the countries begin to ease…
Photo Credit:AP. Protests in response to the deaths of Black people at the hands of police or military - George Floyd in the United States, Collins Khosa in South Africa, Adama Traore in France - speak to a growing rage across the globe at continued white supremacy and the use…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Cabinet has resolved to appeal the North Gauteng High Court judgment that declared COVID-19 regulations under levels 3 and 4 invalid and unconstitutional. Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, announced this during a media briefing on the outcomes of a Cabinet virtual meeting held earlier on Thursday. According…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The South African Police Service said it has been vindicated by the ruling of the High Court that set aside the Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's finding against Police Minister Bheki Cele. The North Gauteng High Court ruled her finding that said the South African Police Service must offer…
Photo Credit:GCIS Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu briefs the media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Thursday. The total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in South Africa stands at 37,525 with 792 deaths. The health department announced that a total of 761,534 tests have been…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Treasury has set up a mechanism to monitor how provincial departments, municipalities and public entities are utilising the COVID-19 procurement fund. Delivering his department’s R718.763 million 2020/21 Budget Vote on Wednesday, Provincial Treasury MEC, Ravi Pillay, reiterated that the department cannot do the procurement itself,…
The South African Police Service (SAPS) has arrested eight of its own in a pre-dawn operation across the country. The eight are among the 14 arrested by an Anti-Corruption Task Team during the operation. Among the arrested are senior police officers and six company owners and directors. In a statement,…
The North West Health Department has expressed concern about the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the province’s mines, as the number of cases rose to 314, as of Wednesday. According to the department’s spokesperson, Tebogo Lekgethwane, 74 confirmed cases, previously allocated to Gauteng, have since been reallocated to the province…
Photo Credit:Laptop Mag. The South African Post Office (SAPO) has delivered laptops to almost 5 000 Wits students to enable online learning during the nationwide lockdown. Through its Speed Services Courier Unit, SAPO delivered the laptops to the homes of disadvantaged Wits students across South Africa, including in rural areas.…
Photo Credit:Esa Alexander. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said plans are underway for the state capture commission to resume with public hearings towards the end of June. The commission has been out of action since 17 March due to the coronavirus outbreak. In February, the court granted the Zondo commission…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. Former President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to make "real change" in response to the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing wave of protests. In a hopeful speech, Obama said that the significant events over the last months, including the protests over the killing of Floyd…
Minister of health Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa now has 37,525 confirmed cases of coronavirus. This is up by 1,713 from the 35,812 infections reported on Tuesday. The minister reported 37 more deaths, taking the number up to 792, while recoveries increased to 19,682. Mkhize said that…
Photo Credit:AFP. Police in Lesotho have arrested the country's former first lady over the 2017 murder of the then-estranged wife of recently resigned Prime Minister Thomas Thabane. Maesaiah Thabane, who was out on bail, is suspected of orchestrating the shooting of Lipolelo Thabane in the capital, Maseru. Lesotho's court of…
The North Gauteng High Court has ordered that South Africans who test positive for Covid-19 cannot be forced to quarantine at a state facility if they can self-isolate at home. The order follows an urgent application from civil society group Afriforum, which argued that the regulations were "unconstitutional, illegal and…
Eskom briefs parliament on its recovery plan and progress on the unbundling of the power utility into three independent entities. Watch:Eskom Briefing Below: Courtesy of SABC.
The Competition Tribunal has found two Gauteng mask suppliers guilty of inflating prices since the COVID-19 outbreak. According to the Competition Tribunal’s spokesperson Gillian de Gouveia, TNT Basic Trading (TNT) admitted to contravening the Competition Act by significantly increasing its mark-up and gross profit margin on FFP2 respiratory face masks…
State Capture Inquiry | Raymond Zondo briefs the media on commission’s work during lockdown. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said plans are underway for the state capture commission to resume with public hearings towards the end of June. The Deputy Chief Justice was briefing the media on the work of…
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has expressed confidence that the aviation industry and the country’s airports will adhere to COVID-19 regulations and directives, as the sector reopens. The Minister made the declaration on Wednesday at the O.R Tambo International Airport, where he was inspecting the airport’s adherence to lockdown regulations and…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, along with the Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, on Monday launched Youth Month under the theme, ‘Youth Power: Growing South Africa together in the Period of COVID-19’. The theme is a rallying call…
According to the Department of Employment and Labour spokesperson Teboho Thejane, Gauteng constitutes 1 516 441 beneficiaries of the 3 464 124 million workers who have already received the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS). “In monetary terms, this amounts to R7.9 billion and the workers who have been given the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Department of Trade and Industry and Competition (dtic) has welcomed a court decision not to grant Sakeliga the relief it sought in a matter involving the lawfulness of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission's issuance of certificates for companies to render service in the first phase of…
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