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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom Board member Busisiwe Mavuso has walked out of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) meeting. An argument broke out when she told the committee that they're doing everything they can to resolve the challenges facing Eskom however she insisted that the current board including Eskom…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has announced that load shedding will be suspended on Friday (22 April) at 22h00. However, it warned that the national grid remains under pressure and unpredictable, and that load shedding could easily make a return should it be deemed necessary. "Eskom expects to return to service…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has announced changes to his cabinet. Winde's announcement was affected by the resignation of Education MEC Debbie Schäfer, who handed in her resignation to him on Wednesday, but also the firing of Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz in March. The announcement was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Republic of South Africa and Botswana have concluded a successful 5th session of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) between the two countries, aimed at renewing and strengthening bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation. At the invitation of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Botswana President, Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi, paid a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala, has written to the national government to waiver toll fees on major transport routes, including the N2 economic corridor, to cushion the financial burden on citizens. This comes as most roads in the province have been severely damaged or washed away by recent…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says he is pleased with the implementation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) interventions within the post school education and training sector. This follows recorded partnerships and progress by universities, colleges and Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The five men charged with the murder of Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa have pleaded not guilty on charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Sifiso Ntuli pleaded in the Gauteng…
Staff Reporter. The City of Cape Town Traffic Service is encouraging unregistered number plate manufacturers to register their businesses and comply with legislated standards following an increase in the number of unlawful number plates on the city's roads. This in turn has increased the number of fines issued for displaying…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Parliament's portfolio committee on public enterprises says the conclusion of the South African Express (SAX) Airline liquidation process can serve as a lesson in how the state should run state-owned entities (SOEs) and avoid future closures. The local airline, which focused on flights to smaller towns in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Gauteng police arrested two people believed to be linked to the murder of Pimville resident Kgomotso Diale. Diale died during a violent clash between a group of Pimville residents and members of the nearby Chicken Farm informal settlement on Monday. On Thursday evening, police said they arrested…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Tuesday on the devastation caused by heavy flooding in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. Parliament said on Thursday that National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and NCOP head…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The opposition parties in Tshwane attempted to disrupt mayor's Randall Williams State of the Capital address, they wanted council speaker Murunwa Makwarela recuse himself. The EFF and the ANC fought hard to have Makwarela recuse himself over a council investigation into allegations raised by a council employee, …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. City of Johannesburg mayor Mpho Phalatse has vowed to stabilise electricity supply amid rolling blackouts in the city. Phalatse delivered her maiden State of the City Address on Thursday morning. She said the city of Joburg will host an energy indaba in May. "To stabilise electricity supply…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky telephonic conversation finally took place late on Wednesday night. This comes after Zelensky had revealed on Wednesday that he had a telephone discussion with Ramaphosa over the situation in Ukraine. Had a phone conversation with @CyrilRamaphosa. Told about our…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Western Cape MEC for Education Debbie Schäfer has resigned from her position. Schäfer handed in her resignation yesterday to Premier Alan Winde, which he accepted, while praising her for her excellent service to the people of the Western Cape. Schäfer said she received a job offer in…
Staff Reporter. The Republics of South Africa and Botswana are currently engaged in talks aimed at strengthening and deepening the existing historical and bilateral relations between them. International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr. Naledi Pandor and her Botswana counterpart, Minister Lemogang Kwape, were on Thursday co-chairing the Ministerial Session of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The government has revised down the total number of people killed in the devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal to 435. This after autopsies found that four people had died of gunshot wounds and nine others of natural causes. Police Minister Bheki Cele confirmed the latest figure at a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Chinese government is considering several major infrastructure investments in South Africa, including high-speed rail and 5G communications, says ambassador Chen Xiaodong. Speaking at a jobs fair in Johannesburg this week, Xiaodong said South Africa and other countries are ‘very much welcome to get on board the…
Staff Reporter. Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, has received a donation of R1 million from the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong, on Wednesday. The donation is aimed at bolstering the reach of government’s ongoing humanitarian relief efforts in the flood-stricken KwaZulu-Natal. The donation…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Image Supplied. Higher Education Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has expressed his condolences to the family of Ndoni Mcunu, the founder of Black Women in Science (BWIS), who died on Saturday while on vacation at the Cradle of Humankind. Family spokesperson Nobuntu Hlazo-Webster said the family is waiting…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) took a ward from the ANC in Pampierstad, Phokwane in the Northern Cape, while an educator and an independent candidate won a seat from the ANC in the town of Tarkastad in Enoch Mgijima in the Eastern Cape. The DA held onto…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom chief executive Andre de Ruyter says the power utility is seeing a steady recovery in its systems, with several big energy units coming back online as scheduled. In a media briefing on Thursday morning (21 April), de Ruyter said Eskom was now aiming to reduce load…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa's coronavirus test positivity rate climbed to the highest in more than three months, indicating that the number of undetected infections may be rising. Of those tested for the virus on Wednesday 13.4%, or 2,846 cases, were found to be infected, the highest proportion since Jan.…
By Marecia Damons. SASSA will not be processing new R350 Covid-19 Grant applications until the relevant regulations have been amended. The grant was introduced and distributed under the Disaster Management Act to provide relief to poor people and those left vulnerable due to the Covid pandemic. It must now be…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. As part of efforts to unlock the potential of the oceans economy and drive transformation in an aggressive way, government has prioritised the acceleration of interventions in the maritime sector. Among these is the establishment of a national shipping carrier as a means of building the strategic…
Staff Reporter. Two directors of an engineering company have been arrested for allegedly defrauding the COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) of R648 000. The Pusoloso Engineering Services duo have had their bank accounts frozen and a forfeiture process is currently underway to recover the money allegedly stolen. Between August…
Staff Reporter. Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli's corruption case has been postponed – again to the 11th of May. Mdluli was due in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday for the state's bid to have the court rule that the case was being delayed unreasonably but,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Communications and Digital Technologies minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has published the South African Postbank Amendment Bill for public comment. The bill aims to rapidly expand the post office's mandate from simply delivering parcels to providing 'diversified and expanded services, including e-commerce and financial services'. "The objects are expanded…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has published the new Climate Change Bill for public comment. The bill notes that climate change represents an urgent threat to human societies and the planet, and requires an effective, progressive and incremental response from both the government and citizens.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Power utility Eskom has announced that load shedding will be reduced to stage 3 on Wednesday (20 April) from 22h00. This comes after six generating units were returned to service over the last 24 hours, and three more are expected to return on Thursday. "A generation unit…
Staff Reporter. Convicted murderer and former police officer Rosemary Nomia Ndlovu was back in court on Wednesday on new charges. Ndlovu was jailed last year after the court found she had a hand in the murder of five of her relatives and her lover, for all of whom she had…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, has constituted a Health Team of National and Provincial Department officials to conduct an impact assessment of the floods on health service delivery in KwaZulu-Natal. The task team will also conduct an assessment of the costs to repair the damages, to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Transnet is working hard to ensure that port and rail services return to full operation after flooding in KwaZulu-Natal interrupted operations at the Durban Port and surrounding railway lines last week. The port is one of the biggest in the Southern African region and is a gateway…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has announced the appointment of Kabelo Rikhotso as its new Chief Investment Officer (CIO). The corporation in a statement said Rikhotso will join the PIC from Visio Fund Management, where he was an Executive and Fund Manager. With more than 18 years…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape has postponed its 9th Provincial Conference which was scheduled to take place this weekend. The party was set to hold its conference from Friday to Sunday. The party said in a media statement that a meeting held on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Competition Commission has recommended that the Competition Tribunal approve the proposed acquisition of Consol Glass by private group, Ardagh, with certain conditions. Ardagh, a private company registered in Luxembourg, offered to acquire Consol in November 2021, for R10 billion. The group manufactures glass packaging – such…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille says her department will make state-owned land in KwaZulu-Natal available to house communities that were affected by devastating floods this week. On 11 and 12 April 2022, parts of KwaZulu-Natal received between 200 and 400 millimetres of rainfall in…
By Jacob Mawela. Photo Credit: Fullview. After an almost two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, the Nelson Mandela Foundation once again welcomed guests through its doors for the opening of a new virtual reality exhibition titled, "RealityCheck: Walter Sisulu - Accused #2";at its Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton, Johannesburg, on the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has confirmed that the death toll from the disastrous floods in the province has risen to 448. "Today, the search and rescue teams discovered five additional bodies and the death toll stands at 448," Zikalala said. He said police search and rescue teams…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) has appointed Human Settlements minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane as head of economic transformation. Kubayi-Ngubane, 43, succeeds Enoch Godongwana, who relinquished the powerful party position after being appointed finance minister in August. A statement on Kubayi's appointment will be issued later, ANC spokesman Pule…
Staff Reporter. The court case into the death of Zimbabwean national Elvis Nyathi, who was beaten and burnt to death in Diepsloot a week ago amid ongoing protests regarding crime in the area, has been postponed to April 22. A group of seven men have been arrested and charged with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal's Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu says around R442 million is needed to repair the schools that have been damaged by the floods. Mshengu was speaking at Brettenwood School where he joined Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, who's visiting schools that have suffered some damage. "That's only related…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The University of Johannesburg (UJ) will begin offering its degrees and certificates on the blockchain to avoid fraud. The university said the certificate will help stop counterfeiting and avoid the fraudulent representation of qualifications. UJ was the first South African Institution to offer its graduates the additional…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. eThekwini ANCYL member Mfundo Mokoena was gunned down on Monday night outside his home. Picture: @1KZNtvNews/Twitter. African National Congress (ANC) Youth League member Mfundo Mokoena was gunned down outside his home in eThekwini on Monday night. Mokoena, who was also a branch deputy secretary in ward 67,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has briefed the nation on the declaration of a National State of Disaster after floods in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape. The briefing follows the announcement of a national state of disaster…
Staff Reporter. Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services is currently considering amendments to the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill. The draft bill, which was published for public comment in September 2020, outlines possession rules for cannabis users at home and people who wish to cultivate the plant. While…
By Prinesha Naidoo. Government will seek parliament's approval for additional funds after allocating R1 billion to repair damages caused by the worst flooding in almost three decades that left 444 people dead and destroyed thousands of homes. President Cyril Ramaphosa in a televised speech said that the floods caused "billions…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has announced that stage 4 load shedding will be implemented on Monday (19 April), due to further breakdowns. In a statement, the power utility said that stage 4 load shedding would be implemented from 07h20 after Majuba Unit 5 and Tutuka Unit 4 tripped. Eskom did…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. The acting director-general in the Gauteng premier's office, Thabo Maemo Masebe, has died. The family issued a short statement and read as follows: "The Masebe family regrets to announce the sudden and unexpected death of our beloved brother, father and uncle, Thabo Maemo Masebe. The family…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday evening that cabinet had resolved to declare a national state of disaster to provide relief to KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape which had been extensively damaged by floods. Nearly 4,000 homes had been destroyed in KwaZulu-Natal and more than 40,000 people…
By Jason Felix. Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Tertius Simmers has officially been elected DA interim provincial leader. In May, the party is expected to elect an interim deputy provincial leader. Simmers has been acting as interim leader since the resignation of former provincial leader Albert Fritz earlier this year.…
Staff Reporter. One person died and another was wounded during a clash on Monday between Operation Dudula members and residents of an informal settlement in Kliptown, Soweto. "It is reported that at about 4.30pm residents of Pimville with Operation Dudula members, marched to Chicken Farm informal settlement in Kliptown complaining…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will this evening address the nation on the government’s response to catastrophic floods which have devastated parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. The address will commence from 21h00 this evening . The address follows a special Cabinet meeting yesterday where government assessed the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @DarrenStewart. The eThekwini Municipality has denied allegations that it stole goods donated in the Durban North area after a video went viral on social media on Monday. The video showed a woman in a bakkie laden with black bags which is believed to contain aid for flood…
Staff Reporter. African efforts to produce Covid-19 vaccines on the continent may face a setback amid a dearth of orders for the injections. Aspen Pharmacare Holdings informed the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention it's concerned about a lack of requests for Covid-19 vaccines and may close that manufacturing…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm on Monday on the government's response to the catastrophic floods in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. "The address follows a special Cabinet meeting yesterday where government assessed the social and economic aftermath of flooding in the…
Staff Reporter. (Ground Up) - A fire destroyed about 300 shacks in Langa, Cape Town on Saturday night, affecting about 1,200 people according to Mayco Member JP Smith. The cause of the fire is unknown. It was one of three fires in Langa on Saturday, according to Smith. The two…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Premier, Sihle Zikalala says government is in control of the situation at the mortuaries in the province. Zikalala addressed the media on Sunday to give an update on the provincial government's response to the flood disaster. During the briefing, Zikalala confirmed that more than 400…
By Oleksandr Kozhukhar and Pavel Polityuk. Russia said on Monday it had hit hundreds of military targets in Ukraine overnight, destroying command posts with air-launched missiles, while authorities in the western city of Lviv, which has escaped heavy bombardment, said a missile attack killed six. The Russian defence ministry said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is sending 10 000 troops to help the flood-stricken KwaZulu-Natal in a drive called Operation Chariot. The SANDF said as a result of the torrential rains and downpours that triggered floods and mudslides, more than 30 000 people have been affected…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng traffic police have called upon motorists to comply with the rules of the road as the Easter weekend comes to an end. The preliminary statistics on the Easter season indicate that over 16 road fatalities have been recorded on Gauteng roads, of which 8 fatalities are…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said the provincial government would be proactive in preventing any corruption as resources were made available to rebuild and recover. The floods claimed 443 lives and destroyed thousands of homes and infrastructure. During a media briefing on Sunday afternoon, Zikalala took the opportunity…
Staff Reporter. The Chinese city of Shanghai has announced its first deaths in a COVID-19 outbreak that has plunged the financial hub into a weeks-long lockdown and sparked widespread anger and rare protests. In a statement on Monday, the city said three people infected with COVID-19 had died on the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The death toll from floods that have battered South Africa's east coast has risen to 443, including a rescuer, a regional official said on Sunday, as dozens more are still missing. "The death toll now stands at 443," Sihle Zikalala, the premier of the KwaZulu-Natal province told…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom says it will be implementing stage 2 load shedding on Sunday (17 April) due to the loss of generating units. Stage 2 load shedding will start at 16h00 on Sunday, and continue until 05h00 on Wednesday (20 April). "The loss of four additional generating uniting at…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A girl looks over at the covered body of a baby that was found washed up on the Ispingo Beach after the recent floods, 13 April 2022, KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Jacques Nelles. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has increased the cash benefits for victims of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa's gross loan debt has almost doubled over the last five financial years. Gross loan debt has increased from R2.5 trillion in 2017/18 to R4.3 trillion in 2021/22. Government has therefore borrowed an additional R1.8 trillion from both domestic and international investors. This emerged in Finance…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - The Nigerian air force says it has killed more than 70 ISIL (ISIS)-affiliated fighters in the north of the country, at the border with Niger, in air raid. Saturday's statement said aircraft from Nigeria and Niger took part in the operation. The Lake Chad area, where…
Staff Reporter. Police in Limpopo are investigating the death of a toddler - allegedly at the hands of her father The man reportedly strangled his two-year-old daughter to death before also attempting to kill his 7-year-old daughter in Moleketla, outside Tzaneen on Friday. The 40-year-old man later committed suicide. Police…
Staff Reporter. National Liquor Traders (NLT) has committed a total of R2 million to support liquor traders who have suffered the recent devastation of flooding in Kwazulu-Natal. The support will include food parcels, credit allowances for restocking and rebuilding. "NLT is working closely with the KZN Liquor Traders Association to…
By Michelle Liu. Authorities stage outside Columbiana Centre mall in Columbia, S.C., following a shooting, Saturday, April 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford). (AP) - Ten people were shot and two others injured in a shooting at a busy shopping mall in South Carolina’s capital that authorities do not believe was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has postponed a visit to Saudi Arabia to focus on government's intervention in flood-hit KwaZulu-Natal. Ramaphosa was due to leave for the kingdom on Tuesday but has put the trip on hold. In a statement, Presidency said the postponement allows the President to continue…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The government is considering appointing an independent agency to manage the billions of rands earmarked for disaster relief in KwaZulu-Natal, in a bid to avoid corruption, the Sunday Times reports. The National Treasury has already identified R1 billion in contingency reserve funds that can immediately be released…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Funeral service AVBOB has pledged R7 million to help assist destitute Kwazulu/Natal families to bury their loved ones. The torrential rains have claimed almost 400 lives, with that number expected to escalate in the coming days. Avbob CEO Carl van der Riet said a commitment to community…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Founder of the Gender Equity Unit at University of Western Cape Rhoda Kadalie has died Kadalie died on Saturday, aged 68, after a battle with lung cancer. She was born in Cape Town's District Six in 1953 as the granddaughter of Clements Kadalie, a Malawian migrant…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Tributes have begun to pour in for the late Mandlakazi Skefile, who was Chairperson of the Mandela Bay Development Agency. Skefile,47, died in the early hours of Friday morning, the entity confirmed. She was a prominent figure in the development of the Bay tourism industry for several…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane says at least 58 healthcare facilities in KwaZulu-Natal have been ravaged by the floods that swept through the province this week. These clinics and hospitals are in the eThekwini, iLembe, Ugu, uMgungundlovu and King Cetshwayo districts. The facilities suffered damage to their roofs,…
Staff Reporter. City Power efforts to restore power in the Eldorado Park is hampered by several instances of cable theft and hopes to complete its work by Wednesday. Eldorado Park a sub-station fire left residents without electricity and caused extensive damage to the infrastructure. The utility said its technicians were…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Premier Zikalala, His Royal Highness, King Misuzulu and billionaire Patrice Motsepe are attending a prayer session for the victims of floods in Kwazulu Natal. The Motsepe Foundation has donated R30 Million which will go toward supporting the flood victims and Dlamini-Zuma has welcomed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Minister of Human Settlements, Mmamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane has announced a R1bn injection for Kwazulu Natal to help the province's recovery from the devastating floods this week. More rain is expected over the flood-ravaged province this weekend, and this is expected to compound the massive clean-up operations that…
Staff Reporter. Eleven people have died after a bus and minibus collided on the N1 near Leeu Gamka in the Western Cape on Good Friday. The Western Cape Transport Department said another 13 people were injured in the crash on Friday. The accident took place at approximately 6:00 near the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Petroleum Industry Association cautioned the public about the dangers of panic buying fuel from retail service stations as this will contribute to further retail sites running out of fuel. This follows reports that some fuel stations in Durban already ran dry on Thursday due…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa described the floods as "a catastrophe of enormous proportions... not seen before in our country" -- urged Good Friday prayers for survivors. "Let us pray for our people in KwaZulu-Natal so that they receive the healing that is required... so that they can get…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. More than five million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24, according to the latest UN statistics. UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, said 4,796,245 million Ukrainians had fled across the borders, while the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) says nearly 215,000…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - At least 35 people died and 71 were injured in Zimbabwe when a bus carrying churchgoers to an Easter gathering veered off the road and plunged down a gorge, police said Friday. The vehicle was taking members of a local church who were going to a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The death toll from days of flooding on South Africa's east coast rose to 395 on Friday, up from an earlier estimate of 341. In a statement on Friday, MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sipho Hlomuka said fatalities had increased and most of the deaths…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Residents collect clean water from a broken pipe sticking out from a collapsed embankment on the side of a road in Amaoti, north of Durban, on 14 April 2022. Picture: Jacques Nelles. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will monitor the provision of alternative…
Staff Reporter. At least seven suspects have been arrested for intimidation, extortion and impersonating police officers in Lenasia. The suspects were handcuffed in two separate sting operations on Wednesday and Thursday. It is believed that the suspects are also allegedly linked to the spate of kidnappings plaguing the south of…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Water and Sanitation has cautioned faith-based communities to avoid water bodies during the coming Easter weekend. During the Easter holidays, people of different faiths traditionally go to the rivers to perform religious activities, including baptism, amongst others. Department spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, said this practice has…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A fire broke out at a substation in Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg in the early hours of Friday morning. Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi says the fire erupted at Extension 5 at around 5am. "Yes, we can confirm that in the early hours of this…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The opposition Democratic Alliance has announced its intention to table the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Amendment Act for public comment. The bill proposes scrapping the current Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act and making several key amendments to the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA). "The proposed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. As the death toll from KwaZulu-Natal floods rises to 341, Premier Sihle Zikalala says more than 40,000 people in the province have been affected. Zikalala, on Thursday, provided an update on KZN government’s response to the flood disasters due to the heavy rains. The premier also indicated…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Law enforcement agencies are expected to be out in full force as thousands of travellers head to various destinations over the Easter long weekend. Busy routes during this period include the N1 from Gauteng to Limpopo, the N3 from Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal, the N2 from the Western…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished all South Africans well for the Easter holiday period and urges all faith communities to reach out in prayer and material assistance to communities in KwaZulu-Natal who have been affected by devastating floods. More than 300 people have lost their lives as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced the arrest of an immigration officer at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport after it emerged the official helped facilitate the entry of five Bangladeshi nationals into the country without the required immigration documents. Motsoaledi noted that the arrested official is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the loss of life and damage to infrastructure that occurred during flooding in KwaZulu-Natal as a disaster of "enormous proportions". Ramaphosa visited the area on Wednesday following torrential rains which battered the eThekweni Municipality – leaving at least ten districts needing humanitarian…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The City of Johannesburg says it plans to focus on 'the basics' in the next five years, including basic infrastructure tasks such as fixing potholes and ensuring power outages are kept to a minimum. The proposals are included in the city's new draft Integrated Development Plans (IDP)…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Joe Phaahla has extended the deadline for public comments on amendments to the Regulations Relating to the Surveillance and the Control of Notifiable Medical Conditions to 24 April 2022. The comment period was initially set to end on Friday (15 April 2022). The regulations…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Water and Sanitation has reiterated that the Shongweni Dam, located west of Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal, has not collapsed. This follows a video making the rounds on social media, alleging that Shongweni Dam has collapsed due to flooding in the province. The department has denounced the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu and his wife, Thembi, arrive at Sona 2020. File photo. The family of late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has confirmed that his widow, Thembi, has died. She passed away in a Pretoria hospital on Thursday morning. She was 51.…
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