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Staff Reporter. The Special Tribunal has granted the Special Investigating Unit and the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) an order to freeze R42 million worth of luxury properties and funds linked to Johannesburg businessman Hamilton Ndlovu. This was hot on the heels of a similar preservation order obtained by the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma’s special-plea hearing to remove the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) prosecutor, Billy Downer, from the arms deal corruption trial has been postponed and will heard on 21-22 September. Pietermaritzburg High Court Judge Piet Koen postponed the case on Thursday morning during a virtual hearing …
Staff Reporter. The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has noted with concern misleading reports suggesting that the government intends to add a charge of R250 to make an online booking on the National Traffic Information System (NaTIS) system. "The information emanates from the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) misinterpretation of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Treasury is working with the Presidency and the Department of Social Development to tackle the poverty gap, and this will include looking at an alternative for the R350 SRD grant, says Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana. Godongwana said this when Ministers in the Economics Cluster responded…
Staff Reporter. The Office of the Chief Justice (OCJ) has refuted the authenticity of a directive purportedly from Western Cape Division of the High Court Judge President, John Hlophe circulating on social media. "The spurious directive states that it is being issued as an addendum to the official directives issued…
Staff Reporter. The outgoing National Commissioner at the department of correctional services, Arthur Fraser, has admitted that he overruled the parole board to grant the controversial medical parole to former President Jacob Zuma. The board "indicated that he [Zuma] was in a stable condition". Zuma was serving a 15-month sentence…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC is fighting hard to ensure it gets another chance at registering all its eligible candidates for the 2021 local government elections. Late on Wednesday, the ANC submitted its grounds for opposing the DA’s application to the Constitutional Court to stop the Electoral Commission of SA…
Staff Reporter. @GalloImages. The director-general (DG) of the Department of Higher Education and Training, Gwebinkundla Qonde, has suffered a blow after his application to have his suspension declared unlawful was dismissed by the Labour Court. The matter was heard in the Labour Court last month while the judgment was delivered…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. It's official: the 2021 local government elections will be held on 1 November. At a press briefing on Wednesday, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma confirmed the date. She said she "accepted the ConCourt's order to set aside" her October proclamation of the election date.…
Staff Reporter. Deputy President David Mabuza has called on all South African citizens to heed the call to vaccinate in order to reduce the rate of infections, hospitalisation and deaths. Mabuza was speaking at the launch of the Vaccination Social Mobilisation campaign, in partnership with the Department of Sports, Arts…
Staff Reporter. Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will virtually address the media this afternoon to give an update on the 2021 local government elections scheduled for not later than November the first. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. Christiana Hospital on fire. Photo: Facebook/Paramedics, SAPS and Firefighters South Africa. The North West Department of Health confirmed a fire had broken out at Christiana Hospital,three hours away from Mmabatho Springs. Health MEC for the province, Madoda Sambatha, said in a statement the entire hospital was affected by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Democratic Alliance (DA) has urgently applied to the Constitutional Court to set aside the Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) decision to reopen the candidate nomination process for upcoming local government elections. In papers filed in court late on Tuesday night, the DA wants the court…
Staff Reporter. The National Vaccination Campaign "Return to Play – it’s in your hands" is being launched at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday. The launch will be led by Deputy President David Mabuza supported by Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa and Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla.…
Staff Reporter. The Special Tribunal has granted the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and Transnet a preservation order to freeze approximately R4.2 billion held in bank accounts linked to state capture corruption accused CRRC E-Loco Supply. In a statement, the SIU said it believes that the funds were proceeds of unlawful…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The cause of the fire is under investigation, and so far, no injuries have been reported. Photo: Twitter. North West firefighters are battling a blaze at Mmabatho Palms Hotel in Mahikeng. Details are still sketchy but police have confirmed that the blaze broke out at the Mmabatho…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The JG Zuma Foundation on Tuesday said former President Jacob Zuma will be meeting with his legal team "to discuss a wide range of issues." The foundation said it will provide further updates in due course, adding that his team "lives in the hope the Recision Application…
Staff Reporter. Public Enterprises Director General Kgathatso Tlhakudi says government will no longer be funding bailouts, as they are known, for state owned enterprises. Tlhakudi was speaking during a departmental briefing of Parliament’s Public Enterprises committee. He said any funding would be given under strict conditions. "What has been communicated…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Blade Nzimande, says a lack of accreditation at historically disadvantaged institutions limits access to the advancement of black people in the accountancy profession. "It results in their BCom Accounting (Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting) graduates not being able to become Chartered Accountants…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has launched the Renewable Energy Tariff pilot programme, which aims to supply cleanly sourced electricity to the utility’s business customers. The electricity will be supplied through Eskom’s Sere Wind Farm. The programme targets businesses that have corporate renewable energy targets and would like to use renewable…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Founder and President of the National Freedom Party (NFP),Zanele Magwaza-Msibi will be laid to rest on Saturday in Ulundi,Kwazulu-Natal. KaMagwaza-Msibi, passed away on Monday morning. NFP secretary-general Canaan Mdletshe confirmed her death, saying the party was devastated as NFP members had hoped that she would recover.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) says that civil society groups have misinterpreted proposed vehicle licence fees gazetted late last week. The Automobile Association and civil action group Outa published statements on Tuesday (7 September) slamming the proposals for including a R250 online booking fee for licence…
Staff Reporter. Improving the foundational skills of literacy and numeracy, especially 'reading for meaning,' is now an apex priority for the Department of Basic Education. Addressing the UNESCO World Literacy Day, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said the department remains convinced that literacy and numeracy are the heartbeats of basic…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC on Tuesday strongly denied allegations that it had influenced the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to reopen the candidate registration process for the upcoming local government elections. "We made no comments about what should happen with the IEC. We only hoped that the IEC would take…
Staff Reporter. The South African Revenue Service (SARS), in partnership with the South African Police Service and liquor industry, has slammed the brakes on a Mpumalanga warehouse allegedly trading illicit liquor valued at R15 million. In a statement on Tuesday, the revenue collector said the warehouse recycled the duty-free liquor…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on the relaxation of lockdown regulations in the coming days. According to a government advisory published on Tuesday (7 September), the address will also focus on the way forward to achieve population immunity through vaccination. The update comes after the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Joao Rodrigues, the apartheid-era police officer charged with the murder of activist Ahmed Timol, at his first court appearance on July 30 2018. He died on Monday. File photo.Alon Skuy. Former apartheid policeman João Rodrigues has died without disclosing his secrets about exactly how anti-apartheid activist Ahmed…
Staff Reporter. The National Prosecuting Authority will have a chance to examine former president Jacob Zuma's medical records. Zuma's special plea hearing will be postponed to the 20 and 21 September. "We can confirm that the special plea hearing relating to Mr Zuma's case will be postponed virtually by consent…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC veteran Bushy Maape on Tuesday was elected as the new premier of the North West by the provincial legislature. Maape replaces Job Mokgoro after he was recalled last month from the top post by the ANC’s North West interim provincial committee (IPC). The former Robben Island…
Staff Reporter. Alleged unrest instigator Bonginkosi Khanyile has been granted R5 000 bail in the Durban Magistrate's Court. Khanyile is accused of inciting public violence on social media during civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July in which more than 350 people died. He allegedly posted various hashtags in…
Staff Reporter. A sigh of relief for the ANC and other parties who missed the candidate list registration process deadline They'll have another chance to register candidates for the upcoming elections. The governing party has welcomed the commission’s decision as Local Government Elections draw closer. The ANC faced the prospect…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Public Service and Administration will host a dialogue aimed at finding ways to improve the financial and organisational performance systems in government and State entities. The dialogue is part of activities for Integrated Public Service Month (IPSM) and will be led by Public Service and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the decision to release former president Jacob Zuma, after the department of correctional services (DCS) on Sunday confirmed that Zuma had been placed on medical parole. "We have received and taken note of the decision by correctional services' national commissioner to…
Staff Reporter. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa deliver closing address at the NEC Lekgotla. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ANC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) chairperson Glen Mashinini (right) and former deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke. Photo Credit:Sarel van der Walt. The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has announced it will reopen its candidate registration process for the 2021 local government elections after the voter…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) is briefing the media on Monday afternoon after the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) on Friday dismissed its application to postpone this year’s municipal elections to February 2022. The IEC was locked in meetings over the weekend to discuss the implications of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Reuters. The South African government has noted with great concern the ongoing political and security situation in the Republic of Guinea following an apparent coup de ’tat at the weekend. In a statement issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), the South African Government…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, has conveyed heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Zanele Magwaza-Msibi following the announcement of her passing on Monday. Pandor in a statement said Magwaza-Msibi, the Founder and President of the National Freedom Party, played an…
Staff Reporter. In an effort to address challenges some beneficiaries have experienced in trying to access their Social Relief of Distress R350 grant from the Post Office, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has reopened a system for applicants to change their payment method. Applicants of the Special COVID-19…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @JacoMarais. Embattled prisons boss Arthur Fraser signed off on former president Jacob Zuma's medical parole just two weeks before his contract is set to expire, and not be renewed. News24 has been told by reliable sources that Fraser's contract as Correctional Services National Commissioner is set to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi. Picture: GCIS. National Freedom Party (NFP) leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi died in hospital on Monday, the party confirmed. NFP MP Ahmed Shaik Emam said the party was reeling from the news. He said kaMagwaza-Msibi had been admitted to an Umhlanga hospital in Durban. KaMagwaza-Msibi, a former…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the government aims to establish a citizen-centred public service delivery system that is seamless, adaptive and responsive. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, the president said that public servants have been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons in…
Staff Reporter. DA federal council chairperson Helen Zille says the party will seek an interdict should the ANC be allowed to register candidates for the fifth local government elections. The ruling party failed to register candidates with the IEC in more 90 municipalities, more than a third of SA's 278…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma has been released from prison on medical parole, the department of correctional services confirmed on Sunday. In a statement released on Sunday afternoon, the department said: "Medical parole's eligibility for Mr Zuma is impelled by a medical report received by the Department of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday called on SAPS to implement its police safety strategy, and urged officers to defend their own lives and those of citizens against criminals. Ramaphosa was addressing a police commemoration day held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The annual event is held…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe has described the former Umkhonto we Sizwe Veteran's Association Kebby Maphatsoe, as someone who has made a significant contribution to the party. Mantashe delivered eulogy at Maphatsoe’s funeral service at the G.O.G. Recreational Centre in Protea Glen, Soweto. He said the disbanding…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Six people burnt to death after a minibus taxi they were travelling in smashed into a tree and caught fire in Krugersdorp, Gauteng on Saturday night. Five others, including a child, were badly injured. According to ER24 EMS paramedics, "six people were killed, and five others –…
Staff Reporter. Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has published the government’s updated national licensing transaction fees for 2021 for public comment. In a government gazette published on Friday (3 September), Mbalula said that the new transaction fee will cost R72. In terms of the Road Traffic Management Corporation Act, local registering…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa join families of slain police officers at the annual South African Police Service Commemoration Day. The commemoration is held at the South African Police Service (SAPS) Memorial Site at the Union Buildings, in Pretoria, on Sunday. This year’s event commemorates members of the SAPS…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president of the uMkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans' Association Emmanuel Kebby Maphatsoe's funeral service take place at the G.O.G. Recreational Centre in Protea Glen,Soweto. Maphatsoe, an avid supporter of former president Jacob Zuma, was no stranger to controversy and often landed in trouble for some of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says those that choose not to vaccinate increase the risk for a resurgence of infections and prolonged economic hardship for the rest of the population. The President said this when he responded to oral questions in a hybrid sitting of the National Assembly on…
By Jan Gerber. The ad hoc committee on Section 25 adopted a bill to amend the Constitution to allow expropriation without compensation with only ANC MPs voting in its favour. The bill will now be put before the National Assembly for adoption, while it is unlikely that the ANC would…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @ThulaniMbele. The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) held a special meeting on Friday, followed by a three-day virtual lekgotla from Saturday to Monday. While delivering his political overview at the the ANC's Lekgotla on Saturday,President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that the State Capture Commission of Inquiry is set…
Staff Reporter. City Power, suspended its chief executive officer Mongezi Ntsokolo in connection with alleged impropriety and findings against him in 2018 while he was employed by Eskom. Ntsokolo reportedly failed to declare allegations of maladministration and corruption from three years ago. City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena said an investigation…
Staff Reporter. Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd, South Africa’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, is evaluating the use of carbon capture at power plants as part of decarbonization plans to transform the coal-burning utility. The process that captures carbon dioxide emissions would need to be financially viable, chief executive officer Andre…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, says the question on whether government should issue a legislation or regulation on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination, is currently not among its priorities. "The position of government is very clear. Our priority is to mobilise and convince people to come forward voluntarily and…
Staff Reporter. The funeral of Fort Hare student Nosicelo Mtebeni is held in her home village of Khahauoe in Matatiele. The final-year law student was brutally murdered in a house in East London in August. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. The provision of quality services and the combatting of corruption are an integral part of the public service, says Public Service and Administration Minister Ayanda Dlodlo. "This year’s Integrated Public Service Month (IPSM) reminds us that we should join our efforts to combat corruption, build the capacity of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the additional interventions that have been implemented following the recent devastating civil unrest have helped to sustain millions of jobs. "The interventions that we have implemented have sustained millions of jobs, prevented the closure of a number of businesses, and provided relief to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The local government elections must take place between October 27 and November 1, the Constitutional Court has ruled. In an order released on Friday afternoon, the country's apex court said the application by the Electoral Commission of SA (IEC) to have the vote postponed had been dismissed.…
Staff Reporter. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has joined the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to caution against the use of Ivermectin to treat COVID-19. According to SAHPRA, its position to align itself with the FDA is reflected in the statement issued in January this…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa’s vaccination efforts will be a key factor in limiting a potential fourth wave of Covid-19 infections at the end of 2021, says president Cyril Ramaphosa. Responding in an oral Q&A in parliament on Friday (3 September), the president said that getting vaccinated was key to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says concerted efforts are needed to overcome inequality and the material conditions that divide society along racial lines. "Building social cohesion requires a concerted effort to overcome inequality and social depravation. "It also requires that we overcome the unequal material conditions that divides society…
Staff Reporter. At least 80% of African countries are expected to miss the global target of vaccinating at least 10% of their populations against COVID-19 by the end of September. This was revealed by World Health Organisation (WHO) regional director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti. She was speaking during a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The government is currently discussing introducing initiatives to encourage people to get vaccinated, with these set to be finalised over the next week, says health minister Joe Phaahla. While this will categorially not be cash payouts, Phaahla said it would instead include other ‘soft’ incentives such as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. So far, this has been a very low-octane question session, especially given that it is President Cyril Ramaphosa's first appearance in the National Assembly after the unrest and Cabinet reshuffle, while we're still in a global pandemic. Ramaphosa is vague and it appears that he is attempting…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The government is reviewing South Africa’s lockdown restrictions on a weekly basis and is encouraged by the declining number of Covid-19 cases seen in the country, says health minister Joe Phaahla. Addressing media on Friday (3 September), Phaahla said an analysis would be conducted by the health…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has published a government gazette giving the green light to public emergency medical services education institutions to offer accredited emergency medical care qualifications. These include qualifications registered on the Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF) of the National Qualification Framework…
Staff Reporter. As South Africa celebrates Heritage Month, the Minister for Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has called on South Africans to pass on their cultural heritage to children. "Our call to action is in our cultural endeavours to promote conversations and illustrations of South Africans sharing with each…
Staff Reporter. Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association (MKMVA) president Kebby Maphatsoe will be laid to rest on Sunday, MKMVA spokesperson Carl Niehaus announced on Thursday evening. Maphatsoe died on Tuesday afternoon, and according to his brother Joseph Maphatsoe, he died peacefully in his sleep at his home in Meyersdal, Alberton.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 9,203 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,796,405. This increase represents a 16.1% positivity rate. The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal (29%), followed by…
Staff Reporter. Embattled Eskom has won a R1.3 billion judgement against the Emfuleni Local Municipality over unpaid bulk electricity services, in a move that could see the municipality's power infrastructure attached by the power utility. The state-owned electricity supplier said the debt was part of a total debt of 1.9…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has emphasised the importance of institutions funded by government to account for public funds. This comes after Wednesday’s announcement of the closure of Liliesleaf national heritage site, which was attributed to a funding crisis that was faced by the organisation…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Deputy President David Mabuza says government aims to meet its target to vaccinate 40 million people by 31 December 2021 in order to achieve herd immunity. "We need to get out of this situation. Our economy is devastated and our people have lost jobs, so, we can’t…
Staff Reporter. Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has confirmed that only one registered South African remains in Afghanistan, Kabul. This is after 35 South African nationals were assisted to leave Kabul on various evacuation flights. "The one remaining South African is working in Kabul and will remain there…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Police Minister, Bheki Cele, has confirmed two more arrests in Babita Deokaran's murder case. The suspects were found with cash and firearms in their vehicles. Speaking in Umlazi on Thursday, following the killings of 11 people in less than three days,Cele gave an update Deokaran’s murder investigation.…
Staff Reporter. Gender Based Violence and Femicide is one of the biggest challenges currently facing the country, Cabinet said on Thursday. This is according to Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, who was briefing the media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting, held on Wednesday. Cabinet expressed condolences to…
Staff Reporter. South Africa’s Cabinet has welcomed the outcomes of the G20 Compact with Africa meeting held in Berlin, Germany, last month. Currently, 12 African countries have joined the Compact with Africa initiative as well as the Democratic Republic of Congo in its capacity as the chair of the African…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet has approved the extension of South Africa’s national state of disaster by another month. The extension means that the state of disaster will now run until 15 October 2021. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma had not yet officially gazetted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Employment and Labour is preparing to introduce the amended Employment Equity Act in 2022. Among other changes, the legislation will allow the employment and labour minister to set employment equity targets for different business sectors. The minister can set targets for different occupational levels,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Nine people were killed and 12 injured in the horrific KZN accident on the R612 near Ixopo in KwaZulu-Natal Midlands shortly after 8:30 am. Three trucks, a bakkie and a minibus vehicle were involved in the crash. KZN EMS spokesperson Robert McKenzie on Thursday told the media…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has launched the 'Request A Slot' campaign aimed at addressing the renewal of drivers’ licences backlog. The campaign started on Wednesday and will continue until 31 March 2022. Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Jacob Mamabolo presented the initiative before the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Presidency says President Cyril Ramaphosa is acting upon referrals made by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) regarding implicated individuals for disciplinary action. The Presidency confirmed in July that had received a report and referral on the Digital Vibes matter from the SIU. At the time, the…
Staff Reporter. Candidates who registered to write this year’s matric May/June supplementary examinations but either missed, failed a subject, or want to improve their marks, have another chance to improve their results. According to the Department of Basic Education (DBE), National Senior Certificate (NSC) candidates can now sign up to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC donor and MP Dr Xiaomei Havard believes a "leaked intelligence report" implying that she was spying for China is a smear campaign to discredit her. The State Security Agency (SSA) purportedly raised concerns about Havard possibly sharing classified information with China, according to a report by …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says investing in Limpopo is a strategic move that is crucial to the integration of the SADC region. "Our National Infrastructure Plan aims to support the integration of African economies and the development of intra-Africa regional value chains. "Investing in Limpopo is therefore very…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has reiterated its commitment to improving the arrear municipal debt that has ballooned to R35.3 billion for the financial year ending March 2021. To address this, among other challenges, Eskom said it was working closely with the Political Task Team led by the Deputy President, David…
Staff Reporter. The Special Tribunal is set to hear a review application this month regarding the controversial Digital Vibes’ R150 million contract awarded by the Department of Health. The Special Investigating Unit(SIU) appeared before Parliament’s standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) on Wednesday to give an update on its personal…
Staff Reporter. At least 11 people have been reportedly killing in mass shootings in Umlazi township, KwaZulu-Natal, this week alone. On Tuesday night, five people were shot and killed in W Section, while three others sustained serious injuries. This follows the killing of six people on Sunday who were shot…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) is lobbying the government to change how beer is taxed in South Africa. In a presentation to parliament’s standing committee on finance this week, the association focused on the negative impact of above-inflation increases on the beer industry, which it…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Tributes continued pouring in after the death of former deputy minister of defence and military veterans and leader of the now-disbanded Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), Kebby Maphatsoe. MKVA national spokesperson Carl Niehaus said they were shattered to announce that the president of MKMVA, comrade…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu withdrew her department's Green Paper on Comprehensive Social Security and Retirement Reform, which was gazetted two weeks ago. The withdrawal was gazetted late on Tuesday. No reason was given, but the latest development follows an outcry after the paper proposed that…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC has withdrawn its application to the electoral court, in which it requested an extension to the deadline to submit its candidates list for the local government elections, the party's lawyers confirmed. Attorney Ntanga Nkhulu said they were given instructions to withdraw the application, but would…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande. Photo: GCIS. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande says different departments are finalising their skills and innovation strategies to support government’s Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP). "The Department of Higher Education and Training is finalising the Skills…
Staff Reporter. Former president Jacob Zuma has refused to allow NPA doctors to examine him, his foundation said. Earlier this month, and with the full agreement of Zuma’s advocate Dali Mpofu, KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg Judge Piet Koen ordered that the State "may grant a medical practitioner of its…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Khusela Diko has been fired as President Cyril Ramaphosa's spokesperson, but will retain a position in the public service. This was confirmed by the office of the Presidency on Tuesday evening following the disciplinary process. The Presidency has finalised its disciplinary process against Diko, and found that…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng will add 10 extra Driving Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) to address the current drivers’ licence renewal backlog. "By the end of the year, we will have added 10 more facilities and we should be able to augment the capacity that we have," the MEC for Roads and…
Staff Reporter. The Special Tribunal has found former Transnet executive for Capital Projects, Herbert Msagala, guilty of disgorgement of secret profits while employed there and has ordered that he pay back R26.4 million to the SOE. The matter came before the Special Tribunal in July 2020 after the Special Investigating…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @Waldo Swiegers. Former deputy minister of defence and military veterans, and head of the now-disbanded Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA) Kebby Maphatsoe has died. Maphatsoe’s brother, Joseph Maphatsoe, said the former deputy minister of defence and military veterans died peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday afternoon…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, has told the National Council of Provinces that current scientific reports suggest that vaccination still offers protection against the new COVID-19 variant C.1.2 identified in South Africa. The variant – which has been detected in all provinces in low frequency – is…
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