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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that South Africa is beginning to see the benefits of its latest level 3 lockdown and its ability to manage a second surge in Covid-19 cases. In a media briefing earlier, Mkhize said that the first 'green shoots' are appearing and…
Photo Credit: GCIS. Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande is briefing the media on the state of readiness of tertiary institutions to start the acaddemic year. Livestream: Nzimande briefs media on opening of tertiary institutions: Video Courtesy of SABC:
Staff Reporter. Eskom is working with Johannesburg City Power to reduce the duration of load-shedding in Johannesburg. City Power customers in Johannesburg are the only ones to experience four-hour blocks of continuous load-shedding, the power utility said in a tweet. "Due to the interconnectedness with City Power systems, Eskom is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has answered on a number of key issues currently facing South Africa, including the extension of Covid-19 grants and the rollout of vaccines. In a series of interviews over the weekend, the president also spoke on the issue of alcohol sales and…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Pixabay. Gauteng police have confirmed the arrest of three managers of popular restaurants in Sandton and Silverton for selling liquor to patrons, in contravention to the Disaster Management Act and COVID-19 level three lockdown regulations. In a statement, Gauteng SAPS spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo said police…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified on South Africa is 1 337 926 with a total of 12 267 new cases identified since the last report. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 7 613 470 with …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) has confirmed the passing of Kabelo KB Molopyane, who was working at Motsweding FM as a presenter. While details surrounding the radio personality’s death are still unclear, its understood Molopyane passed away this morning. Molopyane has been with Motsweding FM since…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal transport, community safety and liaison MEC Bheki Ntuli has died after a short illness. In a short statement, the ANC in KZN said that Ntuli - also a member of the provincial executive committee - died on Saturday. It is believed he died of Covid-19 related complications.…
Staff Reporter. Power utility Eskom Holdings anticipates electricity shortages on a weekly basis for the next three months, raising the specter of regular power cuts through April. Eskom's "likely risk scenario" over the next three months shows a deficit of more than 2,001 megawatts to meet demand and reserves, according…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. The Bapedi King, Victor Kgoshikgolo Thulare Thulare III, will be laid to rest on Sunday. Thulare was the son of the late King Rhyne Thulare who died in 2007, while Victor was still too young to be crowned King. Those close to the family…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in his daily update that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified on South Africa is 1 325 659. This is an increase of 13 973 of new cases identified in the last 24 hours. Mkhize said a further 384 COVID19 related deaths have…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. Johannesburg is one of the 10 unhealthiest cities in the world to live in, according to a new study which ranked 44 global cities. This is despite having only less sunshine than Cairo, Tel Aviv and Los Angeles, Johannesburg ranked 39th out 44…
Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda. Staff Reporter. Uganda's election commission on Saturday declared incumbent Yoweri Museveni the winner of the presidential election, extending his 35-year rule as his main rival alleged fraud and urged citizens to reject the result. Museveni won 5.85 million votes, or 58.64 percent, of the total…
Staff Reporter. The Black Sash has called for the intervention of President Cyril Ramaphosa after police turned a water cannon on social grant applicants queuing outside a SA Social Security Agency office in Cape Town. The human rights organisation said the use of force — from a vehicle containing Social…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Teachers' Union (SADTU) says it does not agree with the decision by the Basic Education Department and the National Coronavirus Command Council that school management teams and educators return to work on the 25th of this month and 1 February respectively. SADTU has, however, welcomed the decision…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Democratic Alliance (DA) says that it will prepare draft legislation in 2021 to amend the Disaster Management Act and bring future lockdowns under parliamentary control. The party has criticised the government’s extended state of disaster extensions and is currently challenging the constitutionality of section 27 of…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng police have confirmed that a formal case of rape has been opened against two well-known radio personalities. Earlier this week, a woman took to Twitter, accusing DJ Fresh and Euphonik of drugging and raping her in 2011. @DJFreshSA & @euphonik will you ever acknowledge drunking me &…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Friday that the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa is 1 311 686. This is an increase of 14 880 new cases in the last 24 hours. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 7…
Staff Reporter. Ugandan opposition leader Bobi Wine on Friday claimed victory in presidential elections, rejecting as a "joke" early results that gave incumbent President Yoweri Museveni a wide lead. The electoral commission said on Friday that with 49.1 percent of votes from Thursday’s ballot counted, Museveni had won 3.9 million,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has defended his close links with the Gupta brothers. Molefe, testifying at the state capture commission on Friday, said he met the Guptas for the first time around 2007 or 2008. He admitted having visited their residence in Saxonwold "several times over…
Staff Reporter. The Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB) has expressed sadness at the passing of its Chief Executive (CEO), Dr Bongumenzi Emmanuel Mpungose. Dr Mpungose passed away on Thursday morning. The CEO had joined PanSALB in April last year and previously held the position of Section Manager for Language…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Durban University of Technology. The legendary Ukhozi FM presenter Welcome Nzimande has died. Popularly known as Bhodloza, Mzimande died friday morning after a short illness. At the time of his death he was working for the Department of Labour as UIF Board Chairperson, having joined…
The much awaited evidence of former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe is expected to be heard on Friday at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Johannesburg. Molefe is alleged to have been at the centre of State Capture at the power utility. He is alleged to have abused his power…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Department of Basic Education has announced that government will keep all schools closed in South Africa due to concerns around the country second Covid-19 wave. In a media briefing on Friday (15 January), Deputy Basic Education minister Reginah Mhaule said that both…
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga briefs the media on the planned reopening of public schools on 27 January. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi has clarified which services will be available at Home Affairs offices during the country’s extended level 3 lockdown. In a media briefing on Tuesday, Motsoaledi announced that his department had taken the decision to suspend some services to reduce the number of people…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 296 806. A total of 18 503 new Covid-19 cases have been identified in the country. Mkhize said a further 712 deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 97,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. A Johannesburg matric exam marker has died after contracting COVID-19. Her colleagues are under isolation. The teacher, who had been based at the Jeppe Boys Marking Centre in Johannesburg, had been found unconscious at her residence on Tuesday. Acting Gauteng education department MEC Jacob…
Staff Reporter. A Johannesburg metro police department (JMPD) officer is in hospital after being assaulted by people who were attending an "after tears" gathering of a prominent pub owner in Protea Glen, Soweto. According to JMPD spokesperson Wayne Minaar, the officers were attending to a complaint of a gathering and…
Staff Reporter. The Unemployment Insurance Fund may restart payments to help people unable to work because of the coronavirus outbreak, Cosatu said. Progress was made in talks held this week at the National Economic Development and Labour Council, according to Matthew Parks, parliamentary coordinator for the Congress of South African…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Western Cape government says that it plans to pursue its own vaccine strategy which will take effect in three stages. "We have appointed a vaccine advisory committee, made up of experts who will advise us on matters including science and ethics throughout the process.," it said.…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa has made four senior appointments in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). "These appointments are essential for the efficient functioning and rebuilding of the NPA as part of the fight against serious crime, including sexual and gender-based crimes and corruption, and as a contribution to deepening…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Small Business Development, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, says she is appalled at the misinformation peddled by the Democratic Alliance (DA) about the expenditure of the small business COVID-19 relief funds. The DA recently issued a statement claiming the Department of Small Business Development has only allocated 8% of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The EFF has called for the local government elections and the reopening of schools to be postponed amid the rising number of Covid-19 infections. In a virtual address, EFF leader Julius Malema said forging ahead with the two major events would be gambling with the lives of…
Staff Reporter. Donald Trump has become the first president in US history to be impeached twice, after being charged with "incitement of insurrection" over last week's deadly storming of Congress. The House of Representatives accused Trump of encouraging violence with his false claims of election fraud. He now faces trial…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, says she is greatly saddened to learn about Professor Mohammad Karaan’s passing. Karaan is a former Dean of the Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University (SU) and a champion of agriculture and rural development. The department…
Staff Reporter. South Africa’s Information Regulator has announced that it met Facebook South Africa on Wednesday to discuss its revised WhatsApp privacy policy. WhatsApp’s revised private policy sparked a global outcry after the popular Facebook-owned messaging app alerted its 2 billion users to accept the new terms if they wanted…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Transport has clarified that the announcement of the extension of licenses does not include vehicle licenses and license discs. The clarification comes after transport minister Fikile Mbalula erroneously posted the that these licences are included in the extension on social media. In a 30 November…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African Vaccine Acquisition Task Team (AVATT) has confirmed the acquisition of provisional 270 million vaccine doses for African countries, with at least 50 million being available for the crucial period of April to June 2021. The 10-member AVATT, which was established by African Union Chair, President…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 12h00 on Thursday (14 January) until 23h00 on Sunday evening (17 January). The power utility said that the load shedding was necessary due to the loss of generation capacity overnight. Two generation units at the Kusile…
The Commission will continue to hear Eskom related evidence on Thursday. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. Transnet skeletons that are 13 years old have come out of the cupboard to haunt former SA National Defence Force commander Gen Siphiwe Nyanda. This emerged at the state capture commission hearings on Wednesday afternoon during the testimony of a director at law firm…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said that 18,555 new cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours. This means 1,278,303 cases have been recorded across SA. The new infections came from 71,681 tests, at a positivity rate of 25.88%. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 7 358…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. French international banking group BNP Paribas has published a research note analysing South Africa’s outlook for 2021 and the major events to look out for. Following a record slump in growth and activity in 2020, the group said that it expects the key focus in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has published new guidelines which provide clarity on re-testing for Covid-19 and returning to work. At present, the institute said that the re-testing people who have experienced mild illness, and have recovered from Covid-19 is not recommended. "A person is…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. President Cyril Ramaphosa has honoured BaPedi King Victor Thulare III with a Special Official Funeral Category 1. The King passed away on Wednesday, 6 January 2021 at the age of 40. President Ramaphosa officially recognised Thulare as King of the BaPedi in 2020, said…
Staff Reporter. Former eThekwini and KZN ANC MPL mayor Zandile Gumede is in mourning after the murder of one of his longtime followers, confidants and key activists. Sduduzo Magwaza was shot dead on Tuesday evening in the village of Cornubia in Durban. Magwaza was shot dead by unknown people while…
Staff Reporter. Three officials in the Office of the Master in Pretoria face arrest after they allegedly solicited a bribe from a citizen seeking a Letter of Authority. This comes after the office received a tip-off by a member of the public on Tuesday. Subsequently, the office reported the incident…
Staff Reporter. Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs says the implementation of a One-Stop Border Post with neighbouring countries and the establishment of the Border Management Authority (BMA) offers a solution to the challenges at the Beitbridge Border Post. The committee on Tuesday visited Beitbridge in response to the challenges…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. With schools due to reopen on 27 January, as cases of Covid-19 continue to rise, a growing number of South Africans have expressed support for the continued closure of schools. This was one of the key findings in a survey undertaken by the University…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom's former Chief Financial Officer, Anoj Singh was expected to testify at the State Capture Inquiry. The commission has dedicated a week to testimony from former Eskom executives. Singh’s legal representative at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, Anneline van den Heever, has told the chairperson…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Police minister Bheki Cele says that SAPS members have arrested more than 7,000 people for failing to wear masks under South Africa’s adjusted level 3 lockdown. In an interview on Tuesday, Cele said that since 27 December, when the new regulations were introduced, a total…
Staff Reporter. Prof Salim Abdool Karim, chairperson of the Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee said "I feel like I let my country down." Speaking on SAfm on Tuesday, the professor said he should have joined other global scientists and helped create a Covid-19 vaccine that would have also benefited SA. Abdool…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published a new gazette which confirms the extension of South Africa’s level 3 lockdown and changes to some restrictions. The gazette gives effect to the national address given by president Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday evening (11 January),…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Tuesday that 13 105 new cases have been identified since the last report bringing the cumulative total of Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa to 1 259 748. Gauteng is leading with a total of 341 460 cases which is 27.1%…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. As South Africa entered the new year, it quickly became clear that 2021 would not represent a return to the normal we knew before the pandemic, and that the country, like the rest of the world, would continue living with ongoing uncertainties for at…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has announced the suspension of several services rendered by the Department of Home Affairs under level 3 of the lockdown. This as the number of death certificates issued by the department has been on the increase. Addressing the media on Tuesday,…
Staff Reporter. The founder and chief executive of the government’s citizen engagement platform on WhatsApp, known as GovChat, has brought an urgent application to the Competition Tribunal for interim relief against Facebook, WhatsApp, and Facebook South Africa. GovChat are asking the Tribunal to interdict and restrain Facebook/WhatsApp from removing them…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Gauteng Provincial Government is gearing up for the worst-case scenario as the second wave of Covid-19 infections rears its ugly head in the province. Addressing the media on Tuesday, premier David Makhura said Gauteng is now the second most affected province in the country in terms…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says that South Africa is unlikely to review its lockdown restrictions until it sees a decline in active Covid-19 cases. President Cyril Ramaphaosa moved to South Africa to an adjusted level 3 lockdown at the…
Staff Reporter. International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, has expressed sadness upon learning of the passing away of Ambassador Themba Muziwakhe Nicholas Kubheka. Kubheka passed away on Wednesday, 6 January, in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. He was 72. Kubheka served as South Africa’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. Matshela Koko, one of the most influential figures at Eskom, is back at the state capture commission on Tuesday. The former CEO has previously been implicated in allegations of wrongdoing by some witnesses at the commission. When he last appeared before Deputy Chief Justice…
Staff Reporter. The Special Tribunal has granted the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) a temporary interdict prohibiting the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) from paying pension benefits due to the former Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Chief Financial Officer. Jacob Hlatshwayo, the former CFO of the Department of…
Staff Reporter. As South Africa battles the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the country will remain on Adjusted Alert Level 3 Lockdown. The country has been on Adjusted Lockdown Alert Level 3 since December 29, when the resurgence in infections started. Addressing the nation…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that government will deploy a comprehensive vaccination strategy that aims to reach all parts of the country. Addressing the nation on Monday on the country’s progress in containing the COVID-19 pandemic, the President described the task as the "largest and most complex…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize in a statement on Monday said the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa is 1 246 643 with 15 046 new cases identified since the last report. The minister reported a further 416 deaths: Eastern Cape 163 , Free State 30, KwaZulu-Natal 38,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the extension of South Africa’s adjusted level 3 lockdown, with some changes to the current restrictions. In his televised address this evening, the president said that the pandemic in South Africa is now at its most 'devastating', with the number of new…
President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8 pm on Monday on developments in relation to the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The address follows meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and Cabinet. Ramaphosa also hosted a virtual engagement on Sunday…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gcis. Presidency has on Monday announced that Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu tested positive for COVID-19. Mthembu took the test earlier on Monday after showing some symptoms. "As per the COVID-19 regulations, Minister Mthembu as well as those who have come in contact with him…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Department of Basic Education believes that it is still on track to wrap up the marking of matric papers before the end of the month. Marking got off to a bad start, as some markers pulled out, citing the fear of COVID-19. However,…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral Commission has once again approached the Electoral Court to postpone a series of scheduled by-elections following the implementation of COVID-19 level 3 lockdown restrictions. In a statement, the commission said this was because the lockdown regulations include prohibitions on political activities. The commission said it is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20h00 on Monday (11 January) to discuss on developments in relation to the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The address follows meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the President’s Coordinating…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Recent developments suggest that South Africa is running the risk of not fully participating in the widely expected vaccine-induced global growth acceleration in the latter stages of the year, says the Bureau for Economic Research (BER). In a research note on Monday, the BER said that there…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng premier David Makhura says that the return of holidaymakers from the December festive season has led to a sharp increase in Covid-19 cases in the province. In a media briefing on Monday (11 January), the premier said that Tshwane metropolitan and surrounding areas are now seeing the…
Staff Reporter. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has called on temporary grant recipients affected by the recent pay suspensions to contact regional offices with detailed referral reports. This comes after the agency in December suspended 210 778 disability grants nationally and 40 875 Temporary Disability Grants and 2986…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa did not take kindly to criticism from the ANC integrity commission (IC) about his failure to co-operate with the veterans. It has emerged that Ramaphosa wrote a scathing letter to the commission in which he objected to its leaked report about his alleged conduct.…
The State Capture Commission will hear mining-related evidence on Monday as well as evidence related to Eskom. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. Government is set to make an announcement on South Africa’s lockdown restrictions this week, as the country continues to battle with a second wave of Covid-19 cases. South Africa moved to an adjusted level 3 lockdown on 28 December, including further restrictions on the sale of alcohol, a…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in his daily update that the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa now sits at 1 231 597. This is an increase of 17 241 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. A cumulative total of 7 183 893 tests…
Staff Reporter. Steve Biko academic hospital in Pretoria has seen a sharp increase in the number of Covid-19 patients since December 2020. Last week, images of Covid patients being treated outside tents at a hospital made rounds on social media. On Sunday, the Gauteng health department confirmed that some of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The new Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act is expected to be formally introduced in 2021, along with the country’s new demerit system. In October, Transport minister Fikile Mbalula gazetted the latest draft of the Aarto regulations, detailing how the country’s new demerit system will…
Staff Reporter. The Presidency has decided to initiate an internal disciplinary process against President Cyril Ramaphosa’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko. Diko went on special leave in July after concerns about the awarding of Gauteng health department PPE contracts to a company linked to her husband. The contracts are currently still under…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former leader of the PAC’s military wing Johnson Mlambo has succumbed to COVID 19-related complications. He was 80. Mlambo died in a Johannesburg hospital to which he was admitted on Friday. Funeral arrangements are yet to be announced. Mlambo was born in Johannesburg on 22 February 1940.…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Deputy minister of employment and labour Boitumelo Moloi has been hospitalised due to Covid-19, the presidency announced on Sunday. Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams, in a statement, said Moloi was admitted to hospital on January 5 after not feeling well and received her Covid-19 positive results…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:123RF/Anyaberkut. Indonesian authorities on Sunday located the black boxes of the Sriwijaya Air jet that crashed into the sea soon after taking off from the capital Jakarta, as human body parts and suspected pieces of the plane were retrieved. The Boeing 737-500 with 62 passengers and crew…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that senior officials will meet on Sunday (10 January) to discuss lockdown restrictions for South Africa. Speaking in an interview with the SABC, the president said that the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) met earlier this week, with further provincial meetings now scheduled…
Staff Reporter. The health department says that it has been warned by other countries to keep the centralised location of Covid-19 vaccines a secret, as the doses have become a major commodity on the black market. Department spokesperson Popo Maja, told the City Press this week that government was still…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for a review of the country’s regulations around alcohol as a means of combatting the high rates of crime and violence. Speaking at the ANC’s 109th-anniversary celebrations on Friday (8 January), Ramaphosa said that government must be more direct in its efforts to…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize in a statement said the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa now stands at 1 214 176. This is an increase of 21 606 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. A cumulative total of 7 120 847 tests have been completed…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. President Cyril Ramaphosa revealed that the ANC's top six is finalising guidelines to put into effect a party resolution forcing members facing serious allegations to step aside from their positions. Speaking post January 8 statement Ramaphosa revealed that the much-anticipated guidelines were nearing completion…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. The Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Obed Bapela has tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement presidency said the Deputy Minister took his 4th test since the outbreak of the pandemic after showing some symptoms. He received his results today, 09…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday hinted that he will address the nation soon as new cases of Covid-19 continue to soar despite stricter level 3 regulations announced late last year. There has been speculation that government would have to impose stricter Covid-19 lockdown measures.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Istock. The government said its decision to appeal the tobacco ban ruling would not necessarily result in the reintroduction of a ban of tobacco products during the lockdown. This week, the Minister of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, together with President…
Staff Reporter. South Africa and Mozambique have agreed on measures to ease long queues at the Lebombo border post between the two countries after a week of congestion. Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and his Mozambican counterpart met on Friday afternoon and agreed on measures to smooth operations at the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) expects parliament to approve an amendment to the constitution this year outlining the circumstances in which land may be expropriated without compensation, president Cyril Ramaphosa said. ANC adopted expropriation of land without compensation as a policy in 2017 to address racially skewed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Pixabay. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for a review of the legislation to combat and referred for more durable laws and neighborhood mobilisation towards the abuse of alcohol. In the ANC’s annual 8 January assertion to have a good time the celebration’s 109 birthday held…
SA recorded its worst day for Covid-19 infections, with 21,980 cases confirmed in the past 24 hours. In a statement, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said the new cases meant that 1,192,570 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed since the start of the outbreak in March last year. In the same…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the African National Congress government will consider the introduction of a basic income grant in South Africa in 2021. Speaking at the party’s 109th-anniversary celebrations, Ramaphosa said consideration for the grant comes after emergency financial measures introduced around the Covid-19 pandemic come…
Staff Reporter. South Africa will have 13 public holidays in 2021, including an additional two days off to celebrate public holidays which fall over a weekend. The Public Holidays Act (Act No 36 of 1994) determines that whenever any public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following on it…
Staff Reporter. Trade union Solidarity and civil society group AfriForum will bring legal action against the government’s proposed 'monopoly' on the buying and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines. The two organisations said that they want to ensure that those who seek to get the vaccine are not obstructed from doing so…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Sedibeng Mayor Busisiwe Modisakeng has died after short illness. Local Government MEC Lebogang Maile says Modisakeng died on Friday morning after a short illness at the age of 60. "On behalf of the Gauteng provincial government led by Premier David Makhura, we extend our heartfelt condolences…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Waldo Swiegers. Eskom has announced that there will be no power cuts as electricity demand has dropped as the weekend approaches. "While this is the case, Eskom requests the people of South Africa to continue using electricity sparingly as the system remains vulnerable and unstable,” the…
The State Capture Commission will hear mining-related evidence on Friday as the hearings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, corruption, and fraud in the public sector including organs of state resume in its first sitting of 2021. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. January 8 marks the African National Congress (ANC’s) 109th anniversary. The highlight of the day will be party President Cyril Ramaphosa’s delivery of the January 8 statement on behalf of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC). But due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ramaphosa…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Employment and Labour has urged all businesses to prioritise the health and safety of its employees and to take all necessary steps to ensure they are not exposed to Covid-19. "It is crucial that industries, businesses and entities, both private and in the public…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize in his daily update said South Africa has recorded 20 999 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of cases to 1 170 590. The country has also recorded 441 new COVID-19 related fatalities, pushing the death toll to 31 809.…
Staff Reporter. The SABC has concluded its retrenchment process and will cut 303 jobs, the national broadcaster announced on Thursday. After considering all options to minimise the job losses, the SABC said the total number of affected SABC employees now 303 which is half of the 600 redundancies that were…
Staff Reporter. Congress formally confirmed President-elect Joe Biden's election win early Thursday following the storming of the Capitol by a violent mob of President Donald Trump's supporters. The House and Senate reconvened overnight after they were forced to pause the official count of the Electoral College votes and flee when…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation David Mahlobo has tested positive for COVID-19. He received his results on Thursday 7 January 2021. This was the Deputy Minister’s first test to be conducted since the outbreak of the virus in South Africa in March 2020.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Public sector union, the PSA, says it will approach the Constitutional Court to overturn a Labour Appeal Court ruling which found that the state did not have to give public service workers the third year of salary increases as agreed to in 2018. As…
Staff Reporter. With schools returning later than usual in January, now is the time to think about putting some money aside to cover the costs of starting the new school year. Nozizwe Fakude, Head of Customer Insights at DirectAxis, and a mother of one, says with schools starting later parents…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Dado Ruvic. Health minister Zweli Mkhize on Thursday announced that the country will receive its first million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine this month. Mkhize was addressing the portfolio committee on health on the country's Covid-19 vaccine programme. He said his department had reached an…
Staff Reporter. Limpopo Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, has called for a change in behaviour after the province saw its highest number of new infections since the Coronavirus pandemic began. According to the MEC, the province recorded 1 575 positive cases in the last 24 hours, a sharp increase from…
Staff Reporter. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, says while the fiscus will carry the burden of procuring the COVID-19 vaccine aimed at preventing the further spread of the virus and loss of life, government will reach out to medical schemes to make a contribution. Mkhize on Thursday said they will…
Staff Reporter. A suspect is expected to apply for bail in the Verulam Magistrates Court on Friday after he was arrested for illegal possession of Ivermectin, an animal drug not confirmed for COVID-19 infection management. The 43-year-old man was arrested at King Shaka International Airport after he was found with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided further details on the government’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out strategy, including a three-phased distribution process. In a presentation to parliament on Thursday (7 January), the Health minister said that the aim of vaccination is to: Prevent morbidity and mortality; Achieve herd…
Staff Reporter. Morocco authorised for emergency use the coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, the health ministry said. The North African nation, with some 35 million people, has recorded over 447,000 COVID-19 cases, including 7,618 deaths, according to the latest official count. The deal with Sinopharm…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. The Lilongwe Magistrate's Court ruled against the arrest of self-appointed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary, Malawi media reported. The State made a fresh application seeking a warrant of arrest for the couple, this was after the State withdrew the appeal of the November 20…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement South Africa have reached a grim milestone of 20 000 mark for new cases identified in 24 hours. 21 832 cases have been identified since the last report, bringing the total cumulative COVID-19 cases in South Africa to 1 149 591.…
The U.S. Capitol locked down Wednesday after a mob breached barricades amid violent clashes between President Donald Trump’s supporters and Capitol police. Both chambers of Congress abruptly recessed as they were debating the Electoral College vote that gave Joe Biden the presidency. There was confusion in the House chamber as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The U.S. Capitol locked down Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump and police. An announcement was played inside the Capitol as lawmakers were meeting and expected to vote to affirm Joe Biden’s victory. Due to an "external security…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. The King of Bapedi Victor Thulare of the Bapedi Kingdom in Limpopo has passed away at the age of 40. Thulare was the son of the late King Rhyne Thulare who died in 2007, while Victor was still too young to be crowned King.…
Staff Reporter. President Donald Trump urged his deputy Mike Pence not to certify Joe Biden's election victory at a Congress session starting later in the day, repeating unfounded allegations of vote fraud. "If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election," Trump told cheering supporters outside the White…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Government officials have called for stricter measures to curb soaring coronavirus infections at a meeting to discuss the state’s response to the pandemic, according to two people familiar with the matter. President Cyril Ramaphosa is hosting a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South African Breweries (SAB) has announced plans to challenge the constitutionality of South Africa’s latest alcohol ban. The ban on the sale of alcohol was reintroduced a part of the country’s move to an adjusted level 3 lockdown at the end of December. "After much consideration, SAB…
Staff Reporter. Government is working around the clock to fast-track relief and aid to residents of Masiphumelele and Taiwan informal settlements in Cape Town. This comes after a blaze that wrecked 1 000 structures in Masiphumelele in December 2020, forcing the area to be declared a disaster to enable resources…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. Former Deputy Defence Minister Mluleki George has passed away at the age of 72. The anti-apartheid activist was a founding member of the United Democratic Front. The South African Sports Conferderation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) confirmed George’s passing and said in a statement he "leaves…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Pixabay. The Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) has sent an urgent call to president Cyril Ramaphosa, asking him to lift the blanket ban on alcohol from the 16th of January. This is imperative to ensure the survival of small business owners and craft breweries,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Waldo Siegers. Eskom has announced that Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented on Wednesday and Thursday evening. The load shedding will take place overnight, starting at 22h00 on Wednesday (6 January), and ending at 05h00 on Thursday. This will again be repeated on Thursday night,…
National Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said SA now has a cumulative total of 1 127 759 Covid-19 cases with 14 410 new cases reported since the last report. A cumulative total of 6 828 147 tests have been conducted with 47 875 tests in the last 24 hours, Mkhize…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government communications said there was nothing urgent about tomorrow's national coronavirus command council (NCCC) meeting. The NCCC was initially only expected to meet next week Monday to review regulations around the adjusted level 3 lockdown, which are set to continue until at least 15 January. GCIS director…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has paid tribute to the late National Teachers’ Union (NATU) President, Allen Thompson, who succumbed to COVID-19 related complications on Monday. In a statement, Motshekga described Thompson as more than just a president of a teacher union. Expressing shock and…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Istock. Government plans to appeal the High Court ruling on the ban of cigarettes during hard lockdown last year. The court found the ban was unnecessary. The case was brought to court by tobacco traders, including British American Tobacco SA (Batsa), after the sale of tobacco…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture has gazetted the new guidelines for the sector under the latest adjusted lockdown level 3. The guidelines detail what gyms, fitness centres and other sporting facilities need to have in place to continue operating. The latest set of regulations follow…
Staff Reporter. Durban Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda is currently isolating at home and remains in good health after testing positive for COVID-19. According to a statement from his office, Kaunda has since urged eThekwini residents to continue to be vigilant and avoid unnecessary movements and organising super-spreader events. He has also…
Staff Reporter. President Donald Trump on Monday implored Georgians to "save" America and re-elect Republicans in two runoffs that will determine US Senate control and could decisively impact the start of Joe Biden's White House tenure. "Our country's depending on you. The whole world is watching the people of Georgia…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi has published the draft One-Stop Border Policy (OSBP) for public consultation. The policy aims to harmonise the movement of people and goods between South Africa’s land ports of entry and its neighbouring countries, as well as address congestion which…
Staff Reporter. South African medical-insurance companies, business organizations and the government are developing a program in which the private sector will help fund Covid-19 vaccines for people not covered by insurance. Legislation has been amended to allow the companies to fund shots for people who don't have medical insurance and…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on his daily update that South Africa has recorded 12 601 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total of infections to 1 113 349. This is a 33.7% positivity rate. Gauteng is leading with 301 212 cases, which is 27.% of the total number of…
Staff Reporter. African National Congress (ANC) councillor Kenneth Mgaga - who has been charged with rape - has written to the party asking to step aside. He made a brief appearance in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court where he was formally charged with rape, allegedly committed on December 26. Mgaga has…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Saftu. National Teachers' Union (Natu) president Allen Thompson has died. Thompson was elected to lead Natu in 2018. He took over from Siphosethu Ngcobo (now an MP on the IFP ticket) who retired as the longest-serving Natu president after serving for 18 years. He was known…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Government officials have indicated that South Africa is unlikely to introduce stricter lockdown restrictions this week. The clarity comes after messages spread on popular social media platforms WhatsApp and Facebook, which stated that that the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) was meeting on Monday,…
Staff Reporter. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize says government has set a minimum target of 67% of the population to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in an effort to achieve herd immunity. South Africa recently made the down payment to secure the COVID-19 vaccine for 10% of the population. In a…
Staff Reporter. Three suspected smugglers are expected to appear in the Kempton Park magistrate's court on Monday on charges of dealing in precious metal after gold weighing 73.5kg was found in their hand luggage at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport. Police estimated the gold had a street value of R61m.…
Minister Health Dr Zweli Mkhize in his daily update says South Africa has a cumulative total of 1 100 748 COVID-19 cases identified with 11 859 new cases since the last report, representing a 32% positivity rate. A cumulative total of 6 742 853 tests have been conducted with 36…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize outlined South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout strategy in a public address this evening, as the country deals with a second wave of the virus. "We are targeting a minimum of 67% of the population to achieve herd immunity and the approach will…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Robert Botha. A special provincial official funeral category 2 has been declared for the late Jon Qwelane. Qwelane died on Christmas Eve and will be laid to rest Monday in Mahikeng. He worked for various media houses as a writer, broadcaster and editor for many…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and a panel of experts will shortly outline how South Africa will rollout the Coronavirus vaccine to the public. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. Police in Lesotho have recovered the bodies of seven people believed to have been trying to cross into South Africa through the Mohokare River. The bodies were retrieved between just before Christmas Day and Saturday. The river is located at the Ficksburg border in the Free State between…
Staff Reporter. Three initiates have been found dead with gunshot wounds at an initiation school at Tsomo in the Eastern Cape. This brings the number of initiates who died this season to 10. The grim discovery of the victims aged between 19 and 20 was made by other initiates bringing…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: 123RF. Zimbabwe extended a nationwide curfew, banned gatherings and ordered non-essential businesses closed for a month on Saturday in an effort to curb a surge in coronavirus infections. Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, who is also health minister, said some of the tighter restrictions were effective immediately and…
Staff Reporter. The Democratic Alliance (DA) calls on government to expedite access to a Covid-19 vaccine. DA urges government to put the people first and to urgently secure a bi-lateral deal to expedite the arrival of the vaccine to our shores. They argue that waiting for the second quarter next…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health experts have criticised the government's response to the second wave of Covid-19 in South Africa, saying that officials were warned about the poor state of hospitals in the country, but ended up not doing enough to improve the situation. Now South Africa sits with hospitals nearing…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, in his daily Covid-19 statement revealed that the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa was now 1 088 889 with Gauteng leading the tally at 295 450. This is an increase of 15002 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. A further 288 …
Staff Reporter. Residents in Krugersdorp and surrounding areas west of Johannesburg are picking up the pieces after heavy rainfall and strong winds left behind a trail of destruction. Many homes, roads and other infrastructure were damaged. The local Leratong Hospital was flooded. Various sections of Leratong Hospital were adversely affected…
Staff Reporter. Picture: Facebook Patrick Mngxunyeni. The ANC caucus in Cape Town is to investigate the arrest of its councillor Patrick Mngxunyeni. Councillor Mngxunyeni allegedly committed the crime on New Year's Eve. It's also believed he was caught flouting the 9pm curfew at the time. "As the ANC we take…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. Former Athletics South Africa president Leonard Chuene has died at the age of 68. This according to a statement by the Comrades Marathon Association. The CMA wrote in a statement: "The Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) is saddened by the tragic passing of Comrades Marathon honorary…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. South Africa started trading under two new agreements on Friday as the first goods began to flow under an Africa-wide free-trade pact and the UK left the European Union’s single market. The deals are with African countries ready to trade under the free-trade accord and…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said on Friday that on the first of the 2021 South Africa recorded 16 726 new cases of Covid-19 and 418 more Covid-19 related deaths. The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa is now 1 073 887 and the the total detected deaths has…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has released new directives and protocols ahead of the marking of matric exam scripts. The directives are aimed at providing guidelines to officials, educators and administration staff who are involved in the marking of exam scripts, as well as other…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Moeletsi Mabe. Minister of mineral resources and energy Gwede Mantashe has denied that he broke the Covid-19 alert level 3 regulations set by President Cyril Ramaphosa by going ahead with a potentially superspreader event in his hometown of Cala. Mantashe confirmed that a two-day wedding celebration…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa marked New Year's Eve under level three lockdown restrictions with a 9pm curfew and a ban on alcohol sales. It was hoped the alcohol ban would ease the trauma load on the nation's hospitals, allowing workers to focus on managing the pandemic. And it seems…
South Africa has recorded 18,000 positive coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, setting a record high on the final day of 2020. This was announced by health minister Zweli Mkhize that for the first time in the history of the pandemic in South Africa, we have reached the 18,000…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa wished South Africans "a happy and healthy 2021" in his New Year message after a difficult year rocked by COVID-19 pandemic. Ramaphosa said in a televised address that the pandemic had also demonstrated the spirit of ubuntu as citizens took responsibility for each other’s…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. North West Premier, Professor Job Mokgoro, has encouraged communities to adhere to level 3 regulations so as to alleviate pressure on healthcare workers. While chairing the virtual Provincial Command Council meeting on Tuesday evening, the Premier said people should stay at home, respect all health protocols…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Police ministry have confirmed that the deputy police minister Cassel Mathale tested positive for Covid-19. It said Mathale was currently asymptomatic and was self-isolating. "Mr Mathale is one of 21,294 employees of the SA Police Service who have been infected with the coronavirus," the ministry said…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Sandile Ndlovu Gauteng’s provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service (SAPS) Lieutenant General Elias Mawela has met with representatives of the cash-in-transit (CIT) industry following a spike in the number of CIT incidents in the province. Mawela, together with his Deputy responsible for Policing, Major…
Staff Reporter. Leading experts in South Africa’s vaccine procurement strategy say while securing a COVID-19 vaccine is top of the country’s agenda, it is not a magic bullet that will end the pandemic. "There is a general misunderstanding and we need to clarify that once the vaccines arrive on our…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 17 710 (positivity rate 33%) new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to date to 1 039 161. Mkhize said the positivity rate, being an indicator of the rapidity of spread, remains of major…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Julius Malema has seemingly been exposed this week – after video clips of the EFF leader getting in the festive spirit were uploaded on Wednesday. In two separate outdoor events, Juju can be seen dancing, mingling with others, and ultimately disregarding the advice on gatherings dished…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Health Department on Wednesday dismissed reports that the province was running out of beds due to a spike in COVID-19 infections. The province said that it had moved with speed to implement various measures to manage the rapid spread of the virus. In the latest COVID-19 statistics,…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, has accused the Democratic Alliance (DA) of publishing false and defamatory statements about her. This comes after DA parliamentarians claimed that Mkhwebane was a spy whose appointment as Public Protector was aimed at perpetuating State Capture. Mkhwebane has won the first round…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:Waldo Siegers. Eskom will again implement stage 2 load shedding which is expected to get underway at 10 pm tonight. Wednesday’s load shedding marks day two of load shedding after the power utility announced that it would cut power on Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Load shedding is…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Professor Bongani Khumalo has died after COVID-19 related complications. The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) says it is saddened by the passing of Prof Bongani Khumalo, chairperson of the second national lottery operator, Gidani. NLC Commissioner, Thabang Mampane sent condolences to Khumalo’s family. Professor Khumalo previously worked…
Staff Reporter. Government has outlined plans for operations at the ports of entry from 2 January until 14 January that have been approved by the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJoints). During this period, traveller volumes are expected to be above normal because of people returning to South Africa.…
Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi is briefing the nation on immigration matters and border law enforcement under the adjusted COVID–19 alert level 3. Livestream Below: Motsoaledi on immigration matters under COVID-19 alert level 3. Video Courtesy of SABC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa, which has Africa’s worst recorded coronavirus outbreak, may have to wait months to receive its first vaccines even as other countries race to roll out the shots. The government only expects vaccines that it paid a deposit to secure from the World Health Organization’s Covax…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. Pan African Bar Association of SA (PABASA) denies social media reports claiming that Muzi Sikhakhane SC, has passed away, or been poisoned. Sikhakhane "was infected with the Covid-19 virus a few weeks ago and subsequently experienced very severe symptoms, which required hospitalisation". He is recovering…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in statement that the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases identified South Africa have risen to 1 021 451. This in an increase of 9580 cases identified since in the last 24 hours. A cumulative 6 500 482 tests have been conducted with 31 457 …
Staff Reporter. The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants Parliament to convene an emergency meeting before the new year to debate the country’s COVID-19 vaccination plan. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday night that the country had forked out R327 million to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Covax facility to secure a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday heard the state capture commission's urgent application to compel former President Jacob Zuma to appear and give evidence before the inquiry. Zuma has refused to take the witness stand, arguing that the commission was unfair and biased towards…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Police minister Bheki Cele said that the SAPS will doggedly enforce the new lockdown level 3 regulations, focusing on people walking around without masks, wandering around after curfew, and trying to move alcohol. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday (28 December) that South Africa would…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Waldo Siegers. Eskom has announced that Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented on Tuesday and Wednesday. The load shedding will take place overnight, starting at 22h00 on Tuesday night, and ending at 05h00 on Wednesday. This will again be repeated on Wednesday night, the utility…
Staff Reporter. A new cohort of health workers is set to assist the already constrained health system that is in the throes of a second COVID-19 wave, at the start of the New Year. Expressing concern on the rising numbers of healthcare professionals becoming infected with COVID-19, Health Minister Zweli…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:123RF/Anyaberkut. The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) on Tuesday provided detail on South Africa’s move to level 3 of the COVID-19 lockdown. Briefing the media virtually, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said the country finds itself in a grave situation, as COVID-19 infections…
Photo Credit: GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, says under Level 3 lockdown restrictions people are still allowed to visit, among others, restaurants, cinemas, and libraries. President Cyril Ramaphosa banned the sale of alcohol for two weeks, placed a curfew across the country from 9 PM…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has gazetted the latest amendments to the Disaster Management Act, giving effect to the move to lockdown level 3 announced by president Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday night. The gazette officially moves the country to an adjusted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Pixabay. The Beer Association of South Africa (BASA) has warned that a third alcohol ban for the country, as part of an effort to ease the strain on the healthcare system and medical facilities, will lead to further job losses and increase illicit sales. President…
His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, today announced that the total cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa now stands at 1 011 871. This is an increase of 7458 cases identified in the last 24 hours. A cumulative 6 469 025 tests have been conducted with 23 707 …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move back to lockdown level 3, taking effect from midnight tonight. In an address this evening, emotional Ramaphosa said that the move is being done to limit super-spreader events further, and will adjust previous level 3 regulations to…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Thinus Maritz. Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi has spoken about his wife Rachel testing positive for Covid-19 and the struggles of her self-isolating away from him and their children. In an emotional post on Instagram on Sunday, Siya shared a snap of himself and their children…
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation on developments in relation to the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The address follows a meeting on Sunday, 27 December 2029, of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and special sessions today of the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and Cabinet.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20h00 on Monday evening (28 December) regarding developments related to South Africa’s Covid-19 response. The address follows a meeting on Sunday of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and special sessions today of the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. The cabinet is due to hold an urgent meeting on Monday as speculation mounts over the imposition of new restrictions to contain the spread of Covid-19, GCIS Director General Phumla Williams has said. The executive will discuss the outcome of an emergency meeting held by…
Staff Reporter. African Union Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has urged political actors in the Central African Republic (CAR) to desist from fomenting tension as a means of achieving sustainable peace and stability. "The guns of insurrection must be silenced to enable the democratic will of the people of the Central…
Staff Reporter. More than 3 000 motorists have been arrested throughout the country for allegedly violating traffic regulations since the start of December. "The majority of suspects (1 328 or 43%) were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. A total of 496 or 16% were arrested for driving…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa is considering reinstating a total ban on liquor sales as the number of Covid-19 infections surge over the summer holiday season, a source familiar with the discussions said. Restrictions on alcohol sales have been implemented to various degrees since one of the world’s most stringent…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize in a statement announced that South Africa have breached one million cumulative cases of COVID-19, with a cumulative total of 1 004 413 cases reported. This is an increase of 9502 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. A cumulative 6 445 318 tests…
Staff Reporter. Polls have opened in Niger where people are voting in an election that is expected to lead to the first transfer of power between two democratically elected presidents in a country reeling from violence. Former Minister of the Interior Mohamed Bazoum, the ruling party’s candidate, is the overwhelming…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Fullview investigation has uncovered an alleged property fraud syndicate operating in Bethlehem, Free State, where unsuspecting would-be buyers have been duped into purchasing houses which are for sale, losing hundreds of thousands of rand's in the process. The alleged syndicate involves people who pose as estate agents…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Pixabay. Liquor traders are pleading with the government to be allowed to continue with off-premises alcohol sales. This as the country navigates the second wave of Covid-19 and rumours of imminent harder lockdown. The Liquor Traders Formations called on the government, in a statement on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) will reportedly meet this week, as South Africa continues to see record daily Covid-19 infections, rapidly approaching the 1 million confirmed cases. As of 26 December, South Africa has reported a total of 994,911 Covid-19 cases, falling just short of the…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed in a statement South Africa's cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 994 911. This is an increase of 11 552 identified in the last 24 hours. A cumulative 6 415 824 tests have been conducted with 37 817 tests completed since the last report.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. South African Communist Party (SACP) has confirmed that former Durban deputy mayor Nomzuvo Shabalala has passed away. SACP said in a statement that Shabalala died in the early hours of Saturday morning on 26 December she was hospitalised last week. She also joined Parliament in…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Veli Nhlapo. The tombstone of the late Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has been vandalised. South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan, other Safa members and Meyiwa’s family took part in an unveiling ceremony at the Mayville Heroes Acre in Durban. Meyiwa…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng has seen a significant increase in road deaths so far over the Christmas weekend. Seven people were killed in seven crashes in less than 18 hours. Gauteng Traffic Police Community Safety spokesperson Obed Sibasa says drunk driving and pedestrian fatal crashes remain a major concern. "Out of…
Staff reporter. File: The Beitbridge border post between South African and Zimbabwe. Picture: @HomeAffairsSA/Twitter. The transport and freight forwarding industries have called for urgent intervention at the Beitbridge border post between South Africa and Zimbabwe "where a humanitarian disaster is unfolding," at the same time creating a potential Covid-19 catastrophe.…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: AP. The death toll from a Wednesday attack in the western Benishangul-Gumuz region of Ethiopia has risen to 222 people, a volunteer from the country’s Red Cross said. "Yesterday we buried 207 people who are the victims and 15 more from the attackers," volunteer Melese Mesfin…
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