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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The evaluation of the CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine, produced by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac Biotech, is at "very advanced stages". This is according to the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), as the country races against the clock to get more lifesaving COVID-19 jabs. "Furthermore, reports recently…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa, together with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, and French President Emmanuel Macron are holding a joint media briefing on COVID-19 vaccines. Live proceedings below: Video Courtesy of World Health Organization.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @SandileNdlovu. The move on the ANC’s part to disband its armed military wing, the uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), was met with fierce opposition. Members of the MKMVA said they refuse to accept the disbandment, with spokesperson Carl Niehaus on Sunday saying: "MKMVA belongs to the…
Staff Reporter. Studies are showing a good immune response to the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) collaborated with J&J on the investigator-led collaborative Sisonke Study, which saw close to 500 000 healthcare workers receiving the single-dose vaccine under the Sisonke Study.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, has rejected objections raised on recent geographical name changes in the Eastern Cape. In February the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture gazetted twenty-three names that Minister Mthethwa had approved on geographical name changes in the Eastern Cape. The name…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng Health MEC, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi, has assured the public that healthcare workers and the department remain committed to tackling the third wave of COVID-19 infections. In addition, the MEC said they will be appointing additional staff to the 5 521 COVID-19 posts filled as of 1 June…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that South Africa is now in the midst of a third wave of Covid-19 infections, and has warned that everyone citizen will need to do their part to help limit the toll – including adhering to lockdown regulations, and even going beyond the…
Staff Reporter. Former Public Enterprises Minister, Malusi Gigaba continues with his testimony before the State Capture Commission of Inquiry. The Commission will hear evidence related to Transnet. Gigaba has previously denied he took orders from the Gupta family. He claimed, when he took over as Minister, there were a number…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @123RF/Anyaberkut. Aviation giant Emirates said on Sunday it will resume flights from India from next week after Dubai lifted a ban imposed when coronavirus cases spiked. The United Arab Emirates, which includes Dubai, suspended all flights from India – including for transit passengers — in April in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. As we entered 2021, there were 82.4 million people around the world displaced by conflict or persecution. Thirty million of those are refugees, the rest are displaced within their own country (48 million) or asylum-seekers (4.1 million), according to UNHCR’s latest report. Nearly half of these forcibly…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) reports that 13,155 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in South Africa in the past 24 hours, representing a 23.7% positivity rate and bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1,823,319. The majority of new cases today are from…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development Ravi Pillay on Sunday announced that the stones discovered in KwaHlathi near Ladysmith are not real diamonds. Pillay, speaking at a media briefing, said a preliminary report revealed that the stones are quartz crystals. "The tests conducted conclusively revealed that the stones discovered…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Geoff Makhubo has received a positive test result for Covid-19. The mayor’s spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase said Makhubo on Sunday went into self-quarantine as part of the recovery process. He said while in quarantine, Makhubo will continue to monitor and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File image:Facebook/ Enlightened Christian Church. South Africa’s security agencies are investigating credible claims that fugitive self-proclaimed preacher Shepherd Bushiri and his wife has been in the country several times since his dramatic escape. According to a report in the City Press on Sunday, Bushiri has been making…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Gauteng Department of Health have confirmed that a small fire broke out at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (CHBAH) Laundry area. It is understood that a small blaze started in the laundry section of the facility after the heater was found in the back office,which is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo:Abidjan in Ivory Coast. A group of fifteen West African countries have adopted a new road map to launch a single currency in 2027 after its previous plans were derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. The new road map was agreed by heads of state of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @AttaKenare. Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s hardline judiciary chief, has won a landslide victory in the country’s presidential election, a vote that both propelled the supreme leader’s protege into Tehran’s highest civilian position and saw the lowest turnout in the Islamic republic’s history. Raisi won 61.95 percent of the…
Staff Reporter. Acting Minister of Health Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has confirmed that the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg, will be reopened in phases, starting from next week,following a fire that forced its closure. Kubayi-Ngubane said the oncology department will be the first to open next week. "We can confirm now that…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The coronavirus pandemic has decimated academic gains at schools in South Africa, with experts warning of a potentially ‘lost generation of pupils’ who may never make up for lost instructional time. Currently, most students in the country are learning in a 'shift system', with a large amount…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports that 13,575 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in South Africa in the past 24 hours bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases now stands at 1,810,164. The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (62%), followed by…
Staff Reporter. Two members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and a civilian, believed to be an illegal immigrant, were arrested by Limpopo police on Friday for allegedly transporting illicit cigarettes in a military vehicle. On Saturday, police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo said police at Beitbridge received information…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced that vaccinations for schooling staff will commence next week. Addressing the media in Pretoria on the Department of Basic Education’s (DBE’s) Covid-19 response, Motshekga said vaccinations will start on Wednesday 23 June until 8 July – a day before schools…
Staff Reporter. Basic Education Minister,Angie Motshekga, will hold a media briefing to provide an update on the basic education sector’s response to the impact of COVID-19 on schooling. The Minister will use the opportunity to address other matters affecting the basic education sector in the context of COVID-19. Livestream Video…
Staff Reporter. Public Service and Administration Minister, Senzo Mchunu, will lead the South African delegation at the 8th annual Africa Public Service Day (APSD) conference to be held in Harare, Zimbabwe, from 21 to 23 June 2021. During the three-day conference, the Minister will share developments in the country’s state…
Staff Reporter. The five remaining AmaZulu queens and their children brief the media about succession issues in the royal house. They did not speak before as they were observing a month's mourning for Queen Mantfombi Dlamini-Zulu. Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi addressed the media on Friday and spoke about delays in the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The SABC has hit out at SuperSport for imposing conditions not acceptable to the public broadcaster for the upcoming Springbok Rugby inbound tour matches, including the British and Irish Lions tour. As a result of these "rights restrictions", the public broadcaster has decided not to carry the…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has embarked on a process to develop Data and Cloud Policy as one of the enablers of the digital economy. Addressing the virtual colloquium on the Draft Data and Cloud Policy on Friday, Minister of Communication and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa’s central-bank governor said the country is in a strong position to deal with global monetary policy tightening and the gradual pullback by policy makers from the stimulus measures enacted amid the Covid-19 pandemic. When developed countries start to normalize interest rates, Africa’s most industrialized nation…
Staff Reporter. North West Premier, Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro, has called for strengthening the integrated approach towards combating illegal mining activities. Mokgoro made the call during his visit to Matlosana Local Municipality following the discovery of 20 bodies of suspected illegal miners near Lawrence Park’s mine ventilation shaft, which is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Friday that South Africa recorded more than 10,510 new Covid-19 cases and 118 deaths in the past 24 hours. This means that there have been 1,796,589 confirmed cases and 58,441 fatalities recorded across SA to date. According to…
Staff Reporter. Police officers are next in line to get vaccinated after the inoculation of teachers. This is according to the Health Department’s Dr Nicholas Crisp, who said this second major vaccination programme is now at an advanced stage of planning. "It will be rolled out immediately upon the completion…
Staff Reporter. Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, has announced that 108 housing units has been allocated to District Six claimants as part of Phase three of the District Six Redevelopment Project. In a statement issued on Thursday, Didiza said a total of 139 claimants, who were…
Staff Reporter. Nine suspects are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Central Magistrate’s Court today for their involvement in registering stolen vehicles fraudulently in Gauteng. The suspects, which were arrested on Thursday, are between the ages of 32 and 62-years-old. The Hawks’ integrated team based in Cape Town that includes…
Staff Reporter. A principal was gunned down inside the school premises of Buyani Primary School in Finetown, Johannesburg on Friday morning. This was announced on Twitter by Gauteng MEC for Education Panyaza Lesufi. "Just got information that a principal of a Finetown primary school was shot dead inside the school…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the passing of former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda as a "deep, sad loss". KK, as he was affectionately known, passed away on Thursday at a military hospital in Lusaka after being admitted on Monday for an undisclosed illness. The 97-year-old was also…
Staff Reporter. Due to a rise in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, Police Minister Bheki Cele will today no longer engage in a feedback meeting with the residents of Zandspruit. Cele was today due to engage the community on the improvement of service delivery by the police in the area. The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Acting health minister Mammoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says that the government will deploy members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to provide support as the country grapples with a fresh wave of Covid-19 cases. In a media briefing on Friday (18 June), Kubayi-Ngubane said that deployment of…
Staff Reporter. Former Minister Malusi Gigaba at the State Capture Commission in Johannesburg. Gigaba has admitted at the commission that vetting processes during his tenure were lax. He was replying to deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo who had asked the former minister to comment on the matter given the number…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Thabo Mbeki paid tribute to the late Zambian leader Kenneth Kaunda on Thursday. Mbeki, who spent years in exile in Zambia, had a close relationship with Zambia's post-independence leader. Kaunda had an intimate connection with the ANC, and was protective of the movement, not just…
Staff Reporter. Aspen says it will today release 300 000 Johnson & Johnson (J&J) doses earmarked for teachers. "It's literally here, those are the first 300,000, the next couple of million, including the Aspen product, the Aspen products will probably arrive within a week but there is another million plus…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia's first president and one of the last of the generation of African leaders who fought colonialism, has died aged 97. Kaunda was admitted to a military hospital in the capital, Lusaka, on Monday suffering from pneumonia. His aides said he did not have Covid-19.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The mud-slinging match between former minister Malusi Gigaba and his estranged wife Norma Mngoma continued at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Thursday evening. This time, Gigaba confirmed he approached the police after receiving information that Mngoma was the mastermind behind a plot to kill…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports that 11,767 new COVID-19 cases have been identified in South Africa in the past 24 hours, representing a 22.6% positivity rate. The total number of laboratory-confirmed cases now stands at 1,786,079, with a further 100 COVID-19 related deaths have been…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni told an investment conference the Treasury won’t back down on its insistence that any wage agreement for state workers mustn’t breach the government’s fiscal ceiling. Mboweni made the comments at a conference organized by JSE and sponsored by Citibank and Absa Group that’s…
Staff Reporter. In a historic step forward for transformation of the small-scale fishing sector, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment has allocated 15% of the squid catch to the small-scale fisheries sector. Prior to this decision, squid was not in the basket of species available to the 15…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published an amendment to the country’s level 3 lockdown regulations after confusion around the requirements of wearing masks and children. The latest gazette, published on Thursday (17 June), states that the wearing of a mask is mandatory…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana, Zambia's founding father Kenneth Kaunda has died at the age 97 three days after being admitted to Maina Soko Medical Centre, a military hospital in the capital, Lusaka. Kaunda’s death comes days after reports that he was treated for pneumonia from Monday. Born in 1924, Kaunda or…
Staff Reporter. The National Health Department says it is ready to start vaccinating teachers in their numbers from next week. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines are expected to arrive in the country tomorrow afternoon. This is according to the department’s Technical Advisor, Dr Aquina Thulare, who was briefing Parliament's Portfolio…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his deep sadness at the passing of Jabu Mabuza, describing him as an outstanding business leader. Mabuza, 63, passed away on Wednesday from complications associated with COVID-19. "The President’s thoughts are with Mr Mabuza’s family, friends, business associates, employees and members of…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission is once again asking the courts for more time to extend its work. The commission was meant to wrap up by the end of June and wants an extension from July to September. But with the second round of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s testimony still…
Staff Reporter. A week after being appointed, Acting Minister of Health, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, is already in the hot-seat. She's briefing Parliament's portfolio committee on health, on the vaccination roll-out programme, the country's preparedness for the COVID-19 third wave, and the contentious Digital Vibes investigation. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Inquiry is nearing the end of its hearings now. On Thursday, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo will hear, more evidence from former Transnet finance boss, Anoj Singh and later in the afternoon, Malusi Gigaba is back in the hot seat, to wrap up some of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The debacle surrounding South Africa’s bid to secure emergency power supplies has highlighted a dysfunctional energy policy that’s subjecting Africa’s most-industrialized nation to intermittent blackouts. Since March, the energy department has identified companies it wants to provide almost 2,000 megawatts of electricity to the grid by August…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Even before US President Joe Biden met with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, expectations were low. Beyond some basic commitments on reinstating diplomats and agreeing to open "constructive" dialogue with the US on issues like cyber security and foreign policy, Putin gave no indication that the two leaders…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former chairperson and acting chief executive officer (CEO) of Eskom, Jabu Mabuza, has passed away. Fullview understands he passed away due to Covid-19 complications. The news of his passing was announced on Wednesday evening. Mabuza, 58, during a long business career, also previously served as chairperson of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa recorded more than 13,000 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Wednesday. In the latest statistics, the NICD said that 13,246 new cases had been recorded at a positivity rate of 21.7%. Gauteng was again…
Staff Reporter. Protests are continuing in Harrismith in the Free State as residents say that unrest will continue until President Cyril Ramaphosa intervene. Residents of Intabazwe have been hurling rocks and petrol bombs at the N3 highway. According to the residents' leader, Neo Motaung, no learning and teaching will resume…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that South Africa will receive two million vaccines from Johnson & Johnson (J&J) by the end of the month, as the country battles the third wave of COVID-19 infections. "We have received an indication from Johnson & Johnson that it expects to deliver…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a virtual keynote address at Youth Day celebrations in Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu-Natal, with the event being a hybrid event due to new lockdown regulations. The theme for Youth Day this year is "The year of Charlotte Maxeke: Growing youth employment for an inclusive…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The State Capture Commission heard a number of applications for leave to cross-examine on Tuesday, brought by various implicated parties. The applications Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo heard included one by lobby group AfriForum for leave to cross-examine President Cyril Ramaphosa. Zondo said for a person to…
Staff Reporter. As digital skills are critical for future jobs, government is proactively seeking partnerships that will help young people to take advantage of the opportunities presented by the digital economy. "As government, one of our key objectives is to ensure that young people are well positioned to take advantage…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday deliver virtually the keynote address commemorating Youth Day, and will launch the National Pathway Management Network to provide young work-seekers with a range of support, including training for work readiness. In a statement issued on Tuesday, the Presidency said the Youth…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @AdvDali_Mpofu,Twitter. The family of the father the so-called "Tembisa 10" babies have said that that unless proven otherwise, in their minds, the babies do not exist. In a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon, the Tsotetsi family, relatives of the alleged mother’s boyfriend Tebogo Tsotetsi, said that he…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa’s lockdown regulations will be tightened as the country grapples with a third Covid-19 wave. Ramaphosa made his address after he held consultations with the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and Cabinet earlier on Tuesday.…
Staff Reporter. About 20 bodies believed to be those of illegal mine workers have been brought to the surface at an unused mine outside Orkney in the North West. Details, however, remain sketchy. Police spokesperson Brigadier Sabata Mokgwabone said it was not yet clear if the deceased were illegal miners,…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8 pm on Tuesday. The meeting comes after Ramaphosa met with the National Coronavirus Command Council on Monday. It also comes as the country is at the centre of a third coronavirus wave. A further 114 people have died, taking…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission is listening to implicated parties’ applications for leave to cross-examine those who have accused them of wrongdoing. Below are the proceedings: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Employers should find a reasonable resolution that accommodates all parties where employees refuse to be vaccinated for medical and constitutional grounds, says Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi. The Minister made the call in a new consolidated direction on occupational health and safety measures in certain workplaces.…
Staff Reporter. A Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) report has revealed that Tuberculosis remained the main leading cause of death in South Africa between 2016 and 2018. The report, titled "Mortality and causes of death in South Africa: Findings from death notification, 2018", provides information on levels, trends and patterns…
Staff Reporter. Ahead of the Youth Day celebrations, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has reflected on various measures implemented by government to create jobs in the education sector for young people during the COVID-19 pandemic. "As part of a battery of measures to draw young people into the economy, we…
Staff Reporter. @GCIS. Deputy President David Mabuza says processes are underway to finalise a service level agreement between Eskom and the Maluti-a-Phofung Local Municipality in the Free State, on the collection of debt owed to the power utility. Responding to oral questions in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20h00 on Tuesday evening (15 June) on developments in the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The president’s address follows a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Counci (NCCCl), the president’s Coordinating Council and Cabinet. "As South Africa rolls…
Staff Reporter. Deputy President, David Mabuza, is answering questions in Parliament on Tuesday. He is expected to respond to questions about the country's COVID-19 response and vaccine rollout and Eskom's woes. As well as the effectiveness of the service delivery task team that was set up to monitor and resolve…
Staff Reporter. Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, and Western Cape Agriculture MEC, Ivan Meyer, have officially commissioned the Ebenhaezer Irrigation Scheme in the West Coast District. In 2020, the community of Ebenhaezer, roughly 40 km from Vredendal, successfully concluded a land restitution claim they submitted in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Dinesh Patel, right, representing Nulane Investment, was granted bail of R10,000 by the Bloemfontein magistrate's court on Tuesday.Image: NPA Investigating Directorate. A fifth suspect in the Vrede dairy farm feasibility study contract, believed to be the brother-in-law of Gupta family associate Iqbal Sharma, on Tuesday was granted…
Staff Reporter. The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has set up a database aimed at helping unemployed graduates. Launched on Monday, the Provincial Unemployed Graduates Database aims to help recruit youth for internships and learnerships, as well as establish youth trends which can help to inform policy. Through the Youth Chief Directorate…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. The ANC’s staff members are expected to hold a lunchtime picket on Tuesday outside the governing party’s Luthuli House headquarters in Johannesburg over delays in and the non-payment of salaries. The ANC has been struggling to pay staff salaries on time for months due to cash…
Staff Reporter. Aspen says it will release 300 000 Johnson & Johnson (J&J) doses earmarked for teachers soon. In a statement, Aspen said it was "extremely disappointed" to learn that specific batches of the J&J manufactured at its Gqeberha production site have to be destroyed. This is due to the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases said on Monday,Gauteng accounted for more than two-thirds of the 5,500 Covid-19 cases recorded across SA in the past 24 hours. Latest figures show that there were 5,552 new infections recorded, with 3,720 of them (67%) being recorded in Gauteng. The…
Staff Reporter. Allegations of corruption and maladministration in the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport will come under scrutiny when the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) probes the claims. This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa signed Proclamation R16 of 2021, authorising the SIU to investigate the department’s affairs. If the allegations are proven…
Staff Reporter. Forty-one percent of students were unable to buy their own food after tertiary institutions closed to limit the spread of COVID-19, with 40.1% of youth returning home during the hard lockdown last year. Less than 1% reported that they had no place to stay. These are some of…
Staff Reporter. Violence ensued outside the Witbank Technical High School in Mpumalanga between parents on Monday morning. Picture: Screenshot. Witbank Technical High School in Mpumalanga was the scene of violent confrontations and physical fights between parents outside Witbank Technical High School on Monday morning. This after black parents and some…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File:In 1960, Kenneth Kaunda visited Martin Luther King Jr. in Atlanta, GA. On his return to Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), Kaunda organized a civil disobedience campaign. Zambia's former president Kenneth Kaunda, 97, is receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness at a military hospital in the capital Lusaka, his…
Staff Reporter. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has announced the appointment of Fulvio Tonelli as chairperson of the Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA). In a statement issued on Sunday, the Minister also announced Naidene Ford-Hoon as deputy chairperson of the board. National Treasury said Mboweni on Friday met with the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The greatest struggle young people face in South Africa is unemployment, something that has worsened under the Covid-19 pandemic, says president Cyril Ramaphosa. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, Ramaphosa said that creating more opportunities for young people, and supporting young people to access…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. The fraud and corruption trial against former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and her co-accused on Monday was postponed to 30 November 2021. Gumede and her 21 co-accused briefly appeared in the KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg for their pre-trial proceedings. They face 2,793 charges of fraud,…
Staff Reporter. The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has confirmed that it is not funding the 51% stake acquisition in South African Airways (SAA). The confirmation comes after media reports and comments over the weekend suggested that PIC funds will be used for the acquisition of the stake by Takatso Consortium.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Oil hit a 32-month high as the roll-out of coronavirus vaccines underpins an improved demand outlook in the US and Europe. West Texas Intermediate advanced 0.5% to the highest level since October 2018, building on a run of three weekly gains. Americans are becoming increasingly comfortable meeting…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Israel’s parliament has voted to end Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year-long tenure as prime minister, approving in his stead a coalition government that has pledged to heal a nation bitterly divided over the departure of the country’s longest-serving leader. Naftali Bennett, the head of an ultranationalist party that controls…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service says South Africa recorded 7,657 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, representing a 17.2 percent positivity rate. This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 1,747,082, said the NICD.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is confident the annual G7 summit will yield positive results and afford many countries the financial muscles they need to deal with the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. He made the remarks on Sunday in the UK where he addressed members of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Israel's parliament is debating the formation of a new government that would end 12 years of rule by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu, 71, the most dominant Israeli politician of his generation, failed to form a government after Israel’s March 23 election, its fourth in two years.…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Sunday 13 June 2021, address media in a hybrid media interaction on conclusion of his successful participation at the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Cornwall, United Kingdom. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has endorsed the FDA decision that the 2 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines at the Aspen plant in Gqerberha will not be released for distribution in South Africa. In a statement, the regulator confirmed…
Staff Reporter. @MoeletsiMabe. The South African Police Service (Saps) National Police Commissioner, General Khehla John Sitole, will be appointed as the new chairperson of the Southern African Regional Police Chiefs Cooperation Organisation (SARPCCO) for the coming year. In a statement released on Sunday, Saps said Sitole will be officially appointed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Basic education minister Angie Motshekga presented her annual budget speech to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) this week, detailing the changes her department has planned for schools in South Africa. Chief among these will be new regulations which introduce compulsory schooling for younger learners, she said.…
Staff Reporter. The South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) mourns the death of media freelance activist, editor, and publisher Wandile "Wara" Fana, who died of Covid-19-related complications on Friday. "Sanef expresses its sincere condolences to his family, friends, and the media fraternity as a whole. We also extend condolences to…
Staff Reporter. National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) spokesperson Khaya Xaba has passed away. In a statement, the union said his passing is not only a loss to the national union but workers in general. The cause of death has not been made known yet. He was described…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana President Cyril Ramaphosa commends the G7 and other countries present for the collective action taken to overcome the current global health crisis and the commitment to create a better, greener and more prosperous world. Ramaphosa said ending the pandemic must be our most immediate priority. "COVID-19 is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Group of Seven (G7) nations have unveiled a significant infrastructure initiative for lower-income countries in a bid to counter China’s multitrillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative, dubbed the "New Silk Road". Promising to "collectively catalyse" hundreds of billions in infrastructure investments for low- and middle-income countries, the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has warned of a stricter lockdown as worries mount over the size and acceleration of South Africa’s third Covid-19 wave, the Sunday Times reports. Kubayi-Ngubane said that the government was particularly concerned about Gauteng, which has seen a rapid rise in cases…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Walter Sisulu University and North West University have announced that they are at advanced stages of producing a new Covid-19 vaccine for the African continent which will address unequal access. In a joint statement this week, the universities announced "very promising first results" from pre-clinical trials on…
Staff Reporter. The international relations and co-operation department (Dirco) has confirmed that "several" foreign diplomats have been declared "persona non grata". Dirco took the decision because the diplomats "were found guilty of engaging in illicit trade in duty-free alcohol" following an intensive investigation into their flouting of diplomatic privileges, read…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said the two million Johnson & Johnson vaccines at the Gqeberha plant will no longer be used. The acting minister was speaking while on her first leg of her national tour at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto. The announcement…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @PhilNoble. The G-7 nations want to end the pandemic next year, according to a statement published by the U.K. government. The leaders of the G-7 are expected to pledge a donation of 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer nations this weekend as they try to ease…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GettyImages. The Department of Health says 300,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine have been cleared for shipping to South Africa "as a matter of extreme urgency" from the US. The statement comes after the US Food and Drug Administration announced that 60 million doses…
Staff Reporter. Small businesses and cooperatives are set to receive a major shot in the arm when the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government rolls out over R300 million funding to projects run by Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) across the province. The amount, which is part of Operation Vula Fund District,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Friday night, South Africa recorded 8,021 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours. The 8,021 new infections came at a positivity rate of 16.5%, and take the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases across SA to 1,730,106 since…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that load shedding would be suspended from 8pm on Friday night. Unfortunately, stage one will be implemented again on Saturday and Sunday evenings "for a limited period". The power utility explained that "supply constraints have eased during the past two days", thanks to four generation…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GettyImages. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced Friday it was authorizing for use two batches of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines that were produced at the troubled Emergent Biosolutions facility in Baltimore. This is a significant development given not a single usable dose of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Pietermaritzburg High Court has declared the Zulu monarchy’s Ingomyama Trust acted unlawfully when it entered into lease agreements with residents living on land under its control. On Friday morning the court ruled the Ingonyama Trust acted unlawfully when it concluded lease agreements with holders of permission…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The COVID-19 pandemic saw the Department of Employment and Labour dig deep into its pockets as it attempted to provide a safety net for those adversely affected by loss of jobs due to the associated lockdowns, says Minister Thulas Nxesi. "As government, working with social partners, we…
Staff Reporter. Aubrey Manaka has been convicted for the murder of Capricorn TVET college Ramokgopha campus Precious Ramabulana. Photo by Joshua Sebola. Aubrey Manaka, on Friday was sentenced to life in prison by the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane for the murder of Capricorn TVET College student Precious Ramabulana in…
Staff Reporter. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has welcomed the decision to amend Schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act, 2006 (Act No. 4 of 2006), to exempt generation facilities up to 100MW from the licensing requirement. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Thursday that the regulation will…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says progress has been made in implementing the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan. "The Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan is a necessary response to the severe economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic. "The Plan aims to ensure a swift and lasting economic recovery, with…
Staff Reporter. The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health has welcomed input from top global health experts, who have dismissed purported links between the COVID-19 vaccine and magnetic fields. This follows a series of viral video footage on social media, where some individuals are seen placing metal coins on the arms of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Justice Minister Ronald Lamola on Friday 11 June 2021 gave an update on South Africa’s extradition treaty with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The United Arab Emirates confirmed the ratification of its extradition treaty after Interpol intervened in the execution of warrants of arrests for Atul Gupta…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will attend the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Cornwall in the United Kingdom. The summit starts today and ends on Sunday. Ramaphosa will attend this gathering at the invitation of British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson. The summit brings together leaders to discuss efforts to end…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa agreed to sell a majority stake in the country’s grounded national carrier to a local jet-leasing company and private-equity firm, ridding the government of an entity that has long been a drain on state finances. A consortium comprised of Johannesburg-based Global Airways, which owns recently…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have ratified their extradition agreements that will ensure the Guptas are brought back to South Africa to answer to allegations of state capture. UAE ambassador to South Africa Mahash Alhameli on Wednesday confirmed the agreements were ratified earlier this…
Staff Reporter. Water and Sanitation (DWS) Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says substantial progress has been made in improving the operational efficiency of the department. The Minister was briefing members of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation on Thursday on progress made in relation to investigations which have been…
Staff Reporter. Due to an alarming increase of cases of infrastructure theft and vandalism in schools and in the rail network, President Cyril Ramaphosa says government is working to intensify the efforts of law enforcement agencies to deal with illicit cable syndicates. The President said this when he responded to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. National Institute for Communicable Diseases says the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 1,722,086, with 9149 new cases identified which represents a 15.7% positivity rate. This means that South Africa has entered the third wave of Covid-19 infections, according to the NICD. "SA technically entered the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. EFF leader Julius Malema on Thursday accused the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of being too close to the ANC, raising doubts about its ability to conduct free and fair municipal elections in October. Malema, speaking at a press conference in Johannesburg, laid into the IEC, saying its…
Staff Reporter. The Western Cape provincial government has welcomed the planned changes to the Electricity Regulation Act, which it says will help escalate its plans to move away from Eskom and load shedding. Commenting on the announcement, the province’s minister of finance and economic opportunities David Maynier said that the…
Staff Reporter. Cabinet has welcomed the validation of the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This, Cabinet said, will enable the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to expeditiously consider the application of Sinovac for emergency use in South Africa. Last week, WHO…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the steps his government will take to ensure the end of load shedding in South Africa. In a surprise address on Thursday afternoon (10 June), Ramaphosa said that this will include the amendment of schedule 2 of the Electricity Regulation Act to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet has extended South Africa’s national state of disaster by a further month. In a statement made following a cabinet meeting on Thursday (10 June), it said that the state of disaster will now continue until 15 July 2021. Acting minister in the presidency,…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Inquiry is currently hearing Eskom-related evidence from former Glencore CEO, Clinton Ephron. Ephron denied the Anglo-Swiss multinational miner did not do a comprehensive due diligence when it acquired Optimum Coal Mine because it had connections with then deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. During the proceedings, Ephron…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa is providing an update on the country's economic recovery. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom announced it will shift from stage 4 to stage 3 load shedding from 8am until 10pm on Thursday, 10 June 2021. After 14 hours of power cuts, it will revert to stage 2 as previously communicated. The shift comes after a "slight improvement in generation performance"…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. There is still no official record of the 10 babies allegedly born to a Tembisa couple this week. Teboho Tsotetsi and Gosiame Thamara Sithole from Tembisa, on the East Rand, are apparently the proud parents of 10 babies after Sithole allegedly gave birth to seven boys and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) says the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 1,712,939, with 8881 new cases identified which represents a 16.5% positivity rate. "The majority of new cases were recorded in Gauteng (58% — or 5,111 new cases), followed by the Western…
Staff Reporter. North West Premier, Prof Tebogo Job Mokgoro, has dispatched a team to meet the management of Clover in an effort to halt the looming relocation of the company to Durban and save jobs. The team, led by the MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development, Desbo Mohono, visited the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A bargaining chamber for teachers has ordered the Gauteng education department to reinstate the principal of Parktown Boys' High School, Malcolm Williams. Williams was fired by Gauteng education department in December almost 12 months after the death of Enoch Mpianzi. Mpianzi, drowned in the Crocodile River on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @ VaalExplorer. The dam levels within the Integrated Vaal River System (IVRS), with the exception of four dams have fallen this week while one remains unchanged for the second consecutive week. The system (IVRS) consists of 14 dams, which overlap Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Free State and the Northern…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have ratified their extradition agreements that will ensure the Guptas are brought back to South Africa to answer to allegations of state capture. UAE ambassador to South Africa Mahash Alhameli on Wednesday confirmed the agreements were ratified earlier this…
Staff Reporter. Public Service Commission (PSC) Commissioner, Michael Seloane, has called on labour unions and government to find common ground to resolve their differences over salaries in the interest of public servants and the public at large. Seloane said the Commission is concerned that the stalemate could result in a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) says it is technically ready to conduct the 2021 Local Government Elections. Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Glen Mashinini, made the announcement during the official launch of the 2021 Municipal Elections on Wednesday, where the Commission unveiled a mobilisation campaign…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced it will increase load shedding to Stage 4 from 2pm this afternoon until 10pm tonight. Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha says this is due to additional breakdowns of a unit at Medupi and two units at Duvha power station, as well as the high winter demand. "This…
Staff Reporter. Government remains committed and capable of managing the COVID-19 pandemic, executing a ramped up vaccination programme and running the national programmes under the acting Health Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. This assurance was given by Health Department Director-General, Dr Sandile Buthelezi, after President Cyril Ramaphosa placed Dr Zweli Mkhize on…
Staff Reporter. Deputy President David Mabuza has reaffirmed that South Africa remains committed to protecting the human rights of people with HIV and other key and vulnerable populations. Mabuza said this is key to enabling access to services and fighting stigma and discrimination. "In order for the world to succeed…
Staff Reporter. Over 1000 people have been arrested across the Gauteng province during an O Kae Molao Operation at the weekend. The operation incorporating the Sedibeng, Sebokeng, Sharpeville and Evaton areas included roadblocks where 22 people were arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol. The South African Police…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 10h00 on Wednesday (9 June) until 22h00 on Sunday night (13 June). The embattled power utility said that the power cuts are due to continued delays in returning generation units to service at Kusile, Tutuka,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa has surpassed 1.7 million of confirmed Covid-19 cases,the health ministry said on Tuesday. This is an increase of 4,209 new infections in the past 24 hours. SA is now the 19th-ranked country in the world in terms of total confirmed infections. The US tops the…
Staff Reporter. Gosiame Thamara Sithole is believed to have beaten the record for babies delivered in a single pregnancy - though this has not been confirmed (Image: Newsflash). The government says it cannot verify a media report published on Tuesday that a South African woman gave birth to 10 children.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. The ANC has welcomed Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize’s decision to present himself before the party’s Integrity Committee following allegations of corruption against him related to the awarding of a R150 million tender to Digital Vibes. ANC's integrity commission still to set a date for…
Staff Reporter. Following the death of a student due to Covid-19 related complications, the Tshwane University of Technology has suspended all contact lectures and resumed online teaching and learning. The university announced on Monday that due to the majority of the provinces currently being in the third wave of the…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Water and Sanitation has called on learners who are in Grade 12 or have been accepted at mainstream South African institutions of higher learning, within water related qualifications next year, to apply for bursaries made available by the department. "Bursary applications for students with an…
Staff Reporter. French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped across the face by a man during a trip to southeast France on Tuesday, an aide said. #Macron se fait gifler en direct de #Tain pic.twitter.com/tsXdByo22U — ⚜️ (@AlexpLille) June 8, 2021 Images broadcast on the BFM news channel showed Macron approach…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented between 17h00 and 22h00 on Tuesday evening (8 June) due to delays in returning generating units. The embattled power utility said that these constraints have been exacerbated by the high winter demand brought about by the colder…
Staff Reporter. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says while the rise in COVID-19 cases experienced in some provinces hasn’t yet gripped the whole country, efforts must be stepped up to fight the surge of infections. The Minister today visited the Northern Cape to assess the province’s management of the resurgence…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on leaders on the continent to speak with one clear voice to emphasise the primacy of multilateralism, and to express unwavering support for the full implementation of the United Nations Climate Change Convention and its Paris Agreement. "It is absolutely imperative that…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed minister of health Dr Zweli Mkhize on special leave while the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) conducts investigations into allegations of corruption at the health department. "This period of special leave will enable the minister to attend to allegations and investigations concerning contracts…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Former Transnet Board member and Gupta family associate, Iqbal Sharma, has been denied bail in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court. This after the NPA Investigating Directorate (ID) convinced the court Sharma was a flight risk after he failed to disclose he had transferred R264 459 241 to…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Lebogang Maile (left), Tshepiso Phiri, family spokesperson with Mzwandile Masina, Ekurhuleni Mayor.Image: Antonio Muchave. The Gauteng Human Settlements Department has condemned the senseless killing of a senior official, Teboho Makhona, who was brutally murdered in Spruitview, when 28 bullets were fired at his vehicle…
Staff Reporter. The Special Tribunal has granted a preservation order of R22.4 million to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to freeze the bank accounts of a further seven companies implicated in the Gauteng Education Department’s R431 million schools decontamination project. This order is in addition to the R40.7 million preservation…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Stats SA has published the latest gross domestic product (GDP) data covering the first quarter of the year, showing that the economy grew by 1.1% in the first three months of 2021. The growth follows a revised 1.4% rise in real GDP in the fourth quarter of…
Staff Reporter. The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) will institute an investigation into allegations of conflict of interest levelled against company secretary, Bongani Mathebula. At the weekend, the Sunday Times alleged that Mathebula had links to a law firm that was investigating possible wrongdoing at the PIC’s Daybreak poultry farm. The…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has called on police leadership to trace and apprehend the suspects involved in the murder of a staff member working in the communication section of the Office of the Premier. According to reports, Hlengiwe Madlala’s lifeless body was discovered outside her home in the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GettyImages. The FW De Klerk Foundation on Tuesday slammed reports that the former president’s health is deteriorating. There have been extensive media reports that Mr De Klerk’s health ‘is rapidly deteriorating’. This is not so," foundation chairperson Dave Steward said in a brief statement. Earlier, eNCA reported …
Staff Reporter. Marine litter, including plastic litter, has become a matter of increasing global and national concern as a source of marine pollution. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment has therefore prioritised efforts to deal with the challenge of marine litter. There is sufficient evidence that a large…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South African Breweries (SAB) will reinstate its investment programme that was cancelled last year, allocating R2 billion for its home operations. The brewery cancelled R5 billion in investments in the country in over the last year due to the country’s multiple alcohol bans related to the Covid-19…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa stands on the verge of 1.7 million confirmed Covid-19 cases after 3,285 new infections were recorded in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Monday. This means that there have now been 1,699,849 infections recorded to date — just 151 short of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has refuted reports that he blames President Cyril Ramaphosa for the Digital Vibes investigation, which has plagued him since Daily Maverick broke the story earlier in the year. At the weekend, it was reported by the Sunday Times that Mkhize told…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @JanGerber. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is going after Thandi Modise and wants the National Assembly speaker to pay up for her handling of the impeachment saga. Mkhwebane’s legal challenge to the rules governing the impeachment process she’s currently facing kicked off in the Western Cape High Court…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa continues to face uncertainty around the issue of land expropriation without compensation, with clarity around the issue now only expected towards the end of the year. On Friday (4 June), a national assembly ad-hoc committee responsible for overseeing the constitutional change said that a new…
Staff Reporter. Eskom says it regrets to announce the implementation of Stage 1 load shedding between 5pm and 10pm on Monday and cautioned about more power cuts in the near future. According to the State-owned entity, tonight’s load shedding was due to the loss of two generation units at Kusile,…
Staff Reporter. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) says it is in talks with the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) after the agency halted the production of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. The FDA is currently investigating potential good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations in the United…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. The Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court has postponed the bail hearing of Former Transnet board member and Gupta associate Iqbal Sharma to Tuesday. Sharma and the former head of the Free State agriculture department, Peter Thabethe, appeared in court on Monday for their bail applications. Thabethe was granted…
Staff Reporter. North West Health MEC, Madoda Sambatha, has raised concern over the rising daily COVID-19 positive cases across the province. According to the provincial department, the province has been experiencing a peak in new infections in the past seven days with an average of 300 cases reported daily. "The…
Staff Reporter. The Office of the Military Ombud says it has finalised 70 percent of the cases received from members of the public against soldiers on duty during the 2020/21 financial year. The South African Military Ombud Office briefed the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on cases lodged…
Staff Reporter. The Road Accident Fund (RAF) has achieved a significant reduction in administrative costs of more than R7 billion in the 2020/2021 financial year, says Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. Highlighting progress that has been achieved by the RAF in its performance, the Minister said the entity has for the…
Staff Reporter. For years, the Road Accident Fund (RAF) has struggled with its finances and its administration. The RAF has a debt of over R300-billion. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has said the dispensation of the fund is not sustainable. Mbalula is talking about what measures are being taken to stabilise…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will travel to attend the G7 Leader Summit this week, where he will be taking a message of hope about the prospects for South Africa’s recovery, and the global recovery. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, Ramaphosa said that this was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Health says the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 1,696,564 with 5,074 new cases identified. South Africa currently has 61,557 active cases, the Department of Health confirmed. A further 45 more Covid-19 related deaths were reported, with 0 from Eastern Cape, 16 from…
Staff Reporter. Cornwall Hill College met with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) Thursday, 03 June 2021 to discuss the school’s transformation journey. The school’s leadership and SAHRC spoke extensively on the work already carried out at the school on its transformation journey and discussed ways in which the…
Staff Reporter. The independent investigation into allegations of mismanagement at Robben Island Museum (RIM) has resulted in only one adverse finding, amid 22 allegations initially investigated. In June 2020, the State Attorney appointed MacRobert Attorneys to assess and investigate the allegations of mismanagement and provide the RIM Council with a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Rapport revealed on Sunday that Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, offered to donate 15 million Russian-made Sputnik V vaccines to South Africa in February, but this was declined. The Afrikaans weekly calculated that since the African Union has paid $9.75 (R131) per vaccine, that would put the value…
Staff Reporter. Former President Kgalema Motlanthe has described the late struggle icon Andrew Mlangeni as a dependable and honest person who welcomed all in his midst and in the African National Congress (ANC). The ANC is paying tribute to the late Mlangeni at a wreath laying ceremony at his grave,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe has graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree. Mantashe, 65, managed to juggle his time between government, party and school work to achieve his master's at Mancosa. He said the MBA required discipline more than intelligence as well as hard work…
Staff Reporter. Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille has tested positive for Covid-19 after testing for the illness on Friday. The 70-year-old leader of GOOD could be in a high-risk category in terms of her age, although treatment for the illness has improved since 2020. It’s not known whether she…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng has more than 3,000 people hospitalised with Covid-19, as South Africa heads into what is being described as the third wave of SARS-CoV2 infection. According to the provincial statistics, as of 4 June, 3,062 people were hospitalised in public and private facilities. Gauteng recorded 3,028 new infections…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Popular Nigerian Christian preacher Temitope Balogun Joshua has died, his church said in a statement on Sunday morning. TB Joshua died on Saturday, June 5, a few days to his 58th birthday. He was born on June 12, 1963. "God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Health says the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa is 1 691 491. This is an increase of 5451 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. A further 97 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported which brings the total to…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that load shedding will be suspended from 10pm on Saturday, 5 June 2021, due to an improvement in emergency generation reserves. In a statement, the power utility, however, said that stage 2 load shedding will resume again from 5pm till 10pm on Sunday “in order…
Staff Reporter. People across the country are pulling out all the stops to help register pensioners for the COVID-19 vaccine, and now pension payout points where thousands queue for their monthly grant, are being targeted. Volunteers from all walks of life are now pullulating Post Offices, Boxer Superstores and South…
Staff Reporter. @TrevorSamson. Social development minister Lindiwe Zulu has admitted that terminating relief programmes, including the R350 Covid-19 social relief of distress (SRD) grant, will increase hunger, exacerbate social and political stress and slow down economic recovery. Zulu was responding to a parliamentary question posed by the EFF about the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa said South Africa must never allow its transformative policies to be undermined by the actions of corrupt individuals. Ramaphosa was speaking at the Black Management Forum’s (BMF) 45th-anniversary celebrations on Friday night. The event comes as government has had to defend its Covid-19 Tourism…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is considering resigning over an investigation into a tendering scandal, according to people familiar with the matter. President Cyril Ramaphosa discussed three options with Mkhize, including that he be moved out of the cabinet in a reshuffle or that he voluntarily step aside…
Staff Reporter. To mark World Environment Day, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister, Barbara Creecy, will reflect on 25-years of the department’s cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). "Over the last 25 years, the Department Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) and the UNDP have teamed up on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Health said in a statement the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa is 1 686 041 with 5 668 new cases identified. The department said a further 67 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported which brings the total to 56 832…
Staff Reporter. Nigeria announced on Friday it was suspending Twitter operations in the country, saying the platform was being used for activities "capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence". The information ministry said the federal government had "suspended (Twitter) indefinitely," in a statement that came two days after the social media…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa’s biggest city plans to seek at least R3.8 billion ($278 million) in investment in solar and gas-fired power as well as battery storage to improve electricity supply. The City of Johannesburg will issue a request for information for the construction of a 150-megawatt solar plant,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that government will not scrap the numerous benefits or salaries offered to members of parliament, as some already struggle to make ends meet. Ramaphosa said that MPs have not received salary increases in either 2020 or 2021, with the president vetoing recommendations made…
Staff Reporter. Eskom says it will suspend stage 2 load shedding on Friday afternoon to allow parliament time to pass a number of Appropriation bills. The embattled power utility said that the power cuts will be suspended between 12h00 and 17h00 to allow for the processing of the important legislation,…
Staff Reporter. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has recommended that criminal and disciplinary action be taken against a Mpumalanga CoGTA official for their role in the awarding of a R5.5 million PPE tender. In a statement, the SIU said its investigation had found that the supply chain management process had…
Staff Reporter. South Africa will always vote in favour of the annual United Nations resolution, calling for the end of the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba. According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), this is based on principle and solidarity…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Zweli Mkhize on Friday dodged a briefing with parliament's portfolio committee on health, citing a Special Investigating Unit probe into the controversial Digital Vibes scandal. "I have been in touch with the minister, I last spoke to the minister last night and he indicated to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize will be appearing before the Parliament's Health Committee this morning to respond to alleagations of his involvement in the irregular R500 million Digital Vibes contract. It's been alleged he benefited from this contract, which was awarded to some of his close associates.…
Staff Reporter. A total of 938 688 work opportunities has been created through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) during 2020/21 financial year. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), which is the lead coordinator of the EPWP, said the number of work opportunities were created through 13 496…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The department of health said in a statement that the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa is 1 680 373. This is an increase of 5361 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The department said a further 54 COVID-19 related deaths have…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @TrevorSamson. Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has expressed concern at the country’s unemployment figures. Statistics South Africa, in its Quarterly Labour Force Survey this week, revealed that unemployment in South Africa reached 32.6% in the first three months of the year. "The progress is still very…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) Investigating Directorate (ID) has applied to Interpol to assist with arrest warrants for, among others, Atul Gupta, wife Chetali, Rajesh Gupta and his wife, Arti. The issuing of the arrest warrants coincided with the arrest on Wednesday of Iqbal Sharma in connection…
Staff Reporter. Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter on Thursday has apologised to South Africans for the continued power cuts. "I apologise to the nation for the hardship that we continue to inflict as a result of load shedding. But bear with us, we are working on this and of course,…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa says Presidency is at the forefront of driving structural reforms necessary to overcome bottlenecks that are deterring investment. Ramaphosa said this when he responded to a debate on The Presidency Budget Vote in the National Assembly, on Thursday. "We are keenly aware, as several members…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom and the City of Ekurhuleni have reached an agreement on the implementation of load shedding. According to Eskom, it has requested the City of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng to rectify the violation of its load shedding requirements on numerous occasions, in accordance with the parties’ electricity supply…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s office will lay contempt charges against Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize after his failure to respond to a subpoena on three occasions. The case will be opened at Brooklyn police station in Hatfield, Pretoria, this week, according to Public Protector spokesperson Oupa…
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