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Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has welcomed the announcement that Her Majesty Queen Mantfombi Dlamini will act as regent of the Zulu nation during the interregnum. This is until an official successor is named, AmaZulu Prime Minister, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, said on Wednesday at KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace. This comes…
Staff Reporter. South African traffic officers will be issued with body cameras to ensure the safety of both law enforcers and members of the public. In a statement ahead of the Easter festive season, the Department of Transport said that the cameras will be a useful tool in dealing with…
Staff Reporter. The theft, fraud and corruption case against 18 people suspected of being involved in the VBS Mutual Bank heist has been postponed to 2 August 2021. Bail conditions have been extended for all 14 of the accused. The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) request that the matter be transferred…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The City of Johannesburg has tabled its draft Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework Budget for public comment, with ratepayers expected to pay more in a number of areas. The city’s mayoral committee member for Finance in the City of Johannesburg, Jolidee Matongo, said…
Staff Reporter. All charges against Norma Mngoma have been withdrawn. The Pretoria Magistrate's Court made the ruling on Friday. The estranged wife of former minister Malusi Gigaba was charged with crimen injuria and malicious damage to property. The court decided to drop the charges against her, putting an end to…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission will hear Denel related testimony from the former Denel Board Chairperson, Daniel Mantsha at 10:00. It will also hear Eskom related evidence from the Eskom's Former Chief Financial Officer:Anoj Singh at 16:30pm. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. While the COVID-19 pandemic has caused great suffering on the African continent and around the world, the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) remains as a priority for countries on the continent, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. "It has claimed the lives of millions of people, devastated economies and…
Staff Reporter. Liquor industry stakeholders have warned of the harmful effects of a fourth alcohol ban for South Africa, after the lockdowns and bans devastated the sector over the past year. The warning comes as president Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet is set to meet to discuss the possible introduction of a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma insists he will serve the prison term should the Constitutional Court decide on one. Zuma has written a 25 point statement explaining why he didn’t appear before the state capture commission. He said this in a late night statement after the Constitutional Court…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The COVID-19 Sisonke vaccination roll out programme has been extended to 54 vaccine sites across the country, Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, announced on Thursday. Briefing the media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting, Ntshavheni said the programme has to date vaccinated more than…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 541 563. This is an increase of 1554 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 722 821 with 32 002 tests completed since the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. The South African government is committed to rebuilding state capability destroyed by state capture. This goal was on Thursday outlined by President Cyril Ramaphosa during a National School of Government (NSG) Master Class for Members of the Executive, Heads of Departments and senior leaders…
Staff Reporter. A Midrand mall manager who humiliated Ndebele activist and author Thando Mahlangu by hounding him out of a shop over his traditional attire has been suspended. The owners of Boulders shopping centre announced that the manager has been suspended pending an internal investigation into the matter. Mahlangu had…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission of Inquiry continues hearing testimony related to the South African Revenue Service (SARS), on Thursday afternoon. State capture commission chair deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo has lambasted Dali Mpofu’s behaviour on Tuesday after the lawyer told minister Pravin Gordhan and his legal representative to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet has welcomed the announcement of eight energy projects as part of the independent power programme, which it says will inject billions of rands into the local economy and help stabilise the country’s power supply. In a media briefing on Thursday (25 March) acting…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. There is no other appropriate remedy but to jail former president Jacob Zuma for his "malicious" behaviour and defiance of a Constitutional Court order, the apex court has heard. The court on Thursday heard an application brought by the state capture commission to have Zuma found guilty…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that a decision to move South Africa to a higher lockdown level is currently being discussed by government officials. In an interview with the public broadcaster, Mkhize said that the decisions will be based on recommendations from epidemiological experts as well…
Staff Reporter. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's perjury case has been postponed. The Public Protector is accused of having lied to the courts about her investigation into the South African Reserve Bank. She made a brief appearance in the Pretoria magistrate’s court on Thursday, where the court heard that the national…
Staff Reporter. The state capture inquiry will continue to hear South African Revenue Services (SARS) related evidence from SARS employee Vlok Symington on Thursday. The Commission will also hear testimony from another former SARS employee, Johan van Loggerenberg. The commission will later hear Eskom-related testimony from former power utility Chief…
Staff Reporter. Epidemiologist Professor Salim Abdool Karim has announced that he will be returning to his academic commitments after his term as co-chair of the Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee (MAC) comes to an end. "It has been a singular honour to serve on the MAC alongside exceptional colleagues. After exactly…
Staff Reporter. President Jacob Zuma should be brought by the sheriff of the high court to testify before the commission of inquiry into state capture in addition to being jailed for contempt of court. This is the view of the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF), which has asked to be admitted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on Covid-19 has recommended that government impose tighter lockdown restrictions for the upcoming long Easter weekend. The chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Covid-19 Professor Barry Schoub said the committee had advised the government to implement tougher restrictions in a bid…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. A group in the ANC calling itself the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) committee is engaged in an early campaign for secretary-general Ace Magashule to be elected the next president of the ANC at its 2022 elective conference. This is the opinion of ANC…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Deputy President David Mabuza has called on South African men to be counted in the nation’s efforts to end tuberculosis (TB) by getting tested. "Unless men heed this call, the wellbeing of South Africans will forever hang in the balance, "he said. Speaking during World TB…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana Co-chair of the ministerial advisory committee (MAC), Prof Salim Abdool Karim says government should move SA to alert level 2 before the upcoming Easter holidays as a precautionary measure. A News24 report said the national command council (NCC) was advised last week in a MAC advisory to…
Staff Reporter. Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, will return to Sebokeng next week to meet with local community representatives affected by sewage blockages that have resulted in the Vaal River pollution. The meeting follows Deputy President David Mabuza’s visit to the township on Tuesday to check on…
Staff Reporter. The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology has commended the University of Witwatersrand Student Representative Council (SRC) for raising R3.6 million towards assisting 3% of students who could not register due to outstanding fees. "This is a patriotic act by the SRC to ensure that no…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. State capture inquiry chairperson deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo has fixed four days for the appearance of President Cyril Ramaphosa. Zondo announced Ramaphosa will appear on April 22 and 23 and again on April 28 and 29. The president will be appearing wearing his current ANC cap…
Staff Reporter. The City of Johannesburg has announced its intention to rename William Nicol drive to Winnie Madikizela Mandela drive. In a notice published on social media on Wednesday (24 March), the city said that the proposed re-naming is in terms of its approved policy on the naming of streets…
Staff Reporter. Former Bain SA partner, Athol Williams is expected back at the state capture inquiry on Wednesday. His testimony on Tuesday had to make way for the cross-examination of Minister Pravin Gordhan by the lawyers representing Tom Moyane. Williams told the commission that Bain knew that Moyane would be…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A statistical analysis by researchers at the Nelson Mandela University has indicated that a third Covid-19 wave could impact the two big Eastern Cape metropolitans of Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City by the end of March or the beginning of April. In a column for the…
Staff Reporter. UAE-based airline Emirates has announced that it will extend its ban on flights from South Africa until at least the first week of April. In a notice sent to passengers, Emirates said that flights from the country will remain suspended until 8 April 2021, in line with government…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa now stands at 1 538 961. This is an increase of 510 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. Kader Asmal put it so eloquently when he said, "Water runs through our every aspiration as a society." It is essential to the health of our population, the socio-economic growth of our country and the basic human dignity of our people. Yet as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi says that his department is working on a number of tech-focused features, with plans to take some services digital. Answering in a recent written parliamentary Q&A, Motsoaledi said that the department will also introduce a number of changes which are…
Staff Reporter. The 2020 matric class has three days to register to rewrite their matric exams. This includes the June/November 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC), Senior Certificate (SN) and Adult Education and Training (AETE4) exams. The closing date for the 2020 examination rewrite is 26 March 2021. According to the…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission of Inquiry continues to hear South African Revenue Services (SARS) related evidence from the former partner at BAIN SA, Athol Williams, on Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan faced questions about negative comments he made about Tom Moyane as the former Sars…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Basic Education says it has successfully implemented the Presidential Youth Employment Stimulus which commenced in December 2020, creating over 300,000 jobs at schools across the country. The department said that the programme also helped save over 25,950 School Governing Body (SGB) funded posts in public…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The trade sector experienced a tough start to the new year, and much of the performance of the sector still largely reflects a Covid-19 narrative, the latest retail trade survey by the Bureau for Economic Research (BER) shows. The survey took place from 18 January to 1…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. After almost two years of dithering and nearly collapsing one of the most high profile corruption cases, the State has finally charged former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede and her 20 co-accused in the matter which they were arrested for in April 2019. On Tuesday Gumede and her…
Staff Reporter. Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation (DWS) Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has received the multi-million rand Roodeplaat Training Centre to train artisans to deal with water losses in communities. The centre was officially handed over by the Ambassador of Japan to South Africa, Maruyama Norio, during an event held at…
Staff Reporter. The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality will make a formal submission to Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthethwa, opposing Port Elizabeth’s name change to Gqeberha. In a town hall meeting broadcast on Monday evening (22 March), mayor Nqaba Bhanga said that the submission would also object to Uitenhage’s name…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Municipal Workers’ Union (SAMWU) has outlined some of the demands it will be making when negotiations with the government begin later this year – including a new minimum wage for workers. The union, which represents 160,000 workers across 257 municipalities, held its national collective…
Staff Reporter. The state capture inquiry will hear South African Revenue Services (SARS) related evidence on Tuesday. Former partner at BAIN SA, Athol Williams will give evidence. The Commission will also hear testimony from SARS employee, Vlok Symington. Later in the day, the commission is scheduled to have an evening…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the total number of confirmed cases in South Africa now stands at 1 538 451. This is an increase of 599 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. Mkhize said the total number of deaths…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. Former SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Tom Moyane will finally be given a chance finally to cross-examine Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. It is expected that Moyane’s legal representative, Advocate Dali Mpofu, will lead the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former public enterprises minister Lynne Brown says she did not know Brian Molefe when he was controversially seconded to take over as CEO at Eskom. However, Brown said, Molefe's name came up during a meeting she had with former president Jacob Zuma over concerns about load-shedding. She…
Staff Reporter. Department of Cooperative Governance director-general, Avril Williamson, has emphasised the institutionalisation of long-range planning in the development of Port St Johns as a new coastal city. This, she said, could be realised through the District Development Model (DDM) as a key element to realising full potential. Williamson made…
Staff Reporter. The civil rights organisation AfriForum said it had filed a formal application to the State Capture Commission of Inquiry to cross examine President Cyril Ramaphosa about the ANC’s cadre deployment policy. In a statement on Monday, the organisation said it also requested to be given the opportunity to…
Staff Reporter. Former Public Enterprises Minister, Lynne Brown to continue testifying at the State Capture Inquiry on Monday morning. Brown will be delivering more evidence about Eskom. On Friday, she denied allegations of wrongdoing, and that the Guptas influenced her choice of board members for the power utility. Brown told…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. "My dear compatriots, I am in trouble, I am fighting death, but nevertheless I ask you to stand up. Go and vote for change. I will not have fought for nothing. Fight for it. I will not have fought for nothing." Those were the last words…
Dear Fellow South African, For more than a week now, South Africans have had to endure the disruption and inconvenience of intermittent load shedding, as the country's power stations have not been able to produce enough electricity to meet demand. The electricity shortage has been a problem for more than…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa now stands at 1 537 852. This an increase of 1051 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 635 287 with 24 025 tests completed since…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. President Cyril Ramaphosa has used his Human Right’s Day address to ensure South Africans of his mission to establish a better country especially after the Covid-19 pandemic. Ramaphosa said this was being done through building a new economy that would ensure equal opportunities for all…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers a national message during the virtual commemoration of Human Rights Day. As the 61st anniversary of the Sharpeville Massacre is marked on 21 March 2021, there has been a call for compassion, and a continued fight against injustice and police brutality. Human Rights…
Staff Reporter. Three people have died following a horrific accident on the R101 between Shell Ultra and the Ranch Hotel in Limpopo on Sunday. Two people were found with fatal injuries inside the taxi, while the driver of the truck was also fatally injured in the collision. The Limpopo department…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: AFP. Queen Mantfombi MaDlamini Zulu has been announced as the interim ruler of the Zulu nation pending the installation of a new king to succeed the late Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini KabhekuZulu. King Zwelithini, 72, passed away in the early hours of Friday morning, 12…
Staff Reporter. South Africa is proactively preparing to manage marine pollution incidents to lessen their impact on the environment. The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) said it will do this by ensuring that the appropriate resources and stakeholders are activated quickly, and that the decision-making process is done timeously.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Experts warn that South Africa is heading towards a third Covid-19 wave with no concrete vaccine rollout plan and some way off its target of vaccinating healthcare workers. Professor Glenda Gray, a co-lead investigator for the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine trial, told the Sunday Times that…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver a national message during the virtual commemoration of Human Rights Day on Sunday. According to the presidency, Human Rights Month 2021 will be commemorated under the theme "The Year of Charlotte Maxeke: Promoting Human Rights in the Age of Covid-19". The theme pays…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa now stands at 1 536 801. This is an increase of 1378 new cases identified in the last 24 hours and the cumulative total of tests conducted is …
Staff Reporter. The Department of Home Affairs will be offering birth registration services this Human Rights Day weekend at health facilities nationwide, it said in a statement on Friday. The registration weekend is held to assist parents to register their children within 30 days of birth as is required by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF) has called on the South African Police Service (Saps) to immediately cease the surveillance of journalists. In a statement released on Saturday Sanef labelled this as a blatant act aimed at threatening journalists and compromising media sources and whistleblowers. "Sanef …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Sixty-thousand additional Johnson & Johnson vaccines have arrived in South Africa. The aircraft carrying the consignment from Switzerland touched down at OR Tambo International Airport on Saturday morning. This as government looks to complete the first phase of its vaccination programme involving healthcare workers in the public…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Twitter/Bomb Productions. Menzi Ngubane was a South African actor best known for his role as Sibusiso Dlomo, or Ngamla, on Generations. In 1987, Menzi showcased his talent to South Africa in the local television series Kwa Khala Nyonini 1. The second series followed in 1988,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Moeletsi Mabe. Minister of Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe told the State Capture Commission on Friday night that former Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson bribed shop stewards in hostels for catering contracts. Mantashe revealed this when he was testifying at the commission while being led by evidence leader…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, announced that 182 983 healthcare workers have been vaccinated since the country kicked off its vaccine roll out plan last month. Reporting on the latest on Covid-19 in SA, Mkhize said 1 462 new cases have been recorded with 311 new deaths.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Warning: This article contains graphic descriptions of rape. Malawi-born "prophet" Shepherd Bushiri raped women and girls as young as 16, including two sisters; drugged some, bribed them into silence, and threatened others with murder in six years of jaw-dropping sexual violence, prosecutors have alleged. The Mail and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Freddy Mavundla. Gauteng Premier David Makhura has given assurance that the government is not planning to tighten Covid-19 protocols to prevent a third wave during and after the Easter holidays. Makhura on Friday addressed a briefing on Covid-19 status. In a presentation, scientists from the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Moeletsi Mabe. Minister of Minerals and Energy Resources, Gwede Mantashe, has taken the stand at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Johannesburg. He is testifying on Bosasa, now African Global Operations, which is accused of having paid bribes to secure lucrative deals with government.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A group of state persecutors have taken to the streets of Pretoria to accuse the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) of racism and discrimination within the institution. The disgruntled prosecutors carried placards expressing grievances, picketing outside the NPA head office. Grievances contained in the memorandum include racism, failure…
Staff Reporter. The Nathaniel Julies murder case has been postponed by the High Court in Johannesburg. The three police officers accused of shooting and killing Nateniël Julies briefly appeared at the Johannesburg High Court for a pre-trial conference on Friday. The matter has been postponed to 22 April for the…
Staff Reporter. The Ad Hoc Committee on the Section 100 Intervention in the North West province, has requested the North West Education Department to provide a comprehensive infrastructure plan for the 2021/22 financial year that will ensure spending of its budget. The committee made the request during a visit to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has announced that load shedding will be suspended from 12h00 on Friday, after some generating units were returned to power, and the long weekend ahead would give it opportunity to do maintenance while power demand is lower. Generating units were restored at the Duvha, Medupi, Kendal,…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says South Africa is in talks to sign a ground-breaking vaccine production contract with ImmunityBio, a US-based firm owned by a South African-born billionaire. The Minister said this on the sidelines of Deputy President David Mabuza’s visit to the…
Staff Reporter. London-based law firm Leigh Day and Johannesburg-based Mbuyisa Moleele Attorneys say that ride-sharing giant Uber should ‘do the right thing’ and acknowledge that its South African drivers are legally entitled to statutory employment rights. On Tuesday (16 March), Uber said it would adopt a different model for its…
Staff Reporter. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Johannesburg will hear further testimony from former Public Enterprises Minister Lynn Brown on Friday morning. The commission said in a statement that it will also hear from former Eskom secretary Suzanne Daniels. The commission hearings will continue into the evening…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Condolences poured in following the announcement of the death of Tanzania’s President John Magufuli, while an opposition leader called for the immediate swearing in of his deputy to avoid a constitutional vacuum after two weeks of uncertainty around the health of the country’s leadership. Vice President Samia…
Staff Reporter. Former president FW de Klerk has been diagnosed with cancer. In a statement, the FW de Klerk Foundation said: "Former President FW de Klerk announced at his 85th birthday that he has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, which is a cancer that affects the tissue that lines the lungs.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa has recorded 90 new deaths in the last 24 hours. The country's Covid-19-related death count now stands at 51 724. SA has a cumulative total of 1 533 961 cases with 1 464 new cases reported,. The cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 556…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has published its priority projects, valued at R23-billion, for delivery in the next ten years as part of its contribution to an infrastructure-led economic recovery. Of the 67 projects, 13 are private developer contribution projects valued at R5.6-billion. At a launch…
Staff Reporter. It cost R20.25m to stave off load-shedding for Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini's memorial service on Thursday. Eskom spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha told TimesLive that the power utility used nine open cycle gas turbines (OCGTs) to keep the lights on — at a huge financial cost. "To keep the lights…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Social Development has urged Early Childhood Development (ECD) service organisations to update their information for the ECD Employment Stimulus Relief Fund (ECD-ESRF) by Saturday, 20 March 2021 to enable speedy processing of the payments. This follows the finalisation of the ECD-ESRF payments by the department…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Wits Press. Former Wits vice-chancellor Professor Adam Habib has been suspended at his new job at the University of London after he used the N-word during a video meeting with students last week. Habib is the director of the university's School of Oriental and African…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of mineral resources and energy Gwede Mantashe has announced the winning bidders for the government’s emergency power procurement and has opened calls for bids for the fifth round of renewable power procurement. The announcement comes as South Africa remains in the grips of an energy supply…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has challenged leaders to pick up King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu’s spear and continue the quest to build a better South Africa. Delivering the eulogy during a special memorial service for the late Zulu King, held at kwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace in kwaNongoma on Thursday, President…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Inquiry into state capture hears Eskom-related evidence from the former Eskom Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Anoj Singh. Singh has admitted that Eskom paid about R30.6 million to consulting firm McKinsey without any services rendered. Testifying at the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government spending is too high for the tax base – and this gap has likely increased as a result of the 2020 recession, National Treasury said its annual performance plan published on Wednesday (17 March). The gap between revenue and expenditure has increased significantly in 2020/21, increasing…
Staff Reporter. From improving the balance sheet to correcting defects at the Kusile and Medupi power plants, Deputy President David Mabuza says the task team on Eskom is pleased with the progress the recently-appointed transformation management office at the power utility has made. "In line with achieving operational efficiency, five…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy at the memorial service for King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu at around 10 am this morning. People are urged to watch the ceremony using these media and not to visit Nongoma because of the coronavirus pandemic. The King Shaka Visitor’s Centre…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Wednesday that South Africa recorded 1,531 new Covid-19 infections and 74 deaths in the past 24 hours. This means that there have now been 1,532,497 cases recorded to date, along with 51,634 confirmed coronavirus-related fatalities. The new infections come from …
Staff Reporter. Eskom said it would suspend load-shedding between 10am and 2pm on Thursday to allow SA to mourn the death of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. This, the embattled power utility said, would allow the nation to participate in the King's memorial service. "This extraordinary measure has been implemented to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Sulhu Hassan on Wednesday announced the death of President John Magufuli on state television. In a televised address, Hassan said that Magufuli had died of heart complications. Hassan said that Magufuli was hospitalised on March 6 at the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute. She…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. King Goodwill Zwelithini, was the eighth Zulu king, reigned for more than 50 years, making him the longest-serving Zulu monarch. As the traditional leader of the Zulu nation, Zwelithini did not hold political office but had considerable influence over the country’s estimated 12 million Zulus, the largest…
Staff Reporter. The four police officers accused of the death of a bystander during student protests at Wits University in Braamfontein last week will remain in custody after the case was postponed for a formal bail application. The four officers, Tshepiso Kekana, 27, Motseothata Boitumelo, 43, Madimeja Lekgodi, 37, and…
Staff Reporter. After announcing extended load shedding at stage 1 until Saturday, Eskom has now escalated outages to stage 2 to safeguard the grid. Load shedding will now be at stage 2 from 21h00 on Wednesday night, continuing until 05h00 on Saturday. The escalation comes after the power utility lost…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Even if the high court granted the EFF the court order they want to unseal the CR17 bank records, they would still be protected from public disclosure under the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) Act, counsel for the FIC said in court. The FIC was arguing to keep…
Staff Reporter. Live proceedings from Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal, for the late Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini who died on Friday morning. President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a Special Official Funeral Category One. The body of King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu will be interred, referred to as ukutshala in isiZulu (meaning planting), on Wednesday…
Staff Reporter. The Commission hears Prasa-related evidence from the former Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters. Peters said that she did not remember if she gave Parliament reasons why she wanted to fire the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) board. The commission said that other witnesses, including then-Democratic Alliance…
Staff Reporter. The Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies, together with broadcasters, has started with the phased switch-off of analogue television transmitters in the Free State. This comes after the President's announcement during the State of the Nation Address last month that the phased switch-off of analogue TV transmitters would…
Staff Reporter. Nongoma mayor Albert Mncwango has urged people of the northern KwaZulu-Natal rural town to refrain from attending Thursday’s memorial service for King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu and instead use the three public viewing areas set up in the town. This comes as fears grow that Covid-19 restrictions have not…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. There was a heavy police presence at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday morning in anticipation of Wits students who planned to march there ahead of the appearance of four police officers charged with murder. The officers are linked to the death of Mthokozisi Ntumba who was…
Staff Reporter. Motorists travelling on the N3 towards Van Reenen’s Pass have been urged to find alternate routes to get to their destination after a crash involving two trucks forced the closure of that section of the national freeway. The crash which occurred early on Wednesday saw the trucks -…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande has appealed to students who applied on time for a place at all public institutions but not offered a place to study, to contact the Central Application Clearing House (CACH) for help. The Central Application Clearing House is a system meant…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 530 966. This is an increase of 933 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 490 435 with 24 920 tests completed since the last…
Staff Reporter. The EFF had full access to the CR17 bank statements, but did not consider them relevant enough at the time to include them in the original court battle between President Cyril Ramaphosa and public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, the high court heard on Tuesday. The High Court in Pretoria…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Franziska Krug. The family of late actor Menzi Ngubane has suffered another tragic blow with the death of his father. The actor’s father’s death comes while the family was busy preparing for Menzi’s memorial scheduled for Thursday. Family spokesperson Naomi Mokhele confirmed that Menzi’s father…
Staff Reporter. Human Settlement, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has commended residents of Duncan Village informal settlement in East London for agreeing to be relocated to a nearby temporary residential area to make way for the development of their informal settlement. The temporary relocation of the households to Temporary…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has decided to appeal the Western Cape High Court’s decision to dismiss former state security minister Bongani Bongo’s bribery and corruption case. "The acting [Western Cape] director of public prosecutions, advocate Nicolette Bell, has decided, after careful consideration of the facts, the…
Staff Reporter. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) has approved a section 21 emergency-use application for the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech. Sahpra said in a statement that the approval was subject to further efficacy and safety surveillance of the vaccine in the country, including against…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that load shedding will be extended to the weekend, at a reduced stage. The group said that load shedding will be cut to stage 1 from Wednesday 05h00, and will run until 05h00 on Saturday. Stage 2 load shedding was implemented on Wednesday 10 March…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Parliament has voted in support of a motion on an inquiry to decide on the removal of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. The motion was initiated by the Democratic Alliance (DA). During a National Assembly sitting on Tuesday, 275 MPs voted in support of the motion and 40…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Covid-19 regulations will not deprive thousands wishing to pay their last respects to King Goodwill Zwelithini, despite lockdown level 1 restrictions which allow only 100 people to attend his funeral. The government on Tuesday announced an electronic condolences book for use by anyone "who would like to…
Staff Reporter. The case against four students who were arrested in Braamfontein on Monday evening has been postponed for a formal bail application. The four - Sivuyile Mhatu, Oradiretse Masebe, Siyasanga Tshembele and Moses Leshadi - are facing charges of public violence. Two of the students have been remanded in…
Staff Reporter. The commission of inquiry into state capture will on Tuesday hear evidence related to Eskom from the power utility's former head of legal and company secretary Suzanne Daniels. Daniels previously told the Zondo commission that the questionable R1.68bn guarantee granted to Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration and Resources was a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday dismissed Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s application for direct access to appeal a Western Cape High Court’s ruling to interdict parliament’s removal proceedings against her. In December last year, the high court ruled that Mkhwebane’s application had no prospects of success. This comes…
Staff Reporter. Newly elected Confederation of African Football (Caf) president Patrice Motsepe is back in SA following last Friday’s elections. He will brief the media about his immediate plans. Motsepe, whose candidacy was announced by the SA Football Association (Safa) in November, stood unopposed at Caf’s 43rd General Assembly in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Pick n Pay has agreed to cap profit margins on garlic and ginger after the Competition Commission said consumers had complained about the high prices of the products at a variety of grocers around the country. The commission announced on Monday that it had signed a memorandum…
Gauteng COGTA MEC Lebogang Maile will release a report of the inquiry into the state of affairs of several Gauteng municipalities. The committee was appointed in 2019 to look into the province’s 11 municipalities based on financial governance, institutional capability and service delivery. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 530 033. This is an increase of 613 new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 465 515 with 15 023 tests completed since the last…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A female student has been admitted to hospital after she was shot and wounded in the leg allegedly by police firing live ammunition during protests that have intensified in Johannesburg. Several students have also been arrested. A handful of students have gathered outside the Hillbrow Police Station…
Staff Reporter. The South Gauteng High Court has handed former Bank of Athens treasurer Vincenzo Pietropaolo two life sentences for murdering his wife and father four years ago. He was convicted last November in the same court. He was also handed an additional fifteen years for being in possession of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Statistical data shows that South Africa’s economic recovery remains fragile – which has been reflected by a drop in business confidence, say economists from the Bureau for Economic Research (BER). The group pointed to the RMB/BER Business Confidence Index (BCI) for Q1 which showed a renewed deterioration…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africans should brace themselves for more load-shedding over the next five years. Eskom group chief executive officer Andre de Ruyter says the embattled power utility is 'not where it wants to be’ in terms of performance, and power reliability will remain sketchy until after winter. Presenting…
Staff Reporter. Four police officers were arrested on Monday in connection with the death of Mthokozisi Ntumba, who was shot dead on the sidelines of student protests in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) confirmed that the four officers were from the public order policing unit. "The four…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Higher Education and Training Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says the department and universities have reached another fee compact to ensure fee increases for the 2021 academic year are kept at affordable levels. The compact is also aimed at ensuring the sustainability of universities. Responding to the South…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Higher Education and Training minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says the department is not in a financial position to be able to support institutions to clear all the debt of fee-paying students. Responding to the South African Union of Students (SAUS) letter of demands, Nzimande acknowledged that there…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize says the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 529 420. This is an increase 1006 of new cases identified and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 450 492 with 23 903 tests completed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Lindiwe Sisulu SA. ANC national executive member Fikile Mbalula remains unapologetic and defiant after he allegedly described fellow comrade Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu as a "criminal." Sisulu lodged an official complaint against Mbalula to ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule Wednesday in which…
Staff Reporter. The South African Union of Students is briefing the media on the outcome of urgent SRC meetings. South African Union of Students (SAUS) announced on Sunday that all of the country's 26 universities are in support of a national shutdown beginning on Monday. This after the SAUS met…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is set to appeal the decision made by a member of the Judicial Conduct Committee (JCC) regarding complaints lodged over his comments on South Africa's foreign policy on Israel. In a statement on Sunday, the JCC confirmed that Mogoeng has signified his intention…
Staff Reporter. South Africa has received more Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccines, which arrived in the country on Saturday, 13 March. This is according to South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) chairperson, professor Glenda Gray. The country has since received 40,000 more J&J vaccine doses as government looks to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The late king Goodwill Zwelithini who passed away on Friday will now be buried privately and his burial will only be attended by men. Zwelithini who died aged 72, will also be buried at night with the date kept as a family secret. This was announced on…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that its stage 2 load shedding will continue next week due to further breakdowns at five more power stations. The embattled utility said that the power cuts are now set to continue until 05h00 on Wednesday (17 March). "Eskom regrets to inform the public that…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A number of current and former cabinet ministers together owe millions of rands in rent on homes that have been subsidised by taxpayers, the Sunday Times reports. Public works minister Patricia de Lille has sent letters to high-profile politicians in an effort to recover more than R8…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases for South Africa is 1 528 414. This an increase 1541 new cases identified in the last 24 hours and the cumulative total of tests conducted is 9 426 589 …
Staff Reporter. Image Supplied. Eastern Cape actress Noxolo Maqashalala has died aged 44. According to family friend Senyukele Zibobo, Maqashalala's body was found at her Honeydew home in Johannesburg on Friday. "I received a call from her brother informing me of her death. Someone went to drop off something at…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Franziska Krug. Veteran actor, Menzi Ngubane has passed away. Ngubane suffered a stroke on Saturday morning according to his family. He had a long career as an actor having starred in productions like Generations, How to steal 2 million to name a few. Ngubane was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The body of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini of the Zulus has arrived in Nongoma where he is expected to rest in the coming days. The arrival of the body of the king brought the small northern KwaZulu-Natal town to a complete standstill. Mourning residents lined up…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma has met with members of the African National Congress Women's League (ANCWL). A delegation, led by the league’s president Bathabile Dlamini visited Zuma at his Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). Zuma did not mince his words during the latest tea party at his…
Staff Reporter. Memorial service of the late journalist and broadcaster Karima Brown. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. Wits University has suspended and charged five students for disrupting exams and violating Covid-19 regulations. The university said the suspension of the five students had nothing to do with the protests that took place in the streets of Johannesburg this week. Students have blockaded traffic and burnt tyres…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala, has paid an emotional tribute to King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu, describing him as a custodian of culture and repository for customs and traditions. The news of the King's passing on Friday after a battle with ill health has seen tributes streaming in from…
Staff Reporter. Aspen Pharmacare Holdings will supply the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Johnson & Johnson within the next three months, putting Africa’s biggest drugmaker "right up front of producing this vaccine globally," chief executive officer Stephen Saad said. Since agreeing in November to produce as many as 300 million doses…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will continue until 23h00 on Sunday evening (14 March). The power utility said that it has to extend the power cuts due to the loss of further generation capacity and to replenish emergency generation reserves. The country has faced continuous…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo credit:123RF. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 526 873. This is an increase of 1225 new cases identified in the last 24 hours and the cumulative total of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared that the late Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini will be accorded an official state funeral. King Zwelithini passed away in hospital in the early hours of Friday after an extended illness. The special official funeral category 1 will entail ceremonial elements provided…
Staff Reporter. University campus protests continued for a second day as students demanded that historical debt be scrapped to allow students to register for the 2021 academic year. The student protest against financial exclusion, which started in Braamfontein, Johannesburg has now spread to campuses across the country. Some of their…
Staff Reporter. Deputy president David Mabuza has confirmed that Eskom has communicated its headcount reduction plan to government. The deputy president said this when he responded to oral questions in the National Council of Provinces. "We can confirm that Eskom’s headcount reduction plan was communicated to government as a shareholder,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Seven more accused persons were added in the VBS Mutual Bank corruption matter and appeared for the first time at the Palm Ridge Specialised Commercial Crime Court in Johannesburg on Friday 12 March 2021. This follows their arrest by members of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. King Goodwill Zwelithini is expected to return to his main palace on Friday afternoon where he will lie in state for a couple of days. IFP founder Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, in his capacity as traditional prime minister of the Zulu monarch, made the announcement on Friday morning…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Patrice Motsepe has been confirmed as the first South African president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF). Motsepe, whose candidacy was announced by the SA Football Association (Safa) in November, stood unopposed at Caf's 43rd General Assembly in Rabat, Morocco, on Friday. He will serve a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) published its latest annual statistics on power generation in South Africa, showing that the country spent a significant amount of time in 2020 dealing with power cuts. The report shows that 2020 saw 859 hours of load shedding –…
Staff Reporter. The Prime Minister of the Amazulu nation, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, is expected to give an address on the death of Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. The monarch died in the early hours of Friday morning. The 72-year-old had been in hospital receiving medical care for high glucose levels. Livestream Video…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Isilo Samabandla, King Goodwill Zwelithini KaBhekuzulu, who passed away on Friday morning. His Majesty passed away in hospital at the age of 72. "This sad news come at a time when we had all…
Staff Reporter. Deputy President David Mabuza says the Inter-Ministerial Committee on COVID-19 Vaccines has put measures in place to prevent corruption and wasteful expenditure in the procurement and distribution of vaccines. The Deputy President said this when he responded to oral questions in the National Council of Provinces on Thursday.…
Staff Reporter. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has advised property owners that all forms of rental income must be declared in their income tax returns. In a statement, SARS said property owners, whose properties are located in South Africa and who host fee-paying guests, must declare the rental income…
Staff Reporter. The Former Transnet Chief Financial Officer will be delivering evidence related to the state-owned enterprise. Various witnesses have told the inquiry that Singh was involved in dubious dealings at both Transnet and Eskom. The SA Institute of Chartered Accountants revoked his membership after finding him guilty on 12…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng Transport MEC Jacob Mamabolo says that his department has put together a comprehensive plan to replace the e-tolls scheme. Mamabolo said that the plan is based on proposals that have been properly modelled by technical experts. "(The models) show that we can generate more money, outperform the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Zulu monarch King Goodwill Zwelithini has died. IFP founder and traditional prime minister to the Zulu monarch, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, confirmed the tragic news in a statement issued on Friday morning. "It is with the utmost grief that I inform the nation of the passing of His…
Staff Reporter. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Bursary Guidelines for university students will be finalised within the course of next week and released to institutions as soon as possible. Making the announcement at a media briefing in Tshwane on Thursday, following a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Higher Education…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said South Africa recorded 1,474 new Covid-19 cases and 95 deaths in the past 24 hours. This meant that 1,525,648 total infections and 51,110 have been recorded across the country to date. The new infections came from 33,493 tests, at a positivity…
Staff Reporter. The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) has heavily criticised the government’s plans to introduce a zero-tolerance stance on drunk driving. The proposed change is included in the National Road Traffic Amendment Bill, which is currently being considered in parliament. The amendments effectively change the legal blood alcohol…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The High Court in Pretoria has reviewed and set aside Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande’s instruction to the University of South Africa (Unisa) to reduce the intake of first-year students by 20 000. This means Unisa may now admit the same number of students as it did…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein has ordered Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to provide the DA proof of her job application for the State Security Agency (SSA). This comes as the two parties prepare for a legal showdown on spying claims made by the DA…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande says 184 315 spaces are available for first time entering students for 2021 in the public university system, as per the enrolment plan for the system as a whole. A total of 578 468 learners wrote the Grade 12 examination in…
Staff Reporter. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has confirmed that it will not go ahead with the prosecution of six Wits University students who were arrested during protests in Braamfontein, Johannesburg on Wednesday. The six students were arrest after the Wits Student Representative Council (SRC) embarked on protests for the…
Staff Reporter. In the aftermath of the passing of bystander, Mthokozisi Ntumba, during a student protest on Wednesday, President Cyril Ramaphosa says government will not abandon its students. He said this when he addressed the National House of Traditional Leaders in Parliament on Thursday. "We will not abandon our students.…
Staff Reporter. The South African Post Office (SAPO) has confirmed that the R350 Social Relief of Distress grant recipients will be paid all monies owed to them. In a statement issued on Thursday, the Post Office said beneficiaries should also know that there is no deadline for them to collect…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Cabinet has agreed that funding should be reprioritised from the Department of Higher Education and Training budget, in order to ensure that all deserving National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) students receive funding support for the 2021 academic year. Unpacking Cabinet’s decision on NSFAS…
Staff Reporter. Compensation Fund commissioner Vuyo Mafata has gazetted additional regulations to the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act (Coida) for domestic workers. The gazette confirms that domestic workers are now covered under the act for illness or injury contracted at work. It also provides further information on the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet has approved the extension of South Africa’s national state of disaster by a further month. In a briefing to media on Thursday (11 March), cabinet said that the National State of Disaster is now set to continue until 15 April 2021.…
Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshaveni and Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande are holding a post-cabinet briefing to unpack the NSFAS decision regarding policy and funding options for students at universities. The briefing will also give details of Wednesday's Cabinet meeting. This week, Nzimande said funding applications could not…
Staff Reporter. The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has identified the man killed on Wednesday when police fired rubber bullets at protesting Wits students in Johannesburg. He was Mthokozisi Ntumba. The directorate said the investigation team was working around the clock processing evidence gathered at the crime scene. During the…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Inquiry will continue to hear Transnet-related evidence on Thursday. Former Transnet Group CEO, Siyabonga Gama will give evidence. It was none other than Gupta foot soldier Salim Essa who took former Transnet boss Siyabonga Gama to the controversial family's residence in Saxonwold. This, Gama told…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister, Dr Zwelini Mkhize, says government remains committed to vaccinate 65% of the population, or 40 million people, as per the original plan by the end of the year to help the country reach herd immunity. This, he said, is owing to vaccine doses…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says as of today the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 1 524 174. This is an increase of 1477 identified new cases and the cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 9 336 101 with 36 217 …
Staff Reporter. The Free State division of the High Court has on Wednesday sentenced former Premier Ace Magashule’s former bodyguard to 15 years in jail for stealing a painting worth R8 million. Ricardo Mettler has also been handed another 15 years for money laundering after he offered the Pierneef painting…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Akuy. Police have fired stun grenades and rubber bullets at protesting Wits University students, arresting some protesters. Students have disrupted traffic on Empire Road with rubble and burning tyres. Earlier, a man was shot and killed when police fired rubber bullets at protesters in…
Staff Reporter. A number of top Covid-19 vaccine makers have sent a letter to US president Joe Biden, warning against efforts to undermine American intellectual property and innovation-dependent manufacturing jobs. The letter specifically takes aim at South Africa and India’s efforts to suspend Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Family, friends, and colleagues gathered to bid businessman Peter Matlare farewell in a moving funeral service. Matlare, 61, succumbed of Covid-19 complications on Sunday. Speaking at the funeral, Absa Group’s chief executive Daniel Mminele said was with a heavy heart that he was paying his last tributes…
Staff Reporter. A former logistics official in the Eastern Cape Health Department, Baxolile Ngoloyi, has been found guilty of corruption, fraud and money laundering involving just over R357 000. Ngoloyi, who had pleaded guilty to corruption, faced five counts of fraud and four counts of money laundering, was a supervisor…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has clarified that it did not receive any funds from Steinhoff to investigate alleged fraud and corruption by the company’s former senior executives. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the NPA was equivocal, saying funding of the forensic investigation falls squarely within…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 17h00 on Wednesday 10 March 2021. Thiss will continue until 23h00 on Friday night (12 March) and may continue over the weekend, the power utility said. "There is a probability that load-shedding may be implemented at…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Raymond Preston. One person has died after police fired rubber bullets at Wits University’s protesting students at the Braamfontein campus. Students have threatened to continue their protest on Wednesday over the financial exclusion by NSFAS. On Tuesday, traffic was badly affected on Empire Road in Johannesburg…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. S&P Global Ratings has warned that South Africa’s 2021 budget did not focus enough on economic reforms, Reuters reported. This will make a sustained rebound in its gross domestic product unlikely, analysts from the ratings agency said in a webinar on Tuesday (9 March). "There’s been some…
Staff Reporter. EFF leader Julius Malema and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi are back in court. They're facing assault charges over an incident dating back to April 2018 during the funeral of struggle stalwart, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. CCTV footage of the incident was part of Tuesday’s testimony in the Randburg magistrate’s court. A…
Staff Reporter. Former Transnet CEO Brian Molefe is back on the witness stand at the state capture inquiry. On Tuesday, he gave evidence on some of the contracts entered into during his time at Transnet. Molefe was Transnet CEO from 2011 to 2015. He admitted on Wednesday that, from time…
Absa Group deputy CEO Peter Matlare will be laid to rest on Wednesday. Matlare died of complications related to Covid-19 on Sunday. He has been described as a consummate professional and a family man. He was a former CEO of the SABC, chief strategy and business development officer of Vodacom…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: CBS. Queen Elizabeth said Tuesday that the royal family will address allegations of racism within Buckingham Palace made by Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex in their explosive interview with Oprah Winfrey. The queen’s comments were her first since that interview, when Harry and…
Staff Reporter. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) says the recruitment of its Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), Zolani Kgosietsile Matthews, was regulated by its recruitment and selection policy. The agency has dismissed reports by GROUNDUP indicating that Matthews’s recruitment was inconsistent with its policy. The report alleged…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 522 697. This is an increase of 991 new cases in the last 24 hours and the cumulative total of tests conducted to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. With road infrastructure being prioritised in South Africa’s economic recovery plan in a post-COVID environment, the upgrade of the Thembalethu Bridge in George, bodes well for the Southern Cape economy. This project is a collaborative venture between SANRAL and the George Local Municipality, with the National Department…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom briefed parliament on its efforts to curb carbon emissions on Tuesday (9 March), warning that its coal-powered plants will need significant investments to meet the country’s new pollution standards. Eskom chief executive Andre De Ruyter told parliament that the power utility is 'very aware' of the…
Staff Reporter. The recruitment and training of police trainees is still on hold, the South African Police Service (SAPS) said on Tuesday. In a statement, the SAPS said the training, which had been scheduled to commence in January 2021, has not begun and will be on hold until a formal…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed a proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate allegations of corruption and maladministration at Mogalakwena Local Municipality in Limpopo. The unit will also use the proclamation to recover any losses suffered by the municipality or State. The investigation will probe transactions…
Staff Reporter. The board of state power utility Eskom will investigate allegations made against chief executive officer, Andre De Ruyter, the company said on Tuesday (9 March). De Ruyter is accused of racism by suspended chief procurement officer, Solly Tshitangano. "In light of the allegation of racism that has been…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that government will clamp down on the illegal importation of goods in South Africa and introduce additional incentives to support local buying in South Africa. The president was speaking as part of a keynote address at the Proudly South African Summit and Expo…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Stats SA has published the latest gross domestic product (GDP) data for South Africa for the fourth quarter of 2020, showing growth over the period broadly in-line with expectations. South Africa’s real GDP growth for the fourth quarter was up 1.5% on a seasonally-adjusted basis. Year-on-year, there…
Staff Reporter. Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane made changes to his Cabinet on Tuesday, most notably filling the vacant position left after the sacking of Sindiswa Gomba as health MEC last week. Gomba has been implicated in the Nelson Mandela funeral corruption scandal. She is no stranger to controversy. She…
Staff Reporter. Former Transnet CEO Brian Molefe is expected to continue with his Transnet-related testimony at the state capture inquiry on Tuesday. On Monday, Molefe admitted to having a close relationship with the Gupta family. He gained infamy when he claimed he was visiting a Saxonwold shebeen after being quizzed…
Staff Reporter. EFF leader Julius Malema and EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi are returning to the Randburg magistrate's court on Tuesday morning. They are facing of assaulting police officer Colonel Johannes Venter. The incident happened during the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in 2018. Both Malema and Ndlozi pleaded not guilty to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister health Dr Zweli Mkhize says as of today the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases is 1 521 706. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 9 269 122 with 13 630 new tests recorded since the last report. Mkhize said a further 125 more…
Staff Reporter. Police minister Bheki Cele and the Hawks have applied to appeal a high court judgment that found that Nomachule Norma Mngoma had been unlawfully arrested. Mngoma was arrested in July last year after allegedly damaging a Mercedes-Benz G Wagon — that was being driven by her husband, former…
Staff Reporter. The Robben Island Museum (RIM) Council has announce that its investigation into allegations of mismanagement at RIM has been completed and that it has been furnished with the contemplated report of legal advice. "The recommendations are still to be implemented, so at this point in time we can…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has opened a case of crimen injuria and contempt against transport minister Fikile Mbalula, who tweeted that Mkhwebane was a "hired gun". "Mr Mbalula and other ministers who have made contemptuous remarks about the public protector were previously reported to the president," said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. Former President Jacob Zuma has taken part in a virtual meeting with the ANC top six officials after an in-person meeting at Luthuli House in Johannesburg failed to materialise. The meeting was called to discuss Zuma’s defiance of the Constitutional Court order compelling…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, has paid tribute to Peter Matlare for his contribution to the economic development of South Africa as he held various roles both in the public and private sector. Matlare passed away on Sunday due to COVID-19-related complications. "His passing is…
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