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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it will be up to the court to decide on a way forward after former president Jacob Zuma’s medical team missed the deadline to hand over their report on his fitness to stand trial for corruption. The deadline was on Friday.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. The City of Johannesburg is targeting 20,000 Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) jobs over the next financial year to help improve service delivery. Johannesburg mayor Jolidee Matongo said that the city will also hold weekly oversight visits to ensure work is being done. "The old days…
Staff Reporter. Vinpro, a non-profit company representing 3,500 South African wine producers, will head to court on Monday (23 August) to fight the government’s ongoing alcohol ban and fully reopen the industry. South Africa has faced complete alcohol sales bans on four separate occasions since the end of March 2020…
Staff Reporter. The Northern Cape Department of Education is experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 infections in schools, as the province continues to be hit by rising cases. According to a statement released on Sunday, the department recorded 526 new COVID-19 infections, which includes 54 educators, 439 learners and 33 support…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral Commission has extended the closing time for the submission of candidate nomination lists to 9pm. The initial deadline was set for 5pm today. "Political parties and independent candidates intending to contest the Local Government Elections scheduled for 27 October 2021 have until 9pm today to submit…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. The man accused of killing University of Fort Hare fourth-year LLB student Nosicelo Mtebeni, 23, abandoned his bail application at the East London magistrate’s court on Monday morning. Alutha Pasile, 25, made a brief appearance in front of A court magistrate Rochelle Sam. Pasile was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has commended young people for turning out in their numbers, and registering, to get the COVID-19 vaccine. "This fills me with great pride. Over half a million South Africans enrolled on the day that registration for over 18s opened," the President said in his…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. American civil rights icon Jesse Jackson received his first COVID vaccination dose in January and urged Black people to get inoculated [File: AFP]. Civil rights leader and former Democratic politician Jesse Jackson and his wife have both been hospitalised after testing positive for Covid-19, the group he…
Staff Reporter. #FeesMustFall student activist Bonginkosi Khanyile,Photo Credit:Thuli Dlamini. EFF Student Command (EFF SC) members have vowed to protest at the court appearance of Fees Must Fall activist Bonginkosi Khanyile. Khanyile, 31, was arrested in Johannesburg on Friday for allegedly instigating the recent unrest and looting in KwaZulu-Natal. He was…
By Mduduzi Nonyane. It appears to be a case of David versus Goliath in a legal battle for intellectual property (IP) between a former employee of the SABC and the public broadcaster after the latter allegedly rejected a proposal for a travel and leisure show three years ago, only to…
Staff Reporter. Five armed men robbed community radio station, Westside FM in the early hours of Sunday, 22 August 2021. Picture: Supplied. A presenter at Westside FM, a community radio station in the West Rand, was held at gunpoint in the early hours of Sunday morning during a robbery at…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NatJOINTS) on Sunday said law enforcement agencies are on high alert "amidst threats of a 'national shutdown' on 23 August 2021". Police and other law enforcement agencies said they had put measures in place, through the National Joint Operational and…
Staff Reporter. @GalloImages. Brett Herron has been announced as the Good Party's mayoral candidate for the city of Cape Town ahead of the upcoming local government elections. Good Party leader, Patricia de Lille made the announcement at a press conference held in the Mother City on Sunday afternoon. "I am…
Staff Reporter. A Parkhurst Clinic health worker was arrested on Saturday and will be charged with fraud for selling fake Covid-19 negative tests to travellers. The health worker, who sold the tests for R500 each, was closely monitored for several days, and will appear in the Booysens Magistrate Court on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ministerial advisory committee on Covid-19 is discussing the possibility of mandatory Covid-19 vaccines for specific groups of people, the Sunday Times reports. Scientists and health activists told the paper that compulsory vaccination for healthcare workers and other professions who spend time indoors with other people may…
Staff Reporter. File: A woman holds a sign as demonstrators gather Sept. 4 at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town during a protest against gender-based violence. (CNS/Reuters/Sumaya Hisham). Higher education minister Blade Nzimande has expressed sadness at the brutal killing of Nosicelo Mtebeni, 23, a fourth-year LLB…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte. Image: Twitter @DKNOnline. The ANC is set to finalise a list of 10,000 candidates for local government elections, ahead of the Independent Electoral Commission's deadline for submission of candidate names. The deadline for submission of candidates is Monday, 23 August. The move…
Staff Reporter. The City of Cape Town has published an official explanation for why it keeps its street lights on during the day after receiving numerous queries from residents. "Under normal circumstances, there would be no justification for wasting electricity unnecessarily," it said. "However, there are several reasons why the…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. The Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA) Director General Yoliswa Makhasi has reiterated government's commitment to implementing the 2021/2022 wage negotiation agreement for public servants as soon as possible. This as the Public Service Coordinating Bargaining Council (PSCBC) Resolution 1 of 2021, which provides for…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Parliamentary inquiry into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's fitness to hold office has been put on hold at least for now. The acting speaker, Lechesa Tsenoli has filed an application at the Constitutional Court to appeal against the high court decision that found aspects of parliament’s impeachment…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has commended South African universities for collaborating with foreign universities in an effort to revive and preserve indigenous African languages. The Universities of Rhodes, North West, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape have collaborated with foreign universities on indigenous African languages,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 14 312 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 666 964. This increase represents a 21.6% positivity rate. The majority of new cases today are from KwaZulu-Natal…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has been making its arguments in the Constitutional Court for the postponement of the local government elections scheduled to be held on 27 October. Counsel for the IEC, advocate Wim Trengove, made his arguments before the ConCourt’s full bench on Friday, where…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Tourism and South African Tourism will host Afrca's first ever Travel and Tourism Summit. The hybrid summit, which coincides with Tourism Month in South Africa, is set to take place from 19 to 21 September 2021. The summit aims to be a catalyst for engagement…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Police Service (SAPS) and Stats South Africa have published the latest crime statistics covering the first quarter of the 2021/22 financial year (April to June 2021). The data shows red across the board, with crime increasing in all but two categories during the period.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, has reminded everyone older than 18-years-old that they can now walk in at any vaccination site without having registered on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS). However, the Minister has encouraged people to self-register first. "The option remains of even just walking…
Staff Reporter. The IEC is presenting its arguments to the Constitutional Court in an attempt to postpone the local government elections. The court will be under pressure to decide quickly as the deadline looms for parties to submit candidate names. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ConCourt.
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele releases quarterly crime statistics. Watch Live Proceedings Below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. Photo: Twitter/@GautengProvince. Provincial governments stepped up efforts to increase mobilisation in the province with the aim of encouraging people to be vaccinated. Don’t forget to take your ID or driver licence, or a police-signed affidavit confirming your identity. You don’t need to register; personnel will capture your details…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Vaccinations for those aged 18 and over open from Today due to the slow uptake of the jab in older age brackets. So far, less than 8 percent of the population has been vaccinated. Health Minister Joe Phaahla, is giving an update on the pandemic. Livestream Video…
Staff Reporter. David Makhura. Picture: Supplied. The lawyer representing Gauteng Premier David Makhura and the provincial government - in the third party notice challenging the Special Investigating Unit's (SIU) civil recovery proceedings - says the premier cannot be held personally liable in the personal protective equipment (PPE) saga. Former Gauteng…
Staff Reporter. Power utility Eskom has warned that it may be forced to implement load shedding at short notice on Thursday, as the grid is under severe strain. The group said that it has lost four generating units during the day – three of which tripped, while another was taken…
Staff Reporter. © B. Hilton-Barber. In another victory for cross-border conservation, a series of successful wildlife translocations saw 27 Zebra and 62 blue wildebeest safely making the 1 250 km journey from Kruger National Park in South Africa to Zinave National Park in Mozambique. “These new arrivals are welcome additions…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Basic Education has encouraged all stakeholders in the education sector to support its efforts to ensure that learning is not disrupted or delayed any further during this school year. Director for Research at the department, Dr Stephen Taylor, says the department’s observations show that large…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Minister of Defence and Military Veterans,Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has been elected as the new Speaker of the National Assembly. The National Assembly held a plenary sitting in Parliament to elect a new Speaker on Thursday. The proceedings saw Members of Parliament (MPs) vote by a secret ballot…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille says the N3 road upgrade forms an integral part of government’s Strategic Integrated Projects, as part of the Durban-Free State-Gauteng Logistics and Industrial Corridor. "It aims to strengthen the logistics and transport corridor between South Africa’s main industrial hubs,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet has announced that it will open Covid-19 vaccines to all adults from Friday (20 August). "Cabinet welcomed the vaccination roll out plan to increase the uptake of vaccines, particularly in provinces that had shown a reduction in the uptake of vaccines. As part…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Social Development has published a Green Paper on social security and retirement, including a proposed overhaul of the country’s grant systems to cover a much wider group of people. The current social assistance framework does not provide a 'comprehensive floor'. As a result, the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. It’s all systems go for the crucial special sitting of the National Assembly (NA) to elect the new Speaker on Thursday. The incumbent will replace former Speaker Thandi Modise, who held the position since 2019, following the sixth democratic elections. Parliament's spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo, said the election…
Staff Reporter. Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has appointed Farzana Badat and Katherine Gibson as Deputy Commissioners of the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA). The appointments, which were done in terms of section 61(2), read with section 63(1) of the Financial Sector Regulation Act No. 9 of 2017 (FSR Act), are…
Staff Reporter. South African Sugar Association (SASA) Vice Chairperson, Joanmariae Fubbs, has commended the organisation for recognising the need to promote diversity by availing more land for black farmers in the industry. "SASA has been able to transform more than 21% of free owned land on the sugarcane from white…
Staff Reporter. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says its MPs will not participate in Thursday’s session in Parliament to elect the new speaker of the National Assembly. The House is expected to hold a plenary sitting at 11am after the position of the speaker became vacant when President Cyril Ramaphosa…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma, through his legal representatives, has written to the ANC, requesting that he be furnished with the party's financial statements. Zuma and his lawyers claim the statements will show that he didn't benefit from the infamous arms deal. A letter dated 20 July 2021…
Staff Reporter. Trade,Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has announced the new JP Morgan funding facility to the tune of R342 million for South African businesses, under the Equity Equivalent Investment Programme (EEIP) to boost the industrial and green economy sectors. "The boost to manufacturing in particular is timely as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. It’s all systems go for the crucial special sitting of the National Assembly (NA) to elect the new Speaker on Thursday. The incumbent will replace former Speaker Thandi Modise, who held the position since 2019, following the sixth democratic elections. Parliament's spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo, said the election…
Staff Reporter. The amount of hard cash lost during last month’s chaotic looting and unrest in parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal has recently been quantified. According to a press statement issued by the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric), ATMs and bank branches lost R119,400,243 in cash. This excludes…
Staff Reporter. @MichaelPinyana. The Gauteng health department recorded more than 23 000 teenage pregnancies between April 2020 and March 2021, with 934 girls between the ages of 10 and 14 giving birth. This was revealed by Gauteng Health MEC Nomathemba Mokgethi in a written response to questions from the DA…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The 41st Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has elected President of the Republic of Malawi, Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, as Chairperson of SADC, and President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo as…
Staff Reporter. Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) Minister Patricia de Lille will on Thursday conduct an oversight visit to the N3 interchange road upgrade infrastructure project in KwaZulu-Natal. The project was gazetted as a Strategic Integrated Project (SIP) in terms of the Infrastructure Development Act in July 2020. She will…
Staff Reporter. Political parties and independent candidates intending to contest the Local Government Elections have less than a week to submit their candidate lists, nominations and ward candidate details. The elections are scheduled for 27 October 2021. Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Mawethu Mosery, said in terms of the election timetable,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Since August 2018, government has paid out at least R170 million in damages to families of those who lost loved ones and those who were injured during the 2012 Marikana tragedy. This is according to Solicitor General Fhedzisani Pandelani who provided an update on the Marikana reparations…
Staff Reporter. File:South Africa - Johannesburg - 11 July 2019 - Witbank Dam which is located on the polluted Olifants River. The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has reiterated its commitment to enforce compliance and implement legislative measures to address water pollution across the country. This comes as the…
Staff Reporter. Government has made it a priority to ensure that South Africa’s mineral resources are increasingly beneficiated in the country, says Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Gwede Mantashe. Addressing the occasion of the Marikana Memorial hosted by Sibanye-Stillwater on Tuesday, the Minister said beneficiation will serve to increase…
Staff Reporter. @GettyImages. South Africa has expressed concern at the plight of citizens who seek safety and security among the deepening crisis in Afghanistan. "The South African government has taken note of the unfolding situation in Afghanistan and is particularly concerned by the plight of thousands of displaced Afghanis seeking…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education and Training Minister, Blade Nzimande, has commended the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Board’s decision to request the dabatase for unfunded 2021 registered students eligible for NSFAS funding in all universities. This follows the plight of currently registered university students that were not able to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Bushy Maape was on Tuesday announced as North West premier-elect amid protests outside the ANC's Mahikeng offices by disgruntled party members. Maape replaces outgoing premier Job Mokgoro. The announcement was made by ANC's interim provincial committee coordinator, Hlomani Chauke. Chauke confirmed that Maape's appointment would go ahead,…
Staff Reporter. Changes to ANC leadership in the North West. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA
Entertainment Reporter. Funeral service of Mongezi 'Mpura' Stuurman. Watch Proceedings Below: Video Courtesy of TshipiNoto.
Staff Reporter. A luxury coach overturned on the Kei Cuttings between East London and Butterworth in the EC on 16 August 2021. Picture: @RTMC/Twitter. A team from the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) is investigating a bus crash which claimed the lives of at least 28 people at Kei Cuttings…
Staff Reporter. The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has expressed its dismay at reports that some healthcare workers, including doctors, have discouraged patients from getting COVID-19 vaccinations, based on doubts about the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness. SAMA Chairperson, Dr Angelique Coetzee, said the organisation wholly rejects any doubts about the…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), has commended the arrest of a Vietnamese national in connection with the illegal trade in wildlife and an illegal firearm found during a recent raid on properties in Bela-Bela and Pretoria. The DFFE said the arrest of the man…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The death toll from a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Haiti climbed to 1,297 on Sunday, a day after the powerful temblor turned thousands of structures into rubble and set off franctic rescue efforts ahead of a potential deluge from an approaching storm. Saturday’s earthquake also left at least…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Basic Education (DBE), together with provincial education departments, says great strides have been made in replacing pit latrines with appropriate sanitation facilities for schools in the country. Through the Sanitation Appropriate for Education (SAFE) Initiative, which was launched in August 2018 to accelerate the provision…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Zambia’s outgoing President Edgar Lungu has conceded defeat after the country’s electoral commission announced his rival Hakainde Hichilema winner of the August 12 presidential poll. "I will comply with the Constitution provision for a peaceful transfer of power. I wish to congratulate my brother Hakainde Hichilema for…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. People try to get into Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021.Photo Credit:Reuters. Afghan Ambassador to the United Nations Ghulam M. Isaczai said during Monday’s ongoing Security Council meeting that the UN must call for an end to violence in Afghanistan. "There is no…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Public Enterprises has announced a master plan for the Port of Durban which will seek potential private investments of R100 billion into the port over at least the next ten years. Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says the master plan for the Port of…
Staff Reporter. The Mangaung council elected Mxolisi Siyonzana as the new mayor on Monday, and Councillor Mapaseka Mothibi-Nkoane was elected the council's new speaker. Siyonzana, a staunch ally of suspended ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule, was the speaker of the council before the ANC's interim provincial committee selected him as its…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Today marks nine years since the 34 mine workers of Marikana who embarked on a three-week strike were killed by the South African Police Service. On 13 August, three mine workers were killed. The miners were striking for a living wage of a mere R12,500, something that…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The era of state capture is now over – but the country continues to face an uphill battle against corruption, says president Cyril Ramaphosa. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, Ramaphosa said that last week marked the end of the scheduled hearings of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @UPND. Business tycoon and opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema was declared winner of Zambia’s hotly contested presidential election, defeating incumbent Edgar Lungu. With 155 of 156 constituencies reporting, official results on Monday showed Hichilema had secured 2,810,757 votes against Lungu’s 1,814,201. "I therefore declare the said Hakainde Hichilema…
Staff Reporter. The Hawks on Sunday confirmed the arrest of two suspects for allegedly defrauding the National Health Laboratory Services. This follows a thorough investigation into the allegations of tender fraud at the National Health Laboratory Services amounting to over R14.4 million. The pair as well as a company, whose…
Staff Reporter. The author of the forensic report that forms the basis of former president Jacob Zuma's upcoming corruption trial, Johan van der Walt, has died in Johannesburg. It was still unclear what caused Van der Walt's death, but sources close to family said he had died of natural causes.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal has officially entered the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, Premier Sihle Zikalala said on Sunday. Zikalala placed the blame for the surge in infections on the recent unrest,saying "the increase in new infections is due to large gatherings during the recent lootings". Over the past…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will attend the 41st Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government in Lilongwe, Malawi, on 17 and 18 August 2021,Presidency confirmed in a statement. The Republic of Malaw,as the hosts of the summit will assume the Chair of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa is reportedly considering newly appointed Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thandi Modise as his running mate ahead of the ANC’s national elective conference next year. According to a Sunday Times report, ANC insiders claimed Modise’s name was high on the list of female leaders…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The European Union Election Observation Mission described Zambia’s electoral process as technically well-managed but marred by unequal campaign conditions, restrictions on freedoms of assembly and movement, and abuse ofincumbency. Chief Observer, Ms Maria Arena, said the election day was largely calm and generally well-administered despite long queues,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has confirmed that former President Jacob Zuma remains in hospital outside the Estcourt Correctional Centre in Kwazulu-Natal. The department said in a statement on Sunday, Zuma remains in hospital after he underwent a surgical procedure on Saturday with further…
Staff Reporter. The Jacob Zuma Foundation condemned the various media reports that former South African Airways (SAA) board chairperson Dudu Myeni convinced Jacob Zuma to hand himself over. According to a News24 report,Myeni made a "frantic call" on the 11th hour to National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole just five…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Zambian President Edgar Lungu has declared Thursday's presidential and parliamentary election "not free and fair" after incidents of violence in three provinces, he said in a surprise statement released on Saturday. Lungu, who was trailing his main contender Hakainde Hichilema in early results from the electoral commission,…
Staff Reporter. Five minutes before an elite team of highly-trained special forces was to storm former president Jacob Zuma's Nkandla compound to arrest him on the night of 7 July, Dudu Myeni made a frantic call to national police commissioner Khehla Sitole, informing him that the former statesman had decided…
Staff Reporter. A woman was killed and several other people critically injured after two vehicles reportedly collided at high speed in Centurion, Pretoria, on Saturday morning. According to paramedics, the collision resulted in passengers being ejected from a light delivery vehicle (LDV). "Multiple emergency services arrived on the scene to…
Staff Reporter. Public Works and Infrastructure Minister, Patricia de Lille, has appealed to the implementing spheres of government and departments to work more closely to unblock any impediments standing in the way of moving the Lufhereng project forward. "The Lufhereng Human Settlements project was one of 62 projects gazetted by…
Staff Reporter. A total of 56 869 hectares of land were allocated to different categories, with 34 156 hectares allocated to 34 women at an average of about 1000 hectares per female. Highlighting progress in implementing the Beneficiary Selection and Land Allocation Policy (BSLAP), Gloria Mosito from Agriculture, Land Reform…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @UPND. United Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has taken an early lead in the presidential race ahead of his closest rival Patriotic Front (PF) candidate and incumbent President Edgar Lungu in Thursday, August 12, 2021 general election. According to official consolidated results from 15…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Parliament intends appealing the High Court ruling which found fault with two of the rules for the impeachment of a Chapter 9 head, like Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane. However, MPs will first have Parliament's legal services consider the risks of continuing the inquiry into Mkhwebane's fitness for…
Staff Reporter. A new research report shows that increasing the minimum price of alcohol in South Africa would effectively reduce consumption in a nation of heavy drinkers. The report, published by researchers from the University of Sheffield and other contributors, considered studies and regulations from countries that have introduced minimum…
Staff Reporter. File:Unemployed beneficiaries in lines to get their Sassa special Covid-19 social relief grants at Thulamahashe mall. Photo: Oris Mnisi. More than five million people have submitted their applications for the Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, the South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) revealed on Friday. The agency…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has applauded the commitment and courage of the many witnesses who appeared before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture and Corruption. "While there have certainly been systemic failures, governance lapses and errors, the fundamental reality is that state capture happened because certain individuals…
Staff Reporter. Facing the challenges of writing matric this year? One of the best investments of your time will be taking out just an hour and half on the morning of Saturday, 14 August to join the experts at the upcoming SACAP (South African College of Applied Psychology) webinar. Taking…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality is set to elect a new executive mayor on Monday during a special council seating. This follows the announcement by the ANC’s interim provincial committee (IPC) on Thursday to nominate, Mxolisi Siyonzana, as its mayoral candidate. Siyonzana, an ally of suspended ANC secretary-general…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Employment and Labour has approved the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s temporary relief scheme to assist workers of looted businesses in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. In a statement on Friday, the department said the UIF’s Destroyed, Affected or Looted Workplaces: Temporary Financial Relief Scheme has finally been…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Zambia prepared on Friday to begin announcing results of a tight presidential election between top contenders President Edgar Lungu and main rival Hakainde Hichilema held amidst restrictions on internet access and violence in three regions. Use of social media such as WhatsApp is part of everyday life…
Staff Reporter. The National Assembly Programme Committee (NAPC) has provisionally scheduled 19 August 2021 for the election of a new National Assembly (NA) Speaker during its regular weekly meeting. This follows the appointment of former NA Speaker Thandi Modise as Minister of Defence and Military Veterans last week. Parliamentary spokesperson,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Health has set an ambitious target of vaccinating at least 70% – 90% of the adult population by December 2021 (between 28 million and 36 million people). This is in line with the target set by the department in July, where it said it…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File: Health Minister Joe Phaahla. Picture: @HealthZA/Twitter. Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla and Deputy Health Minister Sibongiseni Dhlomo brief media on South Africa's COVID-19 vaccine rollout. As government ramps up the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, has assured South Africans…
Staff Reporter. While South Africa and Kenya enjoy strong bilateral relations, the two countries will work together to address hindrances to bilateral cooperation. The two countries held a two-day South Africa-Kenya Joint Commission for Cooperation (JCC), attended by South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, and…
Staff Reporter. The National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) have invited the public to comment on the second batch of the 2021 Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill and 2021 Draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill (TALAB). The publication of these bills follows the announcement by the Minister…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Image Supplied. The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) has paid tribute to two women who have been at the forefront of organisation’s efforts in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. This comes as South Africa commemorates Women’s Month under the theme, 'The Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke: Realising Women’s…
Staff Reporter. Five general workers at Khensani Primary School in Soshanguve have been asked to stay at home, while the investigation into the rape of a grade one learner is underway. This was revealed by the Gauteng MEC for education in Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi on Thursday, following a brief visit…
Staff Reporter. Mahlatse Matlakana on her Wozilex Farm. Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, says access to financial services and knowing where to go to apply is a challenge that persists for women in the agricultural sector. "The majority of [women in the industry] will tell you…
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