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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of positive cases in South Africa has risen to 1 520 206. This is an increase of 1 227 new Covid-19 cases since the last report. Mkhize said the number of fatalities now…
Staff Reporter. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) said on Saturday that they are aware of the numerous posts on Twitter about the R350 grant, but the information is not correct. The student fund said in a statement that reports circulating on Twitter that students would be getting a…
Staff Reporter. The Judicial Conduct Committee has recommended that allegations made against Western Cape deputy judge president Patricia Goliath should be investigated by the Judicial Conduct Tribunal. Western Cape judge president John Hlophe's wife, Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe, alleged that Goliath had attempted to influence her to lay false criminal charges…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Health (DoH) has suspended the services of Digital Vibes, a communications firm linked to two close associates of Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. This comes after Daily Maverick recently reported that Digital Vibes secured emergency procurement orders from the department for Covid-19 awareness campaigns…
Staff Reporter. Mpumalanga Premier, Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane, has committed to prioritising economic transformation and mass job creation by aligning the province’s plans to the national Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan. The recovery plan was unveiled by the President in October 2020, in an effort to assist the country’s economy recover from…
Staff Reporter. Seven people have died and 2 sustained serious injuries in a car accident on the N1 near Modimolle in Limpopo. The Transport Department said a trailer detached from a bakkie and collied with several vehicles on Friday night. It is reported that the two Sedans were heading north…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of cases in South Africa now stands at 1 518 979. This is an increase of of 1 313 new Covid-19-related cases in the last 24 hours. The number of fatalities now stands at 50…
Staff Reporter. North West Premier Job Mokgoro is a law unto himself and runs a rogue unit in his office, which often spies on some of his executive committee members and senior politicians in the province, according to the African National Congress (ANC) in the platinum-rich province. The interim provincial…
Staff Reporter. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Friday there was no conflict of interest in Steinhoff contributing millions of rand towards investigating fraud at the company. Retailer Steinhoff said it has agreed to give investigators from the Hawks and National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) R30m to finance the investigation…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele has expressed delight at yet another breakthrough in the murder of two Kraaifontein police officers, in the Western Cape, at the weekend. This comes after investigators in the case on Friday arrested nine suspects who they believe will bring them closer to solving the…
Staff Reporter. Transforming the country’s heritage landscape is part of government’s efforts to restore human rights, says Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa. "The transformation of the heritage landscape is part of the process of restoring the human rights to our people. The renaming of the East…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. South Africa expects to miss its target of inoculating 1.5 million people by the end of this month because sufficient shots aren’t available. "We expect now only to complete 700,000 vaccines by end of March," Deputy Health Minister Joe Phaahla said in an…
Staff Reporter. Alleged mastermind Ntuthuko Shoba, accused of ordering the murder of his lover Tshegofatso Pule when she was eight months pregnant, was on Friday denied bail by the Roodepoort magistrate's court. Magistrate Delize Smith said: "The applicant has not shown that he will stand trial. He relied on an…
 By Lehlohonolo Lehana. One of the men accused of being behind the murder of soccer star Senzo Meyiwa has dropped his lawyer for allegedly forcing him to confess to a crime he says he didn't commit. Bongani Sandiso Ntanzi said he would like to now apply for legal aid because…
Staff Reporter. The former chief executive of Gupta-linked Trillian Management Consulting feared having to take responsibility for a R300 million Bank of Baroda overdraft facility for generations. Bianca Goodson told the commission of inquiry into state capture on Thursday that investment management firm Integrated Capital Management director Clive Angel, who…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. On 5 March 2020, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize briefed president Cyril Ramaphosa that South Africa had reported its first Covid-19 case. A year later, and the official statistics show that 1,517,666 total cases have been reported in the country, with 50,462 confirmed deaths due to the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 1 517 666 the total number of deaths is 50 462. Mkhize said that the total number of recoveries is 1 436 101 and the total number of vaccines…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula appointed a task team to investigate allegations of the importation of the R260 million medical supplies of Heberon Interferon-B from Cuba without following regulatory and procurement procedures. Spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini said Mapisa-Nqakula appointed the three-member task team to investigate the veracity of…
Staff Reporter. The Eskom board has instructed the power utility’s executive management to pay particular attention to the procurement function to effect the required change, and deliver the expected savings as it implements its turnaround plan. This emerged on Wednesday after the State-owned enterprise met with Parliament’s Standing Committee on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has been ordered to apologise and retract, pro-Israel comments he made during a webinar in June 2020. The Judicial Conduct Committee found Mogoeng guilty and ordered him to apologise unconditionally for becoming involved in political controversy through his utterances in the online seminar…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) said on Thursday that it was at an advanced stage of reviewing an emergency use application for Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine. "Pfizer has engaged with Sahpra via two regulatory pathways, that is registration for full commercial market access and Section…
Staff Reporter. Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, says the names of the Home Affairs officials, who helped the Bushiris with their travel documents, are known by the department. Responding to oral questions during a hybrid sitting of the National Assembly on Wednesday, Motsoaledi said the identities of the officials…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng province has activated four new COVID-19 vaccination sites, says Health MEC, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi. The four new sites are based at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital, Netcare Milpark Private Hospital and Lenmed Ahmed Kathrada Private Hospital, and are now operational. "The…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa says as people adapt to new ways of working and as they make use of technology to do their work, the digital revolution should also happen in rural areas. Ramaphosa said this when he addressed the opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders at…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says the National Prosecuting Authority is prioritising the Steinhoff matter and that it is dealing with it without fear, prejudice or favour. The Minister said this when the Peace and Security Cluster replied to oral questions during a hybrid sitting of the…
The State Capture Commission will continue hearing Eskom related evidence from the Former Chief Executive Officer of Trillian Management Consulting, Ms. Bianca Goodson. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) says it will conduct an assessment on the feasibility of establishing a domestic card scheme. In a consultation paper published on Tuesday (2 March), the central bank said that the assessment will look at creating 'white-label' banking cards that can only…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Facebook. Renowned journalist Karima Brown has died from Covid-19 complications. The news of her death was confirmed by eNCA. [BREAKING NEWS] Journalist Karima Brown dies of COVID-19. Brown hosted ‘The Fix’ on eNCA. She was admitted to hospital with COVID-19. #DStv403 #eNCA pic.twitter.com/qE6Ut51o9y — eNCA…
Staff Reporter. South African authorities have seized hundreds of fake Covid-19 vaccines following a global alert issued by Interpol, the international criminal police organisation. Some 400 vials – equivalent to around 2,400 doses – containing the fake vaccine were found at a warehouse in Germiston, Gauteng, where officers also recovered…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo has ordered a forensic investigation into allegations of judges being bribed. Speaking during a question and answer session in the National Assembly, Dlodlo said she had made every effort to obtain information regarding the impugned projects. "I have as a matter of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 516 262, with 95 further deaths. This is an increase of 1,447 new infections were identified since last report. Gauteng…
Staff Reporter. The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) in KwaZulu-Natal has been slammed for deciding not to press ahead with criminal charges brought against Premier Sihle Zikalala for allegedly flouting lockdown regulations last year. The DA said in a statement on Wednesday that "it appears all men are not equal before…
Staff Reporter. Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has appointed a Ministerial Committee to advice on the amendment of the Electoral Act. This comes after a July 2020 Constitutional Court ruling found that the Electoral Act (Act 73 of 1998) was unconstitutional. This was in regards to that the Act…
Staff Reporter. Since its launch in 2018, the activities of the Gibela-Rail Manufacturing Plant have added R8.1 billion into the economy of Ekurhuleni and the Gauteng City Region’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). "This facility has created a total of 5 129 jobs, trained 2 540 people through its skills development…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. The minister of Home Affairs Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has announced the resumption of a number of services under South Africa’s level 1 lockdown. This comes after several services were temporarily suspended in January 2021 due to concerns around Covid-19 transmissions. "Following the president’s announcement…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. While the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines continues across the world bringing new hope, the tourism sector will still have to operate alongside the virus with the threat of a third wave on the horizon, says Tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane. "Scientists are telling us the virus…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has welcomed the research results that found that people who were infected by the 501Y.V2 variant are immune from reinfection and possibly other circulating variants. "This is indeed good news for all of us and a reflection of good…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says the latest scientific results on the COVID-19 501.V2 variant is a highly significant fight by South African scientists in the fight against the pandemic. Nzimande made the remarks on Wednesday during a virtual media briefing on the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blaze Nzimande, are hosting a joint webinar on the latest findings on the Covid-19 variant, 501Y.V2. Genomic research has proved to be a potent tool in the fight against Covid-19. Investigations…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has published the national youth policy (NYP), aimed at promoting young South Africans over the next decade. The policy wants to introduce positive youth development outcomes for young people at local, provincial, and national…
Staff Reporter. Deputy President David Mabuza has reiterated government’s stance to ramp up efforts for the country to produce its own lifesaving vaccines, as the world battles COVID-19. Mabuza conducted an oversight visit at the Biovac Institute in Midrand, Gauteng, on Tuesday. Biovac is a bio-pharmaceutical company, in partnership with…
The state capture inquiry is expected to hear more Eskom-related testimony on Wednesday. Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe continue his testimony before the State Capture Commission. The commission is also expected to hear from former Eskom CFO Anoj Singh. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng provincial government has made formal submissions to the national government indicating its rejection of the implementation of e-tolls, the Citizen reported. Gauteng MEC Jacob Mamabolo told the paper that the province is working with the national government to ensure e-tolls are stopped due to concerns of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Tuesday night that less than 1 000 new Covid-19-related cases were recorded in South Africa. A total of 856 new cases have been identified since the last report and the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases has risen to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Freddy Mavundla. The African National Congress (ANC) in the Gauteng provincial legislature has, with the help of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), defeated a motion of no confidence brought against Premier David Makhura. The governing party managed to secure 37 of the required votes, one…
Staff Reporter. Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she is confident the parliamentary process and judicial proceedings will result in her being cleared of any alleged wrongdoing. Mkhwebane, who is on sabbatical leave to "get some rest", says the panel jumped the gun as she has two pending litigations related to…
Staff Reporter. Former Eskom chief executive Brian Molefe again took a swipe at President Cyril Ramaphosa at the commission of inquiry into state capture. Molefe, who resumed giving evidence at the commission on Tuesday, took issue with evidence leader Pule Seleka not mentioning the claims he made against Ramaphosa during…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele has vowed that law enforcement will serve justice to the families of the two Kraaifontein police officers fatally attacked while on duty at the weekend. Cele made the commitment on Tuesday while visiting the families of Sergeant Mnakwazo Mdoko and Constable Mninawa Breakfast. The…
 By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The labour court on Tuesday set aside the Passenger Rail Agency of SA’s (Prasa's) termination of employment contracts for two senior executives and a manager, who must be reinstated with immediate effect. Martha Ngoye, group executive for legal risk and compliance, and Nkosinathi Khena, Prasa’s COO, received…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been granted leave to appeal the Western Cape High Court’s ruling that the lockdown ban on tobacco sales was unconstitutional and invalid. Leave to appeal was granted because two court rulings on the ban…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral Commission has welcomed the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa of the country's return to Alert Level 1 which allows the resumption of some political activities. "The relaxation of the restrictions paves the way for the holding of by-elections for municipal ward vacancies which arose since the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Treasury today has published its draft amendments to Regulation 28 of the Pension Funds Act for public comment. The proposed amendments seek to make it easier for retirement funds to increase investment in infrastructure and improve the measurement of infrastructure investment by the Financial Sector…
Staff Reporter. After weeks of wrangling over the new date and accusations that the State Capture Commission was trying to prevent Brian Molefe from completing his Eskom testimony – to protect President Cyril Ramaphosa and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan – the former Eskom chief executive has been rescheduled to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa sought to identify a backup option in case finance minister Tito Mboweni left his post, but abandoned the search because he couldn’t find a suitable alternative, according to four people familiar with the situation. While some of the nation’s most prominent policymakers and business…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe will return to the state capture commission witness box on Tuesday morning. Molefe will be expected to finish what he started in late January this year when his testimony was cut short. At the time, after three hours of testifying, commission chairperson…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that a total of 566 new Covid-19-related cases have been identified since the last report, bringing total number of Covid-19 cases to 1 513 959. The total number of tests conducted to date is 9 090 273, with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Constitutional Court will hear an application by the state capture inquiry to have former president Jacob Zuma declared to be in contempt of court for defying a summons to testify on March 25. The commission launched the application last week after Zuma failed to appear before…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The DA has today filed a complaint with the Press Ombudsman following a Sunday Times article that appeared in the newspaper yesterday (Sunday 28 February). DA leader John Steenhuisen told the Sunday Times this week that the DA is keen to work with "reformists" in the ANC…
Staff Reporter. State-owned defence company Denel said on Monday that chief financial officer Carmen le Grange had resigned. Denel's board chair resigned last week, in the same week that the company announced that a handful of other members of the board of directors had departed. "The board wishes to thank…
Staff Reporter. Public sector unions are expected to table their wage demands this week as part of the negotiations for the next round of public employee salary adjustments. This comes after the unions were left reeling by government’s decision to renege on the final year of the 2018 wage agreement,…
Staff Reporter. Investigations into the source of the sulphur stench that was experienced in parts of Gauteng and Mpumalanga last month are ongoing. The update on the investigations comes after a visit by officials from the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries (DEFF) and the Gert Sibande District Municipality in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The three-member panel that conducted preliminary assessment on allegations of misconduct and incompetence against Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane says she has a case to answer. The panel said the charges, based on the findings of prima facie evidence of incompetence and misconduct, should be referred to a…
Staff Reporter. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, has spoken frankly about the ongoing struggle with the price of school uniforms as parents battle to make ends meet. "This is very close to my heart and I think anybody who comes from a poor background - like ourselves - or a…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. Ntuthuko Shoba, accused of ordering the murder of his lover Tshegofatso Pule when she was eight months pregnant, remains in custody for now. This is after his bail application in the Roodepoort magistrate's court was on Monday postponed to Friday, when a decision on…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says the Land Court Bill will ensure stronger judicial oversight over claims. "The bill seeks to ensure stronger judicial oversight over claims, and this must lead to better settlements, reduce the scope for corruption and avert the bundling…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Moody’s Investors Service has warned that slightly lower deficits won’t prevent debt rising in South Africa, as downside risks remain elevated in the country. The ratings agency was referencing South Africa’s 2021 Budget Review, published on 24 February, in which it slightly lowered its deficit forecasts in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that his government is working on an important policy document that aims to root out corruption among public service officials. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public on Monday (01 March), Ramaphosa said that the draft National Implementation Framework towards the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The State Capture Commission of Inquiry hears Eskom related evidence. Former Eskom head of generation Matshela Koko has asked the State Capture Commission of Inquiry into State Capture to probe allegations that Gupta-linked businessman Salim Essa paid R100 000 for his trip to Dubai in January 2016.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published a new gazette that confirms the move to lockdown level 1, and the changes to some restrictions. The gazette gives effect to the national address given by president Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday evening (28…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola and the Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, brief the media on the Cabinet approved Land Court Bill. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. As announced by His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa, the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 1 513 393 with 1 168 new cases identified since the last report. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 9 077 479 …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move back to lockdown level 1. In a national address on Sunday evening (28 February), the president said that the eased restrictions come nearly a year after the first Covid-19 case was first reported in the country. He…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s will address the nation at 20:00 and the address comes as the country continues the rollout of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine against COVID 19. South Africa is also seeking to stimulate the economy that has been ravaged by the lockdowns.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm on Sunday night on the latest Covid-19 developments. In a statement on Sunday afternoon, the presidency said that the address would be on "developments in the country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic". "The address follows meetings in recent…
Staff Reporter. Two on-duty police officers in Cape Town were shot dead on Sunday morning in what was described as an "apparent ambush". Both members were killed on the scene and robbed of their official firearms. "At around 01:25 the members were on patrol in Phumla Street in Bloekombos when…
Staff Reporter. Former SAA board chair Dudu Myeni's fortunes seem to be improving. Two years ago, she couldn't afford to travel from Durban to Pretoria to attend a court case seeking to declare her a delinquent director. Now, she can afford to help former president Jacob Zuma feed scores of…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. The Msunduzi municipality in KwaZulu-Natal, which manages Pietermaritzburg and is the seat of the KZN legislature, has uncovered over one hundred 'ghost workers' on its payroll. The municipality’s administrator Scelo Duma discovered the phantom workers following an employee headcount. The municipality was placed into administration in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A preliminary forensic report claims that over R2 billion has been stolen from state power firm Eskom through a network of ghost service suppliers and well-placed officials, according to City Press. The money was allegedly funnelled via fraudulent transactions over the last three years, and involved numerous…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 512 225. This is an increase of 1447 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date…
Staff Reporter. National Treasury is proposing changing rules governing pension funds to encourage investment in infrastructure projects. The government has put public works in sectors such as transport, energy and water at the heart of its economic recovery plans. Treasury is proposing changes to Regulation 28 of the Pension Funds…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Zolani Matthews has been appointed Group chief executive officer (CEO)at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). This was announced by transport minister Fikile Mbalula on Saturday at the Langa train station in Cape Town. Mbalula said Matthews is a seasoned professional with an understanding of…
Staff Reporter. No loss of human life, property or serious injuries have been reported thus far. Two ground crew members were taken to hospital for minor injuries. Picture: Twitter. Two firefighters have been taken to hospital after being injured while fighting a blaze in the Jonkershoek Valley, 10km south-east of…
Staff Reporter. The Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone has to date attracted over R21 billion worth of investments, says Trade, Industry and Competition Deputy Minister Fikile Majola. The Deputy Minister said these investments were at different stages of development and two of them, with private investment value of R380 million…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Social Development is expected to make payments to beneficiaries of the Early Childhood Development Employment - Stimulus Relief Grant (ECD-ESRF) in the first week of March. Addressing a media briefing on Friday, Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, said her department has received R496 million…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Within just over a week, 63 648 patient-facing healthcare workers in the public and private sector have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in the country. The rapid rollout of the Johnson and Johnson (JnJ) vaccine to healthcare workers through the Sisonke Programme is a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 1 510 778. This is an increase of 1654 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. Mkhize said a further 117 deaths have been…
Staff Reporter. Heavy rain and hail caused havoc in parts of Gauteng. The SA Weather Service warned of a severe storm moving to Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni, with large amounts of small hail, strong winds and heavy rainfall. The weather service issued a level 2 warning for severe thunderstorms from the…
Staff Reporter. The Investigating Directorate (ID) said on Friday it had obtained a court order freezing the assets of former ANC MP Vincent Smith, his family and company Euro Blitz 48 (Pty) Ltd. The assets are estimated to be worth about R46m. Investigating Directorate (ID) spokesperson, Sindisiwe Twala said Smith…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says phase one of the country's vaccination program kicked off last week. He said this is the first priority. To date, we have administered over 52 000 vaccine doses. Further doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be arriving in the coming weeks,…
Staff Reporter. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has approved the issuing of a generation licence to GFI Joint Venture Holdings Proprietary Limited and Gold Fields Operations Limited (South Deep Joint Venture) to operate a 40MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant. The generation facility will be constructed in Westonaria,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. eNCA says its senior journalist’s conduct during interviews at the 2021 budget speech this week was not "racially motivated or with malicious intent". Reporter Lindsay Dentlinger faced backlash on social media after a news clip of her asking the UDM's Nqabayomzi Kwankwa to wear a mask during…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The man convicted for killing University of Johannesburg student Palesa Madiba is expected to appear in court for sentencing in the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday morning. Dumisani Mkhwanazi was found guilty of her murder earlier this year, seven years after Madiba was last seen at…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former state security minister Bongani Bongo on Friday claimed a faction within the ANC was behind his prosecution because they believed that he had access to files containing the names of "spies". He made the claim outside the Western Cape High Court after judge president John Hlophe…
Staff Reporter. Despite the economic decline induced by COVID-19, the KwaZulu-Natal youth empowerment programme has created over 130 000 jobs. The empowerment programme, known as Sukuma 100 000, is implemented across all provincial government departments, including State-owned entities and partners in the private sector. "Last year, we stated our ambition…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. Claims that the South African Airways (SAA) flight dispatched by government to transfer a consignment of COVID-19 vaccines was an expensive exercise, are devoid of the truth, says the Department of Public Enterprises. In a statement on Friday, the department said these claims seek…
Staff Reporter. The trial of an Eldorado Park teenager with Down Syndrome allegedly died at the hands of police officers is expected to begin on March 19. It was stated at the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Friday that investigations into Nathaniel Julies case have been completed and the trial to…
Staff Reporter. Cabinet has approved a number of new bills for submission to parliament, including new proposed legislation around land, discrimination and the establishment of Postbank as a state bank. In a media briefing on Friday (26 February), acting minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni indicated that the bills would…
Staff Reporter. Motorists are set to be hit with yet more steep fuel price hikes going into March, the Automobile Association (AA) warns. Commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund, the association said although the rand performed well against the US dollar during February,…
Former Eskom Board Chairperson, Zola Tsotsi is appearing at the State Capture Commission. During his testimony last year, he alleged the Guptas wanted the exclusive right to supply gas through Eskom units in the Western Cape. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The panel looking into Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and her fitness to hold office has concluded its work. National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise appointed the panel last year to conduct a preliminary inquiry. This after Democratic Alliance (DA) chief whip Natasha Mazzone tabled the motion. "Mkhwebane’s tenure…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:123RF/Anyaberkut. Australian airline Qantas says it is planning to restart regular international passenger flights to most destinations from 31 October 2021 – an extension from the previous estimate of July. The date change aligns with the expected timeframe for Australia’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout to be effectively complete,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The Mthatha magistrate’s court on Thursday issued a warrant of arrest against the AbaThembu King Buyelekaya Dalindyebo. The monarch failed to appear in court charges for allegedly assaulting his son, the former acting king, Prince Azenathi Dalindyebo in 2020. NPA spokesperson Luxolo Tyali said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa stands at 1 509 124. This is an increase of 1676 new cases in the last 24 hours. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has reiterated her commitment to turn the department around and root out maladministration. This comes after the High Court Gauteng Division, Pretoria, ordered Metric Industrial Suppliers CC to pay back more than R27 million earned fraudulently to the Department…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. North West Premier Job Mokgoro says the vaccination of close to 42 000 frontline health care workers in the province is well underway. Mokgoro said the province received its first batch of 3 900 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines. Addressing the Hybrid Sitting…
Staff Reporter. Shoppers at an unnamed local Pick n Pay supermarket were surprised when a woman seemingly used her underwear as a mask after she claimed she did not have one. In the clip, which has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times, the woman is seen standing in a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana Photo Credit: Getty Images. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that government is aiming to vaccinate a million people against Covid-19 between now until the end of March. This means that most of the country’s healthcare workers will receive either a single dose or the first of…
Staff Reporter. A man who doused his girlfriend with petrol as she slept and set her alight has been handed a 20-year sentence for the murder. Mpho Thobane was sentenced yesterday at the Johannesburg Magistrate’s Court three years after murdering Viwe Dalingozi. The magistrate said Thobane never showed any remorse…
Staff Reporter. Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says inmates must be equipped with skills that will make them employable and enable them to create opportunities for themselves and their respective communities. "No correctional centre should ever breed hardened criminals who, upon their release, terrorise communities with their newly acquired sophisticated…
Staff Reporter. The state capture commission hears evidence relating to allegations of corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa. The commission is hearing evidence from Crowe Forensics SA Director, Ryan Sack. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said officials at the entity who made decisions to award corrupt tenders…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is currently finalising the due diligence and quality checks of the application information received. "They [NSFAS] will communicate funding eligibility once the verification and quality assurance process is complete in order…
Staff Reporter. South African authorities will investigate the awarding of contracts to a company that reportedly has links to two aides of health minister Zweli Mkhize. The investigation falls part of a proclamation signed by President Cyril Ramaphosa last year directing the SIU to probe corruption allegations linked to the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. One of the key focus areas of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan is boosting education and skills development, says president Cyril Ramaphosa. Speaking at the launch of the Basic Education Sector Lekgotla on Thursday (25 February), the president said that the country’s…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government will in the next financial year avail an additional R8 billion to the health system for the country’s COVID-19 pandemic response. This will be in addition to the R20 billion the state allocated in the 2020/21 financial year, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday, while…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. A new analysis by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has revealed that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine provides strong protection against severe disease and even death from Covid-19. The research also shows that the one-shot vaccine may also reduce the spread of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. From 2021, expenditure failure accountability is expected to take centre stage as the National Treasury is set to review provincial infrastructure sector funding policies. In its 2021 Budget Review, the National Treasury said this would be accompanied by proposals of how grants, incentives and other funding can…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. While education continues to be a priority, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has announced that government will in the next three years trim expenditure in the learning and culture function. The Minister revealed this while delivering the 2021 Budget Speech, in Parliament, on Wednesday. Over the medium term,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Finance minister Tito Mboweni has delivered the 2021 budget, detailing how National Treasury intends to navigate an increasingly precarious financial position amid the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent economic fallout. National Treasury said that the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are far-reaching and long-lasting, and thus the budget’s…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Social grants will from April increase by below inflation rates of between 1.0 and 3.4%, finance minister Tito Mboweni has announced. Coupled by this will be the ending of the social relief of distress grant in the same month, seeing expenditure on grants decreasing by 2.2% over…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Finance Tito Mboweni has announced that government will over the next three years allocate R213.4 billion to ensure the safety of the country through an efficient and effective criminal justice system. The function accounts for 12.1 percent of consolidated expenditure, declining from R218.6 billion in 2020/21 to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. In support of government’s quest to inoculate 67 percent of the South African population, the National Treasury will inject an amount of R9 billion to the country’s COVID-19 vaccination programme. This was on Wednesday revealed by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni while delivering the 2021 Budget Speech in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government’s fiscal strategy over the next three years will be to narrow the deficit and stabilise the debt-to-GDP ratio, the National Treasury said on Wednesday (24 February). "Since the 2020 Budget Review, the budget deficit has doubled, and the in-year revenue shortfall is estimated at R213.2 billion.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane on Wednesday reshuffled her cabinet. "It is in the spirit of optimising our effectiveness and ensuring that we deliver better services to the people of Mpumalanga while calibrating the provincial economy that I announce changes to the executive component of the provincial government,"…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni tables the national budget on Wednesday afternoon. His budget is overshadowed by a weak economy, an escalating debt to GDP ratio and a shockingly high unemployment rate in the wake of a COVID-19 pandemic. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa says in order to fight COVID-19, there is a need for all the countries to pool their resources together to overcome the pandemic. "To overcome the pandemic, we must work together to end hunger, promote education and the resumption of learning and to protect our…
The State Capture Commission hears more Prasa-related evidence on Wednesday. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:123RF/Anyaberkut. New Zealand says it will shut its immigration offices in Pretoria, Mumbai, and Manila in the Philippines by March, "and bring more visa processing onshore". Immigration New Zealand, the department responsible for border control, issuing travel visas and managing immigration to New Zealand, said in a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. When Finance Minister Tito Mboweni steps up to the podium to deliver his Budget Speech in Parliament this afternoon, he will be faced with a mammoth task. The Minister will need to tackle tough questions like what will be done to bolster revenue and improve the already…
Staff Reporter. Arts and Culture minister Nathi Mthetwa has announced a number of name changes for towns, cities and airports in the Eastern Cape. The changes were published in a government gazette on Tuesday (23 February). The gazette also includes a number of spelling corrections for existing geographical names as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Finance minister Tito Mboweni’s 2021 budget speech should provide full details on the total costs of implementing the Covid-19 vaccine rollout in South Africa, says professional services firm PwC. Given the improved revenue outlook for the country, the firm said that it down expect tax hikes to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 1 505 586 and the total number of deaths is 49 413. Mkhize said a further 263 Covid-19 related deaths were reported on Tuesday - up from the previous…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that the next batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines will arrive in the country this weekend, taking the total doses in South Africa for phase one of the rollout to 160,000. The first batch of vaccines saw…
Staff Reporter. The Eastern Cape government will in the next 12 months focus its attention to transforming its economy and creating jobs as the province rebuilds from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic, says Premier Oscar Mabuyane. The Premier made the commitment as he delivered the province’s 2021 State of…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng is pinning its hope on infrastructure development to create much-needed jobs as the effects of COVID-19 continue to batter the country's economy. Speaking during the State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Tuesday, Premier David Makhura revealed that Gauteng shed 660 000 jobs during the pandemic, while…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Communications has updated parliament on the status of the SABC on Tuesday (23 February), outlining some of the 'quick wins' and long-term strategies it is considering to help get the embattled state broadcaster back on track. A key part of the presentation is a…
Staff Reporter. The state capture inquiry has been granted a three-month extension by the Pretoria high court. It will now have until June 30 to deliver its report to President Cyril Ramaphosa. Judge Nomonde Mngqibisa-Thusi granted the order in court on Tuesday morning after the inquiry’s application was made unopposed.…
Staff Reporter. As the winter season approaches, bringing with it the possibility of a third wave, Gauteng Premier David Makhura has called for the urgent roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. In Gauteng alone, over 400 000 people contracted Coronavirus, while almost 10 000 succumbed to the respiratory disease.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa’s unemployment rate rose to 32.5% in the last three months of 2020, Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke has revealed. The increase presents a 1.7 percentage point increase from the third quarter of 2020. Despite the grim picture painted in the fourth quarter (Q4) Labour Force Survey, released…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. Almost three years after graft charges were reinstated, the trial of former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales will go ahead in May. The trial is set down from May 17 to June 30. Further dates will be added at a…
Premier David Makhura will deliver Gauteng’s State of the Province Address (SOPA) – highlighting the Provincial Government’s service delivery action plan for the year ahead. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of Gauteng Legislature.
The state capture commission continues to hear evidence relating to allegations of corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa from the former Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters on Tuesday. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has approved the 2021 toll tariffs as recommended by the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL). Toll tariffs on South Africa’s national roads will be adjusted on 1 March 2021 by 3.39%. "The toll tariff amounts are adjusted by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) says that the country’s 2020 matric result are not a true reflection of the number of the students who are failed by the country’s education system. On Monday (22 February), Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga announced the pass rate for the 2020…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 1 504 588 with 792 new cases identified since the last report. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8 907 857 with 15 342 …
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. Former President Jacob Zuma will not appear in the Pietermaritzburg High Court in person on Tuesday for proceedings in his corruption trial which is due on the court roll. The matter is expected to be postponed until May 17 after an agreement was reached…
Staff Reporter. The defence in the case of ANC MP and former state security minister Bongani Bongo has signalled it will be applying for an acquittal of the matter when the court resumes on Wednesday. The state's evidence in the case of ANC MP and former state security minister Bongani…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The boyfriend of Tshegofatso Pule, and alleged mastermind behind the Soweto woman’s death, has made a brief appearance in court and will remain behind bars until March. The 28-year-old heavily pregnant woman was found hanging in a tree with stab wounds when she was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. The 2020 matric pass rate has dropped to 76.2% from 81.3% the previous year. Basic education minister Angie Motshekga made the announcement during the release of the matric results on Monday. The overall pass rate including the progressed learners is at 76.2% a drop…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has asked the Constitutional Court to sentence former President Jacob Zuma to two years behind bars for contempt. In an urgent application filed at the Constitutional Court on Monday afternoon, the inquiry seeks an order that Zuma "intentionally and unlawfully"…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. Employment and Labour minister Thulas Nxesi has reiterated that the adjustment of the National Minimum Wage rate was the outcome of an extensive consultation process. The minister on Monday made the comment in response to the outcry on the newly adjusted National Minimum…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will announce the national results for the matric class of 2020 on Monday. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. State-owned arms manufacturer Denel has appointed its current COO, William Hlakoane, as the company’s acting group CEO. Hlakoane takes up the role on Monday, as current acting CEO Talib Sadik’s contract comes to an end. Denel board chair Monhla Hlahla said Hlakoane’s appointment allows for a seamless transition…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Acting Transport, Community Safety and Liaison, MEC Kwazi Mshengu, has tasked police to leave no stone unturned in their search for the assailants who killed two off-duty police officers in execution-style in Taylor’s Halt, near Pietermaritzburg. According to reports, Sergeant Makhosaze Mdlangathi, aged 33 and Sergeant Mfikelwa…
Staff Reporter. The release of matric results is typically a high stakes time for many students and their parents, but pandemic disruptions throughout 2020 are adding extra angst. This week, the anticipation will be over, but getting these final school marks in black and white can spiral some young South…
Staff Reporter. Former Transport Minister Dipuo Peters testifies at the State Capture Commission. She will be giving evidence related to allegations of corruption at Prasa. Former Board chairperson Popo Molefe is also expected on the stand. Peters said that she attended a meeting called by former President Jacob Zuma where…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, will announce the results of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations in Pretoria on Monday. The matric exams concluded on 15 December 2020 after a strenuous academic year. The release of the matric results have been approved by Umalusi, the Quality Council…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Senior traditional leader and self-styled king of the AmaBhaca, Nkosi Thandisizwe Madzikan II Diko, 43, husband of controversial suspended presidential spokesperson Khusela Diko, has died in a hospital in East London. There are few details available on the exact nature of the illness that led to his…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has raised concerns around individuals who show 'disdain' for South Africa’s constitution and its courts. The president said in his weekly letter to the public on Monday (22 February), that these individuals undermine the country’s legal system and cause damage to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Health has confirmed that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 1 503 796. This is an increase of 1429 new cases identified in the last the 24 hours. A further 113 deaths COVID-19 related deaths: Eastern Cape 2, Free State…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma criticised the country’s laws for being too lenient on hardened criminals. Speaking during a virtual gathering on Sunday, Zuma said the country's laws took a "soft" stance, even against those who commit heinous crimes. "For an example, today, if I commit a crime,…
Staff Reporter. Jacob Zuma and Bheki Cele met on Thursday, 18 February 2021 in Nkandla. Picture Twitter. Former president Jacob Zuma says there is still plenty of tea available for those who wanted to visit his Nkandla homestead. This as a long list of high profile politicians have in the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa is celebrating Armed Forces Day on Sunday, to commemorate the tragic sinking of the SS Mendi steamship on this day in 1917. President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is also the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) commander-in-chief, will officiate the proceedings, to be held at the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Presidency has welcomed the DA’s withdrawal of its application against government on the country’s Covid-19 vaccination strategy. The DA had sought an order from the Western Cape High Court declaring that government’s conduct in preparing and implementing its programme to administer Covid-19 vaccines "is irrational and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Pixabay. Gauteng premier David Makhura says that the provincial government will look at stricter rules around the sale of alcohol, beyond those introduced during the Covid-19 lockdown. The premier was speaking at an event on Saturday (20 February) where he presented 55 high-performance police vehicles…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa now stands at 1 502 367. This is an increase of 1690 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8…
Staff Reporter. 98 learners from Roodewal Primary can now walk into their school with pride, thanks to a donation of shoes from The Golden Valley Casino. Concerned teachers approached The Golden Valley about the plight of learners who are sometimes forced to go to school hungry and barefoot, because of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Gender activists have welcomed a move by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to take into account the wishes of transgender, non-binary and intersex people in allocating identity numbers. The DHA has published a draft of its new official identity management policy, which is open for public…
Staff Reporter. Nedbank Group Ltd. is leading discussions to restructure South African power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd.’s R464 billion ($32 billion) debt load, Bloomberg reported. The parties met in recent days, and one of the options is to transfer at least R100 billion of debt to a special-purpose vehicle…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Eskom company secretary Suzanne Daniels has told the state capture commission that the questionable R1.68bn guarantee granted to Gupta-owned Tegeta Exploration and Resources was a better deal for the power utility. Daniels was testifying at the commission on Friday afternoon, being quizzed by evidence leader advocate…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Human settlements, water and sanitation minister Lindiwe Sisulu is taking over the water infrastructure of the Emfuleni local municipality on the Vaal river. Her move follows a SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) report into the state of wastewater treatment sparked by reports of raw…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has welcomed the roll out of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by government, which it says highlights the importance of a well-resourced science, technology and innovation system. "The country can safely store the vaccine, roll it out and monitor its implementation,"…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Nick Lourens. The late boxing icon Mzimasi Mnguni has been granted a provincial official funeral. This was revealed by government officials on Wednesday. Sports dignitaries and government officials converged at the home of Mnguni in East London to pay their respects to him. Mnguni, 73, died…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in South Africa have risen to 1 500 677 with 1 911 new cases identified since the last report. The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 8 838 937 …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The corruption case against former State Security Minister Bongani Bongo has been adjourned until Monday in the High Court in Cape Town. On the third day of trial, state witnesses advocate Modibedi Phindela, secretary to the National Council of Provinces, and Penelope Tyawa, acting secretary of parliament…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Social Development has extended the deadline for applications of the Early Childhood Development - Employment Stimulus Relief Fund (ECD-ESRF) to 26 February 2021. In addition, a new web-form (available in three other languages over and above English) to assist with the applications is available on…
Staff Reporter. A former OR Tambo District Municipality capital expenditure accountant will be sentenced in March after she was this week convicted of fraud and money laundering charges. The Umtata High Court convicted Nyameka Qongqo of the charges emanating from a 2014 case when the accused was still an employee…
Staff Reporter. MSC Cruises, one of the largest privately-owned cruise ship companies in the world, will not be sailing to South Africa until at least November 2021. Passengers due to board its ships before November are being offered vouchers for the next sailing season, which runs until April 2022. Cruise…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Independent Examination Board (IEB) has published its matric results for the class of 2020, with the group achieving a pass rate of 98.07%. The board noted that the 2020 NSC pass rate is 98.07%, slightly lower than last year’s pass rate of 98.82%. The board said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Ace Magashule holds media briefing post-court appearance. Magashule said no new charges had been added in the case against him. He and 15 others appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on Friday in connection with an asbestos…
Staff Reporter. The man who is accused of brutally murdering the heavily pregnant Tshegofatso Pule last year has pleaded guilty. Muzikayise Malephane appeared in the South Gauteng High Court this morning. He faced charges of murder, defeating the ends of justice and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. According…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. The South African Police Service (SAPS) and Stats SA have published quarterly crime statistics for the third quarter of the 2020/21 period, covering criminal activity reported between October and December 2020. Presenting the latest data, police minister Bheki Cele said that the numbers represent…
Staff Reporter. The South African Police Service (SAPS) this week seized unregistered medicines worth a market value of R126 million at the OR Tambo International Airport. The unregistered medicines which are believed to be Ivermectin were mainly found to be in tablet form. The discovery of the tablets was made…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The corruption case against ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and 15 others has been transferred to the high court in Bloemfontein. On Friday, the 11 accused and five companies implicated in the case made a brief appearance before the Bloemfontein magistrate’s court before their…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that total of 2 327 new Covid-19-related cases were identified in South Africa yesterday, seven more than on Wednesday. This brought the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases to 1 498 766. A total of 230 more deaths have…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule might face more charges for his alleged role in the multi-million-rand asbestos audit contract scandal in Free State. According to National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson Sipho Ngwema, prosecuting authority has prepared itself to move the case…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa’s First Lady, Dr Tshepo Motsepe, has called on the Ministers responsible for food and nutrition security to strengthen food safety nets for children. Motsepe made the plea on Thursday, when she delivered the opening address at the launch of the 2020 South African Child Gauge,…
Staff Reporter. Democratic Alliance (DA) has announced plans to introduce the Draft Disaster Management Bill, which aims to change South Africa’s laws around how a state of disaster is handled. The private member’s bill specifically takes aims at the government’s use of a state of disaster to deal with the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. The Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, has published the 2021 Critical Skills List which shows which skills are in high demand in South Africa. The list is important for businesses in South Africa who are looking to attract skilled workers. The last critical skills…
Staff Reporter. Rob Ferreira Hospital and Witbank Hospital have been designated as vaccination sites to administer the newly acquired Johnson and Johnson vaccine, which arrived in the country on Tuesday. Outlining the Mpumalanga provincial COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan to the Portfolio Committee on Health, Head of Department, Dr Savera Mohangi,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. After over a decade of research and development around hydrogen fuel technology, President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa is now ready to manufacture and commercialise hydrogen fuels technology. The President said this when he responded to a debate on the State of the Nation Address…
Staff Reporter. South Africa kick-started its first phase of the vaccination rollout programme using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Wednesday. Yesterday, the first group of healthcare workers lined-up to receive the shot of the 80 0000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines that landed on Tuesday, which the department has described…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has officially unveiled the COVID-19 vaccine rollout programme in the province, which will see frontline healthcare workers get vaccinated with the newly acquired Johnson and Johnson vaccine. This follows the launch of the country’s vaccination programme by President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister, Dr…
President Cyril Ramaphosa is back in Parliament on Thursday. After two days of debate on his State of the Nation Address, he will respond to opposition parties. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
The State Capture Inquiry hears more Parliamentary oversight-related evidence. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Mark Andrews. Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has fired health MEC Sindiswa Gomba. Her axing was announced by Mabuyane at a news conference on Thursday. Gomba’s firing comes after Mabuyane was instructed during the provincial working committee of the province that he had to deal…
Staff Reporter. Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has outlined a number of initiatives which are currently being worked on by his department, including a plan to scrap over 63,000 taxis and finalise the issue of e-tolls. Speaking in the debate on the State of the Nation Address in parliament on Wednesday…
Staff Reporter. The Health Department has given South Africa the thumbs up as the country began its first round of the vaccination rollout programme on Wednesday. Yesterday, the country watched as healthcare workers lined-up to receive the shot of the 80 0000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines that landed on Tuesday,…
Staff Reporter. Johnson & Johnson has only a few million doses of its experimental COVID-19 vaccine in its inventory even as likely U.S. regulatory authorization is only a few weeks away, White House officials said on Wednesday. J&J remains committed to providing 100 million doses by June but deliveries are…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The three workers who were trapped after an explosion at ArcelorMittal’s premises in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, on Wednesday have been confirmed dead. Metalworkers union Numsa has confirmed that three of its workers who were trapped at ArcelorMittal's Vanderbijlpark operation have died. We mourn the loss of three workers…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement South Africa has recorded 2 320 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total number to 1 496 439. Mkhize said a further 165 deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 15, Free State 22, Gauteng 76, Kwa-Zulu Natal 14,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Justice and constitutional development minister Ronald Lamola has warned those launching attacks against the judiciary, saying doing so without presenting evidence undermined public confidence in the country's judges. Opening the second day of the debate on the state of the nation address (SONA), Lamola…
Staff Reporter. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has recommended that the Emfuleni Local Municipality be put under national administration, following damning findings against municipal officials in their report into the Vaal River sewerage crisis. The Vaal River system, on which approximately 19 million people depend for drinking water…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. Data from the latest National Income Dynamics Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM) estimates that 85% of smokers continued smoking during the South African government’s controversial lockdown ban on the sale of cigarettes. The survey, published on Wednesday (17 February), shows that only 8%…
Staff Reporter. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has used his 2021 State of the Province Address (SOPA) to outline the province’s COVID-19 vaccination programme while preserving and restoring affecting livelihoods. Delivering the address in Genadendal, Winde said the province was embarking on a four point strategic plan aimed at turning…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng province’s vaccination programme is now underway, with Health MEC, Dr Nomathemba Mokgethi, being the first healthcare worker to receive the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. Accompanied by Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Mokgethi received the vaccine at the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. The vaccine, which…
Staff Reporter. Isibaya actress Zinhle Mabena has been arrested and will appear in the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court on charges the alleged attempted murder of her husband Robert Ngwenya and the murder of her husband’s bodyguard. It is believed the couple is in the midst of a divorce and has deleted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A nurse at Khayelitsha District Hospital injects President Cyril Ramaphosa with the Covid-19 vaccine on February 17 2021.Image: Twitter/Cyril Ramaphosa. President Cyril Ramaphosa says he is pleased with the start of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, which starts in Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, today. "To demonstrate our…
The debate on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address continues on Wednesday afternoon. It is a joint sitting between the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of SABC.
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