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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: AP. In the annual Christmas Day message at the Vatican on Friday, Pope Francis urged world leaders to make available COVID-19 vaccines to all -- especially the most needy. The pontiff delivered the message during his annual holiday comments at the Hall of Blessings in…
Staff Reporter. File: The Beitbridge border post between South African and Zimbabwe. Picture: @HomeAffairsSA/Twitter. The Health Department has suspended screening at the Beitbridge border post to allow traffic to flow. It comes after the deaths of at least 15 people waiting to cross into Zimbabwe. The department says it has…
Staff Reporter. At least seven people have been killed during a violent clash believed to be connected to taxi violence in the Eastern Cape. It is alleged that 10 men from a community in Mount Ayliff attacked a group from a nearby village in a dispute over local taxi routes.…
Staff Reporter. SA Pharmacy Council (SAPC) has announced a 0% annual fee adjustment for 2021, in solidarity with pharmacy professionals on the Covid-19 front line. The 25-member Council collective also opted to absorb any inflationary and service cost increases amid the Covid-19 pandemic. SAPC president Mogologolo Phasha said the council…
Staff Reporter. Another new variant of the new coronavirus seems to have emerged in Nigeria, the head of Africa’s disease control body has said, cautioning more investigation was needed. The discovery could add to new alarm in the pandemic after similar variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that appear to be…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa’s health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has questioned a statement by his UK counterpart, Matt Hancock, around South Africa’s link to the mutated coronavirus strain that’s been spreading in the UK. The UK secretary for health said in a press briefing earlier this week, that a…
In a statement, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says South Africa has recorded 14 305 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of cases to date to 968 563. A cumulative total of 6 325 784 tests have been conducted with 56 008 tests conducted since the last report. A…
Staff Reporter. Four men have been arrested after they allegedly assaulted lifeguards at Manaba beach on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. The assault was captured on video and has been widely shared on social media. The suspects are reportedly Gauteng holidaymakers. Police spokesperson Captain Nqobile Gwala said a case of assault…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. SA Rugby Union chief executive Jurie Roux has been ordered to repay R37 million, which an arbitrator found had been misappropriated from the coffers of Stellenbosch University during his tenure at the institution's finance department. In its dispute against JW Roux and JC…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File: The Beitbridge border post between South African and Zimbabwe. Picture: @HomeAffairsSA/Twitter. The Road Freight Association confirmed that four truck drivers have died while waiting to cross the Beitbridge border due to the conditions at the post. CEO of the Road Freight Association Gavin Kelly said "It's…
Staff Reporter. The South African Post Office (Sapo) has advised its customers not to pay self-appointed queue marshals a fee for a place in front of the queue when visiting their branches. "Customers are advised not to pay the fee demanded by these queue marshals, and to report such incidents…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Robert Botha. Former South African ambassador to Uganda Jon Qwelane has died in hospital, at the age of 68. Born on 10 September 1952, Qwelane was a talkshow host for 702 for a decade, according to South African Journalists’ Wiki. He was the founding member…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Water and Sanitation says South Africans are poised for a bumper wet Christmas following persistent rains that fell over large parts of the country in the past month. The latest weekly report by the department shows that the persistent downpours have improved the country’s water…
Staff Reporter. Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs, Advocate Bongani Bongo, has called for urgent intervention regarding the movement of people and trucks through the Beit Bridge border post in Limpopo. This follows reports of kilometres of cars and trucks backlog at the bridge which has resulted in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that the government will review lockdown restrictions in South Africa as the country sees a spike in Covid-19 infections. The country reported 14,046 new Covid-19 cases, taking cumulative cases to 954,258. An additional 411 Covid-19-related deaths were reported. Mkhize said that…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that it is with concern, that 14 046 COVID-19 cases have been identified since the last report at a positivity rate of 26%, bringing the cumulative total of COVID-19 cases to 954 258. This indicates that the virus continues to spread…
Staff Reporter. Phot Credit: AFP. President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured liberation struggle war veterans and military veterans that the issues they have raised with government in relation to social and economic support will be addressed. Ramaphosa made the commitment at a meeting of the High Level Task Team on matters…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:123RF/Anyaberkut Britain on Wednesday introduced restrictions on travel from South Africa over the spread of another new variant of coronavirus, UK Health Minister Matt Hancock said. The restrictions, which applied with immediate effect, were introduced following the discovery of two cases of the virus variant in Britain.…
Staff Reporter. The Western Cape High Court has dismissed the Brackenfell High School’s application for an interdict against the EFF protesting outside the school’s grounds. The application was brought by the school governing body (SGB) last month. Brackenfell High School had argued before the court that the Economic Freedom Fighters…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says the rate of Covid-19 infections and hospitalisations is finally decreasing in the Garden Route after the district experienced a peak which was double the height of its first peak. "A similar pattern is currently emerging in the metro, which is…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Police Minister Bheki Cele has welcomed the arrest of three possibly high ranking figures of the criminal underworld, allegedly linked to an ongoing "extortion racket" of businesses in Cape Town. Mark Lifman, Jerome Booysen and William Stevens appeared in the Cape Town Magistrates court on…
Staff Reporter. Travelers are making their way home for the festive season and the Beitbridge post which bridges South Africa and Zimbabwe is experiencing high traffic volumes while trying to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 regulations. In line with the regulations, travelers are required to produce their COVID-19 results to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. The African National Congress (ANC) Integrity Commission has finally met with President Cyril Ramaphosa. The Commission requested a meeting with the President in 2018 when the issue of BOSASA and his CR17 Campaign funds were raised. In a report dated December 21, chairperson George Mashamba…
Staff Reporter. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) offices will temporarily close with effect from Christmas Eve,as part of measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19. South Africa is currently experiencing a second wave of infections. "Taking into account the transmission risk that COVID-19 poses, SARS has decided to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, turned down three applications by various stakeholders for beaches along the Garden Route and in the Eastern Cape to reopen. Judge Hans Fabricius confirmed the declaration by the government earlier this month that these beaches will remain closed until January 3. The…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng Provincial Government has expressed concern at reports of people breaking COVID-19 health protocols as the country battles a second wave of infections. In a statement on Tuesday, the provincial government said it has taken note of videos circulating on social media platforms showing young people partying…
Staff reporter. The N3 south has been temporarily closed between Pietermaritzburg and Durban in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) following a deadly accident on Wednesday morning. Two people have been killed and 12 others injured in another major crash on the N3 highway near Pietermaritzburg. This after a container fell off a truck…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa's Covid-19 cases now stands at 940 212 since the last report. This is an increase of 9 501 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. A cumulative total of 6 215 728 tests have been conducted with …
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Willah Mudolo, one of the accused in a R100m case involving self-proclaimed Malawian prophet Shepherd Bushiri, will remain in custody after being denied bail on Tuesday. Mudolo, who runs an investment firm and a property development company, appeared at the Pretoria magistrate's court alongside his wife…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Reuters. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation that will grant former presidents lifetime immunity once they leave office. The bill, which was published online Tuesday, gives former presidents and their families immunity from prosecution for crimes committed during their lifetime. They will also be exempt from…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Veli Nhlapo. The Democratic Alliance (D) has lost its court bid to have the beaches along the Garden Route reopened. The Western Cape High Court delivered the ruling on Tuesday. The DA took the matter to court on Monday, arguing that government's decision to close…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands have joined countries banning flights from SA to stop the spread of a new variant of the coronavirus believed to be responsible for a recent surge in infections. Germany’s travel ban affects people coming from SA, Northern Ireland and…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Veli Nhlapo. The High Court in Pretoria has dismissed former SAA board chairperson, Dudu Myeni's leave to appeal her delinquency judgment. Myeni's application for new evidence has also been dismissed. Both applications were dismissed with costs. In May 2020, Judge Ronel Tolmay of the North Gauteng…
Staff Reporter. Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has revealed that the province has engaged with relevant national departments on how to deal with public service offices that are potentially becoming COVID-19 super-spreaders due to snaking long queues. These include the post offices, Department of Home Affairs and Department of Employment…
Staff Reporter. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has successfully interdicted the Municipal Employees Union Retirement Fund from paying pension benefits due to former Lepelle Northern Water chief executive (CEO) Phineas Kgahliso Legodi. This comes after the Special Tribunal granted an application to interdict the pension after Legodi resigned from his…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Gauteng Department of Education on Tuesday announced the opening of online late registration admissions for grade 1 and 8 learners. "We would like to call upon all parents who could not apply in June/July to visit gdeadmissions.gov.za and grab this opportunity to apply…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has paid tribute to the late Professor Malusi Marcus Balintulo. The Minister was saddened by news of the passing of Balintulo, who was a former Vice-Chancellor of Walter Sisulu University. "I wish to express my condolences to…
Staff Reporter. South Africa has made a down payment to secure the COVID-19 vaccine for 10% of the country’s population. "The National Department of Health and the Solidarity Fund are pleased to announce that a down payment of US $19.2 million USD (R283 million) has been made to GAVI (the…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu is expected to present a proposed long-term housing solution for residents Masiphumelele informal settlement. A massive fire on Thursday destroyed over 1000 structures in the Cape Town informal settlement, leaving over 6,000 people homeless. Sisulu visited the area on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said 690 people had died on the country's roads since the beginning of December, compared to 732 over the same period in 2019. That is about 5% decline compared to last year. Mbalula briefed the media in Pretoria this morning,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed recently retired Judge Sirajudien Desai as the Legal Services Ombud in terms of Section 47 of the Legal Practice Act No. 28 of 2014. In terms of the Legal Practice Act, Judge Desai is empowered to investigate complaints, alleged…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC, Ravi Pillay, has warned that plans by British Airways to suspend 13 destinations, including the Durban - London direct route from its network, will hamper the growth of international air services into the region post-COVID-19. This follows reports…
Staff Reporter. The City of Joburg said it would move swiftly to implement Public Protector's Busisiwe Mkhwebane's recommendations. "The city also wants to confirm that it will be interrogating the report and will be taking further actions in trying to see how we could possibly recover some of the monies…
Staff Reporter. South African’s private hospital operators have warned that they are facing severe capacity constraints due to a resurgence in coronavirus cases. The Covid-19 pandemic first peaked in Africa’s most industrialized economy in late July before infections tailed off. The country is in the midst of a second wave …
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed 8 789 new cases of Covid-19 in South Africa on Monday and 216 more deaths. This brings the cumulative total to 930 711 cases of Covid-19 and 24 907 deaths. The Eastern Cape confirmed 97 deaths on Monday, the Free State 4, Gauteng 16,…
Staff Reporting. The European Union's medicines regulator has given its conditional approval for the coronavirus vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech to be used across the bloc, paving the way for inoculations to start within a week. Following a closed-door expert meeting, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on Monday said it was…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said on Monday that there was definite political interference in the Vrede dairy farm project. And,she said, her office had referred its latest report into the controversial Free State farming project to the National Prosecuting Authority's investigative directorate as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) has cancelled its January 8th commemoration amid growing COVID-19 concerns. The party said that its president, Cyril Ramaphosa, would read a statement to be broadcast on media platforms. This is the first time the event has had to be cancelled since 1994…
Staff Reporter. Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Machwene Semenya, has welcomed the arrests of suspects in connection with the Talana Temporary Housing units project in Limpopo. The arrests follow the construction of 40 shacks at Talana in the Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality. The construction…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Chair of the commission of inquiry into state capture, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, says President Cyril Ramaphosa will testify at the commission. He was speaking on Power to Truth with JJ Tabane on Sunday. Zondo says the commission cannot finish its work until the…
File Photo. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is currently to releasing a number of reports in her office. The Office of the Public Protector has achieved a clean audit for the first time in twenty-five years. The Public Protector has been a subject of a lot of court action stemming from…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI), will pump R25 million towards the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) as scientists grapple with the new COVID-19 variant. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, announced this on Friday, during a joint briefing with the Department…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Ronnie Tshabalala. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has welcomed a high court ruling setting aside an SABC lift replacement contract after finding it to be unlawful and invalid. The Johannesburg High Court last week made the ruling after the SABC, later joined by the SIU, asked…
South Africa’s confirmed Covid-19 cases have risen to 921 922, an increase of 9 445 cases over the past 24 hours, said Dr Zweli Mkhize. A further 152 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 105 , Free State 5, Gauteng 1, Kwa-Zulu Natal 8, Mpumalanga 3 and…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: KZN Prov. A church gathering attended by more than 2,000 people has contributed to the increased rate of Covid-19 infections in KwaZulu-Natal. Premier Sihle Zikalala said during a media briefing on Sunday that this gathering resulted in at least 48 Covid-19 infections. Zikalala added that the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. Germany is considering banning flights from Britain and South Africa to prevent the spread of new, more infectious coronavirus strain circulating in the two countries, a source close to the German health ministry told AFP on Sunday. Following the example of the Netherlands, where…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Heather Mason. The Sport, Arts and Culture Department has placed the liquidation process of the Mandela House Museum on hold in a bid to find an amicable solution with debtors. Minister Nathi Mthethwa met with the appointed liquidators, Tugendhaft Wapnick Banchetti & Partners to resolve…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Covax vaccine set to be delivered to South Africa by the first half of 2021, will only be enough to cover 3% of the population, the City Press reports. Deputy director-general of health Dr Anban Pillay said in a webinar, that each of the 190 countries…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. The Gauteng High Court has set aside Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s report, together with its remedial motion, into the early retirement of former SARS deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay. The ruling this week is a victory for former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, who had utilized to the…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 10 939 new Covid-19 cases and another 254 deaths over the past 24 hours. The cumulative number of cases now stands at 912 477 and the death toll at 24 539. A cumulative total of 6 100…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published a new gazette which provides further clarity around South Africa’s new lockdown rules for the festive season. The gazette gives effect to an address made by president Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday evening, in which he…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. Health minister Zweli Mkhize has finally cleared the air over claims that South Africa missed certain deadlines to partake in the Covax vaccine programme, saying that the hold up had to do with administrative issues. Mkhize was speaking during a briefing on the latest scientific…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Uber Eats drivers around the country have put the brakes on food deliveries on Saturday, accusing the takeaway service of low pay and poor working conditions. The Uber Eats drivers strike is against actions by Uber Eats South Africa of lowering the fee paid…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr ZweliMkhize announced that a variant of the SARS-COV-2 Virus (Covid-19) – currently termed the '501.V2 Variant' – has been identified by genomics scientists in South Africa. Mkhize said a genomics team, led by the Kwazulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform, or KRISP, has…
Staff Reporter. Thousands of residents from Masiphumelele in Cape Town will spend the next few days rebuilding homes they lost in a devastating blaze. A fire swept through a section of the informal settlement, destroying over a thousand structures and no one was injured. The City of Cape Town, in…
Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said South Africa’s COVID-19 infections have increased to 901 538 with 8 725 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The country has conducted 6 051 986 tests with 40 751 tests in the past 24 hours. Mkhize said a further 274 deaths have been…
Staff Reporter. To ramp up prevention efforts in the wake of a second COVID-19 wave, more than 300 000 cloth masks have been distributed to vulnerable communities throughout the Western Cape thanks to a non-profit initiative, called UbuntuCare. The initiative gives women in impoverished areas the opportunity to produce masks…
Staff Reporter. In November 2018, the Ex-Political Prisoners’ Association ("the EPPA") made certain allegations of mismanagement against Robben Island Museum ("RIM"). The RIM Council resolved that its fiduciary and other statutory responsibilities, required that it investigate and assess the veracity of these allegations ("the EPPA allegations"). The RIM Council took…
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize and health experts briefing on new scientific developments and evidence discovered on COVID-19. Mkhize has announced that South African scientists have identified a variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The variant is a version of the COVID-19 virus. The Kwazulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Only 100 people will attend the African National Congress (ANC) 8 January celebrations that will be held in Ga-Mphahlele, Limpopo in the new year. The event will also be used as a platform to commemorate the party’s 109 anniversary. The provinces will be connected via video link.…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Saturday host the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo, on a Working Visit to South Africa. Tshisekedi will be accompanied by senior members of his government, while Ramaphosa will be accompanied by the…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane said she would "co-operate" with authorities after she was issued with a summons to appear in court next month as an accused. Mkhwebane is set to appear in the Pretoria magistrate's court on January 21 on three counts of perjury. A summons…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Bekkersdal police have a manhunt for suspects following a shootings incident that left one victims dead and two fighting for their lives. The incident happened on the 16th of December approximately 21:30. It is alleged the victims were sitting inside shack in Spooktown informal settlement when…
Staff Reporter. The Protea Magistrate’s Court in Soweto has granted bail of R10 000 to one of the three police officers linked to the murder of Eldorado park teenager, Nathaniel Julies. This is Sergeant Voster Netshiongolo’s second attempt at securing bail based on what his lawyers say are new facts…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, has again expressed solidarity with the peoples of Palestine and Western Sahara in their quest to achieve fundamental freedom, equality, justice and dignity. "It is necessary for the international community to uphold international legality in…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Water and Sanitation has warned South Africans against flocking to the country’s dams and rivers as an alternative to the beaches, following a government ban on the use of some of the beaches to minimize the impact of COVID-19. This week President Ramaphosa announced government’s…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng Traffic Police has called on motorists to be responsible and exercise caution on the roads as traffic volumes are expected to increase this weekend. "The law enforcement authorities have observed that many accidents occur as a result of non-compliance with the rules of the road. We…
Staff Reporter. Investigators from the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) have this morning raided the offices of Matlosana Local Municipality in Klerksdorp in the North West. The SIU executed a search and seizure warrant as part of its investigation into alleged COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) procurement corruption. In a statement,…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced South Africa has recorded 9126 new infections and 184 more Covid-19 related deaths. According to Mkhize,103 deaths are from the Eastern Cape; four from the Free State; Gauteng has lost 11 lives; KwaZulu-Natal eight and the Western Cape 58. The country’s COVID-19 related death…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. Norma Mngoma has made some contentious allegations about her estranged husband, former finance minister Malusi Gigaba. She alleged that the pair would visit the Guptas compound, where she would be made to sit in one room while Gigaba sat with the Guptas in a separate…
Staff Reporter. South Africa has missed a December 15 deadline to make a deposit to secure vaccines to fight the pathogen, and hasn’t arranged a guarantee to make the full payment. The payment to the Covax program will be made in coming days, according to Tandi Nzimande, the chief executive…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Basic Education says Government Printing Works has been identified as the second source of the leaked grade 12 exam papers. A few weeks ago, just before two exams could be written, matric papers were leaked, namely the Mathematics Paper 2 and the Physical Sciences Paper…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Veli Nhlapo. The DA has officially filed in papers at the Western Cape High Court to challenge government’s decision to close beaches in the Garden Route over the festive season due to rising Covid-19 infections. Government gazetted regulations under the Disaster Management Act on Tuesday that…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Marking of the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams will get underway on 4 January 2021. The nationwide exams concluded on 15 December 2020. "Marking will commence in earnest on 4 January 2021. On 12 February 2021, the DBE will present an irregularities report to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Michael Wuertenberg. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has dismissed the EFF's appeal against a high court judgment which ruled that comments the party's leader Julius Malema made about former finance minister Trevor Manuel were derogatory. The court, however, referred the aspect of the R500,000…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:AP. France's President Emmanuel Macron has tested positive for Covid-19, his office says. The 42-year-old took a test after developing symptoms and will now self-isolate for seven days, the Elysée Palace said in a statement. Macron "is still in charge" of running the country and will work…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele has called on police officers to strengthen their resolve in clamping down on COVID-19 lockdown regulation contraventions during the festive season. The Minister made these remarks during a law enforcement parade in Limpopo on Thursday. During the provincial inspection tour which was aimed at…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The 2021 academic year will start on 25 January for teachers and 27 January for learners with a three-year curriculum recovery plan to make up for lost time due to COVID-19. "As part of the 3-year curriculum recovery plan, from 2021, we will be…
Staff Reporter. South African Revenue Service (SARS) Commissioner, Edward Kieswetter, has welcomed the unanimous judgment of the Constitutional Court confirming the revenue collector’s right to withhold taxpayer information. The position was confirmed in the matter of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane against the Commissioner and others. In a statement, Kieswetter said…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will outline her department’s plans for 2021. The minister is expected to give an update of the state of readiness of schools in the context of COVID-19. Schools are expected to open later than normal next year. According to the school calendar sent…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The latest weekly report by the Department of Water and Sanitation shows that dam levels in the Eastern Cape are sitting at 51% after the recent torrential rains. "With more rains expected in the run-up to Christmas, it is likely that the levels may…
Staff Reporter. Image Supplied. President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated epidemiologist and Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19 Proffessor Salim Abdool Karim on being awarded the 2020 John Maddox Prize. "It is an honour to congratulate Prof Karim on an outstanding achievement and international recognition of his contribution to…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says to achieve true reconciliation, the country must first overcome poverty, inequality and underdevelopment that affects the country’s majority. "True reconciliation will not be possible unless we address the many ills in our society. We cannot build a truly caring society so long…
A statement released by Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize reveals that the country recorded 10 016 new cases since the last report. The cumulative number of cases stands at 883 687. The Western Cape is leading with 3 233 new cases, followed by KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng with 2 743 and…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Police Minister Bheki Cele has warned that beaches in the Western Cape could be shut if citizens to not adhere to the new restrictions enforced by president Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday evening. In areas with the highest rate of infection, beaches and public parks will…
Staff Reporter. PetroSA has announced its plans to shed about 500 jobs. In a letter addressed to Solidarity union’s Holland Chapman, PetroSA CEO Pregasen Naidoo said the company had in recent years experienced depleted gas reserves. "PetroSA is in a precarious financial position which makes operational costs unaffordable. At the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Shutterstock. The Council for Medical Schemes (CMS) has published its 2019/20 annual report, detailing the membership numbers and financial status of South Africa’s open and restricted medical aid schemes. The CMS regulated 78 registered medical schemes in 2019, a decrease from 79 as a result of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa said what we’ve seen in places such as Senekal, in the Free State, showed that while the work of overcoming divisions continued, old wounds remained and reconciliation was yet to be achieved. Ramaphosa has delivered virtually a keynote address in celebration…
Staff Reporter. The Garden Route mayor, the DA, as well as the local business forum and AfriForum, are challenging the government over the decision to close beaches in the Western Cape district. The Democratic Alliance (DA) has given President Cyril Ramaphosa until 17:00 on Wednesday to justify the grounds upon…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Tourism is set to introduce a programme that will stimulate and encourage innovation in the travel sector. The department, in collaboration with the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), will implement the Tourism Technology Grassroots Innovation Incubation Programme (TTGIIP). The programme aims to stimulate entrepreneurship and new…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa has recorded 873 679 Covid-19 cases. This is an increase of 7 552 new cases identified since the last report. A cumulative total of 5 920 574 tests have been completed with 36 347 new tests conducted since…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File Photo. Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is to appear in court next month — as an accused. Mkhwebane will appear in the Pretoria magistrate's court on January 21 on three counts of perjury. A summons ordering her to appear in court is dated Tuesday December 15 .…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Gallo Images. Former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede has gotten the green light to return to her positions. The ANC's Integrity Commission has stated the controversial ex-mayor is allowed to return to the party as well as the provincial legislature. ANC KZN spokesperson Nhlakanipho Ntombela said Gumede…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Moeletsi Mabe. National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole has tested positive for COVID-19. Sitole went for a test on Monday after coming into contact with a SAPS member confirmed to have the disease. In a statement on Tuesday, SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo, confirmed that Sitole…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Murder accused Zane Kilian will spend Christmas and New Year behind bars. The bail application of Killian, who is implicated in the murder of Anti-Gang Unit head Charl Kinnear, was set to be heard at Belville Regional Court on Tuesday. Kinnear was gunned down in front…
Staff Reporter. In commemorating Reconciliation Day, celebrating 21 years as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and celebrating its first anniversary as a Marine Protected Area, Robben Island Museum (RIM) will introduce a month-long reduced rate for locals. As the festive season fast approaches, one of Cape Town’s iconic visitor destinations…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has been dealt another blow as she loses yet another major court case. The Constitutional Court this morning dismissed her appeal to access personal tax information of former President Jacob Zuma on the basis that it does not reach the Constitutional Court's…
File: ANC's Pule Mabe on 29 May 2018. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter. The ANC's integrity commission wants secretary-general Ace Magashule to step aside immediately. The party's Pule Mabe is currently briefing the media on that recommendation. The commission is also suggesting that Magashule be suspended pending the outcome of his criminal case.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The ANC’s integrity commission has recommended that secretary-general Ace Magashule step down pending the outcome of his corruption case in court. The commission said in its final report following a meeting with Magashule at the weekend, that the national executive committee (NEC) must…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has embarked on a process to merge some of its entities in line with the state owned enterprises (SOE’s) rationalisation plan. These mergers are in line with last year’s State of the Nation Address by the President, committing…
Staff Reporter. Former Lepelle Northern Water Board Chief Executive Officer, Phineas Kgahlisho Legodi, was on Monday remanded in custody by the Polokwane Magistrate Court following arrest related to a R45 million tender fraud. Legodi was over the weekend arrested by the Hawks along with the board’s chairperson of the Bid…
Staff Reporter. Government has announced tighter level 1 lockdown restrictions nationwide, with effect from Tuesday. This as the country enters the festive season amid a second wave of rising COVID-19 infections. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the restrictions on Monday evening, as the country’s cumulative number of cases stands at 866,127,…
Staff Reporter. South Africa is set to receive initial vaccines from the COVAX facility to cover 10% of its population in the early part of 2021. President Cyril Ramaphosa made this announcement during his address to the nation on Monday, on developments in relation to the country’s response to the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. United States President-elect Joe Biden claimed victory in the Electoral College after key battleground states gave him and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris a clear majority of electors and he rebuked President Donald Trump for failing to acknowledge the will of the American people. In a speech delivered…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced 5 163 new infections on Monday night, as he presented new measures to curb the rapid spread of Covid-19 across SA. A cumulative total of 5 884 227 tests have been completed with 25 049 new tests conducted since the last report. A further 175 …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Pixabay. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced new lockdown measures at both national, and district level for South Africa. In a national address this evening, Ramaphosa said that the country has been hit by a second wave of coronavirus infections with nearly 8,000 new cases reported…
Staff Reporter. Pharmaceutical group Johnson & Johnson is the first company to apply to register a Covid-19 vaccine in South Africa, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) said on Monday (14 December). Sahpra chief executive Boitumelo Semete told a press briefing on Monday that the application was received…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Malawi's Homeland Security Minister has signed extradition papers for self-proclaimed prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his wife Mary. The Bushiris absconded while on bail and are facing charges of theft, money laundering and fraud in connection with an alleged R100-million investment scheme. The Pretoria Magistrates Court granted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. Former president Jacob Zuma has defied a Constitutional Court order which required him to indicate whether he will defend a case brought against him by the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of State Capture. The Constitutional Court has agreed to hear an…
President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the country this evening. Ramaphosa held a consultation with the National Coronavirus Command Council this weekend. It's expected that Ramaphosa will impose harsh restrictions. Last week, the country officially entered the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. South Africa's total cases now stand…
Staff Reporter. Africa’s leading private education provider, ADvTECH, today announced the launch of MindSharp, a premium dynamic digital learning platform aimed at upskilling individuals and corporate teams. A number of MindSharp courses are endorsed by The Independent Institute of Education (IIE), SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education provider,…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral College meets on Monday in one of the most important steps of a United States presidential election cycle that has brought new drama to the usually administrative process. Eligible voters in the US cast their votes on November 3. Since then, states have been determining and…
Staff Reporter. Companies and individuals are donating more than ever to South African universities, but the current challenge is to help historically disadvantaged universities to become more sustainable. This is according to the latest Annual Survey of Philanthropy in Higher Education (ASPIHE), conducted in 2019 and based on data from…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Reuters. Eswatini Prime Minister Ambrose Dlamini, who tested positive for Covid-19 four weeks ago, has died at age 52 after being hospitalised in neighbouring South Africa, the tiny absolute monarchy's government said late on Sunday. "Their Majesties have commanded that I inform the nation of the…
Staff Reporter. South African Revenue Service (SARS) Commissioner, Edward Kieswetter, has been appointed as Vice-Chair of the Africa Initiative by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. The announcement was made by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Global Forum chairperson,Maria Jose Garde,…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, is pleading with South Africans travelling to the Northern hemisphere countries to exercise caution as most nations are deep in the second wave of COVID-19. Speaking during a media briefing on Monday, Pandor said she…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Basic Education Department says it will approach the courts to challenge aspects of the judgement handed down by Judge Norman Davis, which set aside the matric national rewrite. On Friday, Judge Davis set aside the decision taken by the department to have the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga says that her department will undertake a full audit of its systems to ensure that no more matric exam papers are leaked going forward. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) planned to make matric students re-write their maths and science…
Staff Reporter. The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has urged motorists to remain vigilant on the roads during this festive season following three major crashes this past weekend. "They are urged to choose daytime driving and to keep their lights on at all times. Motorists are also warned to refrain…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the South African public to once again use Reconciliation Day to reflect on how far the country has come in advancing national reconciliation. The President made the plea on Monday in his latest weekly newsletter. He said it is important for the…
Staff Reporter. Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has tested positive for Covid-19. Provincial health department spokesperson Siyanda Manana said Gomba's Covid-19 results came back on Sunday. "The MEC is at home for isolation as per the protocol of Covid-19," said Manana. "The MEC would like to advise all those…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that as of today, South Africa has recorded a cumulative total of 860 964 COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 7 999 new cases identified since the last report. A cumulative total of 5 859 178 tests have been completed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa would address the nation on Monday, 14 December, in the evening on the status of COVID-19 prevention measures after a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC). Ramaphosa recently said lockdown is not going to happen but he is likely to…
Staff Reporter. Herman Mashaba's ActionSA party has finally been registered to contest the 2021 local government elections after he decided to change its logo. The IEC ruled against ActionSA in September rejecting the party's registration over concerns that the party's logo which features the South African flag appeared too similar…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. ANC secretary general Ace Magashule appeared before the party’s Integrity Commission on Saturday but the party has remained silent on the outcomes of the meeting. Magashule was ordered to appear before the commission to explain the 21 charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering…
Staff Reporter. Picture Supplied. Three buildings were gutted in a fire in Killarney Gardens in Cape Town on Saturday, December 12. The City’s Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to the fire at the buildings, all on the same premises of Starflex Plastics, in Lauda Road, at 10.13pm. The first…
Staff Reporter. The ANC wants taxpayers to fund the bankrupt South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) through a 'household levy' which every home in in the country would be forced to pay, the Sunday Times reports. The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) included this in its draft resolutions during a meeting…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce strict new lockdown restrictions in South Africa as a way of curbing the country’s second coronavirus wave. The higher restrictions are set to be introduced at a localised level in the country’s coronavirus hotspot areas. The additional…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Saturday that South Africa has recorded 7 882 new Covid-19 cases bringing total number of cases 852 965. A cumulative total of 5 819 755 tests have been completed with 40 211 new tests conducted since the last report. Mkhize said a further 154 …
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Waldo Swiegers. Eskom has announced it will be reducing load shedding to stage 1 on Sunday as there has been a recovery in generation reserves, however, stage 2 power cuts will continue as planned until 11 pm on Saturday. Due to recovery in the emergency generation…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) announced that there will be no rewrite of the leaked Maths Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2 matric exams. The rewrites were scheduled for 15 and 17 December respectively. The High Court in Pretoria on Friday set aside a …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Stock Photo. The Department of Basic Education on Saturday said it would not appeal the ruling by the High Court in Pretoria which set aside its decision to undertake a national rewrite of two leaked exam papers. With investigations into the leaks still ongoing, the…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Istock. British American Tobacco South Africa (Batsa) on Saturday said it had been vindicated in its view that the ban on tobacco products was unjustified, ill-considered and had worsened illicit trade. The Western Cape High Court ruled in favour of tobacco companies in the case against…
File Photo. Royal Bafokeng Queen Mother, Dr Semane Bonolo Molotlegi, will be laid to rest on Saturday. The Queen Mother died a week ago at the age of 77. She was married to the late Kgosi Edward Patrick Lebone Molotlegi. Her second son, Leruo, is now king after her husband…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Waldo Swiegers. Eskom will implement stage 2 load shedding on Saturday and Sunday as the power utility deals with unforeseen breakdowns. The power cuts will be introduced from 06h00 on Saturday (12 December) and will run until 23h00. The same schedule will be implemented on Sunday…
Staff Reporter. Government has gazetted the National Small Enterprise Amendment Bill 2020 in an effort to provide an ombud service that will assist small enterprises with legal issues. "Despite the critical role of small businesses in the economy and development objectives of South Africa, the Small, Medium and Micro Enterprise…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. The National Development Agency (NDA) has set aside R32 million for 200 civil society organisations to stimulate local economic development. This will be done through the procurement of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and recruitment of volunteers in all district municipalities. Social Development Minister Lindiwe…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said a total of 8 319 new Covid-19-related cases were recorded on Friday, bringing the total number Covid-19 cases to 845 083. Mkhize has expressed concern over an exponential rise after 6 709 new cases were identified on Wednesday and 8 166 on Thursday. A cumulative…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku on Friday welcomed the charges against him by the African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng and insisted there was no proof to support findings from the Special Investigating Unit (SIU). It was alleged Masuku played a pivotal role in the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom’s coffers will this month be bolstered after the power utility struck a deal to recoup over R1.56 billion irregularly paid to service provider ABB. This comes after the Zurich-based industrial giant, ABB, was fingered in suspicious payments relating to contracts awarded in 2015 involving the control…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: GCIS. The High Court in Pretoria has set aside the decision to rewrite the Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Sciences exams, following a leak of the exams papers. Last week, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that the 2020 matriculants would rewrite the two exams after…
Photo Credit: Waldo Swiegers. Eskom and the Special Investigating Unit will give an update on investigations into corruption at the utility on Friday. Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and Justice Minister, Ronald Lamola, are expected to attend the briefing. An important announcement is expected. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. While the better-than-expected latest gross domestic product (GDP) figures indicate that more people became employed in the third quarter of 2020, this does not mean that South Africa is out of the woods, says the Department of Employment and Labour. In a statement on the latest figures, department…
File Photo. Former Free State MEC for Human Settlements Mosebenzi Zwane is back at the state capture inquiry on Friday. Zwane will provide testimony first and the commission will reportedly also hear more from former Eskom CEO Matshela Koko. When He appeared before the commission last month, Zwane said he…
Staff Reporter. An amount of R13.5 billion has been disbursed through the special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant to more than six million eligible beneficiaries. Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu on Friday said of the 9.5 million applications processed in November, over 6.9 million were approved and paid.…
File Photo. Closing arguments in the matter against Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe will be heard on Friday. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Premier Alan Winde says new COVID-19 cases have grown by 53.4% in the Western Cape in the past seven days. The province currently has 18 296 active cases, while 1 641 patients have been hospitalised with 287 of these in ICU or high care. Winde said…
File Photo. The State Capture Inquiry will continue hearing evidence related to Global consulting firm McKinsey. On Thursday, company director, Jean-Christophe Mieszala, conceded bribes were paid to get an SAA contract. The company has since agreed to repay about R650-million it received for the work it did for the carrier…
Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. Social development Minister Lindiwe Zulu will brief the media on their social relief measures taken to mitigate the impact of COVID19. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of ENCA.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng is briefing media following the release of the 2019/2020 Judiciary Annual report. Mogoeng has lashed out at those criticising him over his controversial COVID-19 vaccine, 666 remarks. He says he will not compromise his religion for anyone. "I am crying unto God, if there's any vaccine,…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has welcomed Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke’s finding that the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) had markedly improved the disbursement of COVID-19 relief funds. In the first report, late former Auditor-General (AG) Kimi Makwetu found that various incorrect Temporary Employee/Employer Relief…
Staff Reporter. At least six people have been wounded in an early morning shootout at the Bosman taxi rank in Tshwane. Tshwane emergency services spokesperson Charles Mabaso says gunshots were heard at 6:30 am on Friday morning. He says shortly after the gunshots rang out three people, including one man…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said that South Africa has recorded 8 166 new coronavirus cases bringing the total to 836 764. Mkhize has reiterated the plea to South Africans to heed the threat of the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases identified. "There is clear evidence of an exponential rise…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral Commission announced the results of the 24 by-elections held across 17 municipalities in all nine provinces on 9 December 2020. The African National Congress (ANC) has continued to do well across the country’s municipalities, retaining 12 wards and winning five new ones in Wednesday's by elections.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chief Justice has courted another controversy, this time through a prayer which called for God to destroy any vaccine "meant to infuse the mark of the anti-christ symbol, 666 in the lives of people". He was speaking at Tembisa Hospital during a thanksgiving ceremony on Thursday. In…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule said that the NEC had resolved that remedial action should be applied in an even-handed manner for all those facing charges against them. Speaking at Luthuli House, Magashule said that the step-aside issue would be discussed…
Staff Reporter. A former driver and bodyguard to former Free State premier Ace Magashule was convicted on Thursday of stealing an R8m Pierneef painting which once hung in Magashule's office. The Bloemfontein high court on Thursday found Ricardo Mettler, 43, guilty of theft, money laundering and fraud. This follows a…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, announced the study in September. The HSRC is conducting the study with Epicentre, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS), and the South African Medical Research Council…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The case against former eThekwini mayor, Zandile Gumede, and 17 others has been postponed to 23 March next year. Gumede and her several co-accused face corruption, fraud and racketeering charges linked to a waste collection tender amounting to R430 million. The postponement was granted after the State…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Getty Images. The Health Department will launch the COVID SA travel system, a digital screening platform that allows travellers to complete the required travel health questionnaire (THQ) on their personal devices ahead of their arrival at ports of entry. The COVID SA travel system will be…
Staff Reporter. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has lauded the establishment of the Special Tribunal as a game changer and effective tool in the fight against corruption in South Africa. This comes as the world commemorated International Anti-Corruption Day on Wednesday. The SIU said the setting up and subsequent operation…
File Photo. The State Capture Commission will continue to hear Eskom related evidence and hear money flows related evidence in relation to McKinsey. Former Trillian Capital and Regiments Capital employee, Mosilo Mothepu, on Thursday said that Mohamed Bobat, who was appointed special advisor to former Finance Minister Des Van Rooyen,…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The legal challenge of the matric rewrite is heard in the High Court in Pretoria. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced that pupils will rewrite two papers, that leaked. AfriForum, Sadtu and other organisations are calling for her decision to be set aside. The Department argues that the…
Photo Credit: BackpagePix. Amazulu and Bafana Bafana player Anele Ngcongca is being laid to rest on Thursday. The Mzansi football fraternity, as well as his former club and teammates in Belgium, are still recovering from shock after learning about the passing of the former Bafana Bafana international who tragically lost…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Public Service and Administration Minister, Senzo Mchunu, has reiterated government’s commitment to fighting corruption without fear or favour. Mchunu said lack of integrity has put millions of people under the shadow of poverty, while some loot the State’s coffers. "This is at the expense of those…
Staff Reporter. The Western Cape government is pleading with citizens to refrain from organising or attending large, private functions and parties, which could easily become superspreader events. This is in light with the COVID-19 cases, which continue to soar in the province. The province has since issued a COVID-19 community…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa's cumulative coronavirus cases has risen to 828 598. This is an increase of 6 709 identified in the last 24 hours. To break it down: The majority of new cases today are from WC (30%) followed by EC…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has officially been hit by a ‘second wave’ of coronavirus infections – and that an increase in cases is no longer confined to select 'hotspot' areas. In a media briefing this evening, Mkhize said that four provinces…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. The Pretoria Regional Court has sentenced former Crime Intelligence chief financial officer Solomon Lazarus to 10 years behind bars on corruption charges. Lazarus was convicted and sentenced in connection with the fraudulent acquisition of cars for Crime Intelligence from Atlantis Motors, a service provider to the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize media briefing on the state of Covid-19 in SA. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. The multi-vehicle crash and fire on the N1 North at the Allandale Road exit in Midrand has been extinguished. The N1 highway is heavily backed up on Wednesday afternoon following a major accident. A truck lost control and crashed, resulting in a fire. Two fatalities have been reported…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Trevor Samson. Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, has urged partners to work with Eskom's leadership to help the company transition from the grips of State capture, which has led to financial and operational difficulties that are currently facing the power utility. "Eskom as an institution is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit:GCIS. While steady progress has been made in curbing COVID-19 related plunder, non-compliance continued to plague the disbursement of relief funds and procurement of goods and services, an Auditor-General (AG) report has revealed. The sordid tale is contained in newly appointed Auditor-General Tsakani Maluleke’s office’s second…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:123RF/Anyaberkut. The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has announced an interim six-member South African Airways (SAA) board as the airline prepares to relaunch in 2021. In a statement on Wednesday, the department said Geoff Qhena will chair the board, which also comprises Peter Tshisevhe, June Crawford, Bembe…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says no formal decision has been taken regarding the reports and proposals around the possible closure of the provincial beaches over the festive season. "At this stage there is no decision the provincial government has taken or contemplating to take with regards to the…
File Photo. The new Auditor-General, Tsakani Maluleke, gives an update on the audit of Covid-19 relief funds. Her predecessor had previously shared that there was a lack of control over the government relief. Maluleke said government could have reached more people if the funds made available for the COVID-19 pandemic …
Staff Reporter. By-elections are currently underway in 118 voting stations across all nine provinces, with 77 candidates representing 14 political parties along with 18 independent candidates contesting the ward by-elections. The by-elections take place in 24 wards across 17 municipalities in all nine provinces. The voting stations will be opened…
Staff Reporter. The two members of the "Crusaders" right-wing organisation have been sentenced in the Middelburg Regional Court for contravention of Protection of Constitutional Democracy against Terrorist and Related Matters Act. This is after the pair planned to carry out terrorist attacks on government institutions and the African population in…
File Photo. Former Eskom board member and acting CEO, Zethembe Khoza, testifies at the state capture commission on Wednesday. On Tuesday, former Eskom board chairperson Ben Ngubane gave evidence. He defended the appointment of Brian Molefe as Eskom CEO, saying Molefe is one of few highly skilled black executives. But…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Basic Education department is in court to defend its decision to ask matriculants to rewrite the two leaked exam papers. The matric rewrite will be considered in court on Thursday after a postponement this morning. The Basic Education department defended its decision to ask matriculants to rewrite…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the 13.5% rebound in GDP during the third quarter of 2020 shows that a strong economic recovery is possible, even as the economy remains below its pre-pandemic levels. The 66.1% GDP growth on an annualised basis in the third quarter surpassed…
Entertainment Report. Image Twitter. South African music fans are in mourning. Olpha Selepe, known as Gee Six Five, has died. The sad news was confirmed by her niece Sbu Mpungose in the early hours of Wednesday morning. "My beloved aunt, MumNcane who many of you know as Gee Six Five,…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Tuesday the cumulative total of Covid-19 cases in South Africa are now sitting at 821 889. This is an increase of 4 011 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The death toll also shot up from 43 on Monday…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit:GCIS. Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, will on Thursday visit the Western Cape as the first stop of the #OperationTightGrip Safer Festive Season Operations Inspection Tour. The annual roadshow will see Cele, National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole and senior management of the South African Police Service,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana, Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. African National Congress (ANC) Secretary-General Ace Magashule will present himself to the party's Integrity Commission on 12 December. Magashule is facing 21 charges of corruption related to a controversial Free State asbestos tender, worth more than R200m, which was awarded during his time…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Google Maps. Special Investigating Unit investigators on Tuesday morning pounced on the National Lottery Commission (NLC) offices in Pretoria as it probes alleged maladministration at the agency. The swoop comes after the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) on Monday secured a search and seizure warrant from a…
Staff Reporter. File Photo. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has paid tribute to the late Professor Belinda Bozzoli, who passed away after a long battle with cancer. Bozzoli was a Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) since May 2014, and served her second term as…
Staff Reporter. At least 13 people have been injured in a chemical explosion at a company in Otto Volek Road in New Germany, Pinetown, on Tuesday. Advanced life support paramedic Garrith Jamieson said there was a second explosion afterwards. He said 13 people have been transported to various hospital for…
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Waldo Siegers. Deputy President David Mabuza has hailed this year’s National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) Summit as particularly special as it will see the signing of the Framework Agreement for a Social Compact on supporting Eskom. The Deputy President made the remarks when he…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. The case against former President Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales has been postponed to 23 February 2021. Zuma and Thales face corruption, racketeering and money laundering charges linked to the arms deal. The postponement follows an application by Thales to have…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) is working around the clock to track all learners from the province who recently attended the Ballito Rage event. "GDoH can confirm that over 1 300 students coming from Gauteng province took part in the much-publicised super-spreader Rage event which resulted in…
Photo Credit: Freddy Mavunda. Former Eskom board chairperson, Ben Ngubane is back at the state capture inquiry on Tuesday. On Monday, whistleblower and legal head, Suzanne Daniels, took the stand. Daniels refuted Ngubane's testimony that she initiated a memorandum that saw Eskom pre-purchase coal from Optimum. That company was then…
File Photo. The hearing into Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe's fitness to hold office resumes on Tuesday. Retired Justice Bess Nkabinde and Justice Chris Jafta will be cross-examined. Hlophe argues he was misunderstood when using an IsiZulu phrase. He's accused of trying to influence judges in favour of former…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Deputy President David Mabuza delivers a keynote address at the 25th Annual National Summit of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), at the Hilton Hotel, Johannesburg, in the Gauteng province. Livestream Video Below: Courtesy of SABC.
Staff Reporter. Photo Credit: Esa Alexander. Former president Jacob Zuma is expected to appear before the High Court in Pietermaritzburg on charges of corruption, fraud and racketeering. The charges are related to the Strategic Defence Procurement Packages or the Arms Deal of the late 1990's. It’s expected the matter will…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the cumulative total of Covid-19 cases in South Africa stood at 817 878. This is an increase of 3 313 new Covid-19-related cases were recorded in the last 24 hours. A cumulative 5 611 915 tests have been completed, of which…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule has described the governing party’s final national executive committee (NEC) meeting of the year as "frank and good". Magashule told journalists the party’s President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a political overview, which placed emphasis on the need…
Staff Reporter. The Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum (HSACF) has dealt with 20 allegations of serious maladministration, fraud and corruption this year alone. The HSACF has recently met to discuss progress made with regard to the implementation of initiatives to fight fraud and corruption in the health sector. The HSACF comprises…
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