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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GettyImages. The FW De Klerk Foundation on Tuesday slammed reports that the former president’s health is deteriorating. There have been extensive media reports that Mr De Klerk’s health ‘is rapidly deteriorating’. This is not so," foundation chairperson Dave Steward said in a brief statement. Earlier, eNCA reported …
Staff Reporter. Marine litter, including plastic litter, has become a matter of increasing global and national concern as a source of marine pollution. The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment has therefore prioritised efforts to deal with the challenge of marine litter. There is sufficient evidence that a large…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South African Breweries (SAB) will reinstate its investment programme that was cancelled last year, allocating R2 billion for its home operations. The brewery cancelled R5 billion in investments in the country in over the last year due to the country’s multiple alcohol bans related to the Covid-19…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa stands on the verge of 1.7 million confirmed Covid-19 cases after 3,285 new infections were recorded in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said on Monday. This means that there have now been 1,699,849 infections recorded to date — just 151 short of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has refuted reports that he blames President Cyril Ramaphosa for the Digital Vibes investigation, which has plagued him since Daily Maverick broke the story earlier in the year. At the weekend, it was reported by the Sunday Times that Mkhize told…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @JanGerber. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is going after Thandi Modise and wants the National Assembly speaker to pay up for her handling of the impeachment saga. Mkhwebane’s legal challenge to the rules governing the impeachment process she’s currently facing kicked off in the Western Cape High Court…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa continues to face uncertainty around the issue of land expropriation without compensation, with clarity around the issue now only expected towards the end of the year. On Friday (4 June), a national assembly ad-hoc committee responsible for overseeing the constitutional change said that a new…
Staff Reporter. Eskom says it regrets to announce the implementation of Stage 1 load shedding between 5pm and 10pm on Monday and cautioned about more power cuts in the near future. According to the State-owned entity, tonight’s load shedding was due to the loss of two generation units at Kusile,…
Staff Reporter. The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) says it is in talks with the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) after the agency halted the production of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. The FDA is currently investigating potential good manufacturing practice (GMP) violations in the United…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. The Bloemfontein Magistrates’ Court has postponed the bail hearing of Former Transnet board member and Gupta associate Iqbal Sharma to Tuesday. Sharma and the former head of the Free State agriculture department, Peter Thabethe, appeared in court on Monday for their bail applications. Thabethe was granted…
Staff Reporter. North West Health MEC, Madoda Sambatha, has raised concern over the rising daily COVID-19 positive cases across the province. According to the provincial department, the province has been experiencing a peak in new infections in the past seven days with an average of 300 cases reported daily. "The…
Staff Reporter. The Office of the Military Ombud says it has finalised 70 percent of the cases received from members of the public against soldiers on duty during the 2020/21 financial year. The South African Military Ombud Office briefed the Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans on cases lodged…
Staff Reporter. The Road Accident Fund (RAF) has achieved a significant reduction in administrative costs of more than R7 billion in the 2020/2021 financial year, says Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula. Highlighting progress that has been achieved by the RAF in its performance, the Minister said the entity has for the…
Staff Reporter. For years, the Road Accident Fund (RAF) has struggled with its finances and its administration. The RAF has a debt of over R300-billion. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has said the dispensation of the fund is not sustainable. Mbalula is talking about what measures are being taken to stabilise…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will travel to attend the G7 Leader Summit this week, where he will be taking a message of hope about the prospects for South Africa’s recovery, and the global recovery. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, Ramaphosa said that this was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Health says the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 1,696,564 with 5,074 new cases identified. South Africa currently has 61,557 active cases, the Department of Health confirmed. A further 45 more Covid-19 related deaths were reported, with 0 from Eastern Cape, 16 from…
Staff Reporter. Cornwall Hill College met with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) Thursday, 03 June 2021 to discuss the school’s transformation journey. The school’s leadership and SAHRC spoke extensively on the work already carried out at the school on its transformation journey and discussed ways in which the…
Staff Reporter. The independent investigation into allegations of mismanagement at Robben Island Museum (RIM) has resulted in only one adverse finding, amid 22 allegations initially investigated. In June 2020, the State Attorney appointed MacRobert Attorneys to assess and investigate the allegations of mismanagement and provide the RIM Council with a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Rapport revealed on Sunday that Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, offered to donate 15 million Russian-made Sputnik V vaccines to South Africa in February, but this was declined. The Afrikaans weekly calculated that since the African Union has paid $9.75 (R131) per vaccine, that would put the value…
Staff Reporter. Former President Kgalema Motlanthe has described the late struggle icon Andrew Mlangeni as a dependable and honest person who welcomed all in his midst and in the African National Congress (ANC). The ANC is paying tribute to the late Mlangeni at a wreath laying ceremony at his grave,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe has graduated with a Master of Business Administration degree. Mantashe, 65, managed to juggle his time between government, party and school work to achieve his master's at Mancosa. He said the MBA required discipline more than intelligence as well as hard work…
Staff Reporter. Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille has tested positive for Covid-19 after testing for the illness on Friday. The 70-year-old leader of GOOD could be in a high-risk category in terms of her age, although treatment for the illness has improved since 2020. It’s not known whether she…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng has more than 3,000 people hospitalised with Covid-19, as South Africa heads into what is being described as the third wave of SARS-CoV2 infection. According to the provincial statistics, as of 4 June, 3,062 people were hospitalised in public and private facilities. Gauteng recorded 3,028 new infections…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Popular Nigerian Christian preacher Temitope Balogun Joshua has died, his church said in a statement on Sunday morning. TB Joshua died on Saturday, June 5, a few days to his 58th birthday. He was born on June 12, 1963. "God has taken His servant Prophet TB Joshua…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Health says the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa is 1 691 491. This is an increase of 5451 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. A further 97 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported which brings the total to…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that load shedding will be suspended from 10pm on Saturday, 5 June 2021, due to an improvement in emergency generation reserves. In a statement, the power utility, however, said that stage 2 load shedding will resume again from 5pm till 10pm on Sunday “in order…
Staff Reporter. People across the country are pulling out all the stops to help register pensioners for the COVID-19 vaccine, and now pension payout points where thousands queue for their monthly grant, are being targeted. Volunteers from all walks of life are now pullulating Post Offices, Boxer Superstores and South…
Staff Reporter. @TrevorSamson. Social development minister Lindiwe Zulu has admitted that terminating relief programmes, including the R350 Covid-19 social relief of distress (SRD) grant, will increase hunger, exacerbate social and political stress and slow down economic recovery. Zulu was responding to a parliamentary question posed by the EFF about the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa said South Africa must never allow its transformative policies to be undermined by the actions of corrupt individuals. Ramaphosa was speaking at the Black Management Forum’s (BMF) 45th-anniversary celebrations on Friday night. The event comes as government has had to defend its Covid-19 Tourism…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is considering resigning over an investigation into a tendering scandal, according to people familiar with the matter. President Cyril Ramaphosa discussed three options with Mkhize, including that he be moved out of the cabinet in a reshuffle or that he voluntarily step aside…
Staff Reporter. To mark World Environment Day, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment Minister, Barbara Creecy, will reflect on 25-years of the department’s cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). "Over the last 25 years, the Department Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) and the UNDP have teamed up on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Health said in a statement the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa is 1 686 041 with 5 668 new cases identified. The department said a further 67 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported which brings the total to 56 832…
Staff Reporter. Nigeria announced on Friday it was suspending Twitter operations in the country, saying the platform was being used for activities "capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence". The information ministry said the federal government had "suspended (Twitter) indefinitely," in a statement that came two days after the social media…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa’s biggest city plans to seek at least R3.8 billion ($278 million) in investment in solar and gas-fired power as well as battery storage to improve electricity supply. The City of Johannesburg will issue a request for information for the construction of a 150-megawatt solar plant,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that government will not scrap the numerous benefits or salaries offered to members of parliament, as some already struggle to make ends meet. Ramaphosa said that MPs have not received salary increases in either 2020 or 2021, with the president vetoing recommendations made…
Staff Reporter. Eskom says it will suspend stage 2 load shedding on Friday afternoon to allow parliament time to pass a number of Appropriation bills. The embattled power utility said that the power cuts will be suspended between 12h00 and 17h00 to allow for the processing of the important legislation,…
Staff Reporter. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has recommended that criminal and disciplinary action be taken against a Mpumalanga CoGTA official for their role in the awarding of a R5.5 million PPE tender. In a statement, the SIU said its investigation had found that the supply chain management process had…
Staff Reporter. South Africa will always vote in favour of the annual United Nations resolution, calling for the end of the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba. According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), this is based on principle and solidarity…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Zweli Mkhize on Friday dodged a briefing with parliament's portfolio committee on health, citing a Special Investigating Unit probe into the controversial Digital Vibes scandal. "I have been in touch with the minister, I last spoke to the minister last night and he indicated to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize will be appearing before the Parliament's Health Committee this morning to respond to alleagations of his involvement in the irregular R500 million Digital Vibes contract. It's been alleged he benefited from this contract, which was awarded to some of his close associates.…
Staff Reporter. A total of 938 688 work opportunities has been created through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) during 2020/21 financial year. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI), which is the lead coordinator of the EPWP, said the number of work opportunities were created through 13 496…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The department of health said in a statement that the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified in South Africa is 1 680 373. This is an increase of 5361 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. The department said a further 54 COVID-19 related deaths have…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @TrevorSamson. Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has expressed concern at the country’s unemployment figures. Statistics South Africa, in its Quarterly Labour Force Survey this week, revealed that unemployment in South Africa reached 32.6% in the first three months of the year. "The progress is still very…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) Investigating Directorate (ID) has applied to Interpol to assist with arrest warrants for, among others, Atul Gupta, wife Chetali, Rajesh Gupta and his wife, Arti. The issuing of the arrest warrants coincided with the arrest on Wednesday of Iqbal Sharma in connection…
Staff Reporter. Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter on Thursday has apologised to South Africans for the continued power cuts. "I apologise to the nation for the hardship that we continue to inflict as a result of load shedding. But bear with us, we are working on this and of course,…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa says Presidency is at the forefront of driving structural reforms necessary to overcome bottlenecks that are deterring investment. Ramaphosa said this when he responded to a debate on The Presidency Budget Vote in the National Assembly, on Thursday. "We are keenly aware, as several members…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom and the City of Ekurhuleni have reached an agreement on the implementation of load shedding. According to Eskom, it has requested the City of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng to rectify the violation of its load shedding requirements on numerous occasions, in accordance with the parties’ electricity supply…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s office will lay contempt charges against Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize after his failure to respond to a subpoena on three occasions. The case will be opened at Brooklyn police station in Hatfield, Pretoria, this week, according to Public Protector spokesperson Oupa…
Staff Reporter. The Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court has postponed the case against four suspects arrested in connection with the failed R288 million Estina dairy project in Vrede in the Free State. Gupta linked businessman Iqbal Sharma and former Free State agriculture department officials Peter Thabethe, Limakatso Moorosi and Seipati Dlamini appeared…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Covid-19 cases in Gauteng are surging at greater rates than the rest of the country, the health ministry said on Wednesday night. Because of this, the ministry has encouraged residents of the province to adhere to non-pharmaceutical interventions, including wearing a mask, washing hands, sanitising and maintaining…
Staff Reporter. King Misuzulu KaZwelithini has spoken publicly for the first time since he was nominated as the heir to the Zulu throne. His older brother, Prince Simakade, who is their father’s oldest son, is amongst those who are contesting for the Zulu throne. Prince Simakade said a statement from…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @TrevorSamson. State prosecutor Billy Downer says Jacob Zuma is using the wrong legal mechanism to stop him from prosecuting the former president. When Zuma’s trial was meant to start in mid-May, the former president added a last-minute special plea for Downer’s recusal, saying he lacked independence. "[Zuma]…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom chief executive officer, Andre de Ruyter, has been cleared of racism and abuse of power allegations by advocate Ishmale Semenya, the power utility announced on Wednesday. In a statement, Eskom said its board had "considered Semenya’s report and had no hesitation in accepting it in its…
Staff Reporter. Government has called on companies to come on board as government gears to open for businesses to inoculate the workers. According to the health department’s director-general, Dr Sandile Buthelezi, there about 15 million workers both in the formal and informal sectors, which will fall under phase two of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says despite several challenges that have delayed the vaccine roll-out, the public vaccination drive is now gathering pace and one million South Africans have been vaccinated so far. The President said this when he led the debate on The Presidency budget vote on Wednesday.…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa is this afternoon presenting the budget allocation for his office in Parliament. His budget vote takes place amid mounting pressure on him to fire Health Minister Zweli Mkhize as more allegations surface about the Digital Vibes tender. Below are the proceedings in Parliament: Video Courtesy…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Tourism Minister Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says the adoption of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery plan (ERRP), which was a product of the NEDLAC process, was a significant step towards reaching a social compact amongst South Africa’s social partners. "As a country, we have responded to the economic disruption…
Staff Reporter. @ DwayneSenior. The South African government remains unwaveringly committed to the development and transformation of the country’s financial services sector. This was reiterated by Finance Deputy Minister David Masondo during a cocktail dinner of newly launched mutual bank, Young Women In Business Network, on Tuesday. Masondo said government…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) says it is concerned that some state institutions are not instituting disciplinary action against officials implicated in fraud and corruption in the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE). SIU head Andy Mothibi on Wednesday morning singled out the Eastern Cape department of…
Staff Reporter. South Africa’s struggling power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd will cut power supplies nationwide until Friday after more breakdowns at some of its facilities. The state-owned company said it would extend cuts of 2,000 megawatts from the grid because of shortages caused by two plant failures. Eskom, which…
Staff Reporter. The department of health is pushing forward on a draft bill in an effort to get more stringent anti-smoking laws passed. The department’s Lynn Moeng said that the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill is currently in the pipeline, and that government is working as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The health ministry said on Tuesday that, as of the end of May, there had been 1,045,104 individuals who had either received the single-dose J&J vaccine or the first of the double-dose Pfizer vaccine. Of these, 479,768 had been vaccinated under the Sisonke protocol and 565,336 under…
Staff Reporter. The Pan African Parliament has once again been postponed after more scuffles broke out. The PAP will now elect new leadership in October. For the second day running chaos erupted at the PAP in Midrand, Gauteng, with Members of Parliament (MPs) still having divided opinions and disagreements over…
Staff Reporter. The Public Service Commission together with the National Planning Commission, the National School of Government and the UNDP today entered into an agreement on a joint programme to contribute to government’s efforts to build state capability over the next five years. The four organizations share a common vision…
Staff Reporter. Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has called on society to play its part in availing opportunities for the youth to ensure an inclusive and transformed society. "We cannot ignore our youth, if we are to see our society progress. Therefore,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Trade union Solidarity will go ahead with a court application to review the decision to import Cuban engineers, as it was revealed that the Cubans will each be paid close to R1 million a year, more than local engineers earn. In a media briefing on Tuesday afternoon,…
Staff Reporter. The South African Police Office (SAPO) has signed an agreement with Mail Americas that is set to give online traders better access into all of Southern Africa, including rural areas. "In terms of the agreement, SAPO will provide distribution services to clients of Mail Americas in South Africa…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa’s unemployment rate reached 32.6% in the first three months of 2021, Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) said. This was revealed in Stats SA’s Quarter Labour Force Survey (QLFS) released by Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke on Tuesday. The data shows that the number of employed persons remained…
Staff Reporter. Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will this week meet with various stakeholders to brief them on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting regarding the intervention in Emfuleni Local Municipality. At the Cabinet meeting held last week, the Minister sought and received Cabinet’s approval for national government to…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 16h00 on Tuesday (1 June) afternoon until 05h00 on Wednesday morning. The power utility said that there was a high possibility of load shedding continuing throughout the week due to breakdowns. In the last 24 hours…
Staff Reporter. The Limpopo MEC for Social Development, Nkakareng Rakgoale, says the murder of an 11-month-old boy by his own mother has once again placed the spotlight on the safety of children. The Department of Social Development has dispatched a team of social workers to Halambani Tswinganani village to provide…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Basic Education is briefing the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education on the status of school readiness for a possible third wave of COVID-19. Livestream Video Below: x Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @AlaisterRussell. Former president Thabo Mbeki says the ANC did not have a good story to tell, which is why he couldn't campaign for the party until 2019. Mbeki was addressing the Eastern Cape ANC's extended provincial executive committee meeting in East London on Monday. "The reason it…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Department of Health says the cumulative number of Covid-19 cases identified in SA is 1 665 617 with 2 792 new cases reported. A further 67 more COVID-19 related deaths have been reported which brings the total to 56 506. The recoveries now stand at 1 559…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) descended into chaos on Monday, with a ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina being kicked. The African leaders were meeting for the election of members of the Bureau of PAP. However, tensions reached boiling point during the election debate as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana The ad hoc committee amending Section 25 of the Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation has reached its sell-by date without reaching a resolution. With the ANC and EFF still at odds over the wording of the draft bill, the committee will now have…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has published the latest fuel price adjustments, which come into effect on Wednesday, 2 June 2021. This is how fuel prices will change: Petrol 95: decrease of 10 cents per litre; Petrol 93: decrease of 10 cents per litre; Diesel 0.05%: …
Staff Reporter. South Africa has welcomed the United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution to ensure respect for international human rights law and international humanitarian law in Palestinian territories including East Jerusalem and Israel. The Council decided to urgently establish an ongoing independent, international commission of inquiry to be appointed by…
Staff Reporter. Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has called for patience from those seeking answers regarding their Tourism Equity Fund (TEF) applications. "We further call on those who are working with these entrepreneurs to be patient and understand that the matter is in the hands of the courts," Kubayi-Ngubane said. This…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 16h00 on Monday (31 May) until 05h00 on Tuesday morning. The embattled power utility said that there was a possibility of load shedding continuing throughout the week. "The load shedding has been cause by the higher…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Cornwall Hill College (CHC) in Irene, Pretoria – which is at the centre of allegations of racism – has publicly apologised to pupils and parents for the delay in transforming the private school. On Monday morning, CHC’s executive principal Leon Kunneke apologised on behalf of the school’s…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission continues to hear evidence from former minister Malusi Gigaba. Gigaba said his enstranged wife Nomachule Gigaba's wealthy New York-based "father" was in fact her deceased former fiancé. This emerged after Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo questioned Gigaba about a white three series BMW Norma…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. As South Africa marks the 60th year since becoming an apartheid republic, president Cyril Ramaphosa says the anniversary is a painful reminder of the country’s racist past. "[It is the anniversary] of an event in our history that most South Africans would rather not remember," the president…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement the cumulative number Covid-19 cases identified in SA on 30 May 2021 is 1 662 825, with 3 755 new cases reported. Mkhize said a further 76 deaths have been reported which brings the total to 56…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa has vaccinated more than 67% of public healthcare workers, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. Addressing the nation on the developments in the country’s response to the pandemic, the President said the health workers received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which only requires a single dose. Two…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa’s Covid-19 restrictions will be strengthened as the country moves to an adjusted level 2 lockdown from Monday (31 May). In a national address on Sunday (30 May), the president said that South Africa is moving into a third wave…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 19h00 on Sunday on developments in the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ramaphosa’s address follows meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and Cabinet. Link to the broadcast in the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Sunday at 7pm. Ramaphosa will announce a number of new restrictions in an effort to curb South Africa’s third wave of Covid-19 infections. The new measures will effectively see the country move to an adjusted level 2 lockdown in…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has once again appealed to the public to reduce their electricity usage. This is after they confirmed not anticipating having to implement load shedding this weekend. On Sunday, the power utility said the power system is under "severe constrain" due to the persistent shortage in generation capacity.…
Staff Reporter. A video has gone viral of a man in a Bentley being slapped by an angered traffic cop in the North West. The driver was occupied by a woman in the car, she is overheard in the recording as she tapes the video. It is unclear how the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Emmanuel Macron visited the Nelson Mandela Foundation. He was given a tour of Nelson Mandela’s post-presidential office and the Foundation’s permanent exhibition on the life and times of its Founder. The tour included engagement with Mandela’s private archival collections. President Macron is the first head of…
Staff Reporter. @PA. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson married his fiancee Carrie Symonds in a "secret ceremony" on Saturday, UK media reports said. Known for his colourful love life, 56-year-old Johnson wed Symonds, 33, in Catholic Westminster Cathedral in front of close friends and family, the Mail on Sunday and…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa will announce a number of new restrictions in an effort to curb South Africa’s third wave of Covid-19 infections. The City Press reported that the new measures will effectively see the country move to an adjusted level 2 lockdown in the coming days. Following a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Zweli Mkhize, once tipped as a possible successor to president Cyril Ramaphosa, is facing pressure to stand down after being linked to a tendering scandal. The Daily Maverick reported this month that the health department awarded a R150 million ($10.9 million) contract to Digital Vibes,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday confirmed that tighter restrictions were on the cards as SA enters its third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Ramaphosa, who was delivering a virtual address at the ANC’s ninth Northern Cape provincial conference, is expected to address the nation on how the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @ MasiLosi. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged members of the ANC to choose the best to represent the party at the polls. Ramaphosa said ANC councillors must be capable and willing to serve the people selflessly, as the country is scheduled to hold Local Government Elections…
Staff Reporter. A second volcano erupted Saturday near the eastern DR Congo city of Goma, a week after Mount Nyiragongo roared back into life, causing devastation and sparking an exodus. "Today the Murara volcano near an uninhabited area of Virunga erupted," government spokesman Patrick Muyaya said, referring to a wildlife…
Staff Reporter. For Khanyisa life was difficult from the start. Born as an albino, at four months old she got caught in a poaching snare in South Africa's Kruger National Park that cut through her mouth. Trapped for four days, dehydrated and unable to eat because of her wounds, she…
Staff Reporter. President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday France would invest in boosting the production of COVID-19 vaccines in Africa, to help close a gap in the availability of the shots between African and Western nations. Speaking at a joint news conference with President Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria, Macron said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Northern Cape Premier, Zamani Saul, has been re-elected unopposed as the provincial chairperson of the ANC. This as the party in the province hosts its elective conference this weekend at the Namakwa Guest Farm in Springbok. Alongside Saul, Bentley Vass has been elected as the Deputy…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Basic Education has confirmed that Grades R to 7 pupils will return to normal school attendance from July 26. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga issued the directives in a Government Gazette on Friday, setting out the issue of school attendance and the matter of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Digital Vibes, the communications firm at the centre of an alleged corruption storm over a R150-million contract from the Department of Health (DoH), made at least two payments to a contractor for maintenance and repair work at a Johannesburg property owned by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa and his French counterpart, President Emmanuel Macron, have committed to strengthening relations between the two nations following bilateral talks at the Union Buildings on Friday. Macron arrived from a historic visit to Rwanda where he acknowledged French responsibility in the 1994 genocide. Landing in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane’s bid to challenge the invalidation of her report on Minister Pravin Gordhan and the so-called "SARS rogue unit" – as well as the 15% personal costs order granted against her – have been dismissed by the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Judges Selby…
Staff Reporter. Ntuthuko Shoba, the former JSE analyst standing trial for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend Tshegofatso Pule, wants to launch a third bail application with a new defence team, the South Gauteng High Court heard on Friday morning. He has brought two failed bail applications so far, and…
Staff Reporter. Germany for the first time on Friday recognised it had committed genocide in Namibia during its colonial occupation, with Berlin promising financial support of more than €1 billion (R16.8 billion) to aid projects in the African nation. "We will now officially refer to these events as what they…
Staff Reporter. The number of alien species that has been established in South Africa has increased by 15% from 1 637 to 1 880, about a third of which are invasive, says Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy. Biological invasions pose a major threat to South Africa’s…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron are meeting in Pretoria on Friday. Ramaphosa and Macron are set to discuss the global COVID-19 response recovery plan during a meeting. We welcome His Excellency President @EmmanuelMacron of the French Republic to the Union Buildings at whose…
Staff Reporter. @PhetoloMotloutsi. The outgoing Chief of the South African National Defence Force, General Solly Shoke, has thanked those who have supported him throughout his career and in the demanding job as the Chief of the SANDF. Speaking at the occasion of the Change of Command Parade held in Pretoria…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The corruption case against former ANC MP Vincent Smith and his co-accused, former Bosasa chief operating officer Angelo Agrizzi on Friday was postponed to 8 July 2021. This after the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA) Investigating Directorate (ID) received a full medical record from Agrizzi’s doctors following concerns…
Staff Reporter. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) is urging people to report adverse events, as the country’s mass COVID-19 vaccination programme is underway. According to the NICD, an adverse event following immunisation (AEFI) is any "untoward" health event that happens after a person receives a vaccine. The NICD…
Staff Reporter. The South African economy continues to rebound from the 2020 recession, albeit at different growth rates across sectors, the South African Reserve Bank’s Financial Stability Review (FSR) has revealed. On Thursday, the SARB released the first edition of the FSR for 2021. The FSR is the primary means…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @AFP. French President Emmanuel Macron will on Friday undertake his first State Visit to South Africa, at the invitation of President Cyril Ramaphosa. Ramaphosa will host President Macron for the State Visit at the Union Buildings. The two Heads of State will also pay a visit to…
Staff Reporter. Former Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke, says the submissions made to the inquiry into whether COVID-19 will have an impact on the Local Government Elections will be made accessible to all stakeholders and the public. The Electoral Commission appointed Moseneke to lead a process of evaluating the impact…
Staff Reporter. The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture will hear Transnet-related evidence from former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Anoj Singh on Friday. On Thursday before the State Capture Inquiry, former Transnet chief financial officer (CFO) Anoj Singh claimed to have no recollection about behind the scenes dealings by Regiments…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Southern African leaders put forward a show of unity on Thursday as they discussed a solution to the Mozambican insurgency. Leaders of the South African Development Community’s (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defence and Security met with Mozambique in a closed session to discuss the recommendations of a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on the measures government will introduce to stop the spread of the third Covid-19 wave in South Africa. The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) met on Thursday afternoon to further discuss these interventions, with further restrictions around gatherings top of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will no longer appear for a second round of testimony before a graft inquiry, administrators of the commission into state corruption said on Thursday in brief statement. Ramaphosa had been scheduled to give testimony before the panel headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chaos broke out on the fourth day of the Pan African Parliament sitting in Midrand on Thursday, leading to EFF leader Julius Malema threatening to kill a fellow MP. The African leaders met to present and discuss the African Union’s theme for 2021 of Arts, culture and…
Staff Reporter. The Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture will hear Transnet related evidence from former minister of public enterprises Malusi Gigaba on Thursday evening. Gigaba returns to the witness stand having been questioned about Transnet’s acquisition of 100 and 1064 locomotives during his previous appearance, to which…
Staff Reporter. Cabinet has this week approved an intervention by national government to resolve the water and sewerage challenges faced by communities in the Emfuleni Local Municipality. The intervention in the local municipality, which is under the Sedibeng District in Gauteng, is in terms of Section 63(2) of the Water…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has been granted a preservation order to freeze the bank accounts and assets of 14 service providers implicated in the Gauteng Education Department’s R431 million schools decontamination project. The preservation order, valued at R40.7 million, was on Thursday granted by the Special…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will soon address the nation on the government’s Covid-19 response. That is according to acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni who said on Thursday the Cabinet was consulting on measures to mitigate against the imminent third wave of the pandemic. "As the Cabinet,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @TrevorSamson. Former president Jacob Zuma’s personal cost order against him has been struck off the roll, with costs. The Constitutional Court (ConCourt) heard Zuma’s application to appeal the estimated R10 million personal cost order against him on Thursday morning. The case is related to Zuma’s failed bid…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet is currently weighing up the financial implications of scrapping e-tolls or leaving it in place, says acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. In a post-cabinet briefing on Thursday (27 May), Ntshavheni said it was clear that the Gauteng provincial government wants the…
Staff Reporter. The Western Cape health department has recommended the use of some lockdown measures to help curb the third wave of Covid-19 infections seen in parts of the country. In a webinar on Thursday (27 May), head of the provincial health department Keith Cloete said it was vital to…
Staff Reporter. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has welcomed a Special Tribunal order dismissing an application for leave to appeal by former Transnet executive Herbert Msagala and his Trusts. On 17 November 2020, the Special Tribunal confirmed a preservation order to the value of over R18 million – which Msagala…
Staff Reporter. Former president Jacob Zuma is back at the Constitutional Court to appeal an estimated R10-million cost order against him. The order was issued after his failed attempt to interdict the release of then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. Anoj Singh is expected to testify at the state capture inquiry on Thursday. The Former Transnet Chief Financial Officer will be delivering evidence related to the state-owned enterprise. Various witnesses have told the inquiry that Singh was involved in dubious dealings at both Transnet and Eskom. Livestream video…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that South Africa’s Covid-19 death toll climbed to 56 077. His latest statements shows that another 102 people lost their lives to Covid-19 related complications. There has also been another sharp increase in the number of daily cases –…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Bishop Israel Makamu has been released on R2000 bail by the Palm Ridge Magistrate’s Court after being arrested for sexual assault earlier on Wednesday. Makamu was arrested after a former employee of his church, Endless Hope Bible Church, opened a case against him last week, the National…
Staff Reporter. Power utility Eskom says it will implement stage 1 load shedding on Wednesday evening (26 May), from 17h00 through to 22h00. This is due to a loss of generating capacity, the power utility said, along with delays in returning generating units to power. Eskom said its teams are…
Staff Reporter. The Compensation Fund (CF) is calling on pensioners to apply to get the COVID-19 vaccine. This comes after the Fund, in collaboration with partners mutual assurance companies Rand Mutual Assurance Company Limited (RMA) and The Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (RF) (Pty) Ltd (FEM), recently availed R1.35 billion…
Staff Reporter. Transnet will get a timely R870 million bump in its balance sheet, with the state-owned ports and rail group announcing on Tuesday it had reached an agreement with management consultancy McKinsey & Co to repay fees for contracts secured through Regiments Capital. The fees total R688 million, but…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @TrevorSamson. The Pietermaritzburg High Court on Wednesday postponed the fraud and corruption trial of former president Jacob Zuma and French arms manufacturer Thales to 19 July 2021. Judge Piet Koen ordered this will be for the adjudication of Zuma’s application to recuse National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) prosecutor…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that an internal forensic has uncovered that the contracts awarded to Digital Vibes were irregular. This follows allegations of irregularities in the procurement of services by the Department of Health to the communications company. "In summary, the investigation has found…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Justice and correctional services minister Ronald Lamola says that his department plans to offer a number of services online in an effort to improve accessibility. Presenting his departmental budget speech on Tuesday (25 May), Lamola said that the move online will improve service to citizens through greater…
Staff Reporter. @TrevorSamson. Former SARS commissioner Tom Moyane is testifying at the state capture inquiry on Wednesday. His legal representative Dali Mpofu cross-examined Gordhan on these allegations in March. Things got heated during the exchange. Moyane previously called in sick when he was meant to appear at the commission. He's…
Staff Reporter. @TrevorSamson. Former President Jacob Zuma is returning to the High Court in Pietermaritzburg. Zuma and the French arms company Thales are accused of corruption, racketeering and money laundering linked to the arms deal. It had been due to get underway on Monday last week but, instead, wound up…
Staff Reporter. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is expected to respond to allegations about irregular multi-million rand contracts by his department. The Daily Maverick reports that the health department paid communications company Digital Vibes R150-million for services. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Moderna Inc’s Covid-19 vaccine was highly effective in 12 to 17 year-old adolescents in a large study, paving the way for regulatory submissions around the world by early June. In a news release, the company said its vaccine was between 93% and 100% effective in preventing symptomatic…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) has released thousands of hectares of land for land restitution, human settlements and other socio-economic reasons over the past year. Minister Patricia de Lille said this when she tabled the department’s budget vote on Tuesday. At the weekend, De Lille…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport has appointed a mediator to assist in resolving the dispute between e-hailing services companies, Uber and Bolt, and their driver-partners. According to the statement issued on Tuesday, Advocate Jenine Khan will lead the negotiations between the two companies and their drivers.…
Staff Reporter. @Facebook. Taxi bosses are pleading for newly appointed Transport and Public works MEC Daylin Mitchell to help them quell the scourge of taxi killings in the province. Premier Alan Winde has appointed Mitchell as the new MEC after the resignation of Bonginkosi Madikizela amid the furore over his…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele has expressed satisfaction at the thousands of submissions already made to the Firearms Control Amendment Bill, 2021. Since the Bill was published in the Gazette for comments on Friday, 21 May 2021, over 17 000 written submissions have been received, "This number is growing…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @EsaAlexander. ANC national executive committee member and state security deputy minister Zizi Kodwa has told the governing party’s integrity commission (IC) that he saw no need to appear before it again on "additional" allegations made against him at the state capture inquiry. Kodwa was previously alleged to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC is looking into bringing charges against its suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule for defying the terms of his suspension. Magashule is facing possible disciplinary action, the party’s deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte said during a media briefing on Tuesday. "The NWC instructed the national presenter to…
Staff Reporter. Eskom is pleading with the public to reduce the usage of electricity as the power system is under severe pressure, which may lead to a high probability of load shedding. "A shortage of generation capacity, caused by breakdowns in generation units and delays in others returning to service,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday confirmed that 12 members of the party affected by its step-aside resolution, including former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede, have taken a break from their positions in the party. ANC KZN secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli confirmed this at a press briefing by…
Staff Reporter. SAA is in the spotlight at the State Capture Inquiry as former chair, Dudu Myeni, takes the hot seat, again. Myeni who has been declared a delinquent director after a court application by the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) and the SAA Pilots’ Association’s, has been implicated by…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Tuesday participate in a webinar marking the celebration of Africa Day. The President’s participation in the webinar, titled "A Conversation with Africa" under the theme "A Destiny of Peace, Prosperity, Strength and Unity” is at the invitation of Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness.…
Staff Reporter. Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) chief executive officer, Zolani Matthews has committed to addressing vandalism and the general state of neglect and maintenance at the agency through various interventions. These includes the appointment of dedicated bid committees to process the capital programme, appointment of panel of…
Staff Reporter. National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise, has called for unity and the rotation of the Presidency at the Pan African Parliament (PAP). Speaking at the opening of the 4th Ordinary Session of the fifth Pan African Parliament, Modise said PAP is a fundamental instrument for the African continent and…
 Staff Reporter. National Assembly speaker Thandi Modise has agreed to the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) request to change how the committee handling Public Protector Busisiwe Mkwhebane’s impeachment will vote. This after Parliament announced in April the composition of 26 MPs who would serve on the committee conducting the inquiry into…
Staff Reporter. It looks like former SAA board chairperson Dudu Myeni won’t be appearing before the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture on Tuesday. Myeni was scheduled to testify on matters relating to SAA. However, she has pulled a no-show despite being summoned by the commission. Addressing Myeni’s…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health officials have called for the introduction of stricter measures to curb South Africa’s rising Covid-19 cases and to mitigate the impact of a third wave of infections. The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) will meet on Tuesday (25 May) to discuss possible measures, News24 reported. Among…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The investigation into Covid-19 corruption allegations involving Health Minister Zweli Mkhize’s close associates is at an advanced stage, the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) revealed on Monday. The SIU, together with department of public works and infrastructure, launched the Infrastructure Built Anti-Corruption Forum in Cape Town on Monday.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for equitable vaccine access as poorer countries lag behind in their COVID-19 inoculation drive. Speaking during the 74th World Health Assembly (WHA), President Ramaphosa said this week’s assembly was taking place in one of the critical periods in recent history as countries…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele has ordered a thorough investigation into the police’s response to the Zandspruit vigilantism incident, that claimed that lives of eight alleged gang members. The Minister made the call during a visit to the area on Saturday in the wake of the gruesome Gauteng incident.…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng Health Department is adding new vaccination sites in an effort to ramp up its inoculation drive for those aged 60 and above. According to the provincial department, Gauteng has expanded the public vaccination sites from 28 to 63 across the five regions. These include 18 in…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission will hear Flow of Funds evidence in relation to Gupta contracts from a researcher employed by Shadow World Investigations, London, Paul Edward Holden. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
Staff Reporter. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula along with Prasa officials conducted an oversight visit at vandalised and damaged stations in Johannesburg. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called for the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) to provide more funding help vulnerable countries impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, Ramaphosa said that this should include a greater allocation of the IMF’s…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa is 1 635 465. Mkhize said a further 30 deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 1, Free State 5, Gauteng 20, Kwa-Zulu Natal 1, Limpopo 0, Mpumalanga…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) on Sunday moved to quash claims by former Gauteng health MEC Bandile Masuku that his reinstatement by the ANC proves he did nothing wrong in the province’s procurement of PPE last year. "As these aspects of the statements relate to the SIU…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @AlonSkuy. African National Congress President Cyril Ramaphosa has described suspended Secretary-General Ace Magashule’s conduct as shocking and unprecedented. Ramaphosa told journalists yesterday, on the sidelines of a government event in Limpopo, that it was "a big surprise" for a secretary-general of the ANC to take "his own…
Staff Reporter. In this file photo taken on March 01, 2005 British journalist Martin Bashir arrives at Santa Barbara County Superior Court in Santa Maria to be the first witness to be called at Michael Jackson's child sex abuse trial. The BBC was under pressure on May 21, 2021 after…
Staff Reporter. Thousands have fled a volcanic eruption in the Democratic Republic of Congo with lava from Mount Nyiragongo reaching Goma city early Sunday. Even before the official announcement, people had started filling the streets and carrying what they could as they headed out of the city, where the last…
Staff Reporter. Johannesburg’s unreliable water supply hit the Helen Joseph Hospital this week, which struggled without water for more than two days, causing great distress to staff and patients. The cause of the problem was a disrupted supply of water from the Hursthill Reservoir, which affected a large part of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is expected to appeal a High Court ruling this week, which could have serious implications for the country’s lockdown levels going forward. The appeal follows a June 2020 North Gauteng High Court ruling which found that South Africa’s…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa is 1 623 571. This is an increase of 4236 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. Mkhize said a further 53 COVID-19 related deaths have…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa lead the hand over by government of land and title deeds to farmers in Tafelkop, in the Groblersdal district of Limpopo. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Presidency said the handover ceremony is the culmination of a land reform process. The ceremony,takes place…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Two more people have lost their lives following Wednesday’s mob justice attack in Zandspruit. This brings the death toll to eight, confirmed police ministry spokesperson Lirandzu Themba on Saturday. This as Police Minister Bheki Cele attends a briefing with Gauteng Provincial Commissioner Lt Gen Elias Mawela, Deputy…
Staff Reporter. The Democratic Alliance (DA) is hosting what it deems South Africa’s largest virtual political rally as it gears up for the local government elections in October. Announcing the rally earlier this month, party leader John Steenhuisen said: "We are neither distracted nor confused. We know the only way…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) national disciplinary committee (NDC) has overturned Bandile Masuku and Khusela Diko’s suspensions from the Gauteng provincial executive committee (PEC). The two appealed to the national committee after the Gauteng equivalent found they had brought the party into disrepute. The ANC’s national disciplinary…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former communications minister Faith Muthambi admitted on Friday that she did send confidential cabinet information to sources outside of government. She said she sent the information as part of stakeholder engagement. Muthambi appeared remotely before the state capture commission on Friday evening to testify about allegations that…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Friday reported 151 deaths in South Africa due to Covid-19, with 72 of them recorded in the Free State. The Eastern Cape reported 6 deaths, Gauteng 20, KwaZulu-Natal 2, Limpopo 17, Mpumalanga 4, North West 0, Northern Cape 15 and Western Cape…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @AFP. President Cyril Ramaphosa will host France President Emmanuel Macron next Friday at the Union Buildings in Tshwane. Ramaphosa has recently participated in the Summit on the Financing of African Economies hosted by President Macron. "The summit recognised the role of extensive immunisation against COVID-19 as [a]…
Staff Reporter. Six people died and at least 14 others were injured, one critically, when a bus caught fire in Tshwane on Friday afternoon. The incident took place on the R573 Moloto Road. Tshwane metro police spokesperson Isaac Mahamba said the six people killed in the blaze were burnt beyond…
By Wendell Roelf. South Africa will press for urgent military action by regional body SADC to quell an Islamist insurgency in Mozambique threatening to destabilize neighbouring countries, the foreign minister said on Friday. It will make this call at a summit of the Southern African Development Community's 16 member states…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Israel and Hamas both claimed victory on Friday after their forces ended 11 days of fighting, but a clash between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem underscored the fragility of the truce. Egypt, which mediated the pre-dawn end to the worst hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians…
Staff Reporter. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will conduct a pilot census in selected areas as the country gears up for the upcoming national census. According to Stats SA, registration will open from 17 May to 30 June 2021 for households and institutions to be counted in the pilot census.…
Staff Reporter. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says the department is working tirelessly to return to service passenger rail operations. The Minister said this when he tabled the department’s Budget Vote to a mini plenary of the National Assembly on Friday. "The impact of the COVID-19 restrictions exposed the vulnerability of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File: Former finance minister Malusi Gigabb and his now enstranged wife Norma Mngoma. (Photo Credit: Gallo Images). Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has granted Malusi Gigaba leave to cross-examine Norma Mngoma at the state capture commission. Previously the commission rejected the application of former cabinet minister Gigaba.…
Staff Reporter. Three more suspects have been arrested in connection with the murder, attempted murder and kidnapping of nine youths in Zandspruit, Johannesburg on Wednesday. The total number of arrested suspects is six and police continue to search for more suspects. According to police spokesperson Kay Makhubele, one victim died…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Court action is expected to continue to hang over the coronation of Prince Misuzulu Zulu as king of the Zulu nation as the parties may not reach a reasonable agreement. This as princesses Ntandoyenkosi and Ntombizosuthu filed papers to challenge king Misuzulu Zulu’s recognition and seeking to…
Staff Reporter. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni says with struggling municipalities collapsing due to bad leadership and maladministration, decisive action is needed to restore their integrity. He said this when he tabled the National Treasury’s Budget Vote during a mini plenary of the National Assembly on Thursday. "Municipalities no longer appear…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga says the introduction of Kiswahili in the National Curriculum Statement will go a long way towards contributing to decolonisation. The minister said this when she tabled the department’s budget vote during a mini plenary of the National Assembly on Thursday. "The introduction…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Former Cabinet Minister, Malusi Gigaba and his estranged wife Nomachule will both be appearing before the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture on Friday after proceedings were adjourned on Thursday night due to security concerns. Chair Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo didn’t reveal the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Israel and Hamas agreed to a ceasefire on Thursday to halt 11 days of fighting in the Gaza Strip. A statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the security cabinet had "unanimously accepted the recommendations to accept an Egyptian initiative for an unconditional … ceasefire."…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa is 1 625 003. This is an increase of 3641 new cases identified in the last 24 hours. Mkhize said a further 61 COVID-19 related deaths have…
Staff Reporter. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) says it has taken the hard but necessary decision to shut down 10 diplomatic missions abroad. According to the department, this was in response to the country’s fiscal constraints, exacerbated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing the media…
Staff Reporter. With the country’s high murder rate continuing to be of concern, Police Minister Bheki Cele says provincial commissioners now meet on a weekly basis to account on violent crimes. Cele said this when he tabled the department’s budget vote to a mini plenary of the National Assembly on…
Staff Reporter. The African National Congress (ANC) has retained 27 of the 40 wards it contested in yesterday’s by-elections. The governing party has also lost one ward and won three new wards. The Democratic Alliance (DA) which contested ten wards, has retained six wards but lost four, while the Patriotic…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Democratic Alliance Phumzile Van Damme has resigned as the member of parliament. I tendered my resignation, to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms. Thandi Modise, as a Member of Parliament (MP), said Van Damme in a statement. She said this was not an easy decision…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Norma Mngoma says her arrest last year, ostensibly for malicious damage to property and crimen injuria, was a move to disguise the wiping of information about the Guptas from her electronic devices. Returning to the Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Mngoma said in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Electoral Commission has appointed former Deputy Chief Justice, Dikgang Moseneke, to lead the process of evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on conditions conducive for free and fair Local Government Elections on 27 October. Making the announcement on Thursday, the IEC said Moseneke will undertake an urgent…
Staff Reporter. Former president Jacob Zuma’s legal team filed his affidavit in support of its application for the recusal of state prosecutor advocate Billy Downer at the 11th hour. On Monday the Pietermaritzburg high court was told that the documents would be submitted on Wednesday. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) spokesperson…
Staff Reporter. The State Capture Commission continues to hear State Security Agency (SSA) related evidence from two unidentified witnesses on Thursday. An intelligence operative testifying at the state capture commission claims former State Security Agency deputy director general Thulani Dlomo unilaterally decided to use a signal jammer during the 2015…
Staff Reporter. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) is announcing its decision on interest rate adjustments. The changes, if any will affect the prime lending rate and repo rate. For live proceedings, see video link below: Video Courtesy of SABC.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Disgruntled ANC Northern Cape members have launched a court bid to halt the province’s much anticipated elective congress scheduled for next week. This week ANC Northern Cape members Gloria Petersen, Glen Namies, Khadi Moloi and Mosimanegape Setlhogomi brought an urgent application before the Johannesburg High Court to…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng MEC for community safety Faith Mazibuko and Joburg MMC for corporate and shared services Loyiso Masuku have apologised after a video of their door-to-door campaigning surfaced. In the video doing rounds on social media, Mazibuko, Masuku and others can be seen eating chicken feet during their campaign…
Staff Reporter. Voter registration will be held this weekend for nine municipal ward by-elections scheduled to take place in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Cape and Western Cape provinces on 30 June 2021. "Voting stations in the wards will be open this Saturday, 22 May, and Sunday, 23 May, from…
Staff Reporter. Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has expressed disappointment in the manner in which a proposal on polyandry, which is among several proposals contained in the Green Paper on the Marriage Act, has been debated in a misleading and destructive way. The Minister said this when he tabled…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. File:City of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba said in an interview that there is simply not enough money to remedy service-delivery issues in Johannesburg. (Photograph by Gallo Images). Action SA president Herman Mashaba has announced he would run as a mayoral candidate for the city of Johannesburg in…
Staff Reporter. The South African Police Service (SAPS) in Gauteng have arrested three people in connection to the Zandspruit mob justice attack, which left five people injured and four dead. A fifth man has died in hospital. While the suspects have been nabbed, the number of fatalities as result of…
Staff Reporter. Johannesburg, Africa’s dominant financial centre, wants to meet 35% of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030 and will seek proposals for privately supplied power by August. South Africa’s biggest city, with a population of over five million people, is looking for its own power suppliers after…
Staff Reporter. The devastation brought about by COVID-19 and the manner in which South Africa responded to the pandemic has shown how important it is to invest in science to safeguard the nation’s future. This is according to Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, who tabled the…
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