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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) is challenging the energy regulator's decision to approve the construction of floating gas power stations in three South African ports. The National Energy Regulator of South Africa granted the permits to the Turkish company in September, allowing it to supply the country…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The High Court in Pretoria has granted Chief Justice Raymond Zondo a six-week extension to deliver the fifth and final instalment of the report into allegations of state capture. Zondo had approached the court earlier this month for the extension of the deadline, citing difficulty in completing…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Sergeant Johannes Thabo Mosia, called as the state's first witness in the sensational Senzo Meyiwa murder case, said he was not aware that the DNA found on a hat collected as evidence was that of a woman, not a man. "And I now say for your information…
Staff Reporter. Government has worked tirelessly to resolve the jet fuel shortage experienced at OR Tambo International Airport. This challenge was a consequence of the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal that affected transport infrastructure and disrupted supply chains. "We are pleased that the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) has worked tirelessly…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The City of Johannesburg has had no working speed cameras for almost a year, with all speed prosecutions in the city halted. Speaking to news channel eNCA, Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) spokesperson Xolani Fihla said that the issue extends to the processing of traffic fines. Fihla…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Fullview. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced his arrival in Kyiv on Wednesday following talks in Moscow with Russian President Vladimir Putin. I" have arrived in Ukraine after visiting Moscow," he wrote on his official Twitter account as he landed ahead of talks with Ukraine's President…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa celebrates 28 years of democracy on Wednesday amid renewed questions around the gains made by the country since 1994. In an interview with AFP, 87-year-old anti-apartheid stalwart Mac Maharaj warned that corruption risked undermining the gains of the democracy that he fought and suffered for.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Parliament has asked the Constitutional Court to grant it a six-month extension to allow it to finalise a law that would allow independent candidates to stand as MPs and MPLs in the national and provincial elections. The request by Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and National Council of Provinces…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Sibanye-Stillwater strike is set to extend into a third month after unions rejected the employer's improved wage increase offer tabled earlier in April. Seeking an end to the strike Sibanye-Stillwater amended its previous final offer to an increase of R850 more per month for entry-level Category 4…
Staff Reporter. What type of sin did we [as black people] commit that is so bad that we deserve to be subjected to such permanent misery? These were the disheartening words uttered by EFF Leader Julius Malema as he maintained that a majority of black South Africans have yet to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has reminded South Africans that despite much progress made in South Africa since the dawn of democracy, the country is not yet where it should be and there was still a long way to go. Ramaphosa used his speech to highlight significant strides made…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to host the President of the Republic of Guinea Bissau, General Umaro Sissoco Embaló, on a State Visit to Pretoria on Thursday. According to a statement by The Presidency, this visit will provide an opportunity for South Africa and Guinea Bisseau to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA) preliminary assessment of the rail infrastructure that was damaged during the floods in parts of KwaZulu-Natal has been estimated at between R2.6 billion and R2.9 billion. "A multidisciplinary Disaster Management Response Team comprising of various divisional heads, senior managers…
Staff Reporter. KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Social Development, Nonhlanhla Khoza, has called on friends and colleagues of gender-based violence (GBV) victims not to be silent when they become aware of GBV cases. "A lot of innocent souls could be saved, only if those closer to the victim pay more attention before…
By Jason Feliz. Chairperson of Parliament's finance watchdog the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) Mkhuleko Hlengwa will tender an apology to Eskom board member Busisiwe Mavuso after a heated confrontation over the state-owned power utility. Hlengwa came under fire this week following the clash with Mavuso during a Scopa…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ANC's national executive committee (NEC) has resolved that its guidelines governing the step-aside rule should be amended to explicitly state that leaders facing criminal charges cannot be allowed to be elected into office. The NEC held a special meeting on Monday and Tuesday, which focused on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa's largest airport is facing supply shortages in jet fuel as the recent floods in parts of the country have caused logistical issues. The South African Petroleum Industry Association (SAPIA) warned that the movement of fuel is challenging at the moment due to the impact of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Special Risk Insurance Association (SASRIA) says it cannot afford to cover the country’s businesses should it see a repeat of the July 2021 riots in the coming years. Sasria is a state-managed entity that provides cover for riots and other damage caused by civil…
Staff Reporter. Human rights organisation Black Sash has warned that a change in the government’s R350 social relief of distress (SRD) grant scheme could leave millions of South Africans out in the cold. Commenting on the new regulations, which were gazetted this weekend, Black Sash noted that the new regulations…
Staff Reporter. The motion of no confidence against the speaker in the City of Johannesburg, Vasco Da Gama, has been withdrawn. Minority party Al Jama-ah, which had tabled the motion, announced that it was withdrawing out of respect for Da Gama who is in mourning due to a family bereavement.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured the public that the government will fully account for the taxpayer money spent on helping those impacted by the recent flooding in KwaZulu-Natal. Addressing parliament on Tuesday (26 April), Ramaphosa said officials must ensure that all the funds used to respond to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Western Cape High Court has postponed Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's application to stop her impeachment. Judge Nathan Erasmus postponed the matter to 18 and 19 May on Tuesday. Erasmus, in granting the postponement, said there was still the pending Constitutional Court rescission application by Mkhwebane that…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the joint sitting of Parliament today, on the floods that caused havoc in KwaZulu-Natal in the last two weeks where the province is trying to pick up the pieces. Businesses have been left reeling with billions of rand in damages to fix…
Staff Reporter. The national celebrations of Freedom Day will be held in Middleburg in Mpumalanga on Wednesday where President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation. The public holiday is a commemoration of the day South Africa held its first democratic elections in 1994. According to the Presidency, the celebrations will…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Mineral Resources and Energy minister Gwede Mantashe says South Africa currently has 10 million barrels of crude oil in its strategic fuel reserve terminal. Responding to a recent parliamentary Q&A sent by the opposition Democratic Alliance, Mantashe said that of this 10 million, only 8.7 million barrels…
Staff Reporter. The first witness to testify in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial was a police officer who spent most of the day detailing what evidence was bagged and tagged from the crime scene. While the trial officially got under way on Friday, where the accused pleaded not guilty, the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa recorded a spike in positive Covid-19 cases on Monday (25 April), fuelling further concerns of a resurgence in the coming weeks. A total of 10,144 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, with 1,954 new cases representing a 19.3% positivity rate. A further 30…
Staff Reporter. Government should halt bailouts for state entities and review its ownership of more than 700 companies, according to a draft economic policy document compiled by the African National Congress (ANC). The current model for state firms 'is dying,' the ANC which is due to hold its national policy…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Judge James Lekhuleni on Monday reserved judgement on the "urgent" bail appeal of Zandile Christmas Mafe after a four-hour hearing at the Western Cpe High Court. Mafe was arrested at Parliament on 2 January on the sidelines of the fire that gutted the National Assembly building and…
Staff Reporter. Water and Sanitation Minister, Senzo Mchunu, says work is underway to repair damaged water and sanitation infrastructure in communities affected by the floods in KwaZulu-Natal. Mchunu, together with the mayors from the affected municipalities, including eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, iLembe District Municipality and uMgungundlovu District Municipality, briefed the media…
Staff Reporter. The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has suspended the payment of toll fees at uThongathi Toll Plaza and Umvoti Toll Plaza on the N2 toll route in KwaZulu-Natal. "This suspension will go a long way in assisting communities affected by the closure of alternative roads, which have…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Gauteng Cooperative Governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) MEC Lebogang Maile has painted a bleak picture of the state of municipalities in the province. Maile was briefing reporters on Monday about the state of Gauteng municipalities. He said municipalities were continuously adopting unfunded budgets that could not meet…
Staff Reporter. Mourners including members of the Operation Dudula gathered for the funeral of Kgomotso Diale. Photo by Trevor kunene. Two suspects linked to the fatal shooting of Kgomotso Vincent Diale at the Chicken Farm informal settlement in Kliptown appeared in the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Tebogo Molapo (29)…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Finance Minister, Enoch Godongwana, has expressed concern at the slow progress of the G20 Common Framework (CF) for Debt Treatments. The Common Framework (CF) is meant to assist countries to respond to economic fragility, conflict and violence. The Minister relayed his concern during the recent 2022 Spring…
By Tania Broughton. Almost four years after being fired for eating two slices of carrot, the Durban Labour Court has ruled that an employee at Nando’s Scottsville must be reinstated. During his disciplinary hearing in July 2018, and at a subsequent hearing at the Commission for Consolidation, Mediation and Arbitration…
By Joshua Berlinger. @GettyImages. Emmanuel Macron has won France's presidential election, fending off a historic challenge from far-right candidate Marine Le Pen during Sunday's runoff vote. Macron took 58.5% of Sunday's vote, making him the first French leader to be reelected in 20 years. He and Le Pen advanced to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Singer Kelly Khumalo's lawyer Magdalene Moonsamy has been asked to leave court proceedings on Monday. She has been in court since the start of Senzo Meyiwa's murder trial. Khumalo hired Moonsamy to join the trial proceedings on a watching brief, which was allowed by Judge Tshifhiwa Maumela,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa's record power outages last week will likely shock the country’s Q2 GDP growth, say economists at the Bureau for Economic Research (BER). In a research note on Monday (25 April), the group noted that South Africa hit a new record of 22,000MW of generation capacity…
Staff Reporter. The High Court in Pretoria is hoping to hear from the head of the Kgosi Mampuru Prison on allegations of torture on one of the accused in the Senzo Meyiwa trial. The five men accused of murdering the football star will return to court on Monday morning as…
By Hugh Schofield. Before the caveats, it is only fair to acknowledge the scale of President Emmanuel Macron's achievement. Not enough is being made of this, but this is the first time ever that a governing president of the Fifth Republic has been re-elected. Yes, presidents have retained the Elysée…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala says while government had reprioritised R1 billion towards disaster relief interventions, they needed more than R1.9 billion to complete their work. Zikalala was updating the media on the progress made in the province following the recent devastating floods which claimed the lives of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza has assured farmers that her department was doing all it can to curb the foot-and-mouth disease that has spread to five provinces. Didiza met with MECs and officials from Limpopo, North West, Gauteng, the Free State, and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) has assured South Africans that its deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte is alive and well, labeling reports that she has died as fake. In a statement, the ANC has labelled the rumours as inhumane, barbaric, and inconsiderate. "We call on those responsible for…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @AFP. Guinea's deposed president Alpha Conde has been released from house arrest and can receive visitors, including family members, the ruling military government announced. A statement by the military released late on Friday said that coup leader and interim president Colonel Mamady Doumbouya "informs national and international…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Fullview. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy criticises a decision by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to visit Moscow on Tuesday before heading to Kyiv. "It is simply wrong to go first to Russia and then to Ukraine, "Zelenskyy told reporters in the Ukraine capital. "There is no…
Staff Reporter. Government plans to change its data collection systems to get a better idea of how many skilled South Africans are leaving the country. The proposal, which is included in the Department of Employment and Labour's latest National Labour Migration Policy (NLMP), notes the country has seen an outflow…
Staff Reporter. Eastern Cape police have arrested three suspected abalone poachers and confiscated diving equipment and 477 units of abalone worth more than R162 000 on the R72 near the Fish River. Spokesperson, Warrant Officer Majola Nkohli says a member of the K-9 unit and his four-year-old Belgian Shepherd patrol…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The ruling ANC wants farmers to donate land for redistribution to emerging black farmers as part of a significant shift in land expropriation policy. The proposal is found in a discussion document prepared for the party's policy conference scheduled for July, the Sunday Times reports. The proposal…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. An eThekwini municipal employee has been murdered at a water tanker filling point in Verulam, outside Durban. Her body was found next to a water tanker in Ottawa on Old Main Road. The shooting occurred outside the Water & Sanitation – Roads & Stormwater Maintenance Depot in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa has made a call to Mangaung residents to work with their municipal leaders to deal with service delivery issues in the area. Ramaphosa said the party will play an active role to ensure that all problems in the metro are…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. Former president Kgalema Motlanthe has hailed the late seasoned Gauteng government spokesperson and acting Director General in the province,Thabo Masebe as a 'real product and creator of history' with the African National Congress (ANC). Motlanthe, was speaking at the funeral of Masebe, on…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng police are looking for the gunmen involved in a shooting that claimed two lives in Diepsloot on Friday night. Police said the pair was attacked with another person who escaped unharmed. It's understood police were patrolling the streets in the crime-ridden area when they heard gunshots. The…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Friday confirmed the suspension of 36 pupils at Leondale Secondary School who were recorded on video "smoking dagga" on the school grounds. Lesufi addressed pupils at the school, telling them classmates involved in the incident had been suspended and await a disciplinary…
Staff Reporter. A group of staffers at the Department of Defence and Military Veterans are enraged and plan to head to court over their "unfair dismissal" and claim Machiavellian tactics were used under new minister, Thandi Modise, to push them out of her office. The group, which includes former Minister…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Zion Christian Church (ZCC) has announced that it is officially reopening all of its church branches. The church had stopped all its activities in response to the declaration of a State of Disaster in March 2020, at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. In a letter…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Electricity has finally been restored to all the residents who were affected by the fire at the Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg. According to City Power Eldorado Park Ext 7, 5, 2, 4, Freedom Park, and parts of Devland were switched on in the early hours of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. With the final driving licence extension set to expire on 5 May 2022, motorists are finding it increasingly difficult to book driver's licence renewal appointments through the online portal eNatis. Motorists still can't secure appointments and have been booted out of the system multiple times. These frustrations…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Family, friends and colleagues have gathered at the Kempton Park Civic Center in Ekurhuleni to bid their farewell to Thabo Masebe on Saturday. Masebe died earlier this week at the age of 57. He was acting director-general in Gauteng Premier David Makhura's office at the time of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Basic Education is working on several short to medium-term changes which are aimed at drastically improving the education outcomes in the country. Presenting its plans to parliament this week, the department said that these changes will be made across the education sector in a…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Employment and Labour Inspectorate in Limpopo has prohibited the use of some classrooms at Kgwatlhele Primary School outside Mokopane, due to noncompliance. This follows a complaint laid by parents early this month about unsafe classrooms that have cracks that are visible from inside and outside…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Chief justice Raymond Zondo has urgently approached the high court for another extension for the final delivery of the state capture commission report. The final report would cover "the Capture of Eskom; the Attempted Capture of the National Treasury; EOH and the City of Johannesburg; Alexcor; Closure…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. AmaZulu King Misuzulu's coronation ceremony scheduled for next month has been postponed as the province mourns the death of over 400 lives due to the devastating floods. Misuzulu's ascendence to the throne was mired by controversy when a faction in the royal household contested his mother, Queen…
Staff Reporter. Late KwaZulu-Natal police search and rescue officer, Sergeant Busisiwe Mjwara, has been hailed for her courage and bravery through her unrelenting service to the nation. Mjwara and her canine, Leah, on Sunday perished while searching for a family of three that did not survive the devastating floods in…
Staff Reporter. The late Acting Director-General of the Gauteng Provincial Government, Thabo Masebe, has been described as a model public servant and a model government communicator. "We want to celebrate Thabo's wisdom, his calmness, his humble and unassuming soul. Whoever has interacted with Thabo will tell you the kind of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Labour Court has ruled in favour of the City of Johannesburg employees whose contracts were terminated. This pending the determination by the South African Local Government Bargaining Council. Around 130 employees in the City of Johannesburg took their grievances to court, after the metro expressed its…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom Board member Busisiwe Mavuso has walked out of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) meeting. An argument broke out when she told the committee that they're doing everything they can to resolve the challenges facing Eskom however she insisted that the current board including Eskom…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has announced that load shedding will be suspended on Friday (22 April) at 22h00. However, it warned that the national grid remains under pressure and unpredictable, and that load shedding could easily make a return should it be deemed necessary. "Eskom expects to return to service…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has announced changes to his cabinet. Winde's announcement was affected by the resignation of Education MEC Debbie Schäfer, who handed in her resignation to him on Wednesday, but also the firing of Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz in March. The announcement was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Republic of South Africa and Botswana have concluded a successful 5th session of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) between the two countries, aimed at renewing and strengthening bilateral relations and multilateral cooperation. At the invitation of President Cyril Ramaphosa, Botswana President, Dr Mokgweetsi Eric Masisi, paid a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala, has written to the national government to waiver toll fees on major transport routes, including the N2 economic corridor, to cushion the financial burden on citizens. This comes as most roads in the province have been severely damaged or washed away by recent…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, says he is pleased with the implementation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) interventions within the post school education and training sector. This follows recorded partnerships and progress by universities, colleges and Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs) in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The five men charged with the murder of Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa have pleaded not guilty on charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. Muzikawukhulelwa Sibiya, Bongani Ntanzi, Mthobisi Mncube, Mthokoziseni Maphisa and Sifiso Ntuli pleaded in the Gauteng…
Staff Reporter. The City of Cape Town Traffic Service is encouraging unregistered number plate manufacturers to register their businesses and comply with legislated standards following an increase in the number of unlawful number plates on the city's roads. This in turn has increased the number of fines issued for displaying…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Parliament's portfolio committee on public enterprises says the conclusion of the South African Express (SAX) Airline liquidation process can serve as a lesson in how the state should run state-owned entities (SOEs) and avoid future closures. The local airline, which focused on flights to smaller towns in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Gauteng police arrested two people believed to be linked to the murder of Pimville resident Kgomotso Diale. Diale died during a violent clash between a group of Pimville residents and members of the nearby Chicken Farm informal settlement on Monday. On Thursday evening, police said they arrested…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Tuesday on the devastation caused by heavy flooding in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. Parliament said on Thursday that National Assembly Speaker Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and NCOP head…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The opposition parties in Tshwane attempted to disrupt mayor's Randall Williams State of the Capital address, they wanted council speaker Murunwa Makwarela recuse himself. The EFF and the ANC fought hard to have Makwarela recuse himself over a council investigation into allegations raised by a council employee, …
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. City of Johannesburg mayor Mpho Phalatse has vowed to stabilise electricity supply amid rolling blackouts in the city. Phalatse delivered her maiden State of the City Address on Thursday morning. She said the city of Joburg will host an energy indaba in May. "To stabilise electricity supply…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky telephonic conversation finally took place late on Wednesday night. This comes after Zelensky had revealed on Wednesday that he had a telephone discussion with Ramaphosa over the situation in Ukraine. Had a phone conversation with @CyrilRamaphosa. Told about our…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Western Cape MEC for Education Debbie Schäfer has resigned from her position. Schäfer handed in her resignation yesterday to Premier Alan Winde, which he accepted, while praising her for her excellent service to the people of the Western Cape. Schäfer said she received a job offer in…
Staff Reporter. The Republics of South Africa and Botswana are currently engaged in talks aimed at strengthening and deepening the existing historical and bilateral relations between them. International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr. Naledi Pandor and her Botswana counterpart, Minister Lemogang Kwape, were on Thursday co-chairing the Ministerial Session of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The government has revised down the total number of people killed in the devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal to 435. This after autopsies found that four people had died of gunshot wounds and nine others of natural causes. Police Minister Bheki Cele confirmed the latest figure at a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Chinese government is considering several major infrastructure investments in South Africa, including high-speed rail and 5G communications, says ambassador Chen Xiaodong. Speaking at a jobs fair in Johannesburg this week, Xiaodong said South Africa and other countries are ‘very much welcome to get on board the…
Staff Reporter. Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, has received a donation of R1 million from the Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to South Africa, Chen Xiaodong, on Wednesday. The donation is aimed at bolstering the reach of government’s ongoing humanitarian relief efforts in the flood-stricken KwaZulu-Natal. The donation…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Image Supplied. Higher Education Minister Dr Blade Nzimande has expressed his condolences to the family of Ndoni Mcunu, the founder of Black Women in Science (BWIS), who died on Saturday while on vacation at the Cradle of Humankind. Family spokesperson Nobuntu Hlazo-Webster said the family is waiting…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) took a ward from the ANC in Pampierstad, Phokwane in the Northern Cape, while an educator and an independent candidate won a seat from the ANC in the town of Tarkastad in Enoch Mgijima in the Eastern Cape. The DA held onto…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom chief executive Andre de Ruyter says the power utility is seeing a steady recovery in its systems, with several big energy units coming back online as scheduled. In a media briefing on Thursday morning (21 April), de Ruyter said Eskom was now aiming to reduce load…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa's coronavirus test positivity rate climbed to the highest in more than three months, indicating that the number of undetected infections may be rising. Of those tested for the virus on Wednesday 13.4%, or 2,846 cases, were found to be infected, the highest proportion since Jan.…
By Marecia Damons. SASSA will not be processing new R350 Covid-19 Grant applications until the relevant regulations have been amended. The grant was introduced and distributed under the Disaster Management Act to provide relief to poor people and those left vulnerable due to the Covid pandemic. It must now be…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. As part of efforts to unlock the potential of the oceans economy and drive transformation in an aggressive way, government has prioritised the acceleration of interventions in the maritime sector. Among these is the establishment of a national shipping carrier as a means of building the strategic…
Staff Reporter. Two directors of an engineering company have been arrested for allegedly defrauding the COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) of R648 000. The Pusoloso Engineering Services duo have had their bank accounts frozen and a forfeiture process is currently underway to recover the money allegedly stolen. Between August…
Staff Reporter. Former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli's corruption case has been postponed – again to the 11th of May. Mdluli was due in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Wednesday for the state's bid to have the court rule that the case was being delayed unreasonably but,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Communications and Digital Technologies minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has published the South African Postbank Amendment Bill for public comment. The bill aims to rapidly expand the post office's mandate from simply delivering parcels to providing 'diversified and expanded services, including e-commerce and financial services'. "The objects are expanded…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has published the new Climate Change Bill for public comment. The bill notes that climate change represents an urgent threat to human societies and the planet, and requires an effective, progressive and incremental response from both the government and citizens.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Power utility Eskom has announced that load shedding will be reduced to stage 3 on Wednesday (20 April) from 22h00. This comes after six generating units were returned to service over the last 24 hours, and three more are expected to return on Thursday. "A generation unit…
Staff Reporter. Convicted murderer and former police officer Rosemary Nomia Ndlovu was back in court on Wednesday on new charges. Ndlovu was jailed last year after the court found she had a hand in the murder of five of her relatives and her lover, for all of whom she had…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Health, Dr Joe Phaahla, has constituted a Health Team of National and Provincial Department officials to conduct an impact assessment of the floods on health service delivery in KwaZulu-Natal. The task team will also conduct an assessment of the costs to repair the damages, to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Transnet is working hard to ensure that port and rail services return to full operation after flooding in KwaZulu-Natal interrupted operations at the Durban Port and surrounding railway lines last week. The port is one of the biggest in the Southern African region and is a gateway…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Public Investment Corporation (PIC) has announced the appointment of Kabelo Rikhotso as its new Chief Investment Officer (CIO). The corporation in a statement said Rikhotso will join the PIC from Visio Fund Management, where he was an Executive and Fund Manager. With more than 18 years…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape has postponed its 9th Provincial Conference which was scheduled to take place this weekend. The party was set to hold its conference from Friday to Sunday. The party said in a media statement that a meeting held on…
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