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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Parliament's ethics committee has concluded its deliberations on cases emanating from the state capture commission of inquiry, and has exonerated employment & labour minister Thulas Nxesi, MPs Cedric Frolick, Mosebenzi Zwane and Winnie Ngwenya. Nxesi was accused of receiving money from a company connected to well-known South…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. PwC South Africa has released its ninth South Africa Economic Outlook report for 2023, focusing on South Africa's lost demographic dividend and the entrepreneurship needed to win it back. Key content in this report includes:- Demographic shifts: Megatrends are impacting the social stability challenges that the world…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Deputy President Paul Mashatile says Africa should accelerate investment in critical infrastructure and digital solutions for smart mobility to succeed on the continent. Mashatile was delivering a keynote address at the Smarter Mobility Africa (SMA) Conference Gala Dinner at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government is assessing trade measures and the possibility of vaccination to ease shortages of poultry products and contain the spread of avian flu in the country. Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza will start work on improving the efficiency of issuing import permits for…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @UN. The Nelson Mandela Foundation has announced that Pakistani Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai will deliver the 21st Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture in December. The Pakistani education activist will become the youngest #NMAL speaker. The 21st lecture is set to be held on 5 December in Johannesburg, which…
Staff Reporter. At least 40 people are missing and presumed to have drowned in northwest Nigeria's Kebbi state after a passenger boat capsized in strong currents, a local official said on Tuesday. Boat accidents are frequent on Nigeria's poorly regulated waterways due to overloaded boats, lack of maintenance and poor…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Economic Freedom Front (EFF) leader Julius Malema told the Parliamentary Ethics Committee to back off, when asked about funds channeled into his account by VBS. Parliament was investigating Malema following a complaint by DA leader John Steenhuisen alleging that he breached the code as it relates to…
Staff Reporter. Eswatini, Africa's last absolute monarchy, on Monday hailed last week legislative elections as a "huge success" despite an opposition boycott and political parties being banned from contesting. Electoral authorities said 51 men and eight women were elected as members of the lower house of parliament, which plays only…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) conducted the final day of interviews of candidates for four vacancies at the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) on Tuesday. First up it was Judge Zamani Nhlangulela, the Deputy Judge President of the Eastern Cape High Court, Mthatha. Chief Justice Raymond Zondo…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. State witness constable Sizwe Zungu faced tough questions about his failure to inform senior police officers about information that could have been crucial to solving the murder of Senzo Meyiwa. Five men are on trial for the murder of the soccer star who was shot and killed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the economy is now larger than it was before the Covid-19 pandemic, and the two million jobs that were lost have largely been recovered. SA's economy grew ahead of expectations in the second quarter at 0.6% as power cuts eased in June.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Parliament's ethics committee has found police minister Bheki Cele guilty of breaching MPs' code of ethical conduct, when he shouted "shut up" at the director of Action Society, Ian Cameron, last year during a crime imbizo. A crime imbizo held in July last year in Gugulethu descended…
Staff Reporter. The new head of the UN's migration agency will visit Africa on her first official trip from Sunday to highlight the scale of migration happening around the continent. Amy Pope, the first woman elected to lead the International Organization for Migration, will then head to Brussels as the…
By Helen Nyambura. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), the main labour union at Eskom, has called for the suspension of an $8.5 billion climate finance pact with some of the world's richest nations as well as plans to break up the power utility into separate units. Under the Just…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) deputy president Floyd Shivambu has failed to disclose three payments from the now-defunct VBS mutual bank. This was revealed by Parliament's acting Registrar of Members' Interests Adv. Anthea Gordon responding to a complaint by Democratic Alliance (DA). Shivambu was accused of benefiting…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Independent Electoral Commission(IEC) has increased voting districts in an effort to increase voter access in the 2024 National and Provincial Elections. The revision of voting district boundaries, a process known as re-delimitation, has given rise to 23 296 voting districts, compared to 23 148 for the…
Staff Reporter. Katalin Kariko of Hungary and Drew Weissman of the United States won the Nobel Medicine Prize on Monday for work on messenger RNA (mRNA) technology that paved the way for Covid-19 vaccines. The pair, who had been tipped as favourites, were honoured for "for their discoveries concerning nucleoside…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The trial of the five men accused of killing former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates captain Senzo Meyiwa resumed this morning after two weeks recess. The defence had also said that it needed time to consult their clients and experts on 700 photographs that were downloaded from…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) on Monday started a new round of interviews for positions on the bench of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). Several of them have already been unsuccessful in this campaign. Over the next five days, the panel will also interview for judges…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department confirmed that the two security guards who were caught assaulting a 13-year-old boy at the Ladysmith Hospital had been dismissed with immediate effect. The incident came to light when the video started circulating on social media platforms, leading to considerable shock among viewers.…
By Marvin Charles. An off-duty police officer was among the five people who were shot and killed during a mass shooting in Gugulethu, Cape Town, on Saturday evening. Warrant Officer Lindela Mraqisa was attached to the Western Cape's Protection and Security Service (PSS) division and had served as a close…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The investigations are continuing into massive fire that erupted at the NCT Woodchip mill in Richards Bay on Saturday afternoon. The fire had spread to the conveyor belt system at the mill, intensifying the emergency situation. The cause of the fire is not known at this stage.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga has welcomed the adoption of the controversial Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill. Motshekga was speaking during a media briefing hosted by the department on Sunday to celebrate Teachers' Month. She says the BELA Bill has been in the pipeline for…
Staff Reporter. SA Police Services in Western Cape are investigating a mass shooting that occurred in Gugulethu, Cape Town on Saturday night. Four men and a woman were shot dead. Police spokesperson Andre Traut said four men and a woman were shot dead while they were sitting in their cars.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister in the presidency responsible for electricity Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says the restoration of more units at Kusile power station would help mitigate load shedding. Ramokgopa spoke about Kusile Power Station's units and the crucial role they play in helping to keep the lights on across the country.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Build One South Africa (BOSA) leader Mmusi Maimane has announced that he will be running for president in the 2024 general elections. The party has on Tuesday unveiled the first 24 of 200 candidates it will field for upcoming election in the 2024. Maimane launched Bosa's election…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Telkom has appointed Transnet executive Nonkululeko Dlamini as its new group chief financial officer with effect from 1 December. Dlamini will also be appointed as an executive director on the board. The incumbent CFO Dirk Reyneke will step down from the board as of end-November and move…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The City of Johannesburg Emergency Management Services has confirmed that fire in Newtown, a suburb of Johannesburg has been contained. The Emergency Management Services (EMS) spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi said, it was recycling material facility and a lapa that was ablaze – in an open space – and…
Staff Reporter. (Reuters) - At least seven people have been killed in a fire in a nightclub in Murcia in southeast Spain, the mayor said, adding that rescuers were still searching for people unaccounted for after the blaze. The fire broke out in the early hours of Sunday in Teatre…
Staff Reporter. The national Department of Water and Sanitation's hydrological report indicates significant improvement across the Western Cape dam system following the disruption of heavy rains over the long weekend. The Cape Town System Dams increased by more than 7% compared to last week, the department said. The Western Cape…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa and Tunisia held political consultations in Pretoria, with both countries calling for increased cooperation in a range of areas, including economic, security, health, science and technology. International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor on Friday hosted Tunisian Foreign Minister, Nabil Ammar. "I'm really pleased,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom's Kusile Unit 3 was returned to service on Saturday, two months ahead of its planned return date, the power utility said in a statement. It will improve generation by 800 MW once loaded to full capacity, Eskom said. This could have a marked impact, as each…
Staff Reporter. At least nine miners were killed after a shaft in a Zimbabwean gold mine collapsed, an engineer at the site and the miners federation said on Saturday, 30 September. "Four bodies have been recovered so far" and five others are still stuck under rubble, according to Zimbabwe Miners…
By Lisalee Solomons. Hundreds of mourners gathered at the St John The Evangelist Catholic Church in Fish Hoek, Cape Town, on Saturday to bid a final farewell to the country's first female officer to qualify as a submariner, Lieutenant Commander Gillian Hector. She died at sea more than a week…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Due to lower-than-anticipated demand and sustained improved generation performance, load shedding will continue to be suspended until 16:00 on Sunday, Eskom said on Saturday. Thereafter, Stage 2 load shedding will resume from 16:00 on Sunday until 05:00 on Monday. The grid remains under strain and unpredictable, so…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South African biopharmaceutical manufacturer Biovac has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Korea-based vaccine manufacturer EuBiologics for the technology transfer of a meningococcal meningitis pentavalent vaccine. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Biovac and EuBiologics was officially signed in Cape Town, alongside the 24th Annual General…
Staff Reporter. The array of cardinals represent "a richness and a variety of experience, and that's what the Church is all about," the Archbishop of Cape Town, Stephen Brislin, told AFP Thursday. Pope Francis on Saturday elevated 21 clergymen from distant corners of the world to the rank of cardinal,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The office of the Public Protector says an investigation into allegations of maladministration and irregularities relating to the procurement of service providers for the construction of the Beitbridge Border Post fence in Limpopo has been discontinued. The office received a complaint to investigate whether the Department of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Transport Minister Sindisiwe Chikunga says PRASA has made significant progress in rehabilitating vandalised stations, with a total of 230 stations refurbished to basic functionality. Chikunga, together with the MECs of Transport, Roads, Infrastructure, Public Works and Community Safety and Liaison and department entities and stakeholders in the…
Staff Reporter. @BarryWilliams. LaGuardia airport closed down one of its terminals, with social media images showing passengers walking through water well above the tops of their shoes. Heavy rains overnight in the northeastern United States left parts of New York under water on Friday, partially paralyzing subways and airports in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says Aziz Pahad represented South Africa with passion and clarity and played a significant role in educating the nation about the country's early democracy, international relations, and South Africa's role in the world. Pahad was laid to rest in a special Category 2 funeral…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Western Cape has entered the recovery phase after heavy rains and strong winds wreaked havoc across parts of the province. On Friday, the provincial government provided a follow-up update on disaster management efforts following the severe weather that battered the province over the long weekend. The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Deputy President Paul Mashatile says accelerated service delivery is the key to unlocking the full potential of our communities and ensuring a brighter future for generations to come. Mashatile was speaking in the North West, as part of the Thuntsha Lerole Accelerated Service Delivery Programme, in Taung.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Due to the sustained improved performance of generation availability as well as the anticipated lower demand over the weekend, load shedding will be suspended between 05:00 and 16:00 on Saturday and Sunday, Eskom said on Friday. Stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 16:00 until 05:00…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The multiparty coalition partners Democratic Alliance (DA) and ActionSA are at the loggerheads over the ongoing strike in the City of Tshwane. South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) and the Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union (Imatu) workers downed tools in July. At the end of July,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Transnet Chief Executive Officer Portia Derby will step down at the end of October, while Chief Financial Officer Nonkululeko Dlamini will leave a month earlier, the company said in a statement on Friday Derby was appointed in January 2020 to clean up Transnet after the corruption and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) department in KwaZulu-Natal has ordered an investigation into allegations of spousal nepotism against uMngeni Municipality mayor, Chris Pappas. Pappas has been accused of nepotism and corruption after his fiancé, JP Prinsloo, was appointed chairperson of UMngeni Tourism, an NPO funded…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Justice and Correctional Services has given an update on extradition of the Gupta brothers, Atul and Rajesh. The two brothers are wanted in South Africa on charges including fraud and money laundering related to State Capture. In April this year, the UAE rejected South…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former South African Airways (SAA) board chair Dudu Myeni has been granted R10,000 bail after she was arrested for fraud and corruption on Friday morning. Myeni and her co-accused, former Sondolo IT Director Trevor Mathenjwa were arrested for receiving gratification of over R300,000 from Bosasa and its…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Two suspected vehicle syndicate thieves aged 37 and 32 were arrested, various implements used in vehicle theft as well as three stolen vehicles were seized in a multidisciplinary operation in Naturena, south of Johannesburg. The suspects were arrested on Thursday evening. Hawks spokesperson Katlego Mogale said various…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has given late former deputy minister of foreign affairs Aziz Pahad a special official funeral category 2. Pahad will be buried at Westpark cemetery on Saturday. He died on Thursday just months after his brother, also a former minister, Essop Pahad. "Ramaphosa has extended…
Staff Reporter. President Joe Biden launched a blistering personal attack on "extremist" Donald Trump Thursday, accusing his likely 2024 challenger of plotting to subvert the US constitution if he wins a return to power next year. The Democrat said in a speech in the battleground state of Arizona that Republican…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Democratic Alliance (DA) wants ANC Secretary-General Fikile Mbalula jailed for contempt of court after failing to provide the records of its cadre committee while President Cyril Ramaphosa was its chairperson. DA MP Leon Schreiber in 2021 brought an application in terms of the Promotion of Access…
By Alex Patrick. Although the water supply in Gauteng is critical in many areas, there has been an uptick in availability since Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu's visit this week. After consulting Rand Water, Johannesburg Water and municipalities, Mchunu announced water shifting as a short-term solution to outages. Johannesburg…
Staff Reporter. Johannesburg has suffered a sharp drop in its reputation as a top financial centre, falling from position 69 to 83 in the Global Financial Centres index. Some 121 cities are ranked according to surveys of 147 factors provided by third parties, including the World Bank, OECD, and the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The number of South Africans with jobs rose 0.4% quarter on quarter in the three months to end-June, driven mainly by an increase in part-time jobs, according to official data. Stats SA's latest Quarterly Employment Statistics (QES) shows total formal employment rose by 39,000, to 10.078-million from…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa hosted Lesotho's prime minister, Samuel Matekane, for the inaugural session of the South Africa–Lesotho bi-national commission held in Pretoria. According to the Presidency, the BNC session follows an agreement signed by the two countries in November 2021 to elevate the structured bilateral mechanism from…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Pretoria high court has ruled that former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi be referred for mental observation to determine his fitness to stand trial in the Bosasa tender fraud case. The fraud and corruption case against Agrizzi and his three co-accused, which include former commissioner of Correctional…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Constitutional Court dismissed the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) application for leave to appeal interdict against Julius Malema and supporters from inciting people to invade private property. Lobby group AfriForum launched the application for an interdict in 2017 after it said Malema had instructed supporters to invade and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Border Management Authority (BMA) has assured South Africans that the entity will get rid of corruption and ensure that the country's borders are safe. The BMA, which was launched in April, brings together various government departments under one central command with the aim of protecting the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Cabinet has called on communities to be on high alert for further weather warnings, which could bring more devastation in several parts of the country. Thunderstorms and strong winds left a trail of destruction Gauteng, while the Western Cape and Eastern Cape were hit by severe flooding.…
Staff Reporter. Nagorno-Karabakh's long and bloody dream of independence ended on Thursday with a decree declaring that the ethnic Armenian statelet in Azerbaijan "ceases to exist" at the end of the year. The dramatic announcement was issued moments after it became clear that more than half of the ethnic Armenian…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his sadness at the passing of former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Aziz Pahad, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 82. The anti-apartheid struggle stalwart and former member of Parliament, who exercised his anti-apartheid activism in the Transvaal Indian…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein reserved judgement in an appeal by former President Jacob Zuma to overturn the high court ruling in Pietermaritzburg on his private prosecution. In June 2023 Advocate Billy Downer and journalist Karyn Maughan won their application to set aside their…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. It was day two of the 9th BRICS Parliamentary Forum Assembly, which is being held at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni, East Rand. This event marked a crucial moment in international collaboration and invites you to explore its profound significance. Under the theme "Harnessing Multilateralism and Parliamentary Diplomacy…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The M1 highway is Gauteng is closed to traffic while police continue to search for suspects linked to a shootout near the Booysens offramp yesterday. Gauteng's M1 highway is closed to traffic in both directions between Xavier Street and Booysens Road as South African Police Service forensics…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa met senior business leaders again on Tuesday, together with key cabinet ministers, to receive an update on progress made in the closer collaboration between government and the private sector. This collaboration was initiated in June 2023, with the aim of significantly growing South Africa's…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) has confirmed the passing of anti-apartheid activist and party's stalwart Aziz Pahad. ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula expressed the party's sympathies to Pahad's family. Pahad died on Wednesday at his Saxonwold home surrounded by his family. He was 82 years old. He was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed four new bills into law following long legislative processes in Parliament. Ramaphosa assented to the Land Court Act, the Traditional Courts Act, the South African Postbank Limited Amendment Act, and the Repeal of the Transkei Penal Code. This was confirmed by the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A combined public memorial service for the three mariners who died off the coast of Kommetjie last week, took place at the Wynberg Military Indoor Sport Centre on Wednesday. The deceased, Lieutenant Commander Gillian Elizabeth Hector (Executive Officer), Master Warrant Officer William Masela Mathipa (Coxswain) and Warrant…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Water and Sanitation Minister, Senzo Mchunu, has called for the implementation of water shifting as part of interim plans to address the challenges that have left some communities in Gauteng without water. Mchunu has been engaging various communities across Gauteng this week amid water supply challenges and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa is to argue strongly that its participation in the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act (Agoa) benefits neighbouring countries through shared value chains, said trade, industry and competition minister Ebrahim Patel. The argument will be made in November when the Agoa forum meets in Johannesburg, amid…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. State owned power utility is aiming to limit loadshedding to Stage 4 during the summer months to the end of March by restricting unplanned breakdowns to 14 500 MW during, what is also its high-maintenance season. This was revealed by Eskom Acting Group Chief Executive, Calib Cassim,…
Staff Reporter. North Korea has decided to expel US soldier Travis King, who was detained after crossing the border from the South in July, the KCNA state news agency said on Wednesday. After completing its investigation, the "relevant organ of the DPRK decided to expel Travis King, a soldier of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana The case against eight VIP protection officers formerly attached to Deputy President Paul Mashatile has been postponed to November. The eight police officers have been charged for the assault of motorists on the N1, near Fourways earlier this year. The suspended protectors appeared briefly in the Randburg…
Staff Reporter. At least 100 people were killed when a fire broke out at a wedding attended by hundreds of guests in northern Iraq after fireworks were set off inside, officials said Wednesday. The cause of the Tuesday evening blaze in the mainly Christian town of Qaraqosh was not immediately…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Thabo Mbeki slammed the lack of service delivery, saying there was a major disconnect between ordinary citizens and those in authority. The Chancellor of Unisa and Patron of the Thabo Mbeki Foundation, was speaking during the South African Association of Public Administration and Management's (SAAPAM)…
By Antony Sguazzin. South Africa is set to miss all but one of the 2030 development targets its National Planning Commission set just over a decade ago. Of nine targets set in the National Development Plan, ranging from employment to investment, five measures have deteriorated from their baseline, one is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa's Deputy President Paul Mashatile officially opened the 9th BRICS Parliamentary Forum on Wednesday, at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni. Mashatile told more than 200 delegates attending the Forum that they required a capable, civic-minded, and ethical bureaucracy which had the capacity and commitment to drive the…
Staff Reporter. Donald Trump and his sons Eric and Don Jr committed fraud by inflating the value of the real estate and financial assets of the Trump Organization for years, a New York judge ruled on Tuesday. The ruling by Judge Arthur Engoron is a setback for the former president…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Police Minister Bheki Cele has denied that the cars purchased by the SA Police Service's (SAPS) crime intelligence unit for nearly R100 million remain unused. The City Press reported that millions were spent on high-end cars, including Audi A3s, Golf 8 GTIs, and VW Amaroks, that had…
By Tammy Petersen. Erlo Stegen, the founder of KwaSizabantu Mission, has died. The lifelong missionary – who has been at the helm of the contentious, cult-like mission station since its establishment in 1952 – was ailing in recent years. He died early on Tuesday morning at the age of 88.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has signed a major incident declaration to unlock additional resources and relief measures to deal with the impact of heavy rainfall and strong winds that lashed the Western Cape. Heavy storms and torrential rains battered the province over the weekend, resulting in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Portfolio Committee on Basic Education agreed to and adopted the Basic Education Laws Amendment (BELA) Bill, which will now serve before the National Assembly. Committee Chairperson, Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba, said on Tuesday that this brought the Bill, which was more than 20 years in the making, "in line…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister in the Presidency responsible for electricity Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says Eskom's transmission expansion will require a "considerable amount of resources" that will require government and the private sector to work together. Ramokgopa said he will table his report in Cabinet in October after he met with…
Staff Reporter. Rich and developing nations alike must sharply improve their net-zero targets, the International Energy Agency said Tuesday, warning that a clean energy surge was the main reason the world's climate goals are still achievable. Wealthy countries must now reach carbon neutrality in around 2045, five years early, and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The William Nicol Drive has been officially renamed after the late struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The African National Congress (ANC) formally started the process to rename the road in March 2021, with a public comment phase on the proposal running until April 2021. At the time, the…
Staff Reporter. A Saudi envoy on a rare visit to the occupied West Bank pledged Tuesday that the Palestinian cause will be "a cornerstone" of any normalisation deal the oil-rich kingdom may strike with Israel. The delegation headed by Nayef al-Sudairi was Saudi Arabia's first in three decades to the…
By Anthony Sguazzin. South Africa's main coal-producing province of Mpumalanga, the focus of the country's $8.5 billion Just Energy Transition Partnership, has received no government funding to help workers and communities find alternative livelihoods, a new study shows. The province, which accounts for 83% of national coal production, will lose…
Staff Reporter. The last absolute monarchy in Africa, the Kingdom of Eswatini, holds parliamentary elections on Friday, with political parties banned from contesting. The constitution emphasises "individual merit" as the basis for selecting lawmakers, who cannot be affiliated with any political group. Being in the good graces of King Mswati…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. City of Cape Town's Disaster Operations Center says eight people were electrocuted to death – four people in the Covid-19 informal settlement in Driftsands, as well as four children in the Klipfontein area. It's unclear the exact circumstances behind the electrocutions but it's believed the weather played…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government has urged farmers to intensify biosecurity measures after an avian influenza outbreak resulted in the deaths of more than 2.6 million birds. Six of the nine provinces have been affected by the 50 HPAI H7 and 10 HPAI H5 subtypes of the virus, the Department of…
Staff Reporter. Outbreaks of dengue fever and acute watery diarrhoea have "killed hundreds" in war-torn Sudan, medics reported Monday, warning of "catastrophic spreads" that could overwhelm the country's decimated health system. In a statement, the Sudanese doctors' union warned that the health situation in the southeastern state of Gedaref, on…
Staff Reporter. Egypt will hold a presidential vote on December 10-12, election officials said Monday, at a time the Arab world's most populous country is mired in a painful economic crisis. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a former army chief in power for nearly a decade, has yet to formally announce…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Mandela family has confirmed the passing of Zoleka Mandela, the granddaughter of struggle stalwarts Nelson and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, at the age of 43. In a short statement released by the family, Zoleka died after being admitted to hospital on Monday for ongoing treatment for cancer of…
By Alex Mitchley. A ward councillor in Mpumalanga and another man were gunned down in an apparent hit in Calcutta, near Hazyview, on Saturday evening. According to police, the ANC ward councillor, Lot Nkuna, 55 was shot and killed at around 20:50 while sitting in a VW Polo. Police spokesperson…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Heavy rains and winds battered the Western Cape on Sunday and Monday, forcing hundreds of families to flee their flooded homes. About 2,000 families fled their shacks in Mfuleni after a night of pouring rain, community leader Thembisa Thuba said. She said clothes and bedding had…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Busi Mavuso, CEO of Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), says that South Africa has little choice but to constrain government spending. Mavuso in her weekly newsletter, warns that South Africa must cut back on spending or induce a financial crisis. "I am not sure if this reality…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ActionSA Joburg Caucus has welcomed the move by the Office of the Speaker of Council to refer MMC for Economic Development, MMC Nomoya Mnisi, to the Ethics and Disciplinary Committee. Mnisi is accused of trying to get the City to pay R867 482 for the event at…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Johannesburg Road Agency (JRA) has urged motorists to consider alternate routes on Tuesday morning due to road closures and lane reductions at the William Nicol and Sandton Drive intersection. The JRA said road users can expect closures and delays between 09:30 and 12:00, due to the…
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