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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Competition Commission has recommended that the Competition Tribunal approve the proposed acquisition of Consol Glass by private group, Ardagh, with certain conditions. Ardagh, a private company registered in Luxembourg, offered to acquire Consol in November 2021, for R10 billion. The group manufactures glass packaging – such…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille says her department will make state-owned land in KwaZulu-Natal available to house communities that were affected by devastating floods this week. On 11 and 12 April 2022, parts of KwaZulu-Natal received between 200 and 400 millimetres of rainfall in…
By Jacob Mawela. Photo Credit: Fullview. After an almost two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, the Nelson Mandela Foundation once again welcomed guests through its doors for the opening of a new virtual reality exhibition titled, "RealityCheck: Walter Sisulu - Accused #2";at its Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton, Johannesburg, on the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala has confirmed that the death toll from the disastrous floods in the province has risen to 448. "Today, the search and rescue teams discovered five additional bodies and the death toll stands at 448," Zikalala said. He said police search and rescue teams…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) has appointed Human Settlements minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane as head of economic transformation. Kubayi-Ngubane, 43, succeeds Enoch Godongwana, who relinquished the powerful party position after being appointed finance minister in August. A statement on Kubayi's appointment will be issued later, ANC spokesman Pule…
Staff Reporter. The court case into the death of Zimbabwean national Elvis Nyathi, who was beaten and burnt to death in Diepsloot a week ago amid ongoing protests regarding crime in the area, has been postponed to April 22. A group of seven men have been arrested and charged with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal's Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu says around R442 million is needed to repair the schools that have been damaged by the floods. Mshengu was speaking at Brettenwood School where he joined Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, who's visiting schools that have suffered some damage. "That's only related…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The University of Johannesburg (UJ) will begin offering its degrees and certificates on the blockchain to avoid fraud. The university said the certificate will help stop counterfeiting and avoid the fraudulent representation of qualifications. UJ was the first South African Institution to offer its graduates the additional…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. eThekwini ANCYL member Mfundo Mokoena was gunned down on Monday night outside his home. Picture: @1KZNtvNews/Twitter. African National Congress (ANC) Youth League member Mfundo Mokoena was gunned down outside his home in eThekwini on Monday night. Mokoena, who was also a branch deputy secretary in ward 67,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has briefed the nation on the declaration of a National State of Disaster after floods in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and parts of the Eastern Cape. The briefing follows the announcement of a national state of disaster…
Staff Reporter. Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services is currently considering amendments to the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill. The draft bill, which was published for public comment in September 2020, outlines possession rules for cannabis users at home and people who wish to cultivate the plant. While…
By Prinesha Naidoo. Government will seek parliament's approval for additional funds after allocating R1 billion to repair damages caused by the worst flooding in almost three decades that left 444 people dead and destroyed thousands of homes. President Cyril Ramaphosa in a televised speech said that the floods caused "billions…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has announced that stage 4 load shedding will be implemented on Monday (19 April), due to further breakdowns. In a statement, the power utility said that stage 4 load shedding would be implemented from 07h20 after Majuba Unit 5 and Tutuka Unit 4 tripped. Eskom did…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. The acting director-general in the Gauteng premier's office, Thabo Maemo Masebe, has died. The family issued a short statement and read as follows: "The Masebe family regrets to announce the sudden and unexpected death of our beloved brother, father and uncle, Thabo Maemo Masebe. The family…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday evening that cabinet had resolved to declare a national state of disaster to provide relief to KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape which had been extensively damaged by floods. Nearly 4,000 homes had been destroyed in KwaZulu-Natal and more than 40,000 people…
By Jason Felix. Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Tertius Simmers has officially been elected DA interim provincial leader. In May, the party is expected to elect an interim deputy provincial leader. Simmers has been acting as interim leader since the resignation of former provincial leader Albert Fritz earlier this year.…
Staff Reporter. One person died and another was wounded during a clash on Monday between Operation Dudula members and residents of an informal settlement in Kliptown, Soweto. "It is reported that at about 4.30pm residents of Pimville with Operation Dudula members, marched to Chicken Farm informal settlement in Kliptown complaining…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will this evening address the nation on the government’s response to catastrophic floods which have devastated parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. The address will commence from 21h00 this evening . The address follows a special Cabinet meeting yesterday where government assessed the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @DarrenStewart. The eThekwini Municipality has denied allegations that it stole goods donated in the Durban North area after a video went viral on social media on Monday. The video showed a woman in a bakkie laden with black bags which is believed to contain aid for flood…
Staff Reporter. African efforts to produce Covid-19 vaccines on the continent may face a setback amid a dearth of orders for the injections. Aspen Pharmacare Holdings informed the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention it's concerned about a lack of requests for Covid-19 vaccines and may close that manufacturing…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm on Monday on the government's response to the catastrophic floods in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape. "The address follows a special Cabinet meeting yesterday where government assessed the social and economic aftermath of flooding in the…
Staff Reporter. (Ground Up) - A fire destroyed about 300 shacks in Langa, Cape Town on Saturday night, affecting about 1,200 people according to Mayco Member JP Smith. The cause of the fire is unknown. It was one of three fires in Langa on Saturday, according to Smith. The two…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Premier, Sihle Zikalala says government is in control of the situation at the mortuaries in the province. Zikalala addressed the media on Sunday to give an update on the provincial government's response to the flood disaster. During the briefing, Zikalala confirmed that more than 400…
By Oleksandr Kozhukhar and Pavel Polityuk. Russia said on Monday it had hit hundreds of military targets in Ukraine overnight, destroying command posts with air-launched missiles, while authorities in the western city of Lviv, which has escaped heavy bombardment, said a missile attack killed six. The Russian defence ministry said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) is sending 10 000 troops to help the flood-stricken KwaZulu-Natal in a drive called Operation Chariot. The SANDF said as a result of the torrential rains and downpours that triggered floods and mudslides, more than 30 000 people have been affected…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng traffic police have called upon motorists to comply with the rules of the road as the Easter weekend comes to an end. The preliminary statistics on the Easter season indicate that over 16 road fatalities have been recorded on Gauteng roads, of which 8 fatalities are…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala said the provincial government would be proactive in preventing any corruption as resources were made available to rebuild and recover. The floods claimed 443 lives and destroyed thousands of homes and infrastructure. During a media briefing on Sunday afternoon, Zikalala took the opportunity…
Staff Reporter. The Chinese city of Shanghai has announced its first deaths in a COVID-19 outbreak that has plunged the financial hub into a weeks-long lockdown and sparked widespread anger and rare protests. In a statement on Monday, the city said three people infected with COVID-19 had died on the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The death toll from floods that have battered South Africa's east coast has risen to 443, including a rescuer, a regional official said on Sunday, as dozens more are still missing. "The death toll now stands at 443," Sihle Zikalala, the premier of the KwaZulu-Natal province told…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom says it will be implementing stage 2 load shedding on Sunday (17 April) due to the loss of generating units. Stage 2 load shedding will start at 16h00 on Sunday, and continue until 05h00 on Wednesday (20 April). "The loss of four additional generating uniting at…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A girl looks over at the covered body of a baby that was found washed up on the Ispingo Beach after the recent floods, 13 April 2022, KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Jacques Nelles. The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has increased the cash benefits for victims of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa's gross loan debt has almost doubled over the last five financial years. Gross loan debt has increased from R2.5 trillion in 2017/18 to R4.3 trillion in 2021/22. Government has therefore borrowed an additional R1.8 trillion from both domestic and international investors. This emerged in Finance…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - The Nigerian air force says it has killed more than 70 ISIL (ISIS)-affiliated fighters in the north of the country, at the border with Niger, in air raid. Saturday's statement said aircraft from Nigeria and Niger took part in the operation. The Lake Chad area, where…
Staff Reporter. Police in Limpopo are investigating the death of a toddler - allegedly at the hands of her father The man reportedly strangled his two-year-old daughter to death before also attempting to kill his 7-year-old daughter in Moleketla, outside Tzaneen on Friday. The 40-year-old man later committed suicide. Police…
Staff Reporter. National Liquor Traders (NLT) has committed a total of R2 million to support liquor traders who have suffered the recent devastation of flooding in Kwazulu-Natal. The support will include food parcels, credit allowances for restocking and rebuilding. "NLT is working closely with the KZN Liquor Traders Association to…
By Michelle Liu. Authorities stage outside Columbiana Centre mall in Columbia, S.C., following a shooting, Saturday, April 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford). (AP) - Ten people were shot and two others injured in a shooting at a busy shopping mall in South Carolina’s capital that authorities do not believe was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has postponed a visit to Saudi Arabia to focus on government's intervention in flood-hit KwaZulu-Natal. Ramaphosa was due to leave for the kingdom on Tuesday but has put the trip on hold. In a statement, Presidency said the postponement allows the President to continue…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The government is considering appointing an independent agency to manage the billions of rands earmarked for disaster relief in KwaZulu-Natal, in a bid to avoid corruption, the Sunday Times reports. The National Treasury has already identified R1 billion in contingency reserve funds that can immediately be released…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Funeral service AVBOB has pledged R7 million to help assist destitute Kwazulu/Natal families to bury their loved ones. The torrential rains have claimed almost 400 lives, with that number expected to escalate in the coming days. Avbob CEO Carl van der Riet said a commitment to community…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Founder of the Gender Equity Unit at University of Western Cape Rhoda Kadalie has died Kadalie died on Saturday, aged 68, after a battle with lung cancer. She was born in Cape Town's District Six in 1953 as the granddaughter of Clements Kadalie, a Malawian migrant…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Tributes have begun to pour in for the late Mandlakazi Skefile, who was Chairperson of the Mandela Bay Development Agency. Skefile,47, died in the early hours of Friday morning, the entity confirmed. She was a prominent figure in the development of the Bay tourism industry for several…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health MEC Nomagugu Simelane says at least 58 healthcare facilities in KwaZulu-Natal have been ravaged by the floods that swept through the province this week. These clinics and hospitals are in the eThekwini, iLembe, Ugu, uMgungundlovu and King Cetshwayo districts. The facilities suffered damage to their roofs,…
Staff Reporter. City Power efforts to restore power in the Eldorado Park is hampered by several instances of cable theft and hopes to complete its work by Wednesday. Eldorado Park a sub-station fire left residents without electricity and caused extensive damage to the infrastructure. The utility said its technicians were…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Premier Zikalala, His Royal Highness, King Misuzulu and billionaire Patrice Motsepe are attending a prayer session for the victims of floods in Kwazulu Natal. The Motsepe Foundation has donated R30 Million which will go toward supporting the flood victims and Dlamini-Zuma has welcomed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Minister of Human Settlements, Mmamaloko Kubayi-Ngubane has announced a R1bn injection for Kwazulu Natal to help the province's recovery from the devastating floods this week. More rain is expected over the flood-ravaged province this weekend, and this is expected to compound the massive clean-up operations that…
Staff Reporter. Eleven people have died after a bus and minibus collided on the N1 near Leeu Gamka in the Western Cape on Good Friday. The Western Cape Transport Department said another 13 people were injured in the crash on Friday. The accident took place at approximately 6:00 near the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Petroleum Industry Association cautioned the public about the dangers of panic buying fuel from retail service stations as this will contribute to further retail sites running out of fuel. This follows reports that some fuel stations in Durban already ran dry on Thursday due…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa described the floods as "a catastrophe of enormous proportions... not seen before in our country" -- urged Good Friday prayers for survivors. "Let us pray for our people in KwaZulu-Natal so that they receive the healing that is required... so that they can get…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. More than five million people have fled Ukraine since the Russian invasion began on February 24, according to the latest UN statistics. UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, said 4,796,245 million Ukrainians had fled across the borders, while the UN's International Organization for Migration (IOM) says nearly 215,000…
Staff Reporter. (AFP) - At least 35 people died and 71 were injured in Zimbabwe when a bus carrying churchgoers to an Easter gathering veered off the road and plunged down a gorge, police said Friday. The vehicle was taking members of a local church who were going to a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The death toll from days of flooding on South Africa's east coast rose to 395 on Friday, up from an earlier estimate of 341. In a statement on Friday, MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Sipho Hlomuka said fatalities had increased and most of the deaths…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Residents collect clean water from a broken pipe sticking out from a collapsed embankment on the side of a road in Amaoti, north of Durban, on 14 April 2022. Picture: Jacques Nelles. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) says it will monitor the provision of alternative…
Staff Reporter. At least seven suspects have been arrested for intimidation, extortion and impersonating police officers in Lenasia. The suspects were handcuffed in two separate sting operations on Wednesday and Thursday. It is believed that the suspects are also allegedly linked to the spate of kidnappings plaguing the south of…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Water and Sanitation has cautioned faith-based communities to avoid water bodies during the coming Easter weekend. During the Easter holidays, people of different faiths traditionally go to the rivers to perform religious activities, including baptism, amongst others. Department spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau, said this practice has…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A fire broke out at a substation in Eldorado Park, south of Johannesburg in the early hours of Friday morning. Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Robert Mulaudzi says the fire erupted at Extension 5 at around 5am. "Yes, we can confirm that in the early hours of this…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The opposition Democratic Alliance has announced its intention to table the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Amendment Act for public comment. The bill proposes scrapping the current Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) Act and making several key amendments to the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act (PPPFA). "The proposed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. As the death toll from KwaZulu-Natal floods rises to 341, Premier Sihle Zikalala says more than 40,000 people in the province have been affected. Zikalala, on Thursday, provided an update on KZN government’s response to the flood disasters due to the heavy rains. The premier also indicated…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Law enforcement agencies are expected to be out in full force as thousands of travellers head to various destinations over the Easter long weekend. Busy routes during this period include the N1 from Gauteng to Limpopo, the N3 from Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal, the N2 from the Western…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished all South Africans well for the Easter holiday period and urges all faith communities to reach out in prayer and material assistance to communities in KwaZulu-Natal who have been affected by devastating floods. More than 300 people have lost their lives as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced the arrest of an immigration officer at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport after it emerged the official helped facilitate the entry of five Bangladeshi nationals into the country without the required immigration documents. Motsoaledi noted that the arrested official is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the loss of life and damage to infrastructure that occurred during flooding in KwaZulu-Natal as a disaster of "enormous proportions". Ramaphosa visited the area on Wednesday following torrential rains which battered the eThekweni Municipality – leaving at least ten districts needing humanitarian…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The City of Johannesburg says it plans to focus on 'the basics' in the next five years, including basic infrastructure tasks such as fixing potholes and ensuring power outages are kept to a minimum. The proposals are included in the city's new draft Integrated Development Plans (IDP)…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Health minister Dr Joe Phaahla has extended the deadline for public comments on amendments to the Regulations Relating to the Surveillance and the Control of Notifiable Medical Conditions to 24 April 2022. The comment period was initially set to end on Friday (15 April 2022). The regulations…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Water and Sanitation has reiterated that the Shongweni Dam, located west of Pinetown, in KwaZulu-Natal, has not collapsed. This follows a video making the rounds on social media, alleging that Shongweni Dam has collapsed due to flooding in the province. The department has denounced the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu and his wife, Thembi, arrive at Sona 2020. File photo. The family of late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has confirmed that his widow, Thembi, has died. She passed away in a Pretoria hospital on Thursday morning. She was 51.…
Staff Reporter. Health minister, Dr Joe Phaahla together with the Deputy Minister, Sibongiseni Dhlomo are briefing the Portfolio Committee on Health on the progress made with regards to the process of amending the current health regulations ahead of the submission deadline for public comment. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The introduction of lifestyle audits for members of the executive has taken far longer than originally anticipated, says president Cyril Ramaphosa. Answering a recent parliamentary Q&A, Ramaphosa said that his government has begun with lifestyle audits for senior public servants – however, members of the executive such…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Embattled power utility, Eskom says it is still on track to suspend load shedding at 05h00 on Friday morning (15 April), but warns of the possibility of load shedding continuing next week. "The power system remains fragile and while that holds, Eskom will continue with the current…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) is working with Transnet and stakeholders, including the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government, eThekwini municipality and Eskom, to stabilise operations at the Port of Durban. It comes amid deadly floods in the province which have claimed more than 300 lives and hobbled the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The controversial Aarto law is headed to the Constitutional Court in three legal actions and confusion over whether the government is defending its law, says civil society group Outa. The Aarto system was expected to become fully operational in July 2022, which would include the official introduction…
Staff Reporter. The Labour Court has reserved its judgment in the case against the City of Joburg relating to the termination of the 130 employees' contracts. The 130 employees were informed that their contracts were terminated last month. after allegations of the illegal conversions of their contracts from fixed to…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Gauteng is currently grappling with an influx of migration from neighbouring areas which has led to a rapid increase in its population. The City of Johannesburg's latest draft Integrated Development Plans (IDP) shows that the province grew by a little over 1.7 million people between 2012 and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Kwazulu-Natal Cogta MEC Sipho Hlomuka says the death toll as a result of the floods stands at 259 across the province. The rains which began on Monday night flooded settlements, ravaged homes, swept away roads and displaced dozens. Hlomuka said there was a massive jump in fatalities,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) department of education has shut schools affected by the floods until next Tuesday, 19th of April 2022. Since Sunday, the province has been battered by torrential rain and floods that left many families displaced and claimed 253 lives. The department said it had decided…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga says her department is moving forward with plans to incorporate mother-tongue languages at the country's schools. Answering a recent parliamentary Q&A, Motshekga said her department values mother tongue education and thus encourages learners to learn through their Home Languages wherever it is…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the people of KwaZulu-Natal that government will intervene to help families affected by the floods. The coastal province has been lashed by heavy rain, which, according to provincial authorities, has claimed at least 59 lives and left a trail of destruction impacting…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Operation Dudula leader Nhlanhla "Lux" Dlamini handed himself over to the police on Wednesday morning and appeared at the Meadowlands Magistrate's Court, where he was convicted for having failed to appear in court. Police spokesperson Colonel Brenda Muridili confirmed Dlamini handed himself over to police in Soweto.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has won an appeal to have more people added to the list of those who must be pursued in the Digital Vibes' saga. The SIU seeks to have two contracts that the Department of Health awarded to the communications company reviewed and…
Staff Reporter. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has warned that rain is expected to return to many provinces ahead of and during the Easter Weekend. "The public is therefore urged to continue to monitor forecasts and warnings issued by SAWS," it said in a statement. The warning came in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in KwaZulu-Natal to offer support to affected communities and assess the response of government and civil society to this critical situation. The provincial government's spokesperson Lennox Mabaso said the first meeting point with the president would be at Pinetown Civic Centre by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Parliament's Joint Committee on Ethics and Members' Interests has published the register of members' interests for 2021. The register is published to ensure transparency, and to instil public trust and confidence in parliament, with members required to declare significant holdings in businesses, shares owned, as well as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A Southern African Development Community (SADC) Extraordinary Organ Troika Summit says progress has been made in the SADC Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM). The summit commended SAMIM leadership, including the men and women on the ground, for their sacrifices and commitment to the fight against terrorists acts in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will visit flood-stricken parts of KwaZulu-Natal tomorrow, Wednesday 13 April 2022, to offer support to affected communities and assess the response of government and civil society to this critical situation. In a statement, presidency said as the President prepares for this visit, his thoughts…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Embattled power utility, Eskom has announced that load shedding will be extended until Friday morning (15 April). In a statement on Tuesday evening, the power utility said the extended power outages were necessary due to reduced capacity adn extended delays in brining ower generating units back online.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. eThekwini's disaster management unit is on high alert after heavy rains that have been battering the city since the weekend. Heavy rainfall has resulted in flooding of certain roads and rising water levels in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal. Credit: Fullview for Images.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Parliament clears former health minister Zweli Mkhize of contravening its Code of Ethics. The Executive Ethics committee says he cannot be held liable for his adult son benefiting from Digital Vibes contract. The committee also finds that Mkhize did not personally benefit from Digital Vibes. Last year,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) on Tuesday confirmed that at least 45 people had died as a result of heavy downpours and flooding across the eThekwini metro municipality. In 2019, similar flooding claimed the lives of 85 people. Cogta MEC Sipho Hlomuka…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The lifting of national state of disaster means the government can no longer offer further driving licence extensions, says transport minister Fikile Mbalula. Addressing media ahead of the Easter weekend, Mbalula said the current regulations extend the grace period by 30 days from the date of the…
Staff Reporter. The case against six men accused of murdering whistleblower, Babita Deokaran has been postponed to 22 July 2022. The men appeared in the Johannesburg Regional Court on Tuesday morning. The case has been transferred to the High Court. In the indictment, the State detailed how on its version…
Staff Reporter. The Department and Water and Sanitation will on Tuesday open five sluice gates at the Vaal Dam due to the recent downpours. In a statement, the department said two sluice gates opened at 10am and a further three sluice gates will be opened at midday. Department spokesperson Sputnik…
Staff Reporter. The KwaZulu-Natal Disaster Management Centre has activated support from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) as heavy rains continue to batter parts of the province. In a statement on Tuesday, the provincial Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) said inclement weather conditions continued to cause…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented from 17h00 on Tuesday (12 April) afternoon until 05h00 on Wednesday. The power utility warned the public that this constrained supply situation will persist throughout the week, with the possibility that more load shedding is likely…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The trial against five men accused of killing former Bafana Bafana and Orlando Pirates star Senzo Meyiwa has once again been postponed. Adv Zandile Mshololo, SC, for accused number five, Sifisokuhle Ntuli, asked for a five-day postponement to allow her client to adequately prepare his defence. Mshololo…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government has asked for leave to appeal parts of a High Court ruling that ordered it to act against air pollution caused by Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd and Sasol Ltd in a key industrial zone. In a media statement on 11 April, Barbara Creecy framed her decision…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Tulio de Oliveira, who runs gene-sequencing institutions in South Africa, says that scientists in the country have discovered two new sublineages of the omicron coronavirus variant. The lineages have been named BA.4 and BA.5, he said by text message and in a series of tweets. Still, de…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Stage 2 load shedding will be suspended at 05:00 on Tuesday, but energy supply is expected to remain constrained all week, with the possibility of further load shedding, Eskom said on Monday night. The power utility implemented Stage 2 load shedding on Monday afternoon, after Unit 5…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, says a key issue commissioners appointed to the National Planning Commission (NPC) will be expected to address is the slow progress in the implementation of the National Development Plan (NDP) and to identify solutions to make sure that the country fast…
Staff Reporter. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called for swift action against any criminality in Diepsloot but also warned residents not to take the law into their own hands. This as the township was rocked by violent protests against alleged inefficient policing last week. "The Commission calls…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is set to approach the Supreme Court of Appeal in a bid to have his corruption charges scrapped. Magashule is challenging a judgment by the Free State High Court to dismiss the asbestos corruption charges against him. The lower court ruled against…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will be introduced with immediate effect due to a trip at the Medupi power station. This comes after the power utility warned it could be forced to introduce outages at short notice on Monday afternoon (11 April) following four…
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