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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Central Karoo District municipality in the Western Cape has a new mayor following Patriotic Alliance (PA) leader Gayton McKenzie’s election on Monday. Mckenzie was elected as the municipality's mayor, unopposed, during a council meeting after he recently accepted his nomination. PA councillors, who attended the sitting,…
Staff Reporter. Dudu Myeni and Carl Niehaus in the Pietermaritzburg High Court. Photo Credit: Sandile Ndlovu. Former SAA board chair Dudu Myeni, has been criticised on Monday after she attempted to assault a photographer Sandile Ndlovu at the former president’s corruption trial. Ndlovu attended proceedings at the Pietermaritzburg High Court…
Staff Reporter. Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, says maximum cooperation from all stakeholders in the sector is necessary to control the outbreaks of foot and mouth disease (FMD). "It is important that everyone commits and respects all imposed control measures and collectively find a sustainable solution,"…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Pietermaritzburg High Court has postponed former president Jacob Zuma’s government arms deal corruption trial to 17 May 2022. Judge Piet Koen deferred the trial on Monday due to Zuma's "reconsideration application" before the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA). Judge Koen says 17 May is a holding…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Johannesburg's City Power says it will beef up its teams and resources as the city faces widespread electricity outages. The power utility said it had received nearly 2,000 outage calls from customers by early Monday morning (11 April) after a weekend of stormy weather. Hursthill depot accounted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Water and Sanitation Minister, Senzo Mchunu, says there is no chance that any activity associated with the department currently and in future, concerning fraud and corruption and will go unpunished. "Both [the] ministry and the department have a zero-tolerance policy towards fraud and corruption and will pursue…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa has seen a sharp decline in the number of new coronavirus cases since the Omicron-driven peak in December 2021, but analysts and the government are warning of a possible fifth wave of infections in the coming weeks. Covid-19 cases in the country appeared to have…
Staff Reporter. Former State Security Agency (SSA) finance clerk, Kgaogelo Bopape, has been sentenced to six years in prison for stealing R170 000 from the SSA. Bopape on Monday appeared at the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crimes Court after she was convicted in February of theft. The 53-year-old was responsible for…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Senzo Meyiwa murder trial has been postponed to Tuesday to allow the legal representative of accused number five Sifisokuhle Ntuli to consult with him. After more than eight years, the trial against the five men accused of the murder of the Bafana Bafana captain Meyiwa started…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma and Thales return to the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Monday for what is supposed to be the start of the arms deal trial. But with the former president's legal team expected to ask for another postponement, whether or not it will go ahead…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. African National Congress elected a former mayor who has been charged with corruption to a top post in one of its key regions, dealing a blow to president Cyril Ramaphosa's efforts to clean up the party. The ANC in the eastern eThekwini municipality, which has more branches…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned South Africans against taking the law into their own hands as anti-immigrant sentiment again flares up in the country. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, Ramaphosa said it is deeply disturbing how the recent incidents of anti-foreigner sentiment echo…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Former eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede was on Sunday evening elected ANC regional chairperson at the party's regional conference held in Durban. Gumede, who is facing corruption charges, defeated ANC eThekwini Municipality Speaker, Thabani Nyawose, who was contesting for the same position. She is part of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Gauteng Department of Education has expressed concern after several pupils were hospitalised after consuming cannabis-laced edibles. Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said eleven Grade 12 pupils at Randfontein High School, west of Johannesburg felt sick on Thursday and immediately rushed to clinics and hospitals for treatment. "Two…
By Thabiso Goba. Over 200 people turned out for a largely peaceful Operation Dudula march on Sunday in Durban. Operation Dudula is a movement that started in Johannesburg where a small group of people have been forcibly closing shops and raiding properties belonging to foreign nationals in the townships and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Voting for the ANC's eThekwini conference finally kicked off on Sunday afternoon after disruptions and debate over who should be allowed to vote. The nomination process eventually took place after 15:00 on Sunday. Former mayor Zandile Gumede was nominated for the position of regional chairperson along with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Jacob Zuma Foundation has announced that former President Jacob Zuma will seek private prosecution against state prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer in his trial. In a media briefing held by the Jacob Zuma Foundation on Sunday, spokesperson, Mzwanele Manyi, announced that Zuma will institute private prosecution proceedings…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted on Sunday when he lost a vote of confidence in parliament, after being deserted by coalition partners who blame him for a crumbling economy and failure to deliver on his campaign promises. The result of the vote, which was the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Today marks 29-years since death of SACP General-Secretary Chris Hani was murdered by Polish immigrant Janus Walus on 10 April 1993 outside his home in Dawn park in Boksburg. Walus and Clive Derby-Lewis were sentenced to life imprisonment for Hani's murder. South African Communist Party (SACP) leader…
Staff Reporter. One of the men accused of murdering Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for an unrelated crime. Muzikawukhulelwa (Muzi) Sthemba Sibiya appeared in the Vosloorus Magistrate’s Court last week where his sentence was handed down. The court also declared him unfit…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. ANC eThekwini's Thabani Nyawose addresses supporters ahead of the region's elective conference. Photo Credit: Sandile Ndlovu. The ANC's much contested eThekwini regional conference reached a stalemate in the early hours of Sunday morning as delegates clashed over the legitimacy of conference credentials. At the centre of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Criminals are becoming increasingly violent when stealing cables in Johannesburg, putting lives at risk and compounding the country’s economic woes. Johannesburg mayor Mpho Phalatse has pleaded with the South African Police Service to help tackle sophisticated and well-armed gangs who target the city’s electricity infrastructure, the City…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. King Misuzulu ka Zwelithini says the royal house is saddened by the passing of Princess Thembi Zulu-Ndlovu. The late King Goodwill Zwelithini's sister died at a Newcastle hospital on Friday. She was among the family members who opposed the regency of Misuzulu. The King said although they…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson Sihle Zikalala delivers the opening address at the eThekwini regional conference at Durban International Conference Centre on April 9 2022.Photo Credit: Sandile Ndlovu The ANC eThekwini regional conference got off hours later on Saturday as the party tried to work out who from the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @AlaisterRussell. President Cyril Ramaphosa is today engaging with communities in the Free State on the District Development Model (DDM) and how this will be implemented to improve their quality of life. The visit to the province is the second post-State of the Nation Address (SONA) Presidential Imbizo,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has announced that applications are open for its trainee traffic officer program. The successful candidates will be required to undergo a training program that runs for a period of three years. The training program will take place in Gauteng Province or…
Staff Reporter. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has warned of rainy and cold conditions, associated with localised flooding is some parts of the county this weekend. "The SAWS strongly urges the public to avoid crossing rivers and swollen streams, especially in cases where the water is more than ankle…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading government's engagement with communities during a District Development Model Presidential Imbizo at the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality in the Free State. The visit to the Free State is the second post-State of the Nation Address (SONA) Presidential Imbizo where engagement with citizens is themed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. US President Joe Biden called President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday after South Africa abstained from voting in the United Nations General Assembly on the resolution to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council. The vote involved over what the UN said is gross and systematic violations and…
Staff Reporter. A new travel policy for former Members of Parliament will see a significant reduction in the flight costs for all members, including former Executive Members and their spouses. This follows the completion of Parliament's policy on travel facilities for former Members of Parliament, including former Members of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Saturday lead government's engagement with communities during a District Development Model Presidential Imbizo at the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality in the Free State. The visit to the Free State will be the second post-State of the Nation Address (SONA) Presidential Imbizo where engagement…
Staff Reporter. Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, has called on the public to alert the department’s nearest district offices when they spot brown locusts. Updating the nation on the outbreak of brown locusts (Locustana Pardalin), Didiza said South Africa has been experiencing this outbreak in the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Prince Mbonisi Zulu and Princess Thembi Zulu during a media briefing about the end of the mourning period for King Goodwill Zwelithini at KwaKhethomthandayo Royal Palace on June 19 2021. Photo Credit: Sandile Ndlovu. Princess Thembi Zulu-Ndlovu, who was the sister of the late King Goodwill Zwelithini,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Free to air channel e.tv has made a direct application to the Constitutional Court to appeal the dismissal of its bid to scrap the government's end of March deadline for the country's migration from analogue to digital television signal. E.tv filed papers earlier this week with the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) says its Board has adopted a report of the Special Committee which found allegations by former Group Executive for News and Current Affairs Phathiswa Magopeni against Board Chair Bongumusa Makhathini to be unsubstantiated. Magopeni was fired by the public broadcaster in…
Staff Reporter. Police in Mpumalanga says a suspect linked to the attack and robbery on world-renowned Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu has been granted bail of R3 000. The 87-year-old was robbed at her home near Siyabuswa on 19 March. Two suspects appeared in the Mdutjana Magistrate's Court in Mpumalanga on…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A high level delegation including Police Minister Bheki Cele, Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Gauteng Premier David Makhura have spent Friday morning assessing security in Diepsloot. The immigration officials will be on the ground for the next three months as part of government's effort to solve…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. The eagerly awaited African National Congress (ANC) eThekwini regional conference is expected to get under way in Durban this weekend. The eThekwini conference will take place at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC while the Harry Gwala region will hold its elective conference at the Kokstad Youth…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor says despite abstaining from voting in the United Nations General Assembly on the resolution to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council, South Africa does not condone Russia's war on Ukraine. The members of the United Nations General Assembly voted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has called on the nation to use Freedom Month to reflect on the country's democratic gains as the dignity of millions of South Africans has and is continually being restored. Addressing the launch of Freedom Month on Friday in…
By Christopher Jasper. Kenya Airways Plc and South African Airways are planning a series of investor roadshows to help find a financial backer for a combined airline group they aim to create next year. The campaign to attract a majority investor for a holding company to be modeled on British…
Staff Reporter. SA Police services have deployed more specialised units to protest-hit Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg as part of efforts to restore calm to the area. Residents have been protesting against what they describe as unbearable levels of crime in the area. The community has accused undocumented foreign nationals of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has conducted search and seizures at the residential premises of certain individual taxpayers and gold industry and banking employees. The operations are related to wider investigations and audits into illicit financial flows and illicit trade in gold, alcohol, clothing, cigarettes and…
Staff Reporter.. Basic education minister Angie Motshekga says Covid-19 pandemic has provided the scope for a shake-up of South Africa's school system. Addressing an education conference on Thursday (7 April), Motshekga said that she was not advocating for 'wholesale curriculum changes', but noted that there was room for an overhaul…
By Jason Felix. @MichelBega. A group of ANC members in the Eastern Cape stopped a regional elective congress from going ahead, which could have a dire impact on the provincial congress. Ondela Sokomani, Anelisa Songqumase, Fundiswa Sizani, Lusapho Coto and Xolani Lobese approached the East London High Court to interdict…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The U.N. General Assembly has voted to suspend Russia from the U.N.'s leading human rights body over allegations of horrific rights violations by Russian soldiers in Ukraine, which the United States and Ukraine have called tantamount to war crimes. Russia is the second country to have its…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Following a period of protracted negotiations between the Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) and the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport (GPDRT), the city has agreed to end the working relationship that has seen the city’s road agency design, install, repair and maintain traffic signals on behalf of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has told Diplomatic Heads of Mission that they are tasked with leading the drive to promote South Africa abroad and champion the message that the country is open for business. The president said that in this period of reconstruction and recovery, the country’s foremost…
Staff Reporter. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe says that the new global dispensation of green energy offered South Africa a rare opportunity to become a global leader in green hydrogen. Mantashe, was speaking at the Platinum Group Metals Industry Day held at the Johannesburg Country Club in Auckland…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Mangaung Metropolitan and Enoch Mgijima Local Municipalities have been placed under mandatory intervention, after experiencing significant financial and service delivery failures for a long period. According to a Cabinet statement, post its meeting held on Wednesday, the Mangaung Metro has been experiencing "significant financial and service…
Staff Reporter. The Mpumalanga police are questioning two suspects in connection with the robbery of world-renowned Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu. Mahlangu, who paints vibrant geometric works based on traditional Ndebele designs, was assaulted, strangle and robbed of an undisclosed amount of money as well as a gun last month. She…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has paid tribute to Isuzu Motors South Africa, saying the company's multi-billion rand investment for the production of the new Isuzu D-Max bakkie, was proof that South Africa was the gateway to Africa. The President delivered an address at Thursday's official launch of the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi has denied that a date has been finalised for the coronation of Prince Misuzulu kaZwelithini as monarch. Buthelezi's denial follows the emergence of a letter, widely shared on social media, saying the coronation has been set down for 28 May. The letter also confirms…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says government has made a concerted and concrete effort to rebuild the South African economy following the devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on global economies. Ramaphosa was speaking during the launch of the Oxford Handbook of the South African Economy on Wednesday. The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. FlySafair has taken the decision to investigate a technical error on its aircraft following two flight diversions on 30 March and 5 April 2022. On both occasions, the same aircraft operating flight FA143 departed King Phalo Airport in East London for Cape Town International Airport and had…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Photo Credit: Alon Skuy. The former president Kgalema Motlanthe says the African National Congress (ANC) it is within its rights to take steps to renew itself. Motlanthe was speaking at a webinar hosted by the Centre for Development and Enterprise as he reflected on the ANC’s history…
Staff Reporter. Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and Member of Parliament (MP) Mbuyiseni Ndlovu are back in the dock on Thursday. The case against the duo will be heard in the Randburg Magistrates' Court. Malema and Ndlozi are charged with assaulting a police officer Lieutenant Colonel Johannes Jacobus…
Staff Reporter. The department of communications and postal services is finalising plans to transition the Postbank into a full-service bank. Communications and Digital Technologies minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has announced plans to introduce the South African Postbank Amendment Bill to the national assembly 'shortly'. Ntshavheni said the bill aims to amend…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. One person was killed in a mob attack overnight in Diepsloot north of Johannesburg, just hours after police minister Bheki Cele visited the area. Details are still sketchy but police have confirmed that one person died from injuries and more than 20 people were arrested overnight. Eyewitnesses…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) says it is appalled at the retention of a "false report" about the Tembisa 10 as a shortlisted piece of journalism for the upcoming Global Media Awards. The story, first published by Independent Media' last year is entered under the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @MyANC. The family of struggle activist Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu want an inquest opened to establish facts around his trial, sentencing and hanging. The struggle activist was hanged on 6 April 1979 after being found guilty of murder. The 22-year-old never fired a shot but was charged for…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Hundreds of Diepsloot residents gather outside the police station waiting for an audience with police minister Bheki Cele. Photo Credit: Emile Bosch. Police Minister Bheki Cele says at least 30 members of the police's tactical response team will remain in Diepsloot and 16 police vehicles will be…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The SABC board has apologised to Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni for jumping the gun in airing its concerns about the broadcaster's state of readiness for the planned analogue television signal switch-off. In a statement, issued on 25 March, SABC labelled government's plan to switch…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has opened bid window six of its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme (REIPPPP). The announcement comes as the government increasingly looks to renewable energy resources such as solar and wind as it plans to phase out its…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The case against corruption-accused former ANC parliamentarian, Vincent Smith, has been postponed to 5 July 2022. Smith appeared briefly at the Palm Ridge Specialised Crimes Court on Wednesday morning, on charges of tax fraud, money laundering, corruption and breach of the Financial Intelligence Centre (FIC) Act. But…
Staff Reporter. The North West Human Settlements department has committed to build 97 houses for the military veterans in the province. The project, which is expected to start in a few months, was revealed during the Military Veterans Housing Programme Project Steering Committee meeting, held recently in Mahikeng. The meeting…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Mpumalanga ANC treasurer general Mandla Msibi has heeded Luthuli House's call to step aside on Wednesday. ANC Mpumalanga Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) appointed Speedy Mashilo as Acting-Treasurer, who was elected deputy chairperson. Msibi confirmed that he had stepped aside: "Yes, I did. I did that myself as…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane has suspended the head of the department of education, Naledi Mbude, over the delay in delivering textbooks and the forfeiture of a R200m grant meant for school infrastructure. This comes amid heavy criticism over the scandal-plagued department's return of an unspent R200…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) supporters are gathering in Stellenbosch ahead of the party's land march. EFF leader Julius Malema is expected to lead the march to business tycoon Johann Rupert's business entity, Remgro Limited, while deputy president Floyd Shivambu would lead a march to Leopard Creek, a…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The situation in Diepsloot remains calm but tense after residents engaged in a second day of violent protests against high crime levels. Community members met with the local South African Police Service (SAPS) where they demanded more police visibility and better resources at police stations Although the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana President Cyril Ramaphosa has sent his condolences to the family of legendary South African author, poet and playwright Gladys Thomas who has passed away. Thomas passed away at the age of 87. The Order of Ikhamanga in Siliver recipient used her renowned writing ability and outspoken nature…
Staff Reporter. The City of Cape Town plans to ramp up spending in the coming years as it aims to significantly reduce congestion. Upon council approval, the city said it plans to spend an additional R203.5 million over the next three financial years ending 30 June 2025. This amount excludes…
Staff Reporter. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy railed against the United Nations' ineffectiveness to stop Russia's ongoing war in a speech to the Security Council on Tuesday. Zelenskyy told the UN Security Council (UNSC) that he sees two options for the group following the discovery of mass civilian killings in the…
By Faith Ramusetheli, Transformation Director, Sage Africa and Middle East. Sage South Africa implemented a programme called Sage Pathways in 2021 which is part of the global initiative. The objective of the programme is to help underrepresented groups to get into or back to work as part of its wider…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The State Capture Commission of Inquiry that has spent almost four years probing graft is still working on the next part of its findings. In a statement released on Tuesday, the commission, chaired by Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, indicated that the report will be sent to…
Staff Reporter. South Africa has welcomed the long-awaited sixth assessment report on mitigation by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). "This important report on mitigation emphasises the urgency of acting on mitigation, globally. For South Africa, we take a developmental approach to climate action, and this report provides valuable…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Opposition parties, civil society and business groups have welcomed the government’s move to lift South Africa’s national state of disaster after almost two years – but almost all of them caution that the government has not totally relinquished control. "The national state of disaster is ending in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, says the recovery of South Africa's economy, following the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will now be sped up even more. Gungubele was speaking at a media briefing with Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Health…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Deputy President David Mabuza, in his capacity as the Chairperson of the South African National AIDS Council (SANAC), has appointed Bonolo Ramokhele as the Chairperson of the SANAC Trust Board of Trustees effective immediately. Ramokhele is a Chartered Accountant by profession, and has been serving on the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Independent Commission for the Remuneration of Public Office Bearers has gazetted its recommended salary increases for government officials in 2022. The commission is mandated to make annual recommendations relating to the salaries, allowances, benefits, and other resources required by some public office bearers to enable them…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng Traffic Police has warned hitchhikers on Gauteng major routes that irresponsible behaviour on the roads is punishable by law enforcement authorities. "The law is very clear… anyone who constitutes a source of danger to himself or herself thereby endangering other road users commits an offence and…
Staff Reporter. University of Johannesburg students Miracle Khosi (left) and Neo Kometsi (right) believe it’s unfair that classes started without students having financial access to books and food due to delays in NSFAS payments. They joined dozens of students to picket on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Julia Evans. The National Student…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons, but under the leadership of newly appointed Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, it is set to interview candidates nominated for positions in various courts. The newly revamped JSC will interview the shortlisted candidates from…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has gazetted new regulations terminating national state of disaster and introducing new transitional measures as the government prepares to begin managing the Covid pandemic through the National Health Act. A separate gazette published by Health minister Joe Phaahla…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has lifted South Africa's national state of disaster more than two years after it was first declared in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In an address on Monday evening (4 April), Ramaphosa said the introduction of the state of disaster and associated lockdown restrictions…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address South Africa on Monday evening (4 April 2022) at 20h00 on the country's ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The president last addressed the nation on 22 March, when he announced regulations that would end South Africa’s state of disaster. The president…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The African National Congress (ANC) Mpumalanga treasurer-general, murder-accused Mandla Msibi has been asked to step aside. Msibi was nominated and elected in absentia over the weekend. He wrote a letter to the conference accepting the call to become one of Mpumalanga's top officials. Over the weekend, ANC…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi as acting Minister of Public Service and Administration. This follows Ayanda Dlodlo's appointment as an executive director on the board of The World Bank in Washington, United States. Ramaphosa thanked Dlodlo, who has served the government…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20h00 this evening, 04 April 2022, on developments in South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reported 889 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brought the total…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Good Party and Eastern Province Rugby have both extended their condolences to former Springbok and EP Rugby Coach Peter de Villiers on the sudden passing of his wife Theresa. Gqeberha police reported on Monday afternoon that they had opened an inquest docket after a 62-year-old woman…
Staff Reporter. Energy regulator Nersa is proposing an average increase of 7.47% in municipal electricity tariffs from 1 July 2022. In a discussion document this week, the group said it would continue to use the historic method of tariff setting, but due to time pressure, there will be no public…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Social Development minister Lindiwe Zulu has gazetted new grant increases for South Africa. The increases, which were announced by the National Treasury as part of its February budget, take effect from 1 April, with another small adjustment for some grants taking effect on 1 October 2022. The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The government will begin winding down its Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) as the country enters the post-pandemic stage, says Employment and Labour minister Thulas Nxesi. "As some level of normality has resumed this year, including a lot of economic activity, we are winding down and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Southern African Development Community Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) is expected to begin its de-escalation to Scenario 5 of its deployment to combat acts of terrorism and violent extremism in the northern region of Cabo Delgado Province, in Mozambique. The SAMIM mandate was extended for a further…
Staff Reporter. The National Treasury has postponed the increase of the health promotion levy by a year to 1 April 2023. The change was confirmed in the revised 2022 Draft Rates Bill published for public comment on Friday (1 April). The bill also includes the temporary reduction in the general…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The South African Communist Party (SACP) has expressed deep concern about the rising, crisis-high unemployment and sees the extension of the Social Relief of Distress grant as the first step towards a universal income. The SACP held its last ordinary session of the 14th SACP National Congress…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. China added more than 13,000 new Covid-19 infections with state media reporting a case infected with a new subtype of the omicron variant. The new iteration of the virus, isolated from a mild Covid-19 patient in a city less than 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Shanghai, evolves…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has thanked taxpayers in South Africa after the South African Revenue Service (SARS) announced in its preliminary tax revenue collection outcome that it had collected over R1.5 trillion between April 2021 and March 2022. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, Ramaphosa…
By Lwandile Bhengu. Flights were delayed at King Shaka International Airport on Sunday after a technical glitch in refuelling. ACSA group executive of operations Terence Delomoney said that six aircraft experienced delays due to the glitch. "King Shaka International Airport (KSIA) experienced a tech nical problem with the fuel hydrant…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Mandla Ndlovu (far left) was elected ANC Mpumalanga provincial chair. Photo Credit: Thapelo Morebudi. ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated the newly elected provincial leadership of the party in Mpumalanga. Ramaphosa delivered the closing address at the 3-day elective conference in Emalahleni on Sunday afternoon. Over 700…
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