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By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has appointed a panel to assist government to address the challenge of unity and leadership in the taxi industry. This comes after various incidents of taxi-related violence in Cape Town in recent months, which has claimed the lives of several taxi operators, drivers…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has announced that stage 2 load shedding will be implemented on Thursday due to insufficient capacity to meet demand. Load shedding will take place between 16h00 and 21h00, the power utility said. Eskom warned earlier in the day that its systems were under severe strain, and any…
Staff Reporter. Due to the severely cold weather in parts of the country, coupled with the loss of some generation capacity, Eskom has warned that it may be forced to implement load shedding at short notice. However, according to the power utility, it will only implement power cuts should there…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The eThekwini Municipality and Toyota South Africa have committed to safeguard the motor company’s investment and other businesses in Durban and to continue to create a conducive environment for the car manufacturer and other investors to thrive. The parties made the commitment during a meeting on Tuesday,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma has been granted permission to attend his brother's funeral in Nkandla on Thursday. The Department of Correctional Services has confirmed that the former president has been granted compassionate leave. Zuma's brother, Michael, died last week at the age of 77 shortly after Zuma…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says the Department of Basic Education is proceeding with plans to reopen schools. Ntshavheni said that Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga will brief the nation on the re-opening of the education sector on Sunday (25 July). South Africa moved…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. After a wave of violence and destruction in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, which saw 161 liquor outlets and distribution centres looted and damaged, the alcohol industry has called for the ban on the sale of alcohol to be lifted so that legal businesses can operate. It said the…
Staff Reporter. @GalloImages. ActionSA, who are set to contest their first election should this year’s local government elections go ahead, have announced former Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba, former Tshwane acting mayor Abel Tau and former Ekurhuleni official, Letlhogonolo Moseki as mayoral candidates for the metros of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni…
Staff Reporter. Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, has visited Ulundi and Nongoma in the Zululand District Municipality, as part of government's outreach programme, following the recent unrest in the province. Nzimande’s outreach programme is aimed at engaging stakeholders on the impact of the recent looting and…
Staff Reporter. Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says the death toll from the civil unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal has risen to 276 and police are investigating 168 murder cases. The Acting Minister said this when she briefed the media to provide an update on government’s interventions to…
Staff Reporter. Parliament has commended the cooperation between the South African Police Service (SAPS) and South African National Defence Force (SANDF), which has led to the quelling of violence, destruction of property and vandalism of infrastructure in KwaZulu-Natal. The Portfolio Committee on Police and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Schools across the country are scheduled to reopen on Monday (26 July), along with an expected review of the current adjusted lockdown 4 regulations. South Africa moved to an adjusted level 4 lockdown at the end of June in response to the third wave of Covid-19 infections.…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa has honoured the late Chairperson of the National House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders (NHTKL), Ikosi Sipho Etwell Mahlangu by declaring his funeral as a Special Official Funeral Category 1. Ikosi Mahlangu of the Ndzundza Mabusa Traditional Council passed away on 16 July 2021. The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa met with more than 90 chief executives and business leaders on Tuesday to discuss the impact of the recent social unrest in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, and the government’s recovery efforts. In the meetings, Ramaphosa said that there is virtually no part of the economy…
Staff Reporter. Eskom has urged the public to reduce their usage of electricity, as cold weather conditions persist. The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has forecasted a week of very cold temperatures across the majority of South Africa from Tuesday, lasting well into the weekend. The icy and rainy conditions…
Staff Reporter. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has received and processed 839 130 online and manual applications for funding. According to the 2021 funding status report, of the 839 130 applications received, 722 252 were found to be funding eligible, while 55 945 applications were unsuccessful, as they…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. National Treasury has published the gazetted amendments to the Carbon Offset Regulations of the Carbon Tax Act. The regulations set out the eligibility criteria for carbon offset projects, a procedure for taxpayers claiming the carbon offset allowance and administration of the carbon offset system, Treasury said in…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has called those involved in the taxi violence in Cape Town "thugs" as he held a digital press conference to address the issue on Tuesday. A conference held by Winde included provincial police commissioner Lieutenant-General Thembisile Patekile, Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz…
Staff Reporter. In an effort to further enhance collaboration, improve efficiencies and continue the vital flow of goods and freight throughout South Africa and the continent, a partnership in the supply chain, transport and retail sectors has been established. Referred to as the Gauteng Freight Forum, this partnership is between…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, says an estimated 150 000 jobs are at risk in the aftermath of looting and destruction of property that swept through KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. In a briefing on efforts to recover and rebuild after the wave of destruction, Ntshavheni on…
Staff Reporter. CompariSure, one of South Africa’s leading FinTech companies has conducted an insightful online survey across the country on the recent unrest. Using its conversational AI technology, CompariSure’s research involved "chatting" to over 1 600 respondents in order to gather opinions and results, all within a short period of…
Staff Reporter. A five-year assessment of provincial municipalities in the North West Province has revealed that 13 of the 22 municipalities are in financial dire straits, with service delivery on the brink of collapse. The analysis of a five-year assessment (2015/2020) of provincial municipalities was presented by Finance MEC Motlalepula…
Staff Reporter. Acting Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni briefs media on government interventions to rebuild the economy. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Transnet’s port and rail operations in KwaZulu-Natal have normalised following last week’s unrest in the province. "The Ports of Durban and Richards Bay have reported normalised levels of operations over the past two days, with all employees having reported for their shifts, and we are working towards…
By Karyn Maughan. @Cradock4.co.za. The families of the murdered Cradock Four anti-apartheid activists have turned to the courts to force law enforcement agencies to finally make a decision on the prosecution of those responsible for their deaths at the hands of apartheid police. Former president FW de Klerk is cited…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. A report commissioned by the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) has found that South Africa’s local government elections will not be free and fair if they are held in October. The report was overseen by former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke who was asked to…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele has expressed his satisfaction at the security measures established at retail centres as they reopen for business following last week’s incidences of violence. Cele on Monday visited businesses and shopping complexes in Durban and Pietermaritzburg affected by the business lootings and public violence that…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola has appealed to both officials and inmates to get vaccinated as government rolls out the COVID-19 vaccination programme at the country’s correctional facilities. "Vaccine scepticism continues to permeate across some sections of society. We therefore encourage both officials and inmates…
Staff Reporter. The South African Weather Services (SAWS) has predicted a week of very cold temperatures across the majority of South Africa from Tuesday and lasting well into the weekend. The cold temperatures are due to a succession of cold fronts that are expected to sweep across the southern half…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @TrevorSamson. The Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday granted former president Jacob Zuma a postponement of three weeks for his arms deal corruption trial. Judge Piet Koen, who presided over the proceedings, delivered the ruling on Tuesday morning. The corruption trial, which involves Zuma and French arms firm…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @MasiLosi. The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has dismissed with costs, the EFF's application to have the bank statements of President Cyril Ramaphosa's CR17 campaign made public. The Economic Freedom Fighters approached the court to force the disclosure of the statements in an application linked to Public…
Staff Reporter. Parliament has extended its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Member of Parliament, Boitumelo Joyce Maluleke, who passed away on Friday and her husband on Saturday. The couple passed away due to COVID-19 related illness. Maluleke joined the National Assembly in 2015 as an African…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has called for written comments on the Disaster Management Amendment Bill, which proposes a major shake-up for South Africa’s state of disaster regulations and by extension the country’s Covid-19 lockdown rules. South Africa declared a national state…
Staff Reporter. @GalloImages. Former eThekwini Mayor Zandile Gumede has opened a case of crimen injuria at the Mtshebheni police station in Inanda north of Durban. This is after social media posts saying that she is one of the instigators of unrest and looting that gripped KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in the…
Staff Reporter. @Stockphoto. The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has sent a strong message discouraging suppliers from inflating prices of essential items amid the unrest that engulfed the country the past few days. According to the NCC, these are the goods listed under Consumer and Customer Protection and National Disaster Management…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 7,209 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2,302,304. This increase represents a 27.3% positivity rate. The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng (36%), followed by…
Staff Reporter. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says the agency will continue to provide social relief of distress in the form of food vouchers to needy families. The agency said instead of food parcels, SASSA currently provides vouchers for social relief of distress that are redeemable at selected…
Staff Reporter. The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) has cautioned people against accepting dye-stained notes as legal tender, as the onward use and value of these notes will not be honoured. The warning comes after violence and looting engulfed parts of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, where hundreds of ATMs…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Statistics South Africa has published its mid-year population estimates for 2021, showing that the country’s population continues to grow, to 60.1 million people. The country recorded a net increase of 520,628 people between estimates in 2020 and 2021, Stats SA said. StatsSA also provided a breakdown of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Six more individuals, alleged to be instigators involved in the recent civil unrest, have been arrested. This was revealed on Monday by Acting Minister in Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni during an update on the progress the government has made since the beginning of the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Pietermaritzburg High Court will deliver its judgment on Tuesday relating to former president Jacob Zuma’s postponement application for his arms deal corruption trial. The matter has been adjourned, with proceedings expected to continue at 10am. The corruption trial, which involves Zuma and French arms firm company,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has welcomed the dismissal of a senior Gauteng Department of Health official for her role in the irregular awarding of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) contracts. The official, Thandiwe Pino, Chief Director: Supply Chain and Asset Management in the department, has been…
Staff Reporter. Workers affected by the COVID-19 lockdown regulations since March 2021 will once again be able to claim from the COVID-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (TERS). This comes after Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi on Friday signed the direction which makes it possible for the Unemployment Insurance Fund…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the true impact of the last week of violence and looting will be felt in the coming days, weeks and months. Writing in his weekly open letter to the public, the president warned that businesses have been destroyed and livelihoods lost at…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The inquest into the deaths of 144 Esiimeni patients is set to begin on Monday in the Pretoria High Court. The 144 mentally-challenged patients were part of a group of over a thousand patients moved to non-compliant NGOs. This followed the termination of a contract between the…
Staff Reporter. The trial against former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company Thales is expected to start on Monday. Zuma wants his trial postponed to next week. His lawyers have filed an urgent application, saying the former president wants to testify in person about why he should be acquitted…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has insisted that the people behind the attacks on the malls and businesses in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal were counter-revolutionaries. Mapisa-Nqakula, speaking at a parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Defence on Sunday evening about the security situation in the country, said she did not…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 11 215 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 295 095. This increase represents a 29.3% positivity rate. The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture. South Africa's "survival" as a constitutional democracy is under severe threat. This is according to President Cyril Ramaphosa, speaking at an ANC event to mark former president Nelson Mandela's birthday - known as "Mandela Day" - on Sunday. Repeating…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Police Minister Bheki Cele and his department have arrested three people for allegedly orchestrating violence that swept through KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng last week. The three suspects are expected to appear in court on Monday. This follows the arrest of a community leader arrested on the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Former president Jacob Zuma’s lawyers have reportedly filed an application for the postponement of his arms deal corruption trial. The trial is due to be heard virtually on Monday morning in the Pietermaritzburg High Court. But according to a News24 report, Zuma’s lawyer, Bethuel Thusini, filed an…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on South Africans to join clean-up efforts on Sunday and help rebuild the country as part of Mandela Day celebrations. Parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng were destroyed by unrest and looting that left businesses destroyed and turned large areas into rubbish heaps.…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng health department will open four vaccination sites in Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg on Sunday. The department confirmed vaccines will be administered at Phola Park Community Healthcare Centre, Daveyton Main Community Healthcare Centre and Kobie Muller Hall in Ekurhuleni between 09:00 and 14:00. Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele has assembled a team of ten detectives to investigate the deaths of 20 people that are believed to be linked to criminal and vigilante acts in Phoenix, northwest of Durban. According to the police ministry, 80 public order police officers have also been deployed…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday will deliver a virtual Nelson Mandela memorial lecture as part of the ANC’s Mandela Day programme. Sunday marks Nelson Mandela International Day, a day meant to honour and celebrate the values of South Africa’s first democratically elected president through community service and…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Government is entering a 'clean-up' phase of its response to this past week’s violent riots and looting, which includes taking steps to stop unrest from spilling over to other parts of the country. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday night characterised the week-long riots as a failed insurrection,…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Jacob Zuma foundation said they are concerned by the Pietermaritzburg’s High Court decision to hear French arms manufacturer Thales matter virtually. In a media statement on friday, the court said the hearing will resume at 10am on Monday. However, the foundation said it is concerned by…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 14 701 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 283 880. This increase represents a 29.1% positivity rate. The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng…
Staff Reporter. The king of eSwatini has appointed a new prime minister, ignoring calls for democratic reforms as police cracked down on protests. In his first public address since violent demonstrations broke out in the kingdom last month, King Mswati III announced that former pension fund boss Cleopas Dlamini would…
Staff Reporter. Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has gazetted new court directions to expedite the prosecution of various criminal cases as well as those related to the recent wave of violence and looting that affected parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The gazetted directions provide for special measures for…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @AlaisterRussell. The Thabo Mbeki Foundation (TMF) has called on South Africans to be vigilant and not be misled by instigators exploiting the poor conditions of others. The Foundation on Friday night said it had followed the public unrest that gripped parts of Kwa-Zulu and Gauteng this week…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed high on the agenda businesses crippled by looting and property damage in the wave of violent attacks in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng. In a national address on Friday evening, the President assured that every effort will be made to resurrect enterprises…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa visits a shopping centre which was damaged after several days of looting following the imprisonment of former South Africa President Jacob Zuma in Durban. Government Ministers have met with 34 Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of South Africa’s largest companies and multinationals to discuss the crisis…
Staff Reporter. File Photo:SABC headquarters in Sea Point. Right: National Assembly. Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, has welcomed an agreement reached between the Housing Development Agency (HDA) and South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) to halt the auction of the SABC Sea Point building to private developers. The…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports 15 939 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 269 179. This increase represents a 29.5% positivity rate. The majority of new cases today are from…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says that the last week of violence was a result of an attempted insurrection. In an address this evening, the president said that the events were a deliberate and coordinated attack on South Africa’s constitutional democracy. "These actions are intended to cripple the economy,…
Staff Reporter. Image Supplied. Axed former SSA top spy and former SA ambassador to Japan, Thulani Dlomo, has finally spoken out after he was accused of being one of the 12 people behind fuelling the unrest ravaging KZN and Gauteng. Dlomo said he was taken aback when the news surfaced…
Staff Reporter. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation at 8:30pm on Friday. Earlier, Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Nthsavheni confirmed the death toll from the unrest in South Africa has risen to 212. A total of 180 people were killed in KwaZulu-Natal and 32 in Gauteng.…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The N3 national highway – South Africa’s most important road trade route from the Port of Durban to the economic hub of Johannesburg – is open. This was confirmed by the Road Freight Association (RFA) on Friday. "The Road Freight Association is delighted that the N3 highway…
Staff Reporter. The Gauteng Provincial Government has warned that its healthcare system remains strained, as the province has officially reached the peak of the third wave of COVID-19. "Daily new infections remain very high. Some of those infected do require hospital care. "The increase in hospital admissions continue to place…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Friday evening (16 July) about the violent protests and looting which took place in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal this week. In a media briefing on Friday afternoon, acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said that the briefing will…
Staff Reporter. Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, has met with KwaZulu-Natal agricultural stakeholders to discuss the impact of the recent violent protests and looting of shops on food security. In a statement on Friday, the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development said the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country’s law-enforcement agencies will pursue the masterminds behind the unprecedented incidents of looting, violence and destruction of property that engulfed parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in recent days. "There are instigators, there were people who planned it and coordinated it. Our intelligence…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Deadly protests in South Africa are stretching the nation’s social fabric to breaking point, scarring an already weakened economy and exposing fault lines within the party that’s held power for more than a quarter-century. The official death toll during rioting that followed former President Jacob Zuma’s July…
Staff Reporter. The Department of Water and Sanitation in KwaZulu-Natal has called on residents to avoid the vandalism of water infrastructure, as dam levels in the province see a minimal decrease this week. The province’s storage capacity this week declined to 71.4% from last week’s 71.6%. The department said it…
Staff Reporter. Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela has thanked residents for exercising restraint, discipline and ensuring the province remained peaceful as violent protests engulfed parts of the country. "The peace loving people of the Free State province spoke in unison in condemnation of the violence and pledged to prevent any…
Staff Reporter. Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure, Jacob Mamabolo, has appealed to communities to act responsibly in order to safeguard efforts to rebuild the economy. "We therefore make an appeal to communities in Gauteng to act responsibly and desist from acts of lawlessness that have resulted in…
Staff Reporter. Police Minister Bheki Cele says the racial tensions in Phoenix, Durban, have claimed the lives of 15 people. The tensions were triggered by the ongoing business lootings and public violence that swept KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in the past week. Cele, who visited the area on Wednesday evening, said…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD),reports 16 435 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 253 240. This increase represents a 29.9% positivity rate. The majority of new cases today are from Gauteng…
Staff Reporter. Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, has instructed the department to use alternative sites to register deaths to assist grieving families and funeral undertakers. This as some offices in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal are inaccessible due to unrest that has resulted in the death of civilians, the looting of…
Staff Reporter. Christine Nxumalo and her late sister Virginia Macapelah and daughter Shanice. (Photo: Mark Lewis). An inquest will be held from Monday, five years after the Life Esidimeni tragedy, to determine if anyone can be held criminally liable for the tragedy in which at least 144 mental health patients…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa’s business leaders and economic experts have called for the introduction of strong measures to bring ongoing violence and looting in parts of the country to a halt. In a media statement on Thursday, Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) said that president Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet should:…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The death toll from violent protests around Gauteng (GP) and KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) has risen to 117,with the deployment of thousands of soldiers starting to take effect. This was announced on Thursday by Acting Minister in Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. Ntshavheni said that Gauteng was relatively calm and was…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. South Africa should prepare itself for a surge in coronavirus cases after days of widespread rioting and looting in the two most populous provinces, the World Health Organization’s Africa director has warned. "We are concerned about the last three or so days of rioting in some parts…
Staff Reporter. International Relations and Cooperation Minister, Dr Naledi Pandor, has assured Namibia that transport corridors will continue operating without interruption to deliver goods and services, particularly essential ones needed to fight COVID-19. This comes after Namibia expressed concern at the incidents of looting and criminality prevailing in pockets of…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) has assured the nation that there is enough supply of petroleum products. "The DMRE assures the nation that while there are challenges with regards the movement of petroleum products to some parts of the country, there is sufficient product and…
Staff Reporter. The Health Department has officially opened the vaccine registration system to allow people aged 35 and above to register to get their COVID-19 vaccine from 1 August, as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. According to the department, the national vaccination programme continues across the country, despite violent protests,…
Staff Reporter. The state capture inquiry is expected to hear Prasa-related evidence. Ryan Marc Sacks, Director at Crowe Forensics SA, and former Prasa board chairperson Popo Molefe are expected to testify on Thursday. Livestream Video Below: Video Courtesy of ENCA.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The Department of Defence and Military Veterans has published the code of conduct for 'Operation Prosper' – detailing the rules that South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members will have to follow in their response to the ongoing violence and looting being seen in South Africa. In…
Staff Reporter. Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, has urged provinces to utilise the R13.4 billion allocated to them to improve the quality of service delivery on the ground in this financial year. The national Department of Human Settlements has revealed in its preliminary expenditure report for the…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), reports 17 489 new COVID-19 cases that have been identified in South Africa, which brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 236 805. This increase represents a 31.0% positivity rate. With the current disruption of some COVID-19 testing…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has requested the deployment of an additional 25,000 defense personnel to restore order in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng amid ongoing violence, looting, and the destruction of property in those provinces following the arrest of the former president, Jacob Zuma. The minister told parliament…
Staff Reporter. Former Nelson Mandela Bay and erstwhile ANC Youth League deputy president Andile Lungisa has been suspended for 18 months from the party and ordered to attend year-long anger management classes. ANC Eastern Cape provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukaitobi informed Lungisa on Wednesday about his suspension. "This serves to inform…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, announced on Wednesday that 208 more incidents of looting were reported overnight in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. As the incidences spread to other parts of the country, the government deployed 5,000 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members to work with…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @SimphiweNkwali. President Cyril Ramaphosa has told the leaders of South Africa’s political parties that the government is intensifying its efforts to stem the violence and looting in various parts of the country. The president held an online engagement with leaders of political parties represented in the National…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The late City of Johannesburg mayor, Geoff Makhubo was laid to rest at the Westpark Cemetery on July 14. Makhubo passed away on July 9, after he had been admitted to hospital for complications arising from Covid-19. Makhubo had served as the African Nation Congress’ treasurer and…
Staff Reporter. The Electoral Commission has launched an online voter registration facility allowing new voters to register and existing voters to update or amend their registration from the ease and convenience of their homes or elsewhere. Launched on Wednesday, the online voter registration facility is part of the Electoral Commission’s…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. @GalloImages. Former Transnet board member and alleged Gupta associate Iqbal Sharma has been granted R500 000 bail. His bail judgment was delivered virtually by Judge Joseph Mhlambi in the High Court in Bloemfontein on Wednesday. Earlier Mhlambi has postponed the delivery of his judgment on the bail…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. The King of the Zulu nation, MisuZulu kaZwelithini, is addressing the nation following the violent protests, looting and destruction currently gripping parts of South Africa. Damage in KwaZulu-Natal due to the riots is estimated to be at around R1 billion. Appealing for peace and calm, incoming amaZulu…
By Lehlohonolo Lehana. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has published a government gazette that updates South Africa’s rules around gatherings during the Covid-19 lockdown period. The gazette states that gatherings of community engagements are permitted by the following groups of people to deal with emergency…
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