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The Department of Basic Education has announced that the government will keep all schools closed in South Africa due to concerns around the country second Covid-19 wave. In a media briefing on Friday (15 January), Deputy Basic Education minister Reginah...
The Zondo commission legal team has committed an own goal that has brought a temporary reprieve from accountability for former Eskom CFO Anoj Singh. And the commission chairperson, deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo, is furious about it. The bungle led to...
A delay of the 2021 local government elections to 2024, as called for on Thursday by the EFF, would create a constitutional crisis, says Herman Mashaba, president of ActionSA. The proposal by the EFF's Julius Malema, he said, “is grossly irresponsible...
DA MP Phumzile Van Damme and ANC stalwart Derek Hanekom have not only endorsed the Covid-19 vaccine, which is expected to arrive in SA soon, but have also said they are willing to wait until all vulnerable groups have...
The DA wants social development minister Lindiwe Zulu held accountable in parliament for the SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) grants debacle which has seen scores of beneficiaries endure long lines to renew their applications at Sassa offices. The agency suspended...
President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved to bolster the top leadership of the National Prosecuting Authority with the appointment of four senior advocates on Thursday. Among the appointments is that of advocate Anton du Plessis as deputy national director of public...
The EFF has called for the local government elections and the reopening of schools to be postponed due to the rising number of Covid-19 infections and related deaths. “We call for all elections and local government elections to be postponed...
Michelle Obama sees 2 Americas when she looks at the attempted coup -- one with the police response to pro-Trump rioters, and the other a much different response to BLM protesters. The former First Lady just shared her thoughts on Wednesday's chaos at...
Deputy minister of home affairs Njabulo Nzuza has tested positive for Covid-19, minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Wednesday. He said Nzuza will be off for the next two weeks or so. “He is isolating at home. He is still symptomless, he...
The national coronavirus command council (NCCC) will meet on Wednesday. But this does not automatically mean President Cyril Ramaphosa will be announcing changes to the lockdown restrictions. Government spokesperson Phumla Williams tweeted on Tuesday afternoon: “Tomorrow January 6 the national coronavirus...
The state capture inquiry on Tuesday said it was not interested in engaging in a public mudslinging contest with former Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) chief executive Lucky Montana. This comes after Montana accused the inquiry of “blocking” his...
“I don't care if you are my reliable supporter, you will get an apology in heaven.” This was the response from Julius Malema to calls for him to apologise for allegedly disregarding Covid-19 regulations during a Christmas gathering. Videos of the...
Stellenbosch councillor Derrick Hendrickse, 55, has died, the municipality confirmed on Tuesday. Hendrickse was an outspoken opposition councillor for the EFF. He was also a former SA Amateur Athletic Board junior men’s high jump record holder and champion. The municipality said...
The high court in Cape Town erred in not finding that Regulation 45, used by the government to ban the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products during the initial stages of the lockdown, was rational. This is one of 13...
The ANC will abandon its dismissive approach to conspiracies about Covid-19 and plans to create platforms to educate its members about the coronavirus. This comes after one of its councillors, Sfiso Mngadi in eThekwini, made outrageous claims, saying there is no...
Jessie Duarte, political bankruptcy is a serious threat to national harmony. Voting corrupt and incompetent ANC out of power will not lead to civil war. It will save RSA.” This is what former ANC MP Dr Makhosi Khoza said...
Deputy police minister Cassel Mathale tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, the police ministry said. It said Mathale was currently asymptomatic and was self-isolating. “Mr Mathale is one of 21,294 employees of the SA Police Service who have been infected with...
EFF deputy leader Floyd Shivambu has again got tongues wagging on social media after he said people should not be moved by President Cyril Ramaphosa's “crocodile tears”. In an emotional address to the nation on Monday, a teary-eyed Ramaphosa pleaded with citizens to...
Minister of mineral resources and energy Gwede Mantashe has denied that he broke the Covid-19 alert level 3 regulations set by President Cyril Ramaphosa by going ahead with a potentially superspreader event in his hometown of Cala this week. Mantashe...
Aaron Motsoaledi on Wednesday set the record straight regarding recent congestion at the Beitbridge border post. The home affairs minister was outlining the government's Covid-19 intervention procedures as the country expected volumes of people to return to SA between January...
Health minister Zweli Mkhize on Friday said he was deeply saddened to learn that anti-apartheid activist Dr Aubrey Mokoape had died from Covid-19 complications. “Dr. Mokoape will always be remembered as a powerful fighter against apartheid, who dedicated his life...
An image allegedly showing labour minister Thulas Nxesi flouting the lockdown regulations on Thursday by socialising without a mask is an old picture, the department of employment and labour said on Friday. It said in a statement  the image is not from...
Some South Africans have welcomed the news that President Cyril Ramaphosa will appear before the commission of inquiry into state capture next year. This after deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo announced on Monday that the work of the commission would...
Ethiopia's military has killed more than 40 men suspected to be linked to the massacre of at least 100 people, including children, in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, state media report. Five current and former government officials were also detained over the...
One SA movement leader Mmusi Maimane has slammed the department of basic education's plans to eradicate pit toilets at schools only in 2022. According to the department's minister Angie Motshekga, who was replying to a written question in parliament, there are...

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