Saturday, January 18, 2020

Summerpride road not fixed, decades later

Residents of Bramleigh Road in Summerpride are once again up in arms over the neglect of their roads by BCM. When the GO! & Express...

3000 jobs on the line as union reveals Telkom’s retrenchment plans

Telkom has served unions with letters regarding planned retrenchments that may affect about 3,000 workers, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said on Wednesday. "Yesterday ,...

Dam levels continue to drop despite rains

Last week's burst of rain seems to have done some good for the Eastern Cape and helped raise the provincial dam levels to 46.4%. However,...

ConCourt to rule on ‘absolute right’ of inheritance

Private wills – as opposed to charitable trusts – are considered sacrosanct, not only in South Africa but the world over. As long as a...

Protect 30% of planet by 2030: UN Nature rescue plan

30% of Earth's surface across land and sea should become protected areas by 2030 to ensure the viability of ecosystems essential to human wellbeing,...

Sassa issues fake news warning as schools reopen

The Eastern Cape’s 5,400 schools reopened to 1.7 million pupils on Wednesday as the first term of the new decade began. But no start of...

R7m abalone theft may never have happened

Former department of agriculture, forestry & fisheries deputy director-general Siphokazi Ndudane’s co-accused in the alleged theft of abalone worth R7m has been cleared of...

Stage 8 load-shedding claims are fake, says Eskom

Eskom says any claims that it has stage 8 load-shedding planned are fake, “erroneous and incorrect”. The power utility was slamming reports that it had...

KZN education department ready to welcome 2.8m pupils for new school...

The KwaZulu-Natal education department says it's all systems go for the 2020 academic year as they prepare to welcome 2.8-million pupils on Wednesday. Education MEC...

Twelve-hour blackouts on the cards for BCM

Buffalo City Metro residents may have to brace for up to 12 hours a day without electricity, as the city will likely ramp up...

Teen shows kind heart

15-year-old born with heart defect donates wheelchair to girl After undergoing five heart operations by the time she was 11, four of which were open-heart...

BCM water woes continue

Dam levels across province have dropped even further as what is being called the most persistent drought since 2015 and one of the worst...

Author’s debut novel on gender-based violence

Local resident Sibaphiwe Ndlela published his first book, Nokuthula’s Story, recently. The book took Ndlela three months to complete and is about a girl...

Family still homeless two years after fire

When his shack in the Acorn Valley informal settlement was destroyed by a fire two years ago, Elgin Steenkamp never imagined the struggle he...

Workshop for teachers to help disciple children

Bible Centred Ministries will be holding their annual Children's Workers conference at First City Baptist Church, Southernwood from Friday December 24 to Saturday December...

Woman found murdered in veld in Eastern Cape

A 31-year-old woman was found murdered in open veld in a village outside Ngcobo in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, police said. Police spokesperson Captain...

Load-shedding downgraded to stage 1

Eskom downgraded load-shedding from stage 2 to stage 1 at 6am on Friday morning. Stage 1 load-shedding is expected to continue until 11pm on Friday. “This...

Prisoners excel in 2019 matric exams, scoring 82.6% pass rate

The department of correctional services on Thursday announced that 82.6% of inmates who wrote their 2019 matric exams passed. Speaking in Kimberley at the Tswelopele...

Mystery boat still stranded months later

A mysterious boat which washed up at Sunrise-on-Sea in November is still stranded on the beach two months later. The GO! & Express previously reported that...

Wellness workshop for more mindful life

Soul Essence Wellness will be hosting therapeutic sessions and workshops along with yoga classes and wellness retreats at the East London Surf Lifesaving Club...

Tourism threat as holidaymakers pelted at Tsitsa Falls

A party of holidaymakers was pelted with rocks while relaxing at the bottom of the 100m Tsitsa Falls in Tsolo at the weekend —...

International tennis tourney in East London

The inaugural Pro Kennex International Premier Challenge is underway at Selborne Park, where 130 national and internal tennis players will duke it out for...

Electricity cuts expected tonight as Eskom battles power generation challenges

There is a "high likelihood" of loadshedding on Wednesday night, Eskom said, after enforced power cuts overnight. Electricity was restored at 6am after stage 2...

Sabric working ‘closely’ with network providers to address number-porting scam

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric) has warned against falling victim to a not-so-new SIM-swap fraud scam. The warning comes as a number...

Eastern Cape matric pass rate marks huge improvement

The Eastern Cape had the highest improvement of matric results in the country after obtaining a 76.5% pass rate in the 2019 matric examinations,...

Eastern Cape hardest hit by drought

The Eastern Cape is the  “worst hit” province by the persistent drought that has gripped SA since 2015, human settlements, water and sanitation minister...

‘After I lost my father, I worked harder to achieve my...

After losing her father in 2017, Tshilidza Manwadu decided to work harder to accomplish her dream of becoming a medical doctor. “Before then I wasn’t...

I had to be my daughter’s voice, says mom of matric...

The mother of a 2019 matric pupil who is unable to use her limbs or speak on Tuesday told TimesLIVE that the year had...

IEB class of 2019 registers pass rate of 98.82%

The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) matric class of 2019 achieved a pass rate of 98.82% - slightly down from the 98.92% registered in 2018. According...

Brace for more stage 6 load-shedding as Eskom breakdowns rise

Stage 6 load-shedding, which has happened once, looks set to become a far more common occurrence as Eskom’s plant breakdowns remain at dangerously high...

Beware: South Africans are falling victim to cellphone porting scam

Customers at risk after scammers commit fraudulent SIM swaps Service providers have been blasted for not having proper security measures in place to protect the...

Social development opens hotline for anxious matriculants ahead of release of...

The department of social development has widened the scope of its gender-based violence command centre to give counselling to matric pupils who are anxious...

Ntate Richard Maponya, the grandfather of black business in SA, dies...

Entrepreneur and property developer Ntate Richard Maponya died in the early hours of Monday morning. He celebrated his 99th birthday on December 24. His death came...

Festive season crime dip in Eastern Cape welcomed

A noticeable reduction in crime in the Eastern Cape has been welcomed at the start of 2020. While more than 100 road deaths had occurred...

Project aims to help young school children

The Bare Necessities Project in King William’s Town aims to bring some much-needed cheer as children begin their new school year in 2020. The project...

Kondleka nabs soapie star role

Busi Kondleka benefited from her persistence and tenacity to land herself a role in one of SA's biggest and longest-running soapies, Generations: The Legacy,...

GO!’s 2019 in review

And just like that, it's the end of the year again. Is it just me or did this one seem to go by really...

East London actor wows on international stage

Passion and love for the arts kept distinguished theatre artist Sonwa Sakuba’s dream alive as he performed on an international stage in The Lion...

Bikers spread love

The Biker’s Church in Gonubie hosted a thrift shop last Saturday to raise funds for their various community projects. “Money raised will go to Guardians...

Taking a stand against GBV

In light of the national 16 Days of Activism, a march against gender-based violence (GBV) and femicide was organised by Miss Eastern Cape Beauty...

Elegant Marissa Mkhize is Miss Eastern Cape 2019

Port Elizabeth's Marissa Mkhize was crowned 2019 Miss Eastern Cape at a glamorous function at Umnenga Lodge last Sunday. Sarah Johnson was crowned first...

Buffalo Deaf Association raising awareness in the community

The Buffalo Deaf Association (BDA) held a fun-filled educational picnic at the Ann Bryant Art Gallery last Saturday. The BDA seeks to ensure that deaf...

Loaves and Fishes honours centres

The Loaves and Fishes Network held their annual prize-giving in East London last Friday, where various early childhood development practitioners and centres were honoured. The...

Transnet committed to growing EL port

Transnet National Ports Authority held an address at the Buffalo City Investment Conference in East London recently, where it reaffirmed its commitment to investing...

By 2020 Grade 12s will write exams in their mother tongue

In a decision that will have major implications for isiXhosa and Sotho speaking pupils in the province, the Eastern Cape education department has given...

Merrifield, CBC partner to combat hyacinth invasion

Back in November, the GO! & Express reported about a collaboration between Merrifield College and the Centre for Biological Control (CBC) that saw the...

Stutterheim Country Club destroyed by blaze

The Stutterheim Country Club was destroyed by a fire believed to have been  caused as a result of load-shedding on Wednesday night. Stutterheim fire department...

Athlete needs help getting to race in Slovakia

Mdantsane triathlete in need of R40,000 Mdantsane athlete Sikelela Kakele will be going to the Triathlon World Championships in Slovakia in 2020. Kakele qualified for...

Buyel’ekhaya festival set to stage big SA names

  EL to host 11th annual music event Some of the hottest music acts in the country will entertain revellers at the 11th annual Buyel’ekhaya Pan...

Glitz and glam at fashion show

The fourth annual Buyel’ekhaya Fashion Show is upon us and East Londoners will be privy to the all the glitz and glamour as it...