Monday, March 1, 2021

‘Not racially motivated or malicious intent,’ says eNCA after mask backlash

IAVAN PIJOOS Broadcaster eNCA says its senior journalist’s conduct during interviews at the 2021 budget speech this week was not “racially motivated or with malicious...

SA trophy hunter sparks international outcry for posing with giraffe heart

KYLE ZEEMAN SA trophy hunter Merelize van der Merwe has drawn international criticism after she boasted about getting the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, posing for...

SA to evaluate data received on Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine

IAVAN PIJOOS The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) said it would evaluate data received for Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine. Sahpra CEO Boitumelo Semete said...

Chester Missing slams claims that EC name changes are ‘bad for...

KYLE ZEEMAN Controversial puppet Chester Missing has hit back at suggestions that recent name changes in the Eastern Cape may affect tourism in the province,...

March 2021 payment dates for SASSA Social Grants

SASSA Social Grant March 2021 SASSA has recently released a payment schedule for the month of March, and are as follows: Older Person’s Grants will...

East London to be renamed, and it’s likely to be Gompo

Port Elizabeth is history. The biggest metro in the province is now called Gqeberha. East London is next and metro residents are likely to awake...

‘We don’t need a PE or East London in SA’ –...

Cebelihle Bhengu Former ANC minister Derek Hanekom has defended the decision to rename Port Elizabeth Gqeberha and East London airport King Phalo international Airport amid...

‘Kidnapped’ East London man Schalk Van der Merwe withdraws charge, suspect...

A kidnapping case took an unexpected twist this week when the charge was withdrawn and the suspect was released from custody. National Prosecuting Authority (NPA)...

Constitutional Court outlaws bigotry from beyond the grave

TANIA BROUGHTON Originally published on GroundUp The Constitutional Court last week overturned a clause in a will written 119 years ago, which specified that only male...

SA’s Uber drivers working with UK lawyers for overtime and holiday...

EMMA RUMNEY A group of Uber drivers in SA will head to court to seek rights including compensation for unpaid overtime and holiday pay, their...

ANC welcomes SOPA speech

The ANC in the Eastern Cape has welcomed the State of the Province Address (SOPA) delivered by EC premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane at the...

Matric Results 2020- Pass rate drops

The 2020 Matric class celebrated the national pass rate of 76,2 % on Monday indicating a slight decline from 81, 3% in 2019. The...

Right2Know set to defy Covid-19 regulations in today’s budget protests

NALEDI SHANGE Campaigners of the Right2Know (R2K) group have announced they will intentionally defy Covid-19 regulations barring political gatherings because they claim there is no...

It is official, Port Elizabeth has a new name — Gqeberha

Port Elizabeth has a new name — Gqeberha. East London airport is now the King Phalo Airport and King William’s Town is now Qonce. The...

SA telecoms regulator Icasa pushes back spectrum auction again

NQOBILE DLUDLA SA's telecoms regulator on Monday pushed back the announcement of the qualifying bidders for its long-awaited auction of new spectrum by a month...

President Cyril Ramaphosa defends the judiciary

APHIWE DEKLERK President Cyril Ramaphosa has come out in defence of the judiciary after recent attacks on judges by EFF leader Julius Malema and former...

Still plenty tea in Nkandla for those who want to visit‚...

Former president Jacob Zuma on Sunday said there was still plenty of tea available for those who wanted to visit his Nkandla homestead. This as...

Ramaphosa praises soldiers for ‘essential’ Covid deployment

The SA National Defence Force can be relied upon no matter the circumstances, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. Speaking on Armed Forces Day, Ramaphosa,...

Man charged for kidnapping of East London businessman Schalk van der...

The 30-year-old male who was taken in for questioning by police on Saturday afternoon has been linked to the crime and charged for the...

Fire damages Fort Hare economics building

A fire that broke out at the University of Fort Hare in Alice has left a trail of damage in the economics building. The building,...

Argentina health minister resigns after reports of VIP vaccine access

Argentina's health minister resigned on Friday after reports that people had been able to use connections to get access to Covid-19 vaccines to which...

Kidnapped East London businessman found safe, man taken in for questioning

Schalk van der Merwe, the East London businessman who was kidnapped this week, has been found safe and sound. Van der Merwe, 32, was kidnapped...

Suspects arrested while ‘trying to sell elephant tusks’ at King Shaka...

Six men arrested while allegedly searching for a buyer for elephant tusks at King Shaka International Airport in Durban are expected to appear in...

School no big deal for little ones

The school shoes may have been uncomfortable and not having the time to build Lego was quite an adjustment, but mummy’s yummy mini-burgers and...

Kidnapped East London businessman Schalk van der Merwe’s car found abandoned

The car of kidnapped East London businessman Schalk van der Merwe has been found abandoned in bushes near Ngqamakhwe, outside Butterworth. Schalk van der Merwe was kidnapped...

LISTEN | East London businessman kidnapped in front of Butterworth staff

An East London businessman was allegedly kidnapped in Butterworth, where he runs a workshop, on Thursday afternoon. Schalk van der Merwe, 32, was allegedly forced...

Health advocacy group calls for sugar tax to be doubled to...

SUTHENTIRA GOVENDER “If the National Treasury doubled the health promotion levy, it could net the government around R2bn to help fund the fight against Covid-19...

SA working towards low-carbon, climate resilient economy, says Creecy

NONKULULEKO NJILO Environment, Forestry and Fisheries minister Barbara Creecy has conceded that traders in some of the largest economies in the world are unlikely to...

Environment department probes sulphur stench causing headaches in Gauteng and Mpumalanga

SHONISANI TSHIKALANGE The environment, Forestry and Fisheries department (DEFF) said on Wednesday that it would investigate the “elevated levels” of sulphur dioxide and hydrogen sulphur...

WATCH | Protesting BCM workers set fire to roads with burning...

Sivenathi Gosa BCM workers took to the streets on Thursday morning, blocking traffic with burning tyres and covering roads with litter. This comes after a meeting...

Researchers urge delay in administering Pfizer vaccine’s second dose, cite strong...

Researchers on Wednesday urged governments to delay administering the second dose of Pfizer Inc's Covid-19 vaccine, which they said had an efficacy of 92.6%...

Proposed changes to ID laws will benefit transgender, non-binary people

Proposed changes to South Africa's ID laws put forward by the department of home affairs (DHA) will be a “phenomenal” benefit to transgender and...

JUST IN | Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba fired

Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane has fired health MEC Sindiswa Gomba. Mabuyane announced he had fired Gomba at a news conference on Thursday. This was...

Another tropical storm on the way, but it’s not likely to...

SHONISANI TSHIKALANGE Another tropical storm is on the way this week, but it seems that it will have “no negative impact on SA in the...

‘Nobody will go to school’: Parents will burn tyres if children...

Tensions continue to rise in Parkside, with protesters threatening to burn tyres and shut down schools in the area if their children were not...

EC remembers Mzi Mnguni: province to request state funeral for legendary...

Mesuli Zifo The boxing world was plunged into mourning on Saturday morning after the death of boxing icon Mzimasi Mnguni in an East London hospital. He...

Ace Magashule’s supporters target judiciary ahead of his day in court

KGAUGELO MASWENENG Supporters of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule have already gathered in Bloemfontein to pledge their allegiance before his appearance in court on corruption charges...

SA reacts to J&J vaccine arrival and rollout

UNATHI NKANJENI The arrival of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine in SA has been welcomed by many online. The first delivery of 80,000 J&J vaccines...

President Cyril Ramaphosa among first to get Covid-19 vaccine

President Cyril Ramaphosa and health minister Zweli Mkhize will be among the first citizens to get inoculated with the newly acquired Johnson & Johnson...

J&J vaccines arrive in SA on Tuesday night

The first batch of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines will arrive at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday night. Government sources confirmed that the vaccine...

Shocked community searches for answers after body of ‘loving, playful’ Lihlumo...

The body of young Lihlumo Mzini, who went missing last Friday, has been found in a garden. Residents of Dorchester Heights informal settlement in East...

Body of missing East London girl, 8, found near Hemingways Mall

Dorchester Heights informal settlement residents tragically ended their frantic search for eight-year-old Lihlumo Mzini on Tuesday afternoon after the discovery of the girl's lifeless...

‘I wait to face the sentence to be issued by the...

MATTHEW SAVIDES Former president Jacob Zuma appears resigned to his fate, saying that he was waiting to “face the sentence” from the Constitutional Court after...

MK vets head to Nkandla to do what is ‘necessary’ to...

uMkhonto weSizwe military veterans said they are ready to do their “level best” to protect former president Jacob Zuma from being arrested. The members of...

Umalusi gives green light for release of matric exam results

But 893 candidates in four provinces implicated in ‘group copying’ Exams quality assurer Umalusi has given the green light for the release of the 2020...

You must still pay school fees despite Covid-19 breaks, says Angie...

Parents who wonder if they can skip paying school fees in the context of Covid-enforced longer school breaks have been categorically given the answer:...

15 people arrested on fraud rap related to Nelson Mandela’s funeral

NOMAHLUBI SONJICA Fifteen people, including high-profile Buffalo City employees, prominent political party members and businessmen, have been arrested for fraud and corruption related to Nelson...

Special “350 COVID-19 grant” extension

President Cyril Ramaphosa extended the Special 350 COVID-19 Grant, by a further three months, yesterday. SASSA has processed in excess of 9,6 million applications...

Ramaphosa spoke but said nothing at all: opposition parties react to...

The fire that destroyed SA is the ANC government which allowed the looting and stealing of taxpayers' money, says the FF+ The FF+ on Thursday...

Sighs of relief as Cyril Ramaphosa says R350 and TERS grants...

Millions of needy South Africans who were benefiting from the monthly special Covid-19 social relief of distress grant of R350 can breathe a sigh...