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We have made the economy an apex priority - Zuma

2016-02-13 22:42

South Africa's economy is government's main priority due to the current global economic climate, President Jacob Zuma says.

We share your pain, Zuma tells families of trapped mine workers

2016-02-13 22:12

The families of the three workers trapped inside Lily Mine in Louisville, outside Barberton, are in pain, but the country is with them, President Jacob Zuma says.

Newborn found alive in pit toilet

2016-02-13 21:00

A newborn baby has been discovered alive inside a pit toilet in Shaka's Head, near Ballito, with his placenta and umbilical cord still attached to him, KwaZulu-Natal paramedics say.

3 KZN churchgoers killed after lightning strike

2016-02-13 21:00

Three churchgoers have been killed and 38 others were injured when a bolt of lightning struck a tree in an open field in kwaMachi, near Harding, KwaZulu-Natal's emergency medical services say.

Come forward with Masiphumelele fire info – City

2016-02-13 19:00

Masiphumelele informal settlement is fully electrified, yet large fires still occur every year, the City of Cape Town's mayoral committee member for human settlements says, asking for anyone with information on the latest fire to come forward.

Lily Mine rescue efforts suspended after another collapse

2016-02-13 16:41

Efforts to rescue three workers trapped inside Lily Mine, in Louisville outside Barberton, have been suspended following a second collapse at the site, Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza says.

Masiphumelele fire leaves 600 displaced

2016-02-13 13:32

Humanitarian relief is being provided to 600 people whose homes were destroyed in a fire at the Masiphumelele informal settlement near Fish Hoek on Friday.


EXHAUSTED:  A search and rescue team member at the Lily gold mine near Barberton takes a break. (AP)

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Missing Joburg teenager found

2016-02-13 18:00

Police have found 16-year-old Lizel Molefe, the schoolgirl who went missing after she was seen being pushed into an unknown car while waiting for school transport outside her parent's Lombardy East house.

2 drowned on KZN South Coast

2016-02-13 14:25

A man and a woman have drowned in two separate incidents on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.

6 arrested in Tzaneen sting operation

2016-02-13 12:33

Six people have been arrested in the last two days during a sting operation in Maake and Letsitele areas in Tzaneen for possession of firearms and drugs.

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Pretoria man arrested for raping 8-year-old boy in a toilet

2016-02-13 11:22

A man has been arrested for allegedly raping an eight-year-old boy in the toilet of a Gauteng school.

Ramaphosa's bodyguard injured in Cape Town crash

2016-02-13 09:30

A member of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's protection unit was injured in a crash at a Cape Town intersection when a bakkie drove through a red robot, according to police.

Tragedy as Lily Mine experiences another collapse

2016-02-13 07:41

There are reports of another collapse at the Lily Mine in Louisville, outside Barberton where three mine workers have been trapped underground for more than week.

Malema gets as good as he gave at chamber debate

2016-02-12 21:21

A member of the Cape Chamber of Commerce tried to emulate the EFF's behaviour in Parliament during a debate between Julius Malema and scenario planner Clem Sunter, shouting "point of order" as Malema started his address.

NPA drags Breytenbach to court

2016-02-12 20:49

DA MP and former prosecutor Glynnis Breytenbach and her lawyer will appear in the Pretoria Magistrate's Court on Monday on charges of obstruction and defeating ends of justice, the National Prosecuting Authority says.

'Presidential protection' vehicle involved in Cape Town crash

2016-02-12 19:47

A black sedan bearing a gold government seal allegedly drove through a red robot and crashed into the car being driven by two British tourists in Cape Town.

SCA will 'take a while' to consider arguments in Bashir case

2016-02-12 18:46

The State will have to wait a while to find out if the Supreme Court of Appeal will overturn a high court ruling that government's failure to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was inconsistent with its constitutional duties.

I want to know the truth, says sister of MK operative missing for 33 years

2016-02-12 17:48

The sister of Nokuthula Simelane, an uMkhonto we Sizwe operative who went missing in 1983 after she was kidnapped, says she wants to know the truth.

FULL DEBATE: Julius Malema challenges Clem Sunter on economy

2016-02-12 18:32

EFF leader Julius Malema took on Clem Sunter, in a debate on economy at the Cape Sun, organised by the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

EFF's Gupta comments are actual threats, not just campaigning - judge

2016-02-12 17:00

The EFF's statements about the Gupta brothers and their employees were not merely part of its campaigning for the upcoming elections, but actual threats of violence, the High Court in Pretoria has found.

Yengeni's blood alcohol test challenged in court

2016-02-12 16:11

The legal team for ANC national executive committee member Tony Yengen is challenging the admissibility of his blood alcohol results from his arrest for drunk driving in 2013.

TUT, workers reach agreement on insourcing

2016-02-12 14:48

The Tshwane University of Technology and protesting workers have reached an agreement to insource staff, both parties have confirmed.

Bashir not immune from arrest, appeal court hears

2016-02-12 14:01

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was not immune from arrest when he was in South Africa last year, the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein has heard.

Teen dies after falling from moving train

2016-02-12 12:45

A 15-year-old boy died after falling from a moving train between Bellville and Kuilsriver, Western Cape police have said.

Rock-shifting technology brings new hope to Lily Mine rescue efforts

2016-02-12 13:30

New vibration technology is being used to loosen a huge rock that is hampering attempts to rescue three trapped miners in Mpumalanga, exactly a week after the mine collapsed.

Building a future, one letter at a time

2016-02-12 12:30

Priscilla Njamele spends her days walking from the foot of Signal Hill all the way through Vredehoek and down to the Company’s Garden, delivering mail. And as long as the dogs stay inside, her job is a dream.

'Kill all whites' T-shirt culprit identified - UCT

2016-02-12 11:55

The person who wore a "Kill all whites" T-shirt at the University of Cape Town has been identified and all relevant evidence gathered, the university's executive director says.

12 striking photos from the SONA 2016 protests

2016-02-12 12:49

Protests erupted in Cape Town's CBD ahead of the State of the Nation Address. See the pictures here.

Iconic Durban curry house uses 1996 prices to help ease drought burden

2016-02-12 08:30

An iconic Durban curry house is putting the money where the mouths are, bringing back their prices from 1996 in response to the drought crippling the country.

Zuma's speech 'a failure to the nation' - analysts

2016-02-12 05:29

Political analysts have described President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation speech as dull, ordinary and a failure to the nation.

SONA 2016 defers power to Gordhan

2016-02-12 06:52

SONA 2016 has set it all up for Pravin Gordhan – and now shows just how powerful he may be, says Daniel Silke.

SONA: ANC happy, opposition underwhelmed

2016-02-11 22:46

While ANC members were quick to praise President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address, opposition parties were underwhelmed.

Zuma memes blossom on Twitter after #SONA2016

2016-02-11 08:00

Judging by the comments and memes on social networking site Twitter, South Africans who tuned in to hear President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address were clearly not only focused on the serious issues being laid down by the president.

Govt helping with drought relief - Zuma

2016-02-11 21:01

Government is providing relief for drought stricken areas, President Jacob Zuma has said during his State of the Nation Address.

Land reform remains important for transformation - Zuma

2016-02-11 21:03

Around 120 000 new land claims have been received as of December, President Jacob Zuma has said during his State of the Nation Address.

SA must join forces to lift economy, says Zuma

2016-02-11 21:10

President Jacob Zuma has appealed to South Africans to come together and sort out its economic differences in-house before they escalate.

EFF tells 'Mr Zupta' to sit down

2016-02-11 19:49

President Jacob Zuma was called "Mr Zupta" by EFF secretary general Godrich Gardee when he was given time to raise a point of order during the State of the Nation address.

Zuma: Nuclear plan will roll out at pace we can afford

2016-02-11 20:54

South Africa’s nuclear build programme will roll out at a pace the country can afford, President Jacob Zuma has said in his State of the Nation Address.

EFF's grand entrance into Parly

2016-02-11 18:53

While most Members of Parliament treated the State of the Nation Address as a formal affair, the EFF made a grand entrance into the House as they sang and clapped.

Lekota expecting 'a bit of drama' in Parliament

2016-02-11 18:57

Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota says that he was expecting action in Parliament where President Jacob Zuma was to deliver his State of The Nation address.

Police fire stun grenades at EFF protesters

2016-02-11 18:20

Two loud bangs have been heard when EFF protesters clashed with police near parliament hours before President Jacob Zuma was due to deliver his State of the Nation address.

Malema, EFF leaders add some more red to SONA red carpet

2016-02-11 17:45

The top brass of the EFF have started trickling into Parliament ahead of President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address.

No Game of Thrones, but Hunger Games on the SONA band playlist

2016-02-11 16:45

The SA Military Health Band is filling Parliament's precinct with gentle jazz tunes while the final stretches of the red carpet are laid out to welcome arrivals for President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address.

Rescuers 'within a whisker' of finding trapped miners - Amcu

2016-02-11 16:06

Rescuers are within a whisker of finding the three people trapped in the Lily Mine, Amcu's Mpumalanga secretary, John Sibiya, says.

'Zille must ask other animals for votes, not us monkeys'

2016-02-11 15:42

Western Cape premier and former DA leader Helen Zille should not bother asking black people to vote for her party, members of the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement says.

Police captain granted bail for Parys farm murders

2016-02-11 14:38

A Free State police captain who was arrested in connection with the killing of two suspected farm attackers, has been granted bail in the Parys Magistrate’s Court.

#ZumaMustfall protester 'pushed around'

2016-02-11 14:16

A man carrying a #ZumaMustFall poster was reportedly pushed around at the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement gathering in the CBD.

6 injured in North West crash

2016-02-13 10:20

A person has been killed and six others injured when a taxi rolled on the N12 about 20km outside Potchestroom in the early hours of the Saturday morning.

Women injured after jumping from burning car

2016-02-13 08:31

A woman is in a critical condition after she jumped out of a moving vehicle which started burning on the N12 near the mining town of Fochville.

'Mr Malema, you have no authority over land'

2016-02-12 22:32

A woman attending a Cape Chamber of Commerce debate challenged EFF leader Julius Malema over his statements about land saying he did not have authority over the issue.

No razzmatazz as Mantashe fails to show at pre-election walkabout

2016-02-12 21:13

The ruling party is determined to erode the DA's hold in the Western Cape, but ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe still failed to pitch at a pre-election walkabout.

Search for missing miners a never-ending mission – union

2016-02-12 20:26

The search is still continuing for the three mine workers who have been trapped underground at Lily Mine in Louisville, outside Barberton.

Suspension lifted for Maties students for alleged ‘blackface’ incident

2016-02-12 19:47

The suspension of two Stellenbosch University students who were involved in an alleged “blackface” incident has been lifted, the institution says.

Two men stoned to death by vigilante mob

2016-02-12 18:46

Limpopo police are investigating a vigilante attack after two men were killed for allegedly robbing a supermarket in Mogapeng village.

Cop linked to Parys farm murders suspended

2016-02-12 17:54

The police officer, who was implicated in the murder of two suspected farm attackers, has been suspended, Free State police say.

Second death in 30 days at Limpopo mine

2016-02-12 17:16

A platinum miner in Limpopo has been killed after the brakes failed on a utility vehicle she was in at the Atlatsa Resources Bokoni mine near Burgersfort.

Magic as Cape Town baby hears for the first time

2016-02-12 16:22

One of the youngest babies in the world to get a cochlear implant hears for the first time. Health24's Adiel Ismail witnessed Neave Barrett's discovery of the world of sound.

Paramedics, patient flee on foot after being robbed

2016-02-12 16:13

Two paramedics and a patient have been forced to flee on foot after they were robbed at gunpoint in Hurst Hill, Johannesburg.

We're taking dietary advice from most obese nation in the world - Noakes

2016-02-12 13:39

The introduction of the US Department of Agriculture’s food pyramid in 1977 has led to an increased rate in obesity, Professor Tim Noakes has said at a hearing into his conduct.

Burst water pipe gives Mpumalanga civil servants the afternoon off

2016-02-12 13:04

Hundreds of officials at the Mpumalanga government headquarters in Mbombela are back at work after a burst water pipe had forced them out of their offices.

De Lille weighs in on possible Parliament move

2016-02-12 14:00

The government needs to cut the Cabinet and streamline Parliament, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has said after President Jacob Zuma raised the possibility of moving Parliament to Pretoria.

Zuma: I asked many times how much I should pay back for Nkandla

2016-02-12 11:02

President Jacob Zuma says he did not backtrack on paying back the money for Nkandla, but is rather waiting for parliamentary processes to decide on how to act.

You don't get to choose the president, Zuma tells opposition

2016-02-12 11:09

President Jacob Zuma has called on political parties who criticise him and the ANC to rather focus on their own policies as they don't get to choose the country's leader.

Poor community builds own school to make sure kids get education

2016-02-12 09:05

When the Eastern Cape education department failed to provide their children with a school, a group of parents in Gotyibeni in Xhorha took matters into their own hands.

We cannot be ridiculed by those boys - Zuma's son

2016-02-12 06:51

President Jacob Zuma’s son, Edward, has described the disruption of the State of the Nation as disgusting, barbaric and unnecessary.

SONA: Lekota poses key question – is ConCourt dead?

2016-02-12 09:10

The key contribution during President Jacob Zuma's SONA came from Mosiuoa Lekota who exposed the real challenge to this young democracy, says Alec Hogg.

SCA to hear Bashir appeal

2016-02-12 05:29

The State’s appeal of the June 2015 high court order to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir is expected to be heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

WRAP: The tribe has spoken but Zuma survives

2016-02-11 21:52

The opening of Parliament became a battle of "outwit, outplay and outlast" between President Jacob Zuma, a speech he really wanted to say, and opposition parties determined not to let that happen.

Elections within 3 months of May 18 - Zuma

2016-02-11 21:22

The local government elections will be held within three months of May 18, the date of the last election, President Jacob Zuma says.

Malema delivers 'real' State of the Nation address

2016-02-11 20:59

EFF president Julius Malema has delivered what he called the "real" State of the Nation address outside Parliament, after he and his party were ordered to leave the National Assembly.

Zuma's resignation, Guptas and Nene take centre stage

2016-02-11 20:36

President Jacob Zuma’s desired resignation, the Guptas and former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene’s dismissal took centre stage in Parliament

State-owned drug firm established - Zuma

2016-02-11 21:14

A state-owned pharmaceutical company has been established, President Jacob Zuma has announced during his State of the Nation Address in Parliament.

'Zupta must fall' - and EFF walks out

2016-02-11 20:08

The opening of Parliament has collapsed into chaos, with a red sea of EFF MPs taking over proceedings and chanting "Zupta must fall".

Cope walks out of Parliament

2016-02-11 19:44

As President Jacob Zuma began delivering his State of the Nation address, he was surprisingly disrupted by Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota.

Malema, not Zuma, opens Parliament

2016-02-11 19:12

Moments before a tense-looking President Jacob Zuma was due to start his address at the opening of Parliament, EFF leader Julius Malema stood up.

Madonsela steals the show

2016-02-11 18:34

While president Jacob Zuma’s legal team appeared to sing like a canary in court this week, on Thursday, Thuli Madonsela was resplendent in bright yellow as she made her way to State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament.

Nothing will stop Zuma from delivering SONA: Mbalula

2016-02-11 18:36

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says he is not fazed by the protest action happening outside Parliament ahead of the State of the Nation address

If Zuma loves SA, he must step down - Pretoria #ZumaMustFall marchers

2016-02-11 17:49

Organisers of the #ZumaMustFall march in Pretoria have added their voices to the call that President Jacob Zuma put the interests of the country first and resign.

Bloemfontein truck driver survives collision with train

2016-02-11 17:12

A man has sustained minor injuries when a train collided with his truck at a railway crossing outside Bloemfontein, paramedics say.

Protesters in face-off with police near Parliament

2016-02-11 16:37

Razor wire and more police reinforcements have been rolled out near Parliament after hundreds of Ses'khona People's Rights Movement members attempted to break through a barrier fence and make their way onto the parliamentary precinct.

Western Cape ANC leader's assault case postponed

2016-02-11 15:51

The case against suspended ANC Western Cape secretary Faiez Jacobs has been postponed to March 31 for further investigation, the Western Cape National Prosecuting Authority says.

Tempers flare at Donald Sebolai trial as sentencing is postponed

2016-02-11 15:26

Tempers have flared at the High Court sitting in Palm Ridge during the trial of former Jozi FM DJ Donald Sebolai.

Mankweng residents don't want to pay water bills

2016-02-11 14:44

Police fired teargas and rubber bullets in Mankweng, Limpopo this week as residents took to the streets to protest against municipal bills.

KZN man gets life for raping 10-year-old girl

2016-02-11 13:54

A man who raped a 10-year-old girl at Ezimbokodweni reserve, KwaMakhutha in KwaZulu-Natal has been sentenced life imprisonment, police have said.


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