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Residents and municipality blame each other after child, 9, electrocuted

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The residents of G-West informal settlement in Walmer, Port Elizabeth, blame the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality for the death of nine-year-old Siyabonga Scheepers, who who was electrocuted by izinyoka, an illegal electricity connection.

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Dlamini-Zuma and Maile to visit Gauteng areas affected by flooding

2019-12-10 07:21

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Gauteng Human Settlements MEC Lebogang Maile will be visiting areas affected by the floods in Gauteng.

'I appreciate being alive' - Sdumo Dlamini

2019-12-09 19:39

"I'm alive and well." These are the words of former Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini who was speaking on the first day of the SACP's special congress after taking ill nearly four months ago.

UPDATE | Prisoner shot dead, three others rearrested following escape attempt at Joburg High Court

2019-12-09 16:59

Gauteng police rearrested three prisoners and shot one dead during an escape attempt at the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg. Five prisoners were appearing on different cases when they tried to escape.

DA asks Joburg city manager to cancel council meeting to elect new speaker

2019-12-09 15:05

The DA in Johannesburg has written to city manager Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni, asking him to call off a special council sitting, arguing that an urgent meeting to elect a new speaker is unlawful, because the position is not yet vacant.

SACP meets to discuss organisational renewal, state power and upcoming elections

2019-12-09 12:48

The SACP's 4th special national congress kicks off to assess whether it has made progress on some of the resolutions it set out for itself at the 2017 national congress.

Two arrested after girl, 10, killed in suspected gang crossfire in Cape Town

2019-12-09 12:27

Police have arrested two people for the murder of a 10-year-old girl who was killed during a shootout between rival gangs in Tafelsig, according to Western Cape police.

Police searching for family of man buried on side of the road in Peddie

2019-12-08 21:46

The discovery of a 40-year-old man's body buried in a shallow grave next to a road in Gcinisa village, Peddie, has prompted the police to search for his family.

Mayoral musical chairs: The tumultuous week that was in three SA metros

2019-12-08 15:13

The cliché that a week is a long time in politics has been proven true once again – this time in three of South Africa's biggest metros. This past week saw coalition governments fall in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay.

Northern Cape needs R688m to battle massive drought

2019-12-08 08:04

Agri-Northern Cape says it is looking forward to the help it will receive from the government to raise almost R688m for drought aid in the province. This, however, has not been granted yet.

PICS | Traditional healer rescued after being trapped for 5 days on Limpopo mountain

2019-12-07 20:05

A traditional healer has been rescued from the Sambandou mountains outside Thohoyandou after going missing almost a week ago while looking for herbs, Limpopo police say.

Two arrested in Home Affairs fraud bust

2019-12-07 19:05

The arrests came after a woman attempted to apply for two birth certificates with fraudulent proof of birth cards at the Department of Home Affairs in Umlazi.

Chinese hate speech case: Court concludes with testimonies

2019-12-07 17:18

The Equality Court, sitting in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg, has wrapped up testimonies in a hate speech case brought by the Chinese Association Gauteng (TCA) against 12 respondents.

Police officer wounded, 'robber' killed in Sasolburg shootout

2019-12-07 11:32

Free State police responded to a report of a business robbery at a supermarket, where suspects opened fire and wounded a police officer.

A frustrating week at hearings on state of shelters after officials arrive unprepared

2019-12-07 09:44

Officials at the public hearings into the state of shelters have sent the acting director general of the Department of Social Development away, instructing him to prepare himself properly before returning to give them answers.

SARS slams Mkhwebane's 'worrying ignorance' of the law in review of Pillay pension report

2019-12-10 06:02

The South African Revenue Service has labelled Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's findings and remedial actions in a report into the early retirement and re-hiring of former deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay as "incompetent" and "irrational".

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela's Brandfort house turned into a museum

2019-12-09 22:19

The construction of the Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Brandfort House Museum in Majwemasweu, Brandfort, the Free State, is complete, the national Department of Sports, Arts and Culture has announced.

Mchunu dodges question on whether his official residences are affected by blackouts

2019-12-09 21:17

Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has dodged a question on whether Eskom's rolling blackouts currently casting the country in darkness is affecting his official residences.

'There aren't even six stages of grief' - Twitter users react to stage 6 load shedding

2019-12-09 20:30

South Africans have responded with typical humour on Twitter to the news that power utility Eskom has implemented stage 6 load shedding.

Tuesday's weather | More severe thunderstorms, localised flooding expected for much of SA

2019-12-09 19:33

Some provinces can expect heavy rainfall leading to localised flooding on Tuesday, which include northern KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, according to the SA Weather Service.

WATCH | At least 700 shacks destroyed by floods in Mamelodi informal settlement

2019-12-09 18:03

Residents of the Eerste Fabriek informal settlement in Mamelodi are pleading for help after at least 700 shacks were destroyed by the major floods that have hit parts of Gauteng.

Ministers' new 'sacrifices': Phone bills of R5 000 per month and 2 cars not exceeding R700 000

2019-12-09 17:32

Cars worth no more than R700 000, a R5 000 per month cellphone allowance, flying economy and no security upgrades to private residences: these are some of the "sacrifices" ministers, premiers and MECs will be making, according to the new ministerial handbook.

Actress among over 40 suspects arrested for allegedly drunk driving

2019-12-09 07:51

A 39-year-old South African actress is one of over 40 suspects arrested for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol this past weekend during operations conducted across Gauteng Province.

Tshwane sending additional work teams to help restore Centurion power

2019-12-08 22:33

Centurion households affected by the spate of electricity outages in the City of Tshwane have been asked to exercise some patience as teams are working to resolve power-related issues.

ANC wishes Zuma well if reports of him taking ill were 'to be true'

2019-12-08 20:25

It seems the ANC is just as surprised as most people by news reports that former president Jacob Zuma had taken ill and is undergoing treatment in Cuba.

Rain causes havoc as flash floods hit Potch, Gauteng on alert

2019-12-08 16:21

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a flood warning for parts of Gauteng due to persistent rain that has brought traffic on the N12 between Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp to a standstill.

Final Tau Lekoa mineworker expected to be recovered 'during the course of this morning'

2019-12-08 08:29

A rescue team on a mission to recover a trapped mineworker in a gold mine near Orkney, North West, will resume their search after an overnight ground fall forced it to withdraw.

Bodies of kidnapped woman, grandchildren found tied with chains in river

2019-12-07 22:24

Police have recovered the bodies of a 71-year-old woman and her two granddaughters who were kidnapped from their home almost a week ago.

SPCA team saves 3 dogs from drain in Cape Town

2019-12-07 20:05

A team from the Cape of Good Hope of SPCA got more than it bargained for when it responded to reports of a dog stuck in a drain, only to find three dogs in distress.

UPDATE: Orkney mining rescue operation expected to take three days

2019-12-07 14:19

The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has called for "drastic action" to improve the safety standards and procedures at mines, as four mine workers are trapped and feared dead in a mine in Orkney.

Numerous corruption cases reported to Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum since inception in October

2019-12-07 12:59

Numerous complaints of serious corruption, fraud and maladministration have been reported to the Health Sector Anti-Corruption Forum – launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in October to combat corruption in the health sector.

Former Cogta employees sentenced to 15 years in jail

2019-12-07 10:51

Two former employees of the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) have been sentenced to 15 years' in prison after being found guilty of fraud.

Department of Arts and Culture appoints new Robben Island Museum acting chairperson

2019-12-06 23:21

The Department of Arts and Culture says it has appointed a new Robben Island Museum (RIM) acting chairperson, Khensani Maluleke, following a disagreement with the former chairperson, Bernadette Muthien, just months into her appointment.

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