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ANC suspends Matjhabeng mayor after 'boesman' slur

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The ANC in the Free State has suspended Matjhabeng Local Municipality Mayor Nkosinjani Speelman after he apologised for using a racially offensive word ahead of a Covid-19 operation.


CURBING THE SPREAD:  The Outsurance team, trained by Clinix Health group, disinfect taxi’s at the Esangweni Taxi Rank in, Gauteng to help curb the spread of Covid-19 around the province.

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Lockdown: Ramaphosa says scientific analysis of whether it is working is expected within days

2020-04-08 05:59

President Cyril Ramaphosa says it is too soon to tell whether the lockdown has worked, but the government should know whether it is so within days. Meanwhile, the debate in senior government circles is increasingly turning towards how to save a fragile economy.

Eskom tells investors it does not need more state funding

2020-04-07 22:00

Eskom has told investors it currently doesn’t need to approach the government for more support, even as a Covid-19-related national shutdown slashes revenue.

Lockdown: Welkom mayor apologises for 'boesman' remark

2020-04-07 21:39

The mayor of Welkom had to apologise for a racially offensive word used during an address to soldiers about to enforce lockdown rules in the Free State city.

Telkom issues 2 300 voluntary severance packages

2020-04-07 19:25

Around 2 300 Telkom employees have opted for voluntary severance packages since the start of a business restructuring process early this year, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Lockdown: Home Affairs to screen everyone accessing its offices

2020-04-07 17:48

Home Affairs is part of the essential services allowed to operate during lockdown. Currently, all the offices are only offering death registrations, temporary identity documents and reissuing of birth certificates.

Ndabeni-Abrahams' lockdown picture: It was not social lunch, visit was for 'essential business' - Manana

2020-04-07 17:25

The former deputy minister of higher education, Mduduzi Manana, has attempted to set the record straight on the controversial visit by Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams to his private residence.

Ramaphosa summonses Ndabeni-Abrahams to a meeting over lockdown lunch

2020-04-07 14:30

President Cyril Ramaphosa has summoned Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, to a meeting to discuss a purported social media post of her having lunch with former deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana.

WATCH | Clapping and cheers echo through city as Capetonians thank SA's essential staff

2020-04-07 09:56

At 20:00 sharp daily, almost like clockwork, appreciative cheers and clapping can be heard across many a neighbourhood, as South Africans give thanks to those working on the front line during the Covid-19 lockdown. Watch.

Covid-19 kills man in Western Cape taking death toll to 12 in SA

2020-04-06 22:49

A Western Cape man who was admitted to hospital on Sunday and tested positive for Covid-19 has died, the Department of Health said, noting the number of confirmed cases now sits at 1 686 which is an increase of 31.

Tshwane reboots help for homeless at new site

2020-04-06 22:19

After a calamitous start to accommodate the homeless of Tshwane at the Caledonian Stadium, which has been closed, about 300 people have now been resettled at the Centurion Sports Park.

MUST SEE | Drone footage shows serene visuals of Cape Town's sleepy streets

2020-04-06 22:12

While South Africa is in its second week of a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, documentary photographer Joshua Rubin is capturing the empty streets of Cape Town using a drone.

Tuesday's weather | Cool to cold day as temperatures drop across most of SA

2020-04-06 19:32

It will be a mostly cool to cold day across the country as temperatures drastically drop in some areas, while some provinces will experience sunshine in abundance, according to the South African Weather Service.

ANC, partners turn to Ramaphosa to stop Mboweni calling on World Bank, IMF for bailout

2020-04-06 16:27

The ANC and its tripartite alliance partners, the SACP and Cosatu, have hit back at Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, rejecting his comments that he would turn to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund for economic relief if the need arises.

Ramaphosa puts Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams on special leave, orders her to publicly apologise

2020-04-08 12:46

President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken a firm stance against Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, following allegations that Ndabeni-Abrahams breached lockdown regulations by visiting a friend.

Covid-19: SA government's online coronavirus portal

2020-03-27 10:36

The government site contains information about the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, plus statistics on its spread in SA and related government press releases.

SIU to probe R30m Gauteng e-Government tender

2020-04-08 09:24

The Special Investigating Unit will probe a controversial information technology tender issued by the Gauteng e-Government department, its spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, has said.

Minister of Mis-communications: Four times Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams got her lines crossed

2020-04-08 05:26

Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has found herself in the spotlight again after a social media post went viral allegedly showing her having lunch at the home of former deputy minister of higher education, Mduduzi Manana, during the national lockdown. But this is not the first time she has been in hot water.

Coronavirus challenge: Sisulu ropes in NGOs in bid to thin out dense informal settlements

2020-04-07 21:58

At least 12 NGOs have been assisting the department to ensure congested informal settlements get access to water and sanitation as well as creating roads to allow for emergency services into these areas.

Lockdown: 3 Gauteng schools torched

2020-04-07 20:37

Children at three schools in Tshwane will not have a school to go back to when the coronavirus lockdown ends. Their places of learning were burnt down, said Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi's office on Tuesday.

Your weather update: Afternoon thundershowers expected on Wednesday

2020-04-07 19:18

Cool, cold weather will continue on Wednesday for much of the country and for much of the day, but there is a consistent watch for afternoon thundershowers across SA, according to the South African Weather Service.

FIRST TAKE | Smiling Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is taking us all, and the president, for a ride

2020-04-07 18:50

Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, or "StellaRated", as she is known on Twitter, needs to be disciplined by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Going to dinner parties while the rest of South Africa is under a three-week lockdown undermines his whole effort to get citizens behind his national effort to curb the coronavirus, writes Pieter du Toit.

Coronavirus: Western Cape Covid-19 cases up again

2020-04-07 17:46

Twenty-eight people are in hospital with Covid-19 in the Western Cape, and 10 in ICU, as the case number in the province rises to 490, Premier Alan Winde has said.

Lockdown: NGO withdraws case against Ramaphosa, SANDF and police over alleged unlawful conduct

2020-04-07 16:51

Fair and Equitable Society confirmed the case had been withdrawn after they received a response from President Cyril Ramaphosa and after further consultation with their legal team.

Lockdown: George residents thankful more than half its soup kitchens have remained open

2020-04-07 15:04

Struggling families in Lawaaikamp, Blanco and Rosemore in George, Western Cape, have welcomed the food relief provided by 80 of the 140 soup kitchens that remain open during the Covid-19 national lockdown.

Lockdown: Joburg taxi driver slammed after overloaded minibus taxi overturns

2020-04-07 13:33

Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo has condemned the actions of the driver of a minibus taxi that overturned on the M1 in Johannesburg.

Coronavirus: Government urged to ban wildlife trading

2020-04-07 10:49

On World Health Day, South Africa and governments around the world are urged to heed the coronavirus 'tipping point' and ban wildlife trade to reduce risk of future pandemics.

Lockdown: Street vendor says she can now feed family of 17 under relaxed regulations

2020-04-06 22:17

Informal traders selling essential goods and uncooked foods to now operate with a permit during the lockdown.

Coronavirus: Nelson Mandela Bay now has 16 cases - 3 more linked to funeral test positive

2020-04-06 19:26

Health MEC in the Eastern Cape Sindiswa Gomba said three women, aged 32, 50 and 60, are currently hospitalised. They were part of a group that had attended the funeral of a retired nurse 16 days ago, which has since been identified as a source of the rise in cases in the metro.

Covid-19: How South Africa will test for the virus

2020-04-06 18:14

Testing for Covid-19 in South Africa will, hopefully, be massively increased in the next few weeks. A machine called the GeneXpert, currently used to diagnose tuberculosis (TB), will be used by the state to test for the coronavirus.

People who spread fake news are either criminals or just stupid - social media experts

2020-04-06 17:06

Fake news, hoaxes and conspiracy theories have been ubiquitous since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. People have either, in their ignorance, unwittingly shared false information on their social media pages or via WhatsApp, while others have actively created fake news to serve various malicious objectives.

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