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The arguments for and against the NHI

2019-08-19 07:08

Since the National Health Insurance Bill was introduced to Parliament, the debate about the plan which promises to fundamentally change healthcare in South Africa has heated up.

It could be organ harvesting – Gift of the Givers on missing SA men in Vietnam

2019-08-18 20:41

Similarities in the cases of two missing South Africans living and working in Vietnam have revealed a pattern that indicates a possibility that organ harvesting was involved, according to Gift of the Givers founded Imtiaz Sooliman.

Suspected KZN cop killer arrested, alleged accomplice shot dead

2019-08-18 17:26

A man suspected of the May murder of an off-duty KwaZulu-Natal police officer has been arrested and his alleged accomplice has been shot dead.

 
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Area in Mpumalanga is second highest SO2 emissions hotspot in the world - new study

2019-08-19 06:19

In the latest study to illustrate alarmingly high levels of air pollution caused by humans, the area around Kriel in Mpumalanga is now the world's second biggest sulphur dioxide emissions hotspot in the world.

UPDATE: Death toll climbs to 10 in N1 minibus crash

2019-08-18 17:58

The death toll in the N1 minibus crash near Midrand, Johannesburg, has risen to double digits after the Road Traffic Management Corporation confirmed that 10 people had died.

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Free State Health MEC condemns violent attacks on EMS

2019-08-18 17:36

Free State MEC of Health, Montseng Tsiu has condemned "violent" attacks targeted at Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Health Infrastructure.

Why the debt relief bill will see loan sharks circling consumers

2019-08-18 11:51

Although the debt relief bill aims to throw a lifeline to indebted consumers, it could see 'mashonisas' or loan sharks - who typically charge between 30-50% interest on loans - thrive in the lending environment.

DA welcomes court judgment ordering Life Esidimeni NGOs to pay back the money

2019-08-18 13:29

The DA has welcomed a judgment made by the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ordering two non-governmental organisations involved in the Life Esidimeni tragedy to pay back R663 275 to the Gauteng Department of Health.

IPID investigating incident after off-duty anti-gang unit member shot dead in Franschhoek

2019-08-18 12:11

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate is investigating an incident in Franschhoek, Western Cape after an off-duty anti-gang unit member was shot and killed.

Tshwane's 'unlawful' reappointment of airport managers threatens to ground Wonderboom

2019-08-18 09:38

Still reeling from a damning R5bn irregular expenditure finding from the Auditor General, the City of Tshwane has reappointed a service provider to run the Wonderboom National Airport in spite of warnings by its legal and supply chain management departments.

Homeless killings: Families of 2 victims traced, finally lay them to rest

2019-08-18 07:47

Two murdered homeless men – who are among five suspected victims of the so-called nocturnal prowler – have finally been laid to rest, almost two months after the discovery of the fifth body in Muckleneuk, Pretoria.

Nzimande meets with Sefako Makgatho university council following ongoing student protests

2019-08-17 15:25

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology has met with the Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University Council following ongoing student protests at the Pretoria campus.

Health warning after caustic soda spills into Duzi River and Inanda Dam

2019-08-16 21:21

The eThekwini Municipality has warned that people and cattle should not use or drink water from the Inanda Dam after caustic soda from a factory spill made its way into the water.

Anti-crime patrollers treated to high tea in Cape Town

2019-08-16 22:29

Amid SA National Defence Force and police operations in Cape Town's crime hotspots, some of the city's unsung heroines in neighbourhood watches and community policing forums were treated to a high tea for the work they do in dangerous conditions.

Molefe must pay back R10m, Eskom pension fund confirms

2019-08-16 20:25

The Eskom Pension and Provident Fund has told Fin24 that it directed its attorneys to act in line with the ruling of the North Gauteng High Court, confirming that Molefe has less than a week to pay up.

Court says former energy minister Jeff Radebe's ouster of Necsa board was 'unlawful'

2019-08-16 19:16

The North Gauteng High Court has ruled that the decision by former minister of energy Jeff Radebe to remove the board of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation was unlawful

Life Esidimeni: SIU wins civil case against 2 Gauteng health service providers

2019-08-16 18:02

The Special Investigating Unit will recover more than R600 000 from two Gauteng health department service providers after a successful probe into the Life Esidimeni tragedy.

'Ghost learners': Former Western Cape teacher arrested for R1m fraud

2019-08-16 17:37

A former Adult Basic Education and Training teacher from Oudtshoorn has been arrested for allegedly inflating the number of registered students she taught, to gain financial benefits from the Western Cape Department of Education amounting to nearly R1m.

More delays in Westbury gang murder case

2019-08-16 16:20

Pre-trial proceedings in the murder case of 10 suspected members of the notorious Westbury gang, Fast Guns, has been delayed yet again because five of the accused have not yet applied for Legal Aid representation.

Anti-apartheid activists Aggett and Haffejee: Justice minister asks for judges to be appointed for inquest

2019-08-16 16:15

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has written to the judges president of the Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal divisions of the High Court to ask them appoint judges for the inquests into the deaths in detention of anti-apartheid activists, Dr Neil Aggett and Hoosen Haffejee.

Estina dairy farm: Public Protector takes to Twitter to defend herself following costs ruling

2019-08-16 15:50

Following a Gauteng High Court in Pretoria ruling which found that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane and her office should pay for legal costs in the Estina dairy farm project, her office has taken to Twitter to defend itself.

Joburg Zoo threatens to sue animal rights group over 'distressed' elephants video

2019-08-16 14:04

The Johannesburg Zoo finds itself embroiled in another legal controversy after three elephants were caught on video in seeming distress on Elephant Day, according to animal experts.

Stompiesfontein murder: Investigating officer describes farmworker's last hours

2019-08-16 13:37

Doctor Masilela was returning from a traditional ceremony with two friends on the evening of June 17 when he decided to take a shortcut through Stompiesfontein farm to get home. It was a shortcut that would cost him his life.

'Marikana commission can't be blamed for fact that there were no prosecutions' - Judge Farlam

2019-08-16 12:28

Marikana Commission of Inquiry chairperson Judge Ian Farlam is of the view that the commission cannot be blamed for the lack of prosecutions following the shootings seven years ago, which saw 34 people killed by police.

Three alleged rhino horn syndicate masterminds arrested

2019-08-16 08:46

Three suspects believed to be the masterminds behind an alleged rhino horn syndicate are expected in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court following their arrest.

'What if I didn't need saving?' Zephany opens up on life after kidnapping revelation

2019-08-16 06:49

Miché Solomon, also known as Zephany Nurse, says she cannot feel hate towards the woman who kidnapped her as a baby, as she told eNCA about the rollercoaster of emotions since finding out she was not living with her biological parents.

Zondo commission: Taxpayers' money wasted on 'bright idea'

2019-08-15 21:55

Taxpayers' money was wasted on an unnecessary trip to India in pursuit of the Estina dairy farm project, the commission of inquiry into state capture has heard.

State attorney to brief health committee on NHI Bill's constitutionality

2019-08-15 21:22

The portfolio committee on health will be briefed by the state attorney on the constitutionality of the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill, committee chairperson Sibongiseni Dhlomo said on Thursday.

Western Cape MEC refuses to answer why the province bought land at 'inflated price'

2019-08-15 20:52

Western Cape MEC for human settlements Tertius Simmers refused to answer whether the province bought land for housing at the allegedly inflated price of R64.6 million because another parcel of land already owned by the City of Cape Town and earmarked for housing would turn Table View into "Khayelitsha by the sea".

'I know she took me' - Miché Solomon on being Zephany Nurse

2019-08-15 19:46

Zephany Nurse, raised as Miché Solomon after being snatched from Groote Schuur Hospital in 1997, says she knows the convicted kidnapper, who raised her, had indeed removed her from her biological mother's arms.

SA's new driving demerit system threatens insurance industry

2019-08-18 13:04

The new demerit system for SA road users has good intentions, but it can also pose a significant threat to the insurance industry.

NPA deputy director Silas Ramaite to vacate office after Ramaphosa approves early retirement

2019-08-18 14:45

Deputy National Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Silas Ramaite (SC), will bid farewell to the National Prosecuting Authority at the Justice College in Pretoria.

City of Johannesburg welcomes first batch of insourced cleaners

2019-08-18 12:55

The City of Johannesburg, in a women's month-inspired ceremony, has welcomed their first batch of 450 beneficiaries of the City's insourcing programme for cleaners.

RLG jewellery heist: How thieves walked away with R300m in luxury goods - report

2019-08-18 11:41

A gang of thieves used hammers, chisels and angle grinders to break into RLG (Richemont Luxury Goods), which is part of Johann Rupert's Richemont business group on Friday, getting away with R300m worth of jewellery in the heist.

18 arrested following Soweto looting spree

2019-08-17 13:10

The looting took place at shops belonging to foreign nationals in Dobsonville, Meadowlands, Rockville, Naledi, Zola, Emdeni and surrounding areas.

A lifetime without an identity document

2019-08-17 12:23

At the age of 63, Thoko Nzimande still doesn't have an ID. "I am a South African. Both my parents were South Africans. But l have never had an ID. As a result, my life has not been easy," she says.

OPINION: Cronin attack of Zille virtue signalling at its worst

2019-08-17 07:00

There is no connection between Zille and Zuma. Zille is entitled to have an opinion, and her opinion will carry weight as we see the ANC/SACP marching us further down the road of NDR to perfect communism, writes Sara Gon.

Disruptions reportedly 'collapse' ANC eThekwini meeting after mayor removed

2019-08-16 21:57

An ANC meeting, held to discuss the removal of Zandile Gumede as mayor and her regional executive committee, has reportedly collapsed after some delegates caused disruptions and overturned tables.

Judgment reserved in Old Mutual-Moyo complex legal battle

2019-08-16 22:08

Old Mutual and on-again, off-again CEO Peter Moyo will hear the outcome of their increasingly acrimonious legal battle in approximately two weeks

'I will be seeking legal advice' - Western Cape MEC Tertius Simmers responds to electricity theft claims

2019-08-16 18:57

Good party secretary general Brett Herron has questioned Western Cape Premier Alan Winde's much-heralded "government of higher integrity" in light of alleged whistleblowers' evidence that one of his newly appointed MECs, Tertius Simmers, was guilty of electricity theft while serving as a DA councillor in George.

ANC is a government for white monopoly capital, not for the people - AMCU's Joseph Mathunjwa

2019-08-16 18:47

Leader of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) in a scathing speech at the 7th commemoration of Marikana states that ANC is government for White Monopoly Capital (WMC),not for the people of South Africa.

Two fishermen die, 1 survives after wave smacks boat at Port Alfred

2019-08-16 17:47

Port Alfred has lost two fishermen after their boat was broadsided by a wave as they returned home through the Kowie River mouth, according to the National Sea Rescue Institute.

De Lille’s Good Party hit by another resignation

2019-08-16 08:56

The Good Party appears to be in bad shape after a second member of the party’s top brass resigned on Thursday, bemoaning that she could no longer continue “window dressing”.

Holy cow: The curious case of the Free State’s cattle donations

2019-08-16 16:30

MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development William Bulwane has said the provincial department donated a grand total of 178 head of cattle in one decade, valued at R815 200. In one instance, a cow was donated for the funeral of a government worker who is still alive.

Advocates' body slams EFF's Julius Malema for his 'attack' on SA's judges

2019-08-16 14:22

The General Council of the Bar has condemned personal attacks that EFF leader Julius Malema made against the judiciary during his address on Women's Day.

155 people arrested in Pretoria anti-crime swoop

2019-08-15 22:12

Gauteng police have arrested 155 people in swoops on suburbs in Pretoria, with three people suspected of murder among them, says spokesperson Captain Augustinah Selepe.

Ramaphosa signs 'debt relief bill'

2019-08-15 22:58

President Cyril Ramaphosa has signed into law the controversial National Credit Amendment Bill, which is geared to provide relief to over-indebted consumers

City of Joburg to put cleaners on its books, says mayor

2019-08-15 21:10

The City of Johannesburg will be insourcing, or directly hiring 1 879 cleaners, starting with 450 who will go on the metropolitan municipality's books, says a statement from Mayor Herman Mashaba's office.

Estina dairy farm: I was approached last week to help with Public Protector probe, says ex-agriculture head

2019-08-15 20:14

The former head of the Free State department of agriculture, Peter Thabethe, has told the commission of inquiry into state capture that he had been summoned by the Public Protector's office last week to give evidence about the Estina dairy farm case.

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