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City Press | September 13 2020
City Press | September 13 2020


Level 1, here we come

When President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation later this week, it is highly likely that the national lockdown will be eased further to level 1, carrying minor restrictions but with the usual health protocols still in place.

Corruption: ANC plots defence

The damning Auditor-General’s report on Covid-19 funds abuse has caused trepidation within the ANC, particularly its parliamentary caucus, which is now planning a series of measures to obviate “the negative narrative” likely to prevail when committee meetings resume after recess next month.

SABC must act now to prevent collapse

A confidential document paints a bleak picture of the SABC’s future if it doesn’t act urgently to prevent its “collapse”. The document also suggests that the public broadcaster is pushing ahead with retrenchments, despite the ANC’s strenuous objections to this process.

Will Cyril fire De Lille?

President Cyril Ramaphosa is being urged to act “decisively” against Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille for her alleged meddling in administrative duties through “personally and indirectly” exerting undue influence in her department’s procurement processes.

Rough road ahead for Gary Player

Golfing great contemplates future as his wife of 63 years battles cancer in the US, where she’s receiving treatment.

Electronic voting is on the cards

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is advocating the introduction of electronic voting, but this drastic shift in the country’s electoral landscape might not be ready by next year’s local government elections, even though it is receiving strong consideration from the Electoral Commission (IEC) of SA.

Nonhle Thema reignites her love for TV

Controversial TV personality Nonhle Thema (38) is making a comeback on the small screen as a sexy but sly con artist in Mzansi Magic’s hit drama series Gomora.

Riding the gravy bus

One service provider was allegedly paid in cash, debit orders and advance payments at the same time in one of several irregular contracts signed by state-owned bus company Great North Transport in Limpopo.

R100m in pension funds in peril thanks to swag ‘prophet’ Bushiri

More than R100 million in pension funds belonging to electrical engineers across the country appear to be in peril as a result of a criminal case against the flamboyant self-proclaimed preacher Shepherd Bushiri.

Racism runs deep in our society

Two incidents that show that racism is still embedded in South African society have outraged Mpumalanga’s black communities. One is related to the nationwide outrage against Clicks’ offensive TRESemmé advert and the other to deadly violence against two black men.

Healthcare industry hasn’t been spared

One industry hasn’t been spared the critique for not being inclusive nor transformed enough in this democratic dispensation – the very sector now at the centre of a worldwide pandemic, healthcare.

Black South Africans in 15.2% of senior positions

Despite the fact that black South Africans account for 78.9% of the economically active population in the country, they only account for 15.2% of top management positions, according to a recent report published by the Commission for Employment Equity.

DG clears department of corruption claims

A review by the director-general of the department of transport into allegations of Covid-19 procurement irregularities found no evidence to support claims that companies owned by people linked to senior managers had benefited.

SAPS dismisses Alkaeda for links to Al-Qaeda

A crime intelligence officer linked to the so-called death squad has been dismissed from the SA Police Service (SAPS) for allegedly associating himself with terrorist group Al-Qaeda.

Steenhuisen confident party will back him

Despite the controversy over the DA’s new policy, which professes not to recognise race, and the party’s alleged purge of black leaders, interim leader John Steenhuisen is confident that he’ll emerge triumphant after the party’s national congress next month.

North West ANC Women’s League defies clean-up

The ANC Women’s League in North West will order its members who were recalled as mayors, speakers and chief whips by the ANC interim provincial committee to defy that decision.

Dig into lite show

Comedian Donovan Goliath and his partner Davina have found an innovative way to entertain their fans on social media during the lockdown.

Singles coping better under lockdown, study shows

Single people found it easier to cope during Covid-19-enforced lockdowns than those in an unhappy relationship, but those in a happy relationship had it best, according to a new study.


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