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Spooks to hunt for Eskom saboteurs

Power stations are being sabotaged to make load shedding worse, while ANC leaders are publicly blaming Eskom – all in an apparent attempt to put pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa and Eskom boss André de Ruyter.

‘I was an obstacle to Gordhan’s unlawful ways’

Suspended public enterprises director-general Kgothatso Tlhakudi has launched urgent court proceedings to force President Cyril Ramaphosa, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, and Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola to lift his suspension, and in the process made several damning allegations against Gordhan in his handling of the sale of SAA.

Mabuza still in the race

Deputy President David Mabuza’s branch general meeting collapsed last weekend after one branch member opposed his nomination for the presidency and pronounced incumbent Cyril Ramaphosa’s name.

Khoza leaves The Wife behind?

The future of award-winning actor Abdul Khoza remains uncertain as rumours continue to do the rounds that he will not be part of season 3 of the popular telenovela, The Wife.

Land claim makes for a lonely white elephant

A land claim on a Limpopo heritage site that houses the Motumo Trading Post is one of the reasons the project has been left to fall into ruins, because no private business partner can take the risk of investing their money in it.

Popia regulator’s ‘intriguing’ ruling in Ceza and Brand SA saga

The Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia) does not apply retrospectively, the Information Regulator has ruled.

This is after Pumeza Ceza, the former civil society strategic relations manager at Brand SA, was dismissed in February for fighting salary disparities.

Desperate to bring daughter home

A travel insurance policy that was meant to cover Lusanda Lindokuhle Sixaxeni while she was overseas lapsed hardly a month after she left the agency that had hired her to teach English in China, her family revealed this week.

Our hearts are killing us in SA

Hypertension, obesity, diabetes, lack of exercise and smoking are some of the major causes of premature death from cardiovascular aetiologies among South Africans in the age group of 34 to 64.

According to the SA Heart and Stroke Foundation, 30% of the population has some form of cardiovascular disease. Heart disease is one of the biggest causes of mortality in the country – more than all cancers combined.

Imbewu: The Seed resurrects dead characters to boost ratings

Producers of e.tv soapie Imbewu: The Seed have allegedly brought the dead back to life by reviving the role of actor Tony Kgoroge to boost the show’s ailing numbers.

‘Root out dirty cops’

Controversial forensic expert Paul O’Sullivan has challenged national police commissioner General Fannie Masemola to review the appointments and promotions made by his two predecessors if he wants to reverse the capture of the criminal justice system.

On the rocks rapper wants out of record label

Rapper Mthinay Tsunam, given name Nkosinathi Mngoma, wants out of record label Native Rhythms and is prepared to go to any lengths to be released from his contract.

Why Cosatu axed general secretary at congress

Former Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali bowed out of his influential position this week in an unexpected manner for an incumbent.

Government asked to stop new coal mines

Environmental organisations are demanding that government put a moratorium on new coal mines, coal-fired power stations and industrial facilities in the Highveld region.

Ambassador’s high life, but loads of debt

Things are not going smoothly at the Equatorial Guinea embassy in Colbyn, Pretoria. But the country’s ambassador to South Africa is not allowing this to interfere with her taste for the finer things in life.

SA establishments make it to list of 100 best bars in the world

Four special bars and drinking establishments in South Africa are on the list of the world’s 100 top taverns where you can enjoy a unique cocktail and drinking experience.

Cosatu not backing down on its ultimatum to the ANC

With the unity of the tripartite alliance hanging by a thread, the ANC has less than eight months to act on the list of demands Cosatu and the SA Communist Party made in 2018 at the 13th Cosatu congress in order to maintain their relationship as alliance partners.

Who will be deputy president?

With the backing of KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and Limpopo, Mashatile already has, on paper, the support of the biggest provinces.

He is the front-runner, with everyone else having to play catch-up.

Some of the ANC national executive committee members complained that the acting secretary-general was using the position to boost his campaign and tried to make a song and dance about it – to no avail.

Spending money as if they won the lottery

A syndicate-style group of organisations that are supposed to undertake philanthropic projects with funding from the National Lottery operator is being investigated for siphoning more than R1.4 billion.

More hospitals to be exempted from load shedding – Phaahla

Compromised medical equipment, depleted diesel reserves for hospital generators and lack of budget are some of the challenges faced by the public health sector as the country battles rolling power cuts.

How DA lost power in City of Johannesburg

When Vasco da Gama was removed as the speaker of the City of Johannesburg in the early hours of September 1, it became apparent that the DA-led coalition in the city was on shaky ground.

In the same week that Da Gama was removed, the DA had also been unseated in another coalition it led in the Knysna Local Municipality in the Western Cape. The mayor, deputy mayor, speaker and chief whip were all ousted through a vote of no confidence.

Are community work programmes being given to the NYDA?

The department of cooperative governance and traditional affairs has been accused of maladministration and tender irregularities involving the Community Work Programme, after it allegedly favoured the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) over community organisations.

Black-owned emergency service to the rescue

The sight of his helpless mother taking her last breath while waiting for an ambulance spurred Thokozani Ngwenya into action. He wanted to help other people who found themselves in a similar predicament.

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