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'ANC deployment has produced some of the best directors-general' — Mbalula 

ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula says the ANC's cadre deployment policy has produced “some of the best directors-general” in government departments over the years. Mbalula briefed media at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Thursday. The ANC had to hand over its cadre deployment committee meeting minutes to the DA by 5pm…
22 Feb 7AM 2 min

Fikile Mbalula laughs off Jacob Zuma's two-thirds target for MK party

ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula said on Wednesday the MK party's target of a two-thirds majority in May's election is just a pipe dream. Mbalula was addressing the ANC's rally in Msinga north of KZN. The secretary-general said former president Jacob Zuma failed to amass a two-thirds majority when he was…
22 Feb 3AM 2 min

Budget 2024/2025: sin tax increases and social grants adjustments 

Finance minister Enoch Godogwana on Wednesday says tax revenue collection streams such as sin taxes will increase in 2024/2025. Alcohol products and tobacco products saw increases. The Minister also announced government spending which includes education, health and  job creation programmes. 
21 Feb 9AM 4 min

Clothes, food and calls — Thabo Bester’s grievances with prison

Convicted murderer and rapist Thabo Bester has complained that prison is denying him his own clothing, calls and diabetic food. Bester and his girlfriend Nandipha Magudumana, with seven co-accused, face charges ranging from fraud to violation of a corpse and arson.  Bester, Magudumana and one other accused are in custody…
21 Feb 5AM 3 min

Black DA member wants apartheid to return

A black member of the DA in Tshwane said she wants apartheid back, the system that controlled black people with racist laws enshrining white supremacy. Olgar from Hammanskraal said the Tshwane CBD, which is governed by the DA, is dirty. She was speaking to SABC News as the DA launched…
20 Feb 7AM 2 min

Lesufi explains how e-tolls will be scrapped by March

Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi said the provincial government will borrow money from a national government financial institution to pay the R12bn e-toll debt to the South African National Roads Agency). Lesufi was briefing the media on Tuesday morning after his state of the province address (Sopa) on Monday. During his speech Lesufi…
20 Feb 6AM 4 min

Panyaza Lesufi says process to scrap e-tolls will begin next month

Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi says the process to switch off e-tolls in the province will begin by the end of March. He was delivering his State of The Province Address on Monday at the Nasrec Expo centre. Over the past few years, government has indicated several dates and deadlines for…
20 Feb 1AM 2 min

Arguments, misunderstandings and provocation main causes of murders in SA

Arguments, misunderstandings and provocation remain the main causes of murders in South Africa. Police minister Bheki Cele released the crime statistics for the last quarter of the 2023/24 financial year on Friday. Cele said 7,710 murders were reported between October and December. More than 1,100 were because of arguments, misunderstandings or…
16 Feb 6AM 2 min

'Racist, degrading and humiliating' - Ramaphosa to Steenhuisen on Pep comments

President Cyril Ramaphosa told DA leader John Steenhuisen he was hurt by his “inherently racist, humiliating, degrading and demeaning” remarks. He was responding to comments Steenhuisen made last month while expressing discontent with Gauteng crime wardens, referring to them as “drunkards”. “What did [Gauteng premier] Panyaza Lesufi do? He took…
16 Feb 3AM 1 min

Deployment of SANDF to DRC ‘out of order’ - Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema is calling for the deployment of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a peacekeeping mission to be “withdrawn with immediate effect”. Malema says the deployment is “out of order” and should be stopped until South African soldiers are…
15 Feb 9AM 5 min

‘Bafana Bafana fought as a team’ — Supporters give players a hero’s welcome 

Hundreds of supporters gathered at OR Tambo International Airport on Wednesday for the arrival of Bafana Bafana. Bafana exceeded expectations, finishing third in this year's Africa Cup of Nations, beating Democratic Republic of Congo on penalties. Earlier, South Africa lost to Nigeria in a nail biting semi-final in the tournament.Supporters gathered in…
14 Feb 5AM 3 min

Malatji tells private sector to scrap experience from entry level jobs

ANC Youth League president Collen Malatji says the private sector should remove work experience as a requirement for entry level jobs to address the high unemployment rate. In September last year government said previous work experience would no longer be a requirement for entry level government jobs and it has…
13 Feb 7AM 2 min

‘Load-shedding isn’t the end of the world’ — Sylvia Lucas

Deputy chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Sylvia Lucas says load-shedding isn't the end of the world.She was speaking in parliament on Tuesday morning during the debate about the state of the nation address (Sona).  After the Sona last Thursday Eskom announced stage 3 load-shedding minutes after President Cyril…
13 Feb 6AM 1 min

DA lays criminal charges against Deputy President Mashatile 

DA leader John Steenhuisen on Monday officially laid criminal charges against Deputy President Paul Mashatile at the Cape Town Central police station. This after media reports implicated Mashatile in alleged corruption dating back to when he was MEC for human settlements in Gauteng. Steenhuisen delivered a charge sheet detailing the…
12 Feb 7AM 4 min

Why life is 'more difficult' for South Africans, according to the president

The 2007/2008 global financial crisis, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, state capture, the July 2021 unrest and the Covid-19 pandemic are to blame for South Africa not reaching its potential, says President Cyril Ramaphosa. These, and gender-based violence, are factors that have held the country back, he said. Bearing the brunt…
9 Feb 6AM 4 min

How many Tintswalos are there in SA? Youth leaders weigh in 

During his state of the nation address (Sona) on Thursday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa highlighted the story of Tintswalo, a child born in 1994 who had grown up in a society that was worlds apart from the South Africa of her parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.Ramaphosa delivered the Sona ahead of…
9 Feb 6AM 9 min
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