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Zuma appoints new inspecting judge
Zuma appoints new inspecting judge

President Jacob Zuma has appointed Justice Thembile Lewis Skweyiya as Inspecting Judge of Correctional Services, the Presidency has announced. Skweyiya's appointment will be for a period of three years with effect from 1 May 2015....

Foundation for Human Rights statement on xenophobic violence

The Government of South Africa must realise its constitutional mandate to promote and protect the rights of all people living in South Africa and to uphold their dignity, regardless of their legal status. We therefore urgently call upon government, leadership and other key stakeholders including...

Irish-owned mine acts to protect its SA Moz miners from retaliation

Irish mines company Kenmare Resources has sent 62 miners back home from Mozambique as a precautionary measure following a wave of xenophobic attacks on foreigners in SA. Read Irish Kenmare sends South African miners in Mozambique home over xenophobia...

SA condemns Kenyan university attack

The South African government has condemned what it called a "barbaric and cowardly" terrorist attack at Garissa University College in Kenya last week. Somali militant group Al Shabaab, which claimed the attack, burst onto the campus on Thursday and killed 148 people and injured 79. It is that...

Eskom has issued a load-shedding alert

Eskom has announced South Africans could be in for another bout of load shedding. It made the announcement this morning.

Remaining 11 bodies repatriated home

A C130 military aircraft landed in Pretoria in the early hours of this morning containing the bodies of the remaining victims of the Nigeria tragedy. The bodies were brought back to the country by a team of military health personnel and forensic pathologists who had departed on Monday night at...

More loadshedding today

Eskom has announced via its Twitter feed that the power system remains constrained and Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented from 8am to 11pm today.

Presidency accepts SIU head resignation

The Presidency has confirmed that President Jacob Zuma has received the resignation of the Head of the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), Advocate Vas Soni. Soni has resigned for personal reasons as his wife, Anitha, is unwell. "It is with regret that I accept Adv Soni's resignation, given the...

South African national sentenced to death in Malaysia for drug-related offences

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has been informed through its Consular Services and the South African High Commission in Malaysia that a South African national (Deon Cornelius) has been sentenced to death in Kuala Lumpur for drug-related offences. The South...

Charges dropped against two SANDF officials

The Department of Defence (DOD) has confirmed that all charges related to the two officers on their alleged involvement in the landing of a private jet at Air Force Base Waterkloof have been withdrawn. Charges against the two colonels, Lieutenant Colonel Stephan van Zyl and Lieutenant Colonel...

Daniel Matjila appointed CEO of PIC

Daniel Matjila has been appointed as CEO and executive director of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC)‚ Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has announced. He replaces Elias Masilela‚ who resigned at the end of May. Matjila has been chief investment officer of the PIC since 2005. Nene also...

SA government awaiting report on Afghan killing

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) is awaiting a report on the reported killing of three South Africans in Kabul, Afghanistan. "We have not received information about the deaths of the three people. We are waiting for a report from our mission in Pakistan, which is...

Intimidation of informers by managers 'a problem'

The lack of protection for whistle-blowers, and their intimidation - in some cases by Cabinet ministers and senior managers - were challenges faced by the National Anti-Corruption Hotline, Parliament heard yesterday. The Public Service Commission (PSC), which manages the hotline, referred about...

SA excels at helping poor

South Africa leads in using taxes and transfer payments to help the extremely poor, a World Bank report shows. "No other country of the 12 in the survey used its fiscal policy as effectively to reduce poverty," World Bank economist Catriona Purfield told The Times. The other countries surveyed...

SABC: Did Tshabalala lie about her qualifications?

According to a Mail & Guardian report, parliament's oversight committee on communication has said that SABC chairperson Ellen Tshabalala has failed to provide proof of her qualifications to the committee, which has now set up an inquiry that is expected to begin on 16 September. Mail & Guardian...

Zuma loses, Sanral loses

Mail & Guardian reports Zuma's spy tapes appeal dismissed... The Supreme Court of Appeal has denied the president's application to keep the spy tapes from being released to the Democratic Alliance. And MyBroadband reports Sanral loses secrecy court bid... Applications by Sanral and the Protea...

Report: Hlaudi to sue Thuli

NEWSWATCH: According to iafrica.com, quoting Beeld, SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng is apparently planning to sue Public Protector Thuli Madonsela for crimen injuria. Why? Because, according to the Beeld report, Motsoeneng claims the case against him is "politically motivated and that Madonsela's report...

Look beyond Motsoeneng in SABC controversy

Aubrey Matshiqi, writing in BD Live asks "What is the controversy over the Hlaudi Motsoeneng imbroglio really about? It follows a decision by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi to confirm the appointment of Motsoeneng as the chief operations officer of the SABC. The minister's decision was the...

WEF report: SA bottom of the class in maths, science

When it comes to the quality of maths and science education, South Africa is bottom of the class, according to a World Economic Forum report. The comprehensive report ranks 148 economies across a number of categories. In some SA ranks reasonably well, but the quality of our educational system ranks...

Finance Ministry warns of fake Twitter account

The Ministry of Finance on Monday warned the public that a Twitter account, set up in the name of newly appointed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, is a counterfeit. "The Twitter account with the handle @NhlanhlaNeneZA is counterfeit," said the ministry. Minister of Finance Nene does not have an...

Union Buildings celebration for Freedom Day

On Sunday 27 April 2014, to celebrate 20 years of freedom and democracy, President Zuma will address the nation at the free Freedom Day celebrations at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. He will also bestow National Orders on citizens and individuals from the rest of the world who made an exceptional...

The Winners: Daily Maverick's Election Edition of The Gathering

We received many entries that merited being winners, but we could select just the five, and they are: Susanne Venter, Mashapa Abram Ramalepe, Mamash Ngwenya, Riedwan Vally, and Senzo N. Dhlomo. You will be notified shortly via email with details of how to attend the event. But even if you weren't a...

Media reports on deputy presidents misleading - Presidency

The Presidency says the report by Sunday Times, quoting unnamed sources claiming the possibility of two Deputy Presidents of the Republic, is incorrect. The office has issued a statement citing an excerpt from the Constitution, which states the following regarding the Deputy President of the...

Call for 2014 SADC media awards entries

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has called on all media to submit entries for the 2014 Southern African Development Community (SADC) Media Awards competition. The awards aim to recognise excellence in journalism in the area of print, photo, television, radio as well as to...

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