This week in 1994: Democracy 25

7 August 2019, 1:55 PM
This week we focus on arms control in South Africa. Gun smuggling at the international border between South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique was a norm during the armed struggle in the 80 and early 90s.
Excitement as SAFA launches women’s league but funding still a concern 21 August 2019, 8:55 PM

SAFA Vice-President Ria Ledwaba says the historic launch of the National Women’s League, which will get underway this week, is a perfect platform for corporate South Africa to play its part in funding women’s football.

Mnikelwa Nxele
KZN Correctional Services Commissioner, Mnikelwa Nxele axed 21 August 2019, 6:15 PM

Suspended KwaZulu-Natal Correctional Services commissioner, Mnikelwa Nxele, has been dismissed.

Robert Matsabisa
Creepy crawlies present economic opportunity 21 August 2019, 5:51 PM

Innovative entrepreneur Robert Matsabisa saw a gap in the market by farming cockroaches and worms at Wells Estate in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.

Same-sex marriage
China’s parliament rules out allowing same-sex marriage 21 August 2019, 5:25 PM

Limiting marriage to a relationship between a man and a woman will remain China's legal position, a parliament spokesman said on Wednesday, ruling out following neighbouring Taiwan in allowing same-sex marriage.

Space telescope offers rare glimpse of Earth-sized rocky exoplanet 21 August 2019, 4:57 PM

Direct observations from a NASA space telescope have for the first time revealed the atmospheric void of a rocky, Earth-sized world beyond our own solar system orbiting the most common type of star in the galaxy, according to a study.

MP condemns killing of women for alleged witchcraft 21 August 2019, 3:50 PM

Member of Parliament Zoleka Capa has condemned the killing of women over allegations of witchcraft. Capa was at Ndzondeni village in the Eastern Cape where two women were attacked for allegedly practicing witchcraft.

Cheetahs captain leading his side on the right path 21 August 2019, 2:52 PM

Toyota Cheetahs captain Tian Meyer has outperformed expectations as captain of the Free State outfit. After five matches in the 2019 Currie Cup campaign, Meyer has led the side to three victories with one more game left before the semi-finals.

Court declares display of apartheid flag hate speech 21 August 2019, 12:22 PM

The Equality Court, sitting in the High Court in Johannesburg, has declared the public display of the apartheid flag as hate speech, saying it constitutes harassment.

City of Jo’burg holds ceremonies for properties earmarked for redevelopment 21 August 2019, 11:10 AM

The City of Johannesburg will be holding sod-turning ceremonies on Wednesday for the first four of 84 properties earmarked for redevelopment

Ross Taylor
Deja vu for NZ as they face Sri Lanka in second test 21 August 2019, 10:52 AM

The second test between Sri Lanka and New Zealand that starts at the P Sara Stadium in Colombo on Thursday has an eerily similar feel about it from their last match between the two sides there seven years ago.

Emotions stir in Jerusalem as HBO’s ‘Our Boys’ hits local airwaves 21 August 2019, 10:28 AM

A new HBO series on the killing of a Palestinian youth after three Israeli teens were murdered in a deadly summer five years ago is stirring up painful memories for bereaved families on both sides of the conflict.

George Pell departs the Supreme Court of Victoria, Melbourne.
George Pell returns to jail after losing appeal against sex abuse convictions 21 August 2019, 9:24 AM

George Pell, the highest ranking Catholic worldwide to be convicted of child sex offences, was sentenced in March to six years in jail after being found guilty on five charges of abusing the two boys at St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Hanekom’s defamation case against Zuma to be heard on Friday 21 August 2019, 8:01 AM

The defamation case that ANC MP Derek Hanekom has brought against former president Jacob Zuma will be heard in the High Court in Durban on Friday.

Msunduzi River oil spillage issue escalated 21 August 2019, 7:43 AM

The KwaZulu-Natal Environmental Affairs Department says it has escalated the issue of an oil spillage in the Umsunduzi River to the Water and Sanitation Department and Umgeni Water.

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Unisa set to rename historical buildings 21 August 2019, 7:35 AM

The buildings at Unisa will be named after Winnie Madikizela Mandela, Professor Nkoana Radipere and Anton Lambede who each played a vital role in contributing to shaping the university and society.

James Bond movie gets a title – ‘No Time to Die’ 21 August 2019, 7:14 AM

The new James Bond film finally has a title - “No Time to Die” - and an April 2020 release date, producers announced on Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump answers questions from reporters as he meets with Romania's President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office.
Trump looking at possible tax cuts amid economic jitters 21 August 2019, 5:55 AM

Recession fears were stoked last week when bond investors briefly demanded a higher interest rate on 2-year Treasury bonds than for 10-year Treasury bonds, a potential signal of lost faith in near-term economic growth.

XVIII Pan American Games - Lima 2019 - August 11, 2019 - From left to right: Race Imboden, Nick Itkin, and Gerek Meinhardt, from the USA Team during the Men's Foil Team medal ceremony in Fencing, at the Lima Convention Center during the Pan American Games.
Protesting US athletes receive 12-months probation 21 August 2019, 5:46 AM

Fencer Imboden took a knee and hammer thrower Berry raised her fist when the US national anthem played during their medal ceremonies earlier this month, violating an agreement US athlete’s sign before competing internationally.

SA firmly believes that Palestine-Israel issue core to bringing peace to Middle East 21 August 2019, 5:43 AM

South Africa firmly believes that Palestine-Israeli question remains the core issue to peace and stability in the Middle East. That was the view expressed by Pretoria’s envoy to the United Nations, during a Security Council debate on challenges to the maintenance of peace and security in the region. The meeting was also attended by United […]

Court judgment on Arms Deal report expected on Wednesday 20 August 2019, 9:15 PM

The High Court in Pretoria is expected to deliver judgement on an application to review and set aside the findings of the Seriti Commission of inquiry into the controversial arms deal on Wednesday morning.

‘SABC, PSL saga should be resolved’ 20 August 2019, 9:00 PM

It's in the best interest of all the stakeholders involved to find a solution in the Premier Soccer League's (PSL) broadcast rights saga and resolve it.

SA’s top influencers express concern about Instagram changes 20 August 2019, 7:35 PM

Some of South Africa’s top social media influencers have raised concerns over changes made to Instagram (IG) algorithms, which seem to affect feed visibility for some users on the popular social media platform.

Estina had R16 before the R30 million deposit – Zondo Commission hears 20 August 2019, 6:02 PM

The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture in Parktown, Johannesburg has heard how Estina had R16 in its account the day before the R30-million was deposited.

Cameroon Flag
Cameroon separatist leaders condemned to life in prison 20 August 2019, 5:50 PM

A Cameroonian court handed life sentences to 10 separatist leaders on Tuesday after finding them guilty of charges including terrorism in their fight to breakaway from the Francophone-dominated central government, their lawyers said.

A gamer is silhouetted against an illuminated wall with the logo of the Electronic Sports League ESL
It’s connected devices vs consoles at biggest e-games convention 20 August 2019, 5:15 PM

 Connected devices are challenging consoles at the world's largest online gaming fair, as hundreds of thousands of fans jostle to see top e-sports stars in action and give feedback that can decide whether a new release is a hit or a flop.

SA still looking into Nuclear: Mantashe 20 August 2019, 2:58 PM

South Africa will not adopt a "big bang" approach to building new nuclear power capacity, but it will look into adding modular nuclear technology at a pace it can afford, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.

Former interim SABC board members deny any wrongdoing in security tender 20 August 2019, 2:45 PM

Former SABC interim board members have again denied any wrongdoing in connection with the Special Investigating Unit's report which found evidence of irregularities in the awarding of a security contract.

Russia accuses US of stoking tensions with missile test: TASS 20 August 2019, 12:40 PM

Russia accused the United States on Tuesday of stoking military tensions by testing a ground-launched cruise missile, but said it would not be drawn into an arms race, TASS news agency reported.

WATCH: Former SABC Interim Board members brief the media 20 August 2019, 12:20 PM

The former SABC Interim Board members brief the media in Sandton.

Edwin Cameron
Cameron delivers his last ruling at ConCourt 20 August 2019, 11:55 AM

Justice Edwin Cameron has delivered his last ruling at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.