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.
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CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 28 September 2020, 6:30 AM

The cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 667 049 with 1 861 cases identified.

SA records 1 268 new infections, 22 deaths 27 September 2020, 9:53 PM

Cases of COVID-19 have climbed to 670 766 in South Africa after 1 268 infections were confirmed overnight. The Eastern Cape is leading with recent deaths - having lost seven locals to the disease.

GBV awareness should be part of everyday life: North West residents 27 September 2020, 9:04 PM

A group of women and men, including victims of gender base violence in Mmakau village near Brits in the North west, are calling on government to harshly deal with the perpetrators of gender based violence.

Tremor
‘Cape Town seismic activity no cause for panic’ 27 September 2020, 4:47 PM

The Western Cape Minister of Environmental Affairs, Anton Bredell, says recent seismic activity in Cape Town is no cause for panic. Two incidents of earthquake were experienced in Cape Town on Saturday night, about two hours apart.

Fiuneral
Frustration over mysterious killer as murdered Orange Farm boys are laid to rest 26 September 2020, 5:07 PM

Two boys have been buried after their bodies were found in Orange Farm, in the south of Johannesburg, last week. The bodies of eight-year-old Mpho Makondo and six-year-old Simphiwe Mncina were discovered metres apart.

Little done to change the lives of the poor: Mashaba 26 September 2020, 5:01 PM

Action SA leader, Herman Mashaba says little has been done by government to change the lives of the poor and vulnerable. This comes after his visit to Attridgeville Extension 19, where residents are still awaiting their RDP homes they were promised three-years-ago.

COVID-19
South Africa records 2 055 new COVID-19 cases, 85 deaths 18 September 2020, 10:07 PM

South Africa’s confirmed coronavirus cases have jumped to 657 627 with 2 055 new cases  identified in the last 24 hours.

Kroonstad community bids emotional farewell to 9-year-old Boipelo Sesele 18 September 2020, 7:29 PM

Scores of community members bid farewell to nine-year-old  Boipelo Sesele at an emotional funeral service in Maokeng, Kroonstad in the Free State.

Blade Nzimande
Ulundi, Vryheid are some of GBV hotspots in KZN: Nzimande 18 September 2020, 7:00 PM

Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande says Ulundi and Vryheid are some of the gender based violence hotspots in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Nzimande was speaking during a visit to the Zululand district to attend the launch of health and wellness mobile clinics.

Tap
Butterworth residents decry water shortage 18 September 2020, 4:08 PM

Butterworth residents in the Eastern Cape threaten to boycott the upcoming local government elections due to lack of water in the area.

Missing Child
Missing Children SA calls for vigilance amid spike in child abductions 17 September 2020, 11:00 PM

The NGO, Missing Children SA, says there is a year-on-year increase of children going missing or being kidnapped in the country.

SA’s COVID-19 downward trend encouraging: WHO 17 September 2020, 9:30 PM

Regional Director for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, says the downward trend of the coronavirus in South Africa is encouraging.

Unions to picket outside SAA headquarters on Friday 17 September 2020, 9:00 PM

The National Union of Metal Workers and the Cabin Crew Association have announced they will be picketing outside SAA headquarters on Friday to demand funding for the airline be made available.

Botswana
New law in Botswana allows wives to own land 17 September 2020, 8:30 PM

A wife in Botswana can now own land alongside her husband, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said on Thursday in a boost for women that rights groups called long overdue.

SAA
SAA faces possible liquidation if stakeholders don’t reach an agreement 17 September 2020, 6:20 PM

Embattled national carrier South African Airways (SAA)  faces possible liquidation if creditors and government do not reach an agreement over funding for the implementation of the Business Rescue Plan.

City of Tshwane suspends senior manager over alleged irregularities 17 September 2020, 5:20 PM

The embattled City of Tshwane has suspended one of its senior managers for alleged irregularities relating to the appointment of catering service providers for homeless people during the COVID-19 outbreak.

24-year-old man found guilty of raping six women in the Vaal 17 September 2020, 5:07 PM

Sibusiso Matshaya has been found guilty of raping six women, including four school girls, in and around Vereeniging in the Vaal.

Reserve Bank keeps repo rate unchanged at 3.5% 17 September 2020, 4:20 PM

The Reserve Bank has decided to keep the repo rate unchanged at 3.5%, meaning that the prime lending rate remains at 7%. Kganyago has cited volatile global economic and financial conditions as reasons for the decision.

Gavin Hunt
Gavin Hunt joins Kaizer Chiefs as head coach 17 September 2020, 3:50 PM

Former Bidvest Wits coach, Gavin Hunt, has been appointed as the new head coach of Kaizer Chiefs. The Cape Town-born mentor will start his job immediately.

VIDEO: The Reserve Bank governor announces the repo rate 17 September 2020, 3:05 PM

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Governor is announcing a Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) decision about the repo rate.

MEC Gomba to appear before Special Tribunal over controversial scooters 17 September 2020, 2:30 PM

Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba will appear before the Special Tribunal of South Africa on Friday over allegations of irregularities in the procurement of controversial scooters worth R10 million. The SIU has alleged that the contract was "awarded in an unusual and unexplained haste".

Suspects pounce on Mpumalanga police station, steal weapons 12 September 2020, 8:49 PM

Police in Mpumalanga have offered a R10 000 reward for information that could lead to the arrest and recovery of an undisclosed number of weapons stolen from the Badplaas police station in Mpumalanga.

SA economy drops by 51% 8 September 2020, 12:12 PM

South Africa's economy has shrunk by 51% in the second quarter of 2020. In the statement, Stats SA describes this as a severe punch in the gut.

Justice Zondo expresses concern over alleged Eskom Board interference 8 September 2020, 11:54 AM

Chairperson of the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo says he finds it odd there was outside interference on how the Eskom Board was run. 

Eskom suspends loadshedding until 4pm 8 September 2020, 9:30 AM

Eskom has suspended loadshedding from 8am this morning to 4pm this afternoon. However, power outages will resume at Stage 1 from 4pm until 10pm.

Loadshedding resumes, Stage 2 expected later 8 September 2020, 8:00 AM

Eskom says Stage one loadshedding will resume on Tuesday morning from 08:00 – 16:00. Some believe the power outages will continue until December.

FEATURE: Gospel music group Wacha Mkhukhu on the struggle for recognition 6 September 2020, 7:05 AM

The music group Wacha Mkhukhu was formed in 2005. The name is derived from the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) choir which consists of males, called Mkhukhu.

Kroonstad community bands together in search of missing 9-year-old 5 September 2020, 9:13 PM

Residents of Maokeng in Kroonstad, Free State, have joined hands in the frantic search for a missing nine-year- old girl.

Life will never be the same without Nathaniel, says Julies family 5 September 2020, 8:04 PM

The family of Nathaniel Julies says life will never be the same without him. Julies, who had a Downs syndrome was laid to rest on Saturday.

Anger over Clicks advert rages on despite apology 5 September 2020, 7:42 PM

Offensive, disrespectful and racist - that's how some Black women have described an online advertisement by health and lifestyle retailer Clicks.