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.
John Steenhuisen
Political party leaders use time productively as lockdown continues 1 April 2020, 9:11 PM

The number of confirmed coronavirus (C0VID-19) cases in South Africa continues to rise and currently stands at 1 380 cases with five deaths.

Sars collects R66 billion less than projected 1 April 2020, 8:59 PM

The South African Revenue Service ( Sars) says it collected R1. 356 trillion in the financial year ending on the 31 March 2020.

Mokgweetsi Masisi
Botswana President Masisi out of self-quarantine, tests negative for COVID-19 1 April 2020, 7:19 PM

News coming from Botswana is that president Mokgweetsi Masisi has been released from self-quarantine with immediate effect.

Leverkusen players agree pay cut amid virus pandemic 1 April 2020, 7:01 PM

Bayer Leverkusen players, staff and management on Wednesday unanimously agreed to accept an unspecified pay cut as the Bundesliga remains suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.

ANC sends condolences to Luthuli House General Manager Ignatius Jacobs’ family 1 April 2020, 6:23 PM

The ANC has sent its deeepest condolences to the Jacobs family on the passing of its former General Manager at Luthuli House Ignatius Jacobs.

Mbalula announces amended taxi operating regulations during lockdown 1 April 2020, 5:23 PM

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has urged all taxi owners and operators to abide by the amended regulations and preserve the lives of their passengers.

Mental strength will be key after this lockdown: Manyama 1 April 2020, 4:01 PM

Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs attacker Lebogang Manyama has emerged as a serious contender for the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Footballer of the Season award and the lockdown period has not dampened his spirit as they remain in chase of the Absa Premiership title. Manyama has been one of the shining stars in the Chiefs […]

2020 Wimbledon expected to be cancelled on Wednesday 1 April 2020, 3:15 PM

Wimbledon organisers are expected to announce the cancellation of the grasscourt grand slam on Wednesday due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to the German Tennis Federation (DTB) vice-president Dirk Hordorff.

Possible job losses after lockdown 1 April 2020, 3:13 PM

Labour Expert from Mabhala Consulting, Bukani Mngoma, says people may lose jobs after the COVID-19 disaster as employers may want to re-organise operations.

Environment the winner in COVID-19 global lockdown 1 April 2020, 3:09 PM

The global lockdown as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has had a remarkable impact on the environment.

SA artists unite under the ‘Anthem Challenge RSA’ to face the COVID-19 threat 1 April 2020, 3:06 PM

Over 50 of South Africa's most well-known singers of on Wednesday joined forces to draw inspiration from the National Anthem in the face of the global viral threat.

Santam to make R200 million available as COVID-19 relief to clients 1 April 2020, 3:05 PM

South Africa's largest short-term insurer, Santam, has announced that it will make R200 million available as COVID-19 relief to help clients, suppliers, and contribute to the government's Solidarity Fund.

Alex residents asked not to flock to testing stations 1 April 2020, 2:45 PM

The Gauteng MEC for Economic Development has called on residents in Alexandra north of Johannesburg not to flock to areas designated for COVID-19 testing.

Unions lament protective gear for health workers 1 April 2020, 10:40 AM

Denosa has reiterated the call for more resources and protective equipment to be sent to public hospitals and clinics.

Fuel price drops 1 April 2020, 9:04 AM

The fuel price has dropped by almost R2 per litre from midnight, although the nationwide lockdown means most motorists will not benefit from this immediately.

South Africans addicted to alcohol, cigarettes negatively affected by lockdown 1 April 2020, 8:55 AM

Many South Africans who are addicted to cigarettes and alcohol are being negatively affected by the national lockdown - both physically and mentally.

Johannesburg councillors to assist with enforcing lockdown 1 April 2020, 7:32 AM

The City of Johannesburg says it will send councillors out to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

Competition Commission flooded with excessive pricing complaints 1 April 2020, 7:02 AM

The Competition Commission says it has been flooded with complaints of excessive pricing by retailers since the announcement of the national lockdown.

Botswana confirms its first coronavirus related death 1 April 2020, 6:41 AM

Botswana's first coronavirus-related death was a 79-year-old woman who reportedly travelled through South Africa and was placed in quarantine.

Most of the homeless will now be relocated to more suitable buildings. M
Homeless people in Cape Town demand showers and mattresses 1 April 2020, 6:35 AM

Some homeless people who live in tents just outside the Cape Town CBD are demanding showers and mattresses which they say were promised by officials.

Japan businessman paid $8.2 mln by Olympics bid lobbied figure at center of French corruption probe 31 March 2020, 9:41 PM

A businessman who received millions of dollars for his work on Tokyo’s successful campaign to host the 2020 Olympics, which was postponed last week due to the coronavirus, said he played a key role in securing the support of a former Olympics powerbroker suspected by French prosecutors of taking bribes to help Japan’s bid.

Alex Testing
Mass COVID-19 testing takes place in Alex 31 March 2020, 9:32 PM

Hundreds of residents of Alexandra, north of Johannesburg are being tested for the coronavirus.

Plans afoot to relocate foreign nationals living in Cape Town CBD 31 March 2020, 9:13 PM

Plans are underway to relocate hundreds of foreign nationals living in the Cape Town CBD. A site for their relocation has been identified in Bellville and should be ready soon.

Africa’s biggest city Lagos locks down to defend against coronavirus 31 March 2020, 8:54 PM

Lagos, Africa’s largest city of at least 20 million people, ground to a halt on Tuesday as it and the Nigerian capital Abuja entered a two-week lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Fight against COVID-19 taken to Tshwane taxi ranks 31 March 2020, 7:46 PM

The fight to combat COVID-19 has been taken to various taxi ranks in Tshwane. This is after the Gauteng government partnered with AngloGold Ashanti to provide water tanks at Hammanskraal taxi ranks, north of Pretoria.

Springboks and Stormers captain appeals to South Africans to unite 31 March 2020, 6:28 PM

Springbok and Stormers captain Siya Kolisi says all South Africans need to pull together and play their part as the world faces the Coronavirus pandemic.

Eastern Cape sets aside 2000 more beds at health facilities for coronavirus patients 31 March 2020, 4:01 PM

The Eastern Cape Health Department is working around the clock to contain the reported cases of coronavirus in the province.

The Blues Part 1: A depressed patient’s journey through lockdown 31 March 2020, 2:22 PM

It takes 21 days of healthy eating and working out to form a habit pattern or break the habit that is according to experts. But what happens to people who are anxious and depressed during the nationwide lockdown.

The President of Botswana Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi is in a 14-day self-isolation period after visiting Namibia.
Botswana on 29 days lockdown 31 March 2020, 12:22 PM

Botswana's President, Mokgweetsi Masisi has declared a state of emergency and ordered the country to go into lockdown from Thursday.

SANDF downplays reports that members are using excessive force 31 March 2020, 12:16 PM

South African National Defence Force (SANDF) Spokesperson, Sphiwe Dlamini has sought to downplay reports that some of the soldiers have been using excessive force against members of the public to enforce the 21-days nationwide lockdown.