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 11 July 2020, 6:30 AM

The COVID-19 global statistics show an increase in the number of infections across the world. In South Africa, 140 new deaths have been reported - taking the country's death toll to 3 860.

‘State security agencies merged to reverse gains of Mbeki’s regime’ 10 July 2020, 10:27 PM

Former State Security Agency (SSA) Director-General Jeff Maqetuka has told the State Capture Commission that he believes the 2009 rush to amalgamate the country's intelligence services was aimed at eroding the gains of Mbeki's regime.

SA records 12 348 new cases of COVID-19 10 July 2020, 9:48 PM

South Africa has recorded 12 348 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24-hour cycle, bringing the country’s total confirmed cases to 250 687.

Limpopo Education MEC ‘disgusted’ by Ben Viljoen High racism claims 10 July 2020, 9:02 PM

Limpopo's Education MEC Polly Boshielo has expressed disgust after an alleged racist incident at the Ben Viljoen High School in Groblersdal.

Queen Noloyiso Sandile accorded official special funeral 10 July 2020, 9:01 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has accorded the late Queen of AmaRharhabe Noloyiso Sandile an official special funeral category one. She died of a COVID- 19 related illness at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital in Mdantsane on Wednesday.

KZN musicians call on police to intensify fight against GBV 10 July 2020, 7:40 PM

A group of musicians has called on law enforcement authorities to work tirelessly in pursuit of perpetrators of gender-based violence.

COVID-19 claims lives of 36 police officers, over 5 000 others infected 10 July 2020, 7:00 PM

Police Minister Bheki Cele says 36 police officers have lost their lives to COVID-19 and more than 5 000 have tested positive since the lockdown started.

Kenyan museum, Mau Mau fighter shed light on British colonial abuses 10 July 2020, 6:06 PM

Nearing 100, Gitu Wa Kahengeri clearly remembers the day when, as a prisoner of Kenya’s colonial occupier Britain, he wanted to die.

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KZN Health investigates death of 5-month-old baby 10 July 2020, 5:42 PM

The head of the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department Dr Sandile Tshabalala says they are awaiting reports from clinical staff before issuing a report on the death of a five-month old baby who allegedly succumbed to COVID-19.

Free State government in bid to revive provincial economy 10 July 2020, 4:23 PM

The Free State government says it has developed an economic recovery plan to revive several industries which have been forced to close.

11-year-old Amanda Mthembu’s alleged killer abandons bail bid 10 July 2020, 4:20 PM

The 17-year-old accused in the rape and murder case of 11-year-old Amanda Mthembu has abandoned his bail application at the Mthunzini Magistrate's Court, on KwaZulu-Natal's north coast.

Return of load shedding another death blow to economy: DA 10 July 2020, 3:45 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the Eskom's return to load shedding is another death blow to the country's hemorrhaging economy. The DA says apart from the ANC's economic lockdown, the economy now also have to weather the storm of rolling blackouts.

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Storm wreaks havoc in Western Cape rural town of Greyton 10 July 2020, 2:58 PM

Snow has fallen over the mountains in the small town of Greyton near Caledon in the Western Cape. Extensive damage due to the bad weather has been reported.

‘Britain’s sale of arms to Saudi Arabia a major foreign policy blunder’ 10 July 2020, 2:44 PM

Other than its terrible history of colonialism, the UK has not done too badly in terms of domestic protection of equality before the law for all of its citizens regardless of race, colour, creed or gender.

Eastern Cape scooters also used in East Africa: Mkhize 10 July 2020, 2:43 PM

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says scooters with mobile sidecar clinics are also being used in East Africa after countries ordered them from the same source that the Eastern Cape Health Department procured its fleet.

13 674 new coronavirus cases recorded in SA, 129 more deaths 9 July 2020, 10:09 PM

South Africa has recorded 13 674 new coronavirus cases bringing the total number to 238 339. A further 129 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported.

The enigma of Mandela’s foreign policy 9 July 2020, 9:19 PM

As part of celebrating Mandela Month, the Nelson Mandela Foundation announced that this year’s Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture will be delivered by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, António Guterres on the 18th of July 2020.

Local football was once on the right track, but there’s still hope: Singh 9 July 2020, 8:55 PM

While the South African Football Association (SAFA) is usually a subject of criticism, former SAFA Instructor, Sudesh Singh has come out to say the association was in fact once headed in the right direction.

SAA BRPs lose bid to appeal retrenchments ruling, two unions chuffed 9 July 2020, 8:47 PM

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) and the South African Cabin Crew Association (Sacca) have welcomed the decision by the Labour Appeal Court to dismiss the appeal launched by the SAA Business Rescue Practitioners (BRPs).  The practitioners wanted the court to set aside a Labour Court's decision, barring them from proceeding with retrenchments at SAA without a Business Rescue Plan.

African countries urged to undertake vaccine trials 9 July 2020, 8:00 PM

The importance of undertaking clinical trials for a vaccine in Africa has dominated discussions at a webinar about COVID-19 and vaccine development on the continent.

FITA granted permission to appeal tobacco sales ban 9 July 2020, 7:28 PM

The High Court in Pretoria has granted the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) permission to appeal government’s ban on the sale of cigarettes during lockdown. The application will be heard on July 15.

Liberia’s Sirleaf to co-lead panel to evaluate global COVID-19 response 9 July 2020, 6:06 PM

The World Health Organisation ( WHO) has announced the initiation of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR) to evaluate the world’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former Prime Minister of New Zealand Helen Clark will co-chair the panel.

Somizi thanks South Africans for loving his mother 9 July 2020, 5:30 PM

Veteran performer Mary Twala has been laid to rest. Her family has hailed her as a loving and caring mother.

Six Gauteng health officials test positive for coronavirus 9 July 2020, 3:35 PM

Six members of the Gauteng Health Department's war room team have tested positive for the coronavirus. The department confirmed this in a statement.

FEATURE | Debunking myths on SA’s vaccine trial with Prof Shabir Madhi 9 July 2020, 2:26 PM

SABC News’ Luvuyo Mdeni is joined by the Principal Investigator of the South African Ox1Cov-19 Vaccine VIDA trial, Professor Shabir Madhi.

Amarharhabe Queen’s passing described as a loss to the traditional institution 9 July 2020, 2:15 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) has described the passing of late Amarharhabe Queen Noloyiso Sandile as a loss to the traditional institution, and the country at large.

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18 Eastern Cape state-owned facilities to be converted into field hospitals 7 July 2020, 1:27 PM

Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane has announced a community-based strategy to fight the spread of coronavirus in the province. The provincial government has identified 87 wards in four hotspot areas that require urgent intervention.

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Zulu is mulling over ruling on Early Childhood Development Centres 7 July 2020, 9:54 AM

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says her department is looking at specific issues as it studies Monday's High Court ruling that allows private Early Childhood Development Centres to operate, provided they adhere to the prescribed COVID-19 safety measures aimed at protecting the children and teachers.

Muthambi says delays in water tank installations may have contributed to COVID-19 infections in Polokwane local municipality 7 July 2020, 9:05 AM

Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Faith Muthambi, says delays in the installation of water tanks might have contributed to an escalation of people infected with coronavirus in the Polokwane Local Municipality.

Thorisho Themane’s murder case postponed to January 2021 7 July 2020, 7:14 AM

The murder trial of 10 suspects accused of killing Thorisho Themane has been postponed to January 2021.