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.
DA files papers to challenge government’s decision to close Garden Route beaches 17 December 2020, 4:49 PM

The Democratic Alliance has filed papers in the High Court in Cape Town, challenging the government's decision to close the beaches on the Western Cape's Garden Route.

2020 saw marked changes in the way MPs conducted oversight work 17 December 2020, 4:10 PM

The Parliamentary calendar started off on a dramatic note after the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) protested against the presence of former president FW de Klerk at SONA.

Paralysed former mineworker pleads for assistance 12 December 2020, 9:30 PM

Life is a daily struggle for a 51-year-old former mineworker from Coffee Bay at Mqanduli, in the Eastern Cape. Notyobha Silwana was injured and left paralysed, while working in a gold mine in Johannesburg. He says the injury has stripped him of his dignity and is appealing for assistance to improve the quality of his life.

The ball’s now in Umalusi’s court on credibility of 2020 matric exams: DBE 12 December 2020, 8:25 PM

The Department of Education (DBE) says it will revert to its initial plan following the cancellation of the planned rewrite of the leaked matric exam papers and the quality assurance agency, uMalusi, will now have to decide, as per normal procedure, on the credibility of the 2020 matric results.

Eskom moves to stage one load shedding on Sunday 12 December 2020, 6:58 PM

Power utility, Eskom, has announced that it will move down to stage one load shedding on Sunday. This follows the recovery in emergency generation reserves.

Showdown looms at SAA over unpaid wages 12 December 2020, 5:20 PM

A showdown is expected between government and trade unions over unpaid salaries at South African Airways.

Council of Education Ministers resolves for matrics not to rewrite leaked papers 12 December 2020, 4:45 PM

The Council of Education Ministers (CEM) has resolved that matriculants don't rewrite the leaked Mathematics Paper 2 and Physical Science Paper 2, as per Friday's court ruling.

Freedom Park celebrates 20 years of honouring SA’s heroes and heroines through music 12 December 2020, 3:30 PM

Freedom Park in Pretoria hosted the first annual Ubuntu Music Festival to celebrate the park's 20th anniversary. The heritage site was established to foster nation building, social cohesion and reconciliation.

Bafokeng Queen Mother laid to rest 12 December 2020, 3:12 PM

The Royal Bafokeng Nation's Queen Mother, Semane Molotlegi, has been laid to rest at her home village of Phokeng outside Rustenburg in the North West. Only close royal family members were allowed at Direpotsane cemetery, where Mmemogolo was laid to rest next to her late husband, Kgosi Edward Molotlegi.

Load shedding on the cards this weekend 11 December 2020, 9:27 PM

Eskom has announced that it will implement Stage 2 load shedding from Saturday. The power utility says it has had a number of unplanned breakdowns.

Africa for Palestine to lodge complaint against Chief Justice Mogoeng with Judicial Service Commission 11 December 2020, 8:30 PM

Human Rights Organisation Africa for Palestine says it intends to lodge another complaint with the Judicial Service Commission against Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. 

Kruger National Park
Kruger National Park urges locals to visit the park 11 December 2020, 8:10 PM

Kruger National Park authorities say they are doing everything possible to attract tourists, especially locals, as the tourism industry is seriously affected by COVID-19. The number of tourists who visit the park has significantly dropped due to the pandemic.

WHO expects decisions on Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca vaccines in weeks 11 December 2020, 7:48 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) expects to make decisions on whether to give emergency use approval to COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca in coming weeks, its chief scientist said on Friday.

Zwane blames officials for botched 2010 Free State housing project 11 December 2020, 7:10 PM

Former Free State Human Settlements MEC, Mosebenzi Zwane, has continued to blame officials in the Free State Housing Department for the botched R1 billion 2010 housing project implemented during his tenure. 

Sadtu calls on Umalusi to declare matric exams credible 11 December 2020, 6:20 PM

The South African Democratic Teacher's Union (Sadtu) says quality assurance body, Umalusi, must abide by the ruling of the High Court in Pretoria and declare the national certificate examinations credible.

ABB Kusile Power Plant contract was irregular: SIU report 11 December 2020, 6:10 PM

Eskom Group Chief Executive, Andre De Ruyter, says the power utility will approach National Treasury to request that the Swedish robotics company ABB be allowed to complete work in the Kusile Power Plant in order to mitigate the risk of load shedding.

US recognises Morrocan sovereignty over Western Sahara territory 11 December 2020, 4:20 PM

But the African Union stands opposed to Morocco's occupation of Western Sahara

I can’t separate my judicial responsibilities from my Christian beliefs: Mogoeng 11 December 2020, 3:03 PM

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says his judicial responsibilities cannot be separated from his Christian beliefs. He was reacting to the backlash he received regarding his controversial prayer on his concerns on COVID-19 vaccines.

Black Lives Matter co-founder urges Nigeria to free jailed police protesters 10 December 2020, 8:38 PM

A group of activists and celebrities, including a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, have signed an open letter to Nigeria’s president demanding that he hold accountable security personnel accused of shooting anti-police brutality protesters.

Magashule to appear before ANC’s Integrity Commission on Saturday 8 December 2020, 6:38 PM

ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule, will appear before the party's Integrity Commission on Saturday. The president of the governing party, Cryil Ramaphosa, made the announcement at the end of the ANC NEC meeting on Tuesday afternoon.

Engen verifying claims of those affected by Durban blast: Hassan 8 December 2020, 6:30 PM

The Managing Director of Engen, Yusa Hassan, says they are in the process of verifying claims of those affected by a blast at the petroleum refinery in the south of Durban, last week.

Ngubane says he wasn’t aware of Gupta influence at Eskom 8 December 2020, 5:05 PM

Former Eskom Board chairperson, Ben Ngubane, has told the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, he found it disturbing that there were outside forces dictating affairs at the power utility.

Special voting in full swing ahead of Wednesday’s by-elections 8 December 2020, 3:18 PM

Special voting through home visits and at voting stations is taking place today for those whose applications for special votes were approved for the 9 December by-elections.

South Africa still operates in a recessionary environment: Analyst 8 December 2020, 2:44 PM

Independent economist, Elize Kruger, says while South Africa has technically exited a recession, the economy is still operating in a recessionary environment. Her comments come after new figures indicated that gross domestic product (GDP) increased at an annualised rate of 66.1% in the third quarter of 2020.

VIDEO | State Capture, Part 2 8 December 2020, 2:21 PM

The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has resumed in Johannesburg.

Several injured in Durban chemical plant explosion 8 December 2020, 2:10 PM

A number of people have been injured following a massive explosion at one of the chemical plants on Otto Volek Road between Pinetown and New Germany, west of Durban, on Tuesday.

Vote counting under way in Ghana 8 December 2020, 2:07 PM

Vote counting is under way in Ghana after Monday's presidential and parliamentary elections.

‘Go for it,’ says grandmother who got world’s first Pfizer COVID vaccine in Britain 8 December 2020, 1:48 PM

Margaret Keenan, the 90-year-old grandmother who became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine outside of a trial in Britain on Tuesday, has a message for others: “go for it” to beat the devastating disease.

PODCAST | COVID-19 Frontline Workers Part XXV: A fleet manager shares his story 7 December 2020, 12:25 PM

SABC News captures their voices in this weekly feature, COVID-19 Frontline Workers. This week, Digital News producer Lebo Tshangela speaks to Jonathan Mphake, a fleet manager at a construction equipment company, Easy Access, about his experience with the coronavirus during the nationwide lockdown.

Judicial Conduct Tribunal’s hearings against Judge Hlophe kick off 7 December 2020, 12:04 PM

The Judicial Conduct Tribunal's hearings on the complaint lodged by Justices of the Constitutional Court against Western Cape Judge President, John Hlophe, have started in Kempton Park - east of Johannesburg.