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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Political parties concerned about impact of IMF loan on SA’s sovereignty 28 July 2020, 6:00 PM

Political parties have reacted differently to the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) multi-billion rand loan to South Africa.

Mthethwa thanks Master KG, Noncebo for putting SA on the map 28 July 2020, 5:10 PM

Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has thanked musician Master KG and vocalist Noncebo Zikode for putting South Africa on the map.

Mlangeni’s body arrives at his home ahead of Wednesday burial 28 July 2020, 4:36 PM

The body of the late struggle stalwart Andrew Mlangeni has arrived at his Dube home in Soweto, Gauteng. The 95-year-old veteran, who was the last surviving Rivonia Trialist, died at the 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria last week, after complaining about having abdominal pain.

Nehawu to go on protest next month as tensions over PPEs continue to simmer 28 July 2020, 2:42 PM

Union, Nehawu, says it has requested its members to apply for a day's leave as a form of protest on August 21. The union was briefing the media in Johannesburg - on the outcomes of a fact finding mission on government's state of readiness to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.

Preparations for Mlangeni’s funeral in full swing 28 July 2020, 2:35 PM

Preparations for the funeral of the struggle stalwart, Andrew Mlangeni,  are currently under way at his Dube home in Soweto, Gauteng.

IMF grants SA more than R70 billion loan to mitigate COVID-19 impact 27 July 2020, 9:01 PM

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved South Africa's request for emergency financial support to mitigate the social and economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic The low interest loan is worth around R70.6 billion.

Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko takes leave of absence 27 July 2020, 7:01 PM

Spokesperson to the President Khusela Diko has taken leave of absence and will temporarily relinquish her roles in government. This follows claims of corruption against her husband over a multi-million rand tender to supply the Gauteng Health Department with PPEs.

PSL season to resume on August 8 27 July 2020, 6:21 PM

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has confirmed that the football season will resume on August 8 after a four-month enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic. The news was confirmed late this afternoon the National Soccer League's extra-ordinary Board of Governors meeting.

Master KG’s Jerusalema song has the world dancing 27 July 2020, 6:20 PM

Musician Master KG’s song Jerusalema has been keeping the world dancing.

Khusela Diko
Gauteng ANC summons Diko and the Masukus over controversial multi-million rand PPE tender 27 July 2020, 4:58 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng will meet with Premier David Makhura to discuss a controversial tender that allegedly involves Presidential Spokesperson, Khusela Diko. But the provincial ANC leadership says it has summoned Diko, Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku and his wife, who is a Johannesburg Councillor, Loyiso Masuku to a meeting today over the awarding of a R124 million tender, awarded to Royal Bhaca - a company owned by Diko's husband.

Sifiso Dabengwa
Dabengwa resigns from the Eskom board over tender disagreement 27 July 2020, 4:56 PM

Power Utility Eskom has announced the resignation of its Non-Executive Director, Sifiso Dabengwa.

At least 25 people arrested after Cape Peninsula protests 27 July 2020, 4:00 PM

At least 25 people have been arrested across the Cape Peninsula on charges of public violence and contravening sections of the Disaster Management Act. This follows various shutdown protests called by the Cape Coloured People's Congress demanding, among others, houses and job opportunities.

Malema calls for presidential spokesperson’s dismissal 27 July 2020, 2:40 PM

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is calling for the dismissal of Presidential Spokesperson, Khusela Diko. The move comes amid mounting calls for Diko's suspension following reports of involvement in alleged corruption over her husband's R124 million tender awarded by the Gauteng government to supply Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

ANC veterans denounce Zuma headlining Mlangeni’s memorial service as inappropriate 24 July 2020, 10:35 PM

ANC stalwarts and veterans have described the headlining of former President Jacob Zuma at struggle stalwart Andrew Mlangeni's memorial this evening as a direct contradiction to the moral and revolutionary integrity embodied by the former Robben Islander.

SA records 13 944 new COVID-19 cases, death toll now at 6 343 24 July 2020, 9:28 PM

South Africa has recorded 13 944 new COVID-19 cases. This takes the country's total number of infections to 421 996.

Mbeki Foundation describes Mkapa’s passing as an immense loss to Africa 24 July 2020, 7:44 PM

Former President Thabo Mbeki and his foundation have expressed sadness over the passing of the former President of Tanzania, Benjamin William Mkapa, earlier today. The Foundation has described it as an immense loss to the continent at a time when his wisdom is needed.

Germany to offer returning holidaymakers free coronavirus tests 24 July 2020, 7:00 PM

Germany will offer returning holidaymakers free coronavirus tests as part of efforts to prevent a new wave of infections, authorities said on Friday, as the country recorded its highest number of daily cases for two months.

Durban July organisers promise viewers a superb race 24 July 2020, 6:28 PM

It's all systems go for the virtual Vodacom Durban July tomorrow when everyone will be watching the premier horse racing event from the comfort of their homes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Decision to close schools regrettable and unjustifiable: SAHRC 24 July 2020, 4:29 PM

The SAHRC has dismissed government's decision to keep schools closed for all grades, except Grades 7 and 12, until 24 August 2020 as regrettable and unjustifiable. The Commission says its view on the opening of schools is guided by the evidence provided by a range of researchers that point to the devastating consequences of children not being at school.

Ramaphosa praises Tanzania’s Mkapa as a visionary leader 24 July 2020, 4:01 PM

Tributes continue to pour in for Tanzania's Former President, Benjamin Mkapa. President Cyril Ramaphosa is the latest leader to send a message of condolences to the government and the people of Tanzania.

Suspects linked to Joburg New Year’s Day shooting due in court on Monday 24 July 2020, 3:30 PM

Five people with suspected links to the New Years' Day attacks in Melville and Newtown in Johannesburg are expected to appear in court on Monday.

DA to take government to court to keep schools open 24 July 2020, 2:53 PM

The DA says it is taking government to court over its decision to close schools as the country approaches a peak in COVID-19 infections. The official opposition says the decision is irrational and it is political rather than scientifically motivated.

153 new coronavirus-related deaths recorded in SA 23 July 2020, 10:25 PM

The Department of Health has announced 153 new COVID-19 related deaths

More than 100 000 African health workers infected with COVID-19: WHO 23 July 2020, 10:02 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned of the threat posed by COVID-19 to health workers across Africa.

Gauteng man baffled after testing COVID-19 positive despite completing quarantine 23 July 2020, 9:15 PM

A Gauteng man is baffled as he is still COVID-19 positive, despite a strict 14-day quarantine. The government employee conducted the test after his wife tested positive for the coronavirus that has already claimed almost 6 000 lives in the country.

SA public schools closed for four weeks as coronavirus cases surge 23 July 2020, 8:54 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says after consultations with different stakeholders, the government has decided to close public schools for four weeks.

Trump blames surge in COVID-19 cases on George Floyd protests 23 July 2020, 6:46 PM

United States President Donald Trump has blamed the surge in COVID-19 cases in his country on young people who attended nationwide protests in the aftermath of George Floyd's killing in May.

Melville, Mary Fitzgerald Square New Year’s Day shooting suspects nabbed 23 July 2020, 5:05 PM

Police have arrested five suspects they believe are linked to the New Year’s Day attacks in Melville and Mary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg. The suspects are foreign nationals and were arrested at Kliprivier near Vereeniging.

FAWU seeks government’s intervention to save jobs in alcohol industry 21 July 2020, 1:05 PM

FAWU has called on the government to put a moratorium on job cuts and salary reductions, in light of the reinstatement of the ban on the sale of alcohol.

SAPS urges former police officers to apply for re-enlistment 21 July 2020, 12:01 PM

The South African Police Service has called on former police officers to apply to re-enlist. Spokesperson Brenda Muridili says the applicants must have a clean service record.