Health Dept suspends dodgy contracts allegedly linked to Zweli Mkhize’s close associates – report

The Department of Health has reportedly suspended the services of a company allegedly linked to two close associates of Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize. This after it emerged in February that Digital Vibes, a little-known communications company from KwaZulu-Natal, allegedly benefited from emergency Covid-19 tenders issued by the department valued at more than R82 million. […]

Auditor-General in talks with Treasury in bid to recoup R150m spent on auditing Covid-19 corruption

The Auditor-General (AG) is engaging with National Treasury to recoup the R150 million it spent on real-time auditing of Covid-19 procurement. Last year, when the government announced its R500 billion Covid-19 relief package, President Cyril Ramaphosa asked the AG to perform real-time auditing on these measures. Presenting to the Standing Committee on the Auditor-General with […]

President Ramaphosa speaks on his leadership skills

President Cyril Ramaphosa has defended and finally explained his “consultative” leadership style, saying he learned it from Nelson Mandela and the African forebears for whom it worked. Addressing the National Council of Provinces in Cape Town on Thursday, he said he was often accused of being too consultative, like traditional leaders for whom the nature […]

President Ramaphosa mulls police commissioner Khehla Sitole probe

National Police Commissioner General Khehla Sitole could face an inquiry into his fitness to hold office, after Minister of Police Bheki Cele sent a request to the president to institute a probe against him. Acting presidential spokesperson Tyrone Seale on Friday confirmed President Cyril Ramaphosa had received such a request from the minister, saying he […]

President Cyril Ramaphosa accepts North West DPP’s resignation

President Cyril Ramaphosa has accepted the North West Director of Public Prosecution’s resignation. Advocate Moipone Noko resigned after NPA boss Shamila Batohi instituted an inquiry into her fitness to hold office. Noko’s troubles started when a panel, headed by Advocate Rodney de Kock, concluded that she had manipulated charges while serving as KZN’s director of […]

Passport and marriage services resume at Home Affairs

Following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on Sunday that the country has moved to Level 1 lockdown, the Department of Home Affairs on Thursday started offering more services at its offices. South Africans can now apply for and collect their passports for all categories and register their marriages, among other services. However, the citizenship service will […]

President Cyril Ramaphosa applauds traditional leaders fight against Covid-19

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday applauded the traditional leaders for joining the government in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. “You worked with us to ensure communities observe regulations and protocols, including with respect to funerals and other gatherings,” Ramaphosa said when he was opening the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL). He also said […]

SA’s first Covid-19 vaccine recipient Zoliswa Gidi Dyosi shares her experience

South Africa’s first vaccine recipient wants people to know it’s safe to have the jab. She knew something big was happening. The hospital was buzzing with activity and members of the media and camera crews were everywhere. Zoliswa Gidi- Dyosi ignored the commotion and went about her rounds in the labour ward at Khayelitsha District […]

Sad South Africans react to ‘Love Island SA’ which only has one black woman and man on the show

The excitement at the premiere of Love Island SA on Sunday was palpable from fans across the country, at one point trending higher than President Cyril Ramaphosa’s level 1 lockdown announcement. But the enthusiasm was tempered by disappointment at the lack of colour. Hosted by media personality Leandie du Randt, the popular dating reality show […]

UDM calls for postponement of local govt elections

Despite political gatherings being allowed under the country’s alert level 1 lockdown, the UDM has raised its concern about campaigning by political parties ahead of this year’s local government elections. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday evening larger gatherings will be permitted, but the maximum number of people allowed will only be 100 people indoors […]