Video: Hailstorm wreaks havoc in Gauteng, severe storm warning issued

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a Level 2 weather warning in Gauteng and Mpumalanga as hailstorms batter the provinces. A watch for severe thunderstorms has been issued over the northwestern parts of Mpumalanga. Hail, heavy downpours, and strong winds are expected in the province on Friday. Severe thunderstorms are also expected to […]

Gauteng finishes 16 000 vaccine batch ahead of schedule

Over 16,000 healthcare workers in Gauteng have received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccine. In a statement, the provincial government said all its allocated vaccines had been administered ahead of the scheduled 14 days, set by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). Earlier on Friday, Premier David Makhura, together with health MEC Nomathemba […]

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi takes aim at Umalusi

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says education quality assurance body Umalusi, has been unfair to the class of 2020. Umalusi reduced the marks in eight subjects in which pupils performed better than normal. The province boasts the top five districts in the country and honoured its top achievers at an official ceremony on Wednesday. In […]

MEC Lesufi: 694 Gauteng pupils still not placed in schools

There are 694 pupils who have not yet been placed in Gauteng primary and high schools. Provincial Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the delay in the allocation of space for pupils was caused by some parents who chose schools that were already full. Lesufi urged parents, especially those in townships, to consider seeking placement in […]

KZN, Gauteng and WC Education MECs laud 2020’s top-performing matrics

The Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng provincial governments have lauded their top-performing matrics for helping place the provinces in the top four provinces in the country. The overall matric 2020 pass rate is 76.2%, down 5.1% from the 2019 pass rate. Gauteng achieved a pass rate of 83.8%, Western Cape 79.9%, and KZN 77.6%. Education […]

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says corrupt officials will face consequences

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says those involved in PPE corruption will be held responsible and face consequences. Makhura delivered his State of the Province Address on Tuesday. “The corruption allegations and irregularities pertaining to COVID-19 procurement and delays in the delivery of some of the health infrastructure revealed substantial governance weaknesses. “Above all, the irregular […]

Gauteng highway patrol unit makes several arrests

Members of the recently relaunched Highway Patrol Unit on Sunday, 21 February, recovered three unlicensed firearms, a stolen vehicle and arrested four suspects in separate incidents. According to police spokesperson Captain Mavela Masondo this was after a fleet of 55 high-performance vehicles were handed to the SAPS in Gauteng by Premier David Makhura on behalf […]

Weather Service warns heavy rains to continue in Gauteng until Monday

Heavy downpours are expected to continue in Gauteng this week, with the South African Weather Service (SAWS) warning the rains could last until Monday. SAWS issued a Yellow level 2 warning for disruptive rain on Wednesday that could lead to localized flooding in low-lying areas. This comes as flooding from heavy rains caused extensive damage […]

MEC Lesufi pleased with Gauteng matric 2020 pass rate

Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said that he was relieved that the matric class of 2020 in the province achieved an 83.8% pass rate. In an unprecedented school year hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and several lockdowns, Lesufi said that it was a tough time for teachers, parents, and pupils. “Among the top 10, six […]

SAWS issues weather warnings for Gauteng and Limpopo

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) has issued a Level 2 warning for disruptive rainfall in Gauteng, while a Level 6 warning was issued for Limpopo on Monday. “Flooding of formal and informal settlements and roads is expected due to heavy rainfall. Low-lying areas roads and bridges will be flooded and can be damaged due […]