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Two suspects accused of attempting to traffic 14 undocumented children due in court
Two suspects accused of trafficking fourteen undocumented children are expected to appear in the Kimberley Magistrates Court today. The suspects were arrested in Kimberley after they were seen travelling with the children - aged between six and fourteen - on a bus from Midrand in Johannesburg to Cape Town. The Hawks in the Northern Cape say the children had no additional clothes or bags on them. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC, reporter Margaret Mothibi.
07/12/2023 • 4 minutes 58 seconds
Open Secrets accuses SANDF executive of singing sweet lullaby to the public dismissing publication's claims of torture squad operating within the force
The South African Defence Force has described allegations related to a torture squad operating within the force as mere fabrications. Chief of the SANDF, General Rhudzani Maphwanya has been addressing the media in Pretoria where he encouraged anyone with information to the contrary, to approach law enforcements agencies. General Maphwanya has been responding to a report by NGO, Open Secrets which details allegations of torture, kidnapping and murder within the force. Open Secrets also claims the squad is responsible for the murder of Hawks Investigator, Colonel Frans Mathipa, who was shot in the head in August while investigating the SANDF. General Maphwanya maintains that all recent allegations about the SANDF are without merit.
07/12/2023 • 18 minutes 24 seconds
Eastern Cape family calls for murderers of two initiates to be brought to book
The family of the two initiates who were shot dead together with their brother at an initiation school at Ngcwazi Village in the Eastern Cape, is calling on law enforcement agencies to act swiftly in apprehending the perpetrators. The Busakwe family from Ngqamakwe is still in shock following the shooting of its family members. Another Busakwe brother is in a stable condition in hospital. The motive behind the incident is unknown. Sdima Mfeku reports
06/12/2023 • 2 minutes 32 seconds
"I'm not sure what this whole hype is about", says Zim official over SA claims that 443 unaccompanied children were turned away at Beitbridge border post
The Minister of Public Service, Labour, and Social Welfare in Zimbabwe, July Moyo has denied claims that 42 buses carrying 443 unaccompanied children under the age of eight were intercepted at the Beitbridge border post. The Minister says Zimbabwe authorities have no record of any buses being denied entry to South Africa or intercepted or handed over to Zimbabwe authorities. He was speaking in the Zimbabwe national parliament. This comes after Boarder management authority Commissioner Dr. Michael Masiapato, during a media briefing on Sunday, said the newly established BMA intercepted 443 children, under the age of 8, who were trafficked from Zimbabwe into South Africa and were intercepted by border patrollers on suspicion of human trafficking activities. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to South Africa's Minister Of Home Affairs, Minister Aaron Motsoaledi and Spokesperson for the Government of Zimbabwe, Nick Mangwana.
06/12/2023 • 23 minutes 36 seconds
Commission of Inquiry into Marshalltown building fire SERI application to have Adv Thulani Makhubela recused as one of the inquiry's commissioners
The Commission of Inquiry into Usindiso Building Fire in Marshalltown in which 77 people were killed and dozens more injured resumed its hearings today. The commission is hearing an application from the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) , to have Advocate Thulani Makhubela recused as one of the inquiry's commissioners. Seri has told the commission there is a risk of prejudice if Advocate Thulani Makhubela continues as commisioner because of his views on social media. SABC's Prabashni Moodley
05/12/2023 • 2 minutes 49 seconds
Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo emphasises importance of judiciary in shaping South Africa
Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo says the Judges conference currently taking place at the Sun City Resort in North West must be used to ensure decisions taken must guarantee that the administration of justice in South Africa is put to a higher level. Chief Justice Raymond Zondo was delivering the key note address at the three day Judges conference. The aim of this gathering is to discuss matters of interests to the Judiciary in relation to its constitutional role and mandate. Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo elaborates
05/12/2023 • 3 minutes 51 seconds
Lawyer for Ezulwini Investments says client wants ANC to pay full judgement amount to the trust account of the party's lawyers or provide security for the debt amount
The African National Congress has approached the Constitutional Court in a bid to overturn the Johannesburg High Court order to liquidate it. This follows the over 100 million rand owed to the Durban based company Ezulwini Investments. The ANC says it feels it was overcharged and wanted the matter to be set-aside. It also wanted criminal charges pursued against some party members who were involved in what it calls irregular and fraudulent activities. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Sharfique Sarlie who is a lawyer for the KwaZulu-Natal based printing and marketing company, Ezulwini Investments.
05/12/2023 • 11 minutes 36 seconds
South Africa's economy contracted by 0.2% in the 3rd quarter of 2023
South Africa's economy has contracted by 0.2% in the 3rd quarter of 2023. The contributions to the decrease in the Gross Domestic Product figure came from the agriculture, manufacturing, mining, construction and trade industries. Household final consumption expenditure also decreased by 0.3%, while total gross fixed capital formation decreased by 3.4%. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to independent economist, Elize Kruger.
05/12/2023 • 9 minutes 6 seconds
Constitutional Court dismisses application by One Movement SA, Independent Candidates Association on constitutionality of the Electoral Amendment Act regarding independent candidates
The Constitutional Court has handed down judgement on the constitutionality of the Electoral Amendment Act regarding independent candidates aiming to contest the national and provincial elections in 2024. The matter brought by the Independent Candidates Association and Mmusi Maimane's, One Movement SA. The applicants contest the Act's constitutionality on the grounds that it does not ensure a level playing field between political parties and independent candidates. Justice Nonkosi Mhlantla delivered the judgement on Monday.
04/12/2023 • 31 minutes 42 seconds
South African police on high alert after making several human trafficking related busts
East Rand police have rescued about 33 suspected human trafficking victims after they were found in a house in Boksburg. This search was in connection with a case where a foreign national was kidnapped in Springfield last week and investigations led the police to the house. To look at scourge of human trafficking in South Africa, Udo Carelse spoke to Chantell Kramer, National Human Trafficking Hotline Manager at The A21 Campaign.
04/12/2023 • 2 minutes 55 seconds
Two-year extension of special permits for Zimbabweans and Basotho until November 2025
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has announced the extension of special permits for Zimbabweans and Basotho living in South Africa for another two years until November 2025. Motsoaledi was speaking at a media briefing on the granting of exemption to Lesotho and Zimbabwean nationals in terms of Section 2 sub-section B of the Immigration Act Number 13 of 2002. These directives will be published in the government gazette on Monday. Motsoaledi further elaborates on his directive regarding the Lesotho nationals.
01/12/2023 • 3 minutes 51 seconds
Doctors Without Borders to close its HIV/TB project in Eshowe and Mbongolwane, ending over 20 years of operations in South Africa.
As the world marks World Aids Day today, this week the Human Sciences Research Council released a report revealing that although KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, and the Free State have the highest number of people infected with HIV, they've managed to increase viral suppression by nothing less than 80%. Meanwhile, Doctors without Borders says it will close its long-term HIV and TB projects in Eshowe and Mbongolwane in Kwazulu Natal, ending the organization's more than 20 years of continuous HIV/TB operations in South Africa.Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Sean Christie, Advocacy Manager at Doctors Without Borders
01/12/2023 • 5 minutes 59 seconds
" There is no chance for a two-state solution, not because of us but because of the other party that is denying Palestinians to have a state" - Senior Hamas leader
Dr. Basim Naim, a senior leader of the Hamas militant group and former Palestinian Health Minister, says the ongoing oppression of Palestinians in the West Bank is not only a threat to the Palestinian people but also a business of terrorism. Some members of the group's leadership are in South Africa to participate in the Fifth Global Convention of Solidarity with Palestine which takes place next week. Naim's remarks come as a temporary cease-fire deal that lasted seven days expired on Friday without word from mediator, Qatar on an extension. This comes as the war in the Middle East ranges on, with fighting in Gaza resuming, minutes after the truce ended. Earlier, Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the senior leader of Hamas, Dr. Basim Naim.
01/12/2023 • 18 minutes 19 seconds
Former Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng delivers SAfm lecture
Former Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says that President Cyril Ramaphosa had a duty to disclose who funded the CR17 campaign. Mogoeng was delivering the 2023 SAFM inaugural lecture under the theme: "Constitutionalism and upholding the rule of law in South Africa". SABC reporter, Canny Maphanga has more.
30/11/2023 • 3 minutes 6 seconds
SIU probes over 100 law firms, including sheriffs for Road Accident Fund claim duplications
Over 100 law firms, including sheriffs, are being investigated for looting R340m in state funds by submitting duplicate claims to the Road Accident Fund. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has referred 12 law firms or legal practitioners to the National Prosecution Authority (NPA) for criminal prosecution consideration. The SIU has found that R317m has been recouped. The SIU has signed Acknowledgment of Debt ("AOD") to the value of R70m with actual amount recoveries to date amounting to R41m. The SIU is also probing procurement and tender irregularities, payments made to service providers, and the possible inflation of invoices by service providers. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SIU spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago.
30/11/2023 • 8 minutes 33 seconds
Social Development Department defends decision to award tender to VBS-linked IT company, Brilliant Telecommunications
The Department of Social Development has denied claims that it pays the GBV Command call centerR45 million per month for the contract. It has also rejected claims that the center has collapsed. According to a news reports, Minister Lindiwe Zulu is at loggerheads with her deputy minister, Hendrieta Bogopane Zulu, about the appointment of an IT company to run the GBV Command Center. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to spokesperson for the Department of Social Development, Lumka Oliphant.
30/11/2023 • 14 minutes 5 seconds
19-year-old Mpumalanga woman awaits DNA test results to confirm she was kidnapped 13 years ago
A girl who went missing 13 years ago might soon be-reunited with her family in Bushbuckridge. The family of the girl is waiting on the results of a DNA test. The 19 - year old reportedly went missing while she was only 6 years old. A woman has been arrested in connection to her disappearance. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC, reporter Eric Lubisi.
30/11/2023 • 5 minutes 48 seconds
AG report finds rise in clean audits
Auditor General Tsakani Maluleke says the number of clean audits has increased significantly. She was briefing the Standing Committee on the AG on the audit outcomes of the National and Provincial governments for the 2022/23 financial year. The AG added that the trend of improvement has been seen in the last four years and more rapidly in the past year.
29/11/2023 • 5 minutes 23 seconds
ArcelorMittal to consult stakeholders amid job cuts
The CEO of ArcelorMittal South Africa, Kobus Verster, says the company is open to engagement and consultation processes with labour, the government, and various stakeholders. This is as the company has announced plans to cut up to 3-thousand 500 jobs as it's forced to shut down its long steel products business (e.g., railway tracks). The company has blamed negative steel demand growth and the state of instability of Transnet and Eskom issues. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Donald MacKay, CEO of XA Global Trade Advisors
29/11/2023 • 12 minutes 35 seconds
Police Committee adopts IPID Bill
Parliaments' Police Committee has adopted its report on the Independent Police Investigative Directorate Amendment Bill. This bill aims to strengthen the independence of the directorate, and includes the issue of the appointment of its Executive Director. The bill has been widely criticised because the appointment of the Executive Director still lies with the Minister of Police and Cabinet. Before starting the committee process, both the state law advisor and Parliament's legal services indicated that the bill was not constitutional because of this. The bill is supposed to address the appointment of the Executive Director, following a Constitutional Court judgment in 2016 that the removal of the then IPID head, Robert McBride, by the minister was unconstitutional. Zalene Merrington reports...
29/11/2023 • 2 minutes 25 seconds
SA fights for 1942 bars of silver In British court
A legal drama is unfolding in Britain's Supreme Court, involving South African government's attempt to strike out claim for salvage of silver from wartime wreck. The dispute relates to the ownership of cargo (bars of silver) carried by a ship that sank in 1942 & raises questions of state immunity. Over R873m (about £37m) worth of silver meant for the SA Mint in 1942 was salvaged off the East Coast and taken to the UK. Now the SA government wants it back. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to a lawyer at international firm Volterra Fietta, Jehad Mustafa
29/11/2023 • 8 minutes 39 seconds
Multi-Party Charter intensifies campaign to unseat the African National Congress
The Multi-Party Charter comprising eight opposition parties is holding a gathering of civil society organisations in Boksburg, east of Johannesburg ahead of the 2024 general election. The purpose of the meeting is solicit views from different community organisations and to bring about a political change in South Africa. DA leader, John Steenhuisen says the enemy is not the ANC but poverty, unemployment and criminality
28/11/2023 • 6 minutes 47 seconds
Operations at Impala Platinum Mine remain suspended following fatal accident
Operations at the Impala Platinum Mine remain suspended following a freak accident at Shaft 11 late in the afternoon Yesterday. Family members of the deceased mine workers have since made their way to the mine premises for further details. For the latest from the mine, Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Zebilon Maine and National Union of Mineworkers spokesperson, Livhuwani Mammburu
28/11/2023 • 7 minutes 59 seconds
Impala Mine management and Mineral Resources Minister provide update following fatal mine accident that claimed 11 lives
The Impala Platinum Mine in Rustenburg in the North West says all 86 employees involved in an elevator accident are accounted for. Eleven people died while 75 others sustained injuries. The injured have been transferred to hospitals around Rustenburg. The mining company says rescue operations have been complete and operations will be suspended at its 11 shaft in Rustenburg until further notice. Mineral Resources Minister, Gwede Manatshe and CEO and executive director, Nicolas Muller brief media as investigations into the accident get underway.
28/11/2023 • 13 minutes 41 seconds
Four- members of the same family in Imfume- south of Durban have been shot and killed this morning.
Four- members of the same family in Imfume- south of Durban have been shot and killed this morning. The family's surviving son says he was woken up by his mother's screams, and heard gunshots- but he does not know why the attack happened. SABC Reporter, Vusi Khumalo caught up with family survivor and KwaZulu Natal police spokesperson Colonel Robert Netshiunda
27/11/2023 • 7 minutes 47 seconds
Volkswagen (VW) refutes reports that it's threatening to leave the country if the government fails to fix the country's regulatory, energy and logistics problems
Volkswagen (VW) is refuting reports that it's threatening to leave the country if the government fails to fix the country's regulatory, energy and logistics problems. VW directly employs 3-thousand 500 people and contributes 6.4% of GDP. The logistics and energy crises in SA pose a huge threat to many companies' productivity. Now to get more on this matter we're now joined on the line by VW spokesperson Andile Dlamini
27/11/2023 • 5 minutes 24 seconds
Right to care says South Africa has led the development of many innovations to make sure that SA and the world are able to end the HIV epidemic
The national estimate of HIV prevalence in South Africa for all ages in 2022 was 12.7 percent which translated to 7.8 million people living with HIV in 2022.This is according to The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) which is currently releasing its sixth South African HIV Prevalence, Incidence, Behaviour and Communication Survey results. The study is a population-based, cross-sectional survey of households throughout South Africa that gathers information on HIV incidence, prevalence, and other related indicators in South Africa. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Tom Boyles, Senior technical advisor at Right to Care
27/11/2023 • 14 minutes 3 seconds
The Coalface with Publishing Editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.
24/11/2023 • 4 minutes 25 seconds
Concerns raised over the role of Gauteng's Crime Prevention Wardens (CPWs)
Early this year, Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi announced the creation of a new unit of crime fighters as part of his anti-crime strategy. The Gauteng government defines Crime Prevention Wardens (CPWs) as a "multiplier force" with the aim of amplifying responsiveness and police visibility in communities. The Crime Prevention Wardens are supposed to monitor and police Gauteng 24 hours a day. However, the unit has raised concerns about its role and how it was established. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Gauteng Premier's Spokesperson Sizwe Pamla
24/11/2023 • 7 minutes 2 seconds
"Our focus now is to ensure that we have a sufficient number of stable power stations" Eskom board chairperson Mteto Nyati
Eskom has escalated load shedding to stage 6 until 05h00 on Monday. The escalation follows warnings all week that the grid is highly volatile and only being kept under control through lower demand and less maintenance. Eskom has experienced a rise in breakdowns over the past few weeks, which forced the group to escalate to stage 4 on Wednesday. According to data compiled by the shedding schedule app EskomSePush, the country has endured over 270 days of load shedding this year. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Eskom board chairperson Mteto Nyati
24/11/2023 • 24 minutes 50 seconds
The Social Development Department launches a program against Ukuthwala.
The Department of Social Development and the Mjejane community in Mpumalanga embarked on a 3-day program to raise awareness about child protection and address concerns about the practice of Fulelani Nganeno, also known as "ukuthwala. Several social activist in Mjejana village in Mpumalanga, wrote petitions to the Human Rights Commission and Department of Social Development to say enough is enough about the practice of ukuthwala, where girls as young as 12 years old are sexually exploited or coerced by older men into relationships. the men reportedly impregnate the girls and pay off their families to stop them from opening criminal cases. Sakina Kamwendo on UpdateAtNoon spoke to Gustav Wilson, who is a chief director from the department of the social development in Mpumalanga
23/11/2023 • 8 minutes 33 seconds
Minister Nxesi denies corruption allegations by Mdwaba.
Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi briefed the media in relation to allegations of corruption made a few weeks ago by Thuja Holdings CEO, Mthunzi Mdwaba. Nxesi, together with two other Cabinet ministers, are alleged to have demanded bribes of five hundred million rands from a five billion unemployment insurance fund (UIF) bid aimed at creating job opportunities for the UIF. The two other ministers are Higher Education Minister Dr. Blade Nzimande, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana, and ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula. All implicated individuals have disputed the alleged claims of corruption, and Minister Nxesi says he intends on setting aside the Thuja agreement and will not be releasing the funds to Ndwaba's company. Nxesi explains...
23/11/2023 • 13 minutes 34 seconds
''We need to keep in mind that the leases were entered in 1965, when the laws were completely different. The current rental is R1250.''
Age-old lease agreements between the City of Durban and an iconic hotel group are coming to an end. This is putting pressure on the city's covert golden mile. Lease agreements for the Southern Sun's Elangani and Maharani hotels expire at the end of 2025. The hotel group and the municipality are reportedly at loggerheads over market value for rental. The city has put out a tender notice for interested bidders. Sakina Kamwendo on UpdateAtNoon Spoke to Head of Real Estate at the eThekwini municipality, Thapelo Mmusinyane
23/11/2023 • 5 minutes 59 seconds
Two Durban hotels, Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani, are reportedly in disagreement with the eThekwini Municipality over a lease agreement due to end in 2025.
Two hotels in Durban are allegedly at loggerheads with the eThekwini Municipality over a lease agreement that is due to end in 2025. The Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani hotels, located on the Golden Mile of the city, have been paying one-thousand-250 rands in rent to the municipality as per an agreement reached in 1965. Sakina Kamwendo on UpdateAtNoon spoke to SABC reporter Vusi Makhosini
23/11/2023 • 5 minutes 12 seconds
"If let to their own devices, warring factions [in Gaza war] will find more sophisticated ways to kill each other" - International Affairs Analyst, Simon Alain Handy
The National Assembly has passed the Economic Freedom Fighters' motion - amended by the African National Congress - with 248 MPs voting in favour of the closure of the Israeli Embassy until a ceasefire has been agreed on. The original motion by the EFF called for the Israeli Embassy to be closed and all diplomatic ties with Israel to be suspended. The motion was supported by the EFF, the ANC, Al Jama-ah, NFP, ATM and the PAC. 91 MPs from the DA, ACDP, FF-PLUS and IFP voted against the motion. Executive Director of the Handy Concept for Connecting People Global Think Tank and global affairs analyst, Simon Alain Handy.
22/11/2023 • 9 minutes 59 seconds
Everything you need to know about government's decision to allow members of retirement funds early access to portion their pensions
Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Finance has decided to allow members of retirement funds early access to their pension funds from next year. The committee agreed to introduce the two-pot pension system from the 1st of March 2024. This is despite the National Treasury recommending that the new system should start in 2025. Other stakeholders feel an extended period will give them enough time to amend their systems and to refine the implementation plan and address potential challenges. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to tax partner at Webber Wentzel, Joon Chong.
22/11/2023 • 11 minutes 56 seconds
Office of Auditor General tells SCOPA that not much progress has been made regarding SAA's financial statements following investigations
The Standing Committee on Public Accounts has been briefed on the progress of made at the South African Airways by the office of the Auditor general and the Special Investigating Unit following investigations into the national carrier. The Auditor general's office has noted that there is not much progress made regarding SAA's financial statements. Deputy Business Executive at Auditor General of South Africa, Fhumulani Rabonda has also highlighted some of the issues encountered while auditing SAA.
21/11/2023 • 8 minutes 32 seconds
" Critical state of South Africa's freight industry cannot be fixed overnight" - SA Association of Freight Forwarders
The South African Association of Freight Forwarders has warned as critical the state of the country's freight industry. The association was responding to a reported notice by Transnet announcing the entity's intention to suspend receiving of all cargo brought to its Richards Bay ports of entry via road. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Director of Maritime Affairs at the South African Association of Freight Forwarders, Mike Walwyn, who says the situation cannot be fixed overnight.
21/11/2023 • 5 minutes 36 seconds
Transnet reportedly mulling over suspension of cargo brought to its Richards Bay port via road freight
Transnet is reportedly circulating a notice announcing that it will suspend the receiving of all cargo that is brought to the ports via road freight (trucks). This comes as the entity announced an urgent programme to acquire equipment for the country's busy ports of entry. The group's chairperson Sandile Sangqu says a long period of under-development and ageing infrastructure are affecting state-owned ports and the railway network. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Nonjabulo Makamu.
21/11/2023 • 5 minutes
Alleged leader of notorious Westbury Varados gang gunned down in Johannesburg
An alleged gang leader of a notorious Westbury gang, the Varados, has been shot and killed in the parking lot of a shopping complex on 14th Avenue in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg. The circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear. However, it is believed to be an apparent hit. Gauteng police are yet to confirm this. The incident occurred around 10 a.m. this morning, as the alleged gang leader was leaving the parking lot of a popular gym on 14th Avenue. Sources say the alleged gang leader was approached by unknown gunmen while sitting inside a brownish-grey VW Polo close to the boom gate of the parking lot, waiting for it to open so he could exit. Sakina Kamwendo on update at Noon spoke to SABC reporter Sashin Naidoo
21/11/2023 • 3 minutes 57 seconds
Eastern Cape community forced to hunt and eat monkey meat amid province-wide child hunger crisis
Impoverished families are forced to hunt and eat monkey meat in the community of Cwebeni, in the Eastern Cape. This follows a recent report by South African Human Rights Commission which found that over 100 children died from malnutrition in the province between 2021 & 2022. More than 60 starving toddlers in the Port St Johns community are forced to daycare on empty stomachs. In this village many children are malnourished and some of their parents rely on hunting monkeys in the jungle to feed their children. SABC reporter, Nkululeko Nyembezi filed this report
20/11/2023 • 4 minutes 35 seconds
Boarder Management Authority teams up with South African Revenue Service to ease delays in the movement of trucks at Lebombo Boarder Post
The Boarder Management Authority has joined forces with the South African Revenue Service to pilot a system that seeks to co-locate in truck canopies at the Lebombo Boarder Post, to ease delays in the movement of trucks. The Authority says the process will ensure the processing of truck drivers without requiring the disembarkment of truckers from their vehicles. The news comes days after tensions between taxi and truck driver reached a tipping point at the Boarder Post, resulting in the torching of at least vehicle last week. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the Boarder Management Authority , Stephen Van Neel
20/11/2023 • 10 minutes 18 seconds
" We are not leaderless"- Transnet Acting Group Chief Executive assures market that the entity is being led in the right direction
Transnet is currently briefing the media about the rollout of a temporary recovery plan aimed at clearing backlog at its ports. In a statement on Friday, Transnet said several initiatives had been implemented to clear the backlog but has also cautioned that it will take months to clear Durban port backlog. Durban port handles 60% of South Africa's container traffic. Acting Group Chief executive at Transnet , Michelle Phillips explains....
20/11/2023 • 3 minutes 19 seconds
Tensions between taxi and trucks drivers reach tipping point at Lebombo Border Post, in Mpumalanga
Tensions between Taxi and Trucks Drivers have intensified at the Lebombo Border Post, in Mpumalanga with at least one vehicle reportedly set alight. Truck drivers are demanding that systems at the border be made efficient. SABC's reporter, Nhlamulo Mabasa has more details
17/11/2023 • 3 minutes 47 seconds
City of Ekurhuleni gives motorists until 11 Dec 2023 to come forward & claim impounded vehicles or else the city will auction them off
The City of Ekurhuleni says motorists whose vehicles have been impounded for various transgressions have until the 11th of December...that's NEXT MONTH, to come forward and claim their cars before the city auctions them off. The City says 753 vehicles are currently in their possession and that owners of the vehicles will be held liable for expenses incurred for the storage and removal of the vehicles. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to spokesperson for the City of Ekurhuleni, Zweli Dlamini.
17/11/2023 • 6 minutes 50 seconds
Mpumalanga court postpones murder case against 49-year-old woman accused of killing her relatives for insurance benefits
Police have urged insurance companies to put in systems in place in order to detect fraudulent insurance claims which have led to the death of relatives within the same family. This comes as a 49-year-old woman is expected to appear in the Mmabatho Magistrate's court in the North West on a charge of murder. It is alleged that she murdered her relative in order to benefit from insurance claims. Police spokesperson, Brigadier Athlenda Mathe explains further.
17/11/2023 • 9 minutes 20 seconds
Ground Work Collective joins call for young people to register to vote in the 2024 general elections
Non Profit Organisation, the Ground Work Collective has kicked off a campaign aimed at encouraging young people to register for the upcoming 2024 general elections. The campaign comes as the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) hold its first Voter Registration drive this weekend. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the founder of Ground Work Collective, Mbali Ntuli.
17/11/2023 • 4 minutes 13 seconds
Insurance companies process an influx of claims following property damages caused by recent hailstorms
Consumers have been paying close attention to the terms of their insurance policies as insurance companies process an influx of claims in the wake of property damages caused by recent hailstorms in parts of the country. Some of the areas affected by the storms include Rosebank, Midrand and Soweto in Gauteng. For a look at how such damages impact the average insurance policy holder, Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Insurance Risk Manager at South African Insurance Association, Zakes Sondiyazi.
16/11/2023 • 6 minutes 34 seconds
Gift of the Givers mourns after the killing of the head of its Gaza office in the war between Israel and Hamas
The humanitarian group, Gift of the Givers says the head of its office in Gaza had been killed in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. Founder Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman, says Ahmed Abbasi and his brother were killed when they returned from morning prayers on Thursday.
16/11/2023 • 2 minutes 39 seconds
" Israel is going back to being one of the world's most ostracised states in the world" - Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the University of Johannesburg
The National Assembly is expected to debate a motion today at 2pm in the name of EFF leader, Julius Malema. The motion is on the possible removal of the Israel embassy in Pretoria and the suspension of relations between South Africa and Israel. For some expert analysis to all these latest developments, Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Professor Chris Landsberg, Chair of African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy at the University of Johannesburg.
16/11/2023 • 11 minutes 53 seconds
Retired police Brigadier Jap Burger finally appears before Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts
Retired police Brigadier Jap Burger, has just concluded his engagement with members of Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts. Burger has assured committee members that state capture still remains prevalent at many of the country's State Owned Enterprises. He also confirmed the prevalence of organised syndicates operating at different spheres at Eskom. Burger concluded by advising parliament to look at corruption as a symptom of organised crime and that the National Security Council should consider the situation at Eskom as a key priority to the country's stability.
15/11/2023 • 11 minutes 30 seconds
Independent Electoral Commission calls for South Africans to register to vote
The Independent Electoral Commission is once again encouraging South Africans to register this coming weekend as the country prepares for the 2024 National and Provincial Elections. The IEC was briefing the media earlier, on the state of readiness ahead of the voter registration weekend. Sy Mamabolo, IEC Chief Electoral Officer explains
15/11/2023 • 4 minutes 6 seconds
Standard Chartered Bank agrees to pay R42 Million fine following Competition Commission probe into rand-dollar exchange collusion
The Competition Commission and Standard Chartered Bank have reached an agreement after eight years of litigation. The agreement comes as 27 other banks allegedly involved in collusion are appearing before the Commission. The collusion relates to foreign exchange markets, specifically rand-dollar exchanges, dating as from back as 2015. The banks are seeking an order to set aside a Competition Tribunal's order of March 2023. The banks have approached the Competition Appeal Court to seek determination on whether South African competition authorities have the jurisdiction to prosecute them. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Nothando Magudulela
15/11/2023 • 3 minutes 57 seconds
Durban Deep Mega Housing Project has only built 150 units and aims to build further 14 000 units by 2026
Tender mafia tendencies are becoming common in the construction sector. Construction on the Gauteng government's Mega Housing Project in Durban Deep in the far west of Johannesburg, is on hold as a result of a dispute over who should receive a portion of multimillion-rand contracts. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to head of communication of the Gauteng Department of Human Settlements,Tahir Sema.
15/11/2023 • 8 minutes 56 seconds
Gold One miners intensify call for Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union to be recognised
Gold One mine's plan to resume operations this morning were dashed following violent confrontations between the workers and police outside the mine in the east of Johannesburg. The mine had to deploy a heavy police contingent and private security following the torching of a worker's car. Operations have been halted for almost a week as the mine continues to count the losses by the day. The workers are demanding that the employer expedite the balloting process for the new majority union AMCU. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to AMCU's Head of Department for Organisational Development, Krister Janse Van Rensburg
14/11/2023 • 12 minutes 11 seconds
Independent Electoral Commission says it's all systems go ahead of upcoming Voter Registration Weekend
The Independent Electoral Commission says it has optimised its systems to ensure registration and voting runs smoothly. The IEC was briefing the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs on their readiness for the Voter Registration Weekend on the 18 and 19 of November 2023. IEC Deputy Chief Electoral Officer, Masego Sheburi explains.
14/11/2023 • 4 minutes 18 seconds
Mixed reactions as South Africa's unemployment rate decreases in the 3rd quarter of 2023
South Africa's unemployment rate has decreased. Total employment increased by 399 thousand to 16,7 million in 3rd quarter of 2023. This increase is the 8th consecutive increase and second-largest increase since 4th quarter of 2021. The official unemployment rate currently stands at 31,9 %, a decrease of 0,7 of a percentage point compared to 2nd quarter of 2023. Statistics South Africa released today for its Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the third quarter. Earlier this year the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) warned that South Africa's youth unemployment rate, which stands at a record high, is a potential threat to social stability. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to economics adviser at the UNDP South Africa, Rogers Dliwayo
14/11/2023 • 10 minutes 56 seconds
Court postpones case against man accused of fatally stabbing colleague at Leseding Hostel in Carltonville
The suspect accused of brutal murder of a colleague at Leseding Hostel in Carltonville has appeared in the Westonaria Magistrates court. The perpetrator is alleged to have stabbed the victim multiple times outside the Leseding Hostel in Carltonville on Gauteng's west Rand. The suspect then took a selfie next the corpse which found its way to social media. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC, reporter Horisani Sithole
13/11/2023 • 6 minutes 10 seconds
Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements says report into loans by Gauteng Partnership Fund to Nonkwelo Investments is not conclusive
Gauteng MEC for Human Settlements and Infrastructure Development, Lebogang Maile says a report into loans issued by the Gauteng Partnership Fund to Nonkwelo Investments is not conclusive. This follows allegations that Nonkwelo Ivestments, which is owned by Nceba Nonkwelo, who is the Deputy President, Paul Mashatile's son in law, benefited from loans from the GPF which amount to at least 30-Million rands. MEC Maile addressed the media earlier explaining some of the findings of the report...
13/11/2023 • 4 minutes 5 seconds
SA Human Rights Commission intensifies call for Eastern Cape child malnutrition to be declared a disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has called for child malnutrition in the Eastern Cape to be declared a disaster in terms of the Disaster Management Act. The commission recently released a report that found that 120 children died of malnutrition in the province between 2021 and 2022. The report also found that over 1 000 children were diagnosed with acute malnutrition in the province, in the same period. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to South African Human Rights Commission Provincial Manager, Dr Eileen Carter.
13/11/2023 • 9 minutes 54 seconds
National Correctional Services Commissioner says Diphtheria outbreak under control at the Pollsmoor Correctional Center
The National Correctional Services Commissioner, Makgothi Thobakgale says a total of 54 detainees at the Pollsmoor Correctional Center in the Western Cape have been identified as having contact with the first person who died of Diphtheria at the prison and have been isolated, while a total of 8 have tested positive for diphtheria and 46 have tested negative. The department has also identified 15 correctional service officials with only 3 presenting symptoms who were tested and released to be isolated at home. Thobakgale was briefing the media on the Diphtheria outbreak at Pollsmoor Correctional Facility. This follows the death of a 19-year-old inmate more than a week ago. Thobakgale, elaborates.
13/11/2023 • 4 minutes 25 seconds
The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.
The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.
1. Next year's Olympics will be hydrogen driven which is a big boost for South Africa's platinum mining.
2. Critical rare earth minerals being mined in Phalaborwa this week caught the eye of global investors.
3. Renewable energy is poised to save South Africa's biggest gold-mining company a whopping R3.6 billion.
10/11/2023 • 3 minutes 7 seconds
SANDF members deployed to tackle illegal mining and the construction Mafia under Operation Prosper
Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Thandi Modise says anyone in conflict with the law in South Africa, shall and will be dealt with harshly. She was speaking at the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security Cluster media briefing earlier today to update on security issues. This briefing comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa authorised the deployment of 3,300 soldiers in cooperation with the South African Police Service to tackle illegal mining and the construction Mafia under Operation Prosper. The operation seeks to prevent and combat crime and maintain and preserve the law. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to a Policing Expert at Stellenbosch University, Dr Guy Lamb
10/11/2023 • 18 minutes 48 seconds
Sadtu in Kwazulu-Natal suspends picket over non-payment of budget allocations to schools
Teacher union SADTU says it has taken a resolution to suspend its picket in several schools across KwaZulu-Natal. The picket led to internal examinations up to Grade 11 disrupted since Monday. SADTU held a march in Durban in the middle of last month to demands that the KZN Education Department complaining about non-payment of budget allocations to schools. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to provincial secretary of Sadtu in Kwazulu-Natal, Nomarashiya Caluza.
09/11/2023 • 8 minutes 42 seconds
Baby savers and safe havens across Gauteng up in arms as Gauteng Department of Social Development private temporary safe care homes illegal
Baby savers and safe havens across Gauteng are up in arms after the Gauteng Department of Social Development declared all private temporary safe care homes illegal and ordered their immediate closure. In its directive, the department cited concerns with the legal implications in the care and protection of children, as well as the responsibilities of parents to the child. For more on this we are joined on the line by Baby Saver Founding Member, Sandy Immelman and Director of Child Protection Services at the Gauteng Department of Social Development, Yvonne Deonarain.
09/11/2023 • 22 minutes 16 seconds
GoldOne Mine suspends operations as hundreds of workers demand recognition for Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union
Hundreds of workers at GoldOne Mine, east of Johannesburg have downed tools demanding that the employer expedite the balloting process for the majority union. A section of workers at the mine wants the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) to be elevated to the majority union. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is presently the only union recognised at GoldOne. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Head of Legal at GoldOne Mine, Ziyaad Hassam
09/11/2023 • 8 minutes 45 seconds
Two people fatally shot outside Randburg Magistrate's Court, in Johannesburg
Gauteng police are investigating a case of murder after two people were shot and killed outside the Randburg Magistrate's Court, in Johannesburg. The victims were approached by a suspect who who opened fire on them. The 2 were certified dead at the scene. The motive for the killing is unknown. Police are appealing to members of the public to come forward if they have information relating to the incident. Gauteng police spokesperson, Lieutenant Colonel Mavela Masondo elaborates
08/11/2023 • 1 minute 49 seconds
" Tax credit represents less that 10% of the amount needed for the NHI" - Board of Healthcare Funders cautions against latest NHI proposal
Medical aid tax credits may soon cease to exist in South Africa. The National Department of Health (NDOH) says that medical aid tax credits will end in South Africa - and the money used to reimburse members every year will instead be fed into the National Health Insurance (NHI) Fund. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Head of Health Systems Strengthening and Board of Healthcare Funders (BHF), Dr. Rajesh Patel
08/11/2023 • 7 minutes 54 seconds
U.N. Security Council remains divided on language to be used in proposed draft resolution in Israeli-Hamas war
One month into the Israeli-Hamas war U.N. Security Council remains divided on the language to be used in a draft resolution that would call for humanitarian relief for the besieged enclave of Gaza. This, as the Secretary General warned that Gaza was becoming a graveyard for children and that the unfolding catastrophe made the need for a humanitarian ceasefire more urgent with every passing hour. The 15-member Council, mandated with the maintenance of international peace and security, met yesterday for more than two hours behind closed-doors but gaps on language remain despite four failed resolutions that has seen the Council have zero say or impact on the war's current trajectory. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Research Fellow at the Centre for African Diplomacy and Leadership at the University of Johannesburg, Kwezi Mngqibisa.
Bela-Bela Magistrate's Court in Limpopo has postponed a case involving two Namibian nationals allegedly involved in the Phala Phala farm burglary to Friday. 39-year-old Imanuwela David and 30-year-old Froliana Joseph allegedly stole 580,000 US dollars at President Cyril Ramaphosa's Limpopo Farm in February 2020. They are facing four charges, including conspiracy to commit housebreaking with intent to steal and theft, and money laundering. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Koketso Motaung.
07/11/2023 • 4 minutes 7 seconds
Transport Minister and 2 bodyguards robbed and disarmed on the N3 between Vosloorus and Heidelberg
Police are investigating a robbery incident on the N3 between Vosloorus and Heidelberg, where the Minister of Transport and two protectors were robbed. Personal belongings and two SAPS service pistols were stolen. A manhunt has been launched to bring those responsible to justice. SAPS Brigadier Athlenda Mathe Elaborates has more.
07/11/2023 • 1 minute 2 seconds
Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipal Manager admits to spending R32,351 for each Lenovo desktop computer amid R38 million call centre scandal
The Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality says the prefabricated structure it uses as a call centre amounted to one-point three Million rands, inclusive of the set-up inside the structure. This follows reports by the City Press which accuse the municipality of alleged corruption and irregular expenditure following weekend reports that claim a sum of R38 million was used to erect and equip what appears as a shack with equipment to help it attend to service delivery issues in the area. Yesterday, we spoke to City Press journalist, Norman Masungwini. To respond to the allegations, Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Municipal Manager at the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Municipality, Itumeleng Jonas.
07/11/2023 • 20 minutes 29 seconds
Democratic Alliance "vindicated" following Gauteng High Court ruling declaring appointment of Johannesburg's municipal manager as unconstitutional
The Gauteng High Court has ruled that the appointment of the City of Johannesburg's municipal manager, Floyd Brink, was unlawful, unconstitutional, and invalid. The Johannesburg high court judgment comes after the DA and parties represented in the city's council challenged the validity of Brink's appointment. The high court's order has, however, been suspended for 10 days to allow the city to appoint an acting municipal manager. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to DA Johannesburg Caucus Leader, Belinda Kayser-Echeozonjoku.
07/11/2023 • 6 minutes 5 seconds
Thulamela Local Municipal Manager accused of awarding of multimillion rand tender before conclusion of bid committee process
An investigation by Treasury has found that a municipal manager at the Thulamela Local Municipality in Thohoyandau, Limpopo has awarded tenders to companies improperly. The report by the SIU also reveals that these tenders valued at R30 million were awarded before the bid committee reached a decision of awarding the tenders. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Michael Makhungo.
06/11/2023 • 5 minutes 28 seconds
Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality in hot water over R38m spent for shack-like call centre structure
The Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District Municipality in the North West has been accused of corruption after spending 38 million rand for a small prefabricated structure it uses as a call centre. According to the City Press, the municipality is also alleged to be spending about one-point-four Million rand a month for the equipment in the call centre. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to City Press reporter on this story, Norman Masungwini.
06/11/2023 • 9 minutes 26 seconds
Council of African Independent Churches sounds the alarm on criminals targeting congregations
Concerns have been raised about the increasing number of places of worship that are being targeted by criminals. Congregants are held at gunpoint and robbed of their money, phones and some cases end in assault. Last month, Pastor Dwayne Gordon, a guest preacher, was shot and killed when six men stormed in at the Eagle Christian Center in Newlands, Johannesburg. Officials are now warning churchgoers to be vigilant as criminals see churches as soft targets. While churches are calling for government to act. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Archbishop Thami Ngcana, General Secretary of Council of African Independent Churches
06/11/2023 • 6 minutes 51 seconds
''That conversation has already started where we are saying we've got the capability as Africans to produce our own vehicles.''
In his opening address at the Nasrec Expo Center in Johannesburg , President Cyril Ramaphosa told delegates that the 20th AGOA Forum is taking place in Africa, a continent with significant potential for industrialization and job creation. The US is working with African countries to diversify international supply chains of critical minerals, focusing on the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The forum aims to ensure the legislation achieves its objectives and reaches its full potential, with reforms to make it easier for small and medium-sized businesses. The forum also aims to promote work and bring the voices of American and African workers together. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Auto Motive Council CEO Michael Mabasa
03/11/2023 • 3 minutes 18 seconds
''We failed to have decisive leadership. We failed to have good strategies and implementers of those strategies''
President Cyril Ramaphosa opened the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa, The forum aims to strengthen economic partnerships between the US and eligible African states, focusing on fostering resilient, sustainable, and inclusive economic growth. The forum will include discussions on enhancing trade and investment ties, addressing challenges in export diversification, and improving AGOA utilization. The AGOA, which expires in 2025, is expected to promote inward investment in Africa and support the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The forum will also showcase successful beneficiary stories. Sakina Kamwendo Spoke to chartered accountant and former fnb easy plan CEO Gift Manyanga
03/11/2023 • 5 minutes 39 seconds
"what is our contribution to ensuring that we grow the Tech sector so that it is Central in the economic growth story of Africa"
Digitalization is driving economic growth and innovation in Africa, with private sector companies like Google, Microsoft, and Amazon investing in African data centers. By 2025, the data center market is expected to reach over $3 billion. However, further efforts are needed to boost digital trade and digitalization. Challenges include increasing internet access, building digital infrastructure, cultivating digital skills, and promoting digital services. To bridge the gap, investments in traditional access, reducing data service costs, and establishing robust data protection laws are needed. Sakina Kamwendo Spoke to Senior Manager for government affairs & Public policy at Google - Abongile Mashele
03/11/2023 • 9 minutes 28 seconds
small and medium enterprises at AGOA 2023 to evaluate opportunities and their market penetration potential.
Yesterday, on the first day of the Agoa Forum, over 160 businesses were exhibiting at AGOA 2023. Update At Noon spoke to exhibitors present at the AGOA forum currently underway at the Nasrec Expo Center in Johannesburg in terms of how these opportunities present themselves and whether they are actually able to penetrate the US market in any meaningful way, with a special focus on small and medium enterprises. Sakina Kamwendo Spoke to exhibitors Medical devices Manufacturers of Sa Treasure Anton Coetzee and Managing Director of Makhamisa foods Terence Leluma
03/11/2023 • 14 minutes 14 seconds
President Cyril Ramaphosa says Africa is on the move and that it is the next best story of economic growth, as he delivered a keynote address at the AGOA Forum.
AGOA extension tops the agenda at the US-Africa trade forum in South Africa, a trade forum to discuss AGOA's potential extension as officials' meet with African leaders to address compliance issues. AGOA, providing duty-free access to the US market for sub-Saharan African countries, The forum kicks off days after US President Joe Biden announced his intention to boot Niger, Uganda, the Central African Republic, and Gabon off the list of beneficiaries as they have failed to comply with the eligibility criteria.
03/11/2023 • 7 minutes 15 seconds
''We want to make it easier for African businesses to seek out opportunities to export to the United States''
All eyes are on Johannesburg as it hosts the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum from Thursday to Saturday. US officials and their counterparts in Africa will discuss Washington, DC's flagship trade program for the continent. AGOA provides duty-free access to the US market for most agricultural and manufactured products exported by eligible African countries. The trade pact has also been renewed twice and is due to expire in September 2025. Sakina Kamwendo Spoke to US Embassy Deputy Secretary of Commerce, Don Graves
02/11/2023 • 8 minutes 37 seconds
The USA-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, involving governments, private sector, civil society, and labor, discusses trade and investment issues, including the African Growth and Opportunity Act labor forum.
Today is the first day of the USA-Sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation Forum, which brings together the governments of the USA and AGOA-eligible countries, the private sector, civil society, and labor to discuss trade and investment issues. AGOA is American legislation that allows Sub-Saharan African countries duty-free access to U.S. markets. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Economist Miyelani Mkhabela
02/11/2023 • 4 minutes 31 seconds
The South African government and the US are hosting the 2023 African Growth Opportunity Act forum in Johannesburg, enhancing the US market for 35 sub-Saharan African countries.
The South African government, in partnership with the United States government, is hosting the 2023 African Growth Opportunity Act (Agoa) forum in Nasrec, Johannesburg. Agoa is a United States Trade Act that greatly enhanced the US market for beneficiaries of sub-Saharan African countries. Currently, there are 35 African countries. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Cosatu Parliamentary Coordinator Mathew Parks and Economist Miyelani Mkhabela
02/11/2023 • 16 minutes 59 seconds
Pietermaritzburg High Court hears private prosecution of state prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer and journalist Karyn Maughan matter
Judge Nkosinathi Chili of the Pietermaritzburg High Court has refused Advocate Dali Mpofu's demand that State Advocate Billy Downer and journalist Karyn Maughan sit in the dock during today's court proceedings. The former president's private prosecution of state prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer and journalist Karyn Maughan is continuing. Zuma is charging them with leaking a confidential doctor's letter during his arms deal fraud and corruption trial. Today's appearance comes as Zuma has filed for leave to appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal against a High Court ruling that set aside the private prosecution. In the run-up to their last appearance in August, Downer and Maughan obtained a court order that first ruling be executed pending an appeal. Zuma lost that case and is now approaching the Constitutional Court. SABC reporter, Nonkululeko Hlophe has more.
01/11/2023 • 6 minutes 14 seconds
Finance minister faces tough balancing act ahead of Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement
Some economists say the Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana is facing a difficult balancing act in cutting government spending in the wake of dwindling tax revenue collection. They say country's tough economic situation will make it difficult for the Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to deliver a budget that is satisfactory to all. The Minister will deliver the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement this afternoon in Cape Town. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Dawie Roodt, Chief Economist of the Efficient Group,
01/11/2023 • 11 minutes 43 seconds
Political parties share their expectations ahead of Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement
Some economists say the Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana is facing a difficult balancing act in cutting government spending in the wake of dwindling tax revenue collection. They say country's tough economic situation will make it difficult for the Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana to deliver a budget that is satisfactory to all. The Minister will deliver the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement this afternoon in Cape Town.
01/11/2023 • 12 minutes 27 seconds
Unisa approaches Gauteng high court to challenge Higher Education Minister decision to place institution under administration
Unisa has approached a Gauteng high court on an urgent basis to challeng the Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande's decision to place the university under administration for 24 months, with former University of Johannesburg vice chancellor Professor Ihron Rensburg appointed as its administrator. Nzimande's final decision comes after he was interdicted from placing Unisa under administration following his announcement on the 4th of October. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Ishmael Mnisi, the spokesperson for the Department Higher Education
30/10/2023 • 13 minutes 5 seconds
Gift of the Givers steps up efforts following deadly Khayelitsha shack fire
One person has been killed in a fire that gutted about 200 shacks in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats. An unknown number of people have been left homeless. The fire ignited in strong winds at the Silver Town informal settlement late last night. Flames were fanned by gusty winds, spreading the inferno through the settlement. The cause of the blaze is unknown at this stage. Relief organisation Gift of the Givers says they will be stepping up relief efforts throughout the day while further assessments are conducted. SABC reporter, Mlamli Maneli.
30/10/2023 • 4 minutes 24 seconds
The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.
The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.
1. South Africa's biggest mining company has already cut a fifth of its carbon emissions.
2. Hillside Aluminium in KwaZulu-Natal is investigating ways of reducing its carbon intensity.
3. A toolkit has been piloted to bring green hydrogen into the realm of community development.
27/10/2023 • 5 minutes 7 seconds
Countdown to 2023 Rugby World Cup final showdown
It's now just hours before the 2023 Rugby World Cup final showdown. Defending champions, South Africa, take on New Zealand at the Stade de France tomorrow (Saturday) for the ultimate prize in World Rugby. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to sport reporter Simon Burke, in Paris France
27/10/2023 • 5 minutes 37 seconds
Karpowership has received environmental authorization to connect to the grid
Karpowership has received environmental authorization to connect to the grid. The Turkish company says the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment gave it permission to go ahead with the installation of a 450-megawatt gas-fired plant in the North Eastern port of Richards Bay. Karpowership's environmental authorization applications have been the subject of a number of legal challenges from environmental activists. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the Director of Karpowership South Africa, Mehmet Katmer in Türkiye.
27/10/2023 • 4 minutes 38 seconds
Parliament given 24 months to amend the provisions of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Unemployment Insurance Fund Act regulating parental leave
In a ground-breaking court judgment for new parents, especially fathers, the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg has ruled that both parents are entitled to maternity leave. The High Court ruled that the provisions of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act and the Unemployment Insurance Fund Act regulating parental leave are unconstitutional as they unfairly discriminate against mothers and fathers, surrogates, and adopting parents regarding maternity leave. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to legal analyst, Nthabiseng Dubazana. From Dubazana Attorneys
27/10/2023 • 7 minutes 30 seconds
The South African Cities Network says Cape Town been ranked as the most violent city in the country
Cape Town ranks as the country's most violent city in the country, recording over 3-thousand murders in 2022. This is followed by eThekwini (2,815) and Johannesburg (2,121). That's according to the South African Cities Network (SACN). SACN has recently published its latest report on the state of crime and safety in cities in the country, The report outlines the crime and violence trends within South Africa's major metros. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the Senior Researcher at South African Cities Network, Siphelele Ngobese.
27/10/2023 • 8 minutes 16 seconds
SAA relaunch confusing customers: Aviation expert
The government is expected to officially relaunch South African Airways (SAA) in Cape Town today. Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan says the relaunch is a milestone for the airline, which had run into turbulence after it was grounded for 16 months and underwent business rescue and averted liquidation. The event will also be used to announce the restart of the state-owned airline's direct flights to São Paulo, Brazil. To look at the significance of the relaunch South African Airways. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to aviation expert, Phuthego Mojapele.
26/10/2023 • 9 minutes 15 seconds
Section 27 calls for culpable homicide charges to be laid against officials involved in the Life Esidimeni tragedy
Civil rights organisation Section 27 is calling for those who were involved in the Life Esidimeni tragedy in 2016 to be charged with culpable homicide. The inquest into the Life Esidimeni tragedy resumed in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria today. The inquest is looking into the deaths of 144 mental health patients after the Gauteng Department of Health terminated its contract with Life Esidimeni. Section 27 says those involved, two Department of Health officials and the former owner of a non-government organisation (NGO), actively made decisions that led to the deaths. Presiding Judge Mmonoa Teffo is currently hearing oral arguments from all parties involved to determine the cause of the deaths. Here is Section 27 Advocate Adila Hassim speaking on the role of the then MEC for Health in Gauteng Qedani Mahlangu
26/10/2023 • 3 minutes 51 seconds
Trade and Industry Minister says SA is ready for next month's AGOA Forum
Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has been briefing the media on the preparedness of South Africa to host the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum from the 2nd to the 4th of November 2023 in Johannesburg. Patel highlighted the importance for South Africa to host the forum as well as insights into the forthcoming program. AGOA was signed into law on 18 May 2000 to encourage African countries to open their economies and build free trade markets. Sakina Kamwendo dpoke to reporter, Naledi Ngcobo.
26/10/2023 • 4 minutes 25 seconds
SA Weather Services warns of ut-off low weather system due to hit South Africa next Monday
The South African Weather Services has issued a warning for a cut-off low weather system due to hit South Africa next Monday. Weather are expected to be very wet, accompanied by cold temperatures in the country. Condition are expected to continue through Tuesday, easing only on Wednesday. A maximum temperature of only 10°C is predicted for Johannesburg, along with an expected cold front. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC meteorologist, Joel Guy Chabata.
26/10/2023 • 4 minutes 23 seconds
Johannesburg's Acting Chief Director of Emergency Management Services paints dire picture of the state of Marshalltown building
Acting Chief Director of Emergency Management Services at the city of Johannesburg, Rapulana Monageng, has painted a dire picture of the state of Usindiso Building following a fire that claimed at least 77 lives. Monageng is giving evidence before, the Judicial Commission of Inquiry, headed by Justice Sisi Khampepe, as it commenced its work today. He says that the ground floor was littered with informal settlements. accommodating over 200 people
26/10/2023 • 6 minutes 6 seconds
UNICEF South Africa sounds alarm on scourge of child murders and violence against children
Murder of children happens in residences known by the victims or perpetrators. This is according to SAPS Major General Norman Sekhukhune who briefed the Portfolio Committee on Social Development on stats on violence and murder of children in South Africa. He says in some cases these killings takes place in public spaces such as parks and abondoned buildings. To discuss this matter futher on prevention and interventions in dealing with child murders, Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Chief of Communications and Partnerships at UNICEF South Africa, Toby Fricker.
25/10/2023 • 6 minutes 22 seconds
Bench Marks Foundation accuses Gold One mine in Springs of breaking the law by not recognising union wanted by majority of its workers
Over 100 of the 500 miners that were held hostage at Gold One mine in Springs have now come out underground. A dispute between AMCU and NUM over union membership for miners led to more than 500 mineworkers being trapped underground at Gold One's Modder East shaft, in Springs, East of Johannesburg. The dispute escalated into a hostage crisis on Sunday. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Mpumelelo Maphalala and lead researcher at Bench Marks Foundation, David van Wyk.
25/10/2023 • 11 minutes 39 seconds
Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts subpoenas retired Brigadier Jap Burger following yet another no show
Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts has taken a decision to subpoena retired Brigadier Jap Burger to appear before it on Eskom-related investigations. This comes after Brigadier Burger refused to appear before the committee, telling Speaker of Parliament Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula that Scopa does not have the authority and mandate to call him. Brigadier Burger has snubbed Scopa twice after it had invited him to appear before it. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to chairperson of Scopa, Mkhuleko Hlengwa.
25/10/2023 • 7 minutes 49 seconds
Political parties welcome Electoral Commission of South Africa launch of Communication Campaign ahead of 2024 elections
Electoral Commission of South Africa chairperson, Mosuthu Moepya says the first registration weekend for next year's much anticipated national general elections will take place on the weekend of November 18th and 19th 2023. Mamabolo has been speaking at the official launch of the IEC's unveiling of the Electoral Commission's Communication Campaign at Gallagher Estate in Midrand, north of Johannesburg. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness aboout next year's elections. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to IEC chairperson, Mosuthu Moepya; Mdumiseni Ntuli, representing the ANC, IFP president, Velenkosini Hlabisa; FF+ leader, Dr Pieter Groenewald, leader of the Democratic Alliance, John Steenhuisen and Interim National Chairperson of Action SA and Michael Beaumont
24/10/2023 • 43 minutes 13 seconds
Economic Freedom Fighters march to Israeli Embassy in support of Palestine
Economic Freedom Fighters national chairperson, Veronica Mente has accused the South African government of cowardice in the face of the conflict between Israel and Hamas. Last week cabinet called on the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel's alleged human rights violations in Gaza. Israel has carried out numerous air strikes in Gaza after Hamas' surprise attack on Israel earlier this month. EFF members are marching to the Israeli Embassy in Pretoria in solidarity of the people of Palestine. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Zoleka Qodashe.
23/10/2023 • 4 minutes 50 seconds
KwaZulu-Natal officials set to visit flood-hit Mtubatuba as death toll rises to 5
The number of people killed in a freak storm in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu-Natal, has risen to five. The storm hit the area following a level six weather alert by the South African Weather Service. The storm is understood to have also damaged local infrastructure including power cables, roads, bridges and vehicles. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Fanele Mhlongo.
23/10/2023 • 4 minutes 4 seconds
Cross-examination of Magistrate Vivian Cronje concludes Senzo Meyiwa trial-within-a-trial
The counsels of the accused in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial have resumed the cross-examination of magistrate Vivian Cronje, after she took down a statement from accused number two, Bongani Ntanzi in 2020. Last week, the High Court in Pretoria heard that Ntanzi was allegedly assaulted four times in detention, a claim refuted by Cronje. The court also heard that the absence of visible injuries on a complainant, does not mean that the complainant has not been assaulted. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Horisani Sithole
23/10/2023 • 3 minutes 18 seconds
The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.
The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.
1. Sun and wind energy is being laid on for seven Anglo-American mines across four provinces.
2. Green hydrogen is being used instead of petrol for two cars that are being driven around South Africa emission-free.
3. An R1-billion solar project is being built in North West province for the Tharisa chrome and platinum mine.
Martin Creamer will be back at the Coal-Face at the same time next Friday.
20/10/2023 • 3 minutes 37 seconds
Gauteng Education Department to implement new security measures at schools
The Gauteng Education Department says it is looking at implementing new security measures in order to ensure safety at some of the schools in the province. These measures include installing security cameras, including deploying armed guards in order to tackle rampant violence, gangsterism, bullying and substance abuse by learners. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Education department spokesperson in the province, Steve Mabona
20/10/2023 • 6 minutes 28 seconds
Offices of the master of high court accused of rendering dismal service to clients
The Law Society of South Africa has told the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services that serious interventions are needed at the offices of the master of high court across the country, as they render dismal service to clients. Poor customer service, long queues, and poor ways of filing are cited among the challenges facing the master's office. The law society has proposed that the Department of Justice needs to train and motivate its officials in the master's office to improve productivity and provide good service to its clients. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter Lulama Matya and Advocate Kanyane Mathibe, the Chief Director of Strategy and Policy at Master of the High Court,
20/10/2023 • 13 minutes 31 seconds
President Cyril Ramaphosa reaffirms strong relations between South Africa and Netherlands
President Cyril Ramaphosa has reaffirmed strong relations between South Africa and Netherlands. He says strategic partnership between the two countries has evolved, matured and is increasingly of mutual benefit. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of the Kingdom of Netherlands are on a State Visit to South Africa. This is the second visit of a Dutch monarch since Queen Beatrix visited South Africa at the invitation of President Nelson Mandela in 1996.
19/10/2023 • 3 minutes 21 seconds
Trial-within-a-trial in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case continues
Arguments about the authenticity of an audio recording in a trial-within-a-trial in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case, are currently being heard in the High Court in Pretoria. Yesterday, the state prosecutor George Baloyi requested that magistrate Vivian Cronje's recording form part of the evidence before the court. Cronje took down a confession statement that one of the accused Bongani Ntanzi had made. Five men are on trial for gunning down the soccer star in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg in October 2014. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Pearl Magubane.
19/10/2023 • 4 minutes 17 seconds
Mbombela Magistrate's court finds that illegal mining was primary cause of the collapse of Lily Mine in 2016
The Mbombela Magistrate's court in Mpumalanga says illegal mining was the primary cause of the collapse of Lily Mine near Barberton in 2016. The court has been delivering the outcome of an inquest into the collapse of the mine. The court says, mining illegally hollowed and weakened a crown pillar in the mine's shaft. When the mine caved in, three mine workers were trapped underground after a lamp room container disappeared in a sinkhole. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Mthobisi Mkhaliphi.
19/10/2023 • 4 minutes 49 seconds
African Diaspora Global Network bemoans proposed exclusion of foreign nationals from Road Accident Fund benefits would be unfair
The Road Accident Fund's new draft bill proposes to exclude foreign nationals from claiming compensation from the fund. The RAF has so paid out over 3,3-billion-rand in claims to over eight-thousand foreign nationals over the past two years. The RAF has come under fire from lawyers, lobby groups and medical aids over the amendments in the newly proposed bill. They have argued that the amendment to the bill infringes on the rights of accident victims across the country. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to CEO of the African Diaspora Global Network, Dr. Vusimuzi Sibanda and RAF CEO, Collins Letsoalo.
19/10/2023 • 7 minutes 7 seconds
African National Congress condemns attack on a Gaza hospital, calling it a genocidal crime
African National Congress Secretary General, Fikile Mbalula has concluded a media briefing giving an update on the party's National Executive Congress' outcomes. The party has emphasised its commitment to renewal after former President, Thabo Mbeki last week lamented the ANC for its failure to renew itself despite resolving to do so at its 2017 conference. The diagnostic report delivered by the then Secretary-General, Gwede Mantashe said the ANC faced diminishing public trust as members of the party faced allegations of corruption and the party was confronted by factionalism. During the party's ANC NEC at the weekend, Secretary General, Fikile Mbalula said almost one-hundred members had appeared before the Committee, including party President, Cyril Ramaphosa . Briefing the media on the outcomes of the meeting, Mbalula says the party is committed to improving integrity management within its structures.
18/10/2023 • 3 minutes 42 seconds
Battle for the AmaZulu Royal throne continues in High Court in Pretoria
A section of the AmaZulu Royal Family's application to have President Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to issue a certificate of recognition to King Misizulu Kwazwelithini overturned will resume today in the High Court in Pretoria. There will be final arguments in the matter. Prince Simakade Ka Zwelithini Zulu and Prince Mbonisi ka Bhekuzulu filed the application on behalf of certain members of the royal family. SABC reporter, Phumzile Mlangeni has more...
18/10/2023 • 2 minutes 46 seconds
State prosecutor calls for recording of an alleged confession to form part of evidence in Senzo Meyiwa murder trial,
The state prosecutor in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial, George Baloyi, says the recording of an alleged confession by one of the accused should form part of the evidence before court. The recording was allegedly made by magistrate Vivian Cronje , who is currently testifying in the high court in Pretoria. SABC reporter, Pearl Magubane has more.
18/10/2023 • 1 minute 27 seconds
Southern Africa Litigation Centre concerned by ongoing reports of violations of international humanitarian law in Gaza
Southern Africa Litigation Centre has expressed concerned by the ongoing reports of violations of international humanitarian law and grave human rights violations in Gaza. The Centre's International Justice Cluster lead, Dr Atilla Kisla says all 33 African Member States to the International Criminal Court should call for justice for the people of Palestine and that proceedings to hold perpetrators of international crimes accountable must start now. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Centre's International Justice Cluster lead, Dr Atilla Kisla.
18/10/2023 • 6 minutes 57 seconds
Master's offices of South African high courts described as dysfunction
The master's offices of South African high courts has been described as being in a state of dysfunctionality by various lawyers who have dealt with the office, as the legal fraternity decries that the office is causing difficulties for their clients who want to tie up deceased estates, set up and liquidate trusts, and appoint overseers. Lawyers complain about unpredictable delays and a lack of control. Among the other issues cited is that the Master's Office struggles with digitization and in-person visits. The office manages the Guardian's Fund, which manages money for legally incapable individuals. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Louis van Vuren, CEO of the Fidiciary Institute of Southern Africa.
18/10/2023 • 9 minutes 16 seconds
State Information Technology Agency admits that differences between employer and workforce have led to a wage strike
The State Information Technology Agency says what the workers affiliated with the Public Servants Association are demanding is unaffordable. This comes as workers have embarked on a strike after wage talks were deadlocked. The union is demanding a 7.5% wage increase, while the employer has moved from 4.5% to 5%. The strike which may negatively affect or could see a complete closure of operations and services provided by government departments such as home affairs, employment and labor, and the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA). Sakina Kamwendo spoke to State Information Technology Agency, Spokesperson Tlali Tlali
17/10/2023 • 12 minutes 36 seconds
State Information Technology Agency workers affiliated with the Public Servants Association reject 5% wage increase offer
Members affiliated to the Public Servants Association (PSA), which represents 80% of about 3-thousand staff of the State Information Technology Agency (Sita), have embarked on a strike after wage talks were deadlocked. The union is demanding a 7.5% wage increase, while the employer has moved from 4.5% to 5%. The strike which may negatively affect or could see a complete closure of operations and services provided by government departments such as home affairs, employment and labor, and the SA Social Security Agency (SASSA). Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Claude Naicker.
17/10/2023 • 7 minutes 4 seconds
Home Affairs department studying decision by Gauteng High Court dismissing Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's application for leave to appeal the court's ZEP ruling
Home Affairs department says its studying the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria's judgment. This comes after the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria dismissed Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's application for leave to appeal its ZEP ruling. The court ruled in June that Motsoaledi's failure to consult with ZEP holders, interested NGOs and the public was "unlawful, unconstitutional, and invalid". For reaction, Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the representative of the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit Holders Association, Advocate Simba Chitando.
17/10/2023 • 10 minutes 33 seconds
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers keynote address at the 2nd SA Green Hydrogen Summit in Cape Town
The hydrogen economy has the potential to add 3.6% to our GDP by 2050 and create approximately 370 thousand jobs. That's according President Cyril Ramaphosa. The President was delivering the keynote address at the second iteration of the South Africa Green Hydrogen Summit in Century City in Cape Town, Western Cape a short while ago. He says advances have been made towards building the green hydrogen industry in the country. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Masupa Moshoeshoe, a Green Hydrogen Specialist from the Investment and Infrastructure Office in the Presidency.
16/10/2023 • 7 minutes 57 seconds
City of Cape Town forced to provide additional security to tune of R55 million in response to construction mafias
There are growing concerns about the ongoing extortion and criminality targeting construction projects in the City of Cape Town. Several major projects have been halted due to safety concerns on sites. Authorities in the city say extortion in the construction industry continues to hamper its efforts to build houses and improve roads. The city has also set up a hotline and rewards system to encourage residents to tackle extortion. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to City of Cape Town's mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith.
13/10/2023 • 8 minutes 24 seconds
Drought, corruption and overall decay in water infrastructure blamed for Johannesburg water crisis
Johannesburg Water has outlined its plans to ensure its water system build up capacity during this water crisis. The entity has been briefing the media on the current water supply challenges in parts of Johannesburg. Due to the deteriorating situation , last month, Minister of Water and Sanitation, Senzo Mchunu intervened and announced a plan that would spread the impact of water cuts between communities. Water experts say drought , alleged corruption and overall decay in the quality and state of water infrastructure are some of the contributors to the water crisis. Johannesburg Water's networks manager Logan Munsamy elaborates on the new measures.
13/10/2023 • 3 minutes 20 seconds
Amnesty International calls for Israel and Palestinian armed groups to abide by international humanitarian laws
Amnesty International has called upon both Israel and Palestinian armed groups to strictly abide by international humanitarian laws and refrain from imposing collective punishment on civilians. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Amnesty International spokesperson in South Africa, Genevieve Quintal.
The Competition Commission has praised local retailers for implementing product rationing for eggs and chicken. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to economist from the Competition Commission, Kagiso Zwane.
12/10/2023 • 4 minutes 53 seconds
South African Poultry Association says bird flue outbreak may be waning
The South African Poultry Association says there are signs that the bird flue outbreak is waning as compared to how the situation was four weeks ago. The outbreak of the highly pathogenic bird flu has led to the culling of over seven-point-five Million chickens across four of the country's provinces. This has led to soaring egg prices with some big retail stores reporting a shortage of supply. The Poultry Association has alluded to the importation of liquid and powdered eggs for industrial use in order to cover the shortfall. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Association's CEO, Izak Breitenbach.
12/10/2023 • 6 minutes 29 seconds
City of Tshwane mayor announces dismissal of senior SAMWU regional executive member for alleged criminality amid wage strike
City of Tshwane mayor, Cilliers Brink says a senior SAMWU regional executive member has been dismissed for allegedly being involved in the torching of waste removal trucks belonging to a contractor. Brink says video footage shows a group that firebombed the truck being dropped off and collected by a vehicle belonging to the SAMWU leader on August 28. Eight vehicles have been set alight since the beginning of the unprotected wage strike in July. Brink, however, says it is disappointing that the dismissed employee has not yet been arrested despite evidence being handed over to the police. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to City of Tshwane mayor, Cilliers Brink
12/10/2023 • 4 minutes 33 seconds
Eastern Cape SASSA social grants beneficiaries up in arms over delays in payments
Some beneficiaries of social grants in the Eastern Cape are appealing to government to speedily sort out the technical glitches that are causing delays in the payment of their money. Grant beneficiaries in Komani and the surrounding areas claim are yet to receive their grants. The glitches are due to system upgrade at Postbank. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to National SASSA spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi
Despite the shortage challenges faced by many commercial retailers, small scale farmers seem to be seizing the opportunities arising from this out break .Sakina Kamwendo spoke to small scale farmer and founding owner of Eggsellent in Mpumalanga, Lebogang Mashigo.
12/10/2023 • 5 minutes 13 seconds
SGB member and teacher accused of stealing food meant for the School Nutrition Programme at Vaalbank, Mpumalanga
A community at Vaalbank in Mpumalanga wants answers after it accused three workers including a teacher and member of the School Governing Body of allegedly stealing food meant for the School Nutrition Programme at a school in the area. The three workers allegedly loaded the food in two bakkies last month when schools were closing, saying it would be stolen. Now angry parents want to know what happened to the food supplies. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to community leader, Tebogo Makola
11/10/2023 • 5 minutes 54 seconds
Squabbles over the multi-billion rand Giyani water reticulation project in Limpopo
The multi-billion rand Giyani water reticulation project in Limpopo has come to a grinding halt. This is due to squabbles over tenders. Local contractors are demanding to be awarded tenders, and the local Chamber of Commerce is accusing the Water and Sanitation Department of appointing a main contractor without its knowledge. The Chamber of Commerce has also stopped a R41 million water project in Tzaneen. The closure of these projects has left more than 52 villages affected. Sakina Kamewndo spoke to SABC Repoter, Pimani Baloyi.
11/10/2023 • 6 minutes 55 seconds
IMF raises its 2023 growth forecast for South Africa to 0.9 per cent - up from its last forecast in July of 0.3 growth
The International Monetary Fund says global growth remains weak and uneven. That's due to a variety of economic difficulties, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russia and Ukraine conflict and inflation. According to the IMF's predictions, the global GDP growth for the current year is expected to remain weak at 3 per cent. Despite the gloomy global forecast, the IMF has raised its 2023 growth forecast for South Africa to 0.9 per cent - up from its last forecast in July of 0.3 growth. This, they say is due to lower-than-anticipated load shedding. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to economics editor, Tshepo Mongoai and Chief Economist at Efficient Group, Dawie Roodt...
11/10/2023 • 12 minutes 56 seconds
SCOPA extends last invitation to Brigadier Johannes Burger, failing which, he may be subpoenaed
Members of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA have resolved to write to Brigadier Johannes Burger one last time, inviting him to appear before the committee. The committee has some questions for him following former Eskom CEO, Andre's De Ruyter's testimony before the committee back in April. SCOPA has just received legal opinion on their attempts to have Burger appear it, as Brigadier Burger has raised security concerns about his appearance, indicating instead that he would rather appear before a closed Joint Committee on Intelligence. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter in Parliament, Zalene Merrington.
10/10/2023 • 5 minutes 17 seconds
Egyptin close contact with Israel and Hamas amid Middle East ward
Egypt is in close contact with Israel and Hamas to try and prevent further escalation in fighting between them. This, as the situation continues to worsen in the Middle East. Several international air carriers have suspended flight services to and from Tel Aviv after a surprise attack by Hamas militants on Israel. Meanwhile, 260 bodies have been found, where a concert was held in Israel. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Professor Yossie Mekelberg - an associate fellow with the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House
10/10/2023 • 10 minutes 12 seconds
Constitutional Court makes ruling marriages entered into out of community of property, without accrual
If you're married out of community of property without accrual, you can now claim from your spouse's estate if you divorce, if you can show you've made a significant non-financial contribution to that estate. The Constitutional Court has ruled that section 7 (3) of the Divorce Act is invalid and unconstitutional because it excludes marriages concluded on or after November 1st 1984. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Joseph Sithole from JVS Attorney Inc.
10/10/2023 • 4 minutes 17 seconds
Trial of 5 men accused of 2014 murder of soccer star Senzo Meyiwa continue
Defense lawyer, Zandile Mshololo says Accused number 5 in the Senzo Meyiwa trial was not at the Vosloorus hostel the day the soccer star was murdered. Five men are on trial at the High Court in Pretoria for Meyiwa's murder in 2014. The goal keeper was fatally wounded at the home of the mother of his girlfriend, Kelly Khumalo in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg. Mshololo referred to one of the pictures taken outside a hostel on the day of the murder, saying Accused number 5 was in Johannesburg, and not in Vosloorus as stated by witness Sizwe Zungu. SABC reporter, Pearl Magubane has more
09/10/2023 • 2 minutes 4 seconds
Faith-based organisations hold prayers following fatal shooting of Pastor Dwayne Gordon
Faith-based organizations will today hold prayers at the church where Pastor Dwayne Gordon was shot and killed during a service in Newlands, Johannesburg on Friday night. A group of unknown gunmen stormed the church, opened fire and killed the preacher and wounded three other people. They also robbed the congregants of their personal belongings. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC news reporter, Horisani Sithole.
09/10/2023 • 8 minutes 2 seconds
United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Palestine says 74 000 civilians have displaced in the Middle East
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Palestine says more than 74-thousand civilians have been displaced, with numbers likely to increase as heavy shelling and air strikes continue. UNRWA says one of its schools which shelters displaced families in the Gaza strip was directly hit but no casualties were recorded. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to UNRWA Spokesperson in Amman, Tamara Alrifai.
09/10/2023 • 5 minutes 58 seconds
Minister of Electricity says SA turning the corner as Eskom begins to register progress
The minister of Electricity, Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa says South Africa is turning the corner and that Eskom is beginning to register progress in the resolution of load shedding. He was briefing the media to update on the implementation of the National Energy Action Plan. Ramokgopa further elaborates
09/10/2023 • 3 minutes 26 seconds
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister appeals to mining companies to reconsider reported retrenchment plans
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe appealed to mining companies to reconsider their retrenchment plans. Some mining companies announced their intensions to cut thousands of jobs in the coming months.Sibanye Stillwater is planning to lay off 2382 workers, while Anglo American contemplates shedding around 180 jobs. Mantashe delivered the closing address on the last day of the Joburg Indaba, looking into the mining sector. SABC repoter, Katlego Legodi has more.
06/10/2023 • 3 minutes 2 seconds
Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town calls for increase in child social grant to address child food poverty
A new report released by the Department of social development and the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town has reveled that child food poverty can be eliminated by increasing the child social grant and this would benefit not only the children but households that are already struggling to make ends meet. According to the report this decision will in turn help to reduce the rates of child hunger, malnutrition and stunting. Katharine Hall, senior researcher at the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town explains the modelling options and budget impact
06/10/2023 • 4 minutes 9 seconds
City of Tshwane forges ahead with plans to replace and blacklist fired striking workers
Chairperson of Independent Municipal and Allied Trade Union's Tshwane region, Melita Baloyi. Meanwhile, Tshwane Executive Mayor, Cilliers Brink says he stands ready to welcome COSATU marchers and is committed at taking tough decisions to save the City of Tshwane from total collapse. For more on this Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the Finance MMC in Tshwane, Peter Sutton.
06/10/2023 • 14 minutes 32 seconds
South African Council of Educators concerned by rise in assault and sexual misconduct complaints laid against teachers
As today marks world teachers' day to honor the role, service, and importance of teachers, the South African Council of Educators reports a rise in complaints against teachers for assaulting pupils and sexual misconduct. SACE says these trends are worrying. This emerged in the entity's annual report tabled in Parliament. SACE reported that it received a total of 734 cases and investigated 254 misconduct complaints against educators. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SACE manager of Ethics, Sandile Ntshalintshali
05/10/2023 • 10 minutes 33 seconds
Transnet Freight Rail CEO, Siza Mzimela steps down
Transnet Freight Rail CEO Siza Mzimela has resigned. Mzimela revealed the news of her departure in a letter to staff earlier today. This comes as transnet freight rail has performed poorly during Mzimela's tenure. The Transnet Freight Rail Chief Executive Officer will vacate her office at the end of this month. Mzimela assumed office in 2020. This is just less than a week after Portia Derby resigned as Transnet CEO. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to independent analyst, Khaya Sithole.
05/10/2023 • 10 minutes 19 seconds
Civic Organisations in Tshwane boycott payments towards municipal rates and levies over lack of service delivery
Civic Organisations within the City of Tshwane have started campaigns to boycott paying their municipal rates and levies. This, they say is due to the persistent poor delivery of services, particularly in townships. The situation has been exacerbated by the ongoing impasse between municipal workers who remain on strike action since July while the City is adamant that it does not have the necessary funds for salary increases. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Leader of the Lotus Atteridgeville Saulsville Civic Organisation, Tshepo Mahlangu.
05/10/2023 • 6 minutes 14 seconds
Senzo Meyiwa murder trial postponed to Monday
The Senzo Meyiwa murder trial has been postponed to Monday to allow the defence counsel time to study documents containing evidence from a cellphone analyst. The documents relate to data from the cellphones of Bongani Ntanzi and another, who are among the five the accused in the murder trial of the football star. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Phumzile Mlangeni.
04/10/2023 • 4 minutes 23 seconds
Trade minister directs International Trade Administration Commission of SA to consider temporary rebate provision on chicken meat
Trade, Industry, and Competition minister Ebrahim Patel has directed the International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) to consider the creation of a temporary rebate provision on chicken meat. The directive follows an engagement between the Minister Patel and the Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development, minister Thoko Didiza. South Africa is currently dealing with avian flu outbreak, which led to the culling of more than 2-million chickens. The impact of avian flu outbreak has led to the depletion of locally available poultry, which could have a severe food security implications and prices of poultry.Sakina Kamwedno spoke to ITAC Chief Commissioner, Ayabonga Cawe.
04/10/2023 • 9 minutes
SOS Coalition calls for SABC to adopt mixed funding model with donations, sponsorships, advertising and money coming from the fiscus
The SOS Coalition - a broadcasting network that campaigns for democratic media and broadcasting - has sounded the alarm on the proposed SABC draft Bill recently signed by Cabinet. The Bill is set to be tabled in front of parliament's relevant portfolio committee before the public can give input on it. Amongst the Bill's proposals is for the SABC to establish a subsidiary commercial company that will have its own board. The draft bill also proposes that the Communications Minister - in consultation with the corporation - may regulate television licenses in order to generate money for the Public Broadcaster. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SOS's national coordinator, Uyanda Siyotula
04/10/2023 • 10 minutes 4 seconds
Pressure mounts for Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan to be sacked and his department scrapped
Pressure is mounting on Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, to be sacked and his department scrapped. This comes amid growing business and investor unhappiness about continuing instability at the country's embattled state owned enterprises. Political analyst, Sandile Swana says although Gordhan is a liability to the country's economy, his political future is safe as he remains a political ally of President Cyril Ramaphosa. Meanwhile, economist at Wits University, Professor, Jannie Rossouw, says neither Gordhan not his department add any value stabilising the country's SOEs. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Professor Rossouw
03/10/2023 • 9 minutes 22 seconds
South African Council of Educators there are instances of parents protecting teachers who have had sexual relationships with pupils
Teacher regulatory body, SACE says it's seeing a rise in complaints against teachers for assaulting pupils and sexual misconduct. SACE says these trends are worrying. This emerged in the entity's annual report tabled in Parliament. The South African Council of Educators (Sace), reported that it received a total of 734 cases and investigated 254 misconduct complaints against educators. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SACE manager of Ethics, Sandile Ntshalintshali
03/10/2023 • 5 minutes 6 seconds
State witness, Constable Sizwe Zungu questioned about why he did not come forward sooner with suspicions about who was responsible for the 2014 murder of Senzo Meyiwa
State witness Constable Sizwe Zungu has been asked why he didn't come forward the moment he suspected he knew who was responsible for the murder of Senzo Meyiwa. Meyiwa was shot dead in 2014 while at Kelly Khumalo's parental home in Vosloorus, east of Johannesburg. Five men are on trial at the High Court in Pretoria for the murder of the Bafana Bafana soccer star. Zungu is being cross examined by defense for accused number four advocate Zithulele Nxumalo. For more on this, Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Pearl Magubane.
03/10/2023 • 5 minutes 19 seconds
National Union of Mine Workers calls for suspension of a R163 billion ($8.5 billion) climate finance pact pending consultations
The main labor union at South Africa's state power utility Eskom, the National Union of Mine Workers, has called for the suspension of a R163 billion ($8.5 billion) climate finance pact. Under the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP), South Africa agreed to begin moving away from generating electricity from coal to producing more renewable energy. The union, says it wants further consultations on the transition plan because of the threat it poses to jobs. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to NUM Energy Sector Coordinator Khangela Baloyi .
03/10/2023 • 9 minutes 49 seconds
Community of Naledi, in Soweto, furious following death of 2 children who allegedly ate biscuits from foreign-owned shop
Two boys have died at a clinic in Naledi, Soweto after they allegedly ate biscuits bought from a foreign-owned shop on Sunday. Soweto police have opened an inquest docket. It is also understood that two more children are in a critical condition in hospital. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Mbalenhle Mthemthwa.
03/10/2023 • 5 minutes 42 seconds
State witness Constable Sizwe Zungu resumes testimony at Senzo Meyiwa murder trial
State witness Constable Sizwe Zungu has resumed his testimony at the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial taking place in the High Court in Pretoria. Last month, the trial adjourned to allow the defence time to study more than 700 photos requested from the state, before they continue their cross examination of Zungu. Five men are standing trial for Meyiwa's murder, who was shot dead in Voslorus, east of Johannesburg in 2014. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Pearl Magubane.
02/10/2023 • 3 minutes 22 seconds
EFF-led multiparty protest underway in Cape Town as protesters march against against the impoundment of vehicles by city of Cape Town law enforcement agencies
The Economic Freedom Fighters protest is underway in the Western Cape. The protesters are chanting slogans and singing struggle songs amid a heavy police presence. The march comes in the wake of a recent taxi industry strike against the impoundment of vehicles by City of Cape Town law enforcement agencies. They are expected to deliver the memorandum of grievances to city officials later today. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Mlamli Maneli.
02/10/2023 • 3 minutes 20 seconds
Department of Basic Education launches probe into unusual pupil behaviour in 3000 schools
The department of Basic Education says more than three-thousand schools across the country have reported unusual behaviour amongst pupils. This includes learners screaming uncontrollably and other strange behaviour. The department has since taken it upon itself to launch a survey to probe such strange behaviours. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to departmental spokesperson, Elijah Mhlanga.
02/10/2023 • 5 minutes 37 seconds
Judicial Service Commission interviews underway to fill 20 positions
The October leg of the Judicial Service Commission interviews commences today. There are twenty judicial vacancies which include four vacancies at the Supreme Court of Appeals. According to the Judiciary Newsletter, out of the 21 judicial appointments made by the President on the recommendations of the Judicial Service Commission, 11 were women, including Deputy Chief Justice Mandisa Maya. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC News reporter, Zoleka Qodashe.
02/10/2023 • 5 minutes 1 second
Seasoned journalist, Otsile Saku is packing his SABC News microphone away for the final time after 20 years of service.
29/09/2023 • 5 minutes 1 second
Local government's inability to enforce by-laws blamed for the decay of some South African cities.
Local government's inability to enforce by-laws has been blamed for the decay of some South African cities. The fire in Marshalltown Joburg, which killed over 70 people, demonstrated the city's failure to adhere to its own laws. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Nthatisi Modingoane, Deputy Director of Communications at the City of Johannesburg.
29/09/2023 • 9 minutes 59 seconds
Police are investigating a case of murder after a man was gunned down on the R40 road in Hazyview, Mpumalanga
Police are investigating a case of murder after a man was gunned down on the R40 road in Hazyview, Mpumalanga. The deceased who was travelling with his family stepped out of his vehicle before he was shot and killed. The R40 road linking Hazyview and Bushbuckridge will be closed as police comb the area for clues. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to reporter, Nsikelelo Nkuna.
29/09/2023 • 4 minutes 17 seconds
Commission for Gender Equality calls for heads to roll as some Mpumalanga families except "fines" from grown men who impregnate girls as young as 10-year-old
Commission for Gender Equality in Mpumalanga has added its voice to the problem of the practice of Fulelani Nganeno. Update at Noon has been putting the spotlight on the crisis in Nkomazi local Municipality on the high rate of young girls being impregnated by older men and the practice of Fulelani Nganeno also known as Ukuthwala. This issue was highlighted by a concerned resident , Innocent Madonsela, who says he's been receiving a number of complaints from parents. Last week , he delivered a petition signed by over 10 000 people to the Human Rights Commission. The Commission for Gender Equality , The Human Rights Commission and the Council of Traditional Leaders have now joined hands in an effort to end the practice. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Lucky Mabuza from the Commission for Gender Equality.
28/09/2023 • 8 minutes 36 seconds
Water expert, Dr Anthony Turton warns SA will see an increase in third party interventions as the country's water system continues to fail
Water experts have warned government officials to take responsibility for the current water challenges faced by various communities in Gauteng. This follows calls by Water and Sanitation Minister, Senzo Mchunu for Rand Water to implement water shifting as a temporary measure to alleviate the water shortages in Sandton, Midrand and hardest hit area being most parts parts in the South of Johannesburg. Water expert, Dr Anthony Turton however says sixty percent of the water that is pumped into Joburg's water systems is lost through poor and failing infrastructure. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Water Expert, Dr Anthony Turton.
28/09/2023 • 10 minutes 3 seconds
SA experiencing worse criminal activity than countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon
South Africa is now experiencing worse criminal activity than countries like Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon. That's according to Global Organized Crime Index 2023. This index provides important context for the growing growth in organized crime over the past decade. The index showed that organized crime is rising globally, with 83% of the world's population living in conditions of high criminality. South Africa is seen to have performed particularly poorly, with both criminality and resilience scores worsening over the past year. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Lizette Lancaster, Crime and Justice Information and Analysis Hub at the Institute for Security Studies
27/09/2023 • 9 minutes 32 seconds
Case against 9 accused in murder of 2 Fort Hare university employees postponed to 30 October
The case against the 9 accused linked to the Fort Hare university murders has been postponed to the 30th of October in the Alice magistrates court this morning. The nine are accused of being involved in the murder of Fort Hare's Fleet Manager, Petrus Roets, and the Vice Chancellor's bodyguard, Mboneli Vesele. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Sidima Mfeku.
27/09/2023 • 5 minutes 2 seconds
Independent Municipal & Allied Trade Union disappointed that Tshwane Metro has dismissed workers during wage strike
Municipal workers union, the Independent Municipal & Allied Trade Union, says it's disappointed with the Tshwane Metropolitan city continuing to dismiss workers. The municipality has allegedly dismissed over 100 of its employees for participating in what it calls an illegal and unprotected strike. The city is also accused of failing to pay it's workers, instead challenging them to explain why they are entitled to their salaries. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Imatu Tshwane Regional Chairperson, Melita Baloyi.
27/09/2023 • 4 minutes 15 seconds
William Nicole Drive renamed to Winnie Mandela Drive, in honour of late struggle stalwart, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
Gauteng Premier, Panyaza Lesufi has paid homage to struggle stalwart and the 'Mother of the Nation' Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. He was speaking at the official unveiling and renaming of William Nicole Drive to Winnie Mandela Drive. The William Nicol Drive, stretches from Sandton to Diepsloot, and remains one of Johannesburg's busiest roads, often being heard on radio traffic bulletins during peak morning and afternoon traffic. The ceremony to honour Madikizela-Mandela coincides with the 87th birthday of the late icon of the nation. Premier Lesufi had this to say the late struggle icon.
26/09/2023 • 5 minutes 36 seconds
Aides and supporters of Niger's deposed president welcome France's decision to withdraw its diplomatic staff and military
Aides and supporters of Niger's deposed president, Mohamed Bazoum, have welcomed the decision by France to withdraw its diplomatic staff and military from the country. The say that this move will deny the military junta a scapegoat to disguise its failings. President Emmanuel Macron told French viewers during a televised address on Sunday that military cooperation with Niger was "over" and that French troops would withdraw by the end of the year. The announcement came months after Niger's presidential guard detained ousted president Mohamed Bazoum. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to director of the Geneva Centre for Africa Security and Strategic Studies, David Otto.
26/09/2023 • 4 minutes 48 seconds
Western Cape government confirms 11 deaths following inclement weather
The Western Cape has been plunged into chaos as severe weather conditions hit the province . Thousands of people have been displaced following the heavy rain and damaging winds. The N2 highway at Botrivier has been cut off, making travelling to and from Cape Town impossible. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to City of Cape Town Disaster Management spokesperson, Charlotte Powell.
26/09/2023 • 5 minutes 26 seconds
SA science writer, Leonie Joubert warns SA cities to prepare for inclement weather
Following events of strong winds and persistent rain causing havoc in the Western Cape, SA science writer Leonie Joubert and Wits climatologist Professor Coleen Vogel have warned that SA cities need to prepare for the worst. They say that cities and the countryside are vulnerable to rain bombs and devastating flooding. Leonie was speaking during journalism webinar with a special focus on El Nino and La Niña. The webinar highlighted that El Niño can result in flooding, as seen in Durban in April 2019. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to Cape Town-based science writer, Leonie Joubert.
26/09/2023 • 5 minutes 21 seconds
South African Weather Services issues weather warnings in parts of South Africa
The South African Weather Services says the Western Cape and Eastern Cape are expected to bear the brunt of the predicted extreme weather conditions. he Disaster Management Centre is on high alert for the incoming cut-off low weather system making landfall on Sunday into Monday. Damaging waves, strong winds and severe thunderstorms are also expected in certain parts of the Western Cape. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to SABC meteorologist, Joel "Guy" Chabata
25/09/2023 • 5 minutes 51 seconds
Parliament to clamp down on MPs who don't show up for public hearings and oversight
Parliament is to clamp down on members of parliament who don't show up for public hearings and oversight visits that have already been paid for. According to the National Assembly House Chairperson Cedric Frolick, this cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of rands. Frolick, says fruitless and wasteful expenditure can never be tolerated. Public hearings are a crucial step in the parliamentary legislative process and an expensive process paid for by taxpayers. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to National Assembly chair responsible for committees and oversight, Cedric Frolick.
25/09/2023 • 4 minutes 47 seconds
Does cadre deployment promote or hinder diversity in leadership roles?
The ANC has defeated the Democratic Alliance private member's bill that sought to stop cadre deployment in the public sector. The bill, which was proposed by DA MP Leon Schreiber and reviewed by the Public Service and Administration portfolio committee, was supported by all opposition parties present, with the exception of one the PAC. The end cadre deployment bill sought to outlaw the employment of political party office-bearers in the civil service. Cadre deployment has been an ongoing point of tension between the parties, with the DA earlier this year winning a court case compelling the ANC to hand over its records, which the ANC is fighting. In today's discussion what we're asking is whether the current ANC cadre deployment policy working in favour of the country or not. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to DA's Shadow Minister of Public Service and Administration Leon Schrieber 078 395 6374 and ANC member Chrispin Phiri
22/09/2023 • 21 minutes 36 seconds
South Africans warned to expect another big petrol price increase next month
Renowned economist Dawie Roodt warned that South Africans should expect another big petrol price increase next month. His warning comes amidst a weaker currency and a significant increase in the Brent crude oil price. The rand has been trading within a narrow range of R18.80 to R19.10 per US dollar for most of the week.
22/09/2023 • 6 minutes 10 seconds
The poultry industry continues to bear the brunt of the high-pathogenic avian influenza or avian flu
The poultry industry continues to bear the brunt of the high-pathogenic avian influenza or avian flu which has led to the loss of almost Four Million chickens since June this year. The current outbreak of the deadly HPAI equates to about a third of egg-laying chickens and a quarter of broiler-breeding chickens dying from the virus or being culled. The bout was first detected in early June in Mpumalanga but has since spread to Gauteng, parts of Limpopo and Rustenburg in the North West. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to the South African Poultry Association General Manager, Dr Abongile Balarane...
22/09/2023 • 6 minutes 27 seconds
" Road Accident Fund Amendment Bill drafted in the best interests of road accident victims" - Deputy Minister of Transport, Lisa Mangcu
There's a growing concern from the legal fraternity about the the Road Accident Fund Amendment Bill. The Department of Transport gazetted the draft RAF Amendment Bill, 2023, last month. It proposed changes to how the RAF will operate in South Africa in future. Legal experts claim this move will see the fund severely cut down on the support offered to road accident victims. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Deputy Minister of Transport, Lisa Mangcu.
21/09/2023 • 8 minutes 19 seconds
Criminologist, Professor Kholofelo Rakubu calls for crime intelligence-driven policing in order to address scourge of kidnappings
Gauteng police have arrested seven suspects in relation to the kidnap of an 18 year old student from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. The male student was reported missing by his roommate yesterday after being lured through a dating site called Grindr. His alleged kidnappers demanded a 30-thousand ransom from his family in order to secure his safe release. A quick sting operation from crime intelligence partnering with other entities of the state which include a cellular data investigator, led to an arrest of one of the suspects while he was attempting withdraw the ransom money at an ATM on the M2 highway. Brigadier Brenda Muridili explains further and Bongile Zwane speaks to Criminologist at Tshwane University of Technology, Professor Kholofelo Rakubu.
21/09/2023 • 7 minutes 44 seconds
Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill described as vital piece in the energy transition puzzle
The public has until the 13th of next month to give commentary on the Electricity Regulation Amendment Bill together with the National Nuclear Regulator Amendment Bill. Both bills are expected to be game changers if passed, in the country's transition from a centralised electricity market to a more open and competitive model. If the ERA bill for instance is not passed by the end of term for this parliament, it will fall away and need to be revived by the new administration post the 2024 national elections. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Alecia Pienaar, Counsel for Environmental and Regulatory Law Practice at Cliffee Dekker Hofmeyr Law Firm.
21/09/2023 • 4 minutes 37 seconds
Western Cape government condemns destruction of public infrastructure during Swellendam protest
The Western Cape government has condemned the destruction of public infrastructure at Swellendam in the Overberg region. Protesters blockaded the N2 and allegedly burnt down another municipal building as well as a fire service vehicle. Swellendam township and informal settlement residents are fuming over the indigent subsidy policy. This means residents will have to apply for indigent benefits for poor households. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Swellendam Mayor , Francois Du Rand.
21/09/2023 • 5 minutes 54 seconds
Personal Injury Plaintiff Lawyers Association lambaste proposed Road Accident Fund changes
The personal injury plaintiff lawyer association, together with the other six legal associations, have strongly opposed the proposed changes to the Road Accident Fund, which will severely cut down on the support offered to road accident victims and negate compensation in some cases entirely. Advocate Justin Erasmus, Chairperson of the Personal Injury Plaintiff Lawyers Association, has described this move by the Department of Transport as taking away the rights of people. He says road accident victims are now being turned into Sassa pensioners, lamenting this as a recipe for disaster. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Advocate Justin Erasmus, Chairperson of the Personal Injury Plaintiff Lawyers Association
20/09/2023 • 7 minutes 56 seconds
Stats SA data shows Consumer Price Index increased slightly from 4,7% in July to 4,8% in August 2023
The Consumer Price Index has increased slightly from four-point-seven per cent in July to four-point-eight per cent in August 2023. Statistics South Africa released the data earlier today, with an increase that is in line with analysts' expectations. Contributions to the increase came from food and non-alcoholic beverages, housing and utilities, as well as miscellaneous goods and services. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Senior Economist at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Xhanti Payi.
20/09/2023 • 3 minutes 47 seconds
Corruption Watch notes increase in procurement deviations from 2021 to 2023
Corruption Watch says there is an increase in the number of reported deviations in 2023. The data shows a massive increase of 247% from 2021 to 2023. The anti-corruption organisation says this represent a cause for serious concern when set against the backdrop of generally decreasing deviation numbers since 2017. It says this analysis is purely based on reported data and the increase in the deviation numbers may reflect increased reporting of deviations rather than an actual increase in deviations. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Legal Researcher at Corruption Watch, Motlatsi Komote.
20/09/2023 • 8 minutes 48 seconds
Residents of Eldorado Park, Westbury and Riverlea plead for better policing amid gang-related deadly shootings
Residents of Eldorado Park, Westbury and Riverlea are complaining that police are not doing enough to keep gangsters off the streets and to ensure their safety. This follows a spate of alleged gang-related shooting incidents over the weekend that claimed the lives of six people in Westbury and Eldorado Park. Today, the city of Johannesburg speaker Colleen Makhubele visited the areas. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to SABC reporter, Horisani Sithole.
20/09/2023 • 3 minutes 11 seconds
Home Affairs department minister says the department took a decision to flag IDs, rather than to block them, pending investigations
The Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town is in court today as a friend of a court, in a case against the Department of Home Affair's practice of blocking Identity Documents. The institute wants the practice to be declared unconstitutional as it accuses the department of illegally blocking over a million IDs, leaving the children of those ID holders desperate. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Paula Proudlock, senior researcher at the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town and Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi
20/09/2023 • 7 minutes 14 seconds
South African Human Rights Commission to probe scourge of grown men impregnating girls as young as 10-years-old in Mpumalanga
On Monday, Update@Noon continued to put the spotlight on the crisis in Nkomazi local Municipality on the high rate of young girls being impregnated by older men and the practice of Fulelani Nganeno also known as ukuthwala. Concerned resident , Innocent Madonsela says he has been recieving a number of complaints from concerned parents. Today he delivered a petition signed by over 10 000 people to the Human Right Commission. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Eric Mokonyama from the South African Human Rights Commission.
19/09/2023 • 4 minutes 35 seconds
Transport Union, SATAWU joins chorus of mounting calls for the axing of Transnet's CEO
SATAWU Transport Union has joined the chorus as calls mount for the axing of Transnet's CEO. This comes as the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the other five business chambers have written letters to the minister of public enterprise, Pravin Gordon, calling for the axing of Transnet's top executives, including CEO Portia Derby, citing the continued deterioration of port and rail services, which has adverse effects on revenue for not only Transnet but also its clients. SATAWU deputy general secretary Anele Kiet says they had expected a lot from the CEO based on the promises she had made when she took over. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to SATAWU deputy general secretary, Anele Kiet.
19/09/2023 • 4 minutes 28 seconds
South African Municipal Workers Union digs in heels amid wage strike
Services within the City of Tshwane continue to be disrupted as the strike action by South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) continues. On Tuesday, the city reported an alleged vandalism of the Heatherley Substation which saw power outages in parts of Pretoria East. Meanwhile, refuse collection continues to pile up in many parts the capital with SAMWU members continuing with their strike action which commences in July. This comes as the city has stuck to its guns insisting that it does not have the 600-Million rand needed for the salary increases. Workers want to force the city to honour the last year of the three-year wage agreement for 2023/2024. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to SAMWU's provincial secretary in Gauteng, Mpho Tladinyane.
19/09/2023 • 7 minutes 47 seconds
City Power cuts power to non-paying and illegally connected household in Naturena, south of Johannesburg
Johannesburg's power utility, City Power is currently conducting cut-off operations in Naturena, south of Johannesburg. The utility has switched off electricity to defaulting customers & those connected illegally. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to City Power spokesperson, Isaac Mangena.
19/09/2023 • 4 minutes 12 seconds
Residents of Tsakane, Daveyton, Kwa-Thema take to the streets over lack of water
The City of Ekurhuleni says it is working with Rand Water to try and address the water supply challenges facing residents of Tsakane, Daveyton and Kwa-Thema. Residents from these townships have taken to the streets in protest over lack of water supply in the areas. Ekurhuleni Metro police have been deployed to the areas to quell the situation. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to SABC reporter, Prabashni Naidoo.
19/09/2023 • 4 minutes 9 seconds
Gun Free South Africa calls on better gun control following multiple gun-related deaths over the weekend
Police have noted multiple gun related deaths in South Africa over weekend. In one incident, police in the Eastern Cape are investigating a case of murder after five people were shot dead in a mass shooting at a house in Gelvandale in the Nelson Mandela Bay late Sunday night. In Gauteng, five people were left in Westbury and Eldorado Park in an alleged gang related shooting incidents. Whilst in Mpumalanga police are investigating two cases of murder and multiple counts of attempted murder following a shooting incident at a tavern in KaNyamazane near Mbombela over the weekend. Bongiwe Zwaned spoke to Gun Free South Africa researcher, Claire Taylor.
18/09/2023 • 7 minutes 41 seconds
Department of Home Affairs back in court over government's Zimbabwean exemption permit (ZEP) programme
The Department of Home Affairs is challenging a court finding that the termination of government's Zimbabwean exemption permit (ZEP) programme is unlawful in Pretoria High Court. The Pretoria High court in June criticised the department and its minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, for not following proper procedure in terminating the regime, which allows more than 178,000 Zimbabweans to stay and work in South Africa. It extended the regime by 12 months to allow the minister to follow a fair process to end it. Motsoaledi believes the judgments delivered earlier this year sets a dangerous precedent. Bongile Zwane spoke to SABC reporter, Zoleka Qodashe
18/09/2023 • 6 minutes 54 seconds
Nkomazi Local Municipality up in arms over rise in number of grown men impregnating girls as young as 10-years-old
The Nkomazi Local Municipality in Mpumalanga says it has noted with concern the high rate of young girls being impregnated by older men. This follows, reports of cases of girls as young as 10-years-old falling pregnant by older men in Mjejane village on the border with Mozambique. A concerned resident, Innocent Madonsela has been receiving a number of complaints and submitted a signed petition by more than 3000 residents to the Human Rights Commission. Madonsela says once the girl is pregnant, the man will pay a fine, called ' Fulelani nganeno', to the girl's family. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Nkomazi Local Municipality spokesperson, Cyril Ripinga.
18/09/2023 • 8 minutes 21 seconds
Outrage as some Mpumalanga families accept "fine" of as little as one live chicken from grown men who impregnate girls as young as 10-years-old
The tradition of Ukuthwala is reportedly on the rise in Nkomazi, more especially in Mjejane village in Mpumalanga. Innocent Madonsela , runs a campaign against the practice on Change.org and is trying to put an end to the practice. Young girls as young as 10-years-old are reportedly impregnated by older men, who then pay what is known as "funelani nganeno' as a way of apologising to the family of the girl. Udo Carelse spoke to the Julie Malgas Foundation and Nguvu Collective change leader, Innocent Madonsela from.
15/09/2023 • 6 minutes 15 seconds
Platinum and gold mining giant, Sibanye- Stillwater in retrenchment talks with over 2,380 workers following continued losses at its Kloof 4 gold shaft
Platinum and gold mining company, Sibanye- Stillwater has begun retrenchment talks with more than 2,380 workers and more than 500 contractors as it looks to reduce continued losses at its Kloof 4 gold shaft. Kloof is a large, shallow to ultradeep-level gold mining and processing operation in the Far West Rand Goldfields of the Witwatersrand Basin. The firm said on Thursday in a statement that it has recorded losses even with the recent high gold prices. Udo Carelse spoke to Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs at Sibanye Still Water, James Wellsted.
15/09/2023 • 5 minutes 5 seconds
SANTACO throws its weight behind 'PutSouthAfricaFirst' and Xolani Khumalo Foundation organised march against drug abuse in SA
National Taxi Association, SANTACO says it is in full support of the march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria in which civic movement 'PutSouthAfricaFirst' together with the Xolani Khumalo Foundation aim to draw government's attention to the scourge of the illegal trade and use of drugs in the country. Other organisations that form part of the march include, the Young Communist League and the Bomme ba Selelo, a women-based formation from Mapobane, north of Tshwane. Udo Carelse spoke to SANTACO spokesperson in Tshwane, Mcdonald Makata.
15/09/2023 • 3 minutes 54 seconds
Preparations underway for late AmaZulu traditional prime minister and former IFP president, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi to be laid to rest
Preparations have been made for the transportation of the remains of late Amazulu traditional prime minister and former IFP president, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi to travel from a mortuary in Ulundi to his home in Emahlabathini for his funeral on Saturday. The procedure to be followed for his burial is said to be similar to the that followed after the death of AmaZulu King, Goodwill Zwelithini in 2021. Udo Carelse spoke to SABC reporter, Vusi Makhosini.
15/09/2023 • 3 minutes 34 seconds
SIU makes damning findings relating to National Treasury's 2016 R68 million contract to service provider, Oracle
The Special Investigating Unit has found that National Treasury flouted its own internal procurement processes when it awarded a contract for the implementation of the Integrated Financial Management System in 2016. It says the contract with service provider Oracle resulted in fruitless and wasteful expenditure amounting to 68-million rand. It also found that there was a conflict of interest for some of the former directors general at the Treasury. This emerged when the SIU updated Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) on their investigation into the project. Abongwe Kobokana reports...
14/09/2023 • 4 minutes 41 seconds
Meyiwa trial postponed to October as defence peruses over 700 photos
The trial of five men accused of murdering soccer star, Senzo Meyiwa has been postponed to the 2nd of October by the High court in Pretoria. The postponement is to allow the defence time to peruse over 700 photos they requested from the state. The defence's cross examination of state witness, Constable Sizwe Zungu is expected to continue when the trial resumes. Zungu has testified that he saw all five accused at a hostel in Vosloorus the day Meyiwa was killed. SABC News reporter, Pearl Magubane has more.
14/09/2023 • 1 minute 55 seconds
Disconnecting illegally connected abandoned buildings proving to be harder than City Power anticipated
Efforts by Johannesburg's City Power to cut off electricity to hijacked buildings in the inner City have been met with resistance and threats of violence by local residents. City Power officials, accompanied by law enforcement officers had to abandon their operation in Jeppestown yesterday due to heightened tensions. The power utility had targeted four buildings which it says collectively owe the City close to 20 Millions rands in unpaid electricity consumption. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to City Power's Head of Rick and Security, Sergeant Thela.
14/09/2023 • 10 minutes 57 seconds
"Measures to address budget shortfalls resulting from government's current fiscal constraints must not impact negatively on service delivery" - Minister in the Presidency
Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says measures to address budget shortfalls resulting from government's current fiscal constraints must not impact negatively on service delivery. Ntshavheni also reflected on the ongoing high levels of load shedding. This after Eskom warned South Africans to use electricity sparing due increasing demand for electricity during the peak hours prompted by a cold front that hit the country this week. Ntshavheni briefed members of the media on the outcomes of a cabinet meeting held on Wednesday.
14/09/2023 • 5 minutes 33 seconds
Hawks in the Eastern Cape province are on the heels of criminals behind incidents of kidnappings for ransom and extortion
Hawks in the Eastern Cape province are on the heels of criminals behind incidents of kidnappings for ransom and extortion. That according to Eastern Cape provincial spokesperson for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), warrant officer Ndiphiwe Mhlakuvana. Kidnappings for ransom and extortion, have drastically grown in the Eastern Cape. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the Eastern Cape provincial spokesperson for the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks), Warrant Officer Ndiphiwe Mhlakuvana.
13/09/2023 • 4 minutes 38 seconds
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says Moscow had his full backing against the West
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says Moscow had his full backing in its "sacred fight" with the West. The North Korean leader said this during his meeting with Russian President, Vladimir Putin in Russia's Far East. The summit between the leaders of the two countries, which have become increasingly isolated internationally, is being watched closely by Washington and allies, who suspect they could agree to trade arms and defence technology. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the Executive Director at HCCP Global Think Tank, Simon Alain Handy....
13/09/2023 • 7 minutes 11 seconds
Many beneficiaries have still not been able to receive their grant money
Many beneficiaries have still not been able to receive their grant money. This follows a technical glitch last Tuesday that affected SASSA and Postbank card holders. The system was brought back up but by Monday this week, some transactions were still not resolved. Black Sash says it has been inundated with calls for assistance. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Vincent Skhosana of Black Sash
13/09/2023 • 6 minutes 41 seconds
Ngulube family in Dobsonville, Soweto urged South Africans to bury the past and reconcile
Despite losing nine family members in one day and being forced out of their house by alleged IFP supporters in 1991, the Ngulube family in Dobsonville, Soweto urged South Africans to bury the past and reconcile. The Ngulube family and many others around the Siphiwe Village hostel had to flee their homes when war broke out between them and hostel residents, who were aligned with the Inkatha Freedom Party. Some houses, still with visible bullet holes were ransacked and all their belongings stolen. As our Political Reporter, Ntebo Mokobo reports, the Ngulube family welcomed the Special Official Funeral bestowed to to the founding President of the IFP, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
13/09/2023 • 3 minutes 6 seconds
GovTech 2023 kicks off at the Durban International Convention Center
GovTech 2023, a two-day summit kicked off on Tuesday. The annual event is a premier platform for public and private sector discussion and collaboration to engage and identify new and creative ways to mainstream ICT solutions for development. GovTech is designed to have the country's thought leaders come together under one umbrella event. The conference is driven by the theme: Platform Economy for Digital Transformation and Inclusive Growth. It's being held at the Durban International Convention Center. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC News Reporter Mpumelelo Maphalala.
12/09/2023 • 7 minutes 4 seconds
"Former Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter, did not have authority to investigate corruption at the power utility" -SIU
The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) says former Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter, did not have authority to investigate the corruption at the power utility. Head of SIU, Advocate Andy Mothibi says the unit has questioned why Eskom appointed a private investigative company and not law enforcement. The Special Investigating Unit and Hawks have been briefing the Standing Committee on Public Accounts regarding the intelligence report commissioned by former GCEO of Eskom. Advocate Mothibi elaborates.
12/09/2023 • 6 minutes 38 seconds
Community of Jabavu village in Port St Johns in mourning after woman allegedly kills her 3 children before taking own life
A woman has allegedly killed her three kids and the fourth one survived at Jabavu village in Port St Johns in the Eastern Cape. It is alleged that she poisoned all of them using a deadly chemical known as a tank pill. She fled the scene and and ran into the forest. The community is shocked about the incident. This follows another case of a mother from Butterworth in the Eastern Cape who killed her three daughters last month before committing suicide and it was believed the incident was driven by poverty. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Nomzwanele Bacela
12/09/2023 • 3 minutes 55 seconds
Teddy Bear Clinic notes rise in cases mothers killing their children
Clinical Director at The Teddy Bear Clinic, Dr Shaheda Omar says there has been an increase in cases of mothers killing their children in recent years. This comes as a community in the Eastern Cape mourns after a woman allegedly killed her three kids before taking her own life in Jabavu village in Port St Johns. It is alleged that she poisoned all of them using a deadly chemical known as a tank pill. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Teddy Bear Clinic Director, Dr Shaheda Omar
12/09/2023 • 5 minutes 11 seconds
DA takes NERSA to court over authorisation of a 31,4% electricity tariff increase for Eskom
Chairperson of Democratic Alliance Federal Council, Helen Zille says load shedding has caused economic collapse and massive unemployment in South Africa. Zille's remarks come in light of this the DA taking the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) to court following the regulator's authorisation of a 31,4% electricity tariff increase for Eskom. The matter is being heard at the North Gauteng High Court. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Naledi Ngcobo.
11/09/2023 • 3 minutes 39 seconds
Death toll soars above 2,000 following air strikes in Sudan
About 50 people have been killed when air strikes hit a market in the south of Khartoum in Sudan. The medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says staff have been trying to save the lives of people who suffered horrific injuries. Residents accuse the army of using drones to target the markets. Sudan plunged into a civil war in April after army chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and the commander of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) Gen Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo fell out. About five million people have been forced to flee their homes, and thousands have been killed. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Sudanese filmmaker and an activist, Abdallah Awad.
11/09/2023 • 4 minutes 30 seconds
Dr Nandipha Magudumana's legal team "dismayed but not discouraged" by Magistrate's decision to deny her bail
Dr Nandipha Magudumana will remain in custody after her bail application was denied by the Bloemfontein magistrate court. Magistrate Estelle de Lange says Magudumana played a huge role in the escape of her lover, Thabo Bester and can easily tamper with the evidence. Magudumana is facing charges of assisting an inmate to escape from lawful custody, violation of a dead body and defeating the ends of justice. De Lange added that Magudumana will easily intimidate her co-accused in the matter, as they have strong relationships and that she is a definite flight risk as she lied about her passports. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Magudumana's lawyer, Machini Motloung
11/09/2023 • 4 minutes 11 seconds
The CoalFace with Publishing Editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly, Martin Creamer
08/09/2023 • 7 minutes 14 seconds
Deputy President Paul Mashatile says through collective effort and shared values NEDLAC can determine the trajectory and direction of the country
Leader of Government Business and Deputy President Paul Mashatile says through collective effort and shared values, the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) can determine the trajectory and direction of the country. He was speaking at the Nedlac'sl 28th Annual National Summit currently underway at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, Johannesburg. The Nedlac Summit provides an opportunity for social partners from organised business, community, government and organised labour to receive and consider a report on the activities of the institution. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to reporter Naledi Ngcobo...
08/09/2023 • 9 minutes 46 seconds
National Treasury propose drastic measures to limit excessive government spending
The National Treasury has proposed drastic measures to limit excessive government spending, warning of unprecedented challenges and deteriorating public finances. The measures will include a freeze on advertising new appointments, a big reduction in spending, and a call on departments to fund increases for public servants within departmental baselines. The Treasury has cited the weak performance of the economy and shortfalls in revenue collection as reasons for the stringent measures. The Budget Justice Coalition has cautioned that these budget cuts will have long-term detrimental effects on the economy and the progressive realization of socio-economic rights protected by the South African Constitution. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Motlatsi Komote, Chairperson of the Budget Justice Coalition
08/09/2023 • 8 minutes 51 seconds
Six people died in a head-on collision between a minibus taxi and a truck on the N1 near Louis Trichardt in Limpopo
A head-on collision between a minibus taxi and a truck on the N1 near Louis Trichardt in Limpopo has left six people dead. The deceased were passengers and the driver. According to Limpopo Transport Department spokesperson Tidimalo Chuene among the deceased were an infant, two women, and three men. Bongiwe Zwane spoke toreporter, Lutendo Bobodi
08/09/2023 • 6 minutes 24 seconds
"Our election campaign will not be spent talking about other parties, it will be spent offering solutions to the SA public" - ActionSA Chairperson
ActionSA says the party's upcoming policy conference will be focused on 11 key policy areas which are based on ending corruption, promoting economic justice, improving the health-care system and promoting rural development, amongst others. The policy conference is set to take place between the 12 and the 14th of this month. The party held a media briefing a short while ago where it outlined its program of action ahead of the 2024 national elections. Chairperson of the party, Michael Beaumont says these are but some of the focus areas that they will focus on for deliberations at the conference.
07/09/2023 • 7 minutes 7 seconds
Financial Sector Conduct Authority names over 3,200 employers who have defaulted on making retirement contributions for their staff members
Above three-thousand employers have been identified by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) as being behind on retirement contributions for their staff members by more than four months. Some employers owe money for more than 252 months. Other benefits, such risk benefits, are also impacted while the members' retirement benefits are jeopardized. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Manager of the Retirement Fund Conduct Supervision at Financial Sector Conduct Authority, Takalani Lukhaimane.
07/09/2023 • 8 minutes 53 seconds
COSATU up in arms following news that over 3,200 employers are defaulting on staff pension fund contributions
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has called for stern action to be taken against the thousands of employers named by the Financial Sector Conduct Authority for defaulting on staff pension fund contributions. Above 3,000 employers have been identified by the FSCA as being behind on retirement contributions for their staff members by more than four months. Some employers owe money for more than 252 months. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Cosatu's Parliamentary Coordinator, Matthew Parks.
07/09/2023 • 5 minutes 57 seconds
Department of Human Settlement inspects illegally occupied buildings in eThekwini following deadly fire in hijacked Johannesburg building
The Department of Human Settlement is currently conducting assessments of illegally occupied buildings in eThekwini. Some of the buildings belong to the Department and about 23 belong to the city of eThekwini. The Department says it is assessing the situation and will release plans to relocate these people to safer structures. This follows the deadly Johannesburg building fire that killed 77 people, highlighting once again the problem of hijacked buildings and their condition. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Nonhlakanipho Magwaza
07/09/2023 • 3 minutes 48 seconds
Ekurhuleni Municipality fined for being in contempt of court
The Ekurhuleni Municipality has been fined almost one-point-five Million rands for failing to provide housing and land in 20 years after the applicants were allocated these. The municipality allocating such of being ordered to by the courts to do so in December 2018. The Court held that the municipality is in contempt of a December 2017 court order, in which it was compelled to provide houses and land to the one hundred and thirty-three applicants living in the Winnie Mandela informal settlement by December 2018. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to Khululiwe Bhengu from The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI).
06/09/2023 • 10 minutes 31 seconds
Police brief Portfolio Committee on implementation Farlam Commission findings
The South African Police Service has been briefing the Portfolio Committee on Police on the implementation and progress regarding the Farlam Commission findings or the Marikana Report. The police also briefed the committee on the July 2021 Unrest Report. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to SABC reporter, Zalene Merrington
06/09/2023 • 5 minutes 47 seconds
Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi announces public-private multi-billion rand entry port facelift project
Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi has announced that proposals are open for a multi-billion rand project aimed at changing the face of six of the country's ports of entry. Motsoaledi says construction at these chosen ports will act as a blueprint for future work to be done at all of the country's entry points. The project will be a partnership between government and the private sector and Motsoaledi says the re-development project will maximise safety measures and significantly decrease congestion...
06/09/2023 • 7 minutes 8 seconds
City of Johannesburg continues to inspect hijacked buildings following deadly Marshalltown fire
Johannesburg MMC for Public Safety, Mgcini Tshwaku, says the City will be closing down Vannin Court in Hillbrow, as it has been deemed unsafe. This follows an inspection of the hijacked building, earlier today. The inspection is aimed at assessing the conditions of the building and to make a decision on when they are going to remove illegal occupants. This follows the tragic incient last week, where a hijacked building caught fire in Marshalltown, resulting in 77 deaths. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to SABC reporter, Sashin Naidoo reports
05/09/2023 • 4 minutes 1 second
"I'm the Public Protector, I'm the executive authority. Who must stop me from getting into that office?"- Suspended Public Protector, Adv Busiswe Mkhwebane
Suspended Public Protector, advocate Busiswe Mkhwebane, has made an about-turn about her return to work today. Mkhwebane, who arrived at the Public Protector Head offices in Pretoria a short while ago, did not enter the premises due to her safety. She says her protectors were instructed to withdraw from escorting her to the office where she had planned to report for duty. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to Mkhwebane on what her next steps will be.
05/09/2023 • 5 minutes 25 seconds
Terms of reference for Lesufi established Commission of Inquiry into Marshalltown fire being finalised
Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi has established a Commission of Inquiry into the deadly Marshalltown fire that claimed 77 lives. More than 60 people were injured and many families are now homeless, after the fire gutted a hijacked building last week. The commission is to be chaired by retired Justice Sisi Khampepe. Meanwhile, government has asked families to visit the Diepkloof mortuary in Soweto to identify the bodies of their loved ones, some who were burnt beyond recognition. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to Spokesperson for Gauteng Premier, Sizwe Pamla.
05/09/2023 • 6 minutes 42 seconds
Electricity Minister warns that sacrifices have to be made to reach low stages of load shedding in future
Electricity Minister, Dr Kgosi Ramakgopa says the high stages of load shedding are due to rampant maintenance. Ramakgopa was addressing the nation a short while following an announcement by Eskom that it will be implementing Stage 6 indefinitely. Ramakgopa warns that sacrifices have to be made to reach low stages of load shedding in future. For a look at the impact of constant load shedding on price inflation Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to Agricultural Economist at the University of the Free State, Professor Frikkie Mare.
05/09/2023 • 5 minutes
Chief economist at the Efficient Group, Dawie Roodt reacts to latest GDP figures
Statistics South Africa has released the gross domestic product figure for the second quarter, which shows the economy grew by 0-point-6 percent quarter-on-quarter, after growing by 0-point-4 percent in the first quarter. On a year-on-year basis, gross domestic product expanded by 1-point-6 percent in the second quarter. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to chief economist at The Efficient Group, Dawie Roodt.
05/09/2023 • 6 minutes 24 seconds
Attention, Johannesburg motorists! In addition to your driver's license, JMPD will ask for your utility bills.
Johannesburg motorists can now expect to be asked about their utility bills at roadblocks. This is according to the City of Johannesburg Chief Financial Officer, Tebogo Moraka. The city says this is part of a new strategy to enhance debt collection processes. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the City of Johannesburg Chief Financial Officer, Tebogo Moraka.
01/09/2023 • 9 minutes 33 seconds
The Eastern Cape Health Department launches a new and even shorter TB treatment regimen.
The Eastern Cape Department of Health has launched a new treatment plan for people suffering from drug-resistant tuberculosis. The Bedaquiline, Pretomanid, Linezolid, and Levofloxacin (BPaL-L) regimen is a three-drug, six-month, all-oral regimen. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the Deputy Director General of the Department of Health in the Eastern Cape.
01/09/2023 • 5 minutes 44 seconds
The Council for GeoScience has confirmed that a magnitude 3.62 tremor was recorded in the West of Johannesburg
The Council for GeoScience has confirmed that a magnitude 3.62 tremor was recorded last night in the Westrand of Johannesburg. In July, a local magnitude 2.98 tremor was also recorded in several parts of Johannesburg while another in June, was estimated at 4.8. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Scientist from the Council for Geosciences Eldridge Kgaswane
31/08/2023 • 6 minutes 7 seconds
Buffalo City Metro ratepayers ask the Court to declare unlawful the practice of the municipality of only providing residents with 20% in units of their electricity purchase
Unhappy ratepayers within the Buffalo City Metro in the Eastern Cape have launched a court application at the East London High Court in an effort to remedy what they call a dysfunctional billing system. They are asking the Court to declare unlawful the practice of the municipality of only providing residents with 20% in units of their electricity purchase, as it will deduct the 80% for repayment of municipal debts. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the spokesperson of Buffalo City Municipality Samkelo Gwenya and attorney, Brandon Blignaut representing some of the ratepayers associations within Buffalo City Metro...
31/08/2023 • 13 minutes 51 seconds
PROMO- GABON COUP
30/08/2023 • 11 seconds
The leader of the Gabonese Diaspora, Eliezer Gomat says they support the military
A group of senior military officers in Gabon seized power in the early hours of the morning after the Central African state's election body announced that President Ali Bongo had won a third term. In a television address, the coup leaders said they represented all Gabonese security and defence forces. They also announced that the election results were cancelled, all borders were closed until further notice and that state institutions were dissolved. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the leader of the Gabonese Diaspora, Eliezer Gomat...
30/08/2023 • 6 minutes 9 seconds
Former ANC secretary Ace Magashule launches his political party
Former ANC secretary Ace Magashule has announced the formation of a new political movement that is set to contest in next year's national elections. Magashule made the announcement from Soweto where he was flanked by various individuals who come from different provinces, including former Hawks head, Berning Ntlemeza. Magashule says the new formation will be known as the African Congress for Transformation. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the Director of the Centre for Security, Peace and Conflict Resolution at the Nelson Mandela University, Professor Ntsikelelo Breakfast...
30/08/2023 • 15 minutes 12 seconds
''We have different avenues. We’re examining our course of action.''
Emmerson Mnangagwa has been declared president-elect in Zimbabwe. He has trounced his main rival, Nelson Chamisa of the Citizens Coalition for Change. The opposition alleges that the election was rigged. ZANU-PF has been in power for more than four decades. Bongiwe Zwane, on update at noon, spoke to the Leader of the Citizens Coalition for Change, Nelson Chamisa.
28/08/2023 • 9 minutes 19 seconds
Today marks 30 years since American exchange student Amy Biehl was killed in Gugulethu township, Cape Town.
Today marks 30 years since American exchange student Amy Biehl was killed in Gugulethu township, Cape Town. The 26-year-old researcher at the University of the Western Cape was a US Fulbright Scholar who was described by Nelson Mandela as a person who made the country's aspirations her very own' but unfortunately lost her life during the formative years of a democratic South Africa back in 1993. It was on this day while driving her black colleagues into Gugulethu township, that Amy came across a group of protesters who would drag her out of her car, stoned and stabbed her to death. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Amy Biehl's mother, Linda Biehl...
25/08/2023 • 8 minutes 41 seconds
''Brics has been able to prove itself as a developmental engine around the world''
Getting analysis and unpacking some of the latest key outcomes of the BRICS Summit 2023, Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Thapelo Tsilapedi.
24/08/2023 • 9 minutes 57 seconds
''We are excited, especially on the establishment or the endorsement by the heads of state for us to establish the Brics youth Council.''
Young people from all the brics member states have spoken out in favor of creating a BRICS Youth Council during the 15th BRICS Summit. National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Chairperson Asanda Luwaca stated the recent 15th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) Youth Conference reached an agreement on the creation of a Youth Council on Wednesday while speaking at the summit now taking place in Johannesburg. Sakina Kamwendo on update at noon spoke to National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Chairperson Asanda Luwaca
24/08/2023 • 10 minutes 15 seconds
The BRICS nations, comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, have recently expanded their membership to include six additional countries.
The BRICS group of nations has expanded from 5 to 11 member states. This was announced by BRICS Chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa at the adoption of the Johannesburg Declaration 2 by BRICS leaders in Sandton. The BRICS alliance, which is composed of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, is set to invite Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates to join, as they will become full members on January 1, 2024. Sakina Kamwendo on update at noon spoke to SABC economics editor Tshepo Mongoai and Climate Investor Amil Ebrahim
24/08/2023 • 11 minutes 49 seconds
''South Africa might be a blue print for the rest of the African continent. Things are shaking right now.''
The BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, representing a quarter of the global economy, are meeting for the second day as part of a three-day summit. discussing, amongst other issues, expansion and increasing global influence at the BRICS summit that is underway in South Africa's economic capital, Johannesburg. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the founder of Weiner Limited and BRICS Summit 2023 delegate, Bah-Pna Dahane, as he said South Africa remains an inspiration for many African states through its participation in the BRICS Bloc.
23/08/2023 • 6 minutes 25 seconds
''The biggest beneficiary is the tourism sector. In the hospitality sector, hotels in the vicinity are fully booked.''
Gauteng MEC for Economic Development: Tasneem Motara talks about how Gauteng Province seeks to familiarize investors from Brazil with the province's market in order to expand on the footprints made by China and Russia. Sakina Kamwendo on update at noon spoke to Gauteng MEC for Economic Development Tasneem Motara amid BRICSSummit2023
23/08/2023 • 7 minutes 41 seconds
Thembisa Fakude, Director at Africa-Asia Dialogues, discusses the BRICS countries' agenda for the BRICS Summit 2023.
Director at Africa-Asia Dialogues, Thembisa Fakude, talks about the agenda being advanced by the BRICS countries at the BRICSSummit2023 and on South Africa's stance when it comes to maintaining a relationship and remaining neutral with the West and BRICS, looking at trade amongst BRICS member countries, and international media interest from those countries looking to join the BRICS bloc. Sakina Kamwendo, on an update at noon, spoke to the Director at Africa-Asia Dialogues, Thembisa Fakude.
23/08/2023 • 6 minutes 42 seconds
Zizi Kodwa, the Minister of Sport, Arts, and Culture, discusses the potential of using arts to enhance BRICS bloc ties.
Minister of Sport, Arts, and Culture, Zizi Kodwa, talks about the benefits of using the arts to strengthen ties within the BRICS bloc. The Minister meets with the Russian Special Envoy on Cultural Affairs, H.E. Mr. Mikhail Shvydkoy. On bilateral meeting focused on finding opportunities to strengthen cultural cooperation and advance the creative arts sectors of the two nations. The minister touched on the recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation in the Field of Culture leading up to the 2023 BRICS summit that is currently underway at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg. Sakina Kamwendo, on an update at noon, spoke to the Minister of Sport, Arts, and Culture, Zizi Kodwa.
23/08/2023 • 9 minutes 2 seconds
South Africa is utilizing its BRICS membership to tackle its domestic issues of load-shedding, inequality, poverty, and unemployment.
Talking about all things Brics Summit 2023 and how South Africa leverages its BRICS membership to address its domestic challenges of load-shedding, inequality, poverty, and unemployment, As some economic benefits to South Africa of being a BRICS member include increased intra-BRICS trade, investment, tourism, capacity building, skills, and technology transfers. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to The Deputy Director-General of Trade and Investments at the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition, Ms. Lerato Mataboge, on trade and investment opportunities and challenges facing South Africa and the rest of the continent, as well as Aleksei Kechko, a Russian BBC member and head of strategy at VEB.RF
22/08/2023 • 10 minutes 24 seconds
''This is not the time for dominance, this is the time to work together and cooperate together because the nations are asking for better justice, financial equilibrium, and the condemnation of sanctions to sovereign countries''
As Brics gets underway to discuss various topics that extend beyond our newsrooms. update at noon with Sakina Kamwendo spoke to international media journalist from Venezuela covering the summit to look at media role and its coverage in Brics summit 2023, as Venezuela is one of the countries that has formally applied to join the BRICS group, Venezuela hopes to bring to the brics table oil reserves exports and skills on energy to brics associated countries, Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Venezuela Journalists Graia Casella and Christina Torralba's
22/08/2023 • 12 minutes 23 seconds
South Africa hosts the historic 15th Summit of BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa
South Africa hosts the historic 15th Summit of BRICS nations: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. It's the first BRICS summit to be hosted in person since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent global restrictions. The BRICS mechanism aims to promote peace, security, development, and cooperation. It also aims at contributing significantly to the development of humanity and establishing a more equitable and fair world. With a sharp focus being put on the expansion of BRICS as more than 20 countries have formally applied to join BRICS, Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Vusi Mavimbela, the South African Ambassador to Brazil, about Brazil's change of leadership and how it impacts Brazil's perspective and their engagements with BRICS, and many more issues surrounding BRICS.
22/08/2023 • 6 minutes 43 seconds
Drivers for traditional E-Hailing vehicles not impressed by the introduction of Bajaj Qute
Tensions are brewing within the E-Hailing space following the introduction of the Buja Qute, a quadricycle operated by Botl. The Bujaj has been predominantly operating within the Central Johannesburg District including some parts of Johannesburg West. Drivers for traditional E-Hailing vehicles are however not impressed, expressing disdain at the competition while also raising safety concerns. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Secretary of the E-Hailing Partners Council , Chris Mnguni
21/08/2023 • 9 minutes 55 seconds
Reserve bank finds that Ankole sale at Phala Phala farm was not perfected transaction
The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has released its report into the Phala Phala- following an investigation which was launched on the back of the allegations by Former intelligence boss, Arthur Fraser. The Reserve Bank says it has found that was no perfected transaction and cannot conclude that there was any contravention of the Exchange Control Regulations (the applicable Regulation is Regulation 6(1)) by a trust that operates President, Cyril Ramaphosa's Phala Phala game farm, Ntaba Nyoni Estates. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Khaya Sithole who is an accountant, academic and activist and Democratic Alliance's Federal Finance Chairperson and Shadow Minster of Finance, Dr Dion George
21/08/2023 • 16 minutes 57 seconds
The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly
The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.
1. Another South African gold mine is going green with the generation of 30 MW of solar power in the Free State.
2. An India-controlled zinc mine in the Northern Cape this week struck a deal to generate its own clean electricity.
3. A company mining vanadium in North West province is going ahead with a 25 MW solar power project.
18/08/2023 • 5 minutes 5 seconds
South African Health Products Regulatory Authority withdraws pholcodine-containing medicines from the South African market
The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority - SAHPRA - has made the decision to withdraw pholcodine-containing medicines from the South African market due to the increased risk of sudden, severe, and life-threatening allergic reactions occurring during surgery. Pholcodine has been used as a cough suppressant since the 1950s. It is registered to treat dry coughs and is available in various non-prescription medicines. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to Mafora Matlala, Pharmacovigilance Manager at Sahpra
18/08/2023 • 6 minutes 14 seconds
Residents of Jerusalem Informal Settlement flee from their homes, fearing for their lives following a shootout between suspected illegal miners
Residents of Jerusalem Informal Settlement, South of Johannesburg are reeling in shock after having spent the night at the Florida police stations last night. The distraught residents fled from their homes, fearing for their lives following a shootout between suspected illegal miners. Women, children including infants were forced to sleep on the floor of the police station. Sebezile Nkambule spoke to City of Johannesburg's MMC for Public Safety, Dr Mgcini Tshwaku
18/08/2023 • 10 minutes 16 seconds
Latest crime statistics show that the murder rate has decreased by 3.1% between April and June this year
That was Police Minister Bheki Cele, present the quarterly crime statistics. The latest crime statistics show that the murder rate has decreased by 3.1% between April and June this year. A total of 6228 people were killed in SA between April and June this year. This is compared to 6424 people who were killed in the same period last year. At the same time, more than 9,200 rape cases were reported, while over 5,600 housebreaking cases were recorded. There was a 2.0% drop in reported sexual offenses. Sebenzile Nkambule spoket to Professor Kholofelo Rakubu, Acting HOD Department of Safety and Security Management at Tshwane University of Technology
18/08/2023 • 8 minutes 41 seconds
BELA BILL DELIBERATIONS CONTINUE
The Portfolio Committee on Basic Education is currently sitting and deliberating on the clauses of the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill. The deliberations started on Monday but did not get off to a smooth start. On Tuesday the DA and ACDP walked out of the committee, but Wednesday all was back to normal. Yesterday the committee heard the Department of Basic Education would need R16 billion to implement all provisions of the Legislation. Some of the points the bill seeks to transform, and change include making Grade R the new compulsory school starting entry point, making it a criminal offence for parents not enrolling their children in a school and holding school governing bodies (SGBs) accountable for financial interests. We spoke to our reporter Abongwe Kobokana and National Association of School Governing Bodies General Secretary, Matakanye Matakanye on the matter.
17/08/2023 • 14 minutes 45 seconds
BUSINESS SECTOR DECRIES LACK OF SERVICE DELIVERY IN DITSOBOHLA MUNICIPALITY
Businesses in the agricultural town of Lichtenburg in the North West are down on their knees following serious electricity problems. They have had to survive with only one transformer for the past 21 days with Eskom refusing to switch them back on before a substantial payment has been made. Eskom is owed an estimated R1 billion by the struggling municipality of Ditsobotla in the Northwest, which has been struggling to pay its utility bills. Since the beginning of this month (August 2), a sunflower oil crushing plant, has been unable to operate due to a widespread power outage. For more on this issue we spoke to Provincial Executive representative Muthotho Sigidi overseeing the state of affairs in Ditsobotla Municipality.
17/08/2023 • 8 minutes 8 seconds
HIGH LEVELS OF SECURITY FOR BRICS SUMMIT
The Co-Chairperson of the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINT), Lieutenant General, Tebello Mosikili says the Sandton Convention Centre, north of Johannesburg will be a no fly-zone from this coming Sunday. This is ahead of the much-anticipated 15th BRICS summit which will see heads of state, ministers, diplomats and the business fraternity - amongst others - gather from the Tuesday to Thursday next week. BRICS comprises of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Distinguished guests will also include the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres. Lit.General Mosikili, who is also the deputy commissioner of the South African Police Service, says all security measures are in place to accept the country's international guests...
17/08/2023 • 3 minutes 26 seconds
" Multi-Party National Convention not an ANC hate club," IFP leader Velenkosini Hlabisa
The two-day Multi-Party National Convention is underway in Kempton Park, East of Johannesburg. Seven political parties - the DA, IFP, FF Plus, ActionSA, United Independent Movement, Spectrum National Party and Independent South African National Civics Organisation have converged to craft a pre-election plan with the aim of forming an alternative government to the ANC following next year's elections. Leaders of the various parties have outlined their expectations at the to-day convention. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to reporter Busi Chimombe
16/08/2023 • 5 minutes 3 seconds
Residents in Marikana say nothing much has changed since 34 mineworkers were killed by police in 2012
Residents in Marikana say nothing much has changed since 34 mineworkers were killed by police in 2012. This is the official commemoration of the massacre getting into full swing in honour of those that died on this day, eleven years ago. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to reporter Zebilon Maine and Thabisile Phumo Executive Vice President: Stakeholder Relations at Sibanye-Stillwater
16/08/2023 • 18 minutes 43 seconds
Municipality building set alight in Swellendam, Western Cape
A municipality building has been allegedly set alight in Swellendam, Western Cape. Community members are protesting against a lack of service delivery. The N-2 highway at Swellendam in the Overberg region of the Western Cape is currently closed and traffic is being diverted through the town. Reports suggest that protesters laid burning debris and rocks across the road. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Overberg Municipality executive mayor, Andries Franken
16/08/2023 • 7 minutes 13 seconds
"I've been persecuted by some judges and the executives for doing my work," Mkhwebane
The Section 194 committee has recommended that Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane be removed from office. The committee says it has satisfied itself that on the evidence it has, charges of misconduct and incompetence have been proven against Mkhwebane. Only two parties, the EFF and Al Jamaah expressed their opposition to the recommendation. The draft report should have been delivered to the suspended public protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, yesterday for her response. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Suspended Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane
15/08/2023 • 9 minutes 49 seconds
Police in Ga-Mathabatha outside Lebowakgomo refuse to open a case of arson
A child has been severely burnt at Ga-Mathabatha outside Lebowakgomo in Limpopo after a man allegedly set alight a house in which his partner and the child were sleeping. The perpetrator is known and police apparently refused to open a case. It is alleged police tried to mediate between the family of the burnt child and the perpetrator. Sakina Kamwendom spoke to reporter, Mahlatse Phaladi
15/08/2023 • 7 minutes 50 seconds
"Educate SMEs on their crucial role in empowering youth while growing the economy, " Shawn Theunissen, social entrepreneur and founder of Property Point
Statistics South Africa released the unemployment rate for the second quarter, which declined slightly to 32-point-6 per cent from 32-point-9 per cent in the first quarter. The results of the Quarterly Labour Force Survey indicate that the number of employed persons increased by 154 thousand to 16,3 million in the second quarter of 2023 compared to the first quarter of 2023. The number of unemployed persons decreased by 11-thousand to 7,9 million during the same quarter. Meanwhile, South Africa's unemployment rate remains a thorn in the side of many young people. Shawn Theunissen, social entrepreneur and founder of Property Point says South Africa can improve its youth unemployment crisis by creating awareness of available employability training opportunities and educating SMEs on their crucial role in empowering youth while growing the economy. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Shawn Theunissen, social entreprenuer and founder of Property Point
15/08/2023 • 12 minutes 46 seconds
Convicted child rapist and sex trafficker, Gerhard Ackerman has been handed 12 life terms
Convicted child rapist and sex trafficker, Gerhard Ackerman has been handed 12 life terms for his crimes by the Gauteng High Court. Ackerman was found guilty of over 700 crimes which also include, being in possession of child pornography as well as creating and broadcasting pornographic material. He was charged alongside the former acting judge Paul Kennedy who committed suicide following his arrest. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to reporter, Prabashini Naicker...
14/08/2023 • 4 minutes 42 seconds
The murder trial of Senzo Meyiwa continues in the High Court in Pretoria.
The murder trial of Senzo Meyiwa is underway in the High Court in Pretoria. The state has called a new witness, Sergeant Mandla Masondo. Last week, two digital forensic experts were called to testify about the chain of evidence. Five men are on trial for the murder of the soccer star. Sakina Kamwendon spoke to reporter Pearl Magubane
14/08/2023 • 3 minutes
NUM says the unbundling of Power Utility, Eskom is not the answer to the country's energy problems
The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says the unbundling of Power Utility, Eskom is not the answer to the country's energy problems. The union accuses Eskom together with the Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan of unilaterally implementing the decision to sell Eskom's distribution assets to a new state-owned company, without proper consultation with key stakeholders such as the unions and the public. NUM's Energy Sector Coordinator, Khangela Baloyi says the decision to unbundle Eskom is a first step towards the privatization of Eskom. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to NUM's Energy Sector Coordinator, Khangela Baloyi
14/08/2023 • 7 minutes 54 seconds
"I no longer have Locus Standi in the Modjadji matter, as Queen-elect Princess Masalanabo Modjadji is now of age," Dr Mathole Motshekga
Dr Mathole Motshekga has withdrawn as the guardian of Rain Queen-elect Princess Masalanabo Modjadji. Motshekga has written to the High Court in Pretoria to withdraw as a guardian and applicant in the interdict to stop the coronation of Masalanabo's brother Lekukela as king of Balobedu. He is citing that he can't afford the costs of the legal dispute between him and the Modjadjis. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Dr Mathole Motshekga
14/08/2023 • 7 minutes 59 seconds
The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly
The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.
1. Major global mining companies this week singled out Africa as their biggest and best investment destination.
2. It is impossible for the world to fight off the huge climate change threat without metals and minerals from Africa.
3. Namibia this week caught the eye yet again as a country of choice when it comes to foreign mining investment.
Martin Creamer will be back at the Coal-Face at the same time next Friday.
11/08/2023 • 3 minutes 33 seconds
Ecowas forging ahead with plans for the activation of a standby force for possible use in Niger
West Africa's regional bloc is forging ahead with plans for the activation of a standby force for possible use against the military junta that took power in Niger in July, saying it wanted a peaceful restoration of democracy, but all options, including force, were on the table. The remarks came as the 15-member Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) met in Nigeria's Abuja on Thursday for an emergency summit to discuss responses to last month's military takeover in Niger after the coup leaders defied their earlier threat to use force to restore democracy. This comes after the ruling junta ignored an ultimatum, which expired on Sunday, for ousted President Mohamed Bazoum to be reinstated. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to International Crisis Group, and Senior Advisor for African Union Liesl Louw-Vaudran
11/08/2023 • 6 minutes 21 seconds
Section 194 parliamentary committee report has been divided into three parts
Members of the Section 194 parliamentary committee have, this morning, been going through a draft report on suspended Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane. The draft report has been divided into three with the first part focused on the charges put forward against Mkhwebane while the second part covers the evidence gathered. The last part of the report is mainly focused on the conclusion made including recommendations that have been put forward. If the committee adopts the report, it will then be presented to the National Assembly which will decide whether Mkhwebane should be impeached or not. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to reporter, Joseph Mosia
11/08/2023 • 7 minutes 27 seconds
"The release of Former President, Jacob Zuma on remission is within the South African law," Cele
Police Minister Bheki Cele says the release of former President, Jacob Zuma on remission is within the South African law. This follows criticism by some opposition parties and ordinary South Africans who say it's unlawful and the timing is questionable. The Department of Correctional Services says this is part of their programme which will also benefit at least nine thousand other prisoners who are jailed for non-violent crimes. Cele says he believes there's nothing suspicious about a decision to make the former president a beneficiary of the latest remissions. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Advocate Glynnis Breytenbach, DA's shadow Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and legal expert, Mpumelelo Zikalala of Zikalala Attorneys
11/08/2023 • 16 minutes 22 seconds
ANALYSTS SAY UGANDAN SANCTIONS COULD REVERSE ECOMIC GAINS
Ugandan economists say the World Bank's move to halt loans to Uganda over the country's anti-gay law could reverse its economic gains. The country has just recorded the lowest inflation in the last fifteen months -- which was considered an indication it was recovering from the COVID-19 Shocks. SABC's Hillary Ayesiga reports from Kampala...
10/08/2023 • 1 minute 55 seconds
UMZIMKHULU PLAGUED BY HIGH LEVELS OF CHILD MARRIAGES, GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AND CHILD ABUSE
The Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) says it has found that the rural area of Umzimkhulu in Kwazulu-Natal is plagued high levels of child marriages, gender-based violence, child abuse, and neglect amongst other social ills. The Commission's KZN provincial manager, Zanele Ncwane, says the commission has been working with the community of Umzimkhulu since 2019 after a non-profit organization (NGO) alerted it to the case of a 15-year-old who was married off to an older man. Meanwhile, Stats SA has also revealed that South Africa recorded 207 child marriages in 2021, of which 188 were brides and 19 were grooms. Statistics South Africa revealed this to the African Union special rapporteur who is currently in the country to monitor and evaluate progress on how South Africa is performing in its campaign to end child marriages. For more on this we spoke to KZN's provincial head for Commission for Gender Equality manager Zanele Ncwane
10/08/2023 • 10 minutes 52 seconds
Niger mediation halted due to coup leaders' rejection of diplomatic mission
Niger mediation efforts have stalled after the leaders of a July coup rejected another diplomatic mission. Neighbouring allies who back the armed take over appealed to the United Nations to prevent a military intervention.Niger's junta denied entry to a joint delegation from African countries and the United Nations yesterday, resisting pressure to negotiate ahead of a summit on Thursday in which the main regional bloc, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), will discuss possible use of force. The coup leaders defied a deadline to reinstate the ousted president on Sunday. The possibility of military intervention will also be discussed, but ECOWAS has said it is a last resort. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Nigerian journalist, Jonathan James Lyamgohn
09/08/2023 • 13 minutes 40 seconds
Toddler in horrific violent video placed in a home of safety
Gauteng Social Development MEC Mbali Hlophe has confirmed that a toddler seen in a horrific video being violently kicked by her mother has been moved to a place of safety, away from the mother. The horrific video, which has since gone viral, depicts the mother also applying pressure with her foot on the neck of the child as he lay on the floor. A case of child abuse has been being investigated, and the mother of the child is expected to appear in court tomorrow. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Gauteng MEC for Social Development, Mbali Hlophe
09/08/2023 • 9 minutes 40 seconds
Promo: The City of Cape Town has declared that it will press criminal charges against the leadership of SANTACO
The City of Cape Town has declared that it will press criminal charges against the leadership of the South African National Taxi Council, SANTACO, for acts of violence and unrest that were caused during SANTACO's ongoing taxi strike in the Western Cape, which started last week
08/08/2023 • 24 seconds
Makhanda high court orders Eastern Cape transport department to develop a comprehensive safety and security plan to protect its passengers and drivers
The provincial Transport MEC Xolile Nqatha is today meeting with the taxi industry leadership, as well as their counterparts in the bus industry, to find a solution to attacks on both local and long-distance buses, allegedly by taxi operators. The most recent incident was the burning of two buses from AB350 in Cacadu two months ago. This meeting comes after a second court order was obtained by Intercape in the Makhanda high court, compelling the Minister of Transport and SAPS to develop a comprehensive safety and security plan to protect its passengers and drivers. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Eastern Cape provincial transport spokesperson Unathi Binqose..
08/08/2023 • 7 minutes 13 seconds
City of Cape Town to lay criminal charges against SANTACO, for acts of violence and unrest that were caused by ongoing taxi strike
The City of Cape Town has declared that it will press criminal charges against the leadership of the South African National Taxi Council, SANTACO, for acts of violence and unrest that were caused during SANTACO's ongoing taxi strike in the Western Cape, which started last week. A man has been shot and killed and three others injured in Nyanga (on the Cape Flats) amid the ongoing taxi strike in the province. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Cape Town's mayoral committee member for safety and security, JP Smith..
08/08/2023 • 24 seconds
The police in the Eastern Cape are investigating an apparent suicide murder tragedy that happened in Butterworth over the Weekend.
The police in the Eastern Cape are investigating an apparent suicide murder tragedy that played out in Butterworth at the Weekend. It is believed that a mother of three first killed her daughters before taking her own life. Police spokesperson, Col Priscilla Naidu says a neighbour found the 38-year-old, Bongeka Buso, hanging in her rondavel on Sunday morning. Her two younger daughters were found on the bed while her 14-year-old was stabbed in the neck. Meanwhile, the Eastern Cape Department of Social Development has gathered in the very same community where this tragic incident happened. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Busisiwe Jemsana-Mantashe, speaking on behalf of the province's MEC for Social Development, Bukiwe Fanta, who is still engaging with community members...
08/08/2023 • 14 minutes 22 seconds
Promo: Eastern Cape police investigating an apparent suicide murder tragedy
The police in the Eastern Cape are investigating an apparent suicide murder tragedy that played out in Butterworth at the Weekend. It is believed that a mother of three first killed her daughters before taking her own life.
08/08/2023 • 48 seconds
27 taxi drivers were arrested in Cape Town following a blockade of the N-2 highway
The City of Cape Town authorities say officers have made 27 arrests following the blockade of the N-2 highway by taxi drivers, while police have arrested eight taxi drivers in Mfuleni. In the early hours of this morning, approximately 30 taxis blocked the N-2 inbound at Borcherd's Quarry. Mayco Member for Safety and Security JP Smith says numerous incidents have been reported, including four Golden Arrow buses being torched. Four private vehicles were set alight. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Atule Joka
07/08/2023 • 9 minutes 1 second
Gauteng Education MEC Matome Chiloane visits Queens high school following the death of a Grade 9 learner
Gauteng Education MEC Matome Chiloane is vising Queens High School in Johannesburg following the death of Brian Ndlovu, a Grade 9 boy learner from the school. Brian Ndlovu died after he was allegedly bullied by another learner and forced to consume poison. His mother, Mildred Ndlovus says the law must take its course. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Sashin Naidoo
07/08/2023 • 11 minutes 4 seconds
Discussion- challenges plaguing the Road Accident Fund
A group of various lawyer associations have defended their call to have Road Accident Fund CEO, Collins Letsoalo removed. Ten professional bodies in the legal fraternity including the Black Lawyers Association(BLA), The Law Society of South Africa (LSSA), and the South African Medical Association Medico-Legal Association (SAMLA) and others have signed an urgent memorandum over what they describe as a crisis at the fund. They accuse the fund of mismanagement due to the delay in claim payments, poor communication, and incapacity. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to RAF CEO, Collins Letsoalo and Gauteng Chairperson of the Black Lawyers Association, Theo Mapheto...
04/08/2023 • 44 minutes 20 seconds
ECOWAS has given Niger's coup leaders one week to hand over power to President Mohamed Bazoum
The West African regional bloc ECOWAS has given Niger's coup leaders one week to hand over power to the President of that country or face possible military intervention. The deadline comes after Niger's democratically elected president was toppled by members of his presidential guard last week. Members of ECOWAS led by Nigeria's President Bola Tinubu gave Niger's junta leaders a week to release and reinstate President Mohamed Bazoum. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to International Crisis Group and Senior Advisor for African Union Liesl Louw-Vaudran...
03/08/2023 • 5 minutes 47 seconds
WaterCAN has opened a criminal charge against the City of Joburg municipal managers for sewage pollution
WaterCAN has opened a criminal charge against the City of Joburg municipal managers for sewage pollution and says it is time to hold the people accountable for not doing their jobs. According to the initiative, the City of Johannesburg municipal manager Floyd Brink and former manager Bryne Maduka have failed to stop a year-long sewage spill blamed on infrastructure failure. Dr Ferrial Adam, Executive Manager for WaterCAN says polluting water is a violation of basic rights, including the right to health. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Dr Ferrial Adam, Executive Manager for WaterCAN
03/08/2023 • 7 minutes 38 seconds
Gauteng police have opened an inquiry into the death of a grade 9 pupil was forced to drink poison
The Gauteng police have opened an inquiry into the death of a grade 9 pupil from Queens High School in Johannesburg. 15-year-old, Brian Ndlovu was allegedly forced to drink poison. The family says he got sick after returning from school. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the mother of the boy, Mildred Ndlovu...
03/08/2023 • 11 minutes 35 seconds
13 bodies found in Nama-Khoi after a tunnel collapsed at an abandoned diamond mining site
The Nama-Khoi Municipality in the Northern Cape says efforts to excavate more bodies at a tailing dump site near Kleinzee in the Namaqualand region are continuing. This follows the discovery of 13 bodies after a tunnel collapsed at a mining site. Local police say seven of the 13 bodies were found atop the tailing dump while one was found under the tailing dump. Municipal spokesperson, Jason Milford says local authorities have been working endlessly to retrieve more possible bodies. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Municipal spokesperson, Jason Milford...
03/08/2023 • 12 minutes 3 seconds
National Transmission Company of South Africa to take over the transmission system from Eskom
The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (Nersa) has licensed the National Transmission Company of South Africa (NTCSA) to operate the country's transmission system. Eskom has welcomed the decision of the NERSA. Eskom will be divided into three entities: generation, distribution, and transmission, which form a key part of Eskom's Turnaround Plan as detailed in the Department of Public Enterprises' Roadmap for Eskom in a Reformed Electricity Supply Industry. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Full-time Regulator Member primarily responsible for Electricity Regulation at NERSA. Nhlanhla Gumede
02/08/2023 • 7 minutes 9 seconds
The Judicial Conduct Tribunal of High Court Judge Tintswalo Annah Nana Makhubele underway
The Judicial Conduct Tribunal of High Court Judge Tintswalo Annah Nana Makhubele resumed today. The tribunal is considering allegations of misconduct in relation to Judge Makhubele's time as chair of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) board. This is after commuter activist organisation #UniteBehind laid the complaint with the Judicial Service Commission in 2019 accusing Makhubele of misconduct when she took up dual roles of Gauteng High Court judge and chairperson of the PRASA board. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to reporter Canny Maphanga...
01/08/2023 • 1 minute 54 seconds
The sixth General Assembly of the Association of African Anti-Corruption Authorities seeks to promote citizen engagement in the fight against corruption and illicit financial flows
The sixth General Assembly of the Association of African Anti-Corruption Authorities (AAACA) has begun its second day in Kempton Park. The General Assembly focuses on the global fight against corruption and money laundering, exchanges on national experiences in the fight against corruption and illicit financial flows, as well as the importance of cooperation and coordinated approaches for asset recovery in Africa. The subject of the General Assembly is "Promote citizen engagement in the fight against corruption and illicit financial flows, ensuring the African continent's holistic development. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Advocate Andy Mothibi Head of the Special Investigating Unit
01/08/2023 • 8 minutes 55 seconds
The South African National Parks celebrates World Ranger Day
The South African National Parks celebrated World Ranger Day in Tsitsikamma in the Eastern Cape. Tribute was paid to the rangers, who were killed or injured on duty. The day was also dedicated to recognising the brave men and women for their outstanding work in protecting our natural heritage and resources. Meanwhile, the Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy earlier today gave her latest report on measures to combat Rhino poaching. This is as the country has seen a shift in poaching from the Kruger National Park to KwaZulu-Natal's EzeMvelo-KZN Wildlife. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Minister Creecy Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy
01/08/2023 • 10 minutes 18 seconds
Police Minister, Bheki Cele to deploy Tactical Response Unit - Amabherete in Riverlea
Riverlea residents, South of Johannesburg say their plea for police visibility in the area seems to have fallen on deaf ears. This is despite an assurance by Police Minister, Bheki Cele that he would ensure the deployment of the Tactical Response Unit - Amabherete - in the area as a matter of urgency. The community took to the streets yesterday complaining of living in fear following an alleged turf war between illegal miners which resulted in a shot out and death of five Zama-Zamas over the weekend. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to reporter, Sashin Naidoo...
01/08/2023 • 7 minutes 52 seconds
Residents from Riverlea protest against violence allegedly linked to illegal mining.
Residents from Riverlea in the south of Johannesburg took to the streets to protest against violence allegedly linked to illegal mining. Five suspected zama zamas were killed at the weekend in Riverlea, following an alleged turf war between rival factions. They believe corrupt police officers are allowing illegal miners to operate in the community freely. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to reporter Sashin Naidoo and Mining Expert, Sifiso Dladla...
31/07/2023 • 12 minutes 27 seconds
Parliament's Section 194 committee, looking into the fitness of the suspended Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to hold office, compiles its draft report
Parliament's Section 194 committee, looking into the fitness of the suspended Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to hold office, is compiling its draft report. The existence of the committee follows the National Assembly's adoption of a motion to probe Mkhwebane's fitness to hold office, after several negative court findings against her. Suspended Public Protector's term of office ends on the 15th of October. Many times the work of the committee was delayed, including two recusal applications for the chairperson, Qubudile Dyantyi and court challenges against the Parliamentary process. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC repoter Lulama Matya..
31/07/2023 • 11 minutes 34 seconds
The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.
The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.
1. Gold is being taken out of the West Rand mine dumps in an impressive new R2.5-billion development project.
2. A new opencast mine will begin producing platinum group metals in Limpopo by year-end.
3. The generation of green hydrogen was this week declared fully competitive.
28/07/2023 • 1 minute 43 seconds
ANC Veterans League presidential hopeful, Tony Yengeni barred from contesting for the post
Just days before the start of the African National Congress (ANC) Veterans League Conference, its presidential hopeful, Tony Yengeni, has been barred from contesting for the post. Yengeni was set to square off with party veteran Dr Snuki Zikalala, who is the Convener of the Veterans League. He says he got an invitation stating that he can only attend the conference as a guest and not as a delegate. The ANC Veterans' League will hold its National Conference this weekend to elect new leaders. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to ANC NEC member Tonny Yengeni
28/07/2023 • 7 minutes 49 seconds
#PayTheGrants to challenge regulations which they say exclude many eligible people from getting the Social Relief Grant
The Institute for Economic Justice together with the #PayTheGrants, have filed an application at the Pretoria High Court to challenge regulations which they say exclude many eligible people from getting the Social Relief Grant. They say fewer people have access to the grant today than was the case at its peak in March 2022. The latest research estimates at least 16 million people should be eligible for the SRD grant. Yet, in May 2023, while 14.4 million applied for the grant, only 8.4 million were approved, with 7.1 million people actually being paid. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Deputy Chairperson of the #PayTheGrant, Elizabeth Raiters...
28/07/2023 • 4 minutes 1 second
Women from Mqhekezweni village made to pay a protection fee in order to "avoid" being raped
Residents of Mqhekezweni in the Eastern Cape live in fear as criminals demand protection fee, or they could be victims of rape. The chief in that area has indicated that they are aware of this and the community is patrolling however the challenge is that the criminals are armed with guns. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to reporter, Fundiswa Mhlekude...
28/07/2023 • 6 minutes 12 seconds
Qubudile Dyantjie, Chairperson of the Section 194 committee refers recusal matter to committee
Qubudile Dyantjie, Chairperson of the Section 194 committee probing the fitness of suspended public protector Adv Busisiwe Mkhwebane has briefed the committee on the application by Mkhwebane to remove himself from presiding over her inquiry. Dyantyi has decided not to recuse himself and says Mkhwebane failed to provide all the recordings she relied on in the recusal application. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to our reporter in parliament, Joseph Mosia..
28/07/2023 • 4 minutes 7 seconds
More cases of individuals who have been on extedend sick leave identified within the department of Justice and Correctional Services
Workers at the Cape Town Office of the State Attorney are enraged that one of their colleague has been on sick leave for seven years while receiving full pay and benefits. Despite being watched by coworkers while on regular holiday trips Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the Solicitor-General within the department of Justice and Correctional Services Fhedzisani Pandelani
27/07/2023 • 6 minutes 43 seconds
Individuals wishing to run NGOs may soon undergo mandatory vetting by state security services
Individuals wishing to establish and operate non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and religious institutions may soon undergo mandatory vetting by state security services to evaluate whether they pose a threat to national security. President Cyril Ramaphosa's Cabinet recently adopted the 2023 General Intelligence Law Amendment Bill (Gilab), which makes numerous substantial changes to the laws governing the State Security Agency (SSA), South Africa's leading government intelligence and security body. Gilab is part of Ramaphosa's government's response to the SSA's deeply rooted problems, including political factionalism, mismanagement of millions in clandestine funding, and a general disdain for the law and the Constitution. Daily Maverick freelancer Heidi Swart j
27/07/2023 • 7 minutes 8 seconds
Second Russia-Africa Summit get underway in Russia
Russia-Africa Summit aims to foster mutually beneficial cooperation and partnerships between Russia and the African continent. This 2nd Summit is expected to consider four declarations and a three-year Action Plan, which will be presented for consideration. Russian president Vladimir Putin has welcomed African leaders at the 2nd Humanitarian and Economic Russia/Africa summit currently ongoing in St' Petersburg. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Professor of International Relations and Director at the African Centre for the Study of the United States at Wits University, Professor Gilbert Khadiagala
27/07/2023 • 14 minutes 50 seconds
Eight people shortlisted for the position of Public Protector
The Ad Hoc Committee to Nominate a Person for Appointment as Public Protector has shortlisted eight names from 38 nominees. Those nominated include the Acting public protector advocate Kholeka Gcaleka. The interviews will now take place over two days next month. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC news' senior reporter Mercedes Besent...
26/07/2023 • 4 minutes 27 seconds
Pressure mounts on the leadership of the Road Accident Fund following calls for its CEO, Collins Letsoalo and RAF board members to resign
Pressure continues to mount on the leadership of the Road Accident Fund following calls for its CEO, Collins Letsoalo and RAF board members to resign. Various stakeholders made the call within the legal fraternity after writing to the government seeking urgent intervention. The lawyers highlighted in their letter what they described as a state of chaos and ineffectiveness in servicing road accident claimants. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Road Accident Fund CEO Collins Letsoalo...
26/07/2023 • 17 minutes 16 seconds
Workers at the Office of the State Attorney in Cape Town on sick leave for seven years while getting full pay and benefits
Workers at the Office of the State Attorney in Cape Town are furious that one of their coworkers has been on sick leave for seven years while getting full pay and benefits. This is despite being observed by co-workers while on routine vacations. The employee is accused of posting herself on social media while on vacation and appearing well. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to spokeperson for Public Servants Association, Ruben Maleka
25/07/2023 • 11 minutes 26 seconds
Legal fraternity calls on government to urgently intervene t the Road Accident Fund
Various stakeholders within the legal fraternity have called on the government to urgently intervene in what they have described as a deteriorating situation at the Road Accident Fund. Long queues, unprocessed claims and poorly administered block settlements have shaped the fund's head offices in Pretoria. Now a collection of the legal fraternity, including the Law Society of South Africa and the Black Lawyers Association, has called for the immediate dismissal of the current RAF board and CEO. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the president of the Black Lawyers Association, Advocate Bayethe Maswazi...
25/07/2023 • 11 minutes 3 seconds
DA lays charges against SAPS over the purchase of spy equipment, known as "grabbers"
DA Shadow Minister of Police Andrew Whitfield is expected to lay criminal charges against Police Minister Bheki Cele and the National Police Commissioner Fannie Masemola. The charges are in connection with the illegal possession of spy equipment, known as "grabbers," by the South African Police Service. Whitfield says Minister Cele admits to unlawfully purchasing grabbers without obtaining the required exemption certificate under the Regulation of Interception of Communications and Provision of Communication-Related Information Act. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to DA Shadow Minister of Police Andrew Whitfield...
24/07/2023 • 6 minutes 24 seconds
Mbalula threatens to remove Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan due to poor performance
The ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula has warned the Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan, that he could be moved from his portfolio if he doesn't carry out the ANC transport policy. During his address at the ANC Women's League Conference at the Nasrec Expo Centre, south of Johannesburg, over the weekend, Mbalula said the ANC expects performance from its deployees to the government. A few hours after this threat was issued, the ANC issued a statement saying Gordhan's job was not on the line, as alleged by Mbalula. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Political Analyst Sandile Swana...
24/07/2023 • 9 minutes 19 seconds
" South Africa is better off with AGOA than without it," Senior Researcher at Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy, Dr Mmatlou Kalaba
Amid diplomatic tensions with the US over an alleged sale of arms to Russia, South Africa continues to make a case for its ongoing designation as a beneficiary of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which extends preferential trade access to the American market on certain goods. South Africa is having virtual oral representations with the US government beginning today to keep the trade benefits provided by the African Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa). Agoa is due to expire in 2025, and there has been much speculation that it might be replaced with new trade agreements between the US and African countries. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Senior Researcher at Bureau for Food and Agricultural Policy, Dr Mmatlou Kalaba..
24/07/2023 • 8 minutes 21 seconds
CoalFace with Martin Creamer
It's that time again on a Friday when Update At Noon presents another Update From The Coal-Face with Martin Creamer, publishing editor of Engineering News and Mining Weekly.
1. This week, The big Impala Platinum mine took steps to generate its own electricity for its mining operations.
2. Gold in Gauteng's old dumps must be recovered to boost the economy, a meeting in the Golden City heard this week.
3. South Africans were this week urged to go all out to promote platinum globally as a climate crisis saviour.
Martin Creamer speaking to Sakina Kamwendo
21/07/2023 • 2 minutes 54 seconds
Authorities scramble to to find answers regarding the recent Joburg CBD explosion
Authorities are scrambling to find answers regarding the recent Joburg CBD explosion that killed one person and injured 48 others. The City of Johannesburg's preliminary investigation has identified three possible scenarios that could have led to Wednesday's blast in the CBD. These ongoing explosions have raised serious concern among many that urgent interventions are seriously needed. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Hulme Scholes, Director of Melan Scholes Attorney.
21/07/2023 • 4 minutes 48 seconds
Emfuleni Local Municipality pays salary of about R40-thousand to technician who hasn't been to work in four years
It has been reported that the Emfuleni Local Municipality has been paying a salary of about R40-thousand a month to a senior engineering technician who hasn't been to work in four years. This was revealed by Gauteng cooperative governance, human settlements and traditional affairs MEC, Mzi Khumalo, in a written reply to DA MPL Kingsol Chabalala's questions tabled in the legislature in May. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Emfuleni local municipality spokesperson, Makhosonke Sangweni...
21/07/2023 • 11 minutes 37 seconds
Eastern Cape health department no show at a meeting with the parents of the Enyobeni Tavern victims
The parents of the Enyobeni Tavern victims are meeting with the Eastern Cape health department officials at their forensic laboratory in East London. They are demanding a release of the documents citing the cause of death of their children. This follows the end of 21 patrons at Enyobeni Tavern in Scenery Park, East London, in June last year. The parents were informed verbally last year that asphyxiation was the cause of death, and they were not given any form of documentation. Sakina Kamwedo spoke to reporter Lubabalo Dada
21/07/2023 • 5 minutes 32 seconds
DA decides not to continue with an application to compel the government to arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin
All parties in the DA case have agreed that the matter should no longer proceed in the High Court in Pretoria. The DA initially launched an application to compel the government to arrest Russian President Vladimir Putin should he arrive in the country after the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for him over alleged war crimes in Ukraine. The decision comes after confirmation that Putin will not attend next month's BRICS summit in South Africa. Sakina Kamwendo spoke reporter Canny Maphanga...
21/07/2023 • 2 minutes 35 seconds
Community members of various villages in Sekhukhune District in Limpopo say they are concerned about Eskom keeping the remains of their loved ones in containers for five years.
Families of the 79 people who were exhumed by Eskom at Manogeng near De Hoop dam are taking the power utility and its implementing agent to the High Court in Polokwane High Court, for not following the correct procedures when the remains were exhumed. The remains of 79 people were exhumed five years ago and they have been kept in the shipping containers since then, until they were re-buried in Apricot this year. The families accuse Eskom of mixing up the remains without profiling them as per individual and that Eskom refused to conduct DNA tests on the remains, to determine their relatives and profile the remains. It's understood that Eskom didn't inform the families when they exhumed the bodies and it's now accused of burying them without identifying them. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Lawyer representing these families advocate Martin Moela
20/07/2023 • 6 minutes 30 seconds
Several arterial roads closed in the Joburg CBD after gas explosion
Motorist have been advised to use alternative routes as Lilian Ngoyi Street remains closed in central Johannesburg following the explosion where 48 people have been injured, and one person has died. Videos seen on social media showed cars and minibus taxis toppling along Bree Street. Bongiwe Zwane Spoke to JMPD spokesperson Xolani Fihla
20/07/2023 • 2 minutes 35 seconds
Johannesburg emergency services say one person has been found dead and 48 people have been injured as a result of the Bree Street explosion in the Joburg CBD
speculation is rife as some have linked Joburg gas explosion disaster to the illegal mining zama-zamas as an underground gas line explosion could be the main source of this catastrophic ordeal that has left Bree and Rissik Street cracked open. Videos making rounds have depicted huge and lengthy cracks that have pierced through the roads causing what appears to be a large sinkhole and uneven surface in that part of the JHB CBD. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Former employee at Joburg Roads Agency and now an independent Consultant Conel Cassius McKay
20/07/2023 • 6 minutes 46 seconds
Sigh of relief for consumers as Consumer Price Index eases to 5.4%
South African consumers can breath a sigh of relief, for now. Consumer price inflation for June, has gone down to 5,4% from 6,3% in May. This is the first time the inflation has been in the South African Reserve Bank's target range of 3% to 6% since April 2022. Also this is the lowest inflation the country has seen since October 2021. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Elize Kruger independent Economic analyst
19/07/2023 • 6 minutes 56 seconds
Arresting Putin would be declaration of war against Russia, says President Cyril Ramaphosa in an affidavit
Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, will no longer be present at the BRICS Summit in August. Instead, the Russian Federation will be represented by Sergey Lavrov, its foreign minister. This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa had earlier claimed that detaining Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is sought by the International Criminal Court, would constitute a declaration of war in an answering affidavit to a DA suit in the Johannesburg High Court. According to Ramaphosa, it is his constitutional duty to uphold the republic's peace and national sovereignty. If Putin showed up for the Brics conference, which South Africa will host in August, the DA had petitioned the court to order the government to place him under arrest. South Africa's relations with the West have recently deteriorated. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Gustavo de Carvalho Senior Researcher at South African Institute of International Affairs
19/07/2023 • 11 minutes 13 seconds
Student organisations at the North West University, Mahikeng Campus are embarking on a donation drive for the defunded students
Student organization's at the North West University, Mahikeng Campus are embarking on a donation drive for the defunded students. The campaign, called "fund the defunded" seeks to help students that are reportedly defunded by NSFAS. The donation seeks to solicit needs like food and toiletries for students who are said to be wrongfully defunded. While the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) says processes are under way to withdraw funds from undeserving students, some of those defunded at the North West University says it is not true that they do not qualify. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to EFF student command NWU Mafikeng campus its chairperson Phemelo Liagile
18/07/2023 • 10 minutes 42 seconds
End of Black Sea grains deal promises pain for Africa’s neediest
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov discussed with his Turkish counterpart Hakan Fidan ways of exporting Russian grain via routes "that would not be susceptible to Kyiv and the West's sabotage", Russia's foreign ministry said on Tuesday. A year-old deal to permit Ukraine to export grain from its Black Sea ports despite Russia's war in Ukraine lapsed on Tuesday after Russia suspended its participation. Russia says the West failed to meet its obligations under a parallel agreement to facilitate exports of Russian grain and fertilizer in the face of Western economic sanctions. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to, Agricultural Economist at the National Agricultural Marketing Council Thabile Nkunjana
18/07/2023 • 7 minutes 22 seconds
President Ramaphosa unveils two Mandela statues in the Eastern Cape
President Cyril Ramaphosa has officiated at the unveiling of one of two statues of late struggle icon, Nelson Mandela at his birthplace of Qunu, outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. Speaking on the statues, Nelson Mandela Museum CEO, Vuyani Booi earlier said the figures aim not only to pay tribute to Mandela, but also to contribute to local economic development and create opportunities for the youth. Sakina Kamwendo Spoke to SABC reporter Ntebo Mokobo
18/07/2023 • 5 minutes 37 seconds
PAC, Azapo hold joint Election Summit
The two like-minded parties Pan Africanist Congress of Azania and the Azanian People's Organization have joined forces in an attempt to garner support from voters in the upcoming 2024 general elections. The two parties met in a joint Election Summit at the weekend in Johannesburg to map out their election pact for the polls. For a look at how this pact will work and what impact it is expected to have on the polls, Sakina Kamwendo spoke to AZAPO President, Nelvis Qekema.
The high court in Johannesburg has ruled to invalidate the decisions, resolutions, and election results that arose from the ANC's Ekurhuleni Regional conference held in May 2022. As a consequence, the ANC has been ordered to cover the costs associated with the application. now that the high court has ruled that the ANC conference outcomes be set aside and therefore invalid - what happens next and what it all means. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to chairperson of ANC in Ekurhuleni Jongiziwe Dlabathi
17/07/2023 • 6 minutes 41 seconds
Senzo Meyiwa trial begins afresh as new judge takes the bench
The high court in Pretoria has postponed to Tuesday the trial of 5 men accused of murdering soccer star Senzo Meyiwa. Judge Ratha Mokgoatlheng is now taking over and is presiding over the trial. The trial was postponed last month after judge Tshifhiwa Maumela fell ill and was also suspended following allegations he failed to deliver numerous reserved judgments, with some dating as far back as 2016.Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Managing Director at Donda Attorneys, Melusi Xulu
17/07/2023 • 6 minutes 42 seconds
Some technical and vocational education and training students still waiting for their certificates of completion
A sizeable number of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) college graduates are still waiting for their certificates. Students, mostly from disadvantaged family backgrounds have raised concerns on Update at noon, complaining about the delays in the issuing of their certificates. They allege that some TVET colleges are withholding their certificates due to outstanding fees or at times Colleges would claim they had not received the certificates from the department of higher education and training. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Chief Director for National Examinations and Assessment within the department of Higher Education and Training, Violet Tshetlo.
13/07/2023 • 9 minutes 23 seconds
Constitutional Court upholds Ramaphosa's suspension of Mkhwebane
The Constitutional Court says investigations by the suspended Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane into President Cyril Ramaphosa could not expose the president to a conflict of interest in her suspension. This is according to Deputy Chief Justice Mandisa Maya who over-turned the decision of the Western Cape High Court which had declared Mkhwebane's suspension as invalid. Ramaphosa had suspended Mkhwebane in June last year following her decision to initiate an investigation into the theft of the president's Phala Phala Game Farm. Delivering the judgement, Deputy Chief Justice says Mkhwebane's suspension did nothing for the benefit of the president. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Canny Maphanga and Senior Legal Analyst and Member of the South African Bar Association, Advocate, Romeo Nthambeleni
13/07/2023 • 16 minutes 25 seconds
Police Minister, police top brass brief media on investigations into ongoing torching of trucks
Police Minister, Bheki Cele together with police commissioner, General Fannie Masemola and his top brass from KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng have addressed members of the media on the continuing torching of trucks in the various provinces. This follows the latest incident where three trucks were set alight, this time on the N2 between Ermelo and Piet Retief in Mpumalanga. This brings the total number of trucks torched since the weekend to sixteen in what has been described as a coordinated attack on the industry. Minister Cele says investigations are continuing into the spate.
12/07/2023 • 6 minutes 49 seconds
Concourt rules in favour of Transport Ministry driver's license demerit system
The demerit system on licenses back on track after Transport department won with point system in the Constitutional Court. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) has suffered a defeat in its bid to have the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act declared invalid and unconstitutional. Outa had won its case in January last year when the Pretoria High Court ruled that both the Aarto Act were inconsistent with the Constitution. However, then Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula lodged an appeal with the ConCourt. During court proceedings , Chief Justice Raymond Zondo ruled in favour of the Transport Ministry, but made no costs order against Outa. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to OUTA CEO, Wayne Duvenage.
12/07/2023 • 4 minutes 53 seconds
Acting Public Protector received majority of nominations for the job of the new Public Protector
Advocate Kholeka Gcaleka has gotten the most nominations for the job of the new Public Protector. This is as the ad hoc Committee met this morning to discuss the nominations and applications. The committee has since adopted to publish the list of the nominated individuals for public comment. Ad Hoc Committee chairperson, Cyril Xaba explains.
12/07/2023 • 2 minutes 7 seconds
Three more trucks torched along the R574 road between Lydenburg and Sekhukhune in Limpopo
Three more trucks have been set-alight by unknown suspects along the R574 road between Lydenburg and Sekhukhune in Limpopo. This follows the torching of two more trucks on the N2 between Richards Bay and eMpangeni on the North Coast. Its alleged a group of armed men attacked the truck drivers and robbed them of their belongings while waiting on a queue along the stretch of the freeway. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Mahlatse Phaladi.
12/07/2023 • 3 minutes 46 seconds
KZN police investigate cases of armed robbery, malicious damage to property, attempted murder following the torching of more trucks
Police in KwaZulu-Natal are investigating a case of armed robbery, malicious damage to property and attempted murder following the torching of two more trucks on the N2 between Richards Bay and eMpangeni on the North Coast. Its alleged a group of armed men attacked the truck drivers and robbed them of their belongings while waiting on a queue along the stretch of the freeway, torching of six trucks at the weekend on the N3 at the Van Reenen's Pass. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to president of the Truckers Association Association of South Africa, Mary Phadi
12/07/2023 • 5 minutes 16 seconds
North Gauteng High Court places South African Post Office under business rescue
The South African Post Office has been placed in business rescue by the North Gauteng High Court. This is after it was placed in provisional liquidation in February due to its failure to pay rent and other liabilities. Meanwhile, the Acting Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Enoch Godongwana has welcomed the decision of the North Gauteng High Court and says this decision will give SAPO the much needed time and space to restructure its affairs. SAPO business rescue starts immediately. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Tiaan Herbst from the Southern African Advisory Company
12/07/2023 • 6 minutes 32 seconds
Situation remains tense at Tshwane University of Technology amid student protest
The situation in Tshwane University of Technology TUT is quite tense as students have embarked on a protest action, academic activities have been affected from campuses like Soshanguve, Pretoria west and Emalahleni. Student bodies say among their concerns is persistent delays to pay out monthly students allowances by NSFAS. They're calling on the ministry of Higher Education to swiftly intervene. SASCO on the other hand wants NSFAS to reinstate all payments for thousands of students who have been defunded for reasons not clearly explained to the beneficiaries. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to South African Students Congress (SASCO) President, Vezinhlanhla Simelane
10/07/2023 • 5 minutes 34 seconds
Johannesburg residents prepare for 58-hour restrictions
Johannesburg residents and surroundings are advised to stock up on water ahead of scheduled water cuts. Rand Water will implement a planned maintenance to tie-in two valves from tomorrow to Friday the 14th of July. The 58-hour project will be undertaken to replace multiple valves at the Vereeniging Water Treatment Plant, Eikenhof Booster Pumping Station and Zuikerbosch Water Treatment Plant. The last part of the project will be work on electrical boards at Lethabo Pumping Station. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to Rand Water Spokesperson, Makenosi Maroo
10/07/2023 • 2 minutes 54 seconds
Truck drivers accuse government of turning blind eye to their plight, in the name of economic sabotage
At least five trucks have been set alight in the early hours of the morning on the N4 near Waterval Boven in Mpumalanga. This follows the torching of six other trucks on the N3 in kwaZulu-Natal yesterday, in what has been described as a coordinated attack on the road freight sector. The motive for the attacks is not known but police are investigating. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to General Secretary of the All Truck Drivers Forum and Allied South Africa, Sifiso Nyathi
10/07/2023 • 6 minutes 4 seconds
22-year-old kidnap victim calls for charges to be dropped against abductor who kidnapped her after birth
While a 52-year-old woman awaits to be sentenced in the Ermelo magistrate's court after she abducted a new born baby 22 years ago, her now 22-year-old victim has called for all the charges against her to be dropped . The woman, who can not be named, was was found guilty of kidnapping after she abducted the newborn girl hours after she and her mom were discharged from the Emerlo Provincial hospital in 2001. Over two decades later, the 22-year-old was found by her biological brother on Facebook. Sebenzile Nkambule spoke to SABC reporter, Nsikelelo Nkuna.
10/07/2023 • 3 minutes 7 seconds
CAF president and businessman, Patrice Motsepe lauded for intervening in the impasse between Banyana Banyana and the South African Football Association
CAF president and businessman, Patrice Motsepe has been lauded for intervening in the impasse between Banyana Banyana and the South African Football Association (SAFA). This as Banyana Banyana prepare to leave for New Zealand and the FIFA Women's World Cup on Wednesday. Earlier in the week a stand-off ensued between Banyana Banyana and SAFA over contractual and financial issue. Speaking on behalf of the Motsepe Foundation, Dr Precious Moloi Motsepe emphansised the importance of supporting the women's team.
05/07/2023 • 8 minutes 2 seconds
ANC calls for harsh action to be taken against officers allegedly involved in N1 road rage incident
The African National Congress has called for harsh action to be taken against the police allegedly involved at the road rage. The organisastion says SAPS members were caught on camera assaulting a motorist and his passenger should be dealt with. The four of the eight PPU members have since been served with notices of suspension. ANC Secretary General, Fikile Mbalula has called for the immediate suspension of those involved and urged minister of Police and the IPID to quickly investigate the matter
05/07/2023 • 2 minutes 20 seconds
COSATU to lead National Day of Action on Thursday
Labour Federation, COSATU says its all systems go for its planned National Day of Action tomorrow. The protected strike action is aimed at raising concern over amongst other issues what workers have described as an attack on collective bargaining, the high cost of living, unemployment, the energy crisis and gender based violence. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to COSATU's parliamentary representative, Mathew Parks.
05/07/2023 • 7 minutes 28 seconds
U.N aid agencies concerned by Israel's military operation in Jenin Refugee camp in the occupied West Bank
U.N aid agencies say they're alarmed at the scale of Israel's military operation in Jenin Refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, which is continuing for a second day. The U.N. Security Council will meet behind closed-doors on Friday to discuss the Middle East, following Israel's biggest WestBank military operation in years. The raids left ten Palestinians dead and about 100 more injured, with 20 in critical condition, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to spokesperson for the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees, Juliette Touma.
05/07/2023 • 5 minutes 32 seconds
SCOPA calls for speedy re-opening of the Cape Town central railway line
Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) has called for finality in resolving the re-opening of the Cape Town central railway line. The railway line, between Nyanga and Cape Town, was closed for about three years after people built shacks along it, raising safety concerns for both the shack dwellers and commuters. The line is only partially operating between Nyanga and Maitland, as negotiations continue on the relocation of the shack dwellers. MPS together with Prasa officials embarked on a site visit to the railway line. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Zalene Merrington
05/07/2023 • 3 minutes 21 seconds
Inkatha Freedom Party saddened by gunning down of one its councilors in KZN
The Inkatha Freedom Party has expressed sadness and regret following the gunning down of yet another one of its councilors. Innocent Mkhwanazi was recently shot and killed on his way to St Lucia in Durban. His killing comes a few days after the African Cristian Democratic Party's city of Umhlathuze Councillor, Pastor John Myaka, who was also shot dead while on the pulpit at his church in Nseleni last week. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to IFP spokesperson, Mkhulekwa Hlengwa
04/07/2023 • 2 minutes 40 seconds
Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance calls for authorities to act against establishments that sell alcohol to minors
The Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance (SAAPA) is calling on the Eastern Cape government and Eastern Cape Liqour Board to close down taverns and other outlets that host alcohol parties for minors. This follows the death of a teenager after a pens down drinking party in East London. SAAPA says a total of 25 children have died in the province in the last 13 months in circumstances where alcohol use was involved. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Terri-Liza Fortein from the Southern African Alcohol Policy Alliance
04/07/2023 • 2 minutes 19 seconds
United Democratic Front set to celebrate 40th anniversity
The United Democratic Front is set to mark 40 years since its formation back in August the 20th 1983. The mass movement and anti-apartheid body was a collection of a united front of churches, civic associations, trade unions, student organisations and sports bodies. Some of the key figures behind this mass movement include Reverend Alan Boesak, the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Albertina Sisulu, Oscar Mpetha, and Helen Joseph. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to former UDF leader, Mkhuseli Jack.
04/07/2023 • 6 minutes 13 seconds
Investigation underway following alleged assault of civilians by Deputy President Paul Mashatile's security detail
Deputy President Paul Mashatile has condemned the brutal force of his Presidential Security detail that beat up people driving in a polo. Mashatile's spokesperson Vukani Mde says the Deputy President dislike any unnecessary use of force, particularly against unarmed civilians. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to National Police spokesperson, Colonel Athlenda Mathe
04/07/2023 • 6 minutes 7 seconds
D-Day for Johannesburg Mayor's commitments residents of Diepkloof
Today is D-Day for Johannesburg Mayor, Kabelo Gwamanda following his commitment to begin providing much needed services to the residents of Diepkloof hostels in Soweto. Disgruntled residents took to the streets last week barricading the N1, the N12 interchange and the Chris Hani Road with burning tyres, debris and stones. Media and Police vehicles were also attacked and a beer truck was looted. Residents have been protesting over a lack of services in the area which includes the provision of electricity and running water. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to SABC reporter, Horisani Sithole who is in Diepkloof...
03/07/2023 • 1 minute 51 seconds
Former president Thabo Mbeki pays homage to veteran struggle activist Sally Motlana
Former president Thabo Mbeki has paid homage to veteran struggle activist Sally Motlana, describing her as a true patriotic and pillar of strength for many during the fight for liberation. Mbeki was speaking during the funeral service of the late Motlana which is being held at the All Saints Anglican Church in Sandton, north of Johannesburg. Motlana died at the age of 96 last month and was instrumental in the South African Council of Churches' adoption of a public stand against apartheid. Mbeki says Motlana was not happy with the ANC at the time of her passing...
03/07/2023 • 3 minutes 11 seconds
Northern Cape MEC for Public Works visits Nama Khoi Municipality following deadly rains
Northern Cape MEC for Public Works & Roads MEC Fufe Makotong is today visiting the area to assess the state of the damaged roads infrastructure. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to SABC reporter, Karabo Siyoko
03/07/2023 • 2 minutes 52 seconds
Mop-up operations continue following deadly floods in the Nama khoi Municipality
Four bodies have now been recovered after five people went missing following the heavy rains and flooding in the Northern Cape, Namaqualand region, The search continues for the last person who is still missing. Heavy machinery has been deployed to excavate and clear some roads, five towns are completely cut-off and some households are running out of supplies. A helicopter has been deployed to deliver much needed relief aid to those towns that are affected. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Mayor of Nama khoi Municipality, Dr Gustav Bock.
03/07/2023 • 8 minutes 32 seconds
Illegal mining under the spotlight again after a group of suspected zama-zamas drown in a Limpopo river
Police in Atok outside Burgersfort, in Limpopo are continuing with investigations after a group of suspected illegal miners allegedly drowned in a local river. Police say a group of suspected zama-zamas were fleeing from authorities during a raid in the area on Sunday, when they jumped into the river and many of them never resurfaced. For a look at the current state of illegal mining, Bongiwe Zwane spoke to s Mining Expert from ActionAid South Africa, Sifiso Dladla
29/06/2023 • 4 minutes 3 seconds
Judicial Conduct Committee meets over complaints laid against some of the country's judges
The Judicial Conduct Committee is expected to meet in Johannesburg today to process some of the complaints laid against some of the country's judges. There has been an increasing number of judges who have been reported to the Judicial Service Commission for alleged misconducct, inmcluding Judge President John Hlophe, Judge Mushtak Parker, Judge Nana Makhubele. Two more judges, Tshifhiwa Maumela and Nomonde Mngqibisa are also facing possible suspension by the president for failing to deliver judgments on time. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Co-ordinator at Judges Mattter, Alison Tilley-
29/06/2023 • 4 minutes 21 seconds
Parliament's presiding officers meet with Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo over his comments
Chief Justice Raymond Zondo and Parliament's presiding officers Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and Amos Masondo are expected to meet today at Constitutional Hill in Johannesburg over the next two days. The aim of the meeting is to smooth relations between the judiciary and parliament. The meeting comes after statements made by Zondo last week. He said he has not seen the implementation of the State Capture Commission's recommendations by parliament. Mapisa-Nqakula and Masondo requested the meeting after the lawmakers took exception to Zondo's comments. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to SABC reporter, Busi Chimombe.
29/06/2023 • 2 minutes 59 seconds
Case against three accused in the Thabo Bester escape matter postponed
The case against three accused in the Thabo Bester escape matter has been postponed to the 3rd of July in the Bloemfontein Magistrates court for bail information. The trio appeared briefly in court. Bester escaped from Mangaung Correctional centre in May last year. SABC reporter, Kamogelo Seekoei caught up with the Free State NPA spokesperson Phaladi Shuping and asked him why the case was postponed
29/06/2023 • 4 minutes 33 seconds
"For many people the idea of finding jobs at this point, is a cruel illusion"- Institute for Economic Justice
panel of experts have agreed on a need to rethink approaches to tackling South Africa's stubbornly high unemployment. They further concurred about the disruptive nature of technology and the threat it poses to the labour market and therefore requires creativity in economic policy formulation. Some experts at the SA-TIED policy dialogue at the University of Pretoria, agitated for grant-based approaches to activate labour-market policies. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to senior policy specialist at Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ), Neil Coleman
29/06/2023 • 5 minutes 34 seconds
Employment dropped by 21 000 jobs in the formal non-agricultural sector in the first quarter of 202
Employment has dropped by 21-thousand in the formal non-agricultural sector in the first quarter of 2023. Stats SA has published its latest quarterly employment statistics bringing the level of employment to almost 10 million. The survey showed that 97-thousand jobs were lost between March 2022 and March 2023. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Director responsible for Quarterly Employment at Statistics South Africa, Mahlapane Masupye
28/06/2023 • 6 minutes 13 seconds
Situation calmer in Diepkloof, Soweto following violent protest
The situation remains relatively calm in and around Diepkloof hostel in Soweto with traffic flowing normally along the Chris Hani road, which passes adjacent to the hostel. Police are stationed strategically along the route following clashes between protestsing locals and authorities on Monday morning. Residents are demanding proper, flushing toilets and electricity at the hostel. They have expressed concern that they are forced to share a few communal taps, as the hostel's structure continues to crumble around them. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Deputy Director for Media Relations at the City of Johannesburg, Nthatisi Modingoane.
28/06/2023 • 4 minutes 16 seconds
Cholera outbreak claims 43 lives
The death toll from the Cholera outbreak has risen to 43, the national health department has confirmed. The departmental spokesperson Foster Mohale says Gauteng accounts for most of the deaths, with 35 people confirmed to have died from the water-borne disease. The country has recorded 1,045 suspected cases of cholera in 15 out of 52 districts across five provinces,197 of which were laboratory-confirmed. Gauteng accounts for most of the cases at 89% with 176 reported from three districts. Free State accounts for 6% with 11 of the cases, reported from one Fezile Dabi District, North West has recorded 5 cases, Limpopo four cases and one case in Mpumalanga. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Foster Mohale, the national spokesperson for health department
27/06/2023 • 4 minutes 14 seconds
Tensions flare in Diepkloof as protesters clash with police
Police have clashed with some protesting Diepkloof residents in Soweto after tensions flared up as protesters pelted police with stones. officers retaliated by firing rubber bullets after some community members attacked an Sabc news vehicle. no injurie were reported. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to SABCNews reporter, Prabashini Moodley
27/06/2023 • 4 minutes 23 seconds
COPE terminates the membership of its deputy president and one of its two MPs, Willie Madisha
The Congress of the People (Cope) has terminated the membership of its deputy president and one of its two MPs, Willie Madisha. Cope's secretary-general, Eric Mohlapamaswi, said the decision to axe Madisha and Mzwandile Nhleko, its secretary for elections, was taken at the party's national committee meeting on Sunday.He added the decision to remove Madisha and Nhleko was unanimous and taken in terms of article 25(3) (V) of the party's constitution. speculation is rife that COPE's national spokesperson Dennis Bloem could also be next on the chopping board as Bloem was served with the same letter served to Madisha and Hleko. However, he has asked for more time to Respond to the letter. He has also been asked not to respond to media queries on behalf of the party. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to COPE's secretary for elections, Mzwandile Hleko and Cope's secretary-general, Eric Mohlapamaswi.
27/06/2023 • 14 minutes 37 seconds
Lesotho says 31 alleged illegal Basotho miners died in unused Welkom mine in May
The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy says it is currently too risky to dispatch a search team to ventilation Shaft 5 at the Virginia mine in Welkom, following information that 31 alleged illegal Basotho miners died at the shaft. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Relations of the Kingdom of Lesotho has informed the South African Department of Mineral Resources and Energy that the incident took place on 18 May 2023 in a shaft that was last operational in the 1990s. Sakina Kamwendo spok to Director of Media Relations at the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, Enerst Mulibana.
23/06/2023 • 7 minutes 32 seconds
Parliament hits back at Chief Justice for remarks criticising parliament citing the undermining of separation of powers.
Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo has called for the establishment of a permanent Commission to investigate any possible State Capture. Zondo lamented Parliament over its lack of implementation of the recommendations of the State Capture report. He delivered the keynote address at the colloquium hosted by the Human Sciences Research Council in Pretoria on the future of South Africa's democracy after the State Capture Commission. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter in parliament, Lulama Matya.
23/06/2023 • 7 minutes 25 seconds
Higher Education Minister meets with Fort Hare stakeholders
Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande is currently meeting with University of Fort Hare stakeholders including the Vice Chancellor, the SRC, the executive management, as well as the institution's council following calls for him to address some of their grievances. The stakeholders have expressed concern over their exclusion from decision making in the university and have called for the appointment of an independent investigatitor into issues of academic fraud. Last week, Nzimande told parliament that his office was better placed to investigate the ongoing academic fraud allegations at the university. Sakina Kamwedo spoke to SABC Reporter, Sidima Mfeku
23/06/2023 • 3 minutes 49 seconds
Tshwane metro police department confirms investigation is underway after officers with criminal records were hired in 2020
The Tshwane metro police department in Gauteng is appealing to motorists to record the names and details of its officers during interactions with them, following a string of harassment incidents. Recently two officers were questioned in Diepsloot for working outside their jurisdiction in a private car. The city has come under the spotlight following allegations that it employed more than 200 officers with criminal records during the first phase of in-sourcing in 2020. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Tshwane metro police spokesperson, Senior Superintendent Isaac Mahamba.
22/06/2023 • 10 minutes
Minister in the Presidency lauds efforts made by African leaders in resolving ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict
Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has lauded efforts made by African leaders in resolving the ongoing conflict between Ukraine and Russia. She was addressing the media in Pretoria following the recent Cabinet meeting. Ntshavheni says despite the challenges of diplomatic protocols with the Polish government it should noted that the African Peace Mission which took place last week was a first of its kind...
22/06/2023 • 2 minutes 25 seconds
National Council of Provinces passes Eskom Debt Relief Bill
The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) has passed the Eskom Debt Relief Bill. This marks another step towards it becoming law. The Eskom Debt Relief Bill was originally introduced to the National Assembly in February this year; following public participation and multiple briefings throughout April, it made its way to the NCOP for the first time in May. EFF's Moletsane Moletsane rejected the bill and ANC's Zolani Mkiva welcomed Eskom's Debt Relief Bill. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC Parliament reporter, Joseph Mosia
21/06/2023 • 6 minutes 49 seconds
Eskom board member refutes claims that board forced former CEO Andre de Ruyter to cut short his notice period
Eskom board member Dr Claudette von Eck has told the Parliament Standing Committee on Public Accounts that it is untrue that the board forced former CEO Andre de Ruyter to cut short his notice period after he spilled the beans on corruption but that he chose to leave when called to explain the utterances. This as Eskom 's Acting CEO Calib Cassim and members of the Eskom board are visited by Scopa as it has been visiting this morning to Eskom's headquarters Megawatt Park conducting a second leg of its oversight visit, as they started yesterday by visiting Tutuka power station in Mpumalanga, They continue today with their Gauteng oversight and hearings into former CEO Andre de Ruyter's graft allegations at the power utility. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter Katlego Legodi
21/06/2023 • 5 minutes 15 seconds
Calm restored in Diepsloot following violent protests
Motorists travelling along the N14 between Pretoria and Krugersdorp have been urged to exercise caution as protesting residents in Diepsloot have threatened to close down the highway. Residents took to the streets to voice out their concerns on various issues which include crime caused allegedly by poor police visibility. Residents also allege that undocumented foreign national are behind the vast majority of crime related incidents in the area. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter Sashin Naidoo.
21/06/2023 • 3 minutes 39 seconds
ANC has until the end of business today to hand over its complete cadre deployment committee records to DA
The ANC has until the end of business today to hand over its complete cadre deployment committee records to the Democratic Alliance. This follows last week's judgment in the Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg dismissing the ANC's bid to appeal an earlier ruling ordering it to hand over its records. The court found that there is no reasonable prospect of success in an appeal of the judgment ordering it to hand over its records within five days. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Canny Maphanga.
21/06/2023 • 7 minutes 3 seconds
NPO, Action Society gears up to assist GBV victims, families who feel that they have been failed by criminal justice system
Action Society is coming up with a new approach to hold police responsible for the loss of life or any harm encountered by Gender-Based Violence victims. It argued there's always a recourse to sue as the victim had a restraining order against the perpetrator at the time of the tragedy, tSakina Kamwendo spoke to Action Society's Ian Cameroon
20/06/2023 • 5 minutes 55 seconds
National Council of Province hearing presentation on National Health Insurance Bill
The National Council of Province's committee on Health is today being briefed by officials from the Department of Health on the National Health Insurance Bill. The bill was been passed by the National Assembly last week with the aim to provide universal healthcare to all South Africans, at both public or private health facilities. The NCOP will finish off its second term with oral question and answers from the Economics cluster, before joining members of Parliament from the National Assembly, to do work among their constituents. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Zalene Merrington.
20/06/2023 • 4 minutes 33 seconds
Eleventh South Africa AIDS conference gets underway in Durban
The much-anticipated start to the 11th South Africa AIDS conference that is set to take place at the Durban ICC has been marred with protests from various organisations which have gathered under the campaign, Love Picketing. Hundred from these health-based organisations are making their way through the streets of the Durban CBD with the intention to raise concerns over the quality of the country's health-care system together with raising concerns about the scourge of HIV/AIDS and teen pregnancy. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Executive Manager for Stakeholder Relations and Campaigns at the South African National Aids Council, Reverend Zwo Nevhutalu.
20/06/2023 • 4 minutes 49 seconds
Case against man accused of murdering his 70-year-old mother postponed by the Brits Magistrates Court
The case against a North West man who is charged with murdering his 70-year-old mother has been postponed to the 27th of June 2023 this comes as he made his second appearance at the Brits Magistrates Court earlier on Tuesday morning, The alleged drug dealer murdered his mother by slitting her throat while sleeping last week. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Phanuel Shuma.
20/06/2023 • 5 minutes 41 seconds
Plane carrying SA journalists and security personnel back home
The plane carrying journalists and security personnel that was supposed to accompany President Cyril Ramaphosa to Ukraine and Russia but was grounded in Warsaw, Poland has flown back home. Polish authorities refused over 120 South African presidential security guards and journalists permission to disembark from an aircraft for 26 hours. Reasons that Polish authorities gave for the decision include permits which were not in order and they were not informed about some of the people on board. South African Institute of International Affairs Senior Researcher, Gustavo de Carvalho says it is important to bare in mind which stage of the conflict is currently unfolding.
19/06/2023 • 6 minutes 44 seconds
City of Tshwane residents march to Marabastad in protest against undocumented foreign nationals
Tensions are brewing in the City of Tshwane as local residents clash with alleged illegal immigrants living in the area of Marabastad. Residents have threatened to embark on a week-long mass protest saying they have had enough of illegal immigrants operating businesses in their communities and dominating the local economy. Business owners in Marabastad have however vowed to fight back calling on immigration officials and the police to enforce the law. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to community activist and leader in Marabastad, Ellias Nakgwadi.
19/06/2023 • 13 minutes 21 seconds
R58 million in Cape Town projects halted due to threats from extortionists
The City of Cape Town has expressed concern over the delays in some of its multi-million-rand infrastructure projects due to threats from extortionists demanding to have a piece of the construction pie. Projects in areas such as Khayelitsha, Delft and Brooklyn have seen contractors threatened and equipment stolen by the so-called construction mafia. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to City of Cape Town's Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Rob Quintas.
19/06/2023 • 6 minutes 45 seconds
" Most of the adult perpetrators who impregnate underage girls, are known to communities but nothing is done to hold them to account" - Love Life CEO
The Northern Cape department of education has revealed that an average of 900 learners aged between 10 and 19 years old, fall pregnant each quarter. Majority of the pregnancies happen in the rural district of John Taolo Gaetsewe in Kuruman. The department says this is a concern as it affects learning and teaching. Meanwhile, the World Health Organisations says South Africa has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy globally, with nearly one in four girls falling pregnant before turning 20 years old. Local data by Statistics South Africa shows that over 90-thousand girls aged ten to 19 years gave birth from March 2021 to April 2022 in all nine provinces. The report further revealed that of the almost 34-thousand teenage pregnancies during 2020, 660 of those were girls under the age of 13 years. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to CEO of LoveLife, Patrick Kulati.
19/06/2023 • 6 minutes 52 seconds
Residents fear that their houses may be given away amid Inanda housing project delay
A housing project in Inanda, eThekwini, which started in 2019, to the tune of R83 million has to date produced only one RDP house. According online publication Groundup the municipality blames bureaucratic delays, the Covid-19 pandemic, the July 2021 unrest, and the KZN floods for the delays in the unfinished housing project called The Namibia Stop 8 Housing Project. eThekwini Municipality spokesperson, Lindiwe Khuzwayo says the municipality would need about R43-million to complete the project. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Ground up reporter Tsoanelo Sefolo
15/06/2023 • 2 minutes 50 seconds
Eskom clamps down on illegal connections in parts of Johannesburg
Power Utility, Eskom is clamping down on illegal connections in and around the city of Johannesburg. The utility is descending on on areas in the north of the city to conduct network audits and to remove illegal connections where communities have built shelters under the Eskom 88kV power lines. Sakina Spoke to SABC reporter, Horisane Sithole.
15/06/2023 • 4 minutes 35 seconds
"Honest conversation needed on Hawks not being independent of the police system"- Open Secrets
The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation,Godfrey Lebeya, is outlining and taking stock of the milestones achieved by the unit during the 4th quarter. The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation is responsible for the combating, investigation and prevention of national priority crimes such as serious organized crime, serious commercial crime and serious corruption. He has been reading out some of the cases and their conclusions. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Senior Investigator at Open Secrets , Ra'eesa Pather
15/06/2023 • 5 minutes 19 seconds
eThekwini Municipality confirms it has spent just under R100 million of R150 million budgeted for Inanda housing project, with one house built so far
A housing project in Inanda, eThekwini, which started in 2019, to the tune of R83 million has to date produced only one RDP house. According online publication Groundup the municipality blames bureaucratic delays, the Covid-19 pandemic, the July 2021 unrest, and the KZN floods for the delays in the unfinished housing project called The Namibia Stop 8 Housing Project. eThekwini Municipality spokesperson, Lindiwe Khuzwayo says the municipality would need about R43-million to complete the project. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to spokesperson for eThekwini Municipality, Lindiwe Khuzwayo.
15/06/2023 • 8 minutes 31 seconds
Denel executive briefs SCOPA following last week's no show
State-owned arms manufacturer, Denel is appearing before parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts today on a number of issues including the entity's liquidity status as well as investigations that have been conducted by the Special Investigating Unit. The board failed to appear before SCOPA last week forcing the meeting rescheduled to be postponed to today. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC Parliamentary reporter, Lulama Matya.
14/06/2023 • 4 minutes 37 seconds
Mixed reactions to the passing of the National Health Insurance Bill by the National Assembl
There have been mixed reactions to the passing of the National Health Insurance Bill by the National Assembly. The Department of Health says it welcomes this while other stakeholders say there has to be drastic improvements in the health system first for the the NHI to work. Meanwhile, Solidarity says it is ready to challenge governemnt in court if it goes ahead with its NHI plans. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Head of Research at Solidarity, Connie Mulder and Founder and Director of the Health Justice Initiative, Fatima Hassan.
14/06/2023 • 15 minutes 10 seconds
Good Party Chief Whip, Brett Herron says says if the failed extradition of Rajesh and Atul Gupta is a result of sloppy legal preparations, action must be taken
Good Party Chief Whip, Brett Herron, says if the failed extradition of Rajesh and Atul Gupta is the result of sloppy legal preparations, action must be taken against those responsible. Herron was opening the debate in the National Assembly on government's failure to successfully extradite Rajesh and Atul Gupta from the United Arab Emirates. The brothers were to face corruption charges for their alleged role in state capture in South Africa. Mercedes Besent tells us more.
14/06/2023 • 4 minutes 20 seconds
"Tina Joemat-Pettersson solicited a bride of R600 000 for herself, Richard Dyantyi and Pemmy Majodina"- Suspended public protector
Suspended public protector, advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is currently briefing the media on the allegations of bribery by some members of the section 194 inquiry looking into her fitness to hold office.it has been alleged that the late former minister, Tina Joemat-Pettersson acted as an intermediary in a plot to extort money from Mkhwebane's husband, David Skosana, in order to have her parliamentary inquiry halted. Her fellow ANC MPs, Pemmy Majodina and Qubudile Dyantyi, who chairs the Section 194 Inquiry on Mkhwebane's fitness to hold office, were also allegedly involved in the scheme .A criminal case has since been laid with the police by Skosana. Lets now take you live to the media briefing.
13/06/2023 • 12 minutes 25 seconds
Department of Employment and Labour embarks on Employment Equity roadshow
The Department of Employment and Labour will be embarking on an Employment Equity (EE) Workshop with all trade union federations following a call for all workplaces to review their Employment Equity Plans. The Department says the purpose of the workshop is to familiarise all trade union federations on their roles and responsibilities as members of the Employment Equity consultative forums; and to capacitate them in the implementation of the Employment Equity plans in the workplace to align with Employment Equity amendments. The Employment Equity Amendment Bill of 2020 has been met with mixed emotions, with some members of the coloured community in Johannesburg expressing concern over what they call government's neglect of unemployment in their communities. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Chief Director of Labour Relations at the Department of Employment and Labour, Thembinkosi Mkhaliphi...
13/06/2023 • 7 minutes 28 seconds
Bloemfontein Magistrate's court postpones case against 9th accused in Thabo Bester prison break
A 31-year old Zimbabwean national is currently appearing before the Bloemfontein Magistrate's court in connection with the dramatic prison escape of murderer, Thabo Bester. He is the ninth suspect in the matter and is facing a charge of assisting an inmate to escape from lawful custody. It is alleged that he and 8 others helped Bester escape from Mangaung Correctional Centre last May. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Aphumelele Mdlalane..
13/06/2023 • 3 minutes 31 seconds
SCOPA to receive update of investigation reports submitted by Special Investigating Unit to Presidency
The Standing Committee on Public Accounts will receive an update from the Presidency on the investigation reports submitted by the Special Investigating Unit. In attendance is the Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni a delegation from the Presidency and a delegation from the Special Investigation Unit in the form of Advocate Andy Mothibi. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Parliament reporter, Lulama Matya.
13/06/2023 • 8 minutes 7 seconds
Legal ombudsman of SA says his office must protect and promote the public interest
Retired Judge Siraj Desai, the legal ombudsman of South Africa says the ombuds office has to protect and promote the public interest in the rendering of legal services as contemplated in the legal practice act . He was addressing the media on the status of his office and the very recent promulgation of the sections of the Legal Practice Act which deals with the appeals processes. The media briefing is also aimed at facilitating an open dialogue and provide the public with a comprehensive understanding of the censure against Judge Desai. Judge Desai was recently censured by the Judicial Conduct Committee following a complaint lodged by the SA Zionist Federation. This relates to Desai's outspoken support for Palestine and his criticism of Israel's alleged human rights violations. Here is a short clip of Judge Siraj Desai
13/06/2023 • 4 minutes 8 seconds
"We have wasted way too much time on things not relevant to Meyiwa trial" - Advocate Gerrie Nel
The Senzo Meyiwa murder trial has been postponed to the 17th of July in the High Court in Pretoria. This is due to presiding Judge Tshifiwa Maumela not being well. The trial was set to resume today until Thursday, with state witness Zandile Khumalo expected back on the stand. Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba made the announcement and also indicated that arrangements will be made to ensure the trial continues ... Deputy Judge President Aubrey Ledwaba delivered the judgement and Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Head of Afriforum private prosecution, Advocate Gerrie Nel
12/06/2023 • 3 minutes 53 seconds
"Last straw was Ramaphosa signing Employment Equity Amendment Act into law" - Protesters accuse governement of neglecting unemployment in coloured communities
The entrance to the Helen Joseph hospital in Johannesburg has been blocked by protesters. Motorists have been urged to avoid Perth road as it is also affecting traffic in Westdene and Wesbury. Residents are protesting over service delivery in the area. They have also raised concerns that coloured people are neglected by business and governemnt when it comes to employment opportunities. SABC's Aldrian Sampear spoke to Bishop Dalton Adams, who is leading the community protest
12/06/2023 • 2 minutes 55 seconds
Electricity Minister announces that Mozambique has availed 100 megawatts of power to South Africa
Electricity Minister, Kgosientsho Ramokgopa has told SABC News that neighbouring Mozambique will immediately avail 100 megawatts of power to help address South Africa's electricity crisis. Speaking to SABC reporter, Liabo Setho on the sidelines of an official visit by Mozambique's Mineral Resources and Energy, Carlos Zacarias, Ramokgopa says more will be done to ensure cooperation between the two countries in addressing energy challenges.
12/06/2023 • 4 minutes 22 seconds
Zebediela Bricks company owner disappears with ober R100 million in workers' pension money and outstanding salaries
Over 100 million Rand of pension money and outstanding salaries due to workers have allegedly vanished at Zebediela Bricks company, outside Lebowakgomo in Limpopo. This is according to workers, who have not received salaries for months. Five hundred current and former workers allege that the company owner disappeared with the money, after the company was liquidated in January this year. The company was placed in final liquidation through a Gauteng High Court order. Mahlatse Phaladi reports...
08/06/2023 • 2 minutes 8 seconds
Organisation takes legal action against government on behalf of all patients affected by Cholera outbreak in parts of SA
The Active African Christians United Movement is taking legal action against government for all the people affected by cholera in Hammanskraal, this includes bereaved families.Over twenty people have died since the outbreak. Advocate Moafrika Wa Maila from Active Christians United Movement, earlier spoke to our repoter Molemo Waone Motheo about their class action law suit againt the government.
08/06/2023 • 2 minutes 37 seconds
President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives visits Hamanskraal, north of Pretoria, on a fact finding mission
President Cyril Ramaphosa is visiting Hamanskraal following the cholera oubreak. He is accompanied by government officials including Minister of water and sanitation Senzo Mchunu, minister of Health Joe Phaahla and Premier of Gauteng Panyaza Lesufi. The outbreak of Cholera in the community of Hammanskraal has caused devastation and government is instituting mitigating measures to contain the spread of Cholera. President began by stopping over at the Rooiwal Wastewater Treatment plant and will lead a delegation of government leaders to a community meeting in Hammanskraal. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter Busi Shimombe joins us on the line
08/06/2023 • 5 minutes
"Decision to exempt Eskom from parts of the PMFA was undermining existing treausury regulations" - Political Analyst, Sandile Swana
The Minister of Finance has determined that Eskom will not be granted a partial exemption from section 55(2)(b)(i) of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA) requiring it to disclose irregular, fruitless and wasteful expenditure and material losses from criminal conduct in its annual financial statements. This is after government reversed the initial decision in April this year, that granted Eskom partial exemption following a public outcry. All government institutions are required by law to report irregular as well as fruitless and wasteful expenditure in their annual report and annual financial statements. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to political analyst, Sandile Swana
The Special Investigating Unit has confirmed to parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts that the agency has obtained the more than 1000-page-long so-called intelligence report which allegedly implicates high-ranking politicians in alleged criminal cartels operating at Eskom. During his presentation earlier today, Head of the Special Investigating Unit , Advocate Lekgoa Mothibi told SCOPA that the unit is currently going through the report and would take the appropriate action in due course.
07/06/2023 • 4 minutes 11 seconds
Mpumalanga police to exhume body of child allegedly killed and buried in shallow grave by mother and stepfather
Two suspects have been arrested in Msogwaba near Mbombela after a minor was allegedly raped by her step father. The victim's step father as well as her biological mother who reportedly assisted the perpetrator commit this crime were arrested in their home. Police were made aware of the incident after the victim escaped from her home for safety and disclosed her ordeal to a community member. Today the suspects are appearing before Kabhokweni Magistrates Court near White River. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter Motsebi Monareng
07/06/2023 • 4 minutes 57 seconds
IMF raises red flag on SA's economic growth prospects
The International Monetary Fund has raised the red flag on the country's economic growth prospects despite Stats SA's announcement of a marginal economic growth of 0.4 percent in the first quarter . The IMF warns the country faces mounting and social challenges as government's finances are likely to get worse in the medium term due to ongoing challenges at Eskom, lower tax revenue and higher borrowing costs amongst many other issues. IMF representative in South Africa, Max Alier now joins us on the line for further details...
07/06/2023 • 10 minutes 32 seconds
Twelve University of Fort Hare students arrested for allegedly torching and damaging university property
Twelve University of Fort Hare students have been arrested for allegedly torching and damaging university property. The University launched an investigation after a sports centre was set alight last night at Alice campus. It is alleged that the incident was triggered by some of the students" dissatisfaction over what they said was a congested exam time table. Meanwhile, the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape has confirmed that mid-year exams scheduled for this afternoon will continue as planned despite the fire incident at one of its exam venues at Alice campus. University spokesperson JP Roodt tells our colleague Sidima Mfeku that student bodies were consulted ahead of the exams.
05/06/2023 • 3 minutes 45 seconds
Two learners killed and several others injured in Limpopo crach
Two learners killed and several others injured when a bus transporting learners veered off the road and hit a disused building out east of Polokwane in Limpopo. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC Reporter, Koketšo Motau!
05/06/2023 • 3 minutes 41 seconds
Free State High Court Judge, Phillip Loubster dismisses Dr Nandipha Magudumana application with costs
Dr Nandipha Magudumana has lost her bid to have the court declare her arrest in Tanzania illegal. Free State High Court Judge, Phillip Loubster dismissed the application with costs. In his judgement he stated that Magudumana was clearly aware of the charges she would face, during the handover process between the Tanzania government and South Africa, upon her arrival in the country. The judge has also made it clear that if Dr Nandipha Magudumana has a problem with the decison by Tanzanian officials to deport her , she must take it up with Tanzania and the Free State High Court has no jurisdiction to decide on such issues. Here is Free State High Court Judge, Phillip Loubster reading the judgement
05/06/2023 • 6 minutes 20 seconds
No need for panic, Health Department says, amid concern over rise in flu cases
The National Department of Health is concerned about the rise of flu cases across the country since the beginning of May. The department was notified by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) of the increasing circulation of influenza around the country.Provinces such as Kwazulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and North West have seen an increase in case. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to spokesperson for the National department of health, Foster Mohale.
05/06/2023 • 4 minutes 20 seconds
Home Affairs Minister welcomes Free State High Court decision to Dr Nandipha Magudumana's urgent application dismiss
Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, has welcomed the Free State High Court's judgement, dismissing Dr Nandipha Magudumana's urgent application with costs. Magudumana wanted the court to declare her arrest, in Tanzania, illegal. She is among the seven people arrested for aiding and abetting murder and rape convict, Thabo Bester, to escape from prison. Motsoaledi says Magudumana's release would have been an injustice.
05/06/2023 • 5 minutes 5 seconds
Renowned broadcaster, Eusebius McKaiser hailed as a hero following his sudden death
Family, friends and associates of the late columnist and analyst, Eusebius McKaiser, say they are deeply saddened and shocked at his sudden passing. In the small town of Makhanda in the Eastern Cape, where McKaiser spent his formative years, he is hailed as a hero because he championed the rights of underprivileged girls through his campaigns for free access to sanitary towels. Anda Nqonji has more.
01/06/2023 • 2 minutes 27 seconds
Over 300 march to Union Buildings in protest against undocumented foreign nationals
Over 35 organisations are expected to converge at the Union Buildings, to protest against undocumented and illegal foreign nationals. The organisations are saying that South Africa is facing a myriad of challenges such as crime and many social ills, and that foreign nationals are worsening the situation. Tshwane Metro Police have warned that several roads leading to the country's Capital may be affected. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, sashin Naidoo...
01/06/2023 • 2 minutes 20 seconds
Scholar transport drivers gather outside court in support of driver in tragic crash
A group of scholar transport drivers gathered outside the Mitcell's Plain Magistrate's Court, on the Cape Flats, have apologised for the tragic crash that resulted in the deaths of five primary schools children.The children were flung from a Bakkie in which they were being transported to school. It's alleged the driver lost control of the vehicle, after which it overturned. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Mlamli Maneli
01/06/2023 • 5 minutes 23 seconds
All eyes on former ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule following guilty finding by party National Disciplinary Committee
All eyes will be on former ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule for the next couple of days following his guilty verdict by the party's National Disciplinary Committee. His successor, Fikile Mbalula announced on Wednesday that Magashule was found guilty of misconduct and faces possible expulsion. He has been given seven days to explains why the party should not do so. Magashule was charged of unilaterally suspending party president, Cyril Ramaphosa and subsequently refused to apologised to him and structures of the party. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Samkele Maseko.
01/06/2023 • 5 minutes 42 seconds
Magashule given 7 days to motivate why ANC should not expel him
Former African National Congress Secretary General, Ace Magashule has been found guilty of misconduct by the party's National Disciplinary Committee after he failed to apologise to party president Cyril Ramaphosa and the party's structures, for unilaterally suspending Ramaphosa in 2021. In announcing the committee's decision, the ANC's current Secretary General, Fikile Mbalula said Magashule has 7 days to justify why he should not be expelled from the party....
31/05/2023 • 1 minute 33 seconds
"Lack of adequate skills in local municipalities continues to negatively hamper municipal financial"- Auditor-General
The Auditor-General, Tsakani Maluleke says a lack of adequate skills within local municipalities continues to negatively hamper the financial standing of such institutions. Maluleke is currently engaging with members of the Standing Committee on the Auditor General in parliament on Local Government Outcomes. Poor financial planning and inadequate financial controls have been identified as the leading causes of the bad financial state on many municipalities across the country. Maluleke explains...
31/05/2023 • 5 minutes
"No new Cholera cases in the past seven days" - Health Minister, Joe Phaahla
Health Minister Joe Phaahla says laboratory-confirmed cholera cases are spread over three provinces, Limpopo, the Free State and Gauteng, with Gauteng being the epicentre of the outbreak. Phaahla together with officials from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) provided an update on the country's outbreak, which started in February. Phaahla says there's been no new cases in the past seven days...
31/05/2023 • 15 minutes 59 seconds
SABC briefs SCOPA on the broadcaster's annual report
The SABC is currently appearing before the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) to presents its annual report and financial statements for the financial year 2021/22. The committee is hearing the progress made by the SABC on investigations, issues of irregular expenditure and financial accountability. Member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Bheki Hadebe, says for the past 5 years the organisation has been failing to deal with the issue of irregular expenditure. He asked what progress has been made and is the organistaion satisfied that in the next financial year it will be able to disclose all instances of irregular expenditures. The SABC's Chief Financial Officer, Yolande van Biljon has been answering questions from members of SCOPA
31/05/2023 • 2 minutes 31 seconds
Police commissioner, Police Minister tell Parliament that they see a light at end of the tunnel in some areas in the fight against crime
Contact crimes against women in the fourth quarter saw an increase. The figures show that attempted murder is at 21.5 % , murder at 7,9 % and assault with the intent to inflict grevious bodily harm stands at 0,7 %. Police Minister Bheki Cele earlier briefed the Portfolio Committee on Police in Parliament on the 4th quarter crime statistics. Minister Cele addressed the media on the overall crime stats and measures taken by the police Ministry to combat crime. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC parliamentary correspondent, Zalene Merrington.
30/05/2023 • 9 minutes 15 seconds
Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy to receive update on shale gas exploration
Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy is expected to receive an update from the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy on the latest shale gas developments. The possible extraction of gas from the Karoo could be a game changer in so far as the country's energy crisis is concerned. Large reserves of shale gas have been identified in the Karoo basin, which alone could provide up to 4% of additional electricity requirements with no need for pipelines. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Chief Executive Officer of the South African upstream oil and gas regulatory authority, Petroleum Agency South Africa (PASA), Dr. Phindile Masangane
30/05/2023 • 9 minutes 41 seconds
Outrage as 17-year-old learner raped and murdered on her way home from Education Department's compulsory extra lessons
The Gauteng Department of Education says it will look into providing scholar transport to learners attending its compulsory extra lessons. This comes after 17-year-old Grade 12 learner, Palesa Malatji was brutally raped and murdered as she made her way home following an extra lesson. The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) has called for the department to deploy school patrollers to keep learners safe. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Gauteng Education MEC, Matome Chiloane
30/05/2023 • 8 minutes 5 seconds
Eleven unidentified North West graves exhumed as family searches for missing relative
A North West family is one step closer to finding closure as the provincial Department of Health has begun exhuming eleven the graves of unidentified persons at the Boikhutso Township Cemetery near Lichtenburg. The family hopes that one of the remains in the graves will be that of their loved one, a male patient who went missing at the Thusong Hospital a number of years ago and was allegedly later found burned beyond recognition. Initial DNA tests were done were done on the burnt body but the results were inconclusive, following which, the body was buried with ten other unidentified people at the cemetery. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Sentleeng Lehihi.
25/05/2023 • 4 minutes 55 seconds
Law expert says Hammanskraal may have a case if they choose to file Cholera class action suit
The EFF in Tshwane has gathered outside the Themba Police Station in Hammanskraal ahead of opening criminals cases against the City of Tshwane. The party says this is in response to the 17 deaths of people as a result of the Cholera outbreak. A further 34 people are still being treated for Cholera symptoms at the Jubilee District Hospital. Yesterday, the EFF dared Tshwane mayor Cilliers Brink together with Tshwane speaker Mncedi Ndwanana to drink water apparently taken from the taps in Hammanskraal. EFF chairperson in Tshwane, Sakina Kamwendo spoke to professor of Law and the Executive Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law at the University of Limpopo, Professor Omphemetse Sibanda.
25/05/2023 • 8 minutes 44 seconds
Makhura tell Life Esidemi Inquest that he was livid after Mahlangu, officials gave him details of the first 36 deaths
Former Gauteng Premier, David Makhura has told the Life Esidimeni Inquest that he was furious when he learned of the deaths of the first 36 patients to die after being removed from the health department's care. Makhura earlier refuted allegations that the Premier's budget committee took a decision to terminate the Life Esidimeni contact, a move that resulted in the deaths of 144 mental health patients. Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu earlier testified that the decision to terminate the contract was made by Makhura's budget committee. Makhura says he called Mahlunga into a meeting as soon as he heard the news of the initial deaths...
24/05/2023 • 5 minutes 17 seconds
SCOPA to call presidency, Auditor General, among role-players to give evidence on ongoing Eskom challenges
Parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts has resolved to call on presidency including the Auditor General to account before it for the ongoing challenges at the Power Utility, Eskom. Committee chairperson Mkhuleko Hlengwa says the former Eskom CEO, Andre De Ruyter will also need to come back to the committee for further clarity on some of the issues. This as the committee continues with its work to get to the bottom of the allegations made by De Ruyter of wide-spread corruption, fraud, sabotage and criminals cartels operating as the power utility. Hlengwa explains
24/05/2023 • 3 minutes 1 second
ANC weighs in on Hammanskraal Cholera outbreak following 17 deaths
The ANC has weighed in on the humanitarian crises plaguing Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria. This as the number of people that have died due to a Cholera outbreak has now risen to seventeen. Party national spokesperson, Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri says both the ANC and the current administration of the Tshwane metro under the DA-led coalition should account for the current crisis of the lack of clean water in the area. The Tshwane has still yet to trace the Cholera outbreak as it continues to provide water tanks and conducts further tracing tests. ANC national spokesperson, Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri...
24/05/2023 • 2 minutes 50 seconds
Human Rights Commission gravely concerned by Hammanskraal outbreak
The South African Human Rights Commission has also visited Hammanskraal noting with grave concern the Cholera outbreak. This as the number of people that have died due to a Cholera outbreak has now risen to seventeen. Party national spokesperson, Mahlengi Bhengu-Motsiri says both the ANC and the current administration of the Tshwane metro under the DA-led coalition should account for the current crisis of the lack of clean water in the area. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the South African Human Rights Commission's acting Provincial Manager, Zama Mbeki.
24/05/2023 • 13 minutes 40 seconds
Former Gauteng Finance MEC, Barbara Creecy kicks off testimony at Esidimeni Inquest
The cross examination of former Gauteng Finance MEC, Barbara Creecy is currently underway at the Pretoria High Court. Creecy, who is now the current Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister was ordered to appear before the Life Esidimeni Inquest as she was implicated by former health MEC Qedani Mahlangu. Mahlangu had testified that Creecy, was part of a collective under the former Gauteng Premier, David Makhura's Budget Committee meeting, which had decided to relocate over three-thousand mentally-ill patients in order to cut costs. 144 people lost their lives in this exercise which took place back in 2016. Here is a snippet of how Mahlangu's counsel, Laurance Hodes engaged Creecy during her cross examination...
23/05/2023 • 5 minutes 53 seconds
Outrage as video surfaces of group of people seemingly burning the Christian Bible
The South African Council of Churches in the O R Tambo region have raised concerns and warn members of African religion to refrain from instigating violence between followers of christianity and African religion. This comes after a circulating videos on the social media where alleged members of the African religion are burning the Holy Bible , referring to it as a devil's book. SACC believes that every religion should preach peace, unity and avoid any form of instigation as it may cause instability within communities. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to provincial president of SACC Eastern Cape, Lulama Ntshingwa.
23/05/2023 • 4 minutes 26 seconds
Commission for Cultural, Religious and Linguistic rights concerned by dominance of use of English language in government department
A report by the Commission For The Promotion And Protection Of The Rights Of Cultural, Religious And Linguistic Communities has found that while most government departments have adopted two or three official languages as per the language act, English is still predominantly used. The dominance of the English language has come at the expense of other official languages. The report also found that the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Recreation; and the Department of Basic Education are the only two departments that have Monitoring and Reporting Systems on Use of Official Language. The commission recently randomly picked and invited 16 organs of state to share with it what they are doing to promote and equitable use of all official languages. Bongiwe Zwane spoke to Commission Chairperson, Professor Luka David Msoma
23/05/2023 • 5 minutes 58 seconds
South African health experts concerned by several outbreaks around the world
South African health experts say cholera is a global concern and there have been several outbreaks in various regions of the world since 2021. Anelisa Cele from Port & Environmental Health says they are keeping an eye on people travelling into the country to flag anyone who may be showing cholera symptoms.
23/05/2023 • 3 minutes 9 seconds
Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan tells SCOPA that total collapse of the grid is "unlikely"
Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan has not minced his words when describing the conduct of former CEO, Andre De Ruyter while the former was head of the Power Utility. Minister Gordhan is appearing before parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts, following damning allegation by De Ruyter about some of the challenges plaguing Eskom. Gordhan has described De Ruyter's assertions as nothing new adding that De Ruyter's showed poor accountability and what he describes as narcissistic behaviour...
17/05/2023 • 8 minutes 51 seconds
Arguments continue in Meyiwa trial as witness insists that her testimony not be broadcast live
Media lawyer Dan Rosengarten says if the witness feared for her life, her application would make sense , but there is zero evidence to suggest this. This follows an application by the witness on Monday, objecting to the live broadcast of her testimony in the Senzo Meyiwa murder trial . Meanwhile , the prosecutor, Advocate George Baloyi, says the new witness must be given a choice whether or not she wants her testimony to be broadcast live or not. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC Horisani Sithole.
17/05/2023 • 3 minutes 53 seconds
Ramaphosa argues that private prosecution against him will result in his office suffering undue interference
The lawyers representing President Cyril Ramaphosa in his challenge of the private prosecution against him by former President Jacob Zuma have argued that his office will suffer undue interference should he be hauled before a criminal court. Ramaphosa is asking the full bench in the Johannesburg High Court to declare the summons issued by Zuma as unlawful, unconstitutional and invalid. Zuma is accusing his successor of being an alleged accomplice in the alleged leak of his health records by state prosecutor, Advocate Billy Downer. Advocate Ngwako Maenetjie says the legal bid by the former head of state will have an impact on the confidence entrusted to the office of the President...
17/05/2023 • 6 minutes 2 seconds
Two more Msunduzi Location attack victims succumb to injuries as police launch a manhunt
Two victims have succumbed to their injuries after they initially survived an attack where 15 people were set alight inside a house in Msunduzi Location in Pietermaritzburg. This brings the death toll in this gruesome attack to ten people. Its alleged seven suspects armed with rifles entered the house on Sunday enquiring about the owner of the house. Upon not finding the owner, they told the occupants to undress before pouring a liquid over them and setting them alight. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Khalesakhe Mbense.
16/05/2023 • 3 minutes 50 seconds
Authorities in Lesotho declare indefinite nationwide curfew from 22:00 to 04:00 amid a rise in violent crime
Authorities in Lesotho have declared an indefinite nationwide curfew which begins from 10pm in the evening to 4am in the early morning. This is in response to increasing crime rates in the country and follows the fatal shooting of a popular radio presenter and journalist. Local residents opposed to the measure are anticipated to stage protests with police likely to move to forcibly disperse any gatherings that may materialised. SABC correspondent in lESOTHO, Rapeleng Radebe...
16/05/2023 • 6 minutes 20 seconds
Cases against murderer Thabo Best, co-accused Dr Nandipha Magudumana postponed to June 20
Thabo Bester, his partner Dr Nandipha Magudumana, Magudumana's father and five other accused have appeared before the Bloemfontein Magistrates court. Thabo Bester and Dr Magudumana appeared virtually. Besters legal representatives have opposed this and made arguments for Bester to appear in person. The case against Thabo Bester and Dr Nandipha Magudumana has been postponed to the 20th of June.
16/05/2023 • 14 minutes 24 seconds
Former Kaizer Chiefs PRO, Louis Tshakoane arrested at funeral of former Sundowns PRO, Alex Shakoane
Former Kaizer Chiefs Public Relations Officer, Louis Tshakoane has reportedly been arrested at the funeral of former Mamelodi Sundowns administrator, Alex Shakoane. Shakoane died last week at the age of 68 after serving the football fretenity for over 50 years. Authorities pounced on Tshakoane on Tuesday after he went on the run four years ago when he was linked to a multimillion rand fraud scheme. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC Sports reporter, Sifiso Ramara.
16/05/2023 • 4 minutes 17 seconds
EFF leader reiterates that the party does not vote for the ANC
EFF leader, Julius Malema is addressing the media following the party's Central Command Team meeting. Speaking from the party headquarters in Johannesburg, Malema says it all system's go for the party's 10th borthday celebrations set for July the 29th at FNB stadium. Malema has called for the immediate resignation of president Cyril Ramaphosa warning that the country faces a real threat of a total collapse of the electricity grid. Malema also weighed in on the diplomatic impasse between the USA and the South African government.
15/05/2023 • 7 minutes 2 seconds
Witness in Meyiwa trial seeks to prevent media from live recording of her testimony
A new state witness in the murder trial of former Bafana Bafana captain, Senzo Meyiwa, is objecting to proceedings being broadcast live audio and visually. The witness says she is a well-known personality and performs in public from time to time. She says the live broadcast, the public might form perceptions regarding her evidence and that when she perform publicly her life might be endangered. Let's take you live to the court proceedings
15/05/2023 • 32 minutes 1 second
Trial of men accused of Sindiso Magaqa murder resumes in the Pietermaritzburg High Court
The murder trial of the late former ANC Youth League secretary general, Sindiso Magaqa is continuing with the cross examination of his bodyguard at the Pietermaritzburg High Court. Last week, Thakabonwa Ngubane testified that he had worked as a bodyguard for Magaqa for just over two months before the attack. The four accused - Sbonelo Myeza, Mbulelo Mpofana, Mlungisi Ncalane and Sibusiso Ncengwa - have pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and the illegal possession of firearms. Sakina Kamwendo spoke SABC reporter, Nonjabulo Makamu...
08/05/2023 • 5 minutes 25 seconds
Matlosana local municipality community protest of councilor who allegedly demands sexual favours in return for helping community, including young boys
The African Independent National congress in North West has handed over a memorandum of grievances to the Orkeney police station about lack of police action in dealing with alleged rape cases. The party claims to have brought to light the allegations that an ANC ward councillor in the Matlosana local municipality in North West has been asking for sexual favours in exchange for help. The councillor has since been suspended, following his arrest in connection with two counts of statutory rape. A video of the councillor having sex with a young boy has been circulating on social media platforms. The parents of two 15-year-old boys opened the cases against the man over the weekend . Sakina Kamwendo spoke to reporter Tebogo Phakedi
08/05/2023 • 3 minutes 20 seconds
Witness in Senzo Metiwa Trial stick to his guns about there having been two intruders on night of star's murder
Defense lawyer Sipho Ramosepele has disputed Mthokozisi Thwala's testimony that there were two intruders the night Senzo Meyiwa was shot and killed. Thwala is under cross examination at the Meyiwa murder trial in the High Court in Pretoria. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC our reporter Pearl Magubane
08/05/2023 • 2 minutes 43 seconds
Former Gauteng Health MEC in the hot seat for another week as Life Esidimeni Inquest continues
Former Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu is continuing with her cross examination in the High Court in Pretoria. On Friday Mahlangu told the court that the decision to relocate over three thousand mental health patients from Life Esidimeni facilities was taken jointly with the provincial management and that she had to comply with it. In continuing her testimony this morning, Mhalngu denied allegations by suspended Gauteng health department head (HOD) Dr Barney Selebano that she called a meeting to discuss a 2015 litigation matter..
08/05/2023 • 5 minutes 19 seconds
Uncertainty in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro as mayor withdraws court application, council meeting cancelled amid coalition friction
The court application brought by the mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, Retief Odendaal, to stop a special council meeting from sitting today has been withdrawn. The withdrawal comes after the council meeting was cancelled. A motion of no confidence was set to be debated against Odendaal at the meeting. He challenged the validity of the meeting saying due process in calling it was not followed. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter in Gqeberha, Mcebisi Ngqina..
08/05/2023 • 5 minutes 44 seconds
ANC in Gauteng throws weight behind Al Jama-ah's Kabelo Gwamanda for Johannesburg Mayor
The African National Congress in Gauteng has thrown its weight in behind Al Jama-ah's Kabelo Gwamanda as its prefered candidate for the position of Johannesburg Mayor. Gwamanda will face off against the Democratic Alliance's Mpho Phalatse and ActionSA's Funzi Ngubeni. Council members are expected to finally elect a moyor after Al Jama-ah's Thapelo Amad resigned last month, in a bed to avoid a motion of no-confidence against him. On Tuesday, plans to elect a Mayor collapsed after different political parties requested several caucus breaks. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Horisani Sithole.
05/05/2023 • 3 minutes 36 seconds
Senzo Meyiwa murder trial postponed as defence lawyer falls ill
The High Court in Pretoria has postponed to Monday the case against five men accused of murdering soccer star, Senzo Meyiwa. Proceedings adjourned after Sipho Ramosepele, the lawyer representing accused number 1 and 2 fell ill in court. State Witness, Mthokozisi Thwala earlier told the court that the first person to react when the intruders came into the house where Meyiwa was gunned down, was Longwe Twala. Mthokozisi Thwala is the second witness who was present at the home of Kelly Khumalo's mother in Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni, when Meyiwa was shot and killed in 2014. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Pearl Magubane
05/05/2023 • 3 minutes 5 seconds
Former ANC Secretary-General, Ace Magashule and co-accused to return to court in April 2024
Former ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule has appeared before the Bloemfontein High Court on the 255 million rands fraud and corruption Asbestos case. The case against Magashule and co-accused has been postponed to the 15th of April 2024. Magashule, business man Edwin Sodi and former human settlements head Thabani Zulu maintain that their right to a fair trial has been infringed. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Abongile Dumako.
05/05/2023 • 5 minutes 11 seconds
COSATU calls for tougher measures to be put in place ahead of municipality Eskom debt bailout
The Congress of South African Trade Unions says while it welcomes National Treasury's new Eskom debt relief measures for 165 municipalities, more measures need to be put in place to ensure that residents pay for electricity. The programme will result in the bail out of over half of the country's municipalities if the commit to dealing with residents who refuse to pay for services like electricity and installing smart meters, among other conditions. Collectively, the country's 257 municipalities owe Eskom over R56-billion. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Cosatu parliamentary co-cordinator, Matthew Parks.
04/05/2023 • 5 minutes 14 seconds
Mthokozisi Thwala returns to the stand at the Senzo Meyiwa murder trialr
Senzo Meyiwa murder trial has resumed at the High court in Pretoria. One of the witnesses in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case is expected to be back in court. Mthokozisi Thwala is the second state witness in the trial for the murder of the soccer star. He was inside the house when Meyiwa was shot and killed at the home of singer Kelly Khumalo in Vosloorus, south-east of Johannesburg, in October 2014. Five men are accused of involvement in Meyiwa's murder. Sakina Kamwendo spoke SABC reporter, Pearl Magubane
04/05/2023 • 4 minutes 9 seconds
Key witness takes stand at Sindiso Magaqa murder trial
The state continues leading new evidence from a new witness in the Sindiso Magaqa murder trial in the High Court in Pietermaritzburg. The state has lined up over 50 witnesses. The first key witness, Jabulile Msiya - earlier this week told the court that after the attack on Magaqa she feared for her life. Msiya maintained Magaqa's attack was related to the uMzimkhulu Memorial Hall renovations, which they suspected involved fraud and corruption. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Nonjabulo Makamu.
04/05/2023 • 5 minutes 25 seconds
Gunshot detection technology helping law enforcement in Cape Town
The gunshot detection technology seems to be working well for the city of Cape Town since the system went live 5 months ago. The system is helping law enforcement to arrest criminals discharging guns in a public space. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to JP Smith , the City of Cape Town's mayoral committee member for safety and security
04/05/2023 • 7 minutes 6 seconds
Magudumana, 5 co-accused to continue with bail application on 11-12 May
The Bloemfontein Magistrates Court has postponed to May 11 and 12, the bail application of the celebrity doctor, Dr Nandipha Magudumana and 5 others accused of assisting convicted murderer, Thabo Bester when he escaped from prison last May. Earlier, the court adjourned to allow for consultations
03/05/2023 • 14 minutes 33 seconds
National School Nutrition Programme in KZN school commences
Delivery of food to some KwaZulu-Natal schools as part of the National School Nutrition Programme, has commenced. This after a failure to deliver food to some of the schools in the programme since the start of the second term . About 5-thousand schools have been affected, leaving many learners starving at schools. Pacina Retail, a company contracted to supply food in schools in the whole province, has been accused of not delivering. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Fanele Mhlongo
02/05/2023 • 6 minutes 40 seconds
City of Johannesburg council members nowhere close to electing new mayor
Voting for the new City of Johannesburg mayor may not materialise today as parties continue to struggle to reach agreement. Councillors are expected to elect a mayor after former executive mayor of the City, Thapelo Ahmad resigned last week. Ahmad was facing a no confidence motion. The coalition partners that voted Amad in power, have vowed to protect the speaker of council and the chief whip. They say the coalition remains intact and strong in spite of the resignation and unhappiness expressed by Patriotic Alliance President Gayton Mackenzie. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Horisani Sithole
02/05/2023 • 3 minutes 10 seconds
Department of Correctional Services terminates Bloemfontein Correctional Center contract
The Department of Correctional Services says it has decided to terminate its contract with the Bloemfontein Correctional Center. The centre is contracted to operate the controversial Mangaung Correctional Centre, from which convicted rapist and murderer, rapist Thabo Bester escape last May. Bester was serving a life sentence when he staged his own suicide and walked out of the facility, allegedly assisted by employees from the facility. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Department of Correctional Services Spokesperson, Singabakho Nxumalo.
02/05/2023 • 9 minutes 23 seconds
ANC President, Cyril Ramaphosa poverty, unemployment and inequality as some of the challenges facing working class
ANC President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has emphasized a number of issues being faced by society - including poverty, unemployment and inequality. COSATU's national May Day celebration is underway at the Bethlehem Showgrounds in the Free State. Ramaphosa has called for unity among members of the tripartite alliance...
01/05/2023 • 10 minutes 17 seconds
Families of Lily Mine 3 plead with government to retrieve their loved ones 7 years after Lily Mine disaster
It has been four years since the families of three miners trapped underground Lily Mine, near Barberton in Mpumalanga, set up a camping site on the periphery of the mine. The three workers Pretty Nkambule, Yvonne Mnisi and Solomon Nyerenda were working in a container used as lamp room, when it fell down a sinkhole at the mine in 2016. The three are yet to be retrieved and as the country will be celebrates the May day, the families of the three are once again pleading with government to find their loved ones. SABC News reporter, Motsebi wa Monareng has more.
01/05/2023 • 2 minutes 48 seconds
Labour Minister warns government will soon implement legislation to stop employers from breaking laws governing hiring foreign labour
Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi says government will soon implement legislations that deal employers who keep breaking the law by hiring foreigners. Nxesi was speaking to our colleagues Aldrin Sampear and Naledi Moleo amid threats of protests by truck driver protest who are calling for government to address unfavourable recruitment processes in the sector.
01/05/2023 • 12 minutes 11 seconds
Accused number 2 in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case denied bail
Accused number 2 in the Senzo Meyiwa murder case has been denied bail by the high Court in Pretoria. Bongani Ntanzi is one of five men accused of killing the soccer star and Bafana Bafana captain in 2014. Ntanzi applied for bail last year. While handing down judgement, Deputy Judge President, Aubrey Ledwaba said that Ntanzi has failed to convince the court that it was in the interest of justice that he be granted bail. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Horisani Sithole.
28/04/2023 • 2 minutes 15 seconds
Soweto boys laid to rest following their brutal murder and mutilation
The families of the two boys who were found murdered and mutilated in Soweto has called on the deceased to fight for justice from the grave. This emerged during he boys funeral service underway at the Jabavu stadium in Soweto. Six-year-old Tshiamo Rabanyane and 5-year-old Nqobizitha Zulu went missing last Wednesday and their mutilated bodies were discovered the next day. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Pearl Magubane.
28/04/2023 • 2 minutes 30 seconds
Siya Kolisi, Desiree Ellis and Tracy Chapman among recipients of the 2023 National Orders
President Cyril Ramaphosa has honored South Africans and eminent foreign nationals who have done exceptionally well in supporting democracy, nation-building and inspiring the country. Ramaphosa says those honoured have contributed to the freedoms we enjoy today. He bestowed the order of Mendi for bravery, the order of Ikamanga, order of the Baobab, the order of Luthuli , the order of Mapungubwe and the order of the companions of O.R. Tambo to deserving recipients at the National Orders conferment at the Union buildings in Pretoria.
28/04/2023 • 9 minutes 22 seconds
Abahlali baseMjondolo to continue with "Unfreedom Day" marches to highlight plight of impoverished communities
As South Africa marks the 29th anniversary of the first democratic elections, shack dwellers movement Abahlali baseMjondolo has vowed to continue with its "Unfreedom Day" marches in parts of the country. The movement's leadership has accused the ruling African National Congress of lying to and insulting the intelligence and humanity impoverished communities by claiming that everyone who lives in the country is free. The "Unfreedom Day" marches began in Durban on Wednesday and are expected to spread to other parts of the country by Saturday. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Abahlali baseMjondolo president, Sbusiso Zikode
27/04/2023 • 5 minutes 28 seconds
Tributes continue to pour in following death of American activist, Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte's passing on the eve of Freedom Day serves as a poignant reminder of his contribution to the international cultural boycott of South Africa during the apartheid years. That was among the key reflections from President Cyril Ramaphosa at the news of the nonagenarian passing from congestive heart failure at his Manhattan home in New York. And as Sherwin Bryce-Pease reports, beyond his music and acting career, he spent his life fighting injustice while funding initiatives towards civil rights in the United States and the fight against Apartheid among others.
27/04/2023 • 6 minutes 38 seconds
Eastern Platinum Limited shareholders demand halt in sale of thousands of tons of chrome concentrates
The lawyers representating shareholders at platinum group metals and chrome producer, Eastern Platinum Limited have written to the company's CEO, board of directors and its parent company, Barplats Mines, demanding the immediate halting of transactions for chrome ore to be sold at a reduced price to buyers. The lawyers say the transanctions are being carried out without the authorisation of the Board of Eastern Platinum. The shareholders say the unauthorised transactions have already resulted on 100-thousand tons of chrome concentrates being sold at a price of R1 914,37 ($105.11) per dry metric ton when the market related price is in fact approximately R3 880,11 ($213.00) per dry metric ton. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to the lawyer representing the shareholders at Eastern Platinum Limited, Ulrich Roux.
26/04/2023 • 3 minutes 32 seconds
SCOPA to summon Andre De Ruyter to appear before it to give further information on alleged criminality at Eskom
Parliament's Standing Committee of Public Accounts has resolved to summons former Eskom Group Chief Executive Andre De Ruyter to appear before it to give further information. This follows De Ruyter's refusal to disclose the name of the minister who allegedly told him to let some people eat a little. De Ruyter stated unwillingness to jeopardise ongoing investigations and fear for his own security as some of the reasons for this. He was appearing before parliament's Standing Committee on Public Accounts which wanted him to elaborate on his comments in a TV interview about criminal networks working at Eskom. Sakina Spoke to SABC reporter, Joseph Mosia
26/04/2023 • 9 minutes 17 seconds
SCOPA MPs press André de Ruyter to reveal name of senior politician allegedly involved in Eskom criminality
Former Eskom Chief Executive Officer, André de Ruyter has continue to face pressure from members of Parliament's Standing Committee of Public Accounts, as he refused to reveal the name of the senior politician he has accused of engaging in criminality at the power utility. A number of MPs have asked de Ruyter over and over again why is did not make statements to authorities after he claimed to have alerted them about criminality at Eskom. During an interview with journalist, Annika Larson earlier this year, de Ruyter made allegations of maladministration, corruption and the sabotage of infrastructure allegedly involving a senior politician. Chairperson of the committee, Mkhuleko Hlengwa pressed him to tell Parliament the name of the politician.
26/04/2023 • 7 minutes 27 seconds
President Cyril Ramaphosa hosts President Sauli Väinämö Niinistö of Finland
President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently hosting his Finnish counterpart, Sauli Väinämö Niinistö at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Trade and investment, renewable energy and information technology are expected to dominate their talks between the two countries.The visit was initially planned for 2020, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two countries enjoy strong bilateral relations after Finland supported liberation movements in southern Africa. Let us take a listen to President, Sauli Väinämö Niinistö
25/04/2023 • 11 minutes 3 seconds
South African Social Security urges beneficiaries who gold card will soon expire, to apply for new cards
The South African Social Security Agency is assuring social grant beneficiaries to not to panic as they will be paid. Most of their South African Social Security Agency (SASSA)/Postbank gold cards are expiring at the end of April and delays at post offices appear to be causing anxiety among recipients. Last month SASSA advised beneficiaries whose cards have expired or are expiring soon, to visit their closest post office to collect a new card. However, not all of the post offices are able to offer card exchange services. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) spokesperson, Paseka Letsatsi
25/04/2023 • 12 minutes 24 seconds
Nelson Mandela Bay workers vow to shut city down following suspension of their colleagues
Nelson Mandela Bay has been hit by lockouts and blackouts since Friday after workers vowed to shut down the city to protest against the suspension of their colleagues. Seven officials in Nelson Mandela Bay's electricity department were suspended in the metro's electricity department for what has been described as the biggest corruption scheme in the history of the administration. The Hawks and Special Investigation Unit are investigating the matter. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Mayoral committee member for electricity and infrastructure, Lance Grootboom
25/04/2023 • 8 minutes 42 seconds
Gift of the Givers assisting in evacuating South Africans in war-torn Sudan
The International Relations Department says its plans are in place to evacuate South Africans who are stuck in Sudan. South Africa is among the many countries that are racing against time to evacuate their citizens from Sudan. It has put the number of verified South Africans stuck in the country at 77. The sudden eruption of violence between the military and the well-armed Rapid Support Forces paramilitary group earlier this month has triggered a humanitarian crisis. Four-hundred-and-20 people have been killed and millions others left without access to basic services and trapped in their homes. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to founder and chair of the Gift of the Givers Foundation Imtiaz Sooliman.
24/04/2023 • 9 minutes 4 seconds
Family of man whose body was burned in Bester prison cell speaks
The family of a 32-year-old man whose body was burned in the prison cell of rapist and murderer, Thabo Bester is expected to identify his remains today. Katlego Bereng was used as a decoy when Bester escaped from the Mangaung Correctional Centre in Bloemfontein, in a staged suicide in May last year: Police confirmed his identity after DNA tests revealed a direct match with his mother Monica Matsie from Bloemfontein. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Makgala Masiteng.
24/04/2023 • 5 minutes 46 seconds
Lawyers for Human Rights dispute reports that asylum seekers asked to be deported back to their countries
A group of asylum seekers, mainly comprising women and school-going children, who sought refuge at the United Nations Head Offices in Brooklyn almost five years ago, are now pleading with the South African authorities to facilitate their deportation to their respective countries of origin. The City of Tshwane and Home Affairs are expected to relocate the asylum seekers camped in the City in makeshift shelters to Lindela repatriation center. This follow a High Court judgment earlier this month. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Attorney at Lawyers for Human Rights, Deborah Raduba.
19/04/2023 • 5 minutes 40 seconds
German court yet to decide on request for arrest warrant to issued for Steinhoff CEO, Markus Jooste
It still remains unclear how German Authorities will proceed in getting former Steinhoff CEO, Markus Jooste to trial following his no-show at a German court yesterday. Jooste was scheduled to appear before a German court for contravening foreign exchange regulations that saw investors losing more than 200-Billion rands. A warrant of arrest was issued against him after his lawyers indicated Jooste could not travel to Germany as his passport was withheld by South African authorities.Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Fin24 journalist, Jan Cronje.
19/04/2023 • 5 minutes 41 seconds
Concern over the number of learners who drop out of school
The Department of Basic Education has been briefing the oversight committee on Basic Education in parliament on Learner Drop-Outs in the System. Earlier this year , while addressing the 8th annual Basic Education Sector Lekgotla, President Cyril Ramaphosa raised concerns over the high number of pupils who drop out of school and urged the sector to redouble efforts to address the crisis. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC correspondent in Parliament, Joseph Mosia
18/04/2023 • 5 minutes 34 seconds
Government spent R1.4 million to retrieve Bester, Magudumana from Tanzania
Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi has shed more light on the costs involved in deporting back to the country convicted rapist and murder Thabo Bester together with her alleged accomplice, Dr Nandipha Magudumana. Motsoaledi says a total of 14 people were involved in ensuring the safe return of the pair totalling a cost of one-point-four million rand in hiring a charter flight. Motsoaledi has been briefing Parliament's Home Affairs Portfolio Committee on the Bester scandal. Minister Motsoaledi also highlights the process of extradition which was followed in returning the fugitives.
18/04/2023 • 5 minutes 16 seconds
Intercape takes Police Minister to court over over failure to protect the company's buses from being attacked
Long-haul bus company Intercape is taking legal action Police Minister Bheki Cele for failing to implement a safety plan to prevent its buses from being attacked. The bus company says since it opened its first case on March 4, 2020, not a suspect arrested has been or prosecuted. It says a further 164 more criminal cases were opened still no response. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Intercape CEO, Johann Ferreira.
18/04/2023 • 6 minutes 45 seconds
President Ramaphosa finally appoints new SABC board after 6-month delay
President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially appointed the new SABC Board. In a statement released by the Presidency this morning, the president approved 12 names including former SABC head of News, Phathiswa Magopeni and former SABC journalist, Mpho Tsedu. Former National Youth Development Agency CEO, Khathutshelo Ramukumba has been appointed as Chairperson of the board. This past weekend marked exactly six months since the public broadcaster was without a sitting board with delays resulting from President Ramaphosa's questioning the inclusion of three candidate names recommended by parliament. Sakina Kamwendo spoke Director at Media Monitoring Africa, William Bird
18/04/2023 • 4 minutes 39 seconds
Tshwane Mayor, Cilliers Brink, describes city's financial situation as being critical but recoverable
Tshwane Executive Mayor, Cilliers Brink has painted a bleak picture of the metro's financial state. This comes after the work that has been done to put together the adjustment budget and the draft budget for the upcoming 2023/24 financial year. Brink briefed the media earlier today where he noted that the city's expenses exceed its income. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to Mayor of Tshwane Cilliers Brink...
17/04/2023 • 8 minutes 57 seconds
Pietermaritzburg High Court adjourns Zuma fraud and corruption trial to 15 August 2023
The fraud and corruption trial of former president Jacob Zuma and French arms company, Thales has been adjourned to August 15th by the Pietermaritzburg High Court. The trial has again been postponed for arguments related to Zuma's application to have lead prosecutor Billy Downer removed from the matter. Addressing the court, State prosecutor Advocate Billy Downer told the court that the State had only received a full application with regards to his removal on Sunday and that the State was not yet ready to respond... Here is what Judge Nkosinathi Chili had to say in court today.
17/04/2023 • 4 minutes 50 seconds
NPA drops murder and arson charges against 65-year-old Zolile Sekeleni, father of Dr Nandipha Magudumana
The state has dropped charges of murder and arson against 65-year-old Zolile Sekeleni who is a father of Dr Nandipha Magudumana. The state has indicated that after investigations there is no evidence linking Sekeleni to those charges. He is expected to be back in court on the 16th of May. His 3 co-accused, including his daughter Dr Nandipha Magudumana, IT expert Teboho Lipholo and dismissed G4S employee Senohe Matsoara will be back in court on May 3 and 4 for bail application. Take a listen to what transpired in court today.
17/04/2023 • 2 minutes 16 seconds
Dr Nandipha Magudumana, 3 co-accused remanded in custody
Convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester's girlfriend Dr Nandipha Magudumana will remain in custody while her father Zolile Sekeleni has been released on ten- thousand rand bail. The state says it will object bail for Magudumana and her two co-accused former G4s employee Senohe Matsoara and Teboho Lipholo. The case has been postponed to third and forth of May for bail application. In today's court appearance the prosecution requested that Magudumana remove her face mask and reveal her face to allow her to be properly identified by the court which she did. Sakina Kamwendo spoke to SABC reporter, Aphumelele Mdlalane.
17/04/2023 • 6 minutes 20 seconds
Home Affairs minister confirms Thabo Bester's identity
Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says convicted rapist and murderer Thabo Bester did not register any identification with the department. Bester and his girlfriend, Dr Nandipha Magudumana were arrested in Tanzania last week and found with multiple passports. Both Bester and Magudumana have since appeared in court on different dates. Addressing the media in Pretoria, Dr Motsoaledi says intensive investigations are underway to determine how the pair managed to get the passports.
14/04/2023 • 10 minutes 36 seconds
Thabo Bester's legal team addresses members of the media
The case against convicted murderer and rapist, Thabo Bester has been postponed to May 16. He has been remanded in custody. He has abandoned bail but has indicated that he reserves his right to apply for it at an appropriate time. Bester's legal team addressed members of the media
14/04/2023 • 5 minutes 7 seconds
Case against convicted murderer, Thabo Bester postponed to May 16
The case against convicted murderer and rapist Thabo Bester has been postponed to the 16th of May in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court. He is facing a string of charges including escaping from lawful custody, defeating the ends of justice, violation of a dead body and fraud. Bester, together with his girlfriend Dr Nandipha Magudumana returned to South Africa yesterday morning, after their arrest in Arusha, Tanzania, last Friday. Bester escaped from the Mangaung Correctional Centre in the Free State, in May last year.
14/04/2023 • 28 minutes 7 seconds
Helen Suzman Foundation, department of Home Affairs show down over Zim Permits
The High Court in Pretoria is currently hearing arguments challenging the Home Affairs Department's decision to terminate the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit. The Helen Suzman Foundation, Zimbabwean Immigration Federation, African Amity and 29 others are challenging the decision in court and seek to have the termination of the permits declared unlawful. Over 178,000 permit holders, currently lawful residents in South Africa face an uncertain future. Steven Budlender SC, for the Heleln Suzman Foundation earlier argued that Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi decided the fate of the ZEP programme without prior notice to or consultaion with ZEP holders and the public