Legalising marijuana in SA may be difficult — policy experts

The proposed cannabis law may lead to substantial abuse of cannabis in SA, says the state law adviser, advocate Sarel Robbertse. Addressing delegates at the country’s first Addiction Conference on Thursday, the law expert said […]

IEC to file urgent court bid to postpone elections after Moseneke’s report.

The Electoral Commission of SA (IEC), has taken a resolution to accept the non-binding findings of former deputy chief justice, Dikgang Moseneke to postpone the local government elections. Commission chairperson, Glen Mashinini said the IEC […]

Presidency says the four suspects arrested in connection with unrest are ‘key players’

The four suspects who have been apprehended in connection with the recent unrest are the key players in instigating violence in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, says acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. Ntshavheni was briefing […]

Ravele’s uplifting of women’s boxing sorely missed.

Boxing SA 2017 female ring official of the year award winner, Pumeza Zinakile says she misses Muditambi Ravele who did wonders during her three-year term as BSA chairperson. Ravele made sure that women boxers, promoters […]

DA wants the MEC to investigate irregularities at municipalities

The DA in Mpumalanga recently called on the MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Ms Busisiwe Shiba, to investigate Bushbuckridge Local Municipality and five other municipalities for their huge outstanding debts. The DA identified […]

Provincial commissioner warns men to stop killing women after another man is sentenced to 20 years for killing girlfriend

The Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in Mpumalanga, Lieutenant- General Semakaleng Manamela sends a strong warning to men to stop killing their wives or girlfriends. The warning by the Lieutenant-General comes after […]

An intelligence driven operation led to arrest of a man with dagga valued at more than R1 million

A 38-year-old man is due to appeared before the Low’s Creek Magistrate’s Court today on allegations of being in possession of dagga valued at R1 Million. This follows his arrest during an Intelligence Driven Operation […]

Babes Wodumo, Cassper Nyovest, Master KG and other artists’ music to be taken off air

Babes Wodumo, Cassper Nyovest, Black Coffee, Kelly Khumalo, MasterKG, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza de Small are some of the artists whose music will be removed from the SABC radio and television stations playlist. This comes […]

Beer industry calls for end to liquor ban to avoid industry collapse

The beer industry has called for the lockdown ban on alcohol sales to be lifted so legal businesses can operate to avoid further damage to the industry and the millions of livelihoods it supports. The […]

Mpumalanga premier on a crusade to mobilize people in the 35-49 age category to vaccinate

Mpumalanga Premier, Ms Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane received her jab publicly at the Iraq taxi rank in Middleburg, Steve Tshwete Municipality as part of the measures to mobilize people take vaccinate. This as the vaccination programme to […]

New strawberry flavoured ARV drug makes treatment a little sweeter for HIV+ kids

A strawberry-flavoured tablet distributed in six African countries, the first generic paediatric version of a key anti-retroviral, is making it easier for children living with HIV/Aids to take the lifesaving medication. UNITAID and Clinton Health […]

Food security unlikely to be an issue in South Africa, says Agbiz.

Since the start of unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng earlier this month there has been rising concern about food availability and food access, which is warranted, but fortunately the South African staples are produced in […]

35 – 49 age group breaks records with one million Covid-19 vaccine registrations in 24 hours

As registration for Covid-19 vaccination opens for those aged 35 years and above, over one million people have registered on the government’s Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) portal in 24 hours, acting minister of health […]

Here are the updated return dates and plans for schools in South Africa

The Department of Basic Education has published the updated return dates and plans for schools in South Africa. In a gazette published on Thursday, the 15th of July, basic education minister, Angie Motshekga said schools […]

EFF open fraud, corruption case regarding feeding scheme tender

The EFF in Limpopo has opened a fraud and corruption case against Education MEC, Polly Boshielo and departmental head, Onicca Dederen regarding a feeding scheme tender that was “wrongfully awarded”. The so-called red berets, led […]

Mpumalanga cancer patients endure gruelling taxi trips to Gauteng hospitals for treatment

Patients, their families and concerned drivers have raised alarms bells about the long, gruelling trips that Mpumalanga patients have to make in state-provided mini-buses to receive cancer treatment at Gauteng’s big hospitals. According to a […]

New top cop takes on tough job

The MEC for the Department of Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Vusi Shongwe, has welcomed the appointment of Mpumalanga’s top cop, Lieutenant-General Semakaleng Daphney Manamela. Manamela was officially appointed and introduced by the national police […]

Mpumalanga moves to secure medication.

Despite the fact that the MEC for health in Mpumalanga Sasekani Manzini promised that all the province’s health facilities would have enough chronic medication by last Friday, following an exposé by a national publication, it […]

Communities vow to stand against looting of their towns.

Various taxi associations across Mpumalanga vowed to protect their local malls amid the country’s widespread riots #zumaunrest. Yesterday, Muntu Gama, the chairperson of the City of Mbombela’s taxi associations’ steering committee, said all the City’s […]

Teachers’ unions welcome delayed school reopening but worry about loss of teaching and learning time

Teachers unions have welcomed the school’s reopening delay to July 26 as the infection rate continues to surge. On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would remain on level 4 lockdown for the […]

Cosatu calls for solutions to country’s problems as looting, violence continues

Cosatu president, Zingiswa Losi has pleaded with South Africans to find solutions to the country’s problems as looting of businesses continued in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. Losi was speaking following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to […]

State Security confirms former senior members orchestrated violent unrest

The State Security Agency confirmed it received intelligence some of its former senior members within the agency, who were supporters of former president Jacob Zuma, were key in orchestrating the violent unrests in KwaZulu-Natal and […]

Ramaphosa announces new security measures to end riots and looting.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that government will deploy the South African National Defence Force and bolster security measures to end violent riots and looting in the country.  In a national address on Monday evening, […]

Satellite internet connects Mpumalanga rural vaccination centres.

A socio-economic development partnership between satellite communications operator Eutelsat Communications and Aspen Pharmacare aims to accelerate the Mpumalanga Department of Health’s (DOH’s) COVID-19 vaccination drive in the province’s predominantly-rural municipalities. Last week, Eutelsat started to […]

Universities see steep rise in cheating, misconduct with move to online assessments

Universities have been experiencing a sharp increase in academic misconduct attributed directly to the move to online assessments since last year. Stellenbosch University’s institutional committee for business continuity chair, Stan du Plessis, said during last […]

Jacob Zuma starts jail sentence for contempt of court

Former President Jacob Zuma turned himself in to police to begin 15 months in jail for contempt of court, the culmination of a long legal drama seen as a test of the post-apartheid state’s ability […]

Zim nationals and South African behind bars over claims of illegal mining in Limpopo

Four men arrested in Limpopo over allegations of illegal mining have been remanded in custody. Three of the men are Zimbabwean nationals while the fourth is a South African. Thirty-two-year-old Lloyd Sithole, Moses Nemanganda, 37, […]

Graeme Smith’s appointment comes under the spotlight at Cricket SA’s transformation hearings.

Graeme Smith’s appointment as Cricket SA’s director of cricket came under the spotlight this week at the organisation’s transformation hearings.  The hearings started on Monday and are part of CSA’s transformation drive — the Social […]

Angie Motshekga slams myths surrounding vaccines after teachers refuse the jab

Basic education minister Angie Motshekga says some teachers were hesitant to get vaccinated against Covid-19 because of myths about the jab affecting women’s fertility. Motshekga was briefing the media at the Gallagher Convention Centre vaccination […]

AG paints gloomy picture of Polokwane finances

Auditor-General (AG), Tsakani Maluleke painted a bleak picture for Polokwane when she announced the municipal audit outcomes for the 2019/20 financial year. The ANC-led municipality received a fourth consecutive qualified audit opinion, leaving opposition parties […]

Trucks ferrying chrome ore seized in Limpopo, four people arrested for alleged illegal mining

In an operation aimed at weeding out illegal mining, police have arrested three foreign nationals and a South African in Limpopo after they were found with heavy-duty trucks laden with unprocessed chrome. “The determination of […]

DA in Mpumalanga concerned about increasing construction costs for parliamentary village.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Mpumalanga is concerned with the slow pace and increasing costs in the construction of a parliamentary village in Woodhouse, Matafin near Mbombela. The parliamentary village meant to accommodate members of […]

Full marks for educator vaccine administration

More than 21 819 teachers and support staff in Mpumalanga have received the Covid-19 jab. This is according to the provincial Department of Health. The spokesperson for the department, Dumisani Malamule said there are 20 […]

Suspended Limpopo DA leader Jacques Smalle faces more corruption allegations

Suspended Limpopo DA leader Jacques Smalle’s woes appear to have worsened after being accused of nepotism by party insiders. The embattled leader was suspended earlier this year following fraud and tax evasion allegations. Now accusations […]

Mpumalanga MEC runs away from years of toxic, abusive marriage

Mpumalanga MEC for public works, roads, and transport, Mohita Latchminarain has run away from her allegedly abusive husband, choosing to leave their home of 10 years to start afresh with her three children. Latchminarain has […]

Delta variant rapidly spreading in Limpopo, detected in children less than 12 months.

Limpopo health authorities have confirmed the detection of the rapid spreading Delta variant of the coronavirus in the province. Infections have also been detected in children aged less than 12 months. The authorities believe that […]

Mpumalanga managing the Covid-19 pandemic well.

The Mpumalanga Department of Health (DoH) recently announced that despite the increase, the 33 local hospitals in Mpumalanga are coping. Earlier last week, 1147 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the province. By then, the […]

Zuma to address nation this weekend as SAPS increases its presence at Nkandla

The SAPS has started increasing its visibility around the Nkandla area after receiving flak for their lack of visibility when supporters of former president Jacob Zuma flexed their muscles and flouted Covid-19 regulations while convening […]

Mpumalanga suspect arrested for cash-in-transit heist

33-year-old Johannes Obakeng Thlabane recently appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrates’ Court after he was arrested by the Hawks’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation Mpumalanga team. Thlabane is linked to the attempted cash-in-transit heist and attempted murder […]

Limpopo ANC finally recalls Thulamela Local Municipality mayor over VBS scandal

The ANC in Limpopo has fired the Thulamela Local Municipality mayor in the Vhembe District for his part in the municipality investing with the collapsed VBS Mutual Bank. In a statement released recently, Provincial Secretary […]

SA health products regulator, Sahpra close to finalising decision on Sinovac vaccine approval

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) will reveal whether the Coronavac vaccine developed by Sinovac will be approved for use in the coming days. CEO, Dr Boitumelo Semete-Makokotlela provided an update on how […]

COSAFA Cup still on course for Nelson Mandela Bay in July

The Council of Southern African Football Associations (COSAFA) have confirmed that the 2021 COSAFA Cup to be staged in Nelson Mandela Bay from July 6-18 will go ahead as scheduled. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa […]

Kaizer Motaung jr to team up with Bobby, Molefi Ntseki to make Chiefs great again

Kaizer Chiefs celebrated the lifting of their transfer ban on Thursday morning by appointing former striker Kaizer Motaung Junior as the club’s new Sporting Director. Motaung Junior hung up his boots in February 2014. But […]

SAB ‘has no alternative’ but to fight fourth alcohol ban in 18 months

SA Breweries (SAB) says while it is sensitive to the third wave of Covid-19 it has “no alternative” but to legally challenge the latest alcohol sales ban. SAB said in a statement it agreed that […]

Acornhoek serial rapist sentenced to 8 life terms and 46 years in jail.

The Mpumalanga High Court has recently sentenced serial rapist, Thabiso Oscar Mathumba to eight life terms and 46 years in jail. Mathumba, 37, was sentenced following a reign of terror that began in 2014 and […]

DBE gazettes school new reopening dates while NSC examinations continue

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) has published new school reopening dates for the third term following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the escalation to level four lockdown. On Sunday, Ramaphosa, as part of his […]

Tembisa 10 mum suicidal – More details emerge as she faked her name and age.

Fresh details of the government’s wild goose chase to track down the elusive Tembisa decuplets have emerged — and it turns out the “mother” is not 37 years old as reported, but 48. The first […]

Mother of baby whose arm was accidentally amputated speaks out

A mother of a two-month-old baby who was amputated is blaming the notorious Bernice Samuel Hospital in Mpumalanga for her child’s ordeal. Dineo Mathebula said that her baby, Sinempilo, was admitted for diarrhea but ended […]

Former Limpopo prosecutor sentenced to four years in jail for corruption.

The Giyani Specialised Commercial Crimes Court has sentenced a former Limpopo prosecutor to four years’ imprisonment for corruption. Herbert Serumula, a former prosecutor in the Morebeng Magistrate’s Court solicited a R2 000 bribe and demanded […]

Seven suspects appeared in court for dealing and possession of drugs.

Seven suspcts; Male Mkolo(33), Mukembani Justin Kasindo(34), RudeA ngeKishuke(24), Bongiwe Manengela(41), Enewere David (34), Mwambaza Hamisa(31) and David Chicoloko(26) were recently arrested for dealing and possession of drug and they appeared before the Bethal Magistrates […]

Trio appeared in court for over half a million fraud, theft and money laundering.  

Pinky Norah Mbatsane(66), Nancy Mbatsane ( 47) and Sibusiso Mbatsane (46), recently appeared in the Nelspruit Magistrate’s Court. They were served by Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation team with summons to appear before court on […]

Mpumalanga clinics run out of life-saving chronic medication

Patients who are on treatment for HIV, TB, high blood pressure and other chronic illnesses are being turned away in Mpumalanga clinics because of a shortage of medication at some of the province’s health facilities. […]

Accused in court for corruption and impersonating a police officer.

32-year old Gift Themba Mthomboti recently appeared before the Nelspruit Magistrate Court after he was arrested by the Hawks Serious Corruption Investigation team for corruption and impersonating a police officer. It is alleged that three […]

ANC on ANC violence as elections approach.

Violence has already flared up a number of times at ANC branch meetings in Limpopo during this period of regional elective conferences. However, the Waterberg (Modimolle), Vhembe (Thohoyandou) and Peter Mokaba (Polokwane) regions have yet […]

Six in court for drug dealing.

Six suspects, five foreign nationals and a local aged between 31 and 34 recently appeared before the Bethal Magistrates Court. This follows the arrests made by the Hawks Serious Organised Crime Investigation team Mpumalanga, Forensic […]

Public enterprises committee welcomes beneficiation in the forestry industry

The Portfolio Committee on Public Enterprises has welcomed plans by the South African Forestry Company Limited (Safcol) to establish a wood based industrial park and bio-energy production plant in the small town of Sabie, in […]

Education and internet access hold the key for youth opportunities

The  latest Stats SA’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) shows 74.7% of youth (aged 15-24), this means more than 10.6 million youth in South Africa, are unemployed. According to the expanded definition of joblessness, this […]

9 million children in SA depend on school feeding programmes

One in every two learners across the globe receive school meals every day in at least 161 countries, according to the World Food Programme’s State of School Feeding Worldwide 2020. This ratio equates to about […]

Ace Magashule: Ramaphosa should have stepped aside for CR17 campaign funds

President Cyril Ramaphosa came under fire from suspended secretary-general, Ace Magashule’s lawyers at the South Gauteng High Court for not stepping aside after his CR17 campaign was reported to law enforcement agencies. The full bench […]

Leaders of teachers unions to receive vaccines on Thursday

The Covid-19 vaccine rollout aimed at vaccinating more than half a million South African teachers and school staff kicked off on Wednesday. Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga said the leadership of the five teachers unions […]

Limpopo taxi driver, who allegedly killed the mother of his three kids, to apply for bail

The case of a taxi driver accused of allegedly shooting to death his 32-year-old partner last month in Limpopo has been postponed for the third time, until Friday. Kibi Josias Lebogo, 34, appeared in the […]

SIU freezes R22m in bank, investment accounts linked to Digital Vibes

The Special Investigative Unit (SIU) has frozen more than R22 million found in the banking accounts of Digital Vibes and several other companies with close links to the owners of Digital Vibes. The SIU recently […]

The plight of female farm workers.

The life of Ntombikayise Mthembu, a 52-year-old widow from Mooi Plaas farm near Dannhauser in northern KwaZulu-Natal, has all the hallmarks of the hardship and complexities of Black women living on farms in rural South […]

Constitutional Court punishes litigants for defaming judges.

Litigants who defame judges, launching scurrilous and unfounded attacks on their integrity to further their own ends, must expect to pay punitive costs, the Constitutional Court has ruled. The matter before the court was an […]

Private sector programme is sowing the seeds of empowerment for agricultural graduates.

Agricultural Studies graduate Primness Mashego, now a junior manager at a Mpumalanga commercial farm, reckons it would have taken her much longer to reach her current position had she gone the traditional job-seeking way after […]

‘Mvianga’s paternity test a requirement of the executor of the estate, nothing to do with the throne’ – Royal Bafokeng

The Royal Bafokeng nation’s Kgosi Leruo Molotlegi has denied that the paternity test done on Gladwin Koketso Mvianga (25) has anything to do with the young man’s claim to the throne. Bashi Makgale, the director […]

ECD sector demands to be included in teachers’ vaccination roll-out

The Early Childhood Development (ECD) sector is calling on the government to ensure that they too are included in the teachers’ vaccination roll-out. An open letter to Department of Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, penned […]

Witbank Technical High: Mpumalanga Premier disputes racism allegations

The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) has indicated that it will conduct its own investigation into the allegations of racism and discrimination at Witbank Technical High School in Mpumalanga. This is after Mpumalanga Premier, […]

EFF will march on Sahpra offices on Friday to demand more Covid-19 vaccines be approved – Julius Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema has reiterated that the party would march on the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) offices to demand more Covid-19 vaccines be approved for use in South Africa. He said […]

Man gets life for murdering his 18-year-old cousin.

A 25-year-old man who appeared in the Mpumalanga High Court was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his cousin. According to  Monica Nyuswa, the National Prosecuting Authority’s spokesperson, Nkosinathi Nzimande was found guilty of murdering […]

SA doctors to give Zimbabwean boy a new face – hyena attack left him without an eye, nose and lips.

South African doctors are joining hands to give a young boy from Zimbabwe a new face after an attack by a hyena left him without an eye, a nose, and parts of his lip. The […]

Political leaders are contributing to the increase in Covid-19 infections, says acting health minister.

Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has criticised some political leaders for “irresponsible”  behaviour and hosting mass public gatherings amid the surge in Covid-19 infections. She said political leaders should be exemplary and protect the lives […]

South African Medical Association questions level 3 booze sales regulations.

The SA Medical Association (Sama) is the latest organisation to react to regulations under alert level 3 of the nationwide lockdown,  claiming that the restrictions on the sale of alcohol don’t make sense. Earlier this […]

Committee on Social Development expresses concern over treatment of disabled children.

The Portfolio Committee on Social Development is concerned about the alleged treatment of disabled children and handling of rape cases involving teachers in the area of Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga. The committee heard that it was […]

Lensman behind iconic Hector Pieterson photograph to be honoured.

The legacy of late photojournalist Sam Nzima, who took the iconic photograph of a dying Hector Pieterson on 16 June 1976, is being preserved with a bust, a book and documentary in his honour. The […]

‘These mines are killing us polluting the air’

Doctors have advised Millicent Sharon Ngwenya that the only hope for her son, who contracted bronchitis due to the air pollution in Phola township in Mpumalanga, is to move away from the area. “I don’t […]

SAPS denies arresting Mpumalanga health officials.

The South African Police Service (Saps) has denied claims it arrested officials from the Mpumalanga department of health for fraud and corruption relating to a contract worth more than R600 million. The EFF in Mpumalanga […]

Salga claims strides made in municipal wage talks, but Samwu denies it.

The SA Municipal Workers’ Union  (Samwu) says there has been no movement from the employer on a salary increase demand by the country’s municipal workers. Samwu, which represents 160,000 workers, recently concluded the last round […]

Three police officers charged for alleged corruption.

Three Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences (FCS) investigating officers, Sergeant Bonisile Daphney Mjali (45), Sergeant Xolani Howard Nxumalo (37) and Constable Thulisile Patricia Mkhatshwa (35) recently appeared before the Kabokweni Magistrates’ Court following […]

Shalulile walks away with almost half a million rand after emerging as big winner at the PSL awards.

The Peter Shalulile fairytale continued after the Mamelodi Sundowns striker was named Footballer of the Season and DStv Premiership Player’s Player of the Season at the Premier Soccer League (PSL) Awards on Sunday night. It […]

Decision to cancel matric mid-year exams welcomed

The decision to cancel the mid-year exams for matric learners to allow them time to cover the curriculum has been welcomed. National Professional Teachers’ Organisation of SA executive director, Basil Manuel said pupils must remain […]

Senior Home Affairs official in hot water for granting Bushiri’s permanent residency application

A top Department of Home Affairs official is under fire for approving controversial Malawian fugitive and self-proclaimed Prophet Shepherd Bushiri and his family’s applications for permanent residency. Ronney Marhule, the department’s chief director for permits, […]

Closure of Limpopo Airport opens hardships

The suspension of commercial flights at the Polokwane International Gateway Airport two months ago has resulted in the closure of small businesses, while others are now laying off employees. The airport was downgraded in April […]

Police commissioner Khehla Sitole admits that SAPS discipline needs overhaul.

National police commissioner, General Khehla Sitole has admitted to Parliament that discipline management at the South African Police Service (SAPS) needs to be overhauled. The police commissioner’s admission comes after members of Parliament used findings […]

DBSA denies mismanagement and corruption allegations

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has denied allegations of mismanagement and corruption. On Tuesday, the state-owned bank appeared before Parliament’s finance watchdog Scopa to address allegations of financial irregularities in respect of certain […]

Two CPF members jailed for attack, murder of witchcraft-accused family

The High Court in Mpumalanga recently sentenced two community policing forum (CPF) members to 25 years imprisonment for murder and an additional seven years in jail for attempted murder. There were initially three accused, but […]