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AKA withdraws from Joburg Day line-up and other public events

Rapper Kiernan β€œAKA” Forbes has U-turned on his decision to return to the spotlight, announcing his withdrawal from the Huawei Joburg Day line-up and public appearances in general.

Rapper AKA won't performing at the Huawei Joburg Day.

Rising infections spark fears of third Covid wave

May 14th 2021 at 01:09
As rising infection numbers continue to spark fears of a third Covid wave, sectors that operate on the basis of gatherings feel there has been little change in behavioural interventions needed to stave off another wave.

The SA Council of Churches (SACC) has urged its member churches to practise caution at religious gatherings.

Youth development through art

May 14th 2021 at 01:00
Limpopo-based non-profit organisation Charismatic Rhythms is helping to develop youth through performance art and a life skills programme.

Charismatic Rhythms is opening up a world of possibilities for young people in Limpopo through the arts.

Blade Nzimande says NSFAS budget will exceed R43bn this year

NSFAS funding is expected to surpass an all-time high of R43bn in the 2021/22 financial year, minister of higher education and training Blade Nzimande said on Thursday.

Higher education and training minister Blade Nzimande.Β File photo.

SA records more than 3,000 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

May 14th 2021 at 00:20
The 3,221 new Covid-19 cases recorded on Thursday is the first time the country has passed the 3,000 mark for daily new infections since February 10.

SA recorded more than 3,000 new Covid-19 infections in one day for the first time since early February. File picture.

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Six trends you need to know in the world of male grooming

May 13th 2021 at 18:00
From the shift in grooming through the lens of male aesthetics to tackling the art of manscaping, the bros need some self-love too.

Bring sexy back with these grooming tips.

A timeline of Thuso Mbedu's rise from KwaZulu-Natal to Hollywood

May 13th 2021 at 18:00
The sky is the limit for 29-year-old Thuso Mbedu who is the toast of the town in Hollywood!

Where’s the allocation for competence? MPs don’t buy Mkhize’s budget

The slow national vaccination rollout overshadows the merits of the health minister’s R62.5bn plans, they say

Health minister Zweli Mkhize.

Information regulator consulting lawyers over new WhatsApp policy

The Information Regulator SA is seeking legal advice after writing to WhatsApp LLC to ask it to revise the privacy policy in SA to the standard used in the EU - and receiving no response.

The information regulator has asked WhatsApp to revise its privacy policy in SA to the standard used in the EU. This as WhatsApp will, On May 15, require users to accept new terms and conditions.

Government confident of free and fair elections, Cogta minister says

Cogta minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says the government is confident that the October 27 local government elections will go ahead without hindrance and will be free and fair.

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says the country is ready for elections on Wednesday October 27. File photo.

Government to start issuing permits for hemp production in October

Agriculture, land reform and rural development minister Thoko Didiza says her department will start issuing permits for production of hemp in October this year.

The Constitutional Court effectively decriminalised personal use and growing of cannabis in a groundbreaking ruling in 2018. Picture: 123RF/ERIC LIMON

WATCH | Lesufi condemns violent act of parents against school principal

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi Β has condemned the violent behaviour of a group of parents who are seen in the video throwing Laerskool Theresapark Β principal out of her office.

Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi is livid after parents threw a principal out of her office.

Editors' forum shocked at Bathabile Dlamini's 'attack' on woman journalist

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) has expressed shock at Bathabile Dlamini’s online attack on a female senior journalist, Qaanitah Hunter.

Sanef has expressed shock at Bathabile Dlamini’s online attack on a female senior journalist, and has reminded political and sector leaders of the consequences of intimidating journalists.

Magashule apology not likely soon, says Carl Niehaus, 'because there will be legal action' over suspension

Carl Niehaus said on Thursday that the suspended ANC secretary-general would not be apologising any time soon.

Carl Niehaus said on Thursday that suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule would not be apologising any time soon for 'suspending' President Cyril Ramaphosa. File photo.

State has no money to expand TVET programme

May 13th 2021 at 12:11
Minister of higher education and training Blade Nzimande says his department does not have additional funds to expand the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) college sector.

Higher education minister Blade Nzimande says there is no more to set up more TVET colleges.

Mosebenzi Zwane admits Vrede dairy farm project 'was badly managed'

Former Free State agriculture MEC Mosebenzi Zwane has conceded that Estina "badly managed" the controversial Vrede dairy farm project. He was appearing at the Zondo commission on Thursday.

Former minister and Free State MEC Mosebenzi Zwane told the state capture inquiry he learnt of Estina's involvement in the Vrede dairy project only after he had left the department. File photo.

Mkhize's juggling act to prioritise funds for Covid-19 pandemic

Health minister Zweli Mkhize told parliament on Thursday that his department will spend a further R9bn to continue the fight against Covid-19.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize addressed the National Assembly on Thursday during a debate on the annual budget for his department. File photo.

Brenda Fassie's sister Lindiwe dies at the age of 59

The younger sister of the late queen of pop Brenda Fassie has died.

Late music sensation Brenda Fassie's sister has died.

Sascoc president Hendricks tells MPs minister Mthethwa is 'interfering' in cricket

An upbeat Sascoc president Barry Hendricks reiterated the sports controlling body’s stance that minister Nathi Mthethwa is interfering in the Cricket South Africa (CSA) saga over the controversial amendments to the organisation’s constitution during a sitting of parliament’s portfolio committee.

Barry Hendricks, Sascoc president, during the SASCOC Sponsorship announcement with Planet Fitness at SASCOC Olympic House on March 24, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

WATCH | Confusion and no social distancing as health workers queue for Covid-19 vaccines

May 13th 2021 at 10:43
The police had to turn away scores of people from at least one hospital who did not meet the criteria to be vaccinated against Covid-19 under the Sisonke Johnson & Johnson trial.

Scores of healthcare workers queue up outside St Augustine's Hospital in Durban on Thursday for vaccinations.

We have a 'workable solution' to resolve Cricket SA sagaβ€š Sascoc tell Parliament's oversight committee

While Sascoc bemoaned what it to be interference from sports minister Nathi Mthethwaβ€š the sports controlling body called for further dialogues and said it has β€œa workable solution” that will resolve the raging saga involving Cricket South Africa (CSA).

Barry Hendricks was elected Sascoc president by 70 of the 85 sports federations.

Free State granny tricks drunk house robber to escape brutal attack

After a six-hour ordeal, 84-year-old Nonnie van Rensburg managed to lock her attacker in a bathroom and escape.

Nonnie van Rensburg said the attacker repeatedly beat her before tying her up. Stock photo.

The Lions opt for flyhalf rookie Jordan Hendrikse

The Lions will push 19-year-old Jordan Hendrikse into battle against the Stormers at Ellis Park on Saturday.

The Lions players during the Emirates Lions training session at Johannesburg Stadium on May 06, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Russian government and Olympic Committee offer Sputnik V vaccine to Sascoc for athletes

The government of Russia and the Russian Olympic Committee has offered its Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine to African nations going to the Olympics later this yearβ€š including the Team SA athletes and delegation.

Nocawe Mafu (Deputy Minister of Sport) during the South African Womans national cricket squad announcement at Imperial Wanderers Stadium on January 13, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Why the Lions still appear more prey than hunter

They are not quite in the realm of easy-beatsβ€š but the dearth of international class in their ranks had made the Lions a targeted team even before the start of the Rainbow Cup SA.

Frans Malherbe has committed his future to the Western Province.

Billionaire offers R3bn to help SA develop vaccines

May 13th 2021 at 09:13
Patrick Soon-Shiong, a SA-born American transplant surgeon, billionaire businessman, bioscientist, and media mogul, has offered to invest in vaccine development capacity in Africa.

Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong has offered R3bn to catalyse vaccine development capacity in SA and Africa, including development of second-generation Covid-19 vaccines.Β File image

Independent candidates will crash the party, says Maimane

New movement’s leader wants to stop reliance on political parties and allow citizens to β€˜take back control of towns’

One SA Movement leader Mmusi Maimane. File photo.

Kaizer Chiefs fan protest to go ahead with β€˜legal and courteous’ proceeding

May 13th 2021 at 08:30
The organisers of Friday’s Kaizer Chiefs supporters’ protest march to the Soweto giants’ headquarters at Naturena have promised a β€œlegal and courteous” proceeding.

Kaizer Chiefs supporters are expected to turn up for the march.

Historic letter signed by Nelson Mandela and other Rivonia trialists on auction by UK education trust

A letter signed by the late former statesman Nelson Mandela and 23 other Rivonia trialists appealing for funds to cover legal costs for their treason trial is on auction by a UK-based education trust to support young South Africans to develop solutions to the climate change crisis.

The historic letter is on auction for R34,000.

SA's Covid-19 death toll among worst in world, far higher than official tally

May 13th 2021 at 08:13
A SAMRC report says the excess death rate per 100,000 population for SA was 258 over the past 12 months. This places the country in the top five countries for which excess deaths are measured.

Diggers at the Westpark Cemetery in Johannesburg prepare graves for Covid-19 victims. A report into excess deaths over the past year suggests more than 133,000 people in SA have died from the disease β€” far more than the official tally of nearly 55,000. File photo.

Health head notes 'worrying' attempts to jump Covid-19 vaccination queue

'Nobody should be jumping the queue. We should all be adhering to rules, people must wait their turn.'

Healthcare workers queued to get the vaccine rolled out for the Sisonke programme at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Thursday, May 13 2021.

Health head notes 'worrying' attempts to jump Covid-19 vaccination queue

'Nobody should be jumping the queue. We should all be adhering to rules, people must wait their turn.'

Healthcare workers queued to get the vaccine rolled out for the Sisonke programme at Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Thursday, May 13 2021.

KZN premier Sihle Zikalala visits Zulu King Misuzulu KaZwelithini

KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala met with King Misuzulu KaZwelithini for the first time on Thursday, to clarify how the government works with the royal house.

KwaZulu-Natal premier Sihle Zikalala meets King Misuzulu KaZwelithini for the first time since his ascendance to the throne was announced.

'My instinct told me it's time': Ellen DeGeneres to end talk show after 19 years

May 13th 2021 at 07:39
The comedienne says she needs to "take a break from talking" as she calls time on her daytime show.

Ellen Degeneres

Madrid judge asks top EU Court to decide on Super League legality

May 13th 2021 at 07:39
A Madrid court has asked the European Court of Justice to establish if FIFA and UEFA, the world and continental soccer governing bodies, are breaching EU competition law by preventing clubs from creating a breakaway European Super League.

Real Madrid players celebrate reaching the Uefa Champions League semi-finals after drawing 0-0 with Liverpool at Anfield on April 14 2021 in Liverpool

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'Worrying' rise of Covid-19 cases across SA, but third wave not here yet: health department

May 12th 2021 at 16:50
The rising number of Covid-19 cases across SA was "worrying", the health department said on Wednesday night - but the country wasn't yet in the pandemic's third wave.

There was a worrying increase in the number of new Covid-19 infections across SA, the health department said on Wednesday, adding that the third wave hadn't started.

Free State man arrested for murder in Covid-19 relief fund queue and killing partner two months later

May 12th 2021 at 15:58
A Free State man accused of murdering two people - one his partner - and the attempted murder of a third person has appeared in court, police confirmed on Wednesday.

A Free State man has been arrested for two murders, one his partner. File photo.

Cape 'underworld bosses' to be tried in high court for murder of 'steroid king' Brian Weinstein

May 12th 2021 at 15:47
Feared alleged underworld bosses accused of killing β€œsteroid king” Brian Weinstein now face a raft of charges ranging from gang-related offences and intimidation to attempted murder.

Alleged underworld figures Jerome Booysen, Mark Lifman and William Stevens leave the Cape Town magistrate's court in December after being charged with the 2017 murder of Brian Wainstein.

I am not going to tell parliament how to do its job, says David Mabuza

Deputy president David Mabuza on Wednesday said he was not in a position to tell parliament how to do its job

Deputy president David Mabuza. File picture.

Politics poses new threat to media freedom

Journalists have a higher sense of responsibility and need to be aware of the political formations that are out there to destroy the craft and to create confusion in the public.

Media professional Songezo Zibi will be one of the speakers at an event organised by Sanef over the weekend.

Mabuza assures MPs that vaccination procurement is above board

Deputy president David Mabuza on Wednesday assured parliament that no corruption had occurred during the government’s process of securing and procuring Covid-19 vaccines.

Deputy president David Mabuza on Wednesday told MPs that the processes followed in procuring Covid-19 vaccines was above board.

Kaizer Chiefs on course for worst PSL finish after draw against Swallows

May 12th 2021 at 13:13
With Swallows FC having established themselves as the undisputed draw kings of the second half of the DStv Premiership, and Kaizer Chiefs struggling to win too, a 1-1 stalemate on Wednesday evening should not have come as a surprise.

Kaizer Chiefs struggling to win too, a 1-1 stalemate against Swallows FC on Wednesday evening should not have come as a surprise.

Mashile 'did not use her influence to jump vaccine queue'

A series of tweets by media personality Lebo Mashile on her receiving the Covid-19 vaccine were met with condemnation and indignation by other Twitter users.

Lebo Mashile

'Energy? She has no clue': Gwede Mantashe denies wife involved in emergency power deal

Mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe has denied involvement of his wife in the awarding of a multibillion-rand tender for the supply of emergency power.

Minister Gwede Mantashe. File photo.

Top SA prof named as co-chair of UN group on Sustainable Development Goals

Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim has been appointed to serve on the UN high-level 10-member group in support of the technology facilitation mechanism (TFM) to achieve the goals.

Prof Quarraisha Abdool Karim has been invited to co-chair the UN 10-member group for two years.

IEC names voter registration weekend in July

The IEC has announced the 17 to the 18 of July as the voter registration weekend for the up-coming local government elections.

The Independent Electoral Commission says voter registration for the upcoming local government elections will take place on July 17 and 18.

Maritzburg shoot down Arrows to all but secure Premiership status

The great escape is on by Maritzburg United.

Exciting Maritzburg United midfielder Bongokuhle Hlongwane celebrates after scoring one of the goals.

126 inmates paroled under Covid-19 dispensation have reoffended

The offenders were among 13,989 released since May last year as a measure to combat the spread of Covid-19 in prisons, parliament heard on Wednesday.

Correctional services minister Ronald Lamola, right, with deputy minister Phathekile Holomisa. File photo.

Broos says he told Safa he would not take charge of SA U-23s at Tokyo Olympics

May 12th 2021 at 10:58
Hugo Broos has said he was asked by the SA Football Association (Safa) if he might take charge of the South African Under-23 team participating at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in July and Augustβ€š but made it clear he would not.

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos during the Bafana Bafana head coach press conference at SAFA House on May 12, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Meet a Joburg craft-builder who wants to upscale his business

All Johannes Sithole (51) ever wanted to do was build cars. And if he had been given the right opportunities, his trajectory might have even followed in a direction similar to those of local-turned-global automotive engineering icons like Gordon Murray or Elon Musk.

Johannes Sithole and his Volkswagen Crafter minibus.

Rushine de Reuck settles down to life at champions Mamelodi Sundowns

Rushine de Reuck has successfully acclimatised to the busy life at title-chasing Mamelodi Sundowns and his sights are firmly set on the DStv Premiership and the Caf Champions League.

Rushine De Reuck wins car for the month during the Mamelodi Sundowns March Player of the Month car handover at Hyundai, Mams Mall Store on May 07, 2021 in Pretoria, South Africa.

'Don't drop your guard': Liquor traders plead for compliance over fear third wave could lead to booze ban

'Another ban would put many taverns out of business for good,' National Liquor Traders Council spokesperson Lucky Ntimane said on Wednesday.

Patrons enjoy a drink in a pub in Melville, Johannesburg. Liquor sellers are hoping a third wave of Covid-19 infections will not mean a third ban on selling alcohol. File photo.

Prof who sat on Covid-19 ministerial advisory committee named North West University's deputy VC

North West University has appointed Prof Maphahlaganye Jeffrey Mphahlele as its deputy vice-chancellor for research and innovation.

Prof Maphahlaganye Jeffrey Mphahlele will head a formidable team of researchers, innovators and academics, says North West University.

'Spooks agency turned into kindergarten', says Dintwe

Inspector-general of intelligence Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe has accused state security minister Ayanda Dlodlo of having pushed for the irregular appointment of 26 senior managers into the intelligence agency in the past month.

State Security Agency (SSA) Inspector General of Intelligence, Setlhomamaru Dintwe testifying at state capture commission.

'Millions left State Security Agency offices in suitcases'

Senior managers within the state security agency (SSA) had allowed the large-scale looting of millions of rand in state funds as they confused legitimate secrecy of intelligence work and use of cash as immunity from accountability.

Inspector-general of intelligence Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe at the state capture inquiry on Wednesday May 12 2021.

Tears as bail bid for Durban man accused of stabbing mom 26 times fails

A 20-year-old Durban man accused of killing his mother on May 6 says he does not remember stabbing her more than 26 times.

Home affairs gets interdict against protesting undertakers

May 12th 2021 at 08:59
The department of home affairs has obtained an interdict at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria barring funeral undertakers from shutting down the department’s offices.

Funeral undertakers protest at the Department of Home Affairs Head Offices in Pretoria. The group is demanding that the department allows them to issue death certificates on behalf of bereaved families.

Afrikaans-speaking families and youth most sceptical of Covid-19 vaccines

A new study has found that individuals who trust social media as an information source were significantly more likely to exhibit Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy in SA.

Younger people and those who relied on social media for information were less inclined to opt for a vaccine. File photo.

Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos reveals Macedonian-born assistant coach

May 12th 2021 at 08:47
New Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has revealed that his Belgian assistant-coach will be Macedonian-born Cedomir Janevskiβ€š the current head coach of Olympiakos Nicosia in Cyprus.

Bafana Bafana head coach Hugo Broos during the Bafana Bafana head coach press conference at SAFA House on May 12, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Benniβ€š Mothwa and Nurkovic win monthly awards

AmaZulu coach Benni McCarthy and the his goalkeeper Veli Mothwa were on Wednesday announced as March/April DStv Premiership’s coach and player of the month winners.

Veli Mothwa of Amazulu and his coach Benny McCarthy receive their respective awards during the DStv Premiership Monthly Awards for March and April 2021 virtual press conference on May 12, 2021 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Mbalula's ex-adviser Bo Mbindwane implicated in Nasrec conference grabber procurement scandal

Bo Mbindwane, former special adviser to minister Fikile Mbalula, championed an attempt to irregularly procure eavesdropping gear.

Inspector-general of intelligence Dr Setlhomamaru Dintwe at the state capture inquiry on Wednesday May 12 2021.

These two banks generated the most customer complaints

FNB and Capitec saw the biggest spike in the number of clients it annoyed and upset last year, the Ombudsman for Banking Services' (OBS) case statistics reveal.

In one case, the bank had added a pensioner's investment account to his online profile without telling him. He lost everything after divulging his banking details to a fraudster online. In the end, he was reimbursed for 60% of his losses by the bank. Stock photo.

Stormers’ Juarno Augustus set to join Northampton Saints in July

The Stormers backrow stock will take a temporary hit with the news that No8 Juarno Augustus is set to join Northampton Saints for the next two seasons.

Juarno Augustus has been granted an early release.

Expert says nutrition-dense African food must be embraced as β€˜good medicine’

May 12th 2021 at 07:56
Many indigenous crops are under-utilised, writes Charles Wambebe, professor extraordinaire at the Tshwane University of Technology.

The writer says that while Africa is rich in biological diversity, this reality simply isn’t being used to its full potential. Stock photo.

UEFA opens disciplinary proceedings against three Super League clubs

May 12th 2021 at 07:20
European soccer's governing body UEFA has opened a disciplinary investigation into Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus over their attempts to launch a breakaway Super League.

Jordi Alba of FC Barcelona and Luka Modric of Real Madrid battle for possession during the La Liga Santander match between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano on April 10, 2021 in Madrid, Spain.

Three SA rappers who make the best business moves

May 11th 2021 at 18:00
These three rappers are some of the most business-minded players in the music game.

DJs Sphectacula and Naves on celebrating 10 years, being besties & the lies they tell each other

May 11th 2021 at 18:00
The Kings of The Weekend friendship is one to truly admire!

SPHEctacula and DJ Naves are true friendship goals!

Boeremag bomb plotter and father on parole after serving minimum time

One of the Boeremag bomb manufacturers, Kobus Pretorius, and his father, Dr Lets Pretorius, were released on parole last year.

END OF THE ROAD: Boeremag plotters Mike du Toit, Johan Pretorius and Willem Pretorius during sentencing in the High Court in Pretoria . 'This country could have been thrown into chaos,' the judge said at the time.

34 contacts of 6 pupils and 2 teachers tested positive for Covid-19 at St John's traced

May 11th 2021 at 15:40
The Gauteng department of health has traced 34 people who were in contact with pupils from St John’s College in Johannesburg. This comes after five pupils in grades 11 and 12 and another pupil had tested positive for Covid-19 on Thursday

34 contacts of St John's College pupils have tested positive for Covid-19.

Healthcare experts to unpack SA's Covid-19 vaccine rollout at symposium

May 11th 2021 at 15:08
A group of healthcare experts and officials will be discussing strategies on how to ensure an effective vaccination rollout plan in South Africa at a virtual symposium scheduled to take place on Thursday.

Medical experts will this week exchange ideas on the best way to administer Covid-19 vaccine.

Statistician-general blames Covid-19 for postponing census to February

SA's population count will be postponed to next year, thanks to Covid-19.

Statistician-general Risenga Maluleke says Stats SA has trained 688 field workers and plans to invest heavily in technology for the February census.

Zulu prince doesn’t intend contesting the throne, says Buthelezi

"I am aware of talks that I am aspiring to sit on the throne. I have never expressed such ambitions," said Prince Simakade Zulu.

Mangosuthu Buthelezi on Tuesday delivered a message from Prince Simakade Zulu, who said he supports whoever is chosen to succeed the late King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu. File photo.

'It's been nightmares for everyone': Bheki Cele apologies for backlogs at police forensic science labs

Police minister Bheki Cele has apologised to victims of crime whose cases have been delayed by backlogs at forensic crime labs.

Bheki Cele: 'I apologise to all victims of crime for the pain and anguish these delays have caused.' The national backlog at forensic science laboratories is 208,291 cases.

Mom says son stabbed in school meeting was a hero

May 11th 2021 at 12:40
The mother of a 22-year-old man who was stabbed to death at Duvha Park Primary School in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, during a community meeting, wants her son to be remembered as a great leader.

The family of a 22-year-old man who was stabbed to death during a meeting wants him to be remembered as a hero.

Rea Tsotella host Bishop Makamu put on ice over 'sex solicitation'

Bishop Israel Makamu who hosts the controversial TV show Rea Tsotella on Moja Love channel on DStv has stepped down pending an internal investigation into a recording in which he is heard allegedly asking for sex from a woman who was part of his congregation.

Bishop Makamu has his back against the wall after he was suspended following a sexual harassment complaint.

SA Rugby report their Covid-19 inspired austerity measures have paid off

SA Rugby on Tuesday reported their Covid-19 inspired austerity measures have paid off but that they are by no means out of the woods.

South African Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux.

Baroka dent AmaZulu title hopes with victory in KZN

Baroka pulled off a much needed 1-0 win over fancied AmaZulu during their exciting DStv Premiership encounter that was played at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

Evidence Makgopa of Baroka during the DStv Premiership match between AmaZulu FC and Baroka FC at King Zwelithini Stadium on May 11, 2021 in Durban, South Africa.

Orlando Pirates disturbingly lacklustre and lucky to draw against Stellenbosch

May 11th 2021 at 11:10
Stellenbosch FC paid for missing a procession of missed clear chances in the opening hour having to settle for a 0-0 DStv Premiership draw against a disturbingly lacklustre Orlando Pirates at Danie Craven Stadium on Tuesday.

Augustine Dimgba of Stellenbosch FC attempts to get past Innocent Maela of Orlando Pirates during the DStv Premiership match between Stellenbosch FC and Orlando Pirates at Danie Craven Stadium on May 11, 2021 in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Duarte confident Magashule will say sorry over Ramaphosa β€˜suspension’ saga

The ANC is confident its suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule will apologise for attempting to suspend party president Cyril Ramaphosa, says deputy SG Jessie Duarte.

The ANC's national executive committee has decided suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule should apologise publicly for 'suspending' party president Cyril Ramaphosa. File photo.

SANParks boss Mketeni out on R2,000 bail over assault and sexual assault charges

The chief executive of South African National Parks, Fundisile Mketeni, has been granted R2,000 bail after appearing in court on assault and sexual assault charges.

SANParks CEO Fundisile Mketeni, in this file picture, is out on bail after sexual assault charges were laid against him.

Blood drops on shoes lead cops to brothers who murdered relative for insurance cash

While the investigating officer followed several leads, the blood spatter on one of the brother’s shoes was the final nail in their coffin.

Two Northern Cape brothers have been handed life sentences for allegedly killing their relative so they could claim life insurance payouts. File photo.

New variants will spread fast so don’t be complacent: Prof Abdool Karim

The Covid-19 variants detected in SA could spread β€œquite quickly” and no-one should become complacent, Prof Salim Abdool Karim warned on Tuesday.

Prof Salim Abdool Karim warned that the B.1.1.7 variant was a fast spreading strain. File photo.

Drugs worth R32m stashed under charcoal in bakkie at SA border post

May 11th 2021 at 10:06
A 63-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday morning at the Lebombo border post while travelling from Mozambique into SA.

The 63-year-old suspect will appear in court on Wednesday. Stock photo.

JSC committee to investigate complaint against arms deal judges

May 11th 2021 at 10:00
The Judicial Conduct Committee will meet on June 12 to recommend to the Judicial Service Commission whether a complaint against two judges appointed to the arms deal commission should be investigated.

Judge Willie Seriti was chair of the commission of inquiry into the arms deal. A complaint against him and fellow commissioner judge Hendrick Musi has been referred to the Judicial Conduct Committee to decide whether it should be reported to the judicial conduct tribunal. File photo.

Power generation woes in Ivory Coast and Ghana hit industry and neighbours

May 11th 2021 at 09:46
A drop in electricity generation in Ivory Coast and Ghana has left households and businesses fuming as well as cutting power supplies to neighbouring West African countries Mali and Burkina Faso, officials said.

The power regulator on Friday blamed the problem on several issues including work on transmission lines and a lack of rain that has left reservoirs depleted in the north of the country.

Eastern Cape girls born joined at the head successfully separated

'I never expected that one day I would leave this hospital with both my babies alive,' says mom Ntombikayise Tyhalisi, 31.

Conjoined twins Siphosethu and Amahle Tyhalisi were successfully separated.

AKA’s father Tony Forbes responds to #MuteAKA calls

AKA's father has accused Women For Change of judging his son without gathering all necessary facts

AKA's father Tony Forbes, second from the left, has spoken out in his son's defence.

German regulator bans Facebook from processing WhatsApp user data

May 11th 2021 at 09:09
Germany's lead data protection regulator for Facebook is banning the social network from processing personal data from WhatsApp users because it views the messaging app's new terms of use as illegal, it said on Tuesday.

Mozambican caught with R32m drug haul

Man (63) sought to cross border into SA with heroine, tik

Stock photo.

Arrests in two provinces for recruitment scams

May 11th 2021 at 08:54
People paid R600 for a three-month contract job and R5,000 for a permanent position in a recruitment scam, said the Hawks' Lloyd Ramovha.

People paid R600 for a three-month contract job and R5,000 for a permanent position in a recruitment scam. Stock photo.

Zim Ngqawana remembered for his open mind for music

Jazz icon celebrated on 10th anniversary of his passing

Zim Ngqawana. File photo.

Adapt IT boss takes leave, says allegations are without merit

May 11th 2021 at 08:34
JSE-listed Adapt IT's CEO Sbu Shabalala has confirmed he has taken β€œextended leave” to rest while he deals with β€œpersonal battles”.

Adapt IT CEO Sibusiso Shabalala has taken a leave of absence. File photo.

Renowned artist Faith XLVII pays tribute to women with spectacular Braamfontein mural

May 11th 2021 at 08:23
South African multi-disciplinary artist Faith XLVII honours the women of SA with spectacular mural.

Gold Dust mural by Faith XLVII.

'I'm sick and tired of criminals like Lucky Montana'

β€œIt is clear to me that Mr Montana, like many criminals before him, is using the Zondo commission to attack, to intimidate and criminally defame those that have called for his arrest and prosecution,” said O'Sullivan.

Paul O'Sullivan has responded to Lucky Montana calling him a 'criminal'. File photo.

Why new Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos starts on an advantage

May 11th 2021 at 07:34
Starting on a clean slate can be an advantage for Hugo Broosβ€š the new Bafana Bafana coach has saidβ€š while acknowledging he has a crash course to undergo on South African football before the national team’s World Cup qualifiers in September.

New Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos arrived at the O.R Tambo International Airport on Monday night.

New 'head of eggs' says organisation is taking bird flu outbreak very seriously

The South African Poultry Association's (SAPA's) new Egg Organisation general manager Dr Abongile Balarane said the association was on high alert over the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in SA.

Chickens on traditional free range poultry farm. A broiler breeder farm in Worcester, Western Cape, last week was the latest to detect the virus, after five other farms in Gauteng and the North West were infected.

WHO classifies India variant as being of global concern

May 10th 2021 at 15:20
The World Health Organization said on Monday that the coronavirus variant first identified in India last year was being classified as a variant of global concern, with some preliminary studies showing that it spreads more easily.

WHO said the coronavirus variant identified in India was being classified as a variant of global concern.

IN PICS | Seven dead, N3 closed in both directions after fiery N3 pile-up

Seven people have been confirmed dead in a horror crash on the N3 highway.

A bus, tanker and multiple cars were involved in a collision near Hidcote on the N3, between Mooi River and Estcourt, leaving seven people dead and many injured.

Mom 'poisons herself and four of her six sons' after row with husband

Police in Coligny are investigating four counts of murder and an inquest docket after a 38-year-old mother allegedly poisoned herself and four of her six sons.

Police in Coligny are investigating four counts of murder and inquest docket after a 38-year-old mother and her four sons, aged between 2 months and 15 years were found dead in a house in Vaalbank.

Botswana and Zambia agree to work with Zimbabwe 'in principle' on Kazungula Bridge

May 10th 2021 at 12:43
Botswana and Zambia have agreed in principle to incorporate Zimbabwe into the Kazungula Bridge lying across the Zambezi River and One Stop Border linking the two countries.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu leads his then-Botswana counterpart, Ian Khama (centre, hat in hands), during their tour of the Kazungula bridge construction site in this file photo.

'Ogre of the Ardennes' serial killer dies in French prison hospital

May 10th 2021 at 12:17
Michel Fourniret, one of France's most notorious serial killers, has died in a hospital jail, the public prosecutor said on Monday.

Self-confessed French serial killer Michel Fourniret arrives at Charleville-Mezieres courthouse on the last day of his trial on May 28 2008.

Woman found dead in car at Hartbeespoort Dam on Saturday identified

The 39-year-old woman who was found dead in her car in Hartebeespoort Dam on Saturday morning has been identified as Josina Matsepa from Centurion.

Josina Matsepa, 39, was found dead in her partly submerged car.

Rapists target woman during Nancefield Hostel protest

There have been no arrests yet after the violent gang-rape of a 45-year-old woman during a service protest in Klipspruit, Soweto, on Saturday.

Ashes remain on the roads leading to Nancefield Hostel in Soweto where four cars were burnt during a protest over electricity on Saturday May 8 2021.

ANC tells Ace Magashule: Apologise or face disciplinary action

Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has been dealt another blow after the party’s national executive committee (NEC) resolved that disciplinary action be taken against him over his defiant behaviour if he does not make a public apology.

Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has been ordered to make a public apology. File photo.

Police clampdown results in more than 1,000 weekend arrests across Gauteng

Gauteng police had busy days on Friday and Sunday, arresting 1,090 people for various crimes across the province.

An anti-crime operation netted 1,090 suspects for various crimes in Gauteng. Stock photo.

800 Western Cape cops probed for abusing state cars and breaching road regulations

Over the past three years, 799 Western Cape police officers were investigated for breaching policies around the use of state vehicles.

Hundreds of Western Cape police officers were investigated for the alleged abuse of state vehicles, including drunken driving incidents. File photo.

ANC branches openly campaign for Magashule to stay

As the ANC was concluding its heated special national executive committee (NEC) meeting on Monday, several KwaZulu-Natal branches who mobilised themselves in support of suspended party secretary general Ace Magashule vowed to continue to openly campaign against the β€œstep aside” rule for criminally charged leaders of the party.

Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule.

Oil gains after cyberattack forces shutdown of U.S. fuel pipelines

May 10th 2021 at 08:34
Oil rose on Monday after a cyberattack forced the shutdown of major fuel pipelines in the United States and raised concerns about supply disruption, outweighing rising coronavirus cases in Asia.

Holding tanks are seen at Colonial Pipeline's Charlotte Tank Farm in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. an undated photograph in this file photo.

Enter to take part in the SanParks relationship boot camp reality series

May 10th 2021 at 08:25
SPONSORED | The Sanparks reality TV series will air on DStv Mzansi Magic channel 161

The reality series will put four groups of two through various physical, mental and emotional tasks, guided by an experienced life coach.

Goodbye, Jack Mabaso: Vusi Kunene to leave Generations The Legacy

May 10th 2021 at 08:08
Wednesday’s episode of Generations The Legacy is set to leave you on the edge of your couch as Vusi Kunene makes a thrilling exit.

Cash-in-transit guard bust after 'loading millions into car boot'

May 10th 2021 at 08:04
The man allegedly loaded the money bag into his private vehicle, left the premises without being searched and never returned to work.

The guard allegedly loaded millions of rand into his vehicle and never returned to work. Stock photo.

Belgian coach Broos arrives in SA on Monday night ready to present his Bafana masterplan to the nation

New Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos arrives in South Africa on Monday night ready to begin the arduous task of reclaiming the national team's place at the continental head table after years on the sidelines.

Hugo Broos led Cameroon to 2017 Africa Cup of Nations glory in Gabon.

Giant sinkholes leave roads disfigured in Gauteng and Western Cape

Collapsing infrastructure and heavy downpours have led to the closure of two major roads.

A metro police officer demonstrates the severity of the damage to the road in Soweto. Both lanes have been closed and motorists are using the Rea Vaya lane.

Four easy ways to get your vehicle ready for winter

May 10th 2021 at 07:54
Temperatures across SA are gradually falling, and the full onset of winter is imminent. The Automobile Association (AA) says it’s important for motorists to be aware of the change in climate, and to prepare adequately for the cold months ahead.

Chilly winter conditions can play havoc with your motor vehicle.

Mngqithi says Sundowns not focusing on log table: 'Our focus is on our processes'

Rampant champions Mamelodi Sundowns are cruising to an unprecedented record-breaking fourth Premiership title on the trot but coach Manqoba Mngqithi insists they are not even looking at the log tableβ€š even though they enjoy an intimidating lead.

Manqoba Mnqgithi, Steve Komphela and Rulani Mokwena are on course to win their first Premiership title as Mamelodi Sundowns co-coaches.

TTM chairman Sello awards the entire R7m Cup winnings to his players and staff

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) chairman Abram Sello has decided to give the entire Nedbank Cup R7m winnings to his playersβ€š staff and other members of the team.

Tshakhuma FC chairman Abram Sello watches on from the stands during a Premiership match in Durban.

Myanmar poet dies, with the organs removed after being detained, his family says

May 10th 2021 at 07:29
Myanmar poet Khet Thi, whose works declare resistance to the ruling junta, died in detention overnight and his body was returned with the organs removed, his family said on Sunday.

Chaw Su said the army had planned to bury him but that she pleaded with them for the body. She did not say how she knew her husband's organs had been removed.

Bring back your empty oxygen tanks to help conquer Covid-19, Nepal urges Everest climbers

May 10th 2021 at 07:27
Nepal is so short of oxygen canisters that it has asked climbers on Mount Everest to bring back their empties instead of abandoning them on mountain slopes, an official said on Monday, as it struggles with a second wave of the coronavirus.

On Sunday, Nepal reported a daily increase of 8,777 infections, 30 times the number recorded on April 9. The total caseload stands at 394,667 and 3,720 deaths, according to government data.

Lacoste x Polaroid: Let the colour in

May 10th 2021 at 07:15
SPONSORED | Lacoste is in full colour for its Spring 2021 collection

Lacoste x Polaroid.

Enhle Mbali, Somizi & Khanyi Mbau: 3 things you need to know from the weekend

May 10th 2021 at 07:01
From a leaked alleged domestic abuse video to a high-profile Twitter lover’s tiff, this weekend was definitely like a scene from a Mzansi Magic telenovela.

Footage shows alleged β€˜tumultuous’ side to AKA and Nelli’s relationship

Footage shared on social media shows scenes from an incident that allegedly took place a month before Nelli Tembe's death.

The investigation into the death of AKA's fiancΓ©e Nelli Tembe is ongoing.

Clicks to acquire Pick n Pay's pharmacies

May 10th 2021 at 06:18
Pharmacist Clicks said on Monday it planned to acquire 25 in-store pharmacies, their drug stocks and staff from retailer Pick n Pay .

Clicks, which will rebrand the pharmacies, has been on a drive to extend the reach of its network. This latest acquisition increases its number of outlets to 632 nationally.

Ready-made meals help feed desire for Sumthing Tasty

Thobile Dlani, whose popular eatery Sumthing Tasty has been on everybody’s lips in KwaZulu-Natal, is now supplying two Spar stores with her ready-to-eat meals.

Thobile Dlani

READER LETTER | Buthelezi a role model for us all

May 10th 2021 at 05:17
How wonderful it was to hear the conventional prime minister of the kingdom of AmaZulu, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, saying, la ekhaya (here at home), when referring to the household of King Zwelithini.

Traditional prime minister for the Zulu nation Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

ANC slams leaks from its NEC meeting

The ANC says it is concerned by the consistent leaking of its internal discussions to the media.

ANC decries leaks from its NEC meetings

Ecstasy tablets destined for Gqeberha confiscated

May 9th 2021 at 09:24
A 37-year-old man travelling by bus from Gauteng to Gqeberha, allegedly with a cocktail of drugs in his possession, was arrested on Saturday after the vehicle was intercepted in Motherwell.

New Zealand cricketers Boult, Neesham arrive in Auckland after IPL's suspension

May 9th 2021 at 08:47
New Zealand players including Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham were among a first group to return to the country from the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday after the series was abruptly suspended, the Herald reported.

The IPL was postponed indefinetely due to the dire Covid-19 situation in India.

WATCH | Woman relaxes on lawn watching her home go up in flames

May 9th 2021 at 08:27
A Maryland, US, woman allegedly set her house on fire with her house mates still inside and then sat and watched it go up in flames.

Heavy winds cause havoc at Witbank yachting regatta

A yachting competition almost resulted in tragedy at the Witbank Dam in Mpumalanga on Saturday because of the heavy winds.

Two men were rescued after they were thrown off their yacht in the Witbank Dam on Saturday.

Suspected abalone poachers heading to court

May 9th 2021 at 08:24
A joint operation between the Gqeberha K9 unit and a private anti-poaching unit, led to the arrest of two suspects and abalone being confiscated on Friday morning.

Two men will appear in the Gqeberha magistrate's court on Monday after allegedly being found in possession of illegal abalone.

Sascoc officially rejects majority independent board at Cricket SA

Cricket South Africa (CSA) are headed for yet another battle and this time with the controlling body for all sporting codesβ€š Sascocβ€š over the controversial amendments of the Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI)β€š which serves as the cricket body’s constitution.

Sascoc president Barry Hendricks says the organisation's membership has rejected a majority independent board at Cricket South Africa at the general council meeting on Saturday May 8 2021.

KZN premier refutes police VIP protection withdrawal reports

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial government has dismissed reports that police VIP protection to the Zulu royal family has been withdrawn.

Prince Misuzulu, the eldest son of the late Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, has been named as the new Zulu King.

Jake White a happy man as the Bulls's plan comes together: 'I'm really proud'

Bulls director of rugby Jake White owed much of his team's success over the Stormers in their Rainbow Cup SA clash in Cape Town to fastidious planning.

The Vodacom Bulls were on the ropes for a better part of their match againt the DHL Stormers but the Pretoria side still managed to grind out a victory.

Cops hunt for Mashishing community members involved in mob justice attack

Mpumalanga police are searching for community members allegedly involved in a mob justice attack which resulted in the deaths of two men and left three others severely injured.

Police are searching for Mashishing community members who were involved in the mob justice attack of five people - two of whom have died.

40 illegal firearms confiscated in Gauteng this week alone

Gauteng police this week seized 40 illegal firearms and more than 480 rounds of ammunition during various operations.

One of the 40 illegal firearms and ammunition seized by Gauteng police this week.

ANC denies allegations that Mabuza and Mashatile pocketed money

The ANC has denied allegations that its deputy president David "DD" Mabuza and treasurer-general Paul Mashatile pocketed millions meant for the party's coffers.

ANC denies its deputy president and treasurer-general pocketed monies meant for its coffers

Major drug busts in Western Cape 'a blow for illicit trade'

May 9th 2021 at 06:25
Western Cape police believe they have made a large dent in the illicit drug trade, after three major busts in two days.

Western Cape police believe they have made a large dent in the illicit drug trade, after three major busts in two days.

Thrilled Brad Thorn hails Reds' dramatic Super Rugby win

May 9th 2021 at 06:21
The Reds' coach Brad Thorn hailed his team's thrilling late win over the Brumbies at a packed Brisbane Stadium in the Super Rugby AU final on Sunday, describing it as the perfect tonic after a challenging year for Australian rugby.

The Reds are the 2021 Super Rugby AU champions.

Chelsea high on confidence after dramatic win over City, says coach Tuchel

May 9th 2021 at 06:13
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel praised his team's performance and said they were high on confidence following Saturday's dramatic 2-1 Premier League win at Manchester City which delayed the Etihad club's title celebrations.

Chelsea will face Manchester United in the Uefa Champions League final high on confidence.

AKA responds to reports of 'violence and drugs' in his relationship with Nelli Tembe

AKA has hit back at an alleged violent incident that took place a month before Nelli Tembe's death.

AKA has addressed allegations surrounding his relationship with late fiancΓ©e Anele 'Nelli' Tembe.

Musk boosts his brand, and NBCUniversal's, on 'Saturday Night Live'

May 9th 2021 at 05:32
Billionaire Elon Musk dropped a surprise early in his hotly anticipated turn as host of β€œSaturday Night Live,” saying in his monologue that he β€œis the first person with Asperger's” to host the show, before clowning through skits for the first global live stream of the NBCUniversal comedy show.

In the end, Musk will keep his day jobs. Still, the β€œSaturday Night Live” appearance offered plenty of synergies with his real gigs as β€œtechnoking” and CEO of Tesla Inc, head of rocket launch company SpaceX and even chief of the Boring Company, a tunnel construction venture.

Delicate negotiations going on about Champions League final venue: UK minister

May 9th 2021 at 05:16
Delicate negotiations are going on between the British government, European soccer's governing body UEFA and others about where the Champions League final should be played, senior British minister Michael Gove said on Sunday.

The final, scheduled for May 29, will be between two English clubs, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Tokyo's Olympic Stadium holds track and field test event, minus fans

May 9th 2021 at 04:07
Hundreds of athletes, including US sprinter Justin Gatlin, participated in a test event at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday, as organisers fined tuned operations and practiced Covid-19 countermeasures with under three months to go before the Tokyo Games begin.

General view inside the stadium.

SNAPS | Annie Ludick of 'RHOD' and husband Kgolo Mthembu tie the knot in dream wedding

"Real Housewives Of Durban" star Annie-Toni Ludick officially became Mrs Mthembu in a dreamy wedding ceremony.

Annie Ludwick and her hubby Kgolo Mthembu tied the knot.

Six robbery suspects and a bystander killed in shoot-out with police in KZN

Six gunmen who attempted to rob a butchery in northern KwaZulu-Natal and a bystander were killed in a shoot-out with police on Friday night.

Six men who tried to rob a butchery in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Friday were killed in a shoot-out with police. A bystander was also killed.

Hoping to lure back tourists, Greece reopens beaches after lockdown

May 9th 2021 at 03:02
With widely spaced sun loungers and regular disinfections, Greece reopened its organised beaches on Saturday as the popular Mediterranean holiday destination eases Covid-19 curbs in preparation for the return of foreign visitors next week.

A general view of a beach during the official reopening of beaches to the public, following the easing of measures against the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Athens, Greece, May 8, 2021.

St Lucia fisherman severely injured after being struck by towing rope

A fisherman was severely injured when a towing rope struck him at Mapelane Beach in St Lucia, KwaZulu-Natal.

The National Sea Rescue Institute on Saturday said the fisherman had been towing a ski-boat to be launched in the surf when the towing rope snapped causing the rope recoil to strike the man on the back and he collapsed severely injured.

China says rocket debris landed in Indian Ocean west of Maldives

May 9th 2021 at 02:57
Remnants of China's biggest rocket landed in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, with the bulk of its components destroyed upon re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere, according to Chinese state media, ending days of speculation over where the debris would hit.

People watch from a beach as the Long March-5B Y2 rocket, carrying the core module of China's space station Tianhe, takes off from Wenchang Space Launch Center in Hainan province, China April 29, 2021.

Bees in the Netherlands trained to detect Covid-19 infections

May 9th 2021 at 02:49
Dutch researchers have trained bees, which have an unusually keen sense of smell, to identify samples infected with Covid-19, a finding they said could cut waiting times for test results to just seconds.

Dutch researchers have trained bees to detect Covid-19 infected samples, a finding they say could cut the waiting time for test results to seconds.

Nedbank Cup final player ratings: TTM's Ndlondlo a cut above again

Player ratings of the Nedbank Cup final, where Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) defeated Chippa United 1-0 at Free State Stadium on Saturday night, with Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo scoring the winning long range strike in the 27th minute.

Tshakhuma FC celebrates lifting the trophy during the Nedbank Cup final matvh between Tshakhuma FC and Chippa United at Free State Stadium on May 08, 2021 in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Bulls call on poise and precision to edge out Stormers

May 8th 2021 at 14:30
The Bulls, this time a little lighter in their application of bulk and brawn called on matador-like poise and precision to draw the sting from the Stormers in their 20-16 Rainbow Cup win on Saturday.

Pieter-Steph du Toit of the Stormers during the PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA match between DHL Stormers and Vodacom Bulls at Cape Town Stadium on May 08, 2021 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila produce fiery display to lift the Nedbank Cup

May 8th 2021 at 14:11
Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) will not exist by that name past the 2020-21 season, but before that title disappears the Limpopo side have lifted a trophy.

TTM are the Nedbank Cup final winners after beating Chippa United 1-0 on Saturday’s night.

Sharks claim victory over Lions at Jonsson King's Park

The Sharks have found their footing in this Pro14 Rainbow Cup SA while the Lions are worryingly stuttering out of the blocks.

Jeremy Ward of the Cell C Sharks gets past Courtnall Skosan of the Emirates Lions with Siya Kolisi of the Cell C Sharks close in support during the PRO14 Rainbow Cup SA match between Cell C Sharks and Emirates Lions at Jonsson Kings Park on May 08, 2021 in Durban, South Africa.

Ecstatic Hamilton celebrates his 100th pole in Spain

May 8th 2021 at 10:56
Seven-times world champion Lewis Hamilton became the first Formula One driver to take 100 pole positions after lapping fastest in Spanish Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday.

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W12 on track during practice for the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 07, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain.

Lindani Myeni was a 'victim of a racist-inspired war' β€” KZN MEC Nkonyeni

"I keep asking God if he is OK." - Lindani Myeni's widow Lindsay

KZN transport, community safety and liaison Peggy Nkonyeni conveyed her condolences to Lindani Myeni's wife, Lindsay, at the funeral on Saturday.

Cyril Ramaphosa defends Duarte over Ace Magashule's ANC suspension letter

President Cyril Ramaphosa has come to the defence of ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, saying she was mandated by the party’s national working committee to issue a suspension letter against Ace Magashule.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, left, with ANC suspended secretary-general Ace Magashule. File photo.

World Run ambassador Edwina Makgamatha fights for people with disabilities

Wheelchair-bound Edwina Makgamatha, who will participate in the Wings for Life World Run on Sunday, has become an activist for disabled people.

Edwina Makgamatha poses for a portrait at home in Johannesburg. She will participate in the Wings for Life World Run on May 9.

Bomb attack on former Maldives president linked to Islamic extremists, police say

May 8th 2021 at 10:26
Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed is conscious after life-saving surgery, his family said on Saturday, as police made two arrests in connection with a blast they said was being treated as a terror attack.

Maldives former President Mohamed Nasheed.

'Game-changer on paper but stymied by lack of resources': Joburg's 10+ plan

Deployment of officials to wards within the city of Johannesburg aims to improve crime prevention as well as observance of bylaws and resolution of service delivery issues.

Deployment of officials to wards within the city of Johannesburg aims to improve crime prevention as well as observance of bylaws and resolution of service delivery issues, says the office of mayor Geoffrey Makhubo. File photo

Organisers of #KaizerChiefsProtest: β€˜Chiefs fans are the laughing stock of SA’

May 8th 2021 at 09:03
Organisers of a fan protest planned to march to Kaizer Chiefs’ Village headquarters in Naturena on Friday say supporters of the club are fed up with being a laughing stock.

Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung and manger Bobby Motaung during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Platinum Stars at FNB Stadium on April 15, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Aleck Skhosana ousted at Athletics SA vote

May 8th 2021 at 08:48
Athletics SA (ASA) has seen a changing of guardβ€š with James Moloi ousting Aleck Skhosana as president at the sports body's elections in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Richard Stander (CEO) of ASA, Aleck Skhosana (former president of ASA) and James Moloi (National Marathon Championships) of ASA during the ASA press briefing about its president Aleck Skhosana's SASCOC presidency candidacy at Athletics House, Houghton Estate on March 11, 2020 in Johannesburg.

101 carat diamond to be auctioned in Geneva jewellery sale

May 8th 2021 at 08:30
The largest diamond ever cut in Russia β€” a 100.94 carat stone called the Alrosa Spectacle β€” will be auctioned in Geneva later this month.

A staff holds a D colour, internally flawless rectangular step-cut diamond of 100.94 carats during a preview at Christie's before its auction sale in Geneva, Switzerland, May 7, 2021.

Hawks nab transport museum cleaner for theft of copper from locomotives

May 8th 2021 at 07:48
Stolen copper pipes weighing a total of 2,8kg were seized from the suspect. The damage to the steam locomotives is estimated at about R215,000.

Stolen copper pipes weighing a total of 2,8kg were seized from the suspect, a cleaner working at the transport museum. The damage to the steam locomotives is estimated at about R215,000. File photo.

Severe storm claims four lives in the Western Cape

May 8th 2021 at 06:57
A severe storm that battered parts of the Western Cape this week claimed four lives.

Western Cape legislature speaker Masizole Mnqasela helped with the distribution of food and blankets to Overberg residents displaced by floods.

Strategic Dialogue Group wants Ace Magashule charged for suspending Ramaphosa

β€œAs a matter of principle, those who make themselves available for leadership have an obligation to lead by example – what the auditing profession refers to as the 'tone at the top' – and to safeguard the integrity and image of the institutions they lead,” the group said.

Ace Magashule, the suspended ANC secretary general. File image

Ace Magashule kicked out of heated ANC NEC meeting

May 8th 2021 at 06:28
Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule was booted out of the party's virtual national executive committee [NEC] meeting which started on Saturday morning.

Ace Magashule

Cape Flats health staff besieged by criminals

May 8th 2021 at 06:21
Staff at various Cape Flats clinics have been robbed at gunpoint. Computers and personal protection equipment have been stolen in other clinics. Another one has no electricity after cables were stolen.

A clinic in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, was ransacked in July 2020, according to the city.

ANC Women's League ditches suspended Ace Magashule

β€œThe ANCWL chooses the ANC above all divisions in the movement. We refuse to be drawn in the differences of ANC men who don’t care about the future of the liberation movement.”

Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule

Four ex-cops indicted on US civil rights charges in George Floyd killing

May 8th 2021 at 05:47
Four former Minneapolis police officers face federal civil rights charges for their role in the arrest and murder of George Floyd, according to court documents unsealed on Friday, showing the Justice Department's tougher stance in such cases.

Former Minneapolis police officers (clockwise from top left) Derek Chauvin, Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng poses in a combination of booking photographs from the Minnesota Department of Corrections and Hennepin County Jail in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US.

Zimbabweans rally to #ResistDictatorship

May 8th 2021 at 05:19
There are fears that Zanu-PF could also push for an increase in the minimum age limit of presidential election candidates from 40 to 52. If this goes ahead, it would effectively disqualify MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa from challenging for the top job in 2023.

There are fears that Zanu PF could also push for an increase in the minimum age limit of presidential election candidates from 40 to 52. If this goes ahead, it would effectively disqualify MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa from challenging for the top job in 2023.

SA football mourns tragic death of assistant referee Shaun Olive

May 8th 2021 at 05:04
South African football has been left mourning the death in tragic circumstances of match official Shaun Olive following a car accident.

SAFA mourns late Assistant Referee Shaun Olive.

Vaccine tourism: South Africans cross border to Zimbabwe for Covid-19 jab

May 8th 2021 at 04:37
With a slow vaccine rollout in several African countries, travellers keen for the jab are visiting Zimbabwe where private clinics can administer it, at a 'reasonable' cost.

With a slow vaccine rollout in several African countries, travellers keen for the jab are visiting Zimbabwe where private clinics can administer it, at a 'reasonable' cost. The initiative has the approval of Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa. File photo.

Western Cape couple found dead in bedroom with gunshot wounds to their heads

May 8th 2021 at 04:31
Western Cape police are investigating the death of a couple found dead in their bedroom with bullet wounds to their heads.

Police are investigating the death of a George, Western Cape, couple found with bullet wounds to their heads.

Neymar to extend PSG contract on Saturday - report

May 8th 2021 at 04:20
Brazil forward Neymar will extend his contract on Saturday with Paris St Germain by four years until 2026, French sports daily L'Equipe reported on Friday.

Paris St Germain's Neymar.

WHO approves Sinopharm vaccine in potential boost to COVAX pipeline

May 8th 2021 at 04:14
The World Health Organization (WHO) approved for emergency use a COVID-19 vaccine from China's state-owned drugmaker Sinopharm on Friday, bolstering Beijing's push for a bigger role in inoculating the world.

Doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine.

Coates says 'safe and successful' Tokyo Games will go ahead

May 8th 2021 at 03:42
International Olympic committee (IOC) Vice President John Coates said on Saturday that the Tokyo Olympics will go ahead in July and August because organisers have designed a "custom-made Olympic bubble" to protect athletes and the Japanese people.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach (R) and chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games coordination committee John Coates (L) attend a joint press conference between the IOC and Tokyo 2020 on November 16, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Mr Bach is making a three-day visit to Tokyo to discuss the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games that were postponed because of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Veteran tax practitioner fined for failing to submit tax returns

May 8th 2021 at 03:36
A seasoned Western Cape tax practitioner has been fined R16,000 for failing to submit tax turns.

A seasoned tax practitioner has been fined R16,000 for failing to submit tax returns for four years.

Chinese rocket debris set for re-entry by early Sunday - U.S. R&D centre

May 8th 2021 at 03:25
Remnants of China's largest rocket launched last week are expected to plunge back through the atmosphere late Saturday or early Sunday, a U.S. federally funded space-focused research and development centre said.

The debris is expected to land on Saturday night or Sunday.

Premier Winde's diabetes does a 180 thanks to work with wellness NPO

In just 21 days, Western Cape premier Alan Winde, 56, has managed to turn his 12-year history of type 2 diabetes around with the help of a wellness NPO in Cape Town.

Western Cape premier Alan Winde has managed to reset his diabetes using the Ubuntu Wellness centre's supervised 21-day plant-based eating programme.

Defiant Magashule says he will attend this weekend's ANC NEC meeting

May 7th 2021 at 13:53
Suspended ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule remains defiant, saying he remains in his position and will attend this weekend's crucial national executive committee meeting.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule.

BREAKING | Prince Misuzulu Zulu named new Zulu King

May 7th 2021 at 13:23
In her will, the late regent of the Zulu kingdom Queen Mantfombi Dlamini bequeathed the monarchy to her first son, Prince Misuzulu Zulu.

Prince Misuzulu, the eldest son of the late Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, has been named as the new Zulu King.

Justice department on its way to turning around performance, DG says

May 7th 2021 at 12:11
The justice and constitutional development department is well on its way to turning around its performance, director-general advocate Doctor Mashabane said on Friday.

The justice department says its turnaround plan will improve its performance. Stock photo.

Health services suffer as budget is prioritised to deal with Covid-19

Basic health services were severely hampered in the last financial yearΒ as the national health department shifted its resources towards fighting Covid-19, parliament heard on Friday.

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the health department to redirect funds away from essential maintenance and health services, including the fight against TB and HIV/Aids. Stock photo.

Third wave is likely to be less severe, says Gauteng command council

The third wave of Covid-19 infections is likely to be less severe than previous waves, provided there are no significant virus mutations and if super-spreader events are avoided, the Gauteng command council says.

Gauteng premier David Makhura called on people to adhere to the restrictions and health protocols in all public places and at all times to avoid a third wave of Covid-19 infections. File photo.

Father of high school pupil 'called the k-word' wants teacher fired

The teacher, who allegedly sprayed the pupil with sanitiser and called him the k-word, has been suspended.

The father of a Gauteng high school pupil who was allegedly called the k-word by his teacher wants her fired. Stock photo.

Lewis Hamilton fastest in Spanish GP practice

May 7th 2021 at 10:25
Seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest in Spanish Grand Prix practice on Friday as the Mercedes driver prepared for a weekend that could bring him a record-stretching 100th Formula One pole position and boost his overall lead.

Valtteri Bottas of Finland driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 leads George Russell of Great Britain driving the (63) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W11 during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Sakhir at Bahrain International Circuit on December 05, 2020 in Bahrain, Bahrain.

SABC retrenchments will have no impact on election coverage, parliament told

The recent retrenchments will have no impact on the quality of the coverage of local government elections in October, said the group's executive for news, Phathiswa Magopeni.

The SABC says the recent retrenchments at the public broadcaster will not effect the quality of its coverage of the local elections later this year. File photo.

Family of Enock Mpianzi reach settlement with Gauteng education department after pupil's death

The Gauteng education department has reached an out-of-court settlement with the Mpianzi family with regards to the death of grade 8 pupil Enock Mpianzi in January 2019.

Pupils attend the memorial service for Enock Mpianzi at Parktown Boys' High on January 28 2020. Mpianzi drowned while at a school orientation camp in Brits, North West. File photo.

WATCH | 'These wounds keep being opened all over again': Pule’s family relives trauma

May 7th 2021 at 09:56
A second bid to be released on bail by Ntuthuko Shoba has failed in the Roodepoort magistrate’s court.

Why the Nedbank Cup final is giving TTM coach Dylan Kerr a migraine

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) coach Dylan Kerr says he is going to have a migraine trying to select the team for the Nedbank Cup final against Chippa United in Bloemfontein on Saturday night (kickoff 6pm).

TTM headcoach Dylan Kerr.

Senior Eskom manager's bank account frozen, with R11m inside

May 7th 2021 at 09:37
The Special Tribunal on Friday froze the bank accounts of a senior Eskom manager over millions in alleged kickbacks.

The Special Tribunal on Friday froze the bank accounts of a senior Eskom manager over R11m in alleged kickbacks which had been paid to him. File photo.

UN says armed attacks in Burkina Faso displace over 17,500 in past 10 days

May 7th 2021 at 08:55
More than 17,500 people in Burkina Faso have been forcefully displaced from their homes in the past 10 days due to a series of attacks by unidentified armed groups that have killed 45 people, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.

Armed attacks in Burkina Faso have left thousands misplaced.

Free webinar | The remarkable rise of AmaZulu Football Club

May 7th 2021 at 08:50
Join SowetanLive and astute businessman Zungu as he narrates the story behind reawakening this giant, AmaZulu, in a webinar on Thursday, 13 May, from 1pm.

Amazulu coach Benni McCarthy with his club chairman Sandile Zungu

Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu’s will to be read on Friday

May 7th 2021 at 08:44
The Zulu royal family is likely to know the contents of the last will and testament of Queen Mantfombi Dlamini at 5pm on Friday.

Traditional prime minister Mangosuthu Buthelezi speaks at the memorial service of Queen Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu in Nongoma on Friday.

Chiefs β€˜aware of’ and β€˜will discuss’ Twitter posts trending on β€˜#KaizerChiefsProtest’

May 7th 2021 at 08:35
Kaizer Chiefs are aware of a hashtag that was trending on Twitter on Friday that appeared to suggest fans might march on the team’s headquarters in Naturena this month in protest at Amakhosi’s poor performance.

Fans during the Carling Black Label Champion Cup match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Stadium on July 29, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. At least two people have been reported to have been killed and several injured in a crush during the game at South Africa's biggest stadium.

Star-studded list of nominees for 2021 South African Afro Music Awards

Rising star Ami Faku has scored herself three nods in the 2021 South African Afro Music Awards (Saafma ) that were announced on Friday.

Ami Faku has been nominated for an award.

Shekhinah's β€˜Trouble in Paradise’ album narrates how she overcame heartbreak

May 7th 2021 at 07:36
Shekhinah's new album will have you in your feels.

Shekhinah Thandi Donnell's long-awaited sophomore album, Trouble in Paradise is out!

WATCH | More dashcam footage of Lloyd Mtombeni's hair-raising escape from armed robbers

More dashcam footage of Leo Prinsloo and Lloyd Mtombeni's infamous robbery incident has been released.

More dashcam footage of Leo Prinsloo and Lloyd Mtombeni's escape from attack by armed robbers has been released.

Prince Misuzulu calls for unity in Zulu royal household during heartfelt tribute to his mother

Prince Misuzulu, the firstborn son of the late Zulu regent, Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, has called for unity in the Zulu royal household.

Prince Misuzulu, the eldest son of the late Queen Shiyiwe Mantfombi Dlamini Zulu, paid a heartfelt tribute to her and called for unity in the Zulu royal household.