Author: TSHWARELO ESENG MOGAKANE

Mandla Ndlovu Elected Mpumalanga Premier

Mpumalanga ANC chairperson Mandla Ndlovu has been elected premier, marking a new era for the…

‘We’ve Heard Our People’, Says Ramaphosa During The ANC Siyanqoba Rally

African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared that the governing party has listened…

Malema Tones Down On Immigration Policy, Vows To Take Over From Ramaphosa

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema took a public oath days before the May…

We’re Narrowing The Gap Between ANC and Traditional Leaders, Says Limpopo ANCYL Leader  

LIMPOPO ANC Youth League (ANCYL) chairperson Tonny Rachuene, who has won praise from traditional leaders…

Zuma Cleared To Contest 2024 Elections

Former South African President Jacob Zuma has been cleared to run as a candidate and appear on the ballot for his party, uMkhonto We Sizwe (MKP), in the upcoming general elections.  The Electoral Court in Johannesburg has upheld his appeal and set aside the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa’s (IEC) decision to disqualify his candidacy due to his previous contempt of court conviction.  The ruling paves the way for Zuma to go to Parliament. It marks a dramatic political…

R26 Billion Kwazulu-Natal Water Project Expedited  

Kwazulu-Natal water utility Umgeni-Uthukela Water says it has expedited a R26 billion water project to alleviate crippling water shortages in the eThekwini Municipality and other parts of the province.  Spokesperson Siyabonga Maphumulo says the Umkhomazi Dam project will solve the water crisis that has left millions of residents without the precious liquid for many years.  Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu visited the Lower Umkhomazi Water Scheme project on Saturday, April 6, during his whirlwind tour of key infrastructure projects,…

Mchunu Calls For Private Sector Partnership To Build Infrastructure 

Water and Sanitation Minister Senzo Mchunu has called on private sector players to come forward and partner with his department to fast-track multi-billion infrastructure development projects. Amid crippling water shortage and deteriorating infrastructure nationwide, Mchunu says he has established a partnership office in his department to allow private companies to work with the government to upgrade dams and bulk water pipes in conjunction with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA).  Addressing Mvula Trust’s 30th Anniversary celebrations in Midrand on…

Electoral Court Rules Against ANC, Paves Way For MKP To Contest Elections

In a major blow to the ANC, the Electoral Court of South Africa has ruled in favour of the uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK) Party, paving the way for former president Jacob Zuma’s party to participate in the upcoming national elections on May 29, 2024. This decision comes after weeks of uncertainty surrounding the party’s future, following attempts by the governing party to challenge the MKP’s registration in the court, which sat in Bloemfontein, Free State. The ANC’s objections centered on…

MK Party Accuses NPA Of Selective Prosecution As NA Speaker Fights Off Arrest In Court

The Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) party has accused the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) of selective prosecution and weaponising the judicial system. It also claims President Cyril Ramaphosa is using the NPA to fight his political battles and prevent the party from challenging the African National Congress (ANC) in the general elections on May 29. The Electoral Court sitting in Bloemfontein is expected to deliver a verdict in the case between the ANC and the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC). The governing…

Giyani Water Project Contractors Make ‘Significant Progress’

AFTER a decade-long delay attributed to poor performance and alleged tender irregularities, contractors appear to have made significant progress towards the R4.1 billion Giyani Bulk Water Project.   Residents say their water supply has improved since late last year, after the government made notable progress in installing water pipes and refurbishing the reservoirs.   They told African Times that while water rationing remains, the new contractors appointed by the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) have repaired leaking reservoirs and connected water…

Gauteng Health Department Granted Leave To Appeal Medical Waste Tender Ruling

In a dramatic turn of events, the Gauteng Department of Health’s multi-million rand waste management tender award has been thrown into disarray. The department has successfully secured leave to appeal the High Court’s decision that declared the R526 million tender unlawful. The saga began in November 2022, when the Gauteng Department of Health issued a tender for medical waste disposal services. Buhle Waste, a long-standing player in the industry, submitted a bid alongside nineteen other companies. However, the tender process…

MK Party Seethes Over DA’s ‘Derogatory’ Claims As IEC Raises Concerns About US Invitation

The MK Party has strongly condemned the DA’s claims that it poses a threat to national security, labelling the official opposition’s call for the US to intervene in South Africa’s upcoming general elections a “treasonous act.” The newly launched political party led by former President Jacob Zuma threatened legal action against the DA unless it withdrew the “derogatory” allegations against it. South Africa’s independent elections body, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), also expressed reservations about the DA’s unorthodox approach which…

‘IEC Leak Revolting, But Being Handled Internally,’ Says IEC Chief

The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) of South Africa has responded decisively to address concerns about the security of its systems after the leak of sensitive information from the lists of candidates of the African National Congress (ANC) and Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) political parties. An official from the country’s independent elections management body has been identified through a preliminary investigation, according to the IEC’s chief electoral officer, Sy Mamabolo. Mamabolo was addressing the media at the IEC offices in Pretoria on…

National Assembly Speaker Denies R2.3m Bribery Allegations

The Speaker of the National Assembly, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has denied the widely publicized allegations of personally benefiting from military tenders during her time as South Africa’s Minister of Defence and Military Veterans. According to the Sunday Times on Sunday, a whistleblower identified Mapisa-Nqakula as one of the beneficiaries in an affidavit to the Independent Directorate of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). It added that businesswoman Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu had decided to testify against South Africa’s legislative branch leader, who served as…

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