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Government sets record straight on KZN disaster relief funds claims

Allegations of National Treasury refusing to release disaster relief funds to the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government are "mischievous and unwarranted", says government. Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Director-General and government spokesperson, Phumla Williams, said the allegations are mischievous and unwarranted at a time when government and society are putting in all efforts to rebuild the lives and livelihoods of those affected by the floods. The all

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Call for University of Stellenbosch to investigate racist incident

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has called for the University of Stellenbosch to pull out all the stops in investigating a racist incident that has dominated media headlines. Lamola said this when he tabled the Department of Justice and Correctional Services Budget Vote on Tuesday. I would like to take this opportunity from the onset to condemn the racist incidents that continue to raise their ugly heads in some of our high schools in the country and the

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Eskom welcomes cable theft ruling

Eskom has welcomed the hefty sentence handed down by the Bronkhorstspruit Regional Court to two men who were found guilty of stealing copper cables, which belong to the power utility. The two men Anye Nkwenti and Happy Dube were sentenced to 12 and 15 years, respectively, behind bars earlier this month after the court found them guilty of possession of stolen property and malicious damage to essential infrastructure . In a statement, Eskom bemoaned the theft of critical cable an

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SA participates in international migration conference

The National Assembly House Chairperson for International Relations, Madala Ntombela, is leading a South African parliamentary delegation to a conference that will review progress made in implementing the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The global compact is the first intergovernmental agreement, prepared under the auspices of the United Nations to cover all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner. It was adopted at an

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Healing through communication in the eye of the storm

Minister in the Presidency, Mondli Gungubele, says communication can be key in bringing about healing psychological and physical scars following the devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal that caused infrastructure damage and led to a loss of lives. The Minister said this when he tabled the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Budget Vote during a mini-plenary of the National Assembly on Tuesday. The disaster in KwaZulu-Natal reminds us that the effective dissemin

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Parliament committee welcomes suspension of Stellenbosch student

The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Innovation has commended the suspension of a Stellenbosch University student, who was filmed urinating on the belongings of a fellow student. The incident was captured in a cell phone video. It took place at the Huis Marais residence on the university campus in the early hours of Sunday morning. The video depicts a white student, who broke into a black student's room, urinating on the latters belongings. The committee has

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SA still an investment destination of choice

The NDP may not be perfect, but it continues to be a guide in our vision to tackle poverty, inequality and unemployment, writes Phumla Williams.

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Taxi driver held for driving under the influence of alcohol

The Gauteng Traffic Police have arrested a public transport operator for allegedly driving a white taxi under the influence of alcohol in Carletonville, Westrand. The 36-year-old male taxi driver was arrested on Monday afternoon following a drunk driving operation conducted in Carletonville policing precinct. The alcohol breathalyzer reading was recorded at 1.24 mg/1000 ml, which is three times over the prescribed legal limit of 0.24 mg/1000. The driver was detained at Carletonv

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Lamola congratulates LGBTQIA+ groups for successful bid to host ILGA conference

Justice and Constitutional Development Minister, Ronald Lamola, has congratulated leading civil society organisations, Gender Dynamix and IRANTI, for securing the rights to host the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Intersex Association (ILGA) World Conference. The conference will be held in Cape Town in 2024 and represents the worlds largest gathering of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer, intersex and asexual+ (LGBTQIA+) persons. The conference was last

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Social justice key to fighting child labour

Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi says the fight against child labour is about social justice, creating a prosperous future and hope for children. Minister Nxesi told delegates at the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour that South Africa as a long-standing member of the International Labour Organization (ILO) had always stood for global social justice. But, in South Africa we also share the vision of the ILO and that of its member states - that of

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SA records 2 952 new COVID-19 cases

South Africa has reported 2 952 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 3 894 745. This increase represents a 16.8% positivity rate. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said there might be a backlog of COVID-19 mortality cases reported due to the ongoing audit exercise by the National Department of Health (NDoH). The NDoH has reported 16 deaths and of these, eight occurred in the past 24 48 hours. This brings the

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