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KZN man gets two life sentences for raping nieces

A KwaZulu-Natal man has been handed two life sentences and 20 years imprisonment in the Estcourt Regional Court for raping and assaulting his two nieces. According to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the two victims, aged 13 and 14, went to live with their maternal grandmother from 2016 to 2018 after their mother passed away. From then on, their mothers brother raped them at various occasions. Once, he tied the hands of one of the victims with a rope and suspended her f

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Eskom COO cleared of wrongdoing

Eskoms Chief Operating Officer (COO), Jan Oberholzer, has been cleared of all wrongdoing in a payment dispute involving construction company Aveng. A recent high court finding against the power utility in its dispute with Aveng led to Eskom approaching Advocate Nazir Cassim to seek his counsel on the way forward in his investigation into an employees grievance against Oberholzer. This court judgment, delivered in the South Gauteng division of the High Court on 11 September 2020,

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SA calls for deeper industrialisation

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel says there is a need for the African continent to deepen its levels of industrialisation while also addressing strategic vulnerabilities exposed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This requires more investment flows, economic diversification and greater policy space in the rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) for vulnerable economies commencing the hard work of economic recovery, Patel said. Patel made the call at a G20 Tr

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Thumbs up for Northern Cape Education

Basic Education Deputy Minister Dr Reginah Mhaule has commended the Northern Cape Education Department for its commitment towards improving learning outcomes. Schools in the Northern Cape are working tirelessly to ensure desired curriculum coverage prior to the 2020 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations later this year, Mhaule said. Accompanied by Northern Cape MEC for Education Zolile Monakali, Mhaule undertook a two-day oversight visit programme to Kuruman and Kathu t

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Shortlisting process for FSCA appointments underway

The process to appoint the Commissioner and up to four Deputy Commissioners of the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) has commenced, National Treasury says. According to a statement released on Friday, the process commenced with the filling of vacancies for the Shortlisting Panel appointed in 2018. This follows the gazetting of amendments to the 2018 Financial Sector Regulations on 5 August 2020. The vacancies come after the resignation of the previous South Africa

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Cabinet reiterates determination to win GBVF fight

Cabinet has reiterated its determination to fight gender-based violence and femicide (GBVF) by strengthening the law,and providing psychosocial support and advocacy programmes within communities. Based on data obtained through the South African Police Service (SAPS), government has identified 30 GBVF hotspots around the country. Cabinet has assured the affected communities that working with the police, intervention measures will be strengthened to ensure the protection and safet

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Cabinet welcomes arrests in train infrastructure vandalism

Cabinet has welcomed the recent arrests of suspects in Johannesburg and Cape Town allegedly involved in the theft of copper cables and train signal cables. Police also acted swiftly in arresting people involved in the destruction of the main road in Msinga, KwaZulu-Natal. Last week, five suspects were arrested in two separate incidents for tampering with essential infrastructure. One man was arrested after being found in possession feeder cables with a market value of R38

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President Ramaphosa to meet with Nehawu

President Cyril Ramaphosa will today engage in discussion with the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu). The meeting will be held at 12h00 at the Presidents official residence, Mahlamba Ndlopfu, in Pretoria. The meeting follows the unions submission of a memorandum to the President relating to, among others, improving occupational health and safety uniformly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as remuneration matters. Public Service an

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SA records 667 049 COVID-19 cases

South Africa recorded 1 861 new COVID-19 cases, while 77 more people succumbed to the disease on Thursday. This brings the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases to 667049 since the outbreak, while the death toll now stands at 16283. Of the latest fatalities recorded, 58 are from Gauteng, eight from KwaZulu-Natal, seven from the Eastern Cape and four from the Western Cape. Our recoveries now stand at 595 916, which translates to a recovery rate of 89.3%, said Health

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Limpopo upgrades water infrastructure

The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) in Limpopo has committed to fast track the upgrade of Flag Boshielo Water Treatment Works (WTW). The department will also increase the WTWs capacity from 12 mega litres per day to 20 mega litres per day. The department made the commitment during a media tour to the plant this week to showcase ongoing work and to give an update on other ongoing water projects in the province. DWS provincial head Lucy Kobe said that the water tre

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Parliament not set to fully open

Parliament has dismissed the Citizen newspapers claims that it will fully open for physical meetings on 5 October 2020. In a statement on Thursday, Parliamentary spokesperson Moloto Mothapo said the report is replete with blatant falsehoods and fictitious references. As if these fabrications were not bad enough, the story further claims that the "regular Cabinet programme will resume on 6 October", cringeworthily attributing this to what it calls "Parliaments communications depa

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Shift to level 1 a 'welcomed move'

South Africas move to lockdown level 1 has been welcomed by all sectors of society including labour, business, civil society and political formations, says Cabinet. According to a Cabinet statement released on Thursday, the further opening of businesses will contribute immensely to rebuilding the economy, restoring growth and creating much-needed jobs. The National State of Disaster regulations, which give effect to the announcements by the President, were gazetted on Friday, 18

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