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Nokwanda is a passionate writer and journalism graduate. Her byline has appeared in the Sunday Independent, Pretoria News and IOL. She started her journey with TheSouthAfrican.com in their #gig4student project and through hard work, she eventually joined the news team.
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KZN: Paramedics suspended after abandoning distressed patient

By Nokwanda Ncwane 26-06-23 15:18

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health has suspended two paramedics who allegedly abandoned a patient in Umlazi and accused neighbours who were carrying her of being too slow. The incident which has been widely criticised happened on Sunday night, 25 June. PARAMEDICS ABANDON PATIENT IN UMLAZI AT NIGHT KZN Health spokesperson Agiza Holngwane said two paramedics […]

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EXPLAINER: Here’s why Eskom is implementing lower stages of load shedding

By Nokwanda Ncwane 26-06-23 11:24

Energy experts had predicted that Eskom would implement load shedding as high as Stage 8 in winter due to high demand, however the power utility is implementing lower stages. In recent months, Eskom implemented Stage 6 rolling blackouts indefinitely which negatively impacted small businesses and people’s livelihoods. WHY IS ESKOM IMPLEMENTING LOWER STAGES OF LOAD […]

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Two killed in terrible truck collision on the N2 in Zinkwazi

By Nokwanda Ncwane 26-06-23 11:16

Two people were killed following a collision between two trucks on the N2 Zinkwazi in KwaZulu-Natal. The horrific accident happened in the early hours on Monday, 26 June. TWO KILLED IN N2 TRUCK COLLISION According to the emergency service, IPSS Medical Rescue, medics arrived at the chaotic scene, with multiple injuries, and with some looting taking […]

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Eskom exemption on SO2 emissions to lower load shedding by two stages

By Nokwanda Ncwane 26-06-23 08:41

Electricity Minister Dr Kgosientsho Ramokopa  has welcomed the decision by the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment’s National Air Quality Officer to grant Eskom an exemption in terms of the Minimum Emission Standards (MES) pertaining to the sulphur dioxide (SO2) emission levels at Kusile power station. The postponement was granted on 5 June 2023 […]

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Mpumalanga motorists warned against lifting hitchhikers in THIS spot

By Nokwanda Ncwane 23-06-23 16:40

Mpumalanga police have cautioned the public against hitchhiking or lifting hitchhikers following a spate of robberies in the Kinross police precinct. Police say hitchhiking and giving lifts to hitch-hikers may result in crimes such as robberies or risk the lives of those engaged in the practice. MPUMALANGA MOTORISTS AND HITCHHIKERS WARNED South African Police Service (SAPS) […]

Woman Killed in Alleged Farm Attack Near Olifantshoek

Four employees tied and locked up while suspects steal fuel

By Nokwanda Ncwane 23-06-23 16:26

Three suspects aged between 30 and 47 were caught red-handed stealing fuel during a business robbery at a certain energy depot in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga. The incident reportedly happened on Wednesday, 21 June 2023 around 23:00. SUSPECTS CAUGHT STEALING FUEL South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson in Mpumalanga, Brigadier Selvy Mohlala said according to an incident […]

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Johannesburg: The official water and electricity hikes

By Nokwanda Ncwane 23-06-23 13:47

Do you live in the City of Johannesburg? You might have to dig a bit deeper into your pocket when you pay for water and electricity as tariff hikes kick in in July. City of Johannesburg Finance MMC Dada Morero announced the hikes when he delivered his R80 billion budget for the 2023/24 financial year recently […]

Home Affairs official who appeared on ‘Sizokthola’ suspended

By Nokwanda Ncwane 23-06-23 11:31

The Department of Home Affairs has confirme that an immigration officer who appeared on Moja Love’s drug-busting show ‘Sizokthola’ for allegedly working with drug dealers has been suspended. The official who is based in the North West appeared on the TV show in an episode that aired on Sunday, 18 June. HOME AFFAIRS OFFICIAL SUSPENDED […]

‘Apartheid draconian rules’: EFF reacts to losing to AfriForum

By Nokwanda Ncwane 22-06-23 20:40

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says it objects to the judgement handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein which dismissed the party’s application for leave to appeal an interdict which AfriForum acquired in 2017 on illegal occupation of private property. According to the lobby group, the interdict prohibited Malema and the EFF […]

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Eskom suspends head of security fingered in R500m contract

By Nokwanda Ncwane 22-06-23 19:07

Eskom has suspended its head of security Karen Pillay amid an investigation into a R500 million contract awarded to private company Fidelity Services to investigate coal theft in 2022. Pillay has been placed on precautionary suspension to allow for the investigation to continue unhindered. ESKOM SUSPENDS KAREN PILLAY Recently Eskom said there is nothing untoward regarding the […]

Land invasion: Malema and EFF lose yet another case to AfriForum

By Nokwanda Ncwane 22-06-23 12:02

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and its leader Julius Malema suffered yet another loss after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed their application for leave to appeal an interdict which AfriForum acquired in 2017 on illegal occupation of private property. According to the lobby group, the interdict prohibited Malema and the EFF from inciting people to […]

Gautrain refutes claim that it is doing away with housing allowances

By Nokwanda Ncwane 21-06-23 14:39

Bombela Operating Company which operates the Gautrain has denied that it is scrapping housing allowances for workers as alleged by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). Last week, NUMSA spokesperson Phakamile Hlubi-Majola said the company also wants to abolish the housing allowance which enables workers to access housing. GAUTRAIN DENIES SCRAPPING HOUSING ALLOWANCE […]

SIU exploring legal options after court rules in favour of Mabuyane

By Nokwanda Ncwane 20-06-23 19:57

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) says it is considering all legal options available following the interim interdict granted to Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane regarding the probe on his academic qualifications from University of Fort Hare. On Tuesday, 20 June, the Eastern Cape High Court in Bisho handed down an order that the probe on Mabuyane’s […]

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Farm torched after owner allegedly murders theft accused suspect

By Nokwanda Ncwane 20-06-23 14:03

Police have launched a manhunt for suspects responsible for torching a farm that belongs to a business woman in Elandskraal, Limpopo. The incident happened on Sunday, 18 June 2023 at about 17:00. FARM ALLEGEDLY TORCHED IN LIMPOPO South African Police Service (SAPS) spokesperson in Limpopo, Colonel Malesela Ledwaba said according to an incident report,  a section […]

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BREAKING: Thabo Bester’s lawyers withdraw from case

By Nokwanda Ncwane 20-06-23 13:52

Facebook rapist Thabo Bester’s lawyers Advocate Jeremiah Pela and Tsireledzo Ndou have recused themselves from the case. The convicted criminal appeared virtually in court on Tuesday, 20 June at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Tshwane. THABO BESTER’S LAWYERS DUMP HIM During the court appearance, Pela said they would like to bring an application for […]

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FSCA investigating City of Joburg mayor Kabelo Gwamanda

By Nokwanda Ncwane 20-06-23 12:14

The Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA) has confirmed that it is investigating complaints received about City of Joburg Mayor Kabelo Gwamanda and his burial scheme Ithemba Lama Afrika. The confirmation by the FSCA comes as political parties in the City of Joburg have accused him of running a fraudulent ponzi scheme and have also questioned his […]

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Motshekga blames Covid-19 pandemic for low literacy rates

By Nokwanda Ncwane 19-06-23 17:52

Department of Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says losses in schooling hours because of the Covid-19 pandemic had a huge impact on the reading literacy levels of learners in South Africa. Motshekga said this on Sunday, 18 June during a media briefing following the release  of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) in […]

Gautrain strike looming: Here’s what workers are demanding

By Nokwanda Ncwane 19-06-23 15:02

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) says it is outrageous that Bombela Operating Company which operates the Gautrain wants to abolish staff cards that allow workers to travel to and from work using the train for free. NUMSA which was engaging in wage talks has deadlocked with the Gautrain management. The union has also […]

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Licence card production to increase as SA’s only machine is back

By Nokwanda Ncwane 19-06-23 12:27

The Department of Transport has confirmed that the driver’s licence card production machine is back and will be operating as per normal. The machine was taken out of production for three weeks in order to replace a broken part identified during a routine maintenance. DRIVING LICENCE CARD MACHINE BACK IN OPERATION The Department of Transport said testing […]

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Police officer arrested for altering doctor’s sick note extending leave

By Nokwanda Ncwane 15-06-23 19:41

A police officer from North West has been charged with fraud after he allegedly altered a doctor’s sick note and failed to report to work. The 43-year-old police officer, Kagiso Motlele appeared at the Setlagole Periodical Court on Tuesday, 13 June. POLICE OFFICER ALTER’S DOCTOR’S SICK NOTE Jacaranda FM reported that the officer allegedly handed in […]

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Trial date set for Era by DJ Zinhle employee who stole R96k worth stock

By Nokwanda Ncwane 15-06-23 19:22

A trial date has been set for Thabile Malatjie who allegedly stole stock at Era by DJ Zinhle owned by businesswoman Ntombezinhle Jiyane in Menlyn, Tshwane. The 23-year-old  was arrested on 12 January 2023, after police searched and found stock in her property.  However, she was subsequently released on R5000 bail. TRIAL SET FOR DJ ZINHLE’S […]

Clive Barker

Ramaphosa honours Clive Barker with a Provincial Official funeral

By Nokwanda Ncwane 15-06-23 10:24

Former Bafana Bafana Head Coach Clive “The Dog” Barker has been honoured by President Cyril Ramaphosa with a Special Provincial Official Funeral Category 2. He passed away on Saturday, 10 June will be laid to rest in Durban on Thursday,15 June 2023. CLIVE BARKER GETS PROVINCIAL FUNERAL Members of the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government led by Premier Nomusa […]

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