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June 25, 2014

RUSTENBURG - Mineworkers in the platinum belt have started reporting for duty.

Wednesday marks the first day in five months that thousands of workers will set foot on a mine.

But the mining companies and Amcu have agreed the workers wont be going underground just yet.

What we're proposing is restructuring of the labour relations regime.

June 20, 2014

Murder-accused Shrien Dewani's mental health will be officially observed at Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town, the Western Cape High Court ordered on Friday.

Director of Public Prosecutions Rodney de Kock brought the application for observation before Judge President John Hlophe, when a grey-haired Dewani made his third appearance.

He said observation was necessary since the mental health report prepared by Valkenberg psychiatrist Dr Sean Baumann differed in its opinion to that of Professor Tuviah Zabow, acting on behalf of Dewani.

June 20, 2014

The joint sitting of Parliament has now adjourned with National Council of Provinces chair Thandi Modise issuing a strong warning to Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema after his party walked out of the National Assembly last night.

Malema was kicked out of Parliament on Thursday during the second day of the State of the Nation Address (Sona) debate after an altercation with Modise.

June 20, 2014

Former president Nelson Mandela's daughter Zindzi Mandela and his grandson Mandla Mandela welcomed a book by the former statesman's personal assistant, The Star reported on Friday.

At Zelda La Grange's book launch, Zindzi Mandela said people who had a close relationship with the apartheid icon were entitled to share their experiences and perspectives of him.

Mandla Mandela said the family expected that people would have experienced his grandfather in different ways and the family could not agree or disagree with the experience of others.

June 19, 2014

More fireworks are expected in Parliament on day two of the debate on the State of the Nation Address.

The DA and EFF's leaders went straight for the jugular on Wednesday, saying the President's speech was peppered with nothing but empty promises.

Maimane took a stab at the Presidents promise of radical economic transformation.

Radical plans are not in of themselves good just because they are called radical, its just the same as wearing a beret does not make you a revolutionary," said Maimane.

June 18, 2014

The ruling party had high praise for President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address on Tuesday, but opposition leaders described it as "mediocre" and "muted".

"What was important about the speech is that it is converting the manifesto of the ANC into a programme of action," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told reporters outside the National Assembly.

He described it as an "action-oriented" speech.

June 18, 2014

Power utility Eskom is warning consumers of more possible load reductions scheduled this evening from 5:30 to 6:30pm.

Eskom spokesperson Andrew Etzinger says the power cuts  implemented are because the power system remains severely costraints.

Last night, during the state of the nation address President Jacob Zuma announced government has embark on plan to restructure the energy sector.

Zuma says progress at the multibillion Medupi power station will be accelerated to ensure its power delivery - by the December 2014

June 17, 2014

President Jacob Zuma is expected to make his first public appearance in over a week when he delivers his seventh state-of-the-nation address on Tuesday evening.

Parliament is expected to be a hive of activity as workers cleared the ceremonial path Zuma is expected to walk before he enters the National Assembly.

Zuma is expected to be escorted through the streets of Cape Town by the military and mounted police.

June 17, 2014

President Jacob Zuma's state of the nation address is crucial for the economy as investors are growing worried about a lack of direction and the strike in the platinum sector.

The five month strike is seen as a symbol of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union's growing strength in the mining industry.

June 13, 2014

Its all systems go for the State of The Nation address on June 17 , despite concerns around President Jacob Zuma's health.

The ruling party says they are confident the president would be able to carry out his duties, highlighting the country's growth path for the next five year.

Zuma has however had to cancel several engagements because of exhaustion.

June 12, 2014

The memorial service for former president Thabo Mbeki's mother, Epainette Mbeki, will be held at the King Hintsa FET College in Dutywa in the Eastern Cape at noon on Thursday.

MaMbeki died in a private hospital in East London on Saturday after a short illness.  Mbeki (98) will be accorded a Special  Provincial Official funeral at her home in the Ngcingwane village of Dutywa on Saturday.

The Presidency says the honour is reserved for distinguished South African citizens who have made a meaningful contribution to nation-building.

June 5, 2014

President Jacob Zuma has appointed National Freedom Party leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi as Deputy Science and Technology Minister, the presidency announced on Thursday.

KaMagwaza-Msibi, 52, would take her oath of office at a swearing in ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday.

The post was formerly held by Mike Masutha, who is now serving as justice minister in Zuma's new Cabinet.

May 23, 2014

All health professionals are expected to be told where to base their private practise by 2016 - after President Jacob Zuma signed into law - a new National Health Act

Doctors and health professionals who wish to open their own practice or clinic would have to apply and obtain a "certificate of need" over two years from the Department of Health - giving them the permission to start work in their chosen residential area.







May 21, 2014

A number of dignitaries have started to arrive at the Parliament in Cape Town for the sitting of the national assembly

400 new faces are expected to be sworn in today by chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, after which the president would be formally elected

The deputy Speaker of parliament is also expected to be elected this morning








May 21, 2014

Sadtu president Thobile Ntola was expelled for having inappropriate relationships with service providers.

This is word from the union's deputy general secretary Nkosana Dolopi saying there's no link between Ntola's expulsion and Cosatu's general's secretary Zwelinzima Vavi.

Ntola says his expulsion is part of a political plot to silence him,he spoke about his suspension






May 15, 2014

Tight Security measures are being Implemented to ensure the instability in the Rustenburg platinum belt doesn't affect the upcoming inauguration ceremony.

President Jacob Zuma will be sworn in for his second term at the union buildings in Pretoria next Saturday.

Violent protests and killings in and around Marikana have led to tensions in the area with rising fears the situation may worsen further into clashes between SAPS and striking AMCU member

April 28, 2014

Freedom day celebrations continue  with SA once again pay tribute to late President Nelson Mandela in Cape town this morning.

A bronze bust of the former president has been unveiled outside Parliament to commemorate 20 years of freedomand mzansi's first democratically elected President.

Meanwhile President Jacob Zuma said SA would not forget the solidarity recieved from foreign nationals in the liberation of the country.

April 28, 2014

President Jacob Zuma has bestowed 53 national orders to people whose work has benefited and changed the lives of South Africans.

The award is the single highest honour that a country can bestow singling out orders in bronze silver and gold based on the degrees of achievement.

Among those honoured were Caster Semenya ,Lucas Sithole,Cameran van der Burgh and Zakes Mda .

Dr Alex Boraine and Popo Molefe - spoke to the public broadcaster...

April 24, 2014

The Ad-hoc committee expected to consider President Jacob Zuma's response to the public protectors findings of the Nkandla report will continue on Monday.

The 12 member committee chaired by Cedric Frolick sat for the first the time today and is expected to finish with their report on April 30.

Public Protector Thuli Madosenla found the President unduly benefited from the R246 million upgrades made at his Nkandla homestead.

April 24, 2014

The inauguration of South Africa's next president - is set to take place on May 24 at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Spokesperson in the presidency Mac Maharaj announced today the inarguration will follow parliament's election of a President expected to take place on May 21.

Meanwhile  The IEC has announced its readiness ahead of May 7.

IEC spokesperson Kate Bapela

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