[The Conversation Africa] In light of the approaching winter months combined with the recent lifting of the national disaster act, South Africans have anxiously been watching an increase in COVID infections. The Conversation Africa spoke to infectious disease specialist Veronica Ueckermann about the current trajectory of the pandemic in the country.
[Cosafa] Orlando Pirates will have the chance to add a first continental trophy to their silverware cabinet in 27 years when they take on Moroccan side RS Berkane in the final of the CAF Confederation Cup in Uyo, Nigeria on Friday.
[SAnews.gov.za] In order to ensure that departments meet their target of including women in departmental planning, the National Treasury is expected to roll out the first phase of a strategy and roadmap for gender-responsive budgeting.
[SAnews.gov.za] Despite efforts to implement recovery plans, researchers have found that there has been a loss of one year of learning in as far as reading is concerned, Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, said on Wednesday.
[SAnews.gov.za] A survey by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has revealed that at least 826 companies were affected by the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal, with the cost of the damage estimated at R7 billion.
[SAnews.gov.za] Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says despite a decrease in overcrowding at corrections centres, the system remains under pressure and projects to add more beds are near completion.
[SAnews.gov.za] President Cyril Ramaphosa has challenged the Black Business Council (BBC) to work together with government to address the financing of empowerment transactions in the constrained economic environment, and the mobilisation of capital for black business to expand.
[SAnews.gov.za] Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, says a specialist-subject curriculum, which will see learners enrolling for subjects such as agriculture and maritime, has been gazetted for public comment.
[SAnews.gov.za] Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, says despite government's mitigating interventions to cushion consumers against rising fuel costs, global events have led to prices escalating.
[The Conversation Africa] Confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 have been increasing in South Africa in recent weeks. This has been largely driven by two offspring - known as the BA.4 and BA.5 sub-lineages - of the Omicron variant first identified in South Africa late last year.
[SAnews.gov.za] Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has directed his department to review the process related to the R22 million flag pole project that was meant to be erected at Freedom Park in Tshwane.
[Daily Maverick] Public Protector could learn this week if she will be suspended. Her application to prevent an impeachment inquiry and suspension by President Cyril Ramaphosa will be heard in the Western Cape High Court. Steven Budlender, in heads of argument for the DA and in response to Mkhwebane's application, termed her legal move 'an extraordinary one'.
[Daily Maverick] Rescue organisations say even the slightest amount of rain could have disastrous effects on flood-affected communities in KwaZulu-Natal, who are still battling to access clean water. A municipal employee overseeing the use of water tankers was shot dead at the Ottawa water depot this weekend.
[Daily Maverick] The NPA in the Eastern Cape has recently obtained some notable convictions in cases involving fraud and corruption. They also give insight into how corrupt public officials have managed to manipulate financial management systems, either on their own or in collaboration with others.
[SAnews.gov.za] The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government is planning to set up 4 396 temporary accommodation sites as from the end of this week to accommodate families that are currently accommodated in community halls, churches and schools.
[SAnews.gov.za] State power utility, Eskom, has warned that the power system is under severe pressure due to delays in returning generating units to service and multiple breakdowns at some power stations.
[Daily Maverick] Tim Cohen is editor of Business Maverick. He is a business and political journalist and commentator of more years than he likes to admit. His freelance work has included contributions to the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, but he spent most of his life working for Business Day. After a mid-life crisis that didn't include the traditional fast car, Cohen now lives in the middle of nowhere in the Karoo.
[Daily Maverick] Lauren Liebenberg is a spokesperson for Living Limpopo, which campaigns to oppose the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone and promote a more sustainable development model for the Vhembe. https://livinglimpopo.org/
[Daily Maverick] When the full history of the ANC in government is written one day, one of its biggest governance failures will be Eskom and its failure to continue providing uninterrupted electricity to the people of South Africa and its economy.
[Daily Maverick] Dr Mamphela Ramphele is a medical doctor, political activist, academic and businesswoman. She is a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town and Managing Director of the World Bank. She is the Acting Chairperson of the Desmond Tutu Intellectual Property Trust, Co-Founder of ReimagineSA and Co-President of the Club of Rome.
[Daily Maverick] The Irma Stern Museum in Cape Town has been transformed into a site of conversation between the works of the late Irma Stern and those of contemporary artist Athi-Patra Ruga. The works produced by Ruga are not only a celebration of Stern's technique but also a critical reflection on the colonial elements that come through in her pieces.
[Daily Maverick] Former South Africa Test captain, Graeme Smith, has been exonerated in by an independent arbitration panel of three counts of racism relating to claims made during the 2021 Social Justice and Nation Building hearings.
[Daily Maverick] Early indications, including a rise in test positivity rates and the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the country's wastewater, are sounding the alarms for the arrival of a possible fifth, winter wave in South Africa.