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Matshela Koko denies he knowingly sent emails to Gupta-linked account

Former Eskom CEO Matshela Koko said that he was flabbergasted and angry now that he knew he unwittingly sent Eskom information to external parties via the email address infoportal, which belonged to Gupta-linked businessman Salim Essa. Koko said that when he was sending emails to that address, he did not know it was to someone outside the power utility.

Ramaphosa: SA education pursuing national rollout of coding and robotics

Delivering the keynote address at the education lekgotla, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that a coding and robotics curriculum had been submitted to Umalusi for evaluation and quality assurance. Ramaphosa added that 200 schools would be piloting the draft curriculum from grade R to three and 1,000 schools would be piloting the Grade 7 curriculum.

Ace Magashule: There was no corruption during my term as Free State Premier

Following his second appearance at the Bloemfontein Magistrates court, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule said that everyone should be presumed innocent until proven otherwise. The corruption case against Magashule was postponed and will be heard again in the Bloemfontein High Court in August.

CLEAN SLATE: Gauteng govt opens revamped school in Katlehong

On the first day of the 2021 academic year, pupils from Abram Hlophe Primary School in Katlehong arrived to a revamped school. Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi and other dignitaries handed over the school on 15 February 2021.

GALLERY: Devastation as fire ravages 7 stores in Brakpan

Ekurhuleni Emergency Services were on scene in Brakpan, Gauteng, after a fire ravaged seven shops in the early parts of Friday morning. Shop owners looked on as firefighters doused the blaze, unfortunately leaving little to salvage. A nearby building was also affected. It is still unclear how the fire started.

Khoza: I was critical of Myeni & we were told to always support Zuma

Former ANC MP Makhosi Khoza testified at the state capture commission of inquiry on 4 February 2021. During her testimony, Khoza said she was highly critical of former SAA board chair Dudu Myeni, leading to other MP’s saying she was ‘counter-revolutionary.’ Khoza also spoke about the events that took place during the votes of no confidence against former President Zuma.

Ramaphosa: Tshwane Automotive SEZ will create jobs, enhance exports

President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the Tshwane Automotive special economic zone in Silverton on 2 February 2021 for an inspection. During his visit it was also announced that Ford will invest R15.8 billion into South Africa. Ramaphosa said the partnership with Ford would not only create jobs, but also improve the country’s manufacturing and export capacity.

Farewell Jonas Gwangwa: Legendary jazz musician laid to rest

Family, friends, and colleagues gathered for the special provincial funeral of world-renowned jazz musician Jonas Gwangwa in Sophiatown on 29 January 2021. Gwangwa, who was also a political activist, died on 23 January 2021 at the age of 83.

SA’s first batch of COVID-19 vaccines to arrive on 1 February

Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize says that 1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (SII) will leave India on 31 January 2021 and will arrive in SA the following day. Mkhize said that getting the first batch of vaccines in less than a year after the first coronavirus case was reported was a massive achievement.

R1.2 billion fund launched for tourism industry

As South Africa's tourism industry continues on its knees in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the fund launched by government would assist and grow the once booming industry.