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At least 23 countries have reported cases of the Omicron variant

the World Health Organization (WHO) said at least 23 countries have reported cases of the Omicron variant and that number is expected to grow. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus thanked Botswana and South Africa for detecting, sequencing and reporting this variant and condemned the travel bans on South Africa and other southern African nations after the announcement of the discovery.

Police commissioner: We could have done better to quell the July unrest

National police commissioner General Khehla Sitole conceded that police were overstretched and didn't have enough capacity to deal with the July unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Sitole was giving testimony at the South African Human Rights Commission’s hearings into the unrest.

Godongwana: SOCs have been badly managed, no additional funding in latest budget

Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana said that although government directed more than R290 billion to bail out state-owned companies since 2013, SOC's have been badly managed and have failed to deliver. Godongwana said that in this year's medium-term budget speech no additional funding is provided for state-owned companies.

27.8 million South Africans are social grant recipients

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana tabled his maiden medium-term budget policy statement on 11 November 2021. Godongwana said the country’s total spending on the social wage is also very high, with this amount growing from R860 billion in 2018/19 to R1.1 trillion in 2021/22. #Treasury #MTBS #MTBS2021

Duarte: Election results are a message to the ANC to shape up

Speaking on 3 November 2021, the ANC's deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said the low voter turnout and the party's poor results were a message to the party. Duarte said the ANC had heard the message loud and clear and was working on renewing itself.

Mashaba: ActionSA is here to unseat the ANC

Ahead of the announcement of final results for the 2021 local government elections, ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba said that his party would only enter into a coalition to form a government if the idea was to serve South Africans.

Mantashe: The ANC can take an outright majority in Ekurhuleni

ANC national chairperson Gwede Mantashe voted at the Freeway Park Primary School in Boksburg. Mantashe said he was hopeful that his party would win an outright majority in the Ekurhuleni Metro, saying they had delivered services to residents.

NSFAS applications open, budget has been raised to R42 billion in 2021

Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Dr Blade Nzimande announced the opening of National Student Financial Aid Scheme applications for the 2022 academic year on 28 October 2021. Nzimande also said that funding to public universities and TVET colleges had increased from R20 billion in 2018 to R42 billion in 2021.

Senzo Meyiwa murder trial date set for 11 April 2022

The five men implicated in the murder of Orlando Pirates goalkeeper and Bafana Bafana captain Senzo Meyiwa returned to the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court on 25 October 2021. Meyiwa was shot dead in October 2014 while visiting his girlfriend, singer Kelly Khumalo, at her mother's home in Vosloorus.

Former cop Nomia Ndlovu guilty of murdering 6 relatives

Sitting in the Palm Ridge Magistrates Court, Johannesburg High Court Judge Ramarumo Monama found former police officer Nomia Rosemary Ndlovu guilty on all six counts of murder on 22 October 2021. She was also convicted of attempted murder, defeating the ends of justice and defrauding insurance companies of nearly R1.4 million.