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.
SA's unemployment rate increased to 34.9% in the third quarter of 2021
South Africa's official unemployment rate increased to 34.9% in the third quarter of 2021, according to data from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey released by Statistics South Africa on 30 November 2021.
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.
De Ruyter: Load shedding will be suspended on Friday night
Eskom CEO Andrè de Ruyter said the power utility has successfully returned eight generating units to service, moving the country down to Stage 1 power cuts.
DA's Steenhuisen: Metro coalition talks proving to be a challenge
The Democratic Alliance gave an update on the progress made in its coalition talks. Leaders of various political parties met on 15 November 2021 to negotiate deals in the key hung metros of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni.
'African countries are open for business’: Ramaphosa delivers the keynote address at IATF 2021
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at the 2021 Intra African Trade Fair in Durban on 15 November 2021. The trade fair aims to link sellers, buyers, and investors to showcase their products and services and create business relations.
‘Fire Andrè de Ruyter!’ - Ivory Park residents demand electricity outside Eskom head office
Residents of Ivory Park gathered outside Eskom's Megawatt Park offices on 12 November 2021 to demand electricity and new transformers for their community. According to residents, they have been without stable electricity for almost seven months following a fire that damaged transformers which were never repaired or replaced.
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.
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Ramaphosa: Let's work as one for an SA of equality & shared prosperity
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered the keynote address at the closing ceremony of the Local Government elections.
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.
EFF's Malema: The ANC has made SA a joke across Africa
EFF leader Julius Malema addressed thousands of his supporters on 29 October 2021 ahead of the 2021 Local Government Elections.
GALLERY: EFF's Malema: Political parties must put the needs of the people first
Crowds of EFF supporters attended the party’s final Tshela Thupa rally at Kideo Car Wash in Katlehong on 29 October 2021 ahead of the local government elections on 1 November 2021. EFF leader Julius Malema and other members of the party addressed the crowds, encouraging them to vote for the EFF.
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.