GALLERY: As Ace Magashule appears in court, supporters gather outside
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court for his fraud, corruption and money laundering case on 19 February 20201. His supporters and members of the MKMVA gathered outside.
'I've done nothing wrong' - Magashule out on bail, corruption case postponed
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and his co-accused appeared in the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court for a multimillion-rand asbestos corruption case.
What you need to know about Ace Magashule and the asbestos saga
ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is expected to return to the Bloemfontein Magistrates Court on 19 February 2020. Here is everything you need to know about his corruption case.
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.
Owners devastated as fire destroys 7 shops in Brakpan
Ekurhuleni Emergency Services confirmed that seven shops burned down, while eight residential flats have been affected by a blaze that broke out in Brakpan. The cause of the fire is still unknown.
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.
Job creation and fighting corruption: Highlights from Sona 2021
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his State of the Nation Address in Parliament on 11 February 2021.
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.
Mabuza: Mthembu’s passing is an unforeseen grief shared by many
Deputy President David Mabuza delivered the keynote address at a virtual memorial service held by government officials in honour of Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu, who died on 21 January 2021 due to COVID-19 related complications.
Ramaphosa: ANC lekgotla promises consequences and accountability
As president of the ruling party, Cyril Ramaphosa gave feedback on the ANC's lekgotla, which was held over the weekend. Ramaphosa said that the party discussed a number of issues, including border management and strict consequences for officials who robbed the poor of services.
Craft brewer Julian Pienaar: We have lost a lot
Following the COVID-19 outbreak, the South African government banned the sale of alcohol in order to reduce the pressure in hospitals and slow down the spread of the virus. While Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize said that the ban was working well, many small breweries are feeling the pinch. EWN takes a look at how brewer Julian Pienaar is coping under the restrictions.
Brewery owner Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela on alcohol ban: I don’t know how we'll get by
Following the COVID-19 outbreak, the South African government banned the sale of alcohol in order to reduce the pressure in hospitals and slow down the spread of the virus. While Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said the ban was working well, many small breweries are feeling the pinch. EWN takes a look at how brewer Apiwe Nxusani-Mawela is coping under the restrictions.
SA records a decline in road fatalities over festive season
On 22 January 2021, Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula released the statistics for road fatalities over the festive season, reporting there had been a decline in deaths compared to previous years.
DBE: Matric exam marking to be completed by 21 January
The Department of Basic Education said that the marking of final matric exam scripts had been completed ahead of schedule in a number of provinces across the country. Director of examinations, Priscilla Ogunbanjo, said that despite marking taking place during the coronavirus outbreak, all marking centres were expected to complete the process by 21 January 2021.