‘Down with Macsteel! Down!’ - Workers protest over retrenchments
Numsa staged a picket outside various Macsteel offices around the country on 18 January 2021. The union is demanding that the almost 100 employees who were retrenched in December be reinstated, saying the process was illegal.
Ramaphosa on Ace Magashule and the ANC's integrity commission
In a sit down interview on 15 January 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa answered questions on the ANC's integrity commission. Ramaphosa also said that the corruption case involving ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule is being attended to.
Molefe: The behaviour of Cyril Ramaphosa and Glencore was 'revolting'
Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe has implicated President Cyril Ramaphosa at the state capture commission of inquiry. Molefe also testified that load shedding had been halted and only returned after Ramaphosa appointed Pravin Gordhan as Minister of Public Enterprises.
Malema: Postpone reopening of schools and local government elections
EFF leader Julius Malema has called for the postponement of the local government elections in light of the coronavirus pandemic, saying both national and local government elections should be held simultaneously in 2024 in order to prevent a super-spreader event. Malema also said schools should remain closed until it was safe in order to protect the lives of children and educators.
Malema: Go for it Bobi Wine, fight for the people of Uganda
EFF leader Julius Malema offered some words of encouragement to Bobi Wine who is vying to be Uganda’s next president. Wine is going up against Yoweri Museveni, who has been president of Uganda since 1986. Malema was speaking at a press briefing on 14 January 2021
EFF's Malema: The closing of SA’s land borders is an act of racism
EFF leader Julius Malema said that the EFF did not agree with the government's decision to close land borders in South Africa, saying it was a ‘narrow, quick fix solution'. On 11 January 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the closure of 20 land borders to help contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Dlamini-Zuma: Stick to the rules, protect each other
Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on 12 January 2021 reiterated what the level three lockdown regulations are, pleading with South Africans to obey the rules in order to slow down the spread of Covid-19. Dlamini-Zuma said these regulations will be revisited once the peak has passed and the number of infections have declined.
These are the Home Affairs services you can access on adjusted level 3 lockdown
Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on 12 January 2021 during a media briefing that some services by the Department of Home Affairs would be suspended during the adjusted level 3 lockdown.
SA's COVID-19 cases in the first 7 days of 2021
South Africa welcomed 2021 under strict level three lockdown regulations. Here's how many cases the country recorded in the first seven day of this year.
Mkhize details COVID vaccine rollout plan to Parliament
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa is set to receive and roll out 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine this January. Mkhize also said the vaccine was safe and voluntary. The minister was addressing Parliament’s portfolio committee on health.
SANDF to help police keep people off Garden Route beaches
Police Minister Bheki Cele said that the South African National Defence Force would be assisting police keep bathers away from the Garden Route beaches. The country returned to level three lockdown regulations, resulting in various beaches around the country closing to the public.
ICYMI: ‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’ - Trump in leaked phone recording
A taped conversation between US President Donald Trump and fellow Republican Brad Raffensperger has emerged. In the recording, Trump pressures Raffensperger - who is Georgia's secretary of state - to “find” enough votes to overturn his election defeat in Georgia to Democrat Joe Biden. The hour- long phone call recording was first obtained by The Washington Post.
Going viral on social media: The moments that trended in 2020
As 2020 finally comes to an end, we take a look at some of the social media challenges and trends that kept us entertained. From the #Jerusalema challenge to John Vuli Gate, here are some of the biggest social media moments from this year.
The year that was: Highlights from the state capture inquiry
The commission of inquiry into state capture closed for the year on 10 December 2020. Here are some of the biggest moments from the inquiry this year.
Mkhize: KwaZulu-Natal has highest number of COVID infections at present
Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said KwaZulu-Natal had recorded the highest number of active cases. This comes after South Africa was moved back to level three restrictions due to a resurgence in infections. Mkhize also said that the safety of healthcare workers remained a concern.
Sober end to 2020 as alcohol ban is reintroduced
Speaking on 28 December 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced new restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. The president said alcohol consumption was a major contributing factor to the spread of the virus.
Ramaphosa: SA moves to level three lockdown with immediate effect
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country will be moving back to level three restrictions with some adjustments. Ramaphosa said this was essential in the fight against COVID-19 and was necessary in order to reduce the burden on health care workers. This comes after the country breached the 1 million mark of infections.
Zondo Commission to request another extension
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo confirmed that the inquiry into state capture would be approaching the High Court to ask for another extension. This comes after the commission had to halt its work for three months due to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent lockdown.