The Movember East London team who last year raised R42000, will host their final charity drive party on Saturday at Emerald Vale Brewery. Movember is an international campaign which focuses on men’s health, specifically prostate and testicular cancer. All proceeds go...
Hundred of ANC delegates from all the party’s eight regions in the Eastern Cape will convene tomorrow at the East London City Hall for the provincial policy conference. This in order to craft the province’s standing on ANC policies to...
A Buffalo City Metro councillor and a number of housing officials are in hot water after they gave a blind Mdantsane man an old temporary shelter with no roof and broken windows, and then allegedly told him to fix...
A kidnapped mother of two was found dead inside a toilet in Tsholomnqa. Residents were led to her naked body on Tuesday afternoon by a 16-year-old who allegedly told his mother that the woman’s spirit was haunting him. The teen was...
Officials call for Zuma’s intervention BHISHO’s sex-for-jobs scandal rocked the highest office in the province this week when it emerged that a man fired from his previous post for sexual misconduct was hired by premier Phumullo Masualle. Despite saying he had been...
Jan Smuts Athletics Stadium experienced yet another bout of vandalism last Saturday. Over the last three years, the stadium has been broken into several times and had its property broken, stolen or damaged. In the latest incident, which happened in the...
Thousands of Nahoon parkrunners will know if they will get a new parkrun later today. They could be on track in the Lavender Blue area by next Saturday,  November 14. Parkrun's Eastern Cape regional manager Bob Norris says they have one...
A FORENSIC investigation has revealed that a company belonging to ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa benefited from funds meant for memorial services for former President Nelson Mandela. The investigation, conducted by Fundudzi Forensic Services, showed Ramaphosa’s company, Auram Restaurants Co...
After overcoming the challenge of growing up in one of the poorest townships in the country and attending poorly resourced schools, two former Duncan Village pupils decided to change the future of hundreds of pupils facing the same fate. Founded...
Business raises concerns at hearings HIGH mobile tariff and data costs stifle small business growth, parliament’s portfolio committee on communication heard on Monday. Local communication entrepreneurs raised concerns about the negative impact of high data and cellphone costs on the bottom...
Two people had head injuries yesterday morning after police allegedly fired rubber bullets at them during a protest in Needs Camp. Hundreds of residents from Ezigodweni and New Rest under Needs Camp took to the streets around 6am burning tyres...
Mdantsane police spent much of their Heritage Day yesterday putting out fires started by angry residents in two informal settlements in NU 9. About 150 residents from Thembelihle and Manyano informal settlements were protesting over the lack of housing and...
Yet another Buffalo City Metro statue has been defaced, this time in King William’s Town. The statue, a memorial to Queen Victoria in Maclean Square, was defaced with the letters EFF in red spray-paint. The statue was unveiled in 1899...
Sweltering temperatures, Santas and summer parties attracted droves of visitors to the region leading to a bumper holiday season. Helen Ross of Wild Coast Holiday Reservations, who handles reservations for 11 coastal hotels, said the summer holidays had been a...
The second Miss Eastern Cape and Miss Eastern Cape Teen queens were crowned in East London on Sunday night. Zimi Mabunzi, 20, from King William’s Town and Abulele Dlungele, 16, from Mthatha are the new reigning beauty queens of the...
AN ELDERLY East London man fled his farmhouse, barefoot and bleeding heavily from a head wound, after two men broke into his home and attacked him. Ivan Angelbeck, 84, of Derosa Farm near Kwelerha, said he had been asleep in...
The  men and women in blue, who risk their lives to protect and serve, will be honoured at the police “Star of the Year” Awards. The ceremony takes place at Hemingways Hotel on October 31 and already the names of...
EAST London’s beachfront was the destination for holidaymakers this weekend during the city’s leg of the Buffalo City Metro (BCM) carnival and the first ever beach party hosted by the Cino Shearer Foundation. CAPTIVATING: La Peafa lead singer Siphokazi Nolatsho performs at the Buyelekhaya Music...
In an effort to curb violence and destruction of state and private property during service delivery protests, Buffalo City Metro (BCM) has launched a series of civic education programmes. BCM chief whip for traditional affairs Stanley Makinana said people were...
Pristine poultry, spectacular sheep and comely cattle are just part of the attraction of the East London Agricultural Show which opened its gates at the Gonubie Farmers Hall this morning. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a mini circus, attend...
Eastern Cape human settlements MEC Helen Sauls-August has condemned the vandalism and looting at an RDP housing project in Unit P. The MEC has called on police to bring the criminals to book after the Daily Dispatch reported on Monday...
Scenery Park residents may have a dark Christmas after their electricity supply was cut off three weeks ago. Power is yet to be restored to Phase Two of the township after a transformer blew, leaving close to 100 households without...
NEARLY a third of food-handling premises in the Buffalo City Metro (BCM) do not comply with basic health standards. This was contained in an official municipal report, which found 31% did not comply. These kitchens formed part of the 40%...
Power squabbles within the South African Municipal Workers Union (Samwu) have left thousands of workers confused. This after two Eastern Cape executive members said they did not recognise expulsion letters sent to them last week Tuesday by union president Pule...
Seasonal algae is to blame for the discolouration and odd taste of Buffalo City Metro’s water supply over the last few weeks. BCM spokesman Keith Ngesi said the metro had been inundated with queries from consumers regarding water quality. Ngesi said...
IN THE same week that 27 people died on Eastern Cape roads, 77 provincial traffic officers who had been patrolling those areas found themselves twiddling their thumbs because they had nowhere to report for duty. This follows a provincial traffic...
Rival wanted councillor taken out A CHILD of five frightened off four armed thugs by screaming at the top of his voice when they arrived to attack his grandmother, Buffalo City Ward 13 councillor Ncumisa Mekane at the weekend. Mekane said...
TRAFFIC on the Gonubie Main Road came to a stand still on Thursday evening after a truck lost its load and cooking oil was spilt on the road. Arrive Alive spokesman Tshepo Machaea confirmed the incident saying a cleaning company had...
THE Daily and Saturday Dispatch is bringing the newsroom to the streets with its first-ever Café Newsroom initiative, which kicks off today. Metro Desk editor Andrew Stone and reporter Shanaaz Prince will be at Café Bella in Beacon Bay Retail...
THE festive season is in full swing and East London residents can look forward to a jam-packed diary of fun and entertainment at the weekend. Starting today, the Buffalo City Metro (BCM) carnival kicks off at the beachfront, while a...
BUFFALO City residents could soon pay more for electricity, water and sewerage. Planned increases for 2014-15 have been slammed by business, rival parties, economists and ratepayers. Metro spokesman Keith Ngesi would not comment, saying the rates would be discussed at Integrated...
Early morning hit on EL branch Burglars got away with thousands in foreign exchange and valuable office equipment in a carefully planned and executed bank heist in Vincent on Sunday. The burglary, at Bidvest Bank’s foreign exchange branch at the Patcyn...
MUMFORD and Sons fans should get ready for some hand clapping and foot stomping as the ‘Mumford Revolution’ hits the Guild Theatre in East London on June 13 and 14. The bluegrass/indie rock show not only features the music of...
More than 20 primary school pupils from Mdantsane were told to get off two bakkies yesterday morning, during a scholar transport monitoring operation led by Eastern Cape Transport MEC Weziwe Tikana. The intervention comes after the Daily Dispatch reported on...
New approach could see department assets seized. MORE than 30 government schools, including top East London schools, have launched a multi-million rands class action against national and provincial education departments. The Grahamstown-based Legal Resources Centre is spearheading the action on behalf...
EASTERN Cape-born journalist Siphiwo Nzawumbi will finally get his big break this Friday when he starts as the new presenter of SABC1 television show, Yilungelo Lakho. Early this year Nzawumbi was rumoured to be taking over from Phat Joe on...
BUFFALO CITY METRO municipal manager Andile Fani says his bonus, based on his new R1.6-million salary, will only kick in if his performance is rated “101%”. Fani, whose salary went up 20% this month, signed a 10-page agreement in July...
Mom and daughter remember happy protesters. RECENT reports of political violence in Thailand rekindled memories for an East London mother and daughter trapped in the country following similar protests five years ago. In December 2008 the Dispatch reported on Karen Rathbone...
CAFÉ Newsroom, the new Daily Dispatch initiative designed to forge a closer relationship with readers, has received positive feedback from East Londoners so far. The Dispatch will hold its first events at Café Bella at Beacon Bay Retail Park and...
SCHOOLCHILDREN were flung from an overloaded vehicle in Buffalo City yesterday when the driver veered across a lane and collided head-on with a bakkie. The accident, captured on a homeowner’s security camera overlooking the road, happened in Beaconhurst Drive just...
Fraud case over Andile Fani’s qualification in court today. THE educational institution that awarded Buffalo City Metro manager Andile Fani a certificate in municipal financial management has been given informal tenders of almost R500000 by the metro. Kgolo Institute’s director, Mothabela...
A pregnant pygmy killer whale that washed up on a beach near East London recently is the first record for the East London museum in decades. Museum natural scientist Kevin Cole said the whale was noted in distress last Sunday...
Trader Game has announced it will open a store at Gillwell Taxi Retail Park just off Buffalo Street in East London. Construction of the R300-million taxi retail park, which is two months away from its proposed opening date, started in...
The pitbull that tore through Baysville last Wednesday attacking four men and landing two in hospital has been put down. This is according to Geoffrey Wade, who told the Daily Dispatch yesterday that the dog, called Kronos, belonged to him. Wade...
A gutsy group of grey-haired men called Grandad’s Army will soon set off on a 1200km cycle ride in memory of fellow rider Rob Burton, who was killed while cycling in 2013. The eight men, the oldest of whom is...
Two East London detectives with more than 30 years of experience between them have been arrested on charges of corruption by members of the Hawks. The detectives – Warrant Officer Xolani Senti, 42, and Constable Siyabulela Folokwe, 32 – were...
A COMMISSIONING committee for Cecilia Makiwane Hospital’s R1.8-billion development has been established to oversee its transition to a modern, state-of-the-art healthcare facility. The committee is made up of CMH’s management team, Coega Development Corporation (CDC) which is the implementing agent...
NPA ‘arrangement’ unfreezes trialists’ accounts. SOME of the people arrested for fraud relating to former president Nelson Mandela’s funeral have paid back the money they allegedly received. The Saturday Dispatch can today reveal that East London business people Viwe Vazi and Dean...
Pupils becoming increasingly abusive and self-centred. PRINCIPALS of two prestigious Eastern Cape private schools used their annual prize-giving ceremonies last week to tear into the conduct of parents, pupils and public role models. St Andrew’s College headmaster Paul Edey and Diocesan...
The Eastern Cape department of education is investigating a principal accused of carrying a firearm to school. The allegation against Ntombiza-nele Gogi is contained in a letter from staff at Mdantsane Junior Primary School to the district education office. The Daily...