Cosatu boss mulls legal action after rape charge dropped be sure of her facts because my name doesn’t come cheap. I will meet her in court.” The woman could not be reached for comment yesterday. Several Cosatu affiliates alleged the...
Public and private investment vital for NDP OVERALL investment by both the private and public sectors will need to be substantially raised if National Development Plan (NDP) investment objectives are to be met and 11-million jobs are to be created...
SEVEN years after the government’s deadline to eradicate the bucket toilet system, communities in Fort Beaufort, in the Nkonkobe local municipality, still use the degrading system. This issue was raised in a two-day visit by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe last...
THE Wild Coast Jikeleza Festival smashed tendance record at the weekend. Wild Coast Jikeleza Association treasurer Diane Pullen said the previous record had been set in 2011 when 5 000 visitors turned up at the festival. This year that figure was...
Senior officials fingered in spending row MORE than R30-million was made in “irregular payments” by the Eastern Cape’s sports, recreation, arts and culture department. This is 10 times more than the R3.1-million initially declared as irregular expenditure in the past financial year...
Job-seekers ‘promised’ but never received employment AN ANC councillor is facing charges of theft by false pretences for allegedly selling council jobs to desperate job-seekers. It is said that for between R500 and R1 500, residents could secure a job as...
Suspects hid in DV shacks TWO male suspects, one known as “Duncan Village’s most wanted criminal,” died yesterday morning during a shootout with police in Duncan Village. After arresting two other suspects for possession of illegal firearms yesterday morning, members of...
THE declaration of bankruptcy by the city of Detroit, the home of Ford and General Motors, and the greatest motor city in world history, has generated much heated debate in the US, especially after the Obama administration bailed the...
Court freezes assets of BCM officials MILLIONS of rands worth of assets belonging to a former Buffalo City Metro director and 16 others – many of whom stand accused of cheating the municipality out of some R11.8million – have been...
BCM aim to prevent owner from running store within 100m of Spar AN EAST London property owner is to face legal action from Buffalo City Metro (BCM) over the operation of a spaza shop less than 100m away from a...
More students applying than funds available and training colleges (FETs) this year. Responding to recent problems crippling studies at the University of South Africa (Unisa), the department’s deputy director-general for universities Dr Diane Parker said Nsfas required three times its budget...
WALTER Sisulu University (WSU) has issued an ultimatum to its 1 800 protesting staff members as its salary dispute entered its second day. Administrator Professor Laurens van Staden warned staff yesterday that failure to accept their proposed salary hike would...
R44 000 damage to two cars in hunt for dassies RESIDENTS from Tidewaters in Gonubie are looking for the owners of a pack of dogs said to be roaming the streets and terrorising the community. The area includes the popular Tidewaters...
A FORCE of 30 police officers confiscated just a single pocket knife from a Grade 10 pupil yesterday. The raid on Sophatisana Senior Secondary School in Reeston by Cambridge police officers came a week after the school’s principal wrote to...
‘Aggressive bully’ accused has ‘not an ounce of remorse’ TWO men who “embarrassed East London and South Africa” will each spend at least 15 years behind bars for raping two Swedish tourists. Simphiwe Wayizi and Asenathi Bonani, who had been on...
LECTURES at Walter Sisulu University came to a standstill yesterday as about 1 800 staff members went on strike in protest over salaries. The university’s 21 000 students had to go without classes as the protest kicked off on all...
Husband owes fund for poor THE husband of an MEC owes more than a quarter of a million rand to a government agency that reports directly to his wife. Documents seen by the Daily Dispatch show that Ndumiso Capa, husband of...
‘We want the Minister to intervene else this is the beginning of a long fight’ AN EMERGING farmer’s dream of going commercial is under threat after illegal squatters invaded his land near Kidd’s Beach. Ziphilele Matinise was one of 10 farmers...
Patients complain of long wait for medicines PATIENTS wanting to get prescriptions at East London’s Cecilia Makiwane and Frere hospitals said they had to endure long queues due to a shortage of pharmacists at the facilities. This is despite the provincial...
Illegal Mdantsane settlement growing at alarming rate A scam in Mdantsane where municipal land is being divided up and sold for 300 a plot...       Read the full story in today's Dispatch or subscribe to our E-edition.
Attorney: ‘case is part of a political scheme’ TWO men found guilty of plotting to assassinate five senior Eastern Cape ANC leaders were each sentenced to 18 years behind bars. Thembinkosi Mapeyi, 58, was the driver for former King Sabata Dalindyebo...
Ex-friends vow to block Malema’s EFF campaign SOME of Julius Malema’s staunchest supporters in the Eastern Cape have turned their backs on him, vowing to block him from campaigning for his new party in the province. The Eastern Cape ANC Youth...
Fun, family-oriented activities on the cards for consumers AR90-MILLION investment into projects tailored specifically for all family members is expected to turn Beacon Bay Crossing into one of the city’s most attractive retail destinations. New cars, chain saws and a sky...
A COMMUNITY which benefited from President Jacob Zuma’s multimillionrands agricultural project is up in arms after officials from the Eastern Cape department of agriculture attempted to seize a tractor. The community of Upper Gwalane in Peddie had asked for a...
BCM will set aside R500m BUFFALO City Metro (BCM) is forging ahead with plans for a multimillion-rand development around Mdantsane’s biggest train station, Mount Ruth. The city is expected to soon channel about R500-million towards the Mouth Ruth Station upgrade and...
Mistake could have cost millions UNIVERSITY of Fort Hare executives are scrambling to rectify a payroll bungle. Double deductions have been coming off the salaries of 286 married staff members for a Discovery Group Life insurance policy since May last...
Efata caught up in ownership dispute EFATA School for the deaf and blind, one of the few schools in the Eastern Cape catering for children with such disabilities, is facing closure. This follows a legal battle over ownership of the land...
MASIBAMBISANE Rural Development Initiative received overwhelming support from President Jacob Zuma and his Cabinet, yesterday, during harvesting of maize and beans in Dutywa. Speaking shortly before addressing thousands of community members, Zuma said: “Masibambisane is going nowhere and will receive...
I was made scapegoat says waste boss BUFFALO City removed a senior official over fears of civil claims arising from its burning waste dumps. Blazes at the King William’s Town and Berlin dumps earlier this year caused health disasters for the...
Hostel probe chosen as one of best in Africa AN AWARD-WINNING investigation that is helping change the lives of pupils at state-run boarding schools has received another nod. The Dispatch’s “Hostels of Shame” investigation, which exposed horrendous conditions at many Eastern...
BUFFALO City Metro has admitted to problems in its billing system – but accused ratepayers of contributing to the problem. The metro, through its spokesman Keith Ngesi, said many residents ignored slips left at their homes by meter readers, forcing...
Council approves land lease after fiery disagreements THE small town of Berlin may be in line for a major facelift after Buffalo City Metro (BCM) finally approved leasing a 374ha land parcel for a R2-billion development proposal.   Plans include a horse-racing...
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Spoiling a ballot paper ‘a legitimate vote’ ONE in four young South Africans has no intention of voting in 2014 – and more than half say they would vote if only they knew how. The 51% were not asked to explain...
THE roar of mean machines reverberated around Qunu yesterday when 40 bikers from around the Eastern Cape descended on the normally quiet village to pray for its most famous son, ailing former statesman Nelson Mandela. Clad in black leather jackets...
FALLOUT from Buffalo City Metro’s billing bungle continues as ratepayers stream forward with their stories. After the Dispatch’s exposé on allegations that the metro’s meter reading officials estimate readings, a Berlin man said he had no running water or electricity,...
AT A time when most people are preparing for bed, a group of brave Buffalo Flats men and women don warm clothing, take up torches and whistles and hit the suburbs streets in an effort to protect their community...
Man breaks into car, forgets phone CAMBRIDGE police this week arrested a candidate for dumbest crook of the year after a man broke into a car but left his cellphone at the scene with his mother’s number in it. On finding...
THE Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) will have firm anticorruption policies, leader Julius Malema said at its launch in Johannesburg yesterday. “Our organisation is founded on the principle of anticorruption,” he said. “No one found guilty of corruption … will wear the...
Mayor’s chauffeur crashed five cars in seven months THE bodyguard of O R Tambo District Municipality mayor Dingaan Myolwa has approached the Mthatha High court to have a report detailing a car-hiring spree declared null and void. As a result of...
ABATHEMBU king Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has been told to apologise to President Jacob Zuma for personal attacks he made this week. The Eastern Cape government and ANC in the O R Tambo region want the monarch to back down from relentless...
Blaze doused before any major damage AN ALERT Stirling woman may have saved herself from being a victim of East London’s notorious serial car arsonist when she managed to extinguish a fire under her vehicle early yesterday. The latest incident may...
SHANNON Jewell’s dream of owning a brand new car came true yesterday when he celebrated winning a Peugeot 208 from the Daily Dispatch win-acar competition. Jewell and his proud father, Johnny, visited the Dispatch to claim their big prize yesterday. Two...
FORMER Umhlobo Wenene FM marketing manager Ayanda Makaula has quit her high-profile job to dedicate this year to charity work. Makaula, 29, is one of 20 Vodacom Change the World volunteers stationed around the country. The Change the World initiative is...
THE history of brutal attacks and chilling violence in the woods around Eastern Beach in East London has been well documented over the years. However the dangerous “hell hole” of East London is also home to about 20 homeless people. Bathabile...
When he woke up one morning his friend had died of cold MORE than 200 homeless people died on the streets of the province’s two major cities between April last year and March this year. While 92 homeless people died in...