Announcement comes as main road upgrade begins. EMBATTLED and embittered Gonubie commuters have been given a glimpse of hope after government gave an environmental goahead for a link road to Beacon Bay.  The announcement comes as contractors working on the Gonubie...
Various national government departments have for almost a decade pumped more than R200-million into Mvezo chief Mandla Mandela’s Great Place with the idea of turning it into a tourist attraction.   Despite this, not a single booking has been made and...
  President Jacob Zuma got more than he bargained for when he received a cool reception from the very first house he visited during his “door-to-door” campaign in Duncan Village yesterday. With Buffalo City Metro being an ANC stronghold, the president...
Cabinet ministers nearly came to blows late last night after a silent protest by EFF activists during President Jacob Zuma’s speech at the Independent Electoral Commission results centre in Pretoria. Furious ministers Nomvula Mokonyane, Lindiwe Zulu and Bathabile Dlamini were...
A bossy Eastern Cape school governing body (SGB) member came to Jeff Radebe’s rescue after school authorities barred the Minister in the Presidency and his entourage from entering their school premises. But the ANC delegation led by Radebe eventually gained...
The Hawks are pursuing a charge of perjury against embattled Amathole District Municipality mayor, Nomasikizi Konza, for allegedly lying under oath during her bail application on May 23. Konza was arrested by the Hawks on the same day, in connection...
Aubrey Kruger, the former East London harbour draughtsman who designed the ingenious dolos sea buffer system 50 years ago, died in the city last week. Kruger, who had been a keen fisherman, diver and general “man of the sea”, died...
Three people were shot dead and 15 others critically injured during the drive-by-shooting in Mthatha last night(Thursday). The incident took place in the taxi rank located at Circus Triangle Mall which is located on the R61 towards Port St John’s. Police...
MORE than a quarter of a million people quit the Eastern Cape for other provinces in the five years to 2011, Statistics South Africa said yesterday, denting hopes for economic growth in the province. The continued brain drain could see...
She may have not won the 2013 edition of the Britain’s Got Talent (BGT), but Asanda Jezile is making serious strides in the music industry and is now recording her debut album. The daughter of South African expatriates, Asanda auditioned...
In an act of kindness‚ an East London grade three pupil this week used the money that he received from his 9th birthday party so he could donate 200 sandwiches to the less fortunate for his school sandwich drive. The...
The fin whale carcass that washed up at Cove Rock beach on Monday after the rare 40-ton mammal became stranded in shallow waters is being left to decompose on the beach so that the East London Museum can salvage...
It is time to face uncomfortable truths. Sonwabile Mancotywa, and ardent champion of heritage and author of Critical Conversations about Heritage,  and Mcebisi Ndletyana of Mistra will discuss heritage and are interested in the views of ordinary citizens.  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaGWiNf8Y6o]
Despite regularly receiving poor audit reports from the Auditor-General, the Buffalo City Metro has failed to develop a plan to improve the damning findings and curb recurring negative outcomes. This was contained in a report tabled before council recently by...
A stalled housing project meant to home 1500 beneficiaries is back on track with a new contractor. The multimillion-rand scheme in Mdantsane’s NU18 near Potsdam is called CC 18 Phase 2. It was terminated last year because of a “lack of...
An 8.5-metre juvenile Humpback whale entangled in fishing rope and floatation buoys 500 metres off-shore of Cape Point on the False Bay side has been freed by rescuers after a battling lasting seven hours over two days. According to the...
Angry Eastern Cape residents have destroyed parts of a macadamia nut project into which government has poured more than R100-million. Ncera residents, near Kidd’s Beach just outside East London, armed with axes and bush cutters, allegedly cut through the Ncera Macadamia...
More than 100 girls from John Bisseker Senior Secondary School got to live a day in their potential careers yesterday, thanks to the annual Take a Girl Child to Work day. The movement, which started in 2003, affords Grade 10...
Respected Sunday Times senior journalist Simpiwe Piliso died at an East London hospital early this week. He was diagnosed with heart failure in 2009 and recently had a successful heart transplant operation at a Cape Town hospital. Piliso entered journalism on the...
Lack of wellness units despite government policy guidelines. ONLY seven out of 12 Eastern Cape government departments have wellness units to assist stressed employees, according to deputydirector general and provincial cabinet spokesman Mahlubandile Qwase. This is despite provincial government policy guidelines...
Emtee (Mthembeni Ndevu) and Lootlove (Luthando Shosha) were recently embroiled in a brief Twitter feud after the TV personality called Emtee out for being “rude” to a fan. It all started when a fan of the rapper asked Emtee on...
By MSINDISI FENGU and LULAMILE FENI The grandson of the late former president Nelson Mandela was among five people shot by Eastern Cape police in several violent protests that have broken out since Friday near the statesman’s home in Qunu. The...
Residents of Bunkers Hill and surrounding suburbs have opted to take the legal route to deal with loud music and noise emanating from the Philip Kahts softball stadium. Hundreds of petition signatures were gathered after the stadium hosted a variety...
AmaXhosa King Mpendulo Zwelonke Sigcawu has called on the ANC to remove President Jacob Zuma from office if it wants to stem its electoral decline and woo back disgruntled members and supporters. The monarch, who is no stranger to campaigning for...
By ZINE GEORGE Police have forced some Eastern Cape government officials to hand over documents as a groundbreaking project to digitise records takes off. So far Eastern Cape education officials from four different districts refused to surrender personnel documents and police had...
Daily Dispatch photojournalist Lulamile Feni was given the first ever access to the homecoming ceremonies of BaSotho and AmaHlubi initiates TRADITIONAL male initiation should be a time of rejoicing as a boy’s passage to manhood is celebrated, although for many...
The founder of the Imbumba Foundation has described the final moments of Gugu Zulu’s life‚ saying his wife Letshego ‘did everything for him’ in his final moments. “She was constantly checking on him and making sure he was okay. When...
The woman pictured kissing and being kissed by President Jacob Zuma in a series of selfies that set tongues wagging is not his “blessee”‚ but his daughter. That’s according to an “exclusive report” by News24 which quoted Zuma’s son Edward...
By ARETHA LINDEN Sex, stealing and substance abuse have become the leading leisure activities for Eastern Cape pupils. This was revealed by the acting education superintendent-general (SG) Sizakele Netshilaphala yesterday at a Learner Leadership Conference at which learners representative council (LRC)...
The contents of two Buffalo City Metro meetings have raised a red flag over perilous levels of toxic gases inside the West Bank sewage treatment plant which pose a hazard for staff.  The minutes and agenda were from the April...
By ZINE GEORGE Tributes poured in yesterday following the death of Bhisho government spin doctor Mzukisi Jento Blouw. Blouw, 38, died during the early hours of Sunday morning after his Jetta collided with a VW Golf while he was driving home...
The Automobile Association has advised motorists to ensure they have fuel‚ ahead of a strike by the Chemical‚ Energy‚ Paper‚ Printing‚ Wood and Allied Workers’ Union (CEPPAWU) set to begin on Thursday. “It is our understanding that the strike will...
Nine days after two men assaulted a petrol attendant at a Tzaneen filling station in a “racist” episode‚ they were brought to justice – but for their victim‚ Johannes Monyela‚ the trauma of his attack lingers on. The Tzaneen District...
Umhlobo Wenene FM continues to swell its listenership. A recent radio audience measurement survey shows that the station gained another 138000 listeners between July and December 2015. The station currently has more than four million listeners. While some stations would be making...
United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa has warned the state to avoid dismissing the implications of the current service delivery protests sweeping across the country. Holomisa was speaking at the Daily Dispatch and University of Fort Hare Dialogues in...
A tiny girl of five made local history last weekend when she beat her U13 competitors at chess.  Siyolise August, a grandchild of Mdantsane chess fanatic Zolani August and his wife Lungiswa, is in Grade 1 at Nontombi Matta Junior...
By Zwanga Mukhuthu Acting National Police Commissioner General Khomotso Phahlane has appointed Major-General Liziwe Ntshinga as the new provincial police commissioner of the Eastern Cape. Ntshinga is the current head of the Free State Hawks, a position she held for just five...
From a young age Gugu Zulu said he would be a driver. “I asked ‘a taxi driver?’ He said ‘no’. ‘A train driver, maybe?’ He said, ‘mamsie, no. I am going to be a driver‚” his mother‚ Puleng Zulu‚ said...
Women claim pastor had sexual relations with them. AN EAST London church is struggling to recover from an embarrassing scandal after a string of women worshippers revealed they had sexual relations with the leader of the church – the charismatic...
The 16th Your Home Expo opens at the East London International Convention Centre (ICC) at the beachfront today and runs until Sunday. Organiser Rodwell Sims founded the annual show, which features everything for the exterior and interior spaces of the...
The family of famed horticultural artist Auriol Batten, lauded as one of the world’s top five botanical artists and who died a year ago, has donated four of her original works to the Ann Bryant Art Gallery. The Battens have...
A secret Buffalo City Metro preliminary report on an investigation into fraudulent transactions has revealed how officials released millions of rands – paying service providers who did little or no work at all. After days of consultation, BCM spokesman Sibusiso...
British boxer Amir Khan yesterday hailed the decision to allow professional boxers at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, saying he would love to represent the country of his parents’ birth, Pakistan. Khan, born and raised in Bolton,...
A 44-year-old woman survived a python attack in Lephalale, Limpopo, Beeld has reported. Janet Prinsloo thought she was going to die on Saturday morning when the four-metre long snake sailed out from under her bed and started squeezing her. According to...
By Tiso Black Star Group Digital Charges of racism‚ tax evasion and illegal business operation have been opened against Sodwana Bay Guest House owner Andre Slade. KwaZulu-Natal economic development MEC Sihle Zikalala on Wednesday morning made a statement at the Mbazwana...
President Jacob Zuma says he does not understand black people who choose to vote for the Democratic Alliance (DA). Zuma made the statement at the African National Congress’ (ANC) countdown to the August 3 local elections on Wednesday. The president was...
Police have recovered the body of the step-son of ANC Buffalo City Metro mayoral candidate Xola Pakati. Police spokesman Captain Mluleki Mbi said the body of 22-year-old Aphelele Katiya was recovered in the rubble of the Stoney Drift dumpsite yesterday...
The Economic Freedom Fighters has welcomed the immediate dismissal of a deputy presiding officer who it says was caught trying to rig the elections at a ward in KwaZulu-Natal. The official tried to mark ballot papers during the special votes...
An East London soccer coach allegedly shot and killed his wife and two children before turning the gun on himself. The man, believed to be in his 30s, survived the incident and is in a critical condition in hospital.  [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97G-NsATWrI] He is...
Youth radio station Tru FM is back with a mission to unearth new and raw talent in the province. The station kicked off its latest Tru- Talent search competition at the weekend, with auditions in Mdantsane, for undiscovered presenters and...