With the reported number of human trafficking cases escalating every year around the world, an international NGO is doing its bit to raise awareness – one step at a time. Global anti-human trafficking group A21 will embark on an anti-trafficking...
A massive acid-fuelled blast in the East London IDZ injured 12 workers in an auto parts factory, causing panic in surrounding communities and damaging three nearby factories. The explosion ripped through brick and metal walls at Feltex Automotive Trim factory,...
Nokulunga Madosi of Hillside location in Fort Beaufort was yesterday drawn as the winner of a snazzy new Suzuki Swift out of more than 200000 entries for the popular Daily Dispatch Win-A-Car competition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skC-bpK3XZU The much anticipated announcement was made at...
A school earmarked for hostel refurbishment by education MEC Mandla Makupula does not exist. In March, Makupula said in his 2017-18 policy budget speech that the hostel at Nomsa Frans High in Cradock would be refurbished under a R1.5-billion budget...
Tomorrow more than 30000 Walter Sisulu University students will elect new student representative council members at all four campuses in what is expected to be closely contested elections. WSU yesterday said it was all systems go for the elections at...
University of Fort Hare students continued with their violent protests last night, setting the staff centre alight causing “significant damage”, as well as killing a cow. Last week students went on the rampage, causing damage worth R1.9-million to university property...
The department of education has embarked on a major recruitment drive that will see more than 3000 teachers, 308 principals and more than 1000 deputy principals employed around the Eastern Cape. A closed bulletin for post-level 1 teachers was advertised...
By ZINE GEORGE, ZINGISA MVUMVU and SIMTHANDILE FORD The election of Oscar Mabuyane as the ANC provincial chairman has boosted the chances of ANC’s presidential hopeful Cyril Ramaphosa. Mabuyane, a known Ramaphosa supporter, was elected to replace his former ally Phumulo Masualle...
Mandla Mandela has called for Mthatha Airport to once again be named after King Kaizer Daliwonga Matanzima of Western Thembuland. The airport was known as KD Matanzima Airport when Matanzima was the president of the apartheid-designed nominally independent Transkei government. Mandela...
The South African Traditional Music Achievers Awards (Satma) event held in the North West on Saturday took a political turn when a group of young people peacefully walked to the stage while the programme was underway. A group of five young...
An Eastern Cape miner’s family is distraught after finding out that after 30 years of his working in the mines, they will only get paid a “lousy” R2000. It was unclear yesterday what the payout was for, with Eastern Cape...
The eighth ANC Eastern Cape conference currently underway in East London has taken a new shape with an intense police presence. As early as 6am this morning, the ICC which is the host venue, underwent a detailed security surveillance...
ANC Eastern Cape outgoing provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle admitted that as ANC leaders they were arrogant, complacent and ignorant” of the challenges facing the country and the party. Masualle was addressing delegates as he officially opened the eighth provincial conference...
President Jacob Zuma has appointed Advocate Daluxolo (Dali) Mpofu SC and Advocate Jennifer Cane SC as members of the Judicial Service Commission with immediate effect‚ the presidency said on Friday. Mpofu‚ who is also national chairperson of the Economic Freedom...
South African Airways is cutting the number of flights to East London and Port Elizabeth in a shakeup that has also seen the slashing of flights to other African countries. The troubled state-owned airline announced its new adjusted schedule, effective...
Life has taken a positive turn for David Lekomanyane‚ the mining engineering graduate who was due to start a low-paying internship in December. The 26-year-old from Ermelo in Mpumalanga has been contacted by three companies in the mining industry that...
By ZINE GEORGE and ZINGISA MVUMVU It is all systems go for the 8th ANC provincial conference in the Eastern Cape and according to ANC provincial chair Phumulo Masualle more than 1 700 delegates will attend. Addressing the media last night,...
DA party bosses have recommended that Edmund van Vuuren, their sex harassment-embroiled Eastern Cape chief whip, be dumped from his post and conditionally thrown out the party. The party’s federal legal commission (FLC) has also called for further investigation into...
By ATHENA O’REILLY, ZINGISA MVUMVU, LULAMILE FENI and SINO MAJANGAZA In a day of national upheaval Breidbach residents blocked the N2 between East London and King William’s Town while Cosatu marched in demand of President Jacob Zuma’s head. And on Tuesday...
A police officer who allegedly shot a member of the public dead in a tavern two weeks ago is being investigated for murder by the police oversight directorate. The Middledrift officer was allegedly drunk and sitting in a police bakkie...
Eastern Cape taxpayers have to pay more than R80-million in damages and interest to an East London firm of architects, and further millions in legal fees, after a decade-long court case rife with state blunders. The R42-million award – which...
A court row is brewing between two companies vying to sell prepaid electricity online to  Buffalo City Metro customers. There was chaos and confusion yesterday when contrasting company statements were sent to customers. For more on the story, get a copy...
Police have confirmed that a burnt body found at an illegal dumping site in Mlungisi, Komani, is that of 13-year-old Vuyolwethu Hemeni, who disappeared on August 25.  Vuyolwethu had been on her way home from school when she disappeared. A burnt...
Thousands of Cosatu affiliate union members today marched in East London as part of the Labour federation's national march against state capture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h6Di84KKM9w&feature=youtu.be The crowds marched from the North End Stadium, down Buffalo Street on to Oxford Street to hand over...
Thousands of University of Fort Hare students took their protest outside of the Alice Campus this afternoon. They are singing and marching while blocking traffic into the campus.  Earlier, the students looted two delivery vans on the campus.  Last night two...
By SIKHO NTSHOBANE  and ZINGISA MVUMVU A bid by two ANC members to overturn the 2015 OR Tambo regional election failed yesterday. Mthatha High Court Judge Selby Mbenenge last night dismissed the case brought by two disgruntled members – Badanile Mntamo...
Sabotage knocked out more than 30 000 voice and 9 000 digital phone line subscribers throughout Buffalo City yesterday. The major disruptions caused communications chaos between East London and Mthatha in businesses and private homes yesterday. Telkom spokesman Gugulethu Maqetuka confirmed...
By ASANDA NINI and ATHENA O’REILLY The Eastern Cape government needs more than R250-million in the 2017-18 financial year to bail out provincial farmers affected by the drought that has gripped most parts of the province for years now. As a...
The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has allayed fears that social grants recipients’ bank cards would expire in December, saying the cards would not be deactivated. The agency said it had been inundated with inquiries from worried social grants...

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Buffalo City Metro (BCM) council’s attempts to have their former city manager Andile Fani criminally charged have failed. The Hawks, who were approached by executive mayor Xola Pakati earlier this year to charge Fani criminally, told the metro they did...
Racism is not the core issue at Klipspruit West High School‚ parents say. "The media must stop peddling racism. Racism is not the core of the issues‚" said Anthony Williams‚ the president of Patriots of Equality‚ a civil group. "There was...

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By NONSINDISO QWABE, ZOLILE MENZELWA and SISIPHO ZAMXAKA There is no water at the 260bed triple-floor Butterworth Hospital. Drought is starting to reach crisis point in parts of the province, with Amathole and Chris Hani municipalities issuing statements on...
Buffalo City Metro council speaker Alfred Mtsi has cleared four ANC councillors who attended a Department of Social Development “workshop” that never took place in January – all at the taxpayers’ expense of R25 000 – of any wrongdoing. BCM...
The number of deaths on Eastern Cape roads has risen to 11 as the long weekend draws to an end. Accidents yesterday morning claimed four lives, and seven on Saturday. Three people were fatally wounded in a horror head-on collision...
Eastern Cape taxpayers have forked out more than R162-million to pay 396 civil servants who have been on extended sick leave for years. “For the full story get a copy of the Dispatch or subscribe to our e-Edition for the...
More than 1500 ANC branch delegates will descend on East London next Thursday to elect new provincial leaders over the weekend. This follows Monday’s decision by members of the extended provincial executive committee (PEC) to give the green light to...
Should Buffalo City Metro not get much-needed rain by the end of next month, the city will experience a drought which may force the local authority to increase its water penalties. This, as recent rainfall failed to make any changes...
Vulnerable children desperate for help may find themselves with no one to talk to as Childline Eastern Cape faces having its telephone lines cut. The non-profit organisation (NPO), with its main office in East London and satellite offices in Libode...
Mdantsane's Mbalentle Xongo, a Grade7 pupil at Grens Laerskool, has been invited to the Radikale Redenaars Nasionale, an Afrikaans public speaking competition in Gauteng. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-72NkyoCSMQ&feature=youtu.be Her debating teacher, Donnette Gericke, said she was highly impressed with Xongo’s efficiency and fluency in...
A new-born baby was found hidden in a black refuse bag on the veranda of an East London home on Saturday afternoon, with a note from his mother asking the child to be taken to a place of safety. The...
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated President Jacob Zuma’s call for radical economic transformation. He was speaking in Ndevana, where he opened the Vuyo Mbuli HIV/Aids and Orphans Care Centre, in his capacity as head of the South African National...
There are no guarantees that public servants’ pensions won’t be used to bail out bankrupt state airline SAA, Congress for South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) provincial secretary Xolani Malamlela told hundreds of angry members and affiliates this weekend. Mlamlela was...
Community policing in the Eastern Cape is on the brink of collapse due to an “unpatriotic” public who demand stipends to join these structures. This was claimed by community safety MEC Weziwe Tikana during a press briefing at her office...
By PETER MARTIN and TELFORD VICE Family and friends of convicted rapist Dion Taljard have thrown their weight behind the former Border cricketer, saying they would do all in their power to clear his name. Taljard was sentenced to 18 years...
Tiso Blackstar Group, a global publishing, broadcast and retail marketing solutions company is inviting unemployed graduates in various disciplines to send in their applications for the internship graduate programme. This programme will run for 12-months between October 2017 and...
"We loved you‚ Magaqa‚ but we feel like we failed." These were the words of Police Minister Fikile Mbalula in Umzimkhulu‚ south of KwaZulu-Natal‚ on Thursday at the memorial of Sindiso Magaqa‚ the slain former ANCYL secretary-general. Mbalula‚ family members and...
The colourful Mpondo Cultural and Heritage Festival in Lwandlolubomvu Great Place at Matshona village (Ntabankulu) brought different  tribes and nations together in an effort to promote  tourism and economic development in the areas. To promote cultural exchange and tolerance...
The Eastern Cape department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform has confirmed the presence of Bird flu in the province. In a statement, the department said they had detected the “highly pathogenic Avian Influenza in some of the Sovereign Foods’...
East London police are hot on the heels of two robbers whose video of their shocking raid on Tops Liquor Store in Quigney at the weekend went viral. https://www.facebook.com/sq.risksa/videos/pcb.1280799702029119/1280798455362577/?type=3&theater The thugs made off with a large sum of money from the...