A former Gonubie couch potato is the muscle behind the Worldwide Aquathon phenomenon which will involve thousands of energetic, swim-suited people in 76 countries next month. Rose Hartzenberg, 47, said the aquathon will be held in gyms, clubs, public pools,...
THE ANC’s O R Tambo region lived up to its reputation of dragging out elective conferences when the regional youth league’s conference stalled in deadlock this weekend. It was meant to start on Friday with registration but this did not...
A Nehawu branch at the cooperative governance and traditional affairs department (Cogta) headquarters in Bhisho, which was disbanded last year after it accused the union’s regional bosses of taking kickbacks from departmental authorities, has been given a lifeline. This as...
Speaker Baleka Mbete on Tuesday warned the Economic Freedom Fighters that she would not tolerate "anarchy" in Parliament but was promptly challenged by EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu who accused her of bias. "A situation where rules were not observed...
Two convicted inmates escaped from the Zwelitsha Magistrate’s Court in King William’s Town in the Eastern Cape after overpowering the prison guard and stealing his firearm and vehicle. The incident happened at about 2pm on Wednesday when the two men‚...
The mother of former president Thabo Mbeki, Epainette Mbeki has died. Affectionately known as MaMbeki, the struggle hero died at St Dominics hospital this morning at the age of 98. She was admitted to hospital two weeks ago for medical observation after...
The New Development Bank set up by the Brics bloc expects to start lending in the second quarter of next year‚ according to bank vice-president Leslie Maasdorp. Brics groups five of the biggest emerging markets – Brazil‚ Russia‚ India‚ China...
The troubled Sunrise-on-Sea man who disrupted his neighbourhood last week, turned down the opportunity of being represented by top attorney Neil Ristow ​in the East London Magistrate's Court yesterday and then chose to stay in prison rather that apply for...
Two more suicide bombers in the Paris terrorist attacks have been identified, with one possibly coming from Syria, French prosecutor Francois Molins says in a statement. Fingerprints from one of the suicide bombers at the Bataclan concert hall match those...
China will place SA government officials and “business leaders” on a training and skills development programme‚ the presidency has said. “South Africa’s National School of Government will finalise details with counterparts in the Chinese Academy of Governance. Initiatives are already...
A video of a schoolgirl being assaulted has been sent to all 12 education districts in KwaZulu-Natal as the department of education scrambles to find the name of the school so it can act. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBTVjohg7zY The video‚ which has gone viral...
Traditionally regarded as an afterthought in the market, new research has found that the “tween” market has become increasingly brand savvy, spending most of their pocket money on clothes. Tweens are youngsters aged between nine and 16. According to a recent...
Walter Sisulu University students at the Nelson Mandela Drive campus were chased off campus yesterday afternoon after they set alight a building and blocked the fire brigade from entering the premises. University spokeswoman Yonela Tukwayo said the university ordered all...
The leadership squabble over the Zimbane land claim is again rearing its head, and if not dealt with immediately could once more frustrate growth and development in Mthatha. On November 4 the Land Claims Court ruled the legitimate committee presiding...
Deep in the Kologha Mountains, halfway between Stutterheim and Ngcobo, lies the dusty village Keilands. Here villagers describe a hard life of living with no running water, electricity or flushing toilets. The only forms of transport available are a bakkie and...
Eskom started off the week well‚ with Monday being outage-free‚ but load shedding looks set to return on Tuesday. @Eskom–SA took to Twitter in the morning to congratulate itself: “Eskom did not implement load shedding yesterday”‚ before giving its almost...
Ten of the 78 Idols SA finalists going to Sun City for the “Hell Week” phase of the reality TV are from the Eastern Cape. Those who triumph there will make the Top 16, and get to perform for viewers’...
  MOTORISTS commuting between King William’s Town and East London were stuck for hours yesterday evening after protesters blocked both sides of the N2. Hundreds of protesters, largely from Ilitha township near Berlin, barricaded both sides of the N2 at the...
Outa said on Monday that Eskom’s latest application to hike up its rates was based on claiming costs for electricity it had never generated. The former Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance‚ now rebranded as the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse‚ is...
Buffalo City Metro’s health department is too short-staffed to carry out monthly inspections of registered funeral parlours. This was revealed by acting head of health, public safety and emergency services Steve Terwin in a report tabled before council last month. In...
University of the Witwatersrand management will on Thursday meet to discuss and analyse the Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s mid-term budget policy statement (MTBPS)‚ which was delivered in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon.  “Wits is still reviewing the minister’s speech and all...
UN demands thorough and impartial probe. THE downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 “may amount to a war crime”, the UN said yesterday, adding that fighting in east Ukraine has claimed over 1 100 lives with both government and rebel...
Uber’s business in South Africa is about to be challenged by a local upstart start-up‚ Ryda‚ which plans to launch soon and expand its reach later. The online business was co-founded by Tim Pearson‚ who became a financial planner after...
Port St Johns-born singer Csana is finally living her dream after releasing her debut album. The album was released through the provincial recording label after numerous empty promises from people in the industry. Csana, real name Nonguquko Mlaza, started singing at...
The Arch is home and he’s going to put his feet up. A statement issued on Tuesday said: “Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is back at home following a week-long spell in hospital to treat a persistent infection.  “Arriving home this morning...
DA PROVINCIAL leader and MPL Athol Trollip has been banned for up to 15 days from the Bhisho legislature and fined one month of his pay. The legislature’s ethics committee this week found him guilty of bringing the institution into...
THE energy room of the future is a cool, silent space in an outbuilding of a Gonubie suburban home where a row of four little blue machines intelligently control the flow of pure, free energy created from sunlight harvested...
For someone who was awarded R12.1-million by the Eastern Cape department of health, Simamkele Maqwara has nothing to show for it.  The seven-year-old youngster, who was born with cerebral palsy at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha, was awarded...
Government has asked the Constitutional Court for permission to appeal against the ruling that the government acted contrary to the constitution when it failed to detain Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in the country last year. The department of justice and...
While the idea of a strictly gay radio station might once have been dismissed as chasing rainbows, Pretoria-based Gay SA radio has turned that notion on its head. Not only has the online station caught the rainbow, it is now...
The ANC anniversary statement ticked all the boxes but was lacklustre in inspiration‚ proceeding an economic crisis at the tail-end of 2015 and ahead of a crucial election mere months away. President Jacob Zuma delivered the ANC national executive committee’s...
Thousands of Eastern Cape school children will begin the new academic year without textbooks. The Daily Dispatch yesterday learnt that schools in Grahamstown and some rural areas of the province were likely to be most affected. Provincial education spokesman Malibongwe Mtima...
The reappointment of Pravin Gordhan as finance minister late on Sunday has left many a South African speechless, with several analysts reckoning it's the beginning of the end for President Jacob Zuma. "Well, I am speechless again," said independent treasury...
GORDON Igesund kept a tight lid on his plans for Spain ahead of tonight’s friendly international at FNB stadium, insisting on a closed training session yesterday, with the media barred from watching the coach take his team through their...
Traffic came to a standstill in parts of Potsdam yesterday as residents barricaded the road in a protest to get electricity installed in various parts of the area. For the full story get a copy of the Dispatch or subscribe...
Wallet, keys, money, still with body THE murder of a respected Catholic nun Mary Paule Tacke, 82, who was kidnapped by armed men on Sunday, has left Mthatha residents reeling. Her body, still in her nun’s habit, was found floating in...

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A DEDICATED team of undercover police officers using their private vehicles swooped on six unsuspecting members of a cigarette-hijacking gang in Quigney and recovered 36 boxes of cigarettes worth more than R500000. The raid on two Quigney guesthouses on Thursday...
Egypt's air force bombed Islamic State targets inside Libya yesterday, a day after the group released a video appearing to show the beheading of 21 Egyptians there. It was the first time Egypt confirmed launching air strikes against the group...
A large contingent of police rescuers from four Eastern Cape towns have arrived in Lusikisiki to abseil down a 200m to 300m cliff to search for the body of a 47-year-old man who was allegedly strangled to death by...
Relationship talk is a common topic among women from hair salons to taxis, and to answer all the burning questions they have about dating, a local lounge will host an “AskAMan” event this weekend. Organiser of the event, Sethu Krakra,...
The Eastern Cape department of rural development and agrarian reform (DRDAR) failed to assist the National Anti-Corruption Hotline (NACH) with a number of fraud cases reported to them, one dating back as far as May 2014. This has prompted the...
A senior member of the AbaThembu royal family has slammed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s court bid for former President Nelson Mandela’s Qunu home, calling her opportunistic and greedy. Madikizela-Mandela made shocking claims in her court application saying the marriage certificate submitted to...
An Eastern Cape-born academic was appointed the seventh vice-chancellor of the University of Western Cape (UWC) last week. Professor Tyrone Pretorius was born in Sterkspruit and spent part of his childhood in King William’s Town. Speaking to the Saturday Dispatch, Pretorius...
A legal appeal against a provincial government decision to deny permission to dredge silted Kowie River canals and dispose of the spoil in nearby sand dunes has succeeded. Dredging of Royal Alfred Marina canals and the lower reaches of the...
The trial of Eastern Cape police spokesperson Marinda Mills will begin in June, the Zwelitsha Magistrate’s Court heard on Tuesday. National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Tsepo Ndwalaza confirmed that the matter was postponed until June 8 and 9 at the King...
LAST week‚ President Jacob Zuma failed to fulfil a promise by Justice Minister Jeff Radebe to appoint a permanent head to the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) by the end of February. The unit, for more than 14 months now, has...
Nomsa Buthelezi is happy that people are looking past her "pot belly and flabby arms" and recognising her presenting talent on Our Perfect Wedding (OPW) after been 'suppressed' by the "big girl tag" all her life. The first OPW episode...
The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Monday laid criminal charges against Penny Sparrow “for investigation of crimen injuria for infringing the dignity of all South Africans and for dehumanising black South Africans”. “This morning‚ our leader Mmusi Maimane tweeted that Penny...
MVEZO chief and grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, Mandla Mandela, has rejected claims he signed an affidavit supporting legal action against legal eagle George Bizos, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale and lawyer Bally Chuene. The prominent family was thrust...
A second Walter Sisulu University student was killed in a residence, apparently with a bread knife during an alcohol-fuelled party in his room. Final-year electrical engineering student Aphelele Ntobongwana, 22, from Libode, died on Sunday afternoon at Destiny Two male...