WITH David Bowie’s final curtain-call, followed on Monday by the death of Glenn Frey, we are witnessing the end of an era, writes Neil McCormick. As the original stars of the explosive rock culture that convulsed the world in the...
FORMER SABC CEO advocate Dali Mpofu has ditched his 33-year ANC membership to join Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters. Mpofu told City Press newspaper the ANC risked becoming irrelevant to South Africans. “Internal paralysis is such that it’s a question...
Former ANC MP Makhosi Khoza is back in politics - in a new political party to be unveiled later this week. The outspoken Khoza on Monday joined a march by security guards to the City of Ekurhuleni offices in Germiston...
If you were eager to build snowman and take Instagram snow pictures‚ you might be disappointed as the South African Weather Services (SAWS) says you should expect clear weather conditions from Monday onwards. “The system will start clearing on Monday...
Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini says she will respect and adhere to the ruling made by the Constitutional Court this morning. She said her staff were still studying the judgment‚ but she was pleased for the people of South...
Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng will on Wednesday afternoon appear before a disciplinary hearing on comments he made at a media briefing last month. Motsoeneng’s legal representative‚ advocate Zola Majavu‚ rubbished reports that the disciplinary hearing stemmed from a report...
The SABC has lost yet another court bid to keep controversial executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng in its employ. He was suspended in December 2016 when the Western Cape High Court ruled that his appointment was unlawful. On Tuesday morning‚ the same court...
Parliament today shortlisted five candidates to fill the position on the SABC board vacated by Ellen Tshabalala. A sixth candidate, Lumko Mtimde, failed to meet the requirements because his academic records were not submitted. ANC members of a sub-committee doing the...
Close to 50 students at the troubled Buffalo City College threatened to sleep inside the institution’s premises yesterday after they were evicted from private residences in town due to unpaid rent. The disgruntled women arrived at the college in the...
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...
Ngcobo businessman Vuyani Mawethu “Speedo” Mdaka has died from injuries after being hit by a car while crossing a street in central Ngcobo. The well-known businessman was declared dead at the Nelson Mandela Central Hospital in Mthatha on Friday. He...
Buffalo  City Metro faces a public health time bomb as its pest control programme falters, leaving many areas of the municipality vulnerable to rat and fly infestations. The BCM pest unit’s job is surveillance and treatment of rodents, cockroaches, fleas,...
The Mandela clan could be expanding if an Instagram post by Mandla Mandela is anything to go by. The grandson of former president Nelson Mandela on Monday posted a picture of two positive home pregnancy tests‚ showing two bright pink...
ANN7 and The New Age owner Mzwanele Manyi has been ordered to remove social media posts he made against billionaire entrepreneur Magda Wierzycka within 24 hours. The Johannesburg High Court made the order on Monday after it was heard as...
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has lashed out at the executors of Nelson Mandela’s estate for associating with a “racist and colonialist” view that customary law was inferior to civil law. She was replying to affidavits submitted by Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Eastern...
South Africans are mobilising against what they see as an inherently corrupt president. The international community has also joined in the clarion call for his resignation. Corruption, state capture, and scandal lie at the core of demands for President Jacob...
A former administrator at one of East London’s veterinary clinics has been found guilty of stealing almost R200000 from the business. Coen de Bruin, a vet at the Berea Veterinary Clinic, took the former employee and friend, Tania Rhind, to...
The financial affairs of King Goodwill Zwelithini were once again in the spotlight on Tuesday when Premier Willies Mchunu tabled his office’s budget at the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature. The lack of direction of the Royal Household Trust and lack of accountability...
Five new buses costing R9.5-million were added to the fleet of state-owned enterprise the Mayibuye Transport Corporation (MTC) on Monday. The five buses will replace old unroadworthy vehicles, which will be scrapped. Of the 69 buses owned by MTC, only 48...
The disciplinary inquiry of suspended Eskom executive Matshela Koko was adjourned early on Wednesday night‚ after the company's case presenter failed to secure key witnesses to give evidence. The inquiry centres around six charges relating to Koko's alleged failure to...
T-SHIRTS meant to be distributed during the funeral of former president Nelson Mandela in December last year are still in KSD speaker Dumani Zozo’s office. Zozo admitted to this during an ANC caucus meeting ahead of this week’s council meeting...
President Jacob Zuma thinks he is a chief and South Africans are his subjects, former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Thursday. " entitled to that R250m... he liberated us, he went to prison, he went to exile. Why...
They used to be inseparable: from attending glam events together‚ to supporting each other when they got big gigs and those booze-filled afternoons at their houses‚ their friendship was something that inspired. When Somizi confirmed what we’ve all known for...
MICHAEL Schumacher’s wife on Tuesday appealed to the media to leave the French hospital they have staked out since the German was critically injured in a skiing accident nine days ago and to let the doctors do their job.   Corinna...
Eldorado Park community feared that ‘rotten’ black teachers would be at an advantage with black principal‚ commission told The Eldorado Park community was concerned that the “rotten” black teachers at Klipspruit West Secondary School would be at an advantage if...
The United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) campaign trail will this morning hit Buffalo City Metro with a delegation of party leaders set to visit areas around East London and King William’s Town. This morning party president Bantu Holomisa will kickstart the...
A VICIOUS tug-of-war is brewing over slashed teaching jobs in the province for 2014. A preliminary report seen by the Daily Dispatch shows that jobs are to be cut in all 23 districts of education. Earlier this month, education MEC Mandla...
In those last moments Yolande Korkie shared with her husband Pierre, he hugged her and told her how much he loved her and his two children. Yesterday she was set to see her husband again, but this time as part...
GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel waded into the fraught area of wartime forgiveness during a visit to Japan on Monday, saying that “facing history squarely” and “generous gestures”  were necessary to mend ties. Merkel was speaking in Tokyo  before the 70th...
Human negligence and speeding were to blame for the accident which led to the death of Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere and his friend, the Randburg Magistrate's Court heard on Tuesday. Johannesburg Metro Police Officer Vusi Khambule, who was the...
President Jacob Zuma will host Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe on a state visit to South Africa. Mugabe’s visit is from 8 to 9 April 2015. “The objective of the visit is to consult on issues of mutual interest‚ paying particular focus on...
An Eastern Cape town with about 20 000 mostly farming community inhabitants has just one operational ambulance serving the area The ambulance, a converted Nissan Hardbody, is used to transfer patients to Frere Hospital in East London from Cathcart, some...
An East London teen, last seen leaving for the  switching on of the city’s  Christmas lights on Saturday evening, is still missing. The girl’s distraught family are having sleepless nights. The  disappearance of Asive Mkati, 14,  comes on the back of...
The admission by Minister for Public Service and Administration Ngoako Ramatlhodi that he had been approached by the Guptas in what appears to be a concerted project of state capture by the Zuma allies raises further serious questions‚ the...
Evergeen popular classic The Wizard of Oz, will be staged as a musical production at the Guild Theatre from today by Stirling High School. Directed by the school’s drama teacher, past pupil Marc Williams, the production is presented by special arrangement...
Break-ins‚ intermittent water supply‚ smashed windows and broken lifts – these are the conditions police officers and their families living in Gauteng’s barracks deal with daily. Poor conditions at barracks and police stations could have a negative effect on officers’...
Italian police yesterday  arrested the captain and first mate of a boat involved in the Mediterranean’s deadliest disaster in decades on suspicion of murder, causing a shipwreck and involvement in illegal immigration. The two seamen, who have not been formally charged,...
The worsening drought in Zimbabwe has dried up water holes, crops and pastures, leaving farmers unable to feed their animals – and unable to sell them for much either. Farmers like Justin Dlomo, who lives about 120km, north of Bulawayo,...
Makaziwe Mandela was outspoken at the weekend about her support for Advocate David Smith, who has been put through the ringer for allegedly misleading the court in a high-profile application involving the Mandela family.   As the Eastern Cape Bar Council’s...
Amathole district municipality (ADM) mayor Nomasikizi Khonza has admitted its multimillion-rand toilet project has had a shaky start, but said ADM was committed to meeting the deadline. More than R600-million was set aside to provide toilets to 60000 homes across...
After nine days of searching‚ the body of missing toddler Okuhle Kweyama was pulled from a river in Umlazi’s E-Section on Thursday. Her sodden form‚ found lying face down in the mud‚ was identified by her father on the scene....
Nehawu hurls fresh accusations of nepotism and graft. NEHAWU has upped the ante in Bhisho with fresh claims of nepotism and sexual harassment. In a memo to local government MEC Fikile Xasa, the union blames local government superintendent-general Stanley Khanyile for...
Grammy award-winning contemporary gospel singer Bebe Winans, is coming to East London next month and the Dispatch is giving away 25 double tickets to the show. The 52-year-old music sensation will be performing on April 6. Winans will be supported...
Almost 200 unclaimed corpses lying in state mortuaries and hospitals across the Eastern Cape will soon be given paupers’ burials unless they are claimed. The Eastern Cape health department said its facilities were filled to capacity with 199 unclaimed bodies. Of...
Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle has called for a probe into the province’s failure to reach a 70% matric pass rate. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Monday announced that the province was at the bottom of the national class...
Four Mdantsane schools have turned to the courts to force the Eastern Cape government to provide transport to and from school for every pupil who qualifies. The department recently indicated to the Daily Dispatch that it could only afford to...
A Nigerian nurse has died of Ebola and the country has five other confirmed cases of the disease, Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu said Wednesday. The nurse had treated a man who flew into Lagos and later died of Ebola last...
ANC presidential hopeful Mathews Phosa has abandoned his bid to have the Johannesburg High Court hear an urgent application around alleged irregularities in the nominations process in Mpumalanga. The application had been brought on his behalf by his campaign manager‚...
Former SABC COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng has tried to have his disciplinary hearing halted by alleging that comments made during an April media conference were “protected public disclosure” – a defence usually used by whistleblowers. Motsoeneng is facing disciplinary charges over...
For the first time‚ the world’s largest wildlife trade conference meeting has discussed the need to regulate synthetic alternatives to endangered wildlife products. There has been increasing concern about the possible impact that synthetic – or bioengineered – wildlife products...