CONDEMNING an act of “pure evil”, Prime Minister David Cameron vowed yesterday that Britain would do all it could to catch the killers of a British aid worker beheaded by the Islamic State. In its third apparent beheading of...
An Eastern Cape private boarding school situated in an old factory outside King William’s Town is being investigated by the provincial education department for shocking conditions. Bencox English Medium private boarding school has allegedly been forcing pupils, some as young...
PROSECUTOR Gerrie Nel yesterday tore into murder accused Oscar Pistorius’s version of how he opened fire on his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. “I made a mistake,” Pistorius said in explanation of why he fired four shots into a locked bathroom door...
Three of the six district municipality mayors currently serving in their respective councils are likely to return to office, if the ANC wins the August 3 elections. The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) endorsed the nomination of the current Sarah...
Scores of passengers flying between Mthatha and Johannesburg were stuck at airports in the two cities on Monday, apparently because of a broken fire engine at Mthatha Airport. Passengers at OR Tambo International Airport hoping to travel to Mthatha on...
Shaun Abrahams, Shaun Abrahams, where are you? Your country needs you. It needs you now, more than ever. Show your face, show your mettle, show your backbone. The hour has come. Where are you, man? By now our National Director...
AN EAST London music producer has offered a Flagstaff-born poet the opportunity to record an extended mixtape (EP) after hearing of the 19-year-old’s passion for poetry. Poet Momelezi Mkonjwa comes from a family of four which relies on child-support grants...
Former Deputy Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court Dikgang Moseneke is swapping the robes of the judiciary for the robes of academia. On Friday‚ it was announced that the recently retired Moseneke has been appointed Honorary Professor of Bioethics in...
THE country’s biggest union, the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa), has officially broken ties with the ANC. Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim yesterday announced that the union would not endorse the ruling party in next year’s election. “Numsa...
Despite a meeting on Thursday between Sanral’s new CEO and the residents of Xolobeni village it appears the fight over the Wild Coast toll road is far from over. Close to 200 villagers, led by the Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC), had...
It’s been a little over a month since rapper Simiso Zwane‚ popularly known as Okmalumkoolkat‚ returned to South Africa after serving a month-long sentence in a Tasmanian prison. And the artist is slowly making his way back into the...
The  ANC stood alone yesterday in support of President Jacob Zuma as the opposition stood united in calls for his removal. The National Assembly defeated a motion to dismiss Zuma as president following the Constitutional Court judgment on improvements to his...
A company that delivered R2.8-million worth of poor quality desks to Eastern Cape schools last month has been given seven days to remove them and a further 30 days to replace them. The contract was part of a R39-million tender issued...
The grass is greener on the other side‚ say South Africa’s potential graduates who plan to pursue their careers abroad. More than 50% of students who were interviewed in a survey by PPS said they would move overseas to ply...
A Mthatha taxi boss and his wife have been shot and killed at their home last night. The killing of the pair, who were both members of Uncedo Service Taxi Association in Mthatha, had shocked those in the public transport industry, who said the killing came at...
Hundreds of friends‚ family‚ fans and high-profile dignitaries have gathered at the DJ Thomas Hall in Alberton to bid farewell to jazz legend Thandi Klaasen. Klaasen died at the age of 86 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. https://twitter.com/Olo_Mongale/status/824878683202543616 The musician...
The  long awaited Emonti Jazz Gospel Festival due to take place this weekend has been postponed yet again. This time organisers, Litha Yaya and Tulas Mbuyazwe attributed the sudden postponement to bad weather and the two-week municipal strike, despite having...
A group of young professionals from around the country are in the province this week exploring historic sites. Known as Activators, they aim to reconnect with the past in order to understand the present and future better. They are part...
A cold front bringing rain and snow is predicted to sweep in from the south-west tomorrow. It is first expected to hit Nelson Mandela Bay today and move on to Buffalo City at 11am tomorrow, said SA Weather office spokesman...
The man who shot dead a leopard in what was claimed to be self-defence on a hunting farm outside Grahamstown will be criminally charged for allegedly hunting the animal. The probe into the killing of the leopard – which is...
Hundreds of pupils and dignitaries who attended the third day of Mzomhle’s 50th celebrations, underway this week, were left hungry when meat which was meant to be prepared for the celebrations was stolen. Two cows had been donated for the festivities, one...
The current drought conditions in South Africa do not pose an immediate threat to Eskom's ability to generate electricity, Eskom executive for generation Matshela Koko said on Monday. Speaking at the utility's quarterly briefing on the state of the electricity...
The advertisements saying “the City of Johannesburg is in good hands” were aimed at investors not voters‚ and the campaign was launched “long before the date of the local government elections was announced”. That’s the gist of the city’s argument...
British brewer SABMiller announced Tuesday that it had agreed a takeover by Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's biggest beer producer, in a deal worth about £71 billion ($109 billion, 96 billion euros). Belgian-Brazilian group AB InBev, the maker of Budweiser and...
THE violence at Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana occurred because mine bosses did not care, the Farlam Commission of Inquiry heard today. “The cause of all that happened there is because of a lack of care from Lonmin and them...
Many lessons can be learned from South African women who rose as leaders even when it was dangerous to do so, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said today. In a speech prepared for delivery at a women's leadership conference in Cape...
Criticism is pouring in for the SABC’s “draconian” axing of seven journalists‚ with the SA Communist Party (SACP) expressing solidarity with them‚ and at least two lobby groups calling for a government investigation. The national broadcaster fired Foeta Krige‚...
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is back in the dock on Tuesday‚ his party announced on Twitter. Malema's trial is set for two days in the Newcastle regional court in KwaZulu-Natal. He is accused of inciting EFF members to illegally...
The grandson of Robert Sobukwe, Tshepo Sobukwe, has urged the people of the republic of South Africa to avoid leaving responsibilities of their own emancipation to the leaders as it leaves them vulnerable to opportunists. Sobukwe was speaking at the 10th annual Robert...
A ministerial halt has been called on mining at Xolobeni for the next 18 months. One lawyer representing the Wild Coast community has hailed the decision as one of the most significant in the 12-year battle to keep out controversial...
Ben Ngubane’s resignation as Eskom chairperson is highly suspicious‚ the Democratic Alliance has said. Public enterprises minister Lynne Brown announced Ngubane’s resignation‚ with immediate effect‚ late on Monday. Ngubane’s departure from Eskom comes as parliament prepares to launch an inquiry into...
Top brass scramble to protect party from embarrassment THE Nelson Mandela memorial service taxi scandal has deeply divided the ANC both in the province and Buffalo City Metro region. The Daily Dispatch understands that the ANC regional executive committee met at...
United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa has asked the public protector and premier Phumulo Masualle to investigate why no action was taken on a forensic report into a dodgy R30-million tender. Holomisa wants to know why the three-year-old preliminary report...
One of the “Free our King” campaign leaders lobbying for the release of the jailed AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo took a swipe at the inconsistent manner in which royals are treated in South Africa. “We have our king, King Zwelibanzi...
A 16-year-old boy has been arrested for allegedly raping and murdering a two-year-old boy in Soweto on Sea, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape police said this morning. “On Sunday at noon a two-year-old boy was playing with other children at Songololo...
It makes players more intelligent, says association chief GAMING body Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) are on a drive to have gaming recognised as an e-sport at schools in South Africa. It also wants to source bursaries for deserving candidates to...
THE frenzied killing of a teenage woman stabbed 42 times has shocked the small village of Ngcwala near Mqanduli. The grisly discovery of the dead body of Zikhona Nxitywa, 19, was made by a neighbour yesterday morning. Law enforcement officers on...
Chippa United defender James Okwuosa says nothing will make him happier than for Chippa to launch their Premier Soccer League campaign this season on a high note. The Chilli Boys open the league against Free State Stars at Nelson Mandela Bay...
‘Raddie’ there for Mdantsane residents. A PENSIONER from Mdantsane has been hailed as a hero after using her old-age social grant to feed and clothe the needy in her community. Florence Mvana, commonly referred to as “Raddie” was lauded on social...
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has vehemently rejected the possibility of his party entering into a coalition in any municipality after the August 3 elections. Speaking to journalists on Wedneday during a visit to victims of the tornado disaster...
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...
A MDANTSANE singer has landed a lucrative recording deal after winning a provincial gospel talent search competition. Siphokazi Sondishe impressed the judges through all stages of the department of sport, recreation, arts and culture-run competition and on Saturday night was...
Consumers filling their supermarket baskets with grocery staples this month face a welcome respite from cost of living increases, most notably a steep hike in fuel prices which came into effect this week. The Saturday Dispatch has been monitoring the price...
While the dog that attacked four men in Baysville last week has been put down by its owners, one of the pitbulls that killed Haidee Pook more than a year ago is still living with Travis Wade. The inquest into...
An Eastern Cape municipal mayor, two council speakers and an ANC chief whip have been given their marching orders. This follows a Daily Dispatch report two months ago which revealed that ANC bosses in Calata House had decided that Tsolwana...
Walter Sisulu University has six months to hire required academic staff to teach its LLB law degree or face losing accreditation to offer the course. The university’s electrical and mechanical engineering courses also face a similar plight, but unlike LLB,...
The Bokone Bophirima Provincial Government on Friday called on the youth in Marikana and Bapong villages in the Bojanala Platinum District to avoid engaging in violent and criminal activities following the outbreak of violent protests. The North West office of...
Penny Sparrow has paid neither of the court-ordered fines for a racist Facebook rant in which she referred to black people as “monkeys”. That January post went viral‚ causing widespread outrage and leading to two court proceedings against her. The 68-year-old...
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan met about 60 chief executives at a packed Nedbank boardroom at the weekend to discuss how SA should avert a downgrade to its sovereign credit rating. There are deep concerns about the effect of a possible...
He said “the voice is battling a little bit”. He admitted to being “pretty emotional” and “a little bit scared”. Presenter John Robbie on Thursday bid farewell to listeners on his last show on Radio 702 after “30 years unbroken...