The start of construction work on a new taxi rank in Beacon Bay has been welcomed by the suburb’s ratepayers’ association. Concerns over the rank were raised at Saturday’s Daily Dispatch Café Newsroom, with questioning whether BCM had consulted residents...
Holding down her own speech therapy practice while caring for a husband and children is no sweat for philanthropist Luanet Smit, who founded His Hands Care Centre. The centre, situated in Southernwood, caters for children with severe physical and cognitive...
Five people were seriously injured when a luxury vehicle transporting Deputy Labour Minister Phatekile Holomisa was involved in a collision with a bakkie yesterday. The accident occurred on the N2 between Dutywa and Butterworth just after 1pm. Holomisa was travelling...
Transnet has secured R6-billion from South African financial institutions to fund the first tranche of its R50-billion locomotive acquisition programme, Transnet Group chief executive Brian Molefe announced yesterday. Molefe signed agreements with Standard Bank, Absa-Barclays and Old Mutual which raised...
A three-year-old boy escaped from the mangled wreckage of a taxi in which two people lay dead and 14 others injured and walked to the N2 road to alert a motorist to an accident. Moments earlier the taxi had been...
Higher economic growth is not only elusive to SA but other countries as well. Data on Friday showed that the US economy grew 2.2% in the fourth quarter‚ which was lower than the forecast 2.6%. Not that this is to...
Some 30000 Iraqi troops and militia backed by aircraft pounded jihadist positions in and around Tikrit yesterday in the biggest offensive yet to retake one of the Islamic State group’s main strongholds. “Security forces are advancing on three main fronts...
Amathole district municipal manager Chris Magwangqana may soon have to answer to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela on the award of a R631-million sanitation tender to the Siyenza Group. Calls have been made for Madonsela to initiate a probe into how...
ANC provincial leaders yesterday summoned the man at the heart of the Mandela Memorial scandal. Buffalo City regional leader Pumlani Mkolo has been in hot water since late last year, when the Daily Dispatch first exposed the misuse of funds...
A fuel station franchise manager has been ordered to pay the national parent company almost R5-million. Phumlani Nene, of Mdantsane, and his Firefly Investment 154 are in hot water with Total South Africa after a 2009 agreement went sour three...
The country’s most popular Afro-Soul group, The Soil, chose not to disappoint its Eastern Cape fans rather than to walk the "black carpet" at this year’s Metro Awards. At the same time as the group were entertaining an enthusiastic crowd...
The long anticipated new e.tv drama series, Ashes to Ashes will make its debut tonight at 8pm. The new show features a number of the former Generations stars who were fired from the SABC1 show, including Nambitha Mpumlwana, who played...
Thousands of Russians prepared to march through central Moscow yesterday in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down near the Kremlin in the highest-profile assassination of Vladimir Putin’s rule. Friday’s murder of the 55-year-old former first deputy...
Buffalo City’s top officials have spent more than R1.7-million renting “back-up” cars in the past eight months, even though ratepayers have already forked out millions buying their luxury state cars. Details of how mayor Zukiswa Ncitha, her deputy Themba Tinta,...
President Jacob Zuma and Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi laughed through the ANC leader’s veiled criticism of some unionists in the tripartite alliance as behaving as though they were political party members. Soon after Zuma completed his speech at the...
Chiefs, the clergy and politicians paid respects at the homestead of the late Umhlobo Wenene FM disc jockey Saba Mbixane at the weekend. Leading the royal delegation was Contralesa provincial secretary Nkosi Mwelo Nonkonyane, Arts and Culture MEC Pemmy Majodina...
Mystery surrounds a township “football academy” where children as young as 11 have been kicking their heels since the beginning of the year – but have yet to kick a ball. The Daily Dispatch can reveal today that Lindile Mfazwe...
All roads lead to Durban this weekend for the annual Metro FM Music Awards ceremony, which have particular significance for Eastern Cape singer Moneoa who has been nominated in two categories. The 24-year-old has been nominated in the best female...
Prominent South Africans, including traditional leaders, have mounted a call for popular Umhlobo Wenene FM DJ, Saba Mbixane, 54, to be given a provincial funeral. Mbixane promoted traditional music and was an ambassador for the Eastern Cape. He died from head...
A company with links to several high-ranking national ANC leaders was handpicked and awarded a tender in excess of half a billion rand to build toilets for a rural Eastern Cape municipality. Siyenza Group was awarded the tender worth R631-million...
Feuding parties in Lesotho’s ruling coalition will face off today in early national elections staged in a bid to restore stability six months after an attempted coup. The vote is being held about two years ahead of schedule under a...
THE article “Storm brews over dagga” (DD, February 17) refers. Central to the debate around the recent aerial spraying of dagga along the Wild Coast by police is the controversy around the safety of glyphosate – the active ingredient...
A woman who allegedly stole a newborn baby at Grootte Schuur Hospital 18 years ago, made her first appearance in the Cape Town District Court today. Levina Sabena Solomon, 50, of Lavender Hill of the Cape Flats, appeared before magistrate...
A serial rapist’s reign of terror in Tsolo has officially come to an end and he has been found guilty on 17 counts, including rape, murder and attempted murder. Siphenkosi Simanga, 32, terrorised Tsolo for six months between May and...
A top achiever in matric 2013 may have to abandon his dreams of a mathematical technology qualification because the premier’s bursary has not paid for his accommodation. Avuya Meleni from Ulwazi High School received the bursary in January 2014 for...
Aspiring musicians will get a chance to compete for a record deal and R20000 when the Eastern Cape Music Talent Search kicks off in Port Elizabeth tomorrow. The talent search, organised by the Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre (ECAVC), will...
A teen survived nine bullets after three men broke into the shack where she was sleeping with her boyfriend and opened fire. Incredibly, the 17-year-old has made a dramatic recovery since the incident on Monday and is now able to...
Service delivery protests by residents of Maluti near the border post between South Africa and Lesotho have affected operations and left a number of officials, including a mother and her eight-month-old baby, stranded. Officials at the Qacha’s Nek border post...
Two special schools in East London have been affected by National Education and Health Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) strike action. The strike involving caregivers, kitchen and administration staff affiliated to the union. Striking staff barricaded the entrance to the Rubusana district...
Grahamstown rallied behind Makana municipal administrator Pam Yako when parliament’s National Council of Provinces (NCOP) came to town to check the progress since she took over. With Yako’s six-month contract due to end in March, several groups working with her...
Daily Dispatch editor Bongani Siqoko has issued a warm invitation to readers to meet him and the news team over a cup of coffee tomorrow morning. “We want to break the wall between the writer and the reader. A lot...
Rural and Agrarian Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti dismissed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s claim that she did not know the Qunu property owned by her ex-husband and late president Nelson Mandela had been registered in his name. In his answering affidavit filed yesterday, Nkwinti...
Popular radio DJ Saba Mbixane’s grief stricken family said they had accepted “God’s will” following his death yesterday. Mbixane’s uncle Sidima said his nephew had finally succumbed to his severe head injuries and “while the wound is very deep, we cannot...
ONE of the privileges of being the finance minister is having the power to borrow money on your and my behalf. Most of us do not realise that our present and previous finance ministers have accumulated debt to the value...
ISLAMIC State group jihadists have abducted 220 Assyrian Christians in northeastern Syria in recent days, a monitoring group said yesterday, as international concern grows for the minority group. The kidnappings – more than twice as many as previously reported –...
Charges of public violence against four DA members were withdrawn in the Cape Town Magistrate's Court, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Thursday. "The NPA can confirm that the charges were withdrawn in court today due to insufficient evidence,"...
Award-winning Umhlobo Wenene radio presenter, Saba Mbixane, has died. Family spokesmanSidima Mbixane confirmed Saba's death to the Daily Dispatch this afternoon.   The popular DJ died at 9.30am, exactly 16 days after he was declared brain dead at the Nelson...
Greenpeace executive director Kumi Naidoo wants to know if the South African government has been spying on him. He told reporters at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg on Thursday that he had written to Intelligence Minister David Mahlobo to get clarity...
Violence is threatening again in Nompumelelo township as frustrated residents accuse the mayor of failing to attend to their problems. Earlier this month, residents had a stand-off with law enforcement officers after they burnt tyres and blocked off roads in...

Mom’s rape sacrifice

In an act of courage, a mother and daughter have decided to speak out about the harshest decision of their lives when facing a rapist armed with a butcher’s knife. Malusi Sihele, 32, has since been jailed for life for...
Alleged drug mule Elize de Jager of Gonubie made a brief appearance in a Kenyan court yesterday as her East London family expressed concern about her health. De Jager, 46, pleaded not guilty to trafficking 4.5kg of cocaine from Brazil...
Jazzo Sisa Sopazi is coming home. For the first time in his music career the national jazz artist will host shows in Queenstown, Ginsberg and East London. The South African Music Awards (Sama)-nominated, Queenstown-born musician will be joined by musicians Nduduzo Makhathini,...
Bhisho legislature speaker Noxolo Kiviet has ordered DA leader Athol Trollip to stop criticising the ANC-led house for handling those implicated in the Mandela memorial scandal with kid gloves. Trollip was criticising premier Phumulo Masualle’s government for failing to act...
ANC members sang outside the East London Magistrate’s Court yesterday proclaiming that charges against 10 Mandela memorial service fraud accused had been withdrawn – but inside, prosecutors and lawyers agreed the trial would forge ahead on April 7. There were...
The Eastern Cape province is to receive R54-billion out of the R1.35-trillion national budget for the financial year starting in April. The province has the third highest equitable share allocation after KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. The announcement comes as Treasury tables proposals...

Public wage bill soars

South Africa is saddled with a problematically high wage bill for public servants, with most public servants in the top 30% of earners in the country‚ says the Budget Review. The high wage bill is the consequence of large adjustments...
Boulders and tree stumps blockaded the busy R72 yesterday morning as parents and pupils from Tsholomnqa High School protested over a lack of scholar transport. Traffic was brought to a standstill as they sang and toyi-toyed in the street, carrying...
The mother of a woman arrested in connection with the “freezer baby” scandal says her grandchildren are being victimised at school. Mona Jacobs said she was doing all she could to protect the children, aged 11, eight and four, after...
Please find me land for my pigs. This is the plea of a Tsholomnqa shack dweller with a passion for pork farming. Wonga Sifama’s pig breeding project has become so successful that his pigs are overrunning the neighbourhood. He has built...
“WE TOO in the Eastern Cape are the captains of our souls. We too in the Eastern Cape are masters of our fate,” said the premier, Phumulo Masualle, as he concluded his state of the province address on Friday. ...