TWO Eastern Cape teachers were fired for having sex with pupils last year. In two other cases, a teacher was dismissed for having sexually assaulted a pupil, while another intimidated pupils. They were among 52 disciplinary cases resolved by the department...
AN EASTERN Cape mayor is being investigated by provincial government for using public funds to pay for a trip for herself, child and two bodyguards to a Johannesburg school. The Daily Dispatch has seen a copy of the terms of...
Former police minister Nathi Mthethwa denied on Monday he was under political pressure to intervene in the deadly mining strike at Marikana in Rustenburg two years ago. Mthethwa, now the minister of arts and culture, was led in submitting evidence...
TWO politically explosive musicals Marikana – The Musical and Protest! headlined at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. Both shows root themselves in the SA tradition of a song for all occasions, from joy to sorrow, but scriptwriter-directors Aubrey W Sekhabi...
INITIATION deaths have increased to 32 this season, taking the toll to 528 in eight years. There are fears the figure might rise further as there is still a week before the official end of the winter circumcision season. Five initiates...
THE Grahamstown National Arts Festival ended on a high note with performances from the likes of Lira, Hugh Masekela and internationally renowned musical group Kwela Bafana. The multi-platinum selling Lira performed on Friday night, two days after returning from her...
AS the land restitution claims process gains momentum, Eastern Cape MEC for rural development and agrarian reform Mlibo Qoboshiyane has advised claimants to choose land rather than financial compensation. Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti last week announced...
Sanca and Narcotics Anonymous provide new hope WHEN Remario Lucas and Trevor Jansen of Buffalo Flats joined a group of friends to experiment with dagga in the bush when they were still in primary school, they never thought it would...
THE Eastern Cape government spent almost R9-million on former president Nelson Mandela’s provincial memorial service in Port Elizabeth – but does not know what the money was spent on. This is because there are no documents detailing any of the...
A WOMAN, who claims to have endured seven years of sexual assault, repeatedly being raped and degraded by her boss in Bhisho, has come forward to report her story to the team investigating the “jobs for sex” scandal. This comes...
WHEN the 22 players representing Germany and Argentina step out onto the Maracana pitch for tomorrow’s World Cup final, roughly half will be fulfilling prophecies made in the previous decade. From Argentina captain Lionel Messi to Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer,...
THE Bhisho government is still in the dark on whether the Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) chief executive Sitembele Mase was suspended over his involvement in the Nelson Mandela funeral spending saga or not. Mase was suspended by the ECDC...
A GROUP of people had a lucky escape when two vehicles they were travelling in collided with each other and rolled, with one catching fire. East London police on the scene said it was a miracle that the passengers had...
Joey the War Horse - a handmade, life-sized puppet built by the Handspring Puppet Company, visited Grahamstown this week and created a stir wherever he, and his three puppeteers, went. The puppet was created by the Cape Town-based company...
THE body of a homeless East London woman lay on the streets for hours yesterday after calls to emergency services reportedly went unanswered. A group of women contacted the Daily Dispatch as a last resort after allegedly waiting for police...
THE families of victims of former police death squad commander Eugene de Kock will be consulted before a decision is made on his parole application. Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha made the announcement yesterday in Pretoria. Two months...
Braille consultant also plays mandolin in street concert. AN EXHIBITION by a blind photographer – who uses her other senses to “see” the shot – is opening eyes at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Already, two works from Pasha...
HUNDREDS of cattle carted to the East London port early yesterday morning had to be trucked back to their farm because the ship meant to transport them to Mauritius could not dock. The livestock carrier Diamantina could not enter the...
SOUTH Sudan’s warring leaders called on each other to restart peace talks on Wednesday, all the while trading blame for a raging civil war that marred independence celebrations in the world’s youngest nation. “Put down your guns and come home,”...
THE biggest land claim in the Eastern Cape will soon be launched by the AmaRharhabe Royal Council in a claim that includes the whole of the Western Cape. The multibillion-rand claim would be in collaboration with the Khoi and San...
THE body of a homeless woman was found in Southernwood, East London, earlier today. A group of women, who witnessed the woman’s death, said they had called the provincial health department’s ambulance services and the police, and when three hours...
THE Eastern Cape Young Communist League (YCL) has announced its plan to march to the Daily Dispatch offices by December. Reasons for the march were sketchy and yesterday YCL provincial secretary Mluleki Dlelanga said they were “not ready to divulge...
Promoted officials will have to pay back money. SENIOR Bhisho legislature officials showered with promotions without due processes being followed will have to pay back the money after their 2012 promotions were nullified this week. In recent months the institution has...
HISTORIC Grahamstown buildings that normally gather dust all year round find a new lease of life for 10 days when the whirlwind National Arts Festival hits the City of Saints. With performance space at a premium, architectural gems like 1820...
Storyteller’s joy as audiences lap up her tales of rural folk. FROM a humble start selling DVDs in Transkei, storyteller Nomakhisimsi has arrived and brought her hilarious stories to the festival. The humorous Mpondo storyteller shares the encounters she has with...
Eugene de Kock's parole was denied because the families of his victims were not consulted, Justice and Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha said today."I am of the view that it is fair and in the interests of the victims...
NGOs picket outside court as accused appear. PUBLIC and media interest in the trial of two men accused of kidnapping and killing Catholic nun Mary Paul Tacke is growing. A large number of non governmental organisations (NGOs) sang and picketed...
ON August 7 and 8, the state and the defence will play a game of connect-the-dots when they deliver their closing arguments in Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial. Below is an idea of what prosecutor Gerrie Nel and defence advocate Barry...
THE Bhisho administration said it would consider making male medical circumcision compulsory if initiates continue to die in the bush. The briefing in Bhisho was to discuss interventions by the Eastern Cape government to curb the deaths of young men. Xasa...
THE family of Bathandwa Ndondo, the student activist from Cala village killed by Eugene “Prime Evil” de Kock in 1985, said they had forgiven him and had no problem if he was granted parole. Justice Minister Michael Masuthu is due...
Cape Town based Doctor Scott Allen, has decided to showcase his first comedy show at the National Arts Festival. This fringe comedy production, gives the gory scientific (not really but sounds factual) details of foetuses ‘difficult life’ in the...
This is the Fifa World Cup of arts – minister. MINISTER of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, used the official opening of the 40th National Arts Festival (NAF) to underscore his commitment to the nation’s arts, saying it was an...
LIFE is apocalyptic, crazy and torn by unspeakable acts, like chomping a phalic sweet potato in anger.  Piet se Optelgoed (Kingswood Theatre, today) is physical theatre and clowning of the darkest type. It’s a nightmare shot through with exquisite rays...
GREEK tragedy for an East London man can feel daunting, so it brings relief when the playwright-director tells you at the end of his show to take what you want from the work. But this is the 40th National Arts...
INNOCENT souls have died at the hands of the police, and the drama iSystem confronts this with a journey into the lives of the men in blue and their everyday challenges. The play currently on at the National Arts Festival...
The National Arts Festival showcases a variety of performances which celebrate the cultural and musical diversity of many nations. This year, South Africa celebrates its 20th year of democracy, which is joined by the United States' 50th anniversary of...
‘Genius’ composer/conductor woos musicians and audience. NEW YORK jazz giant Maria Schneider, billed by Time magazine as the most important woman in jazz today, has called the National Arts Festival a unique, special and educative event. Schneider was speaking to a...
Cosatu bigwig asks for end to factionalism. COSATU secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi has called on all those suspended or fired from the federation to be reinstated. Addressing South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) members at the union’s provincial congress in East London...
ANIMAL activists are up in arms because almost 3 000 animals are about to be transported live from East London to Mauritius to be slaughtered. They say animals experience trauma in transport and should rather be slaughtered here and the...
ASSAULTS of initiates, corrupt traditional leaders who promote unlawful circumcision and a lack of will by police to make arrests are factors contributing to initiation deaths.  The Bhisho legislature health portfolio committee described initiation as a custom in crisis that...
EAST London singer Msaki’s dream comes true when she shares her unique style of music with her audience at the National Arts Festival. Msaki, real name Asanda Mvana, is one of the few East London musicians to be part of...
Fan funds band’s trip to show off for bigger crowd. A POPULAR Wild Coast band that includes several veterans of the Eastern Cape music scene has been given the chance to strut their stuff at the National Arts Festival – all...
Bhisho pledges R30m for developing talent among disadvantaged. THE Bhisho government has set aside more than R30-million this financial year to resuscitate sports development in disadvantaged schools across the Eastern Cape. In her 2014-15 policy speech delivered at the Bhisho legislature...
ANGRY Chatty residents blocked Old Uitenhage Road yesterday saying they are fed-up with irregularities on the RDP housing list. The protest started on Monday with residents physically blocking the road yesterday to prevent vehicles from using the road. Community leader Bouga...
AFTER 39 days in court and 37 witnesses on the stand, these 10 quotes sum up some of the key moments of the Oscar Pistorius murder trial. 1. "It was bloodcurdling." This is how university lecturer and state witness Michelle Burger...
Huge transfer ‘shocked’ new premier to act. PREMIER Phumulo Masualle was not aware of plans to deposit R250 000 into his personal account for him to use for former President Nelson Mandela’s funeral arrangements. The premier has since accounted for every...
COSATU general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the suspension of education head Mthunywa Ngonzo is “depressing” as thousands of Eastern Cape school children will continue to have no desks while the investigation is on.   This was part of a speech Vavi...
AGANG SA leader Mamphela Ramphele has decided to leave politics, she announced earlier today. "I have decided to leave party politics and return to working alongside my fellow citizens in civil society to pursue the dream of transforming ours into...
ANC chief whip Stone Sizani today defended National Council of Provinces (NCOP) chairwoman Thandi Modise, following criticism of her controversial North West farm.   "We have been briefed by the NCOP chairperson regarding the matter and we share her feelings that...