NUMSA boss Irvin Jim will this morning open a case with the Hawks after someone posted what appeared to be a death threat against him on Facebook. The threats emerged yesterday at a press conference called by the National Union...
Musa Sukwene was crowned the 2013 South African Idol at the 6000-seater Moreleta Park Auditorium in Pretoria last night. Sukwene beat Brenden Ledwaba, 19, in what producers said was the closest finale ever - with just 1000 votes separating the...
COMEDY lovers prepare for a good laugh this Friday when the 99% Xhosa Comedy show brings some of country’s funniest comedians to East London. Friday’s show will be the fourth time the comedy show has been brought to the city....
A COMMISSIONING committee for Cecilia Makiwane Hospital’s R1.8-billion development has been established to oversee its transition to a modern, state-of-the-art healthcare facility. The committee is made up of CMH’s management team, Coega Development Corporation (CDC) which is the implementing agent...
SIXTY-year-old Miriam Toto could not hold back her tears yesterday when she received the keys to her first house. Toto was one of many Second Creek residents who received houses from Buffalo City Metro. “I had been living here at Second...
Exam question called ‘improper’. ANTI-RAPE activists, education experts and parents are outraged after matric drama pupils had to put themselves in a director’s chair for a rape scene during Monday’s final written exam. A compulsory question in the Dramatic Art paper...
After the Marikana massacre, it seems clear that a new social pact is needed. In South Africa's Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects, Adam Habib says stalled democratisation has left SA with a political system that makes political leaders more...
16 Days of Activism launch in Lusikisiki hotspot. A CAMPAIGN to fight the scourge of violence against women and children was launched in Lusikisiki yesterday after President Jacob Zuma declared the area a hotspot for such crimes. The Minister for Women,...
AN ELDERLY East London man fled his farmhouse, barefoot and bleeding heavily from a head wound, after two men broke into his home and attacked him. Ivan Angelbeck, 84, of Derosa Farm near Kwelerha, said he had been asleep in...

ANCYL task team named

Kumbaca and Lali expected to lead new provincial structure. AFTER more than three weeks without provincial leadership, the Eastern Cape ANC Youth League’s provincial task team has finally been named. Although there has been no official announcement, ANC provincial secretary Oscar...
IN A FIRST for South Africa, a local medical aid scheme is offering members looking to stop smoking the option of hypnosis. According to the World Health Organisation smoking will have caused more deaths than HIV, TB, maternal mortality, car...
Extraordinary series documents changes in SA by following several children as they grow, writes Bongani Fuzile. BEGINNING this Friday, Al Jazeera news channel will screen for the first time the South African Up Series, documentaries that follow the lives of...
TWO Mdantsane boys drowned in the Buffalo River yesterday when they went for a swim. Qhamani Mabula, 10, and his friend Kwakhanya Sofe, 9, from NU7, died after getting into trouble in the river near their homes. The two were with...
New approach could see department assets seized. MORE than 30 government schools, including top East London schools, have launched a multi-million rands class action against national and provincial education departments. The Grahamstown-based Legal Resources Centre is spearheading the action on behalf...
Shareholder promises to accommodate the unemployed. ANGRY Indwe youth have vowed to pull out all the stops to ensure that nothing happens in their town without them. Last week the youth summoned an Elitheni director to a meeting and ordered him...
 A NEW community radio station was officially launched for Buffalo City radio lovers on Saturday. The new kid on the block, Kumkani FM, is based in Scenery Park, near Amalinda. After waiting more than two years for a broadcasting licence from...
DRAMA unfolded during a church service in Mdantsane yesterday, after a group of expelled pastors was locked out of church premises just before the Sunday service began. Police had to be called in to escort an in-house photographer out of...
A FORMER Transkei minister of finance has warned motorists against picking up strangers after he was robbed at gunpoint of money and his bakkie, which was loaded with three piglets. Mkumbuzi Titus, 78, was gagged, blindfolded and dragged into bushes...
Many legislators unable to climb a flight of stairs. THE country’s legislators have a battle to contend with that’s fatter than the proverbial political football. Faced with an array of greasy food every day, some MPs flatly refuse to accept parliament’s...
Spokesman says process ‘not flouted’. BUFFALO City Metro authorised payments of more than R13-million to three different companies for information technology systems before the contracts had even been signed. The payment authorisations were made days before the financial year-end, June30, which...
BUFFALO City Metro council has endorsed a decision to buy land from a Kidds Beach farmer to save more than 200 families who are illegally occupying the land from eviction. But that is on condition that the land’s R16.5-million price...
MORE than 50000 revellers converged on the East London beachfront on Saturday to enjoy the giants of the South African music industry. The event, courtesy of the Motsepe Foundation, saw people young and old dance to the tunes of AKA,...
CINEMAGOERS were taken through a range of emotions on Thursday night at the East London premiere on the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The screening took place at Hemingways and evoked anger, tears and laughter from the audience. The two-hour...
AFTER years of dust, damage and mistrust, residents of 35 Indwe villages have come out fighting against Elitheni Coal mine which they call “Satan’s place”. Community leaders told the Saturday Dispatch there would be “no mining” until locals held gilt-edged...
ROYALS and prominent Eastern Cape traditional leaders have warned communities against bogus circumcision practitioners who risk the lives entrusted to them to make a profit. The warning comes as the first group of about 15 000 boys – mostly high...
IT WAS a harrowing encounter for a Willowvale school teacher who almost lost control of her vehicle this week when a snake slithered across her windscreen. Vuyokazi Pakati, 41, was driving through the notorious Mthentu Cuttings, near Mthatha, when the...
Ministers threaten media over publication of Nkandla pictures. MINISTERS in the increasingly notorious “security cluster” yesterday wagged a finger at journalists and the public, threatening to crack down on those who took and published pictures of the President Jacob Zuma’s...
Follow Link to view the broadcast:  http://www.ustream.tv/channel/daily-dispatch THE Eastern Cape health department resolved to open up lines of communication between its officials and employees during a Dispatch Dialogue this week that saw health staff airing more grievances than solutions. Speaking at the...
Women’s church group builds house on the quiet. AMTHATHA pensioner struggled to hold back her tears of joy yesterday as she accepted the keys to her new house. Rachel Tinzi, 66, had lived in a rundown mud structure in Bhongweni Township...
Safety and liaison chairman criticises grade three R3 000-R5 000 salaries. THE Eastern Cape’s top cops were recognised for their heroics and commitment to the service at the 16th annual provincial excellence awards, which were held at Hemingways Hotel on...
Attack targets religious seminary belonging to Haqqani network. US drone killed six people in northwest Pakistan yesterday in only the second such strike outside the country’s lawless tribal districts, threatening to inflame tensions between Washington and Islamabad. The missile attack targeted...
NOTHING will be allowed to jeopardise the sale in execution of Mandla Mandela’s cows next Friday, says the Cape Town attorney seeking to recover half a million rand in outstanding legal fees and interest. His statement came despite efforts by...
A GOOD player can only hope to win a vital game with his talent. A great one can decide to. Zlatan Ibrahimovic raised Sweden to the cusp of World Cup qualification. Cristiano Ronaldo lifted Portugal right on to the...
PUBLIC Protector Thuli Madonsela says she shot herself in the foot by giving security cluster ministers her draft report into the R206-million security upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead. Madonsela said she was under no obligation to give the...
THE EASTERN Cape government paid out R614-million to educate “ghost” learners in its last financial year. This was revealed when outgoing auditorgeneral (AG) Terence Nombembe released an Eastern Cape audit report last week. The education department’s investigation, conducted early this year...
No permission given for any building on the site. THE rescue operation at the Tongaat mall construction site has been called off temporarily, KwaZulu-Natal police said yesterday. “The scene has been handed over to the department of labour who will start...
A PORT Elizabeth film producer says accepting the best feature film award at the Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) in Nigeria for the movie Of Good Report was one of the greatest moments of his life so far. Of Good...
Furious Capa accuses Trollip of launching personal attack. HEATED debate in the Bhisho legislature this week had agriculture MEC Zoleka Capa threatening to show DA provincial leader Athol Trollip “what this woman is made of”, were it not for the...
Luxury mayoral cars lie unused ‘in poor state’. OR TAMBO mayor Nomakhosazana Meth has refused to return a brand new SUV bought for the speaker’s office and is still using it, even though she was sworn in as mayor in October. This...
Bad leadership, denial, political wrangling, crime and poor management are just some of the reasons for the Eastern Cape's health troubles. " /> " />   Dr Thobile Mbengashe, Luleka Ntlebi, Sivuyile Sikwe, Vuyokazi Matiso is in discussion with Umhlobo Wenene's...
EASTERN Cape judge-president Themba Sangoni and National Prosecuting Authority managers in Grahamstown are at loggerheads over the appointment of judges to hear criminal trials in East London and Grahamstown. NPA prosecutors say Sangoni is holding back on allocating judges to...
MORE than 30 000 cases of rape, abuse and violence against men have been reported around the province in the past five years. However, this number is believed to be a fraction, or a mere 30%, of all actual cases...
KWAITO star Brickz is a liar who is likely to intimidate witnesses in the rape case against him. This was the finding of the Roodepoort Magistrate’s Court, which yesterday denied the 32-year-old bail after he was charged last month with...
Nelson Mandela movie to show in town. THE Eastern Cape will get a chance to see the new Nelson Mandela film this week when a special screening takes place at Hemingways Mall tomorrow. The movie, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, premiered...
AN EASTERN Cape gospel band returned victorious from this year’s Crown Gospel Music Awards held on Sunday in Durban. King William’s Town gospel band, Zama and the Voice Ministries, won in the category of the best gospel pop album while...
THE National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has let Mandla Mandela off the hook and will not prosecute him on charges of bigamy or the desecration of his ancestors’ graves. Despite admissions from statesman Nelson Mandela’s grandson that he married a further...
Club up and running from bar TWO days after a devastating fire gutted one of the country’s oldest rugby clubs, Buffs Club was up and running again from the nearby Griffon Bar. The bar, which is located on the same premises...
The department of health, doctors nurses and Eastern Cape Health Crisis Action Coalition representatives will be talking to Umhlobo Wenene's Putco Mafani about about how to resolve a seemingly intractable problem. 
A DARKENED Amalinda house. A traditional herbalist named Prof Jameal. Voices of people identifying themselves as “the ancestors”. A telephone call from a man calling himself “Father of all fathers”. These are some of the elements that convinced a Mdantsane teacher...
PRIVATE and public sector doctors in the Eastern Cape have joined forces with traditional surgeons and nurses in an effort to curb circumcision deaths. The summer circumcision season, when thousands of boys are expected to undergo the ritual to become...