If you thought black suffering reached its apogee during apartheid‚ think again. In fact‚ the first three decades of the 20th century took a particularly heavy toll on blacks‚ according to a new study based on height. Three researchers at Stellenbosch...
Dennis Vorster has been appointed as headmaster to steer Hudson Park High School to greater heights. He takes over the reins from Roy Hewett, who retired in 2016 after a 17-year career as head of the school, at the beginning...
The Freedom Charter was not the first human rights document initiated by the ANC, the organisation developed a bill of rights in 1923. It also,  in 1943, produced the famous “African Claims”, an adaptation of the Atlantic Charter, on the...
A Joubertina man convicted this week of raping his teenage daughter read out a letter to the Grahamstown High Court, ironically declaring that he had forgiven her. The man, who may not be named as it would identify his daughter,...
The MTN Group has been hit by a double whammy that has the potential to negatively affect its services in its two biggest markets. In Nigeria chronic fuel shortages brought telecoms firms‚ banks and flights to a standstill on Monday,...
DRUNKENNESS, laziness and bribery were called “demons” destroying traditional leadership in the country. Eastern Cape House of Traditional Leaders (ECHTL) chairman Ngangomhlaba Matanzima said the dignity of traditional leaders was being destroyed as they worshipped the bottle and forsook their...
A statue of Nelson Mandela on the Cape Town City Hall balcony‚ where he gave his first speech on the day he was set free in 1990‚ will cost R3.5-million.The statue will be funded by the Western Cape government‚...
AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo and his family were in high spirits last night, hours before he was scheduled to present himself at the Mthatha prison. The royal family was singing and laughing, and said the king was looking forward to...
The 30-year-old woman who shot a now-viral video of a St Mary's Hospital nurse allegedly verbally abusing an elderly patient – who later died – cannot get the image of the ward mate’s lifeless body out of her head. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkWbxhjijNQ   The...
“Plastic roads” may hold an answer to dealing with the Eastern Cape’s R100-billion roads infrastructure backlog, the Democratic Alliance in the province believes. The party says “plastic roads” had proven popular in countries such as the Netherlands, India and other...
The Development Bank of SA (DBSA) has signed a R1.4 billion contract with the European Investment Bank (EIB) to support development of a solar power project in the Northern Cape, it said today. "We are encouraged by the EIB's trust...
Transkei’s two most feared criminals die in storm of bullets. TWO of the Eastern Cape’s most feared criminals were shot dead yesterday morning in a dramatic escape attempt outside the Mthatha High Court. The incident, which unfolded just before 10am, left...
The childhood dream of performing with South Africa’s most loved gospel ensemble, Joyous Celebration, became a reality at the weekend for an Eastern Cape teenager. Grahamstown singer Malibongwe, who has a life-threatening illness, performed a song with the group during...
A highly-anticipated clash will finally play out, when Mdantsane boxing star Makazole Tete moves up to junior-bantamweight to take on a former title-holder for the IBO crown in East London on December 11. The fight will headline a Xaba Promotions...
Parenting a permanently disabled seven-year-old child while completing matric has been gruelling for Zimasa Maqwara. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlEaNs_HxJc] Maqwara, 22, from Xhibeni village, 20km from Ngcobo, is grateful her 71-year-old grandmother is able to help her with childcare. She successfully sued the Eastern Cape...
Nompucuko Zakaza, a local storyteller, poet and author who has been chosen as one six storytellers from around the country to attend a cultural management conference in the UK.
Drought was high on the agenda when cooperative governance MEC Fikile Xasa met mayors and managers from all Eastern Cape municipalities in Mthatha yesterday. The province is one of the worst affected by drought in the country with the OR...
Sports minister Fikile Mbalula reminds Congress of the People (Cope) spokesperson Dennis Bloem of the Shakespearean Queen Gertrude. Bloem said that Cope doesn’t “understand why the minister so recklessly addressed the media himself” and Mbalula’s denials called to mind the...
In democracies, especially in times of deep change, a successful society depends as much on the quality of its citizens as it does on that of its leaders. This includes a particular kind of citizen: the company, or corporate,...
One of South Africa’s most important historical institutions could shut down early next year due to a lack of funding. Lovedale Press in Alice needs a massive upgrade entailing millions of rands worth of state-of-the-art machinery if it is to...
THE long anticipated Daily Dispatch wina-car competition has finally come to an end and yesterday a lucky winner was selected out of the more than 300 000 entries. The lucky reader, who will be getting a brand new three-door Peugeot...
Police have arrested three men accused of murdering a Zimbabwean man working on a popular game farm in Kei Mouth just outside East London. The incident happened two weeks ago. Vanhukwavo Kuka, 47, was found dead in a guard house situated...
THE 154th Soweto Derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs may have been postponed, but the supporters of both clubs yesterday turned the atmosphere inside the Standard Bank Arena into one fit for a clash between the two titans. In...
THE phone rings. Joan Armatrading is calling. Why does she call me? The British singer-songwriter, whose intensely personal lyrics, unique tunes and rhythms have served as the soundtrack for an entire generation in South Africa,  is coming to perform two shows...
Hundreds of sick and dying Eastern Cape workers are preparing to launch a class action against steel manufacturing corporation, Scaw. Lawyers representing former employees of the now-defunct Dimbaza Foundries have lodged papers at the Gauteng High Court on behalf of...
Ratings agencies like Moody's are not putting SA on review just to be "horrible", but because poorer people and poorer countries struggle to pay back debt, emphasised Mike Schüssler of Economists.co.za. "They will also look at how SA's budget is...
Africa’s biggest mobile network MTN has been slapped with a Ugandan court order to pay $662 000 (R9.3m) in damages for anti-competitive behaviour. Fin24 understands that MTN supplied a mobile money transfer company called EzeeMoney with one modem line and...
An East London policeman who allegedly shot multiple times at a woman believed to be his lover and her child in a fit of rage abandoned his bail application in the East London Magistrate’s Court this week. The victims, 28-year-old...
A former Amathole district municipality (ADM) plumber is fighting the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) to keep her car after the broke municipality accidentally paid her a standby allowance of twice her annual salary, in one month. The AFU brought an...
Teams comb destroyed villages in southwest China. AN intense rescue operation was underway in China yesterday after an earthquake killed at least 381 people and injured thousands more, leaving scenes of devastation across a mountainous area. More than 12 000 houses...
THE initiation death toll in the Eastern Cape has reached 16 and stakeholders have called on provincial government to launch a more effective safety awareness campaign. The stakeholders included Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa , AmaMpondo traditional leaders,...
A man has been arrested for allegedly circulating an email claiming high ranking officials and politicians wanted to assassinate President Jacob Zuma, the Hawks said on Tuesday. "The Hawks have arrested a man who is believed to be behind the...
Shopkeepers  from small towns in KwaZulu-Natal were bust by a government task-force this week for illegal hunting in the forests above Port St Johns. The six businessmen from Kokstad, Harding and Port Shepstone were dressed in camouflage outfits, and were...
The surname change debate is a hot topic, with more women choosing to keep their maiden surnames or settle for double-barrel surnames when they get married. Recently, Stutterheim- based writer and journalist, Sarah Wild, was told at the Stutterheim Home...
By: Katharine Child And Staff Reporter The Government Employee Medical Scheme (Gems) and a private public relations firm have been accused of using lay people to give incorrect medical advice to patients who think it is a doctor offering free...
Traditional leaders have asked government for help in finding the remains of AmaQwathi Chief Stokwe Ndlela. The anti-colonial hero led the Stokwe Rebellion against the colonial forces and died at the hands of the British in 1881. The call was made...
Since Women’s Month just recently ended, Mdantsane Amateur Boxing Organisation (Mdabo) decided to highlight the role women have played and continue to play in boxing. Their role in the amateur ranks, now known as Open boxing, are particularly highlighted. For quite...
TRAGEDY hit award-winning Afro-pop star Zahara yesterday afternoon when her younger brother was murdered near their Phumlani village home outside East London. This was confirmed by the singing sens sister, Nomonde Mkutukana, who when contacted, said the family was rushing...
High levels of inequality mean that free higher education will proportionally benefit the privileged‚ the Fees Commission heard on Thursday. “If you give subsidies for free higher education‚ subsidies will go to rich people‚” Centre for Higher Education Trust director...
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane on Monday took issue with a African National Congress (ANC) councillor who heckled his campaign address. WATCH HERE: https://www.facebook.com/TimesLIVE/videos/1039734829441350/  Speaking at Port Elizabeth’s City Hall‚ Maimane stated that the level of unemployment in South Africa is...
University of Fort Hare students in East London will decide today whether to go back to class or go on a prolonged stay away. The decision will be taken at a mass meeting currently underway at the East London campus. Private...
Two Mdantsane families have come forward to identify the bodies of two women recovered at the bottom of a cliff in Mdantsane last week. The women are believed to have been abducted, raped and murdered before their bodies were dumped...
SA Airways (SAA) will deploy bigger aircraft to fly to and from Johannesburg, Cape Town and East London, it said in a statement on Wednesday.The number of people wanting to travel on these routes had increased, said spokesman Tlali...
The  men and women in blue, who risk their lives to protect and serve, will be honoured at the police “Star of the Year” Awards. The ceremony takes place at Hemingways Hotel on October 31 and already the names of...
The family of a woman who last week set herself alight is hopeful that she will recover. Her daughter Susan Cloete on Thursday told TimesLIVE that her mother was off the ventilators. “My mother is awake. She can breathe on her...
Walter Sisulu University of Technology’s operations were completely shut down yesterday as students protested over the state’s student financial aid scheme. WSU spokeswoman Yonela Tukwayo confirmed that students from Buffalo City campus and Nelson Mandela campus had removed university staff...
Traditional leaders serving in the Buffalo City council are set to receive a R5000 a month windfall with an allowance newly-approved by council. This is R2000 more than the minimum amount stipulated by the department of corporative governance and traditional...

Selebi dies: Report

Former national police commissioner Jackie Selebi has died, SABC radio news reported. The corruption-convicted Selebi died on Friday morning, the public broadcaster reported, saying his death was confirmed by the ruling African National Congress.
The Eastern Cape ANC will bus 10000 members and supporters from the province to attend the party’s 103rd anniversary celebrations in Cape Town this weekend. A crowd of more than 50000 ANC members and supporters, as well as 2500 guests...
The Economic Freedom Fighters have a future in the country and will grow, former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils said today. "They have earned their spurs by forthrightly challenging the ANC and status quo; resurrected interest in clauses of the...