MILLIONS of rands have been set aside by the provincial department of local government to help the Eastern Cape’s 45 municipalities achieve clean audits by next year . With just a few months before deadline, no provincial municipalit ies have...
CLOSURE has finally been brought to the families of 23 people who died almost three years ago in a bus accident while travelling from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape. Sisa Nonama, 41, of Nkondlo near Ngcobo faced 23...
KANANA informal settlement residents have accused East London’s Elzea Snacks manufacturer of dumping waste in their Potdam neighbourhood. The waste was taken to Chizama farm on Monday . Elzea said the food had not been dumped, but had been given to...
EVIDENCE mounted yesterday that South Africa’s military involvement in the Central African Republic could be linked to mineral and oil deals . At least one company, Divine Inspiration Group Oil – owned by businesswoman Andrea Brown – is already operating...
MESSAGES of support have poured in for Nelson Mandela’s family as news broke the former statesman had been re-admitted to hospital. Mandela was admitted to an undisclosed hospital on Wednesday before midnight. This is the third time in six months the...
THE wife of a prominent Port Alfred property developer has offered a reward to identify a whistleblower who reported her to the Green Scorpions for allegedly dumping sewage in the Kowie River. Royal Alfred Marina developer Justin de Wet Steyn’s...
EASTERN Cape municipalities were failing the province and bringing down business’ chances of beating the downward economic trend, organised business said. In a frank speech, the re-elected president of the 785-member Border-Kei Chamber of Business (BKCOB), Gordon Thompson, compared South...
EASTERN Cape education department will spend more than 80% of its R26.9-billion budget for the 2013-14 financial year on paying its employees. Delivering his policy speech at the Bhisho Legislature, education MEC Mandla Makupula revealed R21.9-billion has been prioritised for...
THE late King Thandizulu Sigcau protected the Wild Coast from “greedy foreigners” who wanted to mine there, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday. “Sigcau was known for taking a stand against the mining of the Wild Coast, saying it would destroy...
JOBS took centre stage yesterday as MECs lined up to detail their plans for Bhisho’s R59.2-billion budget. The department of roads and public works said it would generate more than 149000 short- term jobs as part of the Extended Public...
THE Brics nations will now open formal talks to set up a development bank, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday . “We will enter formal negotiations to establish a Brics Bank,” he said following talks held between the leaders of the...
NOT a single road fatality in the Eastern Cape this Easter weekend – that is what Arrive Alive is aiming for. More than 13 people died on the province’s roads during Easter last year, but yesterday Arrive Alive said it...
THE Buffalo City council is racing against time to finalise its Integrated Development Plan (IDP) budget for 2013-2014. The metro has advertised its consultative meetings, across all 50 BCM wards, which start on April 2 in local media. But insiders say...
ONLY 15% of sausage or mince meat sold to consumers has been found to have been correctly labelled – which means in 85% of the cases, consumers are not sure what they are buying. At the same time, scientists have...
KING Sabata Dalindyebo council speaker Funeka Dondashe is set to officially announce her resignation at a council meeting today. Dumani Zozo, KSD’s ANC sub-regional chairman is to take over the reins from Dondashe. Dondashe was pressured into resign ing by the...
HUNDREDS of Eastern Cape schools have been promised electricity, water and sanitation within a year. The national Department of Basic Education promised yesterday it would also replace close to 1000 dilapidated or mud- built schools, officials told the Daily Dispatch. The...
THE Eastern Cape department of social development and special programmes has made a landmark called asking for on convicted rapists to come forward and tell their stories. Last week, hundreds of men from Mdantsane and surrounding areas attended a special...
KING Justice Mpondombini Sigcau, 71, of Eastern Pondo land, has died. Sigcau, who became king in December 1978 following the death of his father King Botha Sigcau, died at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital in Mthatha on Mon day. He was...
BHISHO is setting its sights on placing another troubled Eastern Cape municipality under administration. Embattled Mbhashe municipality is expected to be the second in the province to be placed under administration within two weeks. The municipality is also rocked by political...
THE contracts of more than 2000 temporary teachers who had been rehired by the Eastern Cape education department until the end of this month will be extended for the next three months. The move has been met with mixed reactions...
MORE than 260 Real People employees are bracing for the axe as the company prepares to phase out its unsecured lending operations. It plans to refocus its business on “purpose-driven lending” and growing its operations in East Africa. The decision will...
THE establishment of Brics was not to create a new “talk show”, President Jacob Zuma said yesterday . “Brics is not a talk show. It is a serious grouping. “I’ve just identified here that ever since the Brics grouping has been...
ONE of the daughters of slain traditional healer Alton Joja, known as Ndzabe, witnessed the gruesome killing of her father on Sunday morning. The 30-year-old Nomonde was too traumatised by seeing her father getting shot to talk to the Daily...
TWO pedestrians died in a collision with a taxi in East London yesterday morning. The accident brings the pre-Easter death toll on Eastern Cape roads to 13, with scores injured in separate accidents. The accident happened before 6am when a taxi...
THIRTEEN South African soldiers were killed and 27 wounded in an intense 13-hour battle with rebels in the Central African Republic (CAR) . One soldier was missing, SA National Defence Force chief General Solly Shoke told reporters in Pretoria. “The SANDF...
MZWANDILE Simon was only two years old when his father, a Pan African Congress of Azania activist, died on Robben Island. He was then believed to have been buried in an unmarked grave in Cape Town. According to the Robben Island...
THE Second Creek dumpsite was on fire this weekend, sending a cloud of foul-smelling and noxious smoke over East London’s inner city. Dumping on the site, which had been closed for rehabilitation, restarted about a year ago, and it may...
AN EASTERN Cape traditional healer alleged to have provided muti to make miners invincible before the Marikana tragedy has been shot and killed. Alton Joja, better known as Ndzabe, was killed at his home in Ludeke Holt village in Mbizana...
IT WAS all smiles for the family of a Kidd’s Beach rape victim on Saturday as MEC for social development and special programmes Pemmy Majodina visited them to give support and groceries. Majodina was accompanied by senior government officials and...
ONE out of every two teenagers in the average South African home is a user of alcohol and research shows teenagers who use alcohol are three times more likely to be involved in violent crime and 50 times more...
TRANSPORT MEC Thandiswa Marawu has lashed out at the company contracted to transport thousands of Eastern Cape school children for not abiding by the rules. This follows an accident two weeks ago in which a bakkie ferrying school children overturned...
NINETEEN pilot whales beached at Noordhoek Beach in Cape Town yesterday morning. Five of the whales died, said the city’s disaster management centre spokesman Wilfred Solomons-Johannes. Police, sea rescue and other services were on the scene trying to hose down the...
A LOCAL animal shelter this week fought to save a dog that is believed to have had its skull split open with a panga. Pet Pals animal shelter founder Sue Kriel said the dog, named Big Chief, had come into...
KING William’s Town police seized over 300kg of dagga with an estimated value of R3.7-million on Thursday morning in a bust labelled one of the biggest in the area. Two male suspects aged 26 and 56 were arrested and charged...
MBIZANA community members allegedly dragged the council Speaker Phikolomzi Sirhamza from his municipal office yesterday morning and beat him up. They accused him of supporting the return of sacked municipal manager Simphiwe Thobela. Thobela was found guilty of misconduct last year...
EAST London school-girls account for 151 of over 5000 reported pregnancies from pupils across the Eastern Cape last year. This according to statistics which were recently released by the provincial education department. The statistics show that 5183 school girls were pregnant...
PEACE, silence and a sustainable way of living is on offer at the Khula Dhamma ecological farm and retreat – an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Situated 10km inland from Haga Haga, the 308- hectare organic...
ELLEK Albanie of Mahlubini Location near Kei Bridge has been using dagga for 31 years. It is more than a puff for him. “Ganja (dagga) is not only for smoking; it is a medicine used to cure high blood pressure,...

LOST FAITH

AN INTERNATIONAL study has shown that the number of people in South Africa who consider themselves religious has dropped from 83% in 2005 to 64% in 2012. According to the latest global poll released by WIN-Gallup International study, South Africa...
MORE than 2000 high school athletes, their coaches and parents have descended on East London for the South African National Schools’ Athletics competition. They have filled up many hotels and bed and breakfasts for the entire weekend. Spokesman for the event...
TAXI owners in the Eastern Cape have lambasted the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) claiming it is useless and only exists for financial gain. “All they (Santaco) want are funds from government to use for their personal gain.” The taxi...
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has denied taxpayers’ money was used to build a tuckshop for one of his wives, Sizakele Khumalo. Zuma told parliament the tuck- shop had been in existence all along. Responding to questions in the national assembly on Wednesday,...
FORMER ANC Youth League national executive committee (NEC) member Andile Lungisa is toying with the idea of becoming the league’s next president. In an interview with The New Age newspaper published yesterday, he said the positions he previously held in...
CONTINUED dumping at the closed Second Creek refuse site has drawn the ire of environmental experts. The Second Creek dumpsite was closed in 2010 following a series of complaints from Buffalo Flats residents and the health hazard posed by the...
A SIMMERING row over corruption claims erupted in gunfire, torching and hand-to- hand fighting in Queenstown’s Mlungisi township on Wednesday. Police intervened twice to restore order after a group apparently aligned to the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) disrupted...
BUFFALO City mayor Zukiswa Ncitha called on citizens to stop destroying property and violating others’ rights when they want to be heard. Speaking at a business breakfast hosted by the Black Management Forum to observe women’s rights, Ncitha called on...
HLUMELO Biko urged South Africans to use their voices – and votes – to challenge the power of the ANC. Biko, the son of murdered Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) activist Steve Biko and businesswoman Mamphela Ramphele was speaking at a...
THE City of Cape Town was taking steps to go after the municipality’s rat population, after Western Cape premier, Helen Zille, was bitten on her toe by one. “As with all large cities throughout the world with an ever increasing...
MOOIPLAAS police detained a 13-year-old boy yesterday after he took a snake to school and allegedly threatened to harm other pupils and his teachers. The boy, who cannot be named because of his age, attends Haga Haga Extension School. Acting school...
A VIOLENT fight over illegal electricity connections left a Mdantsane father of two dead, and another man severely injured. The fight broke out on Tuesday night when community members of Nkomponi informal settlement in Zone 1 demanded to connect electricity...