Opposition to have a say in senior post

Opposition parties in Buffalo City Metro (BCM) have won the battle to have their say in who gets to be appointed to senior administration posts. This after council agreed to include them on shortlisting and...

Opposition parties respond to Nkandla settlement proposal

The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday morning said it will be meeting with its legal counsel before commenting further. The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) issued a brief statement shortly after midnight saying its leader would...

EC ANC looks into mayor’s hospital bill

The Eastern Cape ANC has launched an investigation into taxpayers footing the R200000 hospital bill for Lukhanji’s mayor. Mayor Nozibele Makanda’s vehicle collided with a Toyota Hilux, the driver of which, East Londoner Charl Schoeman,...

De Klerk‚ Vlok to be charged for crimes ‘for which they didn’t get amnesty’

On the anniversary of FW de Klerk’s announcement to unban the African National Congress (ANC) and free Nelson Mandela‚ a new grouping has announced that it will lodge criminal charges against the former president. February...

Appointment discrepancy claims denied

Eastern Cape government spokesman Sizwe Kupelo has denied that some employees at premier Phumulo Masualle’s office were appointed without processes being followed. He was responding to concerns raised by legislature and union members in a...

Suspended BCM employees still paid

Buffalo City Metro (BCM) ratepayers have paid R1.2-million for the salaries of 10 suspended employees who are sitting at home. The 10, who range from clerks to assistant managers, were suspended between August 2014 and...

Acting metro boss stays on

The Buffalo City Metro (BCM) has extended the contract of its interim municipal manager (MM) by another three months. Nceba Ncunyana, who is head of infrastructure services, was appointed acting MM on November 13 after...

Nomgcobo Jiba matter back to court

The Democratic Alliance wants the Western Cape High Court to order that the deputy national director of public prosecutions, Nomgcobo Jiba, be suspended and subjected to a disciplinary inquiry because of her conduct. She had...

ANC ‘central’ to Fort Hare centenary

The ANC is going to go all-out to be central to this year’s University of Fort Hare (UFH) centenary celebrations. Making the announcement, ANC provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle said the move was part of key...

UDM disbands EC PEC just months before elections

Just a few months before the local government elections, the United Democratic Movement took a decision to disband its Eastern Cape provincial executive committee (PEC) and the O R Tambo regional leadership. The decision to disband...

EFF calls for ‘Gupta-linked’ minister’s removal from cabinet

The EFF has called for the removal of Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane from cabinet.   This after he allegedly formed part of the Gupta delegation of the Tegeta exploration and resources, to visit Glencore...

EC premier taken to task over ‘double parking’

Bhisho has called premier Phumulo Masualle to account over “double parking” allegations. MPLs with oversight over the premier’s office have asked him to explain why some senior civil servants are being shuffled sideways for no...

Council must protect Mgijima legacy

Would-be leaders of the yet-to-be formed Enoch Mgijima Municipality in the Chris Hani district would have to jealously protect the legacy of Mgijima, “or face the wrath of the great prophet”. This was said during...

Companies eye tender millions for school audit

The state has invited private companies to bid for a contract to assess the proximity of thousands of Eastern Cape schools to services that could be accessed from nearby municipalities and other state departments. The...

ADM agency faces cash crisis

Amathole's development agency will be unable to pay its staff next month. This shocking revelation was made by executive mayor Nomasikizi Khonza on Friday at a council meeting of the cash-strapped district municipality (ADM). Addressing a...

President Zuma pleased with AU summit outcome

President Jacob Zuma has welcomed the outcome of the 26th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU), in Addis Ababa, the Presidency said on Sunday.   The summit...

R51m needed to rescue Magwa

The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) is asking the Grahamstown High Court to place the collapsed Magwa Tea enterprise into business rescue. According to court papers, it will cost some R51-million to patch together the...

Social work graduates battle to find work

The Eastern Cape has the third highest number of social work studies graduates sitting idle at home despite promises by the department of social development to absorb them. This information is contained in written parliamentary...

UDM targets KSD municipality

One more ANC-led municipality in the Eastern Cape has become a target for an opposition party takeover. As far back as May 2014, the DA showed its intentions to run Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and...

Makupula under pressure

Premier Phumulo Masualle has given education MEC Mandla Makupula until March 1, to appoint permanent principals for all schools. This follows yet another heated meeting with all his MECs to address several issues. Eastern Cape government...

Acting police commissioner wins the hearts of MPs

Acting national police commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane had the usually tough portfolio committee on police eating out of his hand yesterday as he outlined an intense three-month turnaround project that is already delivering good results. Members...

Striking staff warned to start work

The provincial education department yesterday warned striking staff at the Grahamstown district headquarters they could face legal or administrative action if they did not return to work. More than 100 staff have been on strike...

Three candidates in running for top job at WSU

Three candidates have been shortlisted for Walter Sisulu University’s (WSU) top job. The post, currently occupied by interim vice-chancellor Professor Khaya Mfenyana, was re-advertised last year following claims of canvassing, which resulted in a deadlock...

Zuma calls out Cosatu over its challenge on retirement reform

President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday effectively told the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) that the new retirement tax amendments are going to be implemented despite their opposition and that the earliest review...

R61 blockaded as villagers rampage

Dark smoke engulfed parts of Lusikisiki yesterday as hundreds of villagers from three wards blockaded the R61 between the town and Port St Johns. By late afternoon, police and residents were engaged in a pitched...

Sadtu queries exclusion in scam report

Teacher’s union Sadtu has criticised the exclusion of its input in a draft report exposing the buying and selling of teaching posts. In an interview with the Daily Dispatch, Sadtu administrators in the Eastern Cape...

Councillor nominations dispute hearings go on

Intense dispute hearings over councillor nominations in the ANC’s DR WB Rubusana (DRWBR) region entered their second day, with ANC leaders and ward members locked in talks. The hearings, led by ANC provincial executive committee...

DA councillor fined R10 000 for calling UDM man a baboon

A DA councillor in Nelson Mandela Bay has been fined R10 000 for calling a colleague in the UDM a "bobbejaan" (baboon), the opposition party said on Monday. Democratic Alliance councillor Chris Roberts has also...

Disputes lodged in nomination process

ANC members in some DR WB Rubusana (DRWBR) region wards are unhappy at how councillor candidates had been selected for the upcoming provincial elections. They claim party processes were flouted in order “to impose” certain...

Was Nene fired for saying no to Al-Bashir?

Axed Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said no to SAA chair Dudu Myeni and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, the Mail & Guardian reported on Friday. It was basically also a no to President Jacob Zuma who...

Cosatu on warpath over new tax law

Labour federation Cosatu has started with the process of declaring a full-blown strike in an attempt to force the government to repeal the contentious tax reform bill signed into law by President Jacob Zuma. Federation...

DA sweeps Kroonvale by-elections

The  Democratic Alliance (DA) has kept its Ward 5 seat in Kroonvale, Graaff-Reinet, in Wednesday’s by-elections. The party, which has seen growth in the area, scooped 59.17% of the poll, up from 50.17% polled in...

Council brass deny nepotism claims over road project

An Eastern Cape council speaker and a ward councillor have denied claims they used state resources to advance their chances of securing a second term in office. Nkonkobe municipality council speaker Nonkazimlo Mlala and ward...

R2bn student debt bail-out

The National Students’ Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has made more than R2-billion available to help clear student debt at universities across the country. In addition, Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle announced yesterday his government had...

Cosatu threatens full-blown strike over tax reform bill

Labour federation Cosatu has started with the process of declaring a full-blown strike in an attempt to force the government to repeal the contentious tax reform bill signed into law by President Jacob Zuma. The...

Zuma pulls out of Davos panel due to ‘other engagement’

President Jacob Zuma went to Davos to declare “South Africa is open for business”‚ but appeared to shut himself off to the Africa Panel at the World Economic Forum 2016 on Thursday. The editor and...

ANC MPL lays charges against education office

ANC MPL Christian Martin laid criminal charges against the Port Elizabeth district education office yesterday for its inaction on the closure of northern areas schools. There has been virtually no teaching since Monday after parents...

Varsities scramble amid income famine

An Eastern Cape university has halted employment of new staff in a bid to save money and manage mounting debts. The move comes after the government agreed not to increase fees this year at universities,...

Outcry over Sopa marquees

Despite a huge outcry from opposition parties about the escalating bill of hiring marquees for Bhisho legislature events, the institution is once again looking for service providers to supply tents for the upcoming state...

R1bn plan for Dwesa death road

A notorious stretch of gravel road between Willowvale and Dwesa Nature Reserve, which claimed the lives of 35 people in a horror crash last year, has been earmarked for major construction and development costing...

Outcry over Sopa marquees

DESPITE a huge outcry from opposition parties about the escalating bill of hiring marquees for Bhisho legislature events, the institution is once again looking for service providers to supply tents for the upcoming state...

Outreach turns to becomes ANC rally

A government event to address problems affecting farm workers in the Eastern Cape turned out to be an ANC campaign to garner votes for upcoming elections. The Sunday event – which the Department of Social...

ANC using race to loot the country – Mashaba

The DA's Johannesburg mayoral candidate, Herman Mashaba, believes the ANC is using race to loot the country. This was why he did not believe in race-based policies, he said. "I'm saying this whole thing is...

IN FULL: Volume 2 of the Thabo Mbeki letters

It is obvious that when the ANC became a ruling party in 1994 we could not foresee and prepare for all the challenges the organisation would face in terms of its work. Part of what...

A month later‚ Zuma concedes Africa isn’t actually the biggest continent

The Presidency today made an apology about geography. More than a month after President Jacob Zuma told a “business gala dinner in Sandton” that “Africa was the biggest continent on earth”‚ a statement was issued...

Plan for district offices to save costs

Education stakeholders have mixed feelings about the department’s plan to reduce its district offices from 23 to 12. While Bhisho’s portfolio committee of education officials and the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) view the...

ANC: SA has duty to respect immunity

South Africa has a duty under international law to respect the immunity of a serving head of a foreign state. Under South  African national law, it is a crime to violate this immunity. This is one...

Students walk out on Nzimande

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University SRC president Nicholas Nyati said yesterday that students walked out of the meeting with Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande on Thursday because it was a “talk show” with no solutions. They...

Sadtu task team ready

The administrators are members of a task team installed after Sadtu’s national executive committee (NEC) disbanded the provincial executive committee (PEC) last year for supporting expelled Sadtu president Thobile Ntola and Cosatu general secretary...

Remedial plan for ailing EC schools

Premier Phumulo Masualle will convene an urgent meeting to craft “an appropriate remedial intervention plan” on improving education in Eastern Cape schools. As part of the intervention, Masualle said he had asked education MEC Mandla...