ANC goes hi-tech to check members

The ANC is rolling out a new electronic membership system in its regional offices countrywide to help deal with membership rigging. ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize last week announced that the ANC had printed 1.2 million...

Zuma grilled over ANC remarks

The ANC came before democracy in South Africa was established, President Jacob Zuma told parliament in an attempt to clarify earlier statements that the ANC came before the country. Zuma was asked about the comments...

Plans afoot for UDM congress

The United Democratic Movement (UDM) in the Eastern Cape is at an advanced stage preparing for its national elective congress next month. The party yesterday convened a provincial executive committee (PEC) meeting to outline the...

Drought committee needs to brief nation every fortnight: DA

The inter-ministerial committee established to focus on the drought that is gripping large parts of the country should brief the nation on its progress every fortnight‚ the Democratic Alliance says. DA deputy spokesman on water...

Vavi to announce ‘future‚ or non-future‚ at Cosatu’

Zwelinzima Vavi will this afternoon “announce his future‚ or non-future”‚ at the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu). A statement from Vavi‚ who was expelled from his position as general secretary of Cosatu earlier...

Group rejects ANC regional leaders

A disgruntled group of ANC members from the Buffalo City Metro region yesterday announced their plans to hold a separate regional elective conference on Saturday. This is despite the fact that BCM deputy mayor Xola...

Pakati set to be ANC mayoral candidate

Buffalo City deputy mayor Xola Pakati will likely be the ANC’s mayoral candidate for the 2016 local government elections. This emerged after delegates at the party’s regional elective conference resolved there would no longer be...

BCM branch takes top regional posts

The Mtyanti Msauli ANC branch in Mdantsane has emerged as the most influential and powerful in the Buffalo City region following the weekend’s elective conference. The branch, which covers Mdantsane’s NU 14 and 16, fielded...

ANC and DA hold rallies 500m apart

Msobomvu township outside Butterworth was a hive of political activity at the weekend with the ANC and DA hosting rallies within 500m of each other. Blue T-shirts dominated the landscape at a jam-packed Msobomvu Community...

ANC re-elects Mkolo to top BCM position

The man at the centre of the Mandela funeral scandal has been re-elected into the powerful regional secretary position by ANC delegates at the party’s Buffalo City Metro elective conference held at the weekend. In...

Big upgrade set for Bhisho legislature

The Bhisho legislature is set to receive an upgrade to the Raymond Mhlaba Chamber and its information and communications technology (ICT) system. The institution this week issued an external advertisement calling for suitable service providers...

Amathole ANC region asks to meet Xasa

Amathole  ANC  leaders have asked for an urgent meeting with cooperative governance MEC Fikile Xasa to discuss a Hawks investigation into a former Nkonkobe municipal manager and present head of the Eastern Cape Liquor...

Let the best be president, says Mkhize

ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize has distanced himself from any presidential campaign based on gender, saying the focus should be on capacity, irrespective of whether a candidate is a man or woman. Mkhize said this in...

ANC’s leaders in scam follow-up

The ANC headquarters is following up leads nationwide to establish how widespread the doctoring of its bank membership forms is, treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize announced. In an interview with the Daily Dispatch yesterday, Mkhize described the...

DA to choose council lists

Preperations for local government elections in the province are steaming ahead in the DA. The poll is likely to be held in May, if all goes according to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) plan. The provincial...

Disgruntled ANC Buffalo City region members lambast Mantashe

Disgruntled ANC members in BCM have accused the party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe of trying to use the region as a "launching pad" for his campaign for the 2017 conference. At a press briefing in Mdantsane...

ANC race for Amathole hots up

Cracks are beginning to show in the ANC in the Amathole region as the race for its vacant chairman position hots up. Supporters of Khanyile Maneli, the current liquor board chief executive officer, face off...

ANC prepares for elections

The ANC in the Eastern Cape yesterday rolled out its nomination programmes in preparation for next year’s local government election. ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane announced that auditors from Luthuli House were spread out through...

New rival to Cosatu completes registration

Expelled South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) president Thobile Ntola was confident yesterday his newly-formed union would make a difference to workers. The newly formed South African Public Service Union (Sapsu) is to rival the...

Numsa courts solidarity

Metal workers union Numsa is in talks with Afrikaner trade union Solidarity to form a new federation to rival Cosatu. Numsa bosses yesterday announced the union was formally breaking ties with Cosatu and would no...

ANC marchers reject OR Tambo conference

Hundreds of ANC members from the OR Tambo region marched to the party’s offices in Mthatha yesterday demanding the national leadership reconvene its regional conference. The OR Tambo protest by members of all of its...

BCM is last in SA for metro service

Problems with refuse removal and stormwater drainage pipes, and the deteriorating state of roads are just some of the factors that make Buffalo City Metro (BCM) the worst metro in the country. In a survey...

Shivambu says he’ll provide for ‘the child’

Floyd Shivambu will provide for his love child like does his for “daughter and other children and adults‚ who are not my children or even relatives”. The Economic Freedom Fighters deputy president used the party’s...

Mayor, deputy both resign to be re-elected

Buffalo City’s mayor and his deputy were both forced to resign yesterday so that they could be re-elected, after the metro’s legal services section informed council that their initial election into office was illegal. Mayor...

Ward boundaries adds to protest

The process of realigning the boundaries of Buffalo City Metro (BCM) wards is one of the reasons some disgruntled ANC members want the party’s regional conference shelved. The members are calling on BCM to finalise...

Maimane in firing line over funding

 The war of the declarations of interests has started in parliament, with DA leader Mmusi Maimane as the first target. The ANC has Maimane over a barrel regarding donations he received as part of his...

ANC branch disputes delay BCM region election

The ANC’s provincial working committee has postponed the much-awaited Buffalo City regional elective conference by a week. Making the announcement yesterday, a day after the PWC met behind closed doors at the party’s provincial head...

Spotlight falls on township economy

Normalising relationships between the political and administrative leaders in Buffalo City is key to its success. That was the word from deputy mayor Xola Pakati at the end of the two-day Growth and Development Summit...

A strategy for BCM to grow, prosper

Buffalo City Metro (BCM) should position itself as a strategic centre servicing the eastern part of the Eastern Cape to galvanise development rather than looking inward. This was the message from the deputy minister of...

BCM dismay on overtime claims

Buffalo City officials have clocked up more than R28-million overtime in just three months. Mayor Alfred Mtsi tabled the metro’s financial performance report for the 2015-16 financial year’s first quarter – between July and September...

Department fires official after R7m tender saga

A senior public works official has been fired for gross dishonesty and conflict of interest in awarding a R7-million tender to a company of which he was previously a director. The national department of public...

Joe Gqabi elects new ANC regional leaders

The ANC’s Joe Gqabi region has elected new leaders uncontested during their elective conference at the weekend. Joe Gqabi is the ANC’s second smallest region in the Eastern Cape after Sarah Baartman. Of the region’s 47...

MEC lifts lid on provincial graft

More than 120 provincial government officials have been charged with financial misconduct between 2013 and June this year. This was revealed by finance MEC Sakhumzi Somyo in a report submitted to the Bhisho legislature. Somyo said...

Parliament takes energy minister to task

Parliament's portfolio committee on energy has tabled the most devastating parliamentary rebuke to a government department in many years, slamming Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson for her secrecy on the proposed nuclear deal. It also sets...

New ANC leadership has big plans for ORT

OR Tambo's newly elected ANC leadership has set itself the target of almost doubling membership by the end of this year. Regional secretary Lulama Ngcukayithobi said current records showed that the region has 33000 members...

OR Tambo region elects new leadership

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s chances of making it to the deputy presidency received a much needed boost this weekend when a Mantashe-aligned group was elected to lead the OR Tambo region. Xolile Nkompela scraped past...

OR Tambo ANC region finally holds conference

The ANC’s OR Tambo region is holding its much-anticipated regional conference at Khanyisa Primary School in Mthatha this weekend. More than 300 delegates from 137 branches are expected to attend. The conference was supposed to be...

Scopa grills ECDC on finances

The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC) was yesterday accused of “side-stepping” questions on the auditor-general’s (AG) negative findings for the 2014-15 financial year. An ECDC delegation led by board chairman Nhlanganiso Dladla appeared in front...

NHC to breathe new life into campaign

In a bid to revive Eastern Cape’s much-criticised Home of Legends publicity campaign, premier Phumulo Masualle has roped in the National Heritage Council (NHC) to develop a framework to re-brand the province. The Daily Dispatch...

Food boycott to end ‘slavery’

Hundreds of legislature employees yesterday began a food boycott over the alleged ill treatment of canteen staff by catering company boss Viwe Vazi. Vazi, the owner of Above and Beyond Catering, is accused of verbally...

EC vote sways ANC decision to pull out of ICC

The Eastern Cape’s vote helped sway an ANC decision at the weekend to ask the government to pull South Africa out of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The move comes after government came under heavy...

MPs slam ADM’s new toilets

The toilets being built in a controversial R631-million project by Amathole district municipality (ADM) have been slated by a parliamentary committee as not “sustainable”. The parliamentary portfolio committee on water, sanitation, cooperative governance and traditional...

ANC all set for its 4 000 delegates

President Jacob Zuma will deliver his political report later today as delegates arrive to attend the ANC’s three-day national general council (NGC) in Johannesburg. ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe announced at a press conference yesterday that...

Holomisa calls for economic Codesa

United Democratic Movement president Bantu Holomisa has called for a review of some of the policies and decisions the country took at the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (Codesa) negotiations. Holomisa was addressing students...

DA accuses ANC of meddling in parliamentary questions

The Democratic Alliance claims the ANC and certain parliamentary officials are “trying to pull Parliament’s teeth” by manipulating the questions ministers have to answer in Parliament. Opposition chief whip John Steenhuisen will file a complaint...

Majeke new head of EC treasury

The Eastern Cape government has appointed the former chief financial officer of National Treasury, Daluhlanga Majeke, as head of the provincial treasury. The appointment follows the recent promotion of former treasury head Marion Mbina-Mthembu to...

ANC calls for SA to leave ICC increase

SOUTH Africa will pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) if resolutions by some provinces get the nod at the ANC’s national general council in  Johannesburg later this week. The Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Western...

ANC calls for SA to leave ICC increase

South Africa will pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC) if resolutions by some provinces get the nod at the ANC’s national general council in  Johannesburg later this week. The Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Western...

DA MP demoted after ‘racist’ scandal

  DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard has been relegated to the back benches of parliament following a racial scandal that has tarnished the party’s image. Kohler Barnard‚ who occupied a prominent position in the party as...

No clarity on request for Fani exit package

A letter in which an exit package is proposed for troubled Buffalo City Metro manager Andile Fani has surfaced, although its authenticity cannot be verified. Contacted for comment, Fani denied instructing his lawyer Bongani Nduli...