South Africa

South Africa recorded a 16.9% increase in the number of new cases detected in week 45 of 2022, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Thursday.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address a sitting of the National Council of Provinces during the Taking Parliament to the People programme (TPTTP) in KwaZulu-Natal, on Friday.

Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Dikeledi Magadzi, will on Saturday hand over girl-friendly toilets and sanitation units to schools and about 400 households in Vhembe District, as part of observing World Toilet Day.

The National Assembly (NA) has approved the Division of Revenue Amendment Bill during its hybrid plenary held on Wednesday.

Deputy President David Mabuza will on Thursday appear before a sitting of the National Assembly to respond to questions on wide-ranging issues related to a capable and developmental state, responding to HIV/AIDS and service delivery.

Two Older Persons Grant recipients are facing charges of perjury, fraud, theft and contravention of the Social Assistance Act for allegedly fraudulently receiving grants when they did not qualify.

The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Deputy Chairperson, Sylvia Lucas, has implored the three spheres of government to constantly engage community members on all ongoing programmes, including incomplete projects.

Police have arrested a 43-year-old suspect believed to be linked to detained suspected kidnapping kingpin, Faizal Charloos, following an integrated intelligence-driven operation, led by the National Counter Crime Intelligence unit.

The combined efforts of Interpol South Africa and the South African Police Service (SAPS) have led to the arrest of an Israeli gang leader, who has been on Interpol’s Red Notice from 2015.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has concluded his participation in the G20 Leaders’ Summit held in Bali, Indonesia, this week.

Anyone or business that sells cigarettes to a minor can be fined or sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

State power utility, Eskom, says a maintenance company contractor working at the Camden power station has been arrested after he was “positively linked to an incident of sabotage” during investigations.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, says the provincial government will use the World Football Summit to open their eyes and minds to think beyond just the unrivalled passion of football, but as a catalyst for tourism and socio-economic development.

National Treasury Acting head of department, Ismail Momoniat, says he is optimistic that South Africa can avoid greylisting by the international Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

The Department of Basic Education has noted with disappointment the continued media reports about plans to introduce unisex toilets in schools, saying “it is not entirely true that the Department is proposing unisex toilets.”

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