South Africa

Thousands of eligible voters are from 8am today expected to register with the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to vote in the Local Government Elections, taking place in November.

An intelligence-driven swoop has halted the operation of an unregistered tobacco manufacturing plant producing molasses/shisha tobacco products in Fordsburg, Johannesburg.

Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, says Home Affairs offices throughout the country will be opened this weekend to assist those people who will be applying for IDs and temporary IDs to enable them to register to vote.

The sport and creative industries can play a catalyst role in South Africa reaching its vaccination targets, and in turn, ensuring life returns to pre-COVID-19 levels, says Deputy President David Mabuza.

As part of government’s ongoing efforts to deal with corruption in the public service, the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ayanda Dlodlo, will on Monday launch the Public Administration Ethics Integrity and Disciplinary Technical Assistance Unit (PA-EID-TAU).

African countries have – in the past week – administered four times as many COVID-19 vaccines as they have in the past three to four weeks.

Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, says his department remains focused on vaccinating adults against COVID-19, although there are rising infections in children younger than 18.

Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, says the planned COVID-19 vaccine certificates will not be used to deny unvaccinated citizens access to public services.

Senior citizens are relocating to other areas in the Eastern Cape out of fear of being accused of witchcraft and being killed, the Department of Social Development heard during dialogues with the community of Cacadu.

Chairperson of the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE), Tamara Mathebula, has described the late Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize, as a true heroine of our struggle, who despite trials and tribulations, continued to fight for freedom.

Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy says addressing increasing global environmental challenges such as climate change, air and water pollution, biodiversity loss, ocean degradation, and inefficient resource use has become even more important as countries seek to rebuild their economies and enhance resilience against future shocks.

The South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) has initiated the process to suspend social grants –with the exception of foster care payments - paid to 177 108 public servants, Social Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, says.

The Electoral Commission’s Chief Electoral Officer Sy Mamabolo says the Commission is ready to receive potential voters at registration stations across the country this weekend.

Government’s funding through the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (SEFA) to a small and developing small businesses, has provided a much needed lifeline for these companies.

To promote transparency and encourage public participation, President Cyril Ramaphosa is inviting public nominations for the position of the next Chief Justice of South Africa.

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