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Legendary musician Johnny Clegg has been laid to rest in a private funeral service. Clegg died in his Johannesburg home on Tuesday at the age of 66. The grammy-nominated singer was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015. Clegg was fondly known as the 'White Zulu', for his command of the language. His unique blend of African Zulu Rhythms and Western Pop accentuated Clegg as a symbol of change in the 1970s and 80s. Zoleka Qodashe reports...
The South African Breastmilk Reserve is running low on breastmilk for premature babies. The organisation is now calling on breastfeeding mothers to donate their breastmilk to save premature babies. The public benefit organisation says there's been an increasing demand for donated breastmilk from the various hospitals but donations have been dwindling. Thabile Mbhele reports...
Council in the Lesedi Local Municipality has accepted Acting Municipal Manager, Gugu Thimane's explanation that there were no irregularities in the awarding of a 48-million rand security tender. An urgent council meeting was convened today, in which Thimane tabled the report on the processes followed in the awarding of the tender. She says she followed due processes and alleges that there's a smear campaign against her. Zoleka Qodashe reports...
Teacher's union SADTU wants changes in the curriculum and the running of schools in the country. They want African languages to receive the same treatment as English. These are some of the matters that have topped the agenda at the union's three-day conference in Kempton Park on Gauteng's East Rand. The conference is held under the theme Decolonisation of Basic Education. Thabile Mbhele reports...
South Africans are battling to cope with the high cost of living. They are forced to look for ways to make their money go further to cover their monthly expenses. Municipal services - such as refuse removal, electricity and bus fares - have increased by between seven and 13-percent. Unemployment levels remain one of the highest in the world, with approximately 10 million people of working age not having a job. Thabile Mbhele reports...
The Gauteng government has closed down 10 illegal initiation schools in the province this month. One boy died after attending an illegal initiation school and several others have been hospitalised. This comes after the lifting the suspension of initiation in the province by the CRL Rights Commission more than two years ago. The commission suspended the practice following the increase in the number of young men who were abducted without their parent's consent in the province. Nosipho Mncube and Thabile Mbhele filed this report...
The Commission for Gender Equality demands answers about the poor state of shelters that accommodate victims of domestic violence in the country. They want the departments of Social Development and Human Settlements to account for the lack of funding and deteriorating state of these facilities. Today, the Commission launched an investigative report on the state of the shelters in the country, sampling three shelters in each province, over the past year. Thabile Mbhele reports...
The financial crisis at the SABC seems to be reverberating throughout the media industry with other media groups facing dwindling support and resorting to retrenchments. The SABC has yet again made headlines recently with the announcement that it might default on staff salaries this month. A panel discussion on the State of the Newsroom 2018 report has highlighted that almost all media houses are going through financial difficulties. Angela Bolowana reports...
Community members from Vlakfontein, in the south of Johannesburg are up in arms over the decision to drop charges against murder-accused Fita Khupe. The Lenasia Magistrate's Court has withdrawn all charges against Khupe - who was a suspect in the murder of a family in the area. In January, another suspect killed himself while in custody. Police say the 27-year-old Ernest Mabaso hanged himself with shoe laces in his cell. Seven counts of murder were brought against Mabaso and Khupe. Zoleka Qodashe reports...
The City of Joburg has put the blame for the Alexandra demolitions square on the Johannesburg Metro Police. City Manager, Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni made submissions before the joint Alexandra Enquiry held by the Human Rights Commission and the Office of the Public Protector in Braamfontein on Wednesday. The Commission is looking into allegations of maladministration and a possible violation of human rights in the township following violent protests in the run up to last month's general elections. They have also expanded their scope to include the demolitions. In a statement the City Managerss office put the blame squarely on the JMPD. Zoleka Qodashe reports....
Gauteng police have arrested a 19-year-old boy in connection with the murder of a Grade 10 learner from Forest High in Turffontein, Johannesburg. The learner was stabbed and killed outside the school in what is suspected to be a gang related incident. Two of his school mates were taken to hospital to be treated for their injuries. The police arrested the suspect in Dobsonville, Soweto. Zoleka Qodashe has more...
As Africa Month draws to the end, the Department of Arts and Culture held a colloquium at the Soweto Theatre last night*(Tuesday - 28/05). Under the theme 'Celebrating literary heroes' the event saw the likes of Linton Kwesi-Johnson, Don Mattera, James Matthews and Sindiwe Magona delivering pieces of their work before the packed theatre. Last week South Africans celebrated Africa Day, which coincided with President Cyril Ramaphosa's inauguration. Zoleka Qodashe compiled this report...
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