The Daily Dispatch newspaper has a long and rich history dating back to 1872. It was the first penny daily newspaper published in the Eastern Cape in 1898 – and by 1906, the paper boasted a circulation larger and more widely distributed than any colonial paper published outside Cape Town.

The Dispatch – published from Monday to Saturday – covers issues and debates that should be a priority for every Eastern Cape reader. It covers a region that is the birthplace of many prominent South African politicians but remains one of the poorest provinces in South Africa.

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Into the lion's den

A personal crusade in pursuit of animal welfare is set to take Daily Dispatch contributor Daron Mann to war-ravaged Ukraine within the next few days. Daron, who is responsible for the weekly online podcasts The Daily Dispatch in Discussion with Daron Mann and That Weekend Feeling, will be accompanying well-known bear and big cat rescue specialist Lionel de Lange on a mission to rescue lions, abandoned in zoos or by private individuals, fleeing the armed conflict.

The ANC’s on-off Eastern Cape provincial elective conference

ANC Eastern Cape provincial task team members Oscar Mabuyane, Babalo Madikizela and Mlibo Qoboshiyane are set to go head to head in the upcoming provincial elective conference.
Madikizela, who is currently the ANC's provincial treasurer Eastern Cape MEC for Public Works and sitting premier Mabuyane talk to Daron Mann about the on-again-off-again scheduling of the conference, which was again announced to be going forward less than an hour after the interviews were recorded, followed by a statement refuting this.

#JusticeForSibongile campaign growing

Supporters for Sibongile Mani, the Walter Sisulu University student convicted of stealing NSFAS funds have started the #JusticeForSibongile to have her sentence reduced to stop her from serving jail time.

Rhodes versus anti-vaxxers

Rhodes University has won the first battle against anti-vaxxers opposed to the institution's mandatory Covid-19 vaccination policy but the war is far from over.

Athol Trollip talks about joining Herman Mashaba's ActionSA as Eastern Cape leader

Athol Trollip says ActionSA is ready to bring some "sanity to the circus and get rid of the clowns."
The former DA federal leader tells Daily Dispatch about his move to the new party and his belief that pragmatic leaders, such as him and Herman Mashaba, can change the course of South Africa.
While acknowledging that ActionSA had a long way to go, Trollip expressed his excitement at the party's future prospects.
Trollip also talks about the loss of the Nelson Mandela Metro during his mayorship, touching on the issue of patronage and taking aim at "radical racists" in the Economic Freedom Front.
He hit out at SA politicians, who he accused of enriching themselves by "having their fingers in the till".
Trollip said that the ANC could not be counted on fixing what they themselves had broken and failed to rectify for 28 years and it was time for an alternative.

How safe is SA's Koeberg nuclear power station?

Today DispatchLIVE explores one of South Africans most unenviable environmentally sensitive choices: support nuclear power, possibly the only viable option to mass electricity generation if coal is phased out, or support the globe's biggest greenhouse gas culprit?

Broke Eastern Cape health has no money to keep doctors

The cash-strapped Eastern Cape is losing 91 doctors, more than 500 nurses and numerous allied health professionals who were meant to continue working for the health department as per contractual agreements that were secured through the funding of study bursaries. With at least R358-million needed to retain the staff and a slashed operating budget, the province will be hard hit by the departures.
DispatchLIVE's Daron Mann speaks to Dr Mawande Dlamini, one of the affected medical doctors, as well as Rolene Wagner, superintendent-general of the Eastern Cape health department, about what led to the situation and the path forward.
Broke Eastern Cape health department to lose 91 doctors, 631 nurses

Unpacking the case: Shell vs the Wild Coast

Daron Mann talks to environmental activist and teacher Dean Knox about the importance of the interim decision by Judge Gerald Bloem to bar Shell from conducting seismic blasts for oil and gas exploration off the Wild Coast and speaks to Johan Lorenz, from constitutional law specialists Richard Spoor Inc. Attorneys, who was the lead attorney in the legal action against the oil giant and outlines the way forward.
BIG OIL VS BIG HEARTS: the battle for South Africa's Wild Coast

Family's horrific wait for justice for Angelique

Not only did Maria Clarke, mom of murder victim Angelique Clarke Abrahams have to wait two years for justice, but she had to sit with her daughter's killer and hold back her own feelings every time he chose to visit her grandson in her own home. 

The fight against gender-based violence in South Africa

As we reach the end of this year's 16 Days of Activism for No Violence against Women and Children Campaign Daron Mann talks to Lesley Ann Foster, Executive Director at Masimanyane Women's Support Centre, about the surge of gender-based violence in South Africa and the Eastern Cape after a spate of violent killings of Eastern Cape women.
This month East London has seen guilty verdicts delivered against two men for the murder of their partners.
Alutha Pasile was convicted of the horrific murder and dismemberment of Fort Hare law student Nosicelo Mtebeni while Carl Abrahams was convicted of killing his wife, Angelique Clarke-Abrahams, in front of their young son.

SYNDICATE CITY | Crimewave crashes over BCM

Daily Dispatch correspondent Ted Keenan talks to Red Alert Security's Brett Harvey about the explosion of violent crime in Buffalo City that has recently escalated to a high number of armed robberies and carjackings in the metro, who and what the targets are, what is behind the steep incline and what we need to do to deal with it.

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