Africa | Early winter rains bring some relief to the Cape, but dire straits remain

Early winter rains have brought relief to many farmers in the drought-stricken Western Cape – but there are some areas where farmers are still in dire straits. Carl Opperman, CEO of Agri Wes-Cape, said that after three years of drought, some farmers in the Swartland and Overberg regions, the grain baskets of the Western Cape where winter wheat is grown, […] | Zuma still dividing the SACP

Former president Jacob Zuma may have departed from the national stage, but he continues to cause ructions in the SA Communist Party (SACP). One of the party leaders, Themba Mthembu, landed in hot water for inviting Zuma to a government event. City Press has learnt that Mthembu, the ANC KwaZulu-Natal secretary and agriculture MEC, had to account to the SACP […]

Egypt‘s al-Sisi sworn in for second term amid unrest

Egypt‘s al-Sisi sworn in for second term amid unrest © Egyptian presidency / AFP | Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi giving a speech during his swearing in ceremony on June 2, 2018, for a second four-year term in office, at the parliament meeting hall in Cairo. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed to tackle jihadists and revive the economy as […] | KZN premier condemns racist anti-Indian post

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu on Friday condemned a racist post aimed at the Indian community. In a statement, Mchunu noted the Facebook post by Nkuleko Mkhize targeting Indians, that has been making the rounds on social media. “We condemn the callous content of that posting in the strongest possible terms. Steps are underway to identify the perpetrator and do the […] | Sandton lawyer apologises after getting caught dumping family dog

The man caught on camera disposing a dog carcass in a quiet suburban street in Sandton has apologised following a massive social media outcry. Attorney Adam Anderson apologised after footage of him opening the boot of his Mercedes Benz and dumping family dog Mbali on the street was viewed more than 135 000 times on the Sandton Society for the […] | Cape Town to send mobile housing office to Woodlands after protests

The City of Cape Town has promised to take a mobile housing office to Woodlands in Mitchells Plain and to investigate public lighting and traffic safety concerns that were raised following violent protests last week, a councillor said on Friday. “I would like to reiterate that the City is committed to service delivery and engaging with communities to address legitimate […] | Waterfall Management commits to ‘transparency‘ after developers appear in court for stealing water

Waterfall City management said it was committed to transparency and would cooperate with investigations after two developers were arrested this week for colluding with a City of Johannesburg employee to steal millions of rands‘ worth of water through illegally procured and connected water meters. The City of Johannesburg‘s group forensic and investigation services unit, the Johannesburg Metro Police Department and […]