Duncan Guy

Zuma calls for awareness of ‘key judicial concepts’

South Africans need to be made more aware of aspects of the law and justice to appreciate democracy, President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

Ramaphosa has ‘no interest’ to lead ANC

Businessman Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said he has no interest in joining the African National Congress presidential succession race -- this after the Sunday Times reported that Ramaphosa had joined the race. ''I have no interest in standing for this position,'' he said in a statement.

Preliminary trial results encouraging for HIV vaccines

Parallel trials for Aids vaccines in South Africa look promising in their long road to conclusion, a press conference in Sandton heard on Friday. Indications are that vaccine trials tailored for global strains had an effect against the strain of the virus most prevalent in South Africa.

Manto ‘delighted’ at court judgement

Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang's medical records, obtained unlawfully from the Cape Town Medi-Clinic, must be returned to the institution ''forthwith'', the Johannesburg High Court ordered on Thursday. Delivering the order in the case between the minister and the Sunday Times, the judge also said that all the minister's medical records on journalists' laptops be deleted.

Top court reserves judgement on city evictions

The Constitutional Court on Tuesday reserved judgement in an application by residents of derelict inner-city buildings in Johannesburg against a Supreme Court of Appeal order in favour of their eviction. Deputy Chief Justice Moseneke urged the residents and the Johannesburg municipality to reach a settlement.

Little escape from the cold in South Africa

Passengers on board the train that left Johannesburg for Cape Town on Monday will want to wrap up warmly, especially those in third class. When it passes through the Karoo railway junction town of De Aar in the small hours at about 11pm, the mercury will be on its way to plummeting down to minus eight degrees Celsius.

Nepad plans bridge over Congo River

The New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) has ambitious plans to build a bridge across the massive Congo river, connecting the capitals of the two Congos. Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo, are visible to one another in the distance on either side of the Stanley Pool.

Salga gives unified public service thumbs-up

The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has come out in support of a unified public service across all three spheres of government. On Thursday, the final day of its conference in Midrand, Salga adopted a resolution in favour of a single public service for national, provincial and municipal government.

Conference discusses idea of single public service

The idea of a single public service does not seek to undermine the distinctions between local, provincial and national government, Minister of Public Service and Administration Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi said on Tuesday. She was speaking at the national conference of the South African Local Government Association in Midrand.

Mbeki criticises ‘apartheid’ planning for the poor

Too often land for the poor is demarcated in apartheid fashion far from employment opportunities, President Thabo Mbeki told the South African Local Government Association (Salga) conference in Midrand on Monday. Mbeki also expressed concern about the high turnover of councillors in local government.

Parliamentarians hear warders’ woes

Warders at Krugersdorp Prison told parliamentarians on Thursday their colleagues might have used excessive force when three inmates died after assaults that took place behind the walls. An oversight committee that spoke to both warders and inmates following the weekend incidents said warders were deeply sorry about what had happened.

‘God can let you just vanish within seconds’

Township areas outside Klerksdorp will be without power on Monday night following the weekend's freak storm that damaged about 1 900 homes. They will also be without water, except for what authorities were scheduled to provide in tankers. And many houses will remain without roofs.

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