Two of the country's foremost media personalities squared off at a Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa tribunal on Friday. <i>Mail & Guardian</i> columnist Robert Kirby had lodged a complaint against SABC broadcaster Jeremy Maggs, following remarks made by Maggs on air in September.
Zimbabwean authorities have been urged to drop charges against 14 people who were arrested for circulating an e-mail message criticising President Robert Mugabe's economic policies and calling for his departure. This is the first time the country's authorities have used a law passed last year allowing them to intercept e-mail.
All remaining problems between the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and Gallo Music over the live recording of workers' songs have been resolved, Cosatu has announced. The Mail & Guardian reported on Friday that Cosatu accused Gallo of trying to ''rip it off'' over the venture.
A comprehensive HIV and Aids treatment plan was approved by the Cabinet on Wednesday. It seeks to provide at least one anti-retroviral service point in every health district within a year. A long-term aim is to give all South Africans requiring treatment access to the programme in their local municipal area within five years.
The African National Congress on Thursday issued a press statement regarding the position of Deputy President Jacob Zuma with regards to the Hefer Commission of Inquiry, which concludes that there is no reason for Zuma to appear before the commission.
Most Eastern Cape provincial departments have not responded to a request in May from the Public Service Accountability Monitor to provide it with information on disciplinary action taken against those allegedly involved in 409 reported cases of misconduct, corruption and maladministration.
South African jazz guitarist Sandile Shange died in an automobile accident in Durban on Saturday. Shange was a regular performer on Durban stages, most notably that of the Rainbow jazz club, since the Eighties, appearing with luminaries of the jazz scene like his friend Darius Brubeck.
Deputy President Jacob Zuma has reacted to media reports about a "secret briefing" that the National Director for Public Prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka, had with black editors in July this year, saying Ngcuka imparted "untruthful" information about him "in a very malicious and despicable manner".
British rock singer Robert Palmer, best known for his Eighties hits Addicted to Love and Simply Irresistible, died on Friday in Paris of a heart attack. He was 54. Born Alan Palmer, the singer was a member of several British rock bands before he achieved solo fame.
M&G journalist Wisani wa ka Ngobeni received another top award this week. He was the winner in the print news category of the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Awards 2003 (northern/southern region). The story was ''Shadow falls on Lekota'', detailing Defence Minister Lekota's hidden business dealings.
At a meeting of the national executive committee (NEC) of the African National Congress in Johannesburg over the past weekend, it deliberated on a number of current issues, including the arms-deal controversy, the new Democratic Alliance/Inkatha Freedom Party coalition and racism in South African rugby.
Students from the University of Pretoria packed a Pretoria Magistrate's Court courtroom on Monday morning to attend the appearance on rape charges of four hostel mates -- including two grandsons of apartheid-era minister of foreign affairs Pik Botha.