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. In its centenary it became the first newspaper in SA to offer full colour facilities to its advertisers and readers.
The City of Cape Town has received a boost for its for its drought-fighting strategy with a R20.8-million disaster relief grant. Mayor Patricia de Lille said the money from the Department of Cooperative Governance via the National Disaster Management Centre would be used to “respond to the immediate needs of the drought disaster that has
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Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle bid farewell to 97 youths who will be working in cruise liners around the world for the next nine months. The youths, who come from the Buffalo City Metro, O R Tambo and Alfred Nzo district municipalities were part of about 130 youths trained with the help of the South
Grahamstown’s poorer areas are becoming potential disease pits as informal rubbish dumps filled with every kind of hazardous waste spring up in almost every road. The DA has warned that the Makana Municipality’s inability to manage waste generated in the city now posed a significant health hazard. Illegal dumps have sprouted all over the city,
Marius Harding‚ 23‚ third accused in the trial of five men accused of an alleged racist assault at a Pretoria KFC drive-through‚ was conspicuously absent from court on Wednesday. His four co-accused returned to the Pretoria North Magistrate’s Court for bail application proceedings. Three of them‚ Stephen Nel‚ 39‚ DJ van Rooyen‚ 21‚ and Joshua
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Sports Minister Thulas Nxesi has announced that a commission of inquiry will investigate a stampede that claimed the lives of two people during a Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates game last month. During the pre-season Black Label Cup tournament‚ two supporters died and 21 others were injured while making their way into the FNB stadium.
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Pupils from AW Barnes and St John’s primary schools represented the East London district at this year’s provincial mathematics competition, which took place at the Stirling Education Leadership Institute recently. The annual maths competition is run by the department of education, where talented students compete against each other in different levels and grades. The aim
Former Khulani Commercial High School pupils have donated 30 computers with internet access, valued at more than R100000, in a bid to develop the NU1 Mdantsane school and open up opportunities for its pupils. Aristopix and Aristosim business partners and siblings Vuyisa and Unathi Mfaka attended Khulani in the early 1990s. The siblings were joined
More than 350 matric pupils at a Dutywa school received a much-needed boost towards pursuing their tertiary studies when their school held a career guidance session over the weekend. The alumni of JS Skenjana Secondary School – which has the reputation for being one of the best-performing schools in the Dutywa district, having achieved not
In a shocking twist on Tuesday‚ a jailhouse snitch implicated murdered teacher Jayde Panayiotou’s husband‚ Christopher‚ in another high-profile criminal case. The surprise turn of events emerged in the Port Elizabeth High Court in the trial of two German nationals accused of murdering German businessman Claus Schroeder. Panayiotou‚ who is accused of hiring hitmen to
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A woman was shot dead and another critically wounded after they were kidnapped, shot execution-style and dumped off a cliff near Buffalo Pass Road in East London. Bulelwa Mpitipiti – believed to be in her 50s – died from two bullets to the head while her friend, Nomboniso Ntwana, 54, survived and is fighting for
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“The minister has made the determination that the conferring of diplomatic immunity is warranted in this particular instance. The department wishes to convey the message that the minister agonised over this matter and the decision was not an easy one to make.” So said the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) after Minister Maite
About 70‚000 South African phones are being spied on each year by law enforcement agencies‚ exploiting a loophole in the country’s surveillance policies. This is according to civil rights organisation Right2Know Campaign‚ which collected statistics from the country’s top four network providers. “These numbers show that‚ at a minimum‚ law enforcement agencies are spying on
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A group of mine workers stopped Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma yesterday from entering Koppie in Wonderkop, Marikana, where 34 striking mineworkers were gunned down by police in 2012. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) members prevented Dlamini-Zuma from laying a wreath at the spot in memory of the deceased. She was forced to leave the
Dozens of police and private security guards are monitoring the situation at the University of Fort Hare’s East London campus this morning. All academic programmes have been disrupted since the beginning of the week. Students embarked on a stay away in solidarity with nursing students who have been boycotting classes for the past two weeks.
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More than 130 livestock in King William’s Town froze to death when the cold front hit the Eastern Cape last week. Villagers now fear they may lose more livestock with more cold weather being forecast for the Eastern Cape over in the next few days. A total of 132 sheep in four villages outside King
It’s cold front after cold front for the Eastern Cape with snow-capped peaks getting another dollop of flakes last night. Motorists are urged to be vigilant when driving in the high ground. After last week’s blitz of snow on the foothills and ranges comes two more fronts today and tomorrow. It will be so cold
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THE EASTERN Cape has shown the greatest loss of population of all the provinces with 326000 people relocating to other parts of the country in the past five years. This was revealed by Statistician-General Pali Lehohla’s report at a Dispatch Dialogue recently. The Eastern Cape population by mid-2017 stood at a figure of 6.5 million
The Eastern Cape remains the poorest province in South Africa, according to the newly-published Poverty Trends report by Statistician-General Pali Lehohla. Lehohla said 36% of the households in the province survived on social grants, which was their main source of income. The province also had the highest percentage of poor households, with children receiving child
The Eastern Cape government-funded Ncerha Macadamia Farm harvested 58 tons of high-export macadamia nuts during this year’s harvest despite the crippling drought. This is the farm’s fifth harvest in four years. The 2013 harvest yielded just 8.7 tons but last year, that number went up to 80 tons. The state has invested R147-million into the
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A 13-year-old girl who went missing on Friday was found last night‚ Cape Town police said on Wednesday. “Missing child was found unharmed last night at 22:35 in Bishop Lavis. She is back with her family‚” the SAPS said in a statement. No further details were provided. The Brackenfell teen had gone on a sleepover