May 26, 2017

THE DAILY DISPATCH



THE DAILY DISPATCH

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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.

‘How South Africa is Being Stolen’ – a report on state capture

The Public Affairs Research Institute’s (Pari) report‚ Betrayal of the Promise: How the Nation is Being Stolen‚ is a 72-page document detailing how the Gupta family through various companies and friends‚ including President Jacob Zuma‚ gained access to profit from several multi-million contracts with state owned companies‚ whether through shell companies‚ legitimate businesses‚ as brokers

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Talented sisters display musical gifts

EAST London teen sisters Cebokazi and Nceba Mtshemla won silver and bronze respectively at the 2017 annual Port Rex Lions Music Eisteddfod. The Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) sisters impressed the adjudicators with their performances at the Eisteddfod in the city last week. A bronze winner achieves between 60% to 69%, while a silver medal

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I don’t do state capture‚ declares Gigaba

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has denied involvement in state capture. He was reacting to allegations in a report on state capture by the Public Affairs Research Institute (Pari) that he appointed people with Gupta-Zuma-aligned interests to the boards of state owned enterprises while he was public enterprises minister. The report is filled with inaccuracies and

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Simba Mhere death crash: Prosecutor disputes driver was going 80km/h

State refutes an accident expert’s claim that the man accused of causing the death of Top Billing presenter Simba Mhere was travelling at only 80km an hour. The defence’s witness‚ accident reconstruction expert Stanley Bezeduinhout‚ had told the Randburg Magistrate’s Court that Preshalin Naidoo’s car was travelling no faster than 80km/ph when it collided with

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Eye Jason and his amazing bike

The battle is on to become king of the hills when the Daily Dispatch Mountain Bike Challenge kicks into high gear at Wings Park on Sunday morning. Impressive mountain biking talent will be front and centre on the startline, with a cracking race expected to be in store. The men’s side of the race is

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‘Dr Google’ diagnosis can be a headache

Casually searching for possible causes and remedies for a minor ailment on the internet may not seem like much of a big deal to you, but for many, it’s an obsession. Called cyberchondria, this disorder is evident in people who persistently search their health symptoms on the internet, often diagnosing themselves with fatal diseases or

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Mmusi Maimane wants to return to Zambia

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane wants to go back to Zambia‚ from where he was deported on Thursday‚ to show his support for jailed opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema. Maimane arrived at the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria on Friday morning to demand answers as to why he was thrown out of the country. “I want

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To tent or fish weather depending

Some mischief-maker or other has sowed confusion among the fishing fraternity concerning size and bag limits for some species. Nobody seems to know who it is, but the answer, if you are an angler, is don’t worry, nothing has changed … for now. It all started with a “bogus” copy of the 2016-2017 recreational fishing

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Stock farmers who work hard and smart weigh up rewards

The impressive results I saw on my visit to inspect the work of Bedford livestock farmers who received genetically superior bulls from our department, made me confident that we have what it takes to grow agriculture in the Eastern Cape, especially using land reform farms and land in villages. In April 2015 genetically superior livestock

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Bonang helped jumpstart Amanda Black’s career & now they’ll finally meet

In an interview on Real Talk with Anele‚ musician Amanda Black said that Bonang Matheba was the first person to play her hit song Amazulu on radio‚ catapulting her to even more stardom. Amanda‚ who was a big hit on Idols SA‚ released her album to critical acclaim and has since become one of the

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SA sport is punching above its weight‚ says Minister‚ but focus of R1.067 billion budget will be on development rather than high performance

The total budget for 2017/18 to Sports and Recreation South Africa is R1.067 billion. Of this R689.1 million is allocated to mass participation sport and recreation activities under the banner of our Active Nation programme. This means that 64.6% of the budget goes directly to sport development. Of this R224.5 million (21% of the budget)

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Deputy competition commissioner robbed at gunpoint

Deputy competition commissioner Hardin Ratshisusu was robbed at gunpoint on Thursday night as he was returning home from OR Tambo International Airport‚ officials said on Friday. “Mr Ratshisusu was mugged at gunpoint at the entrance of his complex in Midrand‚ Johannesburg‚ as he was getting off a shuttle from OR Tambo International Airport. It seems

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Acting AbaThembu king ends legal battle against stepmother

Acting AbaThembu King Azenathi Dalindyebo has decided to withdraw legal action against his stepmother, Queen Nokwanda Dalindyebo. The 25-year-old son of jailed AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo had taken the queen and his father to court after he was refused access to the Bumbane Great Place while preparing for his wedding late last year. After the

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Phase 2 of B Bay link road begins

Buffalo City Metro’s executive mayor Xola Pakati officially launched the construction of phase two of the Beacon Bay to Gonubie link road yesterday. The metro has injected R70.7-million into the second phase of the project, which Pakati said will open up more land for urban development. “We have developers calling in trying to find out

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‘Take down the president before he takes the country down’ – Save SA campaign

South Africa can no longer ignore the urgent need for a judicial commission of inquiry into state capture‚ the Save SA campaign said on Friday. “We demand a full and swift investigation‚ led by an independent investigation team‚ and we demand it now – and then we must ensure that those involved in state capture

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New sports minister focuses on schools – Training the trainers and talent scouts

Sports Minister Thulas Nxesi‚ delivering his maiden Budget Vote speech in his new portfolio at the National Assembly on Friday‚ has announced his department’s plans to strengthen school sport in the year ahead. According to a government report‚ the minister said the department organises annual national school competitions across 16 prioritised sport codes. While the

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Judge Mandisa Maya is new president of the Supreme Court of Appeal

President Jacob Zuma has appointed Justice Mandisa Muriel Lindelwa Maya as the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal with immediate effect. She is the first woman to be appointed to the highest office at the Supreme Court of Appeal since the establishment of the Court in 1910. “Her appointment to the position elevates her

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Three held after ‘love affair’ hit

An Eastern Cape school principal is in jail after he – and two others – were arrested this week for the alleged murder of his neighbour a fort-night ago. Tsomo village school principal Siviwe Rulwa was arrested on Tuesday and appeared in the magistrate’s court a day later, when his formal bail application was postponed to

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Zuma speaks out on state capture commission

President Jacob Zuma on Friday denied reports that he is opposed to a commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of state capture. Zuma plans to challenge a state capture report by former public protector Thuli Madonsela‚ which last year called for a commission to be established. Zuma‚ who is cited in the report‚ said he

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Local bofs aim to improve learning

Four Mdantsane schools are enjoying the benefits of going digital thanks to two young computer whizzes born and bred in the township. The Fundanii computer literacy digital learning app was created by Luthando Gubevu, 26, and Sinovuyo Apleni, 27, who are putting fun into learning with digital solutions. The app founders noticed a gap in

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