Author: Modiegi Mashamaite

Modiegi Mashamaite is an aspiring South African reporter currently working for Times Live. Times Live is a South African digital news media owned by Arena Holdings, covering local news from South Africa, breaking news from Africa, as well as international stories making headlines.

Despite South Africa losing its visa-free entry to Ireland, Ambassador Austin Gormley assures that the strong bonds between the two countries remain unaffected. The Irish government recently announced that South African and Botswana nationals will now require visas to travel to Ireland. Gormley emphasized that the new visa requirements were part of Ireland’s adjustments to immigration controls and not a reflection of the country’s relationship with South Africa. He highlighted the deep connections between the nations through politics, economics, people-to-people interactions, and sports like rugby. The Ambassador affirmed Ireland’s commitment to ensuring a smooth and effective implementation of the new…

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In a recent interview with TimesLIVE, Godlimpi clarified that the ANC is not involved in MKP matters, stating that the party is focused on governing the republic and not on internal affairs of other parties. Reports have suggested that Zuma-Sambudla, daughter of former president Jacob Zuma and MKP leader, has been influential in the party, leading to the exit of some leaders. However, Zuma-Sambudla denies these claims, attributing them to individuals trying to create a divide between her and her father. Zuma-Sambudla, who has been considered Zuma’s right-hand person since his move to the MKP, has faced accusations from party…

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Public works minister Dean Macpherson is taking a stand against excessive spending on cabinet members’ government homes and offices. He has announced that no new houses or offices will be procured for the executive during his tenure, and no renovations or additions will be undertaken on any properties. Macpherson emphasized the importance of investing in infrastructure to boost the economy of South Africa. He stated, “We will house all members from the available properties of the state, without renting or leasing any accommodation or office space. Those days are over.” In response to the citizens’ calls for prudence and fiscal…

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Last September, approximately 75,000 foreigners applied for South African temporary residence visas, causing a backlog for the Department of Home Affairs. This issue is a top priority for the department, as they aim to improve operational efficiency and address economic implications. Marius Schreiber, a council member at Stellenbosch University, emphasized the economic impact of visa processing inefficiencies. He noted that the country has lost academics due to delays in obtaining necessary documents. For Schreiber, the mission goes beyond efficiency; it is about restoring dignity to the Home Affairs experience. He believes that Home Affairs plays a crucial role in shaping…

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Naledi Pandor’s daughter, Aisha Pandor, pays tribute to her mother’s dedication as she steps down from her role as minister of international relations and co-operation. Aisha recalls growing up with her mom, an ANC member, and activist, always putting her political career and country first. She admires her mother’s 30 years of service to South Africa’s democratic government, leading with dedication, integrity, and wisdom. Aisha expresses excitement for her mother’s next chapter, highlighting her commitment to creating a positive impact and championing the causes of the underserved. She hopes Naledi Pandor takes some well-deserved rest after being the hardest working…

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The Freedom Front Plus (FF+) manifesto for crime and safety in South Africa advocates for specialised units to address violent crime and illegal firearms trade, protecting citizens’ right to own firearms, and making farm attacks a priority crime with proper resources allocated to rural safety. In an interview with the SABC, Groenewald highlighted the increasing brazenness of criminals and the failure of the justice system to deter crime. He also addressed hate speech, particularly in relation to farm murders, emphasizing the FF+’s success in having the song ‘Kill the Boer’ declared hate speech. Recently, complaints were lodged against EFF leader…

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Gauteng premier Panyaza Lesufi recently addressed the confusion surrounding employment contracts for the jobs-drive initiative in a late-night meeting with directors-general and heads of departments. This came after a clash in communication from the provincial government regarding the employment status of thousands of expanded public works programme (EPWP) “green army” workers. Lesufi shared a picture of a letter informing EPWP employees that their contracts were ending, signed under the name of acting head of the agriculture, rural development, and environment department. However, he assured the workers that they remained employed and stated that he would resolve the issue with department…

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South Africans are abuzz with talk of the rand’s recent instability against the US dollar, sparked by uncertainty surrounding the appointment of the cabinet. Social media was flooded with reactions as the rand fluctuated, causing confusion among users. The volatility in the rand’s value has raised concerns, attributed to the delays in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet formation and the DA’s threats to withdraw from the government of national unity (GNU). Trading at R18.00 on Monday, the rand later slipped to R18.23. By Thursday, it had traded at R18.16 and then at R18.42. Friday saw a slight rise to R18.18. Many…

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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s recent letter to DA leader John Steenhuisen has stirred up debate on social media. In the letter dated June 25, Ramaphosa criticized the DA for jeopardizing the formation of a government of national unity (GNU) by changing their demands. Ramaphosa emphasized the importance of collective cabinet work under his leadership and expressed disappointment with the DA’s latest proposal. He stated that their proposal did not align with the principles of open, consistent, and constitutionally compliant engagements needed to create a government reflective of the people’s will. The leaked letter and ensuing reactions have sparked intense discussions on…

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Kenyan police, acting under President William Ruto’s orders, fired live ammunition at unarmed protesters, resulting in the deaths of five individuals. The EFF strongly condemned these actions, stating that it was a blatant violation of human rights. Protesters had gathered at Kenya’s parliament to oppose a finance bill that aimed to raise taxes, including taxes on daily essentials like internet data, fuel, and bank transfers. The bill was intended to increase Kenya’s tax revenue to meet targets set by the IMF and World Bank. However, the public viewed the bill as excessive and burdensome, exacerbating poverty and economic hardship. Despite…

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