Author: Silver Sibiya

The reason behind a spike in new positive COVID-19 cases in Gauteng has been traced to City of Tshwane and young people are currently the most affected. This is according to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service. The NICD’s Acting Executive Director, Professor Adrian Puren, said the institute observed an increase in the seven-day moving average for new COVID-19 cases and the percentage testing positive in Gauteng, particularly in Tshwane amongst 10 to 29-year-olds over the past week. “Additionally, the NICD has recently identified a cluster amongst the 20–44 age group…

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-Silver Sibiya With about 270 councillors already sworn in at the City of Johannesburg, the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Federal Council Chairperson, Helen Zille, admits this has been unpredictable in local government elections. She spoke to Newsnote during the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality elections in Brixton in Johannesburg. Shortly after this conversation the DA’s Tania Campbell was elected Ekurhuleni Metro mayor, beating the ANC’s Mzwandile Masina by 116 votes to 105. The DA’s Vasco da Gama was elected new Johannesburg Speaker, beating the ANC’s Eunice Mgcina. Voting for Johannesburg Executive Mayor was underway at the time of publishing. Zille said…

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Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema, says he is happy that the ANC has been pushed down by getting below 50% of the votes in local government elections. Malema said when the EFF was formed in 2013, the party leadership’s mandate was to bring down the ANC’s control of the government. The EFF’s CIC, addressed a media briefing at the IEC Results Operations Centre in Pretoria on Thursday, before final results were officially announced. It was, however, clear at the time that the ANC had lost significantly. In the final results the ANC achieved a majority in 161 municipalities, the…

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ANC acting Secretary-General Jessie Duarte, has admitted that the governing party no longer enjoys the overwhelming support it used to get and now needs smaller parties to co-govern municipalities. This as lead-in results for this week’s local government elections show that there are more hung municipalities in 2021 than in the previous municipal polls in 2016. The ANC is the biggest loser judging by preliminary results out so far. “The preliminary results indicate that we will have more hung councils than in the previous local election. This will necessitate the need for coalitions or other forms of cooperation with other…

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– Silver Sibiya With only 18% of the votes cast in the Joburg Metro counted so far, the ANC is leading with 34.57%, followed by the DA with 25.34%, while new kid on the block ActionSA is sitting in third place with 17.57%. These are just some of the results so far as the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) continues counting. It was widely predicted that there will be no outright winner in the City of Joburg, one of the hotly contested metros in the country. Political parties like the ANC and the EFF have committed to forming coalitions with anyone…

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Some residents of Dlamini section in Soweto on Monday barricaded roads in a service delivery demonstration meant to prevent voting from taking place. Some even marched to ANC headquarters, Luthuli House, to voice heir concerns. Dlamini is among parts of the most populous parts of Soweto that have been without water and electricity for months. Soweto features a lot in the story of South Africa’s liberation, including hosting the 1955 People’s Assembly that adopted the Freedom Charter. Over the years parts of what is South Africa’s biggest township have experienced water and electricity cuts and residents say they have…

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