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Why South Africans are loving the new way to pay

Samsung Pay has amplified its rapid expansion of contactless payments, which has experienced significant growth in SA. Customers have enthusiastically embraced Samsung Pay, as a safe, simple and secure way to pay. With the widest merchant acceptance and partnerships with the most banks in the country, Samsung has transformed how many people choose to pay for their transactions. The popular mobile...

Public sector unions ‘shocked and angry’ after wage bill court loss

The needs of a small group of public sector workers, who have cushy jobs with steady incomes, do not outweigh the needs of millions of South Africans who may be vulnerable during trying economic times, the Labour Court in effect said as it threw out an application by unions to force the government to pay their 2020 wage increases. Unions...

New twist in Eskom’s R5bn fuel oil tender

Eskom’s endeavour to pull out of a R5bn tender for fuel oil that it awarded to Econ Oil last November has been dealt a blow after independent adjudication found it was valid and enforceable. TimesLIVE has seen an adjudication decision on the matter issued by senior counsel Kevin Trisk last Friday, which settles the months' long dispute that has seen...

Big victory for state as unions lose bid to force public sector wage increases

The government does not have to pay out increases to public sector workers, after the Labour Appeal Court handed it a huge win by declaring the implementation of a disputed agreement unlawful, BusinessLIVE reports. Earlier in December, the Labour Appeal Court heard arguments in the matter in which public sector unions sought to have the final leg of a multi-year wage...

Netflix adds Zimbabwean billionaire Strive Masiyiwa to its board

According to financial news publication Quartz Africa, Masiyiwa is the founder of Econet Group, which has operations and investments in 29 countries in Africa and beyond. These include Econet Wireless, Zimbabwe’s leading mobile operator, Liquid Telecom, the pan-African broadband company, and its subsidiary Africa Data Centres, the fast-growing data centre company which just raised $300m (R4.43bn) from the US government’s development finance arm. “Netflix...

COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | More than 116,000 people admitted to SA hospitals with Covid-19 since March

December 19 2020 - 09:40 More than 116,000 people admitted to SA hospitals with Covid-19 since March The National Institute For Communicable Diseases (NICD) revealed on Saturday that 116,325 people were admitted to hospitals in the country after testing positive for Covid-19 between March 5 2020 and December 12 2020. It also said 20,242 Covid-19 deaths were recorded in the same period...

SA surges past 900,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 8,700 in 24 hours

SA had officially recorded its 900,000th Covid-19 case, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Friday. Only 17 other countries have surpassed this grim milestone.   Mkhize reported on Friday that 8,725 new cases were confirmed in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of infections to 901,538. The new infections came from 40,751 tests, at a positivity rate of 21.4% — more...

Look, it’s not that deep – Tito Mboweni says he and Ndlozi ‘don’t fight all the time’

Finance minister Tito Mboweni and EFF MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi have had their fair share of public spats and “twars”, but it's not personal and it doesn't mean that the two can't be civil to one another. Mboweni recently shared a picture of himself and Ndlozi seemingly at a restaurant. He captioned it: “You see, we don't fight all the time.”...

ANC MP in hot water after calling for Cape Town’s JP Smith to be ‘dealt with’

ANC MP Faiez Jacobs' comments in a community WhatsApp group have left the City of Cape Town hot under the collar. Now council speaker Dirk Smit intends to report Jacobs to the police for comments allegedly calling for senior DA councillor JP Smith, responsible for safety and security, to be “dealt with”. In a statement on Friday, Smit said he had...

Truck talks continue as troops march in to stem highway violence

The N3 between Johannesburg and Durban is becoming a dangerous route for truck drivers and transport company owners. Image: Mbuyiselo Ndlovu Crisis talks about trucking violence were continuing on Saturday after police minister Bheki Cele said soldiers would patrol roads targeted by saboteurs. Violent attacks have claimed the life of one person, left two critically injured and seen at least 35 trucks torched...

Agrizzi applies for bail in corruption case involving former ANC MP Vincent Smith

The state is opposing former Bosasa Angelo Agrizzi’s bail application in his corruption case at the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court sitting in the Palm Ridge magistrate's court. Agrizzi is a co-accused in the R800,000 fraud and corruption case against former ANC MP Vincent Smith, who is accused of accepting gratification from Bosasa  to act in its interest in parliament. The state...

Montana vows to reveal all about Prasa at state capture inquiry, but wants Zondo to step down

Former Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) CEO Lucky Montana says he is ready to testify before the Zondo commission and “intends to tell the story of the Prasa I know”. In a statement on Thursday, Montana urged the chairperson of the commission, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, to confirm the dates of his testimony, saying that his submission of...

Former Gigaba adviser denies pushing for Gama’s reinstatement at Transnet

Siyabonga Mahlangu, former special adviser to then public enterprises minister Malusi Gigaba, had a lot of explaining to do about two e-mails he presented to the state capture inquiry on Friday. He told the inquiry he “could not recall” sending the e-mails in question. The e-mails, written to Gigaba in January and February 2011, showed Mahlangu might have been more involved...

State capture: Witness breaks down explaining how Guptas captured Denel

Former contracts manager at Denel Land Systems (DLS), Celia Malahlela, was in tears at the state capture inquiry on Tuesday when she recalled how the Gupta family captured the state-owned company. Malahlela was testifying about three contracts the company had awarded to VR Laser, a company linked to the Guptas and former president Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane Zuma. She said she...

‘Back room masters’ pulling Zondo’s strings to target JZ: Jacob Zuma Foundation

Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo's declaration that he had a child with a sister of one of former president Jacob Zuma's wives more than 25 years ago was just “propaganda and a publicity stunt”. This is according to the Jacob Zuma Foundation, which hit back with Zuma's statement on Saturday evening. Zondo lifted the lid on the personal family connection that...

Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo clears the air on Zuma ex-wife link

Deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo had a child with a sister of one of former president Jacob Zuma's wives more than 25 years ago. Zondo was on Thursday lifting the lid on the personal family connection that Zuma alluded to in making calls for Zondo to recuse himself as state capture commission chair. Zuma has claimed that Zondo is biased...

Zondo to lay criminal charges against Zuma for walking out

State capture commission chairperson deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo will lay criminal charges against former president Jacob Zuma for walking out of the commission without his permission. Zuma left the commission on Thursday last week during the morning tea break after Zondo had dismissed his application for his recusal. Zondo said Zuma's walkout was a serious matter which impacts on the...

State capture: Ex-Denel executive tells of ‘flawed’ contract awarded to Gupta-linked firm

Former group supply chain management executive at Denel, Dennis Mlambo, on Wednesday told the state capture commission how he was sidelined by top managers so tender processes could be flouted to favour a Gupta-linked company. On Tuesday, former contracts manager at Denel Land Systems (DLS), Celia Malahlela, testified about three contracts the company had awarded to VR Laser, a company linked to the Guptas...

Jacob Zuma files application for Raymond Zondo’s recusal

Former president Jacob Zuma has officially applied for deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo to recuse himself as state capture commission chair. This comes just days before the former First Citizen was subpoenaed to appear before the commission. He was expected to appear on Monday, November 16.   The filing of Zuma’s application, which is understood to be 100 pages long, comes after...

Public enterprises defends hiring of chief of staff, says everything was above board

The public enterprises department has defended its appointment of Nthabiseng Borotho as chief of staff even though she didn’t meet the minimum requirements for the position. Instead, the department said, it had applied — legally — to deviate from the requirements. It said the Public Service Act requires a tertiary degree as qualification for the position of chief of staff. According...

‘Just stop it’: Cele’s plea to men after axe-killing of mom and five children

"I am making a call to men, I urge you all to stop brutalising and violating women and children … it’s that simple.” This was police minister Bheki Cele's plea on Saturday after the arrest of a man believed to have killed his wife and five children with an axe. Nomzamo Mhlanti was killed with her five children in her shack...

High court grants order stopping Gupta-linked businessman from dispersing assets worth R232m

The National Prosecuting Authority’s Investigative Directorate has obtained a restraint order against Gupta-linked businessman Kubentheran Moodley preventing him from dissipating assets worth R232m. The high court in Johannesburg granted the final restraint order against Kubentheran Moodley and his company Albatime (Pty) Ltd on Friday. Spokesperson for the directorate Sindi Thwala said the order means Moodley and his company are forbidden from...

Supreme Court overturns convictions of two farmers in Coligny ‘sunflower’ murder

Not guilty The Supreme Court of Appeal acquitted Pieter Doorewaard and Phillip Schutte on the murder conviction and sentence they were handed in connection with the killing of North West teenager Matlhomola Mosweu. Image: Tiro Ramatlhatse The Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday overturned the conviction and sentence of two North West farmers who were convicted of killing a teenager in a high-profile...

Judge lashes magistrate who locked up defence lawyer for ‘disrespect’

A lawyer who arrived at court to defend her client was locked up after refusing a magistrate's instructions that she should represent another man being sentenced for assault. The Legal Aid SA candidate attorney's experience at Port Alfred magistrate's court must have been “frightening, shocking and humiliating”, a Grahamstown high court judge said this week. Judge Judith Roberson said the unnamed...

‘This is rubbish’: Jessie Duarte on slate putting her forward as SG at ANC 2022 elective conference

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte has dismissed a recently released 2022 elective slate putting her forward as secretary-general as “rubbish”. The slate, by a grouping calling itself the “radical economic transformation” (RET), comes ahead of the ANC’s midterm review conference, the national general council (NGC), and seeks to replace the current leadership. It also comes two years before the 55th elective...

Dudu Myeni makes cash payment ‘in R200 notes’ as part of legal fees settlement in delinquency case

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) said on Friday that former SAA board chair Dudu Myeni had paid R118,291.94 — some of it in cash — for legal fees in its delinquent director case against her. In a statement, Outa said Myeni has paid the legal costs in its case — alongside the SAA Pilots Association (SAAPA) — for her...

KZN man gets life sentence for killing cousin for his RAF windfall

Xolani Mchunu, 41, was sentenced to 25 years in prison after kidnapping and murdering his cousin for his Road Accident Fund money in 2018. Image: 123RF/Paul Fleet Blood is not always thicker than water, especially when it comes to money. This was the case when Xolani Mchunu, 41, kidnapped and killed his cousin, Lerato Malembe, 35, after Malembe received “huge sums of money”...

‘Killer dad’ sentenced to life for baby’s ‘ritual’ killing

Killer dad,Ivan Mahlangu will spend the rest of his life in jail after murdering his three-month-old baby, Nkanyiso Mtshweni in January. Image: PROMISE MARUPENG Ivan Mahlangu, the man dubbed 'the Killer dad', has been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his three-month-old daughter. Judge Thandoluhle Mankge on Friday handed Mahlangu the lengthy sentence at the Delmas High court after he was found guilty...

Call for sex offender list to be made public

Nicole Mirkin and Ahren Posthumus of SA Women Fight Back demonstrate defensive Krav Maga techniques. Image: Ashraf Hendricks “I will not be next”, “We’re done being afraid” and “Femicide is the real pandemic” were some of the many banners on display on Saturday morning during a protest against gender-based violence (GBV) outside parliament in Cape Town. “What do we want? Justice! When...

Company takes on ‘fearmongering’ Reserve Bank over warning not to pay via instant EFT

The Reserve Bank claims consumers open themselves to fraud when they pay online retailers via instant EFT. File picture. Image: Rupixen/Unsplash The CEO of a digital payments company has taken issue with the SA Reserve Bank’s warning to consumers not to pay online retailers via instant EFT because they are making themselves vulnerable to fraud. “While there are some dubious companies, as with...