Eskom in emergency mode

An emergency meeting, a move from Stage One to Stage Two load-shedding and an estimated one-third of production out of operation raise concerns about Eskom's ability to keep the lights on this week.

Graft busters are left rudderless

The Special Investigating Unit has lost its head.

DG faces rape charges

Barely a month into his new job, the Eastern Cape's number one civil servant has been charged in connection with the alleged rape of a woman in East London.

CCMA buzzing with hearings

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration has seen a doubling in the number of discrimination cases since the Employment Equity Act came into effect on August 1 last year.

George Louca claims he can sink Krejcir

Affidavits said to expose the truth about the activities of suspected crime boss Radovan Krejcir - and to allegedly link him to the murder of Teazer's boss Lolly Jackson - have been given to the police.

Specialist to interview 'demon' boy who admitted hacking family members to death

An occult crime specialist and a psychologist will interview a teenager who admitted to hacking four of his family members to death with an axe, but claimed he was possessed by a demon at the time.

Maties speak a new language

When 5,000 new Maties and their parents were officially welcomed to Stellenbosch University last week those who could not understand Afrikaans could tune in to a translation on their cellphones and earphones.

'By the power vested in me I hereby give you the chop'

Zambia's newly elected President Edgar Lungu dropped vice-president Guy Scott - who was briefly Africa's only white leader - from his administration when he announced his cabinet yesterday.

Ticket tout killing poser

The slaying of ticket-tout Toufiq Joseph at a Cape Town garage over the weekend has raised questions over the touting of tickets for major concerts.

Driven to get behind bars

High-speed car chases often end badly, but this one resulted in a smile - at least for the pursuing police officers.

Namibia to beef up rhino and elephant protection

The Namibian government will beef up protection for rhinos and elephants and tighten laws to curb increased poaching, which suddenly surged last year, it said on Monday.

Is it Greece's Lula moment?

As Greek politician Alexis Tsipras dances around the conflicting demands of his country's creditors and his party's supporters, the question is: Will he do the samba or the tango?

DA wants ANC to distance itself from Gauteng whip over R7.2m house 'bribe'

Former Gauteng health MEC Brian Hlongwa’s R7.2 million Bryanston house was paid for in cash by Baoki Consortium, according to a report.

Ban Ronaldo for his antics at Cordoba: Neymar

Brazil captain and Barcelona forward Neymar has urged the Spanish football authorities to punish Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo following his violent outbursts against Cordoba.

Power woes weigh on rand as market awaits rate call

The rand was in danger of losing ground against the dollar for the third consecutive day on Tuesday as South Africa's nagging electricity woes kept investor sentiment depressed.

Khuzwayo gets a start as Bafana make four changes for Ghana clash

Bafana Bafana have made their third goalkeeping change in the Caf Africa Cup of Nations for their must-win final group C encounter against Ghana on Tuesday.

Local vendors, not supermarkets, key to Africa food security

Traditional markets sell more than 85 percent of the food consumed in sub-Saharan Africa, and rather than replacing them with Western-style supermarkets, governments should train local vendors to improve food safety, researchers say.

Military officers failed to appear in court

Two of three military officers accused of threatening Oudtshoorn police failed to appear in a civilian court last week, according to a media report.

Zimbabwean and Lesotho women held in Limpopo for drug ingredients

Two women who tried to enter South Africa allegedly carrying ingredients for drug manufacturing are expected to appear in the Musina Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, Limpopo police said.

UK tourist found dead in Thailand consumed Valium, alcohol: police

A British backpacker who was found dead on a popular Thai tourist island had consumed a potentially fatal combination of alcohol and Valium, police said citing preliminary autopsy data.

New Greek leader set to unveil anti-austerity government

Greece's new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is set to unveil his anti-austerity coalition government, bringing together his radical left-wing party with the nationalist right, after a stunning election win that sent shockwaves through Europe.
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