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Villagers' battle against Nigerian 'bandits' leaves 13 dead

Thirteen people died when villagers fought back against armed cattle thieves in northern Nigeria where rustling has been on the increase, police said on Saturday.

Transport DG Moemi: Athletes and teams might be able to travel out of hotspots

Travel of professional athletes and sports teams outside of hotspots to play matches or events‚ or to train‚ “could be permissible”‚ a transport ministry government official has said.

Prasa not ready to resume Metrorail services, says Mbalula

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has delayed the resumption of train services in Gauteng and the rest of the country saying Prasa is not ready to start operating.

KZN police investigating culpable homicide case after cop dies in crash

KwaZulu-Natal police are investigating a case of culpable homicide after a police officer was killed in a car accident.

Question marks over clause on ‘no matches and training in hotspots’ in government directions

Minister of sport, arts and culture Nathi Mthethwa has laid down the directions that need to be in place for non-contact sports to resume events behind closed doors, and contact sports to resume training at level three of the national lockdown.

'You better have proof your cigarettes weren't stolen' or illegal': Cele

Police minister Bheki Cele has explained that people carrying cigarettes will have to produce receipts for them.

WATCH LIVE | Mbalula briefs media on transport regulations for level 3 lockdown

Minister of transport Fikile Mbalula is expected to brief the media on Saturday about lockdown level 3 regulations related to the transport sector.

Local police 'ready' to host any Liverpool match

Local police have said they would be "ready" to hold any possible Liverpool Premier League title-clinching match at Anfield, despite the UK's football policing lead suggesting otherwise.

Tottenham's Parrott set to miss Premier League restart after organ removal

Tottenham striker Troy Parrott is set to miss the restart of the Premier League season after his club said on Saturday that he had surgery to remove his appendix.

Rwandan medical workers deploy robots to minimise coronavirus risk

At the Kanyinya COVID-19 treatment facility a short distance from Rwanda's capital Kigali, Akazuba, Ikizere and Ngabo report for duty, but these are no ordinary health care workers.

'Most wanted' suspect shot dead in shoot-out with police in Diepsloot

A man described by police as a "most wanted suspect" being sought for armed robbery, business robbery, cash-in-transit heists and car hijackings was shot dead in a shoot-out with police in Diepsloot.

600 artists and creatives thrown a Covid-19 lifeline

Arts and culture minister Nathi Mthethwa said that nearly 600 artists and creatives had been paid from the department’s R150m relief fund to assist artists, athletes and technical personnel.

Sports Minister Mthethwa: Football and rugby can resume fitness training

Minister of Sports‚ Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has clarified that professional contact sports such as football and rugby can resume fitness training only‚ exercising strict regulations laid out in the new level three national lockdown regulations.

WATCH | 'Am I next?' Tennis phenom Gauff upset by George Floyd's death

Rising US tennis star Coco Gauff has added her voice to those expressing outrage at the death of an unarmed black man in Minnesota who was in police hands.

ANC slams 'racist' attacks on Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

The ANC has called on police to take action against social media user Danie Herselaman for an alleged racist post aimed at minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

As football restarts around Europe, France questions decision end to season early

It is the land of the world champions, but is it really a football country? That is the question some in France have been asking this week while its European neighbours work to bring the sport back after the coronavirus shutdown.

Nandi Madida gets dragged for 'age success' comments

Nandi Madida's attempt to motivate young people backfired and she ended up being at the centre of criticism for her “age limit success” comments.

England want ICC to allow coronavirus substitutes

The England and Wales Cricket Board is in talks with the International Cricket Council (ICC) about allowing coronavirus player substitutions in its upcoming planned test series against West Indies and Pakistan, an ECB official said.

Officer charged with murder of black American as violent protests sweep US

Violent protests erupted across the United States late Friday over the death of a handcuffed black man in police custody, with murder charges laid against the arresting Minneapolis officer failing to quell boiling anger.

EC doctors idling at home 'because there is no money to pay them'

A number of doctors who were working for the Eastern Cape health department are idling at home as the department has no money to retain them. Session doctors who spoke to the Dispatch this week said the situation had put enormous pressure on their colleagues who were swamped with Covid-19 cases.

WATCH LIVE | Mkhize outlines Covid-19 interventions as SA moves to level 3

Health minister Dr Zwelini Mkhize on Friday was expected to hold a press briefing on Covid-19 health interventions as the country moves to lockdown level 3.

Eskom has beefed up energy security in lockdown, says Gwede Mantashe

Energy and mineral resources minister Gwede Mantashe has said that the supply of energy will be critical to revive the economy, adding that Eskom has made the most of the nationwide lockdown.

Backlogs in Covid-19 tests at public sector laboratories make it difficult to identify hotspots

There has been a backlog in the testing of samples for Covid-19 by public laboratories in the past few weeks, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said.

Back to school rules: Must be at 50% capacity and pupils must be 1.5m apart

When schools open across SA, they may only operate at 50% capacity.

DA wins 1st round in protracted court battle around legitimacy of Covid-19 command council

The DA has welcomed a Constitutional Court directive, handed down on Friday, saying it will consider arguments in its application for direct access to challenge the Covid-19 Disaster Management Act.

Parktown Boys' High School principal back at work

The principal of Parktown Boys' High School, who was suspended in January after the drowning of grade 8 pupil Enock Mpianzi, has been back at work since Monday.

Staff at 32 Western Cape schools have Covid-19, says education MEC

Thirty-seven staff at 32 schools in the Western Cape have tested positivie for Covid-19, education MEC Debbie Schäfer said on Friday.

Covid-19: Only 488 of more than 5,000 artists who applied for relief were paid

Of over 5,000 applications from artists seeking relief from the department of sports, arts and culture, only 488 artists have been paid out.

Here are the back-to-school dates for all grades

It'll be a month after grade 12 and 7 pupils go back to school that their mates can start to join them in the classroom.

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