The headlines of the leading newspapers from 11 February 2022:
# Business Day:
Writes president Cyril Ramaphosa last night announced in his State of the Nation Address the 350-rand Covid-19 grant will be extended until March next year and the state of disaster will be lifted soon.
# And Mail & Guardian on Fridays:
Has a special State of the Nation edition today. The paper writes Ramaphosa called for the country’s democracy not to be ripped apart.
Today dedicates its entire front page to the State of the Nation Address and highlights the most important aspects of Ramaphosa’s speech. The paper reports the president said the struggle for South Africa’s soul continues.
# Pretoria News:
Leads with “RAMAPHOSA MULLS ENDING OF THE STATE OF DISASTER”. The paper also writes about the extension of the Covid-19 grant.
Reports on Ramaphosa’s announcement about a concession being made for the cultivation of cannabis. According to him, the industry could create 130-thousand jobs.
# And The Citizen:
Has the headline: “CYRIL GETS DOWN TO BUSINESS”. The paper writes the president has called on the private sector to create jobs.
# Volksblad in Bloemfontein:
Has the same lead as Beeld on the State of the Nation Address.
# Die Burger:
Also leads with Ramaphosa’s speech and writes heads can roll in the country’s law enforcement agencies.
And secondly, the paper reports on the strange phenomenon in Onrus and Vermont when it rained frogs.
# Cape Times:
Firstly, also reports on the Covid-19 grant being extended.
Then the paper reports the Auditor-General has issued a damning report on the financial affairs of the SABC.
# And Cape Argus:
Leads with: “WAR ON RED TAPE, GRAFT, PREZ VOWS”. The paper also has pictures of the State of the Nation Address.
# The Herald in Gqeberha:
Reports Ramaphosa has undertaken to appoint new people to the country’s intelligence agencies following the damning report on the July riots.
And then there is a report on the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro taking action against the sale of expired food.
# Daily Dispatch in East London:
Writes about the widespread relief over the extension of the Covid-19 grant.
And secondly, the paper reports the protest over farm murders in the Eastern Cape was taken to the State of the Nation Address,
and there is a story about the residents of the Buffalo City Metro who made water tanks available to the municipality.
# The Witness in Pietermaritzburg:
Reports Ramaphosa conceded the government did not handle the July riots properly and intends to reconsider senior appointments in the security cluster.
# And Daily News in Durban:
Writes police asked the public for help in locating the killers of a family of four from Plessislaer who were murdered on 4 February.
And secondly, the paper writes the seven executives of Tongaat Hulett were each released on 30-thousand-rand bail after appearing in court on charges of fraud.
And finally, from NAMIBIA:
# Republikein in Windhoek:
Reports Keetmanshoop had to get by without water while several leakages in the pipe from the Nautedam were repaired.
And secondly, the paper reports the seven members of an infamous criminal gang who were arrested in Windhoek earlier have appeared in court.