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Health minister Zweli Mkhize said on Tuesday that the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the country had risen to 35,812. According to Mkhize, the Western Cape still has the majority number of cases with 23 583, followed by the Eastern Cape with 4 324, Gauteng with 4 276, and…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health Minister briefs the media following a site tour at the Sonstraal field hospital, Western Cape. Mkhize said that the testing effort was progressing well across the nation. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases stands at 35,812, Mkhize confirmed on Tuesday. "At this stage, 761,534 tests have…
The Competition Tribunal has found Babelegi Workwear and Industrial Supplies CC (Babelegi) guilty of excessive pricing. “In its order and reasons issued today, the Tribunal has found that Babelegi contravened section 8(1)(a) of the Competition Act by charging excessive prices for face masks that it sold to customers between 31…
The Department of Social Development, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, aims to improve the standard of Early Childhood Development (ECD) across the country, as part of this year’s Child Protection Week campaign. This year’s campaign is being held under the theme: ‘Let Us All Protect Children, During Covid-19…
Outdoor enthusiasts now have something to smile about as hunting, self-drive visits to private or public game reserves and national parks, as well as recreational fishing is now permitted under lockdown level 3. The directions that guide marine and freshwater fisheries, forestry and biodiversity sectors, have since been gazetted in…
In a statement on Monday, the Department of Employment and Labour, of which the UIF is an agency of, reiterated that the Fund is making good progress on its promise to capture and process May COVID-19 relief benefit applications. “Payments this time around should be a lot quicker as the…
Photo Credit:Istock. During alert level 3 of the nationwide lockdown, lovebirds can officially tie the knot at Home Affairs offices following the resumption of marriage services. Under level 3, the department will also receive late registrations of birth. These services will be provided by appointment. This is in addition to…
Photo Credit:AP. A medical examiner's office on Monday ruled that the death of George Floyd, whose killing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, police custody last week triggered nationwide protests, was a homicide and that he died from asphyxiation. The medical examiner's finding that the death was a homicide confirms the same conclusion…
Summary of Latest Developments. Health authorities in Spain have reported no new deaths from the coronavirus in the last 24 hours for the first time in nearly three months. Coronavirus cases in Iran have jumped by nearly 3,000, its highest daily count in two months, while China also saw its…
The prolific image taken by Sam Nzima of Hector Pieterson being carried by Mbuyisa Makhubo after being shot on June 16, 1976 while Pieterson's older sister, Antoinette Sithole, runs beside them. This image has become the iconic representation of the 1976 student uprisings. Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has…
A total of 22 new COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded, this as the total number of cases climb to 34 357 on Monday. All 22 of the new deaths are from the Western Cape, bringing the total to 525 deaths in the province and increasing the national figure to…
File Photo. Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille has appealed to companies to exercise extreme vigilance to ensure the health and safety of employees as more businesses open, including the construction industry. “Today, many industries including the construction industry, will return to work to commence with operations in…
Photo Credit:@flysaa_care/Twitter. The Public Enterprises Department says it has received a draft Business Rescue Plan for South African Airways, which is under business rescue. The department's spokesperson, Sam Mkokeli, on Monday said government has not yet discussed the plan and no decisions have been taken on some of the proposals…
Photo Credit:BrandSA. The South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) on Monday in a statement,said over 100 000 unemployed South Africans in May received R350 from the special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress. SASSA spokesperson Paseka Letsatsi said, to date, over 3.5 million applicants had been checked to confirm if they…
Photo Credit:Sebabatso Mosamo. There are long queues of South Africans waiting outside bottle stores to purchase alcohol since this morning. It’s been more than two months since South Africans were last able to purchase liquor and many have been eagerly anticipating the day it would be allowed again. During Level…
Photo Credit:AP. President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated South African citizen and global technology pioneer, Elon Musk, for his company SpaceX’s historic first commercial flight into space. Powered by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket, the company’s Crew Dragon spacecraft carried NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley into space on Saturday, 30…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The schools around the country are set to use the first week of June to induct and orientate teachers on the COVID-19 school environment, and to ensure the readiness of each facility for the arrival of learners. On Sunday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga took a decision…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to give an update on the reopening of schools after she made an about-turn deciding grade 7s and matriculants will not go back to school on Monday morning as planned. Schools will reopen on 8 June 2020 for grade 7 and…
While the National Home Builders’ Registration Council (NHBRC) provincial offices will resume full service operations next Monday, satellite offices will be phased in gradually. The satellite offices are in Tzaneen, Witbank, Bethlehem, Thulamela, Mafikeng, Klerksdorp and Newcastle. Acting Chief Executive, Otsile Maseng, said the approach was to ensure that the…
File Photo. President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Advocates Ouma Rasethaba and Rodney de Kock as Deputy National Directors of Public Prosecutions with effect from today, Monday, 01 June 2020. The President has also approved the appointment of Adv. Mthunzi Mhaga as a Special Director of Public Prosecutions in the Office…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. President Cyril Ramaphosa has assured parents that the health and safety of learners and students would be of paramount importance as government prepares to reopen schools and institutes of higher education in lockdown level 3. The gradual reopening of schools was meant to begin today with Grades 7…
The minister of health has announced that the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 32 683, with 1 716 new cases reported from the last 24 hour testing cycle. Regrettably, 40 more COVID-19 related deaths were reported,bringing the total national deaths to 683. "We extend our…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Basic Education Department has announced that Grade 7 and 12 pupils should now return to school on 8 June. The department was expected to brief the country on the plans for pupils to return to school,however the briefing has since been postponed to Monday at 11am.…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The briefing by Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga has been postponed. Motshekga was set to address the country on the department's readiness to reopen schools. The briefing will now take place on Monday at 11 am. Schools are set to open for Grades 12 and 7 on…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will brief the media to provide an update on the readiness for the reopening of schools. It’s been confirmed by government that the briefing will get underway at 18:00. Barring any unexpected delays or postponements, Motshekga is expected to reveal if children can…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared Sunday a National Day of Prayer. He has urged religious leaders and the public to pray for the battle against COVID-19. On Tuesday, Ramaphosa announced that places of worship may reopen subject to strict restrictions under level three of the lockdown. South…
Photo Credit:Istock. President Cyril Ramaphosa convened a virtual meeting with the South African National Editors Forum (Sanef) this afternoon. This comes as the media industry has taken a hard knock from the economic crunch caused by the coronavirus, with many companies struggling to stay afloat. In May, Caxton announced it…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education minister Angie Motshekga is expected to delay the reopening of South African schools on 1 June following strong opposition from teacher unions and school governing bodies, the Sunday Times reports. The paper reported that Motshekga acknowledged to the five unions and three major governing body associations…
National Child Protection Week is commemorated in the country annually to raise awareness of the rights of children as articulated in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa and Children's Act (Act No. 38 of 2005). South Africa has drafted legislation, based on the United Convention of the Rights…
Photo Credit:Phillip Mogakoe. President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared Sunday a national day of prayer. He has urged the religious leaders and the public to pray for the battle against COVID-19 pandemic. Places of worship are expected to open on Monday, June 1, under strict conditions, as the country heads into…
Summary of Latest developments. Latin America's death toll has topped 50,000 and cases neared one million, with countries such as Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru struggling to stem the tide, according to a Reuters tally. Brazil has registered a record 33,274 new cases of the coronavirus, its health ministry said,…
US President Donald Trump has announced that he would postpone the Group of Seven summit that he wanted to hold in late June and expand the list of countries invited to include Australia, Russia, South Korea and India. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One during his return to Washington…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 30,967 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa. This is an increase of 1,727 cases, from the 29,240 cases reported on Friday. According to the minister the country has recorded a further 32 deaths, taking the total up to 643. We…
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane announced that South Africans, who have been confined to their homes, will now be allowed to venture out for hikes from 1 June when the country moves to level 3 of the lockdown. As of next month, hiking is permitted - provided it is done in…
Photo Credit: Ntswe Mokoena. The Minister of Tourism is expected to address the media on the regulations relating to COVID-19 level 3 restrictions. Watch Live:Minister of Tourism Media Briefing. Courtesy of SABC.
Photo Credit:@flysaa_care/Twitter. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced that public transport will operate throughout the day,as millions of citizens set to return to work, school and institutions of higher learning when the country moves to COVID-19 lockdown level 3. However, capacity restrictions remain, with minibus taxis still only permitted a…
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula outlines how public transport will operate under level three of the lockdown. Domestic travel will be allowed under level three of the lockdown. However, it will be strictly regulated. During alert level five and four, taxis were allowed to operate at a capacity of 70-percent passengers.…
Photo Credit:AP. Protesters have clashed with police in cities across the US over the killing of an unarmed African-American man at the hands of officers in Minneapolis. Minnesota's governor said the tragedy of the death of George Floyd in police custody had morphed into "something much different - wanton destruction".…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has gazetted new regulations that will see the phased return of other grades from 6 July - 3 August 2020. Following the return of grades 7 and 12, the Basic Education Department (DBE) said it would monitor the adherence of schools to…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister Nathi Mthethwa said on Saturday,that his department has made significant progress in the disbursement of Relief Funds for athletes and artists, whose livelihoods were affected by the COVID-19 lockdown. In March, the department availed R200 million for this function. Of this amount, R150 million is being distributed…
Summary of Latest Developments. United States President Donald Trump has said the US is "terminating" its relationship with the World Health Organization (WHO), saying the agency has not made coronavirus reforms. The WHO and 37 countries launched the COVID-19 Technology Access Pool, an alliance aimed at making coronavirus vaccines, tests,…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. US President Donald Trump has announced the United States will be terminating its relationship with the World Health Organization, saying it had failed to adequately respond to the coronavirus because China has "total control" over it. He said the Chinese officials "ignored" their reporting obligations to the…
Photo Credit:Courtney Africa. The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes the Constitutional Court’s directive,that it will consider arguments in the DA’s application for direct access to challenge the Disaster Management Act. The Constitutional Court handed down a directive on Friday, that it will consider arguments by the Democratic Alliance (DA) in its…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Non-contact sporting codes in the country will get more clarity from the Minister of Sport, Arts, and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa on the resumption of sport under lockdown Level 3. Watch the Media Briefing Below. Courtesy of SABC.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 29,240 confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Africa. This is an increase of 1,837 cases from the 27,403 cases reported yesterday. Mkhize said that the total number of deaths has now reached 611 – an increase of 34 deaths from…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Phumla Williams has now been given the nod by Cabinet to officially take over the reins at the GCIS,after at least eight years as the acting Director-General of the Government Communication and Information System. Before joining government in 1995, Williams worked in the African National Congress (ANC) and…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize, together with the members of the Ministerial Advisory Committee and other stakeholders, is briefing the media at 19h30 on health interventions during Level-3 lockdown. Watch Live:Zweli Mkhize briefs the media on Health Interventions during Level 3. Courtesy of SABC.
Photo Credit:Trevor Samson. Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi says employers who will be reopening their businesses in terms of level 3 are required to appoint COVID-19 compliance officers at their workplaces. Minister Nxesi said the employers are also expected to undertake a risk assessment of the workplace and develop…
Photo Credit:AFP. The Eskom Political Task Team has agreed on drastic measures to address the municipal debt owed to the power utility. Over the past year, municipal debt levels have increased by R8.2 billion to R28 billion by 31 March 2020. Deputy President David Mabuza convened and chaired a meeting…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel says as the countries across the globe scramble to source much-needed ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients, government is ramping up the production of the critical equipment. Patel says this has put a spotlight on what government can do to contain the spread of…
Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Hon Patricia De Lille,File Photo. Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille said on Friday that her department was working around the clock to procure enough beds for those who are likely to get sick. Briefing the media with her colleagues in the…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. Distressed SMMEs, co-operatives, informal traders and hawkers in the North West province are invited to send applications for the COVID-19 Relief Fund. The North West COVID-19 Relief Fund was established by the provincial Department of Economic Development, Environment, Conservation and Tourism (DEDECT) and will be managed by the…
Photo Credit:Moeletsi Mabe. Ministers of the Economic Cluster who serve in the National Coronavirus Command Council are briefing the media on the regulations relating to the COVID-19 Level-3 restrictions following the announcements made by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, and the subsequent address to the nation on Tuesday, 26 May…
The Constitutional Court has dismissed a leave to appeal application which the EFF and Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane lodged in a case involving Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan and the so-called SARS "rogue unit" report. Both the EFF and Public Protector approached the apex court last year, seeking to appeal…
South African Social Security Agency (SASSA), in KwaZulu-Natal, announced that 6 470 beneficiaries have been successfully paid as of 27 May, out of the 1 366 057 applications received in the province. “Many South Africans are still waiting to hear if their applications have been successful. The easing of the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu on Friday announced that the National School of Government (NSG) will reopen for limited contact training on 1 June 2020. This, according to the Minister is in light of the easing of the lockdown to level 3 of the COVID-19 risk…
Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Photo: Twitter/@David_Makhura. Gauteng Premier David Makhura is currently outlining the province's plans moving forward as lockdown regulations ease. The members of the Gauteng Command Council are expected to outline plans on dealing with COVID-19 hotspots. Earlier, the premier received a donation of various items including mobile…
There are now more than over 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control…
File Photo. The International Criminal Court said former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo can leave Belgium under certain conditions following his acquittal last year over post-electoral violence that killed 3,000 people. Gbagbo and his deputy Charles Ble Goude were both cleared of crimes against humanity a year ago, eight years…
Photo Credit:Luke MacGregor. British American Tobacco South Africa announced that it will recommence with urgent legal proceedings to challenge the government’s decision to extend the ban on tobacco sales under Level 3 Lockdown. BATSA said in a statement it was supported in this action by Japan Tobacco International as well…
Photo Credit:Pixabay. Critical United Nations climate negotiations, at which nations were expected to ramp up plans to combat global warming, have been pushed back a full year to November 2021. The deferment has been done in light of the coronavirus pandemic and other concerns, British politician Alok Sharma, who is…
Summary of Latest Developments. The English Premier League and Italy's Serie A are set to resume in June after a near-three month suspension over coronavirus fears. China again reported no new cases as US President Donald Trump renewed attacks on Beijing over the coronavirus pandemic. He called the virus "a…
With just few days to go until South Africa moves to alert level 3 of lockdown, government is shifting to rebuild the economy which suffered a massive blow as a result of the lockdown. Under alert level 3, many more economic activities will be permitted with about 8 million workers…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) has deployed cohorts of engineering teams to build bridges and purify water in remote and destitute communities, as the country continues to contain the spread of COVID-19. This was revealed by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula during a media briefing of the…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Police Minister Bheki Cele has revealed that there is a correlation between the high number of arrests and the provinces with the highest infection rates. During a press briefing of the Justice, Crime Prevention and Security (JCPS) cluster on lockdown level 3 regulations on Thursday, the Minister revealed…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, said the cluster has received several corruption claims related to COVID-19 relief efforts earmarked for the poor. “In response to these allegations, the cluster has developed a collaboration framework which will ensure prevention, detection, investigation, prosecution and recovery of…
The minister of health Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the number of positive Covid-19 cases in South Africa has increased to 27 403. This is an increase of 1 466 new cases in the last 24 hours. On Thursday, the Health Ministry said 25 more deaths had been reported, bringing…
Investments in supporting successful transitions from school and university directly to entrepreneurship could unlock significant employment gains in Africa, this is according to a new research paper from the Anzisha Prize which has worked with very young African entrepreneurs for over a decade. To produce the report, the Anzisha Prize…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has outlined the regulations that will be implemented as government further opens up various sectors of the economy. Addressing media during a National Coronavirus Command Council briefing on Thursday in Tshwane, Dlamini Zuma said under the Risk Adjusted…
President Cyril Ramaphosa said South Africa supports the call of the African Union for a two-year debt standstill due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking at a virtual United Nations High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond, held on Thursday, President Ramaphosa…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. The board of inquiry found that soldiers and Johannesburg metro police who were accused of killing Khosa at his home could not be held liable for his death. It found that: “The cause of the incident was gender inequality and provocation, specifically lack [of] respect towards female…
Sibanye-Stillwater has confirmed that 51 employees have tested positive for the coronavirus at its Thembelani shaft in Rustenburg. The company said that it had tested staff at the shaft after two employees tested positive for the virus last week. In addition to all the employees who were deemed to be…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minster Angie Motshekga said while most schools are ready for the reopening of schools to grade 7 and 12 learners - her department will not allow schools to reopen if the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) is not available. The country’s schools were prematurely shut on…
The South African National Space Agency (SANSA) has entered into a partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to host a Deep Space Ground Station. The station, which will be based in Matjiesfontein in the Western Cape, will support human spaceflight missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond. It…
File Photo. ZCC Bishop Dr BE Lekganyane announced on Thursday that their churches will remain closed until further notice. In a statement released to the public on Thursday, Lekganyane said it is not yet safe to resume services at ZCC churches. The directive will impact all churches, even outside the…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Vaal Dam has plummeted below the neutral 50% mark as it persists to decline week-on-week for the first time in 12 months. According to the Water and Sanitation Department’s spokesperson Sputnik Ratau, the dam levels have dropped to 49.8%, compared to 71.5% recorded in the same…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The much-awaited briefing by the National Command Council will be addressed by, among others, cooperative governance minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and her trade and industry counterpart, Ibrahim Patel. Government says it will on this afternoon finally lay bare all on Level Lockdown Regulations President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday…
The EFF is responding to the country's move to lockdown 3. Courtesy of SABC.
File Photo. South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) passed the first reusable sanitary standard: The manufacturer of Washable, Reusable Sanitary Towels (SANS 1812) on 6 May 2020. The publication of this standard is one of the first standards for washable sanitary pads in Southern Africa and is leading the way…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on 23 June 2020 host the inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium of South Africa (SIDSSA) to unveil an infrastructure pipeline for six priority sectors. In preparation for the symposium, a market sounding exercise, in the form of pitch sessions, will be held on Thursday,…
The Health Minister Dr Zweli Nkhize has announced that the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases to date in South Africa is 25 937. This is the biggest single-day increase to date,of 1,673 new cases of Covid-19 that were recorded in South Africa in the last 24 hours. The number…
Photo Credit:Veli Nhlapo. Former South African Airways (SAA) chair Dudu Myeni has been declared a delinquent director. Myeni was appointed as non-executive director of the board of SAA in September 2009, became acting chair in December 2012 and chair in September 2016 until 2017. This means Myeni cannot hold any…
Image Supplied. Finance minister Tito Mboweni said on Wednesday,Abel Sithole has been appointed the new CEO of the Public Investment Corporation (PIC). Sithole, who is the principal executive officer of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF) and the commissioner of the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), will replace Dan Matjila,…
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has apologised for the freak break in its network, which has affected plans to capture the May applications for the COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS). The benefit scheme is expected to provide much needed relief to employees, who have been laid off work or…
Photo Courtesy of the United Nations. Burundi will have a new president after the country's election commission declared the governing party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye the winner of the May 20 poll, a result disputed by the opposition. The electoral body, CENI, said Ndayishimiye, a former rebel commander and current secretary-general…
Photo Credit:Adobe Stock. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has clarified that the whole country will move to level 3 lockdown from 1 June, including areas identified as hotspots after the confusion was created when an old slide was presented stating hotspots would remain at level 4 and was also making rounds…
Photo Credit: SANAC. The newly appointed Health Department Director General Sandile Buthelezi will take the reins from 1 June 2020. Buthelezi, whose appointment was announced a fortnight ago, will take office at a critical time with the country and the world at large in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic.…
Summary of Latest Developments: Spain is to begin 10 days of mourning on Wednesday in memory of the more than 27,000 people who have lost their lives to the coronavirus. Flags will fly at half-mast. A new study is warning that Brazil could be facing a death toll of 125,000…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Water and Sanitation in KwaZulu-Natal has ramped up its water and hygiene products supply to communities, as a means of curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the province. According to the provincial department, to date, 4 200 water storage tanks and 532 water tankers…
The Department of Employment and Labour says the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has to date paid in excess of R15 billion to beneficiaries -- marking a historic first in terms of a lump sum paid out by the Fund within five weeks. On 16 April, the Fund paid the first…
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa has increased to 24 264. Forty-three more deaths have been reported, bringing the number of Covid-19-related deaths to 524. Regrettably, we report 43 more COVID-19 related deaths- this brings the total national deaths to 524. We wish to express our condolences…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that places of worship may reopen subject to strict restrictions under level three of the lockdown. South Africa will move to lockdown level three from 1 June. Churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, and other recognised places of worship will resume services with a maximum…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the call for a National Day of Prayer through a televised broadcast at 19h30 this evening. During the address, the President is also expected to provide an update on provisions for the religious sector following a meeting of the National Coronavirus Command Council…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said that South Africa has reported a marked decline in coronavirus tests in the last 24 hours because of a global shortage in testing kits. Presenting to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) on Tuesday, Mkhize said that in the last 24 hours…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The City of Ekurhuleni’s Harambee bus service is back on the road with reduced passenger seating capacity in, line with the level 4 regulations of the lockdown. The services were suspended when level 5 of the nationwide lockdown was declared by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 23 March. “The…
South African Police Service (SAPS) said the public may now report any police brutality during lockdown at their nearest police station,this is in response to the judgement handed down on 15 May in the North Gauteng High Court in the matter of Collins Khosa. Khosa is the 41-year-old man who…
Professor Glenda Gray. Picture: Ground Up/SA Medical Research Council. SA Medical Research Council (MRC) board has made a u-turn on its decision to investigate the organisation’s president, Glenda Gray, for comments she made “in her personal capacity” to the media about the government’s handling of the Covid-19 crisis. In a…
Students receiving aid from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) have been urged to use their learning material allowances to purchase learning devices so they can learn remotely during lockdown. “Many students, who still have not bought laptops must do so, especially those who have been paid the annual…
Photo Credit: Ashraf Hendricks. The Gauteng Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Roads and Transport says the opening of rail during level 3 lockdown could spell a public transport catastrophe. The committee said it is was not pleased with the measures presented by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s administrator, Bongisizwe…
The SABC has confirmed that another employee based in the broadcaster’s head office in Auckland Park, Johannesburg has tested positive for the coronavirus. This is the second employee to test positive at the Auckland Park offices. Last week, the SABC’s offices in Cape Town had to be evacuated for deep…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said that this week will be dedicated to finalising all outstanding matters before learners return to school. This week, schools need to ensure that health and safety requirements are prioritised. These include learner transport, water provision, basic hygiene and sanitation, psycho-social support and…
File Photo. Municipal workers in the Mogale City municipality on Gauteng’s Westrand are expected to return to work following a breakthrough in talks over the lockdown payment dispute. Essential services workers in the municipality working in the supply and maintenance of water and electricity infrastructure and traffic officers embarked on…
Summary of Latest Developments. WHO has praised China for its eagerness towards the prospect of scientific inquiries into determining the origins of COVID-19. The number of coronavirus cases in Russia has climbed to 353,427, with 8,946 new infections in the past 24 hours. The United States has barred arrivals from…
Professor Glenda Gray. Picture: Ground Up/SA Medical Research Council. The SA Medical Research Council (SAMRC) board has apologised to the Ministry of Health and the Ministerial Advisory Committee for recent comments made by its president, Professor Glenda Gray. The board said it will institute a fact-finding investigation into the "damage"…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 23,615 confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Africa. This is an increase of 1,032 cases from the 22,583 cases reported on Sunday, when the country recorded its highest 24-hour increase in infections – 1,240 new cases. "Regrettably, we report…
Photo Credit:GCIS. African Union Chair,President Cyril Ramaphosa, is calling on the continent to use the global crisis as an opportunity to re-imagine a new Africa,as Africa marked the 57th Africa Day amid the Coronavirus pandemic Africa Day is celebrated on 25 May 2020 and marks the establishment of the Organisation…
Photo Credit:Brand SA. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says a move to level 3 lockdown, which will commence from 1 June 2020, will enable the agency to accelerate the pace of paying out the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant. “At the moment SASSA is operating with a…
The community of Ikemeleng, Gauteng, has now been moved into decent homes by the Department of Human Settlements. The community, which is situated in Rooderpoort, has been living in tents for a number of years after being evicted from the surrounding farms. Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu,…
The second phase of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funding for all community and small commercial (SCM) media projects is now open for applications. “This follows the end of the first phase of the fund, which ran in March and April of 2020, with some R10 million being disbursed to 116…
In Gauteng, School Management Teams (SMTs) have made their return to schools to pave the way for the return of teachers. Providing an update on the return of SMTs and teachers, Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi said the province’s schools are ready to open their doors to teachers. “We are…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has commended governments on the continent for their swift and proactive response in implementing measures to flatten the Coronavirus curve. “By early May, 43 African countries had full border closures, 53 had closed institutions of learning, 54 had limited public gatherings, 26 had instituted the compulsory use…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa leads the virtual celebrations. The African Union had ambitious plans for 2020 - to silence the guns, and to restore peace and security across the continent In 1958, a congress was held in Ghana to both celebrate countries that had reached independence from European colonial…
Prof Adekeye Adebajo delivers the 2020 Africa Day Lecture under the theme: “Silencing the Guns: Creating conditions for Africa’s development to achieve the goal of a conflict-free Africa. Parliament's Presiding Officers said the sixth democratic Parliament will continue to strengthen relations with other Parliaments in Africa to ensure a lasting…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa - as African Union Chair - will lead the continent’s celebrations,as the continent marks the 57th Africa Day,which include a special virtual broadcast and the Africa Day Solidarity Concert for the COVID-19 Response Fund. Africa Day is celebrated on 25 May 2020 and marks the…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The Department of Small Business Development has unveiled the second-wave of financial relief schemes that are expected to come to the rescue of township and village cooperates adversely affected by the COVID-19 lockdown. Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni announced the interventions in a statement on Saturday. The…
Summary of Latest Developments. Chile's healthcare system is under strain and "very close to the limit", President Sebastian Pinera said, as the number of confirmed coronavirus infections approaches 70,000. Russia reported 153 coronavirus deaths, the epidemic's highest daily toll in the country, raising total fatalities to 3,541. Muslims around the…
Photo Credit:Gallo Images. A new code of conduct issued by the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) is aimed at ensuring that there's no unnecessary use of force from SANDF members. A recent judgment by the high court in Pretoria ruled that four SANDF members be placed on precautionary suspension…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move to alert level 3 with effect from 1 June - with more sectors of the economy opening and the removal of a number of restrictions on the movement of people. Addressing the nation on Sunday evening on the…
The President Cyril Ramaphosa's address follows recent meetings of Cabinet, the National Coronavirus Command Council and the President’s Coordinating Council, which considered the prospects for the country’s progression from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 of the national lockdown. Ramaphosa has announced that the confirmed coronavirus cases in South…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 7pm on the country’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19. Meanwhile the South African Council of Churches (SACC) has asked for financial relief from government for member churches that have felt the pinch of the national Covid-19 lockdown.…
File: KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala. Picture: @kzngov/Twitter. Premier Sihle Zikalala announced that the teachers in the province will report for work two days later,as the province has not met all the standards set to ensure the safety of teachers at schools. The teachers were supposed to report for duty on…
The Gauteng department of health have confirmed that 53 employees at AngloGold Ashanti’s Mponeng mine near Carletonville have tested positive for Covid-19. All positive employees have been admitted to the Fountain isolation facility. The mine management indicated that all underground miners (378) were tested. Of those, the test results for…
Picture: @SAWeatherServic/Twitter. South Africa will welcome winter with snow and a chilly start to the coming week as temperatures expected to drop significantly on Monday, into Tuesday. According to a statement released by the South African Weather Service, "South Africans can expect a chilly start to the coming week as…
There are now more than over 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control…
Photo Credit:Pixabay. A leaked draft of the proposed regulations for Level 3 regulations for South Africa’s COVID-19 lockdown, reveals that the ban on cigarettes is likely to continue and ban on liquor sales will be lifted under strict conditions. A copy of the draft regulations, by Cooperative Governance and Traditional…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation tonight at 19:00 to provide an update on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19. Ramaphosa's address follows recent meetings of the Cabinet, the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the President's Coordinating Council, which considered…
Summary of Latest Developments. Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, a normally festive holiday marking the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, with millions under strict stay-at-home orders and many fearing renewed coronavirus outbreaks. Iraq's health ministry reported 308 new infections, the steepest single-day spike since late…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 21,343 confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Africa. This is an increase of 1,218 cases from the 20,125 cases reported on Friday and is the highest reported 24-hour increase in infections to date. Mkhize said that the total number…
Photo Credit:Thulani Mbele. Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has approved essential travel for South Africans working and studying abroad. Home Affairs,the Department of International Relations and Cooperation and the National Coronavirus Command Council, approved essential travel for South Africans who want to return to countries where they are…
Minister of Higher Education,Science and Innovation,Blade Nzimande during the media briefing said COVID-19 has disrupted the 2020 academic year, but as they committed in April 30 media briefing, they have been working hard during the month of May towards saving the academic year whilst saving lives. Nzimande expressed his gratitude…
Summary of Latest Developments. For the first time since they began reporting data in January, Chinese authorities registered zero new infections of coronavirus. Brazil confirmed a total of 330,890 coronavirus cases on Friday, overtaking Russia to become the world's second hotspot for COVID-19. Some 80 million infants could be at…
Photo Courtesy of the United Nations. The spokesman for the main opposition National Freedom Council (CNL) told Reuters that Burundian police detained more than 200 opposition electoral observers during this week’s election alleging voting irregularities. Wednesday’s election, the first competitive presidential election since civil war erupted in 1993, is meant…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Dr Blade Nzimande will host a media briefing at 13h00 on the Post School Education and Training further measures in response to the COVID-19 virus within the sector. Nzimande admitted that since he made the announcement on 30 April that all…
Photo Credit:AFP. S&P Global Ratings said it projects South Africa’s economy to shrink by 4.5% this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted production and consumption. In April, S&P downgraded South Africa’s credit rating further into non-investment-grade territory, saying COVID-19-related pressures would have significant adverse implications…
Photo Credit:AFP. The Yeke Yeke singer who brought West African music to the world in the 1980s has died in his native Guinea. His son said the coronavirus travel restrictions prevented him from travelling to France for health treatment. Mory Kanté started music at the age of just seven, when…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 20,125 confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Africa. This is an increase of 988 cases from the 19,137 cases reported yesterday. Mkhize said that the total number of deaths has now reached 397 – an increase of 28 deaths from…
Photo Credit:GCIS. CoGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has told the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) that the sale of tobacco and alcohol should continue to be banned until the country reaches Level 1 of the lockdown. Media24 was reliably told that Dlamini-Zuma told the NCCC this week that she believed it…
The minerals council confirmed that 85 miners have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) and there has been one death from the disease caused by the virus. As of the morning of May 22, the dashboard showed 85 positive cases and one death,the council briefed the media regarding safety and health…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa) has approved payment worth R513 million for small businesses whose finances have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Since the opening of Small, Medium and Macro Enterprises (SMMEs) Debt Relief Financing Scheme, Sefa has received 35 865 applications of which 14…
The Department of Labour and Employment says Gauteng had the highest number of beneficiaries who have been paid COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits. According to the department, almost half of the more than R14-billion paid out so far, has been paid to 1 186 833 workers in the…
While crime in the country continued to remain low during the COVID-19 lockdown, reported cases began to increase after the country moved to level 4 at the beginning of May. This was revealed by Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday while giving an update on the levels of compliance and…
Photo Credit:Sunday Times. Police Minister, General Bheki Cele holds a virtual media briefing updating the nation on how far police have come in enforcing the COVID-19 Disaster Management Lockdown Regulations, following the ministerial visits to provinces to assess enforcement and compliance to the regulations. Amongst other matters, Minister Cele also…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has appealed to South Africans to create a partnership that can work towards the protection and safety of persons with disabilities. Nkoana-Mashabane made this special appeal during a webinar focusing on upholding the rights of…
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula,announced during a media briefing that driving Licensing Testing Centres, registering authorities, vehicle testing stations and driving schools will resume their services with effect from 1 June. Mbalula said the opening of these services is subject to hygiene, disinfection control, social distancing and sanitizing measures stipulated in…
About 150 health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. Authorities say those affected came from various parts of the hospital. Earlier this week, a worker at the Trauma and Emergency Department became the second health care worker at the hospital to die…
Due to lockdown and strict restrictions, the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) in Mpumalanga says it can only serve a minimum number of clients a day. SASSA Mpumalanga’s spokesperson Senzeni Ngubeni said social distance measures affect the minimum number of clients the agency can help on a daily basis.…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. As the country prepares for the reopening of schools, the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government has assured parents and stakeholders that all necessary precautions will be taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This follows an announcement by Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Tuesday that schools will reopen, starting…
There are now more than over 90,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus across the continent, with a number of African countries imposing a range of prevention and containment measures against the spread of the pandemic. According to the latest data by the John Hopkins University and Africa Center for Disease Control…
Photo Courtesy of the United Nations. Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chief Jane Ansah has stepped down with just a month to go before the country holds a court-ordered presidential election rerun. The southern African country must hold fresh polls after the Constitutional Court overturned the results of last year's controversial…
Summary of Latest Developments. With 20,000 deaths and more than 310,000 infections, Brazil is fast approaching Russia to become the world's second coronavirus hotspot, behind the United States. China will not set an annual growth target for 2020 as it tries to rebuild its economy in the wake of the…
Doorman Wilson Roosevelt Jerman is seen in 2004 in the White House in Washington, DC, the United States [Tina Hager/George W Bush Presidential Library/National Archives and Administration]. A former White House employee who served under 11 United States presidents died of COVID-19 this month, US media reported on Wednesday. Wilson…
The coronavirus pandemic has spread to at least 188 countries and territories, with the worldwide death toll from the virus surpassing 329,000. Among the five million cases recorded globally are government officials, celebrities and sports personalities as authorities around the world grapple to contain the spread of the virus. Many…
Summary of Latest Developments. Healthcare workers have started taking part in a trial of two anti-malarial drugs to see if they can prevent COVID-19, including one US President Donald Trump says he has been taking. The number of those infected with coronavirus in Africa has reached 95,201, the Africa Centres…
Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi has assured Parliament that the department is conducting the requisite due diligence as it disburses COVID-19 TERS Benefits to avoid processing fraudulent claims. The Minister made the assurance during a virtual Employment and Labour Portfolio Committee meeting on Wednesday. Suspicious claims, said the Minister,…
South Africa has recorded 30 new COVID-19 related deaths bringing the total number of deaths to 369 - this as the country’s cases rise to 19 137. “We wish to express our condolences to the loved ones of the deceased and thank the health care workers who treated these patients,”…
The level of awareness and compliance with the lockdown regulations in Gauteng have improved but areas in some townships remain a concern for government. Gauteng Premier David Makhura has attributed compliance with the regulations to the law enforcement agencies who have been conducting integrated operations across the province to enforce…
Photo Credit:Esa Alexander. Former president Jacob Zuma has lost his appeal against a high court ruling that he defamed ANC veteran Derek Hanekom. The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) in Bloemfontein, dismissed Zuma's appeal without it being heard, stating that there is no reasonable prospect of success in the appeal.…
Due to the current lockdown, citizens can expect a three-day blackout during the winter, a sizeable decrease from the envisaged 31 days of stage 1 load shedding. "We don't see any stage 2 or 3 during winter," Eskom's Generation Group Executive, Bheki Nxumalo, said on Thursday. According to Eskom’s Chief…
Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Photo: Twitter/@David_Makhura. The Provincial Command Council, led by Premier David Makhura gives an update on COVID-19 in Gauteng. Among other issues, the briefing updates on the comprehensive health response and the re-opening of schools in the province. Watch Live: PCC gives an update on COVID-19. Courtesy…
The Mahikeng Provincial Hospital has been decontaminated after a hospital doctor tested positive for COVID-19. North West Department of Health said that a total of 135 staff members have been tested for COVID-19 at the hospital, of which 73 test results came back negative with 28 results still pending. “As…
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has facilitated the repatriation by air of 5 239 South Africans stranded abroad. According to DIRCO Minister Naledi Pandor, hundreds more have also returned through the country's land borders. As several countries went into lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, an…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande was expected to hold a media briefing on matters pertaining to the COVID-19 lockdown in the higher education, science and innovation sector. The Department said with the guidance from the Government Communications, and in line with the National…
Photo Credit: GCIS. The National Assembly held its first hybrid sitting since the start of the national lockdown regulations due to the coronavirus pandemic. It said all political parties represented in the National Assembly have agreed on this method as part of enforcing the oversight constitutional obligation on the executive.…
File Photo. World Health Organisation (WHO) member states have signed a resolution that calls for COVID-19 vaccines to be classified as a global public good for health in order to bring the pandemic to an end. This follows China’s commitment made by President Xi Jinping during the two-day World Health…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that as of Wednesday, 20 May 2020, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa is 18,003. "Regrettably we report a further 27 Covid-19 related deaths – this brings the total national deaths to 339,"Mkhize said. "Sadly we have recorded…
The Unlimited is offering nurses, teachers, and police officers, FREE Personal Accident Cover for 12 months. Since the South African lockdown was officially put in place, public service workers such as nurses and police officers have been proving how selfless they are by reporting to work even when the risk…
A report has found that the outbreak of coronavirus disease at the Netcare St. Augustine’s Hospital in Durban, that led to the infection of at least 135 patients and staff the hospital complex and people in a nursing home, was caused by a single patient admitted to the facility’s emergency…
A Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) survey has revealed that 8.1% of its respondents lost jobs or closed businesses as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak. The survey, titled Wave 2, studied the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment and income in South Africa. Stats SA released the findings…
Photo Credit:Reuters. State-owned arms manufacturer,Denel had confirmed that it could not pay its staff their salaries at the end of this month. An internal memo from Denel group chief executive Danie du Toit has it that the state-owned defence and technology conglomerate has not been spared from the global pandemic.…
Plans to establish a field hospital to treat COVID-19 patients in Tshwane are underway. “We are finalising the details of a field hospital…it will be done. When we have a field hospital here [Rosslyn] it will not just be for the employees but will also assist the community in Soshanguve…
Photo Credit:Stock Photo. The Department of Water and Sanitation has called on water users in Gauteng to use water responsibly. In a statement on Wednesday, the department urged water users to be cognisant that the Vaal Dam is responsible for supplying water to households and businesses. This follows a concern…
Photo Credit: Delwyn Verasamy. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) said it will ask government for a review of its budget for this financial year, due to an expected steep shortfall in revenue as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. SABC GCEO Madoda Mxakwe says the company’s strategy was based…
File Photo. Department of Home Affairs announced that the collection of smart identity cards, birth registrations and temporary measures regulating entry and exit from South Africa for emergency medical attention are now open - under level 4 of the national Coronavirus lockdown. The department issued a directive outlining civic services…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will today engage leaders of political parties represented in Parliament to discuss the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic and matters related to the national lockdown. The virtual meeting will be the third consultative meeting the President will be holding with leaders of political parties…
Picture 123rf. More than two months after Egypt became the first country in Africa to confirm a coronavirus case, the outbreak has reached every nation on the continent of 1.2 billion people. As of May 20, the confirmed coronavirus death toll on the continent stood at 2,912, with fatalities including…
Photo Courtesy of the United Nations. Burundians have begun voting in their first competitive presidential election since a civil war erupted in 1993, with the election commission calling for a peaceful vote despite simmering political violence and the coronavirus pandemic. Burundians stood in long lines outside polling stations, which opened…
Summary of Latest Developments. The number of deaths in a single day reached a record in Brazil - the country with the world's third-biggest outbreak of coronavirus. World Health Organization (WHO) member states agreed on a review of the global pandemic response at a virtual meeting of the World Health…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa now has over 17 200 confirmed cases of the Covid-19. Mkhize said there were 767 new infections, taking the total cases to 17 200, while there were also 26 more deaths, taking the death toll to 312. "Sadly, Northern Cape has…
Image via: Twitter. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced on Tuesday that schools will reopen on 1 June 2020 with Grade7 and Grade 12 learners returning to the classroom. “Independent and public ordinary schools will open even in the metropolitan areas. Every school must adhere and observe the health and…
Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Photo: Twitter/@David_Makhura. Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the province will be easing the lockdown restrictions in June. Speaking during a virtual legislature sitting on Tuesday, Makhura said Gauteng will move to Level 3 at the beginning of June. South Africa has been in a state of…
Old Mutual have confirmed that one of its employees, Ameen Isaacs, passed away yesterday after recently testing positive for Covid-19. Ameen, who joined Old Mutual almost six years ago as an IT Support Specialist at Mutualpark, worked from home since the start of the national lockdown. His tragic passing is…
Seven South African Revenue Service (SARS) employees have tested positive for COVID-19. ‘‘The South African Revenue Service has learnt with concern, that as of yesterday, 18 May 2020, two additional positive COVID-19 instances among staff have been reported. This brings the total number of infections to 7 since the beginning…
Summary of Latest Developments. China has accused the United States of smearing Beijing and shirking responsibilities to the World Health Organization (WHO) after President Donald Trump threatened to pull out of the UN health body. Unemployment claims in Britain jumped by 69 percent last month as the coronavirus pandemic took…
Picture 123rf. The Free State government has identified 25 quarantine facilities to accommodate people who have had contact with COVID-19 patients. “We have 10 quarantine facilities that are state-owned whilst 15 are privately-owned. The rest will be announced once ready for occupation,” Free State Premier Sisi Ntombela said. Addressing a…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is expected to brief the media on Tuesday, to reveal preparations for the re-opening of schools amid the COVID-19 lockdown. Today's briefing is expected to outline proposed dates for the reopening of schools. The address was initially scheduled for last Thursday, before being…
Photo Credit:AFP. Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has formally resigned more than a week after his coalition government fell apart, in a move that could help end a long-running political crisis in the country. "I come before you today to announce that the work that you assigned me may not…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to participate in today’s virtual meeting of the African Union (AU) Contact Group of the High-Level Committee on Libya. The meeting is at the invitation of the President of the Republic of the Congo and Chairman of the AU High-Level Committee on Libya,…
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, has declared 136 priority human settlements and housing development areas (PHSHDAs) across the country. This delaration will enable residents to live closer to areas with economic activities. Sisulu said the intention is to ensure redress regarding the pre-1994 spatial plan, revitalising towns…
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has paid out over R14 billion in benefits to employees affected by the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. “The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), an entity of the Department of Employment and Labour, today processed and paid COVID-19 TERS [ Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme] relief payments to the…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases climbed to 16433. 918 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in SA in the past 24 hours. Western Cape remains the epicentre, with 10 035 cases. The province is followed by Gauteng with 2 343 cases…
Picture 123rf. Summary of Latest Developments. Iran has condemned unilateral US sanctions against its population as 'inhumane', while calling for global solidarity to fight against COVID-19. World leaders have spoken at the virtual meeting of the World Health Assembly, as many countries have called for an independent probe into the…
Photo Credit:AFP. Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has announced he will step down following months of pressure after he was named as a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife. He did not say when he would leave office but his party said a new premier would be sworn in…
President Cyril Ramaphosa who was addressing the virtual 73rd Session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) said that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of universal health coverage. The pandemic should propel countries to act with greater urgency to make it a reality. “In this final decade towards the…
The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has warned small, medium and macro enterprises (SMMEs) against fraudulent agencies purporting to be entities of the department. “It has come to the attention of the department that an unknown company is requesting food producers and agro-processors to send through proposal to an…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the virtual 73rd Session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), at the invitation of the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr Tedros Adhanom. The WHA is the supreme policy decision-making body of the WHO, governed by its 194 Member States and consisting…
In an effort to assist the economy to recover, the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) has called for the imminent Level 3 lockdown to be used as an opportunity to expand local production and greater consumption of South African-made goods. “As part of supporting the health system, NEDLAC…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has reiterated that the priority of the lockdown regulations remains that of saving lives,as government remains inundated by pending litigation challenging certain provisions of the Disaster Management Act. In his weekly online letter to the nation, the President said the State’s every decision is informed…
Minister Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza said more than 15 000 small-scale farmers have been approved for the COVID-19 Agricultural Disaster Fund. The Minister briefed the media on the outcome of the Agricultural Disaster Fund application process on Sunday. Didiza said that 55 155 applications were received…
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa has increased to 15 515 with 1 160 new cases identified within the last 24 hours. Three more people have died from Covid-19, bringing the total death count to 264. The Western Cape has contributed, in the past 24 hours, to…
Newzroom Afrika news channel on DSTV staff in Cape Town have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and quarantined at home. The latest development comes days after the death of eNCA cameraperson Lungile Tom (45) on Wednesday. Following his death, the eMedia Investments' Cape Town office was shut for a deep-clean and…
File Photo. DA Federal Executive resolved at a special meeting that the party's Elective Congress will be held, using a virtual platform, on 31 October 2020, despite the challenges posed by the Coronavirus pandemic. This is in line with the mandate of the Party’s Federal Council to hold an Elective…
Picture 123rf. The Department of Health has moved swiftly to crack down on dissent among the ranks of expert scientific advisors who criticised the Covid-19 lockdown over the last 48 hours. During an interview with News24 late on Saturday night Health Minister Zweli Mkhize defended the government's lockdown strategy and…
Summary of Latest Developments. Hossein Kazemi, secretary of the committee tackling the coronavirus outbreak in Iran, said that the Eid al-Fitr prayers will be held in open places and in all cities, adding that they will not take place where participation is likely to be intense. Burundi is pushing ahead…
Image via: flickr. Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza brief the media the outcome of the Agricultural Disaster Fund application process at 12:00. Watch Live: Minister Thoko Didiza briefing the Media. Courtesy of Government of South Africa.
Dr Clarence Mini will be laid to rest in Fourways on Sunday. He was the chairperson of the Council of Medical Schemes and died of a coronavirus related illness earlier this week after being in hospital for more than a month. The council lauded Mini for his contribution, saying that…
Photo Credit:United Nations secretary-general designate Antonio Guterres. Image: U.S Mission Photo. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is warning of the increasing vulnerability of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people during the COVID-19 pandemic on the International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. The U.N. chief said in a message marking…
Picture 123rf. Summary of Latest Developments. The Italian government passed a new decree to allow travel across the country, as well as to and from other European countries starting on June 3.The daily death toll dipped to its lowest since March 9. India's confirmed number of infections overtook that of…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 14,355 confirmed cases of coronavirus in South Africa. This is an increase of 831 cases from the 13,524 cases reported yesterday. The Eastern Cape and Western Cape combined comprised 91% of the 831 new cases. Mkhize said that the total…
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