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The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) has called on councillors and municipal officials to work with other spheres of government as well as stakeholders to ensure strict adherence to the regulations aimed at containing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). “It is only through these means that we can…
Image:GCIS. African Union (AU) Chair, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has backed the efforts of the World Health Organisation and called for international solidarity against the COVID-19 pandemic. “In appreciation of these efforts, the African Union extends its unwavering support to the WHO and its Director-General. The AU calls upon the international…
There are now more than 1.5 million confirmed cases of coronavirus cross the world, with the United States and the United Kingdom suffering the highest number of deaths in a single day since the outbreak began. But in countries including South Korea and New Zealand, there is evidence that lockdowns,…
The labour court refused to allow Nehawu withdraw its urgent case over protective gear for health workers. Instead Judge Benita Whitcher dismissed the case, said she would give reasons at a later stage. Her decision followed arguments from Health Minister Zweli Mkhize and Western Cape health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo —…
Image:GCIS. Health minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country is now 1,845, an increase of 96 from the previously reported cases. Five new deaths were reported, bring the country's total death toll from the coronavirus to 18. The Eastern…
Telkom have confirmed the number of employees who had chosen to take voluntary retrenchment packages. The operator confirmed that a total of 2,364 employees have opted for voluntary severance and voluntary early retirement packages. The employees are from Telkom’s Consumer Division, Openserve, and Yellow Pages. The company offered the packages…
National Treasury has called on compliant essential personal protective equipment (PPEs) suppliers to direct their offers to the department’s Project Management Office (PMO). This comes as countries around the globe scramble to secure scarce medical equipment to fight the virus, which has already killed over 83 000 people worldwide. PPE…
The Department of Water and Sanitation is going ahead with the provision of water to under-resourced communities. Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, last month directed all the department’s provincial offices and water entities to ensure that all communities, especially those in the rural areas and informal settlements,…
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has provided a solution to temporary disability grants which lapsed or expired in March 2020. The lapse resulted in some beneficiaries not being paid their grants. “The payment file for April 2020 payments was extracted before the 21 days lockdown was announced, meaning…
The South African government has welcomed the arrest of a 55-year-old male suspect for allegedly circulating a misleading video clip on COVID-19 test kits. The suspect appeared before a Western Cape court on Tuesday. In a statement, government said the suspect has been charged in terms of the Disaster Management…
Image:GCIS. The public broadcaster and the Department of Basic Education have launched a COVID-19 learner support initiative in an effort to limit the impact of the lockdown on the school calendar. The multimedia learner support initiative, the SABC and the DBE said in a joint statement, is part of the…
@Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. President Cyril Ramaphosa has placed the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, on special leave for violating lockdown regulations. This follows the revelation on social media that the Minister had recently visited the home of a friend, who hosted a lunch, contrary to the lockdown regulations.…
Wuhan began allowing people to leave on Wednesday for the first time since the central Chinese city was sealed off 76 days ago to contain the coronavirus that first emerged there late last year. But as China's outbreak eases, the pandemic is deepening in other parts of the world. In…
Image:GCIS. Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has condemned the raping and murder of women during the national lockdown period. This follows two reported cases of murder over the past weekend. A Willowvale woman was found murdered in her home last Friday, with…
Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has issued Directions for Small Micro and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMMEs) operating grocery stores, including corner shops, spaza shops and fruit and vegetable stores. “The Minister would like to point out that in terms of the recently gazetted Directions, grocery stores which include corner…
@Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. President Cyril Ramaphosa has once again emphasised the importance of social distancing in the fight against COVID-19 in South Africa. He has called on South Africans to abide by the regulations that have been published by government during the 21-day lockdown and to take the virus seriously. “In…
The Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 1 749. “There is also another death, bringing the total to 13 deaths. It was a male who had stage 4 prostate cancer at Parklands Hospital. We convey our condolences to the family of the…
Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and Robben Island increased visitor numbers in December 2018. Image: Cape Town Tourism. The Department of Tourism has encouraged eligible businesses to apply for the COVID-19 Tourism Relief Fund. The R200 million Tourism Relief Fund has been established as an intervention to mitigate against the impact…
Japan is expected to announce a state of emergency later on Tuesday amid a spike in coronavirus cases, as Singapore began a partial lockdown and other countries extended stay-at-home orders to curb the spread of the disease. In the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was diagnosed with coronavirus late…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced this evening that the country now has 1686 confirmed Covid-19 cases and 12 confirmed deaths as a result of the coronavirus. This is an increase of 31 on Sunday's 1 655 confirmed cases and 11 confirmed deaths. In the statement, the Minister said that he…
A message from Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize on South Africa’s latest efforts to flatten the curve and contain the spread of Covid-19. “Each one of us must make this a personal fight to save our nation, Stay calm, focused and courageous. Stay at home.Practice hygiene and distancing.Together, we will…
Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza. Picture: YouTube screengrab. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development will from Wednesday, 8 April, accept applications from distressed small-scale farmers, who need financial relief from the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19). This follows last week's announcement of the…
South African Airways (SAA) has concluded an agreement with the Brazilian government to charter a flight to return Brazilian nationals back to their home country today. “SAA has concluded an agreement with the Brazilian government to charter a SAA flight to return Brazilian nationals to Sao Paulo on 6 April,”…
Traditional Health Practitioners (THPs) are joining government efforts to fight COVID-19 (Coronavirus). This commitment was made during a meeting held between government and the THPs National Sector Leaders over the weekend. This as the number of those infected with the virus, climbed to 1 655, with 11 confirmed deaths on…
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has appealed to municipalities throughout the country to refrain from abruptly cutting water supply to residents. This she said, deprives residents of their basic human right of access to clean water. The Minister’s appeal comes after the department received thousands of frantic…
The UK's Queen Elizabeth II urged people to rise to the challenge posed by the coronavirus outbreak, in a rare special address to the UK [Buckingham Palace/AFP]. Queen Elizabeth II has thanked healthcare workers on the front line of the fight against the coronavirus and told the British people they…
The United States entered one of the most critical weeks so far in the coronavirus crisis with government officials warning the death toll in states such as New York, Michigan and Louisiana was a sign of trouble to come in other states. "This is going to be the hardest and…
@Trevornoah. Daily Show host Trevor Noah said he has been receiving death threats for interviewing American billionaire Bill Gates about the initiatives his foundation has funded in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. This comes after News24 reported on Saturday that Gates proposed to test a “vaccine” in Africa, which…
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been admitted to a hospital with the coronavirus. He was taken to a London hospital on Sunday evening with "persistent symptoms" - including a temperature. It is said to be a "precautionary step" taken on the advice of his doctor. The prime minister remains…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that as of Sunday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 1 655, with 11 confirmed deaths. The Minister said this is an increase of 70 cases from the previous update issued on Saturday. Gauteng remains the province with the highest number of…
The North West Department of Health has taken a decision to put all confirmed COVID-19 patients and their contacts under its supervision to avoid further spread of the virus. The decision was made after a COVID-19 patient from Bloemhof could not be found at home and had to be tracked…
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II arrives to attend the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in London on March 9. In a rare address to the nation on Sunday, the queen plans to exhort Britons to rise to the challenge of the coronavirus pandemic. Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP The Queen will address…
Image:Sunday Times. Police Minister Bheki Cele has welcomed the reduction in serious and violent crimes during the lockdown to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement issued on Sunday, Cele said indications were this was due to, among others, the prohibition of the sale and movement of liquor since the…
The South African Police Services (SAPS) have arrested a 23-year-old man in Pretoria for allegedly contravening the Regulations of the Disaster Management Act 2002. The suspect is likely to face charges of at least contravening Regulation 11B of the Disaster Management Act 2002. This as South Africans observe the tenth…
Image:Skynews. Queen Elizabeth has recorded a televised address on the coronavirus Buckingham Palace said. "Her Majesty The Queen has recorded a special broadcast to the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak," the palace said in a statement. The address, which was recorded at Windsor Castle,…
The law enforcement agencies have called on communities and various organisations to refrain from taking the law into their own hands to enforce the Disaster Management Regulations. The NatJOINTS, which comprises of various government departments, is responsible for the coordination of the COVID-19 operations, including high density policing operations, border…
US President Donald Trump has warned the United State cases in the country surged past 300,000. "There will be a lot of death, unfortunately," he told reporters at the White House on Saturday. "This will be probably the toughest week - between this week and next week."This will be probably…
Image:GCIS. The Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country had risen to 1,585. There's an increase of 80 new cases from previously reported cases. The Minister said that SA now has a total of 9 confirmed deaths associated with Covid-19. Eastern…
Image:AFP. The Presidential Coordinating Council (PCC) meeting, convened by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday, assessed progress and challenges on the implementation of the lockdown. The virtual meeting also kick-started engagements between national and provincial governments towards an economic recovery strategy. Co-chaired by Deputy President David Mabuza, the PCC is composed…
The death toll from the new coronavirus in Italy rose by 681 to 15,362, while the number of patients in intensive care fell for the first time. New York state's coronavirus toll has risen at a devastating pace to 3,565 deaths, up from 2,935 the previous day, the largest 24-hour…
Image Supplied. The African Union (AU) Member States have called for international cooperation and support for medical supplies and equipment to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. “Lifesaving supplies, including PPEs [personal protective equipment] masks, gowns, and ventilators and other support devices are urgently needed,” said the AU Bureau in a statement.…
Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister, Blade Nzimande, encouraged TVET college students, who have come out of quarantine, to become ambassadors of the effectiveness of the COVID-19 lockdown. “You are the best evangelists of a lockdown because you, above anyone else, have seen that a lockdown does work. I urge…
Iran's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has climbed to 3,452, with 158 more fatalities recorded over the past 24 hours, Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpur said. Meanwhile, according to local media reports, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is set to extend the state of emergency in the country by…
Image:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa is currently chairing a virtual Presidential Coordinating Council (PCC) meeting from his private residence in Johannesburg. “The virtual meeting takes place during the 21-day National Lockdown, where citizens are expected to stay at home to curb the spread of Coronavirus,” said the Presidency this morning. Co-chaired…
The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has launched an investigation into allegations of some mining houses not adhering to the COVID-19 National State of Disaster regulations. This comes after the department received complaints from employees of the said mining houses, said Minister Gwede Mantashe during a ministerial press briefing.…
Image:GCIS. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) has welcomed at least 16 South Africans, who were stranded in Dubai and Doha, respectively, who have been successfully repatriated. DIRCO said the group arrived in South Africa on Thursday, 2 April 2020. Their return follows the relaxation of the State…
YouTube Screengrab. Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola has appointed Justice Catherine (Kate) O'Regan as the COVID-19 Designated Judge. Government will report on a weekly basis to the former Constitutional Court Justice the particulars of those who have been traced using cell phone data. The move is aimed at…
The death toll in Europe has surged to around 40,000, while in the United States the number of deaths hit more than 7,000, bringing the number of deaths worldwide to more than 58,000, according to the data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The number of cases continues to rise, with…
Image:St Augustine Hospital Facebook Page. Dr Richard Friedland, the CEO of the Netcare Group, said three people have died of Covid-19 at Saint Augustine's Hospital in Durban. "In the last 72 hours, three patients have tragically passed away from Covid-19 at Netcare St Augustine's Hospital. We extend our most sincere…
Image:GCIS. Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni,said during a ministerial press briefing over 81 000 COVID-19-hit small, medium and macro enterprises (SMMEs) have already registered to be on the SMME SA database. The department on the 2nd of April opened applications for the Debt Relief Fund and Business Growth Facility…
Health Deputy Minister Joe Phaahla announced during a ministerial press briefing that government would be getting stock of protective gear from this weekend and early next week. The health worker unions have been putting pressure on government to provide health care workers with personal protective equipment (PPE), with Nehawu threatening…
Founder of the Freedom Front Plus general Constand Viljoen. Picture: Picture: Twitter/@GroenewaldPJ. The former commander of the South African Defence Force and co-founder of the Freedom Front, General Constand Viljoen has died at the age of 86. "I can confirm that General Viljoen has died on his farm in Ohrigstad…
Image:GCIS. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that as of today there are now 1 505 positive cases of COVID-19, an increase of 43 new cases from Thursday. “We also want to report that there are 2 more deaths from KwaZulu-Natal. An 80-year-old male and 81-year-old female,” said Minister Mkhize,…
@Transnet. Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has confirmed that the Queen Mary 2 passenger vessel has departed the Port of Durban after refuelling and the disembarkation of six South African crew members. The ship had been positioned outside the port since 27 March 202, after requesting clearance to berth to…
Police Minister Bheki Cele has turned down a sanitiser donation by Afriforum as it did not go through Treasury Regulations. This comes after media reports this week indicated the SAPS in Gauteng had refused to accept a donation of hand sanitisers from the organisation. While this was a leaked official…
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that in the next few days the world will reach one million confirmed cases of COVID-19. WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that over the past five weeks, the world has witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new…
Power Utility,Eskom has restored power supply in Meadowlands, Orlando East and West, Nomzamo, Diepkloof and other parts of Soweto. This is as a result of outages caused by technical faults and network overloading. The power utility conducted essential maintenance to repair the faults and subsequently restored power in all the…
The number of coronavirus infections continue to rise worldwide, with more than 1,013,000 people diagnosed, as the death toll surpassed 53,000, including almost 6,000 in the United States, according to the data from Johns Hopkins University early on Friday. The coronavirus pandemic death toll in Spain passed 10,000 on Thursday,…
Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Services Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has assured South Africans that contact tracing in COVID-19 cases will not be used to spy on citizens. “When we say we are going to use cell phone numbers, it doesn’t meant we are going take anybody’s number. Those that test…
@EFFSouthAfrica. Mandisa Mashego has confirmed that she has resigned as the chairperson of the EFF in Gauteng and as the head of the EFF caucus at the Gauteng provincial legislature. She resigned and handed in her resignation letters to the party in February and has so far served a two…
Image:AFP. South Africa marked day 7 of its 21-day national lockdown, government has announced revised regulations that govern this phase – all in a bid to flatten the Coronavirus infection curve. South Africa now has 1 462 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with five recorded deaths. Two other deaths are yet…
Image:GCIS. The coronavirus national command council appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation tonight at 6pm on the revised lockdown regulations. Earlier on Thursday, government instructed people wishing to leave town for a funeral under the lockdown to get a permit first from a magistrate or…
Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) have put in place new regulations governing who may attend a funeral under the Coronavirus-enforced lockdown. Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has gazetted further amendments to the regulations on the COVID-19 lockdown in order to flatten the infection curve. The amendments allow…
The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, has appealed to municipalities and private property owners to suspend evictions during the current lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Minister and senior management of the Department of Human Settlements had a video conference meeting with leaders…
@SAFTU The SA Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has tested positive for Covid-19. He told ENCA during an interview that he had no idea how he was exposed to the novel coronavirus. “All I had was a flu from Friday and it got worse by Saturday…
Ministry of Transport confirmed that a passenger that arrived in a private charter aircraft at OR Tambo International Airport has not been allowed to disembark. “At approximately 12:30pm on Wednesday, a private charter aircraft landed at OR Tambo International Airport from Harare, Zimbabwe, with one passenger on board,” said the…
Gallo Images. The South African Office of the Military Ombud has assured citizens that it remains open to assist those who feel aggrieved by the conduct of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in the execution of their duties. “We noted that the Department of Defence released a statement…
The power utility,Eskom has announced that it will double maintenance work at its plants. “With the COVID-19 national lockdown in full effect, Eskom has experienced a significant reduction in demand for electricity. Electricity usage has dropped by between 7 500MW and 9 000MW since the lockdown came into effect last…
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has rescinded the directions allowing 100% loading capacity for taxis with immediate effect. The decision follows concerns raised about the 100% loading capacity and the utilisation of masks as a mitigation measure. “The public was without comfort with these measures and urged that we reconsider. After…
Image:AFP. Spain,United Kingdom and the United States have all reported the highest number of deaths in a single day since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The US recorded 884 coronavirus deaths, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. It has also confirmed more than 213,000 cases of the…
The Duduza Clinic has been closed indefinitely after a nurse tested positive for COVID-19. The nurse had attended a prayer breakfast at the Divine Restoration Ministries in Bloemfontein and prayer breakfast took place before the 100 people gathering limit was imposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa on March 15. According to…
Image:AFP. The coronavirus death toll in the UK has risen by 563 in the last 24 hours, a record jump that brought the number of patients who died in hospital to 2,352. The announcement came as Spain recorded its highest daily death toll - another 864 people - while infections…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has launched 67 mobile units which will be used for Covid-19 sampling and testing in Sandringham, Johannesburg. The National Health Laboratory Services, which previously had seven units at its disposal, procured 60 new units in response to the dire need for increased coronavirus testing. The mobile…
Image:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Education, Kwazi Mshengu, have conveyed their condolences to the family of the teacher who passed away as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The 45-year-old teacher from Platt Drive Primary in Isipingo passed away on Tuesday after testing positive several…
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced revised regulations that call on the taxi industry to among others, reduce the number of passengers ferried per ride during the 21-day nationwide lockdown, implemented to curb the spread of COVID-19. He addressed the media at the Noord Taxi Rank on Wednesday, shortly after…
Image:AP. Ethiopia has postponed parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for August due to the coronavirus outbreak,the electoral commission has announced. The August polls had been seen as a key test of the reformist agenda of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in what was once one of the continent's most repressive nations.…
Justice and Correctional Services minister, Ronald Lamola, has announced strict regulations to govern how courts will operate during the nationwide lockdown. The regulations published in the government gazette are part of broader efforts aimed at combating the spread of the coronavirus. The regulations include restricting access to courts. Only persons…
Image:BrandSA. KwaZulu-Natal social grant payments a success despite teething problems experienced in some areas during the first two days set aside to pay social grants to older people and people with disabilities. The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) brought the social grants payment dates forward and set aside 30…
Image: Gallo Images. Premier Soccer League chairman Dr Irvin Khoza has paid tribute to the mother of former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana star Doctor Khumalo, who passed away this week. Khoza said South African football was grateful for the role played by Mable Khumalo in not only nurturing her…
A YouTube screengrab of SA virologist Professor Gita Ramjee. Tributes have been pouring in from around the world for internationally acclaimed scientist, academic and women's rights campaigner Prof Gita Ramjee who died in a Durban hospital of Covid-19 complications on Tuesday. The institute shared the news of Ramjee's death in…
Image:AFP. The United Nations chief has warned the coronavirus pandemic is the "worst crisis" to face the world since World War II, as the number of dead in the United States surpassed that in China and hard-hit countries in Europe reported their highest death tolls in a single day. The…
Image:GCIS. Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize said that the country has registered five COVID-19 deaths but the rate of new cases seems to have reduced for now. The number of confirmed cases now stands at 1 353 up from 1 326 on Monday. The Minister said the latest death was…
In a statement issued earlier today,government said it has noted the uncertainty with regard to the 2018 public service wage agreement ahead of the 1 April 2020 pay day. This comes after Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced in the Budget Speech in February that government will adjust the wage bill…
Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe has visited three mines to monitor compliance with the country’s 21-day national lockdown. The Minister used the visits to the three collieries in Mpumalanga to assess the implementation of the directive and guiding principles issued by the department to all mines on how…
Minister of Small Business Development, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. Photo: GCIS. Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has unveiled wide-ranging financing interventions for COVID-19-hit Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) and businesses in the informal sectors during a social cluster media briefing on Tuesday. The interventions, including a Debt Relief Financing Scheme…
@Fikilembalula. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced that talks are continuing with the taxi industry on crucial matters, including the possible introduction of a subsidy for the sector. Speaking at a media briefing held at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) head office in Pretoria, the Minister said a…
Image:GCIS. The Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the confirmed cases of Covid-19 had risen to 1,353 after 39,500 tests were conducted and four people have died. He said that there was still huge pressure on lab services to do tests. “The rate of increase in the numbers is…
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor said over 1000 South Africans are stranded in various countries around the world. “The most recent data that we have suggests that we may have 1 471 South Africans stranded across the world. Of this number, 723 are students, 204 people who are…
The Department of Home Affairs says during the lockdown, all of its offices will open from 10h00 to 14h00, Monday to Friday, except those offices that are located in Thusong Centres. The department says only limited services are being offered, namely: issuing of temporary identity certificates, issuing of death certificates…
The Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) has cancelled fraudulent certificates allowing companies to trade as essential services during the 21-day national lockdown. ”Businesses in the CIPC database that are not eligible to continue operations during the lockdown have had their certificates cancelled and will be handed over to the…
Image:GCIS. The Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has urged citizens to play their part in ensuring heightened care and access to information for people with disabilities during the 21-day COVID-19 enforced lockdown. In a statement,the department said people with disabilities are among…
Today is officially the day that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, step down as senior members of the British royal family. The couple are now said to now be living in the Los Angeles area, but will divide their time between the UK and…
South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Edward Kieswetter. Picture: @sarstax/Twitter. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has paid out R2.4 billion to taxpayers in refunds since the commencement of the COVID-19 enforced lockdown on 26 March. In a statement, the revenue collector said this was in an effort to balance…
The US might toughen movement restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus, with the country now reporting twice the number of cases as China where the outbreak began late last year. US President Donald Trump told the media that guidelines on social distancing - encouraging people not to gather in…
Image:AFP. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published guidelines to help countries balance the demands of responding directly to COVID-19, while maintaining essential health services. The guidelines are an effort by WHO to ensure that while health systems across the globe deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, vaccine-preventable deaths and treatable…
Image:GCIS. Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, has called for harsh action against the men who raped and murdered a woman after allegedly posing as soldiers deployed for the 21-day lockdown. “I am deeply concerned about criminals who take advantage of the national lockdown to rob and…
Image:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa was addressing the nation on Monday for the first time since he declared the National State of Disaster to combat the pandemic. His address comes as South Africa went into a nation-wide lockdown for the first time in the history of its democracy last Thursday at…
Image: GCIS. The address by the President follows a meeting of the National Command Council yesterday, 29 March 2020, which assessed the efficacy of the national lockdown which came into effect on Thursday 26 March 2020. The President’s televised address will be at 19h30. Courtesy of SABC.
Image:GCIS. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, has condemned any form of abuse committed by soldiers during the 21-day nationwide lockdown. The Minister’s remarks follow various allegations of abuse by members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) deployed in support of government efforts to contain the…
The Gauteng Health Department has confirmed a COVID-19 case in Alexandra, Johannesburg. “The confirmed case, was tested and was instructed to remain under self-isolation while awaiting results,” said the department on Monday. According to the provincial department, the man who has tested and was subsequently found to be infected with…
Business for South Africa’s Public Health Workgroup is calling on all companies, especially those in lockdown, to urgently divert their stocks of personal protective equipment (PPE) for use in the national healthcare sector. The PPE is critically needed to protect frontline doctors and healthcare workers and to keep them healthy…
DStv will launch a new pop-up channel catering for various Christianity groupings,in response to a call from the Communications and Digital Technologies Department to assist the religious sector during the lockdown. The channel, named Africa Easter Channel, is expected to launch on Good Friday, on 9 April 2020. The Africa…
Social grant payments for the elderly and people with disabilities is in full swing as South Africa enters Day 4 of the 21-day lockdown to curb COVID-19. In preparation for the lockdown, social security agency - SASSA - announced that grants for the elderly and people with disabilities will be…
US President Donald Trump has extended federal guidelines on social distancing until April 30 after a top health official warned more than 100,000 people could die from the coronavirus in the United States. The announcement on Sunday evening came as the death toll in hard-hit New York state passed 1,000.…
Image:@FikileMbalula. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has amended the public transport rules under the National State of Disaster. Under the current lockdown aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19, public modes of transport are allowed to operate from 5am - 9am and again from 4pm - 8pm. As of Monday, 30…
The Minister of Health,Zweli Mkhize, has announced that South Africa has recorded the second death resulting from Coronavirus. "It is with sadness that we announce the second death of a patient, who had tested positive for COVID-19. The 74-year-old male had been in ICU and ventilation in a private hospital…
Image: David Mabuza via Twitter. Deputy President David Mabuza has tested negative for Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Presidency said. Mabuza made a call to traditional leaders and all South Africans to get tested, should they experience symptoms associated with the virus. This includes instances where they may have recently travelled to…
Western Cape premier Alan Winde announced on Sunday that Khayelitsha has recorded its first Covid-19 coronavirus case. The informal township has a population nearing 400,000 people. As of 00h01 on March 29, the Western Cape had recorded 310 Covid-19 infections, the premier said. The premier said that response teams are…
The Gauteng Provincial Government Command Council gives an update on the adherence to the nationwide lockdown. The number of confirmed COVID-19 positive cases has increased to 1187. The Department of Health confirmed the latest figures on Saturday. Gauteng remains in the lead with the highest number of infections standing at…
The North West House of Traditional Leaders has suspended all initiation schools and related activities until further notice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. “In light of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, which led to President Cyril Ramaphosa declaring a 21-day national lock down, the North West House of Traditional…
Image: Gallo Images. The Department of Defence and Military Veterans has called up members from the Reserve Force to complement the already deployed soldiers in the fight against Coronavirus (COVID-19). The call comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa deployed South African National Defence Force (SANDF) members to assist the country to…
Image:You Tube screen grab. President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared the Ranch Resort a green zone after everyone, who had been placed under quarantine there, has tested negative for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The group of 112 citizens was placed under quarantine at the Ranch Resort in Polokwane from 14 March 2020 after…
President Cyril Ramaphosa, together with Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize, is seeing off the 112 South African Citizens that were placed under quarantine at a Limpopo resort from 14 March 2020. This after they were repatriated from Wuhan in the Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China following the…
Image:AFP. South Africa will participate in the Public Health Emergency Solidarity Trial, which has been initiated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to conduct a clinical trial to find an effective COVID-19 treatment. “WHO has convened an independent group of experts to review evidence from laboratory, animal and clinical studies…
Mali president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Picture: AFP. Malians are headed to the polls on Sunday for a long-delayed parliamentary election just hours after the country recorded its first coronavirus death. The parliamentary election has been delayed several times since 2018, mostly over security concerns. But Mali's government said it will…
US President Donald Trump has backed away from imposing a quarantine in the New York area,instead directing that a "strong travel advisory" be issued for the region to limit the spread of the new coronavirus. The announcement on Twitter came late on Saturday as criticism grew over Trump's earlier call…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has hit 1,187 – an increase of 17 cases from Friday’s report. He said that the increase in results does not indicate a reduction in the number of infections, but merely a reflection of…
SABC has confirmed that another employee has tested positive for the coronavirus. This second case is from its Johannesburg office. The Public Broadcaster said the employee is currently hospitalised and the affected worker’s colleagues are already working from home as part of contingency plans. The news comes as another SABC…
Photo: Linda Mnisi / Twitter. Plans to reunite the 114 South African citizens repatriated from Wuhan City in China with their families are underway, as their 14-day quarantine period has ended. Addressing a media briefing, in Tshwane, Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, said the Department of Health…
A team of experts are working on creating a range of data warehouses, including the current geographic spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) current cases, health vulnerabilities and location of health and other facilities, among other things. This work is being done by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)…
Government has identified 17 land parcels for resettlement purposes for people who stay in informal settlements should the need arise, as the country deals with the spread of COVID-19. “Of these, 13 land parcels are state-owned and four pieces of land parcels are privately owned. We have already started preparing…
Eskom has donated it’s Academy of Learning centre in Midrand to the government to be used as a coronavirus quarantine site. The facility, which has 416 beds and other facilities, will be used to accommodate guests of the government who have to undergo a period of quarantine and observation for…
Image:The Giving Pledge. The Motsepe Family in partnership with companies and organisations that they are associated with, have pledged R1 billion to assist with the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and its related challenges that are confronting South Africa and the African Continent. These companies and organisations are: Motsepe Foundation Sanlam…
The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus in the United States hit more than 104,000 early on Saturday, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally, with the number of fatalities surpassing 1,700, pushing the global death toll up to 27,360. Meanwhile,Italy,announced 919 new deaths from the coronavirus, the…
Government has deployed a total of 22 347 traffic officers across the country, to ensure compliance with the published Regulations and Directions for the 21-day nationwide lockdown. South Africa went on lockdown on Friday in response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. “Our National Traffic Police are working closely…
Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel has urged retailers to manage crowds and queues at their establishments, so as to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). With reports and footage of crowded grocery stores in some parts of the country - even as the country has entered lockdown and is…
The number of COVID-19 deaths in South Africa has been revised down from two to one mortality, after a subsequent investigation found that one patient was negative for the virus. Earlier on Friday, the Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said South Africa had recorded its first two deaths. The cases…
Bheki Cele. Picture:Sunday Times. Police have arrested 55 people on a largely successful operation, on the first day of a nationwide 21-day lockdown, Police Minister Bheki Cele said. “We had a good night, [it was] a success. Many South Africans had a very good will, our phones were abuzz with…
Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu has confirmed that there are now 1 170 cases of Coronavirus in the country. South Africa has reported two coronavirus-related cases, but presidency minister Jackson Mthembu said the second death is “suspect”. He said health minister Zweli Mkhize will update the nation at a…
South Africa has recorded its first two deaths attributed to COVID-19 while the number of confirmed cases has risen over 1,000. The country has been in a state of lockdown for 14 hours. The Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize, Police Minister Bheki Cele and other ministers representing the national command…
Image:@RevMeshoe. Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, the leader of the African Christian Democratic Party, has tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement, the party confirmed that the reverend and ACDP MP Steve Swart had tested positive for virus. “Rev Meshoe displays no symptoms and remains in good health. Swart, who has experienced…
A group of 60 German tourists has been placed under quarantine after one of them tested positive for COVID-19, said the Gauteng Health Department. In a statement, the department said the group is now at a health facility in the province. The development comes on the same the day the…
Photo: GCIS. South Africa came under a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown on Friday, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus across the continent. Some 57 million people are to be restricted to their homes during the three-week total lockdown…
Image:IStock. The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has expressed concern at the manner in which some media houses are engaging with inmates, using illegal means to spread false and misleading information. “This is totally unacceptable and very disturbing as the country is mobilising all its resources in the fight against…
Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize,have announced that two people have died as a result of Coronavirus (COVID-19). “This morning, we wake South Africans up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19,” Mkhize said in a statement on Friday. The deaths occurred in the…
The confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has risen by 218 - bringing the total number of cases to 927. The Ministry of Health released the latest figures on Thursday afternoon. Gauteng has the highest number of cases with 409 people testing positive for the virus. The Western Cape has…
Image:GCIS. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has called on members of the public to desist from spreading false information about when the schools will re-open and on any other matter. “There is no truth to what has been circulated on social media about schools re-opening in September. Please ignore it,”…
Image:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that there are now more than 900 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in SA. Ramaphosa made the announcement during his virtual G20 Summit address in Pretoria on Thursday. "We now have more than 900 people infected, as the minister told me, and we…
The United States has registered more than 1,000 COVID-19 deaths as the country confirmed more than 69,000 cases. The US Senate passed a sweeping $2 trillion measure to aid workers, businesses, and the healthcare system. It has gone back to the lower house for approval. Meanwhile, United Nations chief Antonio…
Image:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has invited all South Africans to take part in a National Day of Prayer wherever they are, in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The President made the call on the eve of the 21-day national lockdown, which will start at midnight on Thursday. Following discussions with religious…
AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa - Image: Rex. President Cyril Ramaphosa,in his capacity as the African Union Chair will on Thursday host a teleconference with the members of the AU Bureau to coordinate the continent’s approach to the Coronavirus pandemic. “The consultation is aimed at developing a common response of…
The World Health Organisation(WHO) has called on all countries who have introduced “lockdown” measures to use this time to attack the Coronavirus. To slow the spread of COVID-19, many countries have introduced unprecedented measures at significant social and economic cost – closing schools and businesses, cancelling sporting events and asking…
Image:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). “The President submitted for testing as a precautionary measure upon the advice of his physicians on Tuesday and received his results last night,” the Presidency said in a statement on Thursday. As Head of State and Chair of…
South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago. Picture: @SAReserveBank/Twitter. The SA Reserve Bank has announced additional measures to add liquidity to the financial system, including a further expansion of refinancing operations and a programme to buy government securities in the secondary market. As the Covid-19 global pandemic impacts on SA,…
Image:GCIS. Arts and Culture sets aside R150 million for relief: The Arts and Culture Department has reprioritised its budget allocation from Quarter One to avail over R150 million to provide much needed relief to practitioners in the sector. “The allocated funds will be utilised to render various forms of support…
The Gauteng Provincial Government has announced wide ranging plans and interventions to stop the spread of COVID-19. Premier David Makhura said the province had adopted a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach which will proactively involve significant actors within the province to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. These plans include the establishment…
Department of Higher Education has established a task team for stakeholders in the post school and education training sector. “We have established a COVID-19 Team comprising of Universities South Africa (USAF), South African College Principals Organisation (SACPO), Higher Health and Health Experts to coordinate sector response and collate institutional case…
Government has unveiled employment related plans expected to soften the blow of the COVID-19 countrywide lockdown, on workers and firms. During the lockdown, which will come into effect on Thursday midnight until midnight 16 April, only essential services will be able to perform work as normal. “A large cohort of…
India's 1.3 billion people have joined the global lockdown triggered by the outbreak as the World Health Organization (WHO) expressed concern at the acceleration of the pandemic in the United States. Germany recorded 4,191 new cases of the coronavirus and 36 more deaths, raising the total number of infections to …
Rights Group Women and Men Against Child Abuse said they were disappointed that former Tennis star Bob Hewitt would be released before completing his six-year sentence. The groups Ngaa Murombedzi said: “It’s a step backwards in terms of getting justice for victims of historical cases of child sexual abuse.” She…
Twenty-nine areas have been identified for de-densification in an effort to combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). Outlining her department’s interventions to curb the spread of COVID-19 at a media briefing in Tshwane on Tuesday, Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, warned that if the virus reaches densely…
South African Airways (SAA) will suspend all its domestic flights with effect from Friday, 27 March 2020. “The decision came after government announced a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days aimed at combatting the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19),” it said in a statement on Tuesday. The decision follows President Cyril…
Cabinet ministers responsible for safety and justice will outline their plans for the 21-day nationwide lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of a 21 day lockdown will severely affect mobility in the maritime, aviation, rail and road transportation sectors. The Ministers will provide details on the implementation strategy of the President’s…
Image:Credo Mutwa Foundation. Traditional healer Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa has died and His Foundation confirmed the passing of the 98-year-old. Mutwa was renowned for his prophecies. He was born in Zululand on the 21st July 1921.Raised by his father’s brother,and he was taken to the South Coast of Natal (present day…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 has increased to 709 cases over night. The number increased with new 155 cases from Tuesday's tally of 554. Mkhize said the most increases were in Gauteng where there are 64 new cases.The Western Cape recorded…
South African businesses and members of the general public on the edge of financial ruin due to the COVID-19 outbreak will breathe a sigh of relief after South African banks agreed to implement debt relief measures. This comes after the banks agreed to government interventions, which will see competition laws…
FILE: In this file photo taken on 29 June 2018 Cameroon jazz saxophonist Manu Dibango performs during a concert at the Ivory Hotel in Abidjan. Picture: AFP. The African saxophone legend Manu Dibango has died in Paris after catching coronavirus. Dibango - best known for his 1972 hit Soul Makossa…
Eskom says the possibility that it might be implementing load shedding still remains as the power generation system is constrained and vulnerable. “We are currently utilising minimal emergency generation reserves to supplement supply. We remind the public, however, that Eskom may have to implement load shedding at short notice should…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the number of Covid-19 cases has risen to 554. He said the department had recorded an increase of 152 new Covid-19 cases. Mkhize said anyone who refuses to be isolated when they test positive for Covid-19 will have their names published to warn…
The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says it supports the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa 15 March to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country. It says it supports appropriate and evidence-based measures to deal with the spread of the virus. “Mitigation strategies are proving key in addressing…
An inter-ministerial committee is currently briefing the media on details of government interventions following President Ramaphosa's announcement of the 21 day lockdown in South Africa amid spread of COVID-19. Ministers in the Economic Cluster unpack Government Measures to combat Coronavirus. Watch the Live Feed Here. Courtesy of SABC.
The British government has announced strict controls on movement after 52 more deaths were reported in the country. The British move follows the imposition of strict lockdowns in France, Spain, and Italy, and slightly looser restrictions elsewhere, as Europe reels from a pandemic that the World Health Organization (WHO) has…
Image:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will enter a nationwide lockdown for 21-days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020. The lockdown, announced in a televised address to the nation on Monday night, is part of efforts to curb the rapid spread of the Coronavirus in…
Image:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on COVID-19 at 19:30pm this Monday evening. Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu confirmed the official time of the address in Pretoria. Courtesy of ENCA. Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029 999 from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday Help protect your loved…
The Pretoria High Court has ruled in favour of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) in the matter related to the Public Protector and former President Jacob Zuma's tax affairs. The Public Protector issued a subpoena in a bid to obtain Zuma's tax information. Zuma submitted an affidavit this month…
Image:AFP. The UAE is suspending all passenger and transit flights for two weeks, while Saudi Arabia has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. In Europe, Italy has moved to stop all domestic travel, as the country's death toll from COVID-19 climbed past 5,400. More…
South Africa has 402 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 128 from Sunday’s announcement. The Northern Cape has its first confirmed cases. The announcement comes just hours ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on measures to be undertaken to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The President…
Gauteng Cooperative Governance MEC Lebogang Maile has announced 10 administrators that will oversee the affairs of Tshwane municipality. Former Executive Mayor of the West Rand District Mpho Nawa has been announced as the head administrator and Former Johannesburg City Manager Mavela Dlamini has been appointed acting Municipal Manager with immediate…
Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize briefs media on Covid-19 epidemic at OR Tambo building, Pretoria [Photo: DIRCO]. The number of cases in South Africa of the novel coronavirus has jumped to 274, with 34 new cases recorded Sunday, the Health Ministry said in a statement. Most of those infected are…
President Cyril Ramaphosa was due to address the nation this evening following several meetings about the coronavirus. However, he's been locked in a meeting with the national command council dealing with Covid-19 that is expected to continue late into the night. Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu said the President…
President Cyril Ramaphosa engaging in safer elbow bumping ealier this week with leaders of political parties represented in Parliament at Tuynhuys to discuss the national response to the Corona virus outbreak. [Photos: GCIS]. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on COVID-19. Courtesy of ENCA. Coronavirus Hotline Number: 0800 029…
President Cyril Ramaphosa met with business leaders to discuss the impact of the national state of disaster and engage on possible measures to mitigate the impact on the economy at large. The engagement with business forms part of a series of meetings the President has held with various stakeholder constituencies…
The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) will pay social grants to older persons and persons with disabilities from 30 and 31 March 2020. Other beneficiaries will be able to access their grants from 01 April 2020. The social security agency’s decision to pay grants earlier is in response to…
Hotel and casino magnate Sol Kerzner has died of cancer on Saturday evening aged 84 in Cape Town. Statement from the Kerzner family: Solomon (Sol) Kerzner, one of the world’s most innovative hoteliers, founder of the Southern Sun hotel group, Sun International and Kerzner International, has died of cancer surrounded…
Italy ordered all but the most essential businesses to close until April 3, tightening a lockdown against the coronavirus,after nearly 800 people died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, on Saturday. "Only production activities deemed vital for national production will be allowed," Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in…
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has announced that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has increased to 240. Gauteng remains the province with the most reported cases, up to 125 from 109 on Friday. The Eastern Cape has also reported its first case. So far,the…
President Cyril Ramaphosa has wished all South Africans a reflective national Human Rights Day and called on all citizens to unite behind the national effort to minimize the rapid spread of the Coronavirus. “We observe Human Rights Day at an extraordinary time for our country and the world, as we…
Wounded people lie in the street, 21 March 1960 in Sharpeville, near Vereeniging, where at least 180 black Africans, most of them women and children, were injured and 69 killed. Image: AFP. Political parties across the country - including the PAC, which led the anti-pass march on March 21, 1960…
Image:Twitter/Kenny Rogers. Music legend Kenny Rogers has died at the age of 81. In a statement released on Saturday, Rogers’ family said the musician died from natural causes. The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81. Rogers…
The death toll from the coronavirus has surpassed 5,000 in Europe, the new epicentre of the pandemic, with Italy, Spain and Germany reporting a steep rise in infections, and as worldwide fatalities surged past 11,000 on Saturday. Italy announced 627 more deaths on Friday, the biggest day-to-day increase in the…
Embattled South African Airways has announced that it is immediately suspending all international operations until 31 May 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak. SAA will only be servicing domestic and regional routes. South Africa has issued a travel ban on people from high-risk countries affected by the coronavirus. The ban…
Image::GCIS. The Statistician General Risenga Maluleke has suspended all the fieldwork activities of the Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) with immediate effect until 31 March. The announcement comes amid the COVID-19 outbreak in the country. “COVID-19 has hit our shores, and the disease is spreading rapidly,” said Maluleke. “Stats SA’s…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the COVID-19 cases in the country have risen to 202. Free State has registered seven cases for the first time. Briefing the media in Bloemfontein, Mkhize urged South Africans to turn their homes into places of worship this Easter. Earlier, he visited the…
The Gauteng Department of Health has imposed immediate restrictions to visiting hours at health facilities across the province. The restrictions comes after the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic was also declared a national disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday. The department said visitors will be screened and sanitizes will be available…
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy rose in the last 24 hours by 427 to 3,405,overtaking the number of deaths so far in China,officials said, as the tally worldwide nears 10,000. The total number of infections in Italy has also risen to more than 41,000, while…
Government has imposed regulations that will limit unjustified price hikes and product stockpiling, to protect consumers, as the number of COVID-19 pandemic cases rise to 150. The announcement was made by Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel during a press briefing, dealing with pricing matters during the national disaster.…
The board of Eskom has ordered aninvestigation into allegations of corruption and victimisation against the power utility's chief operating officer Jan Oberholzer. “The Eskom board acknowledges receipt of correspondences from Corruption Watch, an anti-corruption civil society organisation, dated 11 March 2020, and from the South African Federation of Trade Unions…
Image: 123RF President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 has reached 150. The latest numbers have risen by 34 from Wednesday's 116 confirmed cases, which were announced by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. Ramaphosa made the announcement of the latest infections during a meeting with…
Image@ArchbishopThabo. The Methodist Church has cancelled Good Friday and Easter Sunday services to combat the spread of the Coronavirus and the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) has cancelled Friday prayer. In addition, the Zion Christian Church (ZCC) has cancelled its annual Moria pilgrimage. At the meeting, which took place at the…
Image:Virgin.Com Virgin Active has closed its Melrose Arch branch until further notice, after one of its members tested positive for the coronavirus. The company said that it has initiated a sanitisation process after the incident and it has since advised it's members who visited the gym that day seek medical…
Government gazetted regulations on the national state of disaster have directed that taverns, restaurants and clubs must be closed by 6pm. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma gazetted the regulations, which outline rules that need to be adhered to by the general public, on Wednesday. According to…
The National Council of Provinces is yet to pronounce on whether it will support a decision by the Gauteng government to dissolve the council and place the metro under administration. It received representations, from concerned parties, over the past two days. Gauteng Premier David Makhura decided to invoke section 139…
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has gazetted regulations aimed at containing the spread of the cornavirus outbreak. This comes after the Minister in recent days consulted her colleagues in Cabinet and the relevant stakeholders, in terms of section 3 of the Disaster Management Act. The regulations…
Italy,the country most affected by the coronavirus outside China, reported a further 475 deaths from COVID-19 on Wednesday. Nearly 220,000 people have now been confirmed with the coronavirus globally, and while at least 84,000 people have recovered from COVID-19, more than 8,800 have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins…
Eskom says the power generation system remains constrained and vulnerable, the possibility of load shedding still remains. “During peak hours we are utilising emergency generation reserves to supplement supply, and [we] may have to implement load shedding at short notice should the power generation system deteriorate,” said the power utility…
Following the directive issued by President Ramaphosa on 15 March 2020 and the guidelines and considerations issued by the Department of Health (DOH), the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), in a bid to ensure the safety of its employees, users and…
Parliament has announced that it will be closed to the public until further notice and arrangements are being made to reduce the number of staff members in the precinct. A special meeting between Presiding Officers, chief whips and party representatives was held on Tuesday to discuss the parliamentary programme and…
President Cyril Ramaphosa is briefing the media after his meeting with opposition parties where they discussed a response plan to the coronavirus epidemic. On Sunday Ramaphosa announced that the government would implement a ban on foreigners visiting from high-risk countries - including Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the US,…
South Africa now has 116 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19). There has been an increase of 31 new cases from yesterday’s announcement,with 6 more new cases of local transmission said the Health Department this morning. Among the new cases are two males, one from Gauteng with no international travel history,…
SA Express will be suspending all operations from 18 March indefinitely in light of adverse developments, including the Covid-19 outbreak. “In light of adverse recent developments including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, SA Express announces that it will suspend operations from 18 March 2020 until further notice,” said the…
Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, has announced that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Africa has increased by 23. There are now 85 cases of the Coronavirus which has been declared a national disaster by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Globally, there are now 184 976 confirmed cases if…
The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation, Lindiwe Sisulu, has directed the department to increase the provision of water and sanitation in high density public areas, informal settlements and rural areas in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. Sisulu said she is concerned that people living in the informal settlements…
Image Supplied. The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has confirmed that two vessels in the Port of Cape Town are being held off port limits after a crew member on board one of the vessels began to exhibit symptoms of COVID-19. It has been established that the crew member had…
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng said courts around the country will beef up sanitation in a bid to ensure that access to justice is not hindered by COVID-19. Mogoeng, who was addressing the media in Johannesburg on the measures the judiciary will be taking to curb the spread of the Covid-19…
The World Health Organization (WHO) has described the coronavirus pandemic as the "defining global health crisis of our time", and urged countries to test all suspected cases of COVID-19. Globally, the virus has infected more than 168,000 people and killed at least 6,610, according to the WHO. Almost 80,000 people…
The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) has warned the public that it is not withdrawing banknotes and coins due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This came amid fake news circulating on social media involving a scam claiming that it is “recalling” money from the public. “It is believed that criminal…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said that despite having funds available through the National Disaster fund it may need to set aside further funding to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday announced that due to the severity of the virus and its rapid spreading,…
In line with the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa to limit the impact of the COVID-19 virus and to protect citizens, Pan Macmillan South Africa will be working to limit exposure as far as possible whilst continuing to ensure business continuity. We expect our books to be in stores as…
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