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Photo Credit:GCIS. The Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu revealed that with 511 public servants in South Africa having tested positive for COVID-19, departments have been urged to implement health and safety measures that ensure the containment and management of the virus in the public service. Of the 511…
A pharmacy based in KwaZulu-Natal has admitted to excessive pricing of face masks in a consent agreement with the Competition Commission. The Commission received information relating to the inflated prices of face masks by the Mandini Pharmacy in March. “A Commission investigation found that Mandini Pharmacy ordered face masks from…
Photo Credit:GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has convened a virtual consultative meeting with Heads of State and Government from neighbouring countries to discuss responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Today’s meeting, which will be chaired by President Ramaphosa, aims to afford countries the chance to share views on coordinated responses to…
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, issued and gazetted a set of amendments of the directions to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa. Citizens and businesses wishing to move premises during the COVID-19 lockdown can now do so. The directives are known…
The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has disbursed almost R9.5 billion through the COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS). "This is a critical infusion and further creates a safety net for workers who may ordinarily not be paid because of the lockdown as a result of the Coronavirus [COVID-19] pandemic,” said…
Photo Credit:AFP. Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, says he's no longer "energetic" and will step down in July as the country's leader. Thabane has been under immense pressure to resign over his alleged involvement in the 2017 murder of his estranged wife. His official term ends in 2022, said he…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed that there are now 8,232 positive Covid-19 cases in South Africa. This is up by 424 from the 7,808 Covid-19 cases announced yesterday. There were also eight more deaths reported, taking the national toll to 161. Western Cape recorded 6 more deaths, taking its total…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. A virtual Parliamentary meeting to discuss the National Assembly's upcoming programme was hacked. The meeting was taking place via video conferencing app Zoom and pornographic images appeared on the screen. South Africa’s parliament is closed and all its meetings are currently held by video conference calls as the…
Ithuba Holdings is expected to hand over the Personal protective equipment(PPE's) to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. Courtesy of SABC.
Gauteng Cogta MEC Lebogang Maile (centre) at a press briefing on 23 March 2020 to announce administrators for the recently dissolved Tshwane city council. Picture: @GDCoGTA/Twitter. The Gauteng government has announced it will approach the Constitutional Court to challenge the Pretoria High Court ruling which overturned decision to dissolve the…
The Public Service Commission (PSC) has encouraged departments to engage suppliers to resolve outstanding payments and speedily process Small Medium Micro Enterprises’ (SMME) invoices. This in a bid to minimise the negative impact of the lockdown on business and jobs. “Business is under enormous duress now, with most facing a…
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on interprovincial travelers to exercise extreme caution on the roads, as the grace period for transit across provincial boundaries draws to a close. The once off movement, of persons who were not at their places of residence or work, when the lockdown commenced, will…
Photo Credit:Shuttestock. The Department of Basic Education (DBE) on Thursday warned against the premature re-opening of schools. This comes after the department became aware that some independent (or private) and public schools were already preparing to reopen much earlier, and even receive learners ahead of the schedule announcement by Minister…
Photo Credit:GCIS. Statistician General, Risenga Maluleke has announced that Statistics South Africa will conduct data collection for key labour statistics using telephone interviews. Maluleke said the statistical body will use telephonic interviews instead of having fieldworkers visiting sampled dwelling units (households). Stats SA is changing its collection method for the…
Summary of latest developments. Brazil's health minister says for the first time that lockdowns may be needed to contain virus amid record high infections and deaths. Poland postpones its May 10 presidential election after lockdown throws preparations for the poll into disarray. In a reversal from earlier statements, US President…
Employers have been urged to ensure that money paid over by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for the COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) is disbursed to the workers. Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi made the call to employers following numerous complaints received from workers who allege that their…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize announced that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 7808. Total deaths recorded due to Covid-19 are now at 153, up by five over the previous 24 hours. “Regrettably, we report 5 more Covid-19 related deaths: 2 from Western Cape, 1…
Screenshot of Xoli Mngambi and Jane Dutton. eNCA has suspended two of its anchors,Xoli Mngambi and Jane Dutton over a judgement call on President Cyril Ramaphosa and CoGTA minister Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma over the ban of sale of cigarette. The pair have issued out an apology the following day live on…
Photo Credit:Unicef. Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Deputy Minister, Hlengiwe Mkhize, has today handed over food parcels, sanitary pads and masks to disability organisations. This is to help mitigate the compounded risks that people with disabilities continue to experience during the COVID-19 lockdown. The donations were made to the…
Public and staff access to the Union Buildings has been limited following the confirmation of a positive case of COVID-19 on one of the staff members. The Presidency said that in line with government’s guidelines on the management of COVID-19 cases, steps have been taken to secure treatment for the…
Photo Credit:Robbie Tshabalala. The SABC has announced that it has been granted full exemption from local television content quotas by ICASA. “The approval was based on the SABC’s exemption application to ICASA, in an attempt to mitigate the impact that COVID-19 has and could have on the corporation’s local productions,…
Photo Credit:Moeletsi Mabe. Mineral Resources and Energy Minister, Gwede Mantashe, has warned that government will shut down any mining operation found not complying with Level 4 regulations. “At the heart of our programmes is the protection of people's lives and livelihoods. When we agreed that mines should operate at reduced…
Photo Credit:Shutterstock. The Department of Basic Education has welcomed a judgment by the Limpopo High Court dismissing an application seeking to halt the department’s proposed re-opening of schools on 1 June. The application by the Tebeila Institute of Leadership, Governance and Training, said the Department in a statement, sought to…
Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize says a total of 511 healthcare workers in the country have tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Addressing the media in Rustenburg on Wednesday at Job Shimakana Tabane Hospital, the Minister said of those who have tested positive for COVID-19, 149 have recovered, 26…
Photo Credit: Stock Photo. Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has appealed to municipalities throughout the country to refrain from the abrupt cutting of water supply to residents. The Minister’s appeal comes as thousands of residents contacted the Department of Water and Sanitation’s (DWS) call centre complaining about municipalities who…
Photo Credit:Adobe Stock. British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA) says it will not go ahead with its legal action in an attempt to force the state to permit the sale of cigarettes. "We have taken the decision not to pursue legal action at this stage but, instead, to pursue further…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has released the latest COVID-19 case number,South Africa now has 7,572 coronavirus cases. Mkhize said there were 352 new infections, taking the total cases to 7572. Regrettably, we report 10 more COVID-19 related deaths: 7 from Western Cape 1 from Eastern Cape, 1 from KZN…
File Image. President Cyril Ramaphosa has commented on the court case over the ban of cigarette sales during level 4 lockdown involving tobacco manufacturing companies. Speaking in KwaZulu-Natal, where he was inspecting the province’s state of readiness to deal with the projected spike of COVID-19 infections, President Ramaphosa said he…
 South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Edward Kieswetter. Picture: @Sarstax/Twitter. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has urged taxpayers to remain compliant and make use of its online services as the country battles an ailing economy compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. “If there was ever a time where delivering on…
Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel has met with representatives of the clothing textile, footwear and leather sector,as 1.5 million workers in the South African economy returned to work this week. “The meeting agreed to develop a common framework on implementation of COVID-ready workplaces that can serve as a…
The South African Revenue Service says the country’s tax and revenue performance has taken a knock as a result of an ailing economy compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Whilst it is early days, our initial view is that revenue performance will be lower than the February Budget announcement by between…
File:Bona magazine. Picture: BonaMag/Twitter. The Board of Directors of Caxton & CTP Publishers & Printers Limited (Cat) announced that it has begun a process of withdrawing from magazine publishing. According to a statement issued by the Caxton board, “[t]he steady and continuous reduction in the overall amount of adspend being…
President Cyril Ramaphosa during a visit to KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday to assess the province’s COVID-19 response said as the country has lifted the lid on some of the economic activity and people are starting to move around, the country must brace itself for the increase of COVID-19 infections. Ramaphosa was…
Photo Credit:Bob Adams via Flickr. Comair announced the group will enter business rescue to safeguard the interests of the company. The airline, which operates Kulula and has the franchise for British Airways (BA) in SA, resolved to start voluntary business rescue proceedings in line with the Companies Act. The move…
South African Revenue Service (Sars) Commissioner Edward Kieswetter. Picture: @Sarstax/Twitter. South African Revenue Service (SARS) Commissioner Edward Kieswetter says tax revenues are expected to fall by between 15 and 20% this year, which is about R285 billion. He is attributing the possible shortfall to both the sluggish economy and the…
File: KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sihle Zikalala. Picture: @kzngov/Twitter. President Cyril Ramaphosa visit KwaZulu-Natal to assess the provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He will be accompanied by Premier Sihle Zikalala. He will also visit sites identified as COVID-19 facilities. His visit will commence at Archie Gumede House in Mayville, Durban, where…
The Employment and Labour Department has referred the public wishing to collect their R350 social grant to the Social Development Department. This follows scores of people visiting the department’s labour centres on Monday with the aim of collecting their social grant. According to reports, large numbers of people flocked to…
Image Supplied. The Electoral Court has postponed the by-elections that were set for June due to COVID-19,as the pandemic continues to plague the entire nation. In a statement released on Tuesday, the Electoral Commission said it welcomed the decision and that it will revise the by-elections timetable accordingly. “The Electoral…
Summary of Latest Developments. An estimated 251,059 people around the world have now died from COVID-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The number of confirmed cases exceeds 3.5 million, while nearly 1.2 million people have recovered. China's state broadcaster CCTV attacked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's…
The Department of Health has announced that the country's confirmed COVID-19 cases now stood at 7,220. Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said there were 437 new infections, taking the total cases to 7220. There were also 7 more deaths, taking the death toll to 138, with the Western Cape recording…
South Africa has once again come joint first with New Zealand in the 2019 Open Budget Index (OBI), conducted by the International Budget Partnership (IBP) through an Open Budget Survey. “The win is in recognition of the country’s commitment to a transparent budget process. This is a repeat of the…
South Africa has committed an amount of $1.3 million in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Cyril Ramaphosa made the pledge during a World Health Organisation (WHO) Coronavirus Global Response pledging conference, which was convened by the European Union (EU) on Monday. The conference mobilised resources for the WHO’s recently…
Photo Credit: GCIS. African Union Chairperson President Cyril Ramaphosa is participating in a World Health Organisation (WHO) global response pledge conference convened by the European Union (EU). The conference aims to mobilise resources for the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) recently launched global collaboration to accelerate development, production and equitable global…
The South African Social Services Agency (SASSA) has identified and resolved a glitch that has led to some beneficiaries not being able to access their grants. “Due to a payment system glitch, some beneficiaries have not been able to access their grants today. SASSA has identified and resolved the glitch…
Five suspects are to appear in the Uitenhage Magistrate’s Court in the Eastern Cape today on charges of business robbery and contravening the Disaster Management Act, said police. The five were arrested on Sunday after three of the men robbed a supermarket in Mandela Ville in Kamesh. Two shop assistants…
Image Supplied. South Africa will have sufficient staple grains supply in the 2020/21 marketing year, which starts in May 2020 and ends in April 2021. “Amid the unprecedented uncertainty and our collective fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, we are assured of sufficient food supply at reasonable price levels,” said Agriculture,…
Photo Credit: Adobe Stock. President Cyril Ramaphosa said an earlier decision by government to allow the sale of cigarettes during the COVID-19 lockdown was rescinded after the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) consulted medical experts and various role-players. Ramaphosa said this on Monday after sections of society implied that Cooperative…
The South African Post Office (SAPO) has commenced with the process of rolling out cashless ATMs that will serve as additional payment points for the payment of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) grants. On Monday, the Post Office unveiled the first cashless ATM to pay SASSA social grants…
Photo Credit:GCIS. The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa is hosting a media briefing to update the nation on the COVID-19 Relief Fund for the sector. Watch the Live Feed: Courtesy of SABC.
The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa has risen to 6783. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, said that the numbers has increased by 447, and the highest 24-hour tally to date in the country. Regretablly,with eight more deaths reported, 2 from Western Cape, 4 from the Eastern Cape and…
Photo Credit:Esa Alexander. Former President Jacob Zuma’s corruption trial which was scheduled to resume on May 6 — is expected to be postponed until June 23, following an agreement between the state and defence. According to Business Day,The parties in the case have submitted the proposed date to KwaZulu-Natal deputy…
Photo Credit:Getty Images. North and South Korea have exchanged gunfire in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) which divides the two countries. Seoul's military said shots from the North hit a guard post in the central border town of Cheorwon. It said it returned fire and delivered a warning announcement. Such incidents…
The Labour Department has drafted the minimum guidelines for employers to ensure the workplace is safe for returning employees. These guidelines come as government gradually reopens the economy under level 4 of lockdown while ensuring that the spread of COVID-19 is contained. Under these guidelines, returning employees must wear masks…
The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the life of a second victim at Parliament, Mcedisi Gwanya,who was the bodyguard of the Pan Africanist Congress leader Mzwanele Nyhontso. The other victim was Amos Komeni the project administrator in the office of the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Lechesa Tsenoli. In a…
Photo Credit:Trevor Samson. The Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi will host a media briefing to update the country on the back-to-work readiness strategy. Nxesi is expected to speak on the businesses legible to return to work as the country has moved from COVID-19 ockdown Level 5 to Level…
Photo Credit:Istock. World Press Freedom Day popularly known as World Press Day is one of the calendar events planned, organised and promoted by the United Nations, observed annually on May 3. The day is celebrated to raise awareness regarding the importance of freedom of the press. The day is reflection…
Photo Credit: Stock Photo. Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has placed the Amatola Water Board in the Eastern Cape under administration. The decision follows Sisulu’s meeting with her advisors where she received reports regarding intensified processes applied to resolving the cases of irregular expenditure in the Department…
Summary of Latest Developments. The United States government was slow to understand how fast coronavirus was spreading from Europe, which accelerated outbreaks across the country, says Dr Anne Schuchat, the number-two official at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In Venezuela, more than 40 people died during a…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in a statement this evening that there are now 6,336 positive Covid-19 cases in South Africa. This is up by 385 from the 5,951 Covid-19 cases announced yesterday. Mkhize also announced that a further seven people have died from the virus, taking total deaths…
Photo Credit: Getty Images: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has made his first public appearance in 20 days, North Korean state media reported earlier today,ending speculation about his health. The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim attended a ceremony marking the completion of a fertiliser factory in…
The Labour Court has ordered employers in the mining industry to prepare and implement a code of practice for health and safety standards. The standards must be prepared in terms of section 9(2) of the Mine Health and Safety Act, in accordance with guidelines to be published by the Chief…
Image via Adobe Stock. British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA) has announced that it is "seeking urgent clarity" on the decision-making process that led to the government imposing an indefinite ban on the legal sale of tobacco products. This after it was announced that cigarettes would no longer be sold…
Photo Credit: Reuters. Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has extended a coronavirus lockdown by two more weeks to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Zimbabwe has been on lockdown for five weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, shutting an economy struggling with shortages of foreign currency, food, electricity…
Summary of Latest Developments. The US government was slow to understand how fast coronavirus was spreading from Europe, which accelerated outbreaks across the country, said Dr Anne Schuchat, the number-two official at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The World Health Organization has reiterated that the coronavirus is…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize announced that South Africa now has 5,951 confirmed COVID-19 cases. This is an increase of 304 cases over the figures reported yesterday. Mkhize also announced that there have been 13 more deaths attributed to the coronavirus,bringing the total number of deaths to 116. Not all the…
Gallo Images. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga confirmed that the 1st of June is being considered as a return date for learners even though it’s only a tentative date for now. She said the date was first subject to Cabinet approval, after which it would be gazetted. The minister…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa in a livestreamed address on Workers’ Day said South Africans will have to dig deeper than any other moment, since the advent of democracy, to rebuild our nation. “Beyond this grave health emergency, we should see this as a time of possibility and…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula emphasised that no public transport is allowed on the road between 8pm and 5am and that no person is allowed to use public transport without wearing a face mask. All road-based public transport services will from 1 May 2020 be permitted to…
Image Supplied. South Africa’s fifth break-bulk vessel shipment of citrus is planned to depart to China and Japan during the course of the day, amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development said this is the first break-bulk vessel shipment in the 2020 export season, adding to the…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. As South Africans woke up to partially relaxed COVID-19 lockdown regulations, those who wish to travel between provinces, will be allowed to do so between 1 and 7 May. The once-off movement of persons comes as thousands of categorised employees began returning to work on Friday.…
Image Courtesy of Reuters. President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared days of national mourning for the struggle stalwart Denis Goldberg who passed away in the early hours of Thursday. In terms of this declaration, the National Flag is to fly at half-mast at every station in the country from Friday, 1…
Summary of latest developments. US President Donald Trump said China could have unleashed the coronavirus on the world due to some kind of horrible "mistake". A US watchdog warned Afghanistan is likely facing a "health disaster" from the pandemic. The eurozone's economy shrunk by 3.8 percent in the first quarter,…
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is now 5 647, an increase of 297 cases from Wednesday, 29 April. No new fatalities were reported by the minister, so the official death toll remains at 103. The total number of tests conducted to date is 207 530, of…
Image Courtesy of Shutterstock. Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister, Blade Nzimande said government has decided not to resume with campus-based academic activity throughout the PSET sector. “Guided by the work and decisions of the National Command Council (NCC), we have decided not to resume with campus-based academic activity throughout…
President Cyril Ramaphosa, on behalf of government, received a consignment of R1 billion worth of critical personal protective equipment (PPE), which was donated by global internet group, Naspers South Africa. “Today, we received the consignment of some six million masks and shields donated by Naspers, and many more are still…
Image Courtesy of Reuters. President Cyril Ramaphosa has conveyed his condolences following the passing of Rivonia trialist and Esteemed Member of the Order of Luthuli, Denis Theodore Goldberg. “My thoughts are with Denis Goldberg’s family and his comrades around the country and around the world. This is a sad moment…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. Basic education minister Angie Motshekga is expected to announce the date for a phased-in reopening of schools during a media briefing this afternoon. The cabinet met this morning to discuss when South African children will return to school. The education department initially said grade 12 and…
Photo Credit: GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa convened a virtual meeting with the Interim Steering Committee on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF). The meeting seeks to explore ways in which government and civil society can combat violence against the abuse of vulnerable persons and groups as part of the national response…
South Africa will look into the creation of triage centres at health facilities in a bid to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. With governments worldwide confronted with tough decisions on ways to combat the spread of the virus, Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said the country is going forward with…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. The African Union (AU) has raised $25 million for the COVID-19 Response Fund and an additional $36.5 million to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. AU Chairperson, President Cyril Ramaphosa, made the announcement during a virtual meeting with Chairpersons of the AU Regional Economic…
Image Courtesy of AFP. Government has expressed disappointment at rating agency S&P’s decision to downgrade South Africa’s sovereign rating amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement on Wednesday night, government said it noted the decision by the rating agency to lower South Africa’s long term foreign and local currency debt…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. The media briefing scheduled for 10am will not take place as planned due to a Cabinet meeting taking place this morning. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga was expected to announce the date for a phased-in reopening of schools on Thursday. The minister is scheduled to brief…
File:Anti-apartheid activist Denis Goldberg (R), Picture: Reuters. Struggle stalwart Denis Goldberg has died aged 87. He was among the renowned Rivonia trialists tried in the 60s under the apartheid regime along with Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki. He was sent to a whites-only prison in Pretoria, where he…
While some will now breathe a sigh of relief that their lives will slowly return to normalcy, the road ahead is still steeped with sacrifices and curfews that need to be obeyed. The country may be moving to less harsh lockdown restrictions, but government says this is no call for…
All agricultural sectors will be allowed to operate - however, under strict conditions - under Level 4 of the nationwide lockdown aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19. Addressing a media briefing on Wednesday in Pretoria, Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, said agriculture has been…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. Government has called on industries that are set to return to work in May to ensure that proper measures are in place to receive the returning workers, while working to limit the spread of COVID-19. This comes as government gradually eases the economy back into activity…
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 5 350, with 103 deaths reported. This is an increase of 354 from Tuesday. “This is the highest number of cases in a 24 hour cycle recorded to date and represents a 73% increase relative to the day before,”…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. Members of the National Coronavirus Command Council, led by Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, will give a detailed briefing on the regulations relating to the COVID-19 Level 4 restrictions. Watch Live: Cogta's Ministers Briefing. Courtesy of Parliament.
Image Courtesy of Esa Alexander. Former president Jacob Zuma has withdrawn his application for leave to appeal the dismissal of his stay of prosecution application, making way for him to prepare for the court proceedings. The Jacob G Zuma Foundation has confirmed that the Constitutional Court has accepted the withdrawal…
Image Courtesy of Shutterstock. The Department of Basic Education has outlined health precautions planned to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus when schools reopen. The measures discussed included that: Schools should practise physical distancing in classrooms; No more than two pupils should share desks; The wearing of cloth masks…
In this file photo, Gauteng cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Lebogang Maile says that the DA will be engaging in a futile exercise when they host a special meeting to elect a new mayor on Tuesday 10 March. Photo: Twitter/Lebogang Maile. The DA has been successful in its court…
Government has outlined the process for the application of the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress Grant for individuals who are currently unemployed. Addressing a media briefing on Wednesday in Pretoria, Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said the qualifying applicants will be paid R350 per month from May – October 2020.…
Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu at a media briefing on 24 March 2020 by Ministers in the Social Cluster following the announcement of a national lockdown to contain COVID-19 in South Africa. Picture: @GovernmentZA/Twitter. Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu said over 58,000 households have started receiving food parcels through…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will, as Chair of the African Union (AU), convene a virtual meeting with the Chairpersons of the AU Regional Economic Communities (RECs) on Wednesday to discuss the Coronavirus pandemic. The meeting is held against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic which has resulted…
The Employment and Labour Department has expressed satisfaction at the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s disbursement of R5 billion in relief to workers affected by the COVID-19 outbreak lockdown. This comes after the department said it has tweaked its systems to ensure that more pertinent information is available on its online platform…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga and Minister of Higher Education and Training, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande are expected to give an update on their areas of work in relation to the COVID-19 lockdown. Watch Live: Basic Education Briefing: Courtesy of SABC. 
The Minister of Health,Zweli Mkhize, said South Africa stands to benefit from the arrival of the Cuban medical brigade, as the country fights the outbreak of COVID-19. Unpacking the country’s COVID-19 situational analysis on Tuesday evening, Mkhize welcomed the arrival of 217 Cuban doctors from various disciplines. Mkhize said the…
National Treasury has announced the replacement of measures relating to COVID-19 emergency procurement. “National Treasury is replacing measures relating to COVID-19 Disaster Management Central Emergency Procurement Strategy, namely Instruction Note 3 of 2020/21 and Circular 101. The new measures will be Instruction Note 5 of 2020/21 for PFMA [Public Finance…
Department of Health said South Africa’s prudent decision to institute a countrywide lockdown has circumvented an exponential explosion of cases of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic within the borders of the country. The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said while the lockdown will not spell the end of new infections,…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that there are now 4,996 positive Covid-19 cases in South Africa. This is up from the 4,793 Covid-19 cases announced on Monday, meaning a rise of 203 cases over the past 24 hours. Mkhize also reported that the number of deaths from the coronavirus…
Summary of Latest Developments. China accused US politicians of telling lies to distract from their own performance, shortly after US President Donald Trump renewed his verbal attacks on China. Worldwide the number of people confirmed to have coronavirus has risen to more than three million, and at least 212,000 have…
Government has dispersed R3.3 billion in Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) claim benefits submitted by 1.75 million workers - as relief for the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourism Minister Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said the UIF has, to date, received just over 103 thousand applications from employers representing about 1.75 million…
Image via: Sassa. The elderly and persons with disabilities, who receive their monthly social grants from the South African Post Office (SAPO), will from May receive their monies from the fourth day of the month. All other grants will be paid from the sixth of every month, SAPO said in…
State-owned regional airline SA Express has been placed in provisional liquidation after its business rescue practitioners filed an urgent court application,on March 25. The High Court in Johannesburg granted an order on Tuesday 28 April 2020 for the provisional liquidation of SA Express, This comes after the airline was placed…
Ministers who serve on the National Coronavirus Command Council through the Economic Cluster, provide further details on their proposed socio-economic relief interventions. On Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would move to a "level 4" risk on 1 May, with some lockdown regulations being relaxed to allow limited…
Image Courtesy of Stock Photo. The Department of Water and Sanitation has distributed 466 water tanks to the City of Tshwane in an attempt to bolster government’s reaction against the escalating incidents of Coronavirus infections. The pandemic comes as the City faces extensive water pollution challenges. Hammanskraal in the north…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement that South Africa now has 4793 confirmed Covid-19 cases,with three more deaths. This is up from the 4,546 Covid-19 cases announced on Sunday by the minister, meaning a rise of 247 cases over the past 24-hours. Mkhize also reported that the number…
Freedom Day 2020 has been an unfamiliar experience given that we cannot gather with our loved ones and commemorate the day we voted in the country’s first democratic elections in 1994. However it is not so unfamiliar. We arrived at the first democratic elections in South Africa through solidarity against…
Picture: Pixabay.com. President Cyril Ramaphosa, through a virtual broadcast, delivered the Freedom Day address under the 2020 Freedom Day theme - “Solidarity and triumph of the human spirit in challenging times." The country commemorates 27 April 1994 as the historic occasion in 1994 when all citizens were allowed to cast…
DA interim leader John Steenhuisen. Image: Veli Nhlapo. The Democratic Alliance (DA) interim leader John Steenhuisen says celebrating Freedom Day under the pall of the Covid-19 lockdown will give South Africans time to reflect on their hard-won freedom. In his Freedom Day message, Steenhuisen said the lockdown will give everyone…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses South Africa as the country celebrates Freedom Day on Monday. The government will host Freedom Day through a virtual broadcast as the country battles COVID-19. The theme for the 2020 Freedom day is “Solidarity and triumph of the human spirit in challenging…
The Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) has delivered a further 141 water tanks across needy areas of Gauteng to push back against the rising tide of the novel Coronavirus pandemic. So far, 1 926 water tanks have been distributed in the Cities of Joburg, Tshwane and Ekurhuleni and the…
EFF leader Julius Malema has delivered a virtual Freedom Day address. Malema said the 27th of April is remembered as a day where we achieved political freedom after years of negotiation between the liberation movement and the Apartheid regime. It is important for us to remember that 1994 did not…
President Cyril Ramaphosa welcomed Cuban health professionals who have arrived in the country to support efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa. In total, 217 Cuban health specialists and workers arrived in South Africa today. This followed a request made by the President to President Díaz Canel…
Summary of Latest Developments. Countries around the world including Australia, New Zealand, Iran and Spain are moving to ease coronavirus lockdowns as daily cases and deaths slow. Italy has announced it will ease its two-month old controls from May 4. At least 1.3 million Australians have downloaded the government's COVIDsafe…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is currently briefing the portfolio committee on health and the select committee on health and social services on Monday on the state of readiness of quarantine sites in the provinces. He will also update the committees on the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), services provided…
A team of Cuban health specialists has arrived in South Africa to assist officials in stemming the spread of the coronavirus. They have landed on South African soil in a quest to help fight the spread of COVID-19. The island nation boasts a strong health care system and many students…
On Saturday police cornered a group of Muslim congregants that had gathered to pray in Mpumalanga. Picture: Screenshot. Police Minister Bheki Cele has issued an apology to the Muslim community for blasphemous remarks made by an officer during the arrest of worshippers at a Mosque on Saturday. The video of…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. Health minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now 4,546 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa. There was only one more Covid-19-related death,which increased the total number of deaths to 87. He conveyed condolences to the family and appreciated the frontline workers who treated this…
Picture: bergerpaints.com The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture says this year’s Freedom Day celebrations will be marked using online platforms. “Freedom Day, as South Africans know it, is very different this year… The COVID-19… pandemic has changed things… [from] the norm,” said the department ahead of Freedom Day on…
While many South Africans know a great deal about COVID-19, the majority still believe they are at low risk of contracting the disease. This is one of the main findings contained in the report released by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) on Sunday. Delving into the public perception on…
Getty Images. Jack Ma,the richest man in China opened his own Twitter account last month, in the middle of the Covid-19 outbreak. So far, most of his posts has been devoted to his unrivalled campaign to deliver medical supplies to almost every country around the world. Following donations to 150+…
The coronavirus global death toll exceeded the 200,000 threshold, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University.Worldwide, the number of confirmed infections stood at more than 2.88 million people, with some 813,000 recoveries. Here are the latest updates: Russia case tally passes 80,000. Russia reported 6,361 new cases of…
Getty Images. A train likely belonging to North Korea's leader has been spotted at a resort town in the country's east, satellite imagery showed, amid conflicting reports about Kim Jong Un's health and whereabouts. In a report on Saturday, 38 North monitoring group said the train was parked at the…
Image Courtesy of Sunday Times. Police Minister Bheki Cele has urged religious leaders and congregants to stay at home as the country continues to observe the COVID-19 lockdown. The Minister’s comments follow a video clip that surfaced on Twitter depicting the arrest of 17 congregants, who had allegedly gathered for…
Image Courtesy of Esa Alexander. Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan on Saturday morning convened a high-level meeting between senior government leadership and representatives of the SAA unions, including SATAWU, NUMSA, Solidarity, and non-unionised staff. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the status of the Business Rescue Process, finalise…
Image Supplied. 217 Cuban healthcare workers on their way to South Africa to help combat coronavirus,according to Cuban Ambassador Rodolfo Benítez Verson. The Cuban professionals include family physicians, epidemiologists, biostatists, healthcare technology engineers and biotechnology experts, among other specialists. According to a statement issued by the Embassy of the Republic…
Summary of Latest Developments. The coronavirus global death toll exceeded the 200,000 threshold, according to a tally by the Johns Hopkins University. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned against countries issuing so-called "immunity passports" to those recovered from COVID-19, saying there is no evidence yet the previously infected cannot be…
South Africa has 141 new COVID-19 cases bringing the total number to 4 361 as of Saturday, with seven new deaths reported. Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said the total number of tests conducted to date is 161 004, of which 8 614 were done in the last 24 hours.…
Image Courtesy of Stock Photo. Water and Sanitation Deputy Minister, David Mahlobo, has instructed the department’s regional office in the North West to increase its support to the Madibeng Local Municipality to fast track the refurbishment of Brits Water Treatment Works. Mahlobo made the call during a follow up visit…
As people around the world continue to confront the multiple challenges posed by COVID-19, more than ever solidarity is of critical importance. Some countries remain in lockdown, others are considering phased opening strategies, while yet others are still contemplating the introduction of lockdowns. Commitment to sustaining unity of purpose as…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. About 1.5 million more South Africans will from 1 May return to work as government begins to lift a fraction of COVID-19 lockdown regulations. This comes as government gradually eases the economy back into activity as announced this week by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The regulations were…
Image Courtesy of Reuters. Four Denel employees, who have been working on a project based in Seville, Spain, have safely returned to South Africa. Denel spokesperson Pam Malinda said the four employees landed this morning on board SA Airways aircraft, SA2261, as part of a group of South Africans repatriated…
Image Supplied. A call has been made to South Africans to support locally made products as part of efforts to jump-start the economy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. South Africa is preparing to move to level 4 of a nationwide lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel launched the Risk Adjusted Strategy for public comment and consultation,on Saturday and outlined how government will re-open the economy gradually as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. On Thursday, the President…
File:Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma details the classification of industries as part of the risk-adjusted strategy on re-opening the economy. Picture: GCIS. The coronavirus national command council gives details of how the relaxation of the national lockdown, which implemented last month to curb the spread of COVID-19,…
Summary of Latest Developments. World leaders have rallied around the United Nations for an initiative to help the most vulnerable countries gain access to vaccines, diagnostics and treatment tools for the coronavirus as soon as they emerge. Noticeably absent: The United States, which is the hardest hist country in the…
Nelson Mandela Challenge call on government to include Early Childhood Development (ECD) operators in South Africa in their R500 billion Covid-19 relief plan. The absence of this support will result in massive closures of these operators, which will have dire consequences for the ECD workforce, the children who attend these…
Image Courtesy of SAPA.. Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Barbara Creecy led a South African National Parks (SANParks) initiative to distribute food parcels and water tanks to vulnerable communities bordering the Kruger National Park, both in Mpumalanga and in Limpopo. “Because of the national COVID-19 lockdown, tourism, which is the…
Image Supplied. The Department of Employment and Labour says thousands of employees, who may qualify for COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) benefits, may not receive their due. This, according to the department, is because companies have either not applied on their behalf or have not corrected the information to…
The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in South Africa has risen to 4,220. Four more deaths have been recorded, bringing the total to 79. This is an increase of 267 new infections from Thursday and yesterday we saw 318 new infections, the highest single jump since the virus entered South…
Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) on Friday warned the public about fraudulent Requests for Quotations (RFQs) or proposals that are being sent under the guise of it being official TFR documents. Since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, it has emerged that fraudulent proposals have been issued for the supply of…
Image Supplied. A Gauteng hardware store found to have charged its customers excessive prices for surgical gloves during the State of National Disaster has been ordered to refund its customers for the overcharge, said the Competition Tribunal of South Africa. Main Hardware (Pty) Ltd, based in central Johannesburg, must also…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced during a press briefing that the state will shift its response to the COVID-19 pandemic by preserving the economy, developing immediate recovery plans and pivoting the economy in a position of growth. He also outlined a R500 billion economic support package,which was initially unveiled by…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a visit to the sites identified as COVID-19 facilities in Gauteng. These include the quarantine facility at the Nasrec Expo Centre, the Johannesburg Central Food Bank and Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital. The President expressed confidence in the province’s efforts to ramp up…
To help South Africans source locally-made fabric face masks and to enable the country’s clothing and textile sector to retain jobs, a dedicated marketplace portal goes live today on the Proudly South African website. “This initiative is an effort to support a sector of our economy that is able to…
The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has partnered with the Youth Employment Service (YES) to prepare young people for employment by providing them with technical skills and relevant work opportunities. The CSIR and YES recently signed a Sponsored Host Placement Agreement, which will see the two parties working…
The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) on Friday welcomed government efforts to find the right balance of mitigating the impact of COVID-19 and the need to get the economy going again. “SACCI welcomes President Ramaphosa’s approach in finding a balance between the continuous mitigation of the COVID-19…
With several countries across the globe consumed with combatting the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on countries to maintain immunisation services to prevent other deadly outbreaks. WHO warns that shutting down immunisation services in the COVID-19 pandemic risks triggering a resurgence of diseases that can be…
Summary of Latest Developments. 26 million people have sought US jobless aid in the past five weeks since the coronavirus hit. About one in six American workers have lost their jobs, by far the worst string of layoffs since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The US House of Representatives…
From 1 May, government will implement a risk-adjusted strategy aimed at easing the current lockdown restrictions. The decision was taken during a National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) meeting on Thursday. This was revealed by President Cyril Ramaphosa during an address to the nation on COVID-19, on Thursday evening. During this…
Health minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that there are now 3,953 positive Covid-19 cases in South Africa, the country has been experiencing its biggest daily climb in numbers to date. This is an increase of 318 new infections from Wednesday, the highest single jump since the virus entered South Africa’s…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation tonight, with clearer answers on the national lockdown and conditions around relaxation of some regulations. The cabinet has been weighing up a proposal to ease SA’s national lockdown with a five-stage "alert system" that pegs economic activity…
The Gauteng Department of Health has announced that as of Wednesday, 22 April, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Gauteng stands at 1 224. The province has reported 826 recoveries and the number of deaths still stands at seven. The total number of active cases now sits at 391.…
The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy has issued a directive to all mining operations to ensure safe start-up procedures as the sector prepares to ramp up to 50% of capacity. "The directive was issued to ensure compliance with Section 5(1) of the Mine Health and Safety Act (Act No.…
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has provided more details on the second set of measures that are aimed at assisting individuals and businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. “There is a critical need for government interventions to assist with job retention and support businesses that may be experiencing significant distress,” the National…
Summary of Latest Developments. The head of the US agency in charge of developing a vaccine against the coronavirus says he was removed from his job for opposing the chloroquine treatment promoted by US President Donald Trump. The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) says there are "worrying upward…
Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, has welcomed the suspension of a member of Brand SA’s Board of Trustees following allegations of breaching lockdown regulations. Mthembu received a report from the Board of Trustees, indicating the suspension of Tebogo Mamorobela, in terms of Clause 25 of the Trust Deed. This…
Parliament has published rules for virtual meetings of the National Assembly (NA), the National Council of Provinces NCOP) and their committees in Parliament’s announcements, tablings and committee reports. The rules, said Parliament on Wednesday, take into account procedures, precedents, practices and conventions developed by the Houses and the constitutional values…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced that the country now has 3 635 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 7 new deaths, taking the death toll to 65. This is an increase of 170 new infections from Tuesday's 3465 confirmed Covid-19 cases. "Today, we regrettably report 7 more COVID-19 related deaths. Five…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his capacity as African Union chairperson, has called COVID-19 pandemic one of Africa’s defining modern day challenges. Only a unified and coordinated response offers Africa the best possible chance of containing the COVID-19 outbreak and to achieve this, the continent’s leading business…
The Department of Water & Sanitation (DWS) is in discussion with National Treasury to find additional funding to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a statement on Wednesday, the Department said a delegation led by Minister Lindiwe Sisulu briefed Parliament on the delivery of services to curb the spread of…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. The Joint Standing Committee on Defence has unanimously supported the employment of additional members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to assist government’s intervention in the fight against COVID-19. On Thursday, the committee considered a number of letters from President Cyril Ramaphosa on the…
Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister, Blade Nizmande, will on Friday, announce the department’s measures to be implemented in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Nzimande has been holding briefings and consultations with the stakeholders in post school education and training, as well as in the science and innovation sector. The…
Image Courtesy of Sunday Times. Police Minister Bheki Cele has expressed concern at the large number of public officials arrested for violating COVID-19 regulations. Cele, during a visit to KwaZulu-Natal on Wednesday to assess adherence to the National State of Disaster regulations, revealed that 131 officials have been arrested since…
Gallo Images. The Iconic FNB stadium is rising up for its new challenge as a 1,500 bed Temporary Severe Acute Respiratory Infections Treatment Centrefield hospital for patients suffering from the coronavirus. It joins the Nasrec Expo Centre, which is only 1km away, as venues are redesigned to house patients who…
File:Learners testing the NSFAS online application system. Picture: Supplied. The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has urged qualifying students to open bank accounts to ensure a more efficient disbursement of funds from institutions. NSFAS Administrator, Dr Randall Carolissen, said the scheme is working on a banking model that will…
General Khehla John Sitole. File photo. Image: Moeletsi Mabe. Police in Gauteng have launched the 72-hour Activation Plan to find the suspects behind the killing of a Sebokeng-based Detective Sergeant. National Police Commissioner, General Khehla Sitole, has assigned the Gauteng Provincial Commissioner to immediately mobilise the 72-hour plan. According to…
File:Service delivery protest. Image: Alon Skuy. North West Premier, Professor Job Mokgoro, is today visiting Blydeville and Boikhutso townships near Lichtenburg, following a violent community protest. The protest on Tuesday led to the torching of two police vehicles and an ambulance. It is believed that the community protest was sparked…
Gallo Images. President Cyril Ramaphosa has deployed more than 70,000 extra SANDF members in the fight against COVID-19. He's written to Parliament's Joint Standing Committee on Defence. The outbreak of COVID-19 continues to increase with reported cases across the Republic of South Africa, he said. “On 25 March 2020, I…
Summary of Latest Developments. More than 2.5 million people around the world have been diagnosed with the coronavirus. More than 170,000 have died, with the US accounting for about a quarter of all deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The United Nations is warning global hunger could…
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced during his address tonight that R500bn will be spent to support South Africans dealing with the consequences of the coronavirus. He described it as "massive social and economic support" and said the impact of the coronavirus require an "extraordinary budget". The third phase is the economic…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Wednesday chair a virtual meeting of business leaders on the continent to discuss the continental impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response to this challenge. This is in line with a decision of the Extended African Union Bureau meeting held…
Image Courtesy of AFP. The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has recorded two recoveries from COVID-19, one in East London, in the Eastern Cape and another in Kutama Sinthumule, in Limpopo. “The recoveries follow intensified efforts by DCS in implementing its COVID-19 Disaster Management Strategy where more officials and inmates…
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa now has 3 465 confirmed cases of Covid-19. This is an increase of 165 new infections on Monday's 3300 confirmed Covid-19 cases. The total number of deaths from the virus still stands 58, with no new deaths reported on Tuesday.…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation this evening on additional economic and social relief measures that form part of the national response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The president’s address follows a Cabinet meeting on Monday that discussed ways to strengthen the country’s…
The Eastern Cape is gearing up for its fight against COVID-19 with the province boosting its hospital capacity. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize paid the Eastern Cape a visit on Tuesday where he met with the Premier Oscar Mabuyane and Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba. Mkhize was taken through the province’s contingency…
Photo: Lloyd Phillips. The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development requests all interested wholesalers, distributors or agribusiness outlets to provide a list of specific agricultural production inputs they have in stock. This, according to the department, will assist in the emergency procurement of these inputs to enable smallholder…
Image Supplied. Stats SA released the results of a rapid response survey conducted with businesses during the lockdown. Businesses were asked how the current crisis affected their operations in the two-week period from 30 March to 13 April 2020. More than 700 businesses in the formal sector responded to the…
© Vitaliy Vodolazskyy – 123RF.com A total of 606 462 employees who have lost their income as a result of the lockdown imposed to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19 will receive their benefit from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF). To date, the UIF has received just over 55 268…
The One World, Together at Home global concert - organised to raise funds to fight the COVID-19 pandemic - has raised over US$127 million. The eight-hour concert which took place on Saturday was co-organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) with Global Citizen’s Hugh Evans and musician Lady Gaga. “I’d…
Globally, more than 2.4 million people have been diagnosed with the virus. More than 170,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Here are the latest updates: ICRC steps up support in congested Asian prisons. The International Committee of the Red Cross, which works in prisons worldwide, is stepping up…
The Public Service Commission (PSC) has appealed to departments to update reachable contact details on their websites in order for citizens to access government services. “The PSC has sent a communique to all Directors-General and Heads of Department (HODs), who have been directed to identify the minimum critical and essential…
Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced that South Africa now has a total of 3300 cases. The increase in confirmed cases was a rise from the 3,158 announced on Sunday evening. Mkhize said that there were now 142 new cases and four more deaths,which took the fatalities figure to 58…
File: New Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke. Picture: Supplied. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) has launched an online survey to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the public. In a statement on Monday, Statistician-General Risenga Maluleke said accurate, real-time statistics are of utmost importance in times of crisis. “These surveys…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has launched the Youth Micro Enterprises Relief Fund (YMERF) aimed at assisting youth-owned enterprises, which might not qualify for other funds. “This fund will respond to challenges facing youth-owned businesses, such as the inability to pay employees, lack of income…
The virus has infected more than 2.4 million people worldwide and killed more than 165,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. WHO issued a warning Friday about coronavirus testing, saying there's no evidence serological tests can show whether a person has immunity or is no longer at risk…
Government has gazetted a regulation banning the sale of hot cooked food during the COVID-19 lockdown. In a statement on Monday, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma said the amendment seeks to clarify the exclusion of hot cooked food from the classification of essential goods. “Annexure…
Image of Courtesy of GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed concern at the alleged theft of food parcels meant to assist distressed families and individuals during the COVID-19 nationwide lockdown. “A number of provinces have received reports that callous individuals, some of them allegedly government officials, are hoarding or selling food…
Twelve police officers, including a reservist, have been arrested for allegedly violating the National Disaster Management Regulations, as well as for corruption. “The arrest of our own is both disheartening and at the same time, pleasing, in a sense that it shows that the South African Police Service (SAPS) remains…
Image Supplied. Dis-Chem’s national clinic manager Lizeth Kruger confirmed that 24 staff members of the store at the Retail Park Shopping Centre,Boksburg contracted the virus. Kruger said the first staff member was confirmed positive on April 14, and following the temporary closure of the store for deep-cleaning, the entire staff…
Summary of the latest developments: Coronavirus-related deaths in the US exceeded 40,000 with nearly half of all casualties in New York, as protests against "stay at home" orders flared in a number of states. The number of deaths in Italy was the lowest in a week, while the pace of…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has urged society to be vigilant and report to the police elements perpetuating criminal acts against children, youth, women, and persons with disabilities during the lockdown. The call was made by the Minister …
Image Supplied. As the taxi industry counts the costs of the COVID-19 pandemic, intergovernmental consultations on a Taxi Industry Relief intervention are at an advanced stage. This was confirmed by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula during a virtual meeting with the National Taxi Alliance (NTA) on Sunday. “The Departments of Transport,…
South Africa has confirmed a total of 3 158 COVID-19 cases, having conducted 114 711 tests to date. Gauteng is still leading with 1 148 people testing positive for the virus, followed by the Western Cape at 868 cases. KwaZulu-Natal has 617 cases of COVID-19, the Eastern Cape province has…
KwaZulu-Natal Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube, has commended law enforcement officers for the arrest of a suspect involved in the manufacturing and selling of counterfeit liquor during the COVID-19 lockdown. The 50-year-old suspect was caught red-handed at Illovu township, South of Durban, refilling Smirnoff 1818 bottles…
Image Courtesy of Sunday Times. Police Minister Bheki Cele on Sunday at the culmination of ministerial visits to provinces to assess the enforcement of the laws said despite law enforcement authorities clamping down on defiant citizens for not observing the COVID-19 regulations, sections of society continue to disobey the lockdown…
Former president Jacob Zuma has fired Daniel Mantsha as his attorney and appointed well-known lawyer Eric Mabuza to represent him in his arms deal corruption trial. In a statement released this morning, the J G Zuma Foundation said the former president had retained the services of his advocate Muzi Sikhakhane,…
Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu, will today visit the community members of Empolweni in the Western Cape who were recently evicted. This follows her visit to the area on Friday where she made an undertaking that temporary shelters will be organised for the community in line with…
Image Courtesy of EWN. Lesotho's embattled prime minister has announced that he has sent troops onto the streets to "restore order", accusing unnamed law enforcement agencies of undermining democracy. Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is under pressure to step down after police said they suspect him of having had a hand…
A brief Summary of the latest developments: Turkey reported 82,329 confirmed coronavirus cases, overtaking neighbouring Iran for the first time to register the highest number of infections in the Middle East. Iran partially reopened its capital, Tehran, allowing "low-risk businesses", including shops, factories and warehouses to resume operations. But Algeria,…
A clear pronouncement from government regarding the operation of Spaza-shops (Tuck-shops) during South Africa’s lockdown due to the spread of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) is needed. Illustration Photo: Media 24. The Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) has announced guidelines for participation in the Spaza Shops and General Dealers support scheme. The…
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that South Africa has 3034 confirmed Covid-19 cases and two new deaths bringing the total to 52. Mkhize held a virtual briefing on Saturday evening, where he released the country’s latest COVID-19 statistics. This means an increase of 251 new cases from Friday’s 2…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. President Cyril Ramaphosa has chaired a virtual meeting of the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC), which discussed measures to strengthen and intensify the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual meeting was held on Saturday, as South Africa marked day 23 of the national lockdown. On…
Correctional Services says five more officials have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing to 99 the total number of cases in Correctional Services. “The number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in Correctional Services has increased by five officials, thus bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 99,” the department said on…
Image Courtesy of GCIS. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize is briefing the media on latest Covid-19 developments via Zoom. Watch Live:Health Minister Zweli Mkhize's latest on COVID-19 Developments. Courtesy of SABC.
File:International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor. Picture: @DIRCO_ZA/Twitter. The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO),said efforts to ensure the repatriation of South Africans stranded abroad are continuing. “Negotiations are ongoing with countries and other stakeholders to allow stranded South Africans to travel,” said the department in a statement.…
Image Supplied. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has urged aviators to comply with the regulations and directions of the Disaster Management Act aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. In a statement on Saturday, the Minister appealed particularly to pilots and drone owners to comply with the regulations put in place…
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