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Friday 24th July
Covid-19 and Local News & Updates
Tests Conducted – 2 632 106 | Positive Cases – 408052 | Recoveries – 236260 | Deaths – 6093
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PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:
Massive ‘markups’ at heart of Eastern Cape’s R538m tablets and e-learning deal with Surve-owned Sizwe Africa IT – Education officials in the Eastern Cape seemingly relied on grossly inflated prices to justify controversial lease deals for tablets and virtual classrooms
EC government threatens Nelson Mandela Bay metro takeover – The Nelson Mandela Bay metro has been given seven days to convince Eastern Cape co-operative governance & traditional affairs MEC Xolile Nqatha not to place it under administration.
Covid-19: Zweli Mkhize unlocks urgent help for Eastern Cape as deaths soar – Mkhize says the recent re-banning of alcohol sales had already had a ‘major impact’ on the availability of hospital beds.
More than 100 people to be retested after samples lost in PE truck hijacking – The bio-hazard samples went missing on Monday when two workers, from a courier company hired by the NHLS to collect samples from local clinics, were ambushed by two gunmen.
Frank the flamingo rescued from Port Alfred beach – National Sea Rescue Institute members had their hands full on Wednesday while trying to catch a fledgling flamingo that had found its way to Kleinemonde near Port Alfred.
Eastern Cape records highest number of daily Covid-19 deaths – Sub-Saharan Africa has recorded more than 750,000 coronavirus cases, including 15,000 deaths.
Zweli Mkhize plays down discrepancy in reported deaths – Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has downplayed the possible under-reporting of Covid-19 deaths after a study showed thousands of excess natural deaths.
NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:
Top scientist slams ‘irrational’ lockdown regulations – ‘Government keeps saying scientists are the ones making these decisions and that is part of our frustration’ – Prof Francois Venter
FIRST TAKE | Ramaphosa evades another opportunity to lead as he caves in to unions – President Cyril Ramaphosa, ignoring volumes of evidence about why schools can and must remain open, on Thursday night buckled to pressure from teachers’ unions
SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:
You will soon be able to apply online for protection orders, says Justice Minister – Justice Minister Ronald Lamola has announced that the public will soon apply online for protection orders as his department modernises the justice system.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:
Ramaphosa vows ‘very, very severe’ consequences for theft of Covid-19 relief funds – The president has vowed to crack down on corruption and theft relating to Covid-19 relief funds.
Flag to fly at half-mast as special funeral declared for Andrew Mlangeni – The late Rivonia trialist Andrew Mokete Mlangeni will receive a special funeral, the presidency declared on Thursday.
DA slams Ramaphosa for ‘bowing to union pressure’ to close schools – DA leader John Steenhuisen has slammed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to close public schools for a month,
National Lotteries Commission: Cars of two witnesses in corruption case ‘torched’ – The intrigue around alleged corruption with the beneficiaries of the National Lotteries Commission (NLC ) deepens as it emerges that two key witnesses’ cars were torched this past week.
BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:
Wirecard Scandal: Is their South African operation squeaky clean? – By its very nature, accounting fraud is perpetrated across multiple geographies by companies that have convoluted structures that are difficult to understand
Renewed calls for tax relief for home office expenses – As things stand, individuals must meet strict requirements in order to claim any lockdown-related home office expenditure.
Sarb cuts the repo rate – Rate has now been cut by 300 basis points in 2020 to mitigate economic impact of Covid-19 pandemic.
Here’s how much money you will save on a R1 million bond with rates at historic lows – With the interest rate at its lowest in decades, it may now be more financially prudent to buy rather than rent a home,
TOURISM & HOSPITALITY:
Angry SAs speak: Are you listening Ramaphosa? Restaurants are on ICU. #JobsSaveLives – The strict lockdown regulations imposed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in response to the coronavirus pandemic have all but annihilated the restaurant industry in South Africa.
Travel as you knew it is over – Airbnb CEO – Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky said the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the travel industry forever, but all is not lost.
Mike Pompeo says free world must change China or ‘China will change us’ – US Secretary of state calls for countries to triumph over Beijing’s ‘new tyranny’ as four Chinese nationals charged with visa fraud
Trump scraps Republican convention in virus ‘flare-up’ – President Donald Trump has cancelled the Republican party convention in Florida, citing the coronavirus “flare-up” as US cases passed four million.
Anonymously threatened with gang rape and murder, SA teenager takes Facebook Inc to court to disclose perpetrator – It has already cost the family of a Gauteng teen anonymously threatened with gang rape and murder a small fortune in legal fees and months of trauma
Plastic pollution to weigh 1.3 billion tonnes by 2040 – An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of plastic is destined for our environment – both land and water – by 2040, unless worldwide action is taken.
Lizard people and freedom of expression – Earlier this week a former reality TV personality, who now hosts a programme on eNCA, created a stir when he announced that David Icke would appear on his show.
After 2-year nightmare, Wayde van Niekerk eager to break the 43-second barrier – The 400 metres world record holder Wayde van Niekerk says he wants to become the first athlete to break the 43-second barrier for the one-lap event.