Friday 26th June
Covid-19 and Local News & Updates
Tests Conducted – 1 460 012 | Positive Cases – 118375 | Recoveries – 59974 | Deaths – 2292
After a week or more of glorious “Indian Summer” weather some cold and windy weather is reported to be on its way. Wrap up, mask up and keep warm
PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:
NMB concerned about Covid stats as Uitenhage numbers are growing and hospitals are filling up – The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has noted with concern the rising numbers of COVID-19 infections in Uitenhage and KwaNobuhle.
Blankets and masks given to NMB isolation facility – Hundreds of blankets and thousands of masks have been donated to the Covid-19 isolation facility located at the Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) Stadium.
R1 million in cellphones stolen in PE robbery – Port Elizabeth police are investigating a case of business robbery after 500 brand new cellphones were stolen from a cellphone company in Cape Road.
Another Covid-19 record as more than 6,500 cases recorded in 24 hours – Another Covid-19 record was broken on Thursday, as 6,580 new cases of the respiratory illness were reported in the past 24 hours.
Distance, Dose, Dispersion: An experts’ guide on Covid-19 risks in South Africa and how to manage them – Understand the three things that can make the most difference to easing the lockdown and reopening South Africa with the least risk, whether you are using a taxi, socialising, working, working out, or running a shop.
Mapping active Covid-19 cases in SA: This is where the virus is alive – Active cases – those who are currently living with the virus – stand at over 52 717 across the country, with the most active cases being recorded in Gauteng.
Here are the deaths by age in South Africa’s coronavirus hotpsots – The latest data from the Department of Health shows a clear correlation between age and the coronavirus mortality rate.
NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:
Restaurants, cinemas and casinos are now unbanned – but must wait for more rules before opening – A late-night update to lockdown regulations on Thursday formally unbanned gatherings at conferences, restaurants, casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, and libraries.
BATSA, Dlamini-Zuma set to face off in court next week over cigarette ban – BATSA has filed its latest legal papers in a bid to have the tobacco ban during lockdown overturned.
SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:
The man behind St James’ menhirs – “Each stack represents the strength humans can embody in the face of adversity,” says Sipho Njengezi, the man credited with creating some of the rock installations spotted in Kalk Bay.
Magashule’s ex-bodyguard back in court in October over stolen Pierneef painting – The Hawks’ investigation suggested Ricardo Metler removed the painting by South African painter JH Pierneef from a safe in Magashule’s office in February 2018.
Perlemoen dealers to be deported and may never set foot in SA again – Two Chinese Nationals who were running an abalone operation in the Western Cape will soon be deported back to their home country and will never be allowed to return to South Africa.
Botswana lawyers decry involvement of AfriForum in Bridgette Motsepe case – Botswana lawyers have described their government’s appointment of AfriForum’s Gerrie Nel to help pursue a case involving businesswoman Bridgette Motsepe as ‘alarming’ and ‘ill-advised’.
Malawi’s remarkable election – and fresh opportunity – With all but three of the 28 districts counted, the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation on Thursday 25 June gave opposition leader Dr Lazarus Chakwera what appears to be an unassailable lead
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:
Parliament is still in charge, not Covid-19 command council: Mabuza – The national coronavirus command council (NCCC) has not stripped parliament of its powers to hold ministers managing the Covid-19 crisis accountable.
ANC expresses concern over Mogoeng’s purported Israel-Palestine remarks – The party says Mogoeng has entered the arena of political commentary which might make him vulnerable in the future.
Gauteng DA’s Moriarty reveals why he will fight Zille for party top job – Moriarty said Zille was wrong in her tweets about colonialism and he believed her views on apartheid were wrong as well.
Motshekga satisfied with reopening of schools, says ‘platooning’ likely as more children go back – Basic education minister Angie Motshekga says there has been a 98% attendance rate by the first cohort of pupils to return to class as schools reopened for grades 7 and 12.
Malema denies VBS links, points to ANC involvement – Malema denies any link between his party and the looting of funds from VBS, but says more arrests are coming, including ANC politicians and several others.
Fear rules in affected communities as prosecutors zoom in on suspected VBS killings – The arrest of the suspected VBS bank looters has brought hope to communities, but victims remain fearful as old wounds fester.
Former acting CFO arrested for ‘R50m invested with VBS Mutual Bank’ – A former manager at the Merafong municipality was arrested on Thursday in connection with R50m that was invested with VBS Mutual Bank.
Flying into flak: Another snag and delay for the rescue of SAA – If there are further objections to the SAA business rescue plan, which would affect its approval, the rescue practitioners are required by the Companies Act to declare that SAA has no reasonable prospects of being rescued.
Is the SAA business rescue plan the best course of action? – ‘We cannot spend our way out of trouble. We have got to make real, proper reforms, not play-play reforms.’ – Mike Schüssler, Economists.co.za.
Mboweni must look at how SA dug itself out of the 1932 debt crisis with techniques we can learn from – Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s revised Budget is the last nail in the coffin of a poor majority already doomed to hell.
What the budget didn’t say – For one thing, how will taxes be increased?
How COVID-19 saved ADSL in South Africa – The COVID-19 pandemic and South Africa’s national lockdown implemented to curb the spread of the virus has fundamentally changed Telkom’s ADSL strategy.
Coronavirus: ‘Very significant’ resurgences in Europe alarm WHO – Europe has seen an increase in weekly cases of Covid-19 for the first time in months as restrictions are eased, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.
Climate change: Ireland on the verge of its ‘greenest government ever’ – Ireland stands on the brink of putting climate change at the heart of its government if Green Party members vote in favour of a new coalition.
A LETTER TO COVID-19:
A letter to Covid-19 – Dear Covid 19 – I understand that you are in the world because in some greater plan of God you needed to appear.
Australia and New Zealand chosen to host 2023 women’s World Cup – Australia and New Zealand will host the 2023 Women’s World Cup after the countries’ joint bid was chosen by FIFA on Thursday.