Monday 1st June
Covid-19 and Local News & Updates
Tests Conducted – 582855 | Positive Cases – 22853 | Recoveries – 11100 | Deaths – 429
PLEASE SAVE WATER!
Some updates on our water supply – Further to our post of May 28th ‘An Overview of St Francis Water Supply‘ Chris Cowling sent us an update on the dams that supply us with our life sustaining water supply.
Covid-19 Update #33 – Welcome to Level 3. – Despite advice from scientists who stated that the country can go back to Level One, Cyril Ramaphosa took the advice from the World Health Organisation, who decided a gradual easing of the levels was more suited.
PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:
Wild Coast schoolchildren document their Covid-19 hopes and fears – Amid the invisible threat of Covid-19, a series of writing competitions looks set to spark a creative spirit among learners missing out on classes.
Education department announces learners will now only start schooling next week – After a day of speculation about what Minister Angie Motshekga might be doing, along with a cancelled Sunday press conference, the department has finally let the public in on what’s going on.
Covid-19 positive cases now over 32 600 with 51% recovery rate – On the eve of South Africa moving to lockdown alert level 3, the Health Department said on Sunday that the number of positive Covid-19 cases has risen to 32 683,
URGENT: Stop random Covid-19 testing and sort out the backlog – The Covid-19 testing backlog and proposed testing strategies outside hospital settings in South Africa are threatening patient management and compromising health care workers’ safety.
Scientists advised Cabinet to go to Level 1, govt chose middle ground – Ramaphosa – Ramaphosa also conceded that the government’s initial plan to leave hotspot areas at a higher alert levels would have been impractical to enforce.
Level 3 lockdown: These are the regulations that apply from June 1 – AS SOUTH Africa prepares for the relaxation of lockdown restrictions, the government’s Coronavirus Command Council has clarified the new regulations which will govern the lives of citizens from June 1.
‘State lied about tobacco ban’ – The association taking the government to court over the tobacco ban has accused it of inflating the number of people who supported the ban and using literature that does not show the link between cigarette smoking and the Covid-19 coronavirus
Government wants 100% smoking ban in public areas – The deputy minister said on Sunday (31 May), that the government is finalising a bill that will enforce a 100% prohibition of smoking in public areas.
‘The president should have announced the changes’ – Ramaphosa on the cigarette U-turn – “Obviously people had taken issue with the way the announcement was made.
SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:
Ramaphosa reveals plan to centralise Covid-19 procurement for the entire continent – President Cyril Ramaphosa has revealed that the government is building a platform that will be used to procure Covid-19 related supplies for the entire African continent.
How the Guptas’ R9bn locomotive heist went down – We make public for the first time, and analyse in detail, how Transnet locomotive suppliers pledged R9-billion in kickbacks to the Guptas,
Locorruption reloaded: We reveal Gupta kickback contracts worth R9bn – Three years ago amaBhungane and its #GuptaLeaks partners revealed a kickback contract between the Guptas and a locomotive manufacturer contracted to Transnet.
‘We can all share the slice’ – Recording reveals Sisulu adviser discussed sharing R200m emergency tender – A recent recording reveals a top official hatching a plan with his two subordinates to siphon part of the R200m pledged to water-starved residents
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:
Nationalise, Command, Let the ‘White Economy’ Collapse: Where Malema leads, ANC’s Mzwandile Masina will follow – As millions in South Africa go back to work this Monday morning, the government’s long-term economic policy will be key in ensuring the country has a future.
Alexkor, another broken SOE – Forensic report exposes maladministration on a gargantuan scale. Alexkor owns the marine diamond mining rights from Alexander Bay to Port Nolloth in the Richtersvel
BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:
Covid-19 recovery will take years – Tsogo Sun Hotels CEO – March was ‘a catastrophe’, with the start of lockdown resulting in the total closure of its portfolio.
You will pay more for ATM cash withdrawals from Monday – South Africans who withdraw money from an ATM of another bank will now be charged higher fees than during the level 5 and level 4 lockdown.
ANC mulls using pensions to spur growth in a post-Covid South Africa – Enoch Godongwana’s recommendations to the African National Congress come as the government tries to revive an economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Take a hike to see province through fresh eyes – The Eastern Cape boasts an incredible 800km coastline and landscapes that allow one to see for endless kilometres — from the arid Karoo to white, sandy shores and even tropical forests, ancient shipwrecks and majestic mountains.
Supernatural: The next-generation keep-fit coach? – A new virtual reality fitness experience aims to change the face of home workouts, with a new regime every day.
The law that defined how the internet works – and why it matters – President Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order Thursday that could pave the way for federal regulators to punish tech companies for how they moderate content.
George Floyd death: Lawyer calls it ‘premeditated murder’ – A lawyer for the family of George Floyd, whose death sparked unrest across the US, has accused a police officer of “premeditated murder”.
Trump on violent protesters: ‘Where are the arrests and long term jail sentences?’ – President Trump on Sunday afternoon expressed outrage over an apparent lack of law enforcement arrests of rioters who have brought violence upon several American cities
SpaceX Nasa Mission: Astronauts on historic mission enter space station – US astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken have docked with, and entered, the International Space Station (ISS).
Could nearly half of those with Covid-19 have no idea they are infected? – As studies confirm many infected people show no symptoms, contact tracing and face masks assume even greater importance
Golf in ‘positive’ discussions with government over re-opening of courses – SA golf community wants courses re-opened under Level 3 lockdown regulations.
Rugby’s Top 10 referees by Test appearances – includes 3 South Africans! – Rugby is fortunate to be blessed with some top-quality individuals to keep law and order amidst the melee of scrums, rucks and mauls.