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Monday 6th April
Covid-19 and Local News & Updates
Covid-19 Update #13 – First deliveries of DVG Food Relief this week – With a tremendous response from generous donors, the Disaster Volunteer Group (DVG) is delighted to confirm that the first delivery of 250 food parcels will take place this coming week.
Door-To-Door COVID-19 screening to kick off in Kouga this week – Community screening will kick off across Kouga this week as part of collective government efforts to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Water trucks to assist with water in Hankey and Patensie – With the level of the Kouga Dam having dropped to 15%, residents of Hankey and Patensie are reminded to use water extremely sparingly.
LIVE | SA coronavirus cases at 1 655, US sees over 1 200 deaths in 24 hours – Stay up to date with the latest news, views and analysis as the number of coronavirus cases in SA increases.
The BRICS bank is ready to lend SA $1bn to fight the Covid-19 – Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is mulling an offer by the BRICS New Development Bank to lend South Africa $1-billion to fight Covid-19
1,655 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa, as deaths climb to 11 – Police minister Bheki Cele meanwhile, has welcomed the dramatic reduction in serious and violent crimes HOWEVER over 2300 reports of gender based violence sing March 27
National lockdown likely to be extended – report – In the projections of a US consultancy firm, it reports that South Africa’s Covid-19 cases may only peak by June, making it feasible that lockdown would end in August.
Other interesting news, articles & opinions
Trevor Noah – Bill Gates Saga:
Ndlozi’s criticism of ‘dropout’ Bill Gates’ Covid-19 Trevor Noah interview divides opinion – Noah says his interview with Gates is not about him testing vaccines in Africa, and anyone thinking that is confused.
Apology to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for ‘Africa vaccine’ story – On Saturday, 4 April, News24 published a story under the headline “Bill Gates confident a potential coronavirus vaccine will work in Africa, but Twitter does not think so”.
With low demand, Eskom can now maintain its system, but warns it will be at a cost – Power utility Eskom says though the low electricity demand during the lockdown gives it an opportunity to maintain its power stations
Eskom Pension and Provident Fund members’ payouts are at risk – The fund denies it won’t be able to pay pensions at the end of the month, but the withdrawal of the case suggests the risks are high.
LAW & ORDER:
New sheriff in town: State Attorney ‘horror show’ in for cleanup as acting solicitor-general appointed – Newly appointed acting Solicitor-General, Fhedzisani Pandelani, has been tasked with cleaning up and rebuilding the state’s corroded legal services.
SA scrambles to finalise housing plan for populated areas: ‘You can’t put a cost on human lives’ – A massive housing initiative is under way to reduce the number of people living in congested areas in a bid to fight the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
Coronavirus will have long-term impacts for business leaders. Here are the top 5 – As the Covid-19 crisis unfolds, the focus of business leaders and others has been on immediate responses and short-term time horizons.
Look who’s winning during lockdown – Netflix, of course. Also teleconferencing provider Zoom, toilet paper makers – and gold.
Coronavirus-stricken cities go digital to improve solidarity and wellbeing – On the streets of Barcelona, a few lone shoppers and dog walkers, their faces obscured by masks, are the only signs of life in this once-vibrant city — but online it’s a different story.
1918 Spanish Flu historical documentary | Swine Flu Pandemic | Deadly plague of 1918 – This video documentary will open your eyes to just how devastating a virus such as Covid-19 could be. We need to follow the lessons taught