Time for Level Three
Thursday 21st May
Covid-19 and Local News & Updates
Tests Conducted – 505861 | Positive Cases – 18003 | Recoveries – 8950 | Deaths – 339
Impofu barges ready to extract last drops – Two barges capable of extracting precious extra volume from the Impofu Dam are nearly completed and should be commissioned by the end of this week.
PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:
NMBM has less than 20% of water available from supply dams – The Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has less than 20% of water available from its four main supply dams.
Theft and money laundering trial against former PE attorney set down for October – Erasmus is facing 56 counts, which include theft and the contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act.
Covid-19 cases surge to 18,003 with 27 more deaths – SA has recorded the first neonatal mortality related to Covid-19 – this was a two-day-old baby that was born prematurely, the health minister said.
Unravelling the riddle of the Western Cape’s high Covid-19 numbers – Ask why the province has so many Covid-19 cases, and the main reason you’ll be given is because of the scale and the nature of its testing.
Face mask rules more political than scientific, says expert – Study reveals cloth coverings reduce airflow but Covid-19 effectiveness remains unproven
Zweli Mkhize takes on top scientist over controversial lockdown comments – Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has gone on the offensive, squaring up against Prof Glenda Gray over the controversial and critical comments she made about SA’s nationwide lockdown.
SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:
New extension for drivers and car licences in South Africa – The Department of Transport has published a new directive which outline the validity of motor vehicle licences and registrations during South Africa’s 21-day lockdown.
How many South Africans lost their jobs during lockdown – The report cites data from a “wave 2 survey” which collated responses from 2,688 South African residents aged 18 and older.
SA journalist flees to Lesotho after police beatings while on duty: Sanef – The South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef) has expressed concern at the ill treatment of a journalist who was allegedly assaulted by police and has had to flee the country.
Botswana probes mysterious death of 56 elephants – Botswana is probing the mysterious death of 56 elephants, over the space of two months, after poaching was ruled out as a possibility.
SCHOOLS & EDUCATION:
Minister Motshekga seems to be in denial about the true state of SA schools – The lack of detail in the Basic Education Minister’s address calls into question her logic for reopening schools to grades 7 and 12 on 1 June.
Parents need to work with schools to ensure virus safety – education expert – But Professional Educators’ Union president Johannes Motona said the timelines set by the department were not possible, based on the situation on the ground.
Inside Ramaphosa’s meeting with opposition party leaders – The sale of alcohol, physical sittings of Parliament, resumption of domestic travel and opening of churches were just some of the issues leaders of opposition parties raised with President Cyril Ramaphosa
Presidency tried to shut us up, says advocate who wrote to Ramaphosa – ‘If there was proper oversight and scrutiny, we would have had a more rational, less damaging lockdown.
ANC’s John Block to be released on parole? Department ducks questions – Senior officials from the correctional services department have sidestepped questions from MPs over growing speculation that former ANC Northern Cape strongman John Block is due to be released on parole,
SAA ‘stand-off’ could undermine business rescue in SA – The 86-year-old state-owned airline hasn’t made a profit in about eight years and has cost the government almost R30 billion in bailouts over the past decade.
SAA gets R3.8bn, Eskom R33bn as Covid-19 ups SOEs’ financial woes – The government has allocated R3.8bn to troubled national airline SAA as part of funding to state-owned entities in the current financial year
BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:
Is SA heading toward life without a construction sector? – Esor follows Group Five in confirming its impending JSE delisting, while Basil Read’s listing future is uncertain.
Three out of four SMMEs will close: Bold steps are required to avert a crisis – A new survey shows that 68% of SMMEs that applied for funding were unsuccessful.
Land Bank too big to fail — but Treasury stalls on a bailout – The National Treasury has adopted a hard stance on the R22bn cash injection, saying it cannot expedite financial assistance to the Land Bank
The great video chat face-off: Six apps were tested, one came out on top – Zoom videoconferencing’s Brady Bunch grid of faces has become synonymous with working, learning and even partying from home during the coronavirus pandemic. BUT
When to expect eSIM support on Telkom, Cell C, and Rain – Embedded SIM (eSIM) support is available on the Vodacom and MTN mobile networks in South Africa, although it is currently only available for wearables.
Cyclone Amphan live updates: Cleanup begins in India and Bangladesh – Cyclone Amphan made landfall in West Bengal, India, near the Bangladeshi border.
Coronavirus: All 50 US states move toward reopening – As the country’s death toll surpasses 92,000, all 50 US states have partially reopened after a two-month shutdown.
Springboks’ leadership style paved road to World Cup glory – The Springboks were blessed with many leaders during last year’s Rugby World Cup campaign, but transparency, honesty and accepting responsibility were vital in their quest to glory.