Thursday 25th June

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 1 382 772  Positive Cases –  106108  |  Recoveries – 55045 |  Deaths – 2101

LOCAL:

Covid-19 Update 44 – MUNICIPAL OFFICES CLOSE DUE TO COVID-19  –  Kouga Municipality’s offices at Main Street, Humansdorp, and Hankey will be closed until further notice

FOSTER Chairman responds to complaints over Wildside barriers  –  Concerns have been raised about the blocking access by cyclists to the wildside path. The following points are relevant:

In the palm of your hand  –  Online bookings for easier golfing and club enjoyment

NSRI:

NSRI warns of increased shark activity on Southern Coastline  –  NSRI are appealing to bathers, paddlers, body borders and surfers to be cautious along the Southern Cape coastline and the Eastern Cape coastline,

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

AlgoaFMPE radio station in full support of presenter following assault  –  A Christian Radio station in Port Elizabeth, PE FM, has come out in support of their drive-time presenter Josca Human who was assaulted over the weekend, allegedly by her now ex-boyfriend.

Nelson Mandela Bay state maternity services near collapse as workers stay away  –  General assistants, including porters and hospital cleaners, and nurses have been refusing to return to large parts of the hospital

AlgoaFMEC Premier moots 6-month ban on liquor sales as crime spirals  –  Eastern Cape Premier, Lubabalo Mabuyane, believes that the ban on alcohol sales in the province should be extended for the next six months.

EFF withdraws from Black Caucus  –  The EFF in Nelson Mandela Bay has pulled out of the Black Caucus, which is made up of the UDM, AIC, United Front and the Patriotic Alliance.

COVID-19:

TimesliveBiggest ever single-day increase in Covid-19 cases, as SA total hits 111,796  –  SA’s Covid-19 cases continued to climb at a rapid rate, with 5,688 cases reported in the past 24 hours.

‘This is crazy – it’s like a machine’: nurses on the Covid-19 front line in the Western Cape  –  “This place steals from you. We are emotionally drained. I’m emotionally drained from yesterday and now I have to face today.”

NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:

Citizen Covid-19Govt should’ve considered social impact of regulations – Madonsela for Scopra  –  The panel highlighted a lack of communication on the reasons behind certain regulations as well as a deviation from the Disaster Management Act by government.

Citizen Covid-19Lockdown’s limitation of rights mustn’t become new norm, warn academics  –  ‘The vision [for SA post-Covid-19] is simply not there, we are in a heavily reactive mode,’ clinical psychologist Professor Saths Cooper said.

BUDGET:

Business MaverickMboweni starves most SOEs of additional funding to ‘close the hippo’s mouth’  –  Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has a soft spot for the Land Bank, a state-owned specialist lender to commercial and emerging farmers. 

BizNewsRevised budget in a nutshell: Highlights, pictures  –  South Africa’s revised budget – snapshots – Debt crisis: The mouth of the hippopotamus

My BroadbandTax increases coming for South Africa  –  The budget review stated that the active scenario assumes the following tax increases over the next few years:

Greece, Zimbabwe, post-war Germany: How Mboweni sees SA if urgent reforms aren’t rolled out  –  Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has issued a bleak warning about SA’s future if reforms aren’t instituted as soon as possible.

EXPLAINED | Nine things you should know about Tito Mboweni’s budget  –  He said his “Herculean” task is, therefore, “to close the mouth of the hippopotamus” by reducing expenditure and stabilising debt.

SA AIRWAYS:

Independent On LineAirlink believes creditors ‘won’t be able to make informed decision on SAA rescue plan’  –  Airlink said while it respects the South  Gauteng High Court’s decision to allow tomorrow’s meeting of SAA creditors to proceed, it is deeply disappointed.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

The GuardianSmall-scale miner finds biggest tanzanite gems in history, worth $3.3m  –  Saniniu Laizer plans to build a school and shopping mall near his home in Tanzania, but will hold a big party first

The CitizenZimbabwe increases fuel price by 150 percent  –  After years in international isolation, Zimbabwe’s economy has been on a downturn for more than a decade.

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:

TimesliveAuditor-general laments ‘dysfunctional’ councils and lack of consequences  –  The auditor-general has decried the failure of many South African municipalities to account for public finances entrusted to them to safeguard and spend effectively.

COURTS:

Daily MaverickUpdate: High court sets aside dodgy Tshwane fuel tender, fingers company that paid Malema ‘kickbacks’  –  A judge has declared constitutionally invalid a tender the City awarded to three bidders, citing the ‘irrational’ adjudication that amaBhungane exposed.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

BusinesstechSale of Virgin Active delayed after gyms close due to coronavirus  –  Sale of Brait SE’s Virgin Active fitness chain will be delayed as much as 18 months following closures of gyms to help contain the coronavirus.

money webZero-based budgeting: SOEs in the firing line  –  Treasury has asked departments to identify entities which can be rationalised; seeks R230bn in spending adjustments.

TECHNOLOGY: 

Independent On Line7 apps and websites every university student should know about  –  Thankfully, these apps and websites were made with the purpose of making life as a student just a little easier. 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS:

BBC newsCoronavirus: New York imposes quarantine on nine US states  –  New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have asked people travelling from states where virus cases are rising to go into self-isolation for 14 days.

The GuardianLife almost as we know it: England’s lockdown changes on 4 July  –  Scientists describe measures for easing lockdown as nuanced and ‘an art, not a science’

VIRTUAL NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL:

Maverick Life‘Find amazing everywhere’ in reimagined National Arts Festival  –  Culture highlight fully digitises the lineup for the first time in the event’s storied history.

Peter Maartens: Playing while sick, a cello virtuoso heals others  –  For cellist Peter Martens, who premieres at the Virtual National Arts Festival today (Thursday 25 June), the relationship between nature and music’s curative powers is indelibly written into the pandemic timeline.

SPORT:

SPRINGBOKS 1995 HEROES: WHERE ARE THEY NOW  –  June 24! 25 years ago went down in World Cup history as the day South Africa partied like never before. Rugbypass writer Liam Heagney reports 

Sport24Nelson Mandela, Francois Pienaar, the 1995 World Cup and a plastic shopping bag  –  Nelson Mandela took a replica Springboks jersey out of a plastic shopping bag and asked captain Francois Pienaar for permission to wear it before the 1995 Rugby World Cup final, it was revealed on Wednesday.

 

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