Time for Level Three
Thursday 28th May
Covid-19 and Local News & Updates
Tests Conducted – 634996 | Positive Cases – 25937 | Recoveries – 13451 | Deaths – 552
An Overview of St Francis Water Supply – Chris Cowling has submitted the following interesting and indeed important facts about the dams that supply our water
New water woes for Gamtoos Valley farmers – After a year of being able to draw 85% of their annual water allocations from the Kouga Dam, Gamtoos Valley farmers are facing the bleak prospect of having their water allocations cut dramatically
PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:
Eastern Cape provincial police commissioner returns to work after beating Covid-19 – Eastern Cape provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Liziwe Ntshinga has defeated Covid-19.
EC cops make R2m dagga bust – Eastern Cape police have seized a large quantity of dagga valued at R2m during intelligence-driven operations at Bizana.
Biggest single-day increase as SA records 1,673 new Covid-19 cases – In what is the biggest single-day increase to date, 1,673 new cases of Covid-19 were recorded in South Africa in the last 24 hours.
Mkhize: Global demand for Covid-19 kits hampering testing in SA – News24 reported on Wednesday that both public and private sectors were showing a sharp decline in the number of tests conducted.
Level 3 briefing delays are due to new church regulations – Jackson Mthembu – He said the government’s National Coronavirus Command Council’s briefing would go ahead on Thursday at 2pm.
Life: Working, pivoting and surviving under lockdown in SA – These are challenging times and even more uncertain times lie ahead. How are people going about their daily lives?
This is why we banned cigarette sales: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma tells court – The overarching rationale behind temporarily banning the sale of tobacco products during level 4 of the lockdown was to protect human life
SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:
AfriForum serves lawyer’s letter on Dlamini Zuma, threatens legal action if tobacco ban is not lifted – AfriForum has served a lawyer’s letter on the ministers of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Health requesting that the smoking ban be lifted by June 1.
Wife’s haircut pushes lawyer to take government to court over salon ban – Many a South African has reached a breaking point during the national lockdown which started two months ago.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS
Storm in parliament as EFF demands ‘racial breakdown’ of Covid-19 stats – The EFF caused a storm in the first National Assembly demanding that health minister Zweli Mkhize provide a “racial breakdown” of all people who have contracted coronavirus.
Municipalities owe Eskom R30bn, parliaments hears – Situation ‘not improving’ despite concessions, warns acting DG
SAA administrators see reasonable chance of rescuing the airline – The administrators of South Africa’s bankrupt state-owned airline said they see a “reasonable prospect of rescuing” it.
Dudu Myeni was prepared to cause ‘untold harm to SAA and the SA economy’ – “Reckless”, “supine with indifference”, “grossly negligent”, “gone rogue”, “playing the victim”, “dishonest”, “reprehensible” and an “unreliable witness” would float most prominently in Myeni’s cloud of Damocles
Police watchdog pulls investigators from State Capture probe – Former IPID officials interviewed by Viewfinder see this as an attempt to scupper high-level corruption investigations and to protect accused cops from prosecution.
BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:
SA financial system under stress, headed for ‘extraordinary shocks’ – Reserve Bank – The South African Reserve Bank says SA’s financial system is under stress and headed for “extraordinary shocks”, as people are expected to struggle servicing their debt
Privilege, travel and petty Covid-19 rules – cutting to the chase – Veteran Johannesburg businessman, Francois Gultig, cuts literally to the chase here, using the highly apt metaphor of the Red Herring.
How South Africa can best balance controlling Covid-19 and avoiding economic disaster – There is intense pressure on the government to lift the lockdown and open the economy. Sustainably lifting out of the lockdown is critical. But there is no roadmap.
Billionaire Johann Rupert scores R54 million payday – South African billionaire Johann Rupert took home a R54 million payday in 2020, for his role as chairman at Swiss luxury goods company, Richemont.
Check your insurance policy – Ombud for short-term cover warns that paying your premium is not the only requirement.
5 gadgets to stretch your money further this lockdown – With many people feeling the financial strain from reduced paychecks due to Covid-19, online shopping for non-essential items has become a luxury.
Pulling apart a £339 anti-5G USB stick – A device costing more than £300 promises to protect your family from 5G, using ground-breaking quantum technology – but does it work?
Coronavirus: How the pandemic in US compares with rest of world – Two days after the US recorded its first case of coronavirus, Donald Trump said the situation was “totally under control” and assured the public it was “going to be just fine”.
Roman mosaic floor found under Italian vineyard – A Roman mosaic floor has been discovered under a vineyard in northern Italy after decades of searching.