PLEASE SAVE WATER
Thursday 9th July
Covid-19 and Local News & Updates
Tests Conducted – 1 944 399 | Positive Cases – 224665 | Recoveries – 106842 | Deaths – 3602
Kouga Traffic re-opens for licence renewals and registration – The Kouga Traffic Department in Humansdorp has re-opened for driving and motor vehicle licence renewals and registrations.
NSRI advise caution following the SA Weather Service severe weather forecast: – NSRI is appealing for public caution following the South African Weather Service (SAWS) forecasting high, rough seas and gale force winds expected along the coastal regions
PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:
Fears over state of Nelson Mandela Bay’s water lifeline as its biggest supply dam falls to 7% – Nelson Mandela Bay’s combined dam capacity has fallen to below 20% and its biggest supply dam has dropped to 7% as the municipality considers tighter water restrictions.
Life-saving donations helping Bay fight pandemic – Funds donated to the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s Covid-19 fund have been used to help the metro’s hospitals
More than R5m damage to trucks in Bay – The All Truck Driver’s Foundation (ATDF) has distanced itself from any acts of violence or damage to property
224,665 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa as deaths climb to 3,600 – This is an increase of 8,810 cases from the 215,855 cases reported on Tuesday – with a 24-hour high for the country of 10,853 cases recorded over the weekend.
Gauteng prepares mass graves as Covid-19 infections increase – Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku says the province has started digging graves in preparation for the peak of Covid-19.
SA running short of bed capacity as Covid-19 numbers continue to soar – Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says bed capacity in the country’s hospitals is expected to be breached in the next four weeks as the country battles to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:
What happened to the Sassa food parcels? – A bungled Sassa tender left confused service providers with warehouses full of food while also failing thousands of hungry South Africans.
Probe under way into how alcohol is ‘clogging’ hospital beds – The health department has appointed a “special task team” to assess the impact of alcohol consumption during the lockdown on already under-pressure health infrastructure.
Will you still be insured if you can’t renew your driver’s licence? – Lockdown complication: Industry body says decisions will be based on the merit of each claim.
SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:
WATCH | Helicopter evacuates runner’s body from Table Mountain – A search and rescue helicopter evacuated missing Cape Town trail runner Ken Stephen’s body from the slopes of Table Mountain,
Virtual National Arts Festival extended – The first virtual National Arts Festival has been extended and will air until Thursday next week (July 16) with shows from the Fringe set to stay online until July 31.
Longer queues at OR Tambo International Airport as business travel picks up in SA – OR Tambo International Airport management has appealed to travellers to complete the compulsory health questionnaire before arriving at the airport for domestic air travel,
Sexual harassment and discrimination in the legal profession – Taking the bullies by their horns. It is time for women in the profession to unite and fight back.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:
Opposition parties slam government’s approach to Covid-19 – Opposition parties have criticised the government’s approach to fighting the spread of Covid-19 and some of its decision-making in easing the lockdown.
Zondo commission must tighten its belt, MPs say, after R700m spent – ‘The Investigative Directorate is not affected by these [budget] cuts,’ National Director of Public Prosecutions Shamila Batohi said of the unit probing state capture cases
Internal report recommends SARS withdraw key ‘rogue unit’ reports, must apologise to employees – A report marked “strictly confidential” was forwarded to SARS commissioner Edward Kieswetter in March 2020.
Amended SAA business rescue plan offers employees a better deal – South African Airways employees are set to walk off with a better deal under amendments to the proposed business rescue plan for the embattled airline.
We don’t owe Eskom, they owe us, says Stefanutti Stocks – Eskom says Stefanutti Stocks was overpaid to the tune of R1 billion for its work at Kusile but the construction firm says it is the party owed by the power utility.
Ex-VBS treasurer bought Porsche with some of the loot – after two crashes in succession a young man was dead – Almost a year later, the police are still investigating a case of culpable homicide and reckless and negligent driving involving former VBS treasurer Phophi Mukhodobwane
BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:
Steinhoff and Tongaat Hulett fraudsters firmly in Financial Sector Conduct Authority’s sights – As new management teams at Steinhoff and Tongaat slowly but steadily repair the damage done to these companies, the law may yet catch up with the perpetrators.
Sean Emery: Kisby Fund is helping SA businesses to survive, thrive beyond Covid-19 – The Kisby Fund is bringing in investors who want to get good businesses back on track as they emerge from the Covid-19 crisis and share in the gains.
Facebook takes down accounts and pages of Trump ally Roger Stone – Facebook Inc on Wednesday removed 50 personal and professional pages connected to U.S. President Donald Trump’s longtime adviser Roger Stone,
Trump criticizes Fauci and says US in a ‘good place’ as Covid-19 cases top 3m – More than 130,000 Americans have now died from Covid-19, the highest death toll in the world.
Aardvark starvation: Extreme drought killing off food sources – New research confirms that extreme droughts amid the deepening climate crisis are forcing nocturnal aardvarks in the Kalahari to feed and forage when the sun’s up