Tuesday 24th March
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St Francis Property Owners daily update blog – Intended to assist St Francis residents with local news associated with Covid-19
Water supply to Wavecrest will be affected this week – The water supply to sections of Wavecrest will be lower than usual this week due to upgrades being done at the Jeffreys Bay Water Treatment Works.
PE, East Cape & Southern Coast
EC Health Dept calls for tough action on those flouting disaster regulations – The Eastern Cape Health Department is calling on law enforcement agencies to deal decisively with anyone found to be in contravention of the national state of disaster regulations.
Nelson Mandela Bay business chamber calls for VAT ‘holiday’ – Chamber CEO, Nomkhita Mona said: “During these times of the Covid-19 crisis the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber realises this is business unusual.
Confirmed SA cases See the details of all the confirmed positive cases of coronavirus in South Africa, by province.
‘Cometh the moment, cometh the man’: SA lauds Ramaphosa – South Africans have applauded President Cyril Ramaphosa after he announced that the country would go on a 21-day coronavirus lockdown from March 26.
Important stats about the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa – Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Monday that there are 402 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in South Africa.
Coronavirus lockdown in SA: These are the businesses that can operate – President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday announced a countrywide lockdown, part of which is that only certain categories of businesses can remain open.
South Africa & African Continent
MUST READ | You could face jail time or a fine for breaking SA’s lockdown rules – Here are 13 key points from from the President’s briefing:
Don’t flee cities for rural areas, plead authorities – Authorities are warning that such actions are likely to spread the virus and could overwhelm rural health systems.
Tutu foundation welcomes Rupert, Oppenheimer donation to combat virus impact – The Rupert and Oppenheimer families have already committed R1 billion each to assist small businesses and employees affected by the national lockdown.
Cape Town, if your weekend felt normal, you’re endangering us all – The fact that South Africans could still be seen congregating on beaches and enjoying social outings with friends this weekend shows that the message is not getting through in many places.
If Covid-19 cancels your wedding, you should get a full refund: consumer goods ombud – The cost of a cancelled wedding – especially very shortly before those “I do’s” are said – is catastrophic for the couple and their guests, as well as all the wedding vendors.
Busisiwe Mkhwebane acted “improperly in flagrant disobedience of the Constitution”, says Pretoria High Court – The public protector’s subpoena powers do not trump tax secrecy laws, the Pretoria High Court found on Monday.
FIRST TAKE: The night Cyril Ramaphosa became a wartime president – On Monday night President Cyril Ramaphosa became a wartime president. And he showed South Africans that the only way home is to unite around a single purpose,
DA welcomes lockdown: Covid-19 biggest threat SA has faced in its 26 years of democracy’ – DA interim leader John Steenhuisen added the virus would put pressure on our health and economic system, making the lockdown the right thing to do.
Business, Money & The Economy
South African economy goes on shutdown – The three-week lockdown from midnight 26 March announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa will bring most of the economy to a grinding halt, including the mines.
Will the coronavirus permanently change business? – At very least a new normal can be expected.
Coronavirus live news: UK placed under lockdown as Trump insists US will ‘reopen’ soon – Police to enforce UK lockdown; US president tells country not to blame Asian Americans; UN calls for global ceasefire; WHO says virus accelerating.
Covid-19: Canadian biotech company announces progress in developing a vaccine – Canadian biotechnology company, Medicago announced on Monday it successfully produced virus-like particles (VLP) of the coronavirus
Electric cars produce less CO2 than petrol vehicles, study confirms – Finding will come as boost to governments seeking to move to net zero carbon emissions
Facebook cuts video quality to ease net strain – Facebook is the latest platform to reduce its video quality in Europe, to reduce demand on internet service providers.
IOC member says 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be postponed – The International Olympic Committee has decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games because of the coronavirus pandemic, IOC member Dick Pound told USA Today.
Earth’s deepest ice canyon vulnerable to melting – East Antarctic’s Denman Canyon is the deepest land gorge on Earth, reaching 3,500m below sea-level.
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