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Tuesday 7th April

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

LOCAL:

A thought for the most vulnerable members of our society  –  The impact that the Covid-19 lockdown is having on the most vulnerable members of our society, township pets cannot be underestimated or ignored.

NATIONAL:

News24LIVE | Covid-19 cases at 1 686 in SA, US deaths pass bleak 10 000 milestone  –   –  Stay up to date with the latest news, views and analysis as the number of coronavirus cases in SA increases.

The CitizenCovid-19 cases rise to 1,686 in SA, with deaths now at 12  –  Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has updated the nation on the steady but not steep increase in the number of people confirmed to have the disease now, and one more person has died.

Daily MaverickIt’s a global crisis and SA doctors’ and nurses’ lives are on the line  –  The South African Department of Health finds itself being squeezed between a worldwide shortage of protective gear and healthcare workers threatening to down tools

Criminal charges opened against man who claimed Covid-19 swabs are contaminated  –  Criminal charges have formally been opened against a Cape Town man who claimed that the swabs used to test for Covid-19 were themselves contaminated with the coronavirus.

TimeslivePublic refusing Covid-19 tests due to fake news:   –  Many people don’t want to be tested for Covid-19 because of a “fake news” video saying that the swabs used to test for the illness are contaminated.

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Other interesting news, articles & opinions

Showing their love for the community pets

Never did I imagine that when Stephanie Ernstein and I joined forces to form a small animal outreach on the Sea Vista playing fields some five or so years ago that it would ever grow...

Sea Vista Food Parcel Update: Is Your business still being prevented from opening?

The St Francis Disaster Volunteer Group along with St Fr Francis United Church and Rotary St Francis continues their incredible work in assisting those in our Sea Vista township still...

Kouga Traffic Re-Opens for License Re-newals and Registration

 The Kouga Traffic Department in Humansdorp has re-opened for driving and motor vehicle licence renewals and registrations.No new learner or driving licence test applications will,...

Some updates on our water supply

Further to our post of  May 28th 'An Overview of St Francis Water Supply'  Chris Cowling sent us an update on the dams that supply us with our life sustaining water supply. Churchill and...

Mission Chokka Industry St Francis

Louanne Mostert so well known to many in St Francis returned on a mission to profile the Chokka fishing industry and the livelihoods that depend on it. "In early March, I had the...

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 "I have noticed that a lot of emphasis is placed on the level of the...

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments For Licensing & RegistrationTraffic departments around the country have been unable to re-open because the online system...

Lockdown Ban On Controlled Burns Lifted

The ban on permitted, prescribed burns in the Kouga region has been lifted.Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said land owners and farmers could once again apply...

The other side of the smoking ban

Those deprived of their nicotine fix and having to go cold turkey will have climbed walls an no doubt there has been family arguments and some serious psychological damage done.Most...

GENERAL NEWS:

Government:
Daily Maverick
Don’t praise government fish for swimming  –  South Africa was in crisis before the emergence of Covid-19, with urgent intervention needed in improving infrastructure and support to reduce inequality. 

#EarthCrimes: Digging dung during a global crisis  –   In the midst of one disaster we are launching our focus on another. Introducing #EarthCrimes – an effort to use some of our skills and resources to highlight environmental collapse.

Part One: Limpopo’s dirty great white elephant  –  Government’s plan to develop a R40bn Chinese-controlled energy and metallurgical industrial complex at the Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone in Limpopo is founded on quicksand.

BUSINESS:
money webDecoding the Draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill  –  The changes have already come into effect and run until the end of July.

Independent On LinePartnerships crucial to guide SA through storm  –  Banks, businesses, the government, regulators and the broader financial services sector needed to pull together in a constructive partnership to guide South Africa through “what will be an extremely difficult economic period,

SCIENCE:
Independent On LineSANBI scientists peek inside first South African Sars-CoV-2 Genome  –   the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and University of the Western Cape (UWC)’s South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) have sequenced the first Sars-Cov-2 genome in the country

Technology:
Business MaverickAll South Africans will now get daily SMSes about the coronavirus – and other new changes you should know  –  Icasa)has published new regulations for South Africa’s communications sector which aim to make information around the coronavirus more easily accessible.

My BroadbandDStv without a decoder – Standalone streaming service delayed  –  The service will allow users to stream DStv content without linking their account to an active decoder and satellite installation.

WORLD:
The Guardian

Boris Johnson moved to intensive care after his condition worsens  –  Overall charge of government handed to Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary

BBC news Africa will not be testing ground for vaccine, says WHO  –  The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has condemned as “racist” the comments by two French doctors who suggested a vaccine for the coronavirus could be tested in Africa.

The CitizenIn first, US brands white supremacists as foreign terrorists  –  The move comes after ambivalent messages about white supremacists by President Donald Trump, who notoriously defended participants in a neo-Nazi rally.

SPORT:
The GuardianFifa exco members took bribes for Qatar World Cup votes, US prosecutors allege  –  Prosecutors in New York have revealed new details of alleged bribes paid to Fifa executive committee members to gain their votes for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup.

INTERESTING:
Daily MaverickIn Covid-19 times, government’s power grab must be subject to expeditious and clearly defined oversight  –  The destruction of life that has been caused by Covid-19 prompted governments the world over to assume emergency powers.

BBC newsPutting the spotlight on the global wildlife trade  –  Conservation experts say the coronavirus pandemic, which likely originated at a market selling wild animals in China, is a watershed moment for curbing the global wildlife trade

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