Time for Level Three

Wednesday 20th May

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 488609  Positive Cases –  17200  |  Recoveries – 7960 |  Deaths – 312

Non-Covid-19 related deaths since Lockdown – 50000+

LOCAL:

Nationwide Delay In Re-Opening Of Traffic Departments  –  Traffic departments around the country have been unable to re-open because the online system required for licence bookings and registration has not yet been activated.

SFPO Covid-19 Update #30 – Good News Only, but Water Restrictions  –  If you are a parent who has been home schooling your child or children then this is probably the best news of the day. 

Lockdown Ban On Controlled Burns Lifted  –  Kouga Community Services Portfolio Councillor Daniel Benson said land owners and farmers could once again apply for a permit to conduct controlled burns. 

PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:

Independent On LineWATCH: Did Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba fart during live TV interview?  –  No, so says the Eastern Cape Health Department which has condemned a video of the SABC interview as “mischievous and malicious”.

Four female powerhouses receive honorary titles  –  Nelson Mandela University’s Centre for the Advancement of Non-Racialism and Democracy has bestowed four honorary and adjunct professorships as part of its expansion.

AlgoaFMEC municipalities get worst audit outcomes in six years  –  The Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape has called for urgent intervention to get the financial affairs of municipalities in the province back on track.

COVID-19

Grim Covid-19 projections for SA: 40 000 deaths, 1 million infections and a dire shortage of ICU beds  –  projections showed there would be 40 000 deaths by November with 475 expected deaths by the end of May.

Independent On LineCovid-19 in SA: This is where the 26 latest deaths, 767 infections deaths came from  –  Health experts on Tuesday night said South Africa’s general Covid-19 trajectory was optimistic, but in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape, it was pessimistic.

defend truthSA infections could flare up to 54,000 by end of May; death rate set to soar too  –  Covid-19 modellers identified 10 hotspots as vectors of the virus and the health minister says South Africa has flattened the curve but post-lockdown measures are key.

LOCKDOWN:

BusinesstechSouth Africa’s district-based lockdown as explained by Mkhize  –  Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says that there is no ‘blueprint’ on how to manage the Covid-19 pandemic, but that government has continued to err on the side of ‘extreme caution’.

My BroadbandMany parts of South Africa could move to level 3 this week – Director-General  –  Health Department Acting Director General Anban Pillay said many parts of the country could move to alert level 3 of the lockdown as early as this week.

SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:

TimesliveOver 50,000 deaths registered during lockdown unrelated to Covid-19  –  SA has had more than 50,000 deaths that are not related to Covid-19 since the lockdown was announced.

Daily MaverickWildlife at risk as hunger encircles Kruger Park  –  The Kruger National Park is being encircled by a ring of human hunger triggered in part by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Independent On LinePolice investigate if home-made beer killed Cape couple  –  Police are investigating the death of an Ocean View couple believed to have been caused by a toxic concoction of home-made ginger beer.

Thousands repatriated to SA, but some want to go back overseas: Pandor  –  International relations and co-operation minister Naledi Pandor says thousands of South Africans have been repatriated since the closure of international travel — but not everyone is home yet

SCHOOLS & EDUCATION:

Citizen Covid-19Schools to start reopening from 1 June, but no sport to be allowed  –  Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said on Tuesday that schools would be reopening their doors on 1 June,

GOVERNMENT:

The CitizenWinde calls for Western Cape to move to level 3 as province ‘is prepared for peak’  –  A determining factor in deciding lockdown levels should be based on a preparedness to care for all those who needed it, Winde said.

CORRUPTION:

Daily MaverickThales — how to buy a country  –  This week Open Secrets publishes the second in a series of profiles on the corporations and middlemen implicated in the multibillion-dollar Arms Deal of the late 1990s.

BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:

Fin24A waiting game for banks as job losses threaten unprecedented credit losses  –  The three-month payment holiday that banks gave qualifying consumers is coming to an end soon, and an increasing number of consumers are starting to panic

money webSubmitted correctly, UIF is paid out in 24 hours  –  The government-initiated Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters) is now paying out a day or two later after a successful claim.

BusinesstechThe unexpected costs of running your business at level 4 (aka choose where to spend scarce cash flow wisely)  –  The cost of staying shut is high, and remote working isn’t viable for every business or every job role.

TECHNOLOGY:

Independent On LineFacebook to launch new shopping feature across apps  –  Facebook Inc is launching Shops, a service that will allow businesses to display and sell products on the world’s largest social network’s platforms

My BroadbandWorking from home permanently could damage your mental health – Microsoft CEO  –  Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella believes permanent remote working could be detrimental to employee health.

World:
BBC newsTrump says US topping world virus cases is ‘badge of honour’  –  US President Donald Trump has argued it is “a badge of honour” that the US has the world’s highest number of confirmed Covid-19 infections.

The GuardianSuper cyclone Amphan: evacuations in India and Bangladesh slowed by virus  –  Thousands of migrant workers left jobless by Covid-19 pandemic are still on the roads, and evacuations have been hampered by distancing rules

Interesting:

BBC newsClimate change: Top 10 tips to reduce carbon footprint revealed  –  Climate change can still be tackled – but only if people are willing to embrace major shifts in the way we live, a report says.

The GuardianBeyond Daniel Defoe: the real journals of the plague year  –  For all its power, Defoe’s account of the great plague was not firsthand, and there’s much to be learned from genuine witnesses

SPORT:

VIDEO: Bizarre Events Behind Ackermann Departure  –  WATCH as The Rugby Pod duo of Andy Goode and Jim Hamilton looks at Johan Ackermann’s surprise exit from Gloucester.

Sport24British & Irish Lions or Tokyo Olympics? Cheslin Kolbe makes his choice  –  Springbok flyer Cheslin Kolbe has revealed he is hungry to face the British & Irish Lions who are set to tour South Africa next year.

Truth Collective Sports Blog:

Stacy-Lee May – The Queen of Smoke  –  Lockdown is many things for many people, but one person who has taken it in her stride is 23-year-old ‘spinner’ and daredevil Stacey-Lee May

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...

Stacy-Lee May – The Queen of Smoke 

Lockdown is many things for many people, but one person who has taken it in her stride is 23-year-old ‘spinner’ and daredevil Stacey-Lee May from Eldorado Park. Her craz car tricks and...

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...

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