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+
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:
WATCH: 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.
EC 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.
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.
Covid-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.
SA 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.
South 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’.
Many 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:
Over 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.
Wildlife 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.
Police 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:
Schools 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,
Winde 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.
Thales — 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:
A 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
Submitted 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.
The 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.
Facebook 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
Working from home permanently could damage your mental health – Microsoft CEO – Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella believes permanent remote working could be detrimental to employee health.
Trump 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.
Super 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
Climate 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.
British & 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