Wednesday 24th June
Covid-19 and Local News & Updates
Tests Conducted – 1 382 772 | Positive Cases – 106108 | Recoveries – 55045 | Deaths – 2101
Reader unhappy with blockades on the Wildside – There has been a fair amount of discussion on social regarding the barriers that FOSTER has erected along the walkways on the Wildside. here is one readers view.
FOSTER Chairman responds to complaints over Wildside barriers – FOSTER has been responsible for proclaiming and managing the reserve network in the St Francis region since the 1980s.
PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:
Joblessness spikes in Eastern Cape – More than 40% of working-age people in the Eastern Cape were unemployed in the three months to March — before the devastating effects of the coronavirus lockdown could be quantified.
Mkhize opens phase one of Volkswagen SA’s field hospital in Uitenhage – Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize opened the first phase of the Rev Dr Elizabeth Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni field hospital in Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape, on Tuesday.
111 deaths in a single day as SA hits another grim Covid-19 milestone – Just a day after the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases breached the 100,000 mark in SA, the health ministry confirmed that another milestone had been hit.
COVID-19 vaccine tests begin in South Africa – How it works and when it will be available – The University of the Witwatersrand has begun the first COVID-19 vaccine trial in South Africa in partnership with the University of Oxford.
NATIONAL COMMAND COUNCIL & LOCKDOWN:
‘Lockdown dictator’ Dlamini-Zuma’s reign to end very soon – LFN – Liberty Fighters Network says it is not intimidated by Dlamini-Zuma’s legal representative, advocate Wim Trengove.
Safely re-opening gyms: Lockdown might be doing more harm than good – A comprehensive recent study concluded that lower-income countries benefit the most from physical exercise in terms of preventing premature deaths.
Legal battle over ban on sale of cigarettes drags on as online petition gains momentum – “The delays are very frustrating, and I, just like my 640 000 petitioners, who are all taking financial strain and paying these exhilarant prices for illicit cigarettes
SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:’
Mobster Krejcir’s ex-mistress sentenced to 24 months in jail or R80K fine – Marissa Christopher was arrested and charged together with seven others after Radovan Krejcir’s plan to escape from Zonderwater prison was foiled.
Couple, cat and dog forced to live in broken bakkie for over a year – Byron Stodel, 34, and his girlfriend, Chantel Ludlam, 45, have made their VW Caddy their home after it broke down.
Botswana hires Gerrie Nel to pursue money laundering case against Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe – AfriForum’s private prosecutor has been appointed to pursue an alleged case of money laundering against South Africa’s Bridgette Motsepe-Radebe.
Next in line: VBS’s municipal bribery network – A second wave of arrests is widely expected, this time targeting some of the municipal officials who deposited billions in VBS Mutual Bank, allegedly often in exchange for bribes.
Audit reports show how VBS got its claws into municipalities – Two forensic investigations reveal that senior municipal officials bent over backwards to invest in VBS Mutual Bank.
Zuma graft case: 15 years and counting – another day, another delay – The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is blamed for yet another delay in the corruption and racketeering case against former president Jacob Zuma and Thales.
Zuma trial politically orchestrated… but not by Ramaphosa – Carl Niehaus – He said Zuma would soon reveal who was behind the political meddling.
Fana Hlongwane – Agent of BAE Systems – BAE Systems was awarded the contract to supply the South African Air Force with 24 of its Hawk trainer aircraft, as well as a second contract
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:
Mbali Ntuli on Helen Zille’s tweets: ‘It’s partly why I’m running, so people get an alternative view of the DA’ – DA MP Mbali Ntuli said Helen Zille’s Twitter fingers and views are just one of the reasons why she is running for the party’s top position.
Steenhuisen says Zille’s tweets on apartheid not truthful – DA interim leader John Steenhuisen says while Helen Zille made comments that there were more racist laws now in SA than under apartheid, this was not the truth.
Eskom warns of severe power shortage – Eskom has requested South Africans to reduce their electricity usage, warning that the national power grid is severely constrained due to unplanned breakdowns.
BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:
Here’s what you can expect in Mboweni’s emergency budget – The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about an unprecedented turn of events, exposing inequalities and poverty prevailing in society, as well as the structural weaknesses in the SA economy.
5 major projects in the works for South Africa – including a space hub and a new city – The inaugural Sustainable Infrastructure Development Symposium South Africa (Sidssa) was launched on Tuesday (23 June) as part of a major government initiative to encourage development in the country.
Job losses and site closures hit retail motor sector – Motus retrenches 2 000 people, while Combined Motor Holdings slashes its head count by 15% with plans for more cuts.
Digital banking fraud on rise – Digital banking fraud increased by 20% year-on-year in 2019, but the counterfeiting of credit and debit cards showed significant declines.
Top US health official Fauci warns of ‘disturbing’ new US surge – America’s top infectious disease expert has told lawmakers that the US is seeing a “disturbing surge” in coronavirus infections in some states.
Francois Louw: Rassie Erasmus never showed signs of illness – It has been revealed that Erasmus faced a potentially life-threatening health scare which required chemotherapy before and during last year’s Rugby World Cup.