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Wednesday 6th May
Covid-19 and Local News & Updates
Tests Conducted – 268 064 | Positive Cases – 7572 | Recoveries – 2746 | Deaths – 148
Actuaries warn Ramaphosa of a ‘humanitarian disaster to dwarf Covid-19′ if restrictive lockdown is not lifted – A continued lockdown is not only damaging the economy, it promises a ‘humanitarian disaster to dwarf Covid-19’ by having a severe impact on the health and well-being of millions of South Africans.
Covid-19 Update #24 – St Francis Food Distribution and the Food Relief Program – There are a few matters that need addressing to avoid any confusion going forward
PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN CAPE & SOUTHERN COAST:
VWSA makes its PE plant available for a medical isolation facility – Volkswagen Group South Africa said it had secured about R107m in funding to convert its Port Elizabeth plant into a temporary medical facility
R100m injected into Bay fight against coronavirus – A total of R100m in funding to fight Covid-19 has been pulled together thanks to big business in Nelson Mandela Bay.
Coronavirus morning update: President says no agenda over cigarettes, and warning from SARS boss – Your latest coronavirus news: The president has rubbished claims there is an agenda from the government in banning of tobacco products
SA’s Covid-19 death toll closes in on 150, as cases climb to over 7,500 – Ten deaths were reported in the last 24 hours – seven of them in the Western Cape and one each in the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
As South Africa’s capacity teeters under lockdown, the illicit economy costs public purse billions – A flourishing illicit economy focused on alcohol and cigarettes, were flagged as serious concerns on Tuesday in Parliament.
Legal opinion on the new regulations – Many people have questions regarding the regulations, especially when it comes to food deliveries, domestic workers, and wearing a mask.
SOUTH AFRICA & AFRICAN CONTINENT:
Repatriation chaos: SA citizens in Washington, DC struggle to get SAA tickets – ‘…there were about 50 seats available on that plane. We were about 33 people standing there and weren’t allowed to board the plane,’ one of the stressed South Africans said.
GOVERNMENT & POLITICS:
Helen Zille slams ‘authoritarian’ lockdown: ‘A curfew is military rule’ – DA federal council chair Helen Zille has slammed the government’s level 4 lockdown regulations, saying they were about “control” and “authoritarianism”.
Schools reopening plan to go ahead after court victory – ‘A final date for schools to reopen will be informed by the readiness of schools to reopen,’ the basic education department said.
Cigarette tussle: ‘Govt to blame over Ramaphosa, NDZ fiasco’ – One political analyst believes the government’s handling of the issue was ‘a colossal flop’.
Possibly the worst load-shedding we have ever seen coming to South Africa – Expert – South Africans can expect to be hit hard by load-shedding before the end of June 2020, according to energy expert Ted Blom.
Jacob Zuma – Comrade in Arms – This week Open Secrets publishes the first of a number of profiles on the corporations and middlemen implicated in the multibillion-dollar Arms Deal of the late 1990s. None of these companies has been held to account.
BUSINESS, MONEY & ECONOMY:
Loss of ‘economic capacity’ will have lasting impact on SA’s coffers – Lockdown’s long-term impact, coupled with how government manages the resumption of economic activity, will determine how deep the revenue dents are.
Kulula owner Comair enters business rescue as Covid-19 crisis hits – Listed airline company, Comair, today announced the group will enter business rescue to safeguard the interests of the company and its stakeholders
India imposes 70% ‘corona tax’ on alcohol to deter large crowds – Officials in India’s capital imposed a special tax of 70% on retail liquor purchases from Tuesday, to deter large gatherings at stores
UK warned to avoid climate change crisis – The UK must avoid lurching from the coronavirus crisis into a deeper climate crisis, the government’s advisers have warned.
Scientists explain magnetic pole’s wanderings – European scientists think they can now describe with confidence what’s driving the drift of the North Magnetic Pole.