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Wednesday 6th May

Covid-19 and Local News & Updates

Tests Conducted – 268 064 |  Positive Cases –  7572  |  Recoveries – 2746  |  Deaths – 148

EDITORS CHOICE:

Daily MaverickActuaries 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. 

LOCAL

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:

VAlgoaFMWSA 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. 

COVID-19

Health24Coronavirus 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 

TimesliveSA’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.

LOCKDOWN:

Daily MaverickAs 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.

My BroadbandLegal 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:

The CitizenRepatriation 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:

TimesliveHelen 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”.

The CitizenSchools 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.

Independent On LineCigarette tussle: ‘Govt to blame over Ramaphosa, NDZ fiasco’  –  One political analyst believes the government’s handling of the issue was ‘a colossal flop’. 

ESKOM:

My BroadbandPossibly 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.

CORRUPTION:

Daily MaverickJacob 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:

money webLoss 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.

BusinesstechKulula 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 

Fin24Airlink ready to make ‘new SAA’ deal…if it makes sense  –  Privately-run regional airline Airlink would be open to getting involved in a public-private partnership with a “new” or restructured airline

 

World:

Independent On LineIndia 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

BBC newsUK 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.

Interesting:
BBC newsScientists explain magnetic pole’s wanderings  –  European scientists think they can now describe with confidence what’s driving the drift of the North Magnetic Pole.

SPORT:

BON VOYAGE NEWLANDS: Five Great Occasions – When David Beat Goliath  –  The grande dame that is the Newlands stadium may already have hosted her last-ever rugby match.

Collo’s Blog:

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...

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