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Coronavirus – South Africa: Minister Barbara Creecy on overnight accommodation for hunters during Alert Level 3 Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

Coronavirus – South Africa: Minister Barbara Creecy on overnight accommodation for hunters during Alert Level 3 Coronavirus COVID-19 lockdown

CORONAVIRUS
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, August 1, 2020/ -- The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Ms Barbara Creecy, has clarified that overnight accommodation for hunters will be permitted in terms of further amendments to be made to the Directions for the Biodiversity Sector for Alert Level 3. “Permitting hunters to sleep over at their hunting destinations, within the province in which they live, is in line with this week’s Cabinet decision to ease restrictions around leisure travel,” said the Minister.It should be noted that the Minister and the Department must at all times remain within the framework of Regulations published in terms of the Disaster Management Act.In light of the announcement by the Minister of Tourism on 30 July 2020 that people will be allowed to, amongst others, ...
S.AFRICA: Ribbons to remember COVID-19 victims

S.AFRICA: Ribbons to remember COVID-19 victims

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, South Africa
A South African church is honouring the country's coronavirus victims by putting out white ribbons to mark each and every death from the disease. The fence outside St. James Presbyterian church in Johannesburg is a stark reminder of the suffering caused by the pandemic in South Africa. "We feel honoured, because we honour the people who passed away from coronavirus. So I think it means a lot to us and to the people of South Africa," explained Rhudzani Makuya, a church caretaker. Every morning, the church's caretakers walk out from the church with a bucket full of ribbons to tie them to the fence. The fence has turned into a wall of white satin. Each ribbon represents one the almost 8,000 people killed by the virus so far. "So we wanted a visual representation of that pain a...
Coronavirus – South Africa: North West Government on Coronavirus COVID-19 recoveries in the province

Coronavirus – South Africa: North West Government on Coronavirus COVID-19 recoveries in the province

CORONAVIRUS
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 30, 2020/ -- The total number of COVID-19 recoveries in the North West Province has exceeded the 7 000 mark, with 7181 recoveries confirmed as at Tuesday, 28 July 2020. The number of recoveries includes Premier Professor Job Mokgoro, Arts and Culture MEC Virginia Tlhapi, Public Works and Roads MEC Syliva Molapisi and the Chief Director for Corporate Services in the Department of Health Dr. Madipuo Tlhagane.COVID-19 confirmed cases in the Province are standing at 17791. However, majority of the cases are mild cases which gives hope of many more recoveries to come. Only 529 COVID-19 positive persons of the 10538 active cases in the Province are hospitalised, with 41 in Intensive Care Unit, 160 on oxygen, 41 in high care and 41 ventilated.Health MEC Madoda Sa...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Parliament calls for capacitating of mine workers amidst Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus – South Africa: Parliament calls for capacitating of mine workers amidst Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

AFRICA
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 30, 2020,/ -- The Select Committee on Land Reform, Environment, Mineral Resources, and Energy was briefed by the Mine Health and Safety Council on the implementation of COVID-19-related safety regulations at mines, and on the Department of Mineral Resources' response to non-compliance by mines. The committee expressed its concern about the job losses in the mining sector as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee was of the view that the Mine Health and Safety Council, together with the Department of Mineral Resources, needs to look into the re-skilling, capacitating and training of mine workers.The council said a committee has been established that will look into the re-skilling of mine workers. The council indicated that it is still early stages...
S.AFRICA: Trade and industry committee engages on sugar and steel industry

S.AFRICA: Trade and industry committee engages on sugar and steel industry

Business, South Africa, TECHNOLOGY
Parliament, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 – The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry today had fruitful discussions on developments in the South African sugar and steel industries. Committee Chairperson Mr Duma Nkosi noted that the sugar industry is in the process of applying for an exception from the Competition Commission to implement the provisions of the master plan as drawn up by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). The committee heard that the South African share of the sugar market has shrunk from 1.6 to 1.2 million tons. Furthermore, there has been a significant decrease in sugar cane production, mainly in KwaZulu-Natal. Consequently, there have been job losses and small growers have gone out of business. The DTIC’s proposed sugar masterplan interventions for sta...
S.AFRICA: Committees reject water tariff increase proposals and call for further consideration of issues

S.AFRICA: Committees reject water tariff increase proposals and call for further consideration of issues

AFRICA, South Africa
Parliament, Tuesday, 28 July 2020 – A joint meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation and the Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) today rejected a reconsidered presentation from the Department of Water and Sanitation and the South African Local Government Association (Salga) on proposals for the 2020/21 water tariff increase.  While the committees note the movement in finding common ground between the department, representing water boards, and Salga, the committees believe that the impact of Covid-19 on households has not been taken into enough consideration in the scenarios presented. As a result, both committees resolved that a downward adjustment in the proposed tariffs should be considered. The committee is ...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Employment and Labour on temporary closure of Lichtenburg Labour Centre following a confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19

Coronavirus – South Africa: Employment and Labour on temporary closure of Lichtenburg Labour Centre following a confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19

AFRICA
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 26, 2020/ -- The Lichtenburg Labour Centre in the North West has been temporarily closed following a confirmed case of COVID-19 at the center. This is to allow employees who have been in contact with the affected employee to self-isolate and for the necessary cleaning protocols for the office to be carried out as required. According to Andile Makapela the Chief Director: Provincial Operations in the North West, due to the nature of the affected employee’s work, she had contact with other colleagues, thus warranting the temporary closure of the office for decontamination processes to be carried out. “As indicated previously it is of great concern to the Department when one of our own get infected, hence we will ensure that she receives the necessary supp...
Coronavirus – South Africa: The United States government supports UNICEF to build handwashing stations

Coronavirus – South Africa: The United States government supports UNICEF to build handwashing stations

CORONAVIRUS
PRETORIA, South Africa, July 25, 2020/ -- As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread in South Africa and globally, handwashing with soap remains one of the most effective preventative actions to curb the spread of the virus. The reality on the ground is that nearly one-third of households in South Africa do not have access to adequate handwashing facilities. To help address this critical need, the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has committed R8.6 million ($500,000) to UNICEF to build much-needed handwashing stations within public spaces in communities that lack access to running water, such as health care facilities, schools, transport hubs, and markets.“An infectious disease threat anywhere can be a threat everywhere. Investment...
Parliament welcomes cabinet announcement on schools

Parliament welcomes cabinet announcement on schools

AFRICA
Cape Town, Parliament, Friday, 24 July 2020 – The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Basic Education, Ms Bongiwe Mbinqo-Gigaba, welcomes Cabinet decision of four weeks break for schools. Ms Mbinqo-Gigaba said, Cabinet clearly applied its mind after careful consideration of all the inputs it received on the matter.  “I am aware that the Minister of Basic Education and her team have been consulting with stakeholders in the sector. Furthermore, consultations also took place outside the sector as dealing with the pandemic requires a multi-sectoral approach.” Schooling commenced since June for several grades after the lockdown was announced in March this year. Minister Angie Motshekga has indicated that the break will allow schools to prepare for the return of more grades in school l...
Vertiv Announces New Suite of Edge Infrastructure Products and Further Develops Award-Winning Partner Programme in Europe, Middle East and Africa

Vertiv Announces New Suite of Edge Infrastructure Products and Further Develops Award-Winning Partner Programme in Europe, Middle East and Africa

TECHNOLOGY
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 24, 2020/ -- Vertiv (https://bit.ly/2CYKqli) (NYSE: VRT), a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, has announced key additions to its award-winning Vertiv™ Partner Programme (VPP) along with an enhanced suite of edge-ready products (https://bit.ly/39ng6NE) including rack power distribution units (rPDU), uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), rack cooling systems, dedicated software and services for partners and customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Download Document: https://bit.ly/2EbVtZbFollowing the successful launch of the VPP last year(https://bit.ly/2OMA8HM), Vertiv has seen a tenfold increase in its channel partner base across EMEA and is continuing to add benefits for new and existing partne...
Vantage Capital provides R82.0 million of funding for Alleyroads, one of South Africa’s leading affordable housing developers

Vantage Capital provides R82.0 million of funding for Alleyroads, one of South Africa’s leading affordable housing developers

AFRICA
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 23, 2020/ -- Vantage Capital (https://www.VantageCapital.co.za/), Africa’s largest mezzanine fund manager, announced today that it has provided R82 million of mezzanine funding for the development of Kayalane Heights, a first-of-its-kind affordable housing development located in Lebowakgomo, Limpopo. The promoter of the transaction is the Alleyroads Group, a leading South African black-owned property development company led by Ivan Pretorius. Since its inception in 2009, Alleyroads has built more than 3,000 residences across South Africa including over 1,500 affordable homes. The current housing shortage in South Africa is extensive, the government estimates that there is a shortfall of circa 2 million homes. A number of initiatives have been implemente...
Vertiv Announces New Suite of Edge Infrastructure Products and Further Develops Award-Winning Partner Programme in Europe, Middle East and Africa

Vertiv Announces New Suite of Edge Infrastructure Products and Further Develops Award-Winning Partner Programme in Europe, Middle East and Africa

AFRICA
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 23, 2020/ -- Vertiv (https://bit.ly/2CYKqli) (NYSE: VRT), a global provider of critical digital infrastructure and continuity solutions, has announced key additions to its award-winning Vertiv™ Partner Programme (VPP) along with an enhanced suite of edge-ready products (https://bit.ly/39ng6NE) including rack power distribution units (rPDU), uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), rack cooling systems, dedicated software and services for partners and customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).Download Document: https://bit.ly/2EbVtZbFollowing the successful launch of the VPP last year(https://bit.ly/2OMA8HM), Vertiv has seen a tenfold increase in its channel partner base across EMEA and is continuing to add benefits for new and existing partn...
Facebook’s Connectivity Investments to grow Africa’s Economy by $57 Billion in the next Five Years

Facebook’s Connectivity Investments to grow Africa’s Economy by $57 Billion in the next Five Years

TECHNOLOGY
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 22, 2020/ -- Yesterday, Facebook (www.Facebook.com) released findings from The Impact of Facebook’s Connectivity Initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa (https://bit.ly/2ORXiwd), a study conducted by Analysys Mason that highlights how Facebook investments in infrastructure and connectivity across the region will deliver over $57 Billion in Economic Benefits over the next five years (2020–2024).According to The Economist Intelligence Unit - Inclusive Internet Index 2020, over 800 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa are unconnected to the internet. Over the years, Facebook has invested in infrastructure and partnerships to address the barriers to connectivity, such as the lack of availability in infrastructure, affordability, relevance and readiness  to get onlin...
Coronavirus – South Africa: North West Health on confirmed Coronavirus COVID-19 cases on 22 July

Coronavirus – South Africa: North West Health on confirmed Coronavirus COVID-19 cases on 22 July

HEALTH
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, July 23, 2020/ -- The total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases in the North West Province as of Tuesday, 21 July 2020 is 14 634, with 3914 recoveries and 48 deaths.North West province COVID-19 laboratory confirmed cases contribute 3.8% to South Africa’s burden of disease.The breakdown of cases is as follows: District BreakdownCasesRecoveriesBojanala District91782550Rustenburg Municipality71272274Madibeng Municipality1044214Moses Kotane Municipality76941Moretele Municipality7012Kgetleng Municipality8909Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District36541056JB Marks Municipality1131276Matlosana Municipality2468775Maquassi Hills5505Ngaka Modiri Molema District1303231Mahikeng Municipality633125Ditsobotla Municipality30475Ratlou Municipality4207Tswaing Local Municipality7412Ramotshere ...
South Africa: African Development Bank approves first ever crisis response budget support of R5 billion to fight COVID-19

South Africa: African Development Bank approves first ever crisis response budget support of R5 billion to fight COVID-19

AFRICA
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 23, 2020/ -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has approved a loan of approximately R5 billion ($288 million) to the government of South Africa, as the country battles one of the largest COVID-19 caseloads in the world. South Africa confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on 5 March 2020 and is currently the most affected in Africa, and among the top five in the world in terms of confirmed cases (381,798 as at 22 July, with 5,368 deaths). The loan falls under the Bank’s $10 billion COVID-19 Response Facility and will finance South Africa’s COVID-19 Response Support Program, and represents the Bank’s first ever budget support to the country. The operation is designed as a Crisis Response Budget Support Operation prepared fol...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), donates thousands of masks to underprivileged schools and old age homes

Coronavirus – South Africa: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), donates thousands of masks to underprivileged schools and old age homes

CORONAVIRUS
PRETORIA, South Africa, July 23, 2020/ -- The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation, donated over 3 000 masks to schools, orphanages and old age homes in Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria, on 21 and 22 July 2020. The donations form part of the annual Nelson Mandela International Day, celebrated on 18 July, as part of former President Nelson Mandela’s birthday. The CSIR’s objective is to provide a safe learning environment for school children and also alleviate risk in the living spaces where older citizens reside, in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.The CSIR offered a helping hand to schools (Masakhane Primary School, Sikhululekile High School, Phuthanang Primary School, Walmansdal High School, Ikatisong High Scho...
SA Parliament expresses concern about Eastern Cape’s turnaround strategy

SA Parliament expresses concern about Eastern Cape’s turnaround strategy

HEALTH
Cape Town, Parliament, 23 July 2020 – The joint meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Health and the Select Committee on Health and Social Services expressed their concern about the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Health’s strategies to address challenges in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Responding to the presentation from the Eastern Cape Project Management Unit (PMU) deployed to support the province in its Covid-19 response, the committees expressed their dissatisfaction about the province’s state of readiness. However, they appreciated the work achieved thus far, while noting that much more still needs to be done. The plans and interventions presented lacked definite time frames, which also frustrated the committees.    The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on ...
South Africa: African Development Bank approves first ever crisis response budget support of R5 billion to fight COVID-19

South Africa: African Development Bank approves first ever crisis response budget support of R5 billion to fight COVID-19

AFRICA
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, July 23, 2020/ -- The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) has approved a loan of approximately R5 billion ($288 million) to the government of South Africa, as the country battles one of the largest COVID-19 caseloads in the world. South Africa confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on 5 March 2020 and is currently the most affected in Africa, and among the top five in the world in terms of confirmed cases (381,798 as at 22 July, with 5,368 deaths). The loan falls under the Bank’s $10 billion COVID-19 Response Facility and will finance South Africa’s COVID-19 Response Support Program, and represents the Bank’s first ever budget support to the country. The operation is designed as a Crisis Response Budget Support Operation prepared fol...
Coronavirus: South African hospital thinks outside the box to boost COVID-19 testing

Coronavirus: South African hospital thinks outside the box to boost COVID-19 testing

HEALTH
GENEVA, Switzerland, July 22, 2020/ -- In South Africa’s Wesfleur Hospital — a 50-bed public facility in the Western Cape, 25 miles north of Cape Town — staff are refashioning security booths into makeshift COVID-19 testing centers. Front windows are replaced with plexiglass, and two holes are made in the plastic to fit the arms of health workers performing nasal swabs. Think of a kiosk — with arms. “With COVID-19 being relatively unknown, staff were scared to do the swabbing of patients. Even with PPE [personal protective equipment], the fear remained,” said Dr. Earl Meyer, manager of medical services at the hospital. “Now, staff who were initially fearful are the ones conducting the most swabs.” Previously the country’s COVID-19 epicenter, the Western Cape is now approa...
Anzisha Prize Hall of Fame highlights ten successful Africans who embraced entrepreneurship at an early age

Anzisha Prize Hall of Fame highlights ten successful Africans who embraced entrepreneurship at an early age

AFRICA
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, July 22, 2020/ -- The Anzisha Prize (www.AnzishaPrize.org), a partnership with African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation, is celebrating ten African entrepreneurs whose transitions into entrepreneurship started before the age of 25. The ten inspirational business leaders have been inducted into the Anzisha Prize Hall of Fame for 2020. The Hall of Fame features a diverse group of five female and five male entrepreneurs whose transitions from high school or university into entrepreneurship demonstrates the importance of starting early to shape entrepreneurial careers. The Hall of Fame honorees are entrepreneurs from various industries and represent six African countries, which includes South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia, Cameroon and Egypt. Their ...