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Coronavirus – South Africa: Premier Alan Winde on Coronavirus COVID-19 cases for 3 September

Coronavirus – South Africa: Premier Alan Winde on Coronavirus COVID-19 cases for 3 September

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa, September 4, 2020/ -- As of 1pm on 3 September, the Western Cape has 3272 active cases of COVID-19, with a total of 105 552 confirmed cases and 98 339 recoveries.  Total confirmed COVID-19 cases105 552Total recoveries98 339Total deaths3941Total active cases (currently infected patients)3272Tests conducted486372Hospitalisations776 with 159 in ICU or high care Cape Metro Sub-districts:   Sub-districtCasesRecoveriesWestern9243 8699Southern9518 8831Northern65996246Tygerberg13130 12387Eastern10015 9360Klipfontein9064 8305Mitchells Plain8499 7973Khayelitsha8249 7756Total7431769557 Sub-districts:   District Sub-districtCasesRecoveriesGarden RouteBitou579534Garden RouteKnysna13701275Garden Rou...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Make COVID recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and planet, Guterres urges, calling for concerted action by G20

Coronavirus – South Africa: Make COVID recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and planet, Guterres urges, calling for concerted action by G20

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NEW YORK, United States of America -- UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on governments to incorporate “meaningful” climate action in all aspects of recovery from the global pandemic.Addressing ministers at a virtual meeting on sustainable recovery from COVID-19 on Thursday, the UN chief said that the world is confronting two urgent crises: COVID-19 and climate change. “Let us tackle both and leave future generations with the hope that this moment is a true turning point for people and planet,” he said, in a video message. The ministerial meeting, convened by the Government of Japan, saw the participation of senior officials from several countries, as well as representatives from youth groups, civil society organizations, businesses and local governments. In parallel, an onl...
Coronavirus – South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa Welcomes Launch of Official Contact Tracing App

Coronavirus – South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa Welcomes Launch of Official Contact Tracing App

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa, September 3, 2020/ -- President Cyril Ramaphosa has welcomed the launch of the Bluetooth-enabled mobile application, COVID Alert South Africa, which will strengthen South Africa’s contact tracing efforts. Global experience has demonstrated the risk of a resurgence of infections, or a “second wave,” once restrictions on social and economic activity are lifted. While the trajectory of the epidemic in South Africa has stabilised, such a resurgence remains a real and present danger in our own country. The most effective way to achieve suppression of the virus and prevent outbreaks from occurring again is to identify positive cases and trace and isolate their contacts as quickly as possible, in order to break the chain of transmission. COVID Alert South Africa...
Coronavirus – South Africa: 50000 jobs sustained by Black Industrialists and Black-Owned Enterprises supported by Three Government Programmes – Yet challenges remain, Parliament told

Coronavirus – South Africa: 50000 jobs sustained by Black Industrialists and Black-Owned Enterprises supported by Three Government Programmes – Yet challenges remain, Parliament told

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PRETORIA, South Africa -- While progress has been made with expanding the number of black industrialists in the economy, they face challenges that require coordinated responses from within the state and the private sector. This was said by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Minister Ebrahim Patel, during a presentation to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Monday, 1 September 2020. He tabled information in an interim report to the Parliamentary committee that showed that R32.6 billion in funding has been approved to more than 900 Black Industrialists and black owned businesses, by the dtic and its agencies in the last five years.  Funding by the dtic and its agencies the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the National Empowerment Fund (NE...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Committee concerned about Post-Lockdown Disruption of schooling

Coronavirus – South Africa: Committee concerned about Post-Lockdown Disruption of schooling

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa, September 2, 2020/ -- The Select Committee on Education and Technology, Sports, Arts and Culture was today briefed by the Department of Basic Education on the status of the reopening of schools and a revised school calendar, following a four-month break due to the Covid-19 lockdown. The committee welcomed reports that all grades have since returned to school following a phased-in reopening approach, as well as a comprehensive catch-up plan by the department to try make up for lost teaching and learning time due to the lockdown.The committee was, however, concerned about the disruption of schooling, often by disgruntled community members who were against the decision to reopen schools, claiming the reopening of schools will expose learners to Covid-19.“We are wo...
Liquidation Proceedings in South Africa Post-COVID: how to respond to creditors unjustified attempts to liquidate a business

Liquidation Proceedings in South Africa Post-COVID: how to respond to creditors unjustified attempts to liquidate a business

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, September 2, 2020/ -- It is well documented that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on businesses. Commerce in most sectors are fighting to keep their doors open, grappling with creditors to avoid winding up proceedings and its far-reaching implications.In the past few months our offices have experienced a significant increase of queries relating to creditors threatening with liquidation proceedings. In this article we explain what can be done in these situations.The impact of COVID-19In a recent survey by Stats SA, the national statistical service of South Africa, conducted during the lockdown, they asked a total of 707 businesses in the formal sector how the current crisis is affecting their business operations. In their response to the survey, the busi...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Employment and Labour inspectorate committed to enforce compliance amid the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus – South Africa: Employment and Labour inspectorate committed to enforce compliance amid the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- The Department of Employment and Labour, together with the South African Police Service in Limpopo conducted a reactive joint night inspection at ZZ2 farm following the complaint about the employer disproving employees to go home with the objective to investigate whether the allegations were true. Provincial Chief Inspector (PCI), Phaswane Tladi said, “our inspectors conducted the inspection at night because the complainant alluded that their sleeping conditions do not comply with COVID-19 regulations”. “It was important for us to observe the real situation for ourselves without informing the employer to avoid any further claims,” said Tladi. The preliminary finding is that on accommodation, the employer is compliant. There is adequate space for employe...
SA Parliament horrified by Gender Based violence incidents

SA Parliament horrified by Gender Based violence incidents

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Cape Town, Parliament – The Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, said it is horrified by the incidences of gender-based-violence (GBV) that have been reported as the women’s month draws to the end. The committee has over the last weekend, interacted with various political parties and the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) on the incidences of GBV. Also, the committee visited a 64-year-old, Ms Khabonina Mkhonza, who was allegedly assaulted by her employer’s son. According to Ms Mkhonza, the son who allegedly assaulted her was raised by her, as she worked for the family for a period of over 20 years. The CGE reported the incident of assault, abusive racial slurs and discrimination to the South African Human Rights (SAHR). The committee has welcomed the swift ...
Next steps announced as South Africa (SA) prepares to return to rugby

Next steps announced as South Africa (SA) prepares to return to rugby

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa, August 29, 2020/ -- South Africa’s franchise teams will return to full-contact training from early next week, following completion of final health checks. SA Rugby (www.SARugby.co.za) announced that the Vodacom Bulls, Emirates Lions, Cell C Sharks, DHL Stormers, Toyota Cheetahs, Phakisa Pumas and Tafel Lager Griquas can resume contact training as a possible return to competitive action moves closer. “The teams have been hard at work with non-contact training for the past five weeks, and once a final COVID-19 test has been passed, they will be able to step up a gear next week,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of SA Rugby. “We are moving in the right direction and I would like to urge all rugby supporters and members of the wider South African rugby family to bear wit...
SA Parliament appreciates the role of  IDT in mitigating the impact of COVID-19

SA Parliament appreciates the role of IDT in mitigating the impact of COVID-19

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Cape Town, Parliament, – The Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure, today received an update from the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure on the role of the Independent Development Trust (IDT) during the lockdown period in the social sector of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). Briefing the committee, the Deputy Minister of the department, Ms Noxolo Kiviet, reminded the committee that EPWP is a means to mitigate the challenges that the country is facing. She said EPWP is aimed at providing people from indigent households with skills so that they can be able to enter the formal employment sector. Ms Kievit told the committee that the programme is not a mere job creation scheme, but a poverty alleviation measure that acts as an initial stepping stone ...
SA Parliament shocked by passing of Adv Mohamed

SA Parliament shocked by passing of Adv Mohamed

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Cape Town, Parliament, - Parliament’s Presiding Officers, led by Speaker of the National Assembly Ms Thandi Modise and Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces Mr Amos Masondo, have learnt with great shock, disbelief and sadness of the sudden passing of ANC Member of Parliament, Advocate Hishaam Mohamed, on Monday. Advocate Hohammed joined Parliament in 2019 as a member of the National Assembly (NA). He served in the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Services. “Advocate Mohammed was an astute lawyer and an experienced community activist. Even in his brief time with the NA he proved to be a dedicated and diligent member of the House, who demonstrated exemplary commitment to his work. His sudden death has indeed caught all of us by surprise. We are engulfed in a d...
SA Parliament Delays in concluding investigation into irregular EOH contract aiding corruption

SA Parliament Delays in concluding investigation into irregular EOH contract aiding corruption

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Cape Town, Parliament – The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs was unanimously critical of the delay in concluding an investigation into the missing master files in the automated biometric identification system (Abis) contract with the EOH company. The conclusion of the investigation is integral for effective consequence management and is crucial if the state is to win the fight against corruption. “We find the delay unfortunate in the context that the committee had made recommendations for the urgent conclusion of the matter. The fact that the Department of Home Affairs has only in May 2020 appointed SAB&T audit firm to investigate the entire tender process is unsatisfactory in the context that it will delay the conclusion of the investigation and perpetuate irregular expenditur...
Coronavirus – South Africa’s GDP will take at least five years to recover from COVID-19 impact, says UNDP study

Coronavirus – South Africa’s GDP will take at least five years to recover from COVID-19 impact, says UNDP study

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PRETORIA, South Africa -- South Africa’s overall GDP is expected to decline by at least 5.1 and up to 7.9 percent in 2020 and recover slowly through 2024. This will lead to major setbacks in addressing poverty, unemployment and inequality, according to a new UNDP study on the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 in South Africa. The study focuses on how COVID-19 will drive temporary and long-term changes in poverty levels in South Africa. The number of households below the poverty line increases as households fall from the lower middle class. Fifty-four percent of households that have been pushed out of permanent jobs to informal or temporary contracts as a coping mechanism for businesses affected by COVID-19, are likely to fall into poverty after the 6-months stimulus package is over. Th...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Health Worker Safety is of Paramount Importance to the Department of Health

Coronavirus – South Africa: Health Worker Safety is of Paramount Importance to the Department of Health

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PRETORIA, South Africa, August 22, 2020/ -- To this end, the department has an Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) workstream as part of the Incident Management Team, which focusses specifically on managing significant outbreaks, in the current case, the COVID-19 outbreak. The OHS workstream has members from all provinces, trade unions, academic institutions, and professional bodies. Working together, these members draft and provide guidelines for health and safety interventions as well as training of healthcare workers through the National Institute for Occupational Health (NIOH). There are OHS Coordinators at provincial Departments of Health and OHS Committees at provincial, district and facility levels in line with the provisions of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, ...
Coronavirus: In South Africa, Doctors Without Borders’ (MSF) draws on HIV experience to teach compassion for COVID-19

Coronavirus: In South Africa, Doctors Without Borders’ (MSF) draws on HIV experience to teach compassion for COVID-19

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GENEVA, Switzerland, August 21, 2020/ -- In late July, two COVID-19 facilities in areas where MSF works in South Africa were deliberately set on fire by community members, underscoring the risk COVID-19 stigma poses to the pandemic response and the ongoing need for initiatives aimed at educating both community members and health care workers about the disease. “Stigma is often found where fear exists. Stigma also thrives where misinformation runs unchecked,” says Dr. Liesbet Ohler, Medical Coordinator for MSF in Eshowe, adding that while the South African government’s initial response to the coronavirus pandemic was swift and coordinated, community education has not been universal. “We see that the number of people admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 is declining in many parts of th...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Committee calls for Northern Cape Provincial Disaster Management Plan and Centre to be implemented immediately

Coronavirus – South Africa: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Committee calls for Northern Cape Provincial Disaster Management Plan and Centre to be implemented immediately

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa, August 21, 2020/ -- The Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) yesterday received a briefing from the Northern Cape Provincial Government on their Covid-19 Response Plan as part of the series of provincial governments reporting to the committee on their interventions and preparedness for dealing with the pandemic. The committee received reports from the Provincial Departments of Health, Education and Social Development. The committee enquired whether adequate testing was being done given the vast geographical size of the province. Thus far 5.5% of the population of 1.2 million has been tested and the committee wanted to know if this number was adequate in preparation to respond to the pandemic. It has been noted that th...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Mineral Resources and Energy Committee briefed by Mintek on its response to COVID-19

Coronavirus – South Africa: Mineral Resources and Energy Committee briefed by Mintek on its response to COVID-19

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa, August 21, 2020/ -- The Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and Energy was briefed by Mintek and the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE), Mr Gwede Mantashe, on the entity’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The committee then welcomed the presentation, and expressed its appreciation for the good work that Mintek is doing. The entity has repurposed its programmes and facilities since the declaration of Covid-19 as the National State of Disaster to develop capacity and produce 4 000 litres of surface and hand sanitizers per week. The products are only utilised by employees of Mintek and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE).However, Mintek is currently working on increasing production capacity in order to commercially supply...
L’avenir Partners with Africa’s Top Cycling Team

L’avenir Partners with Africa’s Top Cycling Team

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 21, 2020/ -- NTT Pro Cycling  is delighted to confirm that L’Avenir Wine Estate is to be the official wine partner of our team for the season. This partnership consolidates L’Avenir’s Sports Development Project and involvement in South African cycling through the Pedalling for Pebbles campaign at the Cape Town Cycle Tour. “As the first African team to participate in the Tour de France in 2015, NTT Pro Cycling exemplifies L’Avenir’s slogan, Proudly South African, with a touch of French flair,” explains Advini South Africa Managing Director, Naretha Ricome. As a technology-enabled, performance-driven and purpose-led team, NTT Pro Cycling races for something far greater than just success at the very highest level. The team races to mobilise people in ...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Parliament Presiding Officers wish Veteran MP Prince Buthelezi a speedy recovery from COVID-19

Coronavirus – South Africa: Parliament Presiding Officers wish Veteran MP Prince Buthelezi a speedy recovery from COVID-19

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa, August 8, 2020/ -- The Presiding Officers of Parliament, led by National Assembly Speaker Ms Thandi Modise and National Council of Provinces Chairperson Mr Amos Masondo, wishes veteran National Assembly Member of Parliament, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, a speedy recovery after testing positive for COVID-19.Prince Buthelezi is one of the long-serving Members of Parliament since the establishment of our democratic Parliament in 1994, and continues to serve as a reservoir of wisdom and experience for the institution. It is understood that Prince Buthelezi remains asymptomatic and is in self-isolation at home for the mandatory period.“We are pleased to learn that he remains in high spirits, and we are confident he will defeat this disease. We urge South Africans to ke...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Lessons of HIV/AIDS key to halting COVID-19 slide, says Red Cross

Coronavirus – South Africa: Lessons of HIV/AIDS key to halting COVID-19 slide, says Red Cross

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 8, 2020/ -- A senior Red Cross official has warned that South Africa needed to learn lessons from the country’s fight against HIV/AIDS to help curb the rise in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19, as the number crossed the half a million mark on 1 August 2020. South Africa is the worst affected nation on the African continent, and currently has the fifth highest number of people testing positive worldwide, after the United States, Brazil, India and Russia.Dr Michael Charles, the Head of the Southern Africa Country Cluster office of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said:“This is a time to look back and look at the experiences of the past. South Africa was really the epicentre for HIV/AIDS, and ...