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Fransman tests positive for COVID-19
1 April 2020, 9:29 AM

Former African National Congress (ANC) Western Cape Chairperson Marius Fransman says he’s tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). In a Facebook post, Fransman says he hasn’t been feeling well since his return from abroad two weeks ago.

He says he decided to do a test last week Monday in line with health protocols. Fransman says after waiting for a week for his results, they came back positive for the virus.

He says he is currently hospitalised but doing fine. Fransman has appealed to South Africans to practice good hygiene and adhere to the lockdown regulations.

Steve Swart recovering

Meanwhile, African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) MP Steve Swart, who together with party leader Kenneth Meshoe tested positive for COVID -19, says he is recovering well at home after the diagnosis.

The pair tested positive after coming into contact with five foreigners at a religious event in the Free State earlier this month. They’ve been in self-isolation for 17 days.

Swart says the flu-like symptoms he had have cleared.

In the video below ACDP leader Rev Kenneth Meshoe confirms he tested positive for COVID-19

The death toll from the coronavirus in South Africa now stands at five after two more deaths were reported on Tuesday.  The number of confirmed cases now stands at 1353.

For more updates on the coronavirus in South Africa and worldwide, add the official government COVID-19 support service on WhatsApp on 0600 123 456.

Fuel price drops
1 April 2020, 9:04 AM

The fuel price has dropped by almost R2 per litre from midnight, although the nationwide lockdown means most motorists will not benefit from this immediately.

The price of all grades of petrol has decreased by between R1. 76 cents and R1. 94 cents per litre.

Motorists will also pay between R1.35 cents and R1. 41 cents less per litre for diesel. The price of Illuminating paraffin has decreased R1.88 cents per litre.

The massive cuts come as the world is knocked down by the global coronavirus pandemic, which has sent markets into a tailspin, while a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia saw oil prices crumble.

The fuel price adjustments do not include the general fuel levy which has gone by 16 cents per litre and the Road Accident Fund levy which has increased by 9 cents per litre with effect from Wednesday.

COVID-19 claims life of Aurum Institute’s professor Ramjee
1 April 2020, 8:34 AM

The Aurum Institute says it’s deeply saddened by the passing of its Chief Scientific Officer for HIV Prevention, Professor Gita Ramjee who died of coronavirus (COVID-19) related complications.

Ramjee was a world-renowned scientist, who worked tirelessly to find HIV prevention solutions for women. She also served as a Chief Specialist Scientist and Director of the HIV Prevention Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council.

The professor held Honorary Professorships at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of Cape Town.

Aurum Institute spokesperson Khanyi Ndaki:

“The world has lost a bold and compassionate leader in the response to HIV. Professor Ramjee firmly believed in health as a fundamental human right. Her ground-breaking research in HIV prevention contributed to the global response to HIV and AIDS. Our thoughts during this difficult time are with her family, colleagues and the many people her life and work touched.”

Death Toll at 5

The death toll from the coronavirus in South Africa now stands at five after two more deaths were reported on Tuesday.  The number of confirmed cases now stands at 1353 up from 1326 on Monday.

In the video below Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize announces the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths

For more updates on the coronavirus in South Africa and worldwide, add the official government COVID-19 support service on WhatsApp on 0600 123 456.

Macro
Competition Commission flooded with excessive pricing complaints
1 April 2020, 7:02 AM

The Competition Commission says it has been flooded with complaints of excessive pricing by retailers since the announcement of the national lockdown.

Over 500 cases have been reported, however, half of them fall outside the Competition Act.

Most of the complaints relate to hand sanitisers and face masks, followed by toilet paper, flu medication and other products.

The Commission has issued over 100 letters to national retailers, suppliers and independent retailers.  In some instances, the price increases are explained as the difference between December/January promotional pricing, and the pricing reverting back to normal in February, coinciding with the pandemic.

There are however instances where price increases are not justified, and the Commission will pursue enforcement.

The commission has warned retailers to stick to the regulations or face harsh penalties.

In the video below a few weeks ago, the public was urged to report inflated prices

VIDEO: SA repatriates from China leave the quarantine area
29 March 2020, 10:25 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa, together with Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize, is seeing off the 112 South African citizens that were placed under quarantine at a Limpopo resort from 14 March 2020.

This after they were repatriated from Wuhan in the Hubei Province of the People’s Republic of China following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

The group will be reunited with their families after testing negative for coronavirus at the end of their quarantine at the Ranch Resort.

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