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Sale of alcohol suspended with immediate effect as SA remains on adjusted lockdown Level 3
12 July 2020, 9:09 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that in mitigating the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and lessening the load on the healthcare system that is battling with the rise of infections, the sale of alcohol is suspended with immediate effect.

This was just one of the measures the government announced on Sunday evening in adjustment of the Lockdown Level 3.

A curfew from 21H00 at night until 04 o’clock in the morning will be in force from Monday.

People will also now be legally obliged to wear a mask when they leave their homes.

The President says everything possible needs to be done to contain the virus that has now infected more than a quarter of a million South Africans and has criticised those who are not complying with implemented measures.

He says many of the deaths have occurred after people attended gatherings, funerals and house parties, adding there are now 500 infections every hour in South Africa.

“And we know that many more infections have gone undetected. As of this evening, there are 276 242 that are confirmed cases in our country. We are now recording well over 12 000 new cases every day. That is the equivalent of 500 new infections every hour of the day.”

Wearing of face mask

The President has also raised concern over the failure by many South Africans to wear face mask, despite evidence showing that it can protect against coronavirus.

“It is, therefore, important that we should enforce the wearing of masks. Regulations on the wearing of masks will be strengthened. Employers, shop owners and managers, public transport operators and managers and owners of any other public building are now legally obliged to ensure that anyone entering their premises or vehicle must be wearing a mask.”

In the video below, Ramaphosa addresses the nation:

Ramaphosa has also warned that emerging science seems to indicate that the coronavirus may be airborne. This follows admissions from the World Health Organisation (WHO) following a number of studies in this area.

Ramaphosa says this makes the virus even more dangerous.

“There is now emerging evidence that the virus may also be carried in tiny particles in the air in places that are crowded, that are closed or places that have poor air ventilation or circulation. For this reason, we must immediately improve the indoor environment of public spaces where the risk of infection is great. We must increase natural ventilation avoid a recirculation of air and minimize the number of people sharing the same space.”

Political parties and analysts react to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech:

Local football was once on the right track, but there’s still hope: Singh
9 July 2020, 8:55 PM

Former South African Football Association (SAFA) Instructor Sudesh Singh believes local football could still be saved.

Singh’s remarks come as criticism continue over the poor state of football in South Africa.

SAFA is blamed for failure to improve the game.

The football development guru says the association was in fact once headed in the right direction. According to Singh, the local game could have made major advancements had it carried on the path it once was on.

But when was that era?

“I think that very interesting period, because on one side, Ted Dumitru had put together … I think that document was called … it was riding also on how the government was changing … it was called Football or Coaching Redevelopment Programme, the RDP, you know. It was about designing a philosophy, having a South African content in the curriculum. So, we were already at an advanced level,” says Singh.

“Because obviously Ted Dumitru and his coaches had started the Chibuku Academy at Orlando in the early 90s. So, they had that expertise. They had started the Transet School of Excellence, whereby there were the Sam Mbathas, Cavin Johnson, Thabo Dladla. So, it was a proven a concept. It wasn’t just theory, and we all know the success of that Transnet School of Excellence, whereby over 100 players went on to play professional and internationally. The Steven Pienaars, Old-John Mabizela; we could go on and on and mention the names, you know.”

But according to Singh, all is not lost. He says as long as the country retraces its steps – local football can still be saved.

In the video below, SABC News’ Sipho Kekana chats to Singh:

Singh says had SA focused on developing its own football playing philosophy, the country would not be struggling to make an impact on the international scene as is currently the case.

But what is a South African National Philosophy and its attributes?

“For me, the SA Football Philosophy is based on three legs – technique, mobility and creativity. It is evidenced by short pass combinations, continuous movement – physical and psychological-, and a lot of improvisation. Players are always looking for new ways to express themselves in the game. It is very offensive, in nature. Defending is a ‘default’ moment. You can go on and on – self-expression, exuberance, team cohesion, individual arrogance, technical, fun, carnival, intriguing, etc,” says University of Pretoria FC Head Coach, Zipho Dlangalala.

Football Development Coach Omar Davids says: “A playing philosophy is a system of knowledge and beliefs used to define a particular way of playing football. Our playing philosophy is possession-based football. It is characterised by the control of the play from keeper to striker, imposing a unique style on the game.

There’s a predisposition to short passing, creativity and improvisation. It can be expressed in a variety of tactical applications from very organised defensive structures to individuality and fluid individuality. Opponents’ ability to play long balls is limited by not allowing time and space. The dynamic nature allows for a fluid transition from defence to attack. All defenders are able to attack after regaining possession through a compact defensive organisation.

Due to sustained movement mobility, players use variations of pace and intensity to outwit opponents. There are optimal benefits for the natural agility, speed, endurance and explosive power of our players. The mentality to avoid fouls, winning, determination, resilience and generation of satisfaction to dominate opponents underpins our playing philosophy.”

Singh says while he doesn’t disagree with the descriptions above, what is important to note at the moment is that the philosophy does not exist.

“We don’t currently have one that’s fully implemented at all levels of the game and that is what we need to start correcting. Case studies prove that countries, who achieve success internationally, all have a National Playing Philosophy that’s specific and relevant to their football culture and environment.

This National Playing Philosophy will then define how one designs a coherent technical policy that provides a framework, guidance on how a national association should structure, organise and operate on all technical matters, like how national coaches are selected; the immediate, medium and long-term vision and performance objectives of the association; the criteria to select players for the various national teams, etc.”

Davids agree with Singh that local football could still be salvaged. He says South African players have unique attributes that are found among the world’s greatest.

“There exist unique traits of creativity and improvisation associated with disguise and tactical surprise. Players are able to function in a diversified range of positions due to their mobility and capacity to understand different roles and positions,” Davids explains.

“The physical capacities of reaction speed, explosiveness, speed and endurance allows for distinction somatic factors (specifically built of footballers) to complement our play dynamics. Our players have inherited a strong dedication to the sport despite adversities of oppression and marginalisation. Our players are resilient, creative and artistic by nature. Most if not all of these characteristics have been exhibited by the greats in world football; Maradona, Platini, Cruyff, Pele, Puskas, Eusebio, Zidane, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Messi, Xavi, Iniesta, Kaka, etc,” he says.

Job Mokgoro admitted to hospital after contracting COVID-19
8 July 2020, 7:26 PM

North West Premier Job Mokgoro has been admitted to hospital. Mokgoro tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) on Tuesday.

Mokgoro tested after Cooperative Governance MEC Gordon Kegakilwe passed away due to COVID-19 related complications, while Public Works MEC Gaoage Molapisi is in self-isolation after also testing positive.

Mokgoro’s Spokesperson Vuyisile Ngesi says the premier decided to self-isolate in a medical facility.

“Yes, the Premier is in hospital. But he has not been hospitalised for reasons that have been said, that he is critical. The premier is in good spirits, in good health. He actually decided to go into voluntary quarantine, at a medical facility, due to a number of people that are present and staying at the official residence with him. But also, there was a whole lot of traffic that was starting to build up of people wanting to come in and out of the official residence after hearing that he’s infected with COVID-19. Therefore, he decided to go into voluntary quarantine.”

On Tuesday, Mokgoro said he was not feeling ill.

“I’m kicking harder than an ox. I went to test, as a result of my colleague, our fallen hero, MEC Gordon Kegakilwe, and fortunately, the results came back very quickly, and they told me that I’m positive. They were actually saying I’m probably on the recovery side because I told them that I’ve just been feeling feverish over the past two weeks. No difficulties with coughing; no difficulties about breathing; no sneezing. I’m up and about and about. Obviously, given the results, I’m listening to my doctors, who will give me instructions from time to time.”

In the video below, Premier Job Mokgoro says he feels highly energetic:

Queen Noloyiso Sandile dies after contracting COVID-19
8 July 2020, 7:05 PM

The AmaRharhabe Royal family has confirmed the sudden passing of the regent Queen Noloyiso Sandile. She was admitted at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital for coronavirus (COVID-19) related complications.

Queen Noloyiso is a sister to the Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini.

Royal family Spokesperson Prince Sipho Burns-Ncamashe says the amaXhosa nation is saddened by the passing of the queen.

“Indeed, as the Rharhabe Kingdom d and the entire Xhosa Kingdom, we are saddened by the sudden passing on of her Majesty the Queen, Queen Noloyiso Sandile, the regent Queen of the Rharhabe Kingdom. We are currently in the process of ensuring that the family and the government institutions are formally informed.”

Family spokesperson Nkosi Xhanti Sigcawu is on the line:

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National Taxi Alliance backs down on full capacity loading
7 July 2020, 10:11 PM

The National Taxi Alliance says it has placed itself in the hands of the National Coronavirus Command Council in its appeal to load to full capacity and expand routes.

Last week, the NTA joined Santaco in a nationwide call to fill taxis to full capacity and reintroduce cross-border transport.

But after meeting with the National Coronavirus Command Council, which included presentations from Professor Salim Abdool Karim, the NTA backed down.

Briefing Parliament’s Transport Portfolio Committee, NTA president Francis Masitsa said, “The NTA will pronounce itself after finality has been reached by the National Corona Command Council. We do, however, reserve the right to pursue all legal avenues possible in case we feel aggrieved. I want to publicly declare today that at no stage will NTA agitate disobedience.”

In the video below, Santaco, National Alliance brief Parliament’s Transport Portfolio Committee:

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