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Kaizer Chief requests postponement of five upcoming matches as COVID-19 grips the team the
3 December 2021, 12:45 PM

Kaizer Chiefs Football Club has requested the Premier Soccer League to postpone all their five upcoming matches in the month of December due to the increasing COVID-19 cases in the team.

Chiefs have reported no less than 31 positive cases in the team.

Players and staff at Chiefs are being closely monitored for symptoms and are regularly tested.

Chiefs, who currently occupy second spot in the DSTV Premier League, are scheduled to face Cape Town City on Saturday.

The other four matches for the club were against Golden Arrows, Sekhukhune United, Royal AM, and Maritzburg United.

According to the statement released by Chiefs, the club at the moment does not have sufficient players nor technical staff to constitute a team.

Meanwhile, Sunday’s CAF Confederation Cup between Orlando Pirates and LPRC Oilers of Liberia has been called off. The Liberian club has pulled out of the competition. It is still not clear why the Liberian club pulled out.

Pirates won the first leg of their third qualifying round 2-nil away in Monrovia last weekend. As a result, the club will advance to the group stages of the Confederation Cup without kicking the ball.

Tamelyn Bock crowned Miss Wheelchair South Africa 2021
3 December 2021, 12:11 PM

Twenty-five-year-old Tamelyn Bock from Springbok in the Northern Cape has been crowned Miss Wheelchair South Africa 2021.

 

A gala event was held at Artscape in the Mother City on Thursday night.

The first princess is 20-year-old Nokuthula Yonke from the Western Cape.

Maureen Galaletsang Mokgele, a 24-year-old from Taung in the North West, has been crowned second princess.

The newly crowned Miss Wheelchair SA will represent the country in Mexico in October next year during the Miss Wheelchair World pageant.

Gauteng government will not call for a stricter lockdown: Makhura
3 December 2021, 11:06 AM

The Gauteng Provincial Government says it will not call for the province to be placed under a stricter COVID-19 lockdown.

The province is witnessing a sizeable increase in daily COVID-19 infections ahead of the festive season.

In the last 24 hours, Gauteng recorded more than 8 000 cases.

Premier David Makhura’s Spokesperson Vuyo Mhaga says stricter lockdown will have a devastating impact on the economy of the province.

“Although the numbers are really surging, we won’t encourage the government or national government to really put us on lockdown beyond where we are which is lockdown level 1. As I have said, that will actually have a devastating effect…and we are really trying to get the economy of Gauteng back to its feet. So really, a further lockdown will actually devastate us. So we were quite pleased when the President retained level lockdown 1,” says Mhaga.

Omicron is now the dominant variant in Gauteng: 

Concerns over unvaccinated residents

On Thursday, Makhura expressed concern about the eight-million unvaccinated people in the province.

He fears that they are the ones who may severely fall prey to the Omicron variant, and that may accelerate its spread.

Makhura gave an update on COVID-19 in the province and outlined government’s plans to deal with the fourth wave and the Omicron variant.

Makhura also said Gauteng is seeing a rapid rise in new infections:

 

Omicron variant highly transmissible, spreading throughout all provinces: Phaahla
3 December 2021, 9:38 AM

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla has warned that the COVID-19 Omicron variant is highly transmissible, with data showing its presence in all nine provinces. He has been speaking during a virtual media briefing on government’s efforts to fight the pandemic.

New coronavirus infections continue to rise rapidly across the country.

In the last 24-hour reporting cycle, 11 535 cases were identified, representing a positivity rate of 22.4%.

Latest SA COVID-19 stats: 

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Phaahla says, “Over the last seven days, the new spike has moved through the whole of Gauteng, and it is also registering a presence in all nine provinces with numbers starting to rise in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga, all with high positivity rates. While we are dealing with a few days and limited data, the indications are that this variant is highly transmissible, including infections of people who have been vaccinated but the infections are causing mostly mild illness, especially for those who are vaccinated.”

Live proceedings of the media briefing streamed below: 

Second Pfizer shot

Phaahla has also reiterated the call for people who haven’t received their second Pfizer dose to complete their vaccinations due to the high transmissibility of the new variant.

“We call on all those who have not completed the full vaccination with the Pfizer vaccine to do so. There are many who have taken only one dose even though they have long been due for the second dose. We really appeal to them to come forward and complete their vaccination so they can be fully protected because what we have also seen is while having at least one dose does provide some protection, but it is just not enough because it does not provide the full protection which is required,” adds the Minister.

Last month, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority, in partnership with the Department of Health and other stakeholders, hosted a webinar on mitigating COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in South Africa.

More details in the video below: 

What you need to know about the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron: 

KZN police working to clear truck backlog at N3 Van Reenen’s Pass
3 December 2021, 8:23 AM

KwaZulu-Natal police are working to clear an extensive backlog of trucks on the N3 at Van Reenen’s Pass.

The truck blockade has also forced the closure of the Tugela Toll Plaza.

At this stage, the cause of the blockade remains unclear.

Police Spokesperson Jay Naicker says traffic is being diverted to alternate routes.

“In the early hours of this morning, the N3 at Van Reenen’s was blocked in both directions by truck drivers. It’s alleged that the truck drivers parked their vehicles on the road and in most cases removed the keys from the vehicle. At this stage, SAPS is on the scene and attempts are being made to remove these trucks we’re advising people to avoid that area traffic that is backed up in that area is currently being diverted to alternative routes.”

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