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There are lasting effects being found guilty of not wearing a Mask: Legal expert
20 August 2021, 11:56 AM

Paying an admission of guilt fine for not wearing a mask in public, will result in the offender getting a 10-year criminal record.

Since the use of face masks in public became compulsory, thousands of people have been arrested across the country.

On conviction, a person is liable to a fine or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months or to both a fine and imprisonment.

Fines for not wearing a mask range from R300 to R1 500.

Legal expert Sabber Ahmed Jazbhai says there are long-lasting effects for those found guilty.

Jazbhai says, “If a person is arrested and charged then, of course, he will he will be brought before the criminal court then what happens he will be charged and if he is convicted then there is a record against his name permanently and that has a ripple effect on various factors and I am at pain to say to people, obey the law, masking is important.”

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Arc de Triomphe to be wrapped up whole in Paris art installation
20 August 2021, 11:40 AM

Visitors to Paris may be in for a surprise when strolling up the Champs-Elysees in September when the Arc de Triomphe monument will be enveloped in a shimmering wrapper in a posthumous installation by artist Christo.

Workers have already erected some of the scaffolding around the 50-metre high, 19th century arch to set it up for the silvery blue, recyclable plastic wrapping, which will be on view between September 18 and October 3, 2021.

Imagined decades ago in 1961 by the late Bulgarian-born artist Christo and his wife and fellow artist Jeanne-Claude, who died in 2009, “L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped” was finally brought to life by Christo’s nephew, Vladimir Yavatchev.

“It’s just keeping a promise to him. It’s as simple as that,” Yavatchev told Reuters, adding that a few years before his death in 2020, Christo, who spent part of his life in Paris and in New York, said the one thing he had wanted to do above all else was to complete this project.

Christo had once rented a small room near the famedChamps-Elysees avenue after moving to Paris in 1958, when he experimented with wrapping discarded crates and barrels with fabric and rope, according to an official site about the artist.

Christo, whose full name is Christo Javacheff, was known for his larger-than-life installations. He wrapped up a stretch of coastline in Australia and the Reichstag parliament building in Berlin and strung up a huge curtain in part of a canyon in Colorado. He worked closely with Jeanne-Claude on the projects.

The pair covered Paris’s Ponf Neuf bridge in yellow cloth in1985.

The Arc de Triomphe project, involving the most visited monument in Paris that looms over one end of the Champs-Elysees, will still allow tourists to visit the site and its panoramic terrace.

The monument is also home to a tribute to the Unknown Soldier, in the form of a flame of remembrance that is rekindled every day.

“Hopefully, Christo would be most happy, if somebody looks at it and says ‘it looks just like the drawings’,”

COVID-19 infections increasing despite third wave downward turn: Phaahla
20 August 2021, 10:27 AM

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla says coronavirus infections in the country have increased by 18.2% in the last seven days.

In the past 24 hours, around 13 000 new infections were recorded. This comes as the third wave curve is beginning to show a downward trend.

Phaahla told the media in Pretoria that while they remain concerned about the curve picking up, they are, however, encouraged by a drop in hospital admissions.

“So while the curve had started to show a downward trend, it is now picking up again driven largely by the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape but also the Northern Cape which has never gone really down from the second wave. It just went straight into the third wave.”

“Slightly encouraging nevertheless is that hospital admissions have gone down by 5.4%,” added Phaahla.

Health Ministry briefs the media on efforts to fight COVID-19:

We have administered vaccines to 20% of the adult population: Phaahla

Phaahla says South Africa has now administered 10 million COVID-19 vaccinations with over 4.6 million people being fully vaccinated.

He says just over 8 million jabs of Johnson and Johnson (J&J) and first doses of Pfizer have been administered.

Phaahla told the media that there is still a long way to go to reach the targetted 70% of the adult population by December.

He says it’s encouraging to have vaccinated 20% of the country’s adult population with at least the first doses without the 18 years old and above group who have become eligible for vaccination on Friday.

“The total number of people with a minimum of at least one jab of Pfizer and also J&J, people who have received either one jab of Pfizer or J&J is just under 8 million which means in terms of the adult population, those who have received one jab are 20% of the adult population. Again, I want to emphasise that we have reached the 20% without admitting the 18 years and over.

COVID-19 vaccinations opened for 18-year-old and older from Friday:

Analysts skeptical about RAF’s proposed equitable benefit model
20 August 2021, 8:17 AM

The Department of Social Development (DSD) says the Road Accident Fund (RAF) will be transformed from its current form to a more equitable model to benefit victims of crashes.

The department recently proposed that workers should pay 12 percent of their salaries to social security and retirement funds.

However, analysts are skeptical about the benefits of the new proposal.

The department’s Deputy Director-General Brenda Sibeko says currently a large amount of money goes to legal fees, administration and not to the intended beneficiaries.

Sibeko says, “If you are poor and you don’t have a good lawyer you get a small benefit. So what we are saying is that we need to create an equitable system that is there for everybody. That is affordable and does not pay in amounts to people on the basis of how good their lawyers are. We have to make sure that the majority of the money does not go necessarily to lawyers and intermediaries but it actually goes to people who have experienced an accident.


Road Accident Fund reduces liability to R20 billion:

RAF in June said it posted a surplus of R3.2 billion for the 2020/2021 financial year. This follows a deficit of R5.2 billion the previous year.

The entity has been battling financially over the years as a result of more claims from road crashes as well as fraudulent claims.

The gradual stabilising of the entity has been attributed to a new board that was appointed in 2019.


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