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‘Non-compliance of COVID-19 protocols increase pressure on health system’
13 June 2021, 12:00 AM

Acting Minister of Health Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says non-compliance of COVID-19 protocols by the public is increasing pressure on the health system, especially hospitals.

She says an intervention team will be sent to Gauteng to help with the rising COVID-19 numbers in the province.

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Addressing the media during a vaccination site visit at the Chris Hani-Baragwanath Academic hospital in Soweto, she said many people are not observing the COVID-19 protocols.

“When you look at the past three days you would see that the numbers are reflected on Gauteng are a worry and there are areas in  Johannesburg where we need to make serious intervention.

We will be able to send an intervention team into Gauteng that will assist us with the human capital to support the province managing the pandemic. We are paying attention to the capacity of the province in terms of hospital beds.”

Meanwhile South Africa has recorded a further 9 320 COVID-19 infections in the last 24-hour cycle. This brings the accumulative number of cases to 1739 425.

The latest figures bring the number of infections for the past four days to 35 371.

Growing calls for more vaccination sites in Gauteng:

One hundred and fourteen COVID-19-related deaths have also been recorded, taking the national toll to 57 706.

Gauteng has recorded well over 50% of the new infections with 5 902.

President Ramaphosa answers oral questions from members of NCOP
10 June 2021, 2:17 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa answers oral questions from the members of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).

SA records 5 074 new COVID-19 cases, 45 deaths on Sunday
6 June 2021, 9:23 PM

The Health Ministry says another 5 074 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the latest testing period – taking the overall number of cases to 1 696 564.

It’s the fourth day in a row that the number of cases has topped 5 000. Another 45 people have died from COVID-19. The death toll stands at 56 974.

The department says, “Eastern Cape 0, Free State 16, Gauteng seven, Kwa-Zulu Natal one, Limpopo 0, Mpumalanga 0, Northwest 0, Northern Cape 15 and Western Cape six.”

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The recovery rate is at 93%.

The cumulative total of tests conducted to date is 11 876 594 with 35 821 new tests recorded since the last report.

Unpacking South Africa’s COVID-19 numbers with Dr Ridhwaan Suliman:

Azarenka criticises French Open for favouring men’s matches for night session
6 June 2021, 8:38 PM

Former world number one Victoria Azarenka criticised French Open organisers on Sunday for scheduling men’s matches in all but one of the night slots so far this year.

The two-time Grand Slam champion also said practice courts were not prepared properly and complained that organisers of the claycourt major were unhelpful.

So far, six of the seven night sessions, for which Amazon have the exclusive television broadcasting rights in France, have featured men’s matches, with only Serena Williams being asked to take the court shortly before sunset.

The session, in place for the first time, is being played in an empty stadium because of the nine p.m. local curfew due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“What concerns me is that when somebody from the French federation is continuously trying to say that there’s equality and only pointing to prize money, which is true. Everything else, I wouldn’t even agree for a little with that. And that’s disappointing,” Azarenka told a news conference after her fourth-round defeat, later adding that she was not targeting a specific person.

“I think there are enough examples over the years where we’ve heard remarks towards women, where we’ve seen two women’s semi-final matches playing on the outside courts,” the Belarusian added.

“I think sometimes you need to hold some people accountable for some of those things and not continuously point to the obvious of prize money.”

Asked how she would have reacted if asked to play in a night session here, she said: “I will answer that whenever I will be asked if I would like to play a night session or not. Honestly, that would be already a step forward.”

The U.S. and Australian Opens also have night sessions but, unlike the French Open, they feature more than one match.

Azarenka, beaten 5-7 6-3 6-2 by Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, also said of Roland Garros: “I just think that in general sometimes things here are made a bit too complicated.

“And it has nothing to do with today’s match. It’s just honestly a bit frustrating every time you’re trying to deal with the organisation here, it’s becoming ‘pas possible’. Everything you hear is ‘pas possible’.

“It has nothing to do with the outcome today or the other day. When you’re coming to warm up before the match, the court is completely wet where it’s kind of dangerous to move.

“I just have a genuine question, Why? Why can it not be ready when people know somebody is coming to practice, players are going to warm up? I don’t understand why simple things like this are not in place.”

The French Tennis Federation (FFT), who organise the tournament, was not immediately available for comment.

 

 

ANC veteran Reverend OJ Tselapedi has passed away
6 June 2021, 8:33 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) in the North West has confirmed the passing of member of the Interim Provincial Committee and former Education MEC Reverend Johannes “OJ” Tselapedi.

Tselapedi was among three names submitted to lead the ANC following Supra Mahumapelo’s resignation as Premier of the North West in 2018.

Spokesperson for the ANC Interim Provincial Committee is Kenny Morolong says, “Comrade OJ, as he was popularly known, passed on this morning after a short illness. Comrade OJ was a decorated freedom fighter, a veteran of the movement, an outstanding leader of the people. He had diligently served the movement in many capacities, including as former deputy chairperson of the ANC in the North West province.”

By the time of his passing, he was a member of the interim provincial committee of the ANC in the North West.

He served as a speaker of NWPL, MEC of Agriculture and MEC of Education in the province.

Chief Whip Paul Sebego says, “We are deeply pained by the demise of such an all-rounder of our movement, the death of Tselapedi means that we have yet again lost a reservoir from which we can access important advice and counsel on how best to navigate our path in difficult situations.”

The party sends its heartfelt condolences to his immediate family, comrades who have struggled side by side with him, the church which he led, and the people of the North West province to whom he dedicated his life and served with the greatest humility.

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