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Western Cape ready to roll out more vaccination sites: Winde
5 June 2021, 4:32 PM

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says the province is ready to roll out more vaccine sites from Monday. He says to date they have exceeded daily and weekly vaccine targets.

This coming week, the department will increase the number of vaccination sites in the province to 154.

Winde has urged residents to continue to play their part by ensuring that they are registered if they are eligible to do so.

“And in the Western Cape, we are seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases. We might not be at the Third Wave as yet, but I notice a steady increase in active cases now at 4 624. And I see that we are over 882 citizens in our hospitals with COVID-19,  at the moment 213 of our beds in our ICU units are taken up by COVID-19 patients,” says Winde.

Vaccination registration drive

Residents of Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats say they are benefiting from the Department of Health’s COVID-19 registration drive. Western Cape Health Minister, Nomafrench Mbombo is on a roadshow in various areas to urge senior citizens to register to get vaccinated.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology student, Zintle Tyembile, says the instructions are concise and her grandmother has managed to register on her own.

“I live with my grandmother. She is 64 years old this year. She went for her vaccine sometime this month and she will return again in July. She followed the steps that are given on the news because I am a student, so most of the time I am in res. At least she is advanced with technology as she owns a smartphone.”

SAMA pleads with South Africans to adhere to COVID-19 protocols
5 June 2021, 3:13 PM

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has appealed for the public to ensure COVID-19 protocols are followed, requesting that people observe social distance and wear masks when visiting each other’s homes.

SAMA’s Chairperson, Angelique Coetzee says several members of the public are failing to adhere to COVID- health protocols.

“We need to look at getting people back in their houses without a lot of people around them. And if you have your family members coming to visit you or anyone else coming to visit you at home, you have to open up your windows, stay 1.5 meters away and wear a mask. We still see infections coming from funerals, people flying nationally and our public transport is also going to increase the numbers of people infected. “

The association has also called on the government to enforce stricter lockdown measures saying some members of the public are not adhering to COVID-19 health protocols.

SAMA calls for stricter lockdown measures:

South Africa is currently operating under adjusted Lockdown Level 2  amid the third wave of the coronavirus in parts of the country.

The Health Department has recorded more than 5 000 new daily cases for a third consecutive day, taking the country’s tally to 1 686 041 cases since the start of the pandemic.

“We would urge and I know I have been criticised for asking for stricter lockdowns or curfews over the weekend but the truth of the matter is that people don’t listen anymore and we need to protect the average person out there who is doing things correctly. But unfortunately, when they get into a place where other people are – in confined spaces like taxis or busses – all that work where someone doesn’t wear their mask, they can get the infection,” says SAMA’s Chairperson  Dr. Angelique Coetzee.

 

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Under Alert Level-2, the curfew is from 11 pm to 4 pm. Bars and restaurants close by 10 pm with gatherings limited to 100 indoors and 250 outdoors.

Addressing the nation last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa said where the venue is too small to accommodate these numbers with appropriate social distancing, no more than 50% of the capacity of the venue may be used.

The President urged owners and managers of public buildings, centres, shops, restaurants, taxis, and buses to ensure that people on their premises or in their vehicles wear masks and that the appropriate social distancing measures are in place.

President Cyril Ramaphosa gives the nation an update on developments in the government’s fight against the coronavirus: 

 

LIVE: President Ramaphosa presents his office’s budget allocation
2 June 2021, 2:00 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa is this afternoon presenting the budget allocation for his office in Parliament.

His budget vote takes place amid mounting pressure on him to fire Health Minister Zweli Mkhize as more allegations surface about the Digital Vibes tender.

Below are the proceedings in Parliament: 

 

LIVE | State Capture Commission hears PRASA-related evidence
1 June 2021, 3:00 PM

The State Capture Commission hears Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA)-related evidence from the Head of the Legal Division at PRASA, Martha Ngoye and PRASA employee, Tiro Holele.

Below are the proceedings: 

VIDEO| Former Minister Malusi Gigaba continues his testimony at the State Capture Inquiry
31 May 2021, 2:15 PM

Former Minister Malusi Gigaba is continuing his testimony at the State Capture Commission. Gigaba has attributed what he said were his estranged wife Norma’s false allegations against him to her bitterness over their divorce settlement.

Below are the proceedings: 

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