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KZN Health investigates death of 5-month-old baby
10 July 2020, 5:42 PM

The head of the KwaZulu-Natal Health Department Dr Sandile Tshabalala says they are awaiting reports from clinical staff before issuing a report on the death of a five-month old baby who allegedly succumbed to COVID-19.

The child, who died on Monday, was admitted to hospital with TB.

Tshabalala says the department is investigating the death.

“As the Department of Health we have heard of the alleged death of a child because of a COVID-19 infection, or a COVID-19 related complication.  Having heard that, we are going to investigate the case, issue a proper statement after the clinicians have given us a report.  We are saying this because it is very rare for a child to die because of a COVID-19 virus.  All we can say for now is may the child’s soul rest in peace and may the family be comforted by the grace of God.”

Infographic: latest COVID-19 statistics in South Africa:




In May, the National Health Department revealed that 755 children under the age of nine had contracted COVID-19.

The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says while children are not the face of the pandemic, they risk being among its biggest victims.

“While they have thankfully been largely spared from the direct health effects of COVID-19 at least to date – the crisis is having a profound effect on their well-being. All children, of all ages, and in all countries, are being affected, in particular by the socio-economic impacts and, in some cases, by mitigation measures that may inadvertently do more harm than good,” the organisation wrote on its website.

It warns that the harmful effects of this pandemic could be most damaging for children in the poorest countries, and in the poorest neighbourhoods, and for those in already disadvantaged or vulnerable situations.

It says 1.2 million more children under-five deaths could die occur in just six months due to reductions in routine health service coverage levels and an increase in child wasting.

The ongoing crisis could increase the number of children living in monetary poor households by up to 106 million by the end of the 2020.



Ranjeni Munusamy abandons bid to cross-examine State Capture witnesses
10 July 2020, 4:52 PM

Journalist Ranjeni Munusamy has abandoned her application to cross-examine two witnesses who implicated her at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

Her lawyer Duncan Wild told the commission’s chairperson Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo that it had become apparent to Munusamy that the two witnesses did not have direct evidence linking her to any wrongdoing.

In 2019, former crime intelligence official Colonel Dhanajaya Naidoo and Hawks investigator Kobus Roelofse testified that Munusamy was one of the journalists who allegedly benefited from the coffers of the State Security Agency.

Roelefse told the commission that more than R140 000 from the Crime Intelligence slush fund was allegedly paid in 2008 into a WesBank car finance account to settle Munusamy’s debt.

In the video below, Naidoo implicates journalists:

Wild says Munusamy is still prepared to testify to clear her name.

“She has set out her version of the events however she remains will to testify should she be required but for those reasons and the fact that she doesn’t have the financial resources to involve lawyer in preparing for the cross-examination she wishes not to persist with those two applications.”

Munsamy was an Associate Editor at Tiso Blackstar when the allegations were levelled against her and was granted special leave pending an internal probe into the matter.

Peter Rabali
Former PSL club boss Peter Rabali to be laid to rest on Sunday
10 July 2020, 4:12 PM

The former chairman of Limpopo PSL club and founder of the defunct NSL club, Rabali Blackpool FC, Peter Rabali will be buried on Sunday at Ha-Rabali village in Nzhelele, outside Louis Trichardt, in Limpopo.

Rabali died on Thursday  after a short illness. 

The 73-year-old Rabali was a well-known businessman who also has interests in the transport industry. He then ventured into football and bought the D’Alberton Callies franchise in 1994.

He relocated the club to Thohoyandou and renamed it Rabali Blackpool FC during the National Soccer League era.

The now defunct Rabali Blackpool, which was famously called “Matari Aya Fhambana”  translated as “leaves are different”,  was relegated to the lower division in 1995.

Four years later, Rabali was part of group of businessmen in the Vhembe District Municipality that managed Dynamos FC, which was promoted to the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

Rabali’s stint in football was, however, brief. He was later banned from football for life due to alleged corruption related to match fixing.

Mulimisi Muneri worked closely with Rabali as the team manager of Dynamos FC. He says Rabali made an enormous contribution to football.

“He was one man who was down to earth he could interact with almost everybody his lost honestly it is our loss he was part of the group that has interest in football his contribution will be always be seen above the rest because he always had this business plan that he came with it became very very easy to promote Dynamos his contribution will always remembered.”

Nathaniel Phasha and Magic Ratshivhadelo played for both Rabali Blackpool and Dynamos FC. They say the late Rabali played a father figure role to players during his short stint in football.

Rabali founded the new African Apostolic United Church, which has branches in five provinces with more than 300 000 members.

Family spokesperson Takalani Rabali says COVID-19 funeral regulations will be followed on Sunday.

“The old man was having problem with his health and the government has already give us the rules concerning COVID-19 burial. We will obey  the rules of 50 attendance and we are going to be strict on that.  If you are not part of the 50 please understand this Sunday we will have burial services and Saturday we will have a memorial service.”

Storm wreaks havoc in Western Cape rural town of Greyton
10 July 2020, 2:58 PM

Snow has fallen over the mountains in the small town of Greyton near Caledon, in the Western Cape. The rural town has been hit hard by the storm and its residents are feeling the effects of an intense cold front.

Greyton Tourism Manager, Roslyn Petersen, says 13 millimetres of rain has been recorded overnight.

“Lots of damage has been done, roofs were blown, electric poles fell over much assistance was needed in the community and every hand was helping to restore electricity and tree felling, Greyton today is back some visitors coming in more severe weather to be expected by Monday,” says Petersen.

More Western Cape areas  record damages

In Cape Town, several informal settlements are experiencing flooding and power outages.

The first of a series of cold fronts made landfall on Thursday, accompanied by heavy rain, strong winds and high seas.

In Masiphumelele near Kommetjie, residents of Z section are battling to keep dry and warm. They say a canal nearby constantly overflows, and floods their shacks with sewerage.

Strong winds uprooted trees in areas such as Camps Bay and caused power outages in Mitchells Plain, Claremont, Philippi, Lotus River and Retreat.

Many roads across the city have been flooded.

Meanwhile, the search for two people who went missing after they fell into a canal at Belgravia in Athlone, has resumed.

The operation was called off on Thursday afternoon due to bad weather.

Below is an in depth report on the Western Cape cold front:

VIDEO: Motshekga updates the nation on schools’ re-opening progress
5 July 2020, 4:25 PM

Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, is updating the nation on the progress of her department since the reopening of schools in the COVID-19 environment. On Monday, a second batch of learners is scheduled to return to class.

Below is link to the address:



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