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Ramaphosa congratulates newly-elected Malawi President
28 June 2020, 6:32 PM

Chairperson of the African Union (AU) and President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has congratulated the newly elected President of Malawi, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Ramaphosa commended Malawi for holding peaceful elections.

The statement reads: “President Ramaphosa has furthermore congratulated all stakeholders for the success of this historic election which followed a Malawi Constitutional Court judgement on 03 January 2020 which called for new elections to be held. Malawians returned to the polls on 23 June 2020.”

 

Ramaphosa has also recommitted the AU’s continued closer working ties with the government of Malawi to enhance cooperation strengthening economic development and integration.

Below is the full statement:

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Jobs bloodbath is upon South Africa amid COVID-19 pandemic
19 June 2020, 10:17 PM

The jobs bloodbath is upon South Africa as the economy tanks under the weight of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Job losses are not only in the private sector, state-owned enterprises like SAA, SA Express and the SABC are considering retrenchments and the youth are expected to suffer the most.

Political Analyst Somadoda Fikeni says South Africa lacks the political will to tackle poverty, inequality and unemployment.

“There seems not to be no political conviction in terms of its intensity, but again as young indicated, we are a divided society. Therefore, others will always have different perspectives in terms of how to tackle the same and others may even have a lip service into ending inequality, but without tempering with the very deep structural and institutional hurdles.”

On the video below, Fikeni discusses the impact of COVID-19 on South Africans:

Massive job losses 

The public broadcaster has announced possible staff retrenchments on Thursday, saying it will consult with its more than 3 000 employees about their intention to cut jobs.

The SABC says due to the dire financial position of the corporation, it would simply not be financially viable for it to continue in the current form. Approximately 600 permanent employees will be affected, including senior management.

The SABC plans to conclude its restructuring process by September this year.

ArcelorMittal, Sasol to cut jobs

Steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa has announced plans to cut an unspecified number of jobs as part of a restructuring process to cut costs.

The company, which is Africa’s biggest steel producer says it expects crude steel production to take some time to return to historical or planned levels for 2020.

Energy and chemical company, Sasol, has issued unions with a Section 189 retrenchment notice to cut an unspecified number of jobs as well.

Sasol’s global workforce is over 31 000 with the bulk of employees based in South Africa.

The move is likely due to a drop in oil prices and production as economies around the world came to a halt due to the pandemic.

The economic impact of retrenchments with Thabi Leoka:

22 000 jobs are reportedly on the line at the retail group Edcon. Edcon which owns Edgars and Jet has blamed the lockdown for a collapse in sales and its inability to pay suppliers.

The 90-year-old company has been placed in business rescue and it looking for buyers to avoid being liquidated.

Cell C has started a retrenchment process that may result in 960 people losing their jobs. As the cellular operator is set to retrench 40% of its workforce.

Indlulamithi Scenarios paints a bleak future for South Africa

Research organisation Indlulamithi Scenarios painted a bleak future for South Africa, as a result of the coronavirus and subsequent lockdown.

The organisation is projecting unemployment to skyrocket to 40%, while the economy is expected to continue shrinking.

COVID-19
94 new COVID-19 deaths in SA, confirmed COVID-19 cases climb to 87 715
19 June 2020, 10:11 PM

A total of 94 new COVID-19 related deaths have been recorded in South Africa as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa climbs to 87 715. The death toll is currently at 1 831.

The Health Department said on Friday that 27 deaths recorded are from Gauteng; 7 from KwaZulu Natal, and 60 from Western Cape.

The total number of recoveries is now at 47 825 which translates to 54,5%

Infographic: Latest COVID-19 cases in South Africa:

 

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The Western Cape is leading with 4 8706 of confirmed COVID-19 cases which translates to 55,5% of all the confirmed cases in the country and 1 360  fatalities.

Eastern Cape is second with 13 506 cases which make 15,4% of the national COVID-19 number with 257 deaths.

Salons
Personal care services to resume under strict hygiene protocols
19 June 2020, 9:36 PM

The government has published protocols in the government gazette for personal care services like hairdressers, barbers and tattoo artists including the provision of sanitisers and regular cleaning and these come into effect from Friday. This means that these businesses can effectively start operating provided they observe the protocols.

The protocols include the wearing of masks and that hair salon workers wash their hands with warm water and soap before and after doing each customer’s hair.

The wiping of all hair product bottles with a sanitiser containing at least 70% alcohol is another requirement.

Similar protocols have been published for barbers and tattoo artists and for those operating informal establishments.

DA takes government to court over salons ban

The Democratic Alliance took Cooperative Governance Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to court over salons ban. The party wanted to overturn a ban on hairdressers and others in the personal care industry under Level 3 of the lockdown.

DA Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry, Dean Mcpherson said the ban was unconstitutional and irrational.

Beauty industry hardest hit by COVID-19 impact

The hair and beauty industry sector is among the hardest hit by the lockdown. Many owners fear they won’t be able to recover once they are allowed to operate again.

A simple query on a Facebook page for hairdressers and beauty industry experts led to a flood of responses. Many are in dire straits as a result of the lockdown.

Below are the personal services  protocols to be observed:

 

 

Durban parents raise concerns about safety, hygiene measures in school transport
19 June 2020, 8:50 PM

Concerned parents from Chatsworth in Durban have decided to monitor safety and hygiene measures being taken by school transport providers. This is the second week since schools re-opened for Grade 7 and 12 learners.

School Governing Body member and parent at Crossmore Secondary School, Fathima Ismail-Adams, says she saw learners and taxi operators without masks and not practicing proper sanitising protocols.

“So, I decided to monitor the taxis that were coming through to the school and what we noticed was that the taxis were fully loaded. So, it was not the 70% capacity and the kids are full in the taxis, not wearing mask, the driver is even not wearing a mask. Now, that’s not safe at all. I have notified the school and we have notified metro as well to try and get out there and monitor what is happening because if it is (not) happening at one school. It is happening in all our schools. These things need to be enforced now. So, examples can be set and parents need to teach their children to wear their mask.”

Metro Police head in Chatsworth Venu Moodley disputes the claims. “So, we have been monitoring them close, which means wearing masks and taxis are having sanitiser within them to sanitise the vehicles. There are some operators, drivers, that do not comply. So, we will be continuously monitoring the public service vehicles, especially the taxis.”

 

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