For all official information and updates regarding COVID-19, visit the South African Department of Health's website at

Home » Articles Posted by Yolanda Mhlathi (Page 3)

Author Archives: Yolanda Mhlathi

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:




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.

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.”


Zimbabwe Health Minister arrested over COVID-19 corruption allegations
19 June 2020, 7:50 PM

Zimbabwe’s Health Minister, Obadiah Moyo, has been arrested for COVID-19 related tender fraud and corruption. The country’s Anti-Corruption Commission accuses Moyo of illegally awarding a R7 billion tender to Swiss company, Drax International to procure PPEs and pharmaceutical drugs.

Drax International is allegedly not even a pharmaceutical organisation but a consultancy firm which was only registered this year.

It’s believed that Moyo awarded the mega-contract without following the proper procedures after Drax’s bid was rejected by Treasury.

Initial investigations reveal that Drax hyper-inflated prices – a mask that cost 28-dollars was marked up at 98 dollars.

The contract has since been rescinded by the government.

SABC Correspondent Ephert Musekiwa reports from Harare:

The opposition, the MDC, applied pressure for investigations into the awarding of the tender and to have Moyo and Finance Minister, Mthuli Ncube to be investigated over the awarding of the tender.

Zimbabwe currently has 463 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths and  63 recoveries.

Below is the dashboard tracking global COVID-19 cases, death toll, recoveries and more

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality in a dysfunctional state: Business Chamber
19 June 2020, 7:47 PM

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality without a permanent Executive Mayor is in a dysfunctional state. This is the view of the Metro’s Business Chamber. It has written to President Cyril Ramaphosa to intervene in filling the vacancy.

The Chamber says without a mayor, the municipality is unable to table the draft budget. Treasury has also threatened to withhold the municipality’s equitable share.

The chamber says the state of the municipality makes it difficult to do business.

“We are alarmed with the decaying infrastructure in this bay, we cannot create jobs, we cannot attract investors if we do not have an enabling environment to do so. Currently Nelson Mandela bay is not an enabling environment for business, says NMB Business Chamber President, Andrew Muir.

Deputy Mayor Tshonono Buyeye has been acting as interim mayor. The African National Congress (ANC) in the region which is part of the coalition government says it’s also concerned.

“We are also guided by the understanding that in the absence of a mayor, the act does provide that the deputy is to assume full responsibility in the absence of a mayor. Currently, that is what is happening in the city. There is no mayor but there is an interim mayor in the form of the deputy executive mayor who was elected by council,” says  NMB ANC RTT coordinator, Luyolo Nqakula.

Former mayor Mongameli Bobani hopes to return to the position following fresh talks.

“The UDM has opened the doors between the ANC and the DA. The national office of the UDM led by general Bantu Holomisa, our president, they are dealing with that matter. We are the deployees on our side we will take a cue from them,” says Bobani.

In the video below, Bobani is removed as Nelson Mandela Bay Metro:

The municipality has been without a permanent mayor since December.

The DA together with the UDM, ACDP and cope have petitioned the speaker Buyelwa Mafaya for a special council meeting to elect a new mayor on the 25th of this month. Other items the parties want to be debated in the special council meeting are the removal and the replacement of the speaker, the Chief Whip and the deputy mayor. Speaker Mafaya is yet to reply to the petition.”

Kim Daniels reports about wastewater that runs into estuaries within the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro:



SABC © 2020