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EC Health concerned over high COVID-19 mortality rates in some areas
11 August 2021, 9:05 PM

The Eastern Cape Health Department says despite the slight decline in COVID-19 deaths in the province, there are still concerns over high mortality rates in some areas.

Health MEC Nomakhosazana Meth briefed the media at the launch of a vaccination site at the Wildcoast Sun in Mbizana.

The areas with high mortality rates include rural districts such as Sarah Baartman, Chris Hani, and Joe Gqabi.

“The number of deaths due to COVID- 19 have declined slightly from 191 to 156 reported in the current week. The majority of these deaths are reported in Nelson Mandela Metro, Chris Hani, Joe Gqabi, and Sarah Baartman.”

The province is very concerned with the trend of high mortality rate amongst those infected with COVID- 19.

“Particularly we are concerned about the high mortality rate in the rural districts such as Chris Hani, Joe Gqabi, and Sarah Baartman, even including the post mortem discovery of those who passed on being positive in Alfred Nzo district,” adds Meth.


The Health Department has formed partnerships with businesses to speed up the vaccination programme. Some schools, clinics, church buildings, and community halls are being used as vaccination sites.

But the programme is not without challenges. MEC Meth says they have reviewed the new target of vaccinating over 50 000 people a day.

Due to vaccine instability that is affecting the country, the National Department of Health has since revised the targets for all provinces. The Eastern Cape is expected to be able to administer 42 000 vaccines per day by 31st August 2021. Remember I had said to you we are targeting 50 000 per day, but there’s since been a reviewal of that.

Residents in villages close to the Wildcoast Sun in Mzamba where the new vaccination site has been opened grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

Nonkuluko Mzangwa and Nomfanelo Bixi received their Johnson and Johnson jabs and were elated.

I met a friend of mine at Port Edward and she told me there’s a vaccination site here at the casino. So we are happy that we have a site here because we will not be standing in queues in hospitals and clinics. Everything is going well here and we are very grateful”.

I was working and our manager called and told us we have a vaccination site here at the Wildcoast. So we told other residents to come. I have been vaccinated and there’s nothing painful. I have no side effects. We are thankful because we came on foot and we did not waste money”.

Currently, the Eastern Cape has a total of 7370 active COVID-19 cases. But the good news is that hospital admissions have declined over the past seven days.

Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer feels better prepared for next season
11 August 2021, 6:19 PM

Orlando Pirates coach, Josef Zinnbauer believes the experience of coaching in Africa, he’s gained since his arrival in the country and the pre-season he has had with his team, will both make it better prepared for the upcoming season.

Despite leading Pirates to its first trophy last season with the team winning the MTN8 competition, there are some in the club who have been calling for his head with possible replacements named.

Pirates start the defence of their MTN8 title with a quarter-final clash against Moroka Swallows on Saturday at the Orlando stadium.

Zinnbauer says he understands’ fans unhappiness over the brand of football it plays under him and its failure to win the league title.

He says the upcoming season will be much better.

In the video below coach Josef Zinnbauer addresses the media:



Union to take Greyhound to court to stop auction of assets
11 August 2021, 5:14 PM

The Democratised Transport, Logistics, and Allied Workers’ Union (Detawu) says they will be taking long-distance luxury bus service Greyhound to court.

This is after the company announced it will be auctioning its fleet next month. Greyhound will be auctioning 66 buses, some of its trailers, and high-quality spares.

The Flagship long-distance luxury bus service ceased operations in February this year citing bad trading conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown restrictions.

Over 1000 employees working for both Greyhound and Citiliner buses were retrenched as a result.

However, Detawu says they will be taking the company to court to stop the auctioning process.

“We are aware Greyhound wants to sell their couches through auction. However, as we have not moved from our initial position and we have currently taken the company to court and we are waiting for the court date,” says Detawu spokesperson, Nontembeko Luzipo.

Video: KwaZulu-Natal-based business eyeing Greyhound acquisition

Zondo to hear IEC’s application to postpone LGE on August 20th
11 August 2021, 4:42 PM

Acting Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has set down the 20th of August to hear the Independent Electoral Commissions (IEC) application to have the October elections postponed.

Last week, the IEC filed an urgent application to have the Local Government Elections deferred to February next year.

Thursday is the last day for opposing affidavits to be filed. Political parties such as the Democratic Alliance (DA) and the African Transformation Movement (ATM) have since approached the Apex court to resist the electoral commission’s application.

Friday will be the last day for the commission to file a replying affidavit. The application will be heard virtually.

Mixed reactions

Political parties have expressed mixed reactions over the IEC decision to accept the recommendations of the Moseneke Inquiry regarding the postponement of the LGE in South Africa.

INFOGRAPHIC: Moseneke’s report:

Video: Political parties react to IEC’s adoption of the Moseneke report

LGE date proclamation

Last week, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said she is bound by the Constitution and other legal statutes to timeously proclaim the date of the local government elections.

Dlamini-Zuma was briefing the media on developments with regards to the poll which is scheduled for 27 October 2021.

She says her proclaiming the date of the election does not contradict the recommendations of the Moseneke Inquiry nor their acceptance by the IEC.

“The minister is bound to fulfill her statutory and constitutional obligation to timeously proclaim the election date for the elections. There is currently no court order that would excuse the minister from fulfilling her constitutional and statutory obligation. If the minister is forced to proclaim the election date before judgment of a Constitutional Court she may explain that she has been advised to do so to fulfill her constitutional and statutory obligations.”

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s briefing on elections :

Limpopo municipality to sell assets to service debts
11 August 2021, 4:21 PM

The cash-strapped Modimolle-Mookgophong local municipality in Limpopo will on Friday sell 25 vacant stands belonging to the municipality in an auction to raise money for service delivery and to pay off debts.

The municipality says the council decided to dispose of 89 stands that are not needed for service delivery or municipal developments.

The municipality owes Eskom more than R200 million .

“The municipality is going to have auction this week Friday to sell 25 pieces of land that are currently vacant in Modomolle and Phagameng. These stands are institutional business, they are also industrial and also residential stands for middle and higher income.  We really hopeful  that we can stimulate the economy in such a way that we are going to use the income that we receive to service some of our debts and also to invest money into service delivery in the municipality,” says Mayor Marlene Van Staden.

South African National Civic Organization (Sanco) representative in the Modimolle-Mookgophong sub-region, Elvis Ramogale says the selling of stands will enable residents to have access to land.

“We have pushed to achieve this one because we  really wanted people to have access  to buying their stands because as you can see most of the families they are scattered.  They are about ten in one household so it will give them access to have place to stay and also to revive our industrial area so that companies can buy stand in our municipalities and also create employment and grow the economy in our municipality.”




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