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Golf clubs get green light to resume operations
12 June 2020, 3:28 PM
Golf clubs in South Africa can open their doors as soon as Saturday after Sports Minister Nathi Mthethwa gave them the go-ahead.
GolfRSA says it recognises that the safety of human life comes first and over the past few weeks it has been equipping all clubs with Risk Mitigation Strategies and training Compliance Officers.
In addition to this, GolfRSA says it has provided all facilities with state-of-the-art applications that allow for the scanning and monitoring of all golfers and staff as a response to the threat that the global coronavirus pandemic causes.
Golf clubs need to complete a Confirmation of Compliance Document and submit it to GolfRSA before opening their facilities.

Golf industry implores government to relax lockdown rules

Last week, the golfing industry pleaded with government to relax restrictions for the sport to resume before possibly closing for good. Officials said almost 50% of golf clubs in South Africa are just weeks away from financial collapse.

The lockdown has left a massive number of casual workers in the golf industry, including clubs and greens staff, caddies and cleaners without an income.

GolfRSA has launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund in a bid to assist those affected.

The sector contributes close to R49 billion per annum to the South African economy and offers employment to approximately 60 000 people of which 85% come from the vulnerable sector.

 In the video below, is a discussion about the relief efforts:

 

 

School
Pretoria High Court to rule on Eusa’s objection to school reopening
10 June 2020, 5:06 AM

The High Court in Pretoria will rule on Wednesday on the urgency of the application brought by Educators Union of South Africa (Eusa) which is challenging the decision to reopen schools.

The union wants the court to set aside the reopening of schools by the Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

The union argues that the threat posed by COVID-19 is great and returning to school poses a greater threat to learners and educators.

Eusa’s Spokesperson, Kabelo Mahlobogwane, says they support the idea of the progression of all learners from Grade 1 to Grade 12.

Mahlobogwane says it’s their idea that Grade 12 must be sent for a matric camp where they will prepare for and write the exams.

“We have endorsed the suggestion by Professor Jonathan Jansen to say that they must progress all the learners from Grade 1 to Grade 11 and take the Grade 12s to matric camp where they can catch up on the curriculum and write their examinations there. But also she can have a broader consultation with the communities on what can be the way forward because she is not the god. She must not think that she has all the solutions in her head.”

Below is the union’s statement on today’s legal proceeding:

The union objects to schools reopening in the video below :

Grades 7 and 12 learners returned to class on Monday

Over one million Grades 7 and 12 pupils are expected to return to school to catch up after more than two months of no schooling due to the lockdown.

Teacher unions, school governing bodies and other stakeholders have finally given the department the green light following concerns over the state of readiness.

The department says it used last week to improve its mop-up operations to ensure that learners and staff remain safe.

At least 95% of schools are now ready to commence with classes on Monday morning.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and a team of other stakeholders briefed the media in Pretoria on Sunday.

In the video below, Minister Motshekga says most schools are ready to receive Grade 7 and 12 learners: 

 

Bheki Cele
Cele concerned about possible revenge attacks after Jabulani hostel shooting
9 June 2020, 6:11 PM

Police Minister Bheki Cele is concerned about possible revenge attacks following a mass shooting that took place in Jabulani Hostel on Monday night. Cele visited the area where the incident took place and spoke to members of the community.

The motive behind the shooting that killed 6 people and injured one other person is still unknown.

“Shock and horror still reign supreme as no one can make sense of the killing nor did anyone expect such a tragedy.
On his visit to the area, Police Minister Bheki Cele paid his respects and appealed to the community for assistance with finding the suspects,” says a nephew of one of the deceased.

The seventh victim of the shooting is in hospital. A search for at least three suspects involved is continuing as police probe the massacre.

Minister Cele visited the area and spoke to community members:

Killing of a heavily pregnant Tshegofatso Pule

Meanwhile, the Police Minister condemned the killing of a heavily pregnant Tshegofatso Pule. Her story sent shockwaves around the country on Tuesday. Her remains were found hanging from a tree in an open veld on Monday, according to the Gauteng Department of Social Development.

It’s understood Pule’s body was found by a community member in the veld in Durban Deep in Roodepoort.

In the video below, friends pay tribute to Pule:

Arrest
KZN woman arrested over perjury
9 June 2020, 4:20 PM

KwaZulu-Natal police have arrested a 24-year-old woman who lied that she had been kidnapped and raped.

KwaZulu-Natal police Spokesperson Nqobile Gwala says the suspect’s grandmother opened a case of kidnapping last month. However, Gwala says upon further investigation, police decided to charge the suspect for perjury and defeating the ends of justice.

“Since the case was opened an investigation was conducted and on the 5th of June the victim was found in the bushes by a member of her community and her hands were tied and a cloth put in her mouth. And was immediately rushed to hospital and a statement was obtained by the team of detectives and it was established the suspect lied under oath and she was then placed under arrest.”

How to report a rape case:

Victims of sexual assault are urged to report the abuse within 72 hours in order to receive medication that prevents the infection of HIV/AIDS.

Below are some steps that one can take after been sexually assaulted:

Cuban doctors
Cuban doctors deployed in S Africa to cost taxpayers R239 million
9 June 2020, 2:49 PM

The salaries of the Cuban health workers deployed in South Africa to help in the fight against COVID-19 are estimated to cost taxpayers about R239 million over the duration of their stay.

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, revealed this in his written reply into a parliamentary question by the Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament, Siviwe Gwarube.

According to Mkhize, R6 million of this amount is for accommodation, and that does not include the costs of provinces of Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.

The 187 Cuban healthcare workers include, among other nurses, epidemiologists, family physicians and health technologists.

The Minister says they will assist the country in areas where South Africa is unable to produce enough medical capacity.

He added that the estimated costs are informed by the appointment levels of the Cuban Health Brigade as determined by their registration category, which took into consideration years of experience amongst other things.

Department of Health’s Acting Director-General, Dr Anban Pillay, clarifies the deployment of Cuban doctors in the video below:

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