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Kegakilwe laid to rest in Vryburg
10 July 2020, 1:11 PM

The North West Co-operative Governance MEC Gordon Kegakilwe has been buried in his home town of Vryburg.

He succumbed to COVID-19 related complications on Monday.

Some members of the provincial executive and Premier Job Mokgoro could not make it to the funeral as they had to go into self-quarantine.

Mokgoro has been admitted to hospital, after also testing positive for the virus, while Public Works MEC Gaoage Molapisi has also tested positive and is in self-isolation.

Co-operative Governance Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma delivered the eulogy, virtually, at the funeral.

The video below is the funeral service of Gordon Kegakilwe:

Eastern Cape health puts brakes on scooter project
10 July 2020, 12:08 PM

The Eastern Cape Health Department has put a hold on its controversial project in which it spent R10 million to order 100 scooters with mobile sidecar clinics intended for use in the province’s rural areas.

The move comes as evidence emerges of a hastily organised launch of the scooters which Health Minister Zweli Mkhize attended last month.

The department says given the public outrage, it has delayed issuing an order for the scooters but still has a contract with the King Williams company that will be manufacturing them.

In the video below DA member of parliament Siviwe Gwarube says Mkhize is contradicting himself:

The Eastern Cape Health Department’s head Dr Thobile Mbengashe has sought to clarify the confusion surrounding the controversial procurement.

“What is being clarified now is that we are not buying scooters to transport patients. We are buying them to transport community health workers. What we are really demonstrating is that it can be possible to put those kinds of side parts to put patients and what we saw there was actually that can be done. It’s not what we bought [them for…] but what the scooters are actually capable of doing,” explains Mbengashe.

In the video below, Dr Thobile Mbengashe explains that the scooters were not bought to transport patients:

During the launch of the project, Minister Mkhize congratulated the Eastern Cape Department of Health for the procurement of 100 motorbikes to transport patients to clinics.

Mkhize expressed hope that other provinces could follow the example and make use of these scooters.

He added that they appear to be a cheaper and a more efficient form of patient transport.

The Minister also noted that the department has added 40 new ambulances to its fleet.

In this video below, Minister Mkhize launches the motorbike service in the Eastern Cape:

Blade Nzimande
Universities face challenges of possible COVID-19 outbreak on campuses
10 July 2020, 10:42 AM

Universities South Africa says the biggest challenge that tertiary institutions are facing is how to manage a surge in cases on campuses across the country, as students return.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says the academic year for universities is likely to only be completed in the early part of next year.

Sixty-six percent of students have already started returning to campuses.

CEO of Universities South Africa, Professor Ahmed Bawa, says universities will have to better prepare to deal with clusters of outbreaks as they occur.

“Many of us were hoping that by the time we got to July – September we would have returned to the campuses now that’s much more dicey. What is likely now is that the return to campuses of all students will probably only be in September/October.”

“Which means that if we can’t complete the academic year, it’s very likely that we will run into 2021 sometime in March or April. Then we have this start of the 2021 academic year after that. The big challenge would be to understand how to bring the students back at the same time manage the possibility of larger outbreaks of positive cases in our campuses,” explains Bawa.

In the video below, Minister Blade Nzimande holds joint media briefing on COVID-19 measures:

Disaster management on high alert as heavy rains continue in Cape Town
10 July 2020, 10:15 AM

Disaster management teams remain on standby as heavy rains continue to pound the Western Cape, including the Cape Metro.

A first in a series of cold fronts made landfall on Thursday.

The City of Cape Town’s Urban Management Department has warned of possible localised flooding in the Cape Metropole and mountainous areas of the Cape Winelands and the Overberg from Friday until Saturday.

Residents have been urged to maintain their shrubs and trees to prevent flooding.

The city says it is also anticipating a rise in call volumes requesting assistance during the inclement weather conditions.

Click on the video below for the full weather report:

VIDEO | State Capture Inquiry: 10 July 2020
10 July 2020, 9:06 AM

The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture will on Friday morning hear testimony from the former director-general of the State Security Agency (SSA), Jeff Maqetuka.

Last year, the inquiry heard testimony that the SSA had initiated a probe into the Gupta family when it was revealed that the then Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, knew about his inclusion in the Cabinet in 2009, allegedly from one of the members of the Gupta family.

The probe was subsequently halted by then State Security Minister, Siyabonga Cwele.

The proceedings will start at 10am at the City of Johannesburg Old Council Chambers.

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