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Political parties welcome decision to remain on Level 1 lockdown
29 November 2021, 8:09 PM

Political parties have mostly welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the country remains on Level 1 lockdown.

Many believe that this decision is pragmatic as it considers the country’s battered economy and the livelihood of South Africans.

However, some parties, like the ACDP and ATM, have rejected the President’s announcement that South Africa is considering the introduction of mandatory vaccinations.

ANC spokesperson, Dakota Legoete says the President’s decision was well thought out. “What is suggested to all of us is that the President and the committee were considerate in their decision to appreciate the fact that the economy of South Africa comes first. The interest of South Africa comes first and as the ANC we welcome that particular position because it’s a good gesture.”

DA leader, John Steenhuisen supports the decision to keep the country open. “It’s very gratifying to see government moving away from using lockdowns and liquor bans and bans on beaches etc. I think it’s a lot more of a response and certainly a lot that we can associate with. I think it is the right response and we agree with the president around the irrationality of travel restrictions that have been implemented against South Africa.”

EFF chair, Veronica Mente says people should continue adhering to strict COVID-19 protocols. “There is actually no reason for anyone to be saying anything right now because we’ve just come out of elections, all of us had gatherings and nothing was untoward or nothing was actually fearful during those times. Therefore people of South Africa are now almost getting the message of vaccination and are vaccinating, keeping up with the regulations of Covid in terms of washing hands, keeping safe, sanitizing and wearing masks.”

IFP spokesperson, Mkhuleko Hlengwa has called on South Africans to follow COVID protocols. “This was a pragmatic outlook which is rational and responsive under the circumstances so that all the variables can be discussed. We are continuing to call on South Africans to exercise the maximum discipline of adhering to the preventative protocols which are in place to push back on this virus.”

FF Plus’s Wouter Wessels says the decision to sustain livelihoods is well received. “We welcome the fact that the president did not announce any further restrictions. That is good because it’s always been about balancing saving lives and protecting livelihoods. At this stage, the risks to livelihoods are also threatening lives just as much as COVID-19.”

UDM’s Bantu Holomisa says parliament should be kept abreast of developments and decisions regarding COVID-19 regulations, “We support any plan to save the lives and economy of this country. However, I would suggest that parliament should not be left out in this pandemic in the sense that we don’t get full briefings. There’s a lack of transparency. So he needs to work with parliament.”

Mandatory vaccinations

ATM leader, Vuyo Zungula is opposed to mandatory vaccinations. He says, “We appreciate the fact that he has not locked down the country because it has been proven that lockdown is not sustainable and it can’t be that more than 600 days after the first lockdown, we only have one instrument to respond to COVID-19 which is the lockdown. We, as the ATM, want to caution the President that he cannot be pushing for mandatory vaccines because a vaccination is a constitutional right for each and every person what they let in their body.”

ACDP president, Rev Kenneth Meshoe says they are not for forced vaccinations. “The only thing I welcome from what the president said is that he did not take us to alert level 2 and also that inter travel has not been suspended or banned. In general I’m very disappointed to hear the president somersaulting in his approach because last year he made a clear promise that nobody will be forced to vaccinate. Now he’s talking about mandatory vaccination without saying the reasons for his changing position, without saying I was wrong, I apologize for being wrong, so the ACDP does not agree with mandatory vaccinations.”

SA past COVID-19 third wave peak: CSIR
12 September 2021, 7:20 PM

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) Dr Ridhwaan Suliman says all provinces in South Africa are now past the peak of the third wave of the coronavirus (COVID-19) – with both the Northern Cape and the Free State now also on a downward trend.

However, Dr Suliman says the death rate from the third wave that is being driven by the Delta variant remains high.

He says the death rate trails the infection rate by a few weeks.

Dr Suliman says the country recorded 201 deaths on average per day over the last week, but while high, this is significantly down on the previous week.

“All of the provinces have surpassed the peaks of their third wave and are all on sustained downward declines. If we look at Gauteng and its neighbouring provinces, they peaked first and continued their sustained decrease.  Gauteng by all indicators has exited the third wave and promisingly the coastal provinces which were lagging in this 3rd wave are on a decline as well,” says Dr Suliman.

For more on this, see video below:

 

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KZN Premier urges youth to vaccinate
12 September 2021, 3:20 PM

KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Premier, Sihle Zikalala says he’s concerned about the low rate of COVID-19 vaccinations in young people in the province and is urging people to vaccinate in large numbers for the country’s economy to stand a chance at recovery.

Currently, just over 30 000 people are being vaccinated daily in the province.

KZN provincial government has taken the vaccine rollout to churches and hostels

Zikalala was speaking during a vaccination campaign at Wema Hostel near Lamontville, south of Durban.

“The province has to date administered 2.3 million doses. 56% of people who have vaccinated are those who are above 60.  26% are those at the age of 50-59.  4% are 35-45. 5% are 18-34,” says Zikalala.

Meanwhile, the country has recorded a further 143 people have passed away from COVID-19-related complications in the latest 24-hours reporting cycle, taking the national death toll since the pandemic outbreak in South Africa to 84 751.

The country has also recorded 5 309 new COVID-19 infections, with total positive cases now at 2 854 234.

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Home Affairs mobile services must expand to match rising demand: Motsoaledi
11 September 2021, 9:18 PM

Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron  Motsoaledi says mobile-based services from his department must be expanded to match rising demand.

On Saturday, Motsoaledi visited the Ramaphosa Village informal settlement in Vereeniging, South of Johannesburg, where there’s a large number of people without identity documents.

The provision of services, especially at the local government level, is expected to be a major issue in the November local government elections.

Motsoaledi says many people are very poor and some have lost their IDs in fires.

“We need to increase the mobile trucks so that we go to communities where people are,” says Motsoaledi.

Motsoaledi says increasing mobile offices might encourage people to utilize Home affairs services.\

 

Local Government Elections

Co-operative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma this week announced that the local government elections will take place on 1 November. The date will be officially proclaimed on the 20 September, following the scheduled voter registration weekend later this month.

The official proclamation effectively closes the voters roll and therefore voters can still register for the polls until that date.

Minister Dlamini-Zuma’s briefing on elections: 

 

kaMagwaza-Msibi’s work speaks for itself: Daughter
11 September 2021, 3:19 PM

Daughter of the late Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi,  Gugu Gumede,  has described her mother as a strong and resilient woman.

The National Freedom Party (NFP) leader is being laid to rest in Ulundi in northern KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) on Saturday.

She died of cardiac arrest at the age of 59 earlier this week.

Gumede says her mother defied the odds in politics and in her personal recovery following her stroke.

“My mother was the strongest woman I knew. My mother was fun, my mother was laughter and today she lies here. I say my mother is a King. She is a above even a Queen. My mother did not choose who to work for and today her work speaks for itself. My mother is the strongest woman and one of the strongest politicians in South Africa.”

Video:  funeral service of Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi

 

The Inkatha Freedom Party’s (IFP), Nhlanhla Msimang added his voice to the tributes for the late NFP leader.

“We are also saying condolences to Prince Buthelezi because he has lost a daughter that he personally groomed. As the IFP,  we respect the leadership of the Magwaza Msibi and her integrity as a resident of Zululand. Myself,  I won’t deny the great role she played as the Zululand Mayor nor the role she played as the Deputy Minister,” says Msimang.

 

The NFP’s Jeremiah Mavundla says the late party leader Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi died while her party battled its leadership woes in court.

“When we got to the NFP, things changed. Magwaza is lying here today. She’s still in court in Pietermaritzburg.  There are two cases that were opened by the NFP members because we refuse to understand that the power of being a leader is found at an elective conference, not in court,” says Mavundla.

 

 

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