Cape Chamber of Commerce concerned about negative impact of lockdown on businesses

10 August 2020, 9:33 PM
The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry says it is happy with the provincial government’s efforts to flatten the COVID-19 curve.
Checkers Store continued operating after staff member tested positive for COVID-19: Employee 9 May 2020, 8:00 AM

An employee at a Checkers Store in Sunningdale in Cape Town, says the store continued to operate as normal despite having a staff member who tested positive for COVID-19.

Coronavirus inflicts huge US job losses as pandemic breaches White House walls 9 May 2020, 7:34 AM

The US government reported more catastrophic economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis on Friday as the pandemic pierced the very walls of the White House and California gave the green light for its factories to restart after a seven-week lockdown.

Eastern Cape Health condemns refusal to treat COVID-19 patients 9 May 2020, 7:00 AM

The Department of Health in the Eastern Cape has strongly condemned health care practitioners who refuse to attend to COVID-19 patients.

VIDEO: Global COVID-19 Wrap 9 May 9 May 2020, 6:21 AM

SABC News takes a look at top stories pertaining to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) from the country, continent, and the world.

Reported coronavirus cases in Egypt jump by nearly 500 8 May 2020, 11:37 PM

Egypt reported 495 cases of the new coronavirus on Friday, its highest daily increase to date, as the number of deaths from COVID-19 confirmed by the health ministry rose above 500.

COVID-19 death toll climbs to 178 in SA, 17 new fatalities recorded 8 May 2020, 10:10 PM

The Health Department has reported 17 new COVID-19 deaths in South Africa, taking the death toll to 178. More than 300 000 tests have so far been conducted, with 15 599 of them done over the past 24 hours.

Lockdown is doing more harm than good: DA 8 May 2020, 9:10 PM

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says the nationwide lockdown is doing more harm than the coronavirus itself in South Africa.  DA Interim Leader John Steenhuisen has called called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to rein in his ministers and says government's ban on the sale of cigarettes doesn't make sense.

ViacomCBS beats revenue, profit estimates as lockdowns boost demand for streaming 8 May 2020, 9:07 PM

Media company ViacomCBS Inc on Thursday beat first-quarter revenue and profit estimates, ashigher demand for its streaming services from people hunkered down at home more than offset a drop in advertising revenue due to the COVID-19 crisis.

FF Plus condemns the release of almost 19 000 prisoners 8 May 2020, 9:05 PM

The Freedom Front Plus (FF-Plus) has condemned the release of 19 000 prisoners on parole, saying it undermines the criminal justice system.

South Korean football fans watch K-league opening match at pub 8 May 2020, 9:02 PM

South Korean football fans gathered at a sports pub in Suwon on Friday to watch the 2020 K-League season opening match between Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors and Suwon Samsung Bluewings being played behind closed doors and after a delay of more than two months due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Italy tops 30 000 coronavirus deaths, new cases edge down 8 May 2020, 9:01 PM

Italy on Friday became the third country in the world to record 30,000 deaths from the coronavirus, reporting 243 new fatalities compared with a daily tally of 274 the day before.

Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa raises concerns over spike of coronavirus cases across Africa 8 May 2020, 8:01 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has raised concerns over a rise in coronavirus cases across Africa.

Popcru welcomes planned release of petty crimes offenders 8 May 2020, 7:07 PM

The Police and Prisons Civil Rights Union (Popcru) has welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to grant parole to 19 000 inmates as part of efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

UCT records another COVID-19 case 8 May 2020, 6:29 PM

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has recorded another coronavirus (COVID-19) case, taking their tally to eight. UCT spokesperson Elijah Moholola says the new case involves a staff member who is attached to a department that has been working remotely for at least the past six weeks.

Police officers
IPID concerned about police heavy-handedness amid lockdown 8 May 2020, 6:05 PM

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has raised concerns about reports of excessive force by police. The police watchdog is investigating a total of 50 deaths that occurred the national lockdown, 10 of which are linked to police's COVID-19 operations.

VIDEO: World Health Organization gives update on the COVID-19 pandemic 8 May 2020, 5:46 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) is giving an updates on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lesotho border
Business owners with interests in Lesotho feeling the pinch of lockdown 8 May 2020, 5:43 PM

An estimated 500 business owners from Ladybrand in the Free State who have business interests in neighbouring Lesotho, are unable to cross the border to operate their businesses.

All primary contacts of COVID-19 positive Diepsloot nurse test negative: Makhura 8 May 2020, 5:41 PM

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says all the primary contacts of the nurse who tested positive for corona virus in Diepsloot, north of Johannesburg have been traced and tested, and their results have come back negative.

SASSA reiterates appeal to beneficiaries not to give cards to loan sharks 8 May 2020, 4:39 PM

The South African South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) is appealing to beneficiaries to desist from giving their SASSA cards to loan sharks.

Food parcels
KZN churches distribute food vouchers to foreign nationals 8 May 2020, 4:32 PM

A coalition of KwaZulu-Natal churches have been distributing food vouchers to communities of foreign nationals who are unable to access formal government aid during the lockdown.

Somali woman and her children prepare their Iftar meal
Displaced Somalis share Ramadan meal under shadow of COVID-19 8 May 2020, 4:30 PM

In an internally displaced camp in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, women in bright, patterned scarves crouch as they cook - their clothes contrasting with both the shine of the makeshift metal walls and the dull of the makeshift sand floors.

South Africans can now move house 8 May 2020, 3:23 PM

People who want to move house can now do so under strict conditions until the 7th of June.

Ronald lamola
Almost 19 000 prisoners to be released on parole 8 May 2020, 2:37 PM

Almost 19 000 prisoners will be released on parole to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the already overcrowded correctional facilities in the country. This is in response to the United Nations' (UN) call for countries to reduce their prison populations.

VIDEO: Minister Lamola briefs media on special COVID-19 parole dispensation 8 May 2020, 1:38 PM

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says COVID-19 preventative measures have been stretched to the limit at correctional facilities in the country and the virus continues to spread.

Sassa outlines application process for COVID-19 social relief distress grant 8 May 2020, 1:32 PM

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has outlined the process for the application of the COVID-19 social relief distress grant of R350 for people who are currently unemployed.

Mchunu urges heads of departments to ensure safety of workers 8 May 2020, 12:57 PM

Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has urged various heads of government  departments to ensure that necessary hygienic precautions are put in place as most public servants are preparing to return to work post lockdown.

IPID says 10 deaths occurred due to police action during lockdown 8 May 2020, 12:48 PM

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has confirmed that 10 deaths have occurred due to police action, during national lockdown operations due to COVID-19.

INFOGRAPHIC: Highlights for Level 4 lockdown 8 May 2020, 12:12 PM

Level 4 lockdown which started on May 1 opened up the economy and got some sectors working again, under strict conditions to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Taxi passengers heading to the Eastern Cape under quarantine in Cape Town 8 May 2020, 9:21 AM

A taxi loaded with passengers is under police guard at Lagoon Beach Hotel in Milnerton, Cape Town after being turned back at Beaufort West enroute to the Eastern Cape on Thursday night.

Madagascan potion should be allowed for clinical testing: Africa CDC 8 May 2020, 9:01 AM

The Africa Centre for Disease Control (Africa CDC) and the World Health Organisation Africa Region (WHO-AFRO) says people should allow for the Madagascan potion believed to cure COVID-19, to be put through scientific clinical trials.