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.
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Golden Arrow Bus drivers protest over safety concerns 7 May 2020, 8:39 AM

Golden Arrow Bus drivers are protesting outside the company's depot in Montana, Cape Town, over safety concerns around COVID-19.

Security company to face consequences over Lindela escape 7 May 2020, 7:00 AM

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says there will be consequences for security company Enviromongz after 37 undocumented migrants escaped from the Lindela Repatriation Centre.

COVID-19 Testing
Surge in COVID-19 cases is due to high testing: NICD 7 May 2020, 6:35 AM

The National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) says the surge in the number of COVID-19 cases is also due to the scaling up of tests being conducted across the country.

Hotels hit hard by COVID-19 lockdown 7 May 2020, 6:20 AM

The tourism industry has come to a complete standstill with big and small hotel operators seeing huge financial losses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Professor Karim invites Madagascar to make herbal tonic available for scientists to investigate 6 May 2020, 10:11 PM

Chairperson of the Government Advisory Committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim says there is too little information to determine whether Madagascar has indeed discovered a cure for COVID-19.

Russia preparing for three-stage easing of coronavirus restrictions 6 May 2020, 9:52 PM

Russia plans to ease its restrictions aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus in three stages, officials said on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe gets $7 million World Bank grant to fight coronavirus 6 May 2020, 9:46 PM

The World Bank will grant $7 million to Zimbabwe to help it fight the new coronavirus outbreak that is expected to worsen an already struggling economy and food crisis, a bank spokesman said on Wednesday.

Harmony Gold withdraws annual production guidance 6 May 2020, 9:34 PM

South Africa’s Harmony Gold Mining Company Ltd said on Wednesday it has withdrawn its annual production guidance for the financial year as it does not have clarity on the ramp-up of production from its mines.

Spain extends state of emergency after PM musters opposition support 6 May 2020, 9:23 PM

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez secured enough parliamentary votes on Wednesday to extend a state of emergency for two more weeks from Sunday, allowing the government to control people’s movements as it gradually relaxes a national lockdown.

Some Egyptians pack streets for Ramadan shopping despite coronavirus threat 6 May 2020, 9:10 PM

In the heart of Egypt’s capital, shoppers pack sweet shops and grocery stores to stock up for fast-breaking during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, shrugging off fears about the new coronavirus.

Economists predict SA’s economy could go into depression 6 May 2020, 8:51 PM

Some economists have predicted that the South African economy could go into a depression if the current conditions continue.

Germany eases lockdown, with ’emergency brake’ on hand if needed 6 May 2020, 8:34 PM

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced steps on Wednesday to ease the coronavirus lockdown in Germany but at the same time launched an "emergency brake" mechanism allowing for renewed restrictions in case infections pick up again.

Correctional Services in E Cape concerned about stigmatisation of its officials amid COVID-19 6 May 2020, 7:02 PM

The Correctional Services Department has expressed concern over the stigmatisation of its officials in the Eastern Cape.

Italy’s daily coronavirus death toll and new cases’ tally both rise 6 May 2020, 6:43 PM

Deaths from the COVID-19 epidemic in Italy climbed by 369 on Wednesday, against just 236 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said, while the daily tally of new infections also rose, increasing by 1 444 against 1 075 on Tuesday.

WHO warns of new lockdowns if transition not managed carefully 6 May 2020, 6:37 PM

The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday warned of the risks of returning to lockdown if countries emerging from pandemic restrictions do not manage transitions “extremely carefully and in a phased approach”.

Barca and Real Madrid players undergo coronavirus tests 6 May 2020, 6:11 PM

La Liga stars returned on Wednesday to their training grounds for the first time since early March to undergo testing for the coronavirus.

Over 90 000 health workers infected with COVID-19 worldwide – nurses group 6 May 2020, 6:02 PM

At least 90,000 health-care workers worldwide are believed to have been infected with COVID-19, and possibly twice that, amid reports of continuing shortages of protective equipment, the International Council of Nurses (ICN) said on Wednesday.

Kenya business conditions worsen in April due to COVID-19 -PMI 6 May 2020, 4:45 PM

Kenya’s private sector activity declined sharply in April as businesses reeled from the impact of the coronavirus, a survey showed on Wednesday.

Union Buildings staff member tests positive to COVID-19 6 May 2020, 4:25 PM

Public and staff access to the Union Buildings is currently limited, following the confirmation that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

Merkel says Bundesliga can restart in second half of May 6 May 2020, 4:02 PM

Germany's Bundesliga soccer league can re-start in the second half of May following the coronavirus stoppage, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

Cameroon doctor faces influx of COVID-19 patients 6 May 2020, 3:03 PM

With the help of a nurse, Dominique Djomo puts on his personal protective equipment - a cap, coveralls, protective glasses, visor and gloves - and starts another day dealing with an influx of COVID-19 cases.

Coronavirus lockdown pushes South African PMI to record low in April 6 May 2020, 2:49 PM

South African private sector activity fell to a new record low in April, a business survey showed on Wednesday, as company closures due to a nationwide coronavirus lockdown led to a collapse in demand.

Government to fine people not wearing face masks 6 May 2020, 1:06 PM

Government has warned that it will fine those found in public without wearing a fack mask.

Numsa accuses Comair of being insensitive towards employees 6 May 2020, 1:05 PM

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) has accused Comair of being insensitive towards its employees.

CHANGE calls for reopening of religious gatherings during Level 3 lockdown 6 May 2020, 12:48 PM

The newly formed political party CHANGE has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to allow churches and other religious institutions to open under level three of the lockdown regulations.

Liquor association urges easing on alcohol ban 6 May 2020, 12:23 PM

The South African Liquor Brandowners Association says it is concerned that the country remains one of the very few in the world that continues to prohibit all sale of alcoholic beverages during national lockdowns.

Money
Section 27 concerned over economic relief package 6 May 2020, 11:57 AM

Lobby organisation Section 27 says it is concerned that the economic relief package to address COVID-19, does not address the needs of poor and vulnerable groups despite its significance.

SA not out of the woods yet: Ramaphosa 6 May 2020, 11:46 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa is not out of woods yet as the rate of coronavirus infections is expected to rise.

Samwu calls for Langa, Gugulethu clinics closure following COVID-19 cases 6 May 2020, 8:30 AM

The South African Municipal Workers’ Union wants the Langa and Gugulethu clinics on the Cape flats to the shut down and be deep-cleaned after several COVID-19 cases were reported at the facilities in the last two days.

Banks urged to provide sanitisers at ATMs 6 May 2020, 6:54 AM

Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane has called on commercial banks to play their part in preventing the spread of the coronavirus by providing sanitisers at all ATMs.