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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EFF calls for alcohol ban to stay 12 April 2020, 7:11 AM

The EFF has called on government to dismiss calls by the alcohol industry to lift the ban on the sale of alcohol during the remainder of the national lockdown, saying it has no scientific rationale.

Wet markets in China’s Wuhan struggle to survive coronavirus blow 12 April 2020, 6:41 AM

Fish and vegetable merchants are reopening stalls at wet markets in China’s central city of Wuhan as it lifts a months-long lockdown against the coronavirus pandemic, but their future looks uncertain with few customers as the virus stigma persists.

Tour organisers are still hoping to postpone the race 12 April 2020, 5:30 AM

Tour de France organisers are focusing on a postponement of this year’s race rather than a cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to an email seen by Reuters on Saturday which was sent to the publishers of the official Tour programme.

Water tankers distributed in Vhembe district to fight coronavirus 12 April 2020, 1:30 AM

Some residents in the Vhembe district in Limpopo have expressed appreciation at the government's efforts for distributing water tankers to water scarce villages.

Gauteng records more than 800 cases of COVID-19 since outbreak: Masuku 12 April 2020, 12:39 AM

Gauteng Health MEC Bandile Masuku has expressed concern over the increase in local transmissions of the coronavirus in the province.

‘Be messengers of life in a time of death,’ pope says on Easter eve 11 April 2020, 11:36 PM

Pope Francis urged people to "not yield to fear" and focused on a "message of hope" as he led an Easter eve Mass in an empty St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday amid the coronavirus pandemic and called for an end to wars.

Cele denounces crime syndicate targeting liquor stores in Western Cape 11 April 2020, 9:34 PM

Police Minister Bheki Cele says there seems to be a crime syndicate in the Western Cape targeting liquor stores and outlets.

Arrest
Self-proclaimed prophet arrested in Limpopo 11 April 2020, 8:32 PM

A self-proclaimed prophet has been arrested in Thohoyandou, Limpopo, for allegedly denouncing the national lockdown.

Medicine
E Cape traditional healers want government to categorise them as ‘essential services’ 11 April 2020, 8:13 PM

Traditional healers in the Eastern Cape have called on government to categorise them as an essential service under the state of disaster regulations.

Zweli Mkhize
COVID-19 confirmed cases climb to 2028, with 25 deaths in South Africa 11 April 2020, 7:47 PM

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says another death has been recorded from the COVID 19 disease, bringing the death toll to 25. The latest death comes from the Western Cape - a 61-year-old man with underlying health conditions - and brings the provincial death toll to seven.

US coronavirus deaths top 20 000, highest in world exceeding Italy: Reuters tally 11 April 2020, 7:37 PM

US deaths due to the coronavirus surpassed 20 000 on Saturday, the highest reported number in the world, according to a Reuters tally, although there are signs the pandemic might be nearing a peak.

Kremlin says Moscow hospitals flooded as coronavirus death toll passes 100 11 April 2020, 7:05 PM

The Kremlin said on Saturday a "huge influx" of coronavirus patients was beginning to put a strain on hospitals in Moscow as Russia's death toll rose to more than 100.

IFP to contribute half a million rand to COVID-19 Solidarity Fund 11 April 2020, 6:14 PM

Inkantha Freedom Party (IFP) part has joined a number of  South Africans donors including political parties to contribute  to the Covid-19 Solidarity Fund. The Fund  has been set up to combat the spread of the virus and  support those whose lives are disrupted.

Patient
COVID-19 recovery patients quadruple: Report 11 April 2020, 5:34 PM

The number of persons who have recovered from the COVID-19 infections has quadrupled.

Africans
‘Africans subjected to forced evictions in Guangzhou’ 11 April 2020, 4:35 PM

Africans in Guangzhou in China are complaining that Chinese authorities in the city have subjected them to forced evictions, arbitrary quarantines and mass coronavirus testing as the country seeks to contain cases of imported infections.

Durban artists collaborate on music project to uplift South Africans during lockdown 11 April 2020, 4:30 PM

Durban artists have collaborated to record a song entitled "We are the World". The aim of the music project is to uplift South Africans during the lockdown period and to create awareness about coronavirus.

Spain’s overnight coronavirus death toll at 510, lowest in 19 days 11 April 2020, 3:20 PM

The number of coronavirus deaths in Spain fell for a third consecutive day on Saturday, with 510 fatalities reported in the past 24 hours -- the smallest overnight increase since March 23.

India decides to extend nationwide coronavirus lockdown: State chief minister 11 April 2020, 2:01 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to extend a nationwide lockdown to tackle the spread of the coronavirus, the Delhi state’s chief minister said on Saturday, without saying how long the extension would be for.

Ebola patient dies in Congo, first case in 50 days 11 April 2020, 2:00 PM

The first person to contract Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo in more than 50 days has died, the government said on Friday, ending hopes that the second worst outbreak of the disease in history might be over.

Mkhize encourages hygiene and social distancing practices beyond lockdown 11 April 2020, 2:00 PM

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkize has encouraged all people to make it their culture to maintain social distancing and hand hygiene even after the national lockdown period.

Parents urged to ensure children adhere to lockdown rules 11 April 2020, 1:36 PM

Gauteng police have appealed to parents to ensure children obey the lockdown regulations.  They say many children are roaming the streets and this put them at risk of contracting the coronavirus. 

Children
Human Rights Watch calls for urgent action to protect children from COVID-19 11 April 2020, 1:20 PM

The COVID-19 crisis has a potentially far-reaching, long-term negative impact on children around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Friday.

Gauteng authorities continue to monitor informal settlements amid COVID-19 lockdown 11 April 2020, 12:10 PM

Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku says authorities are continuing to monitor people's movement in informal settlements amid the national lockdown, to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.  

Legal Resources Centre condemns City of Cape Town’s “unlawful” evictions in Empolweni 11 April 2020, 12:00 PM

Human rights group, the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) has condemned the City of Cape Town’s decision to evict people and demolish homes in Empolweni, Makhaza, on Thursday. The centre says the evictions are in contravention of the Disaster Management Act.

Traffic officials’ crackdown on lockdown lawbreakers continues 11 April 2020, 10:00 AM

Western Cape Transport Minister Bonginkosi Madikizela says up to 4 000 people have been arrested on the province's roads since the start of the lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa. 

Mbeki joins the call for G20 to commit more funds to fight COVID-19 11 April 2020, 9:00 AM

Former President Thabo Mbeki has joined over 200 former Presidents, Prime Ministers and International Public Servants in calling on the G20 to immediately commit additional financial resources to fill the most urgent gaps in the COVID-19 response. 

South Africa’s auto industry could cut up to 10% of workforce due to lockdown: Survey 11 April 2020, 8:21 AM

South Africa’s auto industry might have to lay off up to 10% of its workforce because of a three-week lockdown, according to an industry-wide survey provided to Reuters by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA).

Chris Hani
Forging social solidarity and uniting in the COVID-19 fight is a fitting tribute to Hani: ANC 11 April 2020, 8:00 AM

The African National Congress (ANC) has remembered the late struggle stalwart Chris Hani on the 27th anniversary of his assassination.

SACCI urges government to reopen fast food outlets 11 April 2020, 7:52 AM

South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) has urged government and President Cyril Ramaphosa to reopen the fast food outlets with strict regulations to start to have some contribution to the economy during the rest of the lockdown period.

US coronavirus cases top 500 000 11 April 2020, 7:07 AM

US coronavirus cases topped 500 000 on Friday, according to a Reuters tally, although there are signs that Americans staying home was helping to curb new infections.