SA records 429 COVID-19 deaths

25 May 2020, 6:35 AM
President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that 429 people have now died from COVID-19 and that the number of infections have risen to 22 583.
Limpopo learners express mixed feelings over imminent reopening of schools 25 May 2020, 12:45 PM

Some learners at Sebayeng village outside Polokwane in Limpopo have expressed mixed feelings about the imminent reopening of schools.

Pair arrested for liquor and drug possession at Lebombo Border post 25 May 2020, 12:40 PM

A man and a woman have been arrested at the Lebombo Border post between Mozambique and South Africa for allegedly being in possession of drugs, liquor and cash.

LIVE: Prof Adekeye Adebajo delivers the 2020 Africa Day Lecture 25 May 2020, 10:23 AM

Prof Adekeye Adebajo delivers the 2020 Africa Day Lecture under the theme: “Silencing the Guns: Creating conditions for Africa’s development to achieve the goal of a conflict-free Africa”

Teachers return to school on Monday amid concerns 25 May 2020, 7:04 AM

South African teachers say while they wish to return to the classrooms to catch up on lost time, they remain apprehensive and fearful for how their safety will be prioritised at school.

INFOGRAPHIC: What to expect under Level 3 lockdown 25 May 2020, 5:00 AM

In mid-May President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that government would go into consultations regarding the likelihood of easing the national lockdown from Level 4 to Level 3, possibly by the end of May. The President is expected to update the nation at 7pm on developments to move to Level 3 lockdown.

Health workers
Mahatma Gandhi Hospital confirms six cases of COVID-19 24 May 2020, 8:43 PM

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Health, Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu, says there are nine confirmed cases of coronavirus at the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Phoenix, north of Durban.

South Africa set to open for business as COVID-19 rules are further relaxed 24 May 2020, 7:46 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that alcohol will be sold for domestic consumption and on specified days. Tobacco sales remain prohibited.

VIDEO: President Ramaphosa addresses the nation 24 May 2020, 7:00 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed the nation on the country's risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of #COVID-19

Cyril Ramaphosa
All eyes on Ramaphosa’s COVID-19 update 24 May 2020, 6:14 PM

The President is expected to announce further loosening of the lockdown when he addresses the nation at 7pm. Most sectors of the economy could return to some level of operation if the country moves to level 3 of nationwide lockdown at the end of the month.

Angie Motshekga
KZN IFP not convinced the province is ready for reopening of schools 24 May 2020, 5:04 PM

The Inkatha Freedom Party in KwaZulu-Natal says it is not convinced that the province is ready for the re-opening of schools.

Concerns mount over schools reopening in June 24 May 2020, 3:15 PM

The Educators Union of South Africa (EUSA) says schools should only reopen in September as temperatures will be higher and therefore provide a better climate to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Western Cape to welcome 26 Cuban health care workers 24 May 2020, 1:51 PM

The Western Cape Health Department will be hosting a welcoming ceremony on Sunday afternoon for 26 Cuban doctors who will be deployed to various facilities to support the fight against COVID-19.

‘COVID-19 a unique chance for South Africans to promote social responsibility’ 24 May 2020, 12:35 PM

The nationwide lockdown and the battle against the coronavirus provides a unique opportunity for South Africans to shift the paradigm and promote social responsibility, according to Dr Kgosi Letlape.

Durban man to appear in court for drug possession 24 May 2020, 11:31 AM

A 38-year-old man is expected to appear at the Durban Magistrate's Court soon, on charges of possession of drugs.

Sisulu to hand over houses in Roodepoort 24 May 2020, 10:25 AM

Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu, will hand over houses to over 70 families in Wilgespruit, Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg on Sunday.

SADTU in North West says members will not report for duty on Monday 24 May 2020, 10:24 AM

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) in the North West says its members will not report for duty on Monday as announced by Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga. 

Blade Nzimande
Government to provide free data to NSFAS, Funza Lushaka students 24 May 2020, 6:51 AM

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has confirmed that the department has teamed up with mobile network operators to provide free data bundles to students funded by NSFAS and Funza Lushaka for three months starting from June.

Water and Sanitation department urges citizens to use water sparingly as SA battles COVID-19 24 May 2020, 5:55 AM

The Water and Sanitation department has urged South Africans to use water sparingly now more than ever as the country battles COVID-19.

SA records 1 218 new COVID-19 cases, 10 more deaths 23 May 2020, 10:02 PM

South Africa has recorded 1 218 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, bringing the country’s total cases to 21 343.

10 more deaths push COVID-19 fatalities to 417 23 May 2020, 9:58 PM

Ten more COVID-19 deaths have pushed South Africa's death toll to 417. The total number of confirmed cases is 21 343 and recoveries are at 10 104.

Blade Nzimande
Some students skeptical about Nzimande’s promises 23 May 2020, 9:27 PM

Some tertiary students have raised concerned about promises made by the Department of Higher Education to assist learners with schooling when the South Africa enters level three of the coronavirus lockdown.

Farmers’ association lends a helping hand to struggling Nkomazi families 23 May 2020, 9:00 PM

The South African Farmers Development Association, SAFDA, which has been donating food parcels to poverty-stricken families, has condemned the theft of sugar cane from farms to apparently manufacture homemade beer in the Nkomazi region of Mpumalanga.

Ethiopian busted with thousands cartons of illicit cigarettes 23 May 2020, 8:04 PM

An Ethiopian national has been arrested after allegedly being found in possession of thousands of cartons of illicit cigarettes and fraudulent documents on the N1 South Highway near the Carousel Toll Plaza.

Mangaung Metro running out of burial sites, encourages cremation 23 May 2020, 5:03 PM

The Mangaung Metro in the Free State says it's running short of burial sites. This comes amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Family of boys allegedly poisoned by their father seek justice 23 May 2020, 4:29 PM

The family of two boys, who were poisoned allegedly by their father in Valkop near Brits, in the North West, says it wants to see justice being served.

Missing Polokwane woman found buried in shallow grave, boyfriend arrested 23 May 2020, 4:01 PM

A 27-year-old woman, who had been missing for five months, has been found buried in a shallow grave at her boyfriend's home at Ga-Setati outside Polokwane in Limpopo.

‘Return to school will be challenging’ 23 May 2020, 3:32 PM

Psychologists say the return to school for thousands of children next month will prove to be a challenging time for both learners and parents.

33% of tertiary students to return to campus under level 3 lockdown: Nzimande 23 May 2020, 3:26 PM

The Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande says only a third of students will be allowed to return to campus under Level 3 lockdown. During a media briefing on Saturday, Nzimande said his department is committed to saving the 2020 academic year while also saving lives.

Robert McBride
Police department given three months to appoint IPID head 23 May 2020, 2:01 PM

Parliament's Police committee has given the Department of Police three months to appoint a permanent head for the Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID).

Joburg Water employee tests positive for COVID-19 23 May 2020, 1:43 PM

Johannesburg Water has recorded a positive case of the coronavirus among its staff at the Klipspruit Depot in Soweto.