Calls mount for higher levels of lockdown

3 July 2020, 2:00 PM
While President Cyril Ramaphosa urges South Africans not to panic as COVID-19 infections rise rapidly, some are calling for a return to higher levels of lockdown.
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Death toll in Mpumalanga crash rises 30 June 2020, 6:15 AM

The number of people who died following a bus crash on the R532 road between Graskop and Ohrigstad in Mpumalanga has risen to nine.

Taxi industry grievances should not result in lawless behaviour: Mbalula 30 June 2020, 5:41 AM

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says grievances by the taxi industry should not result in lawless behaviour by members of the industry.

School feeding case be heard on Thursday 30 June 2020, 4:00 AM

The High Court in Pretoria will on Thursday hear an urgent case brought by Equal Education (EE) and two Limpopo schools to ensure that meals are provided to all nine million learners who qualify to benefit from the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP).

Hospital
SA’s confirmed COVID-19 cases now at 144 264 29 June 2020, 10:12 PM

South Africa’s cumulative number of COVID-19 cases now stands at 144 264. The Health Department has also reported 73 new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the total to 2 529.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases at Correctional Services rise to 2348 29 June 2020, 9:27 PM

The latest number of COVID-19 infections at South African Correctional Services facilities now stands at 2348.

Taxi
Mixed bag of reactions to Santaco’s call for taxis to resume normal operations 29 June 2020, 8:02 PM

The decision to have taxis return to operating as normal has been met with mixed reactions by operators across the country. Taxi operators in Johannesburg, Gauteng, continued to load their vehicles to full capacity while some in other provinces stuck to the lockdown rule of 70%.

Teachers
Some teachers at a North West school refuse to report for duty 29 June 2020, 6:43 PM

Teaching at Potchefstroom Secondary School in Muhadin in the North West has been affected after some teachers affiliated to the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) refused to report for duty amid coronavirus concerns.

Court
Three family members in court for 7-year-old relative’s rape 29 June 2020, 5:53 PM

Three family members made an appearance in the Kimberley Magistrate's Court on Monday for allegedly raping their seven-year-old relative. The men are facing a schedule six offence and are expected to return to the dock next week Monday.

Used COVID-19 test kits found dumped next to Eastern Cape highway 29 June 2020, 5:16 PM

A large number of discarded used coronavirus test kits have been picked up by health laboratory service officials in the Eastern Cape.

BMW donates beds as Gauteng gears up for surge in COVID-19 cases 29 June 2020, 5:05 PM

Gauteng Premier David Makhura says the donation of more than 700 beds worth R76 million could not have come at a better time as the provinces braces for what experts say could be a massive increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

Popo Molefe
Former Deputy Finance Minister Buthelezi implicated at State Capture Commission 29 June 2020, 3:16 PM

Former Deputy Finance Minister, Sfiso Buthelezi has again been implicated for corruption and wrong doing at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.

Reymond Zondo
VIDEO : State Capture Commission, Monday 29 June Pt 2 29 June 2020, 2:20 PM

The State Capture Commission hearings continue Monday afternoon, following the morning session in which former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) chairperson Popo Molefe testified.

Gauteng government prepares for rise in coronavirus infections 29 June 2020, 2:13 PM

Gauteng Health MEC, Bandile Masuku, says health officials are putting further measures in place to assist those infected with the coronavirus - with cases expected to rapidly rise across the province.

PODCAST | COVID-19 Frontline Workers Part XIII: A delivery driver shares his story 29 June 2020, 1:55 PM

In this week's COVID-19 Frontline Workers, Digital News producer Lebo Tshangela speaks to a food delivery driver, Denis Servwu who works for Uber Eats, about his experience with the coronavirus during the nationwide lockdown.

Schools in Khayelitsha to open on Monday 29 June 2020, 12:17 PM

Schools in Khayelitsha (on the Cape Flats) will be open on Monday following an engagement last night with stakeholders amid concerns that safety protocols were not being uniformly implemented.

Investigations underway into bus crash in Mpumalanga 29 June 2020, 12:06 PM

Investigations are underway into the cause of a bus crash that claimed the lives of seven people and injured 39 in Mpumalanga Sunday night.

Cosatu's chief negotiator for public sector unions, Mugwena Maluleke, says government has not honoured their agreement.
Phasing in of more grades may need to be postponed: Sadtu 29 June 2020, 11:40 AM

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu), has called on the Department of Basic Education to reassess strategies around the reopening of schools, saying the phasing in of more grades may need to be postponed.

‘Taxi industry should have waited for Tuesday’s meeting outcome’ 29 June 2020, 11:20 AM

The transport ministry has defended its attempts to assist the taxi industry amid the lockdown - saying the industry should have waited for Tuesday's decisions to be announced by Minister Fikile Mbalula before resolving to load their vehicles to full capacity.

VIDEO | State Capture hears testimony relating to Prasa 29 June 2020, 10:17 AM

The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture is resuming its hearings by hearing evidence relating to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

Santaco warns against impounding of taxis 29 June 2020, 8:09 AM

The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) has warned Law Enforcement Agencies that if one vehicle is impounded for loading at 100% capacity and travelling to other provinces, they will bring the country to a standstill.

Double murder accused to appear in Bellville Magistrate’s Court 29 June 2020, 7:19 AM

Twenty eight-year-old double-murder accused, Kyle Ryan Smith, is back in the Bellville Magistrate's Court in Cape Town o Monday where he is expected to apply for bail.

Three family members to appear in court for allegedly raping a seven-year-old 29 June 2020, 6:43 AM

Three family members are expected to appear in the Kimberley Magistrate's Court on Monday for allegedly raping a 7-year-old girl.

Health workers need more training around COVID-19: Nehawu 29 June 2020, 6:30 AM

As the number of coronavirus infections increase across the country, frontline workers are not only contracting the virus and dying from it - they're also at a higher risk due to the physical and mental strain on them.

KZN Premier worried over taxi industry’s decision to load to 100% capacity 29 June 2020, 6:04 AM

KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Sihle Zikalala, says he is deeply concerned over taxi violence in the province, coupled with taxi organisations' decision to fill up taxis to capacity from Monday despite lockdown restrictions.

Tracy Harman
Durban family distraught after loved one die of COVID-19 complications 29 June 2020, 3:36 AM

The family of a Durban man who lost his 29-day battle with coronavirus (COVID-19) says they were shocked when he passed away as he tested negative a week before he succumbed to his death.

Taxi
National Taxi Alliance joins Santaco’s call to load taxis up to 100% capacity 28 June 2020, 9:15 PM

The National Taxi Alliance (NTA) has joined the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) in its decision to load taxis to 100% capacity from Monday morning despite lockdown regulations restricting them to 70%.

Police
Suspect arrested in KwaZulu-Natal following a double rape incidents 28 June 2020, 8:48 PM

A suspect has been arrested for the double rape of a 51-year-old woman and her 7-year old grand-daughter at Chesterville in Durban.

Record 7 334 new COVID-19 infections for second day in a row take cumulative number to 138 134 28 June 2020, 8:07 PM

South Africa has recorded 7 334 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total confirmed cases to 138 134.

Mdantsane Prison Warders demand all officials, inmates be tested for COVID-19 28 June 2020, 7:16 PM

Wardens at the Mdantsane Correctional Centre in the Eastern Cape demand that all officials and inmates be tested for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Santaco warns to bring the country to a standstill if taxis are impounded, vows to load at 100% capacity 28 June 2020, 5:36 PM

The South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) has warned Law Enforcement Agencies that if one vehicle is impounded for loading at 100% capacity and travelling to other provinces, they will bring the country to a standstill.