Safety

Covid-19 czar to lure US diners back

CAPE TOWN- While much of the world is still in some form of lockdown, an American food and hospitality company has sought to win back the trust of restaurant diners by creating a new position called a Covid-19 czar.  Restaurant Associates, based in New York have recently elevated its senior ...
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Whole of SA will move to level 3- Mkhize

CAPE TOWN- Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has clarified that the whole of South Africa will be moving to alert level 3 of the national lockdown in June after there was confusion about whether Covid-19 hotspots might remain in level 4.  In a presentation Mkhize told the National Council of Provinces ...
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WATCH LIVE: Ramaphosa addresses the nation

CAPE TOWN- President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Sunday at 19:00 where he is likely to provide an update on the possible progression from alert level 4 to alert level 3 of the national lockdown. It has been almost two months since South Africa entered what was then ...
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Ramaphosa to address the nation at 19:00

CAPE TOWN- President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address the nation at 19h00 on Sunday regarding the developments in the country's risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19. Ramaphosa is likely to update the nation on the prospects for the country’s progression from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 ...
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UCT 4 phase reopening plan, other universities may follow

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) is set to reopen with a 4 step plan which may be adopted by other South African universities. The phases of reopening will prioritise medical students in phase 1, especially those in their final year and after comes ‘vulnerable students’ without ...
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GBV and mental health calls increase amid lockdown

DURBAN - According to the World Health Organization, nearly  800 000 people die by suicide every year. That's an average of one person every 40 seconds. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 to 29 year-olds globally. In South Africa, 9 percent of all teenage deaths are ...
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Proposed bill to scrap lockdown fines from criminal record

CAPE TOWN- The Department of Justice and Correctional Services is considering a bill which would allow minor lockdown offences to be discarded from the offenders criminal record. Deputy Justice Minister John Jeffery said in a parliamentary briefing on Monday that the proposed legislation would stop the ‘admission of guilt’ fines ...
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Parliament briefed on price gouging of essential items

CAPE TOWN - The Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry  announced on Tuesday that the Competition Commission has, since the beginning of the national disaster declared on 17 March 2020, received a total of 1 354 complaints and tip offs from the public regarding inflated prices. The committee was told ...
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Cape Town ramps up efforts to engage affected communities

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has ramped up its education and awareness initiatives in a bid to reduce the number of persons affected by Covid-19.  Environmental Health Practitioners (EHPs) have distributed thousands of pamphlets and posters at shopping malls, supermarkets, food stores, spaza shops and informal food ...
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Impact of Covid-19 on tech sector

CAPE TOWN - While the Covid-19 pandemic has hurt economies around the world, it has also been a catalyst for digital transformation in most sectors. Media outlets who were slow to adopt a digital-first approach, companies not exploring the opportunity to work remotely, retail outlets with poor or no efficient ...
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Illegal businesses busted in Durban

CAPE TOWN - During the time of lockdown, filled with regulations and restrictions, illicit trading has surged. Not just with the sale of prohibited items such as cigarettes and alcohol, but illegal and unregistered businesses and the sale of counterfeit goods contributes to the list of the illegal markets during ...
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5 South African universities offering virtual tours

CAPE TOWN - The beginning of the pandemic and all safety measures that came with it has lead to the abrupt closing of schools and universities prior to the official lockdown. While schools continue online classes, university students are left most uncertain. As all school buildings remain closed during level ...
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Motshekga to brief nation, Unions say they are being ignored

CAPE TOWN- South Africans will find out on Tuesday about preparations and the state of readiness for the re-opening of schools. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will give an update on the preparations  at 16h00. Last week Motshekga postponed a planned briefing on the state of readiness to reopen ...
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Courier industry ready for a ‘tsunami’ of online orders

CAPE TOWN- The Covid-19 pandemic has driven global eCommerce sales of general retail up by 209% compared to the same period last year and South Africa could soon see similar growth. According to an analysis by ACI Worldwide the increase in eCommerce transaction volume reflects a full month of wide-ranging ...
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German café uses pool noodle hats for physical distancing

DURBAN – After the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were lifted in Germany, restaurants and cafés were given the go-ahead to reopen their doors to the public on Saturday, May 8. Café and Konditorei Rothe in Schwerin, a café in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, gave its customers hats with pool noodles ...
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WATCH: 50 moments from 50 days of lockdown

CAPE TOWN- Due to the Covid-19 outbreak South Africa has been in a nation-wide lockdown for 50 days. Much has happened since President Cyril Ramaphosa announced what would have been a 21-day stay at home lockdown. Here’s a recap of the top 50 stories from 50 days of lockdown: LOOK: ...
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5 things South Africans did to beat lockdown blues

CAPE TOWN - A lot of uncertainty surrounded the initial lockdown announcement which led to mass panic, the spread of fake news and stockpiling of food but South Africans have managed to beat the odds. Here are 5 creative and innovative ideas South Africans came up with during lockdown: 1) ...
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50 Days of Lockdown: How we got here

CAPE TOWN - The outbreak of Covid-19 has shaken things up both internationally and locally with the introduction of lockdowns across the globe. What started as initially as a 21-day national lockdown in South Africa on March 27 which saw the closing down of various industries including construction, agriculture and ...
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Surnames could determine who buys alcohol first during level 3 lockdown

DURBAN – Many South Africans breathed a sigh of relief on Wednesday night, May 13, after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country will soon be downgrading to lockdown level 3. Many are hoping to finally get their hands on cigarettes or alcohol. However, the National Command Council has to ...
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All online shopping now allowed except cigarettes or alcohol

CAPE TOWN- Effective immediately, South African online stores are permitted to sell any product besides alcohol and cigarettes under lockdown alert level 4. Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel published the new regulations after consultations with the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. According to ...
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