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Scientists advised Cabinet to go to Level 1, govt chose middle ground - Ramaphosa

1st June 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that scientists who are advising government on the response to the coronavirus crisis recommended that South Africa could move to Level 1 of the nationwide lockdown, as it had become a "blunt tool" in curbing the spread of the pandemic in the country. But the... 

Coronavirus: Employees can refuse to return to work if they feel unsafe – labour minister

29th May 2020 Employees have a right to refuse to return to work next month if they have a "reasonable belief" their employers have not put in place required precautions against the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace, according to Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi. Nxesi was one of several ministers... 

Fuel price set to rise as economy gears up for Level 3 – AA

29th May 2020 The fall in the petrol price of recent months is set to come to an end in June, according to the latest projections released by the Automobile Association on Friday. The Association said in a statement that petrol is expected to increase by up to R1.18 a litre. The association also expects an... 

NWU comes up with creative solution to screen pupils for Covid-19 using cellphones

27th May 2020 In the times in which we currently find ourselves, adequate healthcare and accompanying screening are of the utmost importance to limit the spread of the coronavirus. As the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, announced that Grade 7 and Grade 12 pupils will be able to return to schools... 

Lockdown Level 3: Squabble over 'tender' disrupts delivery of PPEs to some Gauteng schools

25th May 2020 Two districts in Gauteng have experienced disruptions in the delivery of personal protective equipment to schools, Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says. Lesufi visited Bryanston High School on Monday, where he conducted a visit to monitor its readiness and to give an update on the progress of... 

Reserve Bank running out of space to keep lowering interest rates – Kganyago

25th May 2020 The South African Reserve Bank has slashed the repo rate by 275 basis points this year to provide relief to indebted consumers and businesses as they navigate the economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic. But the central bank is slowly running out of space to further lower interest rates in... 

The science behind Level 3 - Ramaphosa lauds 'diverse and sometimes challenging views'

25th May 2020 As President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the downgrade to Level 3 of the national Covid-19 lockdown, he thanked scientists for challenging and pushing the government's response to the global pandemic. "We appreciate the diverse and sometimes challenging views of the scientists and health... 

South Africa to move to Level 3, but risk of infections now even greater – Ramaphosa

24th May 2020 After nearly 60 days of tough Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a drop to Level 3, bringing a significant easing of measures to combat the deadly pandemic. 

SA definitely moving to Level 3 lockdown 'soon', the question is how - deputy minister

22nd May 2020 Government is in the advanced stages of consultation with health and economic experts which will result in the country 'soon' shifting to Level 3 lockdown, according to Deputy Minister of Trade, Industry and Economic development, Fikile Majola. "The big issue facing government and the country now... 

Ramaphosa to hear from the tourism industry ahead of move to Level 3

22nd May 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa will continue his consultative tour on Friday, ahead of the country moving down to Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown. His office announced that the president would hold virtual engagements with stakeholders in the tourism sector who had asked to meet him. Ramaphosa has... 

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