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Putting Africa in back of queue for ventilators will be detrimental for humanity – Pandor

1st April 2020 International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor said the notion of Africa being at the back of the line for life-saving ventilators would be to the detriment of humanity. But, Pandor said, her impression from a recent virtual G20 leaders meeting, was that other countries have... 

SA adds 16 000 net jobs in fourth quarter of 2019, as part-time work grows

31st March 2020 Total employment in South Africa's non-agricultural formal sector grew by 16 000 between September and December 2019, Statistics SA announced on Tuesday in its latest Quarterly Employment Statistics bulletin. This is below the increase of 87 000 in the fourth quarter of 2018. While full-time... 

Zimbabwe at last pays off debt to Eskom

31st March 2020 Zimbabwe has paid off all its debts to Eskom and is now in a position to negotiate for a new deal, the country’s Minister of Energy, Fortune Chasi, tweeted on Monday evening. Eskom in the past threatened to cut off electricity supplies to Zimbabwe after its debt reached $33-million. In August... 

The numbers game: SA dramatically ramps up testing, but trends remain unclear

31st March 2020 In less than a month, South Africa has ramped up its ability to test people for the novel coronavirus from a few hundred, to a few thousand every day. And, thanks to new equipment delivered in the past few days, with more expected by mid-April, testing numbers are expected to increase dramatically. 

Public Enterprises to study liquidation application by SA Express business rescue practitioners

30th March 2020 Allegations by the business rescue practitioners of SA Express that the government deliberately withheld financial support from them, and that the state's approach to the business rescue process was unconstructive are baseless, the Department of Public Enterprises has said.  The department on... 

Ramaphosa writes to Parliament, reveals 2 820 soldiers could be on SA's streets until June

27th March 2020 Members of the South African National Defence Force could be patrolling the country’s streets well beyond the 21-day lockdown period. This is contained in a letter President Cyril Ramaphosa sent to the speaker of the National Assembly on Wednesday, informing members of Parliament of the... 

Stay where you are, says health minister as SA's cases rise to 709

25th March 2020 South Africa now has 709 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said in an interview on SABC News on Wednesday. This is a 28% increase in cases since Tuesday. At least 50 new positive coronavirus cases have been registered from a church in the Free State, Mkhize... 

Correctional Services has measures in place to combat the spread of Coronavirus in prisons

25th March 2020 The Department of Correctional Services has set up a task team to manage the fight against the spread of Covid-19 within the country's prisons. The task team will ensure that all centres have all preventative materials needed to prevent officials and inmates from contracting the virus. 

South Africa starts preliminary work on a coronavirus vaccine

24th March 2020 South Africa has started work on the development of a vaccine for the Covid-19 virus, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande has said. The University of Cape Town, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research as well as the Biological and Vaccines Institute of Southern Africa are working... 

Govt sets aside R500m to import medical essentials for coronavirus

24th March 2020 A special package of R500-million has been set aside for trade finance to import essential medical products to fight the coronavirus outbreak, Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel announced on Tuesday. The amount forms part of a package of more than R3-billion put together by the... 

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