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SA must now face corruption and second wave threat, warns business lobby

17th September 2020 Business 4 South Africa’s co-chair Martin Kingston joined President Cyril Ramaphosa's calls for the country to remain vigilant against Covid-19, as well as corruption within state procurement aimed at responding to the pandemic, as South Africa further lifts restrictions. Ramaphosa announced on... 

Ramaphosa announces move to Level 1: 'Prepare for the new normal'

16th September 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move to Alert Level 1 of the lockdown at midnight on Sunday. This will see larger gatherings being permitted, along with international travel, the sale of alcohol allowed from Monday to Friday, and the curfew shifted to midnight. 

Ramaphosa's economic recovery plan gets the green light from business, labour

16th September 2020 The National Economic Development and Labour Council has agreed to an economic recovery plan for South Africa. According to a statement issued by the Presidency on Tuesday, following a meeting between President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nedlac - a body comprised of representatives of government,... 

How health dept's new app will assist the fight against Covid-19

2nd September 2020 The national health department has launched the Covid Alert SA app, which informs people if they have been in contact with someone who has Covid-19. President Cyril Ramaphosa called the app, which was launched on Wednesday, a "powerful tool to support our digital contact tracing efforts". 

Eskom to move to stage 4 load shedding from 15:00, cuts to continue over weekend

2nd September 2020 Power utility Eskom says it will move from stage 2 to stage 4 load shedding at 15:00 on Wednesday due to "exceptionally high demand". Stage 4 power cuts will continue until 22:00. Eskom said cold weather had placed additional demands on the country's grid which was already severely constrained... 

Clear signs of overpricing, unfair processes, potential fraud in PPE tenders - AG report reveals

2nd September 2020 Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu has released damning findings on Covid-19 relief funding which details the extent of the rot surrounding personal protective equipment tender procurement processes. Makwetu briefed the media on Wednesday and detailed how contracts in the R22.4-billion PPE budget has... 

Eskom: More load-shedding ahead, additional stages loom as utility battles breakdowns

2nd September 2020 Eskom has said in a statement that due to a severely constrained generation system as a result of multiple unit breakdowns, it will be implementing load-shedding again on Wednesday. A total of ten generation units have broken down at seven power stations in a matter of two days, with the power... 

Cape Town dams hit 90% for the first time in 2020

1st September 2020 Cape Town dams have passed the 90% mark for the first time this year as consistent rain helps to replenish the city's water supply. According to data from the City of Cape Town, dam levels were 90.7% as at 31 August and the key Theewaterskloof Dam was at 87.9%. This is significantly up from 2019... 

Interprovincial travel allowed, four more airports to reopen, says Mbalula

25th August 2020 Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on Tuesday that four more airports have been permitted to operate under Level 2 travel regulations. A total of 18 airports are now be able to operate. 

Six buses stoned in Atlantis in the Western Cape

25th August 2020 Eight people were injured when six Sibanye buses were stoned in the Witsand area of Atlantis in the Western Cape on Tuesday morning. Seven passengers and a driver were treated for minor injuries. 

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