54 more COVID-19 deaths recorded in SA

The Health Department reported 54 more COVID-19 deaths, but only 4 of those patients died in the past 48 hours. Coronavirus: Latest global developments. The death toll in South Africa is at 19,465. The department has also identified 772 new COVID-19 cases. SA’s total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 727,595. The total amount of […]

Zweli Mkhize: Patients assaulting staff at healthcare facilities

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has lamented instances of murder, attempted rape, and patients assaulting staff at healthcare facilities. In a podcast, Mkhize said the situation had been “very distressing”. “These have been very, very distressing situations for all of us and we had meetings where we had to then ask [police] for a strategy to […]

President Ramaphosa wishes matrics ‘the very best’ ahead of exams

With the 2020 matric exams set to begin on Thursday, 5 November 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa wished learners good luck and commended teachers for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic in his weekly letter to the nation. Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, changes were made to the school calendar to accommodate days lost, with the […]

Alan Winde seeks recovery deal to avoid and mitigate further lockdowns

Premier Alan Winde wants to make a recovery deal with citizens and business owners of the province to ensure there are no further lockdowns as a result of the second wave of Covid-19. Winde made the proposal during his regular digital news conference on the province’s health response to the pandemic at which he was […]

About 100 000 pupils across Western Cape to write NSC exams

Close to 100,000 candidates across the Western Cape will be writing the National Senior Certificate (NSC) exams this month. Exams kick off on Thursday and will conclude in mid-December. 95,427 pupils will partake in this year’s examinations, compared to nearly 64,465 for the same session last year. Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer said: “The […]

Big blow for caregivers as court rejects urgent bid to extend special grant top-up

About 7 million beneficiaries of the special Covid-19 caregiver grant will from next week receive R500 less than they did during the lockdown. Gauteng High Court Judge Nana Makhubele on Friday struck from the roll an application by the Black Sash Trust to continue with the payments while Covid-19 still ravages the country. On Friday, […]

UIF call centre unable to deal with massive call and email backlog

The National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) – who earlier this week heard how government officials, soldiers and “dead” people looted the Unemployment Insurance Fund’s TERS Covid-19 benefit – found a backlog of 444,000 e-mails at the fund during a visit on Friday. Scopa, joined by the Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour […]

Nearly 2,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in SA

Nearly 2,000 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in South Africa in the last 24 hours. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa is 723,682 after 1,912 new cases were identified. The Department of Health has reported 66 new COVID-19 related deaths in the country This brings the total number of coronavirus related […]

Floyd Shivambu’s assault case postponed to February 2021

The assault case against EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu was postponed by the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court on Thursday following the state’s decision to deny court representations for diversion and mediation. Shivambu’s case has been postponed to 11 February 2021 for a trial date. The latest postponement comes after the case experienced delays because of […]

Good news on Covid-19 social relief grant

The government will continue to fund the R350 Covid-19 social relief grant, which has benefited around 6 million South Africans living in poverty, until the end of January next year. However, the temporary increases in other grants will come to an end. Highlighting that cash grants were paid to over 22 million people during the […]