Friday, May 29, 2020

‘There is no time to catch up’: Covid-19 test backlog hits...

The Eastern Cape is sitting with a huge Covid-19 testing backlog, with 21,904 samples yet to be tested. This is according to a letter sent...

26 test positive for Covid-19 at Mediclinic Cape Town

Twenty-six people have tested positive for Covid-19 at Mediclinic Cape Town, management confirmed. “Nearly 300 potential contacts have been tested, with the majority of these...

800 support staff needed urgently to keep Eastern Cape schools clean

These recruits, employed as support staff, will be contracted for three months to help sanitise pupils and also make sure physical distancing rules are...

‘Emotionally it can kill one’s spirit’: policeman on the Covid-19 front...

A policeman who spent 21 days in hospital after being shot on duty and has witnessed countless gruesome crime scenes has found himself grappling...

Call to inspect more hospitals after closure of Frere

More hospitals should be inspected by the department of employment & labour across the Eastern Cape. This is the call by the Democratic Nursing Organisation...

WHO sees 23,600 Covid-19 deaths for South Africa

SA will have third highest toll in Africa, says world body SA will experience the third highest toll in Africa from the coronavirus pandemic, the...

Cyril Ramaphosa says SA will move to level 3 on June...

'Tragically some 429 people have lost their lives' President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday evening that there were 22,583 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the...

SAB backs regulated sale of alcohol under level 3 of the...

SA Breweries (SAB) said on Sunday it had put forward several proposals to government on the regulated sale of alcohol under level 3 lockdown...

Draft level 3 regulations allow alcohol sales, but renew tobacco ban

Co-operative governance minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has tabled draft level 3 regulations that propose lifting the ban on alcohol sales, but extending the prohibition on...

‘Ongoing tobacco ban will turn informal traders into beggars, criminals into...

The SA Informal Traders Alliance (Saita) has called on the government to lift the ban on cigarette sales under level 3 of the lockdown,...

Covid-19 : Shut down Frere Hospital now, labour department insists

Labour department health and safety inspectors have ordered a total and immediate shutdown of East London’s Frere Hospital over concerns that its measures for...

‘The biggest stress I am facing is the fact that I...

Matric pupil writes heartfelt letter to Ramaphosa, Motshekga Teenager Malikah Swail has pleaded with President Cyril Ramaphosa for schools not to reopen on June 1. The...

Will the tobacco ban be rolled into SA’s level 3 lockdown...

Will the ban on tobacco be extended even further, into level three of the lockdown regulations? Free Market Foundation CEO Leon Louw believes the ban...

Two more nurses die of Covid-19 in the Western Cape

Two more nurses died of Covid-19 complications on Thursday, bringing the number of nurses who have succumbed to the disease in the Western Cape...

Scientists support decision to ease lockdown despite mortality projection

KGOTHATSO MADISA The continued easing of lockdown despite prediction of increased coronavirus-related deaths and infections in the country has received backing from scientists. Science experts who...

Time launches site to motivate youth

New social media sports channel entertains and educates Local coach and social media influencer Sesethu Time has found a way of keeping sport conversations going...

Ekurhuleni becomes new Covid-19 hotspot

KGAUGELO MASWENENG Gauteng is increasing its stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) in anticipation that the "time ahead is going to be tough". Premier David Makhura...

Transport of bodies restricted between provinces

The Eastern Cape and the Western Cape have agreed to restrict the movement of bodies of people who died from Covid-19 between the two...

Cyril Ramaphosa told us he is under ‘great pressure’ to open...

Insiders at the meeting say the president told them business wants the country to skip level 3 and go straight to level 2 President Cyril...

30 more Covid-19 deaths recorded as cases climb towards 20,000

SA will soon hit 20,000 cases of Covid-19, as the number of confirmed cases climbed by more than 1,100 in the past 24 hours. In...

SA could run out of ICU beds by early June

TANYA FARBER SA is going to run out of ICU beds, and it could be as early as June. And the situation would be have been...

Country to move to Level 3, but uncertainty surrounds Western Cape

By UNATHI NKANJENI Will the Western Cape move to a level 3 lockdown or will it remain on level 4? This is the question posed by...

SA faces up to 48,000 Covid-19 deaths by November

TAMAR KAHN AND CAROL PATON and GENEVIEVE QUINTAL SA’s Covid-19 deaths are projected to reach up to 48,000 by November and the country could run...

50 days in lockdown then 30 days out could be SA’s...

An 18-month cycle of 50 days of strict lockdown followed by 30 days of easing could peg SA's Covid-19 fatalities to just over 9,000...

Covid-19: Premier Oscar Mabuyane paints bleak picture of Eastern Cape readiness

The Eastern Cape health department has come under fire for what its critics say is a wholesale lack of preparedness for a surge in...

40,000 could die in SA when Covid-19 storm peaks: experts

SA is likely to face a crisis due to a shortage of ICU beds when the Covid-19 storm lands wreaking havoc and claiming at...

Broke and alone: Lockdown taking toll on breadwinner’s mental health

He was able to do everything for his parents and his sister, before the Covid-19 lockdown saw his work hours cut by half —...

Winter initiation season cancelled over Covid-19 fears

By SHONISANI TSHIKALANGE The Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa (Contralesa) has warned that the winter initiation season could become fertile ground for the...

Ratepayers up in arms over BCM billing estimates

A number of irate residents claim the city has overcharged households in Bhisho, King William’s Town, Mdantsane and parts of East London. The online...

SA part of several initiatives to develop Covid-19 vaccine: Cyril Ramaphosa

SA is participating in several research initiatives with continental and international partners as part of the global effort to develop, manufacture and distribute a...

Department mulls keeping hotspot pupils at home

SANDISO PHALISO and PREGA GOVENDER Thousands of pupils attending schools in Buffalo City and Nelson Mandela Bay metros, areas regarded as Covid-19 hotspots in the...

Principals uneasy about order to return to school

By YOLISWA SOBUWA - Some school management teams across the country will not report for work today as personal protective equipment (PPE) materials have not...

South Africa braces to protect groundwater from mass graves

From building cemeteries away from human settlements to erecting fences around graves, SA is drawing up plans to protect the country’s water supply from...

KWT police station shut down after staff member tests positive for...

By LUKE CHARTER King William's Town police station was closed on Saturday after a 28-year-old female constable tested positive for Covid-19. According to a statement released...

156 Covid-19 deaths in Western Cape as cases near 10,000

BATANDWA MALINGO Western Cape Covid-19 cases jumped by 739 to 9,246 while deaths also increased to 156, premier Alan Winde said on Sunday. In a statement,...

Ex Eastern Cape health boss raises alarm over Covid-19 testing

A proposal has been put forward to Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane to change the approach to Covid-19 testing because glaring flaws exist in...

Covid-19: School on alternate days or morning, afternoon division mooted

Three options discussed ahead of minister Angie Motshekga's briefing today The department of basic education is proposing that the school timetable be rearranged to allow...

Don’t shame hotspots, infection can occur anywhere: expert warns

There is nowhere to run — a Covid-19 breakout can occur anywhere. Despite case numbers rising daily, head of the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Covid-19 war...

SA’s mortality rate well below global average, says health minister

Another 14 South Africans have died of Covid-19, bringing the national death toll to 261, health minister Zweli Mkhize said on Saturday night. Western Cape...

Differences of opinion vital ‘to arriving at the best advice’: Prof...

IN FULL: Professor Salim S. Abdool Karim's statement in response to Professor Glenda Gray’s comments on the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on Covid-19, which...

Cuban doctors will hit SA’s Covid-19 front-line on Monday

13 doctors from the Cuban Medical Brigade arrived in Klerksdorp on Friday night and will be deployed across four districts in the North West...

Cigarette ban ‘a big failure in every way’, says report

Economists behind an extensive survey of smokers say the lockdown ban on cigarette sales has been a spectacular failure and should be lifted as...

HSRC supports tobacco ban during lockdown

The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has come out in favour of the continued ban on the sale of tobacco products during the national...

Surnames could dictate when you can buy booze: here is what...

The Liquor Traders Association of SA (LTASA) has submitted a detailed plan to government outlining protocols around the sale of alcohol during lockdown. The association‚...

East London mom with stage 4 cancer beats coronavirus

Three weeks ago, East London mom Cheree Mc Ewen was told that she'd contracted Covid-19  while undergoing surgery to remove more than 20 tumours...

Smaller East London construction firms crippled by pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has crippled the small to medium-sized building and construction firms in East London. And while level 4 lockdown allows for small...

Health department call centre in East London closed after four test...

A section of the Eastern Cape health department call centre building in East London has been temporarily closed and will be decontaminated after four...

SA Covid-19 death toll rises to 247

SA has recorded 13,524 positive cases of Covid-19 as of Friday. The health ministry said on Friday evening that the national death toll had climbed...

Minister Zulu informs public on department’s progress in fighting Covid-19

Minister of social development Lindiwe Zulu held a press conference on Monday, accompanied by Sassa CEO Busisiwe Memela-Khambula and NDA CEO Thamo Mzobe, at...

Solidarity Fund spends R1.2bn on Covid-19 PPE

The Solidarity Fund has disbursed more than half of the R2.1bn it has raised for the acquisition of personal protective equipment (PPE) and to...