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COVID-19: Gauteng records second highest deaths

Gauteng has recorded 767 coronavirus-related fatalities, as of Wednesday, 15 July 2020. This means the province, which is already the epicentre of COVID-19, has the second highest number of deaths, after the Western Cape which has recorded 2,467 fatalities. Nationally, the number of infections has exceeded the 300 000 mark to reach a cumulative total of 311 049 confirmed COVID-19 cases, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize also announced. Mkhize has also […]

todayJuly 16, 2020 6


COVID-19: Gauteng surpasses 100,000 cases

Gauteng has become the first province to record 100,000 cases of COVID-19 in the country. This comes after 5,282 new cases of the disease were reported in the province in a single day. By Monday, 13 July 2020, the national count had reached 287,796 with 11,555 new infections recorded. 93 deaths were also reported, bringing the country’s death toll to 4,172. However, there have been 138,241 recoveries. "The real issue […]

todayJuly 14, 2020 6


Social distress grant applications open

Minister of Social development Lindiwe Zulu has outlined the process for the application of the special Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant of R350 announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa. The WhatsApp and related electronic applications for the grant will go live on Monday, May 11. This as a number of local South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) offices also re-open on Monday. Applicants are cautioned not to provide their banking […]

todayMay 11, 2020 7


SARB cuts repo rate by 100 basis points

In an effort to ease financial conditions in the wake of Covid-19, the South African Reserve Bank (sarb) has taken a unanimous decision to cut the repo rate by 100 basis points, with effect from 15 April 2020. This was revealed by Governor Lesetja Kganyago on Tuesday morning.  The rate now stands at 4.25%. Kganyago said the uncertainties of Covid-19 have led to extremely high volatility in financial asset prices, […]

todayApril 14, 2020 14


Exponential spread of Covid-19 unavoidable

South Africa can not escape the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is according to the chairperson of the ministerial advisory group on Covid-19, epidemiologist professor Salim Abdool Karim. Speaking in Durban on Monday night during a live ZOOM public engagement, he said the country's population would be at high risk again after the nationwide lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended the nationwide lockdown which came into effect on March […]

todayApril 14, 2020 6


Government to assist informal businesses during lockdown: Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that additional measures are being developed to provide relief to self-employed individuals and informal businesses during the nationwide lockdown. On Monday he addressed the nation for the first time since the implementation of the lockdown which came into effect on March 26. Ramaphosa spoke about the loss of income of small business owners and informal traders and how they will be assisted during this time. […]

todayMarch 31, 2020 7


Health Department confirms Covid-19 case in Alexandra|five quarantined

The Gauteng Department of Health has confirmed that five people from Alexandra, in the Johannesburg district have been quarantined after coming into contact with an individual who tested positive for Covid-19. The department had initially dismissed reports of a confirmed case in the township which emerged on Monday afternoon. According to the department the positive individual had defied instructions to self quarantine while awaiting results.  It's said the individual travelled […]

todayMarch 30, 2020 6