Coronavirus articles about South Africa today

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DA Will Be SA’s Shield Against ‘fascist Thugs’ – Mazzone

The Citizen

DA chief whip Natasha Mazzone says the party will protect the country against a “Gucci revolutionary group of fascist thugs”, taking a clear gibe at EFF leader Julius Malema. Mazzone was one of the key speakers who delivered opening speeches at the DA’s virtual elective congress which started on Saturday.

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Zinnbauer's Orlando Pirates Click And Blast Kaizer Chiefs Away 3-0

Wayde Jooste of Orlando Pirates challenges Nkosingiphile Ngcobo of Kaizer Chiefs during the 1st Leg of the MTN8 Semi Final match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at Orlando Stadium on October 31, 2020 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Image: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix/Gallo Images.

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Umalusi Gives Greenlight To Administer 2020 Matric Exams

Thesouthafrican

Education Quality Assurance Council, Umalusi, has given assessment bodies the greenlight to administer the 2020 matric exams. 2020 matric exams When will matric exams begin? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the matric exams will have a late start, beginning on 5 November with English First Additional Language Paper 1.

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Massive UIF Backlog Of 440 000 Emails Will Take 30 Months Or More To Clear

Thesouthafrican

UIF call centre backlog 27 000 calls unanswered, daily. According to Lees, it would reportedly take 30 months to clear the email backlog if no new emails are received. He added that “with new emails pouring in daily the backlog will just get bigger”. Lees added that the UIF call centre receives an....

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News24.com | SA Consumers Struggling To Again Start Paying Premiums After Pause For Covid-19

News 24

Insurance group Liberty has urged consumers to get back on track with their insurance premiums. The insurer says only 36% of its clients who took up the offer of a premium payment holiday are paying their premiums as per normal again. Liberty says it has had to extend the premium relief programme to February 2021.

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Insight Into Gandhi's Wisdom

Iol

Durban - Tomorrow’s Durban Book Fair at Mitchell Park will have a special guest – Ela Gandhi, who will be in conversation with Kiru Naidoo from noon. They will discuss the book about her grandfather, Mohandas "Mahatma" Gandhi, Gandhi Now – Blessed are the peacemakers and sustainers of life.

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Blow For Caregivers As Court Rejects Urgent Bid To Extend Special Grant Top-up

The Star

Pretoria - About 7 million beneficiaries of the special Covid-19 caregiver grant will from next week receive R500 less than they did during 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.

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Sport, Arts And Culture On The Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme Application

Africa News Wire

¬Open call for artists, sport and recreation professions to apply for a share of The Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP) in an effort to retain and create jobs in the Sport, Arts and Culture Sectors. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our lives and livelihoods has been both far....

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South African Tourist Gets One-day Jail For Stealing Cosmetics

Africa News Wire

A South African male tourist was sentenced to one day in jail and fined RM800 by the Magistrate’s Court here, today, for stealing beauty products from a supermarket two weeks ago. Magistrate Tawfiq Affandy Chin ordered Siphe Mzayiduem, 31, to serve the sentence from today and imposed another month’s jail if he failed to pay the fine.

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How Viral Song Jerusalema Joined The Ranks Of South Africa’s Greatest Hits

The Citizen

South African musician Kgaogelo Moagi known as Master KG dances to his hit song with vocalist Nomcebo titled Jerusalema joined by Metro FM staff at Auckland Park as part of a Jerusalema dance challenge, 24 September 2020, as per request the by the president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa.

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Pele Wishes ‘great Friend’ Maradona A Happy 60th

The Citizen

Fresh off celebrating a milestone birthday of his own, Brazilian football great Pele wished his fellow legend Diego Maradona a happy birthday Friday as the mercurial Argentine celebrated his 60th. “My great friend, Maradona. I will always applaud you. I will always root for you.

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UIF Call Centre Unable To Deal With Massive Call, Email Backlog

The Citizen

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.

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News24.com | DA Will Be SA’s Shield Against ‘fascist Thugs’ - Mazzone

News 24

DA chief whip Natasha Mazzone says the party will not allow the EFF to terrorise South Africa. She was one of several high-ranking party members who delivered opening speeches at the party's federal congress. T he virtual congress has, so far proceeded without any glitches.

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Home Affairs Committee Unhappy About Refugees’ Living ...

Parliament's portfolio committee on home affairs is not happy about living conditions at temporary shelters for refugees in Cape Town. The committee visited the Wingfield and Paint City temporary sites on Saturday. The refugees spent months holed up in the Central Methodist Church in the CBD after a....

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Employment And Labour Denies Rumours Government Has Set Aside Funds To Thank Farmworkers For Working During Coronavirus Covid-19 Lockdown

Africa News Wire

Department denies rumours government has set aside funds to thank farmworkers for working during the lockdown. Claims that government has set aside relief funds to thank farm workers for working during lock down are false and should not be entertained.

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Is Duduzane Zuma Paving The Way For A Career In Politics?

Iol

Durban – Duduzane Zuma, the son of former president Jacob Zuma, returned to South Africa last week and immediately ramped up public appearances at ANC events and campuses of higher education institutions as a possible attempt at gauging whether he could garner enough support for a possible tilt at the ANC Youth League presidency.

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DA Leadership Candidates Make Last Effort Ahead Of Congress Vote

Business Live

DA interim leader John Steenhuisen and KwaZulu-Natal MPL Mbali Ntuli both made a last effort to convince the party's more than 2000 delegates at its national congress to elect them leader. The DA's first ever virtual congress got under way on Saturday morning, a mammoth task which comes juts ahead of next year's local government elections.

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Mbali Ntuli Makes A Last Plea To DA Delegates To Vote For Her

DA leader hopeful Mbali Ntuli has made one last plea for the delegates at the party's congress to vote for her vision of a “kind, strong and fair” party. Ntuli is going head-to-head with interim party leader John Steenhuisen, who is a firm favourite to retain his position.

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Row Erupts At Boksburg Gym After Member Questions Lack Of Covid-19 Protocols At Fitness Centre

Iol

A conscientious South African found himself on the wrong side of the weights section at his local gym this week when he was almost assaulted by two fellow members. And all because he allegedly asked the gym receptionist why some members were allowed into the facility without masks.

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DA Kicks Off Virtual Congress

. DA federal chairperson Ivan Meyer said the party has shown resilience in adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic withstanding both the health and economic crisis. DA federal chairperson Ivan Meyer kicked off the DA's congress. Picture: Twitter @Our_DA. JOHANNESBURG - The DA has kicked off its historic....

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President Cyril Ramaphosa Embarks On Coronavirus Covid-19 Self-quarantine

Africa News Wire

President Cyril Ramaphosa has begun a period of self-quarantine following the positive COVID-19 diagnosis of a guest at a dinner attended by the President on Saturday, 24 October 2020. The President wishes the guest, who is receiving medical attention, a safe and speedy recovery, and wishes other guests good health.

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News24.com | Nigerian Protesters Want Ramaphosa To Help End SARS Unrest

News 24

Victor Ngaleka (centre), an official in the National Assembly, accepted the memo handed over by Nigerian nationals outside Parliament on Friday as part of their #EndSARS campaign. (Photo: Ashraf Hendricks) Nigerian nationals living in Cape Town marched to Parliament over police brutality in Nigeria.

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Coronavirus In SA: Second Wave Or Resurgence?

ENCA

While the jury is still out on whether the Western Cape is riding the second coronavirus wave in certain areas, health authorities have red-flagged the Garden Route. They say while systems are in place to deal with a rapid increase, health authorities will be heading to George and surrounding areas to assess their readiness.

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UN Report Shows Vulnerable Bear Brunt Of COVID-19

Thesouthafrican

Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, and the United Nations resident coordinator Nardos Bekele-Thomas officially launched the COVID-19 Rapid Needs Assessment report on Friday. UN report of the COVID-19 situation. The department commissioned the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)....

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Ambulance Staff On The Edge Over Non-payment From Road Accident Fund

Iol

They went on a 24-hour suspension of emergency services to those who did not have medical aid or insurance, with emergency response only resuming at midnight last night. As traffic jammed in the central city area there was a visible police presence, but ambulance providers stressed it was a peaceful march.

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No Mercy For GBV Perpetrators – Cele

Iafrica

Government is intensifying its fight against gender-based violence with Police Minister Bheki Cele says there will be no mercy for perpetrators. He was addressing residents of Phuthaditjhaba in the Free State where he launched the 2020/2021 Safer Festive Season Operations. “Men, women are not meant to be objects of domestic violence,” he said.

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Calm And Ready For Festive Rush

Iol

Durban - Having just arrived in the city, Adam MacIntyre is looking forward to the festive season with quiet optimism. Taking up the position of Suncoast Casino, Hotels and Entertainment's director of operations and complex general manager, MacIntyre, who has more than three decades in the industry,....

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England Owe Fans Special Performance Against Italy – Woodward

Iafrica

England will likely clinch the Six Nations rugby title on Saturday, but former coach Clive Woodward said they need a dominating display against Italy to ease the pain of last year’s World Cup final defeat to South Africa and set the tone for the future.

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Daily News Update: Covid-19 Stats, Weekend In Jail For Bushiris, Zuma Loses Court Bid And Tshwane Gets New Mayor

The Citizen

As of Friday, the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases is 723,682, with 1,912 new cases identified since the last report, the health department has announced. 66 new deaths have also been recorded: 21 from Eastern Cape, 2 from Gauteng, 7 from the Free State, 8 from KwaZulu-Natal, 2 from....

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7.1 Million Caregivers To Lose Grant Top-ups

The Citizen

The North Gauteng High Court has thrown out an eleventh-hour bid from The Black Sash to stop the cancellation of a R500 grant top-up for some 7.1 million caregivers across the country. The court on Friday struck the case – in which The Black Sash was represented by the University of Witwatersrand’s....

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Orchids And Onions: Dove Gets A Beautiful Orchid For Great Advertising

The Citizen

I was wondering aloud last week at the amazing fact that the Miss South Africa competition is still going. In the age of Covid-19 and lockdowns, never mind political correctness and the awareness of gender issues, this apparently sexist artifact from the mid-20th century is still grabbing (some) audience eyeballs.

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News24.com | From The Looting Dead To Invisible Call Centre Agents: Massive Email, Call Backlog At UIF

News 24

Scopa, joined by the Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour on Friday, conducted an oversight visit to the UIF's offices in Pretoria. "Scopa is concerned with the lack of human capacity at UIF, particularly at the call centre, which is where emails, online applications and calls from the....

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Minister Jackson Mthembu: Debate In National Assembly On Anti-corruption

Africa News Wire

Speech by the Minister in The Presidency, Jackson Mthembu (MP) during a debate in the National Assembly on anti-corruption, Parliament of the Republic of South Africa. Hon Speaker, Hon Deputy President, Hon Members, Good afternoon, The 2019 ANC Election Manifesto which is the mandate by South....

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Minister Ebrahim Patel On Food Security And Human Welfare

Africa News Wire

Food security and human welfare critical in trade agreements – South African Minister. The Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mr Ebrahim Patel participated in the Informal World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Ministers Meeting yesterday. The Trade Ministers Meeting discussed ways to narrow....

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Nearly 2,000 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In SA

ENCA

A health worker prepares to conduct a COVID-19 coronavirus molecular test in Parkview, Johannesburg. JOHANNESBURG - 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.

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World Cities Day 2020: Valuing Our Communities And Cities

Thesouthafrican

The United Nations has designated every 31 October as World Cities Day . The Day is expected to greatly promote the international community’s interest in global urbanisation, push forward cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanisation, and contributing....

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