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New lockdown rules for South Africa – including opening up leisure travel and an updated curfew

Tourism minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has announced a number of new lockdown rule changes aimed at alleviating the stress around South Africa’s tourism industry. In a media briefing on Thursday (30 July), the minister said these changes follow consultations made with cabinet and the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC). The biggest changes include: The evening curfew …

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UPDATE: Police to investigate Mlangeni funeral gathering

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said the gathering was spontaneous and involved a platoon of MKMVA and marshalls from the ANC attempting to bring the body of Mlangeni into the family home. He urged that the moment, honouring the life of the last Rivonia trialist, not be overshadowed by the gathering saying, “what a freedom fighter stood for must …

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South Africa gets $4.3bn IMF loan. In return, the country must reform

“There is no reason why South Africa  would not be able to repay its obligations,” says the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) senior representative to South Africa, Montfort Mlachila.  The country’s $4.3-billion (R70-billion) loan from the IMF is payable over a period of five years at an interest rate of 1.1%. The money was approved this …

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Spotify results show rebound in adverts and music streaming

Spotify Technology SA, the world’s largest audio streaming service, gave some hints of improving trends in advertising sales and music listening with its second-quarter results. The Swedish company said Wednesday that advertising revenue fell 25% in the quarter from a year earlier, unsurprising as the world reeled from the coronavirus pandemic. But most of the …

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Zimbabwe signs massive compensation deal with white farmers

Zimbabwe’s government signed a $3.5 billion deal to compensate White commercial farmers who were evicted from their land two decades ago. The agreement is a turning point in a dispute that tipped the southern African nation’s economy into freefall by slashing food production and export income and prompted sanctions from the U.S. and the European …

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Corruption poses a threat to the provision of proper medical care to patients – SAMA

(Binnur Ege Gurun Kocak/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) SAMA is of the view alleged corruption in medical tenders poses a threat to the medical care of patients. This after a string of reports involving alleged corruption in work related to Covid-19. SAMA urges all healthcare workers and administrators, who have evidence of wrongdoing, to …

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471,123 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa as deaths climb to 7,497

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now a total of 471,123 cases of coronavirus in South Africa. This is an increase of 11,362 cases from the 459,761 infections reported on Tuesday. The data shows that there are 240 new Covid-19 related deaths, taking the total to 7,497 casualties, following 190 deaths …

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Funeral crowds flagged as a concern for COVID-19 infection

JOHANNESBURG – Some government officials are facing criticism for violating lockdown regulations at the funeral of late struggle stalwart Andrew Mlangeni on Tuesday. WATCH: Funeral service of Andrew Mlangeni  Ministers were part of a large crowd of mourners, gathered outside the Mlangeni family residence in Soweto. The large gathering of mourners raised questions about the lockdown regulations and …

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Vigorous policing of petty crime during the pandemic suggests a Pyrrhic defeat

“Our law, in all its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor, to beg in the streets, steal bread and sleep under bridges.”  — Anatole France, 19th century French novelist Recently, on a bright and beautiful Sunday morning, a car guard stepped out of a shop having purchased three loose, illicit entjies …

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Zimbabwe agrees to pay $3.5 billion compensation to whi…

epa08425782 Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaks during a live broadcast address to the nation regarding an extension to the current coronavirus lockdown from the State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, 16 May 2020. Mnangagwa said the lockdown measures would be extended in a bid to slow down the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 disease caused by …

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