If you’re looking for all the latest news in South Africa,
you’ve come to the right place; here are the major headlines on Friday 3 April.
The revision of lockdown regulations, affecting public
transport and inter-provincial movement, has been met with mixed reactions. In
an attempt to curb the coronavirus’ spread, the health department has begun to
roll-out its ‘COVID Home Visits Programme’ during the window of opportunity
presented by the national lockdown.
Today’s latest news
in South Africa, Friday 3 April
Further amendments to
Following in the wake of Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula’s
decision to ‘relax’ capacity protocols concerning the taxi industry, Minister
of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Nkosazana
Dlamini-Zuma, added to the ever-evolving regulatory gazette on Thursday
Dlamini-Zuma’s amendments deal with three main areas of
Dlamini-Zuma attached, together with the gazetted
amendments, an example of a permit required ‘to travel to another metropolitan area,
district or province’, adding that law enforcement agencies conducting
roadblocks and vehicle checkpoints had been instructed to verify documentation
while conducting operations.
‘COVID Home Visits
Program’ focuses on 993 strategic priority wards
Government’s newest initiative to combat the coronavirus’ spread is aimed at early detection by way of the ‘COVID Home Visits Programme’. In conjunction with the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the health department has embarked on a vigorous door-to-door testing campaign.
The operation, which will initially focus on ‘993 strategic
priority wards’, will make use of 10 000 field workers and more than 60
mobile COVID-19 testing facilities.
Health minister Zweli Mkhize added that the program would
also use technological advancements to trace primary points of contact in an
attempt to mitigate secondary-infections.
German tourists to be
repatriated from South Africa
Kerstin Bittiger, spokeswoman of the German Embassy in South
Africa, has confirmed that repatriation efforts would begin today, following a
plea from citizens ‘trapped’ in the country. According to Bittiger, over 5 000
German tourists are currently stuck under lockdown in South Africa.
The closing of borders and almost all air traffic has made
the prospect of traditional fare back to Germany almost impossible, leading the
German government to step in with a repatriation program. Bittiger noted that
the flights would be operated by South African Airways (SAA), adding:
“For the coming days and weeks, we have an enormous logistical challenge ahead of us in order to get our compatriots home.
We are grateful for the cooperation with the South African government. And we are glad to join forces with SAA as a reliable partner. We hope our compatriots will be back with their friends and families in Germany very soon.”
Bittiger did, however, note that any tourists displaying
symptoms associated with the deadly coronavirus would not be repatriated back
to Germany. Those left behind would need to follow the South African government’s
instructions regarding lockdown, quarantine and treatment.
Zwelinzima Vavi in
good spirits despite COVID-19 diagnosis
The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, has tested positive for COVID-19. During a live interview, Vavi revealed his positive status, adding that he had no idea how he’d contracted the virus. Vavi announced:
“I am fine in good spirits at home and have started to
follow instructions of self-isolating!
Have to get everyone tested at home! Family, friends & comrades in
obvious panic but I am fine and I will win again! Just overwhelmed by media
interests which is natural but I can’t cope.”
Vavi said that he underwent the COVID-19 test after
developing flu-like symptoms.
crack-down on uncooperative businesses
A Department of Employment and Labour blitz inspection in
Standerton, Mpumalanga, has led to the closure of Pax Agricultural Primary
The employer was found to be non-compliant with the
Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act standards and also not adhering to
The blitz inspections were triggered by a number of
anonymous complaints, which were reported to the department.
The inspection found that the employer failed to conduct a
risk assessment in order to implement precautionary measures to prevent the spread
of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Among other findings, employees were not trained on the
precautionary measures to be taken in order to protect themselves against any
harm to their well-being, particularly on the risks caused by exposure to hazardous
biological agents like COVID-19.
Employees were also not given sanitisers, water and soap for
basic personal hygiene, and were not furnished with personal protective
equipment, as per the OHS standards. (Source:
Fish River Canoe
Marathon organisers expect paddling festival to go ahead
With the current uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus outbreak worldwide, organisers of the 39th edition of the Fish River Canoe Marathon are confident that they will be able to put on another exciting instalment of the race from 25-26 September.
This year the world has been thrown into limbo as this virus
spreads through every country around the world and South Africa is currently in
the grips of a nationwide lockdown to try and curb the spread locally.
All sporting events and gatherings have been cancelled or
postponed for the next few months, but with five months until the Cradock
classic, organisers are hopeful that we will be back to some sort of normality
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