South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Monday 29 June

South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Monday 29 June

It may only be at a glacial pace, but the rule of lockdown is set to ease further on Monday. Also making the headlines on 29 June are the soaring COVID-19 numbers, and the return of the State Capture Inquiry…

TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Monday 29 June

Latest COVID-19 cases in South Africa

As of Sunday, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa was 138 134, with 6 334 new cases identified. Forty-three new COVID-19-related deaths were reported, bringing the total to 2 456, Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said.

Malawi Elections: Ramaphosa sends his congratulations

South African President and African Union (AU) chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa has offered his congratulations to Malawi opposition alliance leader Lazarus Chakwera on his election as the President of Malawi.

Ramaphosa has furthermore congratulated all stakeholders for “the success of this historic election” which followed a Malawi Constitutional Court judgment on January 3, 2020 which called for new elections to be held. Malawians returned to the polls on June 23, the presidency said in a statement on Sunday.

Ramaphosa had also commended and congratulated the people of Malawi for conducting peaceful elections which had served to deepen democracy in Malawi. 

Intra-provincial travel allowed in South Africa

South Africans looking for a quick getaway have been told by tourism bodies that they can book holidays and overnight stays in accredited accommodation, despite what was said by Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane on Friday. According to leading industry figures, the door is now open for intra-provincial travel.

It’s worth noting, however, that intra-provincial travel is different to inter-provincial travel. “Intra” means “within” the province, and therefore, no-one will be allowed to cross provincial borders.

State Capture Inquiry back in business

The hearings of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State will resume. For the most part of the week the Commission will hear evidence relating to allegations of corruption at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).

One of the witnesses who will testify will be Popo Molefe, former Chairperson of the Board of PRASA, Martha Ngoye, Head of the Legal Dept at PRASA, an estate agent, someone who sold a certain property to a former official at PRASA or to an entity connected with such an official. 

Fikile Mbalula hammered by taxi unions

The Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula has once again postponed a meeting that had been planned with the taxi industry. Mbalula was expected to meet with the sector to discuss the much-opposed R1 billion relief package government has availed, to help cushion the economic blow of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the third time the minister has called off a meeting with taxi operators who had gone on strike in the wake of a fallout with Mbalula. Santaco has since threatened to operate at 100% capacity again this week.

Bizarre hostage situation at Eskom

Eskom says some of its employees were held hostage and forced to “unlawfully” restore power over the weekend. The power utility has been rolling out blackouts over the past two weeks, citing a strain on its grid brought on by illegal connections. The company has revealed that there was a hostage situation at its offices in the East Rand, where the perps demanded that power supply be restored.

Level 3 rules – new rules for where people can ‘gather’ confirmed

FULL LIST: WHERE PEOPLE CAN LEGALLY MEET FROM MONDAY 29 JUNE

  • Council meetings and gatherings are allowed in local government buildings.
  • The government gives permission for funeral gatherings – but will continue to limit the number of attendees to 50.
  • Religious gatherings of 50 people or less are permitted if the chosen venue can accommodate social distancing.
  • Workplace gatherings for professional purposes (events such as conferences) will be permitted under strict conditions and the observance of health and hygiene guidelines.
  • Museums and art galleries are opening up to the public, as per the recent Government Gazette guidelines.
  • Keeping it cultured, libraries will also reopen – allowing for some (respectfully quiet) social interactions during Level 3.
  • With restaurants now opening for sit-in services, you can book a meal to meet friends or family.
  • You can attend a cinema or theatre, along with other people. That’s with a maximum capacity of 50 + 15 performers.
  • And, the most left-field of them all, casinos are opening. No laws have been established to prevent meet-ups in these venues, but the rules state that they can only operate at 50% of capacity.

WHAT YOU ARE STILL BANNED FROM DOING AT LEVEL 3?

  • Just to really ram it home: You still cannot meet friends or family in their homes.
  • Fitness and recreation facilities remain closed except those conducting sports matches and practices, without spectators.
  • Exercising in groups of more than four is not allowed at Level 3, either.
  • People are still being asked to wear face masks wherever they go in public, including all listed gatherings.

LATEST WEATHER FORECAST, Monday 29 JUNE

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HOROSCOPE TODAY

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Source: https://www.thesouthafrican.com/news/south-africa-news-today-monday-29-june-2020/

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