Wednesday, March 18, 2020

SA has confirmed its first cases of local transmission of Covid-19, three of whom are young children, health minister Zweli Mkhize announced late on Tuesday night as SA’s total climbed to 85.
The development adds to growing concern about the potentially devastating effects the virus will have if it spreads rapidly in poor communities.
While the number of cases of Covid-19 in SA is relatively small compared with many hard-hit countries, the rapid rise in the numbers since the first case was announced on March 5 prompted President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare a national emergency on Sunday. He  ordered the closure of schools and imposed the most stringent restrictions on travel and mass gathering yet seen on the African continent.
Covid-19 has raced around the world since it emerged in China three months ago, battering financial markets, disrupting trade and travel, and prompting a growing number of countries to impose increasingly tight restrictions to try to slow transmission.
By Tuesday it had sickened 185,067 people in 155 countries and regions, with Italy the hardest hit after China, with close to 28,000 cases, according to the Johns Hopkins Tracker. While most cases of the respiratory disease are mild, it causes severe illness in up to 15% of patients and has already led to more than 7,300 deaths worldwide.
Until now, all the Covid-19 cases in SA have been among people who had travelled internationally. The total stood at 62 on Monday.
Eight of the 23 new cases confirmed since then are people who either have no travel history outside of SA, or no travel history at all, the minister said in a statement.  These cases are in Gauteng (4); KwaZulu-Natal (3) and Western Cape (1).
Mkhize said the government would no longer await confirmation from the National Health Laboratory Service and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases before announcing the results of tests conducted by private laboratories.
There had been a debate with clinicians, epidemiologists and virologists about the timing of the public release of the results, with the experts saying there was an ethical obligation to alert patients as soon as their initial results became available, he said. Until now, tests conducted by private laboratories had to be verified by state laboratories before being announced by the minister.
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“In our efforts to ensure transparency we have decided to release results as they are submitted by both public and private labs. In instances where our confirmation tests give contrary results, we will inform the public, make reference to that specific result previously announced and give the outcome of the confirmation results,” he said in a statement.
“Whilst we respect that private laboratories have the capacity to test and on their own issue results, our intention and approach is to ensure that there is credibility in the information and results given to the public,” he said
Mkhize said all the South African citizens who were repatriated from Wuhan, China, at the weekend had been tested for Covid-19 and all were negative. They are in quarantine at The Ranch hotel near Polokwane.
The latest confirmed cases of Covid-19 are as follows:


-A 45-year old male who had travelled to Belgium, UK, France and the US
-A 37-year old male who had travelled to the UK
-A 54-year old female who had travelled to the USA
-A 52-year old male who had travelled to the UK
-A 25-year old male who travelled to the UK
-A 52-year old female who had travelled to Italy
-A 59-year old male who travelled to the UK and Dubai
-A 57-year old male who travelled to the USA
-A 60-year old male who travelled to the USA
-A 37-year old female who travelled to Italy and Dubai
-A 21-year old female with no travel history
-A 34-year old male with no international travel history
-A 26-year old female with no international travel history
-A 32-year old female with no international travel history
-A 48-year old male who travelled to Dubai
-A 59-year old female with no international travel history
-A 5-year old male with no international travel history
-A 3-year old male with no international travel history
-A 3-year old male who travelled to the UK
-A 58-year old male who travelled to the UK and Austria
-A 2-year old male with no international travel
-A 62-year old female who travelled to the UK and Ethiopia
-A 71-year old female who travelled to the UK

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Current Status of Cases of COVID-19 in South Africa

MARCH 2020

62 confirmed cases
0 deaths

The breakdown per province of *total* infections is as follows:






Sa first Positive Case of Covid-19

At this stage, all cases were due to travel and no local transmissions have been confirmed. The NDOH are currently investigating 2 additional cases which may contain internal transmissions.

The patients have now been informed, all information has been verified and contact tracing is underway.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that South Africa has recorded its first positive test case for the Covid-19 coronavirus.
Mkhize released a statement on Thursday confirming that the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NCID) confirmed a positive test.
While it was not clear at which port of entry the patient landed, Mkhize said that a tracer team has been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal. The man is now self-isolated.
"The patient is a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy with his wife. They were part of a group of 10 people and they arrived back in South Africa on 1 March," Mkhize said in the statement.
"The patient consulted a private general practitioner on 3 March with symptoms of fever, headache, malaise, a sore throat and a cough."
The practice nurse then took swabs and delivered it to the laboratory. The patient has been self-isolating since 3 March.
"The couple also has two children. The Emergency Operating Centre (EOC) has identified the contacts by interviewing the patient and doctor. The tracer team has been deployed to KwaZulu-Natal with epidemiologists and clinicians from the NICD."
Mkhize said the doctor has been self-isolated as well.
"This media briefing is to ensure that the public is immediately kept abreast. A press briefing will be held later after the Parliamentary debate this evening to shed more light on this issue."

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Gauteng police have vehemently denied allegations that they failed to intervene and halt a fight that left a Nigerian dead in Ekurhuleni this week. 
The incident unfolded on Monday evening at the corner of Long and Casuarina streets in Kempton Park. 
In a video circulating on Twitter, two men can be seen pushing and punching each other while onlookers and police officers halfheartedly attempt to separate them.
At one point, onlookers manage to restrain the suspect while police move the victim away. The footage shows that the suspect however, breaks free and goes after the victim, hitting him with a brick. 
Chaos ensues after the victim falls to the ground unconscious, with the onlookers attacking the suspect before restraining him, while officers appear to look on helplessly.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Thousands of government school teachers in Malawi stayed away from classrooms on Monday in a protest over the non-payment of their December salaries, their union said.

Around 5,000 teachers did not get their pay after they were removed from the payroll when government started demanding national identity cards to process civil servant salaries.

That measure was introduced by the southern African country in July last year in a bid to get rid of so-called ghost workers - people falsely included on the payroll.

Malawi's teacher union (TUM) claims that most of the unpaid teachers had submitted their identity cards.

"The problem is that there were hitches in the system... which resulted in some of the IDs being rejected" TUM president Willie Malimba told AFP.

In the cities of Blantyre, Zomba and Dedza, thousands of teachers were joined by pupils to march against the delay.

Chanting and waving placards, they blocked access to main roads and gathered at the education ministry district offices.

"We will not take it anymore and we demand our dues," said primary school teacher Chisomo Maotcha protesting in Blantyre.

"This is money we have worked for," she said.The education ministry's principal secretary Justin Saidi downplayed the protest and said payments were being processed.

"We started demanding IDs so that we not pay the wrong people," said Saidi.
Some of those teachers who received their salaries, also joined in the protest in solidarity with their colleagues.

There are around 80,000 teachers working in Malawi government schools.

The police in Mankweng have arrested a 25-year-old suspect in connection with the murder of 24 year old intern doctor Shongile Nkwashu,

whose body was found in her room at Mankweng Hospital on Sunday evening.
Nkwashu was found lying on her bed.

Police say she was already in the early stage of decomposition.Limpopo Police spokesperson Brigadier Motlafela Mojapelo says the suspect, who is believed to be Nkwashu’s boyfriend, was traced and arrested in Giyani on Monday.

Eskom says it does not expect to have to implement load shedding on Tuesday, as there is sufficient capacity to meet demand in electricity.

In a power alert issued on Monday evening, the struggling utility said the demand for electricity today was lower than forecast and enabled the state owned entity to go through Monday without utilising the open cycle gas turbines, which uses diesel to generate electricity.

The company said ''the system remains constrained with unplanned outages'' or breakdowns at 12 832 MW as of 17:00 this evening.

"We are monitoring the system closely and we will continue to give periodic updates on the status of the power system as things may change at short notice."

Monday, January 6, 2020

Richard Maponya, the grandfather of black business in SA, dies aged 99

Entrepreneur and property developer Ntate Richard Maponya died in the early hours of Monday morning.He celebrated his 99th birthday on December 24.

His death came after a short illness, a spokesperson said in a brief statement.
The family requested privacy “during this time of grieving”.Funeral arrangements will be announced in due course.

In November, despite his age, Maponya said he was so concerned about the low employment rate in the country that he was planning to open an academy to train the youth on how to be entrepreneurs.

“Right now I am trying to come with an institution that must train all our youngsters so that when they graduate they get trained to use their own hands and be able to get employed or get into business in their own right,” said a post on his Facebook page. He said he was searching for financial and non-financial support to make his dream a reality.

Maponya was the founding president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc), which was started in 1964 to serve the interests of small businesses.

At the age of 82, he said: “We need to create jobs for our people. That is my primary objective. I have been blessed beyond measure and am able to put food on the table; I want the same for others.”

Maponya, renowned for building a business empire despite apartheid-era restrictions, was last month wished happy birthday by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who said: “I urge young South Africans to research the life story of this great legend, and draw lessons from how he overcame adversity to become one of the greatest pioneers and success stories of our time.”

The business legend had trained as a teacher, before starting small grocery stores in Soweto in the early 1950s. These led to various businesses, including a butchery, liquor stores and supermarket, car dealership and filling station.

The most visible sign of Maponya's success is his 65,000m² Maponya Mall in Soweto. In 2007, former president Nelson Mandela cut the ribbon at the opening of the landmark township development.

Cas Coovadia, Business Unity SA Acting CEO, said on Monday that Maponya's death was a sad moment for SA business and the country.

"Dr Maponya distinguished himself as a successful businessman at a time when it was extremely difficult for black people to start a business, let alone excel in business," said Coovadia.


Sunday, January 5, 2020

Jerusalema hit maker Master KG and Matorokisi hit maker Makhadzi have a lot to celebrate, 2019 was really a prosperous year for the pair.

The pair recently came out to fans and revealed that they are romantically involved and not just that but they have been together for two full years now.

On the 31st of December 2019 the beautiful couple posted sweet messages meant for each other on their social media platforms. This comes after Makhadzi's hit "Matorokisi" took song of the year and Makhadzi took to social media to thank her fans and also to thank her boyfriend Master KG for always pushing her to never give up.

Master KG also took to social media to post a congratulatory message to his babe "Makhadzi" and he also promised more hits for fans in 2020.
Umalusi approves the Release of the 2019 Matric Results

Results for the 787,000 matric candidates who wrote their matric exams in November 2019, have been approved for release by Umalusi.

This includes:
616,754 full-time; and
170,964 part-time candidates

Improved quality of question papers
There was an increase in the number of subject marks that were left unchanged, and this indicates that the quality of subjects was improving.

No leaks of question papers
The 2019 matric exams did not have any question paper leaks. Umalusi did however raise concerns about the drop in candidate numbers in mathematics and the increase of candidates in MathsLit.

Load shedding
On the 16 and 17 October the writing of CAT and IT in some parts of the country were affected by loadshedding.

Concerns about maths papers
Late last year parents raised concerns about both matric maths papers set this year, which were written in October, as they feared they could negatively affect their children’s final results.

The external moderator said the exam was fair; all topics in exams are in the CAPS document and examination guidelines, no questions out of scope.

UMALUSI said there seemed to be a problem in the way in which Mathematics is tacked in schools, the learners struggled with cognitive stretch factors.

Adjusted results
47 Subjects were left unchanged. They were not adjusted, the marks remained exactly as they are.
These includes:

Mathematical Literacy
Physical Science

Subjects adjusted upwards includes:

Life Science
Technical Mathematics
Technical Science
Religion Studies
Most home languages

The marks that were adjusted downwards includes:

Business Studies
Tshivenda Home Language.

Specific subject comments

There is an increase in the number of learners taking Mathematical Literacy and a decrease in Mathematics learners but still, Mathematics is not progressing.

There is some progress in Physical Science.

Learners taking Accounting is decreasing but the performance is always going down, including this year.

The subject had a notable improvement from last year.

There is a problem with learners analytical thinking in the subject.

Results will be announced next week
The matric results for the “Matric 2019” class will come out to matriculants on 8 January 2020. On Tuesday 7 January the Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, will announce the national and provincial results at a news conference.

Monday, December 30, 2019

The Tsheoga family in Tsantsabela village, Elandskraal is appealing to members of the public to help them locate their missing daughter who was allegedly kidnapped from school last month.

17-year-old Mavis Manikie Tsheoga was allegedly kidnapped along with her 15-year-old sister Rancia Tsheoga by an unknown suspect driving a silver-grey BMW on the 12th November 2019 while standing along the road, hitchhiking to school.

According to a police report, the suspect drove them to a secluded spot, produced a firearm and tied up both girls and used a jacket to cover their faces.
However, the 15-year-old sibling was freed at Ga Molapo village,
outside Zebediela after the suspect untied her and gave her money to return home.

Manikie who is brown in complexion and medium height was last seen wearing a sky-blue skirt and grey skirt school uniform.

Her aunt, Kgaugelo Tsheoga says the family is going through a hard time since her disappearance.She says they have not heard a single word of hope leading to her recovery ever since. She says they are calling for public assistance in locating her.

Friday, November 29, 2019

 The family of Sarah Masango are concerned that the costs of repatriating her body back home to KwaNdebele, Mpumalanga, will escalate the longer her remains stay in a morgue in Greece.

Masango died of TB on November 14 and it would cost her family R71 000 to bring her body back to South Africa as the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) has said it would not be able to pay for the mortuary storage bill and transportation because the deceased was not a government official.

The mortuary bill is believed to be rising daily.

“My sister was staying in Sunnyside, Pretoria, before leaving for Greece with her Greek boyfriend in 2014,” explained Gilbert, the deceased’s brother.

He told how shocked the family was after receiving the news that Sarah had died.
“We got the information from the South African Embassy in Greece about her death, and we couldn’t believe it.

“What sunk us further into despair was the news that we had to pay for her body to come home,” he said.

The South African Embassy had notified the family that Masango was hospitalised on October 28, before she passed away about two weeks ago.

“I have been everywhere, looking for help from different government departments or everyone else willing to assist.

“I would just like to ask those who can to provide us with funds to help us bring her back,” said Gilbert.

The costs of repatriation are in Euros and include body storage fees, handling fees, transportation of the coffin, zinc protection, clothing material and a shipping container, among others.

Masango’s aunt Nomalanga said that her niece’s death had hurt the family deeply.
“We communicated with her frequently via text messages since she left South Africa.
“We hardly called each other, that was the only way we kept in touch,” she said.
“All we ask for is a bit of assistance.
“As a family we could only gather a certain amount of money and we just need anyone with the means to help us,” Nomalanga said.

She said the pain of her death still lingered and they did not even have time to mourn properly.
“I raised this girl, and now she is in a foreign land and we cannot even get the chance to bury her,” she said.

In a letter addressed to Gilbert, director-general of Dirco Yingisani Ngobeni expressed her condolences on the death of Masango and offered the department’s assistance if needed.

“Please be assured that this department will endeavour to provide you and your family with assistance and guidance where needed.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of bereavement,” said Ngobeni.
Dirco spokesperson Lunga Ngqengelele said: “Unfortunately, the government’s policy doesn’t allow any monetary assistance to any family, whose members are either in distress or have has passed away while outside of South Africa.”

He advised South Africans to visit the department’s website to check their consular services so as to understand what to do in cases where their family members pass away while abroad.

Monday, November 25, 2019

The Qwabe twins, Viggy and Virginia, are ready to take on the music industry by storm and will drop their first single Hamba.

The twins, whose exit in the Idols SA competition was dramatic after Virginia was eliminated based on the low public votes, have plans on track to releaseHamba on Friday.

Viggy took a decision to exit the competition on the night her sister was eliminated.In their new song, the pair have collaborated with seasoned music producer DJ Tira.

The twins' brother and manager, Siphiwe Qwabe, said the two were ready to launch their career in music.

He told Sowetan that his sisters were not ready to speak to the media yet. "I know for fact that they are ready to launch their careers officially next week and they have big dreams about the industry.

"I know that they love music more than anything and they will make it work," Qwabe said.

"They are looking forward to the release of the song on Friday. As much as it is their first song they are not worried about the public's reaction. So far, the promo of the song shows that people love it."

Qwabe explained that Hamba was an Afro-pop song that is fused with a bit of amapiano sound.

He said the song was actually about a girl who has had enough of being played by her boyfriend, so she's literally telling him to go - hamba!

The community of Tzaneen is in shock after a local police officer shot his wife, a fellow member of the police, before turning the gun on himself.

The 44-year-old Warrant Officer shot his wife, 43-year-old Sergeant Yvonne Moyana, in the presence of their children at their home in the Limpopo town on Saturday morning.
The three children were immediately taken for trauma counseling.
Provincial police commissioner Nneke Ledwaba visited the scene of the incident on Saturday afternoon.
"We are saddened by the loss of two police members under preventable circumstances,” Ledwaba said.
"The SAPS has internal structures that provide assistance to its members who might be going through any strained domestic issues and members are urged to make use of these structures."
The motive for the killing is not known and a case of murder is being investigated.

Sunday, November 24, 2019

The sound of controlled explosions emitted from the building as it fell to the ground in stages, and a dust cloud rose as the cement and concrete fell to the ground.
As the Bank of Lisbon building has been demolished, residents from nearby buildings stood outside the exclusion zone to witness the implosion.
The building was deemed structurally unfit following a fire which lasted three days last year and claimed the lives of three firefighters.
Temporary metal fences had been placed two blocks around the building as an exclusion zone.

Earlier on, police and safety officials carried out their final checks while engineers piloted drones around the building for research purposes.
People from surrounding buildings were earlier on evacuated for safety reasons and they waited in the viewing area at Library Gardens, just opposite Luthuli House.
Many people came from other areas to witness the demolition because it’s something that doesn’t happen very often.
Infrastructure development MEC Tasneem Motara will be addressing the media about what the plans for the building are going forward.


Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The South African Home Affairs has signed a new waiver which will allow foreign children to enter the country without supporting documents.

The dramatic change was made effective on Friday the 8th of 2019.

It is not yet clear why the Monster of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi signed this waiver but the general public fears that this will bring an increase in children abductions and human trafficking.

It appears that a lot of South Africans are very concerned about the decision.

A Twitter user used the social media platform and expressed his views and stated that the WMC fored the Minister's hand to sign the waiver.

Another user simply said "but we don't have enough schools in South Africa"

One user said "1 step forward, 2 steps backward. So he doesn't care about children being trafficked into SA?"

Rapper Emtee has been a victim of fake news. The rapper believes that someone is out to ruin his reputation.

The fake news article currently making rounds on social media states that the rapper was caught trying to steal cigarettes at China mall. 

When reached out for comment, the rapper dismissed the accusations as false, malicious and deformating. It is not clear who would make up such lies or even what they hope to gain, but rapper Emtee believes that it is the people he previously worked with because their work relationship didn't end quite well.

In the article which is currently circulating on social media, it is alleged that when the rapper got busted trying to steal the RG cigarettes, the owner of the shop who is a Chinese national wanted to call the police on him but then the son of the shop owner recognized the rapper and asked Emtee to perform for him and he will tell his father not to call the police.

To which Emtee obliged and that is allegedly how he escaped jail time. 

The article was shared by hundreds of social media users some believing the story and saying he wanted to use the cigarettes to mix his weed,  while others saw the article for what it really is. Which is bluntant lies written by Emtee's enemies.

Emtee has asked his fans and the public as a whole to stop sharing the article which is spreading lies about him to tarnish his image.

Please share this article so that the truth can reach other people that have been lied to about the rapper.

A Xhosa girl left her boyfriend looking puzzled at a car dealership after she rejected his present which was a brand new Datsun Go.

According to a friend who shared the picture on social media, the loving boyfriend wanted to surprise his Xhosa girlfriend with a brand new Datsun Go. But the girl felt like a Datsun is beneath her and left the boyfriend at the dealership but not before giving him a piece of her mind.

According to the source, before she stormed out of the dealership she first mentioned to her boyfriend how disappointed she is in him as a man, saying how can he think that she deserves a Datsun Go while her friend's boyfriend bought her a Mercedes Benz? She made it clear that she wanted a BMW, she can't show up to meet her friends for lunch driving that thing(referring to the Datsun).

But what the demanding Xhosa slay Queen didn't notice is that her boyfriend was on his knees when he tried to hand her the keys to the car. The loving boyfriend also had an engagement ring to go with the car keys. But the slay Queen didn't even notice because she was very disappointed.

Social Media users took to the comments to tell her exactly what they think of her and her actions.
One user said "BMW otla rekela ke mmao!" Loosely translated to "your mother will buy you the BMW!"
One user said "She can buy it herself!"
nother one said "She doesn't have thank u heart ke mokwanti wa petoria oooo yena straight๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ"

Please note that the source asked us not to divulge the names of the couple so as to save them both from further embarrassment.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The heavy rains in KwaZulu-Natal have struck again, this time claiming a seven-year-old boy who was swept away while walking home from school.

On Tuesday, IPSS spokesperson Dylan Meyrick said rescue teams were searching the Nonoti River in Darnell, Durban.

"The [seven-year-old] was walking home from school and was washed off a low-level bridge. The river is in full flood."

The search had to be called off at around 17:30 due to poor weather conditions and lightning, said IPSS spokesperson Paul Herbst.

"The search will continue at first light tomorrow [Wednesday] morning, weather dependent," he added.

Meanwhile, the KwaZulu-Natal Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) department has activated councillors and volunteers to assist affected communities after a tornado formed in New Hanover, just outside Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday afternoon.

The tornado, according to Cogta, "ripped through the area, injuring scores of people and damaging homes and public infrastructure".

On Monday, an elderly Amaoti couple Nomathamsanqa Nyangule, 55, and Simangaliso Zondo, 69, died after the roof and wall of their house collapsed on them at around 21:00.

On Monday, an elderly Amaoti couple Nomathamsanqa Nyangule, 55, and Simangaliso Zondo, 69, died after the roof and wall of their house collapsed on them at around 21:00.