Informal traders allowed to resume business

SABC News reports that government has relaxed some lockdown regulations, such as the re-opening of spaza shops, including informal food traders. Close relatives of deceased persons are now also allowed to travel between provinces to attend funerals. Night vigils are still not permitted. No more than 50 people are allowed to attend a funeral. This […]

SAA and labour to resume talks over retrenchments

Moneyweb reports that business rescue practitioners for South African Airways (SAA) and labour will resume consultations on retrenchments on Wednesday as parties work to reach consensus while the country is under a 21-day lockdown. There’s been some confusion as to whether the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration’s (CCMA) senior commissioner tasked with facilitating the […]

SA to rollout mass screening for coronavirus

South Africa will start mass door-to-door screening and testing for coronavirus, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday. The “unprecedented” exercise will be launched in the next few days, with at least 10,000 field workers deployed across the country of 57-million people, he said in an address to the nation. “We are now entering a new […]

Nehawu threatens court action over protective gear

eNCA reports that the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union is demanding protective gear for its members. NEHAWU says if this does not happen by Wednesday, it will take the Department of Health to court. The union, which represents many health care workers, says its members are not being protected against COVID-19. Nehawu says […]

Masks and gloves can spread coronavirus: WC health dept

eNCA reports that the Western Cape Health Department is appealing to the public to stop using gloves and masks. It warns these items have a risk of spreading coronavirus if not used properly. The Head of the Western Cape Department of Health, Dr Beth Engelbrecht, says if a person is not ill and has not been […]

SA participates in COVID-19 treatment trial

eNCA writes that South Africa is taking part in a research trial to find treatment for the COVID-19. This is according to the health department. “We are pleased that South Africa is participating in the Public Health Emergency Solidarity Trial that has been initiated by the World Health Organisation to conduct a clinical trial to […]