South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that beginning June 1 more restrictions will be eased to allow the country’s economy to run. However, he also warned the coronavirus situation is still going to get worse amid the easing of some of the lockdown measures. “The risk of a massive increase in infections is now greater than ever,” the President said.
The South African government has officially begun a gradual lift of the restriction measures against the COVID-19 pandemic today. However, the use of masks, as well as other measures to curb the spread, remain in place. South Africa’s Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, made the announcement last Saturday.
At least 109 people have died in the Dominican Republic as a result of drinking clerén, a drink made from sugar cane and fermented fruits. Experts have explained that the drink has got a high methanol content, which can lead to subsequent contamination. The victims ingested the drink believing that it is an effective remedy against the coronavirus.
South Africa reported 11 deaths and 1,655 positive cases of infection with the new coronavirus yesterday. Elsewhere, South Sudan recorded its first death due to the disease. KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa’s province situated along the country’s coastline, is the province with the highest number of deaths, with seven out of the eleven recorded in the country.
The number of deaths in Africa from covid-19 infection has risen from 117 to 134 in the last 24 hours, with the number of infections cases rising from 3,924 to 4,282, as per the latest statistics. In total, 46 African Union countries have registered at least one cases of coronavirus. Of these, 19 have recorded at least one death from COVID-19.
South Africa has announced its first death caused by coronavirus as the nation began to ban travelers from foreign countries. The nation has more than 1,000 cases so far. South Africa’s defense and security forces have begun today to urge the implementation of lockdown measures on people to stay in their homes to combat the spread of Coronavirus.
South Africa recorded its first two deaths from coronavirus on Friday. “This morning, we wake South Africans up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from COVID-19,” Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement. On Friday, South Africa started three weeks of general confinement across the country.
Sixty-four people, believed to be undocumented immigrants from Ethiopia, were found dead in a cargo truck in the northwestern Mozambican province of Tete, a senior hospital official confirmed. The victims were discovered in a blue cargo container loaded truck, and they were surrounded by survivors.
The South African government on Thursday put into place a new law that provides for up to six months’ imprisonment for any citizen found guilty of spreading false information regarding the new Coronavirus pandemic. South Africa has 202 cases of people infected with Coronavirus and it is the most affected country in sub-Saharan Africa.
The Council of Ministers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has passed resolutions including an annual budget of US $94.9 million for 2020/2021, and calls for a joint drug procurement system by the Medical Stores Department Tanzania to be used to quickly control the coronavirus.
The Italian Government has announced that it would provide €25 billion to fight the epidemic caused by the new coronavirus (Covid-19), which has already left more than 600 dead in the country. The announcement was made today by the Italian prime minister, Giuseppe Conte. Of the amount, approximately half will be used for emergencies, while the other half would be used for possible future needs in the country.
The leaders of the African Union countries, at the beginning of their 3-day summit in Addis Ababa, sought to enhance their participation in mediations in a number of armed conflicts that are tearing the continent apart. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced his country’s readiness to host an African summit devoted to discussing the formation of a joint African force to combat terrorism.
The 33rd African Union Summit will be launched Sunday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, under the slogan “Silencing the guns to create conditions for Africa’s development.” The presidency of the summit will move from Egypt to South Africa, and to President Cyril Ramaphosa from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. Today, Ramaphosa presides over a closed session to present the challenges that stand in the way of Africa’s progress.
A South African photo-journalist, Shiraaz Mohamed, who was abducted three years ago in Syria, has returned to his home country after being set free. His family has confirmed this, adding that they would give more details later. “Shiraaz Mohamed is back in the country,” his ex-wife, Shaaziya Brijlal told AFP. “Owing to his recent circumstances, he and our family are requesting that we be given some space,” said Brijlal adding that a statement will be given in due course.
The World Summit for Industry and Manufacturing organized a joint initiative between the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with a new promotional tour in the city of Pretoria. The aim of the initiative is to examine the untapped industrial potential of countries in Southern Africa and its potential impacts on global value chains, and its role in shaping the future of the industrial sector.
At least one person has died and properties have been destroyed by floods in South Africa. Cooperative, Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, confirmed the fatality. “We are saddened by the loss of life. We just learnt this morning that a washed-up body was discovered in Centurion. There are also secondary problems that are arising, such as sinkholes,” Dlamini-Zuma said.
The 11th BRICS Summit will be held in Brasília, Brazil on November 13-14, 2019. This year’s BRICS slogan is “Economic Growth for an Innovative Future”. BRICS is the acronym coined for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. This year there will be two distinct differences:
1) Hightened security measures due to the unrest in South America. During the summit, the Brazilian military will be deployed to the area.
2) The partners from other nations will not be invited. Usually, partners are invited to the summit to ink trade deals and engage in additional open dialogue.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma, splashed in scandals that led to his forced resignation in 2018, will be tried for bribery in relation to a 20-year old arms deal involving the French group Thales. Zuma, who was in power from 2009 to 2018, is being prosecuted for corruption, money laundering and racketeering linked to a huge armament contract worth 30 billion rands (or about $2.5 billion at the current rate) awarded in 1999.
Five people were killed in a wave of xenophobic violence that has rocked South Africa since Saturday. The country’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has condemned the attacks, calling them “totally unacceptable.” Close to two hundred suspected perpetrators of the attacks and looting have been arrested.
Jacob Zuma, former South Africa president ended his cooperation Friday with a corruption investigation focused on his time in office, saying it was biased. Zuma 77, testified since Monday before the commission to shed light on the many scandals that have tarnished his presidency (2009-2018) and forced him to resign a year and a half ago.
In court testimony, Former South African President Jacob Zuma rejects allegations of crimes and claims to be the target of conspiracies to get him out of the picture. He is accused of corruption and involvement with entrepreneurs who had an influence in his government. Zuma denied a number of accusations against him on Monday. He said that for years he has been the target of conspiracies and attempts to destroy his reputation.
When the officials in Iran were interviewed recently they were asked: Why do you want to destroy Israel? Iran continuously publically states there intention to destroy Israel and wipe Israel off the face of the map. This is also the wish of Hamas and Jihad in the Gaza Strip. This official in Iran answered to this question, “Israel is an apartheid state. We were also against the apartheid state in South Africa.
Apartheid began in South Africa in 1948 when the National Party was elected in office. The National Party government classified all South African people into three races and developed rights and limitations for each.
By Friday, the Independent Electoral Commission had finished counting the ballots in South Africa’s sixth general election since the end of Apartheid. As expected, the African National Congress extended their quarter-century in power with a substantial, yet reduced, majority. What was not expected was both the extent of their reduction, and the subpar performance of at least one opposition party. The new National Assembly will present a fresh set of challenges to President Cyril Ramaphosa and his reform agenda.
In political science, a democratic transition is said to have been completed once at least two parties win elections. If that’s the case, the end of Apartheid twenty-five years ago merely marked the replacement of one dominant-party state by another. Since vanquishing the National Party— and white minority rule— in 1994, the African National Congress has won five consecutive elections, and governed alone. On Wednesday, the ANC will make it six in a row, and a full term for South Africa’s new President, Cyril Ramaphosa.
- With plenty of bargains up for grabs, shoppers can get impatient and even aggressive as they hit the high street. In their quest to snap up a bargain, shoppers at a South Africa mall were seen breaking into a store as staff tried to keep them out.
- Scuffles broke out amid chaotic scenes at one store in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where crowds of bargain hunters scrambled to get their hands on cheap televisions. There was Black Friday disruption elsewhere in Spain, when Workers at Amazon’s biggest logistics centre in the country went on strike.
- Two men brawled in the aisle of a Walmart on Thanksgiving evening. It’s not clear what the tussle was over, but women jumped in and cursed them out. Shoppers bypassed the orderly arrangement, jumping over railings. A worker could be seen pushing consumers back, but that didn’t deter some who wanted a deal.
- A 21-year-old gunman was shot dead by police after opening fire at a busy Alabama mall on Thursday night. It started when the gunman got into a fight with an 18-year-old boy. The gunman opened fire, injuring the 18-year-old and a 12-year-old girl who was nearby, then fled. Both victims were taken to hospitals and are expected to survive.
- MAP: States with the highest risk of Black Friday violence.