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South Africans shine during lockdown

For most people, the national lockdown has been a time of anxiety. But amid the chaos, South Africans have proven to be remarkably compassionate and united. Grethe Kemp rounds up a few of the good news stories that have come out of the crisis.
Today, 22:02

Khoisan group defies lockdown to camp at Union Buildings

It might be unimaginable to some that anyone would feel safer and less exposed to the risk of Covid-19 coronavirus infection living in a tent overlooked by a 9-metre statue of Nelson Mandela.
Today, 22:02

‘What about our muthi?’ – traditional healers, herbalists want their services recognised as essential

Complementary medical practitioners slam state for not recognising their services as essential.
April 6, 2020

Covid-19: Progress on cell phone tracking, but concerns remain

Government can now track people’s movements through their cell phones to establish who may have come into contact with people who have tested positive for the Covid-19 coronavirus. Spotlight spoke to experts and activists about the new tracking plans.
April 6, 2020

Sun City inmate’s Covid-19 cry ‘reckless’, says correctional services

The department of correctional services says it is concerned about “reckless mendacities” forwarded to the media to instigate disruption inside correctional centres.
April 6, 2020

Probe into Gauteng’s 24-hour, R30m express tender

An investigation has been ordered into allegations of irregularity regarding a Gauteng Security Operation Centre contract.
April 6, 2020

African countries are working together to battle Covid-19: Ramaphosa

Africa needs to act swiftly and to undertake extraordinary measures if it is to prevail in the battle against the Covid-19 coronavirus.
April 5, 2020

‘We are in a different world now’ – Tito Mboweni may revise the budget

As speculation mounts in political and business circles about whether Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will revise the 2020/21 budget in light of South Africa’s dramatically altered economic conditions, it has emerged that government has initiated talks
April 5, 2020

Bheki Cele: ‘I wish alcohol ban could be extended beyond lockdown’

Police Minister Bheki Cele has given the clearest indication yet that regulations prohibiting the sale and drinking of alcohol during the lockdown will not be relaxed, even remarking that he wished they were extended beyond this period.
April 5, 2020

Outrage over Gauteng’s 24-hour, R30m express tender

The Gauteng government has been accused of using the cover of the Covid-19 coronavirus to rush through a big information technology (IT) contract without proper tender processes.
April 5, 2020

Soldiers and police face the heat over lockdown brutality

The enforcement of lockdown regulations has resulted in 38 reported incidents against the police, ranging from murder, assault and rape to discharging of a firearm.
April 5, 2020

People think that I am God – Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams takes swipe at critics

Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has taken a swipe at critics who disapprove of how she runs her department.
April 5, 2020

Covid-19: Will it be ‘normal’ again?

‘The first week was almost exciting but the second week has hit us hard – it feels as if we’re in prison’.
April 5, 2020

Icasa set to release spectrum to meet increased demand – but it may only be temporary

City Press has learnt that a major announcement regarding the granting of spectrum relief is scheduled to be made tomorrow.
April 5, 2020

Covid-19: Fear grips vulnerable KZN health workers

Nurses in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) have expressed fear and trepidation over “what is coming” as South Africa battles to contain the Covid-19 coronavirus, with the constant increase in the number of infections.
April 5, 2020

Mkhize ignored our calls for protective gear – union

At least 25 public healthcare facilities across the country are without basic protective equipment such as gloves, masks and gowns for healthcare workers.
April 5, 2020

Covid-19 forces Cabinet to go high-tech

For all the talk about planning for the fourth industrial revolution, the Covid-19 coronavirus has done more to spur government to implement new-age technologies than anything preceding it.
April 5, 2020

‘Corona se p**s’ – Pretoria man nabbed after boasting about violating lockdown in viral video

A Pretoria man has been arrested after a video went viral in which he is seen “swearing, mocking efforts to curb the Covid-19 coronavirus and bragging they do not comply with laws put in place to contain the virus”.
April 5, 2020

‘I'm in quarantine – you can’t arrest me’

When police officers arrived this week at a Boksburg, Gauteng, man’s home to arrest him on a charge of assault, they were forced to leave empty-handed – and with red faces.
April 5, 2020

A South African’s experience of quarantine in China

The one time South African Melissa Redelinghuys could order a McDonald’s – while forced to live in her 3m x 3m Chinese quarantine facility – it was delivered to her by a “spaceman”
April 5, 2020

Covid-19 patient offers hotel for healthcare workers

While Kim Whitaker, South Africa’s Covid-19 coronavirus patient number 42, was in quarantine, she thought up a plan to find accommodation for healthcare workers when the full might of the biggest medical crisis in decades hits the country
April 5, 2020

‘Vat jou goed en f-kof!’

“Take your panties and your toothpaste and f--k off from my holiday home!” A woman from Victoria Bay, on the Cape south coast, said this abusive demand from her husband had forced her to ask the court to prevent her eviction from the house she’s living in.
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April 5 2020