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What’s in City Press: We are battered; Mpumalanga premier fights poison; ‘Lockdown on its own does not kill the virus’

2020-03-29 06:30

What you can expect in your City Press newspaper today:

Lockdown, ratings downgrade; we are battered

The ailing South African economy, which is already in recession, has taken a double hit with the lockdown imposed due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak and Friday night’s downgrading to “junk” status by Moody’s Investor Service ratings agency.

Economists are predicting that the economy could shrink significantly.

Lessons to learn from the lockdown

Ministries own up to glitches and put correctional measures in place, ranging from early social grant payments to a 60% passenger quota in taxis.

A lockdown on its own does not kill the virus

Experts say SA is in eye of the storm and should intensify efforts to flatten the curve.

Mpumalanga premier fights poison

While the country has been grappling with the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus, Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane has been fighting for her life in hospital after allegedly being poisoned.

‘No one should suffer like I did’

To some extent now, when I have to go out, I look at myself and ask: Am I decent? Am I right?”

A South African woman alleges suffering a double blow after being sexually assaulted at an airport in Egypt.

No sex, no pay

Sex workers call on President Cyril Ramaphosa to urgently make provision for them to benefit from government’s Temporary Employee Relief Scheme.

Tshwane administrators clean up

Despite a baptism of fire for the newly appointed City of Tshwane administrators, who were assigned amid the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis, the 10-member team has hit the ground running, identifying and setting in place measures to address challenges facing South Africa’s capital city.

Townships lag behind call to lock down

KwaZulu-Natal’s townships are not adhering to national lockdown rules and, while the Durban city centre is perhaps the least littered it has been in decades, the homeless and beggars still pepper street corners, hustling to make a buck.

Reconnect with your partner in lockdown

Twenty-one days in the same place can be daunting, and people are already jokingly predicting a spike in the country’s divorce rate as a result.

Spending time with your partner is great when you have a choice in the matter, but this lockdown is going to force us into each other’s space for at least 21 days.

Limpopo battles corona mad rush

Limpopo was chaotic this week as travellers tried to cross the border in a desperate bid to beat the deadline signalling the start of the national lockdown, which came into effect at midnight on Thursday.

Eastern Cape health MEC worried about influx of people

Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has bemoaned the return of an influx of people from provinces where the highest numbers of Covid-19 coronavirus infections have been recorded.

Workers were left out of Covid-19 planning

Police and correctional services unions have slammed the state for not consulting them before the lockdown, resulting in confusion and lack of proper protective gear

‘Cameras to see if wife was bulimic’

A businessperson from Pretoria East said he installed web cameras in his bathroom because he suspected that his wife suffered from the eating disorder bulimia.

Schools must make new exam plans

Grade 12 pupils should be allowed to use the results of the September trial exams to apply for admission to universities next year.

Now keep on leading

The president can no longer please and appease. Going forth, SA requires firm leadership in the front, writes Mondli Makhanya.

Lockdown shopping redolent of Black Friday

The day before the nationwide lockdown set in, South Africans went on a spending spree to rival Black Friday.

Mohlala uses ‘lawyer’s tactics’ at agency board

Mamodupi Mohlala, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Estate Agency Affairs Board, has been accused of acting with impunity, taking no accountability for her actions and personally attacking those who question her – “made in the style of a criminal lawyer who must cast doubt on the opposition to win a case”.

Global reaction to Covid-19

As the global Covid-19 coronavirus infections surpassed 620 000, several African countries have followed other countries around the world and introduced strict measures to combat the spread of the deadly virus.

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