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11 July 2020 Weekly Update


Looming battle over lifeline insurance payments

What was expected to be their lifeline has turned out to be a legal nightmare for scores of hospitality and tourism sector establishments facing collapse as insurance companies stand firm against the rising number of Covid-19 related claims. Monday's ... Read More

Gauteng will be epicentre by tonight

By tonight, Gauteng will become the country's Covid-19 epicentre, Health MEC Zweli Mkhize told the National Assembly this afternoon. 'We expect that Gauteng will have the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases when we next make the announcement, making ... Read More

More supervised self-isolation for Eastern Cape

The Eastern Cape Government has decided that more positive patients will be self-isolated with supervision because of increasing 'inappropriate and dangerous' behaviour. News24 reports that the provincial government plans to turn 18 state-owned properties, such as museums and hostels, into ... Read More


Who should get the vaccine first?

Who should be at the front of the queue when, and if, a vaccine is developed? It's a thorny moral issue which came into focus at a meeting of a committee that makes vaccine use recommendations to the US Centre ... Read More

Engineers rise to ventilator challenge

In two weeks, the first 1 000 of three locally-made models of non-invasive ventilators will have been made as part of a project to manufacture 10 000 devices. This is no small achievement since SA does not have a rich ... Read More

Critical rethink time for legal fraternity

Covid-19 has opened up windows of opportunity for a better, more just tomorrow, and for the legal fraternity to re-imagine its contribution to a meaningful future. Norton Rose Fulbright director Greg Nott, writing on the Bizcommunity site, says the pandemic ... Read More


Recoveries top 100 000 mark

* 120 000: The number of cases estimated for Gauteng by the end of July. By August, the number of cases in the province is expected to rise to 300 000.* 75%: the percentage of all emerging infectious diseases in humans ... Read More


Premiers and MEC test positive

Premiers and MEC test positiveWestern Cape Premier Alan Winde, North West Premier Prof Tebogo Job Mokgoro, and North West Public Works and Roads MEC Saliva Molapisi have tested positive. Confirmation of the test results comes a day after Langeberg mayor ... Read More

Banks approve R30bn relief

Banks approve R30bn reliefLocal banks have so far approved more than R30.6bn in relief to individuals and businesses affected by Covid-19 and the national lockdown, the Banking Association SA (Basa) said yesterday. In addition, over R10.6bn has been ... Read More

Eskom chair sits on US vaccine panel

Eskom chair sits on US vaccine panel Interim Eskom chairperson and SA’s Health Ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba has been appointed to serve on a 12-member expert panel of the Data and Safety Monitoring Board for the first Covid-19 vaccine clinical trials ... Read More



'It used to be quite normal to have quite a few drinks and drive home, and it also used to be normal to drive without seatbelts. Today both of those would be considered anti-social, and not wearing face coverings in ... Read More