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10 August 2020 Weekly Update


Tobacco giant and government square-up over ban

In a battle of wills played out before a full Bench of the Western Cape High Court today, the legal team of British American Tobacco (Batsa) came face to face that of Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Nkosazana ... Read More

Fight-back against profiteers of pandemic

In the face of mounting pressure from opposition parties, its allies and within its own ranks to address allegations of corruption, nepotism and cronyism related to Covid-19 state tenders, President Cyril Ramaphosa's attempts to address the issue has clearly ... Read More

'Declining' infection rates under scrutiny

SA may possibly experience a second surge, as is happening in many countries, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said, putting a damper on government indications that the daily infection rate was showing a decline in some hotspots. The Citizen reports Mkhize said SA ... Read More


Transparency will help end procurement corruption

Proactively publishing information relating to the awarding of contracts for Covid-19 PPE and other goods and services should be the minimum of what we expect from the government, including the various provincial health departments and municipalities, say Caroline James and ... Read More

Time to rethink modelling statistics?

The Pandemic-Data Analysis (Panda) has called for the SA Covid-19 Modelling Consortium to reconsider its methods, as its official model 'has now departed too far from reality to be useful', reports The Financial Mail. Columnist Katharine Child says Panda predicted ... Read More


SA recovery rate climbs to 69%

* 30: the number of beds, out of 1 200 available, being used in Port Elizabeth's giant new coronavirus field hospital built by the private sector because of a shortage of essential staff and oxygen.* 358 037: the number of ... Read More


Dog dies after testing positive

Dog dies after testing positiveBuddy, the first dog in the US to be confirmed positive for Covid-9, has died. Medical records provided by the Mahoneys, his owners, and reviewed for National Geographic by two veterinarians who were not involved in ... Read More

Quarantined pupils released

Quarantined pupils releasedThe 60 Ceres Secondary pupils who were quarantined at their school hostel after four tested positive have been released after no new Covid-19 cases were reported at the school. According to the Western Cape Education Department, teaching and ... Read More

New Vietnam strain more contagious

New Vietnam strain more contagiousAuthorities in Vietnam say the new strain of coronavirus responsible for the recent spike in infections is three times more contagious than its predecessor. Nguyen Thanh Long, the country's Health Minister, said those infected with ... Read More



'There should be a place in jail for everyone who steals from their own people. But there should be a place in Hell for those who find the fortitude within them to steal from the people during a pandemic.' Daily ... Read More