Over 400 doctors to assist with Disability Grant applications

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The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) has appointed 465 doctors around the country to assist with the assessment of grant applications by people with disabilities. Zulu said priority is being given to disabled people, who were assessed prior to lockdown, but did not complete the administrative process, as well as those who were booked for assessments, which could not take place during Levels 4 and 5 of the lockdown. “New applicants will be assisted at the SASSA offices on an appointment basis and subject to the availability of resources…

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COVID-19 deaths rare in children, NICD confirms

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed that children are less likely to die of COVID-19, while the disease is usually mild among school-going kids, aged between five and 18. Even though Coronavirus may be less severe in children compared to adults, the newly published NICD report has stressed the importance of implementing and strengthening non-pharmaceutical interventions. These include wearing masks, physical distancing and hand washing or sanitising within schools to prevent children from contracting SARS-CoV2. “The number of deaths in this population is small but any severe…

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Former police Constable senteced for corruption

The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Major General Ntombizodwa Mokoena welcomes the sentence pose to a former Constable Maspayi Thalitha Nkumbule(39) for corruption. In April 2014 Nkambule was the Investigation Officer of the case of reckless and negligent driving whereby she solicited gratification of R3000.00 from the suspect in order for her to make the docket disappear. The matter was reported to the Hawks Serious Commercial Crime Investigation in Mpumalanga and controlled operation was conducted resulting in the suspect being arrested then charged with corruption. At the time in 2014,…

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Measures to address structural economic constraints

President Cyril Ramaphosa says as the country repairs the damage caused by the Coronavirus pandemic, government will be implementing measures to address structural economic constraints. He said that even before the Coronavirus pandemic, South Africa’s economy has been experiencing low growth over a number of years. “The pandemic has exposed some of the structural fault lines in our economy, including the vulnerability of small businesses and those in the informal economy. “Therefore, as we repair the damage caused by the pandemic, we will be implementing measures to address the key…

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COVID-19 cases jump to 58 568, as the country ramps up testing

There are over 58 000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, with more than 1 million tests having been conducted as of Thursday. Meanwhile, the death toll from the outbreak rose to 1 284, as the country recorded 74 new fatalities over the last 24 hours. Out of the recent deaths reported, 39 are from the Western Cape, 31 from the Eastern Cape and four from the North West. “As of today, the cumulative number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 58 568,” Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, said . This is…

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MEC Shabalala visits licensing centres in Mbombela

Mpumalanga MEC for Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Ms Gabisile Shabalala visited the driver learners and testing centres around Mbombela . The MEC was accompanied by the Public Safety Councillor for the City of Mbombela Local Municipality, Clr. Majaheni Nyalunga and Head of Community Safety, Security and Liaison, Ms. Busisiwe Nkuna. The delegation first visited the Nelspruit testing station before proceeding to White River. The purpose of the visits⁷ was to inspect the Compliance with regard to the health protocols which have been introduced as part reducing the spread of…

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Religious counselling now permitted.

Religious leaders can now offer counselling to members of society, who are distressed or need comfort during these trying times. This comes after the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, engaged with other Cabinet members on the directions on religious gatherings, a statement from her department said. “After wide consultations with the religious sector, government is now in a position to categorise religious counselling as an essential service,” said “This will enable the millions who have been affected by the virus to receive this…

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Places of worship to resume services under level 3 of lockdown

Places of worship may resume their services under level 3 of lockdown, with strict conditions in place. In March, places of worship were forced to close their doors to congregants, as government implemented a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of Coronavirus. Churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and other recognised places of worship may now resume services, but these will be limited in size to 50 people or less, depending on the space available. Social distancing will have to be observed and all congregants will have to wear face masks, in…

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SA moves to alert level 3

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move to alert level 3 with effect from 1 June – with more sectors of the economy opening and the removal of a number of restrictions on the movement of people. Addressing the nation on Sunday evening on the developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19, the President said the country will have a differentiated approach to deal with areas that have far higher levels of infection and transmission. COVID-19 hotspots These areas have been declared…

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Final year students to return to varsity under level 3, free data

Final year students and those graduating in 2020 may return to campus under level 3 lockdown. The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, said under level 3 which is still to be announced, a maximum of 33% of the students will be allowed to return to campuses, delivery sites and residences. Dzimande said on condition that the tertiary institutions are in line with the health and safety protocols as directed by the department. Another group of student free to return to university once the country is…

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