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WhatsApp grants

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How do you apply for the R350-per-month Covid-19 grants for unemployed people? The SA Social Security Agency (Sassa) has tested its system of registration for the grants via WhatsApp. About 6 million unemployed are expected to qualify for the grants, which are worth R2,100 over six months and due to start...

Wurst case scenario

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Like South African health workers, German doctors don’t have enough protective clothing to treat Covid-19 patients. Not enough masks, aprons or gloves. So they’ve stripped naked to protest.

Mass testing in Alex

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Mass screening and testing returned to Johannesburg’s region E, described as the city’s Covid-19 epicentre, on Monday. The city’s department of health set up testing stations at 16 different points, seven of them in Alexandra. Stations are at Alexandra Stadium, Marlboro Reaction Centre, Sandton Clinic and library, Modderfontein Fire Station,...

Bad vibrations

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Jackson Mthembu, the Minister in the Presidency, had a lot on his mind this weekend.  Minister Mthembu announced that the government is giving “serious attention” to more vibrators for Covid-19 patients in intensive care units.   Watch him here: https://twitter.com/i/status/1254503247483744256

eThekwini: more lockdown

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Thekwini and areas of KwaZulu-Natal will probably remain on full lockdown after Friday.  KZN premier Sihle Zikalala is worried about the high numbers of new cases in eThekwini, especially among health workers, and a higher death rate than other provinces  On Sunday he said that KZN had nearly 21% of new cases in the country, and 121...

Freedom Day for prisoners

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Happy Freedom Day. Even if we aren’t feeling very free today, a lot of prisoners will.  Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to announce the release of thousands of inmates today.   Awaiting-trial prisoners and nonviolent offenders eligible for parole will be released to contain the spread of Covid-19 in overcrowded prisons.  With severe overcrowding...

Spaza shop Samaritans feed the poor in Alex

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Ethiopian spaza shop traders - the victims of xenophobic attacks - have donated R30 000 worth of food and protective equipment to the poor in Alexandra. “The donation is to show that we are all humans and we are faced with one enemy,” said one of the traders.

Just Jik-ing

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President Donald Trump shocked the world this week – even more than usual. He said on TV that bleach could be swallowed or injected to cure the coronavirus. Then he said he was just joking.

Counting Cory

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On Thursday night, as the president addressed the nation, South Africa had 3,953 Covid-19 cases with 75 deaths and 1,473 recoveries. 143,570 South Africans had been tested. Worldwide the toll stands at 2,682,225 confirmed cases and 187,330 deaths.

First case in SA’s poorest region

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Alfred Nzo District in the East Cape, regarded by Stats SA as the poorest region in SA, has recorded its first case of Covid-19.