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The Basic Education Department has reiterated that any decision on whether schools will be closed or not, will be taken by Cabinet.

The department reiterated its stance following a resolution taken by South African Democratic Teachers Union on Tuesday, which called on the government to close schools nationally as the country braces for the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eskom

Eskom said in a media statement today that four of its power station's generating units have successfully returned to service but load shedding is still scheduled at these times.

Employers too often misuse disciplinary warnings or avoid using them at all because they are unsure of how the law allows them to use such warnings. In labour law the main purpose of giving warnings is to remind employees of the employer’s standards of conduct and work performance and to give them a chance to improve.

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has reassured South Africans that health care professionals are doing all they can to save lives as COVID-19 infections rise.

Mkhize visited Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Tshwane, Gauteng, on Tuesday.

The province is the first to surpass the 100 000 mark, as infections are now at 103 713.

PPE masks

Faces masks and coverings are now mandatory in South Africa, however, according to the new regulations, schools should not turn away learners for not wearing them.

On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa introduced some amended lockdown rules with immediate effect, as the number of COVID-19 infections rise in South Africa. 

SASSA

A total of 4 424 720 applications for Special COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant have been approved. 

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu said that the department has to date, received 7 558 555 applications through the various electronic application platforms, including Supplementary Service Data (USSD), Website, WhatsApp and email.

With many South Africans struggling to keep their heads above water given the financial challenges brought on by COVID-19, the National Credit Regulator (NCR) has reminded consumers of the measures available to ease the burden.

mental health

Given the nature, duration and consequences of the national lockdown currently in place, many employees may be experiencing heightened feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. 

Case law has highlighted the importance of acknowledging and attempting to assist employees who suffer from mental health issues in the workplace.

SAA

The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) has called on individual pilots to accept South African Airways Voluntary Severance Packages (VSPs) ahead of a crucial business rescue vote today.

uif

In an effort to eliminate the risk of criminals exploiting the COVID-19 Temporary Employee Relief Scheme, the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has introduced new stringent controls to verify banking details of recipients.

This comes after the Fund was in recent weeks exposed to opportunistic elements.

Dlamini Zuma

The government says its decision to reintroduce the ban on alcohol, as well as a curfew, is evidence-based and linked to its efforts to combat COVID-19 in the country.

lockdown

While the country will remain on lockdown level 3 amid a rapid rise in COVID-19 infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced drastic measures in an effort to preserve lives and limit the rise in infections.

Zindzi Mandela

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Dr Naledi Pandor, says she has learnt with shock of the passing away of South Africa’s Ambassador to Denmark, Zindzi Mandela.

Alcohol sales

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement to reinstate a ban on alcohol sales in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is reflective of an increased number of trauma cases seen in hospitals.

SAA

The Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) called on creditors, unions and other stakeholders to vote in favour of a business rescue plan for SAA to, among other things, restructure the airline and avoid bankruptcy. 

cyril ramaphosa

Dear Fellow South African,
 
Last night, I addressed the nation on the state of the coronavirus pandemic in our country. What follows is an edited version of that address:
 

Dlamini-Zulu

 NOTE: President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on the 12th of July that the sale of alcohol will once again be banned with immediate effect during the national lockdown.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed the country again about the nation's efforts to battle the Covid-19 pandemic. You can watch the speech live online below.

He informed that country that more than 2 million coronavirus tests have been completed and more than 28 000 hospital beds have been made available for Covid-19 cases.

covid-19

Search through the document below to see how many Covid-19 cases there are in your area. 

Cape town

Addressing the Portfolio Committee on Tourism on Thursday, Kubayi-Ngubane said the department’s focus is on supporting domestic tourism as the first point of recovery.

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