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News24.com | LIVE | 521 318 Covid-19 cases recorded in SA with 8 884 total deaths

The country now has  521 318 coronavirus cases after 4456 infections have been reported.

345 new deaths take the total number of fatalities to 8 884.

The number of recoveries currently stands at 363 751 which translates to a recovery rate of 69,8%.

Hospital hell: Deputy public protector finds Eastern Cape facilities in shocking state

A state-of-the-art kitchen, built at Livingstone Hospital for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, was last used 10 years ago because no one was hired to work there, told News24. 

The discovery was one of many Gcaleka said shocked her during a visit of Nelson Mandela Bay municipality health facilities, where she went to investigate on Tuesday. Gcaleka described the kitchen as wasteful expenditure and blamed the provincial health department for causing "leadership instability".  

Gcaleka and her team of investigators are on a two-day visit in the Eastern Cape to investigate disturbing reports of crippled healthcare services at Livingstone Hospital, and other health facilities in Uitenhage, Mthatha and Qumbu.

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Mahikeng medical depot staff stage 'sit out' over safety concerns

The Mahikeng medical depot is staging a "sit out" over concerns about safety in the workplace, the North West Department of Health has confirmed. 

"The department is aware of the fact that the medical depot staff has been on a sit out refusing to work. Only the managers were on duty. They refused to work until they see the MEC," spokesperson Tebogo Lekgethwane told News24 on Tuesday.

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KZN's rise in deaths due to 'delayed reporting', and it includes 2 children

A three-month-old baby girl and a four-year-old boy are among the latest Covid-19 deaths to be reported out of KwaZulu-Natal, the provincial health department said on Tuesday.

"The province recorded two more paediatric deaths," the department said.

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Motshekga says she has no interest in 'hiding' schools without PPEs, as group pickets her visit

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says people who are aware of schools still without PPEs need to bring the information to the attention of her department.

Motshekga was speaking during a visit to two schools in Lethlabile, in the North West, on Tuesday to assess the return of Grade 12 pupils following their week-long recess.

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OPINION | Covid-19: The human faces behind the surgical masks

The pandemic has forced us to contend our humanity, interdependency, social injustices and the higher calling for cross-sectoral collaboration in the fight against Covid-19.

Fear, anxiety, confusion and grief are palpable in hospital corridors calling for purposeful, ethical and compassionate leadership during a crisis. Processing the loss of health workers like doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and administrative personnel is insurmountable.

By Dr Brenda Kubheka

Covid-19 corruption: ANC NEC embarrassed by allegations, says public outrage is justified

The ANC's national executive committee (NEC), after spending the weekend discussing corruption, among other issues, once again condemned these acts and vowed to fight the scourge, which has become largely associated with the party and its members.

In a statement by its secretary-general Ace Magashule on Tuesday, the party said: "We acknowledge the justifiable public outrage caused by the depravity and heartlessness displayed by some elements in government, our organisation and the private sector." 

pstrongCovid-19 corruption: ANC NEC embarrassed by allegations, says public outrage is justified/strong/ppemThe ANC's national executive committee (NEC), after spending the weekend discussing corruption, among other issues, once again condemned these acts and vowed to fight the scourge, which has become largely associated with the party and its members./em/ppIn a statement by its secretary-general Ace Magashule on Tuesday, the party said: "We acknowledge the justifiable public outrage caused by the depravity and heartlessness displayed by some elements in government, our organisation and the private sector." em/emstrong/strong/p
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News24's countdown to a digital subscription service has begun

The media industry needed to restructure in order to continue providing quality journalism. This restructuring has been pushed by mass retrenchments and salary cuts at most major local media companies due to the impact of Covid-19.

The primary income for most publications is advertising but with the current climate, that too has been affected by Covid-19, having a knock-on effect on industries supported by marketing and advertising.  

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D-day ahead for Fita, Ramaphosa to convince Supreme Court of Appeal on cigarette ban

The registrar of the Supreme Court of Appeal has granted an application for truncated dates in the filing of an application for leave to appeal brought by the Fair Trade Tobacco Association.

Fita approached the Supreme Court of Appeal after the North Gauteng High Court dismissed its legal challenge to the ban on tobacco sales. 

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Alcohol ban: Industry not heading to court yet but legal route is an option

Ricardo Moreira, CEO of SAB said taking legal action is an option that is always available for the industry but it is not there yet.

The recourse for the industry was one of the points discussed in the South African Breweries (SAB) industry leaders meeting on Tuesday. 

Moreira asked that the decision to continue with the ban be backed up by data, saying the industry’s view is that alcohol was not the cause of the surge in trauma cases and they would support a curfew rather than an outright ban since this had worked in other countries.

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Lockdown: It could take 3 years to catch up on work cut from 2020 curriculum - Angie Motshekga

The basic education department anticipates that it will take about three years to catch up on parts of the curriculum that won't be covered this year due to the widespread impact of Covid-19, according to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

The minister was speaking in Lethlabile in the North West, on Tuesday where she visited two high schools to monitor the return of Grade 12 pupils after they were on a week-long break from 27 July until 3 August.

pstrongLockdown: It could take 3 years to catch up on work cut from 2020 curriculum - Angie Motshekga/strong/ppThe basic education department anticipates that it will take about three years to catch up on parts of the curriculum that won't be covered this year due to the widespread impact of Covid-19, according to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga./ppThe minister was speaking in Lethlabile in the North West, on Tuesday where she visited two high schools to monitor the return of Grade 12 pupils after they were on a week-long break from 27 July until 3 August.strong/strong/p
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Covid-19 wrap: Global cases top 18.35m, Latin America passes 5m and Germany already in 'second' wave

Keeping you up to date on the latest novel coronavirus (Covid-19) news from around the world. 

More than 18.35 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 693 958 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

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Russia reports more than 5 100 new coronavirus cases

US adds 46 321 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours - Johns Hopkins

Germany already dealing with second coronavirus wave - doctors' union

pstrongCovid-19 wrap: Global cases top 18.35m, Latin America passes 5m and Germany already in 'second' wave/strong/ppemKeeping you up to date on the latest novel coronavirus (Covid-19) news from around the world./emstrong /strong/ppMore than 18.35 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 693 958 have died, according to a Reuters tally./ppstrongALSO:/strong/ppstrong- /strongRussia reports more than 5 100 new coronavirus cases/ppstrong- /strongUS adds 46 321 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours - Johns Hopkins/ppstrong- /strongGermany already dealing with second coronavirus wave - doctors' union/p
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Booze and cigarette bans ‘risk creating cynicism and division’ says Pick n Pay chair

The ongoing prohibition on alcohol and tobacco is hurting Pick n Pay's bottom line, its chairperson told shareholders on Tuesday, but they are also important when it comes to recovery.

The booze and cigarette bans "more than any other decision taken by the government during this pandemic" are the ones that "risk creating cynicism and division that we cannot afford"," said Gareth Ackerman at Pick n Pay's annual general meeting.

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Covid-19 corruption: ANC caucus 'deeply embarrassed' by 'barbaric behaviour'

The ANC's parliamentary caucus has said it is deeply embarrassed by the "barbaric behaviour" of corruption related to Covid-19 national disaster funds.

In a statement issued late on Monday night, ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina said: "Impunity seems to be [the] order [of the] day when the rate of infections is rising and essential workers continue to experience shortages within hospitals regarding availability of personal protection gear."

pstrongCovid-19 corruption: ANC caucus 'deeply embarrassed' by 'barbaric behaviour'/strong/ppThe ANC's parliamentary caucus has said it is deeply embarrassed by the "barbaric behaviour" of corruption related to Covid-19 national disaster funds./ppIn a statement issued late on Monday night, ANC chief whip Pemmy Majodina said: "Impunity seems to be [the] order [of the] day when the rate of infections is rising and essential workers continue to experience shortages within hospitals regarding availability of personal protection gear."strong/strong/p
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'Vaccine nationalism': Is it every country for itself?

If a Covid-19 vaccine gets the green light, the concern is that supply and allocation in this pandemic will echo the last - when rich nations bought up the available supply.

It's dog eat dog in the world of Covid-19 vaccines.That's the fear of global health agencies planning a scheme to bulk-buy and equitably distribute vaccines around the world.

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Masks, hand sanitiser mark Lions' return to non-contact training

A new set of protocols greeted the Lions players as they returned to non-contact training over the past week.

Lions head coach Ivan van Rooyen was excited to get his charges back to training after the Covid-19 enforced lockdown as franchises around the country work towards a restart of rugby once government gives the go-ahead.

pstrongMasks, hand sanitiser mark Lions' return to non-contact training/strong/ppemA new set of protocols greeted the Lions players as they returned to non-contact training over the past week./em/ppLions head coach Ivan van Rooyen was excited to get his charges back to training after the Covid-19 enforced lockdown as franchises around the country work towards a restart of rugby once government gives the go-ahead.em/emstrong/strong/p
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Lockdown: Anxiety fills Gauteng schools, but principals determined to sail through uncharted waters

Schools in South Africa continue to sail uncharted waters as the country grapples with rising Covid-19 infections across all nine provinces. 

While anxiety is evident among some teachers as they swim through the storm, there is also a sense of determination and hope as schools strive to complete the curriculum and see pupils passing their grades.

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Western Cape's PPE tender report reveals R38 million paid to one company

- R38 million was paid to a construction consortium to supply surgical masks to a Western Cape government department.

- The provincial government has released a list of companies awarded PPE contracts.

- The Western Cape health department has, so far, spent over R250 million on PPE.

pstrongWestern Cape's PPE tender report reveals R38 million paid to one company/strong/ppem- R38 million was paid to a construction consortium to supply surgical masks to a Western Cape government department./em/ppem- The provincial government has released a list of companies awarded PPE contracts./em/ppem- The Western Cape health department has, so far, spent over R250 million on PPE./emstrong/strong/p
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INFOGRAPHICS | As SA reaches 500 000 Covid-19 cases, key indicators show early signs of decline

The rate at which Covid-19 cases are increasing daily in the country has for the first time, since the beginning of the outbreak in March, started declining, according to official, reported data.

pstrongINFOGRAPHICS | As SA reaches 500 000 Covid-19 cases, key indicators show early signs of decline/strong/ppThe rate at which Covid-19 cases are increasing daily in the country has for the first time, since the beginning of the outbreak in March, started declining, according to official, reported data.strong/strong/p
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Coronavirus morning update: Call for 'devastating' booze ban to be lifted, and cigarettes mystery

The alcohol industry calls for lifting of the 'devastating' booze ban; and Namibia should have a huge pile of cigarettes - mysteriously, they are nowhere to be found.

pstrongCoronavirus morning update: Call for 'devastating' booze ban to be lifted, and cigarettes mystery/strong/ppThe alcohol industry calls for lifting of the 'devastating' booze ban; and Namibia should have a huge pile of cigarettes - mysteriously, they are nowhere to be found.strong/strong/p
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KZN social development officials suspended, criminal case opened over R30m PPE procurement

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development has opened criminal cases and suspended a number of high-ranking officials over the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as blankets and soup.

"The MEC for social development, Nonhlanhla Khoza, has announced the suspension of officials implicated in the procurement of blankets and PPE," a statement said.

National Assembly speaker to consider DA, EFF's proposals to deal with corruption

National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise is considering requests from the DA and EFF to hold the executive accountable for alleged corruption relating to Covid-19 relief measures.

In a statement released on Monday, the first day of a two-week constituency period, Parliament's spokesperson, Moloto Mothapo, said Modise had received a request from DA interim leader John Steenhuisen for a debate of urgent national public importance on corruption related to Covid-19 tenders.

Cyril Ramaphosa | Profiting from a pandemic is like a pack of hyenas circling wounded prey

The act of trying to profit from the Covid-19 pandemic while people are dying is the act of scavengers, writes Cyril Ramaphosa.

WATCH | Washed away: Boxes of PPE found drifting in a river near Centurion

Eastern Cape Health MEC's staffer gets bail after being caught with liquor in a state car

Eastern Cape Health MEC Sindiswa Gomba's office messenger Ayanda Matinise was released on R5 000 bail by the King William's Town Magistrate Court on Monday after he was arrested for transporting liquor in a state vehicle on Saturday.

Matinise, 33, faces charges of fraud for the use of a state vehicle without authority, violation of lockdown regulations and attempted bribery of officers of the law.

Mkhwebane's office sees 'rapid surge' in Covid-19-related complaints

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's office has said over the last four months it has seen a rapid surge in the number of complaints received in relation to Covid-19 response initiatives.

These include complaints relating to the R350 social relief of distress grant programme, irregularities in the procurement of personal protective equipment and the awarding of a quarantine camp tender.

There are now 516 862 confirmed coronavirus cases in the country and 8 539 deaths, health minister Zweli Mkhize said in a statement on Monday.

"Regrettably we report 173 new Covid-19 related deaths: 20 from Eastern Cape, 37 from Gauteng, 12 from KwaZulu Natal, 31 from Western Cape, 28 from the North West and 45 from Mpumalanga," he said.

The number of recoveries currently stands at 358 037 which translates to a recovery rate of 69%.

Over 18 million infections worldwide, 690 363 deaths

The pandemic has killed at least 690 363 people worldwide since it surfaced in China late last year, with more than 18 million people infected, according to an AFP tally at 18:00 GMT on Monday based on official sources.

The United States has the most deaths with 154 944, followed by Brazil with 94 104, Mexico 47 746, the United Kingdom with 46 210 and India with 38 135 fatalities.

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Covid-19: Ceres pupils quarantined at school hostel cleared, released

The 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 learning for Grade 12s went smoothly after all the pupils were officially released from the school hostel which was used as a quarantine site. 

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260 lockdown 'land invasions' and counting for City of Cape Town

The City of Cape Town has dealt with 260 incidents of alleged illegal land occupation between April and July's lockdown, the Western Cape government said in a plea to the police and military for help to stave off "highly coordinated and sophisticated" incidents.

This comes as shacks are erected amid violent clashes with law enforcement authorities, and new settlements, with names such as "Covid Village", emerge to reflect the complexities of the situation during the coronavirus pandemic.

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South African Breweries cancels R2.5 billion in plant upgrades due to alcohol ban

South African Breweries has pulled the plug on billions of rands in planned operational investments in South Africa due to the impact of the alcohol ban.  

On Monday, the Ab InBev-owned alcohol producer announced it had cancelled R2.5 billion in capital and infrastructure upgrades for 2020 and is reviewing another R2.5 billion for 2021. 

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R125m Diko tender was not going to benefit amaBhaca, charge King Madzikane's grandchildren

The proceeds of a controversial R125 million personal protective equipment (PPE) tender awarded to presidential spokesperson Khuselo Diko's husband, Thandisizwe Diko, by the Gauteng health department would not have benefited the amaBhaca community, fellow royals have said.

This according to a group calling itself the great grandchildren of Inkosi uMadzikane who was the king of the amaBhaca nation.

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'There's no silver bullet… and there never might be' - WHO warns stopping Covid-19 comes down to basics

The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Monday that there might never be a "silver bullet" for the new coronavirus, despite the rush to discover effective vaccines.

The WHO urged governments and citizens to focus on doing the known basics, such as testing, contact tracing, maintaining physical distance and wearing a mask in order to suppress the pandemic, which has upended normal life around the globe and triggered a devastating economic crisis.

The novel coronavirus has killed nearly 690 000 people and infected at least 18.1 million since the outbreak emerged in Wuhan in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.

strong'There's no silver bullet… and there never might be' - WHO warns stopping Covid-19 comes down to basics/strongbr /br /The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned on Monday that there might never be a "silver bullet" for the new coronavirus, despite the rush to discover effective vaccines.br /br /The WHO urged governments and citizens to focus on doing the known basics, such as testing, contact tracing, maintaining physical distance and wearing a mask in order to suppress the pandemic, which has upended normal life around the globe and triggered a devastating economic crisis.br /br /The novel coronavirus has killed nearly 690 000 people and infected at least 18.1 million since the outbreak emerged in Wuhan in China last December, according to a tally from official sources compiled by AFP.
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Illegal Durban beachgoers flee from authorities

The eThekwini Municipality has called on the public to stay away from beaches.

The City's appeal comes after a large illegal gathering of people had to be dispersed over the weekend.

"Just because we are on Level 3 does not mean we must disregard the regulation. "The beaches remain closed and the public must be mindful of the fact that they have to comply with regulations for their safety and not for government," eThekwini municipality spokesperson Msawakhe Masiyela said.

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Vietnam says its new strain of coronavirus is three times more contagious

Authorities 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 on Sunday that those infected with the new strain infect between five and six people on average, Reuters reported.

In contrast, those infected with with the original strain of Covid-19, which arrived in Vietnam in late January, infect on average between 1.8 and 2.2 people, he said.

strongVietnam says its new strain of coronavirus is three times more contagious/strongbr /br /Authorities in Vietnam say the new strain of coronavirus responsible for the recent spike in infections is three times more contagious than its predecessor.br /br /Nguyen Thanh Long, the country's health minister, said on Sunday that those infected with the new strain infect between five and six people on average, Reuters reported.br /br /In contrast, those infected with with the original strain of Covid-19, which arrived in Vietnam in late January, infect on average between 1.8 and 2.2 people, he said.
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We don't have to choose between lives and livelihoods, pleads Distell

Brewing and beverage group Distell has slammed the ongoing ban on alcohol sales, saying the damage is "immense" and that the damage outweighs the benefits.

The ban punishes "licenced, compliant" traders while allowing a thriving illicit market, it added in a statement issued on Monday morning.

pstrongWe don't have to choose between lives and livelihoods, pleads Distell/strong/ppBrewing and beverage group Distell has slammed the ongoing ban on alcohol sales, saying the damage is "immense" and that the damage outweighs the benefits./ppThe ban punishes "licenced, compliant" traders while allowing a thriving illicit market, it added in a statement issued on Monday morning.strong/strong/p
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Have you tried to quit? SA to take part in a big tobacco survey ahead of planned new restrictions

SA is due to take part in the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) for the first time next year. Between March and May, more than 11 000 households will be surveyed on their tobacco use, exposure to second-hand smoke, attempts to quit, and awareness of anti-smoking campaigns.

GATS is used to compile an "atlas" of smoking and anti-smoking measures around the world, with coverage of some 60% of the global population. That did not previously include South Africa.

pstrongHave you tried to quit? SA to take part in a big tobacco survey ahead of planned new restrictions/strong/ppemSA is due to take part in the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) for the first time next year. Between March and May, more than 11 000 households will be surveyed on their tobacco use, exposure to second-hand smoke, attempts to quit, and awareness of anti-smoking campaigns./em/ppGATS is used to compile an "atlas" of smoking and anti-smoking measures around the world, with coverage of some 60% of the global population. That did not previously include South Africa.em/emstrong/strong/p
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Washed away: Boxes of PPE found drifting in river near Centurion

A passerby stumbled on a heap of personal protective equipment floating in the Hennops River, near the Irene country club in Centurion, on Sunday morning. 

"Do something with this, president, please," the man says in the video.

Development Bank of Southern Africa sees profits falling on Covid-19

The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has warned that full year profits will fall as the lender expects some of its clients to struggle as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The state-owned bank expects profits to be lower for the year to end-March "due to the bank adjusting for the estimated effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the performing loan portfolio by increasing expected loss provision," it said in a statement on Monday.

pstrongDevelopment Bank of Southern Africa sees profits falling on Covid-19/strong/ppThe Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) has warned that full year profits will fall as the lender expects some of its clients to struggle as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.  /ppThe state-owned bank expects profits to be lower for the year to end-March "due to the bank adjusting for the estimated effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the performing loan portfolio by increasing expected loss provision," it said in a statement on Monday.strong/strong/p
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Mkhwebane's office sees 'rapid surge' in Covid-19-related complaints

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's office has said over the last four months it has seen a rapid surge in the number of complaints received in relation to Covid-19 response initiatives.

These include complaints relating to the R350 social relief of distress grant programme, irregularities in the procurement of personal protective equipment and the awarding of a quarantine camp tender.

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Second wave of relief fund applications 'to be advertised' - Deputy Minister Nocawe Mafu

The department of Sports, Arts and Culture has set aside R77 million for the second phase of their Covid-19 relief fund for artists and athletes. Of that amount, R11 million is being ring-fenced for contribution towards the partnership with the Department of Small Business Development.  

The time frame for applications is yet to be established, said deputy minister Nocawe Mafu.

"The second wave of applications for [the] relief fund will be advertised. Practitioners will be given two weeks from date of advertisement to apply as communicated," she said during a media briefing in Pretoria on Monday.

To date, R61 million has been disbursed to beneficiaries. The department received 5 322 applications in the categories of sport, digital, as well as arts, culture and heritage. 

Through the adjudication and appeals processes 4 602 applications were recommended.

The partnership with the Department of Small Business Development to jointly set aside R22 million was explained by Minister Nathi Mthethwa as "a response to a plea from the Cultural & Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) for the Craft, Design and Visual Arts sectors towards relief amid the Covid-19 pandemic."   

A Memorandum of Agreement will be entered into on how the funds will be administered, he said. 

Covid-19 wrap: Global cases pass 18.14m, UK to roll out 90-minute tests, US 'new phase' warning

Keeping you up to date on the latest novel coronavirus (Covid-19) news from around the world.

More than 18.14 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 688 080 have died, according to a Reuters tally.

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US adds 47 508 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours - Johns Hopkins

Top coronavirus advisor warns US in 'new phase' of pandemic

Britain to roll out millions of 90-minute coronavirus tests

pstrongCovid-19 wrap: Global cases pass 18.14m, UK to roll out 90-minute tests, US 'new phase' warning/strong/ppemKeeping you up to date on the latest novel coronavirus (Covid-19) news from around the world./em/ppMore than 18.14 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 688 080 have died, according to a Reuters tally.em/emstrong/strong/ppstrongALSO:/strong/ppstrong- /strongUS adds 47 508 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours - Johns Hopkins/ppstrong- /strongTop coronavirus advisor warns US in 'new phase' of pandemic/ppstrong- /strongBritain to roll out millions of 90-minute coronavirus testsstrong/strong/p
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Cyril Ramaphosa | Profiting from a pandemic is like a pack of hyenas circling wounded prey

Dear Fellow South African, 

Corruption during a national disaster is a particularly heinous type of crime, and perpetrators are going to be dealt with decisively and harshly.

It is difficult to understand the utter lack of conscience that leads a businessperson who has heeded the call to provide lifesaving supplies during a devastating pandemic to inflate the price of a surgical mask by as much as 900%.

pstrongCyril Ramaphosa | Profiting from a pandemic is like a pack of hyenas circling wounded prey/strong/ppDear Fellow South African, /ppCorruption during a national disaster is a particularly heinous type of crime, and perpetrators are going to be dealt with decisively and harshly./ppIt is difficult to understand the utter lack of conscience that leads a businessperson who has heeded the call to provide lifesaving supplies during a devastating pandemic to inflate the price of a surgical mask by as much as 900%.strong/strong/p
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KwaZulu-Natal records highest number of new Covid-19 cases overnight

The highly-populated east coast province now also ranks as the third highest in total cases in the country, jumping ahead of the Eastern Cape.

KwaZulu-Natal's Covid-19 numbers took over new cases from Gauteng on Sunday recording a higher share of new infections for the day, the provincial Department of Health said on Monday.

pstrongKwaZulu-Natal records highest number of new Covid-19 cases overnight/strong/ppemThe highly-populated east coast province now also ranks as the third highest in total cases in the country, jumping ahead of the Eastern Cape./em/ppKwaZulu-Natal's Covid-19 numbers took over new cases from Gauteng on Sunday recording a higher share of new infections for the day, the provincial Department of Health said on Monday./ppstrong/strong/p
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Emerging-market rebound hangs in balance as economies struggle

- The coronavirus shows no signs of subsiding, which will have economic impacts in August, says an economist.

- Efforts by central banks to boost economies in developing nations, may even be reaching their limits.

Emerging-market stocks and currencies are within touching distance of erasing their pandemic-fueled losses of 2020. Too bad the virus is still running riot, economies are shrinking and central banks are getting low on firepower.

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Champions League ready to resume, at long last

After an enforced hiatus of almost five months, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League resume this week in order to clear up the last remaining business in a troubled season.

Both competitions were frozen in March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the continent, and while European football's governing body acted swiftly to move Euro 2020 back a year, for a long time it was unclear how it would manage to complete its two landmark club competitions.

pstrongChampions League ready to resume, at long last/strong/ppemAfter an enforced hiatus of almost five months, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League resume this week in order to clear up the last remaining business in a troubled season./em/ppBoth competitions were frozen in March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the continent, and while European football's governing body acted swiftly to move Euro 2020 back a year, for a long time it was unclear how it would manage to complete its two landmark club competitions.em/emstrong/strong/p
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Football news:

Koeman about Griezmann: I'm very happy. Now he has more freedom and is doing a great job
Neymar owes 34.6 million euros to the Spanish tax service
Bayern are hunting for a 1.63-foot defender. He ran away to Brighton from Chelsea to play
PSG are Interested in Diego Costa. Atletico is ready to release the striker and sign Cavani instead
Lampard on the altercation with Mourinho: noted that he spoke to the referee more often than to his players. Jose and I get along well
Ronald Koeman: It is good that Messi called for unity. I hope it will be calmer now
Football is a canvas. Beautiful monologue by Daniil Chalov, who came up with a form for Vitebsk in the style of Suprematism