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LIFE

- GENERAL NEWS


LIFE!

Life….is the total sum of your experiences! ….Everyone wants to live a long and fruitful life. And everyone wants a means of making a living….it’s all part of being alive! With the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic in the world, many countries have gone into complete shutdown. But this cannot continue forever, as economies and businesses will slowly but surely need to be re-opened for both staff and owners to survive.

In line with the government's agenda to allow various businesses to come back online and start trading again, it is going to be imperative to ensure that the safety of consumers, suppliers, and staff are paramount in your business structure.

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Masks we have a full range including branded as well as branded cloth options
Sanitizers we have from 2ml sachets up to 1000l flow bins
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Cough and sneeze guards with easy to install options
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Posters and floor decals with safety protocols /social distancing
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Medical testing tents/booths
Decontamination stations with mist booths from 1m-3m
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AA PREDICTS HEAVY FUEL INCREASE FOR JULY

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“With fuel showing this kind of increase in just the first two weeks of June, the increase could be much heftier come month end”.
Contributor Charl Bosch, The Citizen | Wednesday, 17 June 2020, 07:48
AA predicts heavy fuel increase for July
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NATIONAL NEWS - Oil’s ongoing recovery is set to hit consumers hard in July with yet another steep increase in the price of fuel predicted come the eighth of next month.

Commenting on unaudited data released by the Central Energy Fund on Monday (15 June), the Automobile Association (AA) says it expects the price of all grades of petrol to rise by R1.59 a litre, diesel by R1.48 and illuminating paraffin by R1.94.

“The basic fuel price used in South Africa has jumped by eight percent since 1 June, with higher peaks, as international oil prices claw back some of the massive declines of the past four months. With world demand expected to continue to increase, South Africans must likewise expect the fuel price to gradually edge back towards pre-COVID-19 levels,” the AA said.

It however stated that a return to previous high levels are not expected immediately given the Rand’s improvement of 60 cents compared to the US Dollar at the beginning of this month, as well as the national currency’s breaching of the R17 mark.

Nonetheless, the association remarked that, “some pragmatism is needed, of course: with fuel showing this kind of increase in just the first two weeks of June, the increase could be much heftier come month end. If this continues, it might not be long before the R4-a-litre saving motorists enjoyed between February and April is erased.

"So, despite our optimism over a slow rebound for oil, we advise caution, especially with the Rand currently trading around R3 higher to the dollar than before the COVID-19 crisis began”.
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CORONAVIRUS LEAVES MORE AMERICANS DEAD THAN WWI

- GLOBAL NEWS


With 740 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, the United States has seen more people die from the pandemic than died in World War I, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS - With 740 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, the United States has seen more people die from the pandemic than died in World War I, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

The new figure, counted at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT) Tuesday, brought the country's total COVID-19 deaths up to 116,854, the tracker from the Baltimore-based university showed.

The increase came after two days of death tolls under 400.

And 23,351 new cases in the same 24-hour period brought the total US count up to 2,134,973, making it by far the hardest-hit of any country in the world.

The country's pandemic death toll had already passed that of its soldiers in the Vietnam War in late April.

The United States, where many businesses are reopening, continues to register around 20,000 new cases of the novel coronavirus each day. Several states are even recording their highest levels of new cases since the start of the pandemic.

The administration of President Donald Trump, who has downplayed risks of the virus and instead focused on reviving the economy as he faces a tough re-election battle in November, insists there will be no shutdown of the economy if a second full-blown wave of the epidemic arises.

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell meanwhile warned that the US economy is unlikely to recover as long as "significant uncertainty" remains over the course of the pandemic.

Trump has come under scrutiny for an upcoming campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma - his first since March when the pandemic halted mass gatherings. It is so far planned for an indoor arena that holds about 20,000 people.

The United States also agreed to keep its borders with Mexico and Canada closed until July 21, officials said Tuesday, extending travel restrictions for a third time due to the pandemic.

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BIKERS GO BONKERS FOR ANIMALS IN NEED

- GENERAL NEWS


A bakkie load of cat and dog food on its way to Odin.
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GARDEN ROUTE NEWS - The Garden Route motorbike community once again showed their steel when the local Excalibur MCC organised a donation run for Oudtshoorn Dogs in Need (Odin).

On Sunday 14 June, Odin woke up to a bakkie load of pet food worth approximately R12 000, a tumble dryer, blankets and a R1 500 cash donation collected by bikers from various clubs in the area.

“The president of Excalibur, Tinus Linde, contacted us last week Tuesday,” said Odin’s chairperson, Colleen Smith. “He had seen a plea that originated from the Kingswood Estate residents to assist us with food and blankets. He made a quick appeal to the area’s biking community and by Sunday at least 100 bikes, their passengers and assisting vehicles were on their way to our branch in Oudtshoorn.”

Photo gallery: Odin benefits from generous donation

According to Smith their staff and committee members were awed and extremely emotional at this ad hoc gathering that “certainly rated amongst one of the highlights this year”.



The animals at Odin can look forward full tummies and warm blankets.

“We are especially grateful. In these times we are all battling to keep it together.”

Some of the food and blankets will be used during outreaches in impoverished communities and the rest will feed the Odin dogs and cats in the kennels. “The cash donation will be going towards a bag or two of good quality puppy food,” said Smith.


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GEORGE MUNICIPAL OFFICIAL TESTS POSITIVE

- GEORGE NEWS


GEORGE NEWS - George Municipality this afternoon confirmed that an official tested positive for Covid-19.

Municipal Spokesperson, Chantel Edwards-Klose, told the George Herald that the official has been isolated and is receiving medical care.

“The George Health Department is responsible for contact tracing to find any persons the official may have been in contact with outside the workplace and the municipality is assisting the health practitioner where possible.”

Municipal Manager, Trevor Botha, emphasised that the safety of their staff is their first priority and "although all of our municipal buildings have been cleaned and sanitised over the past week, the process of sanitisation will be repeated again."

Botha said the main municipal building will be closed for the next five days and will reopen to officials only on Monday 25 May.

A total of 88 cases (with 63 recoveries) have been reported in the Garden Route and Little Karoo as of 17 May at 13:00.

Summary of total cases per town:

Bitou 5 (0 active)
Knysna 23 ( 9 active)
George 23 (7 active)
Hessequa 8 (2 active)
Mossel Bay 24 (5 active)
Oudtshoorn 4 (1 active)
Kannaland 1 (1 active)

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COVID-19 INFECTIONS RISE TO 13,524

- GENERAL NEWS


NATIONAL NEWS - In a statement on Friday evening, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa had risen to 13,524.

421,555 tests had so far been conducted with 18,537 done in the last 24-hour cycle.

Mkhize said there were another nine Covid-related deaths, bringing the total deaths nationally to 247.

“We are, however, encouraged by the rising number of recoveries, which now stands at 6,083.”

The Western Cape has nearly two-thirds of all confirmed cases.
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SHELTER CONCERNS DURING LOCKDOWN

- GEORGE NEWS


The Rosemoor Stadium currently shelters 53 persons who previously lived on the streets.
GEORGE NEWS - Certain informal settlements in George are growing at a rapid speed during the Covid-19 lockdown. Development has been observed in the area between Rosedale and Thembalethu, as well as the Hoogekraal area near Glentana.

Those living near the township in Hoogekraal noted with concern the continuous building of new structures.

One farmer said he witnesses the growth on a daily basis, and noted the installation of additional water points.

Municipal Manager Trevor Botha said the municipality is aware of the extraordinary growth of certain informal areas, but that it is difficult to address the situation in the current abnormal conditions of the Covid-19 lockdown period.

"As a rule, the municipality also works closely with the police to address illegal land use, and they support the municipality whenever possible, even during this difficult time and despite their additional responsibilities," said Botha.

"Provision of water in informal areas is part of the municipality's service delivery obligations and we seek to provide water at the ratio prescribed by the national government. As reported recently, the municipality has also added extra water points in certain areas to promote hygiene and social distance during Covid-19."

Homeless concerns
Individuals who are currently being housed at Rosemoor Stadium are concerned about life after Covid-19. They lived on the street before, but have now experienced a sense of belonging and hope during their stay at the stadium.

The Provincial Department of Social Development (DSD) made it clear that if these people need accommodation after lockdown, they would have to slot in with already existing shelters supported by DSD.

Joshua Chigome, the spokesperson for Minister Sharna Fernandez, said they urge the homeless to make use of the 26 shelters (with a total of 1 499 bed spaces) that they fund in the province. "These shelters will continue to operate after the lockdown," said Chigome. The paper's question on whether George has additional funded shelters, apart from the George Night Shelter, was unanswered.

Assistant manager of the George Night Shelter, Chris Classen, said they currently accommodate 90 people at the shelter. He said should an additional 50 require accommodation after lockdown they would try their best, but it would be a challenge.
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CANCELLATION OF COMRADES WELCOMED

- GEORGE NEWS


NATIONAL NEWS - The Select Committee on Education, Technology, Sports, Arts and Culture has welcomed the decision to cancel the 2020 edition of the Comrades Marathon, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Committee Chairperson, Elleck Nchabeleng, said given the latest figures of positive cases in the country, and that KwaZulu-Natal is among the four provinces recording the highest positive cases, the right decision was taken.

“The committee welcomes the cancellation and believes it is in the interest of participants at heart. Any possible interventions and steps should be taken to ensure that the virus spread is contained. The urge to continue with the season among many sporting codes is understandable, but that should not be at the expense of the athletes," Nchabeleng said.

The Comrades Marathon is run annually in June in KwaZulu-Natal. The race had initially been postponed to September due to the lockdown. However the race has since been cancelled.

Long, arduous decision to make

Making the announcement on the cancellation of the Comrades Marathon on Thursday, Athletics South Africa (ASA) President, Aleck Skhosana said that cancelling what would have been the 95th edition of the Comrades Marathon was a “long and arduous decision to make.”

“With the race’s rich history, its powerful nation-building attributes and contribution towards social cohesion, as well as its immense economic impact, it would have been premature to rush into an outright cancellation sooner. However, we believe we have jointly arrived at the correct decision to protect the health and safety of all concerned as well as the lives of our fellow South Africans,” Skhosana said.

Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) Board, Chairperson, Cheryl Winn said they had hoped to postpone the race to a date not later than end of September (owing to climatic conditions), but with the COVID-19 pandemic showing no signs of abating and anticipated to peak in the coming months, there is no telling what is yet to come.

“As CMA, it is incumbent upon us to prioritise the health, safety and well-being of our athletes, volunteers and stakeholders and therefore lamentably we will not be staging this year’s edition of the country’s leading road running event.

“It is with profound sadness and regret that the CMA Board, in conjunction with ASA and KwaZulu-Natal Athletics (KZNA), had to make this decision. We do so with the knowledge that it will come as a great disappointment to thousands of Comrades runners, who together with us at CMA, have been holding out hope that the race would somehow proceed,” Winn said.

Disappointment

KZN Athletics Administrator Jay Reddy urged athletes to not succumb to despair, disappointment, and acceptance that they are victims of this pandemic.

“Let us rather celebrate that as athletes and other role players, we are sacrificing one of our major races in the knowledge that we are serving the interests of humanity. As KZNA we stand united in our endeavour to overcome the devastating consequences of this disease.”

“We call upon all our members and associates to engage in strategies to address the broader issues of the environment and the pressing needs of our people in the true spirit of the Comrades. We urge our athletes to continue to observe the COVID-19 regulations, engage in activity responsibly, and take every precaution to prevent the spread of the virus,” Reddy said. – SAnews.gov.za

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Press Release: Issued George Municipality, 30 April 2020

- GEORGE NEWS


Press Release: Issued George Municipality, 30 April 2020
Immediate Release
Heading: George overwhelmed by generous community

The George Municipality thanks everyone who has been donating towards feeding its communities via the municipality’s drive-through donation centre at the City Hall.

George Joint Operations Committee (JOC) leader Neels Barnard said they had been overwhelmed by the generosity of private individuals, businesses and community organisations who had donated towards the enormous task of feeding their people. “Words cannot express the gratitude and awe we feel towards the people in our municipal area who continue to give and go out of their way to help.

“Our hearts have been touched by donations that have come in steadily from all levels of society – even from people who we know are struggling themselves and who has still found a way to donate something. In the face of a task that can easily feel unsurmountable, our people give us hope.”

Donations of food and hygiene products come in steadily and go out to up to 137 municipal soup kitchens feeding about 20 000 people across the municipal area every day. “We foresee the municipal feeding scheme continuing for some time to come and ask that people, business and organisations continue to donate. No donation is too big or too small, and every item reaches someone in need,” said Mr Barnard.

The George Municipality donation drive-through centre is open 8am-6pm on weekdays and 8am-5pm on weekends and public holidays.

People using online grocery delivery services wanting to donate, can make up an online basket and enter the delivery address as Drive-through centre City Hall, 71 York Street, George.

Types of items that will make a big difference include cooking oil, mielie meal, wheat flour, yeast, milk, sugar, salt, coffee, tea, samp, beans, macaroni, soup powder, stock and fresh or frozen vegetables, meat and fish. Cleaning products such as dishwashing liquid, sponges, dishcloths, bleach, all-purpose cleaner and handwash laundry soap and hygiene products such as soap and hand cream are welcome.

Donated items will be sanitised and then stored in and distributed from the Banquet Hall, which has been disinfected and will be managed to conform to strict health and hygiene protocol.

The centre also has fridges and freezers for storage of fresh and frozen produce.

The centre is being managed by the George Municipality Fire, Rescue and Disaster Management departments in coordination with George Municipality Community and Social Development section.

ENDS

Distributed by George Municipality Communication Department

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LOCKDOWN TO BE EASED FROM START OF MAY

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“While a nationwide lockdown is probably the best way to contain the spread of the virus it cannot be sustained indefinitely.”


Lockdown to be eased from start of May
President Cyril Ramaphosa
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NATIONAL NEWS - Speaking on Thursday night about South Africa’s next steps in its fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus, President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on the country’s next steps in easing the lockdown.

He said a risk-adjusted strategy would be implemented from the start of May to take a scientifically guided approach to allow more activities.

“This approach is guided by the advice of scientists who have advised that an abrupt and uncontrolled lifting of restrictions could lead to a massive surge of infections.”

He said such a surge would lead to the need for another hard lockdown.

“To achieve this we have developed an approach that determines the measures we should have in place based on the direction of the virus.

“The public is encouraged to stay at home, other than for essential personal movement, doing essential work and work in sectors that are under controlled opening. People can exercise under strict public health conditions.”



He confirmed that five levels of risk would guide the approach taken:



He said the country was currently in level 5 and would enter level 4 from Friday 1 May.

Here is what will happen under level 4 lockdown:

Borders will remain closed to international travel, except for the repatriation of South African nationals and foreign citizens;

No travel will be allowed between provinces, except for the transportation of goods and exceptional circumstances such as funerals;

Public transport will continue to operate, with limitations on the number of passengers and stringent hygiene requirements, including that all passengers must wear a face mask;

The public is encouraged to stay at home, other than for essential personal movement, doing essential work and work in sectors that are under controlled opening;

People can exercise under strict conditions;

All gatherings, apart from funerals and for work, will remain prohibited;

Elders and those with underlying conditions must stay at home;

The sale of cigarettes permitted;

The range of goods that may be sold will be extended to incorporate certain additional categories;

Bars, shebeens and entertainment venues to remain closed;

Religious and sporting events still suspended.





The president advised that the details of how the system would work to implement a phased reopening of every sector of the economy would be given by each of the relevant ministers in the days ahead.

The president went on to say that the more than 70,000 defence force staff he had authorised for deployment in South Africa was an important step in supporting the country in the battle against the virus.



“It is important to note that several restrictions will remain in place regardless of the level of alert for as long as the risk of transmission is present: Bars and shebeens will remain closed.

Ramaphosa had earlier repeated well-known facts about the nature of Covid-19, pointing out that it could spread rapidly through any population and overwhelm even well-resourced health systems within a matter of weeks, which was why South Africa had opted to go into a hard lockdown.

No country was equipped to deal with an exponential increase in the numbers of people needing treatment for a respiratory disease.

“We have been forced to adapt to a new way of living. We must remember why we are here. Covid-19 has spread rapidly across the world.”

He said the objective of the declaration of the national state of disaster was to delay the spread of the virus.

“Our approach has been based on the principles of social distancing, restriction of movement and stringent sanitation practices.”

He said the hope was that tens of thousands of lives could be saved by measures such as the lockdown and other measures such as the shutting down of border. The World Health Organisation had praised the country for acting swiftly and following scientific advice.

“While a nationwide lockdown is probably the best way to contain the spread of the virus it cannot be sustained indefinitely.”

He said people would need to eat, and business would have to continue.

Different regions and provinces could find themselves on different alert levels depending on their local circumstances:

If lockdown regulations are amended to allow some economic activity to resume, it is possible that the infection rate will accelerate and that the virus will resurge. In this scenario, it would be necessary to quickly revert to more stringent restrictions in order to arrest further transmission.
An “alert system” with four to five levels would allow for flexibility and responsiveness, and would reduce the need to amend regulations in future.
At each level restrictions would be more or less severe, and sectors and companies would know what activity is permitted depending on the level imposed at any time.
Government would be able to switch between levels with far greater speed, and could use mass communications platforms (such as an SMS notification system) to signal this to the public.
Different levels could be imposed in specific provinces and areas based on the risk of transmission.
A gradual transition between alert levels can be implemented where necessary.
Detailed health protocols should be imposed at all levels of alert.
Any decision about whether to institute a lower alert level will be made by the National Command Council based on evidence gathered during the week about the spread of the virus.

Ramaphosa’s address followed a meeting of the National Command Council held earlier today and consultations with several stakeholders, including leaders of political parties represented in Parliament.

His address can be watched live below:



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My Fellow South Africans,

It has been exactly seven weeks since the first case of the coronavirus was confirmed in our country.

Since then, all our lives have changed in fundamental ways.

As a nation we have been forced to take aggressive action against an invisible enemy that threatened our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

We have been forced to adapt to a new way of living, in a short space of time.

As we enter the fifth week of an unprecedented nation-wide lockdown – and as we look to the future – we should remember why we are here.

The novel coronavirus, which was identified in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year, has spread rapidly across the world.

To date, over 2.6 million confirmed cases have been reported worldwide.

The actual number of people infected is likely to be far higher.

The coronavirus causes the disease known as COVID-19, a respiratory illness for which humans currently have no immunity and for which there is no known cure.

The coronavirus is passed from person to person in small droplets from the nose and mouth that can be transmitted by direct contact, on surfaces we touch or when an infected person coughs or sneezes when they are close to another person.

Most infected people exhibit only mild symptoms; some do not show any symptoms at all.

But there are people who develop severe symptoms and require hospitalisation.

These are usually older people and those who suffer from underlying conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and cancer.

For some of these people, COVID-19 is fatal.

Across the world, more than 185,000 people have succumbed to the disease.

Here in South Africa, at least 75 people have lost their lives.

Because the coronavirus can spread so rapidly through a population, it can overwhelm even the best-resourced health system within a matter of weeks.

This is what has occurred in many countries across the world, and it is precisely what we, as South Africa, have gone to great lengths to prevent.

Very few health systems across the world – if any – are prepared for a sudden and exponential increase in people requiring treatment for a severe respiratory illness.

As a result, if the virus spreads too quickly, there are not enough hospital beds, intensive care units, ventilators, personal protection equipment or medicine for everyone who needs them.

To make matters worse, people who are suffering from other conditions or need emergency procedures are unable to get the care they need.

And in such circumstances, many lives that could have been saved, are lost.

I am reiterating these basic facts – which by now are probably familiar to many of you – because they explain the actions we have taken to date and they inform the measures I am announcing this evening.

From the moment we declared the coronavirus pandemic to be a national disaster on Sunday 15 March, our objective was to delay the spread of the virus.

We have sought to avoid a massive surge in infections and an uncontrollable increase in the number of people needing medical care.

Our approach has been based on the principles of social distancing, restriction of movement and stringent basic hygiene practices.

By delaying the spread of the virus, we have had time to prepare our health facilities and mobilise some of the essential medical supplies needed to meet the inevitable increase in infections.

And it is in so doing, that we hope to save tens of thousands of lives.

There is clear evidence that the lockdown has been working.

Together with the other measures we have taken – such as closing our borders – and the changes in behaviour that each of us has made, the lockdown has slowed the progression of the pandemic in the country.

The World Health Organization has commended South Africa for acting swiftly and for following scientific advice to delay the spread of the virus.

Yet, while a nation-wide lockdown is probably the most effective means to contain the spread of the coronavirus, it cannot be sustained indefinitely.

Our people need to eat. They need to earn a living. Companies need to be able to produce and to trade, they need to generate revenue and keep their employees in employment.

We have accordingly decided that beyond Thursday 30 April, we should begin a gradual and phased recovery of economic activity.

We will implement a risk adjusted strategy through which we take a deliberate and cautious approach to the easing of current lockdown restrictions.

We have decided on this approach because there is still much that is unknown about the rate and manner of the spread of the virus within our population.

The action we take now must therefore be measured and incremental.

This approach is guided by the advice from scientists who have advised that an abrupt and uncontrolled lifting of restrictions could cause a massive resurgence in infections.

We cannot take action today that we will deeply regret tomorrow.

We must avoid a rushed re-opening that could risk a spread, which would need to be followed by another hard lockdown, as has happened in other countries.

We have to balance the need to resume economic activity with the imperative to contain the virus and save lives.

To achieve this, we have developed an approach that determines the measures we should have in place based on the direction of the pandemic in our country.

As part of this approach, there will be five coronavirus levels:

Level 5 means that drastic measures are required to contain the spread of the virus to save lives.

Level 4 means that some activity can be allowed to resume subject to extreme precautions required to limit community transmission and outbreaks.

Level 3 involves the easing of some restrictions, including on work and social activities, to address a high risk of transmission.

Level 2 involves the further easing of restrictions, but the maintenance of physical distancing and restrictions on some leisure and social activities to prevent a resurgence of the virus.

Level 1 means that most normal activity can resume, with precautions and health guidelines followed at all times.

To ensure that our response to the pandemic can be as precise and targeted as possible, there will be a national level and separate levels for each province, district and metro in the country.

We are currently at Level 5, which requires a full national lockdown to contain the spread of the virus.

This is the highest level of lockdown and was imposed when drastic action was necessary to curb transmission.

The National Coronavirus Command Council will determine the alert level based on an assessment of the infection rate and the capacity of our health system to provide care to those who need it.

We have undertaken a detailed exercise to classify the different parts of the economy according to the risk of transmission in that sector, the expected impact of the lockdown, the economic contribution of the sector and the effect on livelihoods.

The relevant Ministers will provide a detailed briefing on the classification of industries and how each is affected at each level.

We will give all industry bodies an opportunity to consider these details and, should they wish, to make submissions before new regulations are gazetted.

The National Coronavirus Command Council met earlier today and determined that the national coronavirus alert level will be lowered from level 5 to level 4 with effect from Friday the 1st of May.

This means that some activity will be allowed to resume subject to extreme precautions to limit community transmission and outbreaks

Some businesses will be allowed to resume operations under specific conditions.

Every business will have to adhere to detailed health and safety protocols to protect their employees, and workplace plans will be put in place to enable disease surveillance and prevent the spread of infection.

All businesses that are permitted to resume operations will be required to do so in a phased manner, first preparing the workplace for a return to operations, followed by the return of the workforce in batches of no more than one-third.

In some cases, a sector will not be able to return to full production during Level 4 while the risk of infection remains high.

These will be spelt out next week following a final round of consultations.

Businesses will be encouraged to adopt a work-from-home strategy where possible.

All staff who can work remotely must be allowed to do so.

The relevant Ministers will provide details on the process for the phased re-opening of schools and other educational institutions.

As we gradually ease the restrictions, it is necessary that many of the measures to contain the spread of the virus remain in place.

When the country moves to level 4 on 1 May:

Our borders will remain closed to international travel, except for the repatriation of South African nationals and foreign citizens.

No travel will be allowed between provinces, except for the transportation of goods and exceptional circumstances such as funerals.

Public transport will continue to operate, with limitations on the number of passengers and stringent hygiene requirements, including that all passengers must wear a face mask.

The public is encouraged to stay at home, other than for essential personal movement, doing essential work and work in sectors that are under controlled opening. People can exercise under strict public health conditions.

All gatherings, apart from funerals and for work, will remain prohibited.

Those who are elderly, and those with underlying conditions, must remain at home and take additional precautions to isolate themselves.

The sale of cigarettes will be permitted.

The range of goods that may be sold will be extended to incorporate certain additional categories. These will be detailed by the relevant Ministers.

It is important to note that several restrictions will remain in place regardless of the level of alert for as long as the risk of transmission is present:

Bars and shebeens will remain closed.

Conference and convention centres, entertainment venues, cinemas, theatres, and concerts will remain closed.

Concerts, sporting events, and religious, cultural and social gatherings will not be allowed until it is deemed safe for them to continue.

The coronavirus is spread by contact between people.

If people do not travel, the virus does not travel.

We know, for example, that just one funeral in Port St Johns and one religious gathering in Mangaung contributed to a spate of infections in their respective provinces.

From the evidence we have, we know that 75 percent of confirmed coronavirus cases are found in just six metro municipalities – Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, Cape Town, Buffalo City, EThekwini and Mangaung.

It is therefore essential that we do everything in our means to restrict the movement of people and – although it runs counter to our very nature – to reduce the contact that each of us has with each other.

Ultimately, it is our own actions, as individuals, that will determine how quickly the virus spreads.

If we all adhere to instructions and follow public health guidelines, we will keep the virus under control and will not need to reinstate the most drastic restrictions.

We can prevent the spread of coronavirus by doing a few simple things.

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol based sanitiser.

Keep a distance of more than one metre between yourself and the next person, especially those who are coughing and sneezing.

Try not to touch your mouth, nose and eyes because your hands may have touched the coronavirus on surfaces.

When you cough or sneeze cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or a tissue, and dispose of the tissue right away.

As we begin the easing of lockdown restrictions from the beginning of May, we are calling on all South Africans to wear a face mask whenever you leave home.

Our clothing and textile industry – including many small businesses – are gearing up to produce these masks on a mass scale.

The extraordinary measures that we have put in place to combat the coronavirus pandemic have been matched by the extraordinary contributions of many South Africans.

We pay tribute to them, the nurses, the doctors, the scientists and the community screening field workers who are leading our public health response.

We are committed to ensuring that they have all the resources they need – including adequate personal protection equipment and other recognition – to undertake the work that is being asked of them.

As we slowly ease the lockdown restrictions, we are substantially and rapidly increasing our public health response.

We have already seen a huge increase in community screening and testing.

Guided by advice from the World Health Organization and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, we have joined other African countries in placing mass screening and testing at the centre of the next phase of our response.

Earlier in the week, I announced an additional allocation of R20 billion to our health response to ensure that we have the beds, medicine, equipment and personnel required when the country experiences the peak of infections.

This evening, I also want to pay tribute to those who are providing essential services and goods – the truck, taxi, bus and train drivers; the workers on farms, in stores, at power stations, at water plants, at petrol stations, in banks and in call centres; the law enforcement officials and security personnel.

It is thanks to your efforts that we have been able to make such valuable progress in combating this pandemic.

As part of expanding this effort, I have employed over 70,000 defence force personnel to assist with various parts of our coronavirus response.

Until now, those defence force members that have been deployed have supported the South African Police Service in their responsibilities.

They will continue to do so, but they will also be providing assistance in other essential areas, such as the provision of water supply, infrastructure maintenance and health services.

This is a crucial moment in our struggle against the coronavirus.

It is a time for caution.

It is a time to act responsibly.

It is a time for patience.

There is no person who doesn’t want to return to work.

There is no company that does not want to re-open.

There is no student who does not want to return to their studies.

Yet, we are all called upon, at some time in our lives, to make great sacrifices for our own future and for the future of others.

There are times when we must endure hardship and difficulty, so that we can enjoy freedom and prosperity into the future.

During the past five weeks, we have demonstrated to the entire world what a nation can achieve with courage, determination and solidarity.

We must not give up now.

I am asking you to stay strong.

I am asking you to remain united.

Stay home, stay safe.

Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do.

May God bless South Africa and protect her people.

I thank you.
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MIND POWER by JOHN BROOME

- GEORGE NEWS


Hi Folks,

Some BIG things are impacting many people during this lockdown. The BIG three are FEAR, DOUBT and WORRY! Job in the Bible said “that which I have feared has come upon me”. Showing that the things we focus on we attract into our lives.



It’s only natural that these things are impacting people during this time of uncertainty. These are well covered in my Positive Self Image, Self Esteem and Confidence subliminal MP3. This MP3 is the foundation of everything. It covers self image, self esteem, self confidence, assertiveness, positive attitude, enthusiasm and motivation and also has the forgiveness affirmations included. This is my most important product.

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Subliminal messages: I deserve the best. I appreciate my life. I love life. I like myself. I forgive others. I forgive all. I forgive myself. I am forgiven. I am forgiving. I am powerful. I am calm and secure. I feel good. My life is in harmony. I feel good. I love life. I am positive. I am happy. I am good. I am a deserving, worthy person. I am strong. I am confident. I am a capable person. I like myself. I am proud of myself. I believe in myself. I feel great. I feel happy. I am wonderful. I am safe and secure. I trust myself. Life is good to me. I want to respect myself. I am able to respect myself. I respect myself. I love my life. I am liked. I am accepted. I am accepting. Life is good. Living is fun. I enjoy life. I am responsible for me. I am caring. I am sharing. I am loving. I am loved. I am safe and secure. I am optimistic. I am calm. I believe in my ideas. I enjoy people. I enjoy myself. I respect my own judgments and opinions. I improve. I am relaxed. I am poised. I am sufficient. I am in control. I have great strength and confidence. My body posture reflects a confident attitude. I believe life is good to me. I want to feel good about myself. I can feel good about myself. I feel good about myself. My personal power makes me feel confident. I am absolutely worthy. I project power. I am self reliant. I am self assured. I am positive and determined. I have the power to succeed. I trust myself and my decisions. I am a deserving worthy person. I claim my power as a worthy person. I claim my dignity as a worthy person. I am a creative person. I create worthy relationships. I am worthy because I am a child of God. I am an enthusiastic, motivated person. I have a passion for life. I am absolutely in charge of my life. Today is a good day. My life is harmonious now and always. I choose happiness. My life is fun. I feel happy. I am positive about the future. I am thankful for my happiness. My life is rich with joy. I am peaceful, contented and secure. All things work out for my ultimate good. Thinking positively brings me pleasure. Life is full of wonderful opportunities. I focus on the positive side of life. I have a natural enthusiasm for living.

Affirmations are one of the ways of creating a more empowering mindset. Affirmations should be repeated at least twice a day, first thing in the morning and last thing at night. Repeat each affirmation 5 to 10 times, with emotion, feel yourself being like that and visualize yourself being like that. Repetition, emotion / feeling and visualization are key to making affirmations work optimally.

This process builds new neural pathways in the brain, which lead to different thinking, which changes our actions and hence our results.

So use the entire script or select affirmations that resonate with you. Also use your own affirmations if applicable. AND use them every day. Do not miss a day.

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COVID-19 CASES IN SA INCREASE TO 402

- GLOBAL NEWS

Health minister Zweli Mkhize can be seen during a press briefing on updates on the coronavirus in South Africa at the Civitas building is Pretoria CBD, 9 March 2020. Photo: Jacques Nelles
NATIONAL NEWS - Health Minister Zweli Mkhize announced on Monday that South Africa now has 402 confirmed cases of Covid-19, an increase of 128 from yesterday’s announcement.

The Northern Cape now has its first confirmed cases.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation tonight on measures to be undertaken to mitigate the impact.

“We will thereafter engage the public to give further details and explanations on the results including the significant rise, the ongoing testing processes, each province’s progress on contact tracing efforts,” said Mkhize.

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Good Advice from Discovery Health regarding Covid-19

- GLOBAL NEWSGood Advice from Discovery Health regarding Covid-19



The next two months will be critical. We will remember them for the rest of our lives. I would like to offer a few pieces of information, under the burden of my professional capacity as a statistician who is working in crisis modeling and simulation, and the additional burden of the dearth of data that we have for this new virus.
Our best current estimate of the mortality rate of Covid-19 is around 1%, with a range of 0.5%-2% (source in the first comment). This differs from the so-called snapshot CFR which is obtained by dividing the number of deaths by the number of confirmed cases, and which varies in the range of 2%-5% or more per region. The snapshot CFR is factually accurate, but not very predictive, so let's run with 1% as a median expectation. This is still at least 20 times worse than the flu. The belief that "the flu kills more people every year" will soon be proven wrong. The related belief that "maybe most of us have caught it already and didn't realise" is also unlikely to be proven right: the virus is indeed mild in about 80% of cases, but, conservatively, for every 95 mild cases, at least 5 additional severe cases would have been admitted to hospital, and hence tested, and hence become known. Although we are extremely uncertain about the absolute number of mild cases, we have good evidence that the majority of the population has not yet fallen ill, and, as a result, the worse is yet to come. The virus is probably twice more contagious than the flu, and almost certainly contagious before symptoms appear.

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GARDEN ROUTE DAM LEVEL UPDATE

- GEORGE NEWS


Since 27 February, 0mm rain has fallen and the demand / usage is 31.692 megalitres.
Update

GEORGE NEWS - The Garden Route Dam's level has dropped slightly from 96.73% (down from 98.61%). Since 27 February, 0mm rain has fallen and the demand / usage is 31.692 megalitres.

(Please note the Garden Route Dam must be recalibrated by the Department of Water Affairs following the raising of the spillway and dam wall. Until this process has been completed all readings are based on the previous spillway and dam wall height.)

The George-muninicipality also reminds residents and visitors that section 2B water restrictions still apply in the city and surrounds.

That means:

• Handheld watering of gardens using a hose using municipal water: even-numbered households Mondays and Thursdays, 7pm-9pm (summer) and 3pm-5pm (winter) AND uneven-numbered households Tuesdays and Fridays, 7pm-9pm (summer) and 3pm-5pm (winter)

• Mechanical irrigation of gardens (sprayers) using municipal water is prohibited.

• Watering sports fields using municipal water is prohibited, except for golf course greens, bowling greens and cricket pitches, daily 7pm-9pm (summer) and 3pm-5pm (winter).

• Filling up of swimming pools using municipal water is prohibited.

• Washing cars with a hose using municipal water is prohibited (buckets allowed, rainwater encouraged), except for commercial car washes.

• Cleaning of outside surfaces using a hosepipe with municipal water is prohibited (buckets allowed, rainwater encouraged).

• “OWN WATER” signage must be displayed where applicable and must be proven on request by municipal officials.

• Applications for exemption of some restrictions may be considered on merit.

Report water leaks and burst pipes to 044 801 9262 or after hours at 044 801 6300, as soon as you notice them.

Report contraventions of water restrictions on 0800 424 277. Fines may apply.

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