Daily news update: Covid-19 stats, petrol price, SA resorts under threat and ANC to pay for SANDF flight to Zim

ANC secretary general Ace Magashule holds a media briefing to discuss the outcomes of its four-day National Executive Committee meeting at Luthuli House, Johannesburg, 2 October, 2019. Picture: Emmanuel Croset

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Daily Covid-19 update: Limpopo records highest number of deaths

Source: Health department

As of Tuesday, South Africa has recorded a cumulative number of 651, 521 Covid-19 cases, with only 772 new cases identified.

The total number of tests conducted to date is 3 940 217, with 11,603 new tests conducted since the last report.

The country has also recorded 142 more Covid-19 deaths: 16 from KwaZulu-Natal, 12 from Gauteng, 4 from Eastern Cape, 13 from Western Cape, 11 from Northern Cape, 19 from Mpumalanga and 67 from Limpopo.

This brings the total number of Covid-19 related deaths to 15,641.

SA resorts under threat as jihadists occupy Mozambique islands

Vamizi Island Lodge on Vamizi Island, Mozambique. Picture: Twitter / @AtlantidaViatge

Jihadists in northern Mozambique occupied two small islands in the Indian Ocean last week, threatening tourism and maritime traffic in the region where a multibillion-dollar offshore gas exploration project is being developed, locals said on Friday.

Mbali Ntuli slams DA leaders, ‘cult-like’ culture and fear

DA KZN spokesperson on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Mbali Ntuli, briefs media her on candidacy in the upcoming DA leadership election in Rosebank, Johannesburg, 7 February 2020, for the DA leadership position against John Steenhuisen, the current interim leader, Western Cape leader Bonginkosi Madikizela, and Gauteng leader John Moodey. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The DA has been on a downward spiral since it lost some of its traditional voters to the FF Plus in the 2019 elections.

The resignation of Mmusi Maimane, Herman Mashaba and recently, DA Gauteng leader John Moodey, who was also in the running for party leader, has further fuelled suggestions that the party was ridding itself of black leaders.

ANC will pay for SANDF flight to Zim, Ace says

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

The ANC delegation went to Zimbabwe for meetings with the ruling Zanu-PF party over a crisis in that country. Zanu-PF has steadfastly denied that there is a crisis.

An outrage ensued when it came to light that the ANC leaders used the South African National Defense Force’s (SANDF) Falcon 900. plane – which was used to ferry Mapisa-Nqakula – on their visit to Zanu-PF.

Cheer at the pumps as AA predicts substantial October fuel price drop

Picture: Karen Sandison / African News Agency (ANA)

“The Rand has put on a remarkable rally against the US dollar in recent weeks, with the daily exchange rate strengthening from R17.30 on August 21 to R16.70 on August 31 and since the start of September, the Rand has traded in a commendably tight range by recent standards,” the association said.

Once NDZ’s in power, Molefe’s pension payout will be easy, Gupta said – Daniels

Eskom’s suspended head of legal Suzanne Daniels, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sunday Times / Alon Skuy)

Zondo was on Tuesday hearing testimony from the former head of legal and compliance at Eskom, Suzanne Daniels, who gave evidence on some meetings and interactions with Gupta business associate Salim Essa, one of which included a meeting in late July 2017 with Gupta, former president Jacob Zuma’s son, Duduzane, former minister Ben Martins and “an Asian” lady she could not recall the name of.

Did AKA just name his new song after Cassper Nyovest?

AKA and Cassper Nyovest | Images: Instagram

Cassper recently released a project of his own titled Any Minute Now or AMN for short in dedication to his first child, a boy that was born earlier this week.

When asked for his thoughts on his rival’s project, AKA admitted to having heard it, stating that “it doesn’t sound too bad”.

Why John Boyega cut ties with Jo Malone over Chinese ad controversy

John Boyega. Picture: Getty Images

After finding out that he was replaced by a Chinese actor in an advert/short film he created as part of his role as a Jo Malone ambassador, Star Wars actor John Boyega has decided to cut ties with the brand.

Following the controversy, Jo Malone, which is owned by Estee Lauder, removed the advert from its campaign in China.

Chiefs fans unhappy about potential Adel Amrouche hiring

The former Bidvest Wits mentor has been touted as the next man for the hot seat at Naturena but it looks like that deal will not happen.

READ: Are Chiefs going to miss out on Gavin Hunt?

While the Amakhosi fans were expecting the club to announce Hunt on Monday, news emerged that it is now the Algerian mentor who is now the front runner for the position.

Triumphant return as Wayde coasts to victory

Wayde van Niekerk

Wayde van Niekerk is on the comeback trail. Picture: Gallo Images

In the long jump event, though he led until the final round with a leap of 8.04m, Ruswahl Samaai settled for second place, with Finnish athlete Kristian Pulli snatching victory after landing at 8.08m with his last jump.

In the men’s 110m hurdles race, Antonio Alkana displayed his best form of the season, taking third place in a blanket finish in 13.40.

First impressions: Land Rover Defender back with a bang

The Land Rover Defender has made a grandiose comeback.

The model we sampled was the 110 D240 S, which features the only turbodiesel engine offered across the range and is one notch up from the entry level D240. The 2.0-litre Ingenium four-cylinder twin-turbo powerplant produces 177 kW of power and 430 Nm of torque which is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Toyota Corolla Touring Sports becomes retied Suzuki Swace in Europe

New Suzuki Swace that uses the Toyota Corolla Touring Sports as a base

In terms of features, the Swace receives an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, bi-xenon LED headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, a wireless smartphone charger, heated front seats, ambient lighting, a heated steering wheel and three driving modes; Eco, Normal and Sport. Safety and driver assistance systems include Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Road Sign Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Auto Hold and Parking Assist.

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