Daily news update: Covid-19 stats, Lockdown Level 1 rules, Ndlozi apology and alleged money laundering at Transnet

President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Supplied

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Covid-19 update: SA records 1,923 new cases and 64 deaths

Source: Health department

“We extend our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers that treated the deceased patients. Our recoveries now stand at 584,195 which translates to a recovery rate of 89,4%,” said Mkhize.

‘The new normal’: What you can do in Lockdown Level 1

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the country is moving to Level 1 as of midnight on Sunday.

“It is time to move to what we call our new normal. Following consultations with various stakeholders the country will move to alert level 1 effective from midnight on Sunday,” said Ramaphosa.

In his address to the nation on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted response to the Covid-19 pandemic on Wednesday evening, Ramaphosa announced the easing of restrictions in Level 1.

Outa gives NPA evidence of alleged massive money laundering at Transnet

Former Eskom CEO Brian Molefe (right) shakes hands with then-president Jacob Zuma, 14 June 2017. Picture: Flickr / GCIS

Outa’s submission is based on documents including some retrieved from the #GuptaLeaks, from various datasets submitted to Outa, whistleblower reports, Transnet-related documents submitted to the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission database, and media reports.

Ndlozi apologises for ‘hurtful’ tweet after journalist’s harassment

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) former spokesperson Dr Mbuyiseni Ndlozi debating the PAIA Amendment Bill in parliament. Picture: Screenshot (Parliament of the Republic of South Africa YouTube)

Journalist Nobesuthu Hejana and a cameraperson had been covering a Clicks protest when they were chased away. A video clip of the incident showed her being touched and pushed by the group in red overalls.

Ndlozi’s comments drew criticism from many quarters, with many saying it had no place in a country with high levels of gender-based violence.

SA doesn’t have the funds to implement e-voting – IEC

Image for illustrative purposes. Picture: Neil McCartney

The IEC said it was not advocating for or against composite elections, where national, provincial and local elections happened on one day. IEC chairperson Glen Mashinini said it was up to parliament to decide on this.

The commission could only empower parliament with information as to what it would mean technically.

This is how lenders prey on social grant recipients – report

Picture for illustration. Residents from Olievenhoutbosch can be seen queuing and practicing social distancing to collect their Sassa grants at the local mall, 30 March 2020, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Lenders are making low-risk loans to social grant beneficiaries and charging them high-risk interest rates, a new research report has found.

The report, “Challenging Reckless Lending in South Africa”, by researchers at human rights organisation Black Sash and the London School of Economics and Political Science, examines loans targeting recipients of social grants.

SA’s asylum process riddled with graft at every stage – LHR report

Refugees protest at the UNHCR in Pretoria before their removal by police, 14 November 2019. Picture: Jacques Nelles

From crossing the border to applying for refugee status in South Africa, foreign nationals seeking asylum are often met with corruption at every point of the process.

This is according to a Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) report titled ”Costly Protection: Corruption in South Africa’s Asylum System”.

SA water levels continue to drop while Eastern Cape holds out

The Vaal Dam, as seen in October 2019. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Although Free State dams experienced a marginal drop from 76,9% to 76,2% this week, the province continues to lead the pack with the largest volumes of water in the country. Two of the biggest dams, Gariep and Vanderkloof, recorded 79,6% and 92,2% apiece, while Sterkfontein Dam on the north east of the province, rose marginally to 94%. The dam forms part of the Integrated Vaal River System and is occasionally used for supplementing struggling dams in the system.

Why did the chicken tip-toe across the parking lot? Nando’s does it again

A chicken tip toeing across a parking lot | Image: Twitter

There is no doubt that the social media manager behind the Nando’s SA account always brings the funny, but their most recent post seems to take the cake.

South Africans found themselves in stitches with this relatable tweet about not wanting to ruin mom’s hard work right after she just cleaned up.

MUST SEE: Elephants, giraffes join ‘Jerusalema’ challenge

Elephants and giraffe join ‘Jerusalema’ challenge. Photo: Facebook

Just when Master KG’s Jerusalema had been replicated and shared enough by humans, animals have joined in the fun.

The Wild Life Trust and ZEN a conservation organisation, consisting of a sanctuary for injured wildlife and a landscape preservation reserve.

‘Dinner at Somizi’s’ to continue despite intellectual property rights allegations

Somizi on the set of his new show “Dinner at Somizi’s” | Image: Instagram

Spokesperson for MultiChoice Benedict Maaga said: “MultiChoice is aware of the allegation made by Hastings Moeng in relation to Dinner at Somizi’s. When content is commissioned from producers, as in this case, MultiChoice obtains undertakings that all intellectual property rights in relation to the show have been cleared.”

Dr Eugenia in hot water with CSA, sponsors

Cricket fans

Cricket sponsors, Momentum, have been angered by the comments of a CSA Board member. Picture: Getty Images

Controversial Cricket South Africa independent director Dr Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw’s tweet which appeared to threaten sponsors, Momentum, has landed her in hot water with the sports federation, who have apologised to the financial services provider, distancing themselves from her statement and reporting her to their Social and Ethics Committee.

Chiefs fans’ excitement over Carteron dies as he joins Asian side

Patrice Carteron EPA/STR

It may have been a long shot anyway but Kaizer Chiefs fans got excited when top coach Patrice Carteron resigned from Egyptian giants Zamalek FC and rumours quickly spread that he was headed to Naturena.

Brazil closing Toyota Etios chapter as retooling starts for Corolla Cross

Brazilian-spec Toyota Etios

Based on unnamed source familiar with the move, the Brazilian made Cross will be “very similar” to the global model made in Thailand, although it is expected to have a different choice of engines in order to run on both petrol and/or ethanol.

BMW confirms first ever front-wheel-drive hot hatch poised to take-on Golf GTI

Prototype BMW 128ti testing at the Nürburgring

Fitted with a mechanical limited slip differential, an M Sport suspension that has resulted in a 10 mm ride height drop, adjustable steering and M Sport brakes, the lighter, by 80 kg, 128ti will reportedly accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds, 2.6 seconds slower than the M135i, and hit the electronic speed limiter at 250 km/h. Unlike the GTi though, a manual gearbox won’t be offered as the only option will be the sports-tuned eight-speed Steptronic.

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