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COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | ANC GP resolves to place Bandile Masuku on temporary leave of absence

COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | ANC GP resolves to place Bandile Masuku on temporary leave of absence

July 30 2020 - 10:33

ANC GP resolves to subject Diko and Masuku to integrity committee

July 30 2020 - 09:42

Florida to close virus test centers with storm looming

Florida will close its coronavirus testing centers on Thursday, a day after the state reported a record 216 deaths from the disease, as authorities batten down for a looming storm.

Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to hit the southern state by the end of the week, according to the National Hurricane Center, and is already packing winds of 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour.

Authorities said they would respond by closing all Covid-19 test sites -- already hamstrung by delays -- from 5:00 pm (2200 GMT) Thursday until further notice.Florida to close virus test centers with storm looming

July 30 2020 - 09:40

Social distancing at Andrew Mlangeni's home — a police investigation & denials

Minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu says there was no contravention of lockdown regulations at the home of struggle stalwart and Rivonia trialist Andrew Mlangeni earlier this week.

Mthembu’s response came as scores continued to take to social media on Tuesday and Wednesday, to question whether leaders were exempt from abiding by the law, which allows for up to 50 people to gather at funerals.Social distancing at Andrew Mlangeni's home — a police investigation...

July 30 2020 - 08:46

WATCH | SANDF officials caught on camera smoking

Videos of three military officers caught enjoying a smoke break during the funeral of anti-apartheid veteran Andrew Mlangeni have caused a buzz on social media.

The officers were caught on camera by Newzroom Afrika smoking on Wednesday with their face masks down, lighting their cigarettes while standing close together.

Video clips and photos of the officials circulated on Twitter and left many, including the Fair-Trade Independent Tobacco Association's (Fita) chairperson Sinenhlanhla Mnguni and the SA Tobacco Transformation Alliance (SATTA), demanding answers.

WATCH | SANDF officials caught on camera smoking

July 30 2020 - 07:59

Buhle Samuels slams SA's Covid-19 response: 'Our people continue to suffer'

Actress Buhle Samuels has shared her heartbreak at seeing social grant recipients line up in groups to collect their money when they should be at home, trying to stay safe from Covid-19.

The star took to Twitter this week to criticise the government's response to the pandemic, which has left the vulnerable still needing to go out and collect grants. 

“It hurts me to see people lined up at the post office for their grants. I wish there was a better solution to the problem,” she said.Buhle Samuels slams SA's Covid-19 response: 'Our people continue to...

July 30 2020 - 07:37

It was all just an error of judgment: Diko

He should have read the room.

That's the word from the president’s spokesperson Khusela Diko on her husband’s tender saga.It was all just an error of judgment: Diko

July 30 2020 - 07:35

Fear, self-respect and hope swirl in minds of newly jobless in UIF queue

Scores of Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) applicants stand anxiously  in long queues at the labour centre in Roodepoort, west of Johannesburg.  

Applicants wearing face masks clutch onto their documents as they watch the slow-moving queue. Some pass the time by listening to music on headphones. Others sit in the sun on the pavement while waiting for their turn. No-one speaks.

TimesLIVE visited the centre this week. A wooden table with a labour department official is stationed at the gate at the centre. Every person entering the centre has to sign in at the register.Fear, self-respect and hope swirl in minds of newly jobless in UIF...

July 30 2020 - 07:34

Data shows Western Cape Covid-19 cases are dropping

The Western Cape has not only passed its Covid-19 peak but the dreaded “long plateau” seems to have given way to a steady decline in cases, according to data presented during a provincial government press briefing on Wednesday.

Provincial head of health Dr Keith Cloete said sequencing of viral strands showed that during February and early March there were already about nine cases of local transmission, which helped to explain why the Western Cape was the first province to peak.Data shows Western Cape Covid-19 cases are dropping

July 30 2020 - 07:20

Covid-19 recoveries in Gauteng surpass 100,000 mark