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COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Last day to make your alcohol run for the week

COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Last day to make your alcohol run for the week

June 4 2020 - 08:40

Mmusi Maimane launches 'safe schools' hotline to 'ensure safety' of pupils & teachers come June 8

Mmusi Maimane, the leader of the One SA (OSA) movement, on Wednesday launched a hotline where concerned parents and pupils can report “preparedness gaps” in schools as they prepare to reopen on Monday, June 8.

This is to ensure that no school reopens without following the necessary safety measures, and that the constitutional rights of all pupils are observed,says Maimane.

“This is not a question of whether some schools are ready and others are not, it's about the constitutionality of the fact that every child is guaranteed an education, every child has a right to life and that ultimately, the rights of the child are paramount.”Mmusi Maimane launches 'safe schools' hotline to 'ensure safety' of...

June 4 2020 - 08:39

Fikile Mbalula gives FlySafair's R750 'block a seat' option thumbs-up

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula sees no problem with FlySafairs' R750 “block a seat” option.

He addressed the media on the readiness of domestic flights at OR Tambo Airport on Wednesday and said there was nothing wrong with the airline introducing the option.

“We cannot be opposed to it,” said Mbalula. “I'm not a spokesperson for FlySafair ... it is a marketing tool. They don't need our permission for that.”Fikile Mbalula gives FlySafair's R750 'block a seat' option thumbs-up

June 4 2020 - 07:50

Don't forget: No booze sales from Thursday evening until Monday

South Africans are reminded that they will not be able to buy alcoholic beverages between 5pm on Thursday until Monday morning.

National police spokesperson Brig Vish Naidoo said anyone found buying or selling alcohol between those designated times would face the might of the law.

“From 5pm on Thursday until Monday morning, people are not allowed to carry liquor. We want to prevent people from getting intoxicated and getting together. We would be opening an avenue for them to start parties, which will cause a further spread of the disease,” he said.Don't forget: No booze sales from Thursday evening until Monday

June 4 2020 - 07:37

No more Covid-19 tests for ‘healthy’ Capetonians

If you are younger than 55, don’t have a chronic illness and live in Cape Town, then you’re not going to be tested for Covid-19 – even if you develop symptoms.

A lack of testing kits has forced the move, says their premier.No more Covid-19 tests for ‘healthy’ Capetonians

June 4 2020 - 7:15

Teachers rapped for ‘fancy masks' - but principals are wrong

KwaZulu-Natal teachers should not be sent to the principal’s office for wearing “fancy” masks.

The provincial education department explained on Wednesday that there was no directive on the fabric, print or design of masks to be worn in the classroom.

While the department had not received any formal complaints, several teachers told TimesLIVE they were instructed by principals to leave their “fancy” masks at home.Teachers rapped for ‘fancy masks' - but principals are wrong

June 4 2020 - 7:10

POLL | If lockdown was scrapped, would you feel safe going out?

As South Africans await the government's response on some lockdown regulations which were declared by the North Gauteng High Court as “unconstitutional” and “invalid” on Tuesday, it isn't clear what life will be like 14 days from now.

The matter was heard in court on May 28 after it was brought urgently byLiberty Fighters Network, according to TimesLIVE. POLL | If lockdown was scrapped, would you feel safe going out?

June 4 2020 - 7:00

On your bike! How a bicycle can ease Covid-19 spread and make money

Could cycling be a tool in the fight against the coronavirus?

Euronews reported that Europeans were turning to bicycles in an effort to avoid crowded public transport during the coronavirus pandemic as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

This question could be further pondered as World Bicycle Day was celebrated on Wednesday - placing a spotlight on cycling as the best mode of transport during a global pandemic.On your bike! How a bicycle can ease Covid-19 spread and make money