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26
MAY
5am

SAFM 11AM

COVID 19 has not only become the greatest Health Pandemic since the Spanish flu, but is has also become an economic crisis. This is according to Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. She and Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize are appearing before a virtual NCOP House sitting - to brief delegates about the impact of COVID 19 on the country. Dlamini-Zuma says the pandemic has also uncovered other social ills.
26
MAY
5am

SAFM 10AM

A Senior member of the ANC Youth League in KwaZulu-Natal has been gunned down in Hammarsdale, West of Durban. The 29-year old branch secretary, Thamsanqa Gcabashe was killed near his home last night. KwaZulu-Natal police have confirmed the incident. This is the second killing of an ANC member in the province in one day. Yesterday, an ANC PR councillor from the Mtubatuba municipality was killed at his home. ANC Youth League secretary in KwaZulu-Natal, Thanduxolo Sabela says Hammarsdale has been marred by tensions since 2016. He's calling on police to urgently arrest the perpetrators.
26
MAY
2am

SAFM 8AM NEWS BULLETIN

Parliament's Health Committee and the Select Committee on Health and Social Services will embark on a joint oversight visit to the Western Cape today and KwaZulu Natal tomorrow. Health Committee Chairperson, Sibongiseni Dhlomo says they will be assessing the state of quarantine sites and the readiness of public hospitals to deal with COVID-19. The oversight visit will start in Cape Town today with a visit to the Tygerberg Hospital, the National Health Laboratory Service and the quarantine site at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Dhlomo says as inter-provincial travelling is not allowed under Level 4 lockdown, the committees have deployed their members to conduct oversight visits in the provinces where they reside.
26
MAY
1am

SAFM 7AM NEWS BULLETIN

The Department of Health has confirmed a sharp increase in the Covid-19 death toll after 52 fatalities were recorded, the highest in 24 hours, as well as a sharp increase of new cases which brings the total positive cases to more than 23-thousand-600. Fourty-nine of the latest deaths were in the Western Cape - which is the epicentre of the pandemic in South Africa. The Department says 596-thousand-777 tests have been conducted to date with almost 13-thousand in the past 24 hours.

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The number of positive coronavirus cases has increased to 23-thousand-615. An increase of 1-thousand-and-32 new cases. The Western Cape still accounts for 65-percent of the total with more than 15-thousand COVID cases. Gauteng accounts for 13-percent with the Eastern Cape reporting 11-percent. Meanwhile... there are 11-thousand-917 recoveries. This means that South Africa has 11-thousand-217 active cases.
25
MAY
2pm

SAFM 8PM NEWS BULLETIN

SAA's business rescue practitioners have been granted leave to appeal a Labour Court ruling that halted retrenchments at the bankrupt state carrier
25
MAY
1pm

SAFM 7PM NEWS BULLETIN

Agri SA has appealed to government to act on the illegal trade of tobacco products during the lockdown period. The agricultural organisation also called for the urgent lifting of the ban on the formal trade of these products, saying it serves no purpose because smokers are now buying illicit cigarettes at an unprecedented scale. According to Agri SA, the legal tobacco value chain and the workers it employs, are suffering tremendous economic hardship.
25
MAY
12pm

SAFM 6PM NEWS BULLETIN

The Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution (CASAC) says government has much to account for over its handling of the national lockdown. It was reacting to reports of people dying at the hands of security forces, including the police and the army. In one case, a man was beaten to death in his home after police discovered an unopened bottle of beer in his fridge.
25
MAY
11am

SAFM 5PM NEWS BULLETIN

National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise says South Africa's proactiveness to keep peace on the continent has declined. She was speaking during a virtual Lecture on Africa Day.
25
MAY
10am

SAFM 4PM NEWS BULLETIN

Trade unions in the public health sector in the Eastern Cape are calling on the provincial government to review the competence of hospital managers across the province.
25
MAY
9am

SAFM 3PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the coronavirus pandemic has shown Africa's ability in working together to solve its own problems. Delivering the Africa Day speech as African Union chairperson, he says Africa is firmly managing the global public health crisis. The Continent has more than 96-thousand positive cases of COVID-19 with more than 3-thousand resulting in death. Ramaphosa says the positive that can be taken from the pandemic is that governments have accelerated their development agendas.
25
MAY
9am

SAFM 2PM

Emergency services and police are still on the scene at a building site in Inanda, north of Durban where a retaining wall collapsed killing one person and injuring three. The victims were working on the wall when it fell. IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst says the injured have been taken to hospital.
25
MAY
7am

SAFM 1PM

One person has been killed and three others have sustained serious injuries at a site in the Inanda area, north of Durban when a retaining wall they were working on, collapsed. The cause of the incident is unknown. Emergency services and the police are at the scene. IPSS Medical Rescue spokesperson Paul Herbst says the injured have been taken to hospital.

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