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07
APR
7am

Local scientists hard at work in the fight against covid 19

SAfm — Researchers from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the University of the Western Cape's (UWC) South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) have sequenced the first SARS-COV-2 genome, which could help contain the spread of corona virus. SANBI researcher and co-author of the new report presenting the sequence Peter van Heusden says finding the "fingerprint" of a virus could allow one to understand how it spreads.
07
APR
7am

Gauteng Health Dept pleads with residents to ignore Covid 19 fake news

SAfm — Some members of the public are unwilling or refusing to be tested for the corona virus because of fake news reports that the swabs are contaminated. According to the Gauteng Health Department, this has hampered the country's efforts to curb the spread of the fatal respiratory illness. We spoke to Gauteng Health MEC Dr Bandile Masuku...
06
APR
7am

Cele : There's been a decrease in serious crimes

SAfm — Police Minister Bheki Cele says there's been a decrease in serious crimes. He says incidents of murder, rape, assault, hijackings, business and house robberies have gone down compared to the same time last year. Murder cases have dropped from 326 to 94; rape cases from 699 to 101; cases of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm dropped from 2 673 to 456; and business and house robberies dropped from 8 853 to 2 098.
06
APR
7am

Refugees plead for safety amid Covid 19

SAfm — Some refugees who are still living on the streets around the Central Police Station and the District Six Museum say they are pleading with the authorities to take them to a safe and humane space during the lock-down. They are currently sheltering in makeshift plastic tents, as Cape Town experiences rain. Mercedes Besent has more...
06
APR
7am

SAMA: Limpopo Health Department not adhering to Covid 19 national protocol

SAfm — The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has accused the Limpopo Health Department of not adhering to the conditions of the national protocol for those who test positive for the corona virus. SAMA is expected to approach the High Court in Polokwane today, to make an urgent application against the Department - following the isolation of the two doctors at a medical facility, allegedly against their will. The two were asymptomatic and had been self-isolating at home after testing positive. However, the doctors were taken to a hospital last Thursday, allegedly on the instruction of MEC, Phophi Ramathuba. We spoke to Chairperson of the South African Medical Association Dr Angelique Coetzee
03
APR
4am

SA Drug Policy Initiative: Banning alcohol and tobacco during lock-down is a bad idea

SAfm — The SA Drug Policy Initiative (SADPI) says the decision to ban the sale alcohol and tobacco during the national lock-down should be reversed as soon as possible. SADPI says although the decision to ban the sale of alcohol and tobacco during the lock-down period was made with the best intentions, there are reasons why it is not a good idea. We spoke to the founder of the SA Drug Policy Initiative, Dr Keith Scott…
03
APR
4am

South Africans concerned about Covid 19 home testing and criminals

SAfm — South Africans are concerned about health workers who will be deployed to do home testing for Covid 19. South Africans fear that criminals will also use this as an opportunity to enter their homes. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday that provinces that have been identified as coronavirus hotspots will be prioritised as the government ramps up its fight against the virus.More than 10,000 health workers who will be deployed by the government to do screening and testing in people's homes will mostly be deployed in townships in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. We spoke to Dr Yogan Pillay - Deputy Director-General at Department of Health...
26
MAR
7am

Taxi operators seek more clarity amid national lock-down

SAfm — The National Taxi Alliance says it waiting for more clarity on the taxi industry's role during the lock-down period. They are also worried about loss of income due to social distancing regulations which will reduce passenger capacity. The taxi alliance also says that they should be considered for a 3 month holiday payment like other businesses. We spoke to spokesperson of the National Taxi Alliance Theo Malele...
25
MAR
7am

Traffic volumes expected to increase on the N1 to Limpopo before lock-down

SAfm — Traffic volumes are expected to increase on the N1 to Limpopo today with motorists planning to escape the lock-down in Gauteng. Most people prefer to be home before Thursday fearing that they will be restricted from being with families during the Easter holidays. This, despite the warning by the MEC of Health in Limpopo, Dr Phophi Ramathuba that should the virus reach remote villages, it will be difficult to contain. We spoke to MEC of Health in Limpopo, Dr Phophi Ramathuba...
25
MAR
7am

South African Medical Association weighs in on Covid 19 in the country

SAfm — The South African Medical Association (SAMA) says it supports the measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa to contain the spread of corona virus in the country. SAMA says in addition to the strategies already announced, two additional steps are needed. Firstly, the Association says it is imperative that the areas - not just the provinces - of the identified cases be made known. And secondly, additional strategy is to give priority consideration to telemedicine. We spoke to Chairperson of the South African Medical Association Dr Angelique Coetzee
18
MAR
8am

SAMRO worried about SA artists amid Covid 19

SAfm — The South African Music Rights organisation "SAMRO is appealing to financial institutions and landlords to save local artists amid Covid 19. SAMRO says most of its members have two major income streams including royalties collected by SAMRO and also rely on income from events which are now all being cancelled. SAMRO says many artist will instinctively turn to them for financial bail outs. The financial pressure that it cannot bear. call upon all the broadcasters to go beyond their mandates and play more locally produced music which will help, in some way, to offset lost earnings from shows and events. We spoke to Samro's Chairperson Nicholas Maweni...

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