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27
MAR

Legal duo offers 'COVERED-19' docs as pandemic makes us 'face sickness and death in a very real way'

As the Coronavirus pandemic gripped SA, lawyer Sinal Govender and venture designer Claire Keet Pollock realised that many people would be faced with the scary reality of death and sickness.

So they shifted the focus of their company, Pop Law, to highlight the often tricky administration that comes with death — admin that many people don't know how to get their heads around.

“This pandemic is forcing us to face sickness and death in a very real way, for many this means having to get their ducks in a row quickly, and that is expensive”, said Govender.
24
MAR

'The 21-days are going to be really hard': delivery motorcyclists on lockdown

Motorcycle riders in Johannesburg were unsure on Tuesday how the looming lockdown would affect their incomes as providers of food delivery services.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the lockdown on Monday, explaining that essential services personnel would be the only ones exempted, including police officers, healthcare workers and those involved in the supply of goods, including food.
23
MAR

'My world stopped for a second': Ndaba Mandela speaks about Covid-19 diagnosis

Ndaba Mandela was at home in Johannesburg with friends on Saturday when he received a call which shook him to the core: he had tested positive for Covid-19.

Mandela, the grandson of former president Nelson Mandela, arrived back in SA from New York the Sunday before, the same night President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation and declared a state of emergency over the coronavirus and Covid-19, the respiratory illness it causes.

The following day, Mandela went to be tested because he had returned from the United States, which is officially listed as a high risk country.
21
MAR

The state of awareness in SA's communities

A lack of knowledge and information is driving people's ignorance around the deadly nature of coronavirus, which has infected more than 200 people in the country to date.
A Sunday Times team spent a day in some of Johannesburg's most densely populated areas to find out what residents, business people and commuters know of COVID-19 and how to protect themselves against the virus.
20
MAR

How coronavirus has changed SA's party scene

In regulations gazetted by the minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the government outlines the conditions under which the sale of liquor may take place.

Places such as clubs, taverns and restaurants where people gather to consume liquor are now closed with immediate effect, unless they are entertaining groups of no more than 50 people.

For those whose livelihoods rely on public gatherings, the strict regulations are going to hurt - and in many cases, have started to hurt already.​
18
MAR

University students voice frustration over cancelled graduations

Minister of higher education, science and technology Dr Blade Nzimande announced yesterday that all post-school institutions will be closed for early recess from Wednesday.

His announcement, coupled with the postponement of graduation proceedings across the country, has left many students concerned and frustrated.
16
MAR

Taxi driver: 'Chances of protecting myself against the virus are slim'

Thousands of commuters interacted as usual with taxi drivers at the Wanderers and Bree Street ranks in Johannesburg on Monday, despite calls for heightened hygiene practices to counter the coronavirus pandemic.

SA has recorded at least 62 cases of Covid-19, and on Sunday evening President Cyril Ramaphosa announced drastic measures on containing the spread of the virus, which he declared a national disaster.

However, there was no signs of any special measures implemented by local transport providers during a visit to the two busy taxi ranks and a bus station.
14
MAR

Behind the quarantine curtain: the trip back to SA

The South Africans evacuated from Wuhan — the coronavirus global epicentre — arrived back in the country after a 14-hour flight.

SAA flight ZS-SND touched down at Polokwane International Airport on Saturday morning.

Member of the evacuated party, Amy Pittaway, describes the journey for us.
14
MAR

Plane with 146 South Africans returning from Wuhan arrives in SA

The South Africans evacuated from Wuhan — the coronavirus global epicentre — have arrived back in the country after a 14-hour flight.

SAA flight ZS-SND touched down at Polokwane International Airport on Saturday morning.

The Airbus A340-600, which was part of a military led evacuation of the South Africans from the Chinese city, was immediately approached by biohazard specialists in white hazmat suits who could be seen carefully inspecting the aircraft. Ground crew and cargo handling staff were also kitted out in special masks and equipment.
13
MAR

'High-risk' Gautrain sets out sanitisers to keep commuters safe

With thousands of people commuting daily between Johannesburg and Pretoria amid the coronavirus outbreak, public transport modes such as the Gautrain are high risk places for contracting the infectious disease.

Universities and corporates in Gauteng are in the process of disabling their biometric access systems in the wake of the six confirmed coronavirus cases in the province. This has sparked action from mass commuter rail system Gautrain to implement measures to keep their passengers safe.
13
MAR

South African campuses affected by rampant crime

Institutions of higher learning are facing the same rampant crime that is  synonymous with the rest of the country.

This is according to Mandisa Makhaye, a lecturer at the University of Zululand in the faculty of criminal justice. She said this issue is one that needs serious attention."

Many would perceive universities as safe environments where education is the common language.

However, students often become victims of crime within the campus and even their own residences,” Makhaye wrote in an article.
With the myriad of news reports relating to crime taking place on South African campuses, she said this issue is one that needs serious attention.

"Many would perceive universities as safe environments where education is the common language. However, students often become victims of crime within the campus and even their own residences,” Makhaye wrote in an article.

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