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05
DEC
4am

10: 00 AM BULLETIN

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, has visited health facilities at George on the Garden Route as part of assessments for possible further restrictions in the region to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The Garden Route and Sarah Baartman areas as well as the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro have shown significant spread of the coronavirus. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced measures including a curfew and restricted liquor store trading hours in the Nelson Mandela Bay area. The situation at Sarah Baartman and the Garden Route is being assessed. Mkhize says the assessments will be discussed with the Coronavirus Command Council ...
05
DEC
2am

09:00 AM BULLETIN

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has outlined issues faced by health sector personnel in the Eastern Cape amid the coronavirus pandemic. This after President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro a Covid19 hotspot - therefore banning public drinking, extending the curfew and placing restrictions on gatherings in the region. SAMA Chairperson, Angelique Coetzee, says the province does not have enough trained medical personnel as the number of new coronavirus infections increases...
05
DEC
2am

08:00 AM BULLETIN

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) has outlined issues faced by health sector personnel in the Eastern Cape amid the coronavirus pandemic. This after President Cyril Ramaphosa declared the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro a Covid19 hotspot - therefore banning public drinking, extending the curfew and placing restrictions on gatherings in the region. SAMA Chairperson, Angelique Coetzee, says the province does not have enough trained medical personnel as the number of new coronavirus infections increases...
05
DEC
12am

07:00 AM BULLETIN

The cost of a complete COVID-19 vaccine regimen for South Africa is estimated at above 2-point-1 billion rand, with the first batch of immunizations expected only in the second quarter of next year. That was revealed in statement issued by the Department of Health that affirmed the country's participation in the global COVAX facility. A down payment of 327 million rand and that first payment will be made by December 15th from the country's solidarity fund.
05
DEC
12am

6 AM BULLETIN

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has disputed claims by the DA that government has missed the deadline to pay 500-million rand to the WHO COVAX global COVID19 vaccination distribution scheme. Mboweni says the deadline is the 15th of December and that the Solidarity Fund is ready to make payment. President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the country has officially joined the COVAX facility. South Africa has committed 327-million rand as an initial payment towards the purchase of doses of a vaccine once it becomes available.
04
DEC
7am

SAFM 3PM NEWS BULLETIN

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has announced that two matric exam papers will be rewritten across the country, due to the papers being leaked before learners were able to write. Mathematics Paper Two will be written on Tuesday 15th December at two pm and Physical Sciences Paper Two will be written on Thursday 17 December at nine am. A task team was established to determine the extent and source of the leaks. Quality assurance body UMALUSI concluded that the integrity and credibility of the two papers were compromised and therefore a rewrite was needed.
04
DEC
6am

SAFM 2PM NEWS BULLETIN

Dumisani Mkhwanazi has been found guilty by the Johannesburg High court of the murder of UJ student Palesa Modiba. He was found guilty on all five charges against him including defeating the ends of justice, murder and robbery. Mkhwanazi was convicted for killing Modiba and burying her body in the backyard of his Soweto home after robbing her of her cellphone. During his testimony last week, he maintained his innocence. However he battled during cross examination, often contradicting himself and selectively remembering events linked to Palesa's death. He has been remanded in custody and the sentencing hearing is scheduled for the 26th of February next year.
04
DEC
6am

SAFM 1PM NEWS BULLETIN

National Assembly Speaker Thandi Modise has undertaken to implement the decision of the Western Cape High Court to reinstate Mzwanele Nyhontso as a PAC MP. He challenged an earlier decision of the Speaker to remove him following a notice by another faction of the party that he would be replaced. The court will hear Nyhontso's application on the 15th of February but has ruled that he be reinstated in the meantime.
04
DEC
5am

SAFM 12PM NEWS BULLETIN

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the country has joined the WHO COVAX global COVID19 vaccination distribution scheme. As the race continues for a vaccine to be approved, South Africa has committed 327-million rand as an initial payment towards the purchase of a vaccine once it becomes available. Ramaphosa addressed the nation last night to provide an update on the country's strategy to combat the pandemic.
04
DEC
4am

SAFM 11AM NEWS BULLETIN

Seven people are now confirmed to have been injured in this morning's explosion at the Engine Oil refinery at Wentworth south of Durban. Emergency services say the seven sustained mild injuries and have been treated on scene. The eThekwini Fire department says the explosion happened due to pressure exerted on diesel pipes. Several emergency teams remain on site.
04
DEC
3am

SAFM 10AM NEWS BULLETIN

The Eastern Cape Government has welcomed the national government resurgence plan to curb the spread of COVID 19 in the province's hotspot Nelson Mandela Bay. The Eastern Cape Provincial Corona Virus Command council is expected to hold a meeting to discuss the implementation of the announced restrictions. The Nelson Mandela Bay has been placed under stricter lockdown regulations that include a ban on public drinking, an extended curfew and restrictions on gatherings. President Cyril Ramaphosa says initiation schools in the Eastern Cape may reopen for the summer holidays except in Nelson Mandela Bay.
04
DEC
1am

SAFM 8AM NEWS BULLETIN

There has been an explosion at the Engen oil Refinery at Merebank south of Durban. A video has been circulating on social media networks since just after 7 o' clock this morning showing a large fire within the refinery precinct. Residents from Merebank and surrounding areas have also taken to social media to confirm hearing a loud explosion. An eye witness describes what happened...

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