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07
JUL
2pm

SAFM 8PM NEWS BULLETIN

The World Health Organization has acknowledged some evidence of the coronavirus being airborne. A group of scientists has urged the global body to update its guidance on how the respiratory disease passes between people.
07
JUL
1pm

SAFM 7PM NEWS BULLETIN

North West Premier, Professor Job Mokgoro is in self-isolation after confirming that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
07
JUL
11am

SAFM 5PM NEWS BULLETIN

The Western Cape Education Department says close to 400 schools in the province have applied to phase in more grades. Yesterday grades R, six and 11 learners returned to school, joining those in grades seven and matric, who returned last month.
07
JUL
10am

SAFM 4PM NEWS BULLETIN

Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi says government is looking at publishing regulations to introduce a quota system for foreigners finding work in South Africa. The issue resurfaced following unrest in the trucking industry over the use of foreign drivers. This comes as South Africa's unemployment rate continues to rise due to the coronavirus pandemic.
07
JUL
9am

SAFM 3PM

The Eastern Cape Health Department is reviewing the process of issuing the controversial EMS motorbike tender. The 100 bikes were bought to transport patients in rural areas to clinics. A number of stakeholders including the Committee on Health in the provincial legislature raised concerns on whether they were budgeted for in the province's Annual Performance Plan. The Committee is also of the view that the bikes should have been procured by the provincial Transport Department. The total cost of the bikes amounted to over ten million rand with each bike costing an estimated 96-thousand rand. Health spokesperson, Siyanda Manana says they are engaging with stakeholders to put the matter to rest.
07
JUL
9am

SAFM 2PM

The National Treasury says plans are underway for the establishment of the State Bank. Treasury was briefing a joint meeting of the Finance committees of both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces on its annual performance. Director General Dondo Mogajane says a preliminary report on the establishment of the State Bank has been finalised and will be presented to Cabinet.
07
JUL
8am

SAFM 1PM

South Africa's consumer consumer confidence has slumped to minus-33 points in the second quarter compared to minus-nine points in the first quarter. This dismal reading is only three points away from the all-time lowest consumer confidence level of minus-36 recorded in 1985. The low consumer confidence is mainly the result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic lockdown. However, South Africa's economy was already in recession before the coronavirus outbreak hit the country in March, with its recession deepening in the first quarter of 2020, dragged down by declining mining and manufacturing activities. The consumer confidence index is compiled by the Bureau for Economic Research.
07
JUL
3am

SAFM 9AM NEWS BULLETIN

Authorities have advised motorists to avoid the M2 freeway at the Joe Slovo Drive off-ramp in Johannesburg, as truck drivers have blockaded the freeway in both directions. It's understood that the truck drivers are protesting against transport companies employing foreign nationals as drivers instead of South Africans. Metro police have been dispatched to the scene to control the situation. Johannesburg metro police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar...
07
JUL
2am

SAFM 8AM NEWS BULLETIN

Little ones who attend private early childhood development centres are free to return after the High Court in Pretoria ruled that the centres could open subject to them putting prescribed safety measures in place to protect the children and teachers. The Solidarity Occupational Guild for Social Workers had applied for an urgent court interdict against the Social Development Department. In the judgment yesterday, Judge Hans Fabricious accepted the expert evidence of the South African Paediatrics Association, which stated that children were biologically less likely to get sick if infected, were unlikely to die of the virus and were probably less infectious. Fabricius declared the department's decision that private nursery schools remain closed under Level 3 of the lockdown unlawful and unconstitutional and ordered Minister Lindiwe Zulu, to pay the costs of all the applicants. However, Zulu says her department is looking at specific issues as its studys the judgment ...
07
JUL
1am

SAFM 7AM NEWS BULLETIN

The ANC has called for strong action against people found guilty of stealing from the poorest of the poor. The party's call comes after the case of the five relatives accused of defrauding the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) of five-point-six- million-rand was postponed to September the seventh for further investigations. Tshepang Phogole, Taetso Zulu, Tsietsi Mojela, Itumeleng Masoko and Andries Masoko appeared briefly in the Specialised Commercial Crimes Court in Pretoria yesterday and were granted bail of five-thousand-rand each. They have been charged with 32 counts of fraud, theft and money laundering. The suspects were arrested in Atteridgeville, Soshanguve and Mamelodi at the weekend. ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe ...
07
JUL
12am

SAFM 6AM NEWS BULLETIN

South Africa's confirmed coronavirus infections have breached the 200-thousand mark. The Health Department says after recording close to nine-thousand new infections, the total number of cases now stands at 205-thousand-721. Meanwhile, the number of deaths has also increased by 111. This brings the national death toll to three-thousand-310 which includes North West Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Gordon Kegakilwe who succmbed to COVID-19 yesterday. Zoleka Qodashe reports...
06
JUL
11pm

SAFM 5AM NEWS BULLETIN

South Africa's confirmed coronavirus infections have breached the 200-thousand mark. The Health Department says after recording close to nine-thousand new infections, the total number of cases now stands at 205-thousand-721. Meanwhile, the number of deaths has also increased by 111. This brings the national death toll to three-thousand-310 which includes North West Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Gordon Kegakilwe who succmbed to COVID-19 yesterday. Zoleka Qodashe reports...

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