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'Dear Mr President': SA's women speak about fear and GBV

In a recent televised national address, President Cyril Ramaphosa said the country was in the midst of two devastating pandemics, the coronavirus and what he described as the “war on women”.

He made the statement after the surge in fatal gender-based violence cases in the past few weeks.

FULL ADDRESS | GBV strongly condemned & further lockdown easing announced

In a statement, the presidency said Ramaphosa's address comes after a number of consultative meetings with the cabinet, the national coronavirus command council and the presidential coordinating council on the risk adjusted-strategy to contain the spread of the virus. 

Despite the rising number of cases, the government has decided to relax lockdown regulations even further after the country moved to level 3 earlier in June. Ramaphosa's address on Wednesday night might also shed light on whether or not the country will move to "advanced level 3" where more businesses will be allowed to reopen. 

SA youth question their freedom

Exactly 44 years later a Statistics SA survey conducted in the Quarterly Labour Force stated that Approximately (58.1%) of South Africa’s youth is unemployed. Making this the toughest challenges faced by youths in SA. 

44 years later we asked the Youth of South Africa If they feel free?

Organisations embark on drive to arm crèches with face masks before reopening

Two organisations have joined forces to make face masks for distribution to early childhood development (ECD) centres in Makhanda, Eastern Cape.

The Rhodes University Community Engagement (Ruce) has partnered with Facemasks 4 Makana to make 1,000 masks for children aged between two and six.

There are about 78 ECD centres with about 1,200 children which operate in a quasi informal manner and won't be receiving personal protective equipment from the government.

Drones may be the future of food and product delivery

Since the beginning of the lockdown, many people have quickly had to come up with innovative ideas to keep their businesses afloat.

Goitseone Diale, a pilot and flight operations consultant, said the coronavirus pandemic has hit in the aviation industry hard, and the future of aviation and other businesses lies in the recent introduction of drones for food and product delivery.

“The use of drones for product and food delivery really transforms efficiency and the human workforce,” said Diale.

COVID-19 | South Africans stranded at sea

South African cruise ship crews, dangerously close to their emotional limits after months at sea with no end in sight, had their hopes of returning home shattered on Friday when a flight was cancelled.

Several suicides on five different cruise ships have been reported by crews marooned at sea across the globe. South African Natasha Micha, who worked as a nurse on a cruise ship in South America said “we were lucky” not to have had any suicides on board.

#BlackLivesMatter in SA as well!

The resurgence of the #BlackLivesMatter has black youths in SA questioning social injustice in our own country. We spoke to a myriad of young black South Africans about their personal experiences of racialised social stereotyping and injustice. 

Their stories will shock you. 

Irrational regulations risk turning law-abiding citizens into criminals

In an interview with MultimediaLIVE, attorney Douw Breed, managing director of Barnard Inc Attorneys, warns that irrational and unconstitutional lockdown regulations run the risk of turning law-abiding South African citizens into criminals.

While explaining the North Gauteng High Court judgment declaring the regulations "unconstitutional and invalid", Breed warns that the government must not underestimate the public's intelligence.

Level 3: thirsty citizens stand in long queues to buy alcohol

From Monday, licensed liquor outlets across the country opened their doors for the first time in two months to allow South Africans to stock up on their choice of alcoholic beverages.

Alcohol sales were banned under levels 4 and 5 of the lockdown to help slow  the spread of Covid-19.

Under level 3 regulations, licensed outlets can sell alcohol only from Monday to Thursday between 9am and 5pm. Online deliveries are subject to the same days and times.

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