World Live Updates COVID-19 cases
  • USA 5,002,045
    Total: 5,002,045
    Active: 2,287,717
    Recovered: 2,552,190
    Death: 162,138
  • Brazil 2,873,304
    Total: 2,873,304
    Active: 754,975
    Recovered: 2,020,637
    Death: 97,692
  • India 1,964,536
    Total: 1,964,536
    Active: 595,501
    Recovered: 1,328,336
    Death: 40,699
  • Russia 871,894
    Total: 871,894
    Active: 180,931
    Recovered: 676,357
    Death: 14,606
  • South Africa 529,877
    South Africa
    Total: 529,877
    Active: 143,313
    Recovered: 377,266
    Death: 9,298
  • Mexico 456,100
    Total: 456,100
    Active: 101,694
    Recovered: 304,708
    Death: 49,698
  • Peru 447,624
    Total: 447,624
    Active: 120,966
    Recovered: 306,430
    Death: 20,228
  • Chile 366,671
    Total: 366,671
    Active: 16,614
    Recovered: 340,168
    Death: 9,889
  • Spain 354,530
    Total: 354,530
    Active: 326,030
    Recovered: ?
    Death: 28,500
  • UK 308,134
    Total: 308,134
    Active: 261,721
    Recovered: ?
    Death: 46,413

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SA's funeral parlours turn to makeshift mortuaries as virus deaths rise

Funeral directors say that beyond the spike in deaths from COVID-19 - the disease associated with the coronavirus - they have to cope with coffin shortages and delays in the issuance of death certificates.

Cabinet is serious about tackling fraud and corruption, says Lamola

The minister said the inter-ministerial committee, appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa, was an entity with teeth that would act against those found to be looting from COVID-19 related projects.

EC couple faces 10 years in jail for defrauding Sassa R1.2m

It's understood one of the culprits worked at the agency and conspired with an accomplice to register fraudulent social grants recipients.

9 people arrested following violent protests in Bloekombos

Residents have been erecting structures on private property near the Tygerberg raceway for the past few weeks.

#Serveusplease Dead Thursday protest to highlight hospitality sector's plight

This evening, workers in the restaurant industry are expected to walk through the usually bustling streets of the CBD, holding candles and flowers to mark what they now call 'Dead Thursday'.

KZN likely to overtake Gauteng as SA's COVID-19 epicentre - Mkhize

Infections in the province were continuing to grow while they were decreasing in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

WATCH LIVE: Minister Lamola briefs media on outcomes of Cabinet meeting

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola is briefing the media on the outcomes of the Cabinet meeting held on Wednesday.

Boksburg hospital staffer facing action for alleged baby-swapping incident

The incident happened at the Tambo Memorial Hospital last month.

President Ramaphosa meets with 4IR commission ahead of report's release

The commission is expected to advise government on innovation and co-ordinate the development of the national response action plan to deal with the advent of different technological changes.

Eskom starts safety campaign in Gauteng after increase in illegal connections

The power utility said it had noticed an increase in illegal connections in high-density areas with multiple households per stand.

Master KG presents Limpopo Arts & Culture with 'Jerusalema' plaque

'Though I am now celebrated throughout the world, I will never forget my humble beginnings,' Master KG said.

Calm restored in St Helena Bay after SAHRC mediation process over protests

Residents had been demonstrating since last Friday to raise concerns over a lack of housing and service delivery.

Ramaphosa appoints inter-ministerial committee to deal with PPE tender claims

This comes as senior officials within Ramaphosa's administration have been hit with allegations of looting funds that are meant for COVID-19.

Gift of the Givers hands over R10m renovated ward to Mitchells Plain Hospital

Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaaz Sooliman explained that the organisation had transformed a ward at the Mitchells Plain Hospital into an oxygen facility.

Mkhize: SA not ready to lift ban on sale of tobacco, alcohol yet

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that while pressure on hospitals had been reduced and the recovery rate was now above 70%, more work still needed to be done before alcohol and cigarette sales were allowed again.

Two arrested, abalone worth R3m seized in Edgemead

Hawks detectives nabbed them on Wednesday after conducting a search and seizure operation in Edgemead.

Zondo dismisses bid by former FS official to postpone state capture appearance

The former director-general at the Free State Department of Human Settlements, Wiseman Zulu, was expected to testify on how the department approved a multi-million rand asbestos project for the provincial government without following procurement processes.

Dlamini-Zuma has a duty to prevent spread of COVID-19 & save lives, court told

Advocate Karrisha Pillay, representing Co-operative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, on Thursday quoted a number of studies and research done that showed smokers were at higher risk of contracting severe respiratory diseases.

Mkhize welcomes suspension of Northdale Hospital officials over patient's death

The minister was in KwaZulu-Natal on a two-day visit to assess the province's state of readiness as it approached the peak of its COVID-19 pandemic.

Talks still need to take place on Zim assistance, says Dirco

Pressure is mounting on the South African government to speak out against the alleged human rights violations meted out against protestors in that country.

Members of the public encouraged to comment on shortlisted AG candidates

The committee this week concluded shortlisting candidates to replace Kimi Makwetu.

Missing Lunamandla Sithonga from Khayelitsha may have been kidnapped: SAPS

She was last seen by her mother as she boarded a school taxi to go to school in Mitchells Plain.

DA urges banks, creditors to reject SAA's appeal for R5.3 billion loan

The official opposition has issued a statement on Thursday morning urging banks and creditors to reject an appeal for another R5.3 billion loan.

3 people make miracle escape after truck load crushes car on N12 near Diepkloof

Three people sustained mild to moderate injuries and had to be extracted from their car in a process that took about an hour.

Liquor, cigarette ban in place to protect lives in pandemic–Dlamini-Zuma lawyer

She said the minister believes that while tobacco use may not increase the risk of contracting COVID-19, it could result in a more severe form of the disease.

Convicted wife killer Packham's latest bid for leave to appeal conviction denied

Just over a year ago, the Western Cape High Court found the Constantia businessman guilty for murdering his wife Gill Packham.

Famers on the brink of ruin due to alcohol and tobacco ban: SAAI

SAAI's Francois Rossouw said the economic damage for tobacco farmers is immense, as they have no buyers for their product and it's not feasible to rely solely on exports.

Esidimeni families' lawyer threatens to take GP govt to court over compensation

Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke found that government officials acted in breach of the law and the Constitution, and ordered that more than R1 million be paid to the families of more than 144 mental health patients.

SANParks to reopen accommodation at majority of its parks next week Friday

This comes after government's recent announcement that inter-provincial leisure travel will be allowed.

The recovery rate is up, but we still lost over 400 people to COVID-19 overnight

As of Thursday, a cumulative total of 529,877 confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa have been recorded.

Eskom's 73-page summons case details how much it wants back from implicated

Former Eskom executives and board members are accused of abusing their positions to channel funds to Gupta-owned companies for years while enriching themselves.

Mboweni: As soon as we stated COVID budgets did thieves plan to loot

Mboweni and Treasury officials appeared before Parliament's finance committees on Wednesday.

EC court hands down hefty sentences for rapist father, murder convicts

A father who raped and impregnated his daughter, and two murder convicts will spend many years behind bars for their crimes after the PE High Court sentenced them on Wednesday.

Officers wounded during shootout in Pretoria to receive psychological support

Three officials had to be hospitalised after police exchanged fire with criminals outside the forensic pathology services of the Tshwane District Hospital.

Light SA Red movement calls on govt to extend relief funds to events industry

Some iconic buildings across the country, including Constitution Hill and Table Mountain, were lit up in red last night by the movement to highlight the crisis faced by those employed in the sector.

BLSA: Govt must consider economy's recovery when deciding on alcohol,tobacco ban

BLSA's Tebele Luthuli said in order to save the country's battered economy, government needs to get every cent it can from tax revenue.

If COVID-19 wasn't here, my parents would be – a daughter's story of pain

"They were serving the community. They were saving people's lives", says Nomzamo Ndlovu who lost both her parents just four days apart - after they contracted COVID-19.

Equal Education angered by DBE missing deadline to roll out nutrition scheme

The department was expected to submit the plan last Friday as ordered by the High Court in Pretoria, but it failed to do so.

Former Prasa board chair took role while chairing water tribunal, Zondo hears

She has confirmed that she had to make a special request to the president to defer her effective date as a judge to allow her to finish her work at Prasa

Over 400 new deaths bring SA's COVID-19 fatalities to more than 9,000

The health ministry has confirmed more than 8,000 new infections over the past 24-hour cycle, which brought the number of known cases in this country – since March – to almost 530,000.

Acting Gauteng Health MEC Mamabolo meets officials, unions over PPE for workers

Jacob Mamabolo is standing in for Bandile Masuku, who has been placed on special leave, following allegations of improper conduct involving the awarding of a personal protective equipment tender worth millions.

All PPE contracts must be published - Mboweni

Treasury said that government departments would no longer be allowed to choose suppliers and would have to resort to open tender processes in awarding contracts for PPE and COVID-19-related goods and services.

Warrant of arrest issued for AbaThembu Prince Azenathi Dalindyebo

The prince did not appear in the Mthatha Magistrate Court today as he was supposed to.

KZN whistleblower Thabiso Zulu fears for life after Madoda Makhanyela murdered

Thabiso Zulu believes that his friend Madoda Makhanyela was attacked after raising questions about a local multi-million rand housing project.

BLSA backs call to lift bans on sale of alcohol, cigarettes

The organisation said it supported the mounting demands for government to rethink its decision on the ban in order to steer South Africa's economy back on the path to recovery.

'Shack farming' will turn Khayelitsha into Africa's Colombia, says forum

While many communities are fighting for housing and service delivery, 'shack farming' involves individuals erecting several shacks on illegally occupied land with the intention of either selling or renting the structures.

Mkhize suggests COVID-19 peak may end soon but warns of second wave

New data shows that the daily infection rate in Gauteng, the Eastern and Western Cape was slowing down, with the ministry saying that the provinces could see the end of the surge at the end of the month.

9 suspects arrested after deadly shootout near Tshwane District Hospital

Authorities exchanged fire with gunmen just outside the forensic pathology services of the Tshwane District Hospital on Wednesday afternoon when officials were closing in on a wanted man.

Alcohol sales ban makes no difference in spread of COVID-19, says expert

Government reintroduced the regulation last month, because evidence showed a direct link to trauma admissions in hospitals, where resources were needed to deal with COVID-19.

Tobacco sales ban violates consumer rights, free trade rights - Batsa

British American Tobacco South Africa (Batsa) lawyer Alfred Cockrell said that the key argument in the matter was that the ban violated the rights of consumers, including, the right to dignity, privacy and to bodily and psychological integrity.

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