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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.