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COVID-19 tax relief: a snapshot of what’s out there

COVID-19 public health measures are stalling economic activity Getty Images Across the globe, many governments have been forced to lockdown their countries in an attempt to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. A number of African countries have adopted similar measures. This has stalled, if not brought to a halt, economic activity, resulting in […]

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The big asks Africa needs to table with the IMF and World Bank: here’s the list

South African Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago chairs the International Monetary Finance Committee Getty Images The coronavirus and its economic consequences have caused economic tsunamis in every country in the world. The scale of the onslaught will dominate discussions at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank spring meetings due to take place – for the […]

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Gauteng health strengthens Covid-19 fighting app |Rekord – Rekord East

A Covid-19 feature has been added to the Mpilo health care app. “This will help health workers trace people who have come into contact with someone who tested positive for the virus,” said Gauteng Department of Health spokesperson Kwara Kekana. He said the new feature would also increase health education and awareness. Kekana said the […]

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UIF paying out about R30m per day since COVID-19 lockdown – EWN

JOHANNESBURG – The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has received applications for COVID-19 related financial relief from 22,776 employers since the lockdown was enforced 12 days ago.The employment and labour minister implemented programmes through the UIF in terms of the Disaster Management Act to minimise the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the labour market.According to […]

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Tshwane’s walk-in customer care service centres reopened – Independent Online

Pretoria – The City of Tshwane yesterday reopened its walk-in customer care centres just a week after a Centurion resident accused the metro of not prioritising essential services during the lockdown. Resident Daminda Seakal was angry after she made repeated attempts, without success, for the municipality to sort out her electricity query. Her municipal account […]

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Covid-19: From bad to worse for homeless at Caledonian Stadium – IOL

Pretoria – Things have gone from bad to worse at the Caledonian Stadium, one of the temporary homeless shelters during the lockdown. At the weekend, heavy rain wiped out what was left of the personal belongings of the homeless people housed at the stadium. Water also bogged down the tents and swamped dozens of portable […]

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Lockdown: Three Gauteng schools torched – News24

Children at three schools in Tshwane will not have a school to go back to when the coronavirus lockdown ends. Their places of learning were burnt down, said Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi’s office on Tuesday.  The three burnt schools were among a large number of schools targeted by criminals. They broke into and vandalised […]

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SPCA Tshwane expects financial loss during lockdown – Rekord Moot

SPCA Tshwane said it was expecting to suffer financial losses during the 21-lockdown period. This despite animal care being defined as an essential service in terms of the final lockdown regulations in the Disaster Management Act. Dr Marianna Bergh, veterinarian at the society’s animal hospital, said their veterinary services would focus on the animals on […]

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Plea for help after man escapes from Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital – IOL

Pretoria – It has been three weeks since mentally ill Jason Rabe went missing from a Pretoria mental health facility. The 26-year-old escaped from Weskoppies Psychiatric Hospital in Pretoria West and was reported missing on April 3. Founder of Without a Trace Foundation Florien Deysel, who is investigating the case, said the last person Rabe […]

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SIU to probe R30m Gauteng e-Government tender – News24

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) will probe a controversial information technology tender issued by the Gauteng e-Government department, its spokesperson, Kaizer Kganyago, said on Tuesday. “We felt we needed to act swiftly.”  In a statement, he said the head of the unit, advocate Andy Mothibi, met on Tuesday to consider and execute the request by […]