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Vigorous policing of petty crime during the pandemic suggests a Pyrrhic defeat

“Our law, in all its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor, to beg in the streets, steal bread and sleep under bridges.”  — Anatole France, 19th century French novelist Recently, on a bright and beautiful Sunday morning, a car guard stepped out of a shop having purchased three loose, illicit entjies …

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Zimbabwe agrees to pay $3.5 billion compensation to whi…

epa08425782 Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaks during a live broadcast address to the nation regarding an extension to the current coronavirus lockdown from the State House in Harare, Zimbabwe, 16 May 2020. Mnangagwa said the lockdown measures would be extended in a bid to slow down the spread of the pandemic COVID-19 disease caused by …

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Safe medicines key in Africa’s Covid-19 response

SPONSORED The Covid-19 pandemic has emerged as an unprecedented global challenge. Total global cases exceed 13 million with almost 600 000 deaths, and economies are in crisis around the globe. Even as the pandemic continues to spread, the world is still learning more about this virus, with the World Health Organization (WHO), on July 7 …

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Eskom chief executive navigating a political minefield to collect overdue debt

Andre de Ruyter, the chief executive officer of South Africa’s debt-stricken state power utility, is navigating a political minefield as he collects overdue debt, reduces electricity theft and bolsters revenue. Eskom Holdings this month seized the bank accounts of its biggest defaulter — the Maluti-a-Phofung municipality that owes it R5.3 billion($321 million) — and scaled …

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Today’s latest news and headlines, Wednesday 29 July

Never miss a beat when it comes to the latest news in South Africa; review all major headlines on Wednesday 29 July. As government attempts to tighten its checks and balances concerning coronavirus relief funds amid a damning wave of corruption, thirsty South Africans may soon be afforded some relief as government provides feedback regarding …

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Covid-19 stats, Candy Moloi and ‘Mgijimi’ mourned, and 1.5m more job losses expected – The Citizen

Click on the links below for the full story or visit our home page for the latest news: SA records 7,232 new cases of Covid-19 and 190 new deaths SA has recorded a cumulative total of 459,761 confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa – an increase of 7,232 from Monday.  The country has also recorded 190 new …

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459,761 confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa as deaths climb to 7,257

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has announced that there are now a total of 459,761 cases of coronavirus in South Africa. This is an increase of 7,232 cases from the 452,529 infections reported on Monday. The data shows that there are 190 new Covid-19 related deaths, taking the total to 7,257 casualties, following 298 deaths …

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Confirmed cases increase by 7 232, recovery rate now 62.5%

The latest COVID-19 figures have been released. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirmed on Tuesday 28 July that SA’s cumulative caseload now stands at 459 761 along with 287 313 recoveries. Update: This article was updated after Minister Mkhize deleted the initial tweet which stated that 190 patients passed away during the past 24 hours, and …

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‘It has to work’: COVID-19 vaccine researchers’ high-stakes quest

WASHINGTON – It’s already been a big year for Dutch virologist Hanneke Schuitemaker, and, if all goes well, it could get much bigger. The global head of viral vaccine discovery at Johnson & Johnson’s subsidiary Janssen oversaw the development of an Ebola vaccine that has just received European approval. READ: COVID-19: Nehawu calls on members …

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South Africa will start repaying its IMF loan from 2023

South Africa’s $4.3 billion (R70.6 billion) emergency facility from the International Monetary Fund will be paid over on Wednesday and the country will only start repaying the loan in 2023. The foreign-currency loan to assist in fighting the coronavirus pandemic was approved Monday and will be disbursed as a lump sum into the government’s account …

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