Education institutions believe that provincial education departments do not have enough plans to complete this academic year successfully. The Western Cape Education head, Brian Schroeder, says his department has already implemented a regarding education during the lockdown and the reopening of schools. comprehensive online program: More than two-thousand South African readers, writers and academics have urged president Cyril Ramaphosa to allow all books to be sold during Level 4 of the Covid-19 lockdown. At this stage, only educational books may be sold from Friday. Author Mark Gevisser says if all books cannot be purchased and delivered soon, the industry will not survive:
Minister Mkhize sheds more light on getting help from Cuba, “We have gone out to seek assistance from Cuba and China. It’s in this context we have yesterday received 217 doctors of various training and professions. They are augmenting our resources. They have a strength in community medicine and their presence is very helpful.”
. The cases relate to five remanded detainees at Kgosi Mampuru II prison and four officials from the Western Cape. One of the officials who tested positive in the Western Cape passed on Monday night and an investigation by the Department of Health is under way to determine the cause of death. Correctional Services now has 138 positive cases, three officials have recovered. Eastern Cape has the highest number of cases with 35 officials and 56 inmates. The Western Cape follows with 36 cases, 35 of which are officials. “Mass screening and testing has been pivotal for the Department of Correctional Services as it enables the gauging of the actual spread of COVID-19 which leads to immediate containment and treatment of those testing positive, ” says the Department in a statement. The Department has been working together with the Department of Health.
President Ramaphosa will be accompanied by the Premier David Makhura. The President will commence his programme at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, where he will do a walkabout of a hall demarcated as a quarantine or isolation facility for patients. The President will then proceed to the Johannesburg Central Food Bank in Booysens, which is also used to assist communities in need of food parcels during the coronavirus outbreak. Government routinely uses food banks across the country to provide social relief to communities. Currently, this service has been intensified as part of the national response to COVID-19. The programme of the President will his conclude his site visit at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital, one of the hospitals designated to manage COVID-19 cases. On Thursday, President Ramaphosa announced that as from the first of May, the national coronavirus alert level will be lowered from level 5 to level 4.
Private schools and some schools in more middle class suburbs have resumed with home schooling and online classes, but schools in poor and rural areas are not as lucky. Chief executive of the South African Teachers’ Union Chris Klopper says schools should keep parents updated on any developments:
During the lockdown, learner's and driver's licences, vehicle licence disks and temporary and professional driving permits will be deemed valid for an extra 30 days after the expiry date. Driving licence and testing centres remain closed for the lockdown.
The Gauteng Education MEC Mr Panyaza Lesufi, wishes to congratulate members of the South African Police Services SAPS for the arrest of more suspects for schools break-ins and vandalism. The police alerted the department on Thursday, 16 April 2020 about the arrest of two suspects who were found in possession of suspected stolen property linked to school break-ins in Katlehong. Another report received yesterday 15 April 2020 confirmed the arrest of two suspects who were also found in possession of suspected stolen property linked to a break-in at Botebotsebo Secondary School in Zone 14, Sebokeng. The third suspect was arrested inside the school premises, allegedly this suspect gained entry to one of the classrooms by breaking a window and then made a fire inside the classroom which burned the tiles and chairs. It is also important to note that the police announced on Monday, 13 April 2020 about the arrest of forty one (41) suspects for cases relating to the burglaries and burning of schools in Gauteng since March 2020. We, have reported on 12 April 2020 that there were fifty five (55) burglaries and vandalism at different schools. It is unfortunate to confirm that criminals continued to break -into our schools and as such a total number schools break-ins is sixty seven (67). “Indeed, we are delighted and indebted to the the police for a sterling work in arresting these recalcitrants, who are persistent to disregard regulations enforced during this critical moment of Lockdown, we don’t understand where do they find time to commit these crimes because everyone should be at home. We wish that these criminals will rot in jail. We will not get tired to encourage members of our communities to continue to alert the police about criminals who torment our schools “ Said MEC Lesufi. For more information, contact the Gauteng Department of Education’s Spokesperson, Steve Mabona on 072 574 3860. Issued by the Gauteng Department of Education For media releases, speeches and news visit the Gauteng Provincial Government's portal at www.gauteng.gov.za
The deputy Minister in the Presidency Thembi Siweya has commended the City of Ekurhuleni for implementing covid-19 service delivery measures. Siweya and Ekurhuleni Mayor Mzwandile Masina visited number of areas in Katlehong where they donated food parcels, conducted door to door health education in Mandela Informal Settlement and accessed the state of readiness at Tamaho clinic in Nhlapho section. Speaking to Kasie FM today, Siweya has she is encouraged by the work done by the City in combating the spread of covid-19. She also commended Kasie FM for it service to the Community in particular during this period.
Lessons learnt from the last payment cycle during the National Lockdown have compelled SASSA to review the payment dates going forward. As from the month of May 2020 disability and Older Persons Grants will be paid from the 4th day of the month. All other grants will be paid from the 6th of every month. The grant payment for April was brought forward to the 30 March 2020 and the first two days were dedicated to people with disabilities and older persons to ensure compliance with the State of Disaster requirements. Impatient child support grant beneficiaries could not wait for the 1st of April and descended upon payment channels as early as 30 March. This posed all sorts of health challenges and it became difficult at some stores and ATM’s to maintain social distancing. There was also a nasty scene in a Dobsonville shopping centre in Soweto where a group of youngsters were captured on video pushing older people in order to access payment infrastructure first. In response to this unpleasant experience, SASSA started consulting role players such as National Treasury, South African Post Office, the banking association, retailers, and the consumer goods council among others. What came out of the consultations is that people with disabilities and the aged need to be protected from the month end rush at payment outlets and therefore payment needs to be staggered in such a way that these categories of beneficiaries receive their grants before others. To effect this SASSA will make use of two payment files. The first one will cover the aged and the disabled while the second payment file will cover all other grant types. Some older persons use one card to also receive child support and foster child grants. In such cases they will be able to access all linked grants from the 4th of every month. Once the money is in the account, it will remain there until it is needed. “Money deposited into your account is safe and will not be taken back if not used. There is no need to rush to withdraw cash on the first day we deposit it into your account. The SASSA card can be used as a debit card to pay for purchases, therefore it is not necessary to withdraw cash and thereafter purchase goods with the cash”; Busisiwe Memela SASSA CEO pleaded with beneficiaries. Issued on behalf of the South African Social security Agency Media inquiries should be forwarded to Paseka Letsatsi on 082 883 9969 or PasekaL@sassa.gov.za
Boksburg Correctional Center says they don't have cases of the Coronavirus at the moment. The facility reacted to concerns raised by some inmates regarding their health. The Center's Spokesperson Sello Modise told Kasie FM News that they have preventive measures in place, he says newly admitted offenders are taken to isolated cells for 14 days before going to stay with other inmates. Modise says they also provide sanitizers and protective gear to their officials though it's limited.
Shoprite Group has confirmed a case of Covid-19 at their Boksburg Store in Retail Park. This comes after Kasie FM News reliable learnt about the employee who tested positive. In a statement the Company says employees who were in close contact with the positive person has been tested and put on isolation for 14 days whilst waiting for results. The company says it sanitized and deep cleaned the store and necessary measures has been put in place. An employee who didn't want reveal her identify for safety reasons is calling for a total closure of the store.
The MMC for Energy in Ekurhuleni Tiisetso Nketle has urged the Community of Thokoza and surrounding areas not protest as the area is currently facing power outage. The substation is burning and it seems as if it is a technical fault. Nketle says technicians will assess the damage, further investigate and fix damaged components. The area has in the past week faced power outage due to cable theft and illegal connection. The MMC asks for residents to be patient.