Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Record petrol price drop

The Department of Energy has confirmed that of a record breaking fuel drop of nearly R2-per-litre.
The petrol price decrease kicked in on Tuesday midnight.
The cut came as the world is battling with the coronavirus pandemic.
Petrol will cost you R1.94 cents per litre, less. While Diesel and Paraffin will cost you R1.40, and 174cents per litre, respectively..
Motorists at the coast will now pay R13.26. The last time Motorists paid this price for petrol was in 2013.
Global oil price is the major contributor to the reduction of fuel costs. The outbreak of the coronavirus has left international markets ‘unstable’, thus the demand for oil has subsided.

Done By: Mitchum George


UWC goes unorthodox through virtual graduation

The University Of Western Cape (UWC) held its first graduation for the year - unprecedented and unconventional.
Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the institution had a virtual graduation on Tuesday.
Myriads of graduates turned to YouTube as the university celebrated the students through technology. UWC hosted a 30-minute event that kicked off at 10 a.m.
On their YouTube page, UWC said: ‘’students look forward to this day when they can share their achievement with loved ones and receive their certificates proudly.”
The university says it hopes to hold a physical ceremony for graduates who may wish to attend. UWC is celebrating 60 years of existence this year.
Meanwhile, other universities such as the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University, have suspended or cancelled ceremonies.

Done By: Mitchum George


Former ANC Western Cape chairperson tests positive for COVID-19

Former ANC Western Cape chairperson, Marius Fransman, is currently in hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Fransman shared the news in a Facebook post last night.

“Since my return from abroad 2 weeks ago, I didn't feel too well and decided in line with health protocols and realising that this has become life's reality, to do a test last Monday.''
“After a week of waiting for my results, it is now confirmed I tested positive for the coronavirus,” he said.

Fransman said that he was doing fine and his family would also be tested.
''I am doing well under the circumstances and want to appeal to everyone to get themselves tested if you show symptoms and let’s all start practising good hygiene, adhere to the lockdown regulations, and all join in the call to flatten the curve.”
He advised anyone who came into contact with him over the last month to also get tested.

Done By: Mitchum George


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Uncertainty of when schools will reopen

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that South Africa will enter a nationwide lockdown for 21 days.
The Western Cape Education Department (WCED) said it had engaged with the National Department of Basic Education on the lockdown’s effect on the public schooling system.
Head of Department for the WCED, Brian Schreuder, said currently, the date for the reopening of schools is uncertain.
‘’Millions of learners across the country will be on lockdown and we need every parent to do their bit to ensure that our learners remain focused and stimulated. I am aware of the many holiday programmes or learning opportunities communicated to parents by teachers from various schools. This is greatly appreciated.’’
‘’I encourage parents to continue to pay school fees, as many teachers employed by of our governing bodies rely on the payment of these fees for their salaries. We are aware that many families will suffer income losses during this period and remind them that there is an option to apply for fee exemption when schools return. This is important to do, as it will enable schools to apply for fee compensation.’’
Schreuder says the WCED has arranged security at 450 schools across the province. Schools were asked to ensure that alarm systems and other essential security features were tested before schools closed last week.
He asked that communities remain vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour in and around oschools to the police as soon as possible.

Done By: Mitchum George


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

An unprecedented move as SA goes under lockdown

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced stricter measures to deal with the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa.
Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Monday evening saying that he is ‘’heartened that every sector of society has been mobilised and has accepted the role that it needs to play.’’
The president thanked people in health, teachers, border officials, police and traffic officers who helped during this difficult time.
Ramaphosa says the number of people will rapidly increase in the coming days, and thus has announced, in an unprecedented move in the history of South Africa's democracy, a lockdown, from midnight on Thursday, 26 March, until midnight on Thursday, 16 April.
Health workers in the public- and private sector, emergency personnel, security services workers, and ‘’other persons necessary for our response to the pandemic’’ are not included in this lockdown.
Individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes except under strictly controlled circumstances, such as to seek medical care, buy food, and other supplies or collect a social grant.
Ramaphosa says temporary shelters will be identified for the homelessness. Banks, pharmacies, labs, and essential financial and payment services will be closed.
Furthermore, Ramaphosa says in the coming days, the nation’s ‘’resolve, resourcefulness, and unity will be tested as never before.’’ Adding that South Africans are a nation at one and we will overcome this.

Done By: Mitchum George


Sunday, March 22, 2020

'Elderly' and 'persons with disabilities' to get early SASSA payout

The South African Social Security Agency, SASSA, has brought forward the payment of social grants for the ‘’elderly’’ and ‘’persons with disabilities’’ for the month of April in an effort to lower the risk of Covid-19 infection.
In a statement issued on Thursday, social grant beneficiaries were advised to access their monies via their bank accounts and not rush to paypoints on the first day of payment.

Sassa said it had decided to bring forward the payment of April's grants by two days, from the 1st of April to the 30th of March.
The agency said that all other grants should be collected from the 1st of April.

Done By: Mitchum George


Hotel and casino magnate, Sol Kerzner, dies at age 84.

The founder of the Southern Sun Hotel Group and Sun International, Sol Kerzner, has died.
Kerzner died on Saturday night surrounded by family members at the family home in Leeukoppie Estate, Hout Bay, near Cape Town. He had been suffering from cancer.
Family spokesperson Ian Douglas said in a statement: ''Kerzner maintained a massive business reputation but remained an intensely family-orientated man.''
He was 84 years old, and is survived by his 4 children and 10 grandchildren.
Douglas added that Sol Kerzner will be buried in a small, private funeral with only immediate family in attendance.

Done By: Mitchum George


Western Cape now has a total number of 74 COVID-19 infections

People infected with the coronavirus in South Africa now stands at 240.
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced an increase of 38 confirmed cases on Saturday, after Friday's number stood at 202.

The Eastern Cape has recorded its first case, after a 28-year-old woman who travelled to Germany tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
The province is now the seventh province to record a case of the virus. The only provinces with no confirmed cases are the Northern Cape and North West.
Meanwhile, the University of Cape Town has confirmed its third case of the coronavirus. In a statement, the institution said that the third person worked in the same department as the second case.
The Western Cape now has a total number of 74 COVID-19 infections- with 18 new infections recorded.
Of the total number of infections in the province, only two have required hospitalisation.
Premier Alan Winde said: "We all need to be taking more decisive action to stop the spread. Stay home if you can, and if you must go out, make sure that there is a 1.5 metre distance between yourself and any other person. We need to maintain regular handwashing and hygiene. If you have flu like symptoms, you must stay home and seek advice before you go to the clinic or hospital."
Premier Winde added: "If we all commit to implementing decisive measures in our own lives, we will be able to stop the spread and help to protect vulnerable people and communities from this virus. Together, we must stop the spread."

Done By: Mitchum George


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Portfolio Committee plans to reintegrate Cape Town Refugees

The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs held a multi-stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, 10 March, whereby the discussed the impasse of refugees specifically that of Cape Town and Pretoria.
Refugees embarked on a protest action in Pretoria in October last year, where they gathered outside the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Present at the Committee was the Department of Home Affairs, the City of Cape Town, South African Human Rights Commission, and the UNHCR.
Home Affairs Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, said the City of Tswane adopted an attitude that the issue of foreign nationals is the Department’s problem.
In Cape Town, refugees who were forcibly removed earlier this month are now camping outside the District Six Museum.
A scuffle broke as the refugees living outside the Central Methodist Mission church in Green Market Square after the City of Cape Town enforced its by-laws, granted by the court.
Motsoaledi says if the matter was not resolved with the eventual reintegration of those involved in the sit-in, they would be repatriated to their countries of origin.
The UNHCR's head of the Cape Town office, Miranda Gaanderse, expressed concern about the welfare of the protesters sleeping in the church, and false promises made to people who joined the protest.
The City’s Executive director for safety and security, Richard Bosman, explained that the refugee situation has made it difficult for the City of Cape Town, maintaining that the only way forward is through reintegration.

Done By:
Mitchum George


Wednesday, March 11, 2020

THINK before you shake!

While we all might be aware of the new Corona virus, it's not to say everybody knows everything about it nor how to protect themselves against it. If you happen to be one of those people that don't, this is for you.

The Western Cape has its first confirmed case of the Corona-virus, according to Minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize. It is for this reason that we should be even more cautious about COVID-19, commonly know as the Corona-virus. One of the most important things to remember is NOT to cause panic by any means, whether it be in casual conversation,jokes or by spreading fake news. There are very simple ways that you as a citizen can protect yourself and those around you from contracting this virus. 

They include:

  • Washing your hands ( soap, when used is more effective)
  • Maintaining a safe social distancing
  • Avoiding touching yours eyes, nose and mouth
  • Practice respiratory hygiene
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
  • Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

The City's Mayco Member for Community Services and Health,Zahid Badroodien is also reassuring us that they are working closely with the lead agencies involved to ensure effective response. It is important to remember that it is not okay to stigmatize or associate the virus with a particular race, age or gender. So should you find yourself in a position where you do have to talk about COVID-19 these are some do's and dont's:

  •  talk about the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

  •  talk about “people who have COVID-19”
  •  talk about people “acquiring” or “contracting” COVID-19


  •  attach locations or ethnicity to the disease, this is not a “Wuhan Virus”, “Chinese Virus” or “Asian Virus”. The official name for the disease was deliberately chosen to avoid stigmatization  the “co” stands for Corona, “vi” for virus and “d” for disease, 19 is because the disease emerged in 2019.
  •  refer to people with the disease as “COVID-19 cases” or “victims”
  •  talk about people “transmitting COVID-19” “infecting others” or “spreading the virus” as it implies intentional transmission and assigns blame.

Where do you go should there be an emergency you may ask. Below is a list of the designated hospitals in South Africa.

Western Cape:– Tygerberg Hospital

Gauteng:– Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital,– Steve Biko Academic Hospital
KwaZulu-Natal:– Grey’s Hospital in Pietermaritzburg
Limpopo:– Polokwane Hospital
Mpumalanga:– Rob Ferreira Hospital in Mbombela
Free State:– Pelonomi Academic Hospital in Bloemfontein
North West:– Klerksdorp Hospital
Northern Cape:– Kimberley Hospital
Eastern Cape:– Livingstone Hospital in Nelson Mandela Bay (PE)
Should you want additional information you can visit numerous resources that have been made available to the public regarding Covid-19. 
Done by: Erin Johnson, Bush Radio team


Friday, March 06, 2020

WCED exceeds their expectations regarding school admissions

The Western Cape Education Department said that despite a challenging start to the online admissions process, it has already exceeded the expected number of applications captured and submitted on the online system in comparison to the same time in the admissions process in 2019.
Applications for learner enrolment for 2021 in the Western Cape opened on 17 February and closes on 17 March 2020.
The department says that on the first day, 33 518 applications were submitted and at close of business on the 25th of February, 154 449 applications have been successfully captured by parents on the system.
The WCED said it received several complaints from the public, relating to irregular and unlawful admissions practices which were brought to the attention of school principals and governing body chairpersons for resolution where applicable.
The education department says that schools were reminded that although the WCED was actively encouraging parents to apply online, there are still parents who may be unable to access the internet and who are not able to manage the online process. Schools need to cater for such parents and accept hard copy applications. Alternatively, schools are asked to support such parents by availing their computer centres to guide and assist parents to apply.

Done By: Mitchum George

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Sunday, March 01, 2020

SA Government’s plan to repatriate South African citizens from coronavirus-hit city, Wuhan

The inter-ministerial committee dealing with the repatrition and quarantine of South African citizens that are in Wuhan, China provided details of how they will come back home.
Health minister, Zweli Mkhize, said there are around 201 South Africans citizens living in the Wuhan area and around 151 have indicated they want to return to South Africa The health minister said 121 people have been tested for the Coronavirus as at 26 February, and all results were negative.
Mkhize added that following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s directive for the repatriation of South Africans showing no signs of the virus in Wuhan City, contingency plans such as every citizen in the Asian city must be frequently contacted directly personally and their concerns recoded, are now being effected as a matter of extreme urgency. 
The plan will be executed in three parts: evacuation, quarantine and reunification. A medical team will greet the passengers on the plane for pre- and in-flight evaluations. Those suspected of being ill will be left in the treatment of the Chinese health system.
Mkhize commended the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), embassy staff, and the Chinese authorities for assiting to locate South African citizens in China. He appealed to the families who may have relatives in Wuhan to contact DIRCO.

Done By: Mitchum George


8-year-old Tazne van Wyk laid to rest

The funeral of 8-year-old Tazne van Wyk was held on Saturday, 29 February, at Moddderdam Cemetery in Belhar.
Myriads of people attended the funeral to bid farewell to the little girl.
Van Wyk was murdered and found in a storm water drain near Worcester after being kidnapped from her home in Elsies River
The funeral started with a private viewing at the family home before the procession left for the Goodwood Uniting Reformed Church. Extra chairs and TV equipment were put up outside the church to accommodate all the mourners.
Dignitaries such as the police minister, General Bheki Cele; Deputy Minister of Women, Youth and People with Disabilities, Hlengiwe Mkhize; and Cape Town mayor, Dan Plato; along with Western Cape MEC for Health Dr. Nomafrench  Mbombo, were in attendance.
Minister Cele said the criminal justice system had failed the young murder victim. Cele added that government needed to relook the country's laws.
The man accused of kidnapping and murdering the child, 54-year-old Moyhadien Pangarker, appeared briefly in the Goodwood Magistrates Court on 21 February 2020. Pangarker is alleged to have committed the crime while out on parole. His case has been postponed until 17 of April.

Done By: Mitchum George


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Mass thikr for Emaan Solomons

After the death of a 7-year-old girl who was shot during gang crossfire in Ocean View, the Ocean View community stood together and had a peaceful protest at the entrance where the children shouted “Stop killing us.” At just around 8pm last night they held a Mass Prayer in front of young Emaan’s Solomons house which led to people targeting and petrol bombing 5 drug dens in Ocean View. People retaliated as a result of the houses being set alight. Groups of people then decided to started looting shops.
Not to long after the shops were looted a voice note surfaced to Ocean View residents to stay indoors.

Two suspects have been arrested in connection with the death of seven-year-old Emaan Solomons from Ocean View. Radio 786 can reveal that one of them is being linked to the murder of the child. The pair remain persons of interest and police detectives are working around the clock to charge the perpetrators. A firearm was also confiscated during the arrests. It is not known whether the weapon was used in the murder of the child who died while playing in the front courtyard of her home on Tuesday. Her burial takes place later today and members of the community gathered at her home yesterday to pay their condolences.

UPDATE: Ocean View

People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (PAGAD) has distanced itself from the violence in Ocean View yesterday where shops were looted and the houses of alleged gangsters set alight. It is understood that violence broke out late last night, after a peaceful picket was held early evening. A mass thikr was held in honour of 7-year-old Emaan Solomans who was shot and killed in gang-cross fire while playing in her yard. Police are yet to confirm the alleged arrest of at least two suspects in relation to her murder. National co-ordinator Haroon Orrie disputed that those responsible for the fires were part of the movement, saying members of the group that initiated the vigilantism were previously disbanded from PAGAD. Orrie says they will be meeting with the public this evening. Police continue to monitor the area.


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