Covid-19 update: Nzimande impressed with universities, booze ban drama

Covid-19 update: Nzimande impressed with universities, booze ban drama

Minister Blade Nzimande says that he is impressed with the state of readiness in SA universities. explores the latest on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.

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Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande says that he is impressed with how ready SA universities are to tackle the Covid-19 virus in lecture halls. explores the top updates on the crisis in SA:

1. Covid-19: Blade Nzimande gives update on Higher Education response

This afternoon Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande addressed the media and the country on the progress of the implementation of Covid-19 measures.

Nzimande began by reiterating that Covid-19 continues to take a toll, not only on people but also their ability to earn a living.

"The pandemic represents a set of unprecedented challenges that require a collective response as society" said Nzimande.

The minister added that their sector adopted the theme "Save The Academic Year, Save Lives", which is part of their response guided by measures announced by the National Command Council (NCC) and approved by Cabinet. Blade visited the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), whose students are the largest beneficiaries of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS).

Nzimande was impressed with the state of readiness of the university, as the students and staff repurposed one of their labs to produce their own sanitisers. Nzimande also congratulated Higher Health for launching HealthCheck, a purpose-built daily screening and monitoring tool.

2. Rumour that alcohol ban will be reinstated is fake news - COGTA

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has rubbished reports that it plans to reinstate the ban on alcohol sales.

On Monday, several voicenotes were doing rounds on WhatsApp claiming that the ban would be reinstated on Wednesday, 10 June.

The voicenotes claimed that the government would ban the sale of alcohol in a bid to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

On 1 June, the country's Covid-19 regulations were eased to lockdown Level 3, allowing for the sale of alcohol but still banning the sale of tobacco.

The ban on tobacco sales in an ongoing contentious issue that the government is being taken to court for.

3. Ramaphosa worried as South Africa surpasses 50 000 covid-19 cases

On Monday, 8 June, South Africa's Covid-19 cases surpassed the 50 000 mark with over 1 000 reported fatalities.

On Monday, President Cyril Ramaphosa said he was worried about the steep rise in the Covid-19 cases.

Ramaphosa said Covid-19 cases in South Africa have been on a steep rise, with more than half of all cases since the start of the outbreak recorded over the last two weeks. South Africa currently has 50 879 confirmed cases with 1 080 deaths.

On 31 May, the country had 32 683 confirmed cases and 683 deaths. This is an increase of 18 196 deaths in just nine days.

In his weekly letter to the nation, Ramaphosa said:

"Like many South Africans, I, too, have been worried as I watch these figures keep rising. While these numbers are broadly in line with what the various models had projected, there is a big difference between looking at a graph on a piece of paper and seeing real people becoming infected, some getting ill and some dying."

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