Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Mongameli Bobani has passed away after contracting Covid-19. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa.
Former Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Mongameli Boboni passed away on Wednesday evening after previously contracting Covid-19.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that a number of restrictions have now been eased in the name of repairing the nation's economy.
Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:
1. Mongameli Bobani passes away
Former Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Mongameli Bobani has passed away after being hospitalised with Covid-19 three weeks ago.
Bobani was removed from his post as mayor late last year after being accused of corruption and mismanagement.
United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa commented on Bobani's passing, confirming that:
"It is sad to announce the passing of Councillor Bobani this evening. Our condolences to the family and friends."
Holomisa said that funeral arrangements will be announced soon, concluding that Bobani's energy would be missed:
"He was always available and ready to roll up his sleeves, and we will miss his energy and enthusiasm."
2. Alchohol sales to return to normal: Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday evening that the sale of alcohol will now return to normal.
Speaking during a national address, Ramaphosa revealed that Level 1 regulations would be amended:
"As we transition into a new phase in our response, the only way forward is a rapid and sustained economic recovery, we are therefore working to ensure to enable that all parts of our economy to return to normal as quickly and as safely as possible."
In addition to this, Ramaphosa confirmed that international travel will also be opening up:
"We are also opening up international travel to all countries subject to the necessary health protocols and the presentation of a negative COVID-19 certificate."
3. Mkhize on latest statistics
Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africa with an update on the latest Covid-19 statistics.
In a statement issued by the Department of Health on Wednesday evening, Mkhize commented that:
"As announced by His Excellency President MC Ramaphosa, the cumulative number of detected COVID-19 cases is 742 394 with 2 140 new cases identified since the last report."
The Minister also noted an increase in the number of fatalities recorded in the country:
"Regrettably, 60 new deaths have been reported: Eastern Cape 24, Free State 19, Gauteng 2, Kwa-Zulu Natal 1, Mpumalanga 2, North West 2, Northern Cape 6 and Western Cape 4 which brings the total to 20 011 deaths."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the President announced that five days of mourning for both the victims of Covid-19 and Gender-Based Violence, with the national flag flying at half-mast from 25-29 November.
Citizens were called upon to wear black in recognition of the grief that 'we share as a nation' and to show SA's determination to overcome the virus.
Ramaphosa noted the passing of Auditor-General Kimi Mkwethu on Wednesday, commenting:
"During his time as Auditor-General, Mr Mkwethu served this country with dedication, with distinction and with great integrity. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of great sorrow."
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