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Daily Podcast – January 24, 2020

24th January 2020 BY: Sane Dhlamini
Creamer Media Researcher and Writer

For Creamer media in Johannesburg, I’m Cameron Mackay.

Making headlines: No cases of coronavirus in SA, Eskom warns West Rand power suppliers to pay or it will switch off the lights and, Zim billionaire to pay doctors about $300 a month to end strike

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No cases of coronavirus in SA

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases has said that there have been no cases of the novel coronavirus identified in South Africa.

China has banned trains and planes from leaving Wuhan City, which is at the centre of the virus outbreak.

The Institute said an emergency operations centre is in alert mode, and could be activated, should the need arise.

Together with the national department of health it has developed and distributed clinical guidelines and case definitions for doctors and nurses in both the public and private sectors to better detect, identify and respond to a possible 2019-nCoV case in South Africa.

 

Eskom warns West Rand power suppliers to pay or it will switch off the lights

Eskom has warned that it will disconnect supply to Westrand Power Distributors owing to unpaid bills totalling over R18-million.

The power disconnection would affect areas such as Krugersdorp, Roodepoort, Randfontein and Riverlea.

Eskom senior manager for customer service Daphne Mokwena urged all affected parties to express their objection or support for the utility's intention to disconnect the supply on February 20, as it will affect the mining community of Westvillage.

 

Zim billionaire to pay doctors about $300 a month to end strike

Striking junior doctors at Zimbabwe's State hospitals will end a four-month strike after accepting an offer from a telecoms billionaire to pay them a monthly allowance of about $300 for six months.

The doctors went on strike on September 3 to protest against poor wages and a lack of adequate equipment and medicines, leaving many poor people unable to get treatment.

Strive Masiyiwa, through his philanthropic arm Higher Life Foundation, last November set up a 100-million Zimbabwe dollar fund for the striking doctors.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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