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Daily Podcast – June 29, 2020

29th June 2020 BY: Sane Dhlamini
Creamer Media Researcher and Writer

For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.

Making headlines: Ramaphosa says we must be guided by facts, not rumours on Covid-19, DA urges Nxesi to explain UIF woes and, teacher and pupil Covid-19 infections on the rise in KZN

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Ramaphosa says we must be guided by facts, not rumours on Covid-19

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President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday expressed concern for frontline health workers who have died owing to the coronavirus and has also warned against the stigmatisation of people who have tested positive for the novel virus.

In his weekly column to the nation he said the country must be guided by facts and not rumours, this as the country recently surpassed 2 000 Covid-19 deaths.

Ramaphosa saluted frontline workers and acknowledged that they were working under great pressure and carrying the psychological strain of knowing they are at risk of contracting the virus.

 

DA urges Nxesi to explain UIF woes

The DA has urged labour minister, Thulas Nxesi to explain why the Unemployment Insurance Fund had still not opened the application process for Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme.

DA labour spokesperson, Michael Cardo suspects that there is clearly something desperately wrong at the UIF that goes beyond mere 'systems glitches'.

The fund has so far paid out roughly R26-billion of the R40-billion budgeted for TERS payments to help workers affected by the Covid-19 crisis through April, May and June.

 

Teacher and pupil Covid-19 infections on the rise in KZN

Teachers are emerging as the most infected with Covid-19 in KwaZulu-Natal schools – this as cases have begun to increase sharply in several provinces countrywide.

Premier Sihle Zikalala said the schools are a reflection of communities where they operate and said as the numbers of confirmed positive cases increase every day across the country, he expect also to see some increase in reported positive cases in schools.

He said there was a marked increase in the number of infected teachers, pupils and other support staff in the space of a week.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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