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Covid-19: Gauteng health department calls for donations of protective gear and ventilators

The Gauteng health department has called for donations of protective gear and ventilators to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. 
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The Gauteng health department has called for donations of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators, saying the fight against Covid-19 requires a “joint effort by all sectors of society”.

“This includes the increasing of the resource capacity of the Gauteng health system across the board with regards to its Covid-19 response,” it said in a statement.

It was against this backdrop that it was calling on those who wished to contribute to the fight against Covid-19 to donate PPE and ventilators, it added.

“These donations will supplement government resources and will be utilised in special sites which are being put in place to house Covid-19 patients.The Gauteng health department has called for donations of protective gear and ventilators to help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

“The PPEs such as masks and gloves play an important role in minimising exposure to the spread of infections whilst ventilators assist the breathing process when the virus has caused failure or damage to the lungs.”

According to the WHO, Covid-19 causes damage to the lungs and as result one in six people becomes seriously ill and can develop breathing difficulties. To alleviate this, a ventilator is used to push air, with increased levels of oxygen into the lungs.

“The department needs two types of ventilators namely, mechanical ventilation and non-invasive ventilation. We are calling on organisations, corporates, NGOs, and individuals, to support us in the fight against this pandemic,” the department said.

28 new Covid-19 cases bring Western Cape’s total to 446, says Winde

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde addresses law enforcement officers in Cape Town in January 2019.
Image: DAWestern Cape Premier Alan Winde addresses law enforcement officers in Cape Town in January 2019.
Another 28 people in the Western Cape have been diagnosed with Covid-19, premier Alan Winde said on Saturday.

The new cases bring the provincial total to 446, with 23 in hospital and nine in intensive care.

More than three-quarters of Western Cape patients are in Cape Town, with 45 in the Garden Route, 28 in the Cape winelands, 10 in the Overberg and three in the West Coast.

Thirteen cases have not been allocated to a geographic area. The Central Karoo still has no confirmed cases.Winde said community screening had begun on Saturday in two areas of Cape Town, and would be rolled out to several more on Monday and Tuesday.

“Credit must be given to the teams at the department of health who are implementing this programme so quickly,” he said.

Community health care workers were identifiable by their uniforms and ID cards.

“Members of the public are advised to request the person’s credentials as part of rigorous safety precautions,” said Winde.

“We urge community members to welcome the community health workers and to co-operate with them.”

Eskom condemns alleged stock theft by employee

Eskom has condmned alleged stock theft by an off-duty employee on a farm in the Northern Cape. 
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Eskom says it has been made aware of alleged stock theft by an off-duty employee on a farm in the Northern Cape.Eskom has condmned alleged stock theft by an off-duty employee on a farm in the Northern Cape.

“Such behaviour is totally unacceptable and will be dealt with by following the correct procedures,” it stated.

In the meantime, it was allowing law enforcement agencies to conduct an investigation and would give the agencies its full support, it added.

It urged the public to report any suspicious behaviour by Eskom employee or contractor by contacting the Eskom Contact Centre on 08600 ESKOM/37566 or the Eskom whistle blower hotline on 0800 11 27 22.


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‘Use your instincts’: Zizo Tshwete advises on tackling tough situations

Zizo Tshwete has encouraged her followers to be in control of their lives.
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While many South Africans are trying their level best to keep a normal routine during the coronavirus lockdown, media personality Zizo Tshwete has encouraged fans to learn from their mistakes in order to grow.Zizo Tshwete has encouraged her followers to be in control of their lives.

Zizo explained that people feel they are losing control of their lives due to the current Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown.

“The thought stemmed from you being in control of certain things that happen in your life or responses you have towards those things,” she said.

“There are certain things that are not in our control, but the one thing I’ve found helpful is looking at what has passed, assessing what I could’ve done and wanted to do differently and basically using that as a lesson for my path going forward.”Zizo said reflecting helps one to slow down enough to listen to universal messages that your body responds to. That way you’re able to use your instincts to react to things that don’t sit well with you.

“The body is connected to that. It’s like when your body feels some type of way, that means there’s a trigger happening (well, at least in my experience). Something in your environment – energy, frequency-wise – is having a reaction. The best way I’ve learnt to process that is to tell my body to own up to the trauma.

“What I mean by that is when I have an uneasy feeling, I want my conscious mind to tell me where this feeling is coming from, such as past situations.”

Zizo went on to explain how one can take control of one’s lives and emotions in certain situations.

Covid-19 repatriations: SAA to fly visitors to home countries

SAA crew will fly foreign citizens who are healthy to their home countries.SAA crew will fly foreign citizens who are healthy to their home countries.
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Tourists, foreign workers and students stranded in SA by the sudden Covid-19 lockdown will be able to return home on chartered flights operated by SAA.

This was announced on Thursday by SAA’s business rescue practitioners Les Matuson and Siviwe Dongwana.

The first of these chartered flights will be for the repatriation of German citizens to their home country. They are expected to depart from Friday — from Johannesburg to Munich and Cape Town to Frankfurt.

Negotiations are ongoing with other governments for the repatriation of their citizens.

The skies were closed to all passenger air travel, with the exception of cargo flights delivering essential supplies, for the 21-day national lockdown starting at midnight on March 26.

“Subsequent to the announcement and the start of the lockdown, representatives of several governments have engaged with the joint business rescue practitioners of SAA to consider having SAA provide the safe passage of their citizens to their respective home countries,” the practitioners said in a statement.

With the government’s permission, SAA is now permitted to provide repatriation charter flights to various international destinations.

To address the health and safety concerns of both passengers and crew and in compliance with the lockdown regulations, no-one who has tested positive for Covid-19 will be allowed to board. Screening will be conducted and passengers with flu-like symptoms will also be excluded.

“In these difficult times, SAA is committed to collaborating with all its partners and stakeholders in the fight against Covid-19. The airline will ensure the necessary transfer of passengers and essential cargo takes place in a safe and compliant manner for all during these flights”, the business rescue practitioners said.