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Thursday | 30 July | 2020 Tourism bleeds as result of irrational lockdown restrictions

City Press reports that major roleplayers in the country’s hospitality industry have joined hands to plead with government to reopen the economy as thousands of jobs are at risk and businesses are closing down. Already, about 400 000 jobs have been lost in the tourism industry since the national lockdown  … Read more

Thursday | 30 July | 2020 IMF approves $4,3 billion loan for South Africa

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board has approved a US$4,3-billion loan for South Africa to help the country weather the Covid-19 health crisis on the economy, National Treasury said late on Monday. “The IMF Executive Board has approved South Africa’s request for emergency financial support under the Rapid Financing  … Read more

Thursday | 23 July | 2020 False claims and ‘double-dipping’ slow UIF’s TERS payouts

TimesLIVE reports that more than 4 000 Covid-19 related Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) claims have been made on behalf of people who had died, about 90 000 were made with invalid ID numbers and close to 200 000 were made with ID numbers which could not be found on any  … Read more

Thursday | 09 July | 2020 UJ engineers develop 3D-printed ventilator

According to Engineering News, an engineering team from the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has designed and developed a portable 3D-printed mechanical ventilator that has a customisable base plate to treat multiple patients. The ventilator, named Aura Imprimere, which means “a breeze of air provided by printing”, also allows off-grid operations  … Read more

Thursday | 02 July | 2020 Judgement reserved in appeal against SAA retrenchment

BusinessLive reports that the Labour Appeal Court (LAC) has reserved judgment after hearing arguments on behalf of the business rescue practitioners (BRPs) for SA Airways (SAA) and the airline’s unions on whether employees could be retrenched before finalisation of a rescue plan. In April, after being informed by Public Enterprises  … Read more

Thursday | 25 June | 2020 Return of foreign mineworkers will be delayed

Reuters reports that the Minerals Council South Africa (MCSA), previously called the Chamber of Mines, has flagged that the process of facilitating the return of foreign mine workers as lockdown restrictions ease, will take longer than expected due to delays at the Mozambique and Lesotho border posts. Senior executive, Nikisi  … Read more

Thursday | 11 June | 2020 Survey: 86% of those who work in an office want to return

The Star writes that a surprising number of people want to get back to the office, even though office workers have largely been working from home and using online communication throughout the Covid-19 lockdown. This was revealed in a nationwide survey conducted by workplace consultancy Giant Leap, which canvassed several  … Read more

Thursday | 04 June | 2020 MONUMENTAL – an online concert

During the Covid-19 pandemic that has brought the world to a standstill, Steinway pianist Charl du Plessis was invited to give a classic piano performance at one of South Africa’s most iconic landmarks, the Voortrekker Monument. Du Plessis is an acclaimed performer of classical, jazz and crossover music and he  … Read more

Wednesday | 03 June | 2020 EDITORIAL: Mining in the new world

 Driving organisational change to thrive in a post-COVID-19 economy The mining sector suffered significantly under the hard lockdown implemented on 26 March, which necessitated an unprecedented industry-wide shut down, the likes of which were not even seen during the Second World War. With the phased reopening of the South African  … Read more

Thursday | 28 May | 2020 AngloGold temporarily shuts Mponeng mine due to Covid-19

BusinessLive reports that AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) temporarily shut the world’s deepest gold mine after 164 employees tested positive for the coronavirus. Mines that had been shut since 27 March were allowed to reopen with half their normal staff from the start of May. AGA detected its first positive case at  … Read more

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