South Africa

The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has warned that the damage to factories and retail facilities in KwaZulu-Natal will have a significant impact on the economy, jobs and access to goods and services.

In an effort to further enhance collaboration, improve efficiencies and continue the vital flow of goods and freight throughout South Africa and the continent, a partnership in the supply chain, transport and retail sectors has been established.

Police Minister Bheki Cele has expressed his satisfaction at the security measures established at retail centres as they reopen for business following last week’s incidences of violence.

Acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says six individuals, who have been identified as alleged instigators of the violent riots that flared up in parts of the country, have been arrested and some have already appeared in court.

As the social development sector kicks off its vaccination rollout plan on Monday, Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has expressed her satisfaction with the first day of vaccination.

The National Consumer Commission (NCC) has sent a strong message discouraging suppliers from inflating prices of essential items amid the unrest that engulfed the country the past few days.

Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, has welcomed pledges and donations towards rebuilding community radio stations that were vandalised during last week’s unrest.

Police Minister, General Bheki Cele, will today, visit businesses and shopping complexes in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, affected by wide spread looting during last week’s campaign of violence in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

Parliament has extended its heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Member of Parliament, Boitumelo Joyce Maluleke, who passed away on Friday and her husband on Saturday.

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has welcomed the dismissal of a senior Gauteng Department of Health official for her role in the irregular awarding of COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) contracts.

Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde, says he is pleased many residents in the 35 to 49 age bracket have registered in their numbers for their COVID-19 vaccine.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has been engaging representatives of the South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO), Cape Amalgamated Taxi Association (CATA) as well as the Congress of Democratic Taxi Associations (CODETA).

The Joint Standing Committee on Defence has called for coherence in characterising what led to the violence, wanton looting and destruction of property over the past week, especially in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.

The South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) says the agency will continue to provide social relief of distress in the form of food vouchers to needy families.

The South African Banking Risk Information Centre (SABRIC) has cautioned people against accepting dye-stained notes as legal tender, as the onward use and value of these notes will not be honoured.


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