Police arrest first of twelve alleged ‘looting instigators’ in South Africa

Acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says that the South African Police Service (SAPS) has arrested an alleged instigator who helped organise the looting and violence in South Africa this past week. In a media briefing on Thursday afternoon (15 July), Ntshavheni said that this suspect was currently in custody, with the SAPS working ….  Read More

Here are the updated return dates and plans for schools in South Africa

The Department of Basic Education has published the updated return dates and plans for schools in South Africa. In a gazette published on Thursday (15 July), basic education minister Angie Motshekga said schools will reopen on 26 July 2021 for all learners (Grades R to 12) to return to school on the daily or weekly ….  Read More

Ramaphosa on week of riots in South Africa: ‘There are people who planned this’

President Cyril Ramaphosa says it is abundantly clear that the last week of unrest and looting was instigated. Speaking during an oversight visit to eThekwini in KwaZulu-Natal on Friday (16 July), Ramaphosa said that the government was dealing with a ‘very difficult situation’ and that he has been in constant contact with provincial premiers, ministers, ….  Read More

3 lockdown scenarios for South Africa – and where things are heading right now

Professional services firm PwC has published a new economic outlook which includes forecast scenarios for South Africa’s lockdown levels, and their likely impact on the economy. The report, published as the country ends a violent week of protests and looting, focuses on both upside and downside scenarios, and includes a baseline assumption. PwC’s economic scenarios ….  Read More

Ramaphosa to address South Africa on Friday evening

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Friday evening (16 July) about the violent protests and looting which took place in Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal this week. In a media briefing on Friday afternoon, acting minister in the presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said that the briefing will take place at 20h30. The address comes after ….  Read More

Government moves to stop ‘next phase’ of insurrection in South Africa: report

The South African government is entering a ‘clean-up’ phase of its response to this past week’s violent riots and looting, which includes taking steps to stop unrest from spilling over to other parts of the country. President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday night characterised the week-long riots as a failed insurrection, saying that certain groups were ….  Read More

White South Africans are leaving the country in their thousands: Stats SA

Statistics South Africa has published its mid-year population estimates for 2021, showing that the country’s population continues to grow, to 60.1 million people. The country recorded a net increase of 520,628 people between estimates in 2020 and 2021, Stats SA said. StatsSA also provided a breakdown of demographics, including the estimated shifts among different racial ….  Read More

Big changes proposed for South Africa’s state of disaster and lockdown laws

Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) has called for written comments on the Disaster Management Amendment Bill, which proposes a major shake-up for South Africa’s state of disaster regulations and by extension the country’s Covid-19 lockdown rules. South Africa declared a national state of disaster under Section 27(1) and Section 27(2) ….  Read More