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MotoGP: Shock Brno win for rookie Binder on the KTM
MotoGP: Shock Brno win for rookie Binder on the KTM
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South African Brad Binder got his first win in only his third MotoGP race in Brno on Sunday. This was also a first win for KTM in the class. Binder started from seventh on the grid and made his way to the top to claim a famous rookie victory in a race full of surprises. Franco Morbidelli finished second, while polesitter Johan Zarco managed to stay on the podium despite a long lap penalty after a collision with Pol Espargaro. Pre-race favorites Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Viñales could only manage seventh and fourteenth on the day.

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South Africa: Over half a million confirmed Coronavirus cases
Ambulance responding to Covid-19 cases in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.
Ambulance responding to Covid-19 cases in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Credit: Khethukuthula Mbonambi / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

On Saturday, 10107 new Coronavirus cases were reported in South Africa. This brings the total of Coronavirus cases of the country to over half a million, confirmed by health minister Zwelini Mkhize.

28000 additional hospital beds were made available but the country does not have enough doctors and medical staff.

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South Africa: Schools to close again over Coronavirus surge
School children from KwaMangqakaza Primary School receiving school uniforms that were donated by a good Samaritan. South African schools are expected to begin a phased re-opening from the 1st of June 2020.
School children from KwaMangqakaza Primary School receiving school uniforms that were donated by a good Samaritan. South African schools are expected to begin a phased re-opening from the 1st of June 2020. Credit: Khethukuthula Mbonambi / Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Most of South African public schools will close again for a month. The schools year will be extended into 2021, affecting over 14 million pupils. The country has reported over 400,000 cases in total and has seen rising Coronavirus infections.

President Ramaphose said on Thursday: "We have taken a deliberately cautious approach to keep schools closed during a period when the country is expected to experience its greatest increase in infections. I am aware that this arrangement that I’ve just announced will disappoint many learners who want to be back at school and may cause inconvenience and difficulty for many families who need to make alternative child care arrangements. We ask you to do this because we believe it is important to ensure that schools do not become sites of transmission at a time when infections are rising fast."

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Andrew Mlangeni, anti-apartheid icon and convicted co-defendant with Nelson Mandela, passed away at age 95
Andrew Mlangeni
Andrew Mlangeni Credit: GovernmentZA (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Andrew Mlangeni passed away on June 6th in Pretoria, the office of President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed on Wednesday. Mlangeni was the last surviving Rivonia trialists, a trial which brought to light the segregationist policies of apartheid in South Africa. He died in a military hospital after being committed with abdominal complaints.

President Cyril Ramaphosa said: "The passing of Andrew Mekete Mlangeni signifies the end of a generational history and places our future squarely in our hands. Until recently, we were able to sit at Bab’ Mlangeni’s feet and draw on his wealth of wisdom and his unfailing commitment – even at his very advanced age – to a better life for all South Africans. With his passing as the last remaining Rivonia Trialist, Bab’ Mlangeni has indeed passed the baton to his compatriots to build the South Africa he fought to liberate and to reconstruct during our democratic dispensation."

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South Africa: Alcohol ban and curfew imposed to suppress spread of Coronavirus
South Africa: Alcohol ban and curfew imposed to suppress spread of Coronavirus
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South Africa sees a rapid spread of the Coronavirus. The country is accounting for roughly 40% of all African cases. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa begged the citizen to follow the rules and reduce personal contact. He reintroduced a ban on all alcohol sales and imposed a nationwide curfew in hopes to suppress the spread of the virus.

Ramaphosa said: "This is in our collective hands. Let us remember that every individual action that we undertake does and can make a big difference. Now more than ever we are responsible for the lives of those around us."

Hospitals also have started to turn people away. Ramaphosa wants to avoid a second lockdown as it would cause more harm than good on the economy.

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Zindzi Mandela, daugther of Nelson Mandela, dies aged 59
Zindzi Mandela meeting President Barack Obama, 2 November 2013
Zindzi Mandela meeting President Barack Obama, 2 November 2013 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of Nelson Mandela, has died at the age of 59 in a hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. The cause of her death has not been revealed yet.

Zindzi Mandela had been serving as South Africa's ambassador to Denmark since 2014. She was married twice and had four children.

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South Africa: almost 13,497 Coronavirus cases, medical oxygen low
Ambulance responding to Covid-19 suspected cases and place them in isolation hospitals and quarantine in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Ambulance responding to Covid-19 suspected cases and place them in isolation hospitals and quarantine in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa Credit: Khethukuthula Mbonambi / Wikimedia Commons

South Africa is reporting 13497 new Coronavirus cases. Hotspots are in Johannesburg and Pretoria, both located in the Gauteng province, with over 1/3 of the daily cases.

Medical oxygen is now running low in hospitals in Gauteng. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that they were working to divert more oxygen to these hospitals. Beds are filling so fast that patients are now also placed in heated tents in the hospital's parking lot.

Mkhize: "The storm that we have consistently warned South Africans about is now arriving."

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Five killed, 40 arrested in hostage situation at South Africa church
Five killed, 40 arrested  in hostage situation at South Africa church
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Five people have been killed and six hospitalised after shooters took hostages at the International Pentecostal Holiness Church in Zuurbekom, South Africa on Saturday

South African Police Service said they had rescued men, women and children, and arrested at least 40 people. Officers also added they are investigating the possibility the attack may have been motivated by an internal feud between conflicting parties of the church.

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South Africa: Schools have now reopened
Minister Angie Motshekga briefs media
Minister Angie Motshekga briefs media Credit: GovernmentZA (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

South African schools reopened on Monday. It was the first day of school for students of primary and secondary schools in over a month. Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said that schools should not resume if they are not ready to do so, but 95% of primary and secondary schools did reopen.

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South Africa: Protestors join George Floyd Solidarity movement

People gathered in front of the South African parliament in Cape Town this Wednesday and joined the global Black Lives Matters movement. South Africans were expressing solidarity with George Floyd. Protestors also remembered South African Collins Khosa who died of a beating at the hands of soldiers in April.

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South Africa: School reopening postponed by a week

South African schools were scheduled to open on Monday, June 1st. The Department of Basic Education now announced the reopening will be postponed by a week. The additional week is to be used for staff and teachers to acquaint themselves with the new safety guidelines.

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Africa: 140,000 confirmed coronavirus cases

Africa now has a total of 140,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and each country has reported at least one case. 4223 people suffered death from the coronavirus.

China promised support to Africa and will donate 30 million test kits per month as well as ventilators and masks, so Cyril Ramaphosa, president of South Africa.

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Places of worship allowed to reopen in South Africa as of June 1st, restaurants must stay closed
St. Bartholomew's Church, in Market Street Grahamstown, South Africa
St. Bartholomew's Church, in Market Street Grahamstown, South Africa Credit: Waynejayes / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

With South Africa entering lockdown level 3, places of worships will be allowed to reopen their doors to worshipers as of June 1st. Restaurants and other eateries must remain closed. The Restaurant Association of South Africa is demanding an explanation from the government on the reasoning for this decision. Restaurant owners claim they can not sustain their business on deliveries and pick-ups alone.

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South African schools reopen as of June 1st
Trafalgar High School, Cape Town, South Africa
Trafalgar High School, Cape Town, South Africa Credit: HelenOnline / CC BY-SA (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Starting with Grades 7 and 12 and small schools, the reopening process of the educational sector has started in South Africa. Minister Angie Motshekga urged schools to follow safety protocols which will be provided to students, teachers and other staff. The National Coronavirus Command Council and Cabinet is also working with the Department of Social Development to help with "the needs of learners with disabilities and those in special schools [...] to ensure that no child is compromised".

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South Africa announces extensive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, including a nationwide lockdown

According to the National Coronavirus Command Council extensive measures against the current pandemic will be taken in South Africa over the next days. This features a nationwide lockdown that will be in place from Thursday 26th of March until midnight on Thursday 16th of April and will be compulsory for all citizens except for these working in the selected fields, such as healthcare. Further measures include the establishment of a centralized patient management system, travel-restrictions and financial assistance for businesses and low-income households.