Jeanne Butoyi, a permanent resident originally from Burundi, has been struggling to survive since the lockdown closed the hairdressers she works at.  Jeanne has been living in South Africa for 22 years and has been working as a hairdresser.  She lives with her husband and two children.  “Debt is piling up and even if the …

The bodies of seven men were found at a homestead in eMsahweni in KwaMakutha on Wednesday night.  All seven men suffered fatal gunshot wounds to the head.  Neighbours and residents in the area heard gunshots around 18:00 and immediately called the police.  Brigadier Jay Naidoo, the KZN police spokesperson, confirmed the incident.  “When they investigated, …

If you have been considering buying a new car, now would be the perfect time to do just that.  Vehicle prices are set to spike due to a much weaker rand inflating import costs.  Since January the rand dropped 23% against the US dollar,  weakened by 18% against the GBP, and lost 22% to the …

Brenda Malesahlo was working night shift when her 13-year-old son was murdered at home by unknown robbers.  The suspects suffocated the child, shot him, and fled with only a television set.  Brenda received a call from her neighbour to rush home from her shift at a mine because something bad had happened. “I’m asking myself …

A fire at the Comfort Child and Youth Care Centre in Kokstad, KZN, caused partial damage and injuries to some of the children at the centre.  The facility houses 44 children. The fire broke out on Wednesday night and caused four children to collapse on the scene due to smoke inhalation.  KZN Social Development MEC …

A new model for the future of SA and the coronavirus suggested that for the next 18 months South Africans could be facing 50 days of strict lockdown followed by 30 days of easing.  This cycle could possibly allow the health system to cope with the pandemic.  The study by a group of international researchers …

Nosipho Klass from Khayelitsha in Cape Town is truly living ubuntu.  The 41-year-old turned her Little Leaders Day Care Centre into a soup kitchen when lockdown regulations forced her to close the centre.  “I couldn’t sit back and do nothing while kids go to bed on empty stomachs.  I decided to use the money I …

Source – Groundup Two young boys aged 12 and 11 sells cigarettes in Tsakane to help their parents survive the lockdown. Standing in the street without warm clothing or masks,  Musa* and Thato* are selling wrizla and cigarettes for their next meal ticket.  There is no food at home. Musa has six siblings, all of …

The minister of Health, Zweli Mkhize, admitted the WHO doesn’t believe that SA qualifies to move down the levels just yet.  Mkhize was speaking at a briefing with health experts on Tuesday night on SA’s Covid-19 projections.  The latest figures stands at 17,200 cases with 312 deaths.  Minister Mkhize explained the criteria for easing lockdown …

Parents have responded to government’s plans for the phased reopening of schools with mixed reactions.  In her statement to the nation last night, minister of basic education, Angie Motshekga said that Grades 7 and 12 were set to return to school on the 1st of June.  She added that no parent would be forced to …