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via finance.yahoo08/12/2020

South Africa Nears the Point of No Return - Yahoo Finance

(Bloomberg) -- DCD Wind Towers should have been a South African success story.When DCD opened its doors in the Eastern Cape in 2013, it was the first factory set up to take advantage of the country’s abundant wind-power resources. Government policy was fueling a clean-energy bonanza, and DCD brought valuable jobs to an impoverished province.“We took unemployed people, some of whom were in their 30s who’d never had a job,” Alta-Mari Grebe, who was the company’s general manager, said by phone. “We really had a good thing going.”A sudden change of heart by the government in Pretoria brought the country’s promising wind and solar energy program to a crashing halt. In June this year, DCD’s state-of-the-art equipment was auctioned off.DCD’s unrealized potential is a footnote in South Africa’s story of the last decade, one of chronic under-performance that is pushing the continent’s dominant powerhouse to the edge of economic and political disaster.With debt surging and the coronavirus pandemic threatening the deepest economic contraction in almost 90 years, business leaders are warning that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government can no longer procrastinate. With the situation deteriorating rapidly, they say, South Africa faces a choice between loosening the grip of vested interests to embrace radical — and likely painful — reform, or risking a sovereign debt crisis and more permanent scars.“We are looking at a wasteland,” said Martin Kingston, chairman of Rothschild & Co.’s South African unit and deputy president of Business Unity South Africa, the country’s main business organization. “The ramifications of not taking the necessary action in the near future are catastrophic.”The fact that government officials broadly agree with the prognosis underlines the seriousness of South Africa’s plight. Yet addressing the challenge is far from straightforward, and will require a wholesale change in the African National Congress government’s approach to marshaling the $350 billion economy.Investors in South Africa are wearily familiar with policy inconsistency. The frustration of the renewables sector was a result of former President Jacob Zuma’s decision to start pursuing an ultimately unsuccessful nuclear power deal with Russia from about 2014, leaving purchase agreements with renewables companies unsigned. That ultimately brought a halt to what was one of the world’s most successful clean-energy programs.Telecommunications companies have waited over a decade for the sale of spectrum needed to expand their services and potential offshore oil resources lie untapped because the requisite laws haven’t been passed. Labor unions have used their political power to block everything from education reform to the closure of heavily polluting coal-fired power plants.Read More: South Africa’s President Takes On Its UnionsSouth Africa may now be running out of road. Without urgent action, national debt could exceed 140% of gross domestic product by the end of the decade, according to an emergency budget presented in June. That’s almost on a par with Lebanon, and compares with only about 26% in 2008, when the last global economic crisis began.Covid-19 is accelerating the downturn. By the time coronavirus restrictions were imposed in the country in March, South Africa was already in recession and unemployment, at 30.1%, was at a 17-year high. One of the world’s strictest lockdowns has probably left millions more jobless and slashed economic output, while the number of confirmed cases has surged to over half a million regardless.The economy probably contracted more than 30% on an annualized basis in the second quarter, according to central bank forecasts, and portfolio outflows in the first three months of 2020 were at the highest level on record. Consumer confidence is at the lowest since 1985, when the United Nations Security Council urged further economic sanctions against South Africa over its apartheid policies and the Whites-only government declared a partial state of emergency.All of this is bad news for Ramaphosa, who came to power promising to revive the economy. Surging debt and a stagnant economy would hurt him, opening the door to populists in the ANC whose interventions could further weaken investor confidence.After more than two decades in power, pressure is growing on the party of Nelson Mandela. In municipal elections in 2016, it lost control for the first time of the country’s biggest city, Johannesburg, and the capital, Pretoria, to opposition coalitions. While the political opposition nationally remains splintered and ineffective, the ANC won last year’s elections with its lowest ever share of the vote.The government is moving to act. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s emergency budget stressed the need to keep debt in check and last month South Africa took out a $4.3 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, its first ever from the organization at a sovereign level. The president launched a drive in June to attract private investment in infrastructure over the next decade.For the first time, government officials, unionists and business leaders are in lockstep on the need for change to tackle ills from unemployment to a housing shortage. They are less united on the path forward, however.Read More: South Africa Seeking IMF Aid Crosses a Red Line for ANCSouth Africa is not a nation that’s short of plans. Its problem lies in finding the political will to overcome powerful vested interests and implement them, according to Thabi Leoka, an independent economist in Johannesburg.“We’re not making the tough decisions that we ought to have made,” she said. “Instead we’ve seen two plans that were released, one from the ANC and the other from business, which means that we are still at the creating plans instead of implementation stage.”And for all the government rhetoric, the early signs are not promising.Allegations of corruption around efforts to procure personal protective equipment to fight the virus stretch to the president’s office, with his spokeswoman implicated. The first projects in Ramaphosa’s infrastructure drive took over a month to be announced when they had been promised within days. And even though the country is regularly subjected to power outages, the energy minister has dragged his feet over opening a new clean energy investment round.“A crisis is what is needed to break the current political impasse to make way for meaningful reform, however, it is becoming increasingly clear that the crisis that is Covid-19 is a lost opportunity,” said Boingotlo Gasealahwe, Africa economist at Bloomberg Economics. “I shudder to think how much worse things must get before any action is taken.”One possible way ahead lies in leveraging pension funds that are flush with cash, giving South Africa the financial wherewithal to solve some of its problems. Together with private pensions and bank assets, South Africa has 12 trillion rand available for investment, according to Business for South Africa, an alliance of the country’s main business organizations.Yet for now it’s hard to argue that much has changed. State-owned companies that were saddled with debt during Zuma’s scandal-ridden nine-year reign remain dysfunctional, little new legislation has been passed and there have been no significant convictions for graft despite widespread evidence of pervasive corruption.True, Mboweni has pledged to cut government spending by 230 billion rand over the next two years, partly by freezing most civil servant wages — after earlier agreeing to raise them despite years of above-inflation pay rises. But he may struggle to get his way in the face of entrenched labor opposition.That sets up a battle ahead over South Africa’s economic and political future.“Structural economic reforms are going to be contested and they are going to be contested very, very hard,” said Lumkile Mondi, an economics lecturer at the University of The Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. “It is going to be a very hard sell.”For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

via cnbcafrica08/11/2020

Coronavirus - South Africa: COVID-19 update for South Africa (10th August 2020) -

COVID-19 Update: A total of 16911 COVID-19 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, with 3755 new cases. Regrettably, we report 213 more COVID-19 related deaths bringing the total number of deaths to 10621. Click the link to view the full report: by APO Group on behalf of National Institute for Communicable Diseases, South Africa (NICD).Media filesDownload logo

via houstonchronicle08/10/2020

List 2/4 of sports events affected by coronavirus pandemic - Houston Chronicle

CANOE-KAYAK African Olympic canoe slalom qualifier in Basel, Switzerland from March 14-15 canceled. Pan American canoe slalom championships (Olympic qualifier) in Rio de Janeiro from April 3-5 canceled. Asian championships in Pattaya, Thailand from April 22-24 canceled. Asian Olympic canoe sprint qualifier in Pattaya, Thailand on April 26 cancelled. European Olympic canoe sprint qualifier in Racice, Czech Republic from May 6-7 canceled. Pan American championships in Curitiba, Brazil from May 7-10 canceled. World Cup canoe sprint (Olympic qualifier) in Racice, Czech Republic from May 8-10 canceled. European canoe slalom championships in London from May 15-17 moved to Prague from Sept. 18-20. World Cup canoe sprint (Olympic qualifier) in Duisburg, Germany from May 21-24 canceled. European canoe sprint championships in Bascov, Romania from June 4-7 postponed. World Cup canoe slalom in Ivrea, Italy from June 5-7 postponed. World cup canoe slalom in Pau, France from June 12-14 postponed to Nov. 6-8. World Cup canoe slalom in Liptovský Mikuláš, Slovakia from Aug. 21-23 canceled. Super Cup canoe sprint in Oklahoma City from Aug. 22-23 canceled. World Cup canoe sprint in Szeged, Hungary from July 10-12 postponed to Sept. 23-27. World canoe marathon championships in Baerum, Norway from Aug. 27-30 canceled. World canoe polo championships in Rome from Sept. 8-13 postponed to April 2021. World Cup canoe slalom in Prague, Czech Republic from Sept. 18-20 postponed to Oct. 23-25. World Cup Final canoe slalom in Markkleeberg, Germany from Sept. 24-27 postponed to Oct. 15-18. SPORT CLIMBING African championships in Cape Town, South Africa from March 19-22 postponed to Dec. 10-13. . ..

via voanews08/10/2020

South African Innovators Tackle COVID Risks in Minibus Taxis - Voice of America

As South Africa continues to ease coronavirus restrictions, technical and public health experts are working on plans to protect the health of the 14 million South Africans who rely on a network of minibus taxis to get to work, school and other destinations. Innovators and investors say this could be an African solution to a problem that affects millions of others in Africa, and beyond.   The humble minibus taxi is a lifeline for more than 70 percent of South Africa’s workforce.

via voanews08/10/2020

Israeli Jeweler Makes $1.5m Gold Coronavirus Mask - Voice of America

An Israeli jewelry company is working on what it says will be the world’s most expensive coronavirus mask, a gold, diamond-encrusted face covering with a price tag of $1.5 million.  The 18-karat white gold mask will be decorated with 3,600 white and black diamonds and fitted with top-rated N99 filters at the request of the buyer, said designer Isaac Levy.  Levy, owner of the Yvel company, said the buyer had two other demands: that it be completed by the end of the year, and that it would be the priciest in the world.

via sports.yahoo08/08/2020

Football restarts in virus-hit South Africa with Celtic victory - Yahoo Sports

The semi-final at Orlando Stadium in Soweto saw Celtic score in first-half stoppage time after Baroka had a man sent off, and twice more during the second half for a 3-0 win. After Namibian Ananias Gebhardt was red-carded for a late, studs-up tackle, captain Ndumiso Mabena put Celtic ahead and substitute Sepana Letsoalo netted twice in the closing stages. The teams walked separately on to the pitch, which resembled a dustbowl in parts after several months without rain, then stood still and clapped to honour coronavirus victims.

via science.sciencemag.org08/06/2020

COVID-19 in Africa: Dampening the storm? - Science

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread rapidly and extensively to most countries in the world, resulting in considerable mortality in Europe and the United States, as well as in numerous upper-middle-income countries in South America and Asia. Experts predicted millions of COVID-19 deaths in Africa because many countries in the continent rank poorly on the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Index. However, more than 4 months after the first cases in Africa were detected, prevalence and mortality are still low. It remains unclear if Africa is really spared from substantial cases and deaths. However, differences between Africa and the most affected countries in reliable reporting and death registration, lockdown stringency, demography, sociocultural aspects, environmental exposures, genetics, and the immune system could help to explain the experience of COVID-19 in Africa. Africa faces major health and socioeconomic challenges that should have allowed rapid transmission of COVID-19. These include a weak health system (per capita health expenditure of <$50 in most West African countries compared with >$2500 in Europe and the United States), population crowding, poverty, and unhygienic conditions ([ 1 ][1]). Population densities are very high in most African capital cities such as Dakar (12,617 persons/km2), Abidjan (11,155 persons/km2), or Lagos (13,909 persons/km2), whereas New York City has 7101 persons/km2. However, although community transmission was reported in many major African cities months ago, the predicted number of cases and deaths has not yet been observed (see the figure). Low case numbers are often attributed to insufficient testing. However, many African countries implemented testing early on, and, based on the Our World in Data database ([ 2 ][2]), more tests per the number of cases were carried out than in other countries at similar phases of the epidemic (see the figure). Regarding the number of deaths, few functional civil registration services and thus statistics exist on the continent, raising questions about the reliability of mortality data. Potential underreporting of COVID-19–associated deaths would not be specific to Africa, but the margin of error could be wider. To date, African countries have not indicated acute health emergencies; however, reliable age-stratified data are needed to fully grasp the COVID-19 situation in Africa to allow appropriate measures to be taken. Measures such as travel restrictions, curfews, and school closures were implemented early in Africa compared with other continents, often before an African country had detected a case (fig. S1). These early responses might have resulted in fewer imported cases and reduced intracountry transmission, allowing sufficient time to prepare the constrained health systems for diagnosis and to prepare strategies for quarantine, contact tracing, and social distancing on a continent that already has experience in such practices to control epidemics such as Lassa fever and Ebola. Although it is likely that the early lockdown in Africa contributed to the slow spread, containment measures are not fully respected in many countries. Most people work in the informal business sector, such as in traditional markets, making strict lockdown measures impossible to implement. Recently, some African governments have been pressured to relax lockdown measures, for example, to carry out congregational prayers in mosques in Senegal. It remains unknown whether relaxation of containment measures will result in increased cases or if other factors are at play. The majority of COVID-19–associated deaths occur in older people. Africa has a comparatively young population, with a median population age of 19.7 years for the continent versus 38.6 years for the United States. Africa's youthful population is reflected in the structure of age-stratified cases (fig. S2). Based on global age-specific case fatality rates for COVID-19 and the age demographics of Africa, COVID-19 deaths would be expected to be only four times ([ 3 ][3]), rather than the observed 40 times, lower than in Europe or the United States. However, no aggregated data on age-specific case or death rates are available for the continent. There is substantial intergenerational mixing in Africa, and, with more cases of subclinical infections in the young, it could be a matter of time before expansive numbers of cases and deaths are recorded. Alternatively, a more rapid development of herd immunity among the youthful population might lead to fewer severe cases. Data from antibody tests (serosurveys) should clarify if transmission was more widespread with a high rate of asymptomatic and mild cases in African countries than in other countries. The genetic characteristics of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and human genetics may be among the reasons for low incidence of severe COVID-19 in Africa. Although the relative contribution from Africa to the SARS-CoV-2 GISAID (Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data) sequence database is small, the isolates found in Africa are representative of the different clades of SARS-CoV-2 found on other continents (fig. S3). Thus, it is unlikely that strains of SARS-CoV-2 in Africa have reduced virulence. Moreover, African-Americans constitute a disproportionate burden of deaths in the United States, so it seems unlikely that the lower mortality from COVID-19 in Africa is due to genetic factors. Nonetheless, the COVID Human Genetic Effort consortium aims to elucidate whether genetics can play a role in the patterns of disease worldwide. SARS-CoV-2 infection leads to a heterogeneous outcome. About 80% of symptomatic cases are mild to moderate, whereas ∼20% can develop severe respiratory disease and display high rates of mortality ([ 4 ][4]). The development of an effective adaptive immune response can limit viral infection, whereas uncontrolled activation of innate immune cells leads to a “cytokine storm” and hyperinflammation in the lungs, ultimately leading to acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and multiorgan failure ([ 4 ][4], [ 5 ][5]). Being able to suppress viral infection early or to temper excessive inflammatory responses are likely complementary mechanisms to prevent severe disease. Most convalescent symptomatic COVID-19 patients develop virus-specific neutralizing antibodies as well as specific CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses ([ 5 ][5]). The efficiency and adequacy of these adaptive responses to clear viral infections depends on multiple factors, including past or concurrent infections with other pathogens. For example, antibodies directed to the four human coronaviruses that cause “common colds” could cross-react and neutralize SARS-CoV-2 in humans ([ 6 ][6]), and preexisting cross-reactive T cells can be found in individuals that have not been exposed to SARS-CoV-2 ([ 7 ][7]), suggesting previous exposure to related human coronaviruses could generate immunological cross-reactivity ([ 7 ][7]). There are considerable differences in environmental exposures in Africa, compared with Europe or the United States. Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)—such as cardiovascular diseases, obesity, and type 2 diabetes—are risk factors for severe COVID-19. These environmentally and behaviorally driven conditions are increasingly recognized in urban centers in Africa, and most COVID-19 deaths in Africa have been in older people with NCDs. However, infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and other respiratory infections or those caused by helminths (parasitic worms) are prevalent in Africa, but there is currently little information on whether, or how, these infections affect COVID-19 disease progression. ![Figure][8]</img> COVID-19 distribution and cases versus testing The distribution of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases and deaths per 1 million inhabitants per continent reveals surprisingly low rates in Africa (left). This is despite comparable levels of testing per confirmed cases across continents (right). The dotted lines show the number of tests performed per number of detected cases. Data are from European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control COVID-19 situation updates, United Nations World Population Prospects 2019, and Our World in Data ([ 2 ][2]). GRAPHIC: X. LIU/ SCIENCE It is increasingly recognized that the immune system is shaped not only by genetics but also by environmental factors, such as exposure to microorganisms and parasites. This educates the immune system to protect against invading pathogens not only specifically but also nonspecifically through, for example, “trained immunity,” which involves the reprogramming of innate cells that, on secondary encounter with a pathogen, can show a stronger response ([ 8 ][9]) or “virtual memory” ([ 9 ][10]). Virtual memory T cells (TVM cells) expand in response to cytokines such as helminth-induced interleukin-4 (IL-4), rather than through pathogen-specific antigens, leading to enhanced antiviral effector functions ([ 9 ][10]). Thus, it can be envisaged that TVM cells are more prevalent in people in Africa owing to the higher exposure to such pathogens. This could contribute to the control of SARS-CoV-2. Additionally, as postulated by the “hygiene hypothesis,” early and chronic exposure to pathogens leading to relentless immune cell activation in harsh environments induces a strong regulatory immune response to counteract excessive inflammation ([ 10 ][11]). The ability to prevent excessive inflammation could be a critical parameter that is associated with COVID-19 outcome. Recent data suggest that inflammatory alveolar macrophages (AMs), which can arise from differentiation of recruited monocytes upon infection, are increased in the lungs of patients with severe COVID-19 ([ 11 ][12]). It is unclear whether these monocyte-derived AMs are an important source of the cytokine-release syndrome observed during SARS-CoV-2 infection or whether they are involved in the pathogenesis of ARDS. However, monocyte and macrophage inflammatory cytokines, such as IL-6, have been repeatedly observed to be a marker of severe COVID-19, and myeloid cells are thus likely to be associated with the hyperinflammation. Monocytes from African individuals with high exposure to pathogens can be less proinflammatory ([ 12 ][13]). Thus, their recruitment into the lungs might prevent high cytokine production and therefore lead to better outcomes of COVID-19. Moreover, the airway microbiota, as well as more distal gut microbiota, could play important roles in preventing or potentiating respiratory tract infections and modulating virus-induced inflammation, as has been shown for several respiratory viruses ([ 13 ][14]). The known variations in microbiota across geographical areas could thus also participate in modulating disease severity and should be studied. Africa should be part of the roadmap for COVID-19 research. Although there are no available data on the immune responses in African COVID-19 patients, studies show clear differences in the activation, proinflammatory, and memory profiles of the immune cells not only in Africans versus Europeans but also among Africans with high and low exposure to microorganisms and parasites ([ 14 ][15]) (fig. S4). Does the difference in immunological profiles matter for the outcome of COVID-19 in Africa? This needs further investigation, and the pattern of COVID-19 in urban and rural Africa could be informative. There are differences in opinion about whether the pattern of SARS-CoV-2 spread is different in Africa compared with that in the United States and Europe. So far, despite a paucity of data, it appears that the virus is spreading differently and potentially with an attenuated outcome in Africa. There has been limited testing of asymptomatic cases or of antibody titers. 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Setback for Sundowns as South African league restarts - Yahoo Sports

Title holders Mamelodi Sundowns suffered a setback when held 0-0 by Orlando Pirates Tuesday as the South African Premiership restarted after a 152-day shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The draw behind closed doors at Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto left the defending champions three points adrift of leaders Kaizer Chiefs with each club having eight matches to play. It could have been an even worse outcome for Sundowns as they were outplayed in the second half by Pirates, whose Fortune Makaringe was denied a goal by the woodwork.

via voanews08/10/2020

South African Innovators Tackle COVID Risks in Humble Minibus Taxi - Voice of America

As South Africa continues to ease coronavirus restrictions, technical experts and public health experts are working on plans to protect the health of the 14 million South Africans who rely on a complex network of regulated minibus taxis to get to work, school and more. Innovators and investors say this could be an African solution to a problem that affects millions of others in Africa, and beyond. VOA's Anita Powell reports from Johannesburg. Camera: Zaheer Cassim   Produced by: Jason Godman

via voanews08/10/2020

White House, Democrats Spar Over Trump Coronavirus Aid Orders - Voice of America

The White House and top Democratic lawmakers sparred Sunday over President Donald Trump’s executive orders to extend expired benefits to tens of millions of American workers left unemployed by the coronavirus pandemic and defer payroll taxes for many workers. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accompanied by Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer, speak to reporters following a meeting with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, on Capitol Hill, Aug.

via news.yahoo08/10/2020

Desperate Chiefs, successful Sundowns eye South African title - Yahoo News

Success-starved Kaizer Chiefs and mega achievers Mamelodi Sundowns are the leading candidates to win the South African Premiership, which restarts Tuesday behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic. Chiefs have 48 points with eight fixtures to fulfil and Sundowns 44 with a match in hand in the

via menafn08/10/2020

Coronavirus: South Africa in line for first-ever digital census - MENAFN.COM

SOUTH AFRICA - Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will conduct a trial to the first-ever digital census to be conducted in the country. The Census 2021 Trial, scheduled to start from August 10 to September 6, 2020, in selected areas around the country will test online and telephonic data collection to prepare for remote data collection in the upcoming

via voanews08/08/2020

AU: 'Aggressive, Bold' Action Needed to Combat COVID-19 in Africa - Voice of America

The African Union says “aggressive and bold” action is needed to combat the COVID-19 outbreak on the continent.  More than one million cases of the virus have been reported across Africa, but officials such as the World Health Organization’s Richard Mihigo warn the real number is likely larger, citing the absence of comprehensive testing in some countries. Mihigo said in the Congolese capital of Brazzaville Friday that the one million mark in Africa is a “very symbolic milestone that the continent has crossed.” While experts say infections in wealthier countries are also probably significantly

via voanews08/06/2020

Africa Approaches 1 Million Coronavirus Cases - Voice of America

The African continent is fast approaching 1 million confirmed cases of coronavirus, with South Africa alone accounting for more than half-a-million cases. World Health Organization officials say they’re sending a team of experts to South Africa in coming weeks, as the health minister warns the nation could see a “second wave.” Meanwhile, other African nations are looking at creative ways to respond to the pandemic. Five months after the first case of coronavirus case was recorded in Africa, the continent’s known caseload remains a small share -- just five percent -- of the global burden.

via houstonchronicle08/10/2020

List 3/4 of sports events affected by coronavirus pandemic - Houston Chronicle

GYMNASTICS Artistic World Cup in Melbourne, Australia, from Feb. 20-23: China team withdrew. All-Around World Cup in Milwaukee on March 7: Russia team withdrew. Artistic World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan, from March 14, Day 3 of 4, canceled. Artistic World Cup in Doha, Qatar on March 18-21 postponed to June 3-6, postponed. All-Around World Cup in Stuttgart, Germany on March 20-22 canceled. Aerobic World Cup in Cantanhede, Portugal on March 27-29 canceled. All-Around World Cup in Birmingham, England on March 28 canceled. Rhythmic World Cup in Pesaro, Italy on April 3-5 postponed to June 5-7, postponed. Acrobatic World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 3-5 postponed. All-Around World Cup in Tokyo on April 4-5 canceled. Artistic Jesolo Cup in Italy on April 4-5 canceled. Rhythmic World Cup in Sofia, Bulgaria on April 10-12 postponed to June 29-21, postponed. Acrobatic World Cup in Puurs, Belgium on April 10-12 canceled. Rhythmic World Cup in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on April 17-19 postponed. Aerobic World Cup in Tokyo on April 18-19 canceled. Trampoline World Cup in Brescia, Italy on April 24-25 postponed to June 19-20, postponed. Rhythmic World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan on April 24-26 postponed. Artistic women’s European championships in Paris on April 30-May 3 postponed to Kyiv, Ukraine from Dec. 17-20. Artistic Asian championships in Tokyo on May 2-5 canceled. Trampoline European championships in Gothenburg, Sweden on May 7-10 moved to Sochi, Russia from April 29-May 1, 2021. Pan American championships in Utah Valley, United States on May 7-10 postponed. Rhythmic Asian championships in Tokyo on May 8-10 canceled. Rhythmic World Challenge Cup in Portimão, Portugal on May 8-10...

via sfchronicle08/10/2020

List of sports events affected by the coronavirus pandemic - San Francisco Chronicle

AQUATICS Asian water polo championships in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, from Feb. 12-16 canceled. Diving Grand Prix in Madrid from Feb. 14-16: China team withdrew. Diving World Series in Beijing from March 7-9 canceled. Men’s Water Polo World League from March 12 postponed. Women’s Water Polo World League from March 12 postponed. Women’s Olympic water polo qualifying tournament in Trieste, Italy from March 8-15 postponed to May 17-24. Italy Olympic trials in Riccione from March 17-21 canceled. Diving World Series in Kazan, Russia on March 20-22 postponed. Men’s Olympic water polo qualifying tournament in Rotterdam, Netherlands from March 22-29 postponed to May 31–June 7 postponed. South America championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina from March 25-29 canceled. Artistic World Series in Hurghada, Egypt on March 27 postponed. Diving World Series in London from March 27-29 canceled. Nordic Tour: Bergen Festival in Norway from March 28-30 canceled. China Olympic trials in Qingdao from March 28-April 4 postponed to May 10-16. Canada Olympic trials in Toronto from March 30-April 5 postponed to April 7-11, 2011. Ireland Olympic trials in Dublin from April 1-5 postponed. Japan Olympic trials in Tokyo from April 2-7, no spectators. Artistic World Series in Budapest, Hungary on April 9 postponed. European Swim Cup II in Eindhoven, Netherlands from April 9-12 canceled. British Olympic trials in London from April 14-19 canceled. Artistic World Series in Kazan, Russia on April 17 postponed. African championships in Durban, South Africa from April 17-22 postponed. Australia championships in Perth from April 17-21 canceled. Diving World Cup in Tokyo from April 21-26 postponed to...

via cnbcafrica08/10/2020

Coronavirus – South Africa: Health Committee Chairperson sends Condolences to families of Medical Doctors who Passed On -

Download logoThe Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, has expressed heartfelt condolences to the families of the healthcare workers who lost their lives in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. “No words can describe a loss of a loved one such as a mother, father, brother sister, husband and wife. My deepest sympathies to all the families that have lost those that are dear to their hearts. The country has lost soldiers who have been at the frontlin

via sports.yahoo08/10/2020

Desperate Chiefs, successful Sundowns eye South African title - Yahoo Sports

Success-starved Kaizer Chiefs and mega achievers Mamelodi Sundowns are the leading candidates to win the South African Premiership, which restarts Tuesday behind closed doors amid the coronavirus pandemic. Chiefs have 48 points with eight fixtures to fulfil and Sundowns 44 with a match in hand in the richest African league with a 15 million rand ($850,000/720,000 euro) first prize. Sundowns meet Orlando Pirates Tuesday and Chiefs tackle Bidvest Wits a day later in top-six clashes as the title run-in begins with all matches at neutral venues in the Gauteng province.

via voanews08/08/2020

Malawi Makes Masks Mandatory in COVID-19 Fight - Voice of America

Malawi has made wearing masks mandatory in public places in an effort to curb a surge in COVID-19 cases. The Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 said the rule went into effect Friday night, and those who do not adhere to it will pay a fine of about $15. Some rights activists, however, say the government should have first distributed free masks to make the rule justifiable. The mandate on face coverings is among various measures Malawi has taken to try to contain the COVID-19 surge.

via kusi08/06/2020

The Latest: South Africa nearing 10,000 coronavirus deaths - McKinnon Broadcasting - KUSI

JOHANNESBURG — South Africa is reporting more than 8,300 new confirmed coronavirus cases as the country with the world’s fifth largest caseload is approaching 10,000 deaths. The new health ministry figures push the total cases on the African continent past the 1 million mark. South Africa has more than half the virus cases in Africa, with 529,877. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize this week expressed cautious optimism as the rate of new cases has slowed. But he warned that vigilance must continue “to prevent a renewed surge.” South Africa’s COVID-19 deaths are now at 9,298, with more than 400