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Adjusted Alert Level 4 lockdown extended for two weeks

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the extension of the level 4 lockdown regulations for another 14 days, as Covid-19 positive cases continue to rise. Ramaphosa, addressing the nation on Sunday night, said his government had decided to keep the country on adjusted level 4 first implemented exactly two weeks prior. This[…]

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Cigarette sales ban legal battle continues on Thursday

The case involving British American Tobacco South Africa’s (BATSA) challenge to the tobacco sales ban by government continues in the High Court in Cape Town today. Yesterday, BATSA said COGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma had infringed on the rights of consumers, farmers and others in the value chain of the[…]

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Winde criticises alcohol ban as a ‘blunt instrument’

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde on Monday deplored the renewed alcohol ban imposed by the national government as a “blunt instrument” in the fight against Covid-19. Winde said the after June 1, when the government lifted the initial alcohol ban imposed in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was an[…]

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High Court reserves judgment in tobacco sales ban case

Smokers in South Africa are anxiously waiting for the High Court in Pretoria to deliver judgment in the Fair Trade Independent Tobacco Association (FITA) case against a ban on the sale of tobacco products. FITA took the government to court saying Regulation 27 of the Disaster Management Act was irrational[…]

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Minister Zulu rejects claims that social development department is trying to prevent distribution of Covid-19 food relief aid by civil society organisations

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has dismissed “the false allegations in the media” that the department intends to prohibit the distribution of food parcels and cooked food to households and communities most in need of humanitarian relief during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. “The Non-Profit Organisations [NPO] Act, which the department[…]

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Stellenbosch University temporarily bans alcohol in residences

Stellenbosch University has temporarily banned alcohol in university residences and private student accommodation in a bid to combat alcohol abuse among students and gender-based violence. The temporary ban came into effect on January 1, 2020. In a brief to students, the university said the decision was reached because of rising[…]

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