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State to appeal lockdown judgment

Government believes  another court will  come to a different conclusion on lockdown ruling

By Genevieve Quintal

Keep tobacco ban even if court finds it unlawful says Dlamini-Zuma

The minister filed her court papers after midnight, after initially missing the deadline to file at the close of ...

By Karyn Maughan

Mines slow to ramp up as they recall 9,500 foreign nationals

About 45,000 foreign workers are due to return to SA’s mines eventually, but Covid-19 protocols are making it an ...

By Allan Seccombe

State reaches pricing deal with private hospitals for Covid-19 patients

The Western Cape is likely to be the first province to broker deals with private hospitals, as many of its ICU wards ...


Cape Town deaths soar for second week as Covid-19 bites

The weekly number of deaths from natural causes in Cape Town was above the upper prediction bound of 640


We are not out of coronavirus woods yet, second wave possible, Sirius boss ...

German business park and storage facilities owner says the country’s economy is in a delicate state while businesses ...

By Alistair Anderson

State may not force Covid-19 patients into quarantine if they are ...

Government regulations suggest that everyone who tests positive for Covid-19 can be placed in a state isolation facility

By Staff Writer

Demand for air travel on the rise as nations reopen their economies

Daily flight data suggests the industry has seen the bottom of the Covid-19 crisis — provided there is no recurrence

By Bekezela Phakathi

MPs question Beitbridge border Covid-19 fence

Project worth R37m under scrutiny after normal procurement processes were bypassed

By Bekezela Phakathi

Court finds lockdown regulations invalid and unconstitutional

Court finds regulations unconstitutional and invalid Minister given two weeks to comply

By Genevieve Quintal

Coronavirus casts spotlight on housing blight

Temporary settlement at Wilgespruit has rapidly become a political football

By Agency Staff

Increasing the role of the state will not stimulate economic growth, says ...

Business Unity SA was responding to the ANC’s economic strategy that wants an expanded role for the Reserve Bank to ...

By Genevieve Quintal

Unions call for hospitals breaching Covid-19 health and safety checks to ...

Unions say Tygerberg Hospital is a 'breeding ground for Covid-19' and health-care workers are at risk


Big four banks only lent out R2bn to R3bn each since launch of loan ...

The goverment’s guaranteed loan scheme is meant to enable commercial banks to lend out as much as R200bn to businesses ...

Lukanyo Mnyanda
Editor: Business Day

Africa’s sick get sicker as serious ailments are ignored in Covid-19 ...

The human cost is becoming evident as African nations are forced to divert health workers and supplies away from a ...

By Pauline Bax and Antony Sguazzin

Don’t have unrealistic expectations of central banks, Kganyago warns

‘There are limits to what central banks can do,’ said the Reserve Bank governor as politicians call for more to be done ...

By Prinesha Naidoo and Anna Edwards

May’s manufacturing conditions improve, though from low base

But important subcomponents of the Absa purchasing managers index remained in depressed territory, suggesting subdued ...

By Lynley Donnelly

Bad loan write-offs may exceed that of 2008 crisis, Standard Bank warns

Credit loss ratios may exceed 1.6%, group says as it forecasts profits for six months to end-June will likely fall more ...

By karl gernetzky

ANC in the hunt for infrastructure funds

Party seeks mechanisms to lower cost of borrowing

Carol Paton
Editor at Large

Last-minute delay in restarting schools means pupils will go back on June 8

Angie Motshekga causes mass confusion over return to schools after 10-week closure

By Claudi Mailovich

POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: SA heads into level 3 — with some sticking points

The opening of some of the economy, while the ban on tobacco products remains in place has elicited much debate

By Claudi Mailovich

ECONOMIC WEEK AHEAD: Data set to reveal May slump despite lockdown easing

Absa and IHS Markit indicators will provide a clearer snapshot of the effect of the coronavirus pandemic

By Claire Bisseker

How South Africans made a plan during lockdown drinking ban

Home-brewing industry flourishes  during ban on  alcohol sales

By Agency Staff

Not all schools are ready to open, Angie Motshekga says

The basic education minister says this week will be used to induct teachers and ‘mop up’ to comply with safety ...


Business to play dual role of reopening economy and saving lives, says ...

There will be a greater responsibility on workplaces as companies and employees grind back into action

By Bekezela Phakathi

Mining sector to lose nearly R100bn in production and wages to Covid-19

The difficulties of sending thousands of workers underground is compounded by the need for social-distancing and a ...

By Allan Seccombe

Dlamini-Zuma puffs up ‘scientific evidence’ to support tobacco ban

Minister packs mixed reviews and plenty of studies into her huge submission to the court on industry lobby challenge

By Genevieve Quintal

Don’t expect the rest of the world to recover as quickly as China, says ...

The coronavirus pandemic ‘has had a profound impact on the lives of millions around the globe. We must hope that it is ...

By Katharine Child

Government says alcohol can be bought from Monday to Thursday‚ 9am to 5pm

The regulations also state that the sale of cigarettes‚ tobacco and tobacco-related products continue to be banned

By Matthew Savides

Anxious times for SA’s wine sellers as exports plunge

About 80 wineries, with almost 350 producers, could be out of business, which equates to about 15%-20% of the sector

By Wendell Roelf

ANC looks to fund R350bn infrastructure programme from multilateral lenders

SA may need about R1.7-trillion to recover and will push for ‘massive infrastructure spending within labour-intensive ...

By Antony Sguazzin and Paul Vecchiatto

SA financial sector under strain but can handle Covid-19 shock, says ...

Governor Lesetja Kganyago says local banks are well capitalised but face tough times ahead

By Lynley Donnelly

Tobacco ban could see a ‘sizeable number’ of smokers quitting, says ...

The minister argues that the illicit trade in cigarettes is worldwide and can only be stamped out by reducing demand

By Karyn Maughan

Sharp spike in natural deaths reported in Cape Town

Deviations from the average number of natural deaths provide the clearest picture of the effect of the pandemic


All at level 3 but clampdown zones still possible

SA is set to move to level 3 on June 1, but constant assessment of every area, and possible alert level changes, ...


Patel concedes handling of some lockdown rules was poor

Government erred in not communicating that clothing list was drawn up with retailers, minister says

By Bekezela Phakathi

Places of worship to open during level 3

Services will be limited to 50 people or less depending on the space available

By Genevieve Quintal

Cyril Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma say lockdown law essential for state to ...

The DA says a section of the Disaster Management Act is unconstitutional; the president and minister say it’s vital for ...

By Claudi Mailovich

Nedlac to discuss UIF’s capacity to disburse Covid-19 relief funds

Labour minister Thulas Nxesi will ask social partners at Nedlac to work with the government to resolve the current and ...


Economist warns against permanent Covid-19 job losses

Risk-mitigation strategies are not sufficient on their own to limit economic damage

Carol Paton
Editor at Large

Workers ineligible for UIF can now claim Ters benefit

Minister Thulas Nxesi has amended a directive pertaining to Ters to now allow workers to claim even where their ...

By Lisa Steyn


ECB boosts pandemic stimulus programme by €600bn

Italian bonds rally and the euro reverses losses after the European Central Bank's decision

By Alexander Weber

NEWS ANALYSIS: Studies into efficacy of hydroxychloroquine resume despite ...

The renewed push follows criticism of the quality of data in The Lancet study with researchers saying there is ‘huge ...

By Kate Kelland and Alistair Smout

How Africa has had to battle the Covid-19 crisis without stimulus

Africa has recorded fewer than 5,000 Covid 19-related deaths, but strict lockdowns have stripped many of their ...

By Yinka Ibukun

Africa needs debt pause ‘of at least three years’ to avert depression

Ghana’s finance minister says a standstill would free up funds to revive coronavirus-hit economies

By Ekow Dontoh and Moses Mozart Dzawu

Shortage of medical gloves to persist into 2021, says top supplier Malaysia

World consumption of the personal protective equipment is estimated to jump more than 11% to 330-billion pieces in 2020

By Krishna Das

Sweden allows its lack of response to Covid-19 wasn’t a good idea

Sweden’s top epidemiologist admits that keeping the country largely open for business, and recreation, likely resulted ...

By Rafaela Lindeberg

The Lancet ‘concerned’ about the validity of hydroxychloroquine study

The medical journal issues an 'expression of concern' over widely cited study by small data analytics firm Surgisphere

By Agency Staff

Amid hunt for Covid-19 vaccine, 80-million children miss out on routine ...

The global vaccine alliance is trying to raise funds for a coronavirus vaccination, but also to reach 300-million ...

By Agency Staff

Venezuela’s Maduro and Guaidó agree on funds to fight Covid-19

The president and opposition leader have signed a ‘technical co-operation plan’ to fight the virus as a humanitarian ...

By Agency Staff

Post-Covid-19, electric cars will still be in demand

For car companies, there will be a lot of potential in leveraging their EV, autonomous driving and grid-related software

By Emily Chasan

WHO warns of health systems buckling in Latin America

Word Health Organisation says hospitals are close to being overwhelmed

By Agency Staff

Covid-19 compounds grief as families in Pakistan forced to stay away from ...

One family chose not to hold a traditional large funeral after a May 22 plane crash because of the coronavirus

By Agency Staff

Just as European travel opens up, the UK puts in place a pretty pointless ...

With so many exemptions, and so much pushback, the UK is likely to have to reconsider such a move as summer tourism ...

By Therese Raphael

Thai irrigation system project offers post-Covid-19 blueprint for recovery

Boosting climate defences and raising the living standards of vulnerable communities can generate jobs

By Rina Chandran

Equatorial Guinea accuses WHO official of falsifying Covid-19 data

The country ask WHO's representative to leave after her infection figures were higher than the government's tally

By Agency Staff

Senegal postpones reopening schools after teachers test positive

Education ministry says in late night announcement schools will remain shut

By Agency Staff

Covid-19 toll turns Facebook into deathbook in Yemen

City of Aden has highest coronavirus mortality rate at 70%, UN chief says

By Mohammed Hatem and Caroline Alexander

UK schools expect half of pupils to stay at home

Boris Johnson’s plans to get the stalled UK economy going faces setback as some parents choose to keep their children ...

By Tim Ross

Tokyo businesses and schools reopen

Gyms, saunas and cinemas are back in business in capital after nearly two months under a loose lockdown

By Shoko Oda

Vaccine developers face poser in countries where pandemic is waning

Virus transmission rates may be at such low levels that there is not enough disease circulating to test vaccines

By Kate Kelland and Julie Steenhuysen

Business activity in Japan and South Korea falls the most in more than a ...

Manufacturing surveys suggest rebound will be delayed, despite China’s factory activity returning to growth in May

By Leika Kihara

Global leaders differ on pandemic response as Covid-19 cases pass 6-million

EU urges enhanced co-operation and common solutions as countries start lifting lockdowns

By Agency Staff

Radicals envisage makeovers of post-pandemic economies

Government reactions have provided a glimpse of new possibilities

By Alexander Weber

Chinese factories face weak demand amid deflationary recovery

Worry remains that sustained overproduction will lead factories to keep cutting prices

By Enda Curran and Jinshan Hong

Donald Trump postpones G7 summit, seeks to add countries to invitation list

Trump said the G7 is a “very outdated group of countries” in its current format

By Steve Holland and Hyonhee Shin

GSK aiming at 1-billion doses of Covid-19 vaccine boosters

Adjuvants create stronger and longer-lasting immunity from vaccines, as at least 10 coronavirus trials move to human ...

By Pushkala Aripaka and Aakash B and Ludwig Burger

Latin America has 40% of new Covid-19 cases globally every day

The nightmare scenario some feared would come to pass in Syria or India appears to be unfolding in Brazil, which is ...

By Daniel Cancel

Namibia’s president says Swapo held party under lockdown

All guests fined for attending the party's 60th anniversary celebration in parliament on April 19

By Agency Staff

US jobless claims pass 40-million as economy struggles to reopen

The number of new claims filed weekly still remains well above any single week of the global financial crisis 12 years ...

By Agency Staff

How a small-town nurse found meaning in New York’s wards of death

It took leaving Missouri for the first time for Covid-19 nurse Meghan Lindsey to realise the value of her job

By Shannon Stapleton and Clare Baldwin


MARKET WRAP: Rand continues to hover around 10-week highs

Central banks and government measures to help cushion economies have boosted the appetite for riskier assets

By Lindiwe Tsobo

Oil slips on uncertainty over output cuts

A build in US distillate inventories is adding to worries over supply talks

By Shu Zhang and Sonali Paul

Global markets rally pauses ahead of more ECB stimulus

Asian markets dipped on renewed tension between China and Hong Kong over the national anthem

By Marc Jones

Gold gains after hefty fall in previous session

The safe-haven metal took a pummelling on Wednesday amid signs of an economic recovery

By Harshith Aranya

Views and Analysis

Opinion Editor's Choice

PETER BRUCE: ANC is blinded by a vision of utopia as dystopia beckons

The party’s plan for a transformed economy fails to take into account its own corrupt past

Peter Bruce
Opinion Editor's Choice

Lacking rationality, the government errs on the side of arrogance

Appeal against judge’s scathing ruling is likely because the government refuses to name its mistakes

By Karyn Maughan
Opinion Editor's Choice

Nimble, debt-free firms more likely to be around after Covid

Heavily indebted companies with low rates of return will be weighed down by liquidity and solvency crises

By Saliegh Salaam
Opinion Editor's Choice

ROGER BAXTER: Crucial for SA to focus on leadership compact to effect ...

The time for polite conversations about the Covid-19 crisis is over: focus is needed on critical issues that will ...

By Roger Baxter
Opinion Editor's Choice

JOHN DLUDLU: Chance to reconfigure economy should not be wasted

The government is targeting a strategy that is linked to job creation and exports

John Dludlu
Opinion Editor's Choice

MUZI NKOSI: Digital banking is key to firms successfully managing Covid-19 ...

Banks will be required to provide systems that will  dramatically widen the scope use of e-money

By Muzi Nkosi
Opinion Editor's Choice

SIFISO SKENJANA: Business process services sector could be just what the ...

In this section of production, 85% of the employees are under the age of 35, of whom 63.8% are women and 94% are black

Opinion Editor's Choice

GRAY MAGUIRE: Sustainability goals take a hammering amid pandemic

An upcoming UN conference will be an important opportunity to assess where the private sector is headed

Gray Maguire
Opinion Editor's Choice

TARRYN SANKAR: The post-coronavirus world needs to be more equitable

The investment world needs to embrace ESG investing and collaboration with the government, the public and private ...

Opinion Editor's Choice

CAROL PATON: Questions multiply over rapidly growing epidemic in Western ...

Concentrated hotspots may show super-spreader events caused a high number of cases in the province

Carol Paton
Editor at Large
Opinion Editor's Choice

Private capital can get post-Covid economy up and running

The abundant resource of multitrillions of dollars is waiting to invest in viable projects

By David G Rose
Opinion Editor's Choice

TOM EATON: Now we listen to our instincts rather than the edicts of the ...

The clear, objective fact of Covid-19’s existence has splintered into 58-million subjective personal experiences of it

Tom Eaton
Opinion Editor's Choice

BOB VAN DIJK: Data is hard cash in an increasingly digital world

Covid-19 has brought into sharp focus the powerful relationship between human endeavour and technology

MICHEL PIREU: Pandemic a reminder that we merely tap-tap in the fog

It is an illusion that the more people know, the more control they will have

Michel Pireu

LUKANYO MNYANDA: Central banks buying company bonds can lead to unintended ...

European Central Bank bought Steinhoff bonds after it expanded its asset purchase programme to include corporate debt

Lukanyo Mnyanda
Editor: Business Day
Opinion Editor's Choice

Depression risk a bad reason to jettison macroeconomic policy frameworks

SA’s monetary policy mandate is flexible and symmetric, allowing active support to the economy, writes Chris Loewald

By Chris Loewald
Opinion Editor's Choice

STUART THEOBALD: Great leadership is needed after the Covid-19 crisis

The fight over the future of economic policy is already brewing

Opinion Editor's Choice

MICHAEL MORRIS: Return to work a stern test for government and public

Will people adhere to health measures and will the government recognise its limits and choices of free citizens?

Dr Doom’s forecast of an economic depression cannot be ignored

Nouriel Roubini, who  predicted the US housing market crisis, expects a rebound after the pandemic to quickly collapse

By Adrian Saville
Opinion Editor's Choice

GENEVIEVE QUINTAL: The dangers of preying on the faithful for votes

Not only will gatherings promote the spread of Covid-19, other sectors will be less likely to stick to the lockdown

By Genevieve Quintal
Opinion Editor's Choice

ANTHONY BUTLER: The faithful outnumber the whingers, as the ANC well knows

SA is an overwhelmingly God-fearing nation, which is why reopening places of worship may play to the ANC’s conservative ...

Opinion Editor's Choice

JONNY STEINBERG: Unhealthy US still blessed with vigorous institutions

While its response to Covid seems to follow the mistakes of 9/11, the Fed and internet companies are acting with ...

Opinion Editor's Choice

Pandemic creates ways for scorned shacklands to call government to account

Asivikelane campaign allows residents to monitor services to keep pressure on national and local authorities

By Mike Makwela and Albert van Zyl
Opinion Editor's Choice

BRIAN KANTOR: Crisis should not be wasted as weak rand offers SA a keen ...

The local currency is about 50% undervalued, which allows SA to grow through import replacement and exports

Brian Kantor

Working from home, popular even before Covid-19, is not just for ...

The pandemic, as a sort of global trial, has proved that home-working can and does work — and uses less energy, writes ...

By John Kemp
Opinion Editor's Choice

PETER BRUCE: Bloodless e-election will rob DA of ideas

Party will repeat its 2019 mistakes if it elects leaders without vigorous campaigns

Peter Bruce
Opinion Editor's Choice

KHAYA SITHOLE: Does Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma have 3,500 reasons to ban ...

Minister’s submission to court needs to be clear and concise if the government wants to convince South Africans of its ...

Khaya Sithole

NICOLE FRITZ: Deborah Birx in a bind over Donald Trump’s coronavirus chaos

Is the co-ordinator of the White House pandemic task force playing a complex game of Catch-22?

Nicole Fritz
Opinion Editor's Choice

ALLAN SECCOMBE: Mining industry grapples with a deadly conundrum as it ...

The problems of getting 450,000 workers back to work are being compounded by union demands

By Allan Seccombe
Wednesday, June 3 2020
Wednesday, June 3 2020

UIF and pensions during Covid-19 have been a major concern for employers and employees across the country. Minister of employment and labour Thulas Nxesi has announced a Covid-19 relief fund for employers and their employees. More than 100,000 payments to companies have already been made by the scheme. Here is what you need to know about your UIF claims and company pension funds during this time of uncertainty.

A clinical research centre in Cape Town called TASK has begun a vaccine clinical trial on 500 health workers to determine if the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine can prevent people from contracting the coronavirus or limit the severity of Covid-19 symptoms.

Tuesday, June 2 2020
Tuesday, June 2 2020

Capetonians spoke out about the ban on cigarettes announced by minister of co-operative governance & traditional affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on April 29 2020. This comes less than a week after president Cyril Ramaphosa announced that cigarettes would be back on shelves across the country when the Covid-19 lockdown level is eased to level 4 on May 1 2020.

The Western Cape saw 35 arrests due to looting from April 17 to April 23 2020. We take a look at some of the looting and ransacking of grocery stores, trucks and churches in Cape Town during the extended Covid-19 lockdown. Subscribe to MultimediaLIVE here: Comment Moderation Policy:

Every day, hundreds of Covid-19 testers are at the forefront of the fight against coronavirus in South Africa. For Bhelekazi Mdlalose, nursing is more than just a job, it is a passion. Mdlalose is a registered nurse and Covid-19 tester working for Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in partnership with the Department of Health. TimesLIVE followed a day in her life to see what it is like being in the frontline amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tshwane officials have removed close to 10,000 homeless people in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19. Homeless people have been placed in shelters throughout the city. They are expected to remain in these shelters until the lockdown ends. Subscribe to MultimediaLIVE here: Comment Moderation Policy:

South Africa's treasury says it will take up a $1bn (about R19bn) loan from the New Development Bank (NDB) - formerly known as the Brics Development Bank - to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

South Africa's 21-day lockdown initially prohibited any movement between provinces, other than essential services. This presented problems for people wanting to hold or attend burials and funerals across the country. The regulations have since been amended however to allow people a chance to pay their last respects. Here is what you need to know about regulations concerning movement to attend funerals.

The Covid-19 coronavirus, targets human cells with ACE2 receptors, which are found in the respiratory system. The immune response can trigger potentially deadly inflammations and the virus can spread from the lungs to other organs. Here’s a visual representation of how Covid-19 infects and damages the human body.

With many small businesses taking a financial hit during SA's 21-day lockdown, personal trainer Abdullah Bayett, who runs SKR Martial Arts & Fitness Academy in Lenasia, Johannesburg, is trying to see the lockdown as a new challenge. He has been recording a combination of fitness routines and sharing the videos with his members via WhatApp to ensure they stay fit during the lockdown.