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WRAP | Ministers once again brief the country on outbreak, amendments to regulationsHealth Minister Zweli Mkhize has announced that the number of positive Covid-19 cases have jumped to 1 505, an increase of 43.
It is believed that two more people have died from coronavirus in KwaZulu-Natal – an 80-year-old man and an 81-year-old woman – but medical staff are still awaiting test results.
As it stands, the death toll remains at seven, but it will rise to nine if these two cases return positive. Mkhize was speaking in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, on Friday, where there have been some positive cases.
He was unable to say how many people have been hospitalised for Covid-19. Mkhize says the government has identified certain hotspots where mobile testing will be done from next week.
He said the government had a discussion on how to identify high-priority wards. He said the virus being seen in densely populated areas, like townships, has given the pandemic a “new dynamic”, and the government wants to hit these areas first when it comes to taking measures to curb the spread.
Meanwhile, other ministers held a virtual briefing on amendments to regulations for the lockdown.
Minister of Mining and Energy, Gwede Mantashe, announced that three people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the mining and energy sector. One each in the Western Cape, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal.
Khumbudzo Ntshaveni, the Minister of Small Business clarified that informal traders may stay open, as was announced on Thursday, but they will need permits from their local municipality.
She said foreign nationals are also allowed to get a permit, but they need to be lawfully admitted into South African and hold a legitimate passport, or be a refugee or an asylum seeker.
Deputy Health Minister Joe Phaahla said the government is working to address this, and is “very confident” that protective gear will be coming into the country this weekend and next week.
“We are looking forward to a highly improved situation,” he says. Phaahla also says SA is “far, far away” from overcoming the virus outbreak, and urges people to abide by lockdown regulations.
UK-based company Penlon has revised its decision not to assist a group of local businessmen, doctors and engineers who have been working to reverse engineer an old mechanical ventilator it first made nearly 40 years ago.
News24 previously reported Penlon had declined to assist the group, led by businessman Justin Corbett, as it was “marketing the device”.
Penlon told News24 it had not envisaged the ventilator, the Nuffield 200, would be profitable, despite the company producing units for the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK as part of the country’s emergency response measures to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The company simply did not have resources to spend time digging out the technical specifications and drawings Corbett had requested from them, Penlon said.
Now, it appears it has backtracked and will offer the drawings and technical advice to Corbett’s group to manufacture it locally.
Currently, no ventilators are manufactured locally and the Corbett group’s effort is organised under the umbrella of a non-profit company trading as the South African Emergency Ventilator Project (SAEVP).
The SAEVP decided to focus on the Nuffield 200 because it is entirely mechanical. It has no electronic components, is portable and does not require electricity to operate.
Corbett said: “We have a fantastic array of mechanical manufacturers available in South Africa, but virtually all our electronics are imported. We identified the Nuffield 200 because it would offer a reliable solution without additional time delays in sourcing electronic components.”
Penlon itself has marketed the Nuffield as an alternative solution during the Covid-19 crisis.
It is one of two companies identified by the NHS which was selected to produce ventilator units to meet emergency demands.
South Africa has roughly 4 000 ventilators in the private sector, and approximately half that number in the public health sector.
Ventilators are crucial for treating Covid-19 patients who are in respiratory distress.
Only a small percentage of those infected with the virus require ventilators, but if an outbreak of significant size occurs in South Africa, hospitals would quickly be overwhelmed and there would be an acute shortage of ventilators.
After initially publishing details of Penlon’s refusal, News24 received dozens of requests to be put in touch with the SAEVP.
Offers of assistance came from as far afield as Canada.
One of them, Toronto-based Thornhill Medical, manufactures ventilators for the Canadian government in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thornhill’s chief executive officer, Lesley Goulding, is from South Africa.
Other offers came from engineers and businessmen who own and operate 3D printing and injection moulding companies.
A business representative with knowledge of discussions in government work groups over emergency procurement measures, said the SAEVP initiative had seemed the most promising of several avenues being explored.
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Rugby Australia’s chief executive Raelene Castle could be sacked within days with former Wallabies captain Phil Kearns lined up to replace her, according to media reports.
Senior rugby figures in Australia were moving to end Castle’s tenure after a dismal financial outlook triggered by the coronavirus-enforced shutdown of the sport, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported on Friday.
The financial woes and several recent changes to Rugby Australia’s board meant moves to oust Castle were gaining momentum, the paper added.
Castle announced this week that 75 percent of staff would be stood down for three months without pay and she would take a 50 percent cut to her US$500 000-plus salary.
Negotiations with players over pay were still ongoing but reportedly could cut as deep as 30 to 50 percent.
“Aside from being there to support each other, it is vital that we all pull together,” Castle said in a statement on Thursday calling for unity during the crisis.
Earlier, Castle said a worst-case scenario, in which the entire season was lost along with Wallabies Tests against Ireland and Fiji, would cost the governing body A$120 million in revenue.
The organisation posted a near A$10 million loss in 2019, worsened by a hefty payout to former Wallaby Israel Folau after his sacking over homophobic social media posts.
The latest number of confirmed cases is 1505.
Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, and the Western Cape continue to account for the majority of the cases.
According to the NICD, more than 50 000 tests have been conducted so far.
The South African government is prepared to spend any amount of money it takes to save lives.
This was the battle cry from Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Friday afternoon.
“It does not matter how much money we spend. It will be worth it We have seen the devastation in other parts of the world.”
The minister is determined South Africa will do everything in its power to prevent similar carnage.
Mkhize was speaking at a media briefing at Khayelitsha District Hospital in Cape Town.
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has welcomed the successful repatriation of 16 South Africans who were stranded in Dubai and Doha.
“The group is currently under quarantine as per regulations. Another group of about 16 citizens stranded in Germany is expected to return from Frankfurt over the weekend,” the department said in a statement.
It added they arrived back in the country on Thursday, following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement allowing for the relaxation of restrictions to allow citizens stranded abroad to return home.
The department said with more countries requesting the repatriation of their citizens from South Africa, it would use the opportunity to bring back more South Africans using chartered flights.
Former State prosecutor and current DA MP Glynnis Breytenbach has questioned the legality of the ban on the sale of cigarettes, saying that the regulations are open to interpretation.
Breytenbach’s comments come after the minister of police Bheki Cele called out the Western Cape government for lifting the ban.
Cele lambasted the provincial administration for allowing the sale of cigarettes.
On Thursday, Cele urged businesses in the province “not to listen to people who tell them wrong things”, after the DA-led province said on Wednesday that cigarettes could be bought at supermarkets, along with essential goods.
Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has since written to President Cyril Ramaphosa for clarity on the proper interpretation of the lockdown regulations
More than 17 000 people have been arrested countrywide over the last week for various crimes and contravening lockdown regulations.
Of those, 2 005 were released on a warning by the police and ordered to appear in court, 124 were granted police bail and 7 450 fines and 16 court summons were issued, according to Police Minister Bheki Cele’s spokesperson, Brigadier Mathapelo Peters.
Offences committed included breaking lockdown regulations, and varied between transport- and liquor-related offences as well as general non-compliance.
“What has been a dampener since the beginning of the lockdown has been the consistently high number of people arrested for violating lockdown regulations,” said Cele.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE REST OF THE WORLD
For the latest global data, follow this interactive map from Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.
Late on Friday night, positive cases worldwide were close to 1 090 000, while deaths were more than 58 000.
The Unites States had more than 270 000 cases, while Italy and Spain both had more than 115 000.
Italy had more than 14 500 deaths.
Cars are back on city streets and shoppers are strolling in malls again as life slowly returns to Wuhan. But the cradle of the global coronavirus pandemic remains under the shadow of the contagion.
The city of 11 million people – along with tens of millions more throughout the rest of Hubei province – was locked down in late January in an unprecedented and ultimately failed bid to contain the pathogen.
Hubei and its provincial capital Wuhan have accounted for the majority of China’s officially reported 3 322 coronavirus deaths and 81 620 overall cases.
But with new infections now virtually nil – according to the much-questioned Chinese government figures – authorities have begun loosening restrictions on movement within the city and easing its isolation from the rest of the country.
A discussion between two top French doctors on live TV left viewers horrified when they proposed that Africa should become a giant laboratory for coronavirus vaccines testing because the continent lacks the resources to defend against the infections.
In the segment broadcast on the on French TV channel LCI, Jean-Paul Mira and Camille Locht raised the idea of testing new vaccines on impoverished African populations.
Mira is head of the intensive care department at the Cochin Hospital in Paris, while Locht is research director at the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM).
“If I can be provocative,” said Mira, “shouldn’t we do this study in Africa where there are no masks, no treatment, no intensive care? A bit like we did in some studies on AIDS. We tried things on prostitutes because they are highly exposed and do not protect themselves.”
While racing to fully understand the structure of the new coronavirus, scientists around the world have discovered that there are eight specific strains affecting the globe.
These strains are all extremely similar and the virus shows only slow mutation – which buys time for those under pressure to develop a vaccine or effective treatment.
According to reports, scientists have been using advanced technology to rapidly sequence the genome of the virus from test samples. This shows that the difference between the eight strains worldwide are minute and that none of them is necessarily weaker or worse than the other.
Scientists used their knowledge to compile a genetic sequence map at nextstrain.org, an open access website which shows how the virus travelled across the globe and how various strains developed. According to Charles Chui, infectious disease physician and clinical microbiologist, scientists have the ability to do genomic sequencing almost in real-time to see what strains or lineages are currently circulating.
HEALTH TIPS (as recommended by the NICD and WHO)
• Avoid contact with people who have respiratory infections
• Maintain physical distancing – stay at least one metre away from somebody who is coughing or sneezing
• Practise frequent hand-washing, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, as your hands touch many surfaces and could potentially transfer the virus
• Practise respiratory hygiene – cover your mouth with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Remember to dispose the tissue immediately after use.
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We are looking for an experienced Systems Analyst to join our Development team. Systems Analysis is a key component of the broader development team. As a member of this team you will play a vital role in supporting product development and delivery of multiple quality web and cloud-hosted solutions. You will be responsible for liaising with internal business representatives and clients to develop enhancements to key applications, identifying options for potential solutions and assessing them for both technical and business suitability. Working as part of a team, you will be supporting the business IT systems and helping deliver projects to specification, time and budget. You will interpret business requirements against the backdrop of existing solutions and the technological evolutionary trajectory.
Primary Responsibilities for the Role
· Learn our different product offerings that we deliver and analyse these solutions and interfaces
· Work closely with internal (business) customers, other stakeholders and multiple development teams (local and regional/international)
· Interpret requirements and convert them into solution requirements specifications, where applicable producing data flow and solution architectural diagrams.
· Design and/or workshop system/technical solutions for enhancements or new requirements
· Assist the team in elevating the level of technical documentation and updating our internal Wiki for our various solutions
· Investigating data reports to identify potential data and system errors.
· Provide system input to design of user training material
Minimum Qualification and Experience Requirements
· Completed Matric
· Solid experience in the Telecoms industry with strong focus on data integration projects such as Enterprise Data Warehousing, Operational Data Store, and/or related Business Intelligence related projects
· Work individually as well as part of a sprint team
· Assume accountability and ownership of assigned tasks
· Passionate about delivery of technology solutions and enhancing the customer experience
· Strong written and verbal skills
· Follow-through on assigned and elected tasks
· Familiar with an agile project framework
· Strong competence with MS Office, Excel, Jira, Visio, Microsoft SQL Databases
· Mindset of collaboration
Ensure that the regional transactions are successfully and efficiently completed.
To add value to the deal by providing an enhanced and superior level of service to both the internal and external stakeholders.
Minimum Academic, Professional Qualifications & Experience required for this position
- Grade 12 and National Certificate in administration or similar
- Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
- 1-3 Years’ experience working in a sales environment
- Experience in Asset Finance
- Understanding all elements relating to contract preparation including compliance, finance, legal and discounting.
- Ability to understand and analyse Financials
– Exceptional communication both written and spoken
– Project management
– Content development
– Creative approach to work
– Strong Attention to Detail
– Ability to Work Without Supervision
– Excellent Time Management Skills
Sales Support & Internal Business Process
- Draft and collate all documentation including legal, supporting documentation, FICA/KYC and any other documentation required for signature for credit approval.
- Provide Compliance Division with completed and signed documentation and supporting documents to effect payout to the relevant supplier
- Responsible for the 1st and 2nd line risk & compliance checks
- Ensure that deals provided by Portfolio Managers are drafted within 4 hours and handed to compliance signed within 4 hours.
- Ensure that all errors are amended within 4 hours to ensure a payout.
- Loading of transactions and deal packs onto Acquire
- Assist PM in gathering and collating documentation and invoices from suppliers/clients or brokers.
- Manage and resolve all Queries from different divisions relating to Sales, Discounting, Settlements and Ownership requests
- Report to Manager on a weekly basis to discuss process of deals/ deal tracking
- Ensure that daily checks are completed based on deals added or received.
- Update the transaction cycle relating to approved, doc’s drafted, compliance and if paid out.
- Update if deals are lost or moved over to next month.
Risk and Compliance
- Ensuring deals comply with legislation (FAIS, FICA, legal etc.) and credit approval conditions
- Providing assistance to PM’s relating to credit applications and approvals.
Purpose of job:
Maintenance and repairs to machinery, equipment, plant and facilities, Installation and commissioning of machinery and equipment, general maintenance to plant and facilities, Safety and Housekeeping
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience as a qualified tradesman, preferably in automotive sector
- Experienced in electrical, hydraulics and pneumatics
- Self-starter, hard and conscientious worker
- Willing to work a 3 Shift system
- Certification as qualifies Millwright
- Understand and read electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic circuits and drawings
- Understanding and knowledge of Company rules and regulations, and Safety rules and regulations applicable to the Company
- Experience in mechatronics
- Mechanical, pneumatic and hydraulic planned and preventative maintenance and repairs to machinery and equipment, including plant and facilities as required
- Execution of planned and preventative maintenance and repairs on machinery, equipment, plant and facilities in accordance with maintenance plan
- Report deterioration and excessive wear and tear on machinery, equipment, plant and facilities that requires major repairs to be carried out
- Report all delays that cannot be completed in the planned time frame due to addition faults and problems identified during the maintenance or repairs to the machine or equipment
- Assist with the manufacturing, refurbishment or modification to existing machinery and equipment as required
- Assist with the installation and commissioning of refurbished, modified or new machines, as required.
- Ensure correct functioning and safe working of machinery and equipment after completion of maintenance and before handing over for use in Production
- Identification and prediction of other repairs on machinery and equipment that is to be conducted in future planned and preventative maintenance
- Assist with urgent machine, equipment plant or facility breakdowns that will lead to customer line stoppages, including after hours if required
- Abide by Company Rules and Regulations
- Ensure safety precautions and standards are followed at all times when conducting maintenance and repairs on machinery, equipment plant and facilities such as equipment lockout
- Abide by safety rules and regulations at all times
- Apply and maintain the company standards in the workplace and maintenance area at all times
- To close down any machine or equipment that is unsafe to work with
- To close down any machine or equipment that is faulty and may lead to further damage
- To carry out all duties and responsibilities as described in this job description
- To operate within the parameters of the job descriptions
- To not hand over a machine for use in production after maintenance or service that is unsafe or unchecked for proper functioning and operating
- In event of absence of the incumbent, the Technical and Quality Manager is responsible to ensure continuity of duties and activities in line with agreed schedules and parameters
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