Posts Tagged ‘Covid-19’

Emergency Budget falls short

June 25, 2020

The DA hoped that Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni would set out a “Resilience Budget” today that would help South Africa brace for the impact of the coming economic crisis.

South Africans watching today’s Emergency Budget speech will be left wondering: “Where is the plan?”

The Minister painted an accurate picture of the horror story of our public finances, and he was right to describe how much worse things will get unless there is a very sharp turnaround soon.

But beyond that, the speech sounded like more of a plea to his own party to support the stalled economic reform agenda, rather than a detailed plan for how to avoid a full-blown sovereign debt crisis.

If the government does not implement far ranging economic reform now, the economic crisis will be far worse than previously thought.

National debt is now projected to reach R4 trillion, or 81.8 per cent of GDP by the end of this fiscal year. That means we will soon spend more on debt than on healthcare or education, and that it will be the biggest single line-item expenditure in the budget.

The DA welcomes the redesign of the Covid-19 loan guarantee scheme, as this will help more businesses access bridging finance and preserve jobs.

Last week we raised our concerns that only 3,5% of the loan scheme had been disbursed so far, because many small businesses could not meet the steep thresholds. Today the Minister confirmed that only 5% has been distributed, underscoring the need for this urgent re-design.

Of major concern is the lack of any detail on the proposed R100bn economic support package for ‘job creation’. This increasingly looks like a gimmick, nothing more than a re-brand of the public employment programme.

This Emergency Budget speech was not the “Resilience Budget” that we had hoped for.

32 Coronavirus cases in Kouga: 13 Active and 19 recoveries

June 11, 2020

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Kouga region has increased to 32, according to the latest report from the Department of Health.

13 of the 32 cases are active while 19 have already recovered.

All 13 patients are in self-quarantine.

The active cases are in Humansdorp (7), Jeffreys Bay (4), St Francis Bay (1) and Hankey (1).

No further details were released by the Department of Health.

End the hard lockdown say South Africans

May 23, 2020

The results from our lockdown poll are in!

89 % of South Africans want the national hard lockdown to end.

South Africans have a right to choose to get on with their lives, citizens need to safely get back to work.

Let’s save both lives and livelihoods while ensuring our health services can cope with the expected spike in the curve of COVID-19 infections.

Our legal papers are now with the Constitutional Court.

The ANC’s national hard lockdown must end immediately.

All feeding projects must register via Kouga Municipality

April 23, 2020

All organisations and individuals that have started food relief programmes in Kouga have been asked to register with the local Joint Operations Committee (JOC).

“There are a number of groups that have been distributing food parcels to families in need during the Covid-19 lockdown.

“There is a desperate need for this in our communities and we applaud the fine work that is being done,” Kouga Executive Mayor Horatio Hendricks said.

“However, most of the groups and individuals involved, are not registered as essential services, as required by law.

“This means that, strictly speaking, they are in contravention of the lockdown regulations when they leave their homes to distribute food parcels.”

He said in order to legalise food relief initiatives a resolution was taken that all such projects should register with the JOC for authorisation.

“The JOC is officially in charge of coordinating local Covid-19 efforts and consists of various state roleplayers, including, the municipality, police, Department of Health and Social Development,” Hendricks explained.

In terms of the resolution food relief programmes are required to register with the JOC by sending an email to

The email should include the following information:

• The name of the food drive or organisation in charge of it
• The names, surnames, addresses, ID numbers and vehicle registration numbers of all those required to leave their homes for the purpose of arranging or distributing food parcels
• The distribution programme – preferably for the next three weeks, but weekly programmes will also be accepted if submitted on the Thursday preceding the planned week of distribution.
• The distribution programme should include the number of beneficiaries who will be reached, the area of distribution and method of distribution (eg, door-to-door).
• Ideally, the names and addresses of beneficiaries should also be included to help avoid the same households receiving more than one food parcel while others receive none.

The deadline for groups wanting to distribute food parcels next week (27 April to 3 May) is 12 noon today (Thursday), 23 April.

The submissions will then be consolidated and tabled at the local Command Centre meeting on Friday, as resolved by the JOC.

Hendricks said in addition to ensuring all such projects were operating legally during lockdown, the registration process would allow law enforcement authorities to support groups when distributing food in potentially volatile areas.

“Many people are desperate for assistance, which increases the safety risk to groups involved in distributing food.

“We want to ensure such groups are protected, both in terms of the law and their physical well-being, as the support they are offering to those in need is of great value and importance to our region.

“We are deeply grateful for all they are doing and want to encourage them to continue their incredible efforts to help all Kouga families make it safely through the lockdown.”

To register or for further queries email