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# Minister Mkhize warns of a return to level 5 of the nationwide lockdown
# Rainfall leads to an increase in dam levels in the Western Cape
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# The Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, has warned that South Africa could see a return of a level five lockdown as the country’s COVID-19 cases continue to rise rapidly.
Mkhize was speaking on a radio station this morning where he said that another hard lockdown may become necessary because the country is on the verge of facing a spike in coronavirus cases and related deaths.
The Minister said the surge will come, in the winter months and urged South Africans to take all the necessary precautions to try and protect themselves.
# Comair’s business rescue practitioners (BRP) have been granted an extension to publish the airline’s business rescue plan.
The plan is now expected to be released on 28 July.
The BRPs say funding is crucial to help in Comair’s turnaround strategy.
They requested an extension from the company’s creditors after receiving a non-binding expression of interest from a funder.
# Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning MEC in the Western Cape, Anton Bredell says recent rainfall over the province has provided a welcome relief.
The average dam level in the Western Cape has increased to 44.4%.
The latest levels for dams providing water to the City of Cape Town are 62.5%.
The department’s spokesperson, James-Brent Styan says they urge the public to continue using water as sparingly as possible.
# Health-workers union Denosa is concerned about the increasing number of its members contracting COVID-19 in Mpumalanga.
Fourteen new cases have been registered at Themba provincial hospital in KaBokweni.
The hospital’s theatre has been closed and only emergency operations are being performed.
Denosa Mpumalanga Secretary, Mzwandile Shongwe, says if their members don’t have PPE’s they shouldn’t report for work.
# Sweltering temperatures of up to 40C could be a regular occurrence in the UK by 2100 if carbon emissions stay very high says the Met Office.
The BBC is reporting the current record stands at 38.7C, set in Cambridge last July.
This new study says there is an “increasing likelihood” of going beyond this figure, because of the human influence on the climate.
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One US Dollar will cost 17-Rand-35 one British Pound is 21-Rand-47 and the Euro is currently trading at 19-Rand-48.
The price for one Bitcoin is currently trading at 9-thousand-150-dollars-82.
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