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# Eastern Cape police stations operational again
# Dlamini-Zuma wants ban on cigarettes and alcohol to remain in place
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# Eastern Cape police say the Dimbaza, New Brighton, Willowvale and Whittlesea police stations are now fully operational after they were temporarily closed after members tested positive for COVID-19.
All health protocols have since been followed and the affected members have been quarantined or isolated accordingly.
Police management provisionally closed the stations so that the facilities could be decontaminated under the guidance of the Department of Health.
The Motherwell, King William’s Town and Bhisho police stations were also decontaminated and are expected to open on Saturday.
# Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has told the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) that the sale of tobacco and alcohol should continue to be banned until the country reaches Level 1 of the lockdown.
News24 is reporting that Dlamini-Zuma was supported by Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi when she told the NCCC this week that she believed it would be too much of a health risk to allow the sale of cigarettes and alcohol on 1 June when the country is expected to go to Level 3 of the nationwide lockdown.
This prompted a debate in the meeting, chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa, with no resolution on the matter.
# Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande will hold a briefing on Saturday on further measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, ahead of the country’s expected shift to Level 3 of the national lockdown on 1 June.
Nzimande is expected to speak on plans for higher education, as well as concerns raised by the public on funding, and the return of medical students to campus.
He will also speak about research being carried out in the science and innovation sector around traditional medicine.
The Department of Higher Education and Training decided not to resume campus-based activity during Level 4, including at all universities and TVET (technical vocational education and training) colleges, both public and private.
# The Minister of Police Bheki Cele says the number of people who have been arrested for violating the national lockdown regulations in the different provinces mirrors the infection rate of the coronavirus.
The minister briefed the media on the levels of compliance to the lockdown regulations.
According to Cele, the Western Cele has the highest number of arrest and is followed by the Gauteng province.
Cele says organized criminals have also tried to take advantage of the lockdown.
# Two Zimbabwean banks have been removed from the US sanctions list, state media reported on Friday.
According to a report in daily newspaper The Herald, Agribank and the Infrastructure Development Bank of Zimbabwe (IDBZ) have now been fully removed from the US sanctions list, allowing them to do international business more easily and obtain lines of credit.
The two banks were put under US sanctions in July 2008.
In April 2013, sanctions were partially lifted by the issuance of a licence permitting business with the two banks subject to limitations.
# A SHORT while ago, Gold was selling at 1-thousand-736-dollars-00 a fine ounce, and a barrel of Brent crude will cost 34-dollars-66 a barrel.
One US Dollar will cost 17-Rand-66 one British Pound is 21-Rand-50 and the Euro is currently trading at 19-Rand-26.
The price for one Bitcoin is currently trading at 9-thousand-172-dollars-43.
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