Vhahangwele Nemakonde
Digital Journalist
3 minute read
27 Jul 2021
5:00 am

Daily news update: Cabinet reshuffle, Social grant payout dates and Tiger Brands to recall KOO

Vhahangwele Nemakonde

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Reshuffle calls grow as trust in Ramaphosa’s Cabinet hits ‘all-time low’

John Steenhuisen
DA leader John Steenhuisen visits Danville to acknowledge seven brave local heroes on May 17, 2021 in Pretoria, South Africa. It is reported that the local heroes saved the lives of a family when their house down. (Photo by Gallo Images/Frennie Shivambu)

Calls for a Cabinet reshuffle has seem to gain more support, with the Democratic Alliance (DA) criticising President Cyril Ramphosa for failing to “reassure the nation”.

The calls come in light of the recent violent protests and looting in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng as well as the much noticed contradictory statements made by some ministers – including Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula – over the unrest.

Covid-19 social grant and Ters payout dates: What you need to know

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President Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: AFP/Ludovic Marin

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday evening announced the return of the R350 Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant, as well as the Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters).

ALSO READ: Covid-19 vaccines: Here’s when citizens over age of 18 will get their jab

Ramaphosa said these measures would support the recovery of the economy and provide relief to the poor and those who are vulnerable due to lockdown measures initially imposed to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

There was never an insurrection in SA, government is lying, says Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: EFF/Twitter

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government of misleading South Africans about the civil unrest that occurred in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng this month, saying it was not an insurrection as characterised by the government.

Addressing EFF’s virtual eighth birthday celebration on Monday, Malema said the Red Berets were firmly behind the citizens who looted shopping malls and other stores because were trying to “provide food for their children”.

Covid-19 vaccines: Here’s when citizens over age of 18 will get their jab

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A nurse prepares a syringe of the Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, in Garlan, western France. Picture: AFP

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday evening announced South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccine roll-out will open for people over the age of 18. Here’s what you need to know.

Vaccine roll-out: 18 to 34-year-olds

Ramaphosa said people between the ages of 18 and 34 will be vaccinated from 1 September, in addition to the age groups currently eligible for vaccine registrations and walk-ins.

Tiger Brands to recall KOO and Hugo’s tinned foods over ‘defective cans’

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Tiger Brands has announced that customers who bought KOO and Hugo’s canned vegetable products recently must return them for a refund, due to an “extremely small number of defective cans supplied by a packaging supplier”.

This will see approximately 20 million KOO and Hugo’s canned vegetable products recalled because of safety concerns.

“The cans may have a defective side seam weld that could cause the can to leak. The company identified the issue as part of its internal quality assurance processes,” the food manufacturer said in a statement.

Taxi violence threat: Law enforcement on high alert

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Members of Saps, Cape Town Metro Police and Traffic Police control traffic at bus stations and taxi ranks in Bellville. Photo: Gallo Images/Die Burger/Jaco Marais

Western Cape law enforcement agencies are bracing for a coordinated response to potential violent attacks that may arise due to the closure of a taxi route. and ranks in Bellville and Mbekweni.

Taxi violence update, 26 July

This comes after the closure of route B97 between Mbekweni and Bellville, as well as that of identified taxi ranks, was announced by Western MEC for Transport and Public Works, Daylin Mitchell, on Friday.

This was after shooting incidents which saw taxi operators and commuters injured and killed.