Derek Hanekom – the former tourism minister and all-round ANC stalwart – has made no attempt to hide his disdain for new lockdown rules introduced by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma this week, which redefine the parameters of ‘what constitutes a beach’. The uproar has spread across South Africa, and NDZ now has critics within her own party.
Dlamini-Zuma receives backlash for beach amendments
Ghaleb Cachalia is an MP for the DA. He also vented his spleen online, and slammed Dlamini-Zuma for having a pre-occupation with beaches. The new wording in the amended Level 3 regulations states that ‘any type of shore within 100 metres of the high-water mark’ will remain off-limits for visitors, unless they live in the Northern Cape.
“What is Dlamini-Zuma’s preoccupation with beaches? The regulations have been amended by NDZ, who now defines a ‘beach’ as any sandy, pebbly or rocky shore 100 metres from the high-water mark and low-water mark adjacent to the sea – or an estuary mouth extending 1 000 meters inland from the mouth.”
TheSouthAfrican was the first publication to pick-up on this bizarre amendment, and DA shadow minister Leon Schreiber reacted to the breaking news on Tuesday. He was incandescent with NDZ, questioning where her priorities lie…
“While countries ranging from the UK to Israel, Mexico, Romania and Poland are vaccinating millions of people each day… Cyril Ramaphosa’s government is hard at work trying to define what a beach is.”
Hanekom brands NDZ’s decision ‘crazy’
However, it’s the stinging criticism from a high-ranking ANC member topping the bill today. Derek Hanekom currently serves as a presidential envoy for South Africa: His job title mandates him to promote investment, with a focus on tourism. Dlamini-Zuma’s amendments are far from helpful for his work – and Hanekom says the rules are ‘crazy beyond belief’:
“This [redefinition of what constitutes a beach] is crazy beyond belief! Cyril Ramaphosa, please intervene… Hundreds of restaurants fall into this category. And walking trails. And pavements, for that matter.”
COVID-19: Buhari signs new regulations for churches, markets, use of face masks
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Coronavirus Disease Health Protection 2021.
The regulation makes the use of face masks in public places compulsory, as Nigeria battles with the second wave of COVID-19.
This was confirmed by Boss Mustapha, the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, while addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday.
Mustapha, who is also the Secretary to the Federal Government, confirmed Buhari signed the document on Tuesday.
According to him, the President signed the document in the exercise of the powers conferred by Section 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap. Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2010.
Part 2 of the regulation stipulates that no one will be allowed within the premises of a market, mall, supermarket, shop, gardens, leisure parks, recreation centres, restaurants, hotels, event centres, motor parks, fitness centre, etc “except he is wearing a face mask that covers the nose and mouth, he washes his hands or cleaned the hands using hand sanitiser approved by NAFDAC and his body temperature has been checked.
Anyone whose body temperature is above 38 degrees Celsius will be denied entry and advised to seek immediate medical attention.
Part 1 deals with restrictions on gatherings. It stipulates that at all gatherings, a two-metre physical distance shall be maintained at all times between persons.
It added, “No gathering of more than 50 persons shall be held in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50 per cent capacity of the space.”
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An operative with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr Bello Hamma-Adama, on Wednesday, told a Federal High Court in Abuja that a sum of N75 million was recovered from Halima, wife of a former Minister for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Tanimu Turaki.
Tanimu Turaki was a Minister in the President Goodluck Jonathan-led government between 2013 and 2015.
Turaki also served as a supervising Minister for the Federal Ministry of Labour between 2014 and 2015.
Hamma-Adama, the 5th prosecution witness (PW5) in the ongoing trial of Turaki, made the disclosure before Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja.
He, however, said the money was later transferred in tranches into private individuals’ accounts.
Giving the breakdown, Hamma-Adama, who was the lead investigator in the agency, said N45 million was transferred to the Minister’s brother, Abdullahi Maigwandu, through his Zenith Bank account.
Out of the N45 million, he said Maigwandu transferred N20 million to the Guarantee Trust Bank account of Halima Tanimu Turaki, the ex-minister’s wife.
According to him, the sum of N20 million was transferred to O-Pec Nig Ltd.
Hamma-Adama said that the remaining N5 million was withdrawn in China using the ATM of Maigwandu by Halima to procure furniture items.
He said, “N30 million was transferred to Abubakar Sani Gude’s Zenith Bank account from the ministry’s account, and the N30 million was sent to the wife of the 1st defendant (Turaki).
“We called for the Maigwandu’s account statement in Zenith Bank. We discovered he is a civil servant in Kebbi on a salary of about N33, 000.
“We suspected a case of money laundering, and we did a network analysis, and we discovered that he could not have owned that money because he is on N33, 000 salary.”
“He said he is a brother to the former minister and that the money was transferred on his instruction,” he added.
However, the Judge, Justice Ekwo adjourned the matter until Feb. 9 and Feb. 10 for trial continuation.
Recall that the EFCC had arraigned the former Minister (1st defendant) alongside his former Special Assistant, Sampson Okpetu (2nd defendant), and two firms; Samtee Essentials Ltd and Pasco Investment Ltd, on 16 counts of money laundering.
The duo had pleaded not guilty to the charges.
SA’s first vaccines arrive on Monday – coming via ‘The Gupta Route’
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the first batch of vaccines will be delivered to South Africa at the start of next week. However, the route this particular consignment is taking has raised a few chuckles.
Zweli Mkhize lauds ‘massive achievement’
According to Mkhize, a total of one million doses – procured earlier this month – are due to land on 1 February, marking the beginning of the biggest vaccination programme ever rolled out in South Africa. The first jabs will go to South Africa’s frontline healthcare workers, and ‘vulnerable citizens’ in the top priority groups.
The government is targeting a total of 40 million people to receive the vaccine in 2021. This, apparently, will see the country reach ‘herd immunity’ from COVID-19. However, the ANC has been accused of falling behind when it comes to procuring these inoculations. Nonetheless, Zweli Mkhize has hailed this incoming delivery as a ‘massive achievement’.
South Africa’s first vaccines: Where will they travel from?
So, where will our vaccines be coming from – and which route will they take? It’s a funny story…
- The AstraZeneca shots have been procured from India. They will be transported by plane from here.
- However, there’s a little stopover to note: The vaccine delivery is travelling via Dubai.
- On Monday 1 February, the SA’s first jabs will land at OR Tambo Airport – with some being administered later on in the day.
- All of these places have homed the corruption-accused Gupta brothers – who are still considered fugitives in Mzansi.
Special delivery to OR Tambo
Quibbles aside, this procurement marks the first day in the rest of our fight against COVID-19. The second wave peaked earlier this month, and there are quiet rumblings that low transmission numbers will soon lead to the easing of lockdown restrictions. But, for now, we have to rely on the wonders of science to guide us out of this pandemic…
“This [vaccine rollout] is a massive achievement of unprecedented proportions: The first batch of one million doses of the coronavirus vaccine will arrive at OR Tambo International Airport on Monday 1 February. The flight will leave On Sunday from India and will go via Dubai.”
Prof Mlisana South Africans need to becareful of disinformation. She says viruses cannot travel on radio waves and mobile networks. She said the virus is even spreading in countries which do not have 5G networks.
— Department of Health: COVID-19 (@COVID_19_ZA) January 27, 2021