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Comair confirms options for holders of unused reservations

Domestic Air Travel Rules for Level 3

Limited domestic air travel for business purposes will be allowed, subject to restrictions on the number of flights per day and authorisation based on the reason for travel. The resumption of domestic flights will be rolled out in three phases.

Commercial aircraft movement will be allowed from these airports during each phase:

Phase 1

  • OR Tambo International Airport
  • Cape Town International Airport
  • King Shaka International Airport, and
  • Lanseria International Airport

Phase 2

  • Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport
  • Polokwane International Airport
  • Bram Fischer Airport

Phase 3

  • Kimberley Airport
  • Upington Airport
  • East London Airport
  • Umtata Airport
  • Port Elizabeth Airport

AIRPORTS & AIRCRAFT

  • Limited domestic air travel also means that flights will only be allowed to depart and land at selected airports in a phased manner.
  • Only passengers will be allowed inside the terminal buildings.
  • Therefore, no accompanying members of the public will be allowed inside the terminal buildings.
  • Temperature screening will be conducted at the terminal building entrances, before any passenger is allowed entry.
  • No passengers will be allowed inside the terminal buildings without masks.
  • ACSA will ensure effectiveness of the sanitization process before entering the terminal buildings, which may result in the number of entrances being reduced.
  • All the airports will have markings on the floor for social distancing of 1.5 metres. This will be applicable at check-in counters, security checkpoints and airport lounges.
  • All airline check-in agents will wear face shields and the counters will be installed with protective screens. Check-in counters will also be frequently sanitised
  • All airport personnel will wear masks. Passengers are encouraged to use self-check-in to avoid queues at the airport.
  • At boarding gates, boarding will be staggered and prioritized in terms of the number of passengers to board.
  • Sectional boarding will be implemented to avoid unnecessary contact inside the aircraft.
  • Inside the cabin, full capacity will be allowed.
  • It must be noted that the risk of COVID-19 infection on board a commercial passenger airliner is lower than in many other confined spaces

The following measures will apply inside the cabin of the aircraft:

  • no catering will be allowed;
  • no magazines on board;
  • The last row will be reserved for isolation of suspected cases.
  • All aircrafts must be disinfected before entering into service and after each flight;

Upon Arriving at the airport:

  • Passengers must use drop-and-go facilities or public transport as only passengers will be allowed into the terminal
  • Limited parkade options will be available. These are signposted at each airport.
  • Meeters and greeters will not be allowed in the terminal building.
  • Baggage wrapping is now compulsory for all check-in luggage for hygiene reasons.

Airport entrances and access control

  • A number of access points have been closed at each airport. Please visit the Airports Company website for details on which access points and terminal entrance points should be used.
  • Access to terminal buildings will therefore be restricted
  • Physical distancing rules will apply at the terminal entrance.
  • Masks are compulsory from entry to the airport all the way through a flight and out of the destination airport
  • Port Health will conduct screening checks at entrances.
  • Passengers must produce their business travel permission letters at the entrance.
  • It is the passenger’s responsibility to ensure that they have the necessary permission letter before they book a flight.

Check-in process

  • Passengers should check in online before going to the airport.
  • Online check in can be done at the screens in the terminal building.
  • A limited number of check-in counters will be open and physical distancing rules will apply in these queues.
  • Using a check-in counter will take longer.

Security checkpoint process

  • Passengers will scan their own paper-based or mobile device-based boarding pass to the scanner at the security checkpoint.
  • Passengers should remove any metal and electronic items from their person before entering the security queue. This includes mobile devices, watches, jewellery, wallets, keys and so on
  • These items must be placed in the tray at the security scanner.
  • This process will minimise the need for security officers to conduct physical pat downs at the checkpoint.

Boarding the aircraft

  • Physical distancing rules apply for queues to board an aircraft.
  • Passengers must scan their own boarding pass at the boarding gate.
  • Boarding will be done in a controlled manner with passengers travelling in the rear seats of the aircraft boarding first. Passengers with tickets for Row A, for example, will board last.
  • Masks must be worn for the duration of the flight.

Disembarking from an aircraft

  • Masks must continue to be used when disembarking and moving towards the baggage carousels.
  • Physical distancing rules will apply at the baggage carousels.
  • Crowding close to the baggage carousels will not be permitted.

Issued by GCIS on behalf of the Department of Transport

03 June 2020

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Guidelines to follow for domestic workers returning to work

The new regulations under level 3 are not specific regarding domestic workers and gardeners. 

According to BusinessTech, Rosalind Davey, a partner in Bowmans Employment & Benefit Practise said the level 3 guidelines for businesses should be followed with a focus

on creating a safe working environment for employees. A number of businesses require a declaration from their employees which extends to domestic workers.

 

The declaration for employees / domestic workers includes;

  • The employee/ domestic worker has not been directly exposed to Covid-19
  • The employee / domestic worker has not been in contact with anyone that has had Covid-19
  • The employee/ domestic worker is not experiencing any symptoms.

 

Guidelines for the employers regarding domestic workers

  • Employers must inform their domestic workers if they have been directly exposed to Covid-19
  • Employers should self-isolate if they have contracted Covid-19, ensuring they don’t infect their domestic worker.
  • Providing workers with masks and gloves
  • Ensuring hand sanitiser is available throughout the home
  • Correct hygiene protocols are followed
  • The introduction of staggered work times, to ensure workers are travelling outside of peak hours.
  • This includes allowing workers to arrive later and leave earlier
  • Taking all the necessary steps to ensure a safe working environment.

 

Masks and Social distancing

According to Davey the regulations are not specific on this issue,

  • If employers are still working from home she recommends that everyone in the home wears a mask
  • Employers may need to practise social distancing by moving around the home as necessary.
  • Davey said that domestic workers will likely not need to wear masks where an employer has left the house for work and there is no one in the home.

 

Travel Permits

The regulations are not clear on travel permits for domestic workers. According to Davey the employers can use the prescribed permit to indicate the following,

  • The domestic worker is employed by you in your private residence
  • Physical Address
  • Contact information

 

Co-Morbidities

  • According to Davey, if a domestic worker has a co-morbidity such as HIV or TB they should make a declaration that they at risk to their employer.
  • But it is not necessary to state the exact co-morbidity in this declaration, only that they are at risk.
  • Additional precautions should be followed for domestic workers over 60.

 

Source: BusinessTech

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South Africa’s “ Irrational” Lockdown Laws

South Africa’s “ Irrational” Lockdown Laws

 

On Tuesday, Judge Norman Davies issued an assessment of the Governments lockdown rules.

 

Funerals and Final Farewells:

  • When a person, young or old, is in the grip of a terminal disease [other can Covid-19] and is slowly leaving this life, to ease that suffering and the passing it is part of the nature of humanity for family and loved ones to support the sufferer. Moreover, there are moral, religious and ubuntu imperatives demanding this.
  • One might understand the reluctance to have an influx of visitors should the person at death’s door be inside the doors of a medical facilities for fear of the spread of Covid-19, but what is the person is in his or her own home or at the home of a family member of friend?
  • Loved ones are prohibited from leaving their home to visit if they are not the caregiver of the patient, being prepared to limit their numbers and take any personal precautions. But once the person has passed away, up to 50 people armed with certified copies of death certificates may even cross provincial borders to attend the funeral of one who has departed and is no longer in need of support.
  • The disparity of the situations are not only distressing but irrational.”

 

 

Relationship with the dead

  • There is also no rational connection to the stated objectives for the limitation on the degree of familial relationship to a deceased in order to permissibly attend his or her funeral.
  • What if the deceased is a clan elder or the leader of a community or the traditional head of a small village?
  • Rather than limit the number of funeral attendees with preference to family members, exclusions are now regulated, arbitrarily ignoring the facts of each case.”

 

Eking out a living

  • There are numerous thousands – no, millions – of South Africans who operate in the informal sector.
  • There are traders, fisheries, shore-foragers, construction workers, street-vendors, waste-pickers, hairdressers and the like, who have lost their livelihood and the right to ‘eke out a livelihood’, as the President [Cyril Ramaphosa] referred to it, as a result of the regulations.
  • Their contact with other people are less on a daily basis than, for example, the attendance of a single funeral.
  • The blanket ban imposed on them as opposed to the imposition of limitations and precautions appear to be irrational.”

 

Hairdressers

To illustrate this irrationality further in the case of hairdressers:

  • a single mother and sole provider for her family may have been prepared to comply with all the preventative measures proposed in the draft alert level 3 regulations, but must now watch her children go hungry, while witnessing minicab taxis pass with passengers in closer proximity to each other than they would have been at her salon.
  • She is stripped of her rights of dignity, equality, to earn a living and to provide for the best interests of her children.”

 

Obstacles against protecting children

  • There were also numerous complaints referred to in papers about regulation 34 placing irrational obstacles in the way of those responsible for children or in the position of caregivers of children to see that their best interests are catered for.”

 

Exercise and public open spaces

The limitations on exercise are equally perplexing:

  • If the laudable objective is not to have large groups of people exercising in close proximity to each other, the regulations should say so rather than prohibit the organising of exercise in an arbitrary fashion.
  • Restricting the right to freedom of movement in order to limit contact with others in order to curtail the risks of spreading the virus is rational, but to restrict the hours of exercise to arbitrarily determined time periods is completely irrational.
  • Similarly, to put it bluntly, it can hardly be argued that it is rational to allow scores of people to run on the promenade but were one to step a foot on the beach, it will lead to rampant infection.
  • And what of the poor gogo who had to look after four youngsters in a single-room shack during the whole lockdown period? She may still not take them to the park, even if they all wear masks and avoid other people all together.

 

“I am certain, from what I have seen in the papers filed in this matter and from a mere reading of the regulations – even including the alert level 3 regulations – that there are many instances of sheer irrationality included therein.”

 

Source: TimesLive

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Lockdown regulations declared invalid

Lockdown regulations declared invalid and unconstitutional by high court

 

According to News24 a court has declared the Level 3 and Level 4 lockdown regulations to be unconstitutional and invalid.

 

The High Court in Pretoria ruled today that the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has 14 days to formulate changes to the regulations.

 

In the meantime, the current lockdown regulations will still apply.

 

The judgment said the regulations “in a substantial number of instances are not rationally connected to the objectives of slowing the rate of infection or limiting the spread” of Covid-19.

 

The judgment said the government has not produced any bona fide evidence that its means of enforcing the lockdown are “justifiable”, and they can therefore be deemed arbitrary and unlawful.

 

The lockdown regulations go against rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights, the judgment says.

 

The application was brought by the Liberty Fighters Network, the Hola Bona Renaissance Foundation and attorney Reyno de Beer.

Source: News24

Ekurhuleni Mayor, Mzwandile Masina in hot water over his tweet!

Ekurhuleni Mayor in hot water over his tweet

Ekurhuleni Mayor, Mzwandile Masina in hot water over his tweet

Masina stirred up a storm on Sunday after supporting Malema’s call to let the “white economy collapse.”

“I fully agree with my friend on this one @Julias_S_Malema. Until we nationalise all commanding heights of the economy- we need to restart this economy and make sure it favours the majority. This can’t be sane again,” said Masina in his tweet.

The ANC has released a statement reprimanding Masina for his stance, calling its leadership to be mindful of what they post and to keep in  mind that nationalising the economy was not ANC policy.

The ANC said,

  • While the views were expressed on a personal account, it stands to confuse our constituency and members to what the ANC stands for.
  • It is expected of ANC leaders to act with care and be cautious at all times on matters of policy.
  • Leaders of the ANC feed into the narrative of policy uncertainty when they publicly canvass positions outside the formal structures.

 

In reponse to the ANC, Masina said he would accept “without hesitation” should the ANC remove him as mayor over his views.

Before deactivating his twitter account Masina said, “My views are more important than being gag by whites. I’m not a coward. Kill me if you can, I fear no one.”

 

Julius Malema, his friend, has since defended him warning Masina against trusting “these ANC people”.

 

Julius said in a tweet, “They suspended the Twitter Acc of @mzandileMasina because they can’t tolerate the radical views of the black man. I know you belong to them Zwai but never trust these @MYANC people, young independent thinkers have always threatened them. Never be discouraged black child.”

Sources: The Citizen, Daily Maverick.

Photo credit: polity.org, The Citizen, Daily Maverick

R5 to feed a child at school

R5 to feed a child at school

According to The Star, R5 is the daily maximum Gauteng is prepared to spend on feeding a learner.

 

In a directive written by Gauteng Department of Education’s, Edward Mosuwe, schools are to cap the daily amount to feed each learner, under the National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP) at a shocking R5.

 

This directive, which The Star has seen, was sent to school principals, school governing bodies (SGB’s) and district directors last week, on how the province expected to run the National School Nutrition Programme when schools were rescheduled to reopen for Grade 7 and Grade 12 yesterday.

 

Mosuwe directed the following,

  • The Gauteng Department of Education directs that school governing bodies and school principals procure dry and perishable groceries for the National School Nutrition Programme for the period of June 1 to 14, 2020, to feed the learners.
  • Feeding will be capped at R5 per learner per day.
  • Schools are directed to invoice the GDE for this period and the department shall reimburse the school.”

 

Steve Mabona, GDE spokesperson required the department to feed learners at R3,49 a learner at secondary schools and R2,96 at primary schools.

 

“In essence, as Gauteng Education, we allocated more funds to schools, and requested them to temporarily procure food on their own, until such time we finalise our procurement process for our new service providers accordingly.”

 

Principles and district directors across Gauteng criticised the GDE’s feeding scheme, with one calling it a “joke”.

 

“Look at this (memo) and tell me if this is not a joke.”

“How do you feed a learner for R5 for the whole day?”

“Are we ready to open schools?”

 

Eusa, a union that represents 27 000 teachers has, meanwhile maintained that it would attempt to interdict Basic Educations Minister Angie Motsheka’s planned phased reopening of schools next Monday.

 

Sources: The Star, IOL

Photo Credit: Unsplash

Chicken pot Pie

Chicken pot pie

By Jamie Oliver

Ingredients

2 onions
600 g free-range chicken thighs , skin off, bone out
350 g mixed mushrooms
1 bunch of fresh thyme (30g)
375 g block of all-butter puff pastry , (cold)

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/gas 7.
Place a 30cm non-stick ovenproof frying pan on a high heat, with a smaller non-stick pan on a medium heat alongside. Pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil into the larger pan.
Peel and roughly chop the onions, adding them to the larger pan as you go.
Roughly chop two- thirds of the thighs, finely chop the rest, and add to the onion pan. Cook for 6 minutes, or until golden, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, place the mushrooms in the dry pan, tearing up any larger ones. Let them toast and get nutty for 4 minutes, then tip into the chicken pan and strip in half the thyme leaves.
Remove the pan from the heat, add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then stir in 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar and 150ml of water.
Working quickly, roll out the pastry so it’s 2cm bigger than the pan, then place it over the filling, using a wooden spoon to push it into the edges.
Very lightly criss-cross the pastry, then brush with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Poke the remaining thyme sprigs into the middle of the pie.
Bake at the bottom of the oven for 15 minutes, or until golden and puffed up. Easy!

Tips
EASY SWAPS:

– You can use leeks if you can’t get hold of onions.
– No mushrooms? No problem. You can use peppers, carrots or even frozen peas instead.
– If you can’t get puff pastry, try shortcrust or filo pastry, or even make your own.
– I’ve used chicken thighs here, but if you’ve got breasts or leftovers, happy days.
– I’ve gone for fresh thyme, but you could swap for fresh rosemary, sage or bay. Or use dried, if that’s what you’ve got.

 

Source: Pinterest

From the desk of the President

From the desk of the President

Today is the International Day for Protection of Children, which is commemorated around the world to draw attention to children’s rights and welfare. Fittingly, it is also the UN Global Day of Parents, honouring the commitment of parents and caregivers to the wellbeing of children.

 

On this day I want to thank the millions of parents, grandparents and caregivers around South Africa who continue to play an important role in the formative years in the lives of our youngest citizens. The encouragement, support and protection children receive from their parents and caregivers is essential for their future happiness and success.

 

After 65 days of a nation-wide lockdown, the country is today starting a new phase in its fight against the coronavirus. Many economic and social activities are restarting, including a phased resumption of schooling.

 

We have said that we are taking a gradual approach, guided by the advice of our scientists and led by the realities on the ground and consultations with stakeholders.

 

In the last few weeks, as we have prepared to return to school, we have had extensive and detailed discussions with all role-players in the education sphere. These have guided our approach to this complex and challenging task.

 

Now, in the last few days, several of these stakeholders – including teachers and parents – have expressed concern about the state of readiness in many schools. We have heard them, we welcome their contributions and are taking steps to address their concerns as well as proposals.

 

It is understandable that many parents and caregivers have mixed emotions at this time about the reopening of schools. There is relief that children will be able to resume their education after a prolonged absence from classrooms and lecture halls. Young people are eager to be in school again and to see friends and teachers.

 

But there is also apprehension on the part of parents, educators and learners themselves.

 

Parents want reassurance that the necessary precautions should be in place to adequately protect learners. The safety of our youngest citizens from a health and physical perspective is not negotiable. It is our foremost priority.

 

As we prepare for the gradual re-opening of our schools and places of higher learning, education authorities have been hard at work putting the necessary health and safety measures in place. That documentation regarding standard operating procedures have been provided to all schools. These standard operating procedures cover issues like training and orientation of screeners, timetable realignment and configuring classrooms to meet social distancing requirements.

 

We are continuing with the process of delivering personal protective equipment and ensuring the availability of water and sanitation services. Learning, once it commences, will take place under strict conditions with a correctly limited number of learners and students.

 

As parents, teachers, governing bodies and government, we are in agreement that no school should re-open until all the necessary precautions are in place. There needs to be transparency about the level of preparedness of each of the schools. Everyone who is a key role player, be they a parent, a school governing body member, a teacher or a government official should be able to have the correct information about the state of preparedness of each school. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that the learning environment is safe.

 

I want to salute parents and caregivers, in particular, for the role they have played over the last two months. With schools closed, they have had to take greater daily responsibility for the education and development of their children. Many parents and caregivers have had to assist learners with their schoolwork at home, no doubt gaining a keen appreciation of the hard work being done by our teachers every day.

 

Once the lockdown is lifted and more learners return to school, we parents should continue to play a more active role in the education of our children, whether it is through joining school governing bodies, volunteering our services at schools or other forms of assistance. Parents can join in volunteering to clean schools, establishing vegetable gardens or being part of neighbourhood school safety committees. This can turn the schools into real, meaningful “community schools”.

 

Though we may feel anxious and fearful as our sons and daughters leave our care, we must draw courage from the fact that every effort is being made to protect them.

 

As parents, you have entrusted us with the welfare and safety of your children. It is a responsibility we do not take lightly. In the days and weeks to come, we will be closely monitoring the return to school.

 

If we follow the protocols and maintain all precautions – as parents, educators, communities and learners – we will effectively minimise the risk posed by the coronavirus.

 

Ultimately it is both our personal actions and our collective efforts that will keep our children safe. Whatever we do next, we need to do together.

 

With best wishes,

 

Cyril Ramaphosa

 

http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/from-the-desk-of-the-president/desk-president%2C-monday%2C-1-june-2020

Alberton Doctors are concerned about their patients’ health

You can be part of a global study on the effects of Covid-19

You can be part of a global study on the effects of Covid-19

As much as the virus is a global threat to physical health, it has also quickly become a challenge for mental health, the BBC notes.

 

Through this survey the study aims to collect information from over 100 000 participants from more than 40 countries and six continents.

 

According to Health24, the study has been approved by Stellenbosch Universities Health Research Ethics Committee and is being led by Professor Soraya Seedat and Dr Georgina Spies.

 

Why is this study so important ?

“It is vital that we detect and treat psychiatric symptoms in people with Covid-19 and their contacts. The outbreak of SARS in 2003 has been referred to as a mental health catastrophe. Research shows that 30 months after the SARS outbreak, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was the most prevalent long-term psychiatric condition, followed by depressive disorders. Approximately 60% of survivors met criteria for any psychiatric disorder,” said Spies in an interview with Health 24.

 

“This highlights the importance of addressing the population-level mental health impact of Covid-19. Attention also needs to be given to risk groups. Currently billions of people world-wide are either on full or partial lockdown, which has been termed the world’s greatest psychological experiment, and predicted to result in a secondary epidemic of burnouts and stress related absenteeism.”

 

How long will this study run for?

Researchers will be collecting data to assess the acute effects of the pandemic and related quarantine measures for as long as Covid-19 is evolving, Spies told Health24, adding that the study will collect information now, as well as six months after the pandemic is over by the WHO, so that they can assess its chronic effects on the population.

 

“We must not forget about the potentially pervasive mental health impact of this pandemic,” said Spies.

 

If you want to assist the research team to gather data, please click on the link to complete the survey,

 

www.coh-fit.com

 

Sources: BBC, Health24.com

High School Marais Viljoen is ready for all their students.

High School Marais Viljoen is ready for all their students.

With every possible precaution taken to ensure the safety of their matric class of 2020, and all the other students returning later the year, all the teachers felt gutted today when it was announced that students will only return on the 8th of June.

 

Colourful balloons welcomed the Matric class as they would have entered the school building, sending a message of hope during these difficult times.

Teachers giving students a thumbs up!

 

Mrs Heystek, the Principle of Marais Viljoen has the following message for all the parents and students, “ Ouers en studente, wees rustig. Ouers, maak julle kinders kalm. Ons gaan sukses hê hierdie jaar! Ons mis julle, en kan nie wag dat julle terug kom nie. Ons is reg met die Akademie vir julle. Dankie dat julle so hard gewerk het by die huis! God bly in beheer en sulke tye gaan ook verby, en wees gerus, elke moontlike veiligheidsmaatreël word toegepas by die skool.”

Even though classes have been suspended this week, the teachers are hard at work attending an Online teaching programme from Microsoft TEAMS. This training is provided to ensure that all online classes will resume for students who are still at home.

 

The following safety measures (as per protocol from the DBE) has been put in place to safeguard all the students and staff members.

  • All students will receive one facemask from the Education Department
  • All students will receive one Marais Viljoen facemask, which was donated by NuPay.
  • All staff and students will be screened twice a day.
  • Marais Viljoen has installed a disinfection booth, but no student will be forced to walk through it.
  • All staff and students will receive Covid-19 training from Dr. Gert–Jan van Zyl, who is part of the Governing Body and the Health and Safety and Health Committee of the school.
  • Councillors are available for any student that might feel stressed during these hard times.
MRS Heystek wearing a mask

 

Ms Jacobs wearing a mask

 

 

The disinfection booth

Social distancing demarcation in classes.

Social distancing demarcation for students while waiting to go into class

 

How the classes will work

  • Matric Classes will be divided into two groups, Group A-L and Group M- Z
  • The classes will seat the learners 1.5m apart.

 Classes will be significantly smaller than normal.

  • Each student will be given an allocated seating area in each class for safety measures and traceability.
  • All students and teachers hands will be sanitized before entering the class.
  • Masks must be worn at all times.
  • Group A-L will start at 7:30 till 11h00 for periods 1 – 7 and then go home.
  • The classroom will be disinfected before the next group will enter.
  • Group M-Z will start at 11:45 till 15:15
  • The starting time for each group will be rotated weekly.
  • For safety, students can wear civvies on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and their school uniform on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Marais Viljoen is considering weekend classes.

 

Principal Heystek is extremely positive about the Matric Class of 2020 and that they will be ready for their matric final examination.

https://maraisviljoen.co.za/

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