South Africa

South African coronavirus cases fall dramatically

Nomsa Maseko

BBC News, Johannesburg

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South Africa's new coronavirus infections appear to be stabilising. The number of new infections in the country has fallen dramatically – the lowest since June.

The country’s coronavirus recovery rate has increased to 75% - it’s highest to date and well above the global average of 62%.

New Covid-19 cases have declined from a peak of around 15,000 daily infections to just over 2,500 in the past 24 hours. There’s also been a decrease in coronavirus related fatalities.

The province of Kwa-Zulu Natal has become the latest hotspot, and now has the second highest number of cases in the country. Close to 200 students and staff have tested positive for Covid-19 in different universities in the province.

Lobbyists have called on the government to ease lockdown restrictions as businesses and jobs have come under pressure.

The ban on the sale of alcohol and tobacco products has also been the subject of numerous legal challenges - as both industries want the ban to be lifted.

Read more: Coronavirus and South Africa's toxic relationship with alcohol

SA care workers take on #JerusalemaDanceChallenge

Care workers and politicians in South Africa are among the latest people to jump on the Jerusalema dance challenge.

The song by Master KG, featuring fellow South African Nomcebo, has won thousands of fans on social media.

Here are carers at a centre in South Africa's Western Cape dancing along:

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South Africa's Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwaha has recently given it a go too:

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South Africans mourn radio host Bob Mabena

Fans are paying tribute to veteran radio personality Bob Mabena who died on Monday following a cardiac arrest, according to local media.

Mr Mabena's employer Power FM asked the public to allow his family to mourn.

"It is with deep grief and pain that we announce Power 98.7 Breakfast Host, Bob Mabena passed away this afternoon, from cardiac arrest," the radio station tweeted.

"The family is coming to terms with his passing and respectfully requests the public to afford them the appropriate space."

President Cyril Ramaphosa described him as an icon:

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Colleagues in the media and entertainment industries paid their tributes:

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Ramaphosa announces business boost for women

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa has said the government will set aside 40% of public procurement for women-owned businesses.

The move will boost women financially and reduce gender inequality, he said.

The president spoke during Women's Day on Sunday which marked 64 years since thousands of South African women marched to the Union Buildings in the capital, Pretoria, on 9 August 1956 to protest against the extension of the pass laws to women.

President Ramaphosa said financial independence was key to achieving gender equality.

"The first action is to expand the access of women to economic opportunities... We now expect national departments in government to monitor and report on how many women have participated in each public procurement process. They will have to develop clear plans about how they will broaden women’s participation over the next 12 months," he said.

Here is part of the president's address shared by SABC:

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