South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Wednesday 23 March 2022 [Video]


South Africa: Today’s latest news and headlines, Wednesday 23 March 2022 [Video]

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We’ve got all the latest news stories and headlines in South Africa you really need to know on Wednesday 23 March 2022.

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Tuesday night. It’s been a long and grueling two years of the pandemic, and while Ramaphosa confirmed that the State of Disaster really is at the end of its rope, he made it clear that there are still restrictions.

He confirmed that the State of Disaster would end once after the public comments process for the amended National Health Act had been received. The deadline is Saturday 16 April 2022. There are five things you can still not do under lockdown. We have these listed for you.

Meanwhile, South Africans have been forced to look for other means to get to their destinations as e-hailing service prices have been higher than the normal price due to the ongoing strike. E-hailing drivers have embarked on a national shutdown from Tuesday, 22 March 2022 to Thursday, 24 March 2022.

Residents in the Northern Cape were warned that Severe thunderstorms with hail are expected to make landfall on Tuesday and continue until Wednesday. And for those of you hoping to ignore the ‘insane’ heatwave Antarctica just experienced, think again – because Mzansi is in the firing line.

TODAY’S LATEST NEWS IN SOUTH AFRICA, Wednesday 23 March

Ramaphosa details ‘end of State of Disaster’ – but THESE restrictions will stay

It’s been a long and gruelling two years to get to this point. But, after almost 20 renewals and a host of false dawns, Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that the State of Disaster really is on its last legs. That doesn’t mean that all COVID-19 restrictions will suddenly disappear, though.

 

Cyril confirmed that the State of Disaster would end once AFTER public comments process for the amended National Health Act had been received. The deadline is Saturday 16 April 2022.

The president gathered us round for what’s meant to be our last family meeting on the virus. Millions of infections and almost 100 000 deaths have been recorded since the first COVID-19 case reached our shores in 2020.

 

Phew! Stranded Kulula passengers given two options for refunds

Kulula just recently confirmed that it will be offering refunds to customers who were affected by the Comair grounding. The airline promised to keep its passengers informed on what was happening through social media.

Delays in communication caused frustration among many passengers. Kulula stated that its contact centre was battling with high volumes. They further apologised to those affected for the delays in communication.

Kulula assured customers that they would receive acknowledgment of receipt to their emails and there is no need for follow-up emails. It added that their teams are working to make sure that inquiries are resolved within 20 days.

 

E-hailing drivers blocked, prices sky rocket amid strike

South Africans have been forced to look for other means to get to their destinations as e-hailing service prices have been higher than the normal price due to the ongoing strike. 

E-hailing drivers have embarked on a national shutdown from Tuesday, 22 March 2022 to Thursday, 24 March 2022. 

The drivers have a number of grievances with their respective e-hailing providers and are now demanding the government’s intervention. Chief among their complaints is the fact that the sector isn’t regulated, which they say paves the way for them being exploited by the companies.

 

Weather Warning: Severe thunderstorms, hail predicted for Northern Cape

Severe thunderstorms with hail are expected to make landfall on Tuesday and continue until Wednesday. 

According to SA Weather Service (SAWS), a level 2 warning has been issued. 

“The strong gusty winds and a large amount of small hail are expected over an open area which can contribute to slippery roads and with the combination of reduced visibility can lead to minor vehicle accidents and longer travel times,” the SAWS said. 

 

‘It’s 40C above average’: Why Antarctica’s heatwave is bad news for SA

Vast regions of Antarctica have experienced a heatwave like no other over the past week or so: Various extreme weather records have been shattered, with some regions reporting temperatures that are 40C above the monthly average. For us in South Africa, this isn’t an issue we can turn a blind eye to.

But, before we consider things from a domestic point of view, it’s important to try and gauge the sheer scale of what we’re witnessing down south. The ice caps have been put under immense pressure over the past few days, with unprecedented weather events threatening the already-fragile continent.

 

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