• Can South African Restaurants re-open today?

    29 Jun 2020 | Into SA
    Restaurants reopening today in South Africa?

    The Minister of Tourism, on Friday, 26 June 2020, issued a media statement setting out operational guidelines, which purports to be the guidelines that will be applicable to Restaurants, Conference Facilities, Accommodation and Casinos and in essence contains the following:

    • Restaurants are required to conduct a screening questionnaire on guests. Restaurants may refuse admission if they deem a guest is a safety risk;
    • No person may enter the premises without a cloth mask or any homemade item that covers the nose and mouth;
    • Masks must be worn at all times except where eating and drinking;
    • All guests must sanitise before entering the premises;
    • There must be a distance of at least 1.5 metres between the customer and the point…
  • Inflation Rate now with record low at 3.0%

    24 Jun 2020
    Inflation Rate Down

    Amidst all negative news, there are few rays of sunshine making the news, like the latest Inflation Rate. April’s inflation has eased to 3%, its lowest level in 15 years according to data released from Stats SA earlier today as the annual consumer price inflation is at its lowest level since June 2005, when the rate was 2.8%.

    While analysts had anticipated the inflation rate to be around 3.5% (down from 4.1% in March) the reality was dictated by the “fallout” of the national lockdown in April enforcing reduced consumer demand while increasing pressure on supply chains.

    This level might even be here to stay despite looming increases in electricity tariffs because of a low oil price (translating to an expected drop in fuel prices…

  • Clueless COVID GODS still occupy SA's "Mount Olympus"

    23 Jun 2020 | R M Ertner
    Clueless COVID GODDESS Dlamini-Zuma

    It is Day 90 of South Africa in Lockdown, which now comes in all forms and scopes. There was Level 5, then Level 4 and now Level 3 with its little brother “Advanced Level 3”, none of those terminologies has any roots, they are all made up “on the go” by South Africa’s COVID GODS.

    A self-proclaimed critic from Germany recently commented that my rendition of the “COVID GODS SAGA” is one-sided and too negative and compared the content to demagogic material used by right wing parties in Germany, and that he is missing the feedback on gastronomy and economic outlook. Well, Herr G, if you want to continue wearing pink glasses that let the country shine in its glorious past, that is your decision, but has nothing to do with reality.

    The r…

  • The Fall of the COVID GODS - High Court declares Lockdown Regulations as unconstitutional

    03 Jun 2020
    High Court rules Lockdown Rules unconstitutional

    After a variety of episodes of “The COVID GODS must be crazy” it seems their rise has come to a halt as the High Court in Pretoria yesterday declared the lockdown regulations of Stage 4 and 3 as unconstitutional.

    As mentioned before (see previous articles) the self-righteous COVID GODS Dlamini Zuma, Cele, Patel and Mantashe have relentlessly deprived the South African people and residents of their constitutional rights for personal gain and in order to force the public to follow their ancient doctrines and communist ideology. They masked their terror regime conveniently as “National Coronavirus Command Council” and by exploiting section 3 of the Disaster Management Act had the worst of all politicians chairing their “Junta” catapultin…

  • CCMA reopens for the Public on 20 May 2020

    18 May 2020 | C S Morajane - DIRECTOR OF THE CCMA
    CCMA reopens for the Public

    CCMA OFFICES OPEN FROM MONDAY 18 MAY 2020, 08:00 – 16:00
    1. This communication is compliant with all Directives and Regulations, particularly those issued by the Minister of Employment and Labour and the Minister of Public Service and Administration, issued in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act and in terms of the authority vested in the Director of the CCMA in terms of section 118(2) (b) of the Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995, as amended
    2. The CCMA offices, nationally, will be open and operational from Monday 18 May 2020.

    3. The following will apply to the referral of disputes to the CCMA:
    3.1 The CCMA Offices will be open and accessible to members of the public from Wednesda…

  • SOPA - State of the People Address to the President

    09 May 2020 | Ralph M Ertner
    State of the People Address to President Ramaphosa

    Dear President,

    We thank you for taking the time and the effort in trying to explain why the current rules and regulations surrounding the fight of the coronavirus pandemic should be what they are, but we see that your letter to your fellow South Africans lacks any real argument, seems staged, a lip service for another power at best.

    Your people are tired to suffer an enormous hardship due to regulations that make no sense and have also no effect. Do not understand me wrong, South Africans are tough as nails and will go for you to hell and back if necessary, but exactly: if necessary only.

    A revolution will not come from the bottom, your people will not revert to public civil disobedience, but they will find ways to survive … ou…

  • Why the COVID Gods stick to the Tobacco Ban

    03 May 2020 | Ralph M Ertner
    Dlamini-Zuma pushes Ban on Tobacco

    It is as absurd as it is unnecessary that this article had to come into existence, would it be in a country, which would be ruled by serious politicians and not a bunch of self-absorbed clowns, who now rule without democratic legitimation and causing havoc with the constitutional rights of South African residents (see also the articles The COVID Gods of South Africa and The Coup that ended Democracy in South Africa).

    One issue in particular irks me, not because I belong to the ousted group of smokers, but because of its background, and that is the decision to continue the ban on sales of tobacco products and e-Ciga…

  • Did a silent Coup end Democracy in South Africa?

    29 Apr 2020 | A Resident of South Africa
    The End of Democracy

    These are challenging times under lockdown in South Africa due to the world-wide Coronavirus pandemic. Everybody is in survival mode, checking news and social media for updates on all restrictions and spending week after week at home, pondering what is still to come.

    But even if one pays tribute to the swift and radical measures imposed to curb the spreading of the disease, we might have overlooked the bigger picture in form of dark clouds that slowly built and are now setting the backdrop for an unrivalled doomsday scenario: The End of our Democracy!

    Doesn’t it create shivers down your spine to read in the news about “lockdown”, “curfew” and “compulsory closure of businesses”? Combine that with over 70 000 soldiers patrolling the …

  • The (evil) COVID GODS of South Africa

    20 Apr 2020 | Ralph M Ertner

    We all have seen and experienced the South African political „leaders“ in action in the past, performances ranging from utter ignorance to public clown fests.

    But now South Africa is tested, on the world stage with all other countries taking part in a unique contest nobody wanted. The coronavirus, whether he escaped from a market or a laboratory in Wuhan, China, is putting both to the test, subjects and leaders. While the subjects, being most people of the rainbow nation as well as tolerated guests and immigrants from abroad, pretty quickly absorbed whole scores of notices and regulations and succumbed to a unique form of curfew, dubbed „lockdown“, the initial response of the political elite of the country was as admirable as swift an…

  • ANC Councilors steel Food collected for the Poor

    20 Apr 2020
    ANC steals food from poor Families

    An increasing number of incidents of corruption and food looting has been reported in all provinces except for the DA-governed Western Cape where there were claims that those in charge of the distributions – mostly ANC councillors – were not giving the food to the families that were most in need.

    Government’s attempts to feed the poor and vulnerable during the extended lockdown are being hampered as opportunists – mainly local councillors – allegedly divert the aid to themselves and their supporters, and, in some instances, sell them on. In some parts of the country, councillors have been accused of demanding food parcel donations from businesses – parcels which never reach the intended recipients. Community activists, political parti…