Veteran Journalist, Karima Brown, Dies at the Age of 54.

Karima Brown Dies on 04 March 2021 at age 54

Veteran journalist, Karima Brown, died on the morning of 04 March 2021 at the age of 54 from covid related complications. At the time of her death, Karima was a journalist at eNCA presenting The Fix. Karima was in hospital for some weeks before her death.

Speaking on behalf of eNCA, editor, John Bailey, said that Karima was a fearless and brave journalist who fought hard against injustice and she would never back down. She possessed vast knowledge of current affairs and was always close to the ground on South African issues. Karima was also a presenter on Talk Radio 702 presenting the Karima Brown Show. Speaking on behalf of 702 Clive Moagi said that Karima was a dedicated presenter and she always arrived long before the start of her show to prepare for the show.

Karima was a Journalist at eNCA at the time of her death.

Former Minister of Intelligence and ANC veteran, Ronnie Kasrils, as well as Karima’s former colleagues, paid tribute to Karima at her funeral on 04 March 2021 and they labelled her as a journalist who dedicated her life to ensuring justice for all.

A former colleague, Eusebius McKaiser, remembered Karima as a journalist who was committed to accountability and believed that journalism should bring about change in society, while Minister of Public Works, Patricia de Lille remembered Karima as a journalist who always reminded public representatives of their role in terms of the constitution of South Africa. The South African government also passed their condolences to the family and said that Karima’s death was a loss to the entire nation.

Karima was burried at Wespark Cemetry in Johannesburg on 04 March 2021 in accordance with Muslim rites.

Na’eem Jeenah, director of the Afro-Middle East Centre said that Karima was committed to a unified and just South Africa where there would be no theft and corruption.

Mitchell’s Plain , Cape Town.

Karima was born in Cape Town in 1967. Her father, Achmat Semaar was a community activist in Mitchell’s Plain on the Cape Flats and Karima followed in his footsteps at a very early age when she became a member of the Cape Youth Congress (CAYCO). She subsequently joined the United Democratic Front while studying at the University of the Western Cape. In later years Karima was a member of the African National Congress (the ANC), which is the ruling party in South Africa. She is survived by her son Mikhail Brown and brother Zain.

EFF Leaders, SJ Malema, M Ndlozi and F Shivambu.

Karima would best be remembered for taking the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to task for publicly attacking her and hurling threats and insults at her on social media in 2019 as a result of an article she published, including threats by supporters that they would rape her. EFF leader, Julius Malema, denounced the people who made these threats as criminals and called on law enforcement agencies to track them down and bring them to book. Karima subsequently won a court case against the party and labelled the judgment as a victory for women and for freedom of the media.

Zuma Defies Commission Again.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

Former SA President, Jacob Zuma, was scheduled to attend the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on Monday 15 February 2021. He failed to do so and instead, sent a letter to the Commission via his lawyers. In the letter Zuma says that he cannot attend the hearing because he is awaiting a decision of the Pretoria High Court in his application to review the decision of Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo refusing his earlier application for the judge to recuse himself.

Former President Jacob Zuma

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Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo found Zuma’s reasons for his failure to appear to be invalid and he accordingly dismissed them. The judge was now faced with a dilemma as to what to do with the defiant Zuma. The judge found either that he had no powers to authorise a warrant of arrest or that Zuma had violated an order of the Constitutional Court directing him to attend the hearing, and that it was that court which had appropriate powers to decide on the way forward. The judge directed the secretary of the commission to refer the matter to the Constitutional Court once again and as a matter of urgency, and specifically to request the authorisation of a warrant of arrest. He indicated that Zuma had the right to oppose that application when it is eventually brought in the Constitutional Court.

Police Minister General Bheki Cele

Meanwhile at Nkandla, Zuma’s residence, Zuma was even more defiant. Prior to the 15th of February 2021, Zuma received a visit from EFF leader, Julius Malema, ostensibly to drink tea. The purpose of the visit has not yet been disclosed, but it took place a few days before the State of the Nation address, where Malema subsequently went on the attack against President Cyril Ramaphosa accusing him of being incompetent, incapacitated and the most unreliable human being on the planet and having failed to achieve anything for South Africa and that he has declared himself as an enemy of the people. He said that corruption was on the rise under Ramaphosa sponsored and monitored by the cabinet. He accused the judiciary of conspiring with politicians to deal with the opponents of the current regime.

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The MK military veterans arrived at Nkandla a day prior to the scheduled appearance and have remained there vowing to protect Zuma in the event of an attempt to arrest Zuma in connection with his failure to appear at the Commission.

MK Military Veterans at Nkandla.

The Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele, also visited Zuma at his Nkandla home. He says that they discussed issues in general. He reported to the President and the Deputy Secretary General of the ANC. He undertook the visit in order to try a prevent a disaster before it happens. The police may be required to execute the warrant of arrest against former President Zuma if it is issued.

Zuma Refuses to Attend State Capture Commission.

Chairperson of the State Capture Commission, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

Former President of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, was summoned to appear before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on 15 February 2021, and to give evidence. This follows after he was implicated in wrong doing by several witnesses who testified before the Commission. He indicated that he is not prepared to appear before the Commission and to give evidence. Zuma previously walked out of the Commission while he was giving evidence and never returned. When asked to appear again, he refused. The Secretary of the Commission approached the Constitutional Court for an order compelling the former president to appear before the Commission. Mr Zuma did not oppose the application in the Constitutional Court. The Court ruled that Mr Zuma was not entitled to refuse to attend the proceedings and that he was further not entitled to remain silent when he attends the proceedings although he was entitled to refuse to answer self-incriminating questions.

Former SA President, Jacob Zuma.

Upon hearing of this ruling, Mr Zuma once again repeated his position that he was not prepared to appear before the Commission. Subsequent to that, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, visited former president Zuma at his Nkandla homestead and held some discussions with him. Speculation was that Mr Malema wanted to persuade Mr Zuma to cooperate with the Commission. After that meeting, Mr Zuma did not change his position. With the date for appearance before the Commission looming, the ANC military veterans, MKMVA, also paid a visit to the former President at his Nkandla home. This time, the aim was to show support to the former President in his stance not to appear before the Commission.

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ANC held a virtual meeting over the weekend to discuss various issues affecting the party and the country. The ANC, the African National Congress, is the ruling party in South Africa. A statement issued by the ANC at the end of the NEC meeting was that the ANC re-iterates its commitment to cooperate with the State Capture Commission and call on all its members to support the work of the Commission. The ANC itself has been summoned to appear before the Commission and President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the ANC delegation that will give evidence before the commission. This was clearly in reference to former president Zuma who was also present at the virtual meeting, together with former President Thabo Mbeki.

MKMVA leader, Kebby Maphatsoe with former President Jacob Zuma in an earlier photo.

It remains to be seen whether former president Zuma will attend the Commission on Monday 15 February 2021. Commission Chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, has refused to be drawn into any debate as to what will happen if the former President does not attend the hearing on 15 February 2021 preferring instead to listen to the matter when it is brought before him. The Commission has previously said that it is not a court of law and therefor does not have powers to convict any witnesses appearing before it and to impose any penalties on the basis of evidence led before it by such witnesses. The Commission’s role is to collect evidence relating to state capture and make its own findings based on that evidence. The findings may eventually be used by law enforcement agencies such as the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority-the NPA- which have powers to institute prosecutions. Other than to say that the Commission is biased against him, the former President has never explicitly given any reasons as to why he does not want to appear before the Commission. Many have argued that his refusal to cooperate with the Commission and the Courts may create a Constitutional crises given his position as former president.

Donald Trump is Acquitted By The Senate.

Senate Impeachment Trial

From the very beginning, it was obvious that the articles of impeachment against Donald Trump had no chance of success and yet the Democrats pushed on with it. First, once Donald Trump had stepped down as President of the United States, the need to remove him fell away. The Democrats argued that it was necessary to impeach him even if he is no longer president. The reason being that he should be prevented from running for public office in the future. The second reason is that Donald Trump is no longer a young man and he has got several of his own businesses. If he were to run for any public office, it will only be for the Presidency as it is not conceivable that he would want to run for any other public office than the Presidency. In any event, why would the Democrats so badly want to prevent him from running for public office in the future? The answer can be that they fear the kind of competition that Donald Trump gave them in the November 2020 elections having collected 74 000 000 of the 156 000 000 Americans who voted against 81 000 000 who voted for Joe Biden.

On Saturday, 13 February 2021, the Senate found Donald Trump not guilty on charges of inciting an insurrection at the Capitol on 06 January 2021. All Democratic Senators voted in favor of the impeachment supported by 7 Republicans, who broke rank with their party. The Democrats needed 17 Republicans to support them for the motion to succeed. Donald Trump has been barred from using Twitter, his preferred medium of communication, so it is unclear what his future plans are. He, however, denounced the proceedings as ‘yet another phase of the greatest witch hunt in the history of our country.’ Saying further that,”our historic, patriotic and beautiful movement to Make America Great Again has only just begun.”

This is a second attempt by the Democrats to impeach Donald Trump and has left them embarrassed as they were convinced that this time around, the motion would succeed and that they would be able to get 17 Republicans to support them. House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, accused the Republican senators of cowardice for having failed to vote in favor of impeachment and said that it will go down in history as one of the darkest and most dishonorable acts. In his reaction, President Biden said that this incident reminded Americans that Democracy was fragile. Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell said that he voted for Trump because he believed that the Senate had no jurisdiction over the former President and not that Mr Trump was not responsible for inciting the insurrection.

House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi

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After all is said and done, Trump was acquitted by the Senate, paving the way for him to re-enter the political arena. There is a possibility that he might be censured by Congress. Nancy Pelosi referred to it as ‘a little slap in the wrist and that people are censured for using stationery for the wrong purpose and not for inciting insurrection.

The Gauteng Dept of Education Splashes R431 Million in 90 Days.

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura

The Covid-19 pandemic has had its fair share of scandals. The Gauteng Department of Education, not wanting to be left behind, splashed a whopping R431 000 000.00 in just 90 days from June to August 2020. The money was spent on decontamination, disinfection and sanitising of classrooms and administration buildings in the Province to combat the spread of covid-19. The MEC for Education in Gauteng, Mr Panyaza Lesufi, said that he was dismayed to hear about this extravaganza happening in his backyard and has called for a probe into how the money was spent. He said that he was engaging with the Auditor-General to see if there was any value received for the amount spent.

Teacher unions are also up in arms about this shocking expenditure and have demanded accountability for those responsible. They estimate that with Gauteng having about 2800 schools, it means that just over R153 000.00 was allocated to each school. But News24 reported that a total of 2 207 schools and 38 administration buildings were disinfected. The average amount spent per school was the sum of R250 000.00.

Fumigation for Covid-19 virus.

The DA has called on Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, to initiate the investigation and to ascertain how many schools were sanitised as Bidvest had also been involved in sanitising some Gauteng schools for free. This donation by Bidvest to provide sanitisers to about 577 schools was criticised by small businesses at the time as they said that it undermined their efforts to empower small and medium enterprises. The party has said that Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi, should be held accountable for this expenditure.

MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi

These revelations come at a time when the country is involved in a difficult struggle to acquire covid-19 vaccines and needs every little cent to acquire these life saving medications. The cost for each of the two doses is estimated at between $3 and $37 with Moderna being the highest and AstraZeneca being the cheapest and Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Sputnik and Novavax in between. China has said that it will offer its vaccine to the World at a fair and reasonable price.

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, has already sworn to fight corruption in the province and it remains to be seen whether he will put action to his words in this instance.

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Attempts By Democrats to Impeach Pres Trump Doomed to Fail.

Donald J Trump

Having confirmed their victory over the Republicans in the 2020 Presidential Elections, Democrats are now trying to revenge against Trump for the difficult political work that he created for them during and after the elections. With less than 10 days to go before Trump officially hands over the presidency to his rival. Joseph Biden, it makes no sense that the Democrats would attempt to embark on a lengthy process of impeachment and to expect the Republicans to support them. A previous attempt to impeach Trump by the Democrats was a colossal failure and yet they deem it prudent to make a final attempt 10 days before Mr Trump steps down as president of the United States of America. Trump has already committed himself to a smooth hand over of power to Mr Biden in contrast to his earlier challenge to the election results.

He followed legal channels to challenge the results and brought no less than 50 court cases to try and overturn the results but eventually conceded defeated when Electoral College confirmed Biden’s victory by 306 against 232 for Mr Trump.

Of the 156 000 000 Americans who voted almost 45% of them voted for Mr Trump. It is understandable that Mr Trump felt that he should have won the elections 74 000 000 Americans voted for him against 81 000 000 for Mr Biden. Given a margin of 7 000 000 votes, it is possible that somewhere somehow some votes that were not properly counted could close the margin. Trump was fully within his rights, on behalf of the more than 74 000 000 Americans,to insist that the election process be scrutinized to ensure that the elections were free and fair and that they were free from any irregularities. Once it became clear that the Electoral College has voted in favor of Biden, Trump conceded:

Capitol Hill

“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement.

“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again,” Trump said.

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The Democrats will not accept any smooth hand over. They first tried to invoke Section 4 of the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution and tried to pursuade Vice President Mike Pence to seize power from President Trump on the grounds that President Trump is unable to act as President of the United States. Section 4 reads as follows:

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Section 4: Declaration by vice president and cabinet members of president’s inability

Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.

House of Representatives.

This strategy appear to have faltered right from the start as Vice President Mike Pence does not appear to be convinced that President Trump is unable to act as President and Mike Pence is in any event, not interested in being President for just a few days. Vice Prsident Mike Pence and President Donald Trump met on 12 January 2021 and resolved the issue.

This did not impress the anti-Trump camp. They are now attempting a long shot, being that they want to impeach President Trump just a few days before his term comes to an end on 20 January 2021 on the grounds that he instigated his supporters to storm the Capitol when he addressed them on 06 January 2021 shortly before the Electoral College voted for the next US President. Trump’s exact words were:  “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”,

US Senate

After the address, Trump’s supporters marched over to the Capitol and clashed with security as they tried to force their way into the Capitol building. Trump himself did not march to the Capitol together with his supporters.At least 5 people died during the subsequent chaos. Several people were later arrested and charged in connection with the riots.

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For the articles of impeachment to succeed in the House of Representatives, at least 17 Republicans would have to support the motion. It appears that some Republicans may support the motion but it does not appear as if the number will reach 17. Article II Section 4 provides for circumstances under which an impeachment shall take place. It states as follows: The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors. High crimes and misdemeanors”, in the legal and common parlance of England in the 17th and 18th centuries, is corrupt activity by those who have special duties that are not shared with common persons. Towards the end of the 1700s, “High crimes and misdemeanors” acquired a more technical meaning. As Blackstone says in his Commentaries The first and principal high misdemeanor…was mal-administration of such high offices as are in public trust and employment.

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It does not appear as if the articles of Impeachment by the Democrats has any chance of success. On the contrary, their conduct may well amount to an abuse of their majority. Impeachment proceedings against a President should not be easily invoked. Just in case he may be accused of inability to act, President Trump has signed emergency measures in Washington DC to ensure safety and security during the Presidential Inauguration.

Six Republicans have indicated their intention to vote in favor of the motion. We have seen that the Democrats will need at least 17 Republicans to vote with them for the motion to succeed. Even if it succeeded, the Senate still needs to conduct a trial. Many Republicans are asking in what manner did Trump incite the mob to attack the Capitol. Can the crowd’s actions be attributed to any of Trump’s words? Exactly what did he say to give the crowd an indication that they should attack the Capitol? The Democrats are conveniently avoiding to answer these questions.

Trump has said that he will come back in four years to contest the presidential elections. By impeaching him, the Democrats want to make sure that he does not come back as they fear the overwhelming support that he commands among Americans.

Phalaborwa is Plunged into a Water Crisis

A sign, resembling elephant tusks, welcomes visitors to Phalaborwa.

The quaint little town of Phalaborwa is situated at the gates of the Kruger National Park, an international heritage asset in South Africa. It is just a few kilometres away from the mighty Olifants river from where it draws its water. This Christmas, the town was plunged into a water crisis like no other before. Taps ran dry and for four days residents had to manage with bottled water that they obtained from supermarkets and filling stations in the area. This crisis was compounding another crisis involving an electricity black-out affecting large parts of the town. Authorities issued statements indicating that they were aware of the situation and that they were resolving it. At first there were conflicting statements as they said that the water purification plant on the banks of the Olifants river was unable to cope as the river was delivering gallons of muddy water into the purification system and they could not keep up with purifying the water. Later on a video emerged indicating that there was a burst mainline pipe and that they needed to fix it first to enable them to resume supply of water to the town.

The municipality released some water tankers to strategic areas where residents could collect water to ease the crisis. Temperatures were going into the mid 30s. It was very hot. By this time all the supermarkets and filling stations had run out of bottled and purified water. There was not a drop of water in the whole town except for those with swimming pools who could use the swimming pool water for other domestic purposes. In a communication on 26 December 2020, the municipality indicated that they will resume the supply of water by 12:30 on Sunday, 27 December 2020 as they first had to fill up the reservoirs before releasing the water to the households and business. At least large parts of the town had by now, been able to regain electricity supply. Most residents reported this as the worse Christmas they have had in years.

Residents said that the situation reminded them of the crisis that faced the city of Cape Town between January to July 2018 when the city was faced with a water crisis of major proportions. Hopefully the Phalaborwa crisis will not last that long for the sake of the residents. However, each passing day is a day too long for those who are sitting at home without water in temperatures of up to 38 degrees Celsius. With proper planning and utilisation of resources, authorities can avoid such major calamities in the future.

The Olifants River near the town of Phalaborwa.

Power Restored to Phalaborwa Once Again.

Nearby Attractions in Phalaborwa.

We recently reported on the power outage at a certain section of the town of Phalaborwa, South Africa.The residents forced to spend Christmas under very difficult circumstances. Many lost so much in the process.While they were hopeful that the situation will be resolved quite early on Saturday morning, that was not to be and they had to spend the whole day on Saturday without power once again. It was only by late afternoon at around 15h30 that the electrical engineer was satisfied with the work done and he authorised that the electricity may be switched on which was done.

Also read: Phalaborwa Plunged into Darkness on Christmas Day.

Overhead Cables.

The residents were very pleased to see their appliances working for the first time since Wednesday, 23 December 2020. Social media platforms went abuzz with messages of gratitude towards the teams that worked tirelessly to resolve the problems. However, the excitement was short-lived as the electricity went down without warning some 30 minutes later. The teams were recalled and they quickly established the fault, but it would take them another six hours to fix the problem. They blamed the problem on overloading the system caused by the residents having left their appliances on as the electricity was switched back on, causing the system to trip.

It was at around 10 o’ clock in the evening that the electricity was once again restored to the residents and they could now breath a sigh of relief. Simulteneously, water was also restored . Social media was once again in flames with positive messages. It appears that the problems can be attributed to aging infrastructure. On behalf of the Phalaborwa residents, we want to thank all the electrical standby teams involved in resolving the problem, the counselors and community leaders who so professionally co-ordinated the efforts and kept the residents well informed, Sybrandt, Jaco, Danie, Susan, Marietjie and the entire team. A word of gratitude is also due to the people of South Africa as a whole and the people of the following countries for having shown an interest in the plight of the people of Phalaborwa over this festive season, namely, the UK, the USA, Australia, Ireland, Spain, France, the Netherlands, the EU, Germany, the UAE, New Zealand, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Pakistan. Saudi Arabia, Mali, Mozambique, Tanzania, Switzerland, Norway, Swaziland, Mauritius, Chile, Namibia, Mongolia, and others. Thank you for your support guys. It is much appreciated.

Water was also restored.

Phalaborwa Plunged into Darkness on Christmas Day.

The Open Pit Copper Mine at Phalaborwa

Large parts of the tourist and mining town of Phalaborwa have been plunged into darkness over this Christmas. For the past three days, residents of Ward 12 in the municipality have been sending messages to their counselors to complain about the electricity outage. That when the residents were busy preparing to celebrate Christmas with their families and friends. The power outage came suddenly on Wednesday night, the 23rd of December 2020. At first the residents thought that it was a minor issue and that soon it would be resolved. But the electricity was off the whole night in severe heat. The mosquitoes were also making sure that the situation was not any better for the residents and the complaining grew louder.

Abundant Wildlife in Phalaborwa

Teams from the municipality’s electricity department were activated and they worked for a large part of the night to try and restore the electricity. They used TLB’s to dig up the damaged underground cable, and replaced it, only to discover more faults as they tried to switch on the electricity. Their efforts were hampered by heavy rain and lightening and they were forced to abandon the plan until the next day when the rain subsided. On Thursday, 24 December 2020, the workers were back in the trenches very early in the morning. This time, they received back-up from Palabora Mining Company (PMC), who sent their technicians to boost the municipality’s efforts. They again worked the whole day and the whole night but could not switch on the lights as the problems appeared to be huge.

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Counselor Sybrand de Beer of the Democratic Alliance, Jaco Gerricke of the Community Policing Forum, as well as other residents kept the residents informed of progress on the repairs to the cables through social media. The municipality’s communications department issued a statement stating that the municipality was aware of the problem and that it was receiving the necessary attention. As if that electricity problem was not enough, water also ran out very early on Christmas day. The residents had enough. By late afternoon on Christmas day, emotions were running high as the residents considered the seriousness of the situation they were in, with some thinking of all the perishable foods that they had purchased for Christmas and others feeling for their elderly parents who suffered from chronic medical conditions such as asthma, heart disease and other diseases and who rely on artificial ventilation to support their health. All these amid a new surge in the corona virus that had devastated their livelihoods.

Most residents on social media said that this was the most unpleasant Christmas they have had in years. Guests, who had traveled from far, were checking out of guest houses in the area due to the lack of water and electricity which dealt those businesses a further heavy blow pursuant to the covid-19 onslaught. By 15h30 on Christmas day, Counselor de Beer announced that the team that was working on the problem had been continuously on duty for 38 hours and that they could not take it anymore. As it became obvious that they were going to spend another night without electricity, residents began appealing to Eskom and Foskor Mine’s electricians to come to their rescue. We can only take our hats off for those anonymous workers, who continually worked for 38 hours without a break, to try and restore the electricity. At this time, electricity has not been restored to the residents of northern Phalaborwa and we ask you to put them in your thoughts as we celebrate Christmas in 2020.

Massive Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-out Underway in the United States.

Corona virus patient

CNN reported on Sunday that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr Robert Redfield has accepted an advisory committee’s recommendation that the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine may be given to people aged 16 years and older, paving the way for shots of the vaccine to be given to the public in the USA.The decision comes as the first batch of vaccines was loaded onto trucks at a Pfizer plant in Portage, Michigan, and shipped out across the country. Freight trucks carrying about 184,275 vials of vaccine left the plant, and the combined 189 boxes of vaccine vials are expected to arrive in all 50 states on Monday. Another 3,900 vials are expected to ship later Sunday to United States territories, and 400 boxes packed with about 390,000 vials will be shipped on Monday to be delivered on Tuesday, 15 December 2020. According to Pfizer, there are five doses of vaccine per vial.

US Pharmaceutical, Pfizer

From Michigan, the Pfizer/BioNTech  vaccine will be delivered to about 600 venues across the United States in the next few days.”It’s a very good day for America, and for the world,” Moncef Slaoui, head of the coronavirus vaccine efforts in the United States, told Fox News on Sunday.The FDA granted emergency use authorisation to the vaccine on Friday, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted on Saturday to recommend it for people aged 16 years and above.

Vaccine

Peter Marks, the head of the FDA’s office that oversees vaccines, said in a statement: “With science guiding our decision-making, the available safety and effectiveness data support the authorization of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine because the vaccine’s known and potential benefits clearly outweigh its known and potential risks,”

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The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is a landmark scientific achievement, built from a breakthrough technology in a short space of time, amidst a pandemic that has affected millions of people across the Globe. It has already been approved by regulators in the UK, Canada as well as other countries.

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Pfizer’s chief executive officer, Albert Bourla said in a statement: “We have worked tirelessly to make the impossible possible, steadfast in our belief that science will win,”

“As a US company, today’s news brings great pride and tremendous joy that Pfizer has risen to the challenge to develop a vaccine that has the potential to help bring an end to this devastating pandemic.”

President Donald Trump called it “one of the greatest scientific accomplishments in history” in a video on Twitter, saying the vaccine will save millions of lives and end the pandemic.

President Donald Trump of the United States.

It will be sometimes before the vaccine can reach developing countries with minimal resources. In the meantime, those countries will have to rely on existing prevention measures such as masks, sanitisation and social distancing, while they await their turn to get the vaccine.