This is not football…
But given the uncertain times we are in because of the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, Soccer Laduma has a responsibility to keep the Soccer Laduma family updated on the latest news on the virus, and how it’s affecting Mzansi.
Here are the four biggest stories on News24 related to the COVID-19 pandemic as Mzansi nears gets to the midway point of the first week of the nationwide 21-day lockdown:
Rise in Covid-19 cases after lockdown
South Africa might still see an exponential increase in COVID-19 once the lockdown is lifted, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, chair of the ministerial advisory group on Covid-19, warned on Monday. Karim added the lockdown has been effective in delaying transmissions and easing the burden on our healthcare facilities.
Motshekga: 183 schools targeted since start of lockdown
Since the start of the COVID-19 lockdown, 183 schools have been vandalised across South Africa, according to Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. In some cases, equipment was stolen and in others, entire schools were burnt down.
"It is quite disheartening that criminal elements in our communities could destroy the infrastructure of their own children with such apparent impunity," Motshekga said in a statement. Schools closed on 18 March when President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster. A lockdown was put in place to ensure that as many people as possible stay home to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Joburg’s central suburbs hardest hit
Geo-mapping of 1 082 coronavirus cases in SA shows the lockdown has, in large parts, succeeded in containing COVID-19 to our cities, where patients first imported the virus to from abroad.
Johannesburg's predominantly affluent suburbs in Sandton, Randburg and surrounding areas, show the highest concentration of cases in the city, which is the epicentre of the outbreak in the country.
Calls for help surge from women locked down with abusers
South Africa's streets are quiet, but the din of phones ringing at the country's gender-based violence command centre in Tshwane and places of safety around the country is deafening, social workers say. And experts warn that it is likely to get worse.
The call centre receives between 500 and 1 000 calls a day from women and children confined to their homes as part of a 35-day government-mandated lockdown instituted to curb the spike of Coronavirus cases in the country.
And it's not unexpected.