February 28, 2021

Discretionary Content! - Views expressed in this article are not necessarily from The Herald. Sensitive readers who may be offended are advised NOT to read this column.

*The fact that Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, and his wife tested positive for Corona proves that this Covid-19 virus shows scant respect for people. It latches onto a victim and says, “I will kill you if you do not show respect to me!” Therefore it is incumbent on all of us to take extra precaution to avert this virus. It is disappointing to see so many of our Middleburgers not practicing social distancing or wearing masks at most times. It is really a question of death – if not yours then someone close to you. Beware!

*Worldwide Coronavirus cases crossed 40 million on Monday, as the onset of winter in the northern hemisphere fuelled a resurgence in the spread of the disease. Experts believe the true numbers of both cases and deaths are likely much higher, given deficiencies in testing and potential under-reporting by some countries.

*Egyptian grandfather Ezzeldin Bahader has been recognised as the world’s oldest professional soccer player after completing a second full match just short of his 75th birthday. Bahader was awarded the title by Guinness World Records on Saturday evening after missing a penalty kick as his team, 6th October, lost 3-2 to El Ayat Sports club in the Egyptian third division. The former amateur player, who turns 75 on Nov. 3, scored a goal from the penalty spot in his debut match on March. He planned to play a second 90-minute match the same month to claim his record, but the suspension of sports activities to contain the spread of the Coronavirus put his plans on hold. Bahader had previously told media he was 75, which he attributed to “rounding up”. Having him on the team had allowed 6th October to gain sponsors and publicity, he said. Some of Bahader’s six grandchildren attended Saturday’s match, chanting “Come on, Grandpa” from the touchline.

*Cold water swimming may protect the brain from degenerative diseases like dementia, researchers from Cambridge University have discovered. Doctors have known for decades that cooling people down can – in certain circumstances – protect their brains. People with head injuries and those who need cardiac operations are often cooled during surgery, as are babies. What has not been so well understood was why cold has this protective effect. The link with dementia lies in the destruction and creation of synapses – the connections between cells in the brain.

*Very little, if any, is being done about the condition of our roads. Vehicles get damaged and this adds to the basic cost of owning a vehicle. Our municipality is duty bound to rehabilitate our roads. The tax payer does his/her bit. The municipality should reciprocate.

*Children are on the verge of another short break from schools. This used to be known as Michaelmas holidays in years gone by. It is a short break before the final exams are written. Sadly the future looks murky as far as the normal school calendar is concerned. An appeal is hereby made to motorists to exercise extreme caution during these holidays. There will be far too many scholars about. Please drive carefully.

*Four suspects including a pastor aged between 25 and 39 have been arrested for alleged involvement in fraud and money laundering worth R102 million. The Hawks released a statement saying, “The Hawks’ Serious Commercial Crime Investigation members arrested the first couple on Saturday, the woman in Sandton and her husband at OR Tambo International airport. The two, Willah Mudolo and Zethu Mudolo have since appeared in the Pretoria Magistrates court and their case was postponed to 30 October 2020 for a formal bail application,” reads the statement in part. The other two suspects cannot be named until they appear in court. It is understood one of the suspects “after trying to evade” the police, handed himself over.

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