SA students in Russia panic as some test positive for COVID-19

The students from Mpumalanga have been staying in a hostel where several people tested positive for the virus.

SA students in Russia panic as some test positive for COVID-19

A group of Mpumalanga students in Russia say they are currently in a state of panic after some of them tested positive for COVID-19,  reports.

The group was awarded bursaries to go study in the country which has recorded well over 150 000 cases of the novel coronavirus, with the death toll closing in on 2 000.

Calls for government to repatriate SA students from Russia

They have called for the South African government to look into repatriating them or, at the very least, relocate them to safer accommodation amid fears of contracting the deadly virus.

“There have been three confirmed cases in this hostel and now this hostel is under full lockdown. No one is allowed to go out and at the moment, some of us don’t have food in our rooms. They just implemented this full lockdown without letting us know first. Now they locked us here to fight this invisible enemy on our own,” one of the students told the SABC.

“So it is difficult especially because hey, just found three guys, three rooms away from my room that were confirmed to the coronavirus and still we haven’t been tested or anything like that, it’s just a waiting game.”

Fears over the students’ bursaries

The calls for government to intervene have been echoed by the students’ parents, who fear that the students’ bursaries could be on the line should they express a desire to return home.

“There were some rumours that if you register your name to the list of the people who want to come back home, your bursary will be terminated. You need to stay until they say you need to come back home. “Instead of attending to this problem, these guys are threatening our children with terminating their contracts and all that which is not right during this …where we are faced with this pandemic.”

South Africa has repatriated citizens from several countries since the outbreak of the pandemic, including those in Wuhan, China – which was one of the hardest-hit regions in the world.

Globally, COVID-19 has infected close to four million people, with the death toll nearing 300 000. 

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Three SA hotels make it onto Condé Nast’s ‘hot list’ [photos]

Condé Nast recently announced their '2020 hot list winners' which features hotels from all over the world, including three from South Africa.

Three SA hotels make it onto Condé Nast’s ‘hot list’ [photos]

Three South African hotels recently made it onto Condé Nast Traveler’s ‘2020 hot list‘.

The global media company announced the news in May 2020 and also acknowledged how unprecedented the list may be seeing as various national lockdowns have been imposed all over the globe.

“When our team of editors and contributors set off for a year of hopscotching the globe to put together the list we could never have imagined that by the time we were able to announce our winners, we would be staying home for the foreseeable future.

“In 24 years of putting together this compendium of the latest and greatest industry openings, we’ve never published it in a year like this. Many on this list have had to, at least temporarily, close their newly opened doors. Even still, we are proud to unveil this selection of 76 hotels and 10 ships and sailings, whittled down from over 400 prospects.”

Condé Nast goes on to encourage people to visit the following hotels when it is safe to travel again. Of the places named, three of SA’s hotels made it onto the list and it’s not hard to see why:

South Africa and the 2020 ‘hot list’

Gorgeous George in Cape Town

This is said to be a “funky property that spotlights a previously under-explored part of Cape Town”. There are reportedly 32 rooms spread out over four floors. It is spacious and features “super-high ceilings with industrial exposed pipes contrasted with warm colors and accents”.

Lekkerwater Beach Lodge at De Hoop Nature Reserve

This lodge reportedly brings the same ethos and attention to detail to its first beachfront lodge on South Africa’s wild, rugged coast.

“It’s a pretty fabulous wild spot for a digital detox: to wake at dawn, watch whales, then spend the day walking, biking, exploring – or just sitting on a deck, marvelling at dolphins’ surfing skills. An honest hideaway that feels like a welcoming family farmhouse by the sea,” reads Condé Nast’s review.

The Farmstead at Royal Malewane in the Greater Kruger National Park

This place is said to be “a frills-on-frills escape where game drives are followed with massages and a personal staff keeps your Gin and Tonic filled”.

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