South Africa: Gauteng Paid for Personal Protective Equipment At Vastly Inflated Prices, Two Iconic Tourism Spots Go Into Survival Mode, While Western Cape Expands Successful Telemedicine Project

A billboard at the top end of Long Street in Cape Town (file photo).
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On Monday, a Scorpio investigation revealed that the Gauteng Department of Health paid at least R500-million above market-related prices for personal protective equipment. Meanwhile, the lockdown has had a lasting impact on two iconic tourism spots in South Africa. And Western Cape plans to expand its project to find and support high-risk residents via telemedicine.

Scroll through the gallery below to view the latest Covid-19 numbers available on 31 August at the district level. All maps are sourced from provincial health departments. Mpumalanga did not provide an update by the time of publishing:

On Monday, a Scorpio investigation revealed that the Gauteng Department of Health had placed orders for personal protective equipment at a cost of more than R500-million above market-related prices. The department spent R1.28-billion on items that could have been bought for R776.5-million in total. Scorpio assessed about half of the department's total expenditure, as more data is yet to be released. As Pieter-Louis Myburgh writes, a quarter of this spend was paid to companies which had been registered as suppliers to the province after the State of National Disaster was declared.

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