Singer Tony Bennett has set another Guinness World Record with the release of his new album.

At 95 years old the legendary singer has released his latest album Love For Sale which he created with Lady Gaga. This is the second time that Gaga and Bennett have musically teamed up.

According to the team at the Guinness World Record, Tony Bennett is the oldest person to release an album of new material.

This video was posted on social media to mark the occasion:

This is not the first time that Tony Bennett has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

In 2014, Tony Bennett achieved the acchttps://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/olade for the oldest person to reach number one on the US album chart when he released new music. He was also a record-breaker before that when he released a re-recording with rocketed up the charts. He has the record for the longest time between the release of an original recording and a re-recording of the same single by an artist.

Lady Gaga continues to be his biggest fan. In the video clip announcing his latest record-breaking achievement, Gaga said: “I see a young boy every time I sing with him. And it just makes the experience of singing so freeing, to have it be about two souls singing together. And yet, at the same time, I have taken all of his wisdom, the wisdom of all of his years.”

The Western Cape Department of Health has updated its restrictions on hospital visitations in line with adjusted Level One lockdown.

The adjusted Level One restrictions were announced at the beginning of the month. Under the adjusted restrictions, visitors and escorts are only allowed at health facilities under special circumstances and will still be screened at the entrance of the facility.

In a statement the Provincial Health Department said: “During the third wave and level 3 restrictions, Western Cape Government Health had to restrict visitation at hospitals to align with regulations and to reduce the number of people in our facilities at a time. However, we firmly believe that being visited by their loved ones is an important part of a patient’s road to recovery. It is also essential to family who are anxious about the wellbeing of their loved one and wants to visit them in hospital. We also understand that it is also reassuring for young patients or the elderly to have an escort present when visiting the emergency room or outpatients’ department.”

The amended visitation guidelines include:
  • Outpatients:
    • One escort is only allowed for paediatric, disabled, vulnerable, or weak patients.
  • Emergency Unit:
    • Paediatric patients – one escort allowed to accompany the patient into the emergency room.
    • Terminal patients – family members allowed to be present, but only one or two family members allowed to be present at a time.
    • Disabled/vulnerable patients – one escort may be allowed depending on the situation. Will be assessed on a case-to-case basis.
    • All other patients: One escort will remain in the waiting room if there is sufficient space.
  • Inpatients (adults):
    • Limited to 30 minutes visitation per visitor.
    • Visiting time slot of 60 minutes per ward per day. Confirm with the hospital what the ward’s visiting hours are before visiting.
    • Terminally ill patients are allowed to be visited by loved ones. Restricted to 30 min per person per day – more people and longer time at the discretion of ward manager.
    • Critically ill patients are allowed one designated visitor once per day.
  • Inpatients (paediatric):
    • One parent/caregiver can be with the patient.
    • Parent/caregiver can alternate with other parents/caregivers, but only one is allowed with the patient at a time.
    • More family members allowed for terminal patients for 30 minutes, one person at a time. More people and longer time slots at the discretion of the ward manager.
  • Neonatal patients:
    • Mother can remain with the patient or regularly visit.
    • Birthing partner or one designated person can visit daily for 30 minutes. Longer visitation at discretion of ward manager.
  • Maternity & labour:
    • COVID-19 positive patients in labour – no birthing partners allowed.
    • COVID-19 negative patients in labour – one birthing partner during active labour if sufficient space and privacy are available.
    • C-section: Birthing partners are not allowed in theatre but can visit mother and baby for 30 minutes in the postnatal ward.
    • Teenagers in labour: A birthing partner will be accommodated at the discretion of the ward manager.
    • Post-natal ward: Birthing partner allowed to visit mother and newborn for 30 minutes per day during visiting period.
  • COVID-19 and PUI patients:
    • No visitors are allowed.
    • Can drop off parcels (toiletries, food, books, etc.)
    • Exceptions will be made for terminally ill patients.

The Department of Health reiterated that all patients and visitors are to maintain safety precautions including wearing a mask over their mouth and nose, maintaining a physical distance and washing or sanitising their hands regularly.

The Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla has announced that from Wednesday 20 October, children between the ages of 12-17 years old will be able to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.

South Africa’s vaccination programme started in February with the Sisonke study which saw healthcare workers receive the Covid-19 vaccine first, then slowly other age groups were allowed to get their jab, culminating in any over 12 years old now being eligible for the jab.

There are a few useful things to remember:

  • There are 6 million children aged between 12 and 17 years old in South Africa
  • 12-17-year-olds will only receive one dose of the Pfizer vaccine
  • According to the Child Act, children 12 years and older are able to make health care decisions without the consent of their parents, guardian or caregiver.
  • Teenagers will be able to access public and private vaccination sites.
  • The Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) will be updated before 20 October to allow for teenagers to register for the Covid-19 vaccine and also report any possible side effects.
  • No one can be intimidated when it comes to choosing to be vaccinated, it is a voluntary health care programme – similarly, no one can be stopped from gaining access to health care.

Phaahla said that they have taken every precaution before authorising this cohort to get their jab. He made reference to international research which showed it was far safer for over 12’s to only receive one jab of the Pfizer vaccine. “We can assure parents and young people that even where [cases of myocarditis] have been noticed, there has been no permanent risk. We’re just taking precaution in this case,” said Joe Phaahla.

America, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Norway, China and India are already successfully vaccinated teenagers 12 years and older.

 

For the first time in over a year, fans will be able to watch a live sports match at a stadium in South Africa.

2000 soccer fans will be allowed to watch Bafana Bafana take on Ethiopia at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday. It’s a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match.

In a statement, the South African Football Association (SAFA) confirmed that this was a pilot project to get fans back into stadiums.

SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan said: “Fans have been hungry to return to the stadium and the small business and informal sector will receive a massive boost as a result of this initiative.”

He added: “This news will be received with delight by those who sell food, flags and taxi drivers who take fans to the stadiums. It is part of the economy that had suffered a lot as a result of fans not being allowed to attend matches. I am happy, this is the beginning of the Restoration of the football economy.’’

This is also a chance for the soccer fraternity to encourage South Africans to get the Covid-19 vaccine as only fully vaccinated fans will be able to enter the stadium.

In the statement SAFA said: “This initiative is part of SAFA using football as a tonic and to expedite mass vaccinations that will enable society to return to normalcy. Tuesday’s process will be fully administered by SAFA, the Stadium Management and the two Government Ministries.”

The website for ticket purchases went live on Monday

Liqui Fruit has announced that some of its 100% apple juice products have been recalled.

This is because of elevated levels of a natural toxic substance that was found in apple concentrate supplied to Pioneer Foods.

The company said that a limited quantity of apple juice concentrate contained elevated levels of patulin.

In a statement CEO Tertius Carstens says: “We have taken the decision, as a precautionary measure and with the interests of our consumers at heart, to launch a recall of products produced from the apple juice concentrate batch in question.”

The following LiquiFruit 100% Apple Juice products sold in South Africa, Botswana, and Namibia are affected:

  • Liqui Fruit Clear Apple 250ml carton

Single unit barcode: 60052599

Date coding: PD 11.06.2021 / BB 11.06.2022

  • Liqui Fruit Clear Apple 330ml can

Single unit barcode: 6001240225561

Date coding: PD 07.06.2021 / BB 07.06.2022

PD 08.06.2021 / BB 08.06.2022

  • Liqui Fruit Clear Apple 300ml can

Single unit barcode: 6001240239346

Date coding: PD 21.06.2021 / BB 21.06.2022

  • Liqui Fruit Clear Apple 1L

Single unit barcode: 6001048000339

Date coding: PD 07.06.2021 / BB 07.06.2022

PD 08.06.2021 / BB 08.06.2022

Last month, the Acting National Consumer Commissioner urged consumers who bought Appletiser products to immediately return them to the retailers following a recall by Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa. Acting Commissioner Thezi Mabuza said that according to Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa, their quality check routine including laboratory testing revealed that these batches contain toxins that were outside of the acceptable standard.