Alan Hammond

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Alan Hammond is the founder and CEO of Portal Publishing. He has been active in the online publishing industry since 1995 when he worked on an early film and TV industry website. He later worked for South African's first online news portal,, where he was initially the entertainment editor before later being promoted to Managing Editor of the web publication.

Alan contributes articles to all the Portal Publishing websites and manages operations and strategy for the company along with his management team.


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For months the advice from experts was that it wasn't necessary for the general public to wear face masks to protect them against Covid-19. But now the debate is raging and the advice seems to be changing.
At a visit the the Khayelitsha Hospital Health Minister Zweli Mkhize briefed the nation on the increase in the number of positive cases of Covid-19 detected in South Africa.
Saftu union federation leader Zwelinzima Vavi has explained why he decided that he should take a test to see if he had contracted Covid-19.
Trevor Noah Dr Anthony Faucci
Unfortunately Dr Anthony Faucci has become very famous as the death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic has crossed the globe. Trevor Noah, who is broadcasting the Daily Show from his apartment, interview the doctor about Covid-19 and he answered some common questions.
The Western Cape government has confirmed that Khayelitsha is the first township in the province to report a positive test result for Covid-19. More than half a million people live in the peri-urban settlement and only has one public hospital.
Siya Kolisi
Springbok rugby captain Siya Kolisi has made a heartfelt plea to South African's to take the danger of the Covid-19 infection seriously, and stay indoors during the national lockdown.
Jeremy Loops is the latest artist to adapt to the 21 day national lockdown by holding an online concert available via streaming.
Normally a Saturday near the end of March would see Durban's golden mile beachfront packed with locals and holidaymakers enjoying the sun and sea. On day 2 of the national lockdown things were very different!
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is the latest person in the UK to test positive for Covid-19. He took to Twitter to announce via a video that he is experiencing symptoms of the infection.
With confirmed cases of Covid-19 surpassing 900 it was only a matter of time before South Africa saw their first deaths from Covid-19. The Minister of Health has announced that two people have now died from this particular Coronavirus.