Grim milestone passed as SA confirms more than 600 Covid-19 deaths...

There were 633 Covid-19 related deaths recorded in the past 24 hours, taking the country past another grim milestone. The deaths — the highest since...

Adjusted Alert Level 4 for another 14 days

Cabinet after consultation with the provinces has decided to maintain the country at Adjusted Alert Level 4 for another 14 days.  This means that...

Nelson Mandela Bay becoming EC epicentre with 60% of Covid cases

Nelson Mandela Bay is fast becoming the epicentre of Covid-19 in the Eastern Cape with nearly 60% of cases recorded in the province located...

Thuli Madonsela: ‘How come those organising rallies are not arrested or...

Former public protector Prof Thuli Madonsela says she is “baffled” that some citizens face arrest for the violation of lockdown regulations‚ while those organising...

24,270 Covid-19 cases recorded as SA sees highest ever single-day increase

SA saw its highest ever number of single-day Covid-19 infections on Friday, with 24,270 new cases recorded in 24 hours. This is significantly higher than...

SA moves to alert level 4 for 14 days: Cyril Ramaphosa

All gatherings are prohibited, effectively immediately, except for funerals with a maximum of 50 people, said President Cyril Ramaphosa. The sale of all alcohol...

SA’s third wave: 157 deaths and 17,958 new Covid-19 cases in...

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases says 17,958 new Covid-19 cases have been identified in SA, representing a 25.6% positivity rate. Its report, issued on...

What to expect when Ramaphosa addresses the nation on Sunday

When President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation on Sunday, indications are he is likely to ban gatherings and tighten restrictions on alcohol. Acting health minister...

Are you 40 and over? Acting health minister wants you to...

Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says the government is looking at opening the Covid-19 vaccine registration portal for people aged 40 years and older. Kubayi-Ngubane...

Political leaders are contributing to the increase in Covid-19 infections‚ says...

Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has criticised some political leaders for “irresponsible” behaviour and hosting mass public gatherings amid the surge in Covid-19 infections. She...

Special Tribunal sets aside R10m ‘scooter ambulance’ tender

The R10m "scooter ambulance" tender awarded by the health department in the Eastern Cape for the transport of patients has been declared invalid and...

282,135 people have received Covid-19 jab in phase two of vaccine...

STAFF REPORTER South Africa recorded 4,623 new cases of Covid-19 infections and 102 deaths over the past 24 hours, the health department said late Wednesday,...

Thuli Madonsela reiterates calls for extension of R350 grant

KYLE ZEEMAN Former public protector Thuli Madonsela is not giving up on the fight to extend the social relief of distress (SRD) grant. The R350 monthly...

Education department suspends school contact sports

NALEDI SHANGE All contact sports in schools have been suspended with immediate effect from Wednesday. This is the word from the council of education ministers after...

Black Sash, others call for extension of Covid-19 grant to basic...

Social development minister Lindiwe Zulu has asked National Treasury to extend the grant The Black Sash says there is no rationale for the special Covid-19...

SA is likely to experience third wave in winter‚ says Prof...

SA is likely to experience a third wave of Covid-19 infections during winter‚ when temperatures drop and people’s immunity will be weakened. This is according...

Schools slowly returning to being ‘normal’

One of the first institutions to feel the impact of the national lockdown was schools, which closed in March last year and have been...

Caution advised as school holidays loom

An upsurge in Covid-19 cases in the Northern Cape, North West and Free State has been flagged by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases...

WATCH LIVE | Zweli Mkhize gives update on Johnson & Johnson...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt9kCvqr1Bc?rel=0&enablejsapi=1] Health minister Zweli Mkhize has given an update on the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The briefing came after US federal health agencies on Tuesday...

SA probing Covid-19 ‘harm compensation’ and vaccine passports: Mkhize

NONKULULEKO NJILO SA is considering a “no-fault compensation fund” and the introduction of Covid-19 vaccine passports, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Thursday. The minister...

Yes, you may take a bottle to your braai this weekend...

It's official: you may transport booze this weekend. This after co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma backtracked on comments made at a press...

SA remains on level 1, but no off-site booze sales this...

Alcohol will not be allowed for off-site consumption over the Easter weekend, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday night. He also announced that the country...

‘Stricter precautions’ ahead of Easter weekend are being ‘finalised’, says Mkhize

Health minister Zweli Mkhize says discussions around “stricter precautions” ahead of the Easter long weekend are being finalised. Speaking to the SABC on Thursday, Mkhize said...

Eastern Cape Covid-19 nurses urge premier to intervene as contracts end

As the reality of joining the jobless queue looms large, dozens of Eastern Cape Covid-19 nurses whose contracts come to an end later this month protested in...

Ivermectin not a ‘wonder medicine’, new study finds

ELSABÉ BRITS Originally published by GroundUp Four court cases have been launched against the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) to compel the regulator to...

Eating on board domestic flights is now forbidden

New regulations gazetted yesterday, March 1, by the Minister of Transport expressly forbids domestic air operators from providing any inflight catering and further states...

Level 1 lockdown: here is what can get you fined or...

Co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has outlined level 1 lockdown changes and some restrictions. On Monday‚ Dlamini-Zuma published the new gazette...

SA reacts to level 1 lockdown

UNATHI NKANJENI The second move to level 1 lockdown has been met with mixed reactions online. On Sunday, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country would...

SA moves to Covid-19 alert level 1

President Cyril Ramaphosa says SA has 'clearly emerged' from the second wave of coronavirus infections SA has officially been moved to Covid-19 alert level 1. President...

SA to evaluate data received on Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine

IAVAN PIJOOS The SA Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) said it would evaluate data received for Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine. Sahpra CEO Boitumelo Semete said...

Ramaphosa praises soldiers for ‘essential’ Covid deployment

The SA National Defence Force can be relied upon no matter the circumstances, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. Speaking on Armed Forces Day, Ramaphosa,...

Argentina health minister resigns after reports of VIP vaccine access

Argentina's health minister resigned on Friday after reports that people had been able to use connections to get access to Covid-19 vaccines to which...

Health advocacy group calls for sugar tax to be doubled to...

SUTHENTIRA GOVENDER “If the National Treasury doubled the health promotion levy, it could net the government around R2bn to help fund the fight against Covid-19...

Researchers urge delay in administering Pfizer vaccine’s second dose, cite strong...

Researchers on Wednesday urged governments to delay administering the second dose of Pfizer Inc's Covid-19 vaccine, which they said had an efficacy of 92.6%...

SA reacts to J&J vaccine arrival and rollout

UNATHI NKANJENI The arrival of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine in SA has been welcomed by many online. The first delivery of 80,000 J&J vaccines...

Special “350 COVID-19 grant” extension

President Cyril Ramaphosa extended the Special 350 COVID-19 Grant, by a further three months, yesterday. SASSA has processed in excess of 9,6 million applications...

Cabinet extends national state of disaster to March

IAVAN PIJOOS The cabinet has approved the extension of the national state of disaster until March 15. Next month will be one year since the national...

Vaccinating as many people as possible is key to saving SA’s...

SHONISANI TSHIKALANGE Vaccinating as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, is critical for saving SA's economy, businesses, and livelihoods — all while boosting...

BREAKING | East London business fined R5 000 after video surfaces

Buffalo City Metro on Monday said that the management of an East London establishment had been arrested after a video had surfaced showing patrons...

‘Disappointment’ as experts confirm Covid vaccine that arrived in SA not...

As a result, health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirmed that the vaccination rollout would be halted It’s “largely disappointing news”: the AstraZeneca vaccine that arrived...

BCM medical staff ready and willing to take vaccine, new study...

BHONGO JACOB A new study from two Eastern Cape medics shows that 91.9% of staff at Cecilia Makiwane and Frere hospitals will take the Covid-19...

34,000 South African health workers register for Covid-19 vaccines on first...

IAVAN PIJOOS The electronic vaccine data system self-registration portal is up and running with more than 34,000 health-care workers already registering for the vaccine, the...

Church council fights to stop ban on religious gatherings

NALEDI SHANGE The South African National Christian Forum (SANCF) — which was due to face off with the government in the high court in Johannesburg...

SA to nominate Cuban medics for Nobel prize, says grateful Ramaphosa

SA will nominate the Cuban medical brigade for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for its work around the world to fight Covid-19. President Cyril Ramaphosa...

JUST IN | Booze unbanned and beaches open as Ramaphosa eases...

SA will remain under lockdown level 3, but a number of the restrictions — including the ban on the sale of alcohol and the...

Database to track any side-effects of Covid-19 vaccines

ZIMASA MATIWANE Government will launch a vaccine database to enrol and assist those receiving shots against Covid-19. Health minister Zweli Mkhize said those eligible for a...

Quality assurance guarantee as first Covid-19 vaccines land in SA

ZIMASA MATIWANE President Cyril Ramaphosa and his deputy David Mabuza will on Monday afternoon receive SA’s first tranche of Covid-19 vaccines. They will be accompanied by...

Project shows appreciation to frontline heroes

In order to show their appreciation for the gruelling work being undertaken by frontline healthcare workers, three people have teamed up with Gift of...

Covid-19 leads to shortage of bone marrow donors

The SA Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) says their ability to recruit new donors has been severely limited by the outbreak of the second Covid-19...

Education department’s U-turn on PPE

The Eastern Cape department of education (DoE) made a sudden about-face after announcing that, despite it's earlier statements, it will be funding procurement of...