Monday, January 18, 2021

Education department confirms two-week delay in reopening of schools

The basic education department on Friday confirmed that the reopening of schools has been postponed to February 15. “Given the pressure experienced by the health...

Covid command council urges delay to schools opening

Eastern Cape education unions say the national coronavirus command council's recommendation to postpone the reopening of schools to February 15 is the right move, though...

Eastern Cape concerned about Covid-19 vaccine rollout in far-flung areas

Andisiwe Makinana The Eastern Cape government has expressed concern that it may encounter problems with vaccination distribution to far-flung areas of the province. Acting head of...

Lockdown Level 3 extended

Lockdown Level 3 is here to stay, at least for the time being. This is according to President Cyril Ramaphosa, who addressed the nation...

ANCYL branch calls for arrests of members peddling fake Covid cures

MATTHEW SAVIDES This is according to Musawenkosi Buthelezi, spokesperson for the ANC Youth League's Gauteng Crisis Committee, which is calling for the “immediate arrest” of...

African Union secures 270 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from manufacturers

REUTERS The AU has secured a provisional 270 million Covid-19 vaccine doses from manufacturers for member states to supplement the COVAX programme, President Cyril Ramaphosa...

Latest Covid-19 Statistics in SA

As of today the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified on South Africa is 1 278 303. Province Total cases for 13 January 2021 Percentage total Eastern Cape 183594 14,4 Free State 68142 5,3 Gauteng 346482 27,1 KwaZulu-Natal 264532 20,7 Limpopo 41847 3,3 Mpumalanga 48447 3,8 North...

53% of adults want schools closed until Covid-19 situation improves –...

As the country intensifies its fight against Covid-19‚ a survey conducted by the University of Johannesburg (UJ) has revealed that the majority of people...

Newborn dad’s desperate dash for baby formula ends in curfew arrest

A father from Centurion was arrested for rushing to a nearby hospital during curfew hours to buy formula milk for his newborn baby. His lawyer,...

Covid-19 peaks could overwhelm capabilities of health facilities: expert

ERNEST MABUZA The problem facing SA is preventing a surge in the number of Covid-19 infections which could overwhelm hospitals in Gauteng, a health and...

More than 7,000 arrested since December for not wearing masks: Bheki...

STAFF REPORTER About 7,500 people have been arrested for not wearing a mask and over 800 for liquor-related infringements since lockdown level 3 began 16...

Using ivermectin for Covid-19 is risky and unethical, say government advisers

TAMAR KAHN The use of ivermectin for preventing or treating Covid-19 is “risky and unethical” as there is insufficient evidence to show it is safe...

Covid-19 – Amended regulations in a nutshell

From National Employers Association of South Africa (Neasa) This is the latest news from Neasa following the President's address at last evening's Familly Meeting: The President,...

Schools could turn into Covid-19 ‘super-spreaders’, says teachers’ union

NONKULULEKO NJILO The reopening of schools later this month may lead to a spike in Covid-19 infections, a teachers' union said on Monday as it...

Vaccine won’t give us herd immunity this year, say experts

JANE WARDELL The rollout of coronavirus vaccines in many countries will not provide herd immunity from the global pandemic this year, several health experts said...

Land borders shut, alcohol ban remains in new Covid restrictions

GENEVIEVE QUINTAL President Cyril Ramaphosa announced minimal changes to the country’s coronavirus strategy even as he sounded the alarm about an acceleration in infections and...

Jackson Mthembu is fourth cabinet member to come down with Covid-19

Jackson Mthembu has tested positive for Covid-19, he confirmed on Monday. Mthembu, the minister in the presidency, was tested on Monday “after showing some symptoms”. “As...

Alcohol ban remains as lockdown level 3 extended: Cyril Ramaphosa

The country will remain on lockdown level 3, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday night. Ramaphosa was addressing the nation after a spike in Covid-19...

Families warned not to exhume Covid-19 corpses despite deceased appearing in...

Because of traditional and religious beliefs, some Eastern Cape families are defying Covid-19 regulations by exhuming the corpses of those who died of the...

Grade 12 exam marking extended as marker dies‚ some withdraw due...

The department of basic education has extended the marking of grade 12 exam papers due to a shortage of markers after some withdrew or...

Cyril calls for another Family Meeting tonight

President Ramaphosa to address the nation on developments in SA’s Covid-19 response President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to hold another family meeting this evening, reportedly...

Get off the beaches, and start queuing: Government accused of double...

BOBBY JORDAN The government has chased everybody off the beaches, but insists they queue up to renew their car licence discs. The contradiction makes no sense...

SA’s total Covid-19 death toll climbs to 33,163

STAFF REPORTER SA recorded 339 deaths related to Covid-19 on Sunday night, bringing the country’s total death toll to 33,163 Health minister Zweli Mkhize said the...

SA hits new Covid-19 infection record with 21,980 new cases in...

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Friday that 616 deaths had been recorded in the past day. SA recorded its worst day for Covid-19...

Citizens won’t be forced to take Covid-19 vaccine – Zweli Mkhize

MAWANDE AMASHABALALA The government will not force anyone to take the Covid-19 vaccine. That was the message from health minister Zweli Mkhize, who briefed parliament's portfolio...

Subsidised vaccine rollout to cost medical schemes as much as R7bn

CAROL PATON Discovery Health anticipates that it will cost an upper limit of R7bn for medical schemes to fund Covid-19 vaccines for 7.1-million of their...

SA’s two biggest pharmacies plan to offer Covid-19 vaccines

REUTERS South Africa's two biggest pharmacy chains Clicks Group and Dis-Chem Pharmacies said they plan to offer Covid-19 shots at their stores and provide storage...

SA to get first million doses of Covid-19 vaccine this month

MAWANDE AMASHABALALA Health minister Zweli Mkhize on Thursday announced that the country will receive its first million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine this month. Mkhize was...

Sports world mourns Mluleki George‚ ‘distinguished and decorated anti-apartheid icon’

The SA Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has remembered the late Mluleki George as a “distinguished and decorated anti-apartheid icon”. George‚ who held numerous...

Madonsela weighs in on Covid-19 vaccine rollout: ‘We should be concerned‚...

Former public protector Thuli Madonsela says government should not put all its hopes on a Covid-19 cure‚ and instead emphasis prevention to fight the...

Garden Route beaches to remain closed as DA loses court battle

The DA has lost its court bid to overrule the government's decision to close Garden Route beaches for the December holidays. The Western Cape High Court...

SA approaches 25,000 Covid-19 deaths, with 216 in 24 hours

There were 8,789 cases confirmed in 24 hours, at a positivity rate of 24.5% SA’s death toll climbed to just shy of 25,000 Covid-19 related...

‘Stop playing around, flirting with Malema’: DA MPs hit back at...

Finance minister Tito Mboweni recently tweeted himself into hot water when he accused DA “loud mouths” of spreading misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine, saying...

Covid-19 surge and trauma patients put Western Cape hospitals under ‘severe...

Hospitals across the Western Cape were under “severe pressure” on Sunday due to a sharp increase in patients with severe Covid-19. The provincial health department...

Nelson Mandela Bay’s daily infections declining

Nelson Mandela Bay has shown a slight drop in the rate of new daily infections, with  mayor Nqaba Bhanga cautiously optimistic about the metro's...

Policing of Eastern Cape beaches not possible

Buffalo City mayor Xola Pakati is not 100% sure why the metro has not been declared a Covid-19 hotspot, but he suspects it has...

Eastern Cape and Garden Route beaches closed for festive season

Eastern Cape and Garden Route beaches will be closed for about three weeks this festive season starting from Wednesday. This was announced by President Cyril...

Ramaphosa clamps down on gatherings and alcohol sales as he tightens...

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday tightened up national Covid-19 restrictions, including on alcohol sales and large gatherings. The restrictions kick in from midnight, he said. Of...

Date and time confirmed: Cyril Ramaphosa to address SA at 8pm

President Cyril Ramaphosa's latest speech to the nation will take place at 8pm, the presidency confirmed on Monday. The address would be on “developments in...

Covid-19 surge: Ramaphosa to address SA on Monday

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Monday, December 14, 2020 about the government's response to the second wave of Covid-19 infections in...

BREAKING | Eastern Cape health MEC Gomba tests positive for Covid-19

Eastern Cape health MEC Sindiswa Gomba has tested positive for Covid-19. Provincial health department spokesperson Siyanda Manana said  Gomba's Covid-19 results came back on Sunday. "The...

Choose between life and death this Christmas, Mkhize tells SA

South Africans must choose between life and “sickness or death” as the country faces a devastating second wave of Covid-19 infections, health minister Zweli...

‘Serious concern’ as 8,100 new Covid-19 cases recorded in 24 hours

SA recorded more than 8,100 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, along with 173 fatalities. “We wish to reiterate our plea to South...

‘Arrest them!’: Cele tells police to crack whip on those flouting...

Police minister Bheki Cele on Thursday said people found to be flouting Covid-19 safety protocols must be arrested. He was speaking to police while kicking...

The Covid-19 second wave is here, confirms Zweli Mkhize

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Wednesday that there were 6,079 new Covid-19 cases reported over the past 24 hours Health minister Dr Zweli...

More than 1‚500 business directors benefited from Covid-19 social grants

More than 1‚500 directors of companies that do business with the state also benefited from the state's welfare grants meant for the poor. “The matter...

BREAKING | Covid-19 claims the life of BCM deputy mayor

Buffalo City Metro (BCM) deputy mayor Zoliswa Matana has died of Covid-19 related complications. Her death on Wednesday morning was confirmed by mayor Xola...

Prof Salim Abdool Karim calls for legal action against super-spreader event...

One of the SA health experts involved in the fight against Covid-19‚ Prof Salim Abdool Karim‚ has lamented the impact of super-spreading events like...

Two top Eastern Cape cops succumb to Covid-19

Provincial head of the operational command centre Brigadier Melikaya Ngodi and war room commander Colonel Makaya Marwanqa both died due to Covid-19 related complications...

Sassa says unsuccessful R350 grant applicants have until February to appeal...

Sassa has announced that applicants for the social relief of distress grants have until February to appeal against the rejection of their applications. On...