Friday, April 16, 2021

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...

Answers to 10 common fears concerning vaccines

CLAIRE KEETON People fear Covid-19. But many South Africans are also scared of the vaccines that have been proved to offer protection against the virus....

SA’s first batch of Covid-19 vaccines will be here on February...

  Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Wednesday night that 1 million doses of the vaccine — from the Serum Institute of India (SII)...

Organisation calls for lifting of ban on gatherings, says religion is...

ERNEST MABUZA Freedom of Religion SA (For SA) has approached the high court in Johannesburg on an urgent basis to ask that government’s indefinite ban...

Open the beaches and let the wine flow, Winde pleads with...

Thousands of jobs and billions of rand are haemorrhaging from the Western Cape’s economy, premier Alan Winde said on Tuesday as he called for...

Vets ask to be included in vaccine roll-out

The South African Veterinary Association (SAVA) has called on government to include veterinarians in the current Covid-19 vaccination roll-out plan. According to SAVA, Regulation 43148...

Bheki Cele orders top cop probe into Mpumalanga premier mask slip

Police minister Bheki Cele has ordered an investigation into the circumstances around Mpumalanga premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane not wearing a mask at the funeral of...

Givers’ gift PPE, theatre scrubs to frontline workers

As part of their ongoing efforts to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic, NGO Gift of the Givers partnered with Willowton Group to distripute 5,000...

School closures prompt fierce debate

The decision by the department of basic education (DBE) to delay the re-opening of schools until February 15 has been met with heavy debate...

SA Latest Covid-19 Stats – 21 January 2021

As of today the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified on South Africa is 1 380 807 Province Total cases for 21 January 2021 Percentage total Eastern Cape 188891 14,0 Free State 72230 5,3 Gauteng 373096 27,0 KwaZulu-Natal 293013 20,9 Limpopo 51286 3,5 Mpumalanga 56875 3,9 North...

Minister Jackson Mthembu dies of Covid-related complications

Minister in the presidency, Jackson Mthembu, has died of Covid-19 related complications. President Cyril Ramaphosa said in a statement on Thursday that Mthembu died earlier...

Social media hype over unproven Ivermectin is irresponsible, say experts

TANYA FARBER South Africans might be desperate to stop Covid-19 in its tracks, but this does not mean scientific rigour will be forfeited. This is the...

‘If I don’t make it, I love you all’: Mom of...

She will never share a mother and daughter bond. She will never get see her child smile, cry, or hear the words “mommy”. The...

Nelson Mandela Bay Covid cases dropping, recovery rate 94%, says Mabuyane

Is Nelson Mandela Bay still a Covid-19 hotspot? Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane says science will have to provide the answer. Covid-19 cases seem to be...

Don’t call it the ‘SA variant’, scientists and researchers plead

TANYA FARBER A group of South African and international scientists have taken a strong stand against calling 501. V2, the latest variant of SARS-CoV-2 spreading...

Tax increases to pay for Covid-19 vaccine under consideration — report

As the government’s efforts to secure supplies of Covid-19 vaccines find growing success, the Treasury is considering raising taxes as one of several possible...

Don’t be a ‘mampara’, says Solidarity Fund

As 2021 gets underway and the country starts returning to work, the Solidarity Fund is appealing to citizens to not act like “mamparas” by...

Tax increases to pay for Covid-19 vaccine under consideration

STAFF REPORTER As the government’s efforts to secure supplies of Covid-19 vaccines find growing success, the Treasury is considering raising taxes as one of several...

Musicians collaborate on ‘Corona’ to spread the word

Organisers of the SA Music Week (SAMW) have come up with a unique way to encourage citizens to follow proper health and safety measures. They...

Netball SA cancels all events due to Covid-19

In a major blow to the sport, Netball SA announced the suspension of all planned events until further notice due to the increased rate...

‘The money will be there’ — Ramaphosa promises Treasury will have...

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday allayed the fears of many South Africans, saying the Treasury would have the money to fund the much-anticipated Covid-19...

WATCH | Social media in stitches as Malema calls for suspension...

EFF leader Julius Malema left South Africans in stitches on Thursday when he called for the suspension of “mjolo” until the Covid-19 storm is...

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...