Five Newsworthy Things in SA 27th July 2021:

News in South Africa 27th July: 1. Vaccines not rushed but necessary: The Department of Health says the decision to open up vaccines for those aged 18 to 34 was not a rushed one, and it will not overwhelm the system. People will also be able to present themselves at a vaccination site without an […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 23rd July 2021:

News in South Africa 23rd July: 1. Covid-19 Third wave peak passed: Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi says that indications point to South Africa having passed the peak of a third Covid-19 wave. Kubayi said in a media briefing on Friday morning (23 July), that while this is welcome news, there are still concerns that the […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 22nd July 2021:

News in South Africa 22nd July: 1. More vaccinations through medical aid: The latest data on South Africa’s vaccine rollout shows that more people with medical aid are getting the vaccine than those without – with 18% of medical aid members already receiving the shot, versus 6% of those without. The department says this is […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 21st July 2021:

News in South Africa 21st July: 1. Environmental damage from riots: Following the recent violent events, authorities are dealing with another crisis – the short- and long-term impact on the environment. For more than seven days, chaos broke out in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal when looters ransacked businesses and other entities. But others took their sinister […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 20th July 2021:

News in South Africa 20th July: 1. Life expectancy has declined: Life expectancy in South Africa has declined for the first time in almost two decades due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has prompted a 34% rise in adult deaths in 2021. The Total Life Expectancy (LE) at birth has dropped by 3.5 years, with […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 19th July 2021:

News in South Africa 19th July:  1. Looting damages excessive: It is not yet clear just how extensive the destruction of particularly retail and warehouse property and the looting of stock in the unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng was. On Friday night (July 16), President Cyril Ramaphosa referenced “preliminary reports compiled by NatJoints [the National […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 9th July 2021:

News in South Africa 9th July: 1. Vaccine rollout age range now at 35 – 49: Acting health minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has announced a major boost to South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination plans, with vaccines now being made available to more age groups and on weekends. In a media briefing on Friday morning (9 July), Kubayi-Ngubane […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 8th July 2021:

News in South Africa 8th July: 1. SA death numbers rising: The Western Cape has warned to brace for rising death numbers in the province, while Gauteng has recorded its deadliest week on record amid a third wave of Covid-19 infections, driven by the Delta variant, with just more than 4 800 deaths from natural […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 7th July 2021:

News in South Africa 7th July: 1. PPE corruption investigations halted: Briefings on investigations into various cases of PPE corruption and other Covid-related contracts had to be put on hold this week. The report on the health department’s dodgy R150-million Digital Vibes tender, which benefited Health Minister Zweli Mkhize but then got him put on special leave, […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 6th July 2021:

News in South Africa 6th July: 1. Covid cases take a downturn: The rolling seven-day average of daily infections in Gauteng has shown a downward turn – though scientists say it is too early to celebrate, and the decline would have to continue for several days before it can be considered a trend. The Council […]

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