Five Newsworthy Things in SA 14th September 2021:

News in South Africa 14th September: 1. No deaths from vaccine side effects: The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) and the Department of Health (DoH) claimed in a webinar on Monday that no one in South Africa has died as a direct result of receiving a Covid-19 vaccine to date. However, Sahpra says […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 26th August 2021:

News in South Africa 26th August: 1. Vaccines and purchasing alcohol: The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has dismissed a proposal that Covid-19 vaccinations should be a requirement for purchasing alcohol, warning that it is not a viable option for South Africa. The industry body said that it supports public education and awareness efforts to […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 25th August 2021:

News in South Africa 25th August: 1. One third of South Africans unemployed: South Africa’s headline unemployment rate hit a record high of 34.4% in the second quarter from 32.6% in the first three months of the year as businesses shed staff due to the devastating economic impact of Covid-19. The rate was the highest […]

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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 25th May 2021:

News in South Africa 25th May: 1. Gupta looting at R50b so far: Appearing before the Zondo Commission on Monday, investigator Paul Holden meticulously laid out the flow of money from government entities to the Guptas’ money laundering apparatus. Almost R50bn can be traced through invoices and bank statements – but, warned Holden, the true […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 3rd February 2021:

News in South Africa 3rd February: 1. Calls for transparency with vaccine tenders: The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) has sent a letter to the ministers of health and finance calling for open tender processes for the storage and distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine. The committee has requested the two ministers in the letter […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 2nd February 2021:

News in South Africa 2nd February: 1. SA Lockdown measures relaxed: South African lockdown measures have been relaxed as the country records its lowest number of daily infections since the start of December. Ramaphosa announced the country would remain on an adjusted Level 3 with the sale of alcohol, among other things, being permitted. “In fact, […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 14th January 2021:

News in South Africa 14th January: 1. Wasteful expenditure in hospitals: Investigations are raising questions around possible wasteful spending or corrupt spending regarding Gauteng’s field hospitals and building capacity for Covid-19 patients – which has simply not materialised. Gauteng Premier David Makhura has reported that since June 2020 Gauteng has created 2,419 new critical-care and […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 13th January 2021:

News in South Africa 13th January: 1. Anti-vaxxers spread unfounded fears: Fake news about the coronavirus has become a problem on social media. Professor, Salim Abdool Karim, Chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19, says people need to stop fearmongering around the vaccine. He says while no one will be forced to take it, […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 31st December 2020:

News in South Africa 31st December: 1. Zero tolerance for lockdown rule-breakers: The country’s security forces stepped up checks in Johannesburg streets on Tuesday evening, under orders to implement what the authorities called a “zero-tolerance approach” to violators. The restrictions wind back the clock to the early months of the coronavirus pandemic in South Africa. […]

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