Five Newsworthy Things in SA 3rd August 2021:

News in South Africa 3rd August: 1. Social distance confusion in schools: There is widespread confusion among primary schools over the newly announced social distancing protocols, which suggest that pupils be kept at least 1 metre apart in classrooms, as they return to full-time learning. The protocol was hastily changed over the weekend, as schools […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 23rd June 2021:

News in South Africa 23rd June: 1. Weekend vaccinations low: As South Africa continues with its vaccination strategy, a glaring hole in the numbers shows up over the weekend, where only a few thousand people are vaccinated on Saturdays and Sundays compared to the tens of thousands every other day in the week. According to […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 17th June 2021:

News in South Africa 17th June: 1. New Lockdown regulations: President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa’s lockdown regulations will be tightened as the country grapples with a third Covid-19 wave. In a national address on Tuesday evening (15 June), the president said that the country will move to a level 3 lockdown from […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 13th May 2021:

News in South Africa 13th May: 1. Economy cannot survive another lockdown: Businesses have warned that South Africa’s economy cannot afford stricter lockdown measures, after reports of health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize confirming that the country is “For all intents and purposes…in a third-wave”. The minister this week remarked that several areas in the country […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 7th May 2021:

News in South Africa 7th May: 1. Comprehensive vaccine plan: President Cyril Ramaphosa said that nearly 3,500 vaccination sites had already been accredited and that the logistics for a comprehensive roll-out campaign were in place. The government aims to vaccinate 67% of the population – more than 40 million adults – by the end of […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 22nd April 2021:

News in South Africa 22nd April: 1. Renewed surge of infections globally: The renewed surge in Covid-19 infections is threatening to further divide the world economy between the rich and poor, potentially damaging overall global growth if the fresh outbreaks spread or if key sources of demand falter. More people were diagnosed with Covid-19 last […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 14th April 2021:

News in South Africa 14th April: 1. Vaccine rollout halted: South Africa’s Covid-19 vaccination plans have hit a new snag. The health ministry decided to halt the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine rollout after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made a similar decision. The FDA reported that six women developed blood clots after […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 25th March 2021:

News in South Africa 25th March: 1. Repo rate decision today: The Reserve Bank is expected to make a rates announcement today, with expectations that rates will be held at current levels of 3.5%. Yesterday, CPI inflation for February came in at 2.9% – below the bank’s target zone, and the lowest rate since June […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 23rd March 2021:

News in South Africa 23rd March: 1. Government vaccine rollout too slow: The private sector is getting impatient with government’s slow rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine, with many attempting – and failing – to secure their own doses for employees and their families, meeting with a lot of red tape. Government has managed to only […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 16th March 2021:

News in South Africa 16th March: 1. Eskom owed R35.2bil by government: Eskom said municipalities owed it R35.2 billion and it wanted its money. The power utility presented the state of its systems at Megawatt Park on Monday. CEO Andre de Ruyter said illegal connections also threaten to cause explosions and fires due to overloading. “As […]

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