Five Newsworthy Things in SA 19th May 2022:

News in South Africa 19th May: 1. South African satellite developing: South Africa is moving ahead with a plan to develop a communication satellite, Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies Khumbudzo Ntshavheni said on Wednesday.  Satellites are used to relay signals used for telecommunications, broadcasting, weather forecasting, navigation, scientific research and earth observation. Ntshavheni, who took over […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 20th April 2022:

News in South Africa 20th April: 1. National state disaster extended: Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says the government plans to keep its latest national state of disaster in place for a period of at least three months to assist those impacted by the heavy flooding in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 20th January 2022:

News in South Africa 20th January: 1. Vape industry targeted: National Treasury published a discussion paper on the intended taxation of electronic nicotine and non-nicotine delivery systems – vaping products – on December 15 last year, following the heads-up given by the Minister of Finance in the 2021 February Budget. The government had signalled its intention to start […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 11th January 2022:

News in South Africa 11th January: 1. Schooling in 2022 discussed: Representatives of SA’s five teacher unions will be meeting Wits University vaccinology professor Shabir Madhi on Friday to get an update on the Covid-19 pandemic and the implications for schooling. This comes as schools in inland provinces — Gauteng, the Free State, Limpopo, Mpumalanga […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 19th October 2021:

News in South Africa 19th October: 1. School vaccination drive: Gauteng premier David Makhura says his government is working on a programme that will allow children to be vaccinated at schools. “We are going to use the schools as sites for vaccination. We are urging parents to consent. We don’t want to work against parents,” […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 31st August 2021:

News in South Africa 31st August: 1. New Covid variant in SA: Researchers are investigating a new variant with multiple mutations in South Africa. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has reported the identification of a potential variant of interest called C.1.2. The NICD said that the lineage was first found in the country […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 27th August 2021:

News in South Africa 27th August: 1. Anti-vaxxers putting lives at risk: Western Cape provincial health minister Dr Nomafrench Mbombo has lashed out at anti-vaxxers, saying non-expert medical opinions about the Covid-19 vaccines are putting lives at risk by spreading misinformation. She said that vaccination efforts are being undermined by those who believe their opinions […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 2nd August 2021:

News in South Africa 2nd August: 1. Primary schools back in action: Primary schooling is expected to take a step closer to normality as thousands of pupils will return to class on a daily basis from Monday. The decision to allow full attendance of pupils from grades R to 7, as well as learners attending […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 18th June 2021:

News in South Africa 18th June: 1. Teachers next in vaccine rollout: The Health Department said that South Africans could expect the arrival of 300,000 vaccines earmarked for educators on Friday. But the department has also warned that South Africa was in trouble, with all provinces showing an increase in new COVID-19 infections. Acting Minister […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 21st April 2021:

News in South Africa 21st April: 1. Cape Town fires incur massive losses: The University of Cape Town (UCT) is without doubt the greatest victim of the Rhodes Memorial fire, though all staff and students escaped without harm. Western Cape government spokesperson James-Brent Styan said on Tuesday that six buildings on the UCT campus were […]

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