Five Newsworthy Things in SA 10th January 2022:

News in South Africa 10th January: 1. Mandatory vaccines take centre stage: Mandatory vaccination policies have taken centre stage in the tertiary education sector as thousands of pupils and staff at these institutions prepare for the start of the 2022 academic year. The University of Western Cape’s (UWC) Student Representative Council (SRC) said anxiety among […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 31st December 2021:

News in South Africa 31st December: 1. New lockdown level 1 rules: President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet has approved new adjusted level 1 lockdown rules for South Africa. In a statement on Thursday (30 December), the presidency said that this will include the lifting of the country’s evening curfew which has been in place since March […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 30th December 2021:

News in South Africa 30th December: 1. Double J&J cuts Omicron hospital stays: Two doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine slashed hospitalisations caused by the omicron variant in South Africa by up to 85%, a critical finding since the shot is being increasingly relied upon across the continent, researchers said.  The results are a […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 24th December 2021:

News in South Africa 24th December: 1. Vaccine boosters approved: The Department of Health has approved the implementation of Covid-19 vaccine booster doses for those who have received their initial series of Johnson and Johnson or Pfizer vaccines. In a WhatsApp statement released by the department, it outlined the rollout as follows: From 24 December 2021, […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 9th December 2021:

News in South Africa 9th December: 1. Infection rate accelerating: On Wednesday, South Africa’s fourth wave of coronavirus infections overtook the peak of the first wave, as the Omicron variant spreads far and fast. The 19,842 new cases added to the national tally on Wednesday is the highest one-day number since July this year, when […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 30th November 2021:

News in South Africa 30th November: 1. Mandatory vaccines coming: As the government moves to consult and investigate vaccine mandates amid calls from businesses and other groups that they are implemented as soon as possible, legal opinions are coming around how viable such mandates could be in the eyes of the law. Legal experts believe […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 25th October 2021:

News in South Africa 25th October: 1. New lockdown level 1 regulations: The government has gazetted updated regulations for South Africa’s adjusted level 1 lockdown, including changes for schools and transport. The changes include the relaxation of restrictions for air travel and updated regulations around school gatherings, sports, and extra-curricular activities. The changes are outlined […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 22nd October 2021:

News in South Africa 22nd October: 1. No target set for child vaccinations: Health Minister Joe Phaahla said they had not set a target for teenagers they would like to see vaccinated against COVID-19 because adults still remained the priority. Phaahla made the comments at the OR Tambo Health Centre in Diepsloot on Thursday where […]

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Five Newsworthy Things in SA 20th October 2021:

News in South Africa 20th October: 1. Teens can now get vaccinated: The Health Department said that it was expecting a significant number of parents and guardians to take their children to vaccine sites after school on Wednesday to get their Pfizer jabs. It is the first day that 12- to 17-year-olds qualify for a […]

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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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