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14
JAN

Interrogating SA's response to Covid-19

At the end of 2020, South Africa was still in a Level 3 adjusted lockdown over the holiday season with the ban on alcohol sales being announced just days before the end of the year. In a move that has been questioned by some experts, the President also elected to close dams, lagoons, parks and beaches in hotspot areas.

Now looking forward to 2021 and slowly approaching a year since Covid-19 hit South Africa, the latest Presidential address outlined the regulations for the continued Level 3 adjusted lockdown going forward as well as plans to begin to rollout the Covid-19 vaccination strategy.
11
JAN

FULL ADDRESS | Alcohol ban remains as lockdown level 3 extended

The country will remain on lockdown level 3, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday night.Ramaphosa was addressing the nation after a spike in Covid-19 cases since January 1.
He said that nearly 190,000 new infections had been recorded since the start of the year, along with 4,600 Covid-19 related deaths in the same period. Ramaphosa described Covid-19 as a “grave and persistent, deepening crisis” — and said the nation must united to face the challenge.
10
DEC
2020

We're well into second Covid-19 wave, confirms Zweli Mkhize as cases spike

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Wednesday that SA is now in its second wave of Covid-19 infections, with 6,079 new cases reported in the latest 24-hour cycle.

He was speaking after a Covid-19 oversight visit to the Eastern Cape on Wednesday. Mkhize said his team of scientists and modelling experts have concluded that the rapid and exponential increase in different provinces indicates that more caution should be taken to combat the virus.
09
DEC
2020

GDP improves in third quarter as economy opened up

According to the most recent announcements by StatsSA Gross domestic product (GDP) has improved in the third quarter of the year as the economy opened up, increasing at a seasonally adjusted and annualised rate of 66.1% as lockdown restrictions were eased.

Annabel Bishop, Chief Economist at Investec Bank Limited, South Africa who explains how the economy clawed its way back from the harsh decline of a revised 51.7% experienced during the second quarter, which coincided with the most severe levels of lockdown.
07
DEC
2020

Sadtu marshalling its reasons for court challenge on matric exam rewrite

The department of basic education says it will defend any attempt in court by the SA Democratic Teacher's Union (Sadtu) to halt the rewriting of leaked matric exam papers.

The union said in a sternly-worded statement on Saturday that it was considering legal action against the department and Umalusi — the examinations quality assurer — over a decision to have all pupils who wrote the national senior certificate mathematics and physical science papers rewrite them because the question papers were leaked.
05
DEC
2020

Hear that lonesome whistle blow

Hlengiwe Nkabane, a young entrepreneur from the rolling hills of southern KZN, tells Paul Ash about her plans to save a railway that Alan Paton made famous
04
DEC
2020

Zahara opens up

Singer-songwriter Zahara made the BBC Top 100 Women list for her success in the music industry and using her platform to address violence against women. She opens up about her battle with alcohol addiction, details of two attacks in her village of Phumlani in East London and performing for Nelson Mandela.
04
DEC
2020

Cyril puts hotspot Bay in the dry dock, but initiation season will go ahead

Residents of Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape are due to spend the festive season and Christmas under a stricter lockdown as their city became the first to be declared a Covid-19 hotspot.

Those in the neighbouring Garden Route of the Western Cape have been spared for now, despite that area also being flagged among three in the country experiencing a resurgence of Covid-19 infections.
02
DEC
2020

Harrowing cries for help from Durban mom during home invasion

Harrowing cries for help from a Durban mother during a home invasion in Clare Hills, west of Durban, were received by private security respondents in an incident in which a man was shot in the head on Tuesday.

In the voice notes circulated on WhatsApp, the mother could be heard quietly crying for help from the bathroom of her home.

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