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Daily Podcast – February 17, 2021

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Daily Podcast – February 17, 2021

President Cyril Ramaphosa

17th February 2021

By: Sane Dhlamini
Creamer Media Researcher and Writer

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For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.

Making headlines: Ramaphosa, Mkhize vaccinated in Khayelitsha, Corruption Watch looks to enforce police accountability with the launch of Veza tool and, Ebola outbreaks in Africa must be stopped, White House says

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Ramaphosa, Mkhize vaccinated in Khayelitsha

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President Cyril Ramaphosa and Health Minister Zweli Mkhize have received two of the country’s first vaccine shots from the Johnson & Johnson consignment that arrived yesterday.

Ramaphosa and Mkhize were vaccinated at the Khayelitsha District Hospital, in the Western Cape.

They joined health workers in taking the vaccine to show government’s confidence in the vaccine and to allay fears from the general public.

The country has begun rolling out its vaccine programme to health works today as part of its phased approach to the inoculation programme.

 

Corruption Watch looks to enforce police accountability with the launch of Veza tool

To improve policing transparency in South Africa and enforce accountability, civil rights and anti-corruption group Corruption Watch on Wednesday launched the “first of its kind in South Africa” interactive open data tool Veza.

CW head of stakeholder relations and campaigns Kavisha Pillay said this was in response to the many whistle-blower complaints received on police corruption.

The platform allows users to rate and review police stations based on personal experiences, to compare resources of up to four stations, to commend honest and ethical police officers, and to report incidents of corruption and police misconduct that are immediately geo-located through the tool.

It can be accessed at www.veza.org.za

 

Ebola outbreaks in Africa must be stopped, White House says

The Biden administration has said everything possible must be done to stop Ebola outbreaks in the African nations of Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo before they become large epidemics.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said America must ensure capacity and financing for health security worldwide.

Congo in central Africa on Sunday confirmed four cases since September 7 and Guinea in west Africa had seven confirmed cases and three deaths.

 

That’s a roundup of news making headlines today

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