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DA asks Parliament's speaker to reconsider urgent debate on SA's Covid-19 vaccine plan

5th January 2021 The Democratic Alliance is lobbying Parliament relentlessly to schedule an urgent debate on the country's Covid-19 vaccination plan. Party chief... 

Ramaphosa calls urgent meeting of National Coronavirus Command Council as death toll rises

5th January 2021 The government's National Coronavirus Command Council is expected to meet on Wednesday morning, setting the stage for yet another announcement on... 

Former CAR President Bozize under investigation for ‘rebellion’

5th January 2021 The Central African Republic (CAR) has launched an investigation into former President Francois Bozize, whom the government accuses of plotting a... 


South African medical insurers may help fund vaccines for broader population

5th January 2021 South African medical-insurance companies, business organiSations and the government are developing a programME in which the private sector will... 

SAA pilot lockout 'indefinite', while backpay dispute raises legal issues, says labour lawyer

5th January 2021 The rescue practitioners of South African Airways can continue with the lockout of pilots as long as it suits them or until the SAA Pilots’... 

ANC KZN summons councillor over Covid-19 misinformation voicenote

5th January 2021 The African National Congress in KwaZulu-Natal has condemned a voicenote from one of its councillors, Sfiso Mngadi, in which he shared conspiracy... 

Pfizer and BioNTech have offered SA discounted Covid-19 vaccines

5th January 2021 Pfizer and BioNTech offered to supply South Africa with their Covid-19 vaccine at a discounted $10 a dose, according to a person familiar with the... 

Covid-19: SA's death toll breaks 30 000 as cases continue to rise

5th January 2021 South Africa breached the 30 000 mark for Covid-19-related deaths on Monday. The Department of Health reported that, with another 434 deaths... 

Mkhize 'caught sleeping in the face of a deadly pandemic', says Cosatu on vaccine rollout

4th January 2021 The Congress of South African Trade Unions has accused Health Minister Zweli Mkhize of "napping in the face of a deadly pandemic" and says it is... 

S Africa Covid variant more infectious than UK strain: Hancock

4th January 2021 British Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said the new Covid-19 variant identified in South Africa is a bigger risk than the highly infectious UK... 

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