Media Monitoring Africa says the Local Government Elections should go ahead as planned with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols.
Media Monitoring Africa Director William Bird says despite the public broadcaster’s financial situation, the SABC managed to deliver overwhelmingly fair election coverage.
Media Monitoring Africa says the media has neglected to investigate and inform the public what the terms and conditions of the Chinese investment in Eskom are.
South Africa reacted with outrage to travel bans, first triggered by the UK, imposed on it in the wake of the news that its genomics surveillance team had detected a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa has been monitoring changes in SARS-CoV-2 since the pandemic first broke out.
The South African government says the United Kingdom was hasty in its decision to put South Africa back on the country’s travel ban list. International Relations Minister, Naledi Pandor says government will engage with British authorities to get them to reconsider their decision.
The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) and Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) have announced that they’ve reached an agreement with Google, Facebook, Twitter and TikTok to fight disinformation or fake news during the local government elections (LGE) and beyond.
South Africa’s over-reliance on coal-fired power plants places the country among the world’s top carbon emitters and does huge damage to the health of its citizens. The country has also struggled to maintain a stable energy supply since 2007. Power cuts are now a regular feature of South African life.
WHO Africa regional director, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, told a virtual media briefing that the Delta variant is now in three of the five countries reporting the highest caseloads for the week ending 27 June.
South Africa has started the second phase of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout. The aim is to vaccinate essential workers, people in congregate settings such as nursing homes, those over 60 years of age and other vulnerable groups.
A study shows that there have been excess deaths following COVID-19 critical care admission in Africa compared with the global average. And that the mortality of critically ill COVID-19 patients in Africa exceeded that of any other region in the world.