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CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update
27 January 2021, 5:30 AM

COVID-19 cases continue to surge around the globe.

South Africa has recorded 6 041 new coronavirus cases bringing the total number of cases to 1 423 578.  In a statement released on Tuesday evening, the Health Department has also reported 680 more COVID-19 related deaths.

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LIVE: [WARNING: GRAPHIC SEXUAL CONTENT]: CRL Rights Commission hearings
25 January 2021, 10:25 AM

The CRL Rights Commission is holding investigative hearings into allegations of rape and financial exploitation that are said to have taken place at the Inter Heaven Fellowship Church.

Live proceedings below:

VIDEO: Memorial service for late Minister Jackson Mthembu
25 January 2021, 10:24 AM

The late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu’s memorial service at the Government Communication and Information System Auditorium in Hatfield, Pretoria.

Mthembu was laid to rest on Sunday.

Live proceedings below:

VIDEO: State Capture Inquiry
25 January 2021, 10:00 AM

Former Chairperson of the High-Level Review Panel into the State Security Agency (SSA), Sydney Mufamadi will testify at the State Capture Commission on Monday.

The hearings resume after Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo completed his isolation period after he was exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month.

Live proceedings below:

SA on track to receive COVID-19 vaccines on agreed-upon date: Mkhize
25 January 2021, 9:34 AM

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says South Africa is on track to receive COVID-19 vaccines on the agreed-upon date.

The country expects 1,5 million doses from India’s Serum Institute at the end of January.

Mkhize says government is negotiating for another batch of vaccines from various manufacturers.

” I did say it will be arriving in January. The real challenge is the day to day changes with signatures but we are assured of the date we have agreed upon. As soon as the vaccines come, we will then start the vaccination programme in February. Our plans are on course, that we will be able to take our health workers through on that programme. We are anticipating a million and next month we are expecting another 500 000. The rest of the dosages will be announced once the agreements are confirmed.”

Minister Mkhize gives clarity on vaccine procurement:

SABC News breaks down the South African government’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout strategy as the country gets ready to receive 1 million doses.

EXPLAINER: South Africa’s vaccine rollout plan:

Possibility of a new tax to fund vaccine

If a “wealth tax” is to become a reality in South Africa, it’s likely to affect people whose assets are worth more than R3.6-million. That’s according to economist – Lavan Gopaul, who was discussing the likelihood of a new tax to assist government’s efforts in trying to procure COVID-19 vaccines.

Even though National Treasury says there is enough money for these vaccines, they have not ruled out the possibility of a tax hike.

Gopaul says given the country’s poor financial situation, government may even have to borrow more money from local and international banks.

He adds, “That extra wealth tax would range from about 3% from the initial bracket, going all the way up to 7% for people whose wealth exceeds R119 million. Any lending or borrowing that is undertaken by government is now at a higher rate than previously. It may end up being a blend of some borrowing and some increases as far as the SA government goes. ”

SA’s latest COVID-19 stats:

South Africa has reported 1 412 986 coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic and over 40 000 COVID-19 related deaths.

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