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Four killed in Eastern Cape minibus-taxi accident
1 August 2021, 1:36 PM

Police have opened a culpable homicide docket following the death of four people in a crash involving a sedan and a minibus-taxi between Kokstad and Mount Ayliff in the Eastern Cape.

Out of the five occupants that were in the sedan, two men and two women were declared dead on the scene.

One male occupant of the sedan and the minibus-taxi driver sustained injuries and were rushed to Mount Ayliff provincial hospital for medical attention.

Eastern Cape Department of Transport spokesperson Unathi Binqose has urged people to drive cautiously.

People currently infected with COVID-19 cannot get a vaccine: SAHPRA
1 August 2021, 1:26 PM

The South African Health Products Authority (SAHPRA) has reiterated that people currently infected with COVID-19 cannot get a vaccine, saying the shot is only able to create antibodies after the person has recovered.

Over 7.5 million vaccinations have so far been administered nationwide.

SAHPRA’s Chairperson Professor Helen Rees says people must get informed about the vaccine.

“If you are nervous, go and talk to people. I know a lot of people are nervous. Go and speak to the nurses. You don’t have to vaccinate on day one, go and get more information. But please have the vaccine.”

Rees adds: “If you have symptoms of COVID-19 we don’t want to vaccinate you and you are actually infected with COVID-19. The importance is that if you do have symptoms at all, you must let the healthcare provider know and if you need to have a COVID-19 test they will advise you.”

South Africa has recorded 12 418 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24-hours, taking total infections to 2 447 454.

Three hundred and 34 deaths have been reported, bringing the total to 72 013 deaths.

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Meanwhile, Acting Health Minister Mamoloko Kubayi says the donation of 5.6 million doses of Pfizer vaccines from the US will go a long way in ramping up the vaccination programme in the country.

The first batch of the donation arrived on Saturday night at the OR Tambo International Airport.

The donation is part of the first 25 million doses the US will donate to Africa and comes after a bilateral meeting between US President Joe Biden and President Cyril Ramaphosa on the sidelines of the G7 meeting in June.

Gauteng’s Grade 1 and 8 online applications to open on August 10
1 August 2021, 12:19 PM

The Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, says the 2022 applications for Grade 1 and Grade 8 learners will be conducted in two phases.

Lesufi says online applications will officially open on August 10. Grade 8 applications will be between August 10 until September 3.

Speaking during a virtual media briefing, Lesufi says applications for Grade 1 learners will open from September 13 until October 8.

“The first phase will open on the 10th August and close on 3rd September 2021 at midnight. The 2nd phase will commence on the 13th September at 8AM and will close on the 8th October at midnight. The placement of phase 1 will happen between 15th October and 30th November and phase two between November 15th and November 30th”

The second phase which will commence on the 13th of September will open for grade 1 applications as well as grade 8 applicants who aren’t in the department’s system. These include those who aren’t from the province as well as those from private and independent schools.

Placements will take place between 15th October and November 30th. Gauteng Education MEC, Panyaza Lesufi says there’ll be 47 walk-in centres across the province to assist those without access to the internet.

Below is Lesufi’s media address:

 

Cambodia to mix vaccines as booster shots to fight COVID
1 August 2021, 11:01 AM

Cambodia will begin offering a booster shot against COVID-19, switching between the AstraZeneca and Chinese COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, launching the vaccination campaign for 12-17 years old, said on Sunday that the third dose will be offered to between 500 000 to one million frontline workers as a priority.

“People who have already been vaccinated with Sinopharm and Sinovac should be given AstraZeneca as the third booster dose,” Hun Sen said in a speech that was broadcast on social media.

“For Cambodians who have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca, Sinovac should be given as the third dose,” he added.

Hun Sen also said the country will purchase more AstraZeneca vaccines through Covax for the booster shots and the recent US-funded Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be used to vaccinate indigenous peoples in northeastern Cambodia.

Cambodia has launched a lockdown in eight provinces bordering Thailand this week in a bid to prevent the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said this week that the Delta variant has been detected amongst migrants returning from Thailand through land borders and is now in the local community.

“We are racing against new variants. We must act today, and we must act fast to have no regrets tomorrow,” said Li Ailan, WHO Representative to Cambodia, in a statement on Saturday.

Cambodia managed to largely contain the virus for most of last year, but an outbreak first detected in late February has driven up total cases to 77 919, with 1 420 deaths.

Acting Judge of the High Court in Mpumalanga Lutendo Sigogo has passed away
1 August 2021, 10:24 AM

Acting Judge of the High Court in Mpumalanga and a member of the Judicial Service Commission, Lutendo Sigogo, has passed away due to COVID-19 complications.

Forty-nine-year-old Sigogo died at a hospital in Polokwane on Saturday. Sigogo also served as President of the Black Lawyers Association.

Family spokesperson Lindelani Sigogo says they are sad and still in shock.

“Yesterday morning (Saturday) we received the sad news that our beloved brother Lutendo Benedict Sigogo was called by God. He passed on at Medi Clinic hospital in Polokwane with COVID-19 complications where he was admitted for the past week. He is survived by his wife and five children. As the family, we are still reeling with pain and shock.”

South Africa has recorded 12 418 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24-hours, taking total infections to 2 447 454.

Three-hundred and 34 deaths have been reported, bringing the total to 72 013 deaths.

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