SA’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout will be the most extensive in country’s history: Ramaphosa

25 January 2021, 8:28 AM
In his weekly letter to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa says the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine will be the most ambitious and extensive in the country's history.
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ATM’s decision to table the motion of no confidence in Ramaphosa is premature: Analyst 3 December 2020, 9:49 AM

Political analyst Lukhona Mnguni says the ATM should have waited for the Constitutional Court judgment regarding donations for the CR17 campaign before tabling a motion of no confidence against President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa motion of confidence unlikely to succeed: Analyst 2 December 2020, 8:04 AM

Political analyst Ebrahim Fakir says although the vote of no confidence in President Cyril Ramaphosa comes at a time when he's in a position of vulnerability, it's unlikely to succeed.

COVID-19 worsens Europe’s inequalities in yet another way – the fertility gap 1 December 2020, 10:49 AM

Evidence suggests the coronavirus is deterring would-be parents from conceiving in most of Europe, but especially in the southern countries - from Italy to Greece - where safety nets are weakest and the birth rate was already in strong decline.

SA continues to have largest number of people living with HIV in the world 30 November 2020, 12:57 PM

As we continue our efforts to manage the devastating coronavirus pandemic, we cannot ignore the other public health challenges that our country faces.

Why it’s important to keep diagnosing and treating HIV during the COVID-19 pandemic 30 November 2020, 11:26 AM

The coronavirus pandemic has shifted the projected course of public health resources and existing HIV campaigns.

Extreme heat is a threat to lives in Africa, but it’s not being monitored 27 November 2020, 6:15 AM

Extreme heat is a serious hazard to people’s health. It affects the cardiovascular system and is particularly dangerous for the elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions.

Trump’s legacy in Africa and what to expect from Biden 26 November 2020, 7:50 AM

The Trump administration’s “America First” foreign policy also meant disengaging from its obligations to Africa, which he infamously referred to as “shit-hole countries”.

South Africa, country in crisis will NOT survive with a crippled public broadcaster: Former GCEO 25 November 2020, 11:07 AM

In an open letter to SABC top management, former GCEO of the public broadcaster Wynand Harmse expressed his views on the importance of the organisation in South Africa.

River of bacteria: A South African study pinpoints what’s polluting the water 25 November 2020, 6:01 AM

In 2010, the United Nations recognised access to clean water and sanitation as a fundamental human right. However, over 4.1 billion people around the world, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, still do not have access to this human right.

Bushiri is now protected by UN protocols: Mpho Tsedu 24 November 2020, 4:50 PM

Recent developments regarding the case involving Prophet Sheppard Bushiri and his wife Mary have created a diplomatic nightmare, mainly for the Republic of South Africa. Revelations that the Bushiris were issued with diplomatic passports are fuel in the already raging inferno.

South African researchers are looking at medicinal plants for possible COVID-19 treatments 24 November 2020, 5:41 AM

Medicinal plants are gradually gaining prominence in scientists’ search for potential treatment agents for COVID-19.

From The Desk of the President 23 November 2020, 3:43 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says despite the groundswell of public support for the global campaign of 16 Days of Activism against GBV, we are still, unfortunately, a long way from realising a world free of sexism, discrimination and violence against women and girls.

From The Desk of the President: GBV remains a feature of the lives of millions of women, girls around the world 23 November 2020, 10:25 AM

It is nearly three decades since the United Nations first initiated the global campaign of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.

How South Africans can use their DNA to be good genomic citizens 23 November 2020, 6:00 AM

Recently, local companies like DNAnalysis and Be Happy To Be You have started to offer genetic testing, ranging from ancestry to nutrigenetics (what your genes say you should and should not eat) and health screenings.

South African judge has refused to step down from corruption probe: this was the right call 20 November 2020, 3:46 PM

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, the head of the inquiry into allegations that the South African state was “captured” and repurposed to benefit private interests during former president Jacob Zuma’s tenure (May 2009 to February 2018), has dismissed Zuma’s application for his recusal.

What lies behind the war in Tigray? 19 November 2020, 9:34 PM

At the core of the current war between the Ethiopian central government and the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front is the realignment of politics and the contest for political hegemony.

Ethiopia’s Tigray region has seen famine before: why it could happen again 18 November 2020, 3:03 PM

A new military conflict is sadly unfolding in the Horn of Africa. On November 4th, 2020, a military conflict erupted between the forces of the federal government of Ethiopia and the regional government of Tigray, in the country’s North.

It is time for BRICS to go it alone 17 November 2020, 11:26 AM

BRICS member-states meet today (Tuesday) at a crucial time when the formulation of strategic alliances has become irrefutably of paramount importance.

Kimi Makwetu
South Africa’s Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu: An exceptional and true civil servant 16 November 2020, 5:20 PM

Kimi Makwetu, who passed away on 11 November 2020 after a battle with lung cancer, was the quintessential civil servant who took his job as South Africa’s auditor-general seriously and threw every sinew of his being into it.

Strong leadership fought COVID-19 in Africa: the next step is to harness research 13 November 2020, 3:47 PM

African countries are still reeling from the effect of measures, such as lockdowns, taken to contain the spread of COVID-19. Though painful, they were a vital part of the successful public health response mounted by many African leaders.

Subsidies for South Africa’s minibus taxis must prioritise needs of passengers and cities 12 November 2020, 3:01 PM

South Africa’s Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has confirmed his commitment to implement a new subsidy for the country’s minibus taxi sector. For the first time, he also provided a timeline for the proposal, promising to work with the national treasury and the taxi sector to put the subsidy in place by April 2021.

Affirming the rights of people with disabilities is a Constitutional imperative: Phumla Williams 9 November 2020, 8:59 PM

Issues pertaining to people with disabilities come into sharp focus as South Africa marks National Disability Rights Awareness Month that started from 3 November to 3 December 2020.

Biden wins – experts on what it means for race relations, US foreign policy and the Supreme Court 8 November 2020, 2:26 PM

The American public has had its say and for the first time in a generation denied a sitting president a second term.

Malaria
As the malaria season begins in southern Africa, COVID-19 complicates the picture 7 November 2020, 5:26 PM

Two of the nine global public health awareness days are associated with malaria: World Malaria Day, observed on 25 April, and World Mosquito Day, which commemorates the discovery by Sir Ronald Ross on 20 August 1897 that Anopheles mosquitoes transmit malaria parasites to humans.

Tanzania’s flawed election points to a political class bent on retaining power 4 November 2020, 2:15 PM

Elections are the quintessential arbiter of political contestation within democratic countries. This is a path Tanzania has followed for the past 25 years, since it first held its first multiparty elections in 1995.

Study sheds light on what it takes for women to succeed – or not – in science in Africa 2 November 2020, 2:51 PM

Women are 49.6% of the world’s population. An estimated 70% of the health and social care workforce are women; they deliver care to around 5 billion people. Women are also at the front-line of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic – as health caregivers, researchers, scientists and policymakers.

OPINION | Free the ANC Youth League in honour of Tambo 30 October 2020, 5:50 PM

It was in his 1985 January 8 statement of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) when the late leader of the party, Oliver Reginald Tambo, instructed the youth of South Africa to render the country ungovernable.

INF treaty showed that a world at peace is better than a world at war 27 October 2020, 6:33 AM

Finally, the US has carried out its threat to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, better known as the INF Treaty.

From The Desk of the President: Government focus on public transport 26 October 2020, 8:54 AM

Every day, in every part of the country, millions of our citizens use taxis, buses or trains to get to work, go to school, transport goods or go to centres where they can shop, visit clinics or get social support.

Land reform cannot be tackled with recklessness: BLSA 23 October 2020, 3:27 PM

The issue of land reform needs to be tackled with sensitivity, sensibility and within the full ambit of the law. While we cannot afford to ignore the issue any longer, neither can we tackle it with recklessness.