SABC alerts public about analogue switch off

12 May 2021, 8:00 PM
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) is alerting the public via a scrolling message which is appearing on its television channels, SABC 1, 2 and 3, broadcast through analogue transmitters, about the impending analogue switch off and the need to change to alternative digital technologies for viewing.
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SA records 2 759 new COVID-19 cases, 72 deaths 12 May 2021, 10:50 PM

South Africa has recorded 2 759 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 602 031.

Government to step up COVID-19 vaccination efforts: Mabuza 12 May 2021, 7:07 PM

Deputy President David Mabuza says government intends to step up the pace of vaccinations during phase two of the rollout plan with doses of the Pfizer and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

Case numbers in Vaal approaching COVID-19 third wave threshold: Experts 12 May 2021, 6:50 PM

The number of new COVID-19 cases is increasing at an alarming rate in Emfuleni on the Vaal. Health experts are worried that case numbers are approaching the third-wave threshold.

SA forging ahead with plans to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines: Mabuza 12 May 2021, 6:10 PM

Deputy President David Mabuza says the country is forging ahead with plans to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines locally.

India’s COVID deaths cross quarter million mark, no sign of peak 12 May 2021, 8:06 AM

India said on Wednesday a record number of people were killed by the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, pushing its overall death toll over a quarter million, while a leading virologist said it was too early to say if infections had reached a peak.

CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 12 May 2021, 5:47 AM

The cumulative number of COVID-19-related cases identified in South Africa stands at 1 594 817 with 2 191  new cases reported. Thirty seven new COVID-19 deaths were also reported, which brings the total to 54 724.

Magnitude 5.8 quake hits south of Philippine capital, no damage expected 12 May 2021, 4:26 AM

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 struck south of the Philippine capital early on Wednesday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said.

Samsung BioLogics denies report on Pfizer vaccine production 12 May 2021, 2:29 AM

Samsung BioLogics Co Ltd on Wednesday said a report it was in talks with Pfizer Inc to begin production of the US drug-maker's COVID-19 vaccine in South Korea as early as in August was "not factual."

Samsung BioLogics to produce Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine – Report 12 May 2021, 1:56 AM

Samsung BioLogics Co Ltd is in talks with Pfizer Inc to begin production of the US drug-maker's COVID-19 vaccine in South Korea as early as in August, a South Korean newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Pfizer asks UK regulator to approve vaccine for teenagers 12 May 2021, 1:46 AM

Pfizer Inc has submitted data on its COVID-19 vaccine among 12- to 15-year olds to Britain's health regulator, a company spokesperson said on Tuesday, paving the way for its authorisation to inoculate children in the country.

Brazil suspends use of AstraZeneca vaccine in pregnant women nationally after death 12 May 2021, 12:50 AM

Brazil’s federal government on Tuesday nationally suspended the vaccination of pregnant women with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 shot, after an expectant mother in Rio de Janeiro died from a stroke possibly related to the inoculation.

‘Do you want Tesla to accept Doge?’ Musk asks Twitter users 11 May 2021, 10:55 PM

Billionaire Elon Musk and cryptocurrency aficionado on Tuesday asked his 54 million followers on Twitter “Do you want Tesla to accept Doge?,” referring to a digital currency worth roughly 48 cents with no real-world use.

SA records 1 548 new COVID-19 cases, 71 deaths 11 May 2021, 10:35 PM

South Africa has recorded 1 548 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 599 272.

Explainer: Why all the fuss over falling debris from China’s most powerful rocket? 11 May 2021, 9:22 PM

China launched into orbit the first piece of a permanent space station using its most powerful rocket in April, but international focus has fallen instead on the re-entry of debris which critics say has been shrouded in secrecy.

INFOGRAPHIC | South Africa’s phase one vaccine roll-out progress 11 May 2021, 8:56 PM

South Africa's COVID-19 vaccine first phase roll-out plan has reached just over three-hundred and ninety-five thousand health workers as at 10 May 2021.

EU says willing to give AstraZeneca more time for vaccine deliveries 11 May 2021, 11:52 AM

The European Union is willing to see its COVID-19 vaccine contract with AstraZeneca fulfilled three months later than agreed, providing the company delivers 120 million doses by the end of June, a lawyer representing the bloc said on Tuesday.

Explainer: What we know about the variant in India as coronavirus sweeps South Asia 11 May 2021, 10:05 AM

Scientists are studying what led to the unexpected surge, and particularly whether a variant of the novel coronavirus first detected in India is to blame. The variant, named B.1.617, has been reported in 17 countries, raising global concern.  Here are the basics. 

SA records 1 129 new COVID-19 cases, 90 deaths 11 May 2021, 12:03 AM

South Africa has recorded 1 129 new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the past 24-hours, bringing the total number of cases to 1 597 724.

Prof Karim warns of possibility of new COVID-19 variant emerging 10 May 2021, 7:05 PM

Renowned epidemiologist Professor Salim Abdool Karim says despite isolated cases of new variants of COVID-19 being detected in South Africa, he is more concerned about the possibility of a new local variant emerging during a third wave.

Water Day Zero fast approaching for Eastern Cape municipality 10 May 2021, 5:30 PM

Residents of Kouga municipality have begun to feel the pinch of the drought as they now experience water cuts almost the whole day.

Vaccines should be ‘a global public good’: Ramaphosa 10 May 2021, 12:06 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on civil society organisations to mobilise international support for wider access to technologies needed to produce vaccines and medicines.

SA should remain on high alert over circulating COVID-19 variants: Mlisana 10 May 2021, 9:33 AM

Ministerial Advisory Committee Co-chairperson, Koleka Mlisana, says South Africa should remain on high alert regarding the coronavirus variants circulating both in the country and abroad.  

‘India could see 1 million COVID-19 deaths by August’ 10 May 2021, 8:18 AM

India could see one million COVID-19 deaths by August 1. The terrifying prediction of United States (US) researchers published by Lancet has spread disquiet.

Australia’s New South Wales reports zero COVID-19 cases, fears remain over missing link 10 May 2021, 7:05 AM

Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state reported zero COVID-19 cases for a fourth straight day on Monday, but concerns about new infections remained as the missing link in a case that has reinstated restrictions continued to elude officials. 

David Attenborough named COP26 People’00s Advocate ahead of key climate summit 10 May 2021, 2:16 AM

Britain has tasked naturalist David Attenborough with inspiring action to tackle the issue of climate change as its People's Advocate ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November in Glasgow, Scotland.

COVID-19 infection rate over the past week in Gauteng a cause for concern: Dr Suliman 9 May 2021, 9:15 PM

Senior Researcher at the  Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Dr Ridhwaan Suliman says there has been a sharp increase in positive coronavirus cases in South Africa in the last two weeks and people must continue to adhere to protocols to prevent a major resurgence of the virus.

EU has not ordered AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June: Commissioner 9 May 2021, 7:00 PM

 The European Union has not made anynew orders for AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June whentheir contract ends, European Internal Market CommissionerThierry Breton said on Sunday, after the EU signed a deal withPfizer-BioNTech.

Travel restrictions need to be balanced after COVID-19 variants detected in SA 9 May 2021, 1:50 PM

The Acting Executive Director for the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), Professor Adrian Puren, says COVID-19 travel restrictions need to be balanced with the need to grow the economy.

Rockets
Chinese rocket debris lands in Indian Ocean, draws criticism from NASA 9 May 2021, 9:21 AM

Remnants of China's biggest rocket landed in the Indian Ocean on Sunday, with most of its components destroyed upon re-entry into the atmosphere, ending days of speculation over where the debris would hit but drawing US criticism over lack of transparency.

Chinese rocket debris set for re-entry by early Sunday 9 May 2021, 3:17 AM

Remnants of China's largest rocket launched last week are expected to plunge back through the atmosphere late Saturday or early Sunday, European and US tracking centres said on Saturday.