Scale of SA’s COVID-19 outbreak warrants more testing: Expert

3 August 2020, 8:36 AM
A Senior Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ridhwaan Suliman, says the scale of the coronavirus outbreak in South Africa has created a demand for more testing.
New rapid TB test developed 19 July 2018, 7:18 PM

Researchers at the University of Cape Town have developed a landmark new rapid test which diagnoses various forms of Tuberculosis (TB) within hours.

Trump slams EU over $5 billion fine on Google 19 July 2018, 6:08 PM

US President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized the European Union and said the bloc was taking advantage of the United States, pointing to the record $5 billion fine European antitrust regulators imposed on Google. 

Facebook cracks down on bogus posts inciting violence 19 July 2018, 6:12 AM

Facebook on Wednesday built on its campaign to prevent the platform from being used to spread dangerous misinformation, saying it will remove bogus posts likely to spark violence.

Men with same-sex partners 28 times more likely to get HIV – U.N. 18 July 2018, 9:34 PM

Men with same-sex sexual partners are 28 times more likely to contract HIV than their heterosexual counterparts despite a radical reduction in new infections among gay men in Western countries.

Project Sunshine lighting the dark in townships 18 July 2018, 12:32 PM

In South Africa, it is common for communities living in impoverished settlements not to have direct access to electricity and water. The same applies to Roodplaat Plot 175 - on the other side of Pretoria in Gauteng. The Butterfly Foundation has since intervened in the area by installing solar lights

Capetonians warned of sewage spill at Clifton’s First Beach 18 July 2018, 12:30 PM

Capetonians and visitors to the Mother City have been advised to avoid Clifton's First Beach because of a sewage spill in the Atlantic ocean.

Celebrity cosmetic surgeon in Brazil vanishes after patient dies 18 July 2018, 6:45 AM

A Brazilian celebrity butt-enhancement surgeon called Dr. Bumbum has gone on the run following the death of a patient just hours after undergoing cosmetic surgery at his home in Rio de Janeiro.

Debt cripples Mpumalanga health sector 17 July 2018, 9:31 PM

An urgent intervention is needed to save Mpumalanga's ailing health sector. Debt from previous financial years has accrued to one billion rand.

Fight against HIV infections continues 17 July 2018, 5:32 PM

Preventing new HIV infections remains a big challenge in South Africa. However the country is doing well in providing HIV positive people with antiretroviral treament.

Operation #100 speeds up surgeries at Groote Schuur hospital 17 July 2018, 12:05 PM

Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town has almost doubled the number of elective operations performed as part of Mandela Month.

New HIV infections lowest in 5 years 17 July 2018, 12:04 PM

Latest research shows that last year new HIV infections dropped to 230 000, however there is still a high HIV prevalence among young females compared to their male peers.

UK ethics body says gene-edited babies may be ‘morally permissible’ 17 July 2018, 11:15 AM

The use of gene editing technologies to alter the DNA of human embryos could be morally permissible as long as the science and its impact on society is carefully considered, a British ethics panel said on Tuesday.

Elon Musk
Tesla shares fall after Elon Musk caver comments 17 July 2018, 11:01 AM

A number of analysts and investors, requesting anonymity, told Reuters that Musk’s comments were adding to their concerns that his public statements were distracting him from Tesla’s main business.

Spanish researchers develop five-strain Ebola vaccine 17 July 2018, 6:25 AM

Spanish researchers are working on a vaccine against all five strains of the killer Ebola virus in what would be a world first.

Egypt parliament approves bill to monitor social media 16 July 2018, 9:33 PM

The Egyptian parliament on Monday approved in a final reading a bill that would allow authorities to monitor social media users with the aim of combatting "fake news", the legislature said.

SA first solar powered desalination under construction 16 July 2018, 3:54 PM

South Africa's first solar powered desalination plant is in production. The plant will make use of reverse osmosis technology to produce 100 kilolitres of drinking water per day. It's situated at Witsand in the Hessequa Municipality, Western Cape.

Cold weather to grip some parts of SA  16 July 2018, 7:43 AM

A cold front is expected to grip the eastern part of the country throughout the week until the weekend, this includes Gauteng.

SA government to introduce new TB drugs 16 July 2018, 6:56 AM

South Africa will soon start using a less toxic and more effective drug for treatment of Multi-Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis.

Prince Harry, Elton John to launch coalition against HIV in men 16 July 2018, 6:38 AM

Britain's Prince Harry and music star Elton John are joining forces to launch a "global coalition" focused on treating HIV infections in men, says the singer's AIDS charity. The Elton John AIDS Foundation did not go into details about the plan but said all would be revealed at the 2018 International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam on July 24. The 71-year-old singer and 33-year-old prince are both prominent HIV and AIDS campaigners. John sang at the funeral of Harry's mother, Princess Diana and attended his wedding to actress Meghan Markle in May. John said he and the prince had taken part in a panel two years ago about HIV and youth - "the only age demographic where HIV infections are rising not falling". "Since then, my Foundation, along with other partners, have been undertaking participatory, human-centered design research collectively covering six countries," he added. "A critical finding from this work is the urgent need to rapidly scale up men's access to and engagement in HIV testing and treatment services." Around 36.7 million people around the world have HIV, according to 2016 figures cited by the United Nations' programme UNAIDS. A UNAIDS report released last year said less than half of men living with HIV globally were receiving treatment compared with 60% of women. Harry has followed in the footsteps of his mother infighting the stigma around AIDS and is a founding patron of charity Sentebale, which seeks to help children living with HIV in Lesotho and Botswana.

Cholera outbreak kills six in Cameroon 15 July 2018, 3:06 PM

Six people have died in Cameroon from a cholera outbreak that has infected 43 people since May, the health ministry said.

SA joins global campaign against marine litter 15 July 2018, 8:58 AM

South Africa has pledged to support the United Nations global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter such as plastics.

Heavy snowfall expected in parts of E Cape 14 July 2018, 4:11 PM

Heavy snowfall and extreme weather conditions are expected in some parts of the Eastern Cape as wintry conditions sweep across the province

Icy, wet weather to persist in KZN 14 July 2018, 1:36 PM

The South African Weather Service (SAWS) says cold weather conditions and rain are expected to persist throughout the weekend in most parts of KwaZulu-Natal.

Jeff Bezos to charge at least $200 000 for space rides 14 July 2018, 8:47 AM

Jeff Bezos’ rocket company plans to charge passengers about $200,000 (151,280 pounds) to $300,000 for its first trips into space next year, two people familiar with its plans told Reuters.

Cuban-trained SA doctors showcase skills in E Cape 14 July 2018, 8:02 AM

A group of Cuban-trained South African doctors has conducted household visits in Mpunzana village outside Mthatha in the Eastern Cape to provide primary health care services to residents of the area.

More rain set to lash Cape Town 14 July 2018, 7:04 AM

Dam levels in the City of Cape Town are steadily improving. The collective dam levels in the Metro are now 52-point-four per cent full.

First space tourist flights could come in 2019 13 July 2018, 10:12 PM

The two companies leading the pack in the pursuit of space tourism say they are just months away from their first out-of-this-world passenger flights -- though neither has set a firm date.

SA signs agreement on Lesotho Highlands Water Project 13 July 2018, 6:24 PM

South African Minister of Water Affairs, Gugile Nkwinti has completed two day tour in Lesotho.

Deputy President David Mabuza
Mabuza hails launch of MeerKat radio telescope 13 July 2018, 1:25 PM

Deputy President David Mabuza has hailed the launch of the MeerKat 64-antenna radio telescope as a great opportunity for the upcoming youth of South Africa.

Launch of project a step in the right direction: Pandor 13 July 2018, 12:39 PM

Former Science and Technology Minister, Naledi Pandor who spearheaded the Meerkat telescope, says she is proud to see that the hard work paid off.