CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update

20 January 2021, 5:50 AM
South Africa has recorded 9 780 new coronavirus infections in the last 24-hour cycle, taking the total number to 1 356 716.
Congo warns of “new phase” in Ebola outbreak after first urban case 17 May 2018, 6:18 AM

Congo's Ebola outbreak has entered "a new phase" after a case of the deadly virus was detected for the first time in the northwest city of Mbandaka, with a population of about 1 million people, the health ministe rsaid late on Wednesday.

Motsoaledi receives Nehawu’s memorandum 16 May 2018, 5:36 PM

Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi who was tasked to receive Nehawu's memorandum on behalf of all departments, says those implicated in corruption must face the full might of the law.

The SKA area has been declared a national key point.
MeerKAT telescope is complete 16 May 2018, 3:11 PM

The construction if the MeerKAT radio telescope has been completed after all 64 antennas have installed onto the device.

KZN braces for more heavy rains 16 May 2018, 10:02 AM

The South African Weather Service has warned of more heavy rain in the north-eastern part of KwaZulu-Natal.

Cold weather to ease off for parts of SA 16 May 2018, 8:07 AM

The cold weather in the eastern parts of the country's interior is expected to ease from Wednesday after a two-day cold front.

New Ebola vaccine to reach DRC within week 16 May 2018, 7:56 AM

A new experimental vaccine will reach the Democratic Republic of Congo within the week to fight the country's Ebola outbreak, according to a World Health Organization.

There’s a significant decrease in listeriosis: Motsoaledi 15 May 2018, 8:47 PM

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says there's a significant decrease in the number of people contacting Listeriosis since cold meat products from Tiger Brands and Rainbow Chicken were recalled earlier this year.

Free internet access for all South Africans should be a basic human right 15 May 2018, 7:17 PM

The IAB SA, South Africa’s internet industry body, is spearheading an initiative aimed at eventually ensuring that all South Africans have a daily standard level of free basic access to the internet to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed access to information rights.

Small increase in Cape Town dam levels 15 May 2018, 1:53 PM

The City of Cape Town says dam levels have increased by zero-point-five per cent to an overall level of 21-point-four per cent due to some rain.

Agricultural Research Council goes tech to help farmers 15 May 2018, 12:03 PM

The Agricultural Research Council (ARC) has developed its ARC Hub App aimed at providing useful information to farmers at their fingertips.

Cold sets in for most parts of SA 15 May 2018, 9:10 AM

Disaster Management Monitoring teams have been dispatched to areas across Johannesburg due to severe cold and wet weather conditions.

WHO gets approval to use Ebola vaccine in DRC 15 May 2018, 7:29 AM

The World Health Organization has been given the go-ahead by officials in the Democratic Republicof Congo to import and use an experimental Ebola vaccine in the country, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday.

KZN Health promises to fix ongoing cancer treatment problems 14 May 2018, 9:08 PM

The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department says it's working around the clock to fix the on-going cancer treatment problems in the province.

Govt calls for identification of unaware TB victims 14 May 2018, 2:51 PM

The private health-care sector in South Africa has been tasked by the government to help identify about 160 000 people living with Tuberculosis (TB) and are not not aware of it.

KZN MEC appears before SAHRC over oncology crisis 14 May 2018, 1:22 PM

The Commission requires KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo to produce information and documentation related to the ongoing oncology delivery crisis at public hospitals in the province.

Apple is almost a $1 trillion company, but watch out for Amazon 14 May 2018, 10:07 AM

Apple is in danger of being beaten to the $1 trillion mark - or passed soon after - by, the second largest listed US company by market value, at $780 billion.

Chilly weather prompts fire warning in Joburg 14 May 2018, 7:07 AM

The Johannesburg Emergency Services has warned residents not to leave any heating devices on but unattended during the cold weather to avoid fire incidents.

WHO reports new Ebola case in DRC, vaccine this week 14 May 2018, 6:06 AM

The head of the World Health Organization said Sunday there has been another reported case of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo and that an experimental vaccine to fight the disease is expected to become available in the country this week.

Cold weather to grip most parts of SA 13 May 2018, 9:43 PM

Gauteng, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Free State are expected to experience a significant drop in temperatures from Monday. SA Weather Service Forecaster Kumsa Masizana those conditions will continue into Tuesday, only clearing up from Wednesday.

Myths contributing to rabies outbreak 13 May 2018, 6:15 PM

Myths and stereotypes in township and rural communities are hampering government's efforts to contain the rabies outbreak in KwaZulu-Natal.

Cracks in Hawaii volcano roar amid warnings of more 13 May 2018, 3:52 PM

New fissures roaring like jet engines and spewing magma have opened on Hawaii 's Kilauea volcano, piling lava as high as a four-story building as the U.S. Geological Survey warned that more outbreaks were likely

WHO hopes to use Ebola vaccine to stem outbreak in remote area of Congo 13 May 2018, 8:30 AM

The World Health Organization said on Friday it hopes to deploy an experimental Ebola vaccine to tackle an outbreak in a remote area of Congo to prevent it spreading, particularly to the provincial capital of 1 million people.

WHO chief heads to DR Congo over latest Ebola outbreak 12 May 2018, 9:56 PM

The head of the World Health Organization was due in DR Congo on Saturday to aid preparations for "all scenarios" in combatting the latest Ebola outbreak.

Giyani community questions minister on lack of water 12 May 2018, 5:06 PM

Community members in the water-strapped Giyani area of Limpopo have asked Water and Sanitation Minister, Gugile Nkwinti to explain why the area still has no water years after the commission of the Nandoni-Nsami Bulk Water Pipeline project.

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E Cape heath facing financial constraints: MEC 12 May 2018, 7:05 AM

Outgoing Eastern Cape Health MEC, Dr Phumza Dyantyi has cited financial constraints as a major factor in the problems faced by the health sector in the province.

Temperatures to drop next week 11 May 2018, 11:55 AM

Temperatures are expected to drop on Monday due to a cold front that is anticipated in most parts of the country.

New Ebola outbreak in Congo prompts UN agency to scale up response 11 May 2018, 9:30 AM

Four new cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) have been confirmed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) by government scientists there, prompting the UN health agency to scale up its response to an outbreak that was first suspected in December.

NASA program to track greenhouse gas is cancelled 11 May 2018, 7:14 AM

A NASA program that cost $10 million per year to track carbon and methane, key greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming has been cancelled, a US space agency spokesperson said Thursday.

Education launches hygiene, sanitation initiative 10 May 2018, 5:13 PM

The Education Department and a home care products manufacturing company have launched an initiative to promote hygiene and sanitation at grassroots.

Worker safety should be a priority in mining sector: Mantashe 10 May 2018, 11:44 AM

Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe says the safety of mine workers must be made a priority in the mining sector.