CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update

18 September 2021, 6:22 AM
South Africa has recorded  173 new COVID-19-related deaths in the past 24-hours. The total related fatalities now stand at 85 952. The country also reports a further 3 648 new infections. Total cases now stand at 2 877 063.
Kenyan children experiment with digital devices 12 February 2018, 9:54 PM

Children in Kenya are getting a rare chance to look at the stars through a telescope for both fun and educational purposes.

Activists protest outside Zille’s home demanding water access 12 February 2018, 6:37 PM

The Water Crisis Coalition has called on Western Cape Premier Helen Zille to allow public access to water that runs from a natural spring outside her residence at Leeuwenhof Estate.

SA looks at desalination to combat drought crisis 12 February 2018, 2:48 PM

South Africa is on a race to build desalination plants to combat the water crisis is faces as dams run dry and rain is fast becoming a scarce commodity.

Conflicting directives on School health programme 12 February 2018, 9:41 AM

The National Department of Health says the" Integrated School Health Programme" does not include pregnancy tests and injecting learners at schools with contraceptives.

KZN produces its first nuclear medical physician 10 February 2018, 7:42 PM

Thirty-one-year-old Dr Alphonse Philani Msomi has made history by becoming the first nuclear medical physician to have been trained in KwaZulu-Natal.

A magnification of a lab-grown fully matured human egg ready for fertilization.
Scientists grow human eggs to full maturity in a lab 10 February 2018, 11:15 AM

Scientists have succeeded for the first time in growing human eggs in a laboratory from the earliest stages in ovarian tissue all the way to full maturity - a scientific step that had previously been taken in mice.

Fall Army worm cripples farming in Limpopo 8 February 2018, 6:12 PM

Emerging farmers at an irrigation scheme at Matangari village outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo, say the presence of the Fall Army Worm is affecting their maize produce.

Bulk water supply benefits Kalahari community 8 February 2018, 2:46 PM

The Northern Cape Water Affairs Department says the completion of a bulk water supply will ensure water security to most parts of the Kalahari.

Cogta Minister Des van Rooyen
Drought to be classified as state disaster 7 February 2018, 9:37 PM

Within the next month, the entire country will be classified as being in a state of disaster due to the continuing drought and water shortages.

Drought conditions
Cape Town city wants water allocation unchanged 7 February 2018, 8:42 PM

The City of Cape Town says it is asking national government to keep the Metro's water allocation unchanged.

Nomvula Mokonyane - Minister of Water and Sanitation
Govt not alerted of Day Zero says Mokonyane 7 February 2018, 2:06 PM

Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane says the national government was never consulted by the City of Cape Town about Cape Town's Day Zero.

Mining sector to continue shedding jobs 7 February 2018, 11:48 AM

The global mining industry is expected to continue shedding jobs as more and more mines become deeper and resources harder to find.

Malawi fights cholera spread using drones 6 February 2018, 7:07 PM

Malawi is using drones to identify hotspots for cholera transmission in the capital, Lilongwe. Drones help map areas that are densely populated and collect data for health workers to implement interventions against the spread of the disease. The project is a joint initiative of the United Nations children’s agency, Unicef and the government. Malawi is […]

Drought in Cape Town
City of Cape Town steps up communicable disease interventions 6 February 2018, 7:40 AM

The City of Cape Town says they've stepped up their communicable disease interventions in recent months due to the on-going drought.

Day Zero will now arrive in May 5 February 2018, 3:14 PM

The City of Cape Town has predicted that Day Zero will now arrive on May the 11th and not April the 16th as was initially thought.

Cost of cancer drugs a major challenge: Motsoaledi 4 February 2018, 8:08 AM

Health minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he hopes government can convince pharmaceutical companies to reduce the price of cancer drugs as happened with HIV.

Motsoaledi says they will take lessons from the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Govt plan to boost cancer awareness efforts 3 February 2018, 9:16 PM

The South African government will soon launch one of the largest cancer awareness campaigns on the continent following a spike in the number of cancer patients in the country.

GWU to donate water in W. Cape amid drought woes 3 February 2018, 3:41 PM

The Groenland Water Users Association in the Overberg says it will next week release between eight and ten million cubic metres of water into the Western Cape supply network.

Lack of information and treatment hampers cancer fight in Nigeria 3 February 2018, 7:33 AM

Cancer remains the leading cause of death around the world.

Fukushima operator aims to double visitors by Tokyo Olympics 2 February 2018, 6:41 AM

Fukushima’s nuclear power operator is hoping to double the number of visitors to its tsunami-ravaged facilities by 2020, seeking to use the Olympic spotlight to clean up the region’s image. A massive undersea earthquake on March 11, 2011 sent a tsunami barrelling into Japan’s northeast coast, leaving more than 18,000 people dead or missing and […]

Cape Town puts up first desalination plant 1 February 2018, 4:58 PM

Construction has begun on the City of Cape Town's first desalination plant in Strandfontein near Mitchell's Plain in Cape Town

Limpopo doctors embark on strike over non-payment of salaries 1 February 2018, 4:15 PM

Doctors affiliated to SAMA have accused the Limpopo Health department for non-payment of salaries.

Rare sight of “super blue blood moon” observed across China 1 February 2018, 6:17 AM

A rare celestial trifecta “super blue blood moon” was observed across China on Wednesday night, the first time the phenomenon has been seen in 152 years. According to the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the full moon is special for three reasons: It’s the third in a series of “supermoons”, when the moon […]

Poultry farmers urged to exercise caution to avert bird flu outbreak 31 January 2018, 9:04 PM

The Western Cape Agriculture Department has appealed to poultry farmers to continue to exercise caution to avert another bird flu outbreak.

Response team in bid to contain Listeriosis spread 31 January 2018, 2:50 PM

Free State Health MEC Butana Komphela says they have activated an outbreak response team in a bid to contain the spread of listeriosis.

Although the Western Cape Province has been the most spoken about in terms of water shortage, the drought is a national problem.
Water crisis is a national problem: Ratau 31 January 2018, 10:58 AM

Department of Water and Sanitations spokesperson, Sputnik Ratau says the focus has been on the Western Cape because the situation there is dire and there has been some form of recovery in other provinces of the water resources.

Cape Town residents are preparing for Day Zero when the taps are expected to run dry.
Zille to meet school principals over Day Zero 31 January 2018, 6:34 AM

Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille is on Wednesday expected to meet with school principals to discuss emergency plans in the event of Day Zero, now set for April the 16th, amid the crippling drought in province.

Water crisis dire in other provinces, not just Western Cape 30 January 2018, 6:23 PM

As Cape Town draws closer to what the provincial government has labelled Day Zero, the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation has warned that the Western Cape is not the only province in trouble.

Vaping may raise cancer risk: Study 30 January 2018, 5:40 PM

Vaping may raise the risk of cancer because it leads to DNA damage, even though it contains fewer carcinogens than tobacco smoke, a US study has found.

Groote Schuur hospital allays fears over fungal disease 30 January 2018, 10:54 AM

The Department of Infectious Diseases at Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town has cautioned the public not to panic over the fungal disease known as Emergomyces Africanus.