‘Moderna, Pfizer vaccines effective against SA’s coronavirus variant’

27 January 2021, 6:42 AM
Co-chairperson of the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, says preliminary results of an ongoing study by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD), show that Moderna and Pfizer vaccines are effective against the coronavirus variant that has been detected in South Africa.
Health Ombud requests forensic audit into Tembisa Hospital 27 January 2021, 9:30 PM

Health Ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba says he has requested a forensic audit into the Tembisa Tertiary Hospital in Ekurhuleni.

Mob murder victim Thorisho Themane died of head trauma 27 January 2021, 7:32 PM

The High Court in Polokwane, Limpopo, has heard that 27-year-old Thorisho Themane who was allegedly beaten by a mob of teenagers at a recreational park in the Fauna Park suburb in 2019, died of head trauma.

City of Cape Town urges residents to consider burial alternatives 27 January 2021, 5:41 PM

The demand for burials on weekends, especially Saturdays, remains high due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spatial analysis reveals thousands in Eastern Cape travel over 5km for health facilities 27 January 2021, 4:30 PM

Spatial analysis done on more than 5 000 communities in the Eastern Cape shows that most people have to travel over five kilometres to access a health facility.

Medical negligence to blame for Shonisani Lethole’s death: Ombudsman 27 January 2021, 12:56 PM

Health Ombudsman Professor Malegapuru Makgoba has released shocking findings of an investigation into the death of businessman Shonisani Lethole.  

Nathaniel Julies murder case postponed 27 January 2021, 11:41 AM

The case of three police officers implicated in the murder of Eldorado Park teenager Nathaniel Julies has been postponed to the February 26 in the Protea Magistrates' Court in Soweto.  

Forensic pathologist Professor Johan Dempers passes away 27 January 2021, 8:34 AM

Head of the forensic medicine and pathology at the Tygerberg forensic laboratory in Cape Town Professor Johan Dempers, has passed away.  

6 041 new coronavirus cases reported in SA, 680 more deaths 26 January 2021, 9:31 PM

South Africa has recorded 6 041 new coronavirus cases bringing the total number of cases to  1 423 578. 

Coronavirus vaccine will be administered free of charge: Professor Karim 26 January 2021, 9:23 PM

Co-Chair of the COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee, Professor Salim Abdool Karim, says the COVID-19 vaccines being procured by the government will be administered free of charge.

Winde calls on Ramaphosa to relax lockdown Level 3 regulations, lift alcohol ban 26 January 2021, 7:52 PM

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to convene a special President's Coordinating Council meeting in an effort to relax some of the Level 3 lockdown restrictions.

Cosas calls for schools to only re-open when safe to do so 26 January 2021, 7:06 PM

The Congress of South African Students (COSAS) has urged government to only re-open the schools when it is absolutely safe to do so.

Scores of families displaced in Collins Chabane Municipality in the wake of tropical storm Eloise 26 January 2021, 5:13 PM

About 60 families have been displaced in the Collins Chabane Municipality in Limpopo.

VIDEO: Update on disaster response measures to mitigate the impact of tropical storm Eloise 26 January 2021, 11:30 AM

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, will lead a media briefing on the current tropical storm Eloise which brought heavy rains in some parts of the country.

Omotoso trial to resume on Tuesday 26 January 2021, 7:09 AM

The trial of controversial televangelist Pastor Timothy Omotoso and two others will resume in the Port Elizabeth High Court on Tuesday morning.  

SANEF praises Mthembu for being an advocate for media freedom 26 January 2021, 6:34 AM

South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has hailed late Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, as an advocate for media freedom.

Mpumalanga Premier signs admission of guilt for not wearing mask at Mthembu’s funeral 25 January 2021, 9:12 PM

Mpumalanga Premier, Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane has signed an admission of guilt at the Vosman Police Station in Emalahleni over her non-adherence to COVID-19 protocols during the funeral service of former Minister Jackson Mthembu.

[WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT] Pastor Lydia Malete finally testifies at the CRL Commission 25 January 2021, 9:02 PM

A number of former members of his Evaton-based congregation have approached the CRL with numerous accusations including rape and murder.

Cyril Ramaphosa
Ramaphosa confirms SA will receive Indian COVID-19 vaccine soon 25 January 2021, 5:36 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that the country will receive its first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from India very soon.

Tributes pour in for Anti-Drug Forum SA’s Sam Pillay 25 January 2021, 5:27 PM

Tributes continue to pour in for Director of the Anti-Drug Forum SA at Chatsworth south of Durban Sam Pillay, who passed away due to COVID-19 related complications this morning.

Housing project
North West residents up in arms over stalled housing project 25 January 2021, 4:36 PM

Residents of Extension 13 in Kanana near Klerksdorp in the North West have raised concern about a stalled housing project in the area.

Social media users call for Mpumalanga premier’s arrest 25 January 2021, 3:49 PM

Mpumalanga Premier, Refilwe Mtsweni has caused a social media uproar after images of her without a mask surfaced over the weekend during the late minister Jackson Mthembu’s funeral

Ending spread of coronavirus will be a befitting tribute to Mthembu: Mabuza 25 January 2021, 3:03 PM

Deputy President David Mabuza says ending the spread and defeating the COVID-19 pandemic will be a befitting tribute for the late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu.

Police investigate case of public violence after shops were set alight in Durban 25 January 2021, 2:06 PM

Police are investigating a case of public violence after shops were set alight in the Durban CBD.

Kenton-on-Sea residents lament health issues due to inadequate sewerage system 25 January 2021, 1:02 PM

Residents of the coastal town of Kenton-on-Sea and surrounding informal settlements in the Eastern Cape are concerned about their health following years of complaints about an inadequate sewerage system.  

Man accused of murdering Klerksdorp petrol station owner remanded in custody 25 January 2021, 11:25 AM

The man accused of shooting and killing a 50-year-old petrol station owner Kobus Fourie at Church street at Klerksdorp in the North West has been remanded in custody by the Klerksdorp Magistrate's Court. 

[SENSITIVE CONTENT WARNING] Northern Cape couple explains decision to bury baby in the yard 25 January 2021, 11:00 AM

A couple in Warrenton in the Northern Cape insists their decision to bury their baby in a shallow grave behind their home was a necessary one.

LIVE: [WARNING: GRAPHIC SEXUAL CONTENT]: CRL Rights Commission hearings 25 January 2021, 10:25 AM

The CRL Rights Commission is holding investigative hearings into allegations of rape and financial exploitation that are said to have taken place at the Inter Heaven Fellowship Church.

SA on track to receive COVID-19 vaccines on agreed-upon date: Mkhize 25 January 2021, 9:34 AM

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says South Africa is on track to receive COVID-19 vaccines on the agreed-upon date.

Cele calls for investigation into Mtsweni-Tsipane’s conduct at Mthembu’s funeral 25 January 2021, 8:01 AM

Police Minister Bheki Cele has called for an investigation into the conduct of Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane at the funeral of late Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu in Emalahleni in Mpumalanga on Sunday.

Thoriso Themane murder trial resumes on Monday 25 January 2021, 7:04 AM

The murder trial of six teenagers and two adults accused of killing 28-year-old Thoriso Themane  is expected to resume on Monday at the Polokwane High Court in Limpopo.