‘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.
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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.  

Limpopo to provide relief for residents affected by tropical storm Eloise 25 January 2021, 6:50 AM

Limpopo's Social Development Department remains on high alert to provide relief to people who are affected by tropical storm Eloise.

TIMELINE | Deaths of prominent figures in 2021 25 January 2021, 6:30 AM

Since the beginning of 2021 several high-profile South Africans have passed on. SABC Digital News compiled this special obituary on those that died.

Biden to impose South Africa travel ban to combat new COVID-19 variant 25 January 2021, 2:13 AM

US President Joe Biden will impose a ban on most non-US citizens entering the country who have recently been in South Africa starting Saturday in a bid to contain the spread of a new variant of COVID-19, a senior US public health official told Reuters.

SA records 8 147 new COVID-19 cases 25 January 2021, 12:01 AM

As of Sunday, cumulative number of COVID-19 cases identified in South Africa at 1 412 986 with 8 147 new cases identified since the last report.

Mpumalanga premier in hot water for not wearing mask 24 January 2021, 8:23 PM

Mpumalanga premier, Refilwe Mtsweni-Tsipane, has come under fire after she was seen without a mask during the funeral of Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, at Emalahleni in Mpumalanga, on Sunday afternoon.

Tropical storm Eloise wreaks havoc in parts of Limpopo 24 January 2021, 7:13 PM

The Vhembe District has been hard hit by the floods, with several houses and cars submerged.

North West funeral homes buckling under coronavirus strain 24 January 2021, 6:40 PM

Some funeral undertakers in the North West say they can no longer cope with the high number of funerals they are handling daily. They say the pre-COVID weekly number of three to four, has jumped to over five.

KZN authorities gear up to avert shutdown of major transport routes 24 January 2021, 6:19 PM

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Transport says it is on high alert following threats and allegations of disruptions within the freight industry.

Warrenton couple defends burying infant in shallow grave 24 January 2021, 5:29 PM

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.

Cyclone Eloise downgraded to tropical depression 24 January 2021, 12:42 PM

The South African Weather Service says Cyclone Eloise has been downgraded to a depression that is currently over the extreme northern parts of Limpopo causing heavy rain in some areas of Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

Communities in KZN bracing for tropical cyclone Eloise 24 January 2021, 7:00 AM

Communities in northern KwaZulu-Natal are bracing themselves for the impact of tropical cyclone Eloise.

SA records 12 271 new COVID-19 cases, 498 deaths 23 January 2021, 10:30 PM

South Africa has recorded 12 271 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s total cases to 12 271. The death toll has climbed to 40 574 after 498 new deaths were reported.

Babanango residents lament lack of healthcare facilities as COVID-19 surges 23 January 2021, 6:30 PM

The people of Babanango, a far-flung rural town in the Zululand district municipality in northern KwaZulu-Natal, say the shortage of healthcare facilities, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, impacts negatively on their lives.

Mpumalanga disaster management teams on high alert 23 January 2021, 5:30 PM

Mpumalanga has put measures in place to mitigate the impact of heavy rains expected to hit large parts of the province as a result of tropical storm Eloise.

Rape victim’s mother wants alleged perpetrator to rot in jail 23 January 2021, 3:40 PM

The mother of a 16-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by a traditional healer, says she wants the man to spend the rest of his life in jail.

Cyclone Eloise to affect parts of KZN on Sunday: SAWS 23 January 2021, 1:05 PM

The South African Weather Service says cyclone Eloise will affect the north-eastern parts of KwaZulu-Natal from around midday Sunday.

Education Department gazettes new school regulations 23 January 2021, 11:26 AM

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has gazetted the new school regulations, which are likely to pave the way for private schools to open on the first of next month.

Hawks confident of conviction in Lesedi FM anchor’s case 23 January 2021, 8:13 AM

The Hawks in the Free State say they are confident that they have a strong case against multi-award-winning Lesedi FM anchor, Motseki "Ba2Cada" Leine.

Parts of SA bracing for tropical cyclone Eloise 23 January 2021, 6:46 AM

Tropical cyclone Eloise is expected to make landfall in the coastal town of Beira in Mozambique early this morning. It will then head to South Africa and hit parts of the Mopani and Vhembe districts of Limpopo.

Tshegofatso Pule murder trial postponed again 22 January 2021, 8:53 PM

The Tshegofatso Pule murder trial in the Johannesburg High Court has again been postponed to February 19.

Sassa says lack of funds is one reason affecting the disability grant process 22 January 2021, 6:18 PM

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has sought to explain issues regarding the processing of temporary disability grants and a lack of service points.

Khayamnandi villagers struggle to access clinic, schools due to absence of bridge 22 January 2021, 5:04 PM

Women and children often risk their lives to cross an overflowing river at Khayamandi village, in Cofimvaba, in the Eastern Cape. A number of people have died while attempting to cross using poles and other makeshift tools.

TIMELINE | Jackson Mthembu’s life from student politics to Minister in the Presidency 22 January 2021, 4:21 PM

Jackson Mthembu's political life included stints as the spokesperson for the African National Congress (ANC) at the provincial and national levels.

Anaesthetist who assisted with Minister Mthembu’s resuscitation killed in a helicopter crash 22 January 2021, 3:41 PM

The anaesthetist who assisted the emergency team with Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu’s resuscitation, Dr. Rudolph Mononyane, was killed in a rescue helicopter crash on Thursday afternoon.

Traffic officers
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Thirty-three traffic officers have died of COVID-19 related complications over the 2020 festive season and more than 500 have tested positive.

Four cash-in-transit suspects killed in Johannesburg 22 January 2021, 2:53 PM

Johannesburg police says four alleged cash-in-transit robbery suspects have been killed during a shootout with police at a safe house in Katlegong on the Gauteng East Rand.

Sexual assault case opened against Northern Cape Education senior official 22 January 2021, 2:18 PM

A case of sexual assault has been opened against a senior official at the Northern Cape Department of Education in Kimberley.

[WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT] Suspect arrested for girlfriend, child’s murder in Johannesburg 22 January 2021, 12:42 PM

A 29-year-old man has been arrested in Brixton in Johannesburg in connection with the killing of a 20-year-old woman and her nine-month-old daughter last week. 

Court dismisses with costs Thale’s challenge of racketeering charge 22 January 2021, 10:37 AM

The High Court in Pietermaritzburg has dismissed with costs the application of French arms company Thales' challenge of Racketeering and money laundering charges against it.