‘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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Judgment reserved in Masuku’s application to have SIU findings against him declared unlawful 21 January 2021, 8:25 PM

The Pretoria High Court has reserved judgment in former Gauteng Health MEC, Dr. Bandile Masuku's application to have the findings of the Special Investigating Unit  (SIU) against him declared irrational, illegal, and unlawful.

SABC unions threaten four-hour blackout on Friday over planned retrenchments 21 January 2021, 7:02 PM

SABC unions are threatening a 4-hour blackout on Friday over planned retrenchments. Unions also deny that their members have been intimidating people who turned up for work.

Only 900 out of 52 000 temporary disability grants applications completed in Western Cape 21 January 2021, 5:05 PM

Sassa says around 12 000 applicants have also been scheduled for appointments at their offices. Officials briefed the Western Cape Parliament's Standing Committee on Social Development today on the current situation in the province.  

Netcare 911 helicopter crashes at Bergville 21 January 2021, 4:53 PM

A Netcare 911 helicopter has crashed at Bergville in western KwaZulu-Natal.  Netcare says in a statement that everyone on board died in the crash. 

Masuku says findings against him by SIU are false and prejudicial 21 January 2021, 3:02 PM

Former Gauteng Health MEC, Bandile Masuku, told the High Court in Pretoria the findings made against him by the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) are false and deeply prejudicial.  

Delays in schools re-opening to impact on teaching: Education Department 21 January 2021, 10:39 AM

Director-General in the Department of Basic Education Mweli Matanzima says delays to the re-opening of schools is going to have a huge impact on the growing teaching and learning backlog.

GEMS says it is committed to changing discriminatory practices 21 January 2021, 8:46 AM

The Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) says it remains committed to non-racialism and any form of discrimination, vowing to implement reform once the final report is released by the Section 59 Investigation Panel.

Education department prepares report on matric exam irregularities for uMalusi 21 January 2021, 5:59 AM

The Department of Basic Education is working on a report on matric exam irregularities for quality assurance body, uMalusi.

Loadshedding raises concerns for patients on oxygen at homes 20 January 2021, 9:42 PM

There's been concern that loadshedding and power cuts are fatal for patients that are on oxygen at their homes.

Taxi ranks, taxis disinfected in Limpopo amid spike in coronavirus cases 20 January 2021, 9:39 PM

Limpopo Transport and Community Safety MEC, Mavhungu Lerule-Ramakhanya is overseeing the disinfecting of taxis and ranks across the province in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19.

Chief Billy Mampuru passes on 20 January 2021, 9:12 PM

I hereby confirm the sad passing away of Kgoshikhulu Mampuru the third.

315 matric markers test positive for COVID-19, eight fatalities 20 January 2021, 8:13 PM

Eight matric exam markers died after testing positive for COVID-19.

Fewer people in queues at Bellville Sassa offices following interventions 20 January 2021, 6:41 PM

Fewer people were in the queues today after the chaos last week when police used a water cannon on the crowds to ensure social distancing.

Mortuary
Families of COVID-19 victims want to be allowed to view the body before burial 20 January 2021, 5:39 PM

For centuries rituals like a night vigil and viewing of the body have been the norm and regarded as a dignified way to bid farewell to loved ones.

Thabo Mofutsanyana and Fezile Dabi districts declared coronavirus hotspots in Free State 20 January 2021, 3:11 PM

The Free State Health Department has named the Thabo Mofutsanyana and Fezile Dabi districts as the two COVID-19 hotspots during the second wave of the pandemic.

COVID-19 second wave especially difficult for doctors 20 January 2021, 1:13 PM

Doctors working at Melomed Hospitals in Cape Town say the second wave of COVID-19 infections has been especially hard to cope with.

[WARNING: GRAPHIC DETAILS] Mbizana community demands probe into two recent gruesome murders 20 January 2021, 1:08 PM

The community of Dudumeni at Mbizana in the Eastern Cape has expressed outrage after the body of a female police officer was found hanging from a roof at her home. 

Free State Health identifies two districts as new COVID-19 hotspots 20 January 2021, 12:53 PM

The Free State Department of Health says Fezile Dabi and Thabo Mofutsanyana Districts are the hotspots of the second wave of COVID-19.

Bail judgment expected for Louis Siemens murder accused 20 January 2021, 12:05 PM

Four of the eight men who stand accused of hatching and executing the murder plot of CityMed Day Hospital managing director Louis Siemens will know their fate on Wednesday.  

W Cape police arrest three men in separate incidents 20 January 2021, 11:00 AM

Western Cape Police have arrested three men in separate incidents on charges of attempted murder, possession of an unlicensed firearm and attempted hijacking.

Medical Schemes, Health Professions Council need to strengthen their oversight: Ngcukaitobi 20 January 2021, 10:22 AM

Adv Tembeka Ngcukaitobi says the Council for Medical Schemes along with the Health Professions Council have to be strengthened in order to institute oversight on medical schemes.

Former apartheid police officer denies involvement in torture, death of Neil Aggett 20 January 2021, 8:55 AM

Former Security Branch police officer, under the apartheid government, Martin Naude has denied ever being involved in any cover-up of a detainee's death during his 40-year career as an investigator.

Mkhize to visit health facilities across Limpopo 20 January 2021, 7:44 AM

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize is on Wednesday expected to visit health facilities in Limpopo as COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to rise.  

Ban on alcohol sale alleviating burden on healthcare workers at Charlotte Maxeke 20 January 2021, 6:29 AM

CEO at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital Gladys Bogoshi says the alcohol ban has had an impact on the amount of patients received at the hospital.

Clergy reflect on emotional toll of the COVID-19 pandemic 19 January 2021, 9:54 PM

Almost a year after the first coronavirus case was recorded in South Africa, clergy are reflecting on the emotional toll of the pandemic.

Government addressing challenges facing health facilities: Mkhize 19 January 2021, 8:48 PM

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize says the Department is working with speed to address some of the challenges facing health facilities as they continue to deal with the increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients.

North West government concerned about increase in COVID-19 related deaths 19 January 2021, 8:00 PM

Authorities are attributing both the deaths and new cases to non-compliance with safety and health protocols by members of the public.

Health authorities say Western Cape has passed peak of second wave 19 January 2021, 7:00 PM

Health authorities in the Western Cape say the province has now passed the peak of the second wave of COVID-19 infections and they are now seeing a decrease in the number of new infections.

Residents from Eastern Cape town decry incomplete police station as crime spikes 19 January 2021, 5:00 PM

Residents of Indwe, in the Eastern Cape, say incomplete renovations of a local police station that started five years ago is contributing to a spike in crime.

Discovery
Investigating Panel makes damning findings against three medical schemes 19 January 2021, 2:20 PM

The Section 59 Investigation Panel has found that medical schemes; Discovery, MedScheme and Gems committed unfair racial discrimination towards Black, Indian and Coloured healthcare providers.