Vaccination milestone in Gauteng

With the vaccination rollout programme in full swing, Gauteng province has reached yet another milepost. According to the Gauteng Health Department, the province has exceeded three million administered vaccines, and saw a new record of 75 683 inoculations in a single day on Friday, 27 August. “The milestone comes as the Gauteng provincial government’s vaccination rollout programme continues to expand through...

18 and above go get a jab!

Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla, has reminded everyone older than 18-years-old that they can now walk in at any vaccination site without having registered on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS). However, the Minister has encouraged people to self-register first. “The option remains of even just walking into a vaccination site without registration, but this definitely will make you likely to...

Sexual offense cases increase

Sexual offences have increased by 74.1% in the months between April and the end of June this year after lockdown regulations were further relaxed. This was revealed by Police Minister Bheki Cele on Friday when he released the Quarterly Crime Statistics. Cele said the high increase is a distorted number when compared to the same period last year when the country...

SALGA proud of His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment of Cllr. Thembi Nkadimeng as the new Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA)

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) is proud that Cllr. Thembi Nkadimeng has been appointed as the new Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA). Cllr. Nkadimeng, SALGA’s now outgoing President, was appointed as the Deputy to COGTA Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma by His Excellency President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday, August 5, 2021. She filled the vacancy left...

Thari programme Diepsloot Combined School career daychool

The pressure to select a career path can be a confusing and daunting experience for most grade 12 learners.  This leads to many matriculants from disadvantaged communities leaving school with little to no information about continuing post-matric due to a lack of career guidance. On Friday, 13 August, the Thari Programme, a project of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, hosted a Career Day...

Study affirms J&J vaccine efficacy against death, hospitalisation

The results of the Sisonke programme study have revealed that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has provided effective protection against serious illness and death from COVID-19 infection. This was on Friday revealed by Professor Glenda Gray, the CEO of the Medical Research Council and co-lead investigator, during the Health Department’s weekly briefing. The study commenced on 17 February 2021 and concluded...

Zuma admitted to hospital

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) has confirmed that former President Jacob Zuma has been admitted to an outside hospital for medical observation. “As a former President, the healthcare needs of Mr Zuma require the involvement of the South African Military Health Services. This been the case since his admission at Estcourt Correctional Centre. “A routine observation prompted that Mr Zuma...

Ramaphosa’s first cabinet reshuffle

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday evening announced a few major changes to his Cabinet, as part of improving the capacity of government. “I am therefore making changes to the National Executive to improve the capacity of government to effectively undertake these tasks,” he said referring to the challenges faced by South Africa requiring several tasks to be undertaken at once. The...

R350 Sassa grant applications crash the website

The first day of applications for the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant saw excessive web traffic slowdown the application process, the South Africa Social Security Agency (SASSA) said on Friday. “This is a clear indication of the huge need for food aid among others, from distressed inhabitants of the country, and therefore the President couldn’t have reinstated...

Electoral Commission goes to court

Electoral Commission chairperson Glen Mashinini says the Commission has lodged an application at the Constitutional Court for a deferral of the scheduled Local Government Elections. “This court application is an extraordinary one and presumably unprecedented,” Mashinini said at a media briefing on Wednesday. Addressing media in Tshwane, Mashinini said the issues at the core of the application have a bearing on...