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SA has been using 'vaccine passports' for years - expert

Calls have been made nationally for a protest against possible plans for Covid-19 vaccine passports. 
This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the government was considering the idea of requiring citizens to produce proof of vaccination against Covid-19 to access certain activities, events and venues.
In response to the announcement, protesters under the World Wide Rally For Freedom banner said they would join the global protest against vaccine passports taking place on Saturday. But Prof Keymanthri  Moodley, a Distinguished Professor in the department of medicine and the director of the Centre for Medical Ethics and Law at Stellenbosch University, explains that the idea of a so-called “vaccine passport” is not a new concept in SA and may be an ethical imperative. 
With only 3.5% of Africa now vaccinated according to the latest figures from the Africa Centres for Disease Control, and economies across the continent taking strain, the drive to ensure public safety quickly is critical.  

President Ramaphosa's vaccine passport contradiction spotted by many

The presidency seems to have had a change of heart regarding the potential implementation of a vaccine passport system.
On Sunday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country was considering implementing vaccine passports for certain events, in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus.
“We will be providing further information on an approach for vaccine passports which can be used as evidence of vaccination for various purposes and events, so people are able to demonstrate they’ve been vaccinated,” said Ramaphosa.
However, this move seems to be in direct contrast with a statement made on February 1, when the president assured the nation that no-one’s movement would be limited if they elected not to get vaccinated.
“Nobody will be forbidden from travelling to wherever they want to travel to, including from enrolling at school or taking part in any public activity, if they have not been vaccinated.
”This contradiction was noted by many South Africans and saw #VaccinePassport trending on various social media platforms, with people criticising the contradiction or defending the presidency’s adjusted stance.

Western Cape health minister describes new 'Jabs B4 Jol' vaccine initiative

Dr Nomafrench Mbombo, Western Cape minister of health, is not your typical bureaucrat sitting in an office in a stiff suit.
Instead, she has rolled up her sleeves and visited every crevice of the province to encourage vaccination.
Her latest roadshow, Jabs B4 Jol, is about meeting the “amaTikTok” (18 to 34-year-olds) on their own turf.

Trying to stay afloat in the aftermath of SA's looting crisis

Chaos broke out in SA in July, when former president Jacob Zuma was sent to prison for contempt of the country’s highest court. He was sentenced to a 15-month jail term, but soon after his incarceration, groups claiming to be Zuma supporters set the country ablaze.
Now, just two months later, Zuma has been released on medical parole, while employees and business owners from affected businesses desperately try to pick up the pieces.
Drieka Smith, owner of a bridal shop in Empangeni on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, and Alyssa Coetzee, owner of a small printing business located at the Montclair Mall, south of Durban, are just two such entrepreneurs. We listen to their stories. 

Former president Jacob Zuma released on medical parole

Former president Jacob Zuma has been released from prison on medical parole, the department of correctional services confirmed on Sunday. 
This comes 58 days after he was admitted as an inmate at the Estcourt Correctional Services facility in KwaZulu-Natal.
Jacob G Zuma Foundation spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi, provides context on the current situation.

The story of the world's first elephant dung-infused gin

In a world first, Western Cape scientists Les Ansley and his wife Paula have created gin made from botanicals extracted from elephant dung.

Elephant herds at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve in the Western Cape and Jabulani in Limpopo have become part of the mixology team (so to speak), with their droppings forming an integral ingredient in two brands of gin in the Ibhu stable, owned by the couple.

Ansley tell us the story of how he and his wife became the first distillers of award-winning elephant dung-infused gin.

9-year-old dog attack victim set to get a new ear

In less than two months, nine-year-old Jolizne Bester will be under anesthetic on an operating table while two surgeons - one from Germany - will sculpt a new ear for her out of her ribs.
Jolizne was 16 months old when doctors battled to reattach her ear after the Pretoria family's pet Jack Russell bit it off.
Now the Grade 3 pupil will undergo surgery at The Ear and Eye Clinic in Alberton where Dr Duane Mol and visiting surgeon, Dr Henning Frenzel will work together to create the perfect ear for her.

JZ Foundation 'clears the air' after Zuma snubs NPA medical exam

Former president Jacob Zuma has refused to allow NPA doctors to examine him, his foundation said, accusing the state of “second-guessing” the state of his health.
The Pietermaritzburg high court previously ordered that a medical practitioner appointed by the state be allowed access to Zuma to assess his fitness to attend court and stand trial on corruption charges linked to the arms deal. Zuma has been in a medical facility outside Estcourt Correctional Centre receiving treatment.
The former president is facing 16 counts of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering.
On Tuesday, Jacob G Zuma Foundation spokesperson Mzwanele Manyi questioned why the state wasn’t relying on the report by military doctors, which was submitted to the court last week. He says the court has no right to force Zuma to consent to a medical examination. 

A Portrait of Grief

In Our Ghosts Were Once People, a new anthology about death and dying edited by Bongani Kona, celebrated author Sisonke Msimang writes about the multiple losses faced when her mother passed away. An intimate portrait of grief, it is both thought provoking and transformative.

Sisonke Msimang is the author of Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela. She has written for The New York Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian. And last week she won the Western Australian Writer's Fellowship at the WA Premier's Book awards.

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