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Netcare CEO conveys condolences following an accident that claims 5

Friday, 22 January 2021 The Netcare Group’s CEO, Dr Richard Friedland, the people of Netcare, Netcare Milpark Hospital and Netcare 911, wish to convey their sincere thanks and appreciation to the media, the greater healthcare community, and patients from far and wide for their messages of love and support, following the tragic helicopter accident near Bergville in KwaZulu-Natal, yesterday afternoon.

Will Biden look favourably on SA?

Democrat Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th U.S. President on Wednesday (January 20), taking the helm of a country beset by deep political divides and battered by a raging coronavirus pandemic.
At 78, Biden becomes the oldest U.S. president in history.
Biden succeeds Republican Donald Trump, who left the White House early on Wednesday after a tumultuous four years in office.
So what can we expect from the new leader and what will his approach be to SA? John Stremlau from Wits University's International Relations Department gives his take on the changing of the guard over in the US.

Charges against Busisiwe Mkhwebane 'frivolous and contrived' - Dali Mpofu

Public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who stands accused of perjury, on Thursday indicated through her lawyer that she wants to have the three charges against her withdrawn.
In a short appearance before the Pretoria regional court, Dali Mpofu, representing Mkhwebane, said that they were seeking a two-month postponement of the case to make representations to the director of public prosecutions (DPP) to have the charges quashed.
Mpofu told the court that they regarded the charges “as frivolous and contrived” and that if their request for a withdrawal was not granted, it could see them approach the high court.

Dr Pillay answers our vaccine questions

Amid the mad scramble to secure a healthy supply of Covid-19 vaccines under way, the SA government has been accused of not acting fast enough. Deputy director-general of health Dr Anban Pillay, who has been directly involved in the vaccine procurement drive, addresses the concerns of critics.
In this exclusive interview Dr Pillay provides us with phase one rollout timelines, outlines the safety of the vaccines on the market, addresses what you can expect when being vaccinated, discusses criticisms that South Africans have levelled against government and more.

Interrogating SA's response to Covid-19

At the end of 2020, South Africa was still in a Level 3 adjusted lockdown over the holiday season with the ban on alcohol sales being announced just days before the end of the year. In a move that has been questioned by some experts, the President also elected to close dams, lagoons, parks and beaches in hotspot areas.

Now looking forward to 2021 and slowly approaching a year since Covid-19 hit South Africa, the latest Presidential address outlined the regulations for the continued Level 3 adjusted lockdown going forward as well as plans to begin to rollout the Covid-19 vaccination strategy.

FULL ADDRESS | Alcohol ban remains as lockdown level 3 extended

The country will remain on lockdown level 3, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday night.Ramaphosa was addressing the nation after a spike in Covid-19 cases since January 1.
He said that nearly 190,000 new infections had been recorded since the start of the year, along with 4,600 Covid-19 related deaths in the same period. Ramaphosa described Covid-19 as a “grave and persistent, deepening crisis” — and said the nation must united to face the challenge.

We're well into second Covid-19 wave, confirms Zweli Mkhize as cases spike

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize announced on Wednesday that SA is now in its second wave of Covid-19 infections, with 6,079 new cases reported in the latest 24-hour cycle.

He was speaking after a Covid-19 oversight visit to the Eastern Cape on Wednesday. Mkhize said his team of scientists and modelling experts have concluded that the rapid and exponential increase in different provinces indicates that more caution should be taken to combat the virus.

GDP improves in third quarter as economy opened up

According to the most recent announcements by StatsSA Gross domestic product (GDP) has improved in the third quarter of the year as the economy opened up, increasing at a seasonally adjusted and annualised rate of 66.1% as lockdown restrictions were eased.

Annabel Bishop, Chief Economist at Investec Bank Limited, South Africa who explains how the economy clawed its way back from the harsh decline of a revised 51.7% experienced during the second quarter, which coincided with the most severe levels of lockdown.

Sadtu marshalling its reasons for court challenge on matric exam rewrite

The department of basic education says it will defend any attempt in court by the SA Democratic Teacher's Union (Sadtu) to halt the rewriting of leaked matric exam papers.

The union said in a sternly-worded statement on Saturday that it was considering legal action against the department and Umalusi — the examinations quality assurer — over a decision to have all pupils who wrote the national senior certificate mathematics and physical science papers rewrite them because the question papers were leaked.

Hear that lonesome whistle blow

Hlengiwe Nkabane, a young entrepreneur from the rolling hills of southern KZN, tells Paul Ash about her plans to save a railway that Alan Paton made famous

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