Covid-19 in numbers: Get the latest figures

01 December 2021 - 07:26 By TimesLIVE

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Health department doubles Vooma vaccination vouchers to R200 for people ...

“A large number of unvaccinated people aged 50+ are predicted to die in this fourth wave,” said the Gauteng health ...

Nearly 4,400 new Covid-19 cases recorded across SA in 24 hours: NICD

SA recorded 4,373 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, with more than 3,100 of them in Gauteng.

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Toddlers make up 10% of hospital Covid-19 cases in Tshwane

Part of the increased rate of admissions may reflect extra precaution on the part of parents given the new concern ...

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‘It’s a vax dompas’ — Carl Niehaus slams vaccine passports

Niehaus says South Africans must be allowed to choose whether they want to get vaccinated in line with their ...

Vaccination of children will ensure they get back to school soon: Section27

Section27 has asked to be admitted as a friend of the court in an application by the African Christian Democratic ...

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LISTEN | What you need to know about the new Omicron variant

The emergence of a new Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529, named Omicron by the World Health Organisation, has rattled many ...

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Be supportive this festive season. You might need the favour returned

Covid-19, joblessness, financial stress, deaths and GBV are taking their toll, so do what you can to help those in need

J&J nears deal for Aspen to make its own Covid-19 vaccine for Africa

Johnson & Johnson and Aspen Pharmacare Holdings Ltd have agreed on terms that may lead to a licensing deal allowing the ...

By Janice Kew

Omicron variant was detected in the Netherlands before SA flights

The Covid-19 Omicron variant was detected in the Netherlands before two flights arrived from SA last week, Dutch health ...

By Anthony Deutsch and Bart Meijer

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Australia bans travellers from virus-hit Southern Africa

Australia imposed new restrictions on Saturday on people who have been to nine Southern African countries, as the new ...

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Coronavirus command council meeting brought forward as Covid-19 cases spike

The meeting had been scheduled for Sunday amid rapidly increasing Covid-19 cases across the country, particularly in ...

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US to impose travel curbs on eight Southern African countries over new ...

US President Joe Biden will restrict travel to the United States US from eight Southern African countries effective ...

By Reuters

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Another Covid Christmas on the cards as new variant explodes in SA

It may be more transmissible than Delta and it’s spreading fastest among under-25s, so now’s the time to get vaccinated

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Prof appeals to world to support, not isolate SA for raising alarm on new ...

University of KwaZulu-Natal geneticist professor Tulio de Oliveira has appealed to the world not to isolate SA and the ...

By TimesLIVE

UK cancels SA flights over new Covid-19 variant

Britain announced it was temporarily banning flights from South Africa and five other countries from Friday and that ...

By Reuters

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Scientists monitor new Covid-19 variant detected in SA, Botswana and Hong ...

Scientists are monitoring a new Covid-19 variant with an “extremely high number” of mutations that has been detected in ...

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YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Is food/grocery delivery safe during ...

You won't catch Covid-19 from food and grocery deliveries if health and safety protocols are observed

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

New variant of Covid-19 confirmed in SA with cases increasing

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed on Thursday that a new Covid-19 variant known as ...

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Yen rallies, rand and Aussie dollar stumble as new variant spurs flight to ...

The safe-haven yen rallied while the South African rand and risk-sensitive Australian dollar slumped on Friday, as ...

By Kevin Buckland

WHO meets on new Covid-19 variant circulating in SA

The discovery of the variant shows the need to increase vaccinations against Covid-19 on the continent, says Matshidiso ...

By Janice Kew

Limpopo health MEC concerned about Covid-19 cluster outbreak at mine

"Those who refuse to be vaccinated are advised to start restraining themselves by staying away from gatherings," says ...

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MPs grill UIF official on Covid-19 Ters payments made to the dead

Members of parliament’s standing committee on public accounts on Wednesday lambasted an Unemployment Insurance Fund ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

More than one-third of Gauteng health workers not fully vaccinated

Despite a high number of Covid-19 infections, 31,521 out of 86,630 health workers employed by the Gauteng health ...

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Here's a roundup of the latest research on Covid-19

The following is a summary of some recent studies on Covid-19. They include research that warrants further study to ...

By Nancy Lapid

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YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Will climate change make Covid-19 worse?

According to the World Health Organisation, there is “no evidence of a direct connection between climate change and the ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Temporary ban on faith-based gatherings ‘rational, reasonable and ...

The prohibition of faith-based gatherings due to Covid-19 regulations in December 2020 and January this year was ...

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

SA delays Covid-19 vaccine deliveries as inoculations slow

About 35% of South Africans are fully vaccinated, just half the government's year-end target.

By Promit Mukherjee

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Dlamini-Zuma 'not qualified' to tell people how to worship, court hears

Co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s conduct in banning faith-based ...

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

Gauteng accounts for 605 of SA's 868 new Covid-19 infections: NICD

SA recorded 868 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, with Gauteng again accounting for the vast majority.

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SA parents bought or rented devices for children’s virtual lessons during ...

More than half of SA families have bought or rented extra devices for their children's remote learning during the ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Booster dose of Pfizer vaccine under review in SA

SA's Health Products Regulatory Authority has received an application for a Pfizer booster vaccination against Covid-19.

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Gauteng accounts for nearly 80% of SA's 239 new Covid-19 cases as NICD ...

Gauteng accounted for nearly 80% of SA's new Covid-19 cases, the latest data from the NICD showed.

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | How can I encourage my colleagues to ...

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advised that employers and colleagues can encourage each other ...

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EDITORIAL | Do your Covid bit. Don’t force the state into drastic action

The latest figures to come out Gauteng are a forceful reminder that now is not the time for SA to let its guard down

‘I’m not horribly sick’ — Thuli Phongolo stops gigs after contracting ...

Thuli Phongolo says she's not horribly sick but is fighting Covid-19.

By Joy Mphande

Religious gatherings court battle: 'Not constitutional to limit right to ...

As we approach Christmas, faith-based gatherings may be banned again 'while casinos stay open'

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

COVID-19 NEWS

687 new Covid-19 cases detected as infections rise in Gauteng

Most new cases in the 24-hour cycle are from Gauteng.

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Tshwane worried as active Covid-19 cases reach 1,600

"While it might be too early to talk about the fourth wave being in our midst, now is not the time to let our guard ...

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Do I need to return to the same ...

You can get your second jab at any vaccination site in Gauteng.

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Hopes for milder run as early warning signs of fourth wave of Covid-19 for ...

As the first signs of a possible fourth wave for Gauteng emerge, scientists predict a somewhat easier ride for SA than ...

By Claire Keeton and Tanya Farber

Matric Rage takes extreme stance to avoid Covid-19 before party begins

After the super-spreader disaster of last year, this year's event is operating a strict 'no vaccine no entry policy', ...

By Jes Brodie

SHERWIN GABRIEL and CHANNING ARNDT | How to 'build back fairer' from the ...

Three policy areas suggest quickly implementable solutions that will help to ensure SA emerges a more equitable ...

By Sherwin Gabriel and Channing Arndt

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‘Don’t become complacent’: Gauteng sees slight increase in Covid-19 cases

The Gauteng health department on Friday warned that citizens should not become complacent as the province has seen a ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | What happens to the information I ...

All electronic vaccination data system information is securely stored and the system is compliant with all applicable ...

Several programmes put on ice due to Covid-19, health department tells MPs

The national health department on Friday told parliament’s health portfolio committee that several of its programmes ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Score! Grocery voucher with vaccination rolled out to over-50s

The priority is to vaccinate as many people over 50 ahead of the anticipated fourth wave, because more than 80% of ...

By TimesLIVE

Religious organisation heads to court to declare ban on gatherings unlawful

An application by a Christian organisation seeking a declaration for the Covid-19 regulations around religious ...

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Can a vaccine be recalled?

According to the World Health Organisation, vaccine recalls or withdrawals due to safety issues are rare.

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

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600 days of lockdown: IRR asks Ramaphosa for answers on state of disaster ...

As SA hit day 600 of lockdown on Thursday, the Institute of Race Relations has challenged President Cyril Ramaphosa to ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

ANALYSIS | Unpacking parents’ reasons for not vaccinating their children: ...

Childhood vaccination, whatever stance is taken, is a complex social process.

By Sara Cooper, Alison Swartz, Bey-Marrié Schmidt, Charles Shey Wiysonge, Christopher J Colvin, Evanson Z Sambala and Natalie Leon

Flu cases in summer season show a sharp increase, NICD warns

There has been a steady increase in the number of influenza cases from the week starting August 23, with a sharp ...

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

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Western Cape education MEC pleads with pupils to ‘consider the risks’ of ...

"There will be plenty of time for celebrating once you have completed your exams," Western Cape education MEC Debbie ...

Hospitality industry anxious after Covid-19 rules extended to December 15

"Don't shut us down in December", the hospitality industry pleaded on Tuesday, calling on government not to impose ...

By TimesLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Are people living with HIV at greater ...

While studies are conflicted on whether there is an increased risk of getting Covid-19 if you are living with HIV, the ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

COVID-19 NEWS

SA’s health system is on its knees: the budget offers no relief

The constitution guarantees the right to healthcare, but the vehicle for upholding it places elites ahead of the ...

By Russell Rensburg

Gauteng leads the way with 54% of SA's new Covid-19 cases in the past day

There were 148 new infections recorded in Gauteng in the past day. The next worst-hit was the Western Cape with 31 ...

By TimesLIVE

No graves for the dead in eThekwini

A shortage of burial plots and viable land for new cemeteries has been worsened by the pandemic’s death toll, forcing ...

By Chris Makhaye

COVID-19 NEWS

Hospitality industry anxious after Covid-19 rules extended to December 15

"Don't shut us down in December", the hospitality industry pleaded on Tuesday, calling on government not to impose ...

By TimesLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | When are experts predicting the 4th ...

Government is preparing the health system for a resurgence in infections by stocking up on oxygen supply, ventilators, ...

No graves for the dead in eThekwini

A shortage of burial plots and viable land for new cemeteries has been worsened by the pandemic’s death toll, forcing ...

By Chris Makhaye

COVID-19 NEWS

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Are people living with HIV at greater ...

While studies are conflicted on whether there is an increased risk of getting Covid-19 if you are living with HIV, the ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Lack of access or hesitancy? Either way, SA’s vaccine rollout is uneven

Expert from Wits University says government has handled ‘demand creation’ poorly

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Top arts council officials charged: Covid-19 relief forensic report ...

While no funds are missing from the artists' Covid-19 relief fund, there was a lack of oversight resulting in an ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Health workers power up Covid-19 defences with J&J booster jabs

Healthcare workers lined up slowly this week for a booster shot of the J&J Covid-19 vaccine, with about 6,000 getting a ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer
News

Government hosts programme to improve service delivery and fight corruption

SPONSORED | During Integrated Public Service Month, the government assessed the overall state of public service in SA ...

Sama raises hackles saying workers need choice of Covid-19 booster jabs

The SA Medical Association said there must be a choice of Covid-19 booster vaccine after Johnson & Johnson won the ...

By Antony Sguazzin

COVID-19 NEWS

Election campaigns and voting caused no Covid-19 spread: health ministry

SA's active Covid-19 case numbers are “relatively high” at about 16,000 but “far less than the peak”, health minister ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Mogoeng criticises government's handling of Covid-19 pandemic

Former chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has criticised the way President Cyril Ramaphosa’s administration handled the ...

LISTEN | It's never too late to get another Covid-19 jab

“There is no maximum time — in fact, the longer the interval is, usually the better,” says Dr Melinda Suchard, head of ...

Bulelani Nonyukela
Junior audio producer

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Gauteng entrepreneur’s blue light installation and branding business takes ...

While some companies were hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and were even forced to shut down, former Telkom ...

Gauteng records 173 of SA's 393 new Covid-19 cases

Gauteng recorded 173 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, about 44% of the total number of infections across SA in ...

By TimesLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Can the Covid-19 jab give me an ...

According to the department of health, irregular or extended periods after vaccination are thought to be an immune ...

COVID-19 NEWS

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Can the Covid-19 vaccine alter my DNA?

“The vaccine does not work on the DNA of the body," says the Department of Health.

PODCAST | Milestone moments from Covid-19: how the pandemic will affect ...

Over the past two years, we’ve lost many people. Jobs have been lost. The economy has nosedived. Our lifestyles have ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Is it safe to swim in public pools, ...

There is no chance of contracting Covid-19 while swimming because "the Covid-19 virus does not transmit through water ...

COVID-19 NEWS

‘This is the miracle we've been looking for’: Bishop urges science over ...

Science should trump politics in SA's drive to vaccinate its population against Covid-19, says SA Council of Churches ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

SA records 245 new Covid-19 cases, 35 deaths in 24 hours

Gauteng was the only province to record more than 50 new Covid-19 cases in the past day, latest figures from the NICD ...

By TimesLIVE

Universities granted millions to develop Covid-19 vaccine

Walter Sisulu University and North West University have been granted R3.5m to support locally made candidate vaccines, ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid-19: SA records 305 cases, 48 deaths in the past 24 hours

There were only 305 new Covid-19 cases recorded across SA in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Wednesday.

By TimesLIVE

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Can adding chillies to my food help ...

"Hot peppers in your food, though very tasty, cannot prevent nor cure Covid-19," says the World Health Organisation.

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Vooma vaccination: Many sites will be open on Saturday and Sunday

In a bid to ramp up Covid-19 vaccination numbers before the festive season, the department of health is offering jabs ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Pfizer’s Covid-19 pill is shaking up the global recovery trade

Shares tied to reopening trades from casinos to airlines surged in Asia on Monday after Pfizer said its Covid-19 pill ...

By John Cheng and Catherine Ngai

SA fights back: 23-million Covid-19 vaccines in arms, more urged to get ...

More than 23-million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered in SA so far, the health department says, as it ...

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YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | How could my quality of life change if ...

Health experts have encouraged citizens to get the Covid-19 vaccine, saying it will help ease some of the tight ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid-19: SA records 339 new cases, 44 deaths in 24 hours

SA recorded 339 new Covid-19 cases and 44 deaths in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases ...

By TimesLIVE

Britain approves Merck's Covid-19 pill in world first

Drugs in the same class as molnupiravir have been linked to birth defects in animal studies. Merck, known as MSD ...

By Pushkala Aripaka

Verstappen calm on Covid-19 threat to F1 title, Hamilton wary

Formula One leader Max Verstappen said he was not worrying about Covid-19 affecting the championship outcome but rival ...

By Reuters

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Cut risk of Covid-19 death by 20 times with double jab

The risk of dying from Covid-19 is 20 times higher among people who are not vaccinated than those who had the double ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

Are thermal scanners useful and can they detect Covid-19?

Thermal scanners, also known as temperature guns, have been at the forefront of mass surveillance during the pandemic, ...

Active Covid-19 cases in Western Cape dip below 1,000 for first time in 18 ...

The number of active Covid-19 cases in the Western Cape slipped below 1,000 on Thursday.

By TIMESLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

J&J booster shots on the cards for health workers as Sisonke 2 trials ...

Access to the second Sisonke study trial for healthcare workers will begin soon, SA Medical Research Council and ...

Vaccine side effect or vax anxiety? What you need to know

The regulator said immunisation anxiety-related reaction can cause hyperventilation among vaccinated individuals.

Stadium security officials detail the impact of Covid-19 on their ...

The outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating impact across the globe,  but there are signs that life ...

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

What are some of the things I need to know about long Covid in children?

Long Covid is the post-Covid-19 condition that occurs in individuals with a history of probable or confirmed infection.

Another day of few infections, as NICD reports 169 new Covid-19 cases in SA

There were 18 Covid-19 related deaths reported in the past day, taking the total number of fatalities to 89,197 to date.

By TimesLIVE

Global ‘great resignation’ trend seen in SA as long working hours in ...

Working longer hours with no boundaries during the protracted Covid-19 lockdown is starting to bite, with many ...

COVID-19 NEWS

SA hotel group says its staff are jabbed and ready for the festive season

The Capital Hotels and Apartments, which owns and operates several luxury establishments in SA, says it has achieved ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

SA records just two Covid-19 deaths and 106 cases in 24 hours

There were just 106 new Covid-19 cases recorded across SA in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Monday.

By TimesLIVE

The message is clear: Moderna is trying to outdo Pfizer

Moderna says Pfizer is trying to fathom how to play its game, while Pfizer says it’s proud of every shot-maker’s efforts

By Robert Langreth and Riley Griffin

COVID-19 NEWS

Forty percent vaccine coverage in SA can prevent 9-million infections, say ...

Getting vaccines into at least 40% of the population can prevent more than 9-million Covid-19 infections and more than ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

US drug maker to run trial for Covid-19 oral vaccine in SA

As the race to develop cheaper and easy-to-administer vaccines against Covid-19 continues, a US drug maker has been ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

Teens claw back a sense of normality after pandemic upends their lives

Teenagers have been the worst-affected by Covid-19, with the pandemic becoming a mental health crisis for many, says ...

Gill Gifford
Senior journalist

COVID-19 NEWS

Vote then vax: 1,000 pop-up sites to administer jabs on Monday

Pop-up vaccination sites will operate at 1,000 voting stations on Monday.

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief

In their own heartbreaking words: How lockdowns left abused women living ...

The Covid-19 lockdown has left women at high risk of domestic violence, a new study has found.

Teens pooh-pooh antivax rumours as they boost rollout numbers

Enthusiastic teens who are lining up for the Covid-19 jab across all provinces have driven up the vaccination needle, ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

COVID-19 NEWS

Despite unemployment, Covid-19, riots — SA consumers still plan to shop on ...

Despite 7.8-million jobless people, an economy throttled by the pandemic — and a threatened insurrection — many South ...

Covid-19: 475 new cases, 47 deaths in SA in 24 hours

There were 475 new Covid-19 cases and 47 deaths recorded in SA in the past 24 hours, the NICD said on Friday

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YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Why are fully vaccinated people still ...

As the number of fully vaccinated people continues to grow in SA, questions about why some people are still becoming ...

COVID-19 NEWS

'Covid-19 lit the fire': Societal inequalities lit the country in July, ...

Long-standing structural inequalities, political entrepreneurs and Covid-19 fuelled the riots that left more than 300 ...

Food: how Covid created a feast for the big guys and famine for the little ...

It left big food producers laughing all the way to the bank, while small farmers, fishers and traders suffered, says ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Oral Covid-19 vaccine trial to start in SA

Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. won approval to run an initial clinical trial for its orally delivered Covid-19 vaccine ...

By Antony Sguazzin

COVID-19 NEWS

Financially stressed South Africans wish they'd saved before pandemic: ...

A recent survey of 1,200 South Africans shows financial and pandemic-related worries are taking a severe toll on their ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

SA records 533 new Covid-19 cases in past 24 hours

SA recorded 533 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said on ...

By TimesLIVE

Covid-19 death claims top those for all other causes combined: Discovery

The coronavirus has overtaken cancer as well as heart and artery claims, which in previous years were the main causes ...

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist

COVID-19 NEWS

Planning to collect your R350 grant from Boxer or PnP? Wait for an SMS or ...

"The grant will not be available if you try to collect it before you have received an SMS," the SA Post Office has ...

Kyle Zeeman
Digital Editor

Matric class of 2021: Pregnancies, Covid-19 and sex scandals, but ...

The start of the matric exams today marks the beginning of the end of a 12 year schooling career for many.

YOUR COVID-19 QUESTIONS ANSWERED | Can I write my matric final exams if I ...

The department of basic education has assured pupils that they don't need to be vaccinated to write their final exams.

COVID-19 NEWS

Positive Covid-19 tests reach lowest point since start of pandemic in SA

The proportion of positive Covid-19 tests has reached its lowest point since the start of the local outbreak.

By TIMESLIVE

OPINION | Covid-19: unpacking SA’s plan to vaccinate adolescents

Vaccination of adolescents may reduce duration of symptoms, limit transmission to others and allow an earlier return to ...

By Tendesayi Kufa-Chakezha, Melinda Suchard and Michelle J. Groome

New travel rules see the return of big ships and airline food

In an early Christmas present for South Africans, cruise ships will again be allowed to set sail in local waters, while ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Freelancing professionals 'the way of the future' as Covid-19 changes the ...

Market research conducted by outsourcing company Outsized suggested that up to 30% of future staff complements in SA ...

Aron Hyman
Reporter

More than 200 prisoners to write matric exams this year

The department of correctional services has expressed confidence in the 211 prisoners who will be writing their matric ...

Ebb and flow of Covid-19 tides puzzles top scientists

The period between waves in SA ranges from 94 to 99 days, with high-risk events having little impact on this

By PAUL ASH and TANYA FARBER

COVID-19 NEWS