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EDITORIAL | With much to be proud of and much to ...

If the Sunday Times had reported in its edition of March 8 2020 that in the coming 12 months one South African in every ...

By Sunday Times Editorial

Disabled lives matter: Covid-19 puts a spotlight ...

The virus has brought to the fore the unacceptable belief that the lives of those with disabilities are less valuable, ...

By Lauren den Besten

Flipside of Covid-19 gloom emerges

Twelve tough months of Covid have left a legacy of innovations and changes to health systems and public behaviour that ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

SA's vaccine rollout: Queue-jumpers warned as vaccinations climb

The milestone of 100,000 health-care workers vaccinated was reached on Friday and a new shipment of Johnson & Johnson ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

Covid-19: Virtual tutoring takes off in Western Cape

It is 3pm and the school day has ended for many pupils at Kensington High School in Cape Town. But for Alashia Vlotman, ...

'Her death was a wake-up call': Remembering SA's first Covid victim

Madeleine van Wyk was the first South African to die from Covid-19, bringing home the reality of the pandemic which ...

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

S'THEMBISO MSOMI | Fault lines and future challenges laid bare

A year after the first case of a Covid-19 infection in SA was reported - leading the country to be locked down along ...

S'thembiso Msomi
Editor: Sunday Times

LINDIWE MAZIBUKO | Lessons learnt about our world — and our next pandemic

On Friday, SA marked the passage of one year since the first Covid-19 patient was diagnosed, in the KwaZulu-Natal ...

By Lindiwe Mazibuko

COVID-19 NEWS

Health department accused of 'lying' to parliament over J&J vaccines

The health department has been accused of lying to parliament about the procurement of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

How does resistance to disinfectants happen? We’re on the road to ...

Covid-19 has had a significant impact on our lives. One effect that could yet be seen might be the development of ...

By Robert Bragg and Charlotte Boucher-van Jaarsveld

Health-care workers honoured for their contribution in fight against Covid

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has thanked nurses for their contribution in the fight against Covid-19.

COVID-19 NEWS

SA hits vaccine milestone as 100,000 shots have now been administered

SA's 100,000th Covid-19 vaccine has been administered, 17 days after the first shot was given out on February 17.

By TimesLIVE

ONE YEAR OF COVID-19 | ‘Mistakes were made, lessons were learnt’: Zweli ...

Health minister Zweli Mkhize said the Covid-19 crisis has been a rough year-long journey for SA in which mistakes were ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Salim Abdool Karim: SA’s voice of reason

Epidemiologist tells New Frame he is deeply disturbed by ‘vaccine nationalism’.

By Carlos Amato

Nelson Mandela Bay Covid-19 map shows cases drop below 50

Active Covid-19 cases in the region have dropped below 50, according to municipal data.

By Zamandulo Malonde and Michael Kimberley

ONE YEAR OF COVID-19 | Five treatments that fell short

Over the course of the last year since the first outbreak of the coronavirus, numerous drugs and treatments have been ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

KZN government to extend contracts of over 10,000 health workers

Premier Sihle Zikalala said the health-care workers who were hired by the KZN government last year have helped reduce ...

COVID-19 NEWS

Covid-19 variant and immunity: Here is what you need to know

A preliminary study conducted by the KZN Research Informatics and Sequencing Programme showed people previously ...

ONE YEAR OF COVID-19 | How grocery delivery apps scored

Thousands of businesses have struggled due to the impact of Covid-19 in SA since the first case was recorded a year ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

SA climbs to 16th global spot for Covid-19 cases after moving to level 1 ...

SA has climbed two spots on the Worldometers ranking of countries with the most Covid-19 infections following the move ...

COVID-19 NEWS

ONE YEAR OF COVID-19 | Divorces on the rise during pandemic, say lawyers

In a year of Covid-19 in SA, close proximity, financial pressures and even home schooling have hit couples hard and ...

ONE YEAR OF COVID-19: 10 sobering facts about the pandemic in SA

As the country reflects on a year with the deadly coronavirus, here are some facts on the pandemic in SA.

By Khanyisile Ngcobo

ONE YEAR OF COVID-19: A year on from SA's first coronavirus case, here's ...

As SA reflects on a year of heartache and mourning, here's a look at how the coronavirus has affected the world in ...

By Sunday Times

ONE YEAR OF COVID-19 | 'We can't make the same mistakes again': medical ...

Exactly a year ago, the first Covid-19 case was confirmed in SA. Since then, more than 1.5 million people have ...

Millions of Covid-19 shots heading to SA between now and June, Mkhize says

SA will receive between 9 million and 11 million Covid-19 vaccines between March and the end of June, health minister ...

Matthew Savides
Night news editor

PODCAST | Remembering the first night of lockdown

In this podcast we revisit the first nights of chaos and confusion as SA and its citizens entered lockdown for the ...

By Paige Muller

ONE YEAR OF COVID-19 | South Africans show their compassion despite ...

The Sunflower Fund saw a 230% increase in people registering to become donors in the past year. The fund usually ...

By Sipokazi Fokazi

Tributes pour in for broadcaster Karima Brown - 'she was a brilliant ...

Fikile Mbalula described Karima Brown as a brilliant journalist and broadcaster, while Thuli Madonsela paid tribute to ...

ONE YEAR OF COVID-19 | Elderly eyes shine at prospect of visits to old age ...

With lockdown levels being eased to alert level one this week, the elderly in care homes are excited and happy at the ...

After exactly one year of Covid-19, SA sees 1,404 new cases and 96 deaths ...

In exactly a year since the first Covid-19 case was confirmed in SA on March 5, 2020, there have been 1,517,666 ...

By TimesLIVE

When and how bad Covid-19 third wave will be depends on how people behave, ...

Society’s behaviour will determine when the country will experience the third wave of Covid-19 infections, health ...

Covid-19 named as SA's newsmaker of the year for 2020

Covid-19 has been named as the newsmaker of the year for 2020, the National Press Club announced on Thursday night.

ONE YEAR OF COVID-19: WATCH | South Africans reflect on life during the ...

We took to the streets to chat to South Africans about their biggest lessons, regrets and some of the positives to come ...

By TimesLIVE

Veteran media personality Karima Brown has died of Covid-19

The television host and political commentator had been hospitalised for several weeks with a Covid-19 complication.

Third Covid-19 wave? Here's how the Western Cape is preparing to save ...

"A third wave is likely, but how we act now, in our response as a government, and our behaviour as individuals can help ...

COVID-19 NEWS

People infected with Covid variant have protection from reinfection - ...

Scientists have discovered that those infected with 501Y.V2 have a level of protection from previous and current ...

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

Police release details of fake Covid-19 vaccine bust at Gauteng warehouse

International policing authority Interpol on Wednesday said South African authorities had seized hundreds of fake ...

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

SA records 194 deaths and 856 new Covid-19 infections in 24 hours

SA on Tuesday saw a second consecutive day of fewer than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases, with 856 new infections recorded.

By TimesLIVE

COVID-19 NEWS

WATCH | Doctor who treated Gauteng’s patient zero ‘feels great’ after ...

Dr Jarrod Zamperini was in high spirits and said he felt "great" after receiving the life-saving jab.

First private sector vaccine site for Covid opens in Western Cape

SA’s first private sector vaccination site opened in the Western Cape on Tuesday as the province vaccinated its ...

Aron Hyman
Reporter

Pharmacists add their voices to ivermectin campaign

A group of pharmacists have joined the legal chorus seeking to get blanket approval for the use of ivermectin, ...

By Tania Broughton

COVID-19 NEWS

Level 1 lockdown: here is what can get you fined or arrested

Dlamini-Zuma has stressed that several acts of defiance under level 1 can still result in offences and penalties.

Premier Alan Winde urges residents not to be complacent under level 1: ...

Western Cape premier Alan Winde said outdoor events under level 1 will be the income generators in the province.

Public sector unions want 12% of basic salary Covid-19 risk allowance

Public sector unions want a general salary rise of consumer inflation plus 4% for all workers, a document they ...

By Reuters

COVID-19 NEWS

KZN locks down local holiday tourism, business and foreign travel not so ...

The province’s tourism body is trying to fuel the industry by reminding people what it has to offer

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Private jets can cut health risks — but add reputational ones

The elite increasingly find flying private attractive, but possible public backlash will force companies to be discreet

By Michael Skapinker

How does the J&J vaccine compare to other coronavirus jabs? Four ...

Maureen Ferran, a virologist at the Rochester Institute of Technology, explains how the Johnson & Johnson vaccine works ...

By Maureen Ferran

COVID-19 NEWS

SA moves to Covid-19 alert level 1

President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday night that SA had "clearly emerged" from the second wave of coronavirus ...

SA just shy of 50,000 Covid-19 related deaths as 52 new fatalities recorded

SA recorded 1,168 new Covid-19 cases and 52 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the country to the verge of a grim ...

By TimesLIVE

Level 1, yes, but third wave could crash down at any time, warns Ramaphosa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has warned that South Africans should not discount the possibility of a third wave of ...

By Kgothatso Madisa and Amanda Khoza

'We will be secured': Ramaphosa says SA vaccination rollout plan is on ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday night assured South Africans that his government would ensure there were sufficient ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Alert us if Covid-19 cases rise in your home town during level 1: ...

Co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says districts must alert communities ...

By TimesLIVE

Covid-19 forces Apartheid Museum to close 'until further notice'

The Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg will be closed to the public from Monday due to the coronavirus.

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

WATCH | Covid-19 restrictions eased as SA moves to lockdown alert level 1

President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Sunday about the latest Covid-19 developments.

By Deepa Kesa

IN FULL | Lockdown alert: SA moves to Covid-19 level 1

President Ramaphosa says SA has past the second wave peak, but urged vigilance as a third is ‘ever present’

By TimesLIVE

Covid-19's first wave hit poor hardest, according to tests of V&A ...

The first wave of Covid-19 hit poorer people hardest, according to tests of 405 employees at the Victoria & Alfred ...

Dave Chambers
Cape Town bureau chief

R10bn for Covid-19 vaccine rollout plan

Finance minister Tito Mboweni has allocated R10.3bn to fund a massive vaccination programme to shield the entire ...

Thabo Mokone
Parliamentary editor

SA groups vaccines in order of preference: J&J, Pfizer, Moderna in ...

Government advisers have organised Covid-19 vaccines into three groups, with the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Moderna ...

By Alexander Winning

‘Surely vaccinating 80,000 in one day is possible?’ - Ndlozi questions ...

Ndlozi compared vaccinations to voting and said if the government can organise millions to vote on a single day, then ...

COVID-19 NEWS

'I’m back at work, healthy with no issues': doctors upbeat after Covid-19 ...

'I would actually encourage people to take the vaccine if they can.'

By Nomahlubi Sonjica and Iavan Pijoos

WATCH | What you need to know about SA's vaccine rollout

Many countries around the world have begun their vaccination programmes. But what is SA’s plan, and what does our ...

Anthony Molyneaux
Multimedia journalist

LISTEN | Two-thirds of 2020 academic year was lost to Covid-19 school ...

Matric students from all over the country were on Tuesday morning scrambling to find out their results.

By Paige Muller

Alcohol sales ban was not thought through and 'has no merit', says SAB

South African Breweries says allegations that it demonstrated no reverence for the dignity of health-care workers and ...

Right2Know set to defy Covid-19 regulations in today’s budget protests

"As citizens, it is our duty and responsibility to defend the right to freedom of assembly"

WATCH | Wings of empowerment: Young pilot delivers vital PPE while ...

Kelly Slingers is a relief pilot and the founder of the Plane Project. She spends her days collecting and donating ...

Deepa Kesa
Multimedia producer

COVID-19 NEWS

Companies with 50+ employees must submit weekly data on Covid-19 cases

It is now a legal requirement for all businesses with more than 50 employees to submit weekly data on Covid-19 cases to ...

Ernest Mabuza
Journalist

Tenants in arrears, slump in parking fees: Covid-19 hurts centres like ...

Shopping centre company says tenant arrears increased more than threefold last year.

By Nqobile Dludla

Doctor’s Covid-19 vaccine diary gives SA a shot of hope and humour

Since being vaccinated, the Pretoria-based woman is documenting her journey to dispel myths about jabs

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

More than 10,000 arrested in KZN for not wearing face masks

More than 10,000 people have been arrested since December for not wearing face masks in KwaZulu-Natal.

Nivashni Nair
Senior reporter

Some KZN health workers have declined Covid-19 vaccine: health MEC

KwaZulu-Natal health MEC Nomagugu Simelane-Zulu says some health workers have refused to be vaccinated and won't be ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Health-care workers clamouring to get Covid-19 vaccination urged to remain ...

'Our daily health-care worker inoculation target is 6,600 people,' says Prof Glenda Gray, co-principal investigator of ...

Graeme Hosken
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Handling Covid-19 with no government clinic in sight

An NGO stepped in to create the Bulungula health point in the Xhora Mouth area of the former Transkei, meaning that ...

By Barry Christianson

When the third wave hits SA, and it probably will, what will it be like?

With a more than 50% chance of a new variant, experts are preparing for a third wave come autumn/winter

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

EDITORIAL | No room for Covid-19 complacency as third wave is ‘very ...

On Friday, SA passed the 1,5 million mark of confirmed Covid-19 cases, highlighting the need to remain vigilant

COVID-19 NEWS

MMAMOLOKO KUBAYI-NGUBANE | Fund sets out to build equality in tourism

The tourism sector remains one of the untransformed sectors in the economy, thus making very little contribution to the ...

By MMAMOLOKO KUBAYI-NGUBANE

Covid-era creations that prove we still have things to be grateful for

Nothing lasts forever, not even endless pandemics. The pain of this moment is its own reminder to celebrate the ...

By jess brodie

SABELO SKITI | SANDF's response highlights wider issue

On Sunday March 15 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a state of disaster to help the government address the ...

Sabelo Skiti
Investigative journalist

'It's not a setback at all': SA to press on with Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine

SA is pushing ahead with the planned rollout of the Pfizer vaccine, with experts not overly concerned about the results ...

By ZIMASA MATIWANE, GRAEME HOSKEN and CLAIRE KEETON

'All hands are on deck': Moving heaven and earth for fast vaccine rollout

When health-care workers lined up for the first Johnson & Johnson Covid vaccinations this week, it was an emotional ...

By CLAIRE KEETON and ZIMASA MATIWANE

For me, getting vaccinated is choosing life: nurse who got first Covid-19 ...

After seeing patients die of Covid in Khayelitsha District Hospital, Zoliswa Gidi-Dyosi wondered if she would be next.

By SIPOKAZI FOKAZI, BELINDA PHETO, ALEX PATRICK and CLAIRE KEETON

Covid jobs: a new lost decade?

Jobs data for the fourth quarter of 2020 will be closely watched to see to what extent the jobs market may have ...

Hilary Joffe
Columnist

NDUMISO NGCOBO | There's no time to go slow when you've got a curfew

Life was 'no rush' before the gold rush, and it seems those carefree days are making a comeback in these strange times ...

COVID-19 NEWS

SA government's top advisers back Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine despite study ...

Two of SA government's top advisers on Covid-19 backed Pfizer's vaccine on Friday, despite a study earlier this week ...

By Alexander Winning

SA's Covid-19 cases now exceed 1.5 million

SA has recorded 1,500,677 cumulative cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

By TimesLIVE

Pfizer plans to test Covid-19 vaccine booster targeting the variant ...

A top Pfizer Inc scientist says the company is in intensive discussions with regulators to test a booster shot version ...

By Michael Erman

Pfizer says South African variant could significantly reduce vaccine ...

A laboratory study suggests that the South African variant of the coronavirus may reduce antibody protection from the ...

By Reuters

SA records 2,327 Covid-19 cases and 230 deaths in 24 hours

SA recorded 2,327 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of confirmed cases to date to 1,498,766.

By TimesLIVE

Mutations and mergers: how Covid is staying ahead of the game

A single mutation in the spike protein makes the most prevalent variant in SA up to eight times more transmissible

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Doctor who did Covid ward rounds with tears in her eyes relieved as KZN ...

A doctor at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital in Umlazi, south of Durban, has told of how staff who had manned Covid-19 ...

Orrin Singh
Reporter

'Shouldn’t nurses wear gloves while giving the vaccine?': Ndlozi questions ...

Ramaphosa described the jab process as "just a prick on my flesh" and said the first vaccinations were a “real ...

Politics plays pivotal role in how the public buys into the Covid-19 ...

There is a strong relationship between politics and willingness to accept the Covid-19 vaccine.

Mask wearing has increased for all groups, irrespective of Covid-19 beliefs

South Africans have widely adopted face masks to counter the threat of Covid-19 but are slipping on social distancing ...

By TimesLIVE

Cigarette lockdown ban: Big brands still suffering as smokers choose cheap

The legal multinationals' market share of the sale of cigarettes went from 70% (pre-ban) to 33% (in ban) to 50% ...

By TimesLIVE

Pfizer says South African variant could significantly reduce vaccine ...

A laboratory study suggests that the South African variant of the coronavirus may reduce antibody protection from the ...

By Reuters

'Leading from the front'- SA praises Ramaphosa for taking Covid-19 vaccine

13,000 of the 80,000 vaccines were set aside for health workers in the Western Cape.

Yesterday was practice — today the vaccine rollout hits second gear

On Wednesday the hospital did a test run of 20 shots of the 80,000 Johnson and Johnson vaccines which arrived in the ...

WATCH | Vaccines for Ramaphosa and health-care workers, SA joins Covid-19 ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa was vaccinated on Wednesday at Khayelitsha District Hospital in Cape Town.

By Zama Luthuli and Anthony Molyneaux

'We are taking a giant step, like a baby' — David Makhura hails Gauteng ...

Dr Steve Mankupane, acting CEO of Soweto's Chris Hani Baragwanath hospital, will be among the first health workers in ...

‘Can I close my eyes?’ Ramaphosa has Covid-19 jab with Khayelitsha ...

Labour ward sister Zoliswa Gidi-Dyosi became the first health worker in SA to be vaccinated against Covid-19 on ...

By Sipokazi Fokazi

Ramaphosa upbeat about Covid-19 vaccine rollout as he gets his shot in the ...

President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday said he believes the countrywide vaccination process is going to be flawless and ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

Hunger worsens despite Covid grants, even as employment recovers from hard ...

There has been a substantial increase in employment due to eased lockdown measures from last year, but the country ...

IN QUOTES | Mkhize says J&J vaccine has 57% efficacy against the new ...

The country's Covid-19 vaccine rollout is set to begin this week with the first batch of 80,000 Johnson & Johnson ...

Rollout of Covid-19 vaccine is underway across SA

The needle of SA's first Covid-19 vaccination is expected to be inserted into the arm of a healthcare worker on ...

By BELINDA PHETO, ALEX PATRICK and Nonkuleleko Njilo

SA records 1,210 new cases of Covid-19 at positivity rate of just 4.94%

As the total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in SA climbed towards the 1.5 million mark, health minister Zweli ...

By TimesLIVE

J&J vaccines arrive in SA on Tuesday night

The first batch of Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines will arrive at the OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday ...

By TimesLIVE

OPINION | Covid-19: What leaders say during a pandemic matters

It is heartwarming to witness the world solidarity that so quickly led to the establishment of the Covax global ...

By Piyushi Kotecha

SA plans to share AstraZeneca shots via AU

SA plans to share a million AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses it received from the Serum Institute of India with other ...

By Reuters

Study showing high Eastern Cape Covid-19 prevalence questioned

Almost two-thirds of Eastern Cape residents may already have had Covid-19, with antibodies picked up in blood donations ...

By Michael Kimberley

SA says documentation on Russian Covid-19 vaccine sent to regulator

SA’s health ministry said on Tuesday the manufacturers of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine had submitted ...

By Reuters

SA company to start production of ultra-cold Covid-19 vaccine storage

SA natural gas and helium producer Renergen will start production of its helium-powered ultra-cold mobile freezer in ...

By Reuters

SA asks Serum Institute to take back 1 million vaccine doses — report

SA has asked the Serum Institute of India to take back the one million Covid-19 vaccine doses the company had sent in ...

By Reuters

Close to 3,000 pupils did not return to school due to Covid-19 fears

Close to 3,000 pupils did not return to school last year after the imposition of the March lockdown due to Covid-19 ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

Coronavirus and food safety: what the studies conclude

When the Covid-19 pandemic began, not much was known about SARS-CoV-2 and its survival in food, on materials and on ...

By Lucia Anelich, Jeffrey M. Farber, Ryk Lues and Valeria R Parreira

SA records 1,102 Covid-19 cases and 195 deaths in 24 hours

SA recorded 1,102 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours.

By TimesLIVE

Durban old age association Tafta in cash crisis as state and donors cut ...

A dramatic drop in state and donor funding coupled with escalating Covid-19 expenses has left Durban's The Association ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

As pupils return, government vows to help them deal with Covid trauma

Education DG says pandemic has put financial strain on department, but at least leaks didn’t compromise matric exams

Schools ready, but 16,000 pupils not placed as 2021 year gets under way

After a Covid-enforced delayed start to the 2021 year, it's all systems go when schools reopen on Monday.

By Sipokazi Fokazi

Up to 63% of South Africans have had Covid-19, blood donor tests suggest

A study published on Friday, led by authors from the National Blood Service, shows that a large percentage of the ...

By GroundUp Staff

You must still pay school fees despite Covid-19 breaks, says Angie ...

Parents who wonder if they can skip paying school fees in the context of Covid-enforced longer school breaks have been ...

Matthew Savides
Night news editor

Not all schools are ready to open on Monday, says teacher union Naptosa

The National Professional Teachers' Organisation of SA (Naptosa) says not all of SA's schools are ready to receive ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

It's official: National state of disaster extended as SA reopens land ...

Cogta minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has officially extended the Disaster Management Act for another month.

Matthew Savides
Night news editor

'In science we don't go for the second-best option': Health ombud Makgoba ...

SA health ombud and molecular immunologist Prof Malegapuru Makgoba is fiercely opposed to the rollout of the ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

20 land borders will reopen on Monday, says Motsoaledi

Twenty land borders will reopen on Monday, the cabinet decided on Saturday.

By TimesLIVE

Vaccine cavalry comes to the rescue against Covid-19

SA's on-off Covid-19 vaccination programme has been rescued by a batch of 80,000 vaccines that Johnson & Johnson was ...

By CLAIRE KEETON, GRAEME HOSKEN and TANYA FARBER

Covid-19 vaccine: pharmaceutical firms focus on 501.V2 variant

The 501.V2 variant has been a curveball for vaccine developers across the globe, with all asking the same question: ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

SA-born engineer's vintage fridge could be key in vaccine rollout

As countries scramble to find freezers capable of storing vaccines, one ultra-old fridge developed by a South ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

How South Africans defied the booze ban

When South African drinkers couldn’t get their hands on their favourite tipple during the first hard lockdown last ...

Amanda Khoza
Presidency reporter

SA records 2,488 Covid-19 cases and 237 deaths in 24 hours

SA recorded another 2,488 Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to date to 1,484,900.

By TimesLIVE

Cyril Ramaphosa confirms arrival of 80,000 J&J vaccines next week

President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed that the first batch of 80,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccination doses will arrive ...

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent

PODCAST | Prof Madhi on whether you can get reinfected once you've had ...

Vaccines are the talk of the town, but what about the natural immunity (or lack thereof) enjoyed by those who have ...

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

COVID-19 NEWS

Vaccinating as many people as possible is key to saving SA's recovery

Vaccinating as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, is critical for saving SA's economy, businesses, and ...

SA records 3,159 Covid-19 cases and 276 deaths in the past 24 hours

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize said on Wednesday night that 3,159 new Covid-19 cases had been recorded in the past 24 ...

By TimesLIVE

Use AstraZeneca's Covid jab even in countries with SA variant — WHO

AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine is safe and effective and should be deployed widely, including in countries where the ...

By Stephanie Nebehay, Kate Kelland and John Miller

Pfizer could directly deliver Covid-19 shots to SA vaccination points

Pfizer said it could deliver its Covid-19 vaccine, which requires ultra-cold temperatures for storage and distribution, ...

By Promit Mukherjee

SA's Covid-19 phase 1 vaccine rollout to start next week with J&J shots

Health minister Zweli Mkhize said the nationwide phase 1 vaccine rollout is expected to start some time next week, with ...

By Iavan Pijoos

WATCH | ‘We will not waste the money’: Mkhize updates SA on ‘ineffective’ ...

Health minister Zweli Mkhize hosted a public briefing on Wednesday morning to address the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine’s ...

Anthony Molyneaux
Multimedia journalist

PODCAST | Covid-19 is no hoax, people are dying to keep you safe

In this episode of 'Boots on the Ground' we send one of our toughest videographers, Emile Bosch, behind the veil at ...

By Emile Bosch and Paige Muller

Covid-19 drives super-rich South Africans onto golf courses

From golfing and yachting to collecting priceless artworks and classic cars, super-wealthy South Africans are keeping ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Leaders want to be first to take the jab: 5 takeouts from Zweli Mkhize on ...

The minister dismissed speculation that the government will administer expired vaccines.

WATCH | ‘I hope the vaccine comes now’: Paramedic fears SA isn’t prepared ...

Paramedic Clive Moeleso says the only fear he experiences when responding to a suspected Covid-19 case is that he may ...

Emile Bosch
Multimedia journalist

Proteas T20 stand-in captain Heinrich Klaasen reveals severity of his ...

Proteas Twenty20 stand-in captain Heinrich Klaasen says he suffered heart palpitations when he battled Covid-19 two ...

Tiisetso Malepa
Sports reporter

Despite the AstraZeneca setback, there’s still a lot to cheer about

Top scientists are upbeat about SA's Covid-19 vaccine rollout

Tanya Farber
Senior science reporter

Surveys suggest up to half of all South Africans don't want Covid vaccine

As vaccines arrive, South Africa faces widespread scepticism over safety.

By Reuters

Covid-19 positivity rate drops to 6.5% as SA records 1,742 new cases

SA recorded 1,742 Covid-19 cases in the past 24-hours, but it was the positivity rate of 6.48% that will likely be the ...

By TimesLIVE

Don't bin the AstraZeneca vaccine, says Prof Shabir Madhi

There is no need to dump the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, as it still had an important place in SA’s fight ...

Matthew Savides
Night news editor

SA to start Covid-19 vaccinations with J&J doses

SA will start its immunisation campaign with Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine after data showed AstraZeneca's shot ...

By Reuters

SA mulls 'stepped' rollout as global health officials back AstraZeneca ...

Health officials around the world gave their backing to the AstraZeneca vaccine after a study showing it had little ...

By Reuters

AstraZeneca vaccine has major role to play, SA trial lead says

Prof Shabir Madhi believes AstraZeneca's vaccine has a major role to play in Africa and globally, despite data showing ...

By Reuters

East London business fined R5,000 as partygoers ignore Covid rules

Managers of an East London establishment have been arrested after a video surfaced showing patrons ignoring lockdown ...

By DispatchLIVE Reporter

Bus industry buckles under Covid-19 pressure

South African bus companies are under siege, with many operating at a loss and facing possible closure due to the ...

Isaac Mahlangu
Senior reporter

Health sciences university says 'herbal cure' for Covid must wait for test ...

The Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University is conducting tests on the safety and efficacy of a herbal product from ...

Iavan Pijoos
Journalist

'People’s lives are on the line': Seven reactions to SA's vaccine 'moemish'

The AstraZeneca vaccine is not particularly effective against mild to moderate disease caused by the dominant Covid-19 ...

First it was whether to take the jab, now health-care workers must decide ...

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? That was the question put to health-care workers on Friday. And the responses were ...

By Graeme Hosken and Alex Patrick

WATCH | Surviving the second wave: Anxiety & fatigue on the Covid ...

South African front-line health-care staff have been tirelessly battling the Covid-19 pandemic since the country's ...

Emile Bosch
Multimedia journalist

A single ‘escape mutant’ shouldn’t render a Covid-19 vaccine useless

Despite the disappointing news about the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, there still is some reason for hope

By Sarah L Caddy

EDITORIAL | Government has gone from Covid hero to zero. It must stop ...

Mistakes happen, but to persist with inaction in the face of this insidious virus is unforgivable

SA's Covid-19 vaccines are expiring earlier than planned — and we only ...

'These vaccines came through with an expiry date in April, which we only identified upon arrival," said health DDG ...

Matthew Savides
Night news editor

SA halts AstraZeneca shots, but UK says it prevents Covid-19 deaths

South Africa halted the rollout of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccinations after data showed it gave minimal protection ...

By Reuters

Lockdown protester locked up after 'shouting and swearing' in court

The man arrested during a weekend protest against the national lockdown will be sent for mental evaluation after ...

Bobby Jordan
Senior reporter

SA’s Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine rollout in peril after ‘disappointing’ ...

New research shows the vaccine ‘fails to prevent mild and moderate Covid from SA strain’

By Donato Paolo Mancini, Hannah Kuchler, David Pilling, Clive Cookson and Joseph Cotterill

Ramaphosa extends army deployment for another month at cost of R64.7m

President Cyril Ramaphosa has again extended the deployment of the army in the fight against Covid-19, again by another ...

Andisiwe Makinana
Political correspondent

Game, set and mask: fans trickle in on first day of Australian Open

Crowd capacity for this year’s event in Melbourne has been capped at 30,000 per day

By Melanie Burton

About 500,000 doses of J&J vaccine available soon to SA health workers

Scientists have about 500,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine ready to offer health-care workers ...

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

Net closing in on those who unlawfully benefitted from PPE procurement and ...

Those implicated in the unlawful procurement of Covid-19 PPE and other medical supplies, as well as Ters fraud, are ...

Tippling point: booze-fuelled crimes soar after ban is booted

Expert predicts a ‘rebound’ in infections, with officials reporting a rise in alcohol-related accidents and offences

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Armed guards, unmarked police cars and satellite tracking for 'VIP' Covid ...

As SA's first batch of Covid-19 vaccines begins rolling out to provinces this week, a massive security plan involving ...

By PAUL ASH, GRAEME HOSKEN and KGOTHATSO MADISA

WILLIAM GUMEDE | Common sense, or inoculation will fail

Unless common sense - so desperately lacking among many ANC and government leaders - prevails, with the government ...

EQUAL EDUCATION | Motshekga & Co, don't make private schools a teacher's ...

Open letter to the president, minister of basic education, minister of finance, minister of health and the minister of ...

By Equal Education

A 'home-grown' Covid-19 vaccine deal is near, says Biovac CEO

In a move that could dramatically alter SA's access to more Covid-19 vaccine, Cape Town-based biopharmaceutical company ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter