Covid-19

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The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on life and business in 2020. As 2021 dawns it has become clear that Covid-19 has not gone away. We we keep our readers up to date on the latest developments on the coronavirus in South Africa and the latest news with managing the pandemic, the lockdown, the vaccine and other measures to deal with the crisis.


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More and more universities have joined corporate companies in making vaccinations mandatory ahead of next year. Sol Plaatjie university has explained how this will work and also offered an alternative for those who don't want to get the jab.


The Education Department joined the Vooma Vaccination campaign in order to encourage more South Africans to get vaccinated and educate those who are still hesitant to take the jab. 


As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to thrive, universities across the country have been considering mandatory vaccination for students. Central University of Technology (CUT) spokesperson, Dan Maritz, has chimed in on the university’s stance in this debate.


The Ballito Rage orgainses were determined for this year's event to go ahead. However, despite their efforts, the event has been cancelled.


As the 2021 academic year nears its end, the Gauteng department of education is worried about the rising number of Covid cases in the province and the emergence of Omicron, the new Covid-19 variant.


There was a return to the Sunday night ritual of the President's speech to the country as he warned South Africans to be wary of the new Covid-19 variant which is taking hold in Gauteng. The country will stay with the current restrictions but Ramaphosa has warned that if citizens refuse to get the Covid vaccine they might soon see their movement and activities limited. 


With the reduction in cases of Covid-19 in the country, the President has announced that there will be a relaxation in the national lockdown measures that are in place across the country. We have the details of the relaxed restrictions and the news lockdown level.


The Independent Examinations Board has released its National Senior Certificate Examination timetable for 2021. IEB Schools will not be writing exams on 1 November 2021 due to the local government elections being held. 


As many countries begin to implement restrictions on unvaccinated citizens, the thought of mandatory vaccinations grows stronger amongst both academic and medical professionals. With these sentiments around the vaccine being on the rise, the UCT Student Representative Council (SRC) has circulated a survey to gage UCT students’ thoughts on the matter.


Many applicants for the SASSA R350 grant are left with a status saying 'Pending' and don't know what this means or where their application is. Read more to find out what this means and also what happens to your application after you apply. 


During his "family meeting" on Sunday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa gave an update about the R350 grant. The second round of the grant kicked off in the first week of August.


On Sunday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa took to the podium as he announced changes to the National Lockdown regulations. These included a new curfew, lockdown level and a few other things so keep reading for all the details.


With COVID-19 being a prevalent part of our daily lives for the past year and a half, what initially seemed like an opportunity to get a bit of time off from school and work when the virus first reached South Africa’s doorsteps in March of 2020, has manifested into a deadly global pandemic that has seeped into all of our lives, forcing us to adjust our day-to-day routines to accommodate it.


The National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa says overcrowding at schools is a major contributing factor to the rising numbers of Covid-19 school infections.


The Covid-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the South African economy, and with that, the education sector has been terribly hit by the unfortunate effects of the virus as well. The private school sector with regards to primary school, high school, and tertiary institutions has also felt these effects which, in turn, has put to question the sustainability of private schooling institutions.


Apply now for a 6 month job as a Covid-19 screener to work at schools in Gauteng. The contract starts from the 26th July and you will be paid a stipend of R3500 per month. So Apply Today!


The recent National Income Dynamics Study-Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey (NIDS-CRAM) report has revealed record non-attendance rates for students between the ages of 7 and 17 since the pandemic hit South Africa in March of 2020.

 


Like any vaccine, the COVID-19 vaccine can cause mild short-term side effects. Most reactions to the vaccine are mild and will go away on their own.


In an unscheduled media briefing on Saturday afternoon, the Health Department and scientists presented their latest research to the public that demonstrates the unwelcome arrival of the Delta variant of Covid-19 in South Africa. They went on to explain the impact of this on the medical outlook and how this will influence the vaccine programme.  This may also impact the discussions about whether a harder lockdown will be coming.


With the Covid-19 pandemic still rampant in 2021, both public and private High Schools have had to adapt their Matric curriculum programme in order to make up for time lost during the epidemic, with some IEB schools having to alter their teaching methods as a result.


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