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Covid-19

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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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.


Without in-person orientation programmes and on-campus lectures to aid first-year university entrants in their transition out of high school, some students have found it increasingly difficult to make new friends, remain academically motivated, and completely immerse themselves in the university lifestyle in 2021; whilst those who have had on-campus learning have complained of many other issues, including a lack of support from their institutions.

 


President Cyril Ramaphosa presented the presidential employment stimulus budget on Wednesday. Here, he revealed that over 500 000 people have directly benefited from the program since its launch eight months ago and that billions will now be allocated so that the programme can continue.


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. 


A school in the Free State province has suspended teaching and learning due to the rising Covid-19 cases. Parents have demanded that all learners be tested before they return to school. 


If you've applied for the SASSA R350 SRD grant and have been declined in the period February to April 2021, SASSA has now extended the appeals deadline. 


SASSA beneficiaries are unhappy with the way grants have been implemented lately, especially those who have been approved for the R350 Covid-19 SRD grant as they have been experiencing delays in receiving payments without any commuication from SASSA. 


The Easter weekend is days away and Government has had to make some changes to the lockdown restrictions, which includes an alcohol ban. Fears of a third wave are now emerging.


South Africa is scheduled to sit down for a family meeting tonight as the President will be addressing the nation. This address comes after Ramaphosa held meetings with the National Coronavirus Command Council.


Schools across South Africa have been struggling financially due to the effects that the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown have had on the economy and the ability for parents to work. Some schools are now making use of an online platform for fundraising. 


Due to a clear decline in new cases, hospital admissions, and deaths from Covid-19 the national Cabinet has announced that restrictions on the sale of alcohol and visits to the beach and other outdoor areas have been eased.  Restaurants and other night-businesses will be pleased to see that the curfew has been moved back to start at 11pm.


It is less than one year since the first case of the new virus, Covid-19 was identified in South Africa and the first batch of vaccine to protect against the infection has landed in the country.  President Cyril Ramaphosa will be speaking to the country again tonight with an update on the vaccine programme, and maybe, just maybe, updates on the lockdown regulations. 


As the country waits for the first million doses of vaccine against Covid-19 to arrive on the 1st February, the Health Minister has confirmed that the country has secured an additional 20 million doses, this time of the Pfizer vaccine.


The UIF TERS Scheme provided by the South African government has now come to an end after the applications for the last period closed on 31 December 2020. Many wonder why there has not been an extension due to the extended alert Level 3 lockdown. 


Many students at college or varsity live in busy residences, so are being considered for earlier vaccine rollouts. These plans, along with the plans for medical students who are working in hospitals, were presented at the Higher Health webinar for the post-school education sector's Covid-19 vaccine strategy. 


While South Africa awaits the arrival of the Covid-19 vaccines, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize provided updates on the rollout of the vaccines saying research is being done into the efficacy of the vaccines for the new variant of Covid-19. 

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