covid-19 south africa

Every 5 years, South Africa holds nationwide Municipal Elections, and on the 1st of November 2021, the time will come once again for registered South African voters to have their say. This time, however, the ever-looming threat of COVID-19 presents an obstacle in the procession of these elections, mainly with regards to parties’ responses to the pandemic, how this may affect the votes, and how the elections will be held amid the pandemic.


Children aged 12 to 17 will soon be next in line to receive their vaccination jabs. The Health Department said that it is making arrangements for the vaccination rollout to begin next week.

The University of Cape Town Senate has voted for the mandatory vaccination of students and staff from January 2022.

Since the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic, education progress worldwide has been disrupted. The United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) wants things to get back on track. 

On 23 July 2021 Higher Education Minister officially launched the Covid-19 vaccine rollout programme in the post-schooling education and training sector (PSET). Listed below are some of the colleges that are still forging ahead with their vaccination programs.

The KZN Department of Education is investigating an alleged contravention of Disaster Management Act regulations at a Durban school. A pupil who had tested positive for COVID-19 was allegedly allowed to enter the school to write examinations.

The country's basic education sector has had to endure several challenges since the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, these include repeated lockdowns, an attempted insurrection and massive budget cuts. Reporters take a closer look at the current state of the and what might measures have been taken to stabilise the situation.   

Covid-19 has not only taken people’s jobs and lives, but it has also played a big role in how companies structure their internship programmes moving forward. In a normal work place environment, internships are meant to give interns first-hand work experience, but the opportunity to learn real work by interns has moved online for some companies, and placed on hold by others. 

On 10 September, the first of South Africa’s teenagers received their COVID-19 vaccine. Approximately 2 000 children between the ages of 6 months and 17 years are set to take part in South Africa's COVID-19 vaccine trial.

The Telkom Foundation Study has found that the Covid-19 pandemic has further worsened the challenges that South African learners have faced with regards to Maths and Science subjects.  

A study was conducted using UNICEF South Africa’s free U-Report SMS platform which revealed that only 55% of young people in the country are willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

More younger children have been reported to be dropping out of schools often as the Covid-19 pandemic becomes the emphasized cause by the Department of Education. 

The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga raised concerns over the negative impact Covid-19 will have on the future and the progress of education.

Teacher's Union Naptosa has expressed their concerned over the rising number of Covid-19 infections ahead of the matric trial exams. They are opposed to the relaxation of any of the safety protocols which may decrease social distancing in schools. 

The principal of Redhill School has made a radical suggestion to drop two subjects from the school curriculum as schools across the country battle to keep up after Covid-19 disruptions. 

Teacher's union, NAPTOSA, has expressed concern regarding the rising number of Covid-19 infections in schools located in the Northern Cape as well as the Eastern Cape.  

Following the Cabinet’s approval for the vaccination of people aged between 18 and 35 years from 20 August 2021, South Africa’s COVID-19 vaccination programme is expected to increase drastically.

The Basic Education Department says that learners lost between 50% and 75% of a normal year's worth of schooling in 2020. And indicates that this may have a lasting negative in the long term.

The Department of Education in the Eastern Cape has become concerned over the rise in Covid-19 cases especially among learners in the province, this comes after 89 schools have confirmed to have registered Covid-19 cases. 

After 60 people tested positive for COVID-19 at Grey College, classes needed to be suspended to ensure the safety of all the other learners and staff.