covid-19 south africa


Covid-19 is caused by an infection with the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 virus strain. South Africa first went on lockdown for 21 days from March 26th to April 16th in 2020.

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 Department of Basic Education suspended all extracurricular activities in May as an effort to contain the spread of Covid-19. Following the drop in Covid-19 infections and the country having moved to alert level 1, changes have now been made. 

For months, Unisa students have complained that the University has not issued their certificates, resulting in their plans for employment being put on hold. Unisa said they had already started issuing the certificates at regional centres but suspended the action due to the challenges brought by the Covid-19 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.