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The ports of entry have been prepared for the high volume of travellers expected to return back to South Africa in January 2021. 


The Unemployment Insurance Fund is now under fire as it announced the end of the Temporary Employer/Employee Scheme. The UIF's Commisioner has now spoken on the situation saying that TERS was only supposed to be for three months.


Business for South Africa calls for Government to extend the Covid-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme as it was found that the Unemploymnt Insurance Fund does indeed have the funds to do so. The scheme was set up and launched in March and applications closed in September.


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Now that Level 1 has settled in and we've seen an obvious decrease in numbers, we now wonder about the possible second wave. Western Cape is going above and beyond in trying to prepare for a second wave as seen in many other countries.


Many fear that now that South Africa has officially moved into Level 1 of lockdown, a second wave of Covid-19 will be seen and the battle will start all over again. Prof Shabir Madhi, from Wits University has given us a look into whether a second wave will occur and also where the country stands with the vaccine.


UIF has said that their recent calculations are correct and up to date due to system changes. This comes after the Auditor-General's report showed that calculations for TERS payments were done incorrectly and a billion rand was lost. 


Today marked the first official day of Lockdown Level 1 which sees South Africans gain more freedom as we inch towards our normal lives, or rather our new normal lives. Health Minister of South Africa, Zweli Mkhize, does not want citizens to become careless now as we move to the lowest level of this National Lockdown.


All South Africans are now waiting for the President to announce Lockdown Level 1. This comes as we see government consider the easing of further regulations with many experts saying that Level 1 is coming soon.


Regular South African citizens aren't the only ones hoping that Lockdown Level 1 comes into effect soon but so does the country's health minister. Mkhize seems very optimistic that it might happen sooner than we thought as statistics shows us many positives.


Students at TVET Colleges have issued many grievances when it comes to how Colleges and the Department has dealt with the pandemic. With issues from maanagement, residences and NSFAS, students are not being able to continue their academic programmes in many parts of the country.


While the majority of those who test positive for the virus recover fully, there are a growing number of people who can’t seem to shake unusual symptoms that linger months later. Shakira Choonara, an African Union Youth Advisory Council member, says some of these patients develop what medical health professionals call post-Covid-19 lung disease, which is permanent damage to the lungs. 

By: Tebadi Mmotla


Higher Education, just like any other sector right now, is being turned upside down by the pandemic. Some Universities have seen some students return, some are deciding to not have students back and then there are some who can't afford to have students back. There has also been some surprisingly results from students while experiencing a pandemic.


Teboho Maruping, Commissioner of the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has been placed on precautionary suspension. This is following an investigation into the UIF covid-19 relief fund. The R500 billion relief fund was set up to give financial assistance to workers who either had their salaries cut or lost their jobs as a result of covid-19.


Some of South Africa's favourite spots such as the Table Mountain Cableway and Sun City are now reopening and will be welcoming visitors again after months of being closed down. This comes as the country made the move to Level 2 of the National Lockdown.


Even through a whole pandemic that's taking over the world, North West University students have managed to still produce impressive results in it's first semester along with a very high pass rate close to 90%. NWU is committed to improving it's quality of teaching and learning.


Parts of South Africa are seen to have dam levels at concerning capacities and the topic of water restrictions is then seen to be coming up. Locals are being encouraged to use water sparingly as a high demand is currently being seen.


The coronavirus pandemic forced schools to shut abruptly, exposing the huge inequality between impoverished and privileged pupils as learning moved online and schoolgirls faced exploitation.

By Zandile Bangani. Illustration by Anastasya Eliseeva.


South Africa's trials for a possible drug to treat Covid-19 has begun. Should this drug trial end in success and with the way it's being trialed, it could treat those most likely to be hospitalised for complications and aid that very result before complications from the virus arises.


It's no secret that when it comes to administration, SASSA isn't exactly winning any awards. Now, with their SRD grant which sees vulnerable South Africans receive R350 a month being introduced during lockdown, issues have come up and a major backlog is now happening. 

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