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The South African Health Products Authority has approved the Pfizer vaccine for those 12 years old and above. This would be the first vaccine to be approved for children in South Africa.


The Western Cape government has identified the University of Cape Town as a vaccination site, and today 31 August 2021, they officially launched the programme at the institution. 


The Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala has announced a record of over 1100 Covid-19 cases in 350 schools in Kwazulu-Natal. 


Teacher unions in the Eastern Cape have slammed the Provincial Education department for the manner in which it's handling the surge of Covid-19 cases at schools. This follows reports that nine schools have seen a rise in Covid-19 cases.


A group of medical students were appealing for help as they found themselves stranded in Cuba. Now, they've finally touched back on South African soil to their families' and their relief.


The South African government is reported to have failed to pay stipends to medical students based in Cuba for months. Just less than 500 medical students are said to be left without means in the foreign country.


The South African Health Department says that 300 000 vaccine doses have arrived in the country for teachers. Unions say that 75% of teachers in the country are willing to take the vaccine. 


More than 20 schools have been closed in Gauteng on Friday due to a rapid rise in Covid-19 over the past 24 hours. This comes after the Gauteng Department of Education, Steve Mabona held a press briefing on Friday to give current data on the rising Covid-19 infection rate in the province


Teachers in South Africa are next in line to receive Covid-19 vaccines, as half a million Johnson & Johnson vaccines doses have been secured for them but await authorisation from the FDA in the USA. Naptosa welcomes the rollout but expresses concern over the delay of the authorisation. 


Plans were in place to start vaccinating health workers against Covid-19 possibly as early as this week. However there has been some bad news about the effectiveness of the AstraZeneca vaccine - the specific vaccine that South Africa received 1 million doses of this week. Now all the plans are being reconsidered.


Over 600 Eastern Cape intern-nurses are sitting at home without work as their community service training was terminated on 31 January. 

 


Schools in the Eastern Cape might be used for vaccinations to be administered. The first batch of vaccines is expected to land in South Africa in less than a week.


The effects of the lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic saw less children getting their routine vaccines, as the movement of South Africans were restricted. Parents are encouraged to get these vaccinations up to date as soon as possible. 


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.


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.


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.


The country has seen many positives in it's way of dealing with this pandemic and things seem to have eased as multiple provinces pass their peak. Now, officials are pushing for level 2 and many are speculating that the President might announce a further easing of lockdown regulations. Are we finally moving to lockdown level 2?


Since the global pandemic of the coronavirus, this has had a negative impact on many people's lives. This too had a huge effect on the educational system and many students' daily schedules were disrupted. Many students had to adapt to the new norms and regulations that were implemented by the government. As we all know, the academic schedules and deadline dates for tests, exams and assignments are set in advance. The uncertainty of whether students are going to complete their academic year has left many feeling overwhelmed with emotions.

 


News has been spread about South Africa's Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, and has been making the rounds on social media. This news, should it have been found to be true, has the potential to ruin someone's reputation and quite possible dent their career. The Ministry has made it their mission to set the record straight.


The Department of Health has launched COVID Connect to assist South Africans with screening for symptoms and many other support services that can be used on a cellphone. 

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