Zweli Mkhize


Zweli Mkhize is a South African Doctor, legislator and politician who served as the minister of health from may 2019 until his resignation on Thursday the 5 August 2021

South Africa now has over 1,5 million cases as we continue to battle Covid-19 and the changes which arrived along with it. We now bring you the latest Covid updates and statistics in the country.

South Africa has received an unwelcome early Christmas present! The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is here with over 6000 new infections reported in one day. The national Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize has delivered the bad news that four provinces are now providing the highest number of new cases - and they are some of the largest provinces! 

President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed what every South African has now been wondering about. Ramaphosa has now given his view on the rumour that a hard lockdown will soon be put in place. Government is now said to be looking into South Africa's rising infection rates and possible resurgence.

A question we've all been thinking about which is finally being spoken about more seriously: will we soon be put under a hard lockdown? A Premier has recently made a comment which makes this question seem like a possible reality, a very near one.

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.

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.

The Health Department has recruited thousands of interns which they say is part of the biggest medical intern allocation programme in history. These interns will help in the frontline battle against Covid-19. South Africa is said to now be getting over it's Covid peak.

There have been positive signs showing that South Africa is now able to take steps towards a life of adjusted normalcy, said Health Minister Mkhize. Life will never be normal again or normal in the way we saw before but this is good news as the country has been under lockdown for five months now.

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?

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.

South Africa might be over the worst when it comes to the country's battle with Covid-19. Many positives have been shown in the statistics and daily records. However, this does not mean that we should be behaving like life is back to normal. Many South Africans will now be thinking, shouldn't the lockdown regulations be eased more now that the pandemic isn't raging in SA?

Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, announced that the mortality rate was lower in South Africa due to the well management of COVID-19 patients during the pandemic.

Yes, South Africa is seeing many positives in it's Covid-19 statistics and cases are decreasing in some provinces but this does not mean we shouldn't follow safety protocols. The possibility of a second wave is definitely there for the country, as seen in others. Government has given many updates on South Africa's progress with hospitals, vaccines, cases and the virus in general.

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. 

Now that Gauteng has overtaken Western Cape as the epicentre of Covid-19 in the country, Government officials are now working to make sure the province is able to cope with the surge and have provided updates and plans Government has for the province. 

To be able to cope with the expected surge in Covid cases, Gauteng is now looking at an intermittent lockdown which would see the province have an on and off lockdown. 

South Africa's Health Minister, Zweli Mkhize, has addressed South African citizens' growing concerns about major increases in infection rates and has also commented on lockdown and whether it has done it's job. He encourages South Africans to make moves in adjusting to the 'new normal'. 

Madagascar has announced that they have found a cure to Covid-19 and this has many African countries wanting it. However, is it real? Does it work? What effects does it have exactly?