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There’s much that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government has yet to explain to South Africans about the Covid-19 vaccine procurement. Getty Images
What South Africans should know, but don't, about government's Covid-19 vaccine procurement

The Covid-19 pandemic has again highlighted the challenges facing public procurement in South Africa...

By Geo Quinot 1 day ago

“We saw patients dying for avoidable reasons. They were dying because masks that came loose were not being replaced,” says MSF Covid-19 intervention nursing activities manager, Caroline Masunda. Chris Allan
Small things can save lives: coping with Covid-19 in resource-scarce hospitals

Everywhere, patients have died from Covid-19 when patient numbers exceeded the capacity of the health system. The number of doctors, nurses and oxygen points just wasn't enough...

By Gilles van Cutsem 2 days ago

How Covid-19 has forced businesses to re-evaluate cleaning regimes, waste management
How Covid-19 has forced businesses to re-evaluate cleaning regimes, waste management

One of the biggest changes last year, brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic, was how businesses globally re-evaluated their approach at facilitating their cleaning and hygiene regimes, including revision of waste management activities and protocols...

14 Jan 2021

This graph published by the MRC shows how much worse the second Covid-19 surge is than the first one that peaked in July.
Record number of South Africans died in first week of 2021

South Africa had a record 10,907 excess deaths from natural causes in the week of 30 December to 5 January, according to the 11 January mortality surveillance report from the Burden of Disease Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council. In total, 20,063 people died in one week.

By James Stent and Nathan Geffen 14 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Covid and the evolution of loungewear
#BizTrends2021: Covid and the evolution of loungewear

Our current homebound reality will continue to influence purchasing decisions. The demand for indoor fitness, remote working, and therefore comfortable yet stylish attire, presents an opportunity for fashion businesses...

By Nicola Cooper 13 Jan 2021

Muizenberg beach is eerily quiet on a hot summer’s day, 29 December 2020. If we want to save lives and life to go back to normal we need to embrace vaccines.
Here's how to fight anti-vaccine propaganda

In the second century, the Antonine plague killed millions of people across the Roman empire. Opportunists and madmen postulated a variety of self-serving, nonsensical theories for this pestilence - and this caused great anxiety for Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

By GroundUp Editors 13 Jan 2021

Alcohol industry seeks deferment of excise duties until sales ban lifts
Alcohol industry seeks deferment of excise duties until sales ban lifts

The South African government's decision to extend the alcohol ban has led the alcohol industry to apply for a deferment of the payment of excise tax payments until the ban is lifted...

12 Jan 2021

MTN rewards users with 1GB of data for downloading Covid-19 Alert app
MTN rewards users with 1GB of data for downloading Covid-19 Alert app

MTN recently announced that it is rewarding its users that download the Covid-19 Alert South Africa app with 1GB of data...

12 Jan 2021

OxERA oxygen supply device
Innovation bridges oxygen supply gap for Covid-19 patients

A portable and cost-effective device that delivers consistently high levels of oxygen to Covid-19 patients and helps keep their lungs from collapsing has been approved by the Sahpra...

12 Jan 2021

President Cyril Ramaphosa
SA to remain on Adjusted Alert Level 3 for another month

As Covid-19 second wave figures head towards a peak in South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the country will remain on Adjusted Alert Level 3 Lockdown until 15 February...

12 Jan 2021

Big Concerts, The Entertainment Group partner with Health Passport Europe in aim to safely reopen SA's events industry
Big Concerts, The Entertainment Group partner with Health Passport Europe in aim to safely reopen SA's events industry

Big Concerts and The Entertainment Group have partnered with the Irish-based Health Passport Europe in an effort to reopen the South African events industry while adhering to Covid-19 safety protocols. The companies will be using rapid Covid-19 testing and the Health Passport Europe mobile technology...

11 Jan 2021

A market place in Ghana’s capital Accra. Developing countries like Ghana risk being left behind in the race to secure Covid-19 vaccines. Christian Thompson/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images
Dummy's guide to how trade rules affect access to Covid-19 vaccines

The race is on to secure vaccines that will protect people from Covid-19. But it's already become apparent that there is gross inequality playing out in the procurement and distribution of the new drugs...

By Caroline Southey 11 Jan 2021

Covid-19 conspiracy theorists burn and destroy 5G towers in KZN
Covid-19 conspiracy theorists burn and destroy 5G towers in KZN

Three 5G telecommunication towers belonging to Vodacom and MTN in KwaZulu-Natal have been burnt and essentially destroyed by conspiracy theorists believing the emergence of the new generation of technology to be linked with Covid-19...

8 Jan 2021

Extended alcohol ban pushes craft brewers to the brink of closure
Extended alcohol ban pushes craft brewers to the brink of closure

The third ban on alcohol sales has had a devastating impact on the craft brewing industry...

8 Jan 2021

First 1-million Covid-19 vaccine doses will arrive this month
First 1-million Covid-19 vaccine doses will arrive this month

South Africa will take delivery of its first million doses of Covid-19 vaccine this month and an additional 500,000 in February from the Serum Institute of India (SII) through its Covax affiliation...

8 Jan 2021

Professor Alex van den Heever, chair, Social Security Systems Administration and Management Studies at the Wits School of Governance.
The South African health system after Covid-19

Health systems in countries such as South Africa are invariably characterised by a mix of public authorities with wider social obligations and private arrangements, such as insurance and service provision, responsive to individual demand and need...

By Alex van den Heever 7 Jan 2021

SAB to challenge third alcohol ban in court
SAB to challenge third alcohol ban in court

SAB supports measured alcohol restrictions, but will approach the courts on the constitutionality of the 3rd alcohol ban, which came into effect when South Africa moved to an adjusted Level 3 lockdown...

7 Jan 2021

Liquor traders, taverners plead for off-premise sales
Liquor traders, taverners plead for off-premise sales

Liquor traders from the tavern sector are appealing to the government to allow off-premise alcohol sales to resume on 16 January, to help protect the 250,000 jobs in the sector and safeguard livelihoods.

6 Jan 2021

Richard dos Santos
#BizTrends2021: 2021 holds supply chain profession's greatest endeavour ever

With the worldwide roll-out of a Covid-19 vaccine, life and economies could potentially see a return to some semblance of normality by the end of 2021...

By Richard dos Santos 6 Jan 2021

#BizTrends2021: Advertising and Covid-19
#BizTrends2021: Advertising and Covid-19

It is undeniable that the ongoing global pandemic has affected the advertising industry. It has upended the industry's current and future advertising campaign plans and prompted creatives to re-evaluate their strategies to better suit the changing landscape...

By Sibusiso Sitole 6 Jan 2021

There are at least three Covid-19 vaccines that have been approved by reputable health regulatory organisations around the world and many countries have begun rolling out vaccines, but not South Africa. Photo: Armin Kübelbeck (CC-BY-SA via Wikimedia Commons)
Health workers demand vaccine rollout

"We call on the Department of Health to act urgently, transparently and decisively now to obtain vaccines and to implement vaccination, so as to reduce death and illness, and bring the pandemic under control."...

By GroundUp staff 5 Jan 2021

New Covid facilities at Ahmen Al Kadi Hospital in Durban
New Covid facilities at Ahmen Al Kadi Hospital in Durban

Muslims for Humanity (MfH) got a distress call from Ahmed Al Kadi Hospital (AAKH) to assist in setting up a Covid Reception and Receiving Facility (CRRF) at AAKH...

Issued by Willowton Group 5 Jan 2021

Baba Tjeko, Lauren Colin Mitchell's 'wet paint' social distance benches donated to the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens
Baba Tjeko, Lauren Colin Mitchell's 'wet paint' social distance benches donated to the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

Eight 'wet paint' benches, which were seen all over Johannesburg to encourage social distancing through art, have been donated to the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens...

4 Jan 2021

Caniceus via
SA hospitality, tourism industry calls on government to fast track vaccine deployment

South Africa's competitiveness as a global tourism destination depends on perceptions of safety for travellers...

4 Jan 2021

Ports of entry ready for travellers returning to SA
Ports of entry ready for travellers returning to SA

Government has outlined plans for operations at the ports of entry until 14 January that have been approved by the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure.

4 Jan 2021

Health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize
Mkhize's wishlist: Covid-19 vaccine rollout in February

The South African government is hoping to rollout its Covid-19 vaccine programme as early as next month...

4 Jan 2021

KKNK postpones 2021 festival in light of Covid-19
KKNK postpones 2021 festival in light of Covid-19

The Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) has postponed its 2021 outing as the Covid-19 pandemic rages on...

4 Jan 2021

SA records highest daily record with 17,710 Covid-19 cases
SA records highest daily record with 17,710 Covid-19 cases

South Africa has as of Wednesday, 30 December, recorded 17,710 new cases - bringing the country's cumulative total of Covid-19 cases to 1,039,161, indicating a positivity rate of 33%...

31 Dec 2020

Fighting HIV and Aids in times of Covid-19
Fighting HIV and Aids in times of Covid-19

World Aids Day is marked on 1st December every year to raise awareness about the disease. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids (UNAids) is the UN entity tasked with fighting HIV infections, discrimination and Aids-related deaths...

31 Dec 2020

UCT body donor programme continues despite ongoing pandemic
UCT body donor programme continues despite ongoing pandemic

UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences has maintained its body donor programme during the Covid-19 pandemic, allowing its physiotherapy, occupational therapy, science and medical students to experience hands-on dissection and practise new surgical techniques...

30 Dec 2020

Command council details move to adjusted Level 3 lockdown
Command council details move to adjusted Level 3 lockdown

The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) on Tuesday, 29 December, provided detail on South Africa's move to Level 3 of the Covid-19 lockdown...

29 Dec 2020

Airlink adjusts flight schedule to comply with Level 3 curfew
Airlink adjusts flight schedule to comply with Level 3 curfew

Domestic and regional airline Airlink has announced that it is adjusting its flight schedule of early morning and evening departures so that customers can comply with South Africa's new curfew...

29 Dec 2020



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