World Radio Day: South Africans urged to continue supporting radio

Deputy Minister in the Presidency Thembi Siweya has urged South Africans to continue supporting radio as it remains one of the powerful media platforms. The world commemorates World Radio Day on Sunday, under the theme ‘Trust and Radio’. Siweya has acknowledged the role of the medium in attaining freedom. “We celebrate this day, we want to call on everybody to continue to utilise the platform, to continue to support various media stations to ensure that we attain and maintain…

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Poor states refuse to accept 100M near expiry COVID-19 jabs

Poorer nations last month rejected more than 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed by the global program COVAX, mainly because of a rapidly approaching expiry date, a UNICEF official said on Thursday. The big figure shows the difficulties of vaccinating the world’s population, despite growing supplies of shots, with COVAX getting closer to delivering 1 billion doses to nearly 150 countries. “More than a 100 million have been rejected just in December alone,” Etleva Kadilli, director of the…

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Desmond Tutu, anti-apartheid leader and voice of justice, dead at 90

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Anglican cleric whose good humor, inspiring message and conscientious work for civil and human rights made him a revered leader during the struggle to end apartheid in his native South Africa, has died. He was 90. In a statement confirming his death on Sunday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa expressed his condolences to Tutu’s family and friends, calling him “a patriot without equal.” ”A man of extraordinary intellect, integrity and invincibility against the…

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South Africa: 1,800 students infected by COVID-19

In South Africa, where schools were reopened earlier this month, 98 teachers and 1,800 students have been infected by COVID-19.  Schools will be disinfected in the Western Cape province this week after the new confirmed cases, said Debbie Schafer, education minister of the province, Monday. Schafer said that reopening of schools has not led to a surge in the cases, adding 1,537 students had contracted the virus when schools were close. Number of cases in the country rose to…

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South Africa won’t reopen to visitors this year

The country’s government says it won’t welcome international tourists until February 2021 For three months now, the global tourism industry has been at an almost complete standstill. Hotels have been closed, attractions shuttered and most flights grounded. So it’s no wonder that as countries gradually lift lockdown restrictions around the world, many of the most popular destinations are already beginning to reopen borders in an effort to reboot their struggling visitor economies. Spain, Jamaica and Thailand, to name but three of the biggest, are all…

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South Africa reverses decision to open schools

Child protection experts say that Covid-19 school closures have exposed children around the world to human rights abuses such as forced genital mutilation, early marriage and sexual violence, Harriet Grant writes. Globally, the World Bank estimates that 1.6 billion children were locked out of education by Covid-19. As schools in England and around the world prepare to reopen this week, NGOs warn that millions of the world’s most vulnerable children may never return to the classroom, and say that…

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South Africa Has Backlog of About 80,000 Covid-19 Tests

South Africa has about 80,000 unprocessed Covid-19 specimens as it battles with a shortage of testing kits, according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize. “This challenge is caused by the limited availability of test kits globally,” Mkhize said in a statement. “We continue to engage suppliers all over the world and have issued licenses through South African Health Products Regulatory Authority as part of mitigating this capacity challenge.” South Africa has recorded 27,403 coronavirus infections, 577 fatalities and 14,370 recoveries….

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South Africa to go into 21-day lockdown

Cyril Ramaphosa has imposed a 21-day total lockdown on the 56 million inhabitants of South Africa, telling them in an address that the unprecedented and sweeping measures were necessary to avoid a “catastrophe of huge proportions”. The lockdown will come into effect on Thursday night and be enforced by the police and the army, the president told the nation on Monday. The number of coronavirus cases in South Africa has risen steeply in recent days, going from 61 to…

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UN sounds alarm over unprecedented levels of hunger in southern Africa

Southern Africa is in the throes of a climate emergency, with hunger levels in the region on a previously unseen scale, the UN has warned. Years of drought, widespread flooding and economic disarray have left 45 million people facing severe food shortages, with women and children bearing the brunt of the crisis, said the World Food Programme (WFP). Zimbabwe is already facing its worst hunger emergency in a decade, with 7.7 million people – half the population – acutely food insecure. But…

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South Africa Launches SDG Tracker

South Africa’s Statistician-General, Risenga Maluleke, and the Ambassador of Sweden to South Africa, Cecilia Julin, have launched the Goal Tracker portal for South Africa. The Goal Tracker initiative supports citizens and policymakers in tracking progress towards the SDGs, and identifying gaps and priority areas for action. Each Goal Tracker is built on a foundation of core features and data visualisation tools that can be adapted to any country. Together with local partners, the project aims to analyze available data and customize…

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