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Alan Hammond

Alan Hammond currently serves as CEO of Portal Publishing, a company he founded with his mother Sylvia Hammond in 2003.  Before that Alan was a skills development consultant for small businesses.  Before that he was the Managing Editor of iafrica.com - South Africa's first online consumer portal.

Because of the reduction in new cases of Covid-19 the government relaxed the national lockdown to level 1 which means that there will be more movement and activity allowed. However President Cyril Ramaphosa reiterated that there are still restrictions in place and we cannot relax in social distancing and other protective measures. Click here for full details

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga

With the unprecedented disruptions that occurred to the schooling calendar of 2020 it is not surprising that the results for the Matrics of 2020 were not as good as those of previous years. The Minister of Basic Education has announced that the national Senior Certificate pass rate for the 2020 Matric exams dropped by 5 percentage points.

Zweli Mkhize

The Minister of Health has announced details of the exact arrival time of the first doses of Covid-19 vaccines that will be coming to South Africa from their production facility in India. In a evenining webinar the Minister shared the long-awaited details with the public, with many critising the government for moving too slowly in securing the vaccines.

There are over 15 000 people in hospital at the moment for Covid-19 and about a third of them are on oxygen treatment, as the new variant of Covid-19 spread across the country.  The President announced new measures the government has decided on to tackle the pandemic.

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Covid-19 vaccine

Cyril Ramaphosa's government is being roundly criticised for not acting fast enough to secure vaccine supplies to protect health workers and other vulnerable groups from Covid-19.

 

Dr Blade Nzimande

Minister Blade Nzimande has announced what he called a 'huge decline' in skills development levies which are used to fund the Sector Education and Training Authorities.

One month after the move to level 2, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the country will be moving down to level 1 of national lockdown regulations - including changes to changes to international travel.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced an update on the Covid-19 challenge in the country, and changes to the national lockdown regulations. The whole country will be moving to level 2 of lockdown which will allow most economic activity to resume.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a move down to level 2 of national lockdown. We have the full text of his speech if  you are looking for the details.

Finally Matrics can get some certainty about a year that has been nothing but disruption.  The timetable for the final matric exams has been released. The exams will now be written up until the 15th of December and more than 1 million candidates will be writing.

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