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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.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

There was some relaxation to the lockdown rules when President Cyril Ramaphosa made his more recent speech to the county on Sunday night.  The third wave is not over he said, but it is significantly easing so the government has decided that the rules can be relaxed to allow some more freedom of movement and business to return.

Closing down schools and having rotational attendance rosters were measures taken for short-term relief against the Covid-19 pandemic. Research by the Basic Education department is now showing that impact in lost teaching and learning will be long lasting - impacting on a generation of learners.

President Cyril Ramaphosa Speech Highlights Covid Lockdown

With the number of new cases of Covid-19 dropping in most provinces in the country, the President has announced a move down to adjusted alert level 3 and some relaxations in lockdown restrictions.

Violent protests KZN Gauteng

There is no place for violence was the message from President Cyril Ramaphosa who was making his second speech to the country in two days.

President Cyril ramaphosa addresses the country family meeting covid-19

New tougher restrictions have been put in place for two weeks in an effort to break the chain of infection as the new highly-infectious Delta variant has taken a hold in many provinces in South Africa. As it is far more contagious it is expected to lead to far more people needing hospital treatment in a shorter period of time.

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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.

 

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