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The Department of Tourism has launched a programme to encourage innovation in the tourism sector. The programme will be launched in collaboration with the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA). 

Johnson & Johnson is the first pharmaceutical company in South Africa to apply for Covid-19 vaccine registration. The vaccine has already been rolled out in the UK and US.

If your application for the Sassa R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant was declined, you can now appeal for a review. This new SRD portal is an addition to Sassa's email channel which has been used to process appeals. 

Traveling abroad during the festive season might be tempting, but South Africans have been warned that this might not be a good idea.  

Sassa has paid out a total of R13.5 billion to beneficiaries of the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) Grant. Although money has been paid out, the agency is still facing some challenges with applications. 

The Department of Basic Education is not exactly at peace with the recent judgement to set aside the rewrite of 2 matric exam papers. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa will be addressing the nation tonight. This comes as South Africa recently entered its second wave of Covid-19 infections. 

Following the leak of 3 matric papers, the Department of Basic Education has made a tough decision for the class of 2020. Two exam papers will be rewritten, this the first national rewrite in the history of matric exams.

Good news for motorists, as the department of transport has extended the grace period for driving licenses. All driving licences that expired between 26 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 will now expire on a new date. 

More than 800 000 Covid-19 cases have been recorded in South Africa and people are eager for a vaccine. Many countries are taking steps towards securing a vaccine and South Africa is one of them. 

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