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Third wave could be ending

Dr Ridhwaan Suliman, a CSIR senior researcher, says that nationally, keys indicators such as confirmed cases and positivity are on a downward trajectory. This indicates that South Africa is coming to the end of the unpredictable third wave of Covid-19 infections.

The price of basic food items are increasing.

The latest Household Affordability Index by the Pietermaritzburg Economic Justice & Dignity(PMBEJD) show that over the past 12 months, the price of the consumer food basket has increased by 10%. 

Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu

The South African Social Security Agency (Sassa) has recently announced that just around 11.5 million people have applied for the Special Covid-19 R350 Social Relief of Distress grant. If their applications are approved they will receive their R350 grant.

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C.1.2 is a new variant of Covid-19 that is circulating in South Africa. This is according to new research published this week.

Gauteng Online Applications

The Gauteng Department of Education is urging parents to submit their children’s grade 8 High School applications before the September 3 deadline. This deadline will mark the conclusion of the first phase of online applications that opened in August.

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 Department of Basic Education is giving another chance to rewrite the National Senior Certificate (NSC) to candidates who did not do well in the May/June supplementary examinations. The NSC candidates, according to the department, may sign up now to write the November 2021 examination.

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (Nsfas) has called for all qualifying students who are currently registered at an institution of higher learning for the 2021 academic year to apply for funding. Applications for this funding close 3 September 2021.

Covid-19 school support staff not being paid in NC

The South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) has accused the Nothern Cape education department of not paying substitute and temporary teachers as well as screening staff. SADTU says that they have not been paid for the past two to three months.

The unemployment stats released by Statistic South Africa paints a grim picture. More than 2 million people have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The situation faced by South Africans is made worse by the rising cost of living, increasing inflation rate and rising petrol prices.

Pregnant women holding her Tummy. Picture:freestocks.org

The pregnant women who are 18 years old can be vaccinated at any stage of their pregnancy and during breastfeeding period. The department of health confirmed this in a circular confirming the update for the recipients of vaccine in this category.

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