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Desmond Tutu and President Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa's much-loved icon, former Archbishop of Cape Town Desmond Tutu has passed away, peacefully, aged 90. His death has seen tributes pour in from across the country and across the world.

school child using laptop at school

Choosing a private school is a complex process and the wide range of available options does not make it any easier.  Over the past decade, private schooling in South Africa has changed significantly and there are now private schools available across the economic spectrum.

group of selected candidates who took part in the graduate programme

Many people and communities run food garden projects as a means to provide food security, but eight select candidates from across the Cape Metro had the opportunity to participate in a specially designed graduate programme to take their garden projects to the next level.

SASSA Grant Payments

The R350 grant is back for a new cycle of applications, which opened on Friday 6 August. Much like the previous cycle of applications, SASSA has set a deadline. 

Department of Social Development vaccination centre

SASSA has urged those hoping to apply for the R350 grant to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria.

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.

SASSA employee working in office

Applications for the R350 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant are now open. The grant has been reinstated from 6 August until March 2022. 

Pfizer covid-19 vaccine

The United States of America’s Food And Drug Administration (FDA) has fully authorised the Pfizer Covid-19 Vaccine. The vaccine known as the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine will now be marketed under the name Comirnaty.

Classrooms being disinfected.

The Department of Education in Northern Cape is experiencing a surge in infections in schools throughout the province. Eight schools in the province have been closed in order for contact tracing and the disinfection of the school premises.  

President Cyril Ramaphosa has praised South African youth due to their eagerness to get the Covid-19 vaccine. He described the turnout  made by the 18-35 year-olds to get their jabs as 'impressive' in his weekly newsletter, From the Desk of the President. 

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