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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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Whatsapp recently introduced a new privacy policy that users are expected to accept the terms and conditions by 8 February. This new policy has users concerned about their privacy and some have even moved to apps offering similar services. 

Sassa has encouraged beneficiaries of the temporary disability grant to appeal the recent suspension of the grant. 

The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) received 28 000 retrenchment cases from May to June 2020 during the lockdown. In August it revealed that it had received 190 large-scale retrenchment referrals and 1 307 small-scale retrenchment referrals in that month alone.

Sassa has suspended over 200 000 temporary disability grants. This has affected many applicants who applied for the grant due to illness or injury. 

Basic Education Director-General, Mathanzima Mweli held a media briefing today to discuss the progress that the department has been making with the marking of exams. Marking is taking place at 177 exam centres across the country, with all marking centres chasing the deadline of 22 January 2021. 

Covid-19 deaths have been increasing at a high rate, causing problems for the funeral industry. Funeral parlours are struggling to cope and some workers fear contracting Covid-19.

The Western Cape has reached the peak of its second wave and a third wave could be next as cases continue to rise. 

Following the drop out of over 800 markers in Gauteng, Naptosa is concerned about how the rest of the exam marking process will go. 

More than 1000 teachers have quit marking, nationwide. There has been some concern about the Gauteng Department of Education, as the province that has lost the most exam markers. 

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