The Johnson&Johnson vaccines officially arrived in South Africa on Saturday. This is the second batch of vaccines from the pharmaceutical company. 


The Western Cape has confirmed that it is facing an outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF).

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SASSA has released a payment schedule for the remainder of 2021 and start of 2022. This schedule gives payment dates from April 2021 until March 2022. 

This week Ivan Israelstam questions whether the parties at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) are meeting their collective responsibility to the nation.  NEDLAC is a statutory body established at the start of the new South African post-apartheid dispensation - in 1994. NEDLAC is intended to achieve public participation in the labour market, providing input to socio-economic policy and the attendant legislation. NEDLAC is responsible for a range of issues.

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

Higher Education Minister, Blade Nzimande is confident that the higher education sector is ready to welcome new students and old ones.

The health sector will receive more funding towards Covid-19 interventions. Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni announced this during the 2021 Budget Speech.


SASSA has released grant payment dates for March, as February comes to an end. 

The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Dr Blade Nzimande, said the government bursary scheme is in the process of finalising outcomes.



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