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Studies show good immune response to J J vaccine

Studies are showing a good immune response to the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. The South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) collaborated with J&J on the investigator-led collaborative Sisonke Study, which saw close to 500000 healthcare workers receiving the single-dose vaccine under the Sisonke Study. The lead investigator in the Sisonke Study and SAMRC Chief Executive Officer, Professor Glenda Gray, said the side-effects observed are similar to th

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Police officers to get vaccinated after teachers

Police officers are next in line to get vaccinated after the inoculation of teachers. This is according to the Health Departments Dr Nicholas Crisp, who said this second major vaccination programme is now at an advanced stage of planning. It will be rolled out immediately upon the completion of the teacher [vaccination]," he said on Friday. Crisp, who is a Deputy Director-General (DDG) in the department, managing the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, said they have ident

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Building a digital economy

The Department of Communications and Digital Technologies has embarked on a process to develop Data and Cloud Policy as one of the enablers of the digital economy. Addressing the virtual colloquium on the Draft Data and Cloud Policy on Friday, Minister of Communication and Digital Technologies, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, emphasised the importance of building a digital economy, as it presents opportunities to create jobs. The digital economy is driven by digitalisation, which is th

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Suspects arrested for fraudulent vehicle registrations

Nine suspects are expected to appear in the Johannesburg Central Magistrates Court today for their involvement in registering stolen vehicles fraudulently in Gauteng. The suspects, which were arrested on Thursday, are between the ages of 32 and 62-years-old. The Hawks integrated team based in Cape Town that includes Serious Organised Crime Investigation, Serious Corruption Investigation and Road Traffic Management Cooperation (RTMC) made the arrests during a second leg of a proj

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Lesufi condemns shooting of Buyani Primary School principal

Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi, has condemned the fatal shooting of the Buyani Primary School Principal in Finetown, Johannesburg, on Friday. We are extremely shocked and outraged at the news of the school shooting in Finetown this morning. Without even knowing the motive for this heartless act, we condemn the shooting of the principal of Buyani Primary and send our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues, Lesufi said in statement. Initial reports indicated

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Military health practitioners to assist Gauteng

Government has employed the help of the South African National Defence Force to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Gauteng, as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to peak. After a conversation with the President and the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, weve requested additional capacity to assist Gauteng, said Acting Health Minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, on Friday. Kubayi-Ngubane was updating media on the latest developments concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and th

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Over 100 houses allocated to District Six claimants

Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister, Thoko Didiza, has announced that 108 housing units has been allocated to District Six claimants as part of Phase three of the District Six Redevelopment Project. In a statement issued on Thursday, Didiza said a total of 139 claimants, who were dispossessed, have received their new homes in previous phases. [On Friday] the Land Claims Commission will begin the administrative process of engaging with the 108 claimants who ha

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SA logs 11 767 new COVID-19 cases, with 100 deaths

Gauteng has recorded 7502 new COVID-19 cases out of the 11767 that were detected in the last 24 hours. According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), this represents a 22.6% positivity rate. The total number of cases today is lower than yesterday but higher than the average number of new cases per day over the seven preceding days. The positivity has increased from yesterday, the NICD said on Thursday. The majority of new infections are from Gauteng

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Cele postpones Zandspruit feedback meeting

Due to a rise in COVID-19 infections in Gauteng, Police Minister Bheki Cele will today no longer engage in a feedback meeting with the residents of Zandspruit. Cele was today due to engage the community on the improvement of service delivery by the police in the area. The meeting was informed by the killing of eight youths on 17 May, in acts of vigilantism and criminality in Zandspruit. Following the incident, the Minister met with community leadership structures to find

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Call for integrated approach to dealing with illegal mining

North West Premier, Professor Tebogo Job Mokgoro, has called for strengthening the integrated approach towards combating illegal mining activities. Mokgoro made the call during his visit to Matlosana Local Municipality following the discovery of 20 bodies of suspected illegal miners near Lawrence Parks mine ventilation shaft, which is no longer operational in Orkney, near Klerksdorp. The Premier said the situation is unacceptable and calls for immediate action. The situat

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President Ramaphosa hails late Zambian leader Kenneth Kaunda

President Cyril Ramaphosa has described the passing of former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda as a deep, sad loss. KK, as he was affectionately known, passed away on Thursday at a military hospital in Lusaka after being admitted on Monday for an undisclosed illness. The 97-year-old was also regarded as the countrys founding father after he became the nations first democratically elected President, after Zambia gained its independence in 1964. We are united in our sadness

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Sotyu highlights Importance of investing in land

Deputy Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Makhotso Sotyu, has reiterated the urgency of investing in land, and enhancing partnerships to protect and restore natural ecosystems as part of the global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic is exacerbating economic, social and environmental problems such as poverty, poor health, lack of food security, biodiversity loss, water scarcity, reduced resilience to climate change and migration, amongst others. I

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