SASSA has suspended more than 210, 000 disability grants following a series of expansions during 2020. Frustrated beneficiaries must now reapply for medical assessments during the height of South Africa’s second wave of coronavirus infections. The sudden suspension of grants has resulted in a dire backlog as those still unable[…]
The National Funeral Practitioners Association of South Africa (NFPASA) says more and more undertakers and burial staff are losing their lives to the coronavirus (COVID-19). The association says the industry also faces challenges of high demand for coffins and an increase in policy cancellations. Tshipi-Noto funeral home started in Delmas,[…]
Teachers’ union the Suid Afrikaanse Onderwysers Unie (SAOU) says it will continue engaging with government to ensure the continuity of the school year amidst the second wave of the coronavirus. Schools are set to reopen on January 27. The SAOU says that so far, 1 059 teachers have lost their[…]
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says there is no evidence that the variant of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Africa is more contagious than the one in the United Kingdom. South Africa and the UK are currently battling different variants of the virus which have fuelled infections. Research is also[…]
The first Covid-19 wards at Lentegeur Hospital in Mitchells Plain on the Cape Flats have been opened and an facility manager appointed to operate 200 beds as a field hospital. The Western Cape Government says 64 patients are currently admitted to the facility. The wards were upgraded for Covid-19 care[…]
Hospitals around the country are under severe strain as the second wave of the coronavirus continues to grow. KwaZulu-Natal is now dealing with almost 67,000 active cases. In the Western Cape, provincial health authorities are bracing for the second wave peak, with more than 44,000 active cases in the province.[…]
“It is a terrible time in the healthcare system. We are making a strong appeal to everybody in society: please help us to protect our health care system. Everybody must work together. This is real.” This was the stark warning by the head of the Western Cape health department, Dr[…]
President Vladimir Putin has signed a law granting former Russian presidents expanded immunity from prosecution and allowing them to become senators for life in the upper house of Parliament once they leave the Kremlin. The new law follows sweeping reforms of Russia’s political system initiated by Putin this year. Among[…]
Police say they have found the body of a Pakistani dissident living in the Canadian city of Toronto on refugee status, with rights group Amnesty International and others calling for a full and transparent investigation into the circumstances surrounding her death. The body of 37-year-old Karima Mehrab Baloch was found[…]
Israel’s parliament was dissolved on Wednesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fractured ruling coalition failed to pass a budget, triggering the country’s fourth election in two years amid public anger over Netanyahu’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Netanyahu and his former election rival, Defence Minister Benny Gantz, established a unity[…]
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