covid-19 lockdown

  1. Jan

    No scientific basis for continued curfew in South Africa

    It’s time for the curfew to be scrapped There is no scientific basis for the continued 12am to 4am curfew. It should be ended. The third wave is over and this restriction does not mitigate the Covid pandemic. If Covid hospitalisations start ticking up again, a temporary curfew may be reinstated.
  2. Jan

    Covid-19 lockdown regulations relaxed to unban spectators at sports matches - within limits

    South Africa unbans spectators at sports Cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has published new lockdown regulations that will allow a limited number of spectators to attend professional sports matches.
  3. Jan

    Cheapest flights from South Africa to the UK compared

    Flights from South Africa to the UK — cheapest prices compared The cheapest flights from OR Tambo International in Johannesburg to London Heathrow are currently available from Dutch airline KLM but includes an almost six-hour layover in Amsterdam, a MyBroadband comparison has found. We...
  4. Jan

    SIM-swap fraud nearly doubled in South Africa during Covid-19 lockdown

    SIM-swap fraud skyrockets in South Africa's Covid–19 lockdown SIM-swap fraud nearly doubled, and digital banking fraud victims lost over R309 million to criminals, according to the latest statistics from the South African Banking Risk Information Centre (Sabric). Sabric stated that the...
  5. Jan

    Government steering South Africa into hard lockdown over December

    Dire Covid-19 warning — South Africa heading for hard lockdown over December Permitting large gatherings under the adjusted level 1 lockdown could result in the fourth wave of Covid-19 cases hitting South Africa earlier than anticipated, and the country being placed under hard lockdown during...
  6. Jan

    Lockdown Alert Level 1 confirmed - size of gatherings significantly increased

    Ramaphosa announces level 1 lockdown for South Africa — big increase in size of gatherings President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will move to adjusted Covid-19 lockdown Alert Level 1 from Friday. The president explained the third wave of Covid-19 infections lasted more than...
  7. Hanno Labuschagne

    Ramaphosa to address South Africa on Covid-19 response tonight

    Ramaphosa to address South Africa on Covid-19 response tonight President Cyril Ramaphosa will address South Africa on Thursday evening regarding the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement on Thursday afternoon, the Presidency said the announcement follows meetings of...
  8. Jan

    South Africa's third wave should officially be over this week

    Good news about Covid–19 third wave in South Africa South Africa should exit its third wave of Covid–19 this week if the current downward trend in new cases and hospitalisations continues, says CSIR senior researcher Ridhwaan Suliman. In his weekly analysis of South Africa’s Covid–19...
  9. Jan

    Vaccinations key to fixing South African economy - Pepkor CEO

    Get vaccinated and help fix South Africa's jobs crisis — Pepkor CEO South Africa’s largest clothing retailer sees a successful Covid-19 vaccination rollout as key to reopening the economy and adding new stores, helping to address the world’s highest unemployment rate. “If we get people...
  10. Jan

    Lockdown may lift by March 2022

    Plan to end South Africa's Covid-19 lockdown The government expects it could lift South Africa's Covid-19 lockdown entirely by February or March 2022. This suggestion formed part of discussions at a Cabinet meeting on the relaxation of lockdown measures last week, leading up to President Cyril...
  11. Jan

    Health minister will recommend drop in lockdown level - relaxed alcohol restrictions "if we all behave"

    South Africa’s lockdown level may drop soon — including relaxed alcohol restrictions Health minister Joe Phaahla has said that his department might recommend that government relax its lockdown restrictions in the coming weeks. This depends on whether the number of new Covid–19 cases in South...
  12. Jan

    Adjusted Level 2 lockdown regulations gazetted

    Adjusted Level 2 lockdown rules for South Africa — what you can and can't do The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Corporate Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has published updated regulations for South Africa’s adjusted alert level 2 lockdown in the Government Gazette. In a separate...
  13. Jan

    Digital Covid-19 vaccine passport for South Africa launching "in just over a week"

    South Africa's digital Covid-19 vaccine passport launching this month Health minister Joe Phaahla has confirmed that the government will launch a digital Covid-19 vaccine certificate—sometimes referred to as a vaccine passport—in "just over a week". This comes after the department's acting...
  14. Jan

    Forget about herd immunity for Covid-19 - Discovery Health chief actuary

    Forget about Covid-19 herd immunity — it's not going to happen Discovery Health chief actuary Emile Stipp said Covid-19 is becoming endemic and that people should forget about herd immunity. Speaking to Biznews, Stipp said they estimated that the coronavirus had infected between 70% and 80% of...
  15. Jan

    Talks to ban unvaccinated people in Limpopo from buying alcohol

    No vaccine, no booze Limpopo Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba wants liquor outlets and tavern owners to stop selling alcohol to customers who have not received a Covid-19 vaccine. In a recent interview with Jacaranda FM, Ramathuba confirmed that her department was in talks with representatives in...
  16. Jan

    South Africa's alcohol restrictions challenged in court

    Alcohol restrictions fight goes to court Wine industry association Vinpro has launched a legal challenge against South Africa's ongoing restrictions against alcohol sales, which is scheduled to be heard in the Western Cape High Court from 23 to 26 August 2021. Vinpro said that despite all of...
  17. Jan

    South Africa may face fourth wave before enough vaccines are rolled out - expert

    Fourth wave warning for South Africa Even if South Africa could administer at least one Covid–19 vaccine dose to 35 million people by year-end, it might be too late to take the teeth out of a fourth wave. This is according to Professor Francois Venter, the director of Ezintsha at Wits health...
  18. Jan

    Adjusted lockdown level 3 regulations published

    New lockdown level 3 regulations — what you can and can't do The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Corporate Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has published updated regulations for South Africa's adjusted alert level 3 lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa announced during his national...
  19. Jan

    Ramaphosa announces move to Covid-19 Alert Level 3 — alcohol unbanned

    South Africa goes to lockdown level 3 — alcohol unbanned President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Sunday that South Africa would return to adjusted level 3 lockdown regulations, relaxing the ban on alcohol and extending the hours of curfew. Alcohol will be allowed for off-site purchase between...
  20. Hanno Labuschagne

    How Covid-19 lockdowns saved South Africa from more load-shedding

    How Covid-19 lockdowns saved South Africa from more load-shedding Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, South Africans consumed 20 million fewer megawatts than Eskom forecasted it would. Had the country consumed electricity in line with Eskom's predictions, load-shedding would have been rampant...