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Africa CDC says severe lockdowns no longer tool to contain Covid-19
6th January 2022 By: Reuters

Africa's top public health official said on Thursday that he was encouraged by the way that South Africa had handled its latest Covid-19 wave driven by the Omicron variant, adding that severe... 


SA to retain 'Level 1' curbs in Omicron fight
16th December 2021 By: Reuters

The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) has retained its lockdown at 'adjusted level 1', or the lowest of a five-tier system of restrictions, in the battle on the Omicron variant, health... 


Tourism industry welcomes removal of Southern African countries from UK travel red list
15th December 2021 By: Donna Slater

The UK government’s lifting of South Africa’s travel red listing, effective from 04:00 on December 15, has been welcomed by the South African tourism and travel industry, which was severely... 


Medical schemes organisation welcomes lower Covid-19 PCR test costs
14th December 2021 By: Schalk Burger

Medical schemes industry organisation the Health Funders Association (HFA) on December 14 welcomed the announcement by Competition Commissioner Tembinkosi Bonakele that the price of the polymerase... 


Salba urges government to use ‘science and logic’ to handle Omicron
14th December 2021 By: Donna Slater

The South African Liquor Brandowners Association (Salba) has written to the National Coronavirus Command Council expressing concern about the rise in Covid-19 infections and calling on the... 


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Starbucks South Africa continues nationwide expansion, achieves full vaccination status in ten stores
14th December 2021 By: Donna Slater

Coffee company Starbucks South Africa, after inheriting 13 stores after five years under its previous owners, is continuing its expansion plans throughout the country under the stewardship of its... 


Pathcare jumps on board to reduce Covid-19 PCR test price
14th December 2021 By: News24Wire

The Competition Commission has confirmed it has concluded a settlement agreement with the third largest laboratory - Pathcare - to reduce its Covid-19 PCR tests prices with immediate effect. The... 


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Lancet, Ampath agree to reduce Covid-19 PCR test cost to R500
12th December 2021 By: News24Wire

South Africa's two biggest private laboratories agreed to reduce the price of the Covid-19 PCR test from R850 to R500, with smaller laboratories expected to follow suit, the Competition Commission... 


Sahpra approves affordable, locally developed Covid-19 antigen test
9th December 2021 By: Yvonne Silaule

South Africa's fight against Covid-19 has received a boost with the approval by the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) of a locally developed Covid-19 antigen detection... 


Busa corrects Nxesi on mandatory vaccination declaratory order stance
9th December 2021 By: Donna Slater

Business Unity South Africa (Busa) disputes a December 7 claim by Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi that it has approach the Constitutional Court seeking a mandatory vaccination... 


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Sahpra approves Pfizer booster dose in S Africa to curb Omicron variant
9th December 2021 By: Sane Dhlamini

The South African Health Products Authority (Sahpra) has approved a third booster dose for South Africans following the outbreak of the Omicron Covid-19 variant. This follows concerns at early... 


Employment and Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi
Nedlac to approach Constitutional Court next year over mandatory vaccination
7th December 2021 By: Marleny Arnoldi

The National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) would approach the Constitutional Court early next year about proposals to implement mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations. During a keynote... 


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MTN makes Covid-19 vaccines mandatory for its employees
6th December 2021 By: News24Wire

MTN has joined a growing number of South African companies that have implemented a vaccine mandate amid the battle with the fourth wave of Covid-19 and the new Omicron variant.  Africa's largest... 


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NCCC to convene to assess Omicron variant situation
6th December 2021 By: Thabi Shomolekae

President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday while it is not yet known what impact the Omicron variant will have on hospital admissions government has been preparing hospitals to admit more patients.... 


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UJ implements mandatory vaccination
3rd December 2021 By: Sashnee Moodley

The University of Johannesburg announced on Friday its decision to institute mandatory vaccination at all its campuses and facilities from January 2022. It will consider religious and medical... 


Virus-battered South Africa readies mandatory vaccine policy
Virus-battered South Africa readies mandatory vaccine policy
3rd December 2021 By: Bloomberg

South Africa, which is contending with a massive upsurge in coronavirus infections following the onset of the omicron variant, is readying a mandatory vaccine policy and is set to implement it... 


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South Africa sees rise in Covid reinfections from Omicron, mild symptoms – scientist
2nd December 2021 By: Reuters

South Africa is seeing an increase in Covid-19 reinfections due to the Omicron variant but symptoms for reinfected patients and those infected after vaccination appear to be mild, a scientist... 


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If more people don't vaccinate, mandatory vaccinations could be the only option - David Makhura
2nd December 2021 By: News24Wire

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has warned that if more people don't have themselves vaccinated voluntarily, mandatory orders could be implemented. Speaking during an update on the province's... 


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Minerals Council, SAAFF outline requirements to get Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border congestion resolved
2nd December 2021 By: Donna Slater

With delays at the Lebombo/Ressano Garcia border post on the Maputo corridor between South Africa and Mozambique having cost trucking companies R1.3-billion in lost revenue this year, the South... 


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Aspen SA closer to launching own-branded vaccine, called Aspenovax, for Africa
30th November 2021

Pharmaceutical company Aspen’s wholly-owned South African subsidiary, Aspen SA Operations, has signed a nonbinding term sheet with Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Janssen Pharmaceutica NV, two of the... 


Institute of Risk Management welcomes vaccination drive, mandatory vaccination task team
30th November 2021 By: Schalk Burger

The Institute of Risk Management South Africa (IRMSA) has welcomed a renewed call by President Cyril Ramaphosa to accelerate the administration of Covid-19 vaccines and the establishment of a task... 


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Nedlac to hold emergency meetings on vaccine mandates, access restrictions for unvaccinated
29th November 2021 By: Terence Creamer

The social partners participating in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) will hold emergency meetings this week about the institution of workplace vaccine mandates and the... 


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Scientists working around the clock to understand Omicron variant – Health Minister
29th November 2021 By: Thabi Shomolekae

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla said citizens can be confident that in a matter of days and weeks health department’s scientists will have gotten to the bottom of the Covid-19 Omicron variant.... 


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Omicron poses "very high" global risk, world must prepare – WHO
29th November 2021 By: Reuters

The Omicron coronavirus variant is likely to spread internationally, posing a "very high" global risk of infection surges that could have "severe consequences" some areas, the World Health... 


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Renergen offering 20 Cryo-Vacc units for any company’s use in Dec
29th November 2021 By: Simone Liedtke

In light of the anticipated fourth wave of Covid-19 infections that is about to grip the country, South African company Renergen is offering the use of 20 of its Jumbo Cryo-Vacc units, at its own... 


Cyril Ramaphosa
South Africa to convene coronavirus council after new variant found
26th November 2021 By: Reuters

President Cyril Ramaphosa will convene the National Coronavirus Command Council on Sunday, a government statement said, after scientists detected a new Covid-19 variant in the country. Decisions... 


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South Africa working at ‘lightning speed’ on new virus variant
26th November 2021 By: Bloomberg

South African scientists are working “at lightning speed” to ascertain how quickly the concerning new coronavirus variant can spread and whether it is resistant to Covid-19 vaccines. Results will... 


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Nervy week for markets ends with wild swings on new Covid strain
26th November 2021 By: Bloomberg

Investors dumped risk assets and flocked to havens Friday as a new variant of the coronavirus made its presence known in global markets. Fears the variant first discovered in South Africa may... 


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Covid-19: Scientists monitoring new virus variant detected in SA, Botswana
25th November 2021 By: News24Wire

A new variant of the virus that causes Covid-19 has been discovered in three countries, including South Africa. Ten cases have been reported so far. Known as B.1.1.529, it has 32 mutations in the... 


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B4SA urges broad participation in Vooma Vaccination Weekend
12th November 2021 By: Sane Dhlamini

As government rolls out the second Vooma Vaccination Weekend this weekend, Business for South Africa is calling on people over the age of 12, and especially those over the age of 50, to take... 


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South Deep is Gold Fields’ star performer
11th November 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Mechanised underground Gauteng gold mine South Deep has been hailed by a solidly performing Gold Fields as its star in the three months to September 30. Gold Fields CEO Chris Griffith singled out... 


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AngloGold keeping close watch on inflation
8th November 2021 By: Martin Creamer

Gold mining company AngloGold Ashanti is keeping a close watch on inflation from which its stocking strategies provided delayed impact in the three months to the end of September, CFO Christine... 


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Business body Busa seeks court order on mandatory Covid-19 vaccination
26th October 2021 By: News24Wire

Court action initiated by Business Unity South Africa (Busa) to seek an order on compulsory Covid-19 vaccination in the workplace is looming. The business lobby says it is consulting lawyers over... 


Digital skills required to overcome Covid-19 trade impasse
20th October 2021 By: Donna Slater

In addressing the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the lives and livelihoods of many entrepreneurs, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition export promotion director Luke Govender said... 


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GE donation will provide 20 000 people with one daily meal for 12 months
18th October 2021 By: Thabi Shomolekae

In marking World Food Day on 16 October, The GE Foundation announced a $100 000 donation that will provide immediate relief to South African communities experiencing food insecurity. The donation... 


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