70% of people in hospital for COVID-19 unvaccinated

Seventy percent of those who have been admitted to hospital are those who are unvaccinated, revealed Health Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla. According to the Minister, while scientists are still conducting more studies if vaccines work against the Omicron variant, early signs indicate they are still effective. “So as things stand the vaccines are showing to be still very strong in protecting against severe disease as it did with previous variants,” he said during a media briefing, adding that figures are showing those who are vaccinated are better protected. In addition,…

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NewsHorn’s GM ties the knot

IN a beautiful cross-cultural ceremony, the general manger of NewsHorn, Solomon Twumasi, married Phethile Lukhele in Mbombela. The traditional and white wedding took place four years after Twumasi laid eyes on Phethile. Twumasi said it took some time to win the heart of the woman he calls Precious. At first, the bride said she could not believe the sof-spoken young man was “for real,” but eventually realised that he was a humble and kind person and decided to spend the rest of her life with him. “What I love the…

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Concern over SA’s ability to reach herd immunity

Deputy President David Mabuza has expressed concern that the country could fail to vaccinate close to 40 million citizens by the end of 2021, as South Africa races to reach herd immunity. “I’m not very sure whether we are going to reach our targets, the 70% that we are yearning for. It looks far-fetched. I’m sure that we are going to revise our targets,” he acknowledge. According to the latest statistics, South Africa has distributed the COVID-19 vaccine to over 13 million or 33.21% of the adult population out of…

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Research cites the severity of the impact of COVID-19 on tourism businesses

University of Mpumalanga Tourism Lecturer Dr Julia Giddy and Professor Jayne Rogerson from the University of Johannesburg recently conducted a study to examine tourism enterprise adaptation in South Africa’s nature tourism destinations. The study, conducted in Bushbuckridge, suggests that tourism in that region has been severely impacted by COVID-19. In the Bushbuckridge area, the debilitating impact of the pandemic was exacerbated by the fact that most businesses are dominated by international tourists rather than the domestic market. One of the most significant problems mentioned by the majority of businesses was…

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Hazyview – a magical stopover on the way to the KNP

KNOWN for its sub-tropical farming, the small town of Hazyview in Mpumalanga, South Africa (SA), offers the ideal stopover with its plethora of beautiful natural wonders and activities. A week is not even enough to enjoy the splendour of the area. It is by and large a farming community with its huge banana and macadamia nut industries, contributing to about 20% of SA’s bananas and 30% of macadamia nut harvests. As gateway to the southern section of the Kruger National Park (KNP) and the Phabeni Gate only 14km away, Sho’t…

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Young people should create own jobs says entrepreneur

NOKULUNGA Shabangu (26) from Swalala said young people should create their own jobs by taking advantage of opportunities in their communities, whereby they can meet a need and get an income. Shabangu, who lost her both parents at the age of 9, was raised by her grandparents and had recently started a poultry farm, a business she learned from her grandparents. “My research shows we have a shortage of food in South Africa and the inflation rate is killing our people. Many are suffering because of job losses due to…

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Over 11 million adults now fully vaccinated in SA

South Africa has now crossed the 11 million mark for adults who are fully vaccinated, as the country gears up to inoculate children aged 12 and older from Wednesday. According to the Department of Health, there are 135 449 people who were either given the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the second shot of the Pfizer vaccine in the past 24 hours. The latest data pushes the number to 11 036 024 fully vaccinated adult citizens. The department distributed 185 440 doses on Tuesday, bringing the…

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Load-shedding suspended

Eskom suspended load-shedding on Thursday morning, following six days of rolling blackouts throughout the country. The State-owned power utility said it has used the past six days to repair generating units and conduct its maintenance programme. “While Eskom teams have returned some generation units to service… we have unfortunately suffered further breakdowns during the period. Although we have recovered some emergency generation reserve capacity to support the system, the recovery in generation capacity has not been sufficient to alleviate the system constraints,” the power utility said. The generation units expected…

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November 1 declared a public holiday

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared November 1 as a public holiday to give all those going to cast their ballots an opportunity to do so. The date is the day of Local Government Elections, where eligible voters will cast their vote for councillors who will represent them at local level. “The President calls on all registered voters to use the opportunity of the public holiday to exercise their democratic right and civic duty by voting in this election that empowers citizens to elect new leadership and influence service delivery where…

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Load shedding expected to resume on Friday night

Picture of Johannesburg in South Africa with all the lights off as a result of the electricity provider Eskom not able to provide lights to the country

Eskom is expected to resume stage two load shedding on Friday night until the early hours of Saturday morning. This after the power utility implemented load shedding on Thursday evening after breakdowns in generating units at its power stations which put the power system under severe pressure. According to the power utility, load shedding will start at 9 pm. The delays in returning the generating units to service contributed to the depletion of Eskom’s energy reserves. “Emergency reserves have been depleted faster than expected due to further breakdowns of a…

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