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27 February 2021 Weekly Update

NEWS DIGEST


Vaccine roll-out gets R19bn boost from Mboweni

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni, initially criticised for failing to release funds for government to purchase vaccines and putting SA on the backfoot in the vaccine procurement race, has come to the party, notes Legalbrief. Mboweni, delivering his 2021 Budget speech ... Read More

More than 20 000 already vaccinated

SA is set to get another batch of Johnson & Johnson vaccines on Saturday, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize told Parliament yesterday during a debate on the government's Covid-19 vaccine rollout plan. 'Our programme is rapidly gaining momentum. We have ... Read More

Net closes in on more Ters fraudsters

Disciplinary hearings against seven UIF employees, and lifestyle audits on several others, have begin as authorities continue the crackdown against those who unlawfully enriched themselves through the fund's Covid-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (Ters). Moneyweb reports that the Special Investigations Unit (SIU ... Read More

FROM THE EXPERTS


SA will only recover in 10 years

Up to a decade's worth of human development has been wiped out as a result of the impact of Covid-19 on Africa’s long-term development. An Institute for Security Studies (ISS) report says of particular concern is how children’s education ... Read More

Lessons learnt from first and second wave

By the time a third wave – predicted to be only a few months away – hits SA, only a small proportion of the country’s population would have been immunised, not close to the two-thirds the government says is needed for herd ... Read More

SIDE-BAR


10 000 'no masks' arrests in KZN

10 000 'no masks' arrests in KZNKZN police said 10 701 persons were arrested in various public spaces for not wearing a mask. Police spokesperson Brigadier Jay Naicker said between 29 December and 21 February, a total of 14 653 ... Read More

Human challenge study

Human challenge studyYoung, healthy people at low-risk of Covid-19 complications are to be part of a world-first study 'human challenge' trial. The study, which will recruit 90 people between the ages of 18 and 30, is backed by £33.6m ... Read More

Family ties stronger

Family ties strongerLockdowns have strengthened family relationships, made people more spiritual and yearn less for material possessions, a new study has found. The study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, suggests being forced to slow down life, as a ... Read More

QUOTES


Quotes

'While we’ve been fighting this pandemic for so long, we have to resist becoming numb to the sorrow. We have to resist viewing each life as a statistic.' US President Joe Biden'With the interconnectedness of countries and regions around ... Read More

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