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21 September 2021 Weekly Update


Snowballing shift towards mandatory vaccinations

The issue of mandatory vaccinations has been catapulted to centre-stage with unvaccinated people now facing being barred from the workplace, at tertiary institutions and even post matric parties, writes Legalbrief. Government advisers, expecting at least 50% of the population to ... Read More

SA at risk of becoming world's 'mutation factory'

SA's 8.2m immuno-compromised HIV-infected people – the largest in the world – is complicating SA’s efforts to fight the pandemic, raising the risk of more mutated versions emerging and spreading across the globe. Scientists say immuno-compromised people can ... Read More

Push for end to 'extreme' state of disaster

With the state of disaster extended again – until 15 October – and with local government elections around the corner, political parties are agitating for a new system to manage the spread of the virus. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has ... Read More


Hospital data adds to vaccines benefit evidence

Data from the Western Cape Health Department shows the effectiveness of vaccines in preventing deaths among Covid-19 patients. Analysing the data, GroundUp editor Nathan Geffen says in mid-August, 38% of people over 60 in the Western Cape were fully vaccinated ... Read More

Unions urged to demand mandatory vaccinations

Getting the economy on track and speeding up vaccination is an absolutely necessary step to deal with the economic and social impacts of the pandemic. Halton Cheadle, Di Cooper and Mike Morris, unionists in the struggle against apartheid, write in ... Read More


IEC's enormous Covid-19 list

IEC's Covid-19 shopping listTwenty-six thousand boxes containing 50 disposable face masks each – a total of 1.3m individual face masks – 102 211 plastic bottles of hand sanitiser spray, each containing 100ml; 126 280 aerosol cannisters; and 20m ... Read More

Vaccine card fraud

Vaccine card fraudDis-Chem today confirmed an ‘isolated incident of fraudulent vaccination cards’, stressing that it has stringent checks in place to prevent such fraud, and acted fast in the matter. Local outlet Krugersdorp News first reported that two men and two women ... Read More

'Swollen testicles' claim dismissed

'Swollen testicles' claim dismissed It's a resounding no. That's the response from Dr Anthony Fauci, head of the US Centre for Disease Control, in reaction to international star Nicki Minaj's tweet taking the vaccine had left her ... Read More



‘The hard truth is that we cannot be in this state of disaster forever, and we need to have a frank discussion on how we will continue to manage Covid-19 in the future without relying on this extreme instrument.’Western ... Read More

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