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Winde pleads for 'deal' with citizens to prevent ...

Cape Town’s more affluent southern and western suburbs were responsible for the increase in Covid-19 cases seen over ...

Aron Hyman

Next crop of Covid-19 vaccine developers take more traditional route

The handful of drugmakers dominating the global coronavirus vaccine race are pushing the boundaries of vaccine ...

By Reuters

SA approaches 720,000 Covid-19 cases, with 51,000 considered 'active'

The number of active Covid-19 cases across SA continues to hover around the 51,000 mark, the health ministry said on ...

By TimesLIVE

Gauteng health boss in charge of Covid-19 quarantine dies suddenly

Kgati Malebana, 46, was part of the provincial Covid-19 response team. His death on Tuesday came as a shock, said ...

Manchester United say they can safely host 23,500 fans at Old Trafford

Manchester United can safely host 23,500 fans at Old Trafford while maintaining social distancing to curb the spread of ...

By Reuters

Traditional healers warn WHO: 'Hands off traditional medicine!'

Traditional healers have bemoaned their exclusion from helping the government deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, saying ...

By Lwandile Bhengu

Eastern Cape health care workers cry for help

The Dispatch has been inundated with messages, voice notes and letters from health care staff complaining about how ...

By Bongani Fuzile

Eastern Cape legislature closed after employee tests positive for Covid-19

The Eastern Cape Legislature has been temporarily closed after an employee tested positive for Covid-19. This is ...

By Simtembile Mgidi


Unpacking SA's coronavirus numbers.

Breaking down SA's coronavirus statistics.

The latest Covid-19 stats from South Africa

This video was made purely to share my story in ...


Anti-Covid products may be making false claims

According to guidance published by many health authorities, including the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care in ...

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist

‘Super-spreader’ events the next big threat

As Covid-fatigue sets in, super-spreader events are becoming a great concern.

This is Cyril Ramaphosa’s legacy moment. He dare not fail

On Thursday, the president will unveil his economic recovery plan, an important milestone in his tenure

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis

Cyril’s diktats on who can visit South Africa make no sense when tourist ...

Disallowing travellers from certain countries will shut us out of markets and limit job creation and economic revival

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis

We’re wasting time and money when we should be probing Covid immunity

ANALYSIS | Forget lockdowns and costly PCR tests when it's better to focus on the extent of our immunity

By Dr Uri Gavish, Prof Udi Qimron, Eyal Shahar, Dr Ifat Abadi-Korek and Michael Levitt

Ramaphosa must get rid of dead wood to ignite South Africa’s recovery

Our cabinet of dreams is more like a nightmare populated by inept ministers

Peter Bruce

Covid-19 disruption a transformative time for workers, unions

Are labour unions doing enough to represent the interests of their members? The Covid disruption offers the opportunity ...

Xhanti Payi

Certainty 1: matric exams will be a farce. Certainty 2: ANC will hide this

The education dept says pupils have time to catch up, but politicians don’t care about their decisions’ results

My dreary soul felt peace amid the weary veld

In a barren highveld winter, made more so by Covid-19, we find comfort at De Hoek Country Hotel

By Chris Thurman

Never mind Covid, it’s the new wave of corruption that SA needs to cure

We know how to keep Covid-19 at bay, so let’s do the same with our leadership and wash our hands of it

Tom Eaton

Without backing, Ramaphosa may become accused no 1

This weekend’s anti-corruption meeting looks set to be a bunfight that could cost the president his position

Times Select

South Africa’s confidence in Cyril takes a dive amid Covid looting binge

It is undeniable that, at the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, President Cyril Ramaphosa had the support of most South ...

Time is running out, so get to it, education department

Get safety measures in place pronto so the children you claim to educate can get the education they deserve

Times Select

Diary of a vaccine volunteer, day 1: Well, that wasn’t bad, even the swab

I signed up to take part in trials for a promising vaccine as SA joins the global race against Covid-19

Claire Keeton
Senior features writer

This is why you can’t trust scientists who want schools to reopen

The science of reopening schools must be looked at through the lens of inequality, not chances of infection

SA’s safety is yours to bear, so don’t mess up

Instead of lessening the burden to keep ourselves and others safe, level 2 requires us to shoulder it more than ever

Times Select

Now work to rebuild economy begins

So South Africans finally got what most have been asking for — a move to Level 2. To the delight of smokers everywhere, ...

Expedite testing and contact tracing to win war against Covid-19

On March 5, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases confirmed South Africa's first patient to test positive ...

Online turns off connections crucial to learning, teaching

The sum of teaching’s parts is lost on screen, lessening the learning experience for educators and students

Urgent life support needed for critically injured health system

The Eastern Cape health department remains in complete disarray and no one will assume any responsibility for it

Tata ma chance with customer service and it’ll cost you

Companies that fail to win clients’ trust will end up being post-Covid-19 losers

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist

Eastern Cape fumbling its way through health crisis

They cannot say they did not know it was coming. They were warned there would be a surge in Covid-19 infections. They ...

Mirror, mirror on South Africa’s wall, who’s going to take the blame for ...

Our economy will tank and the IMF will play a huge role in our future. Now’s just to wait for the blame game

Get thee behind us, Bandile Masuku, but fear not, thou shalt return

He’s has been summoned by the ANC’s Integrity Commission, but we doubt that any hellfire awaits him

Tom Eaton

Cyril has squandered the main thing he needs to fight Covid – our trust

The government’s non-science-based decisions are nonsensical and have cost it public trust


Manchester United say they can safely host 23,500 fans at Old Trafford

Manchester United can safely host 23,500 fans at Old Trafford while maintaining social distancing to curb the spread of ...

By Reuters

Six positive cases: Lions vs Cheetahs cancelled due to Covid-19

Inevitably, perhaps, Covid-19’s tentacles have enveloped the Lions’ squad to the point that their Super Rugby Unlocked ...

By Liam Del Carme

Covid-19 pandemic's tentacles reach Super Rugby Unlocked competition

SA Rugby may have some tough decisions to make after it was confirmed on Thursday that the Covid-19 pandemic's ...

By Liam Del Carme

Thomas du Toit hopeful the Sharks will soon hit their stride in Super ...

Sharks tighthead prop Thomas du Toit may not get another opportunity to add to his 12 Test caps in the immediate future ...

By Khanyiso Tshwaku

Zwane‚ Shalulile‚ Nurkovic‚ Sirino vie for top prize: whopping R250,000 up ...

The winner of the 2019-20 campaign’s Footballer of the Season prize at Thursday night’s Premier Soccer League (PSL) ...

By Marc Strydom

Spanish second division game suspended after Covid-19 positives

Spanish soccer's organising body La Liga said that Sunday's second division encounter between Alcorcon and Ponferradina ...

By Reuters

Boks pull out of Rugby Championship

Rugby fans were put out of their misery when SA Rugby finally announced they will be withdrawing the Springboks from ...

By Liam Del Carme

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