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No long queues or spikes in online sales as booze ...

With alcohol sales unbanned on Sunday night, one might have expected a surge in people heading to liquor outlets to buy ...

Back to school: Panyaza Lesufi eyeing primary school cases, teacher audit

Gauteng's education department will monitor Covid-19 infections among grade 7 pupils to see whether it is possible for ...

Prega Govender

'I don’t even count myself anymore – I work for my family': Waitress on ...

'I’m heavily indebted right now because at some point I had to prioritise food and rent,' says a Joburg waitress ...

‘Gauteng is over the worst’: Protest-fuelled Covid-19 spike unlikely, says ...

Gauteng is not likely to see a jump in Covid-19 cases and deaths after the recent looting and civil unrest, says Prof ...

Iavan Pijoos

POLL | How are you feeling about kids going back to school?

Schools around SA reopened on Monday according to strict health protocols and other measures announced by the minister ...

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 ...


If this anarchic violence isn’t stopped, SA’s democracy will die

Whatever their causes, the unchecked rioting and looting are threatening the nation’s foundation of law and order

By Ebrahim Harvey

Stop trying to hide your failings with euphemisms, weasels

SA is at the bottom of the pile on so many global tables that matter, but when it comes to these, it’s at the top

Tony Leon

Threat of lawlessness descends on South Africa

If our leaders do not step up, we are doomed to join the rogue nations of Africa and Latin America

Online grocery shoppers have had a trolleyful of ‘rotten’ service

If you shop for such items from home, pull up a chair for a long wait because retailers are not coping with demand

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist

Cyril, don’t expect sympathy while we pay for tarnished politicians

It’s hard not to blame the state for the mess we are in when it is wasting our money on unworthy pursuits

Tom Eaton

What’s up, doc? Are rum and cigars for Cuba’s elite not your vibe?

Nearly 300 junior doctors haven’t been posted, reports Gill Gifford, yet we are spending another R83m on the Cubans

Tom Eaton
News Editor's Choice

Why jab teachers, who are at less risk than taxi drivers?

Some will view this as successful blackmail by the powerful SA Democratic Teachers Union

JONATHAN JANSEN | There is much to rant about now, but let’s focus on ...

This harsh pandemic reality will pass. In the meantime, a little decency will go a long way in consoling each other

Axe vax excuses. It’s time to think outside the box

Government has no one to blame but itself for SA’s rollout mess. We have the infrastructure to administer jabs

Caiphus Kgosana
Executive editor: opinions and analysis

TOM EATON | Flip-flop Malema is back and it’s good to see he hasn’t lost ...

Last week he was protecting lives, this week he wants superspreaders. But hey, what’s amiss with hypocrisy?

Tom Eaton

Have you no sense of decency, Mkhize? Oh, how a mighty reputation has ...

SA’s health department has been accused of ‘shocking looting’, yet the man at its helm remains in his scrubs

Tony Leon

Nobody is safe until we are all safe, so global solidarity is vital

Barring others from your country can work only so far, for the history of humanity is one of movement and immigration

Lukanyo Mnyanda
Editor: Business Day

From above: Johannesburg during lockdown

Journalists have been covering Covid-19 mostly from the ground, but these drone images give a new perspective

By James Oatway

LIAM DEL CARME | Forget faster, higher, stronger or Covid-19 will torch ...

Right now, sport is anything but unifying in Japan, where citizens are, rightly, rising up against the Olympic Games

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter

We all need to play our part in crucial vaccination drive

It is encouraging to see at least some of the Eastern Cape’s seniors putting their faith in the Covid-19 vaccine.

At the tail-end of Covid-19, closing schools is not an option

What we need is vigilance because a sense of normalcy is vital for pupils’ and teachers’ wellbeing

Vaccination against Covid-19 is our best shot

Every single vaccination helps us reach herd immunity, which helps individuals, communities and the country

By Mosima Mabunda

Whichever way you vax it, most people will eventually get the needle

In this frenetic age suspicions are understandable, but when people see there is little to fear, they’ll come around

Tom Eaton

Commercially reprocessed medical devices ‘as safe as originals’

Medical device reprocessors body sets the record straight after recent article on single-use devices

By Daniel J Vukelich

Without a jab there’ll be no pot of gold for SA rugby

While our players stagnate at home due to Covid-19, the Kiwis and Aussies are in for a super weekend

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter

Let’s take a close look at the real state of SA’s vaccine rollout

Jonathan Jansen’s criticism of government’s vaccine rollout is all very well but we need to look at the whole picture

By David Harrison

SUE DE GROOT | Nothing hare-brained about teething for scientists and ...

A column to satisfy your inner grammar nerd

Sue de Groot
Deputy features editor: Sunday Times

Now that the fog has lifted, we see what a waste Covid ‘hygiene theatre’ ...

Millions of rand went into disinfecting surfaces, but the practice has no scientific backing

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist

MALAIKA MAHLATSI | Vaccine nationalism must be a wake-up call to Africa

A few days ago, Forbes magazine reported that  one billion Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered globally, but ...

Same old, same old as Rainbow Cup heads in opposite directions

Travel restrictions have forced the organisers of the Rainbow Cup to alter its format, which is a setback for Boks ...

Liam Del Carme
Sports reporter


Former SA boxing champ dies after battle with Covid-19

Former SA super-middleweight champion Andre Thysse‚ who was never knocked down in his 10 years as a professional boxer‚ ...

David Isaacson
Sports reporter

Olympic Village Covid-19 infection bubble already ‘broken’ — health expert

The so-called bubble to control Covid-19 infections at the Olympic Athlete's Village in Tokyo is already "broken" and ...

By Reuters

Covid-19 cases found at Olympic hotel as IOC hails ‘historic’ Games

A coronavirus cluster at a Japanese hotel where dozens of Brazilian Olympic team members are staying has raised new ...

By Reuters

British Lions tour match off due to Covid-19 outbreak in Springboks, Bulls ...

The latest Springbok players to test positive were named as Frans Malherbe, Marvin Orie, Handre Pollard and Frans ...

By Mark Gleeson

Seven members of England team test positive for COVID-19

Three players and four staff members from England's cricket team have tested positive for COVID-19, the England and ...

By Reuters

Vodacom Durban July to go ahead despite country moving to harder lockdown

Despite South Africa moving to adjusted alert level 4 of the lockdown, the Vodacom Durban July race day will go ahead ...

Suthentira Govender
Senior reporter

Police vaccinations fast-tracked so Covid-19 enforcement can intensify

Covid-19 vaccinations for the police are being fast-tracked before a crackdown on compliance with Covid-19 regulations, ...

By Amanda Khoza, Orrin Singh and SUTHENTHIRA GOVENDER

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