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Covid-19: SA death toll passes 700, cases ...

An additional 1,674 cases of Covid-19 have been recorded in SA in the last 24 hours.

By TimesLIVE

School reopening postponed to June 8 — education ...

Education ministry announces delay hours before schools were set to start

By TimesLIVE

Ramaphosa reveals China’s integral role in SA’s ...

China continues to play a pivotal role in SA’s fight against the coronavirus.

By Naledi Shange

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


Isolate the sick and elderly to avoid deaths: Zweli Mkhize

With one in every nine people in the Western Cape testing positive for Covid-19, the province could soon quarantine ...


IN MEMES | 'The most anticipated Monday in history': SA happy as booze ban ...

As South Africans welcomed the easing of the lockdown to level 3 on Monday, the sale of alcohol seems to be the most ...


Botswana to help repatriate citizens stranded abroad

Botswana will help repatriate citizens stranded abroad by coronavirus travel bans, with more than 100 due to arrive on ...

By Reuters

Coronavirus drives De Beers to shift diamond viewings from Botswana

Global diamond giant, De Beers is working with Botswana's government to temporarily move viewings to places closer to ...

By Reuters and Brian Benza

We’d rather miss a grade than dig a grave, say KZN parents

Terrified moms and dads explain to Times Select why their kids won’t be back in class – no matter what the minister says

Orrin Singh

It’s official: hunting, fishing and game drives are allowed under level 3

Hunting and recreational fishing are among the activities the department of environment, forestry and fisheries has ...

By Ernest Mabuza

Children ‘suffered’ under Covid-19 lockdown: Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu

South Africa’s children were forced to “look after themselves” under lockdown.

By Matthew Savides


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 ...


Reserve Bank in the sights of scapegoat hunters

Things are about to get very rocky in South Africa. The economy is reopening just as the pandemic is entering a more ...

Beyond smokes, level 3 rules get even more mindless

Despite concessions and sensible restrictions, our government still appears to have lost touch with reality

Times Select

As days bleed into yet another lockdown day, remember who the real enemy is

The season changed around day 62; then reason changed as whether to smoke or not became all about race

By Charmain Naidoo

Welcome to the SA circus. Let’s bring on the clow ... er, ministers

It’s where our, er, leaders come up with their ‘collective’ decisions that are based on, er, ‘science’ and, er, ‘logic’

Tom Eaton

Faith in lockdown flies out the window when churches reopen

Tuesday’s decision to allow places of worship to gather when the country moves to Level 3 of the lockdown on June 1 ...

Matthew Savides
News editor

This is uncharted territory for everyone, including you

While doctors, ethicists and politicians feel their way, individuals need to listen or bear the consequences too

Times Select

Blended learning may suite South Africa best

Many well-meaning education benefactors and commentators in SA have expressed that in the light of the Covid-19 ...

The new 3 Rs of teaching and learning in the post-Covid classroom

With all the recent focus being on ways to ensure targeted curriculum delivery and adequate completion of the school ...

Cyril caves to churches, so cue the corona snake pastors

Religious gatherings get the nod despite case studies from other nations and a terrible track record in SA

By Sthembile Cele

The clunking government fist on corona echoes Stalin’s Soviet Union

Shutting out citizen input, science fakery, academic witch-hunts. It’s sounding very pre-1950s Russia

Tony Leon

Let’s use our unity to end the other plagues ravaging South Africa

Every life is noteworthy, so we need keep solidarity alive in the battle against our nation’s many other ills

Times Select

Is Covid-19 really our ticket to paradise? You’d better believe it

We may mock religious politicians for wanting places of worship made into giant petri dishes. But it’s what they want

Tom Eaton

Tobacco ban poses biggest threat to public’s faith in state’s ...

Amid the deluge of litigation the South African government is facing over its Covid-19 lockdown regulations, there ...

By Karyn Maughan

Modelling is no silver ball, we still need to work out what to do ourselves

Epidemiological models do not analyse how best to prevent infections but to anticipate the need for health-care ...

Neva Makgetla

Onus is on business to ensure there isn’t a rapid rise in Covid cases

There is a need for extra caution because South Africa is relaxing its lockdown at a time when the virus spreads more ...

By Busi Mavuso

Get used to people coughing stupid conspiracy theories all over you

We are entering a world in which wilful ignorance and childlike solipsism will be smeared across shared spaces

Tom Eaton

Monetary policy committee wimps out in the face of depression

If there were any doubts that the SA Reserve Bank’s monetary policy committee must fall, last week’s feeble response to ...

By Duma Gqubule

It will take a village to send our children back to school

Let’s stop complaining about empty promises and roll up our sleeves to help our kids get back into classrooms

Times Select

Ramaphosa hamstrung as cabinet hacks virus message

The goodwill of the people is fast being eroded by ministers who undo all the positive momentum

Times Select

MAMPHELA RAMPHELE | African heritage can be harnessed to create a ...

Covid-19 has enabled us to demonstrate our ability to shift from our tendency to be pre-occupied with the pursuit of ...

By Mamphela Ramphele

Want your air ticket refunded? Expect a bumpy ride

In these difficult times, things may not be as clear-cut as they once were, but the law is still the law

Wendy Knowler
Consumer journalist

Win hearts and minds to change behaviour as lockdown eases

A heavy hand and petty rules will not help the government build a social compact with communities

By Genevieve Quintal

An army of youth myth-busters: Curbing the viral threat to public health ...

Following South Africa’s first coronavirus case on March 5, President Ramaphosa has taken quick and decisive action to ...


Dlamini-Zuma's alleged links to illicit cigarette industry spark debate ...

Alleged links between Cogta minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and tobacco kingpin Adriano Mazzotti has fueled debate ...

By John Harvey

Burning questions over Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's cigarette ban motives

By and large South Africans supported the national coronavirus lockdown at its start. While there were grumbles about ...

By Luke Charter


Ten positive coronavirus tests in English Championship

Ten individuals from eight Championship clubs tested positive for novel coronavirus in the latest round of tests, the ...

By Reuters

No positive results in latest Premier League coronavirus tests

The Premier League's planned restart on June 17 received a further boost on Saturday when the latest batch of novel ...

By Reuters

Atalanta coach Gasperini reveals he had coronavirus at Valencia game in ...

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini revealed on Sunday he thought he would die as he suffered coronavirus symptoms when ...


The return of La Liga | What's at stake?

La Liga resumes on June 11 after a three-month absence due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Covid-19 enforced break has allowed Kagiso Rabada to recharge batteries

Proteas superstar bowler Kagiso Rabada has said time away from cricket during the coronavirus-enforced lockdown has ...

By Tiisetso Malepa

Cricket SA won’t force players to return to training when non-contact ...

Cricket South Africa (CSA) chief executive Dr Jacques Faul has said that no player will be forced to return to training ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele

Netball Quad Series involving Proteas cancelled due to Covid-19 travel ...

Netball South Africa (NSA) has confirmed that the 2020 Quad Series between Australia‚ New Zealand, England and SA has ...

By Mahlatse Mphahlele