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LATEST NEWS

Government gets R11.4bn World Bank loan to ...

The loan is intended to protect the poor and support economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Wendell Roelf

Malema calls for no masks and opening stadiums for 'vaccinated and ...

EFF leader Julius Malema took his call for the government to open stadiums to the office of sports minister Nathi ...

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter

SA confirms 4,322 new Covid-19 cases, 156 deaths in 24 hours

Gauteng recorded more than 1,000 of SA's 4,322 new Covid-19 cases, the NICD reported on Wednesday.

By TimesLIVE

Covid-19 infected lions prompt variant warning in South Africa

Lions and pumas at a zoo in the South African capital of Pretoria got severe Covid-19 from asymptomatic zoo handlers, ...

By Antony Sguazzin and Renee Bonorchis

Australia suffers deadliest day of pandemic as Omicron drives up hospital ...

Australia suffered its deadliest day of the pandemic on Tuesday as a fast-moving Omicron outbreak continued to push up ...

By Renju Jose

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





VIDEOS

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OPINION 

The UK’s callous ‘red-list party trick’ should not be tolerated

I woke up this morning to learn of our return to the red list and I am alarmed at the ease with which our brand, our ...

By Carol Bouwer

What the data tells us about the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic

The Delta variant of Covid-19 is key to understanding the current trends around the reopening of the global economy, ...

By Mark Ainsworth

Lost in translation: how Covid-19 language can be misunderstood

To communicate the real value of vaccines we must make information easily available and understandable

By Todd Malone

Ignore the anti-vax brigade and focus on the vax hesitant

Not enough is being done to accelerate vaccinations, the spinoff from which will bring some of the unvaxxed on board

OPINION | Why a Covid-19 vaccine mandate is not the best policy option for ...

The government must address problems like a lack of access to trustworthy information about vaccines by bolstering its ...

By Donrich Thaldar and Bonginkosi Shozi

Vax versus fiction: to beat anti-vaxxers, take the fight to them

It seems the only way to get the counterfactual corps to see, er, fact, will be to unleash symbolic leadership

Tom Eaton
Columnist

OPINION | Why Covid-19 vaccines should be mandatory in SA

The Disaster Management Act regulations say any person “who intentionally exposes another person to Covid-19 may be ...

By Keymanthri Moodley

South Africa should insist the UK changes its ludicrous Covid travel curbs

South Africans are subjected to nonsensical, patronising, glaringly political restrictions that are hurting our economy

Tony Leon
Columnist

SHABIR MADHI | Covid-19 herd immunity is not going to happen, so what next?

Herd immunity is no longer a discussion the world should be having.

By Shabir A Madhi

It’s time for us to decide what kind of South Africa we want to live in

Will it be one in which the poor are used as cannon fodder by the corrupt elite or will we pull together as we did in ...

MAKHUDU SEFARA | Poor Cyril, his presidency has never stood a chance

Beset by problems not of his making, crippled by an inability to act decisively, it’s hard to imagine what his legacy ...

Makhudu Sefara
Editor: TimesLIVE

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
Columnist

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
Columnist

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
Columnist

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
Columnist

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
Columnist

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

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

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
Columnist

SPORT

Djokovic fights visa cancellation on grounds decision was ‘irrational’

Australia cancelled Novak Djokovic's visa on the grounds his presence in the country might excite anti-vaccination ...

By Reuters

50% capacity at stadiums for sport events on the cards if Covid-19 rate ...

SA is pushing ahead with plans to reopen stadiums for sport events as the country’s “Return to Play” programme gathers ...

Paul Ash
Senior reporter

Scuffles with police as fans without tickets try to get into FNB Stadium

An entrance to the FNB Stadium in Soweto had to be closed on Tuesday evening after fans without tickets for the Bafana ...

Safa welcomes government approval for 2,000 vaccinated fans to watch ...

The SA Football Association has thanked sports minister Nathi Mthethwa and his health counterpart Joe Phaahla after ...

Mahlatse Mphahlele
Sports reporter

WATCH | ‘Get your jab so we can get back to normal’: TS Galaxy players ...

As part of a government drive to get hesitant citizens vaccinated, players for TS Galaxy FC lined up to receive their ...

By TIMES LIVE

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

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