Tuesday 23 March 2021, World Tuberculosis (TB) Awareness Day, commemorated on Wednesday 24 March, reminds us that the ongoing TB epidemic in South Africa must not be forgotten amidst the global Covid-19 pandemic. It is estimated that some 58 000 people died of TB in our country in 2019 alone, and there are grave concerns …

Savanna Cider has issued a statement distancing itself from what it calls “irresponsible and damaging consumer-generated social media activity”.

This comes after the brand was repeatedly tagged in a series of social media posts, dubbed “Savanna Challenge”, showing consumers downing Savanna bottles in one go or balancing them on their heads and other body parts.

All of this as the country is in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic, warranting the need for social distancing along with increased responsibility in public spaces and at events.

Guys, kanti what exactly is in Savanna?pic.twitter.com/Vytvi3ml1r

— DripDonDada (@MandyG_04) January 3, 2021

Guys please rest… Yaz Savanna will kill us dead… pic.twitter.com/tx3LYQiF8o

— Baki wa lepantsula. (@REALBUCKS1) January 1, 2021

Its always the savanna bottle pic.twitter.com/RAXsUhVGxb

— Big.eddie (@WhoIssJunior) December 28, 2020

Ohns, what do they out in savanna ai? Asking for myself. pic.twitter.com/YoSuRF1KSy

— LOCAL MAN (@Xhipu..

eThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda has tested positive for COVID-19. He is isolating at home and the municipality says he’s in ‘good health’.

Kaunda has urged Durban residents to be vigilant and avoid unnecessary movements or organising superspreader events.

He called on bereaved families that are hosting funerals to keep the number of mourners to 50.

The mayor said the second wave is vicious and that we should all work together to flatten the curve.

He’s also warned those who are spreading misinformation about the virus to desist from doing so.

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A special provincial official funeral category 2 has been declared for the late Jon Qwelane.

Qwelane died on Christmas Eve and will be laid to rest Monday in Mahikeng.

He worked for various media houses as a writer, broadcaster, and editor for many years. In 2010, he was appointed by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation as South Africa’s High Commissioner to Uganda for a four-year term.

“President [Cyril Ramaphosa] has also instructed that the National Flag fly at half-mast in the North West province on the day of the funeral of Qwelane, this as a sign of respect to him, a statement by the Office of the North West Premier Job Mokgoro said.

“The funeral service which will start at 07h00 at the Mmabatho Civic Centre in Mahikeng, will be attended by only 50 people, this in compliance with alert Level 3 Lockdown Regulations and applicable health protocols,” it added.

The funeral will also be streamed live on the North West Office of the Premier Facebook page.


The Gauteng Department of Health says over 300 people in communities around Sandton, Alexandra and Houghton contracted COVID-19 on Christmas day alone.

The department revealed that the sub-district, known as region E, is currently the worst affected in Johannesburg.

Gauteng Health Spokesperson, Kwara Kekana said residents must make use of the weekly dashboard that guides them in terms of areas to avoid.

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The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) will reportedly meet this week, as South Africa continues to see record daily Covid-19 infections, rapidly approaching the 1 million confirmed cases.

As of 26 December, South Africa has reported a total of 994,911 Covid-19 cases, falling just short of the 1 million marks. There were 11,552 new daily cases reported, after two record increases of over 14,000 cases on Thursday and Friday this week.

There were also 256 new deaths, taking the total to 26,521, while recoveries are now at 839,194, leaving the country with a balance of 129,196 active cases.

The surge in cases has been driven by more gatherings over the festive season, as well as a more transmissible variant of the virus that has been discovered in South Africa.

According to the Sunday Times, citing a government insider, president Cyril Ramaphosa will recall cabinet ministers from their holidays to hold an urgent meeting on Tuesday (29 December) to address the crisis.

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Liquor traders are pleading with the government to be allowed to continue with off-premises alcohol sales. This as the country navigates the second wave of Covid-19 and rumours of imminent harder lockdown.

The organisation says a total shut-down of liquor sales will mean the loss of 250,000 direct jobs.

eNCA’s Gareth Edwards spoke to Lucky Ntimane from the Liquor Traders Formation.

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Fifteen members of one family have tested positive for coronavirus in Limpopo. Provincial Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, revealed this during an interview with SABC News on Saturday.

She attributed an increase in the number of cases in the province to the high number of visitors during this festive period.

Ramathuba says 14 relatives were infected by a family member who works in Gauteng and recently came back with flu-like symptoms.

Having a braai with friends or family? Here’s how to keep your guests safe from #COVID19. #CelebrateSafepic.twitter.com/lVjoM6W8dS

— Dr Zweli Mkhize (@DrZweliMkhize) December 26, 2020

“This morning I was dealing with one family where there is a daughter who came back from Gauteng, and tested positive was asymptomatic and after testing we then did the whole family now five days later since she has arrived.

I think its day seven now, they have all I think it’s 15 of them including the uncle and aunt because over the last week, they had some family gat..

Ann Malinga pays tribute to her late husband, Robbie Malinga, 3 years after passing on. The businesswoman shared a photo of the legend and captioned it with the date of his passing, which is the 25th of December, 2017.

In her dialect, she eulogizes him and says he’s forever locked in her heart. This time last year, she said.

Darkest day of our lives but glorious in the heavens because You gained your Angel wings & flew to heaven. December holidays are the hardest.

She’s also appreciated those who have been with her since he died.

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The General Secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), David Sipunzi, has passed away. The union confirmed the news in a press statement on Friday.

The family of comrade David Kolekile Sipunzi confirmed that he passed on at 11 am this morning,” says NUM Deputy General Secretary, William Mabapa.

The cause of death is still unknown and Mabapa says more details will be communicated soon by the family. The union has expressed sadness at the news and sent condolences to the Sipunzi family.

Mabapa says Sipunzi will be remembered for his forthrightness, commitment and dedication in championing the cause of the working class to ensure, protect and safeguard their jobs and conditions of employment.

“He was a trade unionist who did not cease to fight for the rights of the NUM members. His global contribution as one of the Vice Presidents of the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU) and his efforts in labour rights will not easily be forgotten.”

Sipunzi joined NUM in 1985 – the ..