The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs recently made an announcement regarding the National State of Disaster on COVID-19.

As the 2021 local government election draws closer with each day that passes by, the question arises as to whether South Africa's political parties have managed to get through to the youth in their calls for support.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to give every South African an opportunity to vote on election day. Therefore, it looks like another long weekend is on the cards in the next two weeks, as political parties improve their efforts to win over as many votes as possible at the upcoming municipal elections. 

South Africans should prepare themselves for more power outages as Eskom looks to extend its Stage 2 load-shedding further into the week.

 

South Africans travelling to the United Kindom (UK) have been met with travel ban restrictions due to Covid-19 concerns. President Cyril Ramaphosa was subsequently advised to speak to the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson to remove the country from its red list and new developments have emerged since then. 
 

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Eskom has announced that it will be implementing loadshedding today until Saturday. For all the details on this round of loadshedding, read further.

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his last Covid-19 address, said further information would still be provided on how vaccine passports can be used as evidence of vaccination for various purposes and events. New developments have since emerged regarding the issue of vaccine certificates. 

Although President Cyril Ramaphosa recently said the country would soon have standardized proof of vaccination to facilitate travel, access to establishments. The digital vaccine certificate is yet to be made publicly available until later this week.

 

In an effort to promote transparency and give the public an opportunity to participate on selecting the new Chief Justice, President Cyril Ramaphosa invited the public to get involved and nominate a suitable qualified candidate for the Head of Judiciary in South Africa, a process which started on 16 September 2021. 

According to a recent study, Scientists at Stellenbosch University found the cause behind a version of the Covid-19 that has dangerous long term health implications. One of the researchers at the University details how the team made this discovery.

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Major social media services including Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were hit by a massive outage on Monday, 4 October. This impacted potentially tens of millions of users.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has finally agreed to allow soccer fans entry into stadiums to watch matches. New guidelines have been however set for those who want to attend games at stadiums due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Child support grant has lost its value over the past few years according to The 2021 September Household Affordability Index. The report has further indicated that there has been minimal effort to address poverty in the country.

 

President Cyril Ramaphosa recently published the much-anticipated Special Investigating Unit's report into the Digital Vibes scandal. The report revealed, among other things, that former health minister Zweli Mkhize lied to the nation about his involvement in the tender process.

The Clicks and Unilever brands have been reportedly taken to court over an alleged controversial advert which caused public outcry in 2019. The Clicks advertisement had made a comparison which appeared to be discriminant of natural hair.

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