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The South African Police Service is looking to have more boots on the ground to combat crime through a collaborative effort between security forces, civil society organisations, and government institutions.

 

 

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South Africa has officially exited the third wave. This follows reports stating that close to a quarter of the country's adult population has been fully vaccinated.

 

 

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The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has once again made a finding on the former Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize. The SIU has found that over R1 million on the Digital Vibes account was spent on shopping and home upgrades. 

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Teenage pregnancy continues to be a prevalent issue in South African, particularly with the latest statistical data showing a sharp rise in the rate of teenage pregnancies in some parts of South Africa. Research experts discuss what this reveals about South Africa's social ills.

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The newly elected Mayor of Johannesburg, Jolidee Matongo has passed away following a fatal car crash. Matongo held his position as mayor for under a month before passing on. 

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BioNtech has kicked off a trial of its COVID-19 vaccine for children and adolescents in South Africa as part of a global Phase 3 study. The study involves fourteen 14 000 children from across the world and 2000 of them are from South Africa.

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A police officer in the North West has been reportedly dismissed from work for allegedly impregnating a prisoner. It is also alleged that the pregnant inmate was awaiting trial for murder and expected to be sentenced to 30 years in jail. 

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There are looming concerns that elections could become a super spreader event as South Africans prepare to go to the polls on October 2021. The fourth-wave has already been predicted by health expects in December, and going to the polls could be confirming the possibility of the fourth-wave. 

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On Sunday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa brought up the possibility of vaccine passports. This has since received mixed reactions from citizens around the country.

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A new function on the Electronic Vaccination Data System (EVDS) now allows South Africans to book their own vaccination appointments when they register. 

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Even though the country has a good supply of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Department of Health is still struggling with the issue of vaccine hesitancy among the citizens of South Africa. Despite the statics which shows that majority of infected patients in hospitals are those who are not vaccinated, vaccine hesitancy is still a problem.

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The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development's Information Technology Systems have been hacked. The department said the breach was effected through ransomware and was detected on Monday.

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The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has advised that vaccination must be normalised annually as it fades away overtime and the immune system weakens once more against Covid-19.  

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At least 337 cases of alleged corruption in government departments have been reported to the National Anti-Corruption Hotline (NACH) in the period between April and the end of June this year. This is according to a report released by the Public Service Commission (PSC) on Thursday

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According to the Department of Health's latest statistics, South Africa has managed to execute over 14 million COVID-19 doses of vaccine, and more than six million people being fully vaccinated as of 8 September 2021. 
 

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