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‘Exciting’ ramp-up for Covid jabs

As more vaccines arrive in the country, South Africa could administer 420 000 doses a day

Mokgoro was party to talks of his resignation

The North West premier has defied the interim provincial committee’s decision

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Africa CDC prioritises full vaccination over Pfizer booster

The continent’s public health agency said the latest figures showed that 6.5-million cases of Covid-19 had been reported in Africa, out of which some 867 000 people had died

On failed states and the pitfalls of Western commentary

The tendency of Western commentators to dress up African tragedies in the patronizing logic of relativism

Anglophone Cameroon plays politics with no-work day

With Mondays enforced as off-days from work in conflict-ridden Cameroon, gathering at dog meat eateries to consume the delicacy and drink alcohol has become a weekly pastime.

Grocers reap tidy profits from liquor

Covid-19 bans on alcohol and the recent violence have exposed just how important booze sales are to retailers that once only filled trolleys with food

Masondo mulls listing Eskom on the JSE as potential solution to the power utility’s debt crisis

Deputy Finance Minister David Masondo says his comments were not the treasury’s official stance, but out-of-the-box thinking was needed to deal with the utility’s hefty deb

Companies affected by unrest can apply for support as soon as next week

Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi urges employers to be honest when applying for help

Special Investigating Unit records detail Zweli Mkhize’s role in Digital Vibes looting

In its court document, the SIU sets out its case against the alleged fraudulent and corrupt relationship between Digital Vibes, Mkhize and the health department — and asks for a tender worth R150-million to be set aside and money paid back

Ace claims the state’s witness

The ANC’s suspended secretary general believes the state’s witness is, in fact, the defence’s witness

No action just yet on Digital Vibes report, Ramaphosa signals

‘I will come out and explain to the nation exactly how I will deal with [the SIU] report,’ Ramaphosa said during a walkabout at vaccine sites in Gauteng

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Schooling and Covid: A new UN report tracks adaptations in education in 142 countries

The pandemic precipitated a global experiment in education, which Unesco is keen to document and support

Fundraiser: That’s the VC’s job description

Subsidy cuts and rising unemployment as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic means how to finance higher education is the most significant challenge

School system produces dropouts who are used to drive unrest

Our government needs to interrogate our education system because worse is still to come through the hands of the youngsters who they have failed

What lies behind Africa’s elusive World Cup glory?

Men’s national football teams have done well in junior world tournaments, but that success hasn’t been replicated on the senior global stage. What causes this and how can it be corrected?

Tokyo Olympics: Your guide to Team SA

South Africa will be hoping to build on an impressive Rio, but face a number of challenges

Loyalty and loathing in the Champions League

As Al Ahly take on Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa’s greatest coach has been tasked with denying his homeland a sought-after star

Wan-Wan Patrol: Four-legged friends keep Tokyo neighbourhood safe

Meet the pups of Tokyo’s real-life Paw Patrol

Saudi smashes Covid fraud ring ahead of hajj

The suspects in the fraudulent certificates case are alleged to have used social media to advertise their services

Heathrow airport to fast-track vaccinated passengers

The programme is slated begin on 19 July, the date on which most Covid-19 restrictions in the UK are set to be lifted

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