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Business closures increase in December, according to Stats SA data

Despite the government’s efforts to lessen the economic shock of the pandemic and the lockdown, businesses are struggling to keep their doors open

How lottery execs received dubious payments through a private company

The National Lottery Commission is being investigated by the SIU for alleged corruption and maladministration, including suspicious payments made to senior NLC employees between 2016 and 2017

Repo rate remains unchanged at 3.5%

The South African Reserve Bank’s MPC has decided to keep the repo rate unchanged, at 3.5%, to let the actions it took last year trickle down into the economy

Admissions soar as second wave tightens its hold

The number of admissions drastically increased in the first two weeks of January, showing the highest numbers since the pandemic reached SA across Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape

Medical oxygen suppliers see spike in demand

According to data from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the past two weeks have seen more than 650 patients having to be put on ventilators

Do you have to take the Covid-19 vaccine or not?

The South African law does not make it mandatory for citizens to be vaccinated, and the same will apply for Covid-19 immunisation. But experts say people still have the responsibility not to act recklessly — and they should follow Covid-19 health protocols

Relief is near in the scramble for vaccines

The health minister has announced a glimmer of hope with SA having secured 1.5-million doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine

This is how medical aid schemes will help to fund SA’s vaccines

Medical aid schemes and businesses will help the government with the cost of acquiring enough vaccines for the South African population to achieve herd immunity

These are the vaccines South Africa could get

The government plans to vaccinate a minimum of 67% of the population (about 40-million people) to achieve herd immunity — when most of the population is resistant to an infectious disease — by the end of 2021.

Who is that face behind the mask?

A local scientist has devised a method to identify people even when their faces are partly obscured

Assets, wealth revolution on the go

Financiers are ‘impact investing’ by shifting their support to investment products that prioritise environmental, social and governance issues

Social partners at Nedlac agree to help to turn Eskom around

The government’s partners at Nedlac have signed a social impact agreement to support the power utility, with a particularly focus on assisting it in accessing new capital to reduce its debt

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