The COVID19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the reading literacy levels of learners in South Africa. In a recent media briefing, Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga addressed the issue after the release of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). The results of this study placed South African learners at the bottom of 50 participating countries in terms of reading ability.
South Africa has been grappling with an ongoing tuberculosis (TB) epidemic, further exacerbated by the COVID19 pandemic. The country has one of the highest TB burdens globally, including drugresistant and HIVassociated TB. ## The Impact of COVID19 on TB Control
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Africa Day speech highlighted the importance of unity, resilience, and collaboration among African nations. He spoke at the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng, a location known as Maropeng, which means “returning to the place of origin.” This setting symbolized Africa’s rich history and promising future.
South Africa’s tourism industry, a major contributor to the country’s economy, has been hit hard by the COVID19 pandemic. However, the government has been making efforts to boost the industry and help it recover. One such measure is the Tourism Sector Recovery Plan, launched in May 2020, which aims to recover the sector and create jobs.
During his address, Deputy President Mashatile touched upon a range of topics that have been affecting South Africa and its citizens. Apart from acknowledging the devastating impact of the COVID19 pandemic, he also spoke about the government’s efforts to combat it.
South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Innovation, Dr. Blade Nzimande, recognizes the essential role of science, technology, and innovation (STI) in addressing the country’s most pressing issues. The STI Presidential Plenary Forum, established by the Minister, seeks to unite multiple sectors in implementing a science for social justice agenda.
South Africa has been struggling with high unemployment rates for a long time, which have only been further exacerbated by the COVID19 pandemic. To combat this issue, the government has made job creation a priority in its economic recovery plan. One sector with tremendous potential for employment is the construction industry, and the Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure is leading the charge in transforming the country into a bustling construction site.
Cholera is a type of infectious diarrhoeal disease caused by Vibrio cholerae bacterium, which spreads through contaminated food and water. If left untreated, the disease can lead to severe dehydration and even death. ## Department of Health Assures the Public
The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) has made a significant step in the fight against fraud and corruption in South Africa by recovering R71.4 million linked to Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) claims. ### Misappropriation of TERS Funds
International Nurses Day, which falls on May 12th, is a day to celebrate the remarkable contributions of nurses around the world. These dedicated professionals work tirelessly to shape the frontiers of healthcare, putting their health on the line to nurture their communities. In this article, we’ll explore the importance of nurses in healthcare systems worldwide, how they contribute to promoting healthier communities, and the critical role they play in mitigating the impacts of crises like the COVID19 pandemic.
The Western Cape has launched the #BackOnTrack campaign, a massive R1.2 billion educational program aimed at addressing the significant decline in learning outcomes due to the Covid19 pandemic. The campaign aims to improve learning outcomes in the region over the next three years and secure a brighter future for children.
South Africa’s tourism industry has made a remarkable comeback in recent times. The first quarter of 2023 witnessed an impressive increase in international arrivals and spending. This article explores the reasons behind this growth, the top source markets for South African tourism, and the impact on domestic travel.
South Africa’s tourism industry is pushing to reach preCOVID visitor numbers by 2030. Patricia de Lille, the Tourism Minister, has called on stakeholders to unite and foster growth to achieve over 21 million tourist arrivals before the end of the decade.
South Africa is facing a crucial decision regarding the R350 Social Relief Grant. The Second BRICS Working Group Meeting, held in Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, discussed the proposal to replace the grant with a Basic Income Grant (BIG). The urgency of implementing social protection measures was highlighted by Dr. Joni Musabayana, Director for Decent Work for Southern and Eastern Africa at the International Labour Organisation (ILO). With the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and the potential for future crises, integrating social protection measures has become vital.
Mama Africa is more than just another restaurant in Cape Town. It is a place that celebrates the rich cultures and cuisines of Africa. For more than 25 years, it has been a gathering place for people from all over the world who want to experience the vibrant flavors of Africa in the heart of Cape Town.
President Cyril Ramaphosa recently addressed the 2nd Presidential Health Summit at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg, Gauteng, reflecting on the Presidential Health Compact signed four years ago. The summit brought together stakeholders from various sectors to develop short and longterm solutions to challenges facing South Africa’s healthcare system.