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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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Deputy President David Mabuza is calling on all citizens to get vaccinated to lower the country's infection rate. He was speaking during the launch of the Vaccination Social Mobilisation campaign that has been launched in collaboration with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.

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The Groote Schuur hospital has recently released a report which highlighted that a significant number of its Covid-19 patients are unvaccinated. Reports said about 156 were hospitalised and 153 of those patients were not vaccinated. 

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WhatsApp has announced that as of 01 November 2021 it will stop supporting some 43 older model smartphones including the iPhone 6s. Various models of other competing brands such as Huawei, LG and Samsung will also be affected.

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The SA Post Office is warning customers not to pay self-appointed queue marshals or any of their employees in exchange for a place in front of the queue at any of their branches.

 

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Deputy President David Mabuza has reassured the country that the events of last month, which resulted in large-scale lootings in parts of Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng, will never happen again.

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The Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula has given the motorists more time for the renewal of driving licences. Keep reading to find out all the details.

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