SA schools are back full-time. Will one million missing learners return too?

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A million learners in South Africa did not return to school by May 2021. This is more than double the numbers seen pre-pandemic. The short-term disruptions to schools caused by COVID-19 could lead to permanent drop-outs unless students are kept engaged.
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Will Ramaphosa announce an end to South Africa’s national alcohol ban today?

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South Africa loses about 170 citizens to alcohol-related deaths each day, research shows. (Delwyn Verasamy, M&G)

Court case could axe a loophole letting sexual abusers off the hook for old...

Eight men and women may change the law and pave the way to justice and healing for thousands.

Can you still spread the coronavirus after getting a vaccine? Find out

What’s the likelihood of vaccinated people passing on SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? A growing body of evidence shows that COVID-19 jabs can substantially reduce the chance of transmitting the virus to others. Find out why.

Politicking, pandemics and prestige: What’s really behind the squabbles at South Africa’s high-level COVID-19...

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The sphere of the politics of science is intense and complex — the larger the problem, the bigger the payoff to solve it.  COMMENT “It...

How fast is too fast? In the driver’s seat with the pandemic’s peer reviewers

Checkpoints in the scientific system are put in place to ensure that research can be sped up in a safe way. But during the COVID pandemic, the accelerated timeline to push research out in an effort to help has exposed gaps in the process that allow bad science to slip through.
Traditional leaders are resisting plans to introduce medical circumcision.

Cut and mistrust

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Traditional leaders are resisting plans to introduce medical circumcision. Mia Malan reports.
The Pretoria high court has dismissed Wouter Basson's review application.

Dr Death’s high court challenge dismissed

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Wouter Basson, who headed the apartheid government's secret chemical and biological warfare project, has failed in his challenge against the HPCSA.
These fraud allegations come hot on the heels of a review of Amnesty’s workplace culture which warned of widespread bullying and nepotism.

Amnesty International Zimbabwe closes amid allegations of fraud

Police are investigating suspected misconduct involving millions of dollars of funds from donors.

The barcoding gap: Can South Africa protect its COVID jabs from crime?

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Full track and traceability of COVID jabs won’t happen during South Africa’s vaccine roll-out, as the health department has not yet adopted the “overarching” system that would make this possible.

‘Tis the season for a new variant: Your introduction to how quickly Omicron is...

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The Omicron variant was identified in South Africa at the end of November and has quickly begun to dominate new infections in the country. Here’s what the data tells us so far about how quickly Omicron spreads — but truly understanding the variant will take more time.
Resilience may help some learners thrive but building it doesn't change the societal factors that led children to need it in the first place

Is there a formula for academic success?

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Studies show the odds are stacked against learners from poorer backgrounds, so why do some succeed where others fail?

These health workers are more likely to die from COVID-19. Unions say not enough...

People who are over the age of 50, obese or living with diabetes or high blood pressure are more likely to die from COVID-19...
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funds many HIV prevention campaigns around Africa

#AIDS2016: Five things African journalists want to know from Bill Gates

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Bill Gates was at the International Aids Conference this week. He spent time with five African journalists. Here is what they wanted to know.

Coronavirus in SA: Next case unlikely to come from repatriated South Africans

Students set to be repatriated also report an air of secrecy around their final destination and have been told not to divulge the quarantine’s...
Tim Noakes

Controversial banting advocate Tim Noakes found not guilty

Professor Tim Noakes was charged with giving unconventional medical advice via Twitter.