South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

‘Do not violate the rights of our people’: Ramaphosa tells army ahead of lockdown

At midnight tonight, South Africa will become the latest country across the world to institute a national lockdown to control the...
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‘There is one toilet for eight COVID doctors and this is also used by...

Bhekisisa asked 29 doctors and nurses about their fears, access to protective gear and whether they’ve been tested for COVID-19
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ICYMI: President Ramaphosa announces social, economic relief measures during COVID-19 outbreak

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to highlight economic and social relief measures for people in South Africa amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Inside Qandu-Qandu: How people in this Khayelitsha settlement are trying to find a place...

After two years, the residents in this settlement are still struggling to access basic services. The almost 5 000 houses in this area do not have access to running water or electricity and have at least 38 people sharing a toilet.
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#TeamBhekisisa: What’s it like to run a health journalism centre? Ask Mia Malan

Meet the woman who started Bhekisisa way back in 2013. Killer narrative feature writer and donor-funded journalism extraordinaire.
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[Watch it again] Here’s what #Level3Lockdown will look like — and the entire...

President Cyril Ramaphosa has met with the National Command Council, political parties and other stakeholders and is now ready to tell the country how lockdown regulations will be relaxed.
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School of hard knocks: These children go to class in an open field

These Western Cape parents say there's no space for their children in nearby schools. Now they've been forced to come up with their own solution with no help from government.

WATCH NOW: National COVID-19 taskforce briefs nation on status of the coronavirus lockdown

As day one of the country's 21-day lockdown draws to a close, ministers are expected to outline the state of the...
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ICYMI: All public schools will be closed for the next four weeks

President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation about the country’s ongoing measures to manage the spread of the coronavirus through the implementation of a risk-adjusted strategy.
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Ramaphosa: COVID-19 lockdown regulations to ease on 1 May but it’s not business as...

South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, addresses the nation on the measures to be taken to re-open the country and move beyond the nation-wide lockdown.
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#TeamBhekisisa: Research, science, and stories — here’s what goes into being a health reporter...

Go behind the scenes of what becoming a health reporter during COVID-19 looks like with Aisha Abdool Karim.
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Inside South Africa’s quest for an HIV vaccine in under two minutes

The Uhambo vaccine trial may be over but South Africa’s search for a jab that could prevent HIV globally isn’t.
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[Watch it again] What will South Africa’s new level three lockdown regulations mean for...

Ministers Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Ebrahim Patel briefed the nation on what new, level three lockdown regulations will look like as the...
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What is herd immunity anyway? Here’s how many people South Africa should vaccinate

At the start of the year, the health department unveiled its plan to vaccinate 40-million South Africans as part of a three-phase roll-out. They said 67% of the population would need to be vaccinated in order to achieve herd immunity. Here’s why ending COVID is not that simple.
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Will COVID-19 make people with HIV sicker than others?

As the numbers of those infected with COVID-19 continue to rise in South Africa, we look at what this could mean for those with HIV.
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Winter queues and COVID grants: ‘We are hungry and sleep here every day’

Imagine lining up for days for R350 or a small pension. You run out of food, share blankets and huddle together to brace against the cold — because it’s the only way you know to survive.