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What you need to know

Western Cape considers local restrictions to fight resurgent Covid-19

Increase in cases, hospital admissions and the proportion of people testing positive accelerates

By Tamar Kahn

Hospitals warn of possible Covid-19 resurgence during festive season

Infections have started to rise as families and holidaymakers plan gatherings and intra-provincial travel

By Lwazi Maseko

Investigation team set up to probe Covid-19 outbreaks at SA universities

More than 600 students and staff test positive for the virus

By Nonkululeko Njilo

Western Cape denounces SAA bailout at expense of health care and old people

Provincial budgets cut to channel money to struggling airline, says DA finance MEC David Maynier

By Bekezela Phakathi

Deaths surge in Nelson Mandela Bay as Covid-19 crisis deepens

This is the fifth week in a row that excess deaths, which are those above the forecast range, have risen in Nelson ...

By Tamar Kahn

SA’s fourth-quarter business confidence at more than two-year high

Consumer demand for food, electronics and other goods have risen impressively, while building and manufacturing ...

By Karl Gernetzky

SA pledges R500m to join global vaccine alliance

SA had joined the Covax global Covid-19 vaccine distribution scheme, with a committed purchase for 10% of its ...

By Garth Theunissen

World Bank loan may still happen, says Mboweni

Finance minister says there will be no policy prescriptions for SA and the World Bank now understands that

By Garth Theunissen

Downgrades put Tito Mboweni’s goal further out of reach

Agreement that downgrades by Moody’s and Fitch make reforms even more urgent

By Linda Ensor and Lynley Donnelly

Netcare sending extra staff to Eastern Cape hospitals as Covid-19 cases ...

Nelson Mandela Bay metro is the province’s hotspot, and had 6,285 recorded active cases on Sunday, a huge increase on ...

By Tamar Kahn

Biovac in talks to make Covid-19 vaccines in SA

The company says it has the capacity to make 20-million to 30-million vaccines a year, depending on the technology ...

By Tamar Kahn

Nelson Mandela Bay sees second surge in excess deaths

Hospitals in the metro are struggling to cope with increased Covid-19 admissions

By Tamar Kahn

SA still negotiating access to Covid-19 vaccines

Government has to sign up to an international financing agreement called Covax to access the shots

By Tamar Kahn

Taxi operators protest against sector’s Covid-19 relief fund

Gauteng commuters were stranded when the National Taxi Alliance  blocked major highways to protest against ...

By LUYOLO MKENTANE

Ters extension applications open next week

The extended Covid-19 relief scheme will accept applications from November 23 to the end of December

By Geneveive Quintal

State workers’ pension fund takes R243bn hit from Covid-19 and credit ...

The Government Employees Pension Fund saw its value decline by more than a tenth for the year to end-March 2020

By Warren Thompson

SA is not experiencing a second wave, but cluster outbreaks, says Zweli ...

Health minister says if they are managed well, the outbreaks can be contained

By Claudi Mailovich

Presidency remains mum on R200m Covid-19 drug from Cuba

Presidency says due process must be followed before it can comment on auditor-general’s report

By Tanya Faber

Salga warns budget cuts will deepen fiscal crisis in municipalities

SA Local Government Association wants ‘minimal impact possible’ on service delivery functions

By Linda Ensor

Unemployment data shows signs of lasting damage to labour market

Unemployment rate rises to 30.8% with the number of unemployed people at 6.5-million

By Lynley Donnelly

Ramaphosa regrets the slow pace of reform

President says response to pandemic would have been more effective had key measures been acted on

By Bekezela Phakathi

Tourism industry pleased with lifting of travel bans

The government’s relaxation of restrictions on international tourists visiting SA comes as a boon to the sector

By LUYOLO MKENTANE

SA’s mining sector recovery stalls in September

Mining contracted 2.8% year on year in September, but overall the third quarter was a positive one

By Karl Gernetzky

Tourism back in full swing as SA opens its borders

Lockdown regulations will also be amended to allow for the normal trading hours of alcohol

Genevieve Quintal
Political editor

Former Nelson Mandela Bay metro mayor Mongameli Bobani succumbs to Covid-19

Bobani played a key part in the coalition politics of the metro

By Staff Reporter

Business warns against another hard lockdown

Lobby group B4SA calls for certainty on the matter, saying this will unlock investment and consumer spending

By Genevieve Quintal and Lynley Donnelly

Thulas Nxesi says government is mulling ‘alternatives’ to Ters

The government and social partners are exploring possible alternative arrangements to provide relief to workers ...

By Genevieve Quintal

AROUND THE WORLD

UK secures 100-million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

The British drugmaker expects four-million doses to be available in the country by the end of December

By Alistair Smout and Karen Lema

Covid-19 virus was active elsewhere before in Wuhan, China asserts

State media have cited the presence of the virus on imported frozen food packaging as evidence that China may not have ...

By David Stanway

Swedes now worried about Covid-19 as cases spike

Support for the country’s herd immunity strategy is waning as hospitals fill up

By Rafaela Lindeberg

Sudan’s former prime minister Sadiq al-Mahdi dies from Covid-19

The politician, who was ousted in a 1989 coup, had been in hospital in the United Arab Emirates

By Khalid Abdelaziz and Hesham Abdul Khalek

Divided US high court blocks limits on New York houses of worship

But chief justice John Roberts joined the court’s three liberals in dissent

By Greg Stohr

E-commerce boom does not have to suffocate the world

Technology and e-trading companies source clean electricity for data centres and warehouses

By Nathaniel Bullard

Italy calls on European Central Bank to cancel Covid-19 debt

However, the bank has repeatedly said it must adhere to EU law banning it from such monetary financing

By Chiara Albanese and Alessandro Speciale

Africa looks to China and Russia for Covid-19 vaccines

Many the world’s richest nations and regions have arranged to buy hundreds of millions of vaccine doses, raising fears ...

By Janice Kew

The scientist working on a Covid-19 vaccine, despite being stateless

Nowras Rahhal moved to Germany from war-torn Syria; he was categorised as stateless, then Syrian, and now as ...

By Emma Batha

UK’s slow response to pandemic cost citizens £10bn

The National Audit Office says the UK’s tardiness in sourcing PPE forced ministers to pay high prices for PPE, much of ...

By Emily Ashton

US initial jobless claims continue to rise as Covid-19 infections surge

In a separate report, the commerce department says GDP grew at a 33.1% annualised rate in  third-quarter

By Lucia Mutikani

Macron announces gradual easing of pandemic restrictions

Small shops will be permitted to open from November 28 but restaurants will remain closed until at least January 20

By Ania Nussbaum and William Horobin

Algeria’s president has not been seen since his Covid-19 diagnosis

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, who went to Germany for treatment, has left his country in limbo amid protests and the ...

By Salah Slimani and Souhail Karam

Joe Biden says US is ready to lead again and vows to work with allies

President-elect emphasises multilateralism and diplomatic approach aimed at repairing Washington's relationships with ...

By Trevor Hunnicutt and Humeyra Pamuk

Views and Analysis

Africa must work together against Covid-19 economic effects

The continent must acknowledge that simply resuming production of commodities is not going to lift it from the current ...

By Chris Egberink
Opinion Editor's Choice

BRIAN KANTOR: Reform the labour market or subsidise employment more heavily

Abandoning the national minimum wage would increase a willingness to hire

Brian Kantor
Columnist

Green shoots are emerging in SA as the state and the private sector work ...

If reforms show further signs of traction, and the government reaches an agreement on the public-sector wage bill, ...

By Goolam Ballim

KATE THOMPSON DAVY: Airbnb IPO is a big bet on a rosier travel future

Airbnb relies on people leaving home behind, not seeking services to deliver goods in lockdown safety

Lockdowns make people less able to fight Covid-19

US data shows that being able to make a living leads to better health outcomes

By Charles R Stith

Covid-driven market gnaws at Reit dividends

Returns on real estate investments have been badly hit by the pandemic and may be withheld for some time

By Chantal Marx
Opinion Editor's Choice

Worst scenario of disorder and decay awaits SA unless it changes tack

Planning should unite citizens behind vision of fostering social justice, prosperity and inclusivity

By Andile Sangqu
Opinion Editor's Choice

STEVEN FRIEDMAN: Time to have second thoughts about the second wave

Debate in SA is more concerned with reviving a ‘normal life’ than keeping up the fight against a dangerous virus

Opinion Editor's Choice

EDITORIAL: SA belatedly joining vaccine programme is good news

Immunising part of the population is affordable, while SAA is costing the country R10.5bn

Opinion Editor's Choice

NEVA MAKGETLA: Vanilla plans will fail to bring about an equitable and ...

A successful recovery plan cannot rely on simply ending restrictions aimed at controlling the contagion

Neva Makgetla
Columnist

DENVER POST: Paying the price for Covid mismanagement

Colorado hospitals are full of people seeking treatment and large Thanksgiving gatherings have become illegal

This is how firms can legally keep tabs on employees working remotely

Employers must ensure that any personal data processed complies with the provisions of the Protection of Personal ...

By Dhevarsha Ramjettan and Nozipho Mngomezulu

TIM HARFORD: Why Covid-19 vaccines face a new obstacle course

Vaccines are starting to appear but efficacy and logistics will prove to be problems

Tim Harford
Columnist
Opinion Editor's Choice

SA’s fashion industry is not taking Covid-19 lying down

The fashion and clothing industry will overcome the myriad challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic

By Precious Moloi-Motsepe
Opinion Editor's Choice

Lockdown ban on tobacco sales exposes gaping holes in state capacity

By September Sars had handed over to police just three cases involving cigarette and alcohol smuggling

By David Christianson

Europe’s failings are on display as the second wave hits hard

Eurozone countries should consider creating their own budget instead, to escape the political whims of non-members

By Ferdinando Giugliano
Opinion Editor's Choice

DESNÉ MASIE: Cutting foreign aid to fight global illness is not a good idea

Pandemic estimated to force the government to borrow about £372bn (R7.6-trillion) for the financial year ending April ...

Desné Masie
Columnist
Opinion Editor's Choice

FIKILE MAJOLA: Special economic zones can boost jobs and assist in ...

Attractive business environment offers a pipeline of infrastructure projects, which have huge implications for local ...

By Fikile Majola
Opinion Editor's Choice

ISAAH MHLANGA: Suddenly, things look just a little brighter for SA

A turnaround will take time because changing the structure of an economy is hard to do

Isaah Mhlanga
Columnist
Opinion Editor's Choice

Moderna’s mRNA vaccine is proof of concept for an entirely new type of ...

mRNA vaccines instructs cells to produce many substances that allow the body to function, they essentially turn cells ...

By Max Nisen
Opinion Editor's Choice

Monitoring vaccine side effects is essential

The side-effect profiles so far seem nothing to be concerned about, but it’s vital governments educate the public about ...

By Therese Raphael

CHRIS GILMOUR: Covid-19 vaccine will help both physical and online stores ...

Retailers will get back to normal methods of serving their customers, though the boost that Covid-19 conferred upon ...

By Chris Gilmour

SIFISO SKENJANA: New opportunities open up in transport sector and ...

E-commerce and Covid-19 lockdown has spurred rise in online retail sales and growth of deliveries

Warren Buffett is buying again, and pharma has tickled his fancy

Buffett probably sees broader value in the pharma space, which had been somewhat beaten down heading into the US ...

By Tara Lachapelle

Human nature — the big challenge after Covid-19

Business is asking: how do we return to production without jeopardising people?

By Herina Grobler

CAROL PATON: Cyril Ramaphosa a spectator as new factions take shape

The handful of recognisable faces that turned out to support Magashule were a sad and motley crew with doubtful moral ...

Carol Paton
Editor at large

JONATHAN COOK: The thought-habits of resilience

The Covid-19 crisis, while not to be underestimated, too shall pass in one way or another

Jonathan Cook
Columnist
Opinion Editor's Choice

Civic tech community excelling in helping to handle the pandemic

Unprecedented rise in the number of digital solutions and innovations globally

By Radhika Mia

Japanese financial crisis gives perspective on economy after Covid

Book about phenomenon of late 1980s lends support to those predicting an inflationary scenario

By Kyle Wales
Opinion Editor's Choice

Treasury is pulling the red carpet for investors from under their feet

Finance minister Tito Mboweni is clawing back some incentives, while others are being rendered ineffective

By Tumelo Chipfupa
Opinion Editor's Choice

STUART THEOBALD: Private infrastructure investment should take centre ...

Ramaphosa could use conference this week to shift emphasis away from public projects

Africa needs to be proactive in defining an apt response to the ‘new ...

The role of women is central to delivering meaningful environmental, social and governance strategies

By Zingisa Motloba

EDITORIAL: Circus around Trump gets crazier

US president’s drive-by visit to supporters outside hospital elicits strong rebukes

SA must not lower its guard as second wave of Covid-19 likely

The hard lockdown, despite its economic impact, did much to prevent the virus wreaking more havoc in SA, but we can’t ...

By Sure Kamhunga

JONNY STEINBERG: Who will escape the distribution of pain?

If SA doesn’t recover from its economic crisis, it will go to the IMF, and then be forced to make bitter decisions

HOW THE MARKETS ARE REACTING

MARKET WRAP: JSE limps into the green as US takes Thanksgiving break

The all share closed 0.31% higher with the rand flat despite the dollar coming under pressure

By Karl Gernetzky and warren thompson

Oil up for a fourth day on reduced stockpiles and vaccine hopes

Brent crude was up 1.1% and WTI crude gained  0.8% with one commentator forecasting Brent to hit $60 per barrel at the ...

By Bozorgmehr Sharafedin

Gold gains on bleak US jobs data and Covid-19 fears

The safe-haven metal has benefited from uncertainty brought on by surging coronavirus cases

By Nakul Iyer

Bitcoin plunges in sell-off that sees other cryptocurrencies fall 27%

Speculation that the US is set to tighten crypto-regulation as well as profit-taking fuel the sell-off

By Eric Lam and Todd White

The Covid-19 pandemic is a major threat to physical health, but it has also become a significant challenge for mental health. The pandemic and lockdown have had many negative consequences, including what some therapists call a 'loss of identity' in South Africans. Clinical social worker Carin Marcus shares some insights and ways of dealing with stress and anxiety brought on by the pandemic..

South Africans wasted no time to get their share of booze and smokes as lockdown level 2 started on August 18 2020. But for bottle store owners and employees, the day was an opportunity to get back on their feet, earning an income to put food on their families' table and job security. Here's what the first day back at work was like for a Pretoria bottle store.

A clinical research centre in Cape Town called TASK has begun a vaccine clinical trial on 500 health workers to determine if the Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine can prevent people from contracting the coronavirus or limit the severity of Covid-19 symptoms.

Tshwane officials have removed close to 10,000 homeless people in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19. Homeless people have been placed in shelters throughout the city. They are expected to remain in these shelters until the lockdown ends. Subscribe to MultimediaLIVE here: https://www.youtube.com/user/TimesLive Comment Moderation Policy: https://www.timeslive.co.za/comments/

South Africa's treasury says it will take up a $1bn (about R19bn) loan from the New Development Bank (NDB) - formerly known as the Brics Development Bank - to fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

South Africa's 21-day lockdown initially prohibited any movement between provinces, other than essential services. This presented problems for people wanting to hold or attend burials and funerals across the country. The regulations have since been amended however to allow people a chance to pay their last respects. Here is what you need to know about regulations concerning movement to attend funerals.

The Covid-19 coronavirus, targets human cells with ACE2 receptors, which are found in the respiratory system. The immune response can trigger potentially deadly inflammations and the virus can spread from the lungs to other organs. Here’s a visual representation of how Covid-19 infects and damages the human body.

With many small businesses taking a financial hit during SA's 21-day lockdown, personal trainer Abdullah Bayett, who runs SKR Martial Arts & Fitness Academy in Lenasia, Johannesburg, is trying to see the lockdown as a new challenge. He has been recording a combination of fitness routines and sharing the videos with his members via WhatApp to ensure they stay fit during the lockdown.

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