Here’s what’s happening in and affecting South Africa today:
Coronavirus: Global Covid-19 infections have hit 112.3 million confirmed, with the dying toll reaching 2.5 million. In South Africa, there have been 792 new instances, taking the whole reported to 1,504,588. Deaths have reached 49,150 (a each day improve of 97), whereas recoveries have climbed to 1,413,566, leaving the nation with a stability of 41,872 lively instances.
- Lessons realized: With the third wave of Covid-19 round three or 4 months away, well being consultants are reflecting on the second wave and classes realized. To keep away from mass an infection and dying in future waves, South Africa has to develop into higher at genome sequencing to establish new variants, quicker. It must also goal complacency among the many inhabitants, and likewise tackle the issue of binge consuming that brought on issues with the nation’s well being response. [Bhekisisa]
- No free journey: Matriculants who’re heading off to college this year won’t be given any free rides, with universities not trimming or diluting programs to accommodate those that might have struggled by means of the matric year below troublesome situations. However, studying assist programmes will probably be made accessible to those that could also be struggling academically. Universities don’t need to compromise the standard of levels and diplomas, however try to bridge any gaps or deficiencies because of Covid-19. [TimesLive]
- Getting prepared: South Africa’s tourism sector is keen to open and get again to buying and selling, however says that it’s unlikely to see any recovery in 2021 – solely subsequent year. Despite this, plans are in place to speculate and put together the sector for the return to full operation. With lockdowns nonetheless in place, journey severely restricted, and the vaccine rollout progressing slowly, tourism is just not happening, SA Tourism stated. However, things have to be finished proper now to organize – together with finding out South Africa’s visa points, it stated. 
- Jail time: The State Capture Commission desires to put contempt fees towards former president Jacob Zuma, who continues to defy the nation’s Constitutional Court by not taking part in or co-operating with the fee. It is in search of to jail Zuma for 2 years, and desires police minister Bheki Cele to guide the arrest. Cele and different politicians have been having tea with the previous president at his Nkandla compound. Zuma stated he doesn’t concern arrest. [ENCA]
- Markets: After shedding worth yesterday to commerce at R14.95 to the greenback, the rand clawed again some floor in the afternoon. Testimony by Fed Chairman Jerome Powell comes into focus as he is because of testify today and tomorrow on the state of the US financial system and its recovery. Local unemployment is the important thing launch for today, whereas the UK can be on target to launch unemployment numbers. EU CPI will observe this afternoon. The rand begins the day at R14.63 to the greenback, R17.81 to the euro and R20.60 to the pound. [Citadel Global]