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ActionSA vs IEC: Electoral Court reserves judgment

New political party ActionSA argued in the Electoral Court on 21 October 2021 following the decision by the Independent Electoral Commission to omit the party name from ballot papers ahead of the 2021 local government elections.

Makhura: Gauteng has administered 5.3 mn vaccine doses, but townships lagging

Gauteng Premier David Makhura and the provincial COVID-19 command council said on 18 October 2021 that 5.3 million people living in Gauteng had been vaccinated against COVID-19 and that 1.1 million people living in Johannesburg were fully vaccinated. However, Makhura said that townships, particularly in the south of Johannesburg, were lagging behind with vaccinations.

Ramaphosa gets mixed reception on campaign trail in Tshwane

As the country heads towards the local government elections on 1 November 2021, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa hit the campaign trail. On 15 October 2021 he and members of the governing party visited various wards in the Tshwane metro, but not everyone had good words to say about the party.

Nxesi: Govt consistent in fighting unemployment, poverty & inequality

Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi reiterated that government is doing all it can to improve the high youth unemployment rate in the country. Nxesi was speaking on 14 October 2021 during the launch of the second phase of the employment stimulus. The employment stimulus was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in October 2020 in response to the high number of job losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

R11 bn allocated to phase two of Presidential Employment Stimulus

Phase 2 of the Presidential Employment Stimulus has been launched, with a total of R11 billion allocated by National Treasury. The announcement was made on 14 October 2021 by Minister in the Presidency Mondli Gungubele. The stimulus was launched by President Cyril Ramaphosa in October 2020 in response to the high number of job losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

POLITICAL PROMISES: Ramaphosa, Malema and Buthelezi on the campaign trail

In the build-up to the local government elections set to take place on 1 November 2021, political parties are out in full force campaigning all over the country. ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa took the party's message to Kimberley, EFF leader Julius Malema campaigned in Mpumalanga and IFP president emeritus Mangosuthu Buthelezi and IFP leader Velenkosini Hlabisa were in Phoenix, Durban.

Phaahla: Number of new infections consistently dropping

South Africa’s Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla said on 8 October 2021 that the COVID-19 infection rate in the country is dropping following a 33% reduction in the last seven days. Phaahla also said that there is a 19.3% decrease in hospitalisation rates.

How to get your digital COVID-19 vaccination certificate

The Department of Health officially launched the first phase of South Africa's digital COVID-19 vaccine certificate on 8 October 2021. Health Minister Joe Phaala said that the certificate was developed in collaboration with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

'The bosses refuse to negotiate meaningfully' - Numsa vows indefinite strike

Thousands of workers marched from the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown to the offices of the Metals and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council in Marshalltown on 5 October 2021. The striking workers are demanding an 8% salary increase, with Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim saying the strike was indefinite.

Ramaphosa addresses the 76th session of the UN General Assembly

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a virtual address at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on 22 September 2021. This year, the theme is 'Reparations, racial justice and equality for people of African descent'. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration.