JUST IN: The rollout of AstraZeneca vaccine which had been scheduled to begin this week is now on temporary hold.
Instead there will be an expedited rollout of the J&J vaccine for health workers. #Vaccine #VaccineforSouthAfrica
From next week, for the next 4 weeks the country will be getting J&J and Pfizer vaccines. This will be used for healthcare workers. For now we keep AstraZeneca and wait for scientists to provide further studies on what to do. #VaccineforSouthAfrica
Dr Zweli Mkhize doesn’t give a clear answer if and when the AstraZeneca vaccine will expire. This means there needs to be clear indication how much time we have for studies to conclude around the AstraZeneca vaccine. #Vaccine #VaccineforSouthAfrica
Professor Madhi says we should not be under the impression that we discarding the over 1 million AstraZeneca vaccines. He says SA will experience a resurgence in 3/4 months as we move into the Winter season. #VaccineforSouthAfrica #Vaccine
JUST IN: The over 1 million AstraZeneca vaccines that arrived in SA on Monday expire in April. This was only picked up when they arrived in SA. They have a 6month life span.
#Vaccine #VaccineforSouthAfrica

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8 Feb
Former #SAA board Chair Dudu Myeni wants the interim enforcement order against her removed, pending the outcome of any appeal against the main order. Myeni was declared a delinquent director for life last year by the Pretoria High Court. She is appealing the order.
On 22 December 2020, Judge Tolmay dismissed Myeni’s application for leave to appeal against the delinquency order itself which was handed down in May 2020. Myeni is arguing that she is no longer a director on the board of any SOE including the Mangaung electricity entity Centlec.
Myeni argues that her source of income will be removed if she is removed from the boards of other companies while her main appeal is underway. As it stands she is director of the Jacob Zuma Foundation. Enforcement order doesn’t allow her to do so, even though it’s not an SOE.
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7 Feb
BREAKING: The over 1 million AstraZeneca vaccines that arrived in SA on Monday expire in April. This was only picked up when they arrived in SA. They have a 6month life span.
#Vaccine #VaccineforSouthAfrica
The AstraZeneca vaccine was meant to be rolled out by Wednesday to healthcare workers. Scientists need to complete further studies due to new variant, therefore the rollout of #AstraZeneca has been put on hold.
Dr Zweli Mkhize says the #AstraZeneca vaccine will NOT be sent back. He says scientists will be concluding studies linked to the efficacy. But until then they won’t be sent back. They might be swapped out for newer stock as they expire in April. #AstraZeneca #Vaccine
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7 Feb
Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize together with others will brief the nation tonight regarding the vaccine. Reports have emerged that the AstraZeneca vaccine might not be as effective with the new 501Y.V2 variant of SARS-Cov-2. #vaccine
Minister Mkhize says this briefing is two fold, to give an update on the research done so far and secondly it’s to respond to the policy review to adjust some of the findings. #VaccineforSouthAfrica #Vaccine
Minister Mkhize says the trials done linked AstraZeneca have shown good results around the world. He does hint to some work still needing to be done here in South African and the vaccine. #VaccineforSouthAfrica #Vaccine
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5 Feb
Workers at #SAA have had it really hard since March. This a message got from someone this morning:

“Hi Heidi. Ex colleague apparently died of stress related illness. Another committed suicide last year. Others from Covid. I'm in hospital now...”
More messages from #SAA workers

I was the mom who gave her family everything. No body was short of anything... eventually I became the mom that gave disappointing answers to my 2 little kids when they asked for something and I couldn’t afford it....

...I was the mom who fed my kids soup& bread or soup and rice for supper 3 times in a week...cos my cupboards where drying. Today I’m the mom crying silently hoping for SAA to realise how much this has impacted not only me or us but also little people who also depended on SAA ...
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1 Dec 20
After 8 months of no flying, Comair is back in the air.
Airline went into business rescue from 5 May. Kulula will fly today with BA SA flying next Wednesday.
Airline has managed to find investors and get back into the air despite #aviation globally on its knees.
3,2,1 and take off. Crew informs passengers that this is the first time in 8 months that #Kulula is flying again. It’s been a tough time for the crew but Comair has managed to retain 1500 jobs.
#Comair recently faced court action from #Numsa
The union took the company & Solidairty to court to try and declare that the business rescue Practitioners are operating income a procedurally unfair manner. NUMSA lost. #Comair tells us it was a significant win for them.
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12 Oct 20
JuST IN: A Deputy national police Commissioner has been arrested. She is being processed at Hillbrow Police station.
This arrest is in connection to supply of emergency warning equipment to SAPS in 2017

She is charged with corruption, fraud, theft and money laundering
Suspect will appear in Palm Ridge Mag court. The arrest is in connection with supply of emergency warning equipment.
Total exposure of the police fiscus was R191 million however only R65m was paid to the service provider. She is implicated for aiding and abating in this crime.
The top cop was arrested at her house this morning. She is the 13th accused expected fo appear today in court on charges of theft, fraud, money laundering and corruption.
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