South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown: Doubts creep in

It is tempting to imagine that South Africa will look back, almost fondly, on late March 2020 as a special moment in its young democracy. As plenty of nations around the world appeared to flounder, or panic, or even turn their backs on the rising threat of Covid-19, this country was possessed by a rare […]

Cuban doctors go to South Africa to fight Covid-19

More than 200 doctors from Cuba are due to arrive in South Africa to help fight coronavirus. The medics left on a plane that first carried a donation of South African medical supplies to the Caribbean island, its embassy in Pretoria said. They are among 1,200 healthcare workers sent to battle Covid-19 in 22 countries […]

South Africa deploys 70,000 troops to enforce lockdown

More than 70,000 extra troops will be deployed in South Africa to help enforce a lockdown intended to stop the spread of coronavirus, President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced. South Africa has had 3,465 confirmed coronavirus cases – second only to Egypt in Africa – and 58 deaths. The country has some of the most stringent […]

Africa could be next epicentre – WHO warns

Africa could become the next epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned. UN officials also say it is likely the pandemic will kill at least 300,000 people in Africa and push nearly 30 million into poverty. The past week in Africa has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus cases. There […]

South Africa closes borders to ‘high-risk’ countries

South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the nation’s borders will be closed to all foreign nationals from “high-risk” countries: Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the US, the UK and China. He said the travel ban would come in effect on 18 March. “Any person who has visited high-risk countries in the past 20 […]

Photos: UPSA, University of Johannesburg sign MOU for exchange programmes

The University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) and University of Johannesburg (UJ) in South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for academic collaboration. The five-year agreement would see both lecturers and students of the two institutions undertaking joint projects in various fields. There will also be exchange programmes between the two institutions of […]