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Healthcare workers receive a Covid-19 vaccine at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg on March 2nd. Photograph: Luba Lesolle/Gallo Images via Getty Images

In a remote South African village, set in windswept hills not far from the Indian Ocean, Nolindele Mdibanto fears she will never get the Covid-19 vacc(...)

Former South Africa president Jacob Zuma faces numerous corruption-related questions linked to evidence contained in at least 36 affidavits submitted to the inquiry. File photograph: EPA

Former South Africa president Jacob Zuma’s decision to defy a court order to testify at an inquiry investigating his involvement in public sector corr(...)

Testing for Covid-19. Three cases of the so-called South African Covid-19 variant have been recorded in the State. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

What is this new South African Covid-19 variant? As viruses make copies of themselves to spread, they mutate, making tiny genetic changes along the w(...)

Passengers queue to register at a South Africa health department mobile coronavirus testing unit outside O R Tambo International Airport departures in Johannesburg.  South Africa’s government has drawn criticism over its Covid-19 vaccine roll-out plan, with unions and medical groups among those to have expressed concern about the sluggishness of the state’s response amid a resurgence in cases, hospitalisations and deaths. Photograph: Guillem Sartorio/Bloomberg

The new coronavirus variant linked to a surge in Covid-19 cases in South Africa is not only more infectious than previous forms of the virus but could(...)

A nurse from Lancet Nectare hospital performs a Covid-19 coronavirus test in Richmond, Johannesburg. Photograph: Luca Sola/AFP via Getty

Germany and Switzerland have banned travel from South Africa after Africa’s most industrial nation warned of the emergence of a new coronavirus varian(...)

A security officer  measures the temperature of a  student  at the entrance of Albert Street Primary School, in Johannesburg. Photograph: Luca Sola/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s government has tightened lockdown restrictions in the Eastern Cape province’s largest city as a first step in tackling localised corona(...)

A customer shops at a Liquor City shop in Johannesburg, South Africa, in early June. File photograph: Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images

The South African government’s decision to reinstate sweeping lockdown measures to curb the spread of coronavirus has been strongly criticised by many(...)

People check the food parcels they   received  in Brakpan, Gauteng province, where coronavirus cases have surged. Photograph:  Michele Spatari/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa’s Gauteng province is about to become the country’s coronavirus epicentre after a surge in infections. As of Tuesday evening, South Afri(...)

Khayelitsha Field Hospital is in a community sports centre in the township on the outskirts of Cape Town. Photograph: Médecins Sans Frontières

South Africans have been warned by the government’s health minister to prepare for a surge in coronavirus infections as he cited concerns that citizen(...)

The Umhlatuzana Hindu Temple, south of Durban, damaged after the township was hit by heavy rain and flash floods after a  downpour on Tuesday. Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP/Getty Images

At least 60 people have been killed and more than 1,000 have fled their homes after heavy rains caused flooding and mudslides along South Africa’s eas(...)

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