Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the Matric pass rate of 76.4% obtained in the November 2021 examinations is testament that the country’s education system is improving.

The Minister announced the pass rate last night, and says this is a slight improvement from 2020’s 76.2%.

Motshekga says the 2019 pass rate, before the Covid-19 pandemic hit, stood at 81.3%.

Watch the minister’s full announcement here.

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South Africa will start producing second generation vaccines to better fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the South African-born billionaire, Patrick Soon-Shiong the vaccine production facility which opened here in the Mother City yesterday, would produce vaccines which would be far more capable in fighting the virus.

He says this new generation of vaccines are a lot more effective in disrupting the reproduction and further spread of the virus than currently available vaccines.

Soon-Shiong says the facility would also develop and produce therapies for the treatment of diseases such as cancer, HIV and tuberculosis.

Watch Dr. Soon-Shiong’s full briefing here.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says the vaccine production facility, unveiled in Brackengate yesterday, will tremendously boost South Africa’s Covid-19 fighting capabilities.

The plant, established by the US biotech billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, is set to produce a billion Covid-19 vaccine doses by 2025.

Ramaphosa says the facility would help provide much needed doses of vaccines to other African countries.

He says the establishment of the facility is also a big investment in the country’s scientific and research skills.

Watch the full media-briefing here.

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South African health authorities have seen a marked decrease in the number of excess deaths reported during the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Public Health Specialist at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Dr. Waasila Jassat this decrease in excess mortalities has become more apparent over the past 2 to 3 weeks.

Jassat says all other indicators, such as hospitalizations, severe disease and ICU treatment, have also, in this current wave, seen a drastic decline.

Access the Health Department’s latest Covid-19 update here.

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The Western Cape Health Department says evidence, from the fourth wave, again shows that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 is less cumbersome than previous variants.

Head of Health, Dr. Keith Cloete says previous Covid-19 infection and vaccination may have lead to the lower incidence of deaths and severe disease in the fourth wave.

Cloete says risk for hospital admission, when infected with Omicron, had dropped by 1.4%, when compared to Delta-infection.

Access the latest Western Cape Covid-19 digital conference here.

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