Media and COVID-19


13 May 2020 | President Cyril Ramaphosa's job performance

By Narnia Bohler-Muller, Yul Derek Davids, Benjamin Roberts & Kate AlexanderAn overwhelming majority of South Africans (85%) express trust in Pres...

13 May 2020 | Professor Moshabela on PowerFM

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13 May 2020 | Smokers, industry fuming over S. Africa's U-turn on tobacco sales

South African smokers rejoiced last month as President Cyril Ramaphosa lifted a ban on tobacco sales imposed as part of draconian measures to fight th...

13 May 2020 | Social data is critical in combatting the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is a fundamentally social and societal event. The virus spreads between people, and impacts individua...

12 May 2020 | Ban on cigarettes a crucial part of fighting Covid-19: HSRC

The ban on the sale of tobacco is crucial in reducing the spread of Covid-19.This is according to the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), which re...

12 May 2020 | COVID-19 highlights South Africa's need for local level social data

The COVID-19 pandemic is a fundamentally social and societal event. The virus spreads between people, and impacts individuals, households and communit...

12 May 2020 | First leg of Cigarette sale ban court challenge resolved

In the court papers, the association said the cigarette sale ban affected the health and welfare, both physically and psychologically, of 11 million s...

12 May 2020 | Government to provide reasons for cigarette ban: FITA

Government is expected to provide reasons for the ban on cigarette and tobacco product sales under level 4 of the lockdown.This after the Fair Trade I...

12 May 2020 | Lifestyle diseases and Coronavirus

As the number of Covid-19 infections moves over 10 000, the health minister Zweli Mkhize has expressed concern about the huge risk group of South Afri...

12 May 2020 | Lockdown is riling black and white South Africans: could this be a reset moment?

The South African government seems to have gone from an absence of data coupled to a firm but sensible strategy of lockdown to delay the pain of COVID...