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  • India, EU to resume talks on FTA; Agree to launch negotiations on investment protection, geographical indications May 08, 2021 09:34 PM IST

    India, EU to resume talks on FTA; Agree to launch negotiations on investment protection, geographical indications

    Modi invited the EU to support a proposal by India and South Africa to waive patents on COVID-19 vaccines so that there can be equitable vaccine access for th.

  • India topped 2020 vehicle imports into S Africa despite COVID-19 impact: Report May 08, 2021 01:41 PM IST

    India topped 2020 vehicle imports into S Africa despite COVID-19 impact: Report

    The Automotive Export Manual report released here on Friday by the Automotive Industry Export Council said that India has been established by several global brands as a production hub for entry-level and small vehicles, and most of the vehicles imported from India fell into these categories.

  • Table Mountain wildfire threatens University of Cape Town Apr 18, 2021 10:54 PM IST

    Table Mountain wildfire threatens University of Cape Town

    The fire started early on Sunday near a memorial to politician Cecil Rhodes, located on Devils Peak, another part of Cape Town's mountainous backdrop, before spreading rapidly up the slopes.

  • South Africa suspends Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout over blood clot concerns Apr 13, 2021 10:56 PM IST

    South Africa suspends Johnson & Johnson vaccine rollout over blood clot concerns

    Earlier Federal health agencies on Tuesday called for an immediate pause in use of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose coronavirus vaccine after six recipients in the United States developed a rare disorder involving blood clots within about two weeks of vaccination.

  • Mahindra reaffirms faith in South African market with new facility Apr 09, 2021 08:38 AM IST

    Mahindra reaffirms faith in South African market with new facility

    "Mahindra has been recognised as the fastest growing volume brand for two of the last three years as we welcomed a record number of new owners to the fold," said Rajesh Gupta, CEO of Mahindra South Africa.

  • Serum Institute of India refunds South Africa for undelivered COVID-19 vaccines Apr 09, 2021 08:08 AM IST

    Serum Institute of India refunds South Africa for undelivered COVID-19 vaccines

    A million doses from the institute, which had already been delivered, have been sold on to other countries in the African Union.

  • COVID-19 Update | Coronavirus variants from Brazil, South Africa are less susceptible to antibodies, says study Mar 28, 2021 05:56 PM IST

    COVID-19 Update | Coronavirus variants from Brazil, South Africa are less susceptible to antibodies, says study

    The study noted that vaccination or recovery from COVID-19 may offer reduced protection from SARS-CoV-2 variants B.1.351 and P.1.

  • COVID-19 Update | South Africa plans to vaccinate 200,000 people daily against coronavirus: Report Mar 28, 2021 04:28 PM IST

    COVID-19 Update | South Africa plans to vaccinate 200,000 people daily against coronavirus: Report

    South Africa has been the hardest hit nation on the continent by COVID-19. It has recorded both the highest number of cases in Africa – more than 1.5 million – and of deaths, with more than 50,000 fatalities.

  • Majority want govt to suspend flights from UK, South Africa amid jump in COVID-19 cases: Survey Mar 28, 2021 12:53 PM IST

    Majority want govt to suspend flights from UK, South Africa amid jump in COVID-19 cases: Survey

    At the same time, another 43 per cent of the people covered under the survey, conducted by online platform SocialCircles, were in favour of suspending all international air services to contain the ''second wave'' of the pandemic, it said.

  • COVID-19 Update | South Africa sells AstraZeneca vaccines to other African countries Mar 21, 2021 09:40 PM IST

    COVID-19 Update | South Africa sells AstraZeneca vaccines to other African countries

    The country had paused AstraZeneca vaccinations last month because of a small trial showing the shot offered minimal protection against mild to moderate illness caused by the dominant local coronavirus variant.

  • COVID-19 Updates | Can the world learn from South Africa’s vaccine trials? Mar 14, 2021 02:42 PM IST

    COVID-19 Updates | Can the world learn from South Africa’s vaccine trials?

    Findings from a South African trial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca shot exposed how quickly the virus had managed to dodge human antibodies, ending what some researchers have described as the world’s honeymoon period with COVID-19 vaccines and setting back hopes for containing the pandemic

  • Faf du Plessis announces retirement from Test cricket Feb 17, 2021 02:32 PM IST

    Faf du Plessis announces retirement from Test cricket

    The cricketer announced his retirement from Test cricket to focus on his career in the shorter formats with T20 being the priority.

  • South Africa asks Serum Institute of India to take back 1 million vaccine doses: Report Feb 16, 2021 11:25 AM IST

    South Africa asks Serum Institute of India to take back 1 million vaccine doses: Report

    Serum Institute of India, which is producing AstraZeneca's shot, has emerged as a key vaccine supplier. One million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine landed in South Africa last week and another 500,000 were due to arrive in the next few weeks.

  • Robots at reception: South African hotel turns to machines to beat pandemic Feb 15, 2021 07:44 PM IST

    Robots at reception: South African hotel turns to machines to beat pandemic

    But Hotel Sky, which launched this year, is the first in Africa to use automated attendants, a concept that could cause a stir in a country with one of the world's worst jobless rates.

  • India part of South Africa's plan to attract skilled persons and boost tourism: President Cyril Ramaphosa Feb 12, 2021 08:20 AM IST

    India part of South Africa's plan to attract skilled persons and boost tourism: President Cyril Ramaphosa

    ."Work is underway with the relevant departments to reform our visa and immigration regime to attract skills and grow the tourism sector.

  • South Africa scraps AstraZeneca vaccine, will give J&J jabs Feb 10, 2021 03:37 PM IST

    South Africa scraps AstraZeneca vaccine, will give J&J jabs

    The J&J vaccine will be used to launch the first phase of South Africa’s campaign in which the country’s 1.25 million health workers will be inoculated, Mkhize said, adding that the workers will be closely monitored.

  • India backs AstraZeneca shot despite South Africa halt Feb 09, 2021 07:45 PM IST

    India backs AstraZeneca shot despite South Africa halt

    South Africa delayed use of the vaccine after researchers found it offered minimal protection against mild-to-moderate COVID-19 disease caused by the country's dominant coronavirus variant.

  • Pfizer vaccine can neutralise coronavirus variants first reported in UK, South Africa: Study Feb 09, 2021 11:56 AM IST

    Pfizer vaccine can neutralise coronavirus variants first reported in UK, South Africa: Study

    The research, published in the journal Nature Medicine, noted that the vaccine is effective against coronavirus variants carrying the N501Y and E484K mutations.

  • South Africa halts AstraZeneca vaccine after shots fail against new variant Feb 08, 2021 05:55 PM IST

    South Africa halts AstraZeneca vaccine after shots fail against new variant

    The coronavirus has killed 2.3 million people and turned normal life upside down for billions but new variants have raised fears that vaccines will need to be tweaked and people may have to have booster shots.

  • South Africa halts AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout as study shows it offers less protection against variant Feb 08, 2021 09:23 AM IST

    South Africa halts AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout as study shows it offers less protection against variant

    The bad news, coming nearly a week after a million doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine arrived in South Africa, was a big setback for the country.

  • Joe Biden reimposes ban on travellers from Europe, adds South Africa to list Jan 26, 2021 08:07 AM IST

    Joe Biden reimposes ban on travellers from Europe, adds South Africa to list

    The White House also barred those from South Africa from entering the US due to emergence of a new variant of coronavirus in that country.

  • South African coronavirus variant may escape antibodies, cause reinfection, say scientists Jan 21, 2021 06:28 PM IST

    South African coronavirus variant may escape antibodies, cause reinfection, say scientists

    According to the yet-to-be peer reviewed study, published in the preprint platform bioRxiv, the novel lineage of the coronavirus -- 501Y.V2 -- has mutations in nine parts of its spike protein, which enables it to infect human cells.

  • South Africa to pay $5.25 a dose for AstraZeneca vaccine from India's Serum Institute of India Jan 21, 2021 05:28 PM IST

    South Africa to pay $5.25 a dose for AstraZeneca vaccine from India's Serum Institute of India

    The price is higher than the $3 a dose that South Africa and other countries on the continent are due to pay for the same vaccines under an African Union (AU) arrangement, and the price European Union countries have agreed to pay.

  • South Africa virus strain poses 're-infection risk': study Jan 20, 2021 11:32 PM IST

    South Africa virus strain poses 're-infection risk': study

    In a new study, which has not yet been peer reviewed, researchers in South Africa tested the variant found there -- called 501Y.V2 -- against blood plasma from recovered Covid-19 patients.

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