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Artists protest at NAC offices.

Artists stage a protest at the National Arts Council offices on 11 March, 2021. Photo: Twitter/@tsepomhlongo

As soon as Covid-19 lockdown ensued in March last year, the livelihoods of thousands of artists were instantly throttled. 

Since then, they have been attempting to get relief from the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture. 

As such, artists have been protesting and staging sit-ins at the NAC’s offices, as well as at the department’s provincial office in Gauteng, and at the Performing Arts Council Free State, a course of action endorsed by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). 

Mamphe Daniel Msiza appears in the Palm Ridge Magistrates court, 12 March 2021 on charges relating to VBS . Picture: Neil McCartney

Mamphe Daniel Msiza appears in the Palm Ridge Magistrates court, 12 March 2021 on charges relating to VBS . Picture: Neil McCartney

The African National Congress (ANC) in Limpopo has confirmed that the party’s provincial Treasurer Danny Msiza after his arrest in the VBS Mutual Bank saga.

DRC health workers in PPE

A multidisciplinary team mandated by the Provincial Health Division put on personal protective equipment (PPE) in Ituri, Democratic Republic of Congo on February 26, 2021. (Photo for illustration by Caroline Thirion / AFP)

The Democratic Republic of Congo had received 1.7 million doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 made by Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and was due to start its campaign on March 15.

“As a precautionary measure, we decided to postpone the date for the launch of vaccination in the DRC,” Health Minister Eteni Longondo said in a statement.

The World Health Organization has said that no causal link has been established between the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clotting.

The ANC caucus in Parliament says it supports the process to set up an inquiry to look into whether Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane is fit to hold office.

In a statement on Saturday, the ANC’s chief whip, Pemmy Majodina, said the caucus decided to support the setting up of the inquiry.

However, Majodina, added that it was too early for the party to decide whether to vote for or against her removal.

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