Five Things You Need To Know As You Wake Up: Ramaphosa reconsiders lockdown rules

Five Things You Need To Know As You Wake Up: Ramaphosa reconsiders lockdown rules

Does this mean the end of level 1 lockdown? 

Cyril Ramaphosa

As you wake up this morning, you may be delighted to know that the COVID-19 lockdown regulations could be altered soon. 

As we eagerly await the announcement, here are the stories to get you going this morning. 

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The Independent Examinations Board (IEB) has seen an increase in the 2021 matric pass rate. 

The overall matric pass rate for 2021 increased from 98.06% to 98.39%. IEB's CEO Anne Oberholzer said all candidates who passed achieved a pass that is good enough to enter tertiary study. 


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Emergency workers were called to the scene of a car dealership in Durban after a woman accidentally drove a new car through the dealership’s window. It is not known if the woman, believed to be in her 30s, had purchased the car or was taking it for a test drive. 

Was it Keri Miller

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In a little over 10 months, the world's best football players will descend on Qatar for the World Cup and tickets have now been made available to the general public. 

Prices vary depending on the game and what category seat you opt for, with tickets for the final ranging from R9,000 to as much as R25,000.

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A violin-maker has used components including steamed pear, berries, and spring water to create a vegan violin. Padraig O'Dubhlaoidh made the instrument, entirely free of animal products, in his Malvern Hills workshop during the coronavirus lockdown. 

Check it out here. 

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President Cyril Ramaphosa said that SA is reconsidering the national state of disaster as the rate of COVID-19 infections drop. 

This comes as he responded to media questions during the launch of the new NantSA facility — a vaccine manufacturing facility established by billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong — in Brackenfell, Cape Town.

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