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INTRODUCTION It is indeed an honour and pleasure to report on the SADPO activities of the past year. I want to thank everyone for affording me this privilege. Given the current situation, with specific reference to the diamond market, our industry is under immense financial pressure, and to top it all, it is but one of many reasons contributing to the disastrous state of affairs our...

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South Africa’s vaccine rollout program was all set to kick off after the Government had received the first consignment of the AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine on 1 February, with the health care workers prioritized for mid-February. However, results from the South African trial of the vaccine, conducted in about 2000 people, found such 25 % efficacy against mild and moderate disease, that it would not meet...

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