President Ramaphosa: South Africa will soon receive first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines from India

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday that South Africa will soon receive its first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines from India."Our country will soon receive its first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines from the Serum Institute in India, which is the world’s largest vaccine producer," he said in his weekly letter...

Seleka-rebel suspect Mahamat Said Abdel Kani accused of war crimes in Central African Republic now in ICC custody

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President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Monday that South Africa will soon receive its first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines from India."Our country will soon receive its first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines from the Serum Institute in India, which is the world’s largest vaccine producer," he said in his weekly letter to South Africans."It will signal the start of a mass vaccination campaign that will be the most ambitious and extensive...
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President Ramaphosa: South Africa will soon receive first consignment of COVID-19 vaccines from India

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Seleka-rebel suspect Mahamat Said Abdel Kani accused of war crimes in Central African Republic now in ICC custody

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President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his deep sadness at the passing away today, Saturday, January 23, 2021, of the cultural icon Jonas Gwangwa at the age of 83. The Esteemed Member of the Order of Ikhamanga was a globally recognized and awarded composer, arranger, producer...

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