WATCH: COVID-19 anti-vaxxers picket in Sea Point Promenade

A group of COVID-19 anti-vaxxers was seen picketing along the Sea Point Promenade in Cape Town saying the pandemic is of satanic rituals.

WATCH: COVID-19 anti-vaxxers picket in Sea Point Promenade

A group of anti-vaxxers was spotted picketing along the Sea Point Promenade in Cape Town over COVID-19 vaccine. The group was carrying placards and was reportedly saying the COVID-19 pandemic has to do with “satanic rituals” and that they want the government to “leave them alone”.

‘Anti-vaxxers’ is the colloquial term given to the minority of people who are openly opposed to getting vaccinations as part of a mass government roll-out. They claim their fears are legitimate, but often delve into a world of conspiracy theories and misinformation. 



Earlier this year, President Cyril Ramaphosa turned his attention to the ‘anti-vaxxers’ of South Africa – as he aimed to ease fears about immunisation. Since the pandemic started fake news, disinformation and misinformation have been doing the rounds on social media, causing most to panic and fear the COVID-19 jab.

“There are still some in our country who are skeptical about vaccines, and there is much disinformation and conspiracy theories being spread about the COVID-19 vaccines.  Yet vaccines have been used to eradicate diseases such as smallpox and polio. Children get vaccinated routinely against many diseases such as mumps and measles-rubella,” Ramaphosa said.

In June, a company based in Cape Town incurred the wrath of social media users, after their anti-vaccine billboard was reported to city officials.

The sign, riddled with contempt for the scientific achievements made during this pandemic, told Capetonians to choose between getting the jab or honouring God. There is a reference to Bill Gates in there, and the billionaire has become a lightning rod for anti-vaccine conspiracists in the past 16 months or so.

The message read ‘no vaccines for us’ at the bottom, and gleefully peddles misinformation while seeking to discourage people from getting their vital inoculations. It was initially erected on Beach Road in Maitland, but one Capetonian has taken matters into her own hands – and ensured that the City of Cape Town was made aware of the

In their response to the complaint, COCT representatives say that the billboard DOES contravene the city’s by-laws. The business – which, funnily enough, specialises in PPE supplies – has also been forced to pay a fine for their indiscretions.

“The signboard is illegal as the owner has not applied for authorisation in terms of the City’s Outdoor Advertising and Signage By-law. The company has paid an admission of guilt fine and the City is currently liaising with the owner about the removal of the signboard.”

City of Cape Town

READ: LOOK: Contentious ‘anti-vaccine billboard’ sparks backlash in Cape Town

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Schools ready to reopen, depending on Ramaphosa’s address

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga says schools are ready to reopen, depending on President Cyril Ramaphosa's address tomorrow.

Schools ready to reopen, depending on Ramaphosa’s address

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga says the education sector is in agreement across the board and is ready for the reopening of schools on Monday, 26 July 2021, depending on confirmation by the President tomorrow.

Motshekga held a briefing on schools’ preparedness to welcome pupils amid the third wave of Covid-19, on Saturday in Pretoria.


Motshekga said School Management Teams and support staff, have already gone back to work, as from Thursday, 22 July 2021, to prepare for the return of learners and teachers on Monday, 26 July 2021.

“Based on the information obtained from provinces, schools are ready to continue to work within the established COVID-19 health protocol, also to start resuming full school attendance in the primary schools from the 2nd August 2021.  

“The Sector continues to be committed, and at all times we are ready to maintain a balance between saving lives and livelihoods, while fighting the coronavirus pandemic.”

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga

There has been growing concerns about the readiness of schools as the country battles the COVID-19 Delta variant and schools in Gauteng and KZN were vandalised and looted during the unrest.

Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said on Friday that South Africa is now over the worst of the pandemic’s third wave.

“All indications are that we have passed the peak of the third wave and the overall number of cases have started to decline,” said Kubayi-Ngubane.

Motshekga added that the Director-General is continuing to convene one-on-one meetings with the Heads of the Provincial Education Departments, to ensure that there is continuous sharing of experiences and working together

This week, the government also released the proposed calendar for 2022 this week, with classes set to begin again after the summer break on 12 January and ends on 17 March. However, for the coastal cluster, the first term begins on 19 January and ends on 25 March. 

READ: 2022 school calendar revealed: Education Department confirms dates

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