From Business Insider South Africa:

Impala will prioritise over-40 staff with co-morbidities for vaccines – a plan govt shelved 

Samsung will now fetch your smartphone for repairs and drop it back off – for R330 

Rare blue diamond found in Gauteng goes on sale – and could fetch more than R350 million 

Cellphone towers will get a makeover – and fake trees will end – in this SA anti-wind plan 

SA oxygen suppliers say they’re ready for the third wave – having learnt from last time 

An EV company is planning a crypto-mining car that will dig for bitcoin and dogecoin while parked 

Israel offers a glimpse of herd immunity – with 80% of adults vaccinated, cases drop to 15 per day

Today's headlines:

1. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) says Eskom declared war on its employees by declaring a dispute in wage negotiations, where the offer is 1.5% and the ask is 15%. The NUM separately rejected the report that comprehensively cleared Eskom CEO André de Ruyter of charges of racism, saying Parliament should investigate those.

2. President Cyril Ramaphosa cited the importance of due process and told Parliament he will not act on the Digital Vibes allegations against his health minister until investigations are complete. Meanwhile allies are apparently suggesting to Zweli Mkhize that he should step aside, and the ANC integrity commission wants to talk to him.

3. New coronavirus infections reported on Wednesday approached 6,000, with the positivity rate on tests climbing steadily. The rollout of vaccines remains behind available supply, by about 25% – before a big batch of J&J possibly becomes available late this week.

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