5 important things happening in South Africa today

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Countries ban travel to and from South Africa as new Covid variant emerges; Health minister punts vaccines as uncertainty over new variant lingers; energy regulator Nersa says renewables are not enough to meet South Africa's energy needs; and the ANC admits it lost the faith of voters – but it puts the blame outside the party.
Here's what is happening in and affecting South Africa today:

Coronavirus: In South Africa, there have been 2,465 new cases of Covid-19, taking the total reported to 2,952,500. Deaths have reached 89,771 (+114), while recoveries have climbed to 2,843,961, leaving the country with a balance of 18,768 active cases. The total number of vaccines administered is 25,123,452 (+121,220).

Bleak Friday: The UK government has placed South Africa and five other countries onto its much-maligned travel 'red list' following the emergence of a new Covid-19 variant in Southern Africa. UK health Secretary Sajid Javid said that from noon on Friday (12h00, 26 November), flights to and from the countries will be temporarily banned. Any UK nationals arriving from the specified countries will have to quarantine. The variant, designated as B.1.1.529 by the WHO, has sparked concerns about its…
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