Articles for Michael Cherry

Hopes pinned on Dr Naledi Mbude to turn around South Africa’s abysmal reading scores

Mbude is now Deputy Director-General for Special Projects including African language education, seen by many as a key to improving child literacy


News | 15 August 2023

Deaths from Covid-19 are more than double the official count

Researchers have suggested how government can help fix the numbers

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Science | 12 August 2021

Survey estimates half of all adults under 70 have likely had Covid-19

Study was conducted in January and May, before the third wave peaked


Science | 8 July 2021

The EFF wants us to use the Russian and Chinese vaccines. But there are unanswered questions about them

The regulatory authority must act in the public interest and not be swayed by undue pressure

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Science | 23 June 2021

Top scientists slam government for not using AstraZeneca vaccines

“South Africa has squandered the opportunity to protect half a million of its most vulnerable citizens”


Science | 26 March 2021

Cape Town’s sewers offer clues to next Covid-19 wave

Waste treatment plants across the city are being monitored weekly


Science | 10 March 2021

Covid-19: Scientists reveal good news about variant discovered in South Africa

If you have antibodies to the 501Y.V2 variant, you likely have protection against other strains of the virus


Science | 4 March 2021

Johnson & Johnson vaccine looks excellent for South Africa in first published detailed analysis

Concern raised about missed production target, but Professor Glenda Gray says it’s a well-oiled company and they know what they have to do


Science | 25 February 2021

A new vaccine is being tested in Cape Town: Here’s why it’s different

Scientists hope SARS-CoV-2 will be less likely to evade it


Science | 18 February 2021

Why some scientists think the AstraZeneca vaccine is still useful for South Africa

While the results are disappointing against the local variant of the Covid-19 virus, there are reasons to think the vaccine may reduce deaths


Science | 14 February 2021

Covid-19: Remarkable results from blood donor survey

For the four provinces analysed, over half the population has likely had a SARS-CoV-2 infection

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Science | 13 February 2021

Can you be reinfected with the new Covid-19 variant? And how effective will vaccines be against it?

We don’t know the answers yet, but a local study sheds some light


Science | 25 January 2021

Covid-19: Has the alcohol ban helped?

A study at Groote Schuur Hospital suggests it has freed up much-needed beds


Science | 19 January 2021