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President Cyril Ramaphosa has invited all South Africans to take part in a National Day of Prayer wherever they are, in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). The President made the call on the eve of the 21-day national lockdown, which will start at midnight on Thursday.

SASSA have announced that grants for older persons and those with disabilities will be paid earlier this month. All other SASSA grants will be paid on the 1st of April. It was previously announced that all NSFAS allowances would be paid as normal during the lockdown.

Minibus taxis and operators like Uber will be able to operate during the national lockdown but it will only be on a scaled-back schedule with limited working hours. They are expected to only be transporting essential workers and they can only carry a limited number of passengers.

After different messages were being communicated by different government ministers, Police Minister Bheki Cele confirmed at a nationally-televised media briefing what was finally decided on the rules for the national 21 day lockdown to tackle the coronoavirus pandemic.

Cabinet has encouraged parents and guardians to support their children as they prepare for the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examinations.

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