Coronavirus

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.

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As the highly contagious Covid-19 virus continues to spread, the South African government has decided to gather a task team for stakeholders in the post-school and education training sector. The department has requested all universities and colleges to complete an updated survey on their information technology capabilities for offering online learning.

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Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dr Blade Nzimande announced that the race to find a cure for the deadly Covid-19 virus has started with University of Cape Town (UCT), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Biovac.

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Last night, after postponing multiple times, President Cyril Ramaphosa publicly addressed an anxious nation to highlight the way forward.  Following in the footsteps of other affected countries, the president announced a nationwide lockdown for 21-days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020.

President Ramaphosa has decided that the country must, "Urgently and dramatically escalate the response to the Covid-19 challenge".

"We have learnt that those countries who acted swiftly and dramtically were successful."

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As part of South Africa’s Disaster Management Act,  strict measures have been put in place to contain the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus and prevent local transmissions. 

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Covid-19 - Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu has announced the suspension and postponement of all face-to-face training by the National School of Government (NSG) with immediate effect.

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South African Airways (SAA) announces the suspension of operations, regionally and internationally, in a continued effort to slow the spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus in the country.

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Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia De Lille says the government has identified 37 sites that can be used as quarantine facilities across several provinces as part of government’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Cooperative governance minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, announced on the 19th of March via social media that new regulations on offences and penalties have been put in place to prevent the further spread of the deadly Covid-19 virus as a result of reckless behaviour.

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Almost immediately after the Covid-19 virus hit SA shores, South Africans began posting on social media. From memes featuring prominent politicians to bad puns, from TikTok video clips to pictures of people posing with silly home-made protective gear, South Africans took to Twitter, WhatsApp and Facebook to make fun of the virus. The question is, will this lead to the further spread of misinformation among citizens?

CCMA

The CCMA has released an urgent directive in response to the Covid-19 outbreak in South Africa. It highlights the directive issued by the President of the Republic of South Africa, the guidelines for the containment of the Coronavirus in the public service, and the protocols issued by the National Institute for Communicable Diseases.

Government is taking urgent and drastic measures to deal with the Coronavirus threat including closing all public schools later this week. Click here for full details on Universities and Colleges

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