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INFOGRAPHIC | SA’s R500 billion COVID-19 economic relief
22 April 2020, 6:44 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a R500 billion economic response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The announcement was made on Day 26 of a national lockdown that is expected to continue until the end of April. The lockdown has imposed restrictions that have left many people in the country financially strained.

“The pandemic requires an economic response that is equal to the scale of the disruption it is causing,” said  Ramaphosa.

R500 billion amounts to 10% of South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The stimulus package is divided into three phases, with the recent R500 billion announcement being the second phase.

SA President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday announced the second phase of the country’s economic plan to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unemployment rate

South Africa has a high unemployment rate which currently sits at 29.%. Following the economic relief announcement, millions will be able to claim money from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), receive food vouchers and food parcels.

Government also plans to distribute water to parts of the country which remain without water.

The money will also be used to improve sanitisation of public transport including taxis, which are currently permitted to carry only 70% of their normal load in efforts to curb the coronavirus transmission.

Video | President Ramaphosa addresses Nation on additional COVID-19 measures

VIDEO | Gender-Based Violence under lockdown in numbers
21 April 2020, 1:08 PM

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) has spiked since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak around the world as many countries place lockdown regulations that leave some confined with their abusers.

SABC News takes a closer look at the numbers dominating issues relating to GBV around the world.




Will SA’s lockdown be extended beyond April 2020?
15 April 2020, 12:35 PM

South Africa is in a lockdown following the  global coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The country is in its third week of a lockdown which is expected to end at the end of April 2020.


Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize and the South African COVID-19 ministerial advisory committee outlined the country’s plans this week in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in South Africa.


South Africa went into a 21-day lockdown at midnight on 26, March 2020.  South African President  Cyril Ramaphosa then extended the lockdown by an additional two weeks to the end of April.

Professor Salim Abdool Karim, the COVID-19 ministerial advisory committee chairperson, noted the possibility of an extension to the lockdown.


South Africa will determine whether or not to extend the lockdown following this week’s data outcome on the number of COVID-19 cases in the country..


VIDEO: Health Minister’s technical public engagement with experts dealing with COVID-19 in SA





7 April 2020, 7:27 PM

This week, we look at the coronavirus (COVID-19) in numbers. The number of people who have been affected by the virus,  global lockdown statistics and transport regulations. South Africa currently stands at 1 749 confirmed cases with 13 deaths on Tuesday – the continent’s highest number.

Load shedding downgraded to Stage 1
14 March 2020, 2:02 PM

Eskom says due to an improvement in generating capacity, load shedding will be downgraded to Stage 1 for the remainder of the day until 11 pm on Saturday evening.

On Friday, the power utility downgraded Stage 4 power outages to Stage 3 and said load shedding would revert to Stage 2 on Saturday.

South Africa has endured almost a week of Stage-4 power outages after Unit 1 of nuclear power station Koeberg, tripped.

Spokesperson Sikonathi Mantshantsha says the unit has now been repaired and has returned to the power grid. He adds that they managed to recoup adequate emergency reserve supply.

“We have synchronised Koeberg generation unit one back into the grid safely so and this has helped improve the generation system performance and increased capacity. our emergency reserves have adequately recovered and we are in good shape for now,” says Mantshantsha.




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