This week in 1994: Democracy 25

7 August 2019, 1:55 PM
This week we focus on arms control in South Africa. Gun smuggling at the international border between South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique was a norm during the armed struggle in the 80 and early 90s.
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Visiting hours at all public health facilities suspended as COVID-19 cases climb 28 March 2020, 8:59 PM

The Department of Health has suspended visiting hours at all public health facilities in the country with immediate effect amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The department however says there may be unique cases where Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) will be allowed to use their own discretion.

Lindiwe Sisulu
Government secures 41 000 water tankers in bid to curb spread of COVID-19 28 March 2020, 8:00 PM

Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says government has procured 41 000 water tankers to be distributed to areas with water shortages in order to ensure that communities, especially those in rural areas, comply with the sanitation measures required to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

SABC expands news, current affairs services in bid to keep nation up-to-date on COVID-19 28 March 2020, 5:29 PM

The SABC has expanded its News and Current Affairs services on free-to-air television channels with immediate effect. The public broadcaster says this is a direct response to the escalating need for public awareness on information around the coronavirus outbreak.

Motsepe Foundation pledges R1 billion to fight COVID-19 28 March 2020, 5:00 PM

The Motsepe Foundation has outlined various efforts it's engaging in to assist South Africa in fighting the coronavirus pandemic, including pledging R1 billion.

VIDEO: National Command Council COVID-19 lockdown briefing 28 March 2020, 2:00 PM

Ministers representing the COVID -19 National Command Council are updating the nation on the status of the COVID-19 lockdown in South Africa.

VIDEO: Motsepe Foundation pledges R1 billion to fight COVID-19 28 March 2020, 12:22 PM

The Motsepe Foundation has pledged R1 billion to fight coronavirus.

COVID-19 in South Africa: 2020-03-27 28 March 2020, 10:56 AM

In response to the COVID-19 epidemic, the South African government declared a national state of emergency on March 15, 2020.

Limpopo man with COVID-19 arrested after failing to self-isolate 28 March 2020, 9:34 AM

A man who tested positive for COVID-19 has been arrested at a village outside Tzaneen in Limpopo.

CORONAVIRUS: Your daily update 28 March 2020, 9:05 AM

The death toll from the coronavirus is increasing everyday. New cases are being reported around the world.

Treasury bemoans Moody’s decision to downgrade SA to Junk status 28 March 2020, 9:02 AM

National Treasury has noted ratings agency, Moody's decision to downgrade South Africa's sovereign credit rating to junk status.

Developing world needs $3tln to deal with COVID-19 effects 28 March 2020, 7:00 AM

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the developing world will need a total of $3 trillion in support to deal with the social and economic effects of the coronavirus.

Taxi drivers appeal for the relaxing of transport curfews 27 March 2020, 7:01 PM

Metered taxi and E-hailing drivers in Port Elizabeth are appealing to the Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula to relax the transport curfews put in place during the coronavirus lockdown.

LIVE: SA inter-ministerial lockdown status update 27 March 2020, 6:13 PM

SA inter-ministerial committee members are briefing the media on the first day of the lockdown.

Sanef appeals to media organisations to make sure staff are protected against COVID-19 27 March 2020, 5:01 PM

The South African National Editors' Forum (SANEF) has called on all media organisations to make sure their staffs has the relevant protective gear as the country battles to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte.
ANC calls on SA citizens to adhere to national lock down measures 27 March 2020, 4:01 PM

The African National Congress (ANC) has urged South Africans to adhere to the national lockdown measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus amid confirmation of South Africa's first deaths - two women aged 28 and 48 in the Western Cape.

AA predicts SA’s biggest fuel drop on record as country battles coronavirus 27 March 2020, 2:46 PM

As the country battles the spread of the coronavirus with over 1000 cases and two reported deaths, there is some good news from the Automobile Association (AA) with the biggest fuel price drop on record.

British PM Johnson tests positive for coronavirus 27 March 2020, 2:13 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self isolating but will still lead the government’s response to the outbreak.

COVID-19 deaths indicate seriousness of the pandemic: DA, EFF 27 March 2020, 1:14 PM

On Friday morning, the national Health Department released a statement confirming the deaths of two people. One at a private hospital and the other at a public health facility. The DA and EFF have expressed sadness at the news, conveying condolences to the families of two women one aged 28 and the other 48.

South Africa records first COVID-19 deaths 27 March 2020, 9:10 AM

South Africa has recorded its first deaths, weeks after the first cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the country. The fatalities occurred in the Western Cape. One at a private hospital and the other at a public health facility.

SANDF should not instil fear in people: Ramaphosa 27 March 2020, 7:51 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) need not instil a sense of fear in people, but should provide confidence and hope.

South Africa under lockdown in bid to stem COVID-19 outbreak 27 March 2020, 6:01 AM

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says she believes that the 21-day national lockdown will yield positive results in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.

Student in China details life under lockdown 26 March 2020, 12:15 PM

South Africans are on Thursday preparing for the 21-day nationwide lockdown. President Ramaphosa declared the lockdown to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.

Ramaphosa tests negative for COVID-19 26 March 2020, 11:40 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has tested negative for the coronavirus.

What you can and can’t do during the lockdown 26 March 2020, 10:20 AM

As the country counts down to the national lockdown on Thursday, justice and security cluster ministers have once again urged the public to adhere to new regulations.

Government identifies quarantine sites 26 March 2020, 8:28 AM

Government officials have identified quarantine sites across the country as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rises from day to day.

Ramaphosa urges South Africans to pray on Thursday 26 March 2020, 7:23 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on all South Africans to pray on Thursday evening between 6 PM and 6:30 PM in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Public transport will stop during 21-day lockdown 26 March 2020, 6:45 AM

Ministers in the Security Cluster say public transport including minibus taxis, trains and passenger flights will come to a virtual halt when the 21-day lockdown takes effect at midnight tonight.

16 suspected coronavirus cases among prison officials 26 March 2020, 5:56 AM

Justice Minister Ronald Lamola says there have been 16 suspected coronavirus cases among officials at correctional centres across the country.

Ministers stress on stringent measures during lockdown 25 March 2020, 9:23 PM

Speaking at a security cluster briefing on the stringent measures that will come into effect during the lockdown period, Ministers stressed the seriousness of the situation. 

Hundreds of people leave Johannesburg ahead of 21-day lockdown 25 March 2020, 12:23 PM

Hundreds of people are leaving Johannesburg to different provinces ahead of the 21-day lockdown which will start on Thursday at midnight.