SANDF to deploy more soldiers across the country as fight against COVID-19 intensifies

28 March 2020, 9:05 PM
The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) says it will deploy members from its Reserve Force to complement contingents deployed across the country in the battle against the spread of the coronavirus.
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Cyril Ramaphosa
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.

Morakane Mosupyoe
MEC Mosupyoe satisfied with retailers’ efforts to ensure social distancing 28 March 2020, 7:56 PM

Gauteng Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment MEC Morakane Mosupyoe says she's satisfied with the measures major supermarkets have put in place to ensure that social distancing takes place inside them.

Second SABC employee tests positive for COVID-19 28 March 2020, 7:02 PM

The SABC has confirmed that another employee has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Initiates
Limpopo suspends initiation season for 2020 28 March 2020, 6:30 PM

The Limpopo Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs has suspended initiation schools for 2020.

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.

Police
Crackdown on lockdown lawbreakers continues, Western Cape confirms 65 arrests 28 March 2020, 4:20 PM

Western Cape authorities have confirmed 65 cases regarding people who contravened lockdown regulations in the province since Friday.

14-day quarantine period for South Africans repatriated from Wuhan ends 28 March 2020, 3:42 PM

The 14-day quarantine period for the 114 South Africans repatriated from Wuhan, China came to an end on Friday.

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.

Warning sent to those who disobey national lockdown 28 March 2020, 11:55 AM

Limpopo Health MEC, Dr Phophi Ramathuba, has sent a stark warning to those who disobey the national lockdown regulations - saying authorities will not hesitate to take action against them.

ACDP’s Meshoe says country will overcome COVID-19 pandemic after testing positive 28 March 2020, 11:51 AM

ACDP leader, Reverend Kenneth Meshoe, has given a message of optimism amid the coronavirus outbreak, saying the country will overcome the pandemic.

Lack of social distancing in Gauteng areas: Mapisa-Nqakula 28 March 2020, 10:30 AM

Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula says she has noted a lack of social distancing in areas in Gauteng she has visited on the first day of the coronavirus lockdown.

Red Cross reports child poisoning from hand sanitisers 28 March 2020, 9:44 AM

The Poison Information Centre at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town has seen an increase in inquiries due to children ingesting hand sanitizers. The sanitizers may be harmful to children due to their high alcohol content.

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.

Police to intensify roadblocks across the country to curb COVID-19 spread 28 March 2020, 7:35 AM

Police Minister Bheki Cele says they will be intensifying roadblocks across the country in order to enforce the nationwide lockdown regulations.

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.

UN Chief calls for prioritisation of Africa in response to COVID-19 pandemic 27 March 2020, 9:55 PM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has called for a coordinated response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mbalula slams those who seek to undermine national lockdown 27 March 2020, 9:03 PM

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has slammed those who seek to undermine the national lockdown which is part of wide-ranging interventions to slow down the spread of the coronavirus.

Alexandra residents defiant on first day of 21-day lockdown 27 March 2020, 8:03 PM

The police and the army have been moving through different sections of the Alexandra Township, north of Johannesburg, urging residents to stay in their homes.

Home Affairs Minister intervenes to ease congestion in Beitbridge Border 27 March 2020, 7:29 PM

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi says he has intervened to ease congestion of people leaving the country through the Beitbridge Border in Musina in Limpopo, amid 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.

Parly extends condolences to families of two people killed by COVID-19 27 March 2020, 6:00 PM

Parliament's Health Committee has extended its condolences to the families of the two Western Cape women who are the first people to die from the coronavirus (COVID-19) in South Africa.

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.

Crowds flock to the shops on day one of national lockdown 27 March 2020, 2:24 PM

As the first day of a 21-day national lockdown began in South Africa on Friday, scores of people flocked to the shops to buy food and other essentials.

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.

Lockdown law breakers arrested Durban, Johannesburg 27 March 2020, 10:19 AM

Several South Africans have been arrested in Johannesburg and Durban for violating the lockdown regulations.

Cyril Ramaphosa
Homeless confident in City of Johannesburg’s preparedness during lockdown 27 March 2020, 8:00 AM

People housed at the Shelter of the Homeless in Braamfontein, Johannesburg say they are confident with the measures that have been put in place in preparation for the 21-day lockdown that commenced at midnight.

Few taxis are operating in Durban as South Africa begins three-week lockdown 27 March 2020, 7:02 AM

There are a few taxis that began operating in and around the taxi ranks at Umlazi South of Durban to take workers to work.