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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Funerals to continue during lockdown 25 March 2020, 6:03 AM

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo says although funerals will be allowed to held during the 21-day lockdown period, there will be strict regulations in place for them.

Government to assist spaza shops amid COVID-19 pandemic 24 March 2020, 9:27 PM

Small Business Development Minister, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, says spaza shops will be provided with assistance by government amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sisulu assures South Africans water will be provided during lockdown 24 March 2020, 5:49 PM

Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says her department is working with the private sector to provide communities with water during the national lockdown.

Former tennis star Bob Hewitt granted parole 24 March 2020, 5:23 PM

Former tennis star Bob Hewitt has been granted parole and will be released on the 24th of April.

Sanef to seek clarity from government on media workers 24 March 2020, 2:21 PM

The South African National Editors' Forum (Sanef) says it will seek clarity from government on the exact categories of media workers that may be excluded from the national lockdown.

Video:Social Cluster/Inter-ministerial committee media briefing 24 March 2020, 2:07 PM

Trade Minister, Ebrahim Patel, says the Competition Commission is investigating 11 companies for allegedly hiking the prices of products - such as facemasks, gloves and hand sanitisers - amid the coronavirus outbreak. Social Cluster/Inter-ministerial committee media briefing the media.

Refrain from disobeying safety orders: Defence expert 24 March 2020, 12:01 PM

Security and defence experts are calling on people to refrain from disobeying safety orders from members of the South African National Defence Force, who have been tasked to support the SA Police Service when the national lockdown takes effect.

LIVE: SA Inter-ministerial committee 21 day lockdown media briefing 24 March 2020, 10:31 AM

An inter-ministerial committee is briefing the media on details of government interventions following President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement of the 21 day lockdown in South Africa amid spread of COVID-19.

South Africans urged to adhere to government’s instructions 24 March 2020, 10:20 AM

A South African, whose family has been infected with the coronavirus, has sent a stark warning to people to adhere to the regulations of the national lockdown, or face the possibility of the country descending into a health catastrophe.

Tutu Foundation supports lockdown to curb spread of COVID-19 24 March 2020, 8:04 AM

The Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation says it supports stronger regulations announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19.

Number of confirmed Covid-19 cases rises in Limpopo 24 March 2020, 7:22 AM

Limpopo Health MEC Phophi Ramathuba says the three people who tested positive for Covid-19 while in self-isolation on a farm in Lephalale had returned from Europe.

Former Durban metro officer denied bail 24 March 2020, 6:47 AM

Former Durban Metro policeman Ndumiso Khumalo 30, accused of killing Zinhle Muthwa 29, has been denied bail at the Umbumbulu Magistrates court.

Solidarity Fund to support those in need 24 March 2020, 6:17 AM

A Solidarity Fund has been established to help track the spread of the coronavirus, care for the ill and support those whose lives have been disrupted.

SA under national lockdown for 21 days 23 March 2020, 8:37 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a national lockdown for 21 days, starting from midnight Thursday, 26 March till 16 April. 

CORONAVIRUS: South Africa effects 21-day lockdown 23 March 2020, 8:36 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared a 21-day nationwide lockdown amid the rapid rise in the COVID-19 infection rates in the country. The Department of Health earlier issued a statement putting the number of infections in the country at a staggering 402.

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Zuma’s appeal won’t be heard on Thursday: Supreme Court 23 March 2020, 4:28 PM

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein has announced that the appeal case by former President Jacob Zuma to challenge the punitive personal cost order regarding the State of Capture report will no longer be heard on Thursday.

Sassa to pay grants earlier 23 March 2020, 12:20 PM

Sassa says it has made provisions to pay grants to older persons and persons with disabilities earlier this month - to help avoid crowds of people gathering at social grant pay points.

High Court to deliver judgment in SARS, Mkhwebane matter 23 March 2020, 7:49 AM

Judgment in the case between the South African Revenue Service and Public Protector Busiswe Mkhwebane will be delivered in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Monday morning.

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KZN Zion church distances itself from calls that Easter pilgrimage should continue 23 March 2020, 6:36 AM

Leaders of other Zion churches in KwaZulu-Natal have distanced themselves from a call made by Bishop Bheki Ngcobo for congregants to go in their numbers on the annual Easter pilgrimage.

Gift of the Givers set up coronavirus testing facilities in Johannesburg 23 March 2020, 12:00 AM

South African NGO Gift of the Givers has set up testing facilities in Johannesburg for the purpose of testing for the coronavirus at a reduced rate.

Gauteng Health Dept looks at ways to reduced overcrowding at public hospitals 22 March 2020, 9:06 PM

The Gauteng Health Department has cancelled all elective surgeries in public hospitals.

South African coronavirus cases rise to 274 22 March 2020, 8:36 PM

Minister of Health Dr Zweli Mkhize has confirmed that the number of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen to 247.

Ramaphosa will no longer address the nation on Sunday, meeting continues 22 March 2020, 7:38 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa will no longer be addressing the nation as earlier reported. This was announced Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu outside the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

ACDP leader Kenneth Meshoe to be tested for COVID-19 22 March 2020, 4:41 PM

As churches scale down services due to the coronavirus, some are taking advantage of technology to reach their members.

NGO calls for unity in the fight against COVID-19 spread 22 March 2020, 3:43 PM

Non-governmental organizations Gift of the Givers, has called on South Africans to unite and fight the spread of the coronavirus in the country.

Churches opt for online Sunday services amid mass gathering ban 22 March 2020, 12:43 PM

As churches scale down their Sunday services due to the coronavirus, some are taking advantage of technology to reach their members.

VIDEO: SA Political parties, business unite in the fight against COVID-19 22 March 2020, 12:43 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa along with opposition political parties are addressing the nation in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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Ramaphosa meets Command Council to assess implementation of state of disaster 22 March 2020, 9:48 AM

President Cyril Ramaphosa meets with the National Command Council on Sunday to assess implementation of the national state of disaster directives he announced last Sunday.

Parents encouraged to develop children’s skills during school holidays 22 March 2020, 8:31 AM

Cape Town-based educational psychologist, Anel Annandale, says parents should make time to help their children to develop new skills during the extended school holidays.

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Gauteng government concerned about high number of coronavirus infections 22 March 2020, 7:26 AM

The Gauteng government says it is concerned that the province has the highest number of coronavirus infections in the country.