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COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Water department buys 41,000 water tankers for needy to use during lockdown

COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Water department buys 41,000 water tankers for needy to use during lockdown

28 March 2020 14:23

Police resort to heavy-handed tactics to ensure Hillbrow residents comply with lockdown rules

Police used heavy-handed tactics to enforce the 21-day national lockdown in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, on Saturday, firing rubber bullets and sjamboking those who would not get off the streets.

Scores of SA Police Service officers, Johannesburg metro police and Gauteng traffic officers descended on the area on Saturday afternoon.

With sires blaring, officers cordoned off streets, screaming at people, many of whom were queuing outside small spaza shops.

“We are the law! We are the law! Now, f*k off!,” yelled a sergeant at shoppers outside a spaza shop after which terrified people started running for cover.

28 March 2020

Memebers of the SANDF deployed to men's hostel in Alexandra

Members of the South African National Defence Force have been deployed to a men's hostel in Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg on the second day of the 21-day lockdown.

28 March 2020 13:57

Eastern Cape police clamp down  on those flouting lockdown regulations

Cambridge police have closed off all entrances to Cambridge West Location in East London.

Vehicles were searched and turned away. Community members were seen roaming around disregarding the lockdown regulations set out by government. Some were seen washing their vehicles. In Duncan Village it was business as usual.

A number of informal car washes were in operation and police were just patrolling and not enforcing regulations. Some informal tshisa nyamas were also operational. Spaza shops operated by foreign nationals were operating in Parkside also in East London.

28 March 2020 12:18

Motsepe foundation pledges R1-billion in fight against the spread of Covid-19

The Motsepe foundation has pledged R1-billion toward the fight against the spreading of the coronavirus.

Mining mogul Patrice Motsepe and his wife Dr. Precious briefed the media along with financial services company Sanlam executives to make the announcement.

28 March 2020 12:32

Rhodes medical scholars set up lab to produce hand sanitisers to meet demand following shortage in supply                                                              

A group of Rhodes university scientists have set up a laboratory where they will be producing hand sanitisers to meet demand as there is a shortage in supply.

In a statement the university said the team is being led by professor Rod Walker, a registered Pharmacist with the South African Pharmacy Council.

"The production of sanitiser commenced on Friday, 20 March 2020 when the University’s suppliers of sanitiser were not able to meet their demands for the products."

“We made the first batch for the University’s central cleaning services and made two batches for a local non-profit organisation, Ubunye Foundation,” said Walker.

"The team, which includes postgraduate students in the Sterile Products Laboratory in the Faculty of Pharmacy, aims to produce between 300 and 450 litres a day. The sanitisers are strictly made according to the World Health Organisation guidelines."

28 March 2020 09:37

Mosiuoa Lekota to test for Covid-19 after coming into contact with Rev Meshoe

Congress of the People (Cope) leader Mosiuoa Lekota will on Saturday be going for a Covid-19 test.

This comes after African Christian Democratic Party leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe and MP Steve Swart tested postive for the virus.

In a statement Cope said Lekota and other political party leaders attended a meeting with Meshoe a few days ago.

"The tests will be done at the Morningside Clinic in Sandton, Johannesburg at 10h00 this morning (Saturday)."

28 March 2020 11:02

South Africans reminded of rules and regulations of the 21-day lockdown.

Health minister Zweli Mkhize has reminded South Africans about some of the rules and regulations locals are expected to adhere to during the 21-day lockdown.

28 March 2020 10:01

Over 22,000 traffic officials deployed to ensure lockdown compliance

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula says 22,347 traffic officials have been deployed across the country to ensure motorists comply with government's 21-day lockdown.

Mbalula said this deployment is also in rural areas.

28 March 2020 09:55

UDM's Holomisa also came into contact with Rev Meshoe

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa was also in contact with African Christian Democratic Party leader Reverend Kenneth Meshoe.

"Rev Meshoe’s #CoronavirusTest results yesterday, changed everything."

28 March 2020 - 09:00

'You scare me': Walking with the army through Alex as they enforce lockdown


Soldiers on foot were out in full force in parts of Alexandra township, north of Johannesburg, on day 1 of the 21-day coronavirus lockdown on Friday.

From about 4pm, a TimesLIVE reporter and photographer  who had been tracking the soldiers from earlier in the day, joined them on their foot patrol about the township.

With their white gloves on the barrel of their guns, the men in camouflage put on their blue surgical masks as they embarked on their patrol.

Sitting outside his house, one elderly man continued to read his book, paying no attention to the approaching soldiers. Closing his book and lifting his chair, he told the soldiers off as they sternly told him to get inside his house.

28 March 2020 11:26

Springbok legend Danie Gerber tests positive for Covid-19 in PE

SA rugby legend Danie Gerber has tested positive for Covid-19.

Gerber, 61, was diagnosed in Port Elizabeth on Friday.

The World Rugby Hall of Fame star, who lives in Bluewater Bay, played 24 test matches for the Springboks between 1980 and 1992. 

In an interview at 10pm on Friday night, Gerber was in high spirits stating that he only found out in the afternoon.

“I am shocked. I cannot believe it. I am just worried about my family now. They are now awaiting results.”

Gerber said he had been on about six different aircraft over the past two weeks including flights between Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town.