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29 March 2020 1:20
'You are our heroes': Ramaphosa to all who helped SA citizens in Wuhan
President Cyril Ramaphosa paid a moving tribute on Sunday to the volunteers who assisted South Africans that were repatriated from Wuhan in China.
The group have tested negative for Covid-19 after 14 days of quarantine at The Ranch resort near Polokwane in Limpopo.
“If there ever was a true representation of Thuma Mina, you are all a representation of Thuma Mina . ... I cannot think of a single moment when it is really truly represented in practice than this moment and what you did,” he said at the resort.
He was addressing SAA pilots and cabin crew, health practitioners and SANDF members who volunteered to carry out the mission.
29 March 2020 1:00
South Africa may approach the IMF for 'health funding' - Mboweni
South Africa may approach the International Monetary Fund and World Bank for funding to fight the coronavirus that threatens to drag the country's economy deeper into recession, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said in the Sunday Times.
"This morning in a conversation with the (central) Reserve Bank and the Treasury I indicated that we should proceed and speak to the IMF and the World Bank about any facility that we can access for health purposes," Mboweni said in an interview.
29 March 2020 12:47
Isolated in foreign lands, footballers learn to deal without the game
The riches, glamour and glory of playing football in front of packed stadiums attracts the world's top players across borders but with the European game in lockdown, many have been left isolated from their families.
Coronavirus has forced governments across Europe to impose swingeing restrictions on travel and personal freedoms.
Footballers' daily routines have been upended with no games to play for the foreseeable future and training sessions now conducted alone at home or via video-conferencing to maintain some semblance of team spirit.
The Captain of the Rugby World Cup winning team, the Springboks Siya Kolisi pleads with us all to cooperate with the lockdown so we can avoid a catastrophe and get back to our lives. #COVID19InSA #COVID19Posted by Nelson Mandela on Sunday, March 29, 2020
29 March 2020 10:04
Ramaphosa visits repatriated South Africans from Wuhan
President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Sunday visit the repatriated South Africa who were in the city of Wuhan, China.
The South Africans were in a 14-day quarantine at the Ranch Resort in Limpopo.
#COVID19 | President @CyrilRamaphosa will today, see off the 112 South African citizens who will be reunited with their families after testing negative for #coronavirus at the end of their quarantine at the Ranch Resort in Polokwane.#CoronaVirusSA #Day3 #LockdownSouthAfrica pic.twitter.com/vXKoC38Uvk— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) March 29, 2020
29 March 2020 08:48
'You can afford not to work for 21 days, Mr President, we can't' Ntsiki Mazwai
Controversial musician Ntsiki Mazwai has written a scathing open letter to president Cyril Ramaphosa, arguing that government's decision to implement the 21-day lockdown was not well thought out.
In the blog post, Mazwai said Ramaphosa when the lockdown was implemented, Ramaphosa did not think of the many South Africans who would financially suffer from the lockdown.
Mr President what should we do with our bills month end? Most of us live from hand to mouth to be honest. So did you have a plan in place for us? How do we pay rent, electricity and water when you called for our work to be canceled but you continue and will earn your big salaries from MULTIPLE 'BEE' incomes? I understand you MPs earn just under R100 000 a month so it's no wonder we don't see panic in your eyes.
Day3: Khayelitsha residents arrested for flouting lockdown rules
29 March 2020 07:32
Police in Cape Town arrested some Khayelitsha residents for not obeying the 21-day lockdown regulations.
29 March 2020 07:40
Number of Covid-19 cases in SA climbing higher
The national department of health announced on Saturday that the number of the coronavirus cases increased by 112, making the total 1,187.