'School's won't re-open in May' - Angie Motshekga
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga said schooling would not resume in May in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. She said only senior officials would start working from 4 May to help with preparations, followed by school management from 11 May, and from 18 May, teachers would go in to start preparations for the resumption of schooling.
'We are human': How Gauteng's homeless people are dealing with COVID-19
For some homeless people, government's decision to supply temporary shelters has been a blessing, while a horror for others.
'They just don't care about us'- Joburg’s homeless and COVID-19
While government planned for the homeless to be moved to shelters during the coronavirus lockdown, those living in the centre of Johannesburg say those shelters defeat the purpose because of overcrowding, no social distancing and no assistance for those addicted to drugs.
23,000 UIF applications turned back due to non-compliance
Speaking after a walkabout at the UIF extended call centre, Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi said directives were being amended and the large volume of UIF claims were the reason for the big delay in payment.
Local Break lockdown edition: Celeb teachers, good samaritans and how to curb cabin fever
Local break brings you the latest on South African celebrities and entertainment news. From Somizi's 'bad joke' to celebrity 'teachers' and more.
SANDF in Alex: We're not here to kill anyone
Members of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) took to the streets of Alexandra on Wednesday, handing out COVID-19 information pamphlets and encouraged residents of the township to stay indoors. SANDF said its members were not on the streets to hurt anyone.
'It's a calling' - Healthcare workers roll out mass screening in townships
Mass screenings and testing for COVID19 are being rolled out across the country, especially in the areas where the most vulnerable live… the townships. "Wash your hands, stay calm, social distance and get screened for COVID19." These are the messages from healthcare workers at the front line of flattening the curve in SA.
City of CT provides tents for homeless people during COVID-19 lockdown
Those living on the streets are being moved to a temporary shelter adjacent to the City of Cape Town's Culemborg Safe Space. Over the past few days, the city has been accommodating close to 300 homeless people at a lot situated under the N2 freeway.
EWN tests COVID-19 drive-through
In less than 15 minutes with just six steps, HealthInsite, a corporate wellness and occupational health service provider in collaboration with Mullah Labs, has set up a drive-through testing station for COVID-19. Our reporter Bonga Dlulane took a mock test. The drive-in test costs R1,190 and screening only takes place if you have a travel history, COVID-19 symptoms or a doctor's referral.
Commuters must wear masks in taxis with full capacity - Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula on Wednesday said his department had conducted an assessment of measures that were put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus and consulted with the taxi industry on ways to better them. These measures include an additional hour of operation added to the initial lockdown times.
Zandspruit on COVID-19: 'Life goes on, no one cares for us'
There's nothing enjoyable about staying in a small-roomed structure made of corrugated iron for 21-days while left in despair about how you're going to pay the next month's rent. This is the reality for many South Africans living in informal settlements. Residents from Zandspruit informal settlement walked the streets and listened to music on the first day of the national lockdown. They say government never cared for their issues in the past and wouldn't care about them if they got infected with the coronavirus.
GALLERY: Zandspruit: 'If COVID-19 comes, no one will care. We'll all die'
It’s day one of the government-instituted national coronavirus lockdown, but Zandspruit informal settlement residents are still walking the streets. Why? Community members have fought for simple basic services for years, and they say if government did not care about them then, they would not care now if they were hit with coronavirus.
How local artists are helping relieve SA's lockdown anxiety
South African artists are being creative about keeping SA citizens entertained during the 21-day lockdown. From live shows on instagram, quarantine parties to museum walkabouts, here's how you can distract yourself from the elephant in the room.
Businesses owned by women, youth & those with disabilities to be prioritised
With small, medium and micro-enterprises set to be hardest hit by the national shutdown, Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni outlined how her department would support small South African businesses during the 21-day lockdown.
No need for panic buying ahead of lockdown - Didiza
Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Minister Thoko Didiza has reassured panic-stricken South Africans that the country will not run out of food supplies because of government's lockdown.
Coronavirus numbers in SA will increase - Mkhize
While South Africans digest news of the looming nationwide lockdown, government has confirmed that the number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 554. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said the number of cases are set to increase.
‘Sincerely Yours’ - Ami Faku is for us all
She might be a new name to many right now, but Ami Faku is bound to be an unforgettable talent for those lucky enough to listen to her.
Why Ami Faku's productions are selling out
Her latest album 'Imali' has won the hearts of many South Africans. She's fun, genuine and talented. If you didn't know, here are a few reasons why Ami Faku is one of the most streamed artists in South Africa and, why her latest project 'Sincerely Yours', taking place at Untitled Basement in Johannesburg on Friday, sold out.