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LIVE BLOG: 1,471 South Africans stranded abroad

Ministers representing the COVID -19 National Command Council update the nation on the status of the COVID 19 lockdown in South Africa.

Pandor has ended her briefing.

Dirco office are receiving calls from stranded South Africans daily.

Pandor thanks all the countries that have been helping SA so far.

Pandor says travel agents should assist travellers and not exploit them.

Those stranded with no accommodation, the elderly, the infirm are being prioritised,

Citizens and members of international organisations who work in SA, permit holders are all those who will be attended to. There are 1,471 South Africans who are stranded. 723 are students, 204 are employees, 224 are tourists, 320 who are stateless.

Pandor says they are trying their best to help those who want to come home from abroad.

"Many of our citizens are finding themselves stranded in countries around the world... foreign nationals in South Africa as well," Pandor says.

Dirco Minister Naledi Pandor is the last minister to speak.

Clarifications on public transport regulations will come tomorrow.

The following flights are allowed: Medical evacuation, state of emergency, over flights, technical landings.

Foreign nationals going home are allowed provided their countries must charter flights to SA without passengers, crew won't be allowed to disembark. SA citizens who want to come home can do so, but they will be quarantined for up to 21 days.

Mbalula met with the taxi industry to address their concerns. Tomorrow, they will address the lockdown regulations.

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula is next.

Spaza shops must sanitise before serving each client. They cannot serve stale or expired food. Traders are not allowed to sleep in spaza shops.

Spaza shops are encouraged to stock SA-made products.

Spaza shops with no bank accounts will be assisted so they access the financial packages. They must have a trading permit.

Ntshaveni says they are finalising packages for the informal sector such as spaza shops, vendors etc. This will be announced on Thursday.

Minister of Small Enterprises Khumbudzo Ntshaveni is next.

Some non-essential businesses are forcing employees to work. "This is a criminal offence," Nxesi says.

The department is moving away from traditional individual claims. Such arrangements for group payments require a memorandum of understanding that the use of payments will be audited.

The department has engaged the banking sector to facilitate the UIF payments to businesses.

Nxesi says they have received complaints that employers are making employees take unpaid leave during the lockdown and many are burdening employees with the responsibility of the lockdown.

Nxesi will start with leave arrangements and UIF payments.

Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi is next. 

Zulu ends her briefing.

Assupol has offered to assist the families with funeral arrangements for each of the deceased.

The families of the deceased have been contacted, Zulu says.

Zulu extends condolences to the families of the beneficiaries who passed on yesterday. One in the Western Cape, one in KZN, one in Gauteng.

"Chairs will be increased to improve seating arrangements," Zulu says.

"Crowd management was not as bad as yesterday," Zulu says.

There will be enough cash supplies to replenish ATMs across SA to counter some of the cash shortages experienced yesterday, Zulu says.

Overall, the payments were stable.

Overcrowding, long lines in malls and retail outlets, late arrival of cash in rural areas are some of the challenges faced yesterday.

R10.2 billion was paid out to social grant recipients this month.

Zulu says the payments went smoothly, except that the lines were quite long and people were not social distancing.

Zulu thanks those who helped out with the payment of social grants yesterday. She thanks the retail sector, Sassa staff, law enforcement.

Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu is first up.

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