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LIVE BLOG: Government prepares SA for the coronavirus lockdown

As SA prepares for a nationwide lockdown, the government tells you what to expect and what not to do.

Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize says the dog-walking issue had to be relooked over the course of the day. "It does not add value in implementing the lockdown.

No cross-border passenger travel.

Taxis will only transport essential services and those accessing available services such as health from 5am - 9am and 4pm - 8pm. All taxis, taxi ranks to be regularly sanitised. 

Uber/Bolt, metered taxis will also operate the exact same way.

Taxis financed by National Taxi Fin will get a 3-month payment holiday.

All passenger flights and cruise ships will stop.

MetroRail and Gautrain to shutdown.

All long-distance trains will stop.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is next.

No passports, birth certificates, new IDs to be issued.

The 18 open borders will remain open for transporting goods only, no passengers.

Motsoaledi says the pictures of Chinese officials trying to get into SA via Mozambique is FAKE NEWS. The pictures on social media are not from the border. Three people may be criminally charged for spreading fake news. 

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is next.

"For 21 days, please stay sober," Cele says.

Places and premises closed to the public:
- Any place normally opened where religious, cultural, sporting, traditional events happen
- Any place selling non-essential goods
- Beaches, swimming pools, open-air markets, nightclubs, casinos, hotels, lodges guest houses, game reserves, holiday resorts, taverns, shebeens, shisa nyamas, bottle stores, theatres, cinemas, malls (excluding grocery shops and pharmacies), restaurants, no dog-walking outside your yard.

You risk 6 months or a fine, or both. Two people in KZN have been arrested for attempted murder. They tested positive for coronavirus and went out in public.

Cele says he won't say much today, but he will read all prohibitions in his minister.

Minister of Police Bheki Cele is next.

No inmates will be transported to courts, their cases will be done via video conferencing in centres that have the facility.

Services in the Master's Office will operate as normal.

The department will do all it can to ensure the safety of inmates.

Results are outstanding for 5 officials.

Lamola says sanitisation, deep cleaning has happened in a few correctional centres. 16 officials had to be tested for coronavirus, 11 have been cleared. 

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola up next.

"Try and stay at home as much as possible. Only under exceptional circumstances should you leave," Dlamini-Zuma says.

Dlamini-Zuma says the lockdown covers all modes of transport. Minister Fikile Mbalula will clarify on this.

First up is COGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

It is not the Security Cluster Ministers turn to brief media.

WATCH LIVE: Government's plans for lockdown

Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams urges media companies to ensure their employees are safe as they are critical for SA to get information.

Ndabeni-Abrahams is done with her briefing.

Ndabeni-Abrahams says Easter Sunday service will be broadcasted for free on TV.

"I'm happy to report service providers have zero-rated education, government and NGO websites." She says.

She says government is expecting more pledges to help to combat COVD-19.

"The industry has agreed to provide data analytics services to help government." Ndabeni-Abrahams says.

Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams says her department that fake news is being combated quickly.

Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams says it's time to work together.

Ministers...

Mthethwa is done, Minister Stella will brief the media... 

Mthethwa says priority will be given to artists who were already booked by the department. 

"We have availed R150 million to help the sector. This to ensure that we lend that hand to our artists and athletes." Mthethwa said. 

"These are national treasures. The assistance and solidarity for them will be requested across the board." Nathi Mthethwa said. 

Mthethwa says royalties will be paid in April and urged organisations to help fast-track the payment of the royalties.

Minister Mthethwa says people should use live streaming to watch concerts and shows.

Mthethwa starts by paying tribute to late Renowned traditional healer and author Credo Mutwa.

Mchunu urges DGs to lead from the front. Minister Mthethwa will now address the nation.

"A number of public servants will work from home. You will continue to get up, take your gadgets and work. When you are called, remember that you are at work. You will be rewired to be in constant communication with your supervisor," Mchunu stresses.

"We want to say to public servants, we know and understand the anxiety and feelings you are going through. We're working with unions to ensure we go through this period of emotions."

Mchunu says it's important that there is support staff to help the public servants.

Minister Mchunu says some civil servants will work. This will be based on how critical the service they are providing is.

Public Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu will talk about the role of public servants.

The production of fuel and paraffin will be prioritised.
Gwede Mantashe said.

Mantashe says the production of gold will be limited. 

Mantashe says it's important that the country has supply of fuel. "Those who can't supply to come to us."

Minister Mantashe now briefs the nation...

Ministers Gwede Mantashe, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and Nathi Mthethwa will respectively brief the nation.

The Ministers of energy, communications, sports and arts and culture will brief the nation on how the crornavirus (COVID-19) will affect all three ministries and everyday life.