LIVE BLOG: Mthethwa: It can't be white men who have monopoly of leadership in cricket

Ministers who serve in the National Coronavirus Command Council will brief the media on the regulations relating to the COVID-19 Level 2 restrictions.

WATCH LIVE: Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa is briefing the media on the criteria and application process for the second round of the COVID-19 relief funding.

Oops, the briefing ended abruptly...

The DG calls on more athletes to apply for funding because the last time around, more artists applied. 

The minister reiterates the importance of inclusive sport.

"We want people to move and if they don't move, we'll help them with transformation." Mthethwa notes

"It can't be white men who have monopoly of leadership in cricket." The minister said.

"We've said to CSA, whether it's unequal pay or failure to bridge the gap on racism, we want to get a clear indication how they will deal with that." Mthethwa said.

The sports minister says he met with former cricket players on the issue of racism. He said "Racism will not be tolerated."

Mthethwa says artists affected by COVID-19 must apply for the relief fund. He says it's now opened for applicants. The closing date is 31 August 2020.

Mthethwa gives update on second wave of COVID-19 relief fund. He says R23 million has been set aside for the relief fund.

Mthethwa will host a media briefing to update the nation on the criteria and the application process of the second wave of the COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Mthethwa will elaborate on what Dlamini-Zuma had to say about sporting events now being allowed to continue, but without fans.

The minister is done. We await an address from Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

"We're not dealing with international conferences yet." The minister states. 

Dlamini-Zuma says the restriction on alcohol sales is because when people drink they fight or get int

She says the reason it was banned if because people who have been smoking for a long time, evidence from other countries showed that smokers would need more ICU beds and ventilators.


"Tobacco will just be sold, there are no restrictions on it." Dlamini-Zuma says.

The ministers takes questions. Many of them ask about the sale of tobacco and how it will be regulated.

Sport lovers still cannot go spectate at sporting events.

The minister is translating her address in isiZulu now...

Night clubs are not allowed to operate.

Cinemas can operate but with 50 people. The same goes for casinos.

The minister has urged people visiting elders to maintain social distancing, wear masks and sanitize their hands.

"Don't let your visit turn into a tra

Dlamini-Zuma says people must continue to wear masks and sanitize their hands. 

The minister is done. She thanks the media, the people of South Africa for following what the president asked people to do.

Dlamini-Zuma says "You can smoke cigarettes but don't share them." No puffing and passing folks.

"It must be cool to wear masks."

Dlamini-Zuma says events like weddings and funerals are permitted but with 50 people or less.

"Gyms can now operate 

"Gyms can operaate 

"Alcohol can be sold at licensed places. It can be sold from Monday to Thursday from 9-5." The minister says.

"The building of temporary hospitals has been put on hold." Dalmini-Zuma says.

The minister says the measures taken proved t be effective.  

Dlamini-Zuma notes that it has been an extremelty difficult time during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma now b

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, will lead the briefing.

The ban inter-provincial travel was also lifted. People can travel, jog, hike, gym at a facility. You can even sit down at a restaurant and eat.

Ministers who serve in the National Coronavirus Command Council will brief the media on the regulations relating to the COVID-19 Level 2 restrictions.

Bottoms up, puff and pass… The sale of alcohol and tobacco was lifted. 

It’s too early to celebrate! This was the message from President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier today.

So what do we know so 

Hello and welcome to EWN's live blog about the COVID-19 relief funds for the second wave of infections.