On 23 March 2020, the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa imposed a full national lockdown from midnight on Thursday 26 March and will continue for 21 days, until 16 April midnight.

What is a lockdown?

A national lockdown is an emergency protocol imposed by the government which enforces or requires South Africans to stay at home except under strict circumstances.  You will only be allowed to go out of your home when you visit the Grocery store, pharmacies, banks and other essential industries that will remain open during the lockdown.

ALL NON-ESSENTIAL ACTIVITIES ARE THEREFORE CANCELLED.  The South African lockdown will begin at midnight on the 26th of March.

Why lock down the entire country?

“This is a decisive measure to save millions of South Africans from infection and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of our people,” said president Ramaphosa as he addressed the nation on Monday.

The main purpose of a lockdown is to fundamentally disrupt the chain of transmission (Stop and control the spread of the coronavirus) – this is to ensure the spread of the COVID-19 is prevented to stop the spread and safe South African lives.

“This nationwide lockdown will be accompanied by a public health management programme which will significantly increase screening, testing, contact tracing, and medical management.”

“Community health teams will focus on expanding screening and testing where people live, focusing first on high density and high-risk areas.” The president said.

What will happen if I break the rules?

Do not attempt to interfere with a national crisis. You may be imprisoned for up to a month or charged a fined.

“I want to make it clear that we expect all South Africans to act in the interest of the South African nation and not in their own selfish interests,” Ramaphosa explained.

“We will, therefore, act very strongly against any attempts at corruption and profiteering from this crisis” he continued.

Things allowed to do during a lockdown?

  • Seek and find medical care in case of an emergency.
  • Buy Food/Groceries
  • Visit the pharmacy
  • Access the banking services
  • To go fill up your petrol
  • Collect social grants

People allowed to keep working

A full list of essential services is still to be published by the government, the list will companies and people who work for:

  • Pharmacies
  • Petrol Stations
  • Supermarkets
  • Petrol Stations
  • Health Care

Doctors, Clinics, Hospitals, and Pharmacies will continue to operate during a lockdown.

What are the emergency numbers?

The numbers to contact during an emergency is 0800 029 999 or use the Whatsapp support number, 0600 123456

Please note that grocery stores and banking services will be operating normal hours during the lockdown. South Africa has 402 confirmed cases of coronavirus.

Informative Websites about COVID-19 in South Africa

iBusiness on COVID-19
Protect yourself and others around you
Protect yourself and others around you, If you suspect any case of novel COVID-19 contact the Emergency hotline on 0800 029 999 or use the  WhatsApp Support line on 0600-123456 don't wait until it's too late. Visit NICD for more information as well as SA GOV. For latest results visit: iB COVID, image: WHO


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