Little Women

2019 ‧ Drama/Historical drama ‧ 2h 15m

In the years after the Civil War, Jo March lives in New York and makes her living as a writer, while her sister Amy studies painting in Paris. Amy has a chance encounter with Theodore, a childhood crush who proposed to Jo but was ultimately rejected. Their oldest sibling, Meg, is married to a schoolteacher, while shy sister Beth develops a devastating illness that brings the family back together.

President Ramaphosa announces a nationwide lockdown

Monday, March 23, 2020

South Africa will enter a nationwide lockdown for 21-days with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

The lockdown, announced in a televised address to the nation on Monday night, is part of efforts to curb the rapid spread of the Coronavirus in the country.

President Ramaphosa made the announcement following a meeting held on Sunday with the National Coronavirus Command Council.

“This is a decisive measure to save millions of South Africans from infection and save the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.”

“While this measure will have a considerable impact on people’s livelihoods, on the life of our society and on our economy, the human cost of delaying this action would be far, far greater,” said the President.

The President’s announcement of the nationwide lockdown,  comes as the number of confirmed cases in South Africa increased six-fold in just eight days from 61 cases to 402 cases.

During the nationwide lockdown, all South Africans will have to stay at home.

Under the lockdown, individuals will not be allowed to leave their homes except under strict controlled circumstances.

These circumstances include the seeking of medical care, buying food, medicine and other supplies or the collection of social grants.

Enacted in terms of the Disaster Management Act, the lockdown will end on Thursday 16 April 2020.

Travel restrictions

In a bid to contain the virus and slow down its spread, the President announced a number of additional measures that will be implemented with immediate effect to strengthen prevention measures.

These measures include the automatic placement of South African citizens and residents arriving from high-risk countries under quarantine for 14 days.

Non-South Africans arriving on flights from high-risk countries announced last week, will be prohibited and turned back.

International flights to Lanseria Airport will be temporarily suspended.

In addition, international travellers who arrived in South Africa after 9 March 2020 from high-risk countries will be confined to their hotels until they have completed a 14-day quarantine period.

To ensure that measure announced are implemented, President Ramaphosa also announced the deployment of the South African National Defence Force SANDF) to support the South African Police Service.

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

Workers exempt from lockdown

Exempt from the lockdown are health workers in the public and private sectors.

Emergency personnel, those in security services (such as the police, traffic officers, military medical personnel, soldiers), and other persons necessary in response to COVID-19 are exempt from the lockdown.

It will also include those involved in the production, distribution and supply of food and basic goods, essential banking services, the maintenance of power, water and telecommunications services, laboratory services, and the provision of medical and hygiene products.

In addition, temporary shelters that meet the necessary hygiene standards will be identified for homeless people.

Sites are also being identified for quarantine and self-isolation for people who cannot self-isolate at home.

While emphasising the importance of a lockdown, the President urged that firms that are able to continue their operations remotely should do so.

The nation-wide lockdown is necessary to disrupt the chain of transmission across society. – SAnews.gov.za

Queen & Slim

2019 ‧ Drama/Crime-Drama ‧ 2h 12m

Slim and Queen’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer’s gun and shoots him in self-defence. Now labelled cop killers in the media, Slim and Queen feel that they have no choice but to go on the run and evade the law. When a video of the incident goes viral, the unwitting outlaws soon become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people all across the country.

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