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. –

Funny videos increase DA WHITE BOII’s fan base

Cosmo City’s entertainer DA WHITE BOII recently went viral on social media after recording a short video making fun of a picture of the well-known Amapiano Music producers DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small.

 In the picture, DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small pose wearing durags on their heads. In the video DA WHITE BOII asks DJ Maphorisa and Kabza De Small to remove doeks (head scarfs) from their heads as it ruined their dressing style.  Kabza De Small responded with a live video explaining that it was not a doek, but a durag. DA WHITE BOII’s video got more engagements on Facebook with more than eight thousand views.

“I do these funny videos to gain people’s trust,” DA WHITE Boll said. “I believe that if people trust me that I can do funny videos, they will trust me about any type of work.”

Born Tshepo Steve Junior Rakhudu the 21-year-old ventured into the entertainment industry in 2012 during the “Izikhothane” era.  Not only is DA WHITE BOII a DJ, he is also a vocal artist, dancer, fashion stylist and (as brand owner and founder of @KHONTAGE_SA) an entrepreneur.

 “The funny videos that trend in social media have gained me some fan base. People are now more familiar with my face and it is going to be easy for them to follow my work,” he said. “Sometimes I tend to offend people that I joke about. When my video of Kabza De Small and Dj Maphorisa started to trend, Kabza responded to me on social media. We talked about the video, and I explained to him that it was a joke. So there was no bad blood. If people feel like I am insulting them, I am sorry. I am just hustling.”

DA WHITE BOII said he wants to do more funny videos ranging from entertainment to politics.

Residents go for days without water

“How could we prevent Corona Virus without water?” said Edith Ngwenya of extension 5, speaking on water crisis which has seen some residents going for days without water.

 Cosmo City faced water crisis in the early hours of Sunday 22 March. Residents who spoke to the Chronicle expressed their displeasure about the development, claiming that it exposes them to COVID 19.

“Just imagine how our lives would be like if we go for a three-week national shutdown without water,” said another resident who preferred to be only identified as Mnqobi. “There is no life without water,” he added, “so if the situation of water crisis is not solved quickly, our lives will be in danger. We have tried to report the situation to the local authorities, but we are yet to be sorted out.”

Water crisis has put misery to our lives in addition to the power cuts, Mnqobi said. Ward Councillor Mapule Mosito said she had received some complaints about lack of water at Barbuda Street in extension 5. “We have heard that there are some houses without water in extension 5. We are working on restoring the situation.”

Rumba concert rocks Kyasand informal settlement

More than 30 Rumba artists united to perform and revive the Rumba music genre in Kyasand informal settlement on 14 March 2020, with hundreds of people attending the event.

Rumba music fans from Msawawa, Pipeline, Cosmo City and Lion Park attended the 12 pm to 8pm event. The artists who performed included Inkunzi KaSilanke and Lupane Original Stars, Tshaputika and St Paul Express Band, Obadiah Mathulana, and Cosmas Mpofu and Universal.

“I started recording Rumba music in 1995,” said Inkunzi ka Silanke. “Rumba music is not getting enough airplay in radio stations. We want to popularise it and we are also trying to give opportunity to the upcoming artists. Our aim as Rumba artists is to keep the public entertained.”

Music industry could also contribute to job creation, he said. “We do music for a living and sometimes it becomes an opportunity for the youth to get employed in the industry.”

 Rumba concerts will continue to be hosted every month from township to township to promote artists.

It is necessary to support musicians despite having different social backgrounds, said Caroline Moyo of Umthwakazi Funerals. We came here to support and let people know about the importance of funeral policies,” she said. “Most Rumba artists are struggling to reach to the top because they do not get enough coverage from the media.”

It is always a great moment to see a lot of artists coming together to entertain people, said Msawawa resident Nkosinathi Maphumulo. “Most of their songs have messages, and we are learning a lot from them.”

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