If you’re looking for all the latest news in South Africa,
you’ve come to the right place; here are the major headlines on Friday 3 April.

The revision of lockdown regulations, affecting public
transport and inter-provincial movement, has been met with mixed reactions. In
an attempt to curb the coronavirus’ spread, the health department has begun to
roll-out its ‘COVID Home Visits Programme’ during the window of opportunity
presented by the national lockdown.

Today’s latest news
in South Africa, Friday 3 April

Further amendments to
lockdown regulations

Following in the wake of Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula’s
decision to ‘relax’ capacity protocols concerning the taxi industry, Minister
of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Nkosazana
Dlamini-Zuma, added to the ever-evolving regulatory gazette on Thursday

Dlamini-Zuma’s amendments deal with three main areas of

  • The rights of movement afforded to mourners within the context of a burial
  • The prohibition of inter-provincial travel (with exceptions for essential workers, freight and funeral services)
  • The rights of repatriation flights ordered to evacuate foreign nationals from within South Africa’s borders (to be overseen by the Department of Home Affairs)
  • The creation of a COVID-19 tracing database and associated reports
  • Dlamini-Zuma attached, together with the gazetted
    amendments, an example of a permit required ‘to travel to another metropolitan area,
    district or province’, adding that law enforcement agencies conducting
    roadblocks and vehicle checkpoints had been instructed to verify documentation
    while conducting operations.

    ‘COVID Home Visits
    Program’ focuses on 993 strategic priority wards

    Government’s newest initiative to combat the coronavirus’ spread is aimed at early detection by way of the ‘COVID Home Visits Programme’. In conjunction with the National Health Laboratory Services (NHLS) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the health department has embarked on a vigorous door-to-door testing campaign.

    The operation, which will initially focus on ‘993 strategic
    priority wards’, will make use of 10 000 field workers and more than 60
    mobile COVID-19 testing facilities.

    Health minister Zweli Mkhize added that the program would
    also use technological advancements to trace primary points of contact in an
    attempt to mitigate secondary-infections.

    German tourists to be
    repatriated from South Africa

    Kerstin Bittiger, spokeswoman of the German Embassy in South
    Africa, has confirmed that repatriation efforts would begin today, following a
    plea from citizens ‘trapped’ in the country. According to Bittiger, over 5 000
    German tourists are currently stuck under lockdown in South Africa.

    The closing of borders and almost all air traffic has made
    the prospect of traditional fare back to Germany almost impossible, leading the
    German government to step in with a repatriation program. Bittiger noted that
    the flights would be operated by South African Airways (SAA), adding:

    “For the coming days and weeks, we have an enormous logistical challenge ahead of us in order to get our compatriots home.

    We are grateful for the cooperation with the South African government. And we are glad to join forces with SAA as a reliable partner. We hope our compatriots will be back with their friends and families in Germany very soon.”

    Bittiger did, however, note that any tourists displaying
    symptoms associated with the deadly coronavirus would not be repatriated back
    to Germany. Those left behind would need to follow the South African government’s
    instructions regarding lockdown, quarantine and treatment.

    Zwelinzima Vavi in
    good spirits despite COVID-19 diagnosis

    The South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) General Secretary, Zwelinzima Vavi, has tested positive for COVID-19. During a live interview, Vavi revealed his positive status, adding that he had no idea how he’d contracted the virus. Vavi announced:

    “I am fine in good spirits at home and have started to
    follow instructions of self-isolating! 
    Have to get everyone tested at home! Family, friends & comrades in
    obvious panic but I am fine and I will win again! Just overwhelmed by media
    interests which is natural but I can’t cope.”

    Vavi said that he underwent the COVID-19 test after
    developing flu-like symptoms.

    Labour inspectors
    crack-down on uncooperative businesses  

    A Department of Employment and Labour blitz inspection in
    Standerton, Mpumalanga, has led to the closure of Pax Agricultural Primary
    Co-operation Limited.

    The employer was found to be non-compliant with the
    Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act standards and also not adhering to
    COVID-19 regulations.                                                                            

    The blitz inspections were triggered by a number of
    anonymous complaints, which were reported to the department.

    The inspection found that the employer failed to conduct a
    risk assessment in order to implement precautionary measures to prevent the spread
    of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

    Among other findings, employees were not trained on the
    precautionary measures to be taken in order to protect themselves against any
    harm to their well-being, particularly on the risks caused by exposure to hazardous
    biological agents like COVID-19.

    Employees were also not given sanitisers, water and soap for
    basic personal hygiene, and were not furnished with personal protective
    equipment, as per the OHS standards. (Source:

    Fish River Canoe
    Marathon organisers expect paddling festival to go ahead

    With the current uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus outbreak worldwide, organisers of the 39th edition of the Fish River Canoe Marathon are confident that they will be able to put on another exciting instalment of the race from 25-26 September.

    This year the world has been thrown into limbo as this virus
    spreads through every country around the world and South Africa is currently in
    the grips of a nationwide lockdown to try and curb the spread locally.

    All sporting events and gatherings have been cancelled or
    postponed for the next few months, but with five months until the Cradock
    classic, organisers are hopeful that we will be back to some sort of normality
    by then.

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