11 April 2020
EXTENSION OF THE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN TALKING POINTS
09 APRIL 2020
EXTENSION OF THE NATIONAL LOCKDOWN
09 APRIL 2020 @ 23H30
We are extending the national lockdown beyond the initial 21-days to help save
The National Coronavirus Command Council has extended the nation-wide
lockdown by a further two weeks.
This means that most of the existing lockdown measures will remain in force
until the end of April.
The extension ensures the sacrifices and gains we have made over the last few
weeks is not rendered meaningless.
If we end the lockdown too soon or too abruptly, we risk a massive and
uncontrolled resurgence of the disease.
The lockdown is working. Stay at home and save South Africa.
While it is still early days, the national lockdown has allowed us the space to
Since the lockdown came into effect, the rate of new cases in the country have
The average daily increase since the start of the lockdown has been around 4
per cent compare to 42 per cent in the two weeks before the lockdown.
Despite our successes, we cannot become complacent; we must redouble our
efforts to permanently beat the virus.
We appreciate the sacrifices South Africans have made in this difficult time.
Government thanks all South Africans for going over and above the call of duty
in support of our national efforts.
We understand that the lives of South Africans have been severely disrupted,
there has been great hardship and many have lost their income.
South Africans are called to hold on a little longer so that we save the lives of
thousands of our countrymen and women.
Government calls on all businesses to continue to pay their suppliers, to the
extent that they can.
Government is intensifying its public health response to slow down and reduce
We will use this extended lockdown period to strengthen our screening and
testing, focusing in particular on highly vulnerable communities.
Our plan is to halt the spread of the virus by isolating those who are infected
and taking care for those who are ill in our health facilities.
Citizens who test positive and cannot self-isolate at home will be isolated at
Government has established the COVID-19 Information Centre to keep real
time track of all screening, testing, isolation and hospitalisation.
Individuals and businesses are being helped through our comprehensive
package of economic support measures.
Various measures are available to support businesses in distress and workers
facing loss of income.
The Unemployment Insurance Fund has set aside R40 billion to help
employees who will be unable to work as a result of the lockdown.
The Industrial Development Corporation has set aside R3 billion for the
procurement of essential medical supplies.
The Small Enterprise Finance Agency has approved the postponement of loan
repayments for a period of 6 months.
The small business debt relief and business growth facilities have R500 million
available in support.
Government has reprioritised R1.2 billion to provide relief to smallholder
farmers and to contribute to the security of food supply.
Our social support is being increased too protect poor and vulnerable
The provision of food parcels to vulnerable South Africans are being undertaken
across the country.
We are also working to maintain the reliability of food supply to the poorest
Government extended the provision of financial support to spaza shops to allow
them to meet the essential needs in their communities.
We are working to provide basic needs such as water by delivering over 11 000
water storage tanks to communities.
Homeless people have been accommodated in 154 shelters.
Supporting the Solidarity Fund strengthens the reach of our national effort.
Government applauds the financial assistance received from companies and
individuals in fighting the impact of the Coronavirus.
The President, Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers are donating
a third of their salaries for the next three months to the Solidarity Fund.
Government calls on other public office bearers and executives of large
companies to make a similar gesture.
The Solidarity Fund has raised around R2.2 billion to combat the coronavirus
It has already allocated around R1 billion to buy sterile gloves, face shields,
surgical masks, test kits and ventilators.
The fund will also allocate funds for humanitarian relief to vulnerable
households in addition to the R400 million set aside by government for Social
Relief of Distress grants