National State of Disaster Has Been Extended

The National State of Disaster on COVID-19 has been extended to 15 June 2021.

A statement released by Government read:

The extension considers the need to continue augmenting the existing legislation and contingency arrangements undertaken by organs of state to mitigate against the impact of the disaster on lives and livelihoods.

The extension has been approved by Cabinet in terms of Section 27(5)(c) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act 57 of 2002).

The previous extension would have expired on 15 May.

On where the country currently stands with Covid, Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, said:

As of today, the total number of confirmed COVID19 cases is 1 602 031, the total number of deaths is 54 968, the total number of recoveries is 1 519 734 and the total number of vaccines administered is 430 730.

Declaring a National State of Disaster means that the disaster, which in this case is the Covid-19 pandemic, affects more than one province which is unable to deal with it effectively and allows government to implement extraordinary measures to mitigate the damage of the disaster.

Cabinet encourages all to continue adhering to all COVID-19 health measures and restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Latest SA News

Bulelani Dyomfana - Thursday 10th of June 2021
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) embassy recently signed an extradition agreement with South Africa in April, following the warrant of arrest and charges against the Guptas. The National Prosecuting Authority is now calling for them to deported back to South Africa.
Bulelani Dyomfana - Friday 11th of June 2021
In a bid to rescue embattled airline, South African Airways. The South African government recently named Takatso Consortium as the airline's new equity partner with a majority ownership stake of 51%.
Bulelani Dyomfana - Friday 11th of June 2021
Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu, responded with shock after she experienced load-shedding during an interview with the SABC and the snippet of the video went viral with South Africans laughing along.
Sakinah Samuels - Thursday 10th of June 2021
South Africa has officially been declared as being in the Third Wave of Covid infections. The Western Cape joined four other provinces as a rise in Covid infections is seen.
Sakinah Samuels - Thursday 10th of June 2021
Eskom has announced that it will be implementing loadshedding today and that it would continue through the weekend. For all the details on this round of loadshedding, read further.


Latest World News

Raigan Cloete - Saturday 22nd of May 2021
For 11 days casualties mounted as Israel and Hamas were locked in an exchange of airstrikes and rocket fire. However, finally, peace has fallen upon Gaza as the two parties have agreed to a ceasefire.
Sakinah Samuels - Wednesday 21st of April 2021
People all around the world rejoice as George Floyd's killer, former police officer, Derek Chauvin, has been found guilty. This is only but a small step towards justice.
Lauren Chawula - Sunday 28th of February 2021
The UK is considering "Vaccine Passports" to prove people's protection against Covid-19. Many are now wondering how this would work and if it will be fair towards those people who have chosen not to get the vaccine.
Raigan Cloete - Saturday 27th of February 2021
Queen Elizabeth II took part in a video call with health officials, who were leading the deployment of the COVID-19 vaccination across the four nations of the UK.
Lauren Chawula - Sunday 21st of February 2021
Children in the UK have been taking part in the new trails for the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine to test whether the vaccine is safe and effective for those under the age of 18.