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The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has apologised for the break in its network, which has affected plans to capture the May applications for the COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS).

The whole country will move to level 3 lockdown from 1 June, including areas identified as hotspots.

The newly appointed Health Department Director General Sandile Buthelezi will take the reins from 1 June 2020.

Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has conveyed her sincere condolences to the family of a 20-month-old baby who lost his life in an accident involving a water tanker contracted to Rand Water.

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rises to 24 264, the country is working around the clock to ramp up its testing capacity.

The Department of Water and Sanitation in KwaZulu-Natal has ramped up its water and hygiene products supply to communities, as a means of curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the province.

The Department of Employment and Labour says the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has to date paid in excess of R15 billion to beneficiaries -- marking a historic first in terms of a lump sum paid out by the Fund within five weeks.

Places of worship may resume their services under level 3 of lockdown, with strict conditions in place.

The public may now report any police brutality during lockdown at their nearest police station.

Temperatures have dropped significantly at the start of the week, with the South African Weather Service predicting snow in parts of the country.

The City of Ekurhuleni’s Harambee bus service is back on the road with reduced passenger seating capacity, in line with the level 4 regulations of the lockdown.

Students receiving aid from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) have been urged to use their learning material allowances to purchase learning devices so they can learn remotely during lockdown.

As of Monday, 25 May, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in South Africa is 23 615.

The Gauteng Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Roads and Transport says the opening of rail during level 3 lockdown could spell a public transport catastrophe.

Schools across the country are in the process of finalising preparations to receive Grade 7 and 12 learners when schools reopen on 1 June.

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