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The Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, will on Tuesday meet with stakeholders in the Post Schooling Education and Training System (PSET) to agree on a common national Protocol and Management Plan for Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the sector.

Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola says government will only implement a state of emergency in response to the Coronavirus outbreak as a last resort.

The various transport sectors are expected to embark on campaigns targeted at limiting Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in South Africa, says Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula.

With Coronavirus (COVID-19) expected to have a negative impact on the economy, the South African government has announced measures that seek to mitigate the impact.

The Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs will formulate regulations to guide the response to the Coronavirus pandemic, which President Ramaphosa has declared a national disaster.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has announced that funds will be diverted from other government programmes in an effort to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The Department of Health has confirmed that as of Monday morning South Africa now has 62 confirmed and verified cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

An amount of R4 million has been redirected from some projects in the Department of Science and Innovation to fund COVID–19 related proposed interventions.

Public hearings into land expropriation without compensation will be postponed amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Wits University, University of Cape Town and the University of Johannesburg have suspended their academic programmes and graduations due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

A comprehensive announcement regarding the programme of both Houses of Parliament, the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces, will be made after a meeting on Tuesday.

Tariff schedules related to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) must be finalised ahead of the implementation of the agreement in July, says Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Fikile Majola.

South African Airways (SAA) is offering customers one free change in reservations on selected international routes to be used for travel on or before 30 September 2020.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a raft of unprecedented interventions to curb the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa, including closing schools from Wednesday, closing 35 ports of entry and imposing a travel ban on foreign nationals from countries hardest hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has confirmed that a Wits University medicine student has tested positive for COVID-19.


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