South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has authorised the placement on parole of selected categories of sentenced offenders as a measure to combat the spread of COVID-19 in correctional facilities, which are considered high-risk areas of infection.

The Department of Home Affairs has been directed to urgently procure personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline officials.

With 511 public servants in South Africa having tested positive for COVID-19, departments have been urged to implement health and safety measures that ensure the containment and management of the virus in the public service.

The Department Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development has announced the reopening of deeds offices across the country as per the revised lockdown regulations.

A pharmacy based in KwaZulu-Natal has admitted to excessive pricing of face masks in a consent agreement with the Competition Commission.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) has disbursed almost R9.5-billion through the COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS).

President Cyril Ramaphosa has convened a virtual consultative meeting with Heads of State and Government from neighbouring countries to discuss responses to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Citizens and businesses wishing to move premises during the COVID-19 lockdown can now do so.

South Africa has 8232 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 161 deaths.

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) on Thursday warned against the premature re-opening of schools.

As COVID-19 continues to put business under immense pressure, putting jobs on the line, the Public Service Commission (PSC) has encouraged departments to engage suppliers to resolve outstanding payments and speedily process Small Medium Micro Enterprises’ (SMME) invoices.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on interprovincial travelers to exercise extreme caution on the roads, as the grace period for transit across provincial boundaries draws to a close.

Statistician General, Risenga Maluleke. has announced that Statistics South Africa will conduct data collection for key labour statistics using telephone interviews.

Employers have been urged to ensure that money paid over by the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) for the COVID-19 Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) is disbursed to the workers.

South Africa has 7 808 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday, 6 May 2020.

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