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31
MAR
2am

SAFM 8AM NEWS BULLETIN

SANDF spokesperson, Sphiwe Dlamini, has sought to downplay reports that some of the soldiers have been using excessive force against members of the public to enforce the 21-days nationwide lockdown. In his address to the nation last night President Cyril Ramaphosa called on the SANDF members to act within the law at all times. He cautioned them against harming South Africans and instead ensure their safety. Earlier, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula condemned the alleged conduct of the SANDF members, but called on members of the public to avoid provoking them. Dlamini says members of the public are equally responsible for observing the lockdown regulations that stipulate that they stay at home ...
31
MAR
1am

SAFM 7AM NEWS BULLETIN

The Gauteng Health Department has warned that the coronavirus will be difficult to fight if it spreads to the country's townships. The department's warning comes after five people were placed under quarantine in the densely-populated Alexandra township north of Johannesburg after being in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19. The Alexandra resident disregarded instructions to remain in isolation after he tested positive and travelled to Limpopo where he was arrested. The township is one of the areas in the country where some residents are not complying with the lockdown regulations. The department's spokesperson Kwara Kekana ...
31
MAR
12am

SAFM 6AM NEWS BULLETIN

President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on security forces to act within the law at all times. There have been reports of alleged brutality by some SANDF members who have been deployed to support police to manage the nationwide lockdown. An Ekurhuleni Metro Police officer has also been arrested in Gauteng in connection with the alleged fatal shooting of a man at Vosloorus township east of Johannesburg. Three people have now died of the virus in the country while the number of cases has risen to one-thousand-326. Addressing the nation last night, Ramaphosa cautioned security forces against harming South Africans and instead ensure their safety ...
30
MAR
1pm

SAFM 7PM NEWS BULLETIN

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation shortly on the measures taken during the current 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus. It follows his meeting yesterday with the National Command Council to assess the efficacy of the lockdown regualtions that came into effect four days ago.
30
MAR
12pm

SAFM 6PM NEWS BULLETIN

The Gauteng Department of Health has confirmed that five people are currently under quarantine after being in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19 in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg. One of the biggest fears during this pandemic is that the virus will spread to the country's densely populated townships.
30
MAR
11am

SAFM 5PM NEWS BULLETIN

The Banking Association of South Africa (BASA) has announced that banks have undertaken to significantly reduce bank charges for social grant beneficiaries during the 21-day Covid-19 lockdown period. The banking association says the number of pay-points where grants can be collected have been increased to include ATMs. The association say this is to encourage social distancing during the lockdown. This means that SASSA beneficiaries will have more options to collect their money from their nearest ATM using their SASSA and Postbank cards with NO withdrawal fee. Managing Director of the Banking Association of South Africa, Cas Coovadia says where fees have been charged, they will be refunded to the beneficiary by their respective bank.
30
MAR
5am

SAFM 11AM NEWS BULLETIN

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has condemned alleged brutality by some SANDF members who have been deployed to support police to manage the nationwide lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
30
MAR
5am

SAFM 10AM News Bulletin

President Cyril Ramaphosa says the experience of South African evacuees from the Chinese city of Wuhan affirms the effectiveness and necessity of a lockdown in curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
30
MAR
3am

SAFM 9AM NEWS BULLETIN

Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu says she is concerned about a lack of police visibility at some pay-points as the elderly and people with disabilities access their social grants during the coronavirus lockdown. She was speaking in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, where long queues have formed at social grant pay-points. The South African Social Security Agency has decided to pay the two of society's vulnerable groups earlier than normal because of the lockdown. Other beneficiaries will be able to access their grants from April the first. Minister Zulu says she will seek an urgent meeting with her Police counterpart to discuss her concerns ...
30
MAR
2am

SAFM 8AM NEWS BULLETIN

Long queues at social grant pay-points in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg, have begun forming since early this morning. This as the South African Social Security Agency made a decision pay social grants to older persons and persons with disabilities earlier than normal due to the nationwide coronavirus lockdown. Other beneficiaries will be able to access their grants from April the first. Sashin Naidoo reports ...
30
MAR
1am

SAFM 7AM NEWS BULLETIN

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says they are concerned that the coronavirus has moved to densely populated Khayelitsha. Cape Town's largest township has recorded its first COVID-19 case. Thousands of families live in very close proximity to one another in the township and some households have as many as seven to ten people living together, making social distancing difficult. Water and sanitation is also a major problem, with many houses that still don't have access and one block of communal toilets are shared between hundreds of residents.There are also now five confirmed cases in neighbouring Mitchell's Plain. Winde, says there are now a total of 310 cases in the province. He says the patient from Khayelitsha did not travel...
30
MAR
12am

SAFM 6AM NEWS BULLETIN

The Health Department says a second person has died from the coronavirus and the number of people who have tested positive has increased from one-thousand-170 to one-thousand-280. It says the person was a 74-year-old man who had been in ICU at a private hospital in Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal. The man suffered from skin cancer. He had travelled to the Kruger National Park and returned with flu like symptoms. The man's family and 14 health care workers - including three specialists who had been in contact with him - are now in quarantine. Gauteng remains the province with the most confirmed cases at 584 followed by the Western Cape with 310.

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