- President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an unprecedented 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus
- Ramaphosa also confirmed that the Oppenheimer and Rupert families will each donate R1-billion towards relief measures
- South Africans were left in awe by the staggering pledge
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South Africans were kept waiting, but President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered a special address on Monday evening.
In light of the threat of Covid-19, Ramaphosa announced a 21-day lockdown across the nation.
The daily lives of South Africans will be affected by the announcement, but the president also warned of knock-on economic effects.
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Various relief measures are being put in place and many of them are aimed at mitigating the expected financial woes.
Ramaphosa's announcement hinted at a key role played by the Oppenheimer and Rupert families, with each donating a whopping R1-billion to the cause.
Briefly.co.za gauged the social media reaction to Ramaphosa's address and the R2-billion pledge has already made waves.
While many applauded the business tycoons for their selfless gesture, others expressed a fair amount of cynicism.
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Errol (@errolbsk) said,
"The Rupert's and Oppenheimer families have pledged 1 billion Rands each to help small businesses during these tough times. What have the telletubbies and the RET gang pledged to show love for their people?"
Linda Ferns (@Lindaferns) added,
"Thank you Mr President for your Address, and thank you to the Oppenheimer and Rupert Families for their remarkable financial contribution (R1 billion each). Can the other billionaire families also step up now?"
Chris (@Chris80109155) responded,
"Rupert's and Oppenheimer's are making political opportunist to eat humble pies. This is how you deal with haters EFF SouthAfrica and RET brigade."
Lerato Pillay (@uLerato_pillay) offered an opposing view:
"Rupert and Oppenheimer are investing and Getting a free PR from their prepaid President. After this Coronavirus has ended they will be repaid with interest through Government contracts. Rupert, Oppenheimer families donated R1 billion each."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za provided a detailed account of Ramaphosa's address.
The announcement provided a guide for South Africans to follow during the 21-day lockdown.
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