Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has opted to cancel the first day of school just hours before students were set to return. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.
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Confusion is undeniably reigning in South Africa at the moment as schools scramble to cancel what would have been the first day back for Grade 7 and 12 learners.
Briefly.co.za explores the hottest stories as the nation continues to endure the coronavirus lockdown.
1. Cele makes it crystal clear: No family visits under lockdown level 3
Bheki Cele has made it very clear that no family visits are allowed, including social visits:
“I hope you will read regulation 33 very closely. All categories permitted appear there, and visiting your friends, your peers, your girlfriends, your boyfriends, does not appear in regulation 33. If you’re not going to [do] those categories that appear in the regulations ... you don’t [do them]. Social visits are absolutely not allowed under level 3. I hope that question is well answered.”
2. Motshekga postpones schools reopening to June 8 on eve of return
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has cancelled the first day of school amid the Covid-19 pandemic just hours before students were set to return.
In a statement issued by the government, it was confirmed that students would instead return on 8 June:
"This whole coming week must be used for the proper orientation and training of teachers, the mopping and ramping of all supply chain matters, and final touches to the readiness of each facility for the arrival of learners. The date on which Grade 7 and 12 learners have to report back to school, is the 08 June 2020. We have however received reports that indicate that some learners in boarding schools have already arrived."
3. Tobacco ban: Ramaphosa admits Dlamini-Zuma shouldn't have taken fall
Cyril Ramaphosa says that he made a mistake when he let Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announce the government's u-turn on the tobacco ban.
The president admitted that allowing the Cooperative Governance Minister make the announcement declaring a continued ban was an error in judgement:
"Obviously people have taken issue with the way the announcement was made. It was made by Minister Dlamini-Zuma. What we should have done, is the president having announced it, the president should’ve been the one to announce it again and give reasons why this was being changed. That was not done and we will concede that as well. It should’ve been done”
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