Covid-19 update: No bulk booze buying, Ramaphosa addresses schooling

Covid-19 update: No bulk booze buying, Ramaphosa addresses schooling

Numerous South Africans took full advantage of the migration to Level 3 lockdown on Monday. explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic.

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South Africans flooded to liquor stores on Monday to get their first taste of alcohol in nine weeks. explores the hottest stories on the coronavirus in Mzansi.

1. Liquor back on sale: Retailers warn no bulk buying will be allowed

South Africans are in a celebratory mood on Monday with the ban on alcohol finally lifted after nine long weeks. reported that thousands of citizens queued up outside of liquor retailers in a bid to get their hands on their favourite alcoholic beverages.

However, it has now emerged that strict regulations have been implemented governing how many items may be purchased.

Numerous associations and councils have issued a warning over the limitations, seeking to avoid a massive influx of eager customers amid a continued threat from the Covid-19 virus.

2. Ramaphosa assures SA that no school will reopen until it's safe

President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed the return of South African schoolchildren amid the Covid-19 pandemic. reported that Minister Angie Motshekga had cancelled the first day of school for Grade 7 and 12 students just hours before the official reopening on Monday morning.

Now, Ramaphosa stressed that the phased approach to school resuming would only take place under safe conditions:

"In the last few weeks, as we have prepared to return to school, we have had extensive and detailed discussions with all role-players in the education sphere. These have guided our approach to this complex and challenging task. Now, in the last few days, several of these stakeholders – including teachers and parents – have expressed concern about the state of readiness in many schools. We have heard them, we welcome their contributions and are taking steps to address their concerns as well as proposals."

3. Motshekga apologises: Explains that not all schools were ready

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga has addressed SA on Monday morning to clarify the confusion over the decision to cancel the reopening of schools.

Speaking during a media briefing, Motshekga apologised for the late decision just hours before students were scheduled to return to class.

The minister explained that the reopening was called off due to a lack of Personal Protective Equipment and a lack of training for teachers and staff members. Motshekga emphasised that health guidelines needed to be strictly followed to avoid schools becoming a hotspot for Covid-19.

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