When I last addressed you, I indicated that in managing the pandemic we would follow a differentiated approach that took into account the rise in infections in particular municipalities.
Municipalities defined as hotspots will be subject to additional restrictions until there is a clear and sustained decline in infections.
Following a review of the latest available data on infections and hospitalisations, and consultations with affected provinces, Cabinet has decided that 22 districts be declared coronavirus #hotspots.
In the Eastern Cape, these are Chris Hani District, Buffalo City, Amathole District, Alfred Nzo District and the OR Tambo District. These are in addition to Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and the Sarah Baartman District, which have already been declared hotspots.
In KwaZulu-Natal, these are eThekwini, Umgungundlovu District, Ugu District, Harry Gwala District, King Cetshwayo District and Ilembe District.
In Gauteng, the West Rand District, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and Johannesburg are declared hotspots.
In the Western Cape, the West Coast District, Overberg District, Winelands District, Cape Town, Central Karoo District are hotspots. This is in addition to the Garden Route District.
In the North West, Bojanala District is declared a hotspot area.
And in Limpopo, the Waterberg District and the Capricorn District are declared coronavirus hotspots.

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28 Dec
When I last addressed you we announced that certain beaches in our country would be closed on certain days and others would remain open.
As the infections continue to rise Cabinet on the advice of the National Coronavirus Command Council has decided that all beaches, dams, lakes, rivers, public parks and public swimming pools in hotspot areas will be closed to the public with effect from tomorrow.
National and provincial parks and other parks where access control measures and entry limitations are already in place may remain open to the public.
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28 Dec
One of the more difficult areas of regulation relates to the sale of alcohol.
The liquor industry is a major employer and an important contributor to our economy.
Our priority at this time, however, must be to save lives.
Reckless behaviour due to alcohol intoxication has contributed to increased transmission.
Alcohol-related accidents and violence are putting pressure on our hospital emergency units.
As we had to in the early days of the lockdown, we now have to flatten the curve to protect the capacity of our healthcare system to enable it to respond effectively to this new wave of infections.
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28 Dec
Under the adjusted level 3 regulations:
- All indoor and outdoor gatherings will be prohibited for 14 days from the date hereof, except for funerals and other limited exceptions as detailed in the regulations, such as restaurants, museums, gyms and casinos.
These will further be set out by the Minister in regulations and will be reviewed after that period.
- Funerals may not be attended by more than 50 people with social distancing.
- Every business premises must determine the maximum number of staff and customers permitted at any one time based on our social-distancing guidelines and may not exceed that limit.
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28 Dec
Yesterday, I saw a social media post from a doctor in one of our facilities, which I would like to share with you, because it captures the situation that our health workers face.
He writes:
“Half our consultants have COVID.
“More than half my colleagues had COVID or are currently in quarantine.
“Hospital is FULL. No oxygen points. Private hospitals are FULL. Not accepting more patients. No beds anywhere.
“And this is not yet the peak.
“Guys. We are all going to pay for your inability to be responsible with our LIVES.”
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1 Apr
Dipakeng tseo ho senang metsi teng, lefapaha la rona la metsi le a leka hore re fihlise metsi dibakeng tseo batho bao ba leng teng.
Re kena sebakeng se seng jwale sa matsatsi ana a mang a latelang mo re batlang hore re ntshe batho ba fihlang 10 000, ba tsamaya hohle, ba kene dintlong tsa batho hore ba etse ntho ena e re e bitsang test. Ba ke ba leke ho bona hore ke bafeng batho ba kenweng ke bolwetse bona.
Ha re fumana hore ho na le batho ba kenweng ke bolwetse bona, re tla batla hore ba bewe dibakeng tse itseng ho etsatsa eng? Hore bolwetsi bona re etse hore bo be contained. Bo ska tsamaya hohlehohle mona ba kena batho ba bang.
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1 Apr
Madekwe ro bvisa mulaedza malugana na hovhu vhuleme ho ri welaho fhano Afrika Tshipembe malugana na heḽi dwadze ḽihulwane ḽa coronavirus. Ndo amba nga uri ndi ḓuvha ḽa vhuraru mulovha ro vala shango heḽi ḽa hashu.
Ro imisa tshiṅwe na tshiṅwe nga nnḓa ha izwo zwe ra zwi vhala uri zwi nga bvela phanḓa. Hezwi ro zwi itiswa ngauri hu na dwadze heḽi ḽihulu ḽo welaho shango ḽoṱhe. A ḽi ngo wela shango ḽa hashu fhedzi ḽo wela na maṅwe mashango.
Muvhuso wa hashu u a ḓivha uri hovhu vhukando he ra vhu dzhia ha u vala Afrika Tshipembe zwi khou ḓisa vhuleme kha vhathu vhanzhi, vhuleme hovhu vhu khou konḓisa vhutshilo ha vhathu vha hashu.
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