On the 23 March 2020, President Ramaphosa announced that the COVID-19 outbreak has been declared a national state of disaster. This was done in line with the Disaster Management Act.
In effect, the National Coronavirus Command Council advised on the decision to enforce a nation-wide lockdown. For 21 days, with effect from midnight on Thursday 26 March, the will be a restriction on movement.
As a result, all schools across South Africa will be closed from Wednesday, 18 March 2020. Schools will remain closed until after the Easter Weekend or until the president has advised otherwise. To compensate, the mid-year school holidays will be shortened by a week.
Furthermore, the Department has put together online resources to support learning at home during the #21daysLockdown. These can be accessed by visiting the Department of Basic Education’s website on www.education.gov.za. These resources include tips on dealing with homework and extending learning at home
The Department of Health with guidance from the WHO has advised that the most effective way to prevent infection is through basic changes in individual behaviour and hygiene.
In line with the President’s call, we also call upon all learners to:
- wash hands frequently with hand sanitizer or soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
- cover our nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow;
- avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
Everyone must do everything within their means to avoid contact with other people, to reduce the spread of Covid-19.