President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet will take pay cuts. In support of this effort, we have decided that the President, Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers will each take a one-third cut in their salaries for the next three months. This portion of their salaries will be donated to the Solidarity Fund,” he said.
He also encouraged executives of large companies to make a similar gesture. Ramaphosa has announced that the national lockdown has been extended by a further two weeks. South Africa had been placed on a 21-day lockdown by the president in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The lockdown had been due to end on 16 April.
Government is focusing on providing vital support for businesses in distress, as well as the many South African workers who are facing loss of income. #LockdownSA #Covid_19SA pic.twitter.com/G7djrNciyW
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) April 9, 2020
There are currently 1,934 COVID-19 confirmed cases in South Africa with 18 fatalities.
In other news – Minnie Dlamini’s lockdown troubles – I just realised that we are officially homeless
Covid-19 has left people all over the world in great uncertainty as the plans they had for the year have been forcefully placed on hold, delayed or completely ruined and Minnie Dlamini and her husband Quinton Jones have found themselves “homeless”.
The couple are not out on the streets, however they are homeless in the sense that they had just completed the sale of their house when the coronavirus pandemic hit and resulted in the nationwide lockdown. The problem is, while the sale was finalised, the process to purchase their new home was only about to begin and now it can’t. Read more