Ramaphosa will respond on Friday to demands to lift booze ban.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has asked the Gauteng Liquor Forum to give him until Friday to fully respond to its letter demanding the lifting of, or changes to, regulations banning alcohol sales under lockdown rules.

In its letter, the forum initially gave Ramaphosa until Tuesday to respond to its demand to lift or amend regulations on the total ban on the sale of alcohol, or it would approach the Constitutional Court.

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Government considering increasing child and pension grants temporarily.

The government is considering topping up some of the social welfare grants paid to millions of poor South Africans to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. “Yes, I can confirm that we are looking at adjusting temporarily the child-support grant and old-age pension grant,” finance minister Tito Mboweni said on Tuesday.

“This measure is critical to mitigate the devastating impact of Covid-19 on children, families and the economy. Currently, the child support grant is the simplest, quickest and most effective way to get cash into millions of poor households that will otherwise face food insecurity and debilitating poverty,” they said.

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Government warns against criminals offering 'door-to-door' sanitisation.

The department of social development has issued a warning to the public about organisations claiming to be doing “door-to-door” sanitisation for Covid-19. “The acting director-general wishes to warn members of the public that the department has not contracted or partnered any organisation to conduct door-to-door sanitisation for Covid-19,” said Toni.

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Dis-Chem offers drive-through coronavirus testing.

What you need to know

Pharmaceutical retailer Dis-Chem has launched drive-through Covid-19 testing sites in shopping centre parking lots. The testing sites are at some Dis-Chem stores in Gauteng. SA now has 1,749 confirmed Covid-19 cases with a death toll of 13 and 95 recoveries.

How much and how it will operate

  • The drive-through sites will be open from 9am-4pm weekdays.
  • The test is R850 per person and will be done inside your car, which limits exposure for customers and staff.
  • It’s card payment only.
  • The pharmacy said each site would be equipped with protective equipment for staff including face screens, gloves, masks, protective gowns and disposal equipment.

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Divorced parents can move their kids around during lockdown: Lindiwe Zulu.

Provided certain conditions are met, divorced parents can move their children to their respective partners’ homes, despite the national lockdown. In what is another change to the original set of lockdown rules, a government gazette published on Tuesday sets out the new requirements.

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Launch of Mobile Laboratories

SA Department of Health Announces Launch of Mobile Laboratories

What is the current capacity and timeline for testing in the laboratories?

The current capacity is 5000 tests in 24 hours in 10 laboratories countrywide

How are the new mobile laboratories going to improve efficiency?

The government aims to be able to process 30 000 tests per 24 hours

What has COVID-19 taught us humanity?

“Right now, we need a world built on solidarity and the recognition of the fundamental oneness of humankind”


– Jeff Rudin (Alternative Information Development Centre in Cape Town)

“When you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is!”


As you are aware, the President of the Republic of South Africa has declared a national state of disaster in response to the international COVID-19 pandemic. The fight against COVID-19 will be a defining feature of our time and it will leave its mark on our social, political and economic landscape. Goldrush Gaming Group (“Goldrush”) is determined and ready to do its part to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The health of Goldrush staff and customers is of paramount importance at this time. As such, Goldrush has already implemented hygiene and sanitation procedures for both staff and customers.

These measures include but are not limited to the following:

• Educational posters dealing with COVID-19 have been placed in staff rooms and other key locations.
• Hand sanitisers have been placed at all our branch entrances and high-volume areas within the branches.
• Customers are also encouraged to sanitise as they enter any Goldrush premises.
• Machines are sanitised between uses and also at the request of customers.
• Common areas are wiped down with sanitiser every 30 minutes.
• Each staff member is required to sanitise every 30 minutes.
• All non-essential domestic travel on behalf of Goldrush ceased with effect from 16 March 2020.
• All meetings are to be conducted via teleconference unless it is of critical importance that participants meet physically.
• No alcoholic beverages will be served until further notice.
• We will only be hosting 100 people per branch, inclusive of our staff members.

Thank you for choosing Goldrush as your home of jackpots

Remember to:

Remember to sanitise your hands every 30 minutes

Cover your mouth with your elbow when you sneeze or cough

Cover your mouth with a tissue when you sneeze or cough

Alternative ways to greet each other:

Elbow Bump


Foot Bump


Wave your hand



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For more information about COVID-19 please visit: COVID-19 Corona Virus South African Resource Portal