Cape Town International Airport was a hive of activity today as the first two international flights, under level one of lockdown, touched down in the Mother City.

The flights, by Emirates and Ethiopia Airlines , were the first to arrive here since the national lockdown was implemented in March this year.

Government yesterday announced strict measures for people to travel to South Africa from overseas countries, under level 1 of the lockdown.

A list of countries, of which its citizens will not be allowed to travel to South Africa, because of high covid-19 infection & death rates, was also released.

Senior Manager Corporate Affairs at Cape Town International Airport, Deidre Davids, says everyone was in high spirits today.

Power-utility Eskom says the first of 6 new, replacement steam generators have arrived at the Koeberg nuclear power-station.

Three of the generators arrived at the Cape Town harbour this week, and will be installed into Koeberg Unit 1, between February and June of next year.

Eskom spokesperson, Sikonathi Mantshantsha, says the installation of the generators will extend the power station’s operating-life by another 2 decades.

 

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga says the majority of schools across the country are not having to close and re-open due to Covid-19 infections, which can be attributed to the strict adherence to safety protocols.

She confirmed that the new school year will kick off on 25 January, and admitted that some of the work may have to be carried over to the new curriculum. The new school calendar will be gazetted on 2 Ocotber.

The results of Matric exams, due to start on 5 November, will only be released early next year.

Motshekga says all provincial education departments have secured extra rooms at examination centres, to ensure social distancing is adhered to during the National Senior Certificate Exams.

More than 1 million candidates will set for the exams, which will run unil 15 December.

The Minister of Higher Education and Technology, Dr. Blade Nzimande, says all Universities can, from today, welcome 100% of their students back to campuses. The Minister yesterday outlined how the country’s universities and technical colleges will operate, under level 1 of the lockdown. He says strict measures will however apply to international students.

The Minister says the hope is that all the country’s Universities should complete their 2020 academic year, by March of next year.

Minister Nzimande says with the results of this year’s Matric exams, only expected on 23 February next year, the re-opening of Universities will be adjusted accordingly.

Nzimande says the organization, Higher Health, has assisted more than 500 individuals with problems with their mental health, during the national lockdown. The telephonic service, which is available free of charge to students and University staff, is supported by medical-experts and trained counselors.

Nzimande, says to date, 69% of university students who receive financial aid through NSFAS are now in possession of digital devices. The Minister says that the devices, such as laptops and tablets, will help students to successfully complete their 2020 academic year. He says many of the students have also received free internet data over the past few months.

 

Tourism to South Africa is likely to take a long time to recover after government announced that tourists from several key markets would not yet be allowed to holiday here, just yet.

Ministers provided a list of countries with high Covid-19 infection and death rates, that will not be allowed to travel here for leisure purposes.

Visitors from China will be able to come here, but not those from the UK, USA, France, India, Brazil or the Netherlands, to name but a few.

International relations and cooperation minister Naledi Pandor says only those travelling for business or jobs, from high-risk countries, will be allowed.

She says strict health protocols will remain in place for ALL travelers, regardless of their country of origin.

Pandor says in addition to presenting a negative Covid-19 test on arrival, travelers will have to let authorities know about their movements in SA, in case they test positive later.

The list of countries currently considered high risk (countries’ risk level will be reviewed every 2 weeks):

  • Albania
  • Argentina
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Bahrain
  • Belgium
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Columbia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • France
  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Guyana
  • Honduras
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Jordan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Luxemburg
  • Maldives
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • North Macedonia
  • Oman
  • Palestine
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Puerto Rico
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • Slovakia
  • Suriname
  • Switzerland
  • Ukraine
  • United Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • USA
  • Venezuela