SA President Cyril Ramaphosa has tonight announced that South African borders will remain closed after 1 May when some easing of Lockdown Rules will take place.

Ramaphosa said while the lockdown has been working, it is not sustainable as people need to eat and work.

Ramaphosa said he needed to balance the need to resume economic activity and the need to preserve life.

Ramaphosa said the current infection rate for Coronavirus is still too high and testing levels around 10 000 a day is still too low.


Ramaphosa announced that there will be 5 Coronavirus levels. The levels will be level 5, where SA is currently at and Level 1 where normal activities can resume.

There will be seperate levels for National, Provincial, District etc

The National Coronavirus Command Council will determine the coronavirus level.


Ministers will provide a detailed classification of industry sectors and industry bodies will be given a chance to consider these before these are gazetted.

The National level will be lowered to Level 4 from 1 May.

All businesses that are permitted to open will be required to do so in a phased manner.

Workforce should return in batches of no more than one third.

Employees should be encouraged to work from home where possible.


Schools will be opened in a phased manner.


– Borders will remain closed

– No travel between Provinces


– Transport will continue to operate following guidelines

– Excersize will be allowed under strict controls

– Elderly and sick must stay at home

Restaurants, Bars, Theaters, Shebeens, Churches, Funerals, Sports activities will be prohibited.