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Government sends condolences on death of City Press Executive Editor 

11 October 2020

The South African government joins the media fraternity and South Africans in general in expressing its deep sadness following the passing away of  Dumisane Lubisi who worked as the executive editor for the City Press newspaper.

The GCIS experienced Dumisane as a professional journalist, who was committed to ensuring that a plurality of voices found expression in the City Press alongside his colleagues. 

“Our hearts go to their families, friends and media colleagues,” said GCIS Director General Phumla Williams.

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Pool feed details and road closures for the special official funeral of the late Advocate George Bizos

16 September 2020

Government  notifies members of the media and motorists on the details pertaining pool feed details and road closures for the Special Official Funeral of the late Advocate George Bizos.  

1.    Pool Feed details

Members of the media who wish to cover the funeral are informed that the SABC will provide pool feed for broadcasters.  All photographic material will be distributed through GCIS.  No other media will be allowed at the funeral venues including the cemetery.  Pool feed details are as follows:

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Funeral arrangements for the Special Official Funeral of the late Advocate George Bizos

15 September 2020

Government informs South Africans and the world on the details pertaining to the Special Official Funeral of the late human rights lawyer and social activist Advocate George Bizos. 

Advocate George Bizos passed away at the age of 92 in the afternoon of Wednesday, 09 September 2020.  President Cyril Ramaphosa has declared that he will be honoured with a Special Official Funeral Category 1.

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Engaging in lawlessness is not the way to resolve conflict

7 September 2020

Government has noted the public outrage following the Clicks advertisement where black hair is portrayed as “dry and damaged”. Whilst we are equally disturbed by the crude racist display by the advertisement in question, the acts of lawlessness of vandalizing and burning down Clicks stores that have been reported today are concerning and go against the spirit of peace and respect for human rights that has shaped this country since the dawn of democracy.  Engaging in lawless behavior is not a responsible way to resolve conflict.

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Government calls on society to fight alcohol abuse

24 August 2020

When the President announced last week that the country would move to alert level 2 of the lockdown to allow for more reopening of the economy, many South Africans saw this as a positive sign that we are making progress in our efforts to contain the Coronavirus. 

The President, rightly so, reminded us to continue to exercise the greatest caution and care, during alert level 2 and remain ever-vigilant.

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