Media statements

Media reporting during the lockdown period

26 March 2020

Government’s classification of media work as an essential service during the COVID-19 national state of disaster and lockdown is a measure to ensure South Africans and the international community have access to vital information during this time.

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu MP has expressed government’s appreciation for the role media in the country and internationally have played in bringing information to South Africans from all walks of life and geographic locations.

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Government Communication and Information System welcomes Telkom’s zero-rating of essential online government information sources

26 March 2020

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) welcomes the agreement reached between Telkom and the Competition Commission which among other provisions, narrows the digital divide in the country by offering zero rated access to essential on line government services.

Telkom’s offer incudes free public access to the GCIS managed the gateway to government information and services

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Government Communications on fight against gender-based violence

6 March 2020

Interim Steering Committee on GBVF Committed to the accountable fight against gender-based violence

The Interim Steering Committee on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) has noted the concern expressed by the Portfolio Committee on Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities at what the portfolio committee perceives as a lack of accountability to Parliament by the interim steering committee.

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Media accreditation for the reburial of Dr Alfred Bathini Xuma

6 March 2020

Members of the media who wish to cover the reburial of Dr Alfred Bathini Xuma are advised to submit their details by completing the attached accreditation form and return to or 0723447712 before the deadline of Saturday, 7 March at 12h00.

Dr Xuma’ s reburial will take place on Sunday, 8 March 2020 at Kwa Manzana Village in Engcobo, Eastern Cape. He passed away in January 1962 and was buried at the Brixton Cemetery in Johannesburg

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Government dismisses M&G allegations as misleading

6 March 2020

A misleading article in today’s edition of the Mail & Guardian misinforms readers and the general public about government’s handling of the repatriation of South Africans and goes against the paradigm of responsible journalism. The article casts aspersions on the work of government on the repatriation process of South African nationals from Wuhan, China by an unnamed source.

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NATJOINTS update on repatriation process of South African citizens in Wuhan

5 March 2020

A week ago the President announced the decision to repatriate South Africans currently residing in Wuhan.  The decision was prompted by their request to be repatriated back home.  Subsequent to this announcement a multidisciplinary team of Ministers (Health, Social Development, SAPS, Home Affairs, DIRCO and SANDF) was constituted. This team is supported operationally by the National Joint Operational and Intelligence Structure (NATJOINTS) which has commenced with the logistical arrangements.

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Update on the Special Official Funeral of the late DR Joseph Shabalala

21 February 2020

Government wishes to update South Africans and the world on the preparation for the Special Official Funeral service of the late musician Dr Joseph Shabalala who passed away on, 11th February 2020.

The funeral service of Dr Shabalala will start at 08h30 on Saturday, 22 February 2020 at the Ladysmith Indoor Sports Centre and he will be laid to rest at Ladysmith Cemetery.

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Government Communications on collection of media accreditation for Special Official Funeral of Dr Joseph Shabalala

20 February 2020

Members of the media who have successfully applied for accreditation to cover the funeral service of the late Dr Joseph Shabalala are advised to collect their accreditation as follows:
Date:  Friday, 21 February 2020
Time:  9h00-18h00
Venue:  Ladysmith City Hall, Ladysmith, Kwa Zulu-Natal  

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Government Communications calls on media to apply for accreditation for special official funeral of Dr Joseph Shabalala

Media accreditation for the special official funeral of Dr Joseph Shabalala

Members of the media who wish to cover the funeral service of the late Dr Joseph Shabalala are advised to apply for accreditation before the deadline of Thursday, 20 February 2020.

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Government Communications on Joseph Shabalala’s date of birth

18 February 2020

Correction of Dr Shabalala birth year

Government has noted the extensive media coverage about the death of Dr Joseph Shabalala and his legendary music career during the build up to his official funeral, taking place on Saturday. It was also noted that his year of birth was reported incorrectly by the media. 

It must be placed on record that Dr Shabalala was born on 28 August 1940 and not in 1941. All media are requested to urgently correct the error. 

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