WATCH : 100 days of lockdown

CAPE TOWN- Today marks 100 days since South Africa first went into lockdown to curb the spread of Covid-19. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement on 23 March that the nation would go into a 21-day stay at home lockdown. Evidently, the lockdown has been extended since his initial announcement, however it has come with some relaxed regulations.  

Here are some of the top lockdown stories since the start:

South Africans share self isolation experience on day one 

The first full day of the national lockdown was on 27 March, and many South Africans were preparing for the three weeks of hard level 5 lockdown.

#SAlockdown: Before and after pictures

During the 21-day lockdown, only essential services were allowed to work and travel. The city streets were captured and look almost unrecognisable.   

SOUTH AFRICA – Cape Town – 27 March 2020. Bellville Bus and taxi terminus.Picture Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA).

Living in lockdown: Here’s what SA’s kids were up to

One week into the 21-day lockdown period and South African children were creative at home with TikTok being the preferred app for posting hilarious videos of themselves.

Hilarious virtual lockdown graduations

Many universities and colleges across South Africa and the world have had to either host a virtual graduation or cancel the event altogether due to Covid-19. Some graduates have taken the liberty of planning their own “graduation ceremony” at home.

Lockdown extended by 2 weeks

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced on 9 April that South Africa’s national lockdown would be extended by two weeks, beyond the initial 21 days.

President announces 5 levels of easing lockdown

President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined a phased relaxation of the lockdown restrictions and detailed a 5 level alert system with clearly defined levels.

Restaurants open for delivery only

Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel announced on 25 April that restaurants and takeaways could open, but no sit-in will be allowed.

SA to enter alert level 3 on 1 June

South Africa will entered into alert level 3 of the national lockdown on 1 June. President Cyril Ramaphosa said if the spread of infection was not contained and if health facilities become overwhelmed the country could move to alert level 4 or 5.

Domestic air travel opens up

After 10 weeks of the ban on commercial flights in South Africa due to the national lockdown from 1 June limited domestic air travel was opened for business purposes in alert level 3.

South Africans shared their Covid-19 recovery stories

Gavin Biggs, Dr Gideon Titus, Shorn Khumalo, and Kerry O’Connor were among some of the survivors who shared their stories.

South Africa Covid-19 Statistics through the 100 days of lockdown

South Africa’s fight against Covid-19 has brought many conflicting opinions with some applauding the swift response with the nationwide lockdown while others point out the vast infection rate landing the country with 16th most infections in the world. Take a look below at the rise of the infection rate across the country and all its provinces since the beginning of lockdown.


Lockdown Day 100 Quick Facts

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