DURBAN – Following the outbreak of the deadly Covid-19 virus in South Africa, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula briefed the nation as to necessary travel bans that the government will be implementing – This follows the national address by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Mabula was also accompanied by Ministers of public enterprises and home affairs, Pravin Gordhan and Aaron Motsoaledi.
“The aviation industry has finalised their plans moving forward with the travel ban now in place. These plans include clinical health checks and quarantine for South Africans returning from high-risk countries and also direction of flights carrying foreign nationals from high-risk countries,” said Mbalula
Motsoaledi stated that government was prepared to renew visas until July but only with “good reason”. He added that not all borders would be closed as the government is only trying to “slow down movement, as the aim is to stop the spread and not alienate human beings.”
Mpumi Mpofu, the CEO of Airports Company South Africa, said the company has already faced a drop in revenue and that contingency plans have been set to reduce the decline.
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