Breakthrough ACTION COVID-19 South Africa

Date of Publication
2020

The COVID-19 timeline in South Africa is as follows:

  • March 5 - Index Case Announced
  • March 12 - BA/CCI COVID-19 support starts
  • March 17 - South Africa Reaches 100 cases 
  • March 18 - State of National Disaster
  • March 18 - South Africa Closes International Borders
  • March 27 - Nationwide Lockdown
  • March 30 - Community Screening Introduced
  • April 9 - Nationwide Lockdown Extended
  • April 21 - Stimulus Package Announced
  • May 1 - BA/CCI SOW extended

Under the National Command Council, chaired by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the Office of the Presidency (through Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)) and the National Department of Health (NDOH) are jointly leading government communications on COVID-19. The NDOH Risk Communication and Community Engagement Technical Working Group has developed a COVID-19 RCCE plan, which has been put into implementation following the first confirmed case in the country. Centre for Communication Impact (CCI) has been supporting the RCCE Technical Working Group with the implementation of the plan, as per scope of work approved on March 5, 2020. The revised scope of work intends to continue with such support with additional funding targeted at four of the initially approved six activity areas as follows: (a) Internal and Partner Coordination, (b) Public Communication, and (c) Community Engagement, and (d) Addressing uncertainty and perception and managing misinformation.

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