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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Moneyweb by Tebogo Tshwane.]

The South African Defence Force (SANDF) has been deployed to assist and support state departments in their efforts to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

A memo signed on Sunday and seen by Moneyweb, states the army’s ground forces have been instructed to “prepare, provide and sustain one sub-unit per province” to provide support for state departments from Monday “until the outbreak is contained”.

The memo comes as the number of confirmed cases of people with Covid-19 infections surged to 402 on Monday and the nation waits to hear an update from President Cyril Ramaphosa on how the current regulations will be strengthened to mitigate the spread while salvaging the economy.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.6% y/y in February 2020 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in February 2020 (PPI)
-1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2019)
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