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Twitter reacts to #21daysLockdown, when is Thursday midnight?

JOBURG – There was a bit of confusion when the actual lockdown will begin after president Cyril Ramaphosa announced that it will commence from Thursday, midnight.

After President Cyril Ramaphosa made the announcement last night (23 March) of a nationwide lockdown for 21 days to combat the spread of Covid-19, many South Africans watched the president’s speech in the comfort of their home but people reacted differently to the massive measures.

Health Minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize released the latest confirmed cases which now stand at 554.

The lockdown announcement does mean that many small and medium enterprise business will be impacted, as only essential services such as supermarkets, banks, pharmacies, health care services and petrol stations will remain open.

A donation of R1 billion each from the wealthiest families, the Rupert’s and Oppenheimer’s was announced by the president to help small businesses.

There was some lightheartedness, seriousness in supporting informal traders before the lockdown and general support of each other during this time, as Twitter users shared their thoughts.






Then there was the confusion of when the lockdown begins, the president said from 26 March midnight on Thursday.

Spokesperson for the Ministry in the Presidency, Nonceba Mhlauli cleared the confusion, she tweeted, “Remember the #LockdownSA will begin at Midnight on Thursday, 26 March 2020. Meaning Day 1 of the #LockdownSA is Friday, 27 March 2020.”

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