During his address to the nation on Sunday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the closure of 35 of South Africa’s 72 land ports of entry in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
He also said the government will shut down two of the country’s eight sea ports for passenger and crew changes.
This means that South Africa’s borders with Lesotho, eSwatini, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia will be affected.
Land and sea ports to be closed
The two sea ports being closed are Mossel Bay, which is located along South Africa’s south coast, and Saldanha in the south west.
Ports along Namibia border being closed: Alexander Bay, Onseepkans, Rietfontein, and Sendelingsdrfit.
Botswana border: Bray, Derdepoort, Gemsbok, McCarthy’s Rest, Middelputs, Mokopong, Mokgobistad, Platjan, Pondrift, Stockpoort, Swartkopfontein, Tweerivieren, and Zanzibar.
Mozambique border: Pafuri, Giriyondo, and Kosi Bay.
Eswatini border: Bothashoop, Emahlatini, Josefsdal, Nerston, Onverwacht, and Waverley.
Lesotho border: Boesmansnek, Makhaleng Bridge, Mononstha Pass, Ongeluksnek, Peka Bridge, Ramatsiliso, Sani Pass, Sephaphus Gate, and Telle Bridge.
In addition, South Africa will be imposing travel bans, effective from 18 March, on foreign nationals from high-risk countries such as Italy, Iran, South Korea, Spain, Germany, the United States, the United Kingdom and China.
Ramaphosa also advised South Africans against travelling “to or through the European Union, United States, United Kingdom and other identified high-risk countries such as China, Iran and South Korea.”
He said the government will strengthen surveillance, screening and testing at OR Tambo, Cape Town and King Shaka International Airports.
The President also announced the establishment of a National Command Council, which he will chair. It will meet three times a week to coordinate the emergency responses.