Sandton City & Nelson Mandela Square

Sandton City and Nelson Mandela Square have assured their shoppers and visitors that essential industries will remain open during the 21-day national lockdown. They have also changed their trading hours to 09:00 - 18:00 daily and have implemented stringent cleaning measures to ensure the safety of their shoppers, tenants and staff. The following essential service stores will be trading during the lockdown:




Only the following entrances will be open during the lockdown:

grocery shopping mall with the shopping slip surrounded by food

Eastgate Shopping Centre

Various grocery stores, pharmacies, banks and other essential industries will remain open during the 21-day national lockdown at Eastgate Shopping Centre. The health and safety of their shoppers, tenants and staff are their number-one priority, and they have implemented the highest standard of hygiene and cleanliness throughout the centre to avoid the spread of COVID-19. Their essential tenants, trading hours and operating entrances are as follows:




Petrol Stations: 

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Mall of the South

Mall of the South will be on lockdown at midnight from Thursday 26 March 2020 and will continue for 21 days until further notice. Essential services will be available to shoppers, which includes supermarkets, pharmacies, banks and veterinarian outlets. The following stores will therefore be trading during the lockdown period:




Veterinarian outlets:

Food Producer:

Mall of the South picture of the centre court, white features, windows, crowds

Cresta Shopping Centre

For the health and safety of you, their tenants and employees, much of Cresta Shopping Centre will be temporarily closed for the 21-day national lockdown until 16 April 2020 at midnight. Please note that all shops offering essential needs will remain open.

*Please note that this is subject to change during the 21-day lockdown period.




Cellular & Post:


cresta mall inside the mall with people and shops

Fourways Mall

All stores in Fourways Mall, except essential services, will be closed during the national lockdown period. The centre asks that shoppers respect the closures and plan their shopping trips according to their essential needs. Designated parking will be in the basement level (accessible through Short Street and Percy Road). During this period, parking will be free at the mall.






Banking Services:

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Southgate Mall

Southgate Mall respects and supports the rules and regulations imposed by Government in efforts to reduce the exposure and spread of the COVID-19. As a result of the lockdown, the centre will be partially closed from Friday, 27 March 2020 until 16 April 2020. Grocery stores, banks and pharmaceutical stores will continue to provide essential service to customers. The rest of the retailers will temporarily pause their operations.

Essential Trading Hours and Operating Entrances are as follows:


* Retailer trading hours may change subject to retailer discretion

Mall Entrances:

The following entrances will be open for accessibility into the mall:

The Centre will have a full complement of security and cleaning personnel to maintain the centre’s strict cleaning and safety protocols. The Food Court will not be accessible during this period.

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Westgate Shopping Centre

Westgate Shopping Centre will also be offering essential services during the 21-day national lockdown. Essential service stores, trading hours and operating entrances are as follows:

* Retailer trading hours may change subject to retailer discretion

Doctors & Pharmacies: 


Mall Entrances:

The following entrances will be open for accessibility into the mall:

All Centre full complimentary services:

Please note:


Menlyn Mall

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre will continue to operate and is committed to providing a safe, clean and hygienic environment for its customers and retailers under the current circumstances of the COVID-19 virus. The centre has implemented proactive precautionary safety measures in the prevention of exposure to the virus on your next visit. Essential stores that will be open during lockdown:




Opening hours:

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Brooklyn Mall

Brooklyn Square will be closed during the national lockdown, but Brooklyn Mall will have essential service stores open. The mall can be accessed via entrance 1 and 2 from Veale Street. Parking will be free during the 21-day lockdown.

Opening hours: 

Brooklyn Mall are still awaiting all essential tenants to confirm trade and trading hours.

woman shopping in a mall for groceries, juices in the background

Hatfield Plaza Shopping Centre

As an added level of security, some of Hatfield Plaza's entrances will be closed. Their open entrances can be found via Hilda Street and Park Street. The Hatfield Plaza will have the following stores open and trading during the 21-day lockdown period:




mall shopping woman wearing a face mask shopping for oranges at a grocery store

Lynnridge Mall

Only essential stores will remain open during the lockdown period at Lynnridge Mall. The following stores will remain open to offer the public essential services to get their groceries, supplies and medication:




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The Grove Mall

The majority of The Grove Mall will temporarily close for the national lockdown until 16 April 2020 at midnight. All shops offering essential needs, such as supermarkets, pharmacies and other essential items, will remain open. There will be complimentary parking for the duration of the lockdown period. However, you must validate your parking card prior to exiting. Here are the current tenants trading and trading hours:




Shoppers will only be able to access the centre through the following doors:

yellow bananas on a shelves at a store in the mall

Lockdown imminent? Confirmed sightings of soldiers in Gauteng have forced SANDF to reveal details about the part they'll be playing to fight coronavirus.

SANDF has released a brief statement via their social media channels on Monday, as South Africa inches closer to a form of lockdown. President Cyril Ramaphosa will fully outline the situation in an address scheduled to be delivered later this evening, as stricter measures are taken to battle against coronavirus.

SANDF seen on the streets of South Africa

Earlier on Monday, forces were seen occupying barracks in Rosebank, Gauteng. The province is the epicentre of South Africa’s growing coronavirus crisis, where there have been 207 confirmed cases up until now. There are 402 confirmed cases nationwide.

On the evening of Sunday 22 March, a voice memo that was supposedly intended for internal SANDF use, was widely circulated. In the unverified message it was declared that all SANDF staff leave would be immediately cancelled, and that the army would mobilise to change its status from a peace-keeper to a “war-ready” force.

It’s SANDF vs coronavirus

Speaking earlier, SANDF explained what their role would be on the streets: They deny that this is a “deployment”, but went on to explain they are simply being “mobilised” to help SAPS with their operations:

“The SANDF would like to confirm that the soldiers seen in Johannesburg is part of the army’s mobilisation phase as part of normal preparations for support to Government and it is not a ‘deployment’ as speculated. The SANDF would like to appeal to the public to remain calm.”

SANDF statement

Nothing to worry about?

SANDF’s plea for calm heads is echoed by the experts, and some sources are claiming that every province in the country is set to feel some sort of military presence over the next few days:

Do not panic. This was expected, based on the news from yesterday about the SANDF is placing one company of troops on standby in each province and two in Gauteng, but they're there to support the SAPS. Stay calm, wait for the president's announcement, and don't rush to the shops.

— Darren Olivier (@darren_olivier) March 23, 2020

Wire service, REUTERS, reports that the SANDF is preparing to deploy in each of the nine provinces in the country as efforts continue to slow the spread of the coronavirus in South Africa. South Africa has reported a sharp jump in confirmed coronavirus cases to 402. #sabcnews

— SAfm news (@SAfmnews) March 23, 2020

Source: The South African Read More

It's life, but maybe not as we know it. Cyril Ramaphosa has revealed a list of 'lockdown' measures to help South Africa limit the impact of coronavirus.

We’ve got a lockdown: President Cyril Ramaphosa has tightened the state’s grip in their bid to climb past the coronavirus crisis. Following two gruelling days of meetings with key stakeholders, a series of new measures designed to limit social interactions and prevent the mass spread of COVID-19 are being put into place.

Coronavirus: Cyril Ramaphosa introduces lockdown measures

Already in the last seven days, we’ve seen the president reduce the hours businesses and recreational venues are allowed to operate for. But a full closure of all bars and restaurants is now set to take place, heralding the introducing of new “lockdown” policies

On Sunday, Ramaphosa consulted with business leaders and the private sector. More extreme measures are needed to avoid an “Italy-style” crisis, where cases and deaths soared after the second week of coronavirus being reported. South Africa’s first known domestic case was made public 17 days ago.

Monday saw South Africa’s sharpest daily rise in coronavirus cases so far as the figures jumped up from 274 to 402. However, we’ve had it confirmed that four of these patients have fully recovered – but this remains one of very few silver linings on an unimaginably dark cloud, as the spectre of a South African National Defence Force-supported lockdown looms large.

South Africa lockdown – What you need to know

Here’s what President Ramaphosa has introduced this evening:

Ramaphosa explains his move

“Without decisive action, hundreds of thousands of people could catch the disease. We have a large number of people with immune system illnesses, and millions who live in poverty. Therefore, we have decided to enforce a 21-day lockdown from Thursday 26 March to Thursday 16th April – this will have an impact on our livelihoods.

“Exemptions from working include health workers, emergency personnel, security services, soldiers and those involved with food production and supply. Banking services, those in power and water, and lab workers are also exempt. We will publish this full list in due course.”

Cyril Ramaphosa

Source: The South African Read More

Ever wondered what a coronavirus lockdown could mean for us? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a national lockdown on Monday 23 March. This comes after the total number of coronavirus cases rose to 402 earlier that day.

Ramaphosa announced that the nationwide lockdown will take place for a period of 21 days — effective from midnight on Thursday 26 March — until midnight 16 April. During this period, all South Africans are to stay at home.

Since Ramaphosa’s address confirmed a lockdown, we all want to know what it means for us. How will our lives change?

What is a lockdown? 

Since Ramaohosa announced the coronavirus pandemic a state of disaster, a national lockdown or shutdown was imminent.

According to BusinessLive, the provisions of section 27 (2) of the Disaster Management Act include the regulation of the movement of people or goods in or out of the disaster-stricken area. The provisions also include that “other steps that may be necessary to prevent an escalation of the disaster or to alleviate, contain and minimise the effects of the disaster”, can be taken.

A preventive lockdown is a pre-emptive action plan implemented to address an unusual scenario or a weakness in the system to pre-empt any danger to ensure the safety and security of people, organisation and system.

Lockdowns can limit movements or activities in a community while allowing most organisations to function normally, or limit movements or activities, such that only organisations supplying basic needs and services can function normally.

Here’s what a coronavirus lockdown could mean for us 

According to TimesLive, a coronavirus lockdown could mean the closure of shopping malls, leaving only grocery stores open for essentials like food.

“Shopping mall owners are in discussions with the national and provincial governments in preparation for a feared national coronavirus lockdown,” it said.

“The SA Property Owners Association (SAPOA), whose members own 90% of the country’s shopping malls, said that discussions had recently been held with Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille about logistics and the impact should a national lockdown be enforced. Measures considered was closing all shops in malls other than grocery stores and pharmacies,” it added.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said the meeting was part of a larger strategy to deal with COVID-19:

“If we go into lockdown there still needs to be services so people can eat. The meeting looked at various low-, medium- and high-risk scenarios and what needs to be done when the risk levels rise. The discussions were around mitigating risks while still ensuring essential services are provided,” said Winde.

Shutdown in South Africa to commence on Thursday

According to Ramaphosa, a lockdown will mean the following for South Africans:

All businesses will be closed and staff are expected to stay at home except for health workers, emergency personnel, security services, police, medical personnel, soldiers and traffic officers. The distribution of basic goods, maintenance of power, water and telecommunication services will remain in operation.

Individuals will not be able to leave their homes unless they need food or have to collect social grants or medication. Sites are being identified for quarantine for those who cannot self-isolate at home.

All shops and businesses will be closed except petrol stations and healthcare providers — the JSE and commercial banks will also remain open.

Provision for transport for essential staff will remain open. The South African National Defence Force (SANDF) will be deployed to assist police to make sure the necessary measures are implemented.

Lockdown in Italy and China 

As many of us know by now, China and Italy are two countries that have been hit pretty hard by the coronavirus. According to, there have been just under 60 000 cases of coronavirus in Italy alone. As of Monday, there are more than 5 000 coronavirus deaths.

As of Monday, there have been over 80 000 coronavirus cases in China and just over 3 000 deaths. The important thing to note is that 72 000 people have made a recovery, versus in Italy, there have only been 7 000 recoveries. Now, why is that?

Well, Wuhan in China (the coronavirus epicentre) was extremely quick to enforce a lockdown and thus, it saved countless lives — brutal but effective.

According to the Guardian, transport into and out of the city was closed, with no exceptions even for personal and medical emergencies. Schools and universities were already on holiday, but that was extended indefinitely.

All the shops shut except those selling food or medicine. Private vehicles were barred from the roads without special permission, and most public transport stopped, leaving the streets empty and silent.

Initially, people were allowed out of their homes, but restrictions soon tightened. Some areas limited outings to one family member every two days to buy necessities. Others barred residents from leaving, requiring them to order in food and other supplies from couriers.

Nearly two months on from the outbreak, China reported its first day with no domestic transmissions of the disease.

Italy has banned any movement inside the country and closed all non-essential businesses as it desperately seeks to stem the spread of coronavirus following a horror weekend in which more than 1 400 people died — this comes in March. Wuhan enforced a lockdown in January.

Source: The South African Read More