#CoronaOutbreak: Mbalula to update SA on public transport

The Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula will this afternoon once again provide an update on the travel ban pronounced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

This, after Ramaphosa’s announcement of travel bans of foreign internationals from high-risk countries such as Italy, Iran, Korea, Spain, Germany, the United States, and China.

During a media briefing on Sunday, Ramaphosa announced that there will be no entry by people from these countries allowed as of Wednesday. Mbalula, together with the management of the South African Civil Aviation Authority, the Airports Company South Africa and Air Traffic and Navigation Services, will this afternoon brief the media on the travel ban and measures put in place to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

OFM News yesterday reported that Mbalula said all precautionary measures are being implemented to ensure that the spread of the coronavirus is minimised. This includes stringent measures at all airports and public transport facilities.

During a ministerial briefing about the COVID-19 on Monday, Mbalula confirmed that social distancing will immensely affect the operation of buses and taxis as well as trains. He said they are still in talks with Prasa regarding measures to ensure safety on trains and will soon issue directions.

On questions regarding the operations of taxi ranks amidst growing numbers of Covid-19 patients in the country, Mbalula said while public transport will not be shut down at this stage, all measures will be taken to ensure that there are social distancing and the minimum contact between passengers.

He said they are still in talks about the operation of all public transport and that random testing of the virus will meanwhile be applied at various taxi ranks and bus stations.