Third wave Gauteng

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Just in: Gauteng becomes SECOND province to enter third wave

Since the start of this week, the number of COVID-19 cases in Gauteng has doubled. The third wave is officially here, Jozi residents.

Third wave Gauteng

Image via: @GautengProvince / Twitter

Gauteng Premier David Makhura, on Friday morning 14 May, announced that the province is officially in its third wave of COVID-19 infections. He made the announcement shortly after visiting the refurbished AngloGold Ashanti Hospital in Carletonville. 


While this isn’t the best news for a Friday, we can’t say we didn’t see this coming. Health officials have been talking about a resurgence so we had an idea that the third wave was most likely on its way.  

“It’s only when we deal with containment of COVID-19 will we be able to reignite the Gauteng Economy. Since the start of this week, the number of cases in the province has doubled. As Gauteng, we have now arrived at the third wave,” said Makhura on Twitter. 

As of Thursday 13 May, Gauteng recorded its total number of COVID-19 cases at 431 598. While there have been 414 055 recoveries in the province thus far, they are faced with 6 712 active cases. 

While the news coincided with a visit to the newly renovated AngloGold Ashanti Hospital, it also coincided with the religious holiday Eid al-Fitr. 


Health Minister Zweli Mkhize, on Thursday evening, said we all join the Muslim community in celebrating Eid. He said Muslims have exercised discipline during Ramadan by abstaining from food, drink and other pleasures from sunrise to sunset. 

“Their resilience has been strengthened by regular daily prayers – all of which makes this month so special,” he said.

With that being said, he appealed to the community to draw from that strength and celebrate religious holidays respobsibly.  

“In South Africa, we are seeing a resurgence that could turn into a fully blown third wave – having been through two devastating waves, we must work together to prevent history repeating itself,” he said. 

“I, therefore, appeal to the Muslim community and all South Africans to draw from this strength as we continue to celebrate our religious holidays responsibly. As we come together with our loved ones, let us not forget the rules of social distancing, wearing of masks and limiting the size of our gatherings,” he added. 

Here’s the latest COVID-19 statement from the Health Department.