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The presidency says officials who have had contact with the staff member at the Union Buildings will be screened for COVID-19.

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Public and staff access to the Union Buildings in Pretoria is currently limited following the confirmation from the presidency that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. 

In line with the government’s guidelines on the management of COVID-19 cases, steps have been taken to secure treatment of the relevant staff member and to provide support to the member’s family.

The presidency made an announcement on Wednesday 6 May. 


According to the presidency, steps have been taken to ensure that officials who have had contact with the staff member are screened.

The Presidency’s Pandemic Task Team, established to assist in managing all COVID-19 related matters, proactively initiated a process of disinfection and deep cleaning of all the presidency facilities. This process commenced on Tuesday 28 April. 

“Access to the Union Buildings is therefore limited to exceptional interactions. The President and Deputy President have been working remotely and not from the Union Buildings since the start of lockdown,” said the statement. 

The presidency has wished the affected colleague a speedy recovery.


With COVID-19 cases in South Africa increasing by an average of 300 infections a day, the virus is reaching far and wide. 

The presidency announced that a staff member tested positive at the Union Buildings, just hours after Eskom announced that an employee from its Koeberg Power Station also tested positive for COVID-19. 

Eskom said the employee is currently receiving medical treatment, while seven other employees, also from Koeberg, have been tested. Six of the seven came back with a negative result. 

As of Tuesday 5 May, the total number of infections in South Africa are at 7 572. The death toll increased by 10 which puts the total at 148. 


On Wednesday Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said a prolonged lockdown would not have a big impact on the COVID-19 peak we’re expecting in September.

“Life is complex. In terms of our scientific focus, we were able to push the peak. If we were to prolong the lockdown, it would not have delayed the peak substantially,” he said.

“We have seen the numbers increasing. We said that many of us will get the infection. Our role has been to slow down the rate at which the infection gets to us,” he added.