Your pledge to play your part will inspire others not to give up.
We, the people of the Republic of South Africa, pledge to protect and defend each other as we fight against an invisible enemy. #COVID19SA. We pledge to protect every single citizen of our beloved South Africa because only as one, can we take a stand that takes an effect.
We can start to flatten the curve by learning all we can about COVID-19 and practicing social distancing —but that’s just the start. If we don’t take immediate action to solve these problems, COVID-19 could be the virus that breaks our already frail healthcare system.
My pledge is not only for my health. It is for yours, yours, yours, his, hers, theirs. Nobody is exempt from my reason to play my part. From here on, it’s not about me but about us as a Nation and even beyond that, to us as humanity.
I will play my part to help all South Africans as I pledge to:
- Comply with government’s mandate to stay at home for the 21 days between 26 March and 16 April.
- Stay calm and be mindful of how I speak out about the pandemic, especially to children.
- Be mindful of the elderly and those who face the most danger from this new virus.
- Stay out of hospitals unless absolutely necessary during lockdown.
- Consciously wash my hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizers.
- Ensure I cover my nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing.
- Strengthen the South African culture of care as I act with compassion towards everyone.
- Promote understanding of the pandemic by only sharing reliable information from reputable online health educators and other sources.
- Adhere to the government’s call including not to have gatherings of more than 100 people.
- Get tested and quarantine myself and my family if I am returning to South Africa from any travel, anywhere.
- Limit any non-essential domestic travel, whether by air, rail, taxis or bus.
“In essence, we are calling for a change of behavior amongst all South Africans. We must minimise physical contact with other people, and, encourage the elbow greeting rather than shaking hands.”
Honorable President Cyril Ramaphosa, 24 March 2020