De Lille also said that over 20,000 workers from the government's extended public works programme will be recruited to assist with distributing hygiene products and disinfectants.
Will all of South Africa's mining operations be shut down? No. Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said that a complete shutdown of all mines is "not feasible", because the cost of restarting them after lockdown would be too expensive.
In addition, a supply of coal remains critical in this time for the generation of power.