As President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a national shutdown on Monday night along with measures to support the most vulnerable in the economy, the Oppenheimer and Rupert families pledged R1bn each to support small businesses during the crisis.

The large donations by two of SA’s richest families are in addition to the establishment of a Solidarity Fund, which enables well-off South Africans, companies and the international sector to contribute resources to the Covid-19 containment campaign...

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