All website domains that end in .za are now required to provide a first page link, to the information provided by the government on the coronavirus and all restrictions in order to keep the population updated of the latest health advice.
It has been announced that as of Thursday, 9th of April 2020, that the government is requiring all domains with a .za ending to now provide a clear link to the COVID-19 portal on the official government website. The portal contains all the relevant information the public needs to know about the unfolding pandemic, including information about the virus and any health implications involved from encountering infected parties. The portal also offers advice on how to protect your health and provides regularly updated statistics to help track the spread of infection in all regions of the country. Sharing information is one of the greatest tools at our disposal for fighting such an aggressive disease and by linking all websites to this information, can be a formidable tool in spreading the correct news and health advice to all regions of the country as quickly as possible.
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Requiring all websites to provide the links to the official information, supports the national effort to tackle the pandemic and limit the spread of infection, by offering the population the correct advice on how to protect themselves. Social distancing will only be a successful venture if the instructions to do so successfully reaches as many citizens as possible. The information on the portal is provided in all local languages and in sign language to ensure the updates are received and understood by the greatest number of people possible. Directing all internet traffic to the government portal can also help to reduce damaging and misleading advice from being implemented across the country.
The directive insists the added link to sacoronavirus.co.za, must be on the first page of your website and must be clearly visible to any traffic that may visit your domain. The directive has so far, not stated a deadline for the links to be added by, and there has been no indication of the possible consequences for non-compliance with this new digital requirement. Complying with the government directive is in the best interests of the nation to help protect the health of us all; the sooner you add the link to your web presence the sooner you can help in the fight against the spreading of damaging misinformation, and support the country in the fight against this aggressive affliction.
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The relevant Government Gazette, number 43164, can now be downloaded directly from the Government Printing Works (GPW) as a PDF by clicking here. The requirement for websites to link to the government Covid-19 website is contained in paragraph 5.1.4.