Around 53,000 beneficiaries in the Western Cape could not receive their grant payments this month, as temporary disability grants lapsed at the end of December.
They came to the crease after Will Pucovski and David Warner fell early, pushing them to 103 for two at stumps and a strong position with the four-Test series locked at 1-1.
All of those who died were aged between a few days and three months, according to reports.
Highways into the city - which is usually a popular destination for Australian holidaymakers - were deserted as tourists were told to stay away until the lockdown ends.
Data from the US Centers for Disease Control showed Friday that the strain - first reported in the US last week - has been detected in eight states, with California and Florida the worst affected.
Ramaphosa emphasised the importance of unity in the party and reiterated that this unity should not be used to shield wrongdoers.
In a statement released on Saturday, Sama said focusing on strengthening health facilities, and vaccinating healthcare workers, is a more sensible approach now.
During his virtual January 8 address, President Cyril Ramaphosa committed to better management of the country’s economy and public finances.