The opening of state-run schools in South Africa has been pushed back by two weeks, because of a second wave of coronavirus cases.
They will now resume on 15 February, the education ministry says.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga is currently on sick leave, so her deputy Reginah Mhaule made the announcement in her place on Friday.
Mhaule didn't disclose what the minister was suffering from but said: "The minister is at home. She is fine, when we speak to her she is fine. I don't know about the Covid status but she is recovering at home and will be back next week."