Each CPAP device consists of some 30 separately manufactured components, he said, adding that final assembly now takes place at the Cape Town factory of medical supplies firm Akacia Medical ahead of distribution to hospitals across the country.
"Had South Africans not acted together to prevent this outcome, our health system would have been overwhelmed in every province".
Eleven thousand and Forty Six more South African citizens (11046) have tested positive COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, increasing the total number of infections from from 471 123 to 482 169.
At least 10,107 new cases were picked up in the last 24-hour cycle, consolidating this country as the hardest-hit on the continent where it accounts for more than half of Africa's entire case load.
"Today, South Africa has exceeded the half-a-million mark with a cumulative total of 503,290 confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded", Heath Minister Zweli Mkhize said in his daily update.
More than a third of all infections have been reported in Gauteng - South Africa's financial hub, and a province that has quickly become the epicentre of the national outbreak. "Our case fatality rate - which is the number of deaths as a proportion of confirmed cases - remains at 1.6%, significantly lower than the global average", Ramaphosa said.
South Africa was already in recession before the coronavirus hit and its unemployment stands at 30 per cent. President Cyril Ramaphosa's government has extended grants to the country's poorest, increased supplies to hospitals and recently accepted a US$4.3 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.
South Africa also has the fifth-highest number of cases in the world after the United States, Brazil, Russia and India.
There is a fear that the number of cases being reported is short of the reality of the situation in South Africa.
Health authorities have been expecting a surge in cases after the gradual loosening of a strict lockdown that was imposed on March 27, during the early stage of the pandemic.
"Our recovery rate is now around 68%".
"We convey our condolences to the loved ones of the departed and thank the health care workers who treated the deceased", he said. On Thursday the top health official in Gauteng province was forced to step down over corruption allegations related to government contracts for Covid-19 personal protective equipment.
Even with South Africa's caseload ranked among the top five for confirmed cases globally, it is ranked 17th in the death rate, according to JHU data.