- President Cyril Ramaphosa says that NEDLAC is committed to the earliest possible migration to Level 3 lockdown
- With extensive consultations surrounding the relaxation beginning on Friday, the government's aim is to achieve this move as soon as possible
- After co-chairing a virtual meeting with the council over the shift, Ramaphosa signalled their support
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the National Economic Development and Labour Council is hard at work to collectively achieve the earliest possible migration to Level 3 of the national lockdown.
In a statement issued on Friday following a meeting with the council, Ramaphosa commented that.
"Government, labour, business and the community sector are undertaking detailed work to ensure that lives will be saved and livelihoods will be protected as the economy is progressively unlocked and society adapts to the reality of economic activity with COVID-19 as an ever-present danger."
Ramaphosa highlighted that this was the first of numerous consultations over the relaxation, continuing that.
"Constituencies reported today on their respective preparations for the step-down to Level 3 of the national lockdown, which will more than double the current number of people who have returned to work as part of the Level 4 easing of the economy."
The plight facing vulnerable communities in the face of the pandemic was noted as a concern.
"NEDLAC also received calls that social and food support be intensified in vulnerable communities; that all businesses comply with COVID-19 safety measures, and that greater funding and other support be extended to community-based organisations. More than 1,5 million people are employed by 150 of the community-based organisations that are registered in the country."
The President reiterated that the progression to Level 3 must be accompanied by the crucial, non-negotiable and practical interventions in the country’s coronavirus prevention toolbox.
"These include lockdown, to achieve extreme social distancing; social distancing; hand hygiene practices involving regular washing of hands with water and soap or sanitiser; the wearing of cloth masks in public places, frequent cleaning of the work environment and other public spaces; symptom screening; testing, isolation, quarantine and contact tracing; the etiquette of coughing into one’s elbow or a tissue, and the use of personal protection equipment by all health workers."
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