- President Cyril Ramaphosa has weighed in on speculation that SA will shift to higher levels of the Covid-19 lockdown
- The nation's leader has confirmed that a migration to Level 4 or 5 isn't on the cards
- Instead, Ramaphosa urged citizens to protects themselves and their loved ones amid rising infections
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President Cyril Ramaphosa has commented on increased speculation that South Africa will return to Level 4 or 5 of the Covid-19 lockdown.
Briefly.co.za reported that Gauteng Premier David Makhura had confirmed that he had called upon national government to move the province to higher restrictions in light of rapidly rising infections.
However, Ramaphosa has made it clear that this simply isn't on the cards for the nation at least for now:
“The issue of another hard lockdown is something we're not considering now. As I said we are using other tools. The issue of losses of jobs is a concerning one to us. Some 31 percent of our people are not working, [it] concerns us as government."
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Instead, the President called upon citizens to protect themselves by wearing masks and other preventative measures.
Ramaphosa said that the government is working on plans to respond to the current job crisis:
“We are developing various ways of responding to the jobs that are being lost. When we moved to the various other levels, including Level 3, we were responding to trying to stem the job losses that could ensue from the hard lockdown."
These comments were made during Ramaphosa's visit to Mpumalanga where he had toured health care facilities.
The President also took the time to engage with matric students who returned to school at the beginning of June.
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