- Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's request for another extension on the National State of Disaster has been granted
- A government notice declaring the extension revealed that citizens will be subjected to at least another month of the Covid-19 national lockdown
- This announcement comes just hours before President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to update SA on the latest adjustments to restrictions
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has had her request for a 30-day extension of the Covid-19 National State of Disaster approved.
A government notice was issued on Saturday with the minister confirming that the lockdown will now be extended until 15 September:
"Taking into account the need to continue augmenting the existing legislation and contingency arrangements undertaken by organs of state to address the impact of the disaster."
This is the third extension granted by Cabinet since the beginning of the lockdown in response to the pandemic earlier in March.
The news comes despite the National Coronavirus Command Council receiving advise from top officials to migrate SA to Level 2 of the lockdown.
The NCCC, headed by Dlamini-Zuma, was also advised to lift the controversial bans on both liquor and tobacco product sales.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa will be addressing South Africa on Saturday evening at 20h00.
Ramaphosa will be announcing developments on the 'risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19.
This comes as the rate of infection in SA seems to be slowing with fewer new cases and more recoveries reported.
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