- It has now been confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa will be addressing SA on Wednesday evening
- This follows engagements with numerous stakeholders over the way forward amid the Covid-19 pandemic
- It is anticipated that the President will be announcing a shift to Level 1 of the national lockdown
The Office of the Presidency has confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa will be addressing the nation on Wednesday evening at 19:00.
In a statement issued by the Presidency on Wednesday morning, it was announced that this would follow engagements with the National Coronavirus Command Council and the President's Coordinating Council earlier this week.
A special sitting of Cabinet will also be taking place on Wednesday ahead of the address according to the statement. The Presidency further commented that:
"The President’s Coordinating Council is co-chaired by the President and the Deputy President and brings together Ministers, Premiers and the leadership of the South African Local Government Association and National House of Traditional Leaders."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that a migration to Level 1 of the national lockdown is anticipated as the South African government turns its attention to helping the economy recover from the impact of the pandemic.
In a statement issued by the Health Ministry, Dr Zweli Mkhize reminded citizens that the government had promised to review the regulations from time to time:
"In previous statements relating to restrictions under the National State of Disaster, we committed to reviewing these periodically as we reassess the state of the South African epidemic, and this is indeed what we have done."
The minister further said that South Africa has been recording considerably fewer Covid-19 infections in recent times, explaining that some restrictions have come into the spotlight as a result:
"Having observed evidence that suggests a sustained decline in coronavirus transmission, as the Department of Health we have considered easing restrictions in various aspects - such as the curfew, sale of alcohol, religious gatherings, and travel restrictions - for the National Coronavirus Command Council, which will make final recommendations to Cabinet."
Minister Mkhize urged citizens, irrespective of which relaxations are finalised, to continue playing their role in limiting the spread of the virus:
"Whatever decisions are made, it is important to emphasise that the risk of spreading and contracting Covid-19 still remains and that non-pharmaceutical interventions remain important as we learn to co-exist with the coronavirus."
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