President Cyril Ramaphosa to address the nation on Sunday
It’s that time again. President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Sunday 24 May at 19:00. The presidency confirmed the news on Saturday evening. Ramaphosa will address developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of COVID-19 — which hopefully also provides more information on the move to Level 3.
The President’s address follows recent meetings of Cabinet, the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) and the President’s Coordinating Council, which considered the prospects for the country’s progression from Alert Level 4 to Alert Level 3 of the national lockdown.
WILL RAMAPHOSA CONFIRM THE MOVE TO LEVEL 3?
It’s no secret that many South Africans are waiting for official confirmation on the move to lockdown Level 3.
The last time Ramaphosa took to the podium, he said he hoped that most parts of the country would be at Level 3 of the lockdown by the end of May. Perhaps this time, he’ll confirm and say that most parts of the country will be under Level 3 come the end of the month.
After the announcement that not all districts would be moving to a certain lockdown level together, we also expect Ramaphosa to indicate which areas constitute a move and which do not.
With numbers in the Western Cape outgrowing that in other provinces quite rapidly, there are concerns that the province may remain under Level 4.
THE PRESIDENT HOLDS CONSULTATIVE MEETINGS
As part of exploring possible prospects and assessing the continuing health, social and economic impacts of the pandemic, Ramaphosa has also held consultative meetings with the business, labour and community constituencies of the National Economic Development and Labour Council; leaders of political parties represented in Parliament; traditional leaders; leadership of interfaith communities; the South African Council of Churches, and the tourism industry, which is the single largest source of employment in the private sector.
We don’t dispute the fact that the president has been in and out of meetings because the last 24 hours have been a rollercoaster, to say the least. There have been reports that Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is pushing for the alcohol and cigarette ban to remain in place. According to these reports, she suggests that the bans stay until Level 1.
The news has since caused an uproar on social media, one we’re sure Ramaphosa could not miss. Whether he will clear that up for us on Sunday or not — we’ll have to wait and see.
Ramaphosa’s address will be broadcast live on television and radio and will be streamed live on a range of online platforms.