With President Cyril Ramaphosa set to address the nation tonight, the nation is waiting with bated breath to discover what lockdown regulations will be eased – or even entirely done away with – as speculation mounts that South Africa is set to be shifted to lockdown Level 1.
Ramaphosa’s address follows the passing of the promised two-week review period set out following his last “family meeting”, in which the country moved from Level 3 to Adjusted Level 2 lockdown. Declining daily COVID-19 case reports have spurred calls from the public and business community to do away with restrictions limiting movement and gatherings, and advice from the scientific community indicates that measures would finally be appropriate.
Watch Ramaphosa address the nation on Thursday 30 September
SA to move to Level 1?
The Presidency announced that Ramaphosa will speak at 20:00 on Thursday evening, following meetings of the National Coronavirus Command Council, the President’s Coordinating Council and Cabinet.
Calls have been mounting over the past fortnight for lockdown – and even the state of disaster legislation itself – to be scrapped, with curfews, gathering limits and bans on alcohol sales some of the most severely criticised regulations.