South Africa has been languishing under Adjusted Level 3 restrictions since the third wave of infections arrived in July, and speculation is mounting that with cases on the decline, Ramaphosa is set to ease restrictions to allow further freedom of movement and allow the economy to reopen.
Ramaphosa to address the nation
In a statement, the Presidency said that Ramaphosa will hold his latest “family meeting” on Sunday 12 September at 20:00, and that he will take the opportunity to discuss developments in the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The President’s address follows meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council, the President’s Coordinating Council and Cabinet,” the statement read.
“As South Africa rolls out its COVID–19 vaccination programme, government and social partners are continuously monitoring infection, treatment, recovery and vaccination rates, rates as well as compliance with health regulations and other prevention measures.”
Calls mount for easing of lockdown restrictions
With daily COVID-19 case reports dropping steadily over the past two weeks, calls are being made to urgently lift restrictions, or shift the country to either level 1 or 2 lockdown in order for businesses to gain some urgently needed respite.
Shorter curfew hours are among the main requests, as well as the easing of bans on the sale of alcohol for certain days of the week.