South Africa’s national state of disaster has been extended by a further month.

The state of disaster is now set to expire on 15 February 2022.

IS THE END IN SIGHT?

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said that the extension considers the need to augment the existing legislation and contingency arrangements undertaken by the organs of state to address the impact of the disaster.

While the national state of disaster was initially set to lapse on 15 June 2020, the act provides that it can be extended by the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs minister by notice in the gazette for one month at a time before it lapses.

IT WAS INITIALLY SET TO LAPSE ON 15 JUNE 2020

The government has relied on the regulations to introduce and give effect to lockdown restrictions, which it has used to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said the government is working on new proposals to lift South Africa’s national state of disaster.

Addressing a media briefing on Friday, Phaahla reportedly said a team comprised of members from the Department of Health, the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, and the Department of Justice had been tasked with developing the possible proposals – which are largely expected to be introduced under the Health Act.

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WILL THE NATIONAL STATE OF DISASTER BE LIFTED SOON?

This team will make a presentation to the National Coronavirus Command Council and Cabinet within the next seven days, and depending on these discussions, further changes could be announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Meanwhile, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde earlier made the case for an end to ALL restrictions in South Africa. He was opposed to the renewal of the State of Disaster regulations

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