Ramaphosa to address South Africa on Sunday evening

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20h00 on Sunday (12 September) on 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.

“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,” the presidency said.

“The president’s address will be broadcast and streamed on a range of platforms that are accessible to South Africans and international audiences.”

Ramaphosa is expected to announce relief for the hospitality industry and other businesses by easing lockdown restrictions for the country, the Sunday Times reports.

The updated restrictions are expected to include:

  • Increase the number of people allowed at outdoor venues from 100 to 250, and from 50 to 100 for indoor venues;
  • The curfew is expected to be pushed back to between 23h00 and 04h00;
  • Fewer restrictions on the sale of alcohol.

The president is also expected to outline the government’s plans to introduce a Covid-19 vaccine passport as part of a push to achieve herd immunity in the country.

On Saturday (11 September), South Africa reported 5,309 new cases, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 2,854,234, while 49,845 tests were conducted in the previous  24 hours, representing a 10.7% positivity rate.

A further 143 Covid-19 related deaths have been reported, taking total fatalities to 84,751 to date.  

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Ramaphosa to address South Africa on Sunday evening