Five important announcements from Ramaphosa’s national address

Source | GCIS

Last night (Wednesday 10 November) President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation to announce important changes and updates to the country’s level 1 lockdown regulations.

The full update has been officially gazetted and can be read, right here. Below are some noteworthy changes:

Extended State of Disaster

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the extension of the National State of Disaster until December 15 2020.

International Travel
The president said that the country will reopen international travel to all countries subject to strict health and safety protocol and a clearance certificate.

“By using rapid tests and strict monitoring we intend to limit the spread of the infection through importation. We expect that these measures will greatly assist businesses in the tourism and hospitality sectors,” Ramaphosa said.

Liquor Sales
The President announced that the sale of alcohol at retail outlets will now be permitted during all licenced trading hours. Places selling alcohol for onsite consumption must still adhere to the national curfew.

The amended regulations mean that liquor trading will return to pre-lockdown hours, with bottle stores and other retailers now able to sell liquor for off-site consumption over the weekend and during all licensed trading hours.

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According to Ramaphosa, South Africa is collaborating with several multinational companies to provide a safe and effective vaccine for citizens and to ensure that access to a vaccine is available across Africa.

The president also praised the announcement that local pharmaceutical company Aspen has entered an agreement with Johnson & Johnson for the development of a vaccine in the country.

Five Days of National Morning

Finally, the president announced five days of national mourning to commemorate the victims of both COVID-19 and gender-based violence and femicide. This will take place between November 25 and November 29. Flags across the country will fly half-mast between 6am and 6pm. Ramaphosa asked South Africans to wear black to signify their respect.

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