Highlights from President Ramaphosa's speech:
Following consultation, Cabinet decided this morning that the country should move to alert level 1 with effect from midnight on 20 September 2020.
With further progress, we are now ready for a new phase of the pandemic. Now is the time to return our country to a more normal situation. It is time to move to what we call our new normal.
We are ready to open our doors again to the world and invite travellers to enjoy our mountains, our beaches, our vibrant cities and our wildlife game parks in safety and confidence.
We will allow travel into & out of SA for business & leisure from 1 October 2020. Travellers will only be able to use one of the land border posts or one of the 3 airports- King Shaka/OR Tambo/ Cape Town international airport. SA missions abroad will open for visas and all long-term visas will be reinstated. Travellers who arrive in South Africa will have to show a negative Covid-19 test that is no more than 72 hours old. If they do not do this they will have to go into quarantine. All visitors to the country will have to install the official app.
The national curfew will now be from midnight to 4 am each day.
Alcohol will be sold for off-site consumption from Monday to Friday from 9 am until 5 pm only.
The maximum number of people who may attend a funeral is now 100 people. Night vigils are still not allowed. Venues such as gyms will now be able to accommodate 50% of their venue capacity.
The maximum number of people who may gather is 250 for indoor events and 500 for outdoor events.
Sporting restrictions are still in place.
Our law enforcement agencies are making progress and the special investigation unit has submitted its first interim report to me detailing its findings, as it concludes its investigation we will be in a position to make public their findings.
All the revised regulations remain subject to all the health protocols, including the wearing of masks and washing or sanitising of hands.
In the next few days, the updated regulations will be published and with Ministers tasked to iron out the details through briefings.
The President concluded his speech with a call from the country to celebrate Heritage Day next week with their families and remember those who passed away during the Covid-19 pandemic. "I urge everyone to use heritage day as family time. To remember those who have lost their lives and to quietly rejoice in the progress we made. I urge everyone to participate in the Jerusalema Challenge!"