President to address the nation on Covid-19 developments



President Cyril Ramaphosa is scheduled to address South Africans tonight at 19:00 (Wednesday, 16 September 2020) to discuss the latest developments in SA's risk-adjusted approach to the pandemic.

This follows a meeting with the National Coronavirus Command Council on Monday, 14 September 2020; a meeting of the President’s Coordinating Council on Tuesday, 15 September 2020; as well as a special sitting of Cabinet on Wednesday.

The President’s Coordinating Council is co-chaired by the President and the Deputy President and brings together Ministers, Premiers and the leadership of the South African Local Government Association and National House of Traditional Leaders.

What to expect

  • The national lockdown will be lowered to Alert level 1.
  • If all goes well during today's cabinet meeting and government is given the green light, the national curfew will be lifted entirely.
  • Current restrictions on gatherings, such as church services, can expect an increase in the number of people gathering in one space (ie, 50% of a venue’s capacity instead of 50 people);
  • International borders will once again be opened, but only regionally to the rest of Africa;
  • Because re-importing the virus is a concern, international travel to high-risk countries such as Europe and the US currently experiencing a second wave of infection is still seen as too high-risk; and lastly
  • Social distancing, mask-wearing, and other hygiene protocols will remain in place to prevent a second wave of infections.

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

Find out what the new regulations under level 1 of the lockdown will be

Find out how to Download the Covid Alert SA app here 

Bookmark this page to watch the president's latest national address.




Read Also: