Ramaphosa Warns South Africans To Be Cautious

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With the festive season ahead of us, gatherings are bound to take place. President Cyril Ramaphosa has a message for South Africans as we head toward the festive season.


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With the festive season ahead of us, gatherings are bound to take place. President Cyril Ramaphosa has a message for South Africans as we head toward the festive season.
The President has warned the public to be vigilant as the country recovers from the many setbacks caused by the virus.
"It is all the more critical at this time, more so with the festive season approaching, that we do not become the architects of our own undoing," he said. 
It has been eight months since the national state of disaster was announced and the government has made many changes to limit the spread of the virus and its economic impact.
Grants and relief funds were set up to help South Africans through the tough financial impact of Covid-19. 
The government mainly worked in collaboration with the South African Social Security Agency and the Unemployment Insurance Fund to introduce the R350 grant and the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme (TERS).
Along with the R350 grant, the government offered grant top-ups to existing social grants. These grant top-ups, as well as TERS, have come to an end as they were part of the government's temporary response to Covid-19. 
Other interventions have been extended to protect the livelihood of people and businesses. 
The President said the temporary measures that were put in place have helped create a foundation for the economy to be rebuilt. 
The government is now working towards creating jobs and growing the economy.
"A number of employment programmes under the Presidential Employment Stimulus have started. We are pushing ahead with economic reforms in areas such as energy and telecommunications,"
The president has called for everyone to continue playing their part in limiting the spread of Covid-19. This can be done by wearing masks, washing hands, social distancing and using sanitisers. 

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