Minister signs lockdown extention

In a gazette published late on Saturday, only hours before the President's latest address to the nation, it was announced that the national lockdown will once again be extended.

Signed by Minister Of Cooperative Governance And Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the document announces a further extension of the National State of Disaster until 15 September 2020.

The National lockdown has been in effect since 26 March making it one of the longest lockdowns in the world.

"I, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, as designated under section 3 of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002) ( "the Act "), in terms of section 27(5)(c) of the Act, hereby further extends the national state of disaster that I extended on 15 August 2020 by Government Notice 765, published in Government Gazette 43524, to 15 September 2020.

"Taking into account the need to continue augmenting the existing legislation and contingency arrangements undertaken by organs of state to address the impact of the disaster." the statement read.

The document does not, however, indicate whether South Africa will move down to Level 2 of the national lockdown.

Watch President Cyril Ramaphosa's scheduled address at 8 pm on Saturday 15 August live here



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