By Thys Khiba
Pretoria – The South African and National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) President and leader, Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address South Africans on the Covid-19 response by his government.
“As the Cabinet, we are discussing and consulting on measures to make sure that we protect South Africans. A decision will be taken soon after the consultations and we will announce the date when the president will host a ‘family meeting’,” said Ntshavheni.
This comes after they were speculations about the National Coronavirus Command Council planning to move the country to a higher lockdown level, which met on Tuesday.
The acting Minister in the Presidency Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has also indicated that the Cabinet was consulting on measures to mitigate against the imminent 3rd wave of the pandemic.
Ntshavheni was addressing the nation during a post-Cabinet briefing in Pretoria following the national executive met on Wednesday at a virtual meeting.
The National Liquor Traders Council and the Liquor Traders Association of South Africa representing liquor traders have sent their letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa requesting a meeting to discuss the possible alcohol sales ban.
This comes after there has been fears around the restrictions on alcohol sales which could be imposed by the NCCC. The nation is currently under lockdown level 1.
“There is no doubt that as a country, one of the most important lessons that we have learnt from our past experiences of dealing with a pandemic is that we can still fight Covid-19 with a less negative impact on our economy,” said National Liquor Traders Council, Lucky Ntimane.
Ntshavheni has also indicated that the Cabinet is pleased that Phase 2 of the nation’s vaccine roll-out programme commenced smoothly and that thousands of eligible people have already been vaccinated.
“All vaccination sites across the country are ready to assist those who have been allocated a vaccination slot. Cabinet reminds everyone visiting the vaccination sites to adhere to the strict health protocols of wearing a mask, sanitizing and social distancing to protect themselves and others,” said Ntshavheni.
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