Ramaphosa to address nation at 20:30 tonight

South Africa is currently under adjusted level four of the lockdown as it tried to curb the widespread of the third wave of the novel coronavirus.

President Cyril Ramaphosa during his address on 27 June 2021 where he announced the country would be moving to adjusted alert level 4 as the third wave of coronavirus pandemic grips the country. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation this evening at 20:30 on developments in the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

South Africa is currently under adjusted level four of the lockdown for four weeks as it tried to curb the widespread of the third wave of the novel coronavirus.

Two weeks ago, the president announced further lockdown measures under the adjusted level four restrictions to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

However, with the infection rate showing a downward trend this week and the recent riots having caused further economic damage, industries are hope that some of the stricter measures will be lifted.

The President’s address will follow meetings of the national coronavirus command council, the president’s coordinating council and Cabinet.

Meanwhile, the tourism sector has been calling for the easing of restrictions while the alcohol industry wants the booze ban lifted.

Hospitality was one of the hardest-hit industries from last year's lockdowns and the tourism Business Council of South Africa said it has barely recovered.

Though the president prolonged the level four lockdown, he allowed restaurants and hotels to open with eased restrictions.

However, the council's CEO Tshifhiwa Tshivhengwa said the interprovincial travel ban on Gauteng, and the 9pm curfew has stifled the industry.

“A lot of people are closing early and are unable to cater for dinner services and that means that majority of patrons may not feel comfortable to go out and have dinner when the curfew is what it is. A 10 pm curfew will at least support our sector.”

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