Live stream: Dlamini-Zuma reveals Level 4 lockdown plans on Wednesday

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will update the nation on how Level 4 of lockdown will be implemented going forward: Catch the live stream here.

Live stream: Dlamini-Zuma reveals Level 4 lockdown plans on Wednesday

This promises to be the big one: COGTA Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will deliver an address to the nation on Wednesday evening – via a live stream and televised broadcast – alongside her fellow National Command Council representatives. This will be to update us all on what restrictions will be lifted during Level 4 of lockdown, and at what time.

Level 4 lockdown details to be revealed

On Tuesday, a briefing regarding South Africa’s economic policy during this global health crisis proved to be a non-starter. Very little information was revealed about how life changes after Friday’s deadline: On 1 May, some restrictions will be slightly eased, signalling the first part of Mzansi’s economic recovery.

We know that cigarettes will be on sale once more, and that South Africans will be allowed to leave their homes for the purpose of daily exercise. And that’s about it, really. Dlamini-Zuma needs to deliver the details, as there are little over 24 hours before SA enters its new phase of lockdown.

Live stream: Watch Dlamini-Zuma reveal plans for Level 4 of lockdown here:

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What time will Dlamini-Zuma address the nation on Wednesday 29 April?

It’s always a keen source of interest when these briefings get announced – what time can we expect to hear from the minister? It’s 18:00 in the diary, and we aren’t expecting any hold-ups or delays. Of course, this may change over the course of the day: The following statement on the address was issued earlier this afternoon:

“The Minister of Social Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu will elaborate on the socio-economic relief interventions. Following this, members of the National Command Council, led by Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, will also give a detailed briefing on the regulations relating to the COVID-19 Level 4 restrictions.”

Government statement on the upcoming briefing
Source : The South African More   

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DA submit alternative Level 4 lockdown plan to ‘return power to the people’

The official opposition have suggested that all stores reopen and industry leaders be given control of their respective survival strategies.

DA submit alternative Level 4 lockdown plan to ‘return power to the people’

With South Africa set to move to Level 4 lockdown on Friday 1 May, the Democratic Alliance (DA) have said that the proposed lockdown exit strategy proposed by the African National Congress (ANC) government is not comprehensive enough to save the flailing economy. 

The opposition party have outlined a new list of “alternative lockdown regulations” that it believes would better benefit the economy and the liberty of struggling South Africans.

DA proposes wider economic revival

The party’s Shadow Minister of Trade and Industry, Dean McPherson, said that the proposed relaxation of restrictions is inadequate. 

“South Africa needs a much wider opening of the economy than suggested by government’s Level 4 lockdown proposals.”

“Government’s approach to specifying who can and cannot work in Level 4 is unnecessarily blunt and restrictive. Many businesses which could be operating without significantly increasing the spread of the virus will be forced to remain closed.”

“This will do unnecessary damage to jobs and tax revenue – and to public compliance and confidence in the system – and soon render government’s approach unsustainable.”

‘All shops should open’

Instead the party has suggested several ammendments to the regulations, including allowing a far broader range of stores to open on the condition they follow strict hygiene and protection protocols. 

They also advocate permitting alcohol traders to operate until 15:00 and regulate the amount o alcohol allowed to be bought. 

Here are some of the standout suggestions: 

  • Elimination of the curfew rule. 
  • All shops allowed to open subject to mandatory health protocols, masks for all customers.
  • E-commerce able to sell all goods to consumers online.
  • Beauticians and hairdressers to be open subject to health protocols.
  • Screening regime and workplace testing stations in the manufacturing sector.
  • Transport of all goods allowed for export.
  • Mask wearing on all public transport as well as sanitising on entry and exit.
  • Car services allowed.
  • Outdoor exercise and dog walking allowed.
  • Alcohol sales allowed Monday to Friday until 15:00. Limit on stock allowed to be bought.
  • All agriculture allowed subject to health protocols.
  • Mining activity to resume with the use of respirators, sanitised transport, and deep cleaning of residential units.
  • Construction sites allowed to be open (similar to open-cast mining due to the open nature of the site).
  • R1000 top-up for all grant receivers as opposed to caregivers only.

Power to the people  

McPherson said that the DA’s alternative “Smart Lockdown” proposal was far better suited to achieving a successful transition back to normality. 

“The only condition for a business to operate should be that it has, or can achieve, an acceptably low potential for spreading the virus,” he said. 

“The DA’s Smart Lockdown proposes that for each lockdown level, government should specify the requirements for a business to be able to operate. Businesses can then decide if they are willing or able to meet those.”

He said that the alternative structure would effectively be returning power to the industries, who have the experience and knowledge to properly administer preventative measures to curb the spread of the virus. 

“They may choose to invest in the required mitigation measures, for example arranging private transport for staff, buying protective equipment, temperature screening staff/customers on entrance.”

“This way, government is putting decision-making power in the hands of those people who know and care most about each individual business: its employers, employees and customers. This approach harnesses the creativity, incentives and goodwill of everyone, within a reasonable set of rules.”

Source : The South African More   

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