Lockdown Level 4: KEY restrictions to lookout for on Sunday

Will it be good or bad news? President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to address the nation on Sunday on government’s response to COVID-19

Lockdown Level 4: KEY restrictions to lookout for on Sunday

South Africans are waiting with bated breath for Sunday evening, 25 July 2021, when President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. His address comes less two weeks since he amended some of the Level 4 Lockdown restrictions in the country.

Coincidence or not, Ramaphosa’s address also follows confirmation from acting Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi, that the country is out of the third wave of COVID-19 infections.

“The COVID-19 infection cases continue to fluctuate in waves and each wave leaves behind bereaved families and lost loved ones. Each day that this pandemic continues to spread and infect more people, it robs our country of its greatest resource and that is its productive people,” she said on Friday, 23 July 2021.

Given the current trajectory as far as the COVID-19 cases are concerned, all indications are that some of the lockdown measures will be eased.

Here are the lockdown restrictions that COULD change

Gauteng travel restrictions: One key focus is also Gauteng, which was the epicentre and even prompted President Cyril Ramaphosa to impose a ban on leisure travel in the province, but with the province seemingly out of the woods, there is hope he will lift the restrictions on travel.

“We have also seen a significant drop in numbers in Gauteng which has been the epicentre of the third wave. Although 4 988 new cases are still quite high, it is a significant drop from the provincial peak which went as high as over 16 000 new cases per day,” Kubayi-Ngubane said.

Alcohol ban: One of the most contentious measures to be implemented since the start of the lockdown. It has been no doubt been a tough period for the liquor sector, having to deal with multiple bans – which dealt it a tough blow in the form of revenue and jobs. Under the current restrictions, booze cannot be sold AT ALL, however Ramaphosa could ease the restrictions and allow for it to be sold during certain periods.

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Schools ready to reopen, depending on Ramaphosa’s address

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga says schools are ready to reopen, depending on President Cyril Ramaphosa's address tomorrow.

Schools ready to reopen, depending on Ramaphosa’s address

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga says the education sector is in agreement across the board and is ready for the reopening of schools on Monday, 26 July 2021, depending on confirmation by the President tomorrow.

Motshekga held a briefing on schools’ preparedness to welcome pupils amid the third wave of Covid-19, on Saturday in Pretoria.

EDUCATION SECTOR READY FOR SCHOOLS TO REOPEN

Motshekga said School Management Teams and support staff, have already gone back to work, as from Thursday, 22 July 2021, to prepare for the return of learners and teachers on Monday, 26 July 2021.

“Based on the information obtained from provinces, schools are ready to continue to work within the established COVID-19 health protocol, also to start resuming full school attendance in the primary schools from the 2nd August 2021.  

“The Sector continues to be committed, and at all times we are ready to maintain a balance between saving lives and livelihoods, while fighting the coronavirus pandemic.”

Basic Education Minister, Angie Motshekga

There has been growing concerns about the readiness of schools as the country battles the COVID-19 Delta variant and schools in Gauteng and KZN were vandalised and looted during the unrest.

Health Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane said on Friday that South Africa is now over the worst of the pandemic’s third wave.

“All indications are that we have passed the peak of the third wave and the overall number of cases have started to decline,” said Kubayi-Ngubane.

Motshekga added that the Director-General is continuing to convene one-on-one meetings with the Heads of the Provincial Education Departments, to ensure that there is continuous sharing of experiences and working together

This week, the government also released the proposed calendar for 2022 this week, with classes set to begin again after the summer break on 12 January and ends on 17 March. However, for the coastal cluster, the first term begins on 19 January and ends on 25 March. 

READ: 2022 school calendar revealed: Education Department confirms dates

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