Here is what to expect from the President national address. President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation on Monday evening. It has been reported that he is set to announce strict new lockdown restrictions so as to curb the rapid increase of covid-19 cases in the country. A rumour was also circulating that the country is most likely going to return to a hard lockdown like before however a member of Ramaphosa executive has shot down this rumour saying that it’s unlikely for the country to be under hard lockdown again but more restrictions are going to be imposed.
These are some of the additional restrictions expected to be introduced.Stricter curfew times;
Earlier closing times for restaurants;
Further limitations on gatherings such as funerals
New rules around beaches.
A virtual cabinet meeting has been scheduled for Sunday (13 December), after which a public announcement is set to be made, the source said.
As it stands right now the covid-19 cases in the country have a cumulative total of 852 965. The death toll has increased as it now stands at 23 106 and recoveries stand at 760 118.
In the last national address the President pointed out three areas in South Africa that were of particular concern for a rapid rise in the number of new infections. These areas were mentioned by the President to be high risk areas Nelson Mandela Bay (EC);
The Garden Route (WC); and
Sarah Baartman District (EC).
How to handle beaches has been an issue of concern as they have been seen as areas which could result in the rapid spread of the virus. KwaZulu-natal premier Sihle Zikalala shared that no formal agreement has been made on what to do with beaches. “Beaches will not be closed for now – that is the decision we (as a province) have taken. If it comes to push, we might be forced to close (the beaches) for swimming, but allow people to be in and around the beach for leisure.”
While open spaces like beaches are largely regarded as safe from coronavirus transmission, the premier said that he was worried about overcrowding on specific days.
These days include:
16 December – Day of Reconciliation and a public holiday;
26 December – Day of Goodwill and a public holiday;
31 December – New Year’s Eve.
Zikalala said that any decision on restrictions will be made by president Cyril Ramaphosa, based on presentations made by his provincial government.
“That is why we are saying that there is no such decision (from national government to close beaches), as the president has made no decision.”