Just two weeks after the country was placed on Adjusted Alert 2 and with pressure mounting for more political activities, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced further measures.
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on September 30, 2021. Photo: GCIS
JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa has put the country on a revised 1 alert status, which allows up to 2,000 people to gather.
He also announced a new campaign to encourage more South Africans to take the COVID-19 hit.
Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Thursday night and urged leaders to take part in the Foma vaccination weekend to increase the country’s vaccination rate.
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The president also announced the postponement of the curfew for an hour until midnight.
Just two weeks after the country was put on Revised Alert 2 and with pressure mounting for more political activities, President Ramaphosa announced further measures.
He still raised his concerns about the country’s vaccine program, but he also made suggestions on how to overcome this challenge.
“Leaders from across the political spectrum, civil society, religious leaders, traditional leaders, workers and businesses will mobilize communities to stay safe through vaccination.”
Vooma’s weekend initiative does not remove concerns about large gatherings as many still go out to meet their favorite politicians as they go out on the campaign trail.
Ramaphosa, without acknowledging his party’s failure in this regard, urged everyone to pay attention to COVID-19 protocols.
“Every one of us – from party leaders and organizers to supporters and election officials – has a responsibility to ensure that the regulations are followed.”
The new alert level allows more people to gather, selling alcohol until 11 p.m., with nightly vigils banned and after gatherings of tears remain.
The president said further easing will be announced in due course.
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