While South Africans are sitting on hot coals waiting to hear when moves to level 3 of the seclusion period, Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa this morning with political parties.
Ramaphosa will meet with the leaders of the political parties represented in parliament. According to Khusela Diko, the president’s spokesman, the national response to the Covid 19 pandemic and issues surrounding the country-wide isolation will be discussed.
“The virtual meeting is the third consultative meeting the president will hold with political party leaders on this public health challenge.
“The president has held a series of meetings and discussions with leaders in various sectors of society since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure that the national effort to combat the crisis is inclusive and has the support of all stakeholders. “
Ramaphosa yesterday was part of a virtual meeting of religious leaders organized under the auspices of the South African Council of Churches (SACC).
According to Diko, this meeting formed part of the consultations the president undertook to prepare to move from level 4 of the national seclusion to another level.
Ramaphosa addressed the country exactly a week ago, saying that most of the country will move to coronavirus level 3 by the end of May.
The National Economic Development and Labor Council (Nedlac) held a meeting on May 15 to discuss the transition to Level 3. At the end of that meeting, the various sections of Nedlac were working hard to bring the country’s earliest possible migration to level 3 of the national seclusion.
Ramaphosa led a meeting with the Presidential Coordination Council (PCC) on Saturday to discuss further the move from level 4 to level 3. Ministers, premiers, and representatives of the Local Government Association (Salga) were also part of this meeting.
However, the president also said during last week’s speech that other levels could be set in areas where the risk of spread is higher. Since then, there has been widespread speculation as to which areas are considered focal points.
The Cape Town metro, as well as the country’s other major metros, are highlighted as concerns.
Gauteng Prime Minister David Makhura said on Tuesday that Gauteng as a whole will move to level 3 in early June.
Western Cape Prime Minister Alan Winde said earlier that the province was ready to move to level 3. The Western Cape has more than 10,600 Covid-19 cases and 187 deaths but has so far conducted the highest number of tests per capita of all provinces.
However, it is not yet clear at this stage when official announcements can be expected about when parts of the country will move to Level 3.
Ramaphosa also said during last week’s speech further announcements will be made about some changes to the Level 4 guidelines to expand retail and e-commerce activity and to reduce restrictions on exercise.
Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade, Industry, and Competition, announced the following day that almost all retail products can now be sold online. This was amid pressure from numerous resorts and threatening legal action.
However, no further announcements have been made regarding any other relaxation of Level 4 guidelines. Exercise outside the house is therefore only allowed between 06:00 and 09:00 in the morning.