President Ramaphosa to address the nation on Sunday on Covid-19 developments


PRETORIA, May 23 – President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 7pm on Sunday evening on developments in South Africa’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19), the Presidency said.

The president’s address follows recent meetings of Cabinet, the National Coronavirus Command Council, and the President’s Coordinating Council, which considered the prospects for the country’s progression from Covid-19 alert level four to alert level three of the national lockdown, the Presidency said in a statement.

As part of exploring possible prospects and assessing the continuing health, social, and economic impacts of the pandemic, Ramaphosa had also held consultative meetings with the business, labour, and community constituencies of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac); leaders of political parties represented in Parliament; traditional leaders; leadership of interfaith communities; the South African Council of Churches; and the tourism industry, which was the single largest source of employment in the private sector.

Ramaphosa’s address would be broadcast live on television and radio and would be streamed live on a range of online platforms. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) would also provide a pool feed to other broadcasters, the Presidency said.

– African News Agency (ANA)