President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 8pm this evening, the Presidency announced in a statement on Thursday.
He is expected to address developments regarding the country’s risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19. South Africa is currently on level 3 of the lockdown.
About a week ago, the president shocked South Africans when he re-banned the sale of alcohol with immediate effect.
Cabinet ministers have cited alcohol contributing to trauma cases at hospitals for the ban on alcohol.
Another outstanding matter which could be addressed by the president, is the matter of schools reopening, or staying open.
On Thursday, teachers’ unions were confident Cabinet would announce a three-week closure of schools following their meeting with Basic Education Deputy Minister Reginah Mhaule about their demand that schools should be closed until the peak of the pandemic has passed. Union leaders told the media that Mhaule had indicated Cabinet was closer to meeting their demands.
The Presidency said Ramaphosa’s address follows a number of meetings of the Cabinet and the National Coronavirus Command Council.
Ramaphosa’s address will be broadcast live on television and radio and will be streamed live on a range of online platforms.