The extension of the national state of disaster will allow the government to continue implementing regulations related to the Covid-19 lockdown.
MINISTER of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has extended the national state of disaster by another month, just hours before the deadline on Saturday midnight.
This also comes shortly before President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the nation.
In the government gazette published on Saturday Dlamini Zuma said the state of disaster was extended from August 15 until September 15.
“I, the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, as designated under section 3 of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 …in terms of section 27(5) of the Act, hereby further extend the national state of disaster that I extended on 15 August, 2020 by government notice 765, published in government gazette 43524, to September 15, 2020, taking into account the need to continue augmenting the existing legislation and contingency arrangements undertaken by organs of state to address the impact of the disaster,” stated Dlamini Zuma.
The extension of the national state of disaster would allow the government to continue implementing some of the regulations related to the lockdown.
The address by Ramaphosa in the evening comes after intense speculation that he will ease some of the lockdown restrictions.
It has been reported the country will move from Level 3 to Level 2 and this would allow the further opening of the economy.