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Presidential address: 13 May, 2020

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President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Wednesday evening on the country’s ongoing measures to manage the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic through the implementation of a risk-adjusted strategy.

During his address, the President said that some of the lockdown regulations implemented by the government have been unclear, some have been contradictory and some have been poorly explained.

A consultation process would now start with relevant stakeholders to place most of the country on Level 3 lockdown by the end of May.

Parts of the country with the highest rates of infection will, however, remain on Level 4 lockdown. 

Infections were for now mostly concentrated in a few metropolitan municipalities and districts in the country, the President said.

He added that the government would in the coming days announce certain changes to Level 4 regulations to expand permitted business activities in the retail space and e-commerce and reduce restrictions on exercise.

To read the President’s full message, click here.

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