CAPE TOWN – President Cyril Ramaphosa has extended the National state of disaster for another 30 days.
Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Saturday. He announced that the state of disaster would be extended until September 15.
This follows the lapsing of the previous stipulated duration of the state of disaster which would come to an end at midnight.The extension of the act will allow government the authority for the drafting of special legislation to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In his speech, Ramaphosa updated the country on its risk-adjusted strategy to manage the spread of Covid-19.
The first National State of Disaster was announced and made effective at midnight of March 26, this included a national lockdown which also saw the banning of alcohol, cigarette sales, limit in inter-provincial traveling, international travel and limit in movement putting in effect curfews.
The laws have since been relaxed with the introduction of various levels of lockdown restrictions.