SA Might Move To Level 2 Sooner Than You Think

Cyril Ramaphosa engaged in a meeting with the leader of opposition parties and is under massive pressure to open the economy back up as well as go to lower levels of lockdown. 

In a meeting with leaders of opposition parties, Cyril Ramphosa revealed that he is under great pressure to open up the economy. He is also being pressures to move South AFrica to lower levels of lockdown soon.

Business sectors, unions and the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) wants Ramaphosa to skip level 3 of lockdown and have the country go directly to level 2. 

The last month or so has sparked many conversations about opening up the economy, from citizens to major stakeholders. Covid-19 has had the economy take a massive knock due to individuals having to temporarily close businesses, salary cuts and some losing jobs. This therefore triggers a debate between should Government be thinking about keeping lockdown in place to save lives or should they be thinking about saving livelihoods, jobs and the economy. 

Cyril's response to these demands brought up in this meeting was to not rule anything and express commitment to following through with demands as well as not providing a timeline on when changes can be seen due to consultations still taking place. 

An individual who was present at the meeting said about the move to lower levels of lockdown, "it sounded like we may move sooner rather than later".

A proposal has been put forward which sees metropolitan municipalities remain on level 4 but Government is focussing more on hotspots and high risk areas in the country. 

Changes that are to come that some may be happy about is that more retail and construction sectors will open and the curfew that is currently in place will also be lifted. 

However, Minister Dlamini-Zuma is determined to have the cigarette ban stay in place. 

Decisions on which further steps the country will take will be announced in due time.

Read the full article by Times Live here 

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