SONA: National State of Disaster Might Soon Come To An End

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During President Cyril Ramaphosa's State of the Nation Address, he made many announcements pertaining to improving challenges the country faces. One of this involved the National State of Disaster as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.


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On Thursday night, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he intends to end the National State of Disaster, as soon as they can.

Ramaphosa did however not mention when exactly we can expect it to be lifted, saying that it can only happen once  Government has finalised other measures under the National Health Act and other legislation to manage and contain the pandemic.

This year's State of the Nation Address (SONA), where the President made this announcement, was focussed on rebuilding South Africa's economy and addressing unemployment, inequality and poverty and issues brought on by the pandemic.

With majority of the restrictions on economic and social activities already having been lifted and many calls for the National State of Disaster to come to an end, this does not come as a surprise.

This coming change is a result of vaccinations increasing in the country and being shown that it works.

Previously, the President said the following on the National State of Disaster:

All organs of state must develop sustainable regulatory measures for the control of Covid-19 beyond the state of disaster. Measures must be infused into policies and regulations to normalise Covid-19 preventative measures in the society.

On 14 January, the National State of Disaster was extended once again until 15 February.

South Africa is currently on Alert Level 1 of the National Lockdown after now being in lockdown for 686 days in total.


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