With the President engaging in a National Coronavirus Command Council meeting and the country suffering under the weight of the second wave, conversations of a lockdown level 5 being implemented seems to fill the air. Here's what we do know.
Now that President Ramaphosa has extended the National State of Disaster to 31 January 2021, it begs the question, will the Unemployment Insurance Fund be extending the Covid-19 TERS fund as well? Well, here's what we know.
The National State of Disaster was initially meant to end on 15 June 2020, but Section 27 of the Disaster Management Act allows for it to be extended before it lapses. A new gazette has been published to declare the extension official.
Following the President's address, we now wait for the collection of Ministers in the country to outline the restrictions on regulations under Level 1. Dlamini-Zuma has given further details on these Lockdown Level 1 regulations. She also explained why government decided to keep the curfew in place, though many have said it should be lifted.
The alcohol ban has been lifted and South Africans will now be able to go to a bar or a restaurant and order that glass of wine or cocktail they've missed for the past few months. However, there will be restrictions in place to ensure that the country stays safe.
Cigarette and other tobacco products will be on sale again after a five month long ban. Many court battles, many angry South Africans and many illegal cigarettes later, South African smokers are finally getting what they have been wishing for.
You can have social events at your house again - but no more than 10 people can attend! That's just one of the new rules that apply under lockdown level 2. Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has outlined the details of the regulations for level 2 of lockdown - including the sale of alcohol and tobacco again.
The cigarette ban has now been in our midst for four months and South Africans have still not seen any luck with getting it lifted. Now, the case is being heard in court again. Many have argued that the ban was not a smart move made by Government and that it has had more consequences than benefits.