National Lockdown

After President Cyril Ramaphosa extended the adjusted alert Level 3 lockdown, the Democratic Alliance has called on the government to extend the UIF TERS Scheme. 

The President has announced an update on the measures taken to battle the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic ravaging the country. While the lockdown level 3 will remain with some additional measures, there were not the more significant restrictions that some were speculating about.

New restrictions have been announced in an effort to prevent New Year's Eve celebrations becoming superspreader events that shoot Covid-19 cases into even higher numbers. We have the full text of the president's speech.

At the latest 'family meeting' there was an ominous warning from President Cyril Ramaphosa that unless this festive season is very different to the usual, it will be the last festive season for many! With the second wave of Covid-19 infections firmly growing in the largest provinces Ramaphosa stopped short of returning to stricter lockdowns, but did implement a serious of stricter controls. One of those stricter controls will see New Year's Eve parties being much smaller than usual - and stopping well before midnight!

South Africa has received an unwelcome early Christmas present! The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is here with over 6000 new infections reported in one day. The national Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize has delivered the bad news that four provinces are now providing the highest number of new cases - and they are some of the largest provinces! 

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. 

Many fear that now that South Africa has officially moved into Level 1 of lockdown, a second wave of Covid-19 will be seen and the battle will start all over again. Prof Shabir Madhi, from Wits University has given us a look into whether a second wave will occur and also where the country stands with the vaccine.

Today marked the first official day of Lockdown Level 1 which sees South Africans gain more freedom as we inch towards our normal lives, or rather our new normal lives. Health Minister of South Africa, Zweli Mkhize, does not want citizens to become careless now as we move to the lowest level of this National Lockdown.

Regular South African citizens aren't the only ones hoping that Lockdown Level 1 comes into effect soon but so does the country's health minister. Mkhize seems very optimistic that it might happen sooner than we thought as statistics shows us many positives.