NCCC meeting on Wednesday to discuss lockdown measures

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Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

Level 5 loading? The National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) – the decision-making body which dictates the lockdown laws of South Africa – will be meeting on Wednesday 6 January, official sources have confirmed.

President Cyril Ramaphosa

Director-General of GCIS, Phumla Williams, Tweeted shortly after midday that the collective would assemble at 9:00 tomorrow, with lockdown measures and the current state of affairs now up for a robust discussion. The announcement comes just eight days after President Ramaphosa put the country into Level 3 restrictions.

Nkosazana-Dlamini-ZUma-and-Cyril-Ramaphosa

Speculation continues to mount, in regards to what conclusions may be drawn from this meeting. COVID-19 cases are through the roof, and the cumulative death toll since the start of the pandemic has breached the 30 000 mark – fuelling fears that a harder lockdown may be needed to halt the spread of the virus.

Just 24 hours ago, a spokesperson for the presidency denied claims that a national address was planned to announce Level 5 restrictions. However, it seems that the wheels are at least in motion to assess the progress made so far. We’ve also been told that the briefing was meant to take place next week – but has now been pushed forward.

With most beaches closed, alcohol banned, and a nine-hour curfew in place, lockdown regulations are at the strictest they’ve been in almost five months. Level 3 allows a significant degree of economic activity, but it’s responsible for severely limiting any social or leisure pursuits. Both Levels 4 and 5 of lockdown are classed as ‘the hardest phases’.

Should South Africa slip further down from Level 3, things such as provincial and international travel bans could soon come into force. This is a developing story, and we’ll have more on this news as we get it throughout the day.

In other news – Kelly Khumalo Supports Zodwa Wabantu’s Chicken Business

Since the country is currently under lockdown level 3, many of our artists are looking for many ways to make ends meet. Performing artists, like Zodwa Wabantu cannot make their money the usual way of performing and rocking crowds because large gatherings are barred in the country. Learn more

Source: thesouthafrican


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