As additional sectors of the economy soon reopen to an “advanced level 3 containment”, Gauteng Prime Minister David Makhura warned that a sharp increase in Covid 19 cases could result in those sectors closing again.
Makhura issued the warning on Thursday in an online session of the Gauteng provincial legislature, which discussed, among other things, the budget.
With restaurants, casinos, movie theaters and hairdressing and beauty salons soon to reopen at Level 3, Makhura said the government would not hesitate to re-close certain sectors if the Covid 19 infestations “went out of control”.
“I want to emphasize that while we are doing this (more sectors are opening) we have to be very careful. If the infections get out of control, we may be required to go to the National Coronavirus Command Council to close certain sectors, ”the prime minister said.
Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa announced on Wednesday that the country will soon move to an advanced level-3 of containment, opening several additional business sectors for the public.
Legislative speaker Ntombi Mekgwe presented her budget vote earlier Thursday, saying it had been increased by about 7% from R761.4 million in the previous financial year to R817.8 million for the current financial year, including provision for the salaries of legislative staff and for political parties’ support staff.
Furthermore, the money should also be used for meetings, facilities for members, committee activities including public outreach programs as well as existing contractual obligations and operating costs.
“Employee remuneration increased by R22.6 million while expenses for goods and services increased by R27.5 million. Money to political parties has also been increased by R16.1 million to enable them to establish and maintain infrastructure to serve the public interest, ”she said.