Minister Jackson Mthembu started addressing South Africans by saying that the stage 4 lockdown will only start on the 1st of May.
Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
According to Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at midnight on May 1, the restriction will move to Level 4.
The pressure on the economy is almost like it used to be with the Great Depression. But with the Great Depression, it happened very slowly. Now everything happened very quickly the minister said.
We do not yet have a vaccine against the pandemic and must rely on the guidelines laid down by the World Health Organization. We have to comply with that. Level 4 does not mean the restriction is no longer in effect. It still is.
There will only be a few changes. It’s just that more people will go back to work and reopen more businesses for business. The restriction is still being processed.
We must not overpower our health services. If more people get sick at the same time it will happen. And our people will not be able to receive all the necessary treatment.
We must also remember that in this epidemic no one can say that he will keep himself healthy. This is because everyone can influence the health of others.
This is why the government and cabinet have taken these aggressive steps not to overrule the system.
The virus also exposed our deep, deep fault lines in SA. It has exposed hunger, poverty, unemployment, inequality.
Also the town planning of apartheid that we never changed in a critical way. It all has an impact on the pandemic’s impact says minister Zuma.
There are things that will stay in place. I want to say it straight. It is still a constraint, but a softened one.
So things like inter-provincial travel will still be prohibited. People will still be able to attend funerals under strict measures. The same strict measures will be implemented as schools or universities reopen.
Things will stay the same. People will still have to stay in their homes except to buy essential items or for medical treatment.
Public transport will also be there because people have to go to work like taxis.
But strict health measures will have to be adhered to. The Minister of Transport will announce the times when it can be operated and whether buses and trains will be added.
It is very important that we reopen our economic activities, that the strict measures are adhered to.
Social, cultural, religious and any other gatherings are still prohibited in Level 4.
The only exception is burials under strict measures.
People will also be able to exercise under strict conditions. This will be explained in regulations. For example, it will still exclude gyms. We have to understand that.
We need to look at the colors. The red spots around Cape Town, Nelson Mandela Bay, Buffallo City Metro, Ethekwini, Gauteng especially JHB and Ekurhuleni, Pretoria and Mangaung show that this is where the numbers are highest. These are the epicenters. That is why we still prohibit inter-provincial travel. If you go from places to your homes in rural areas, the virus may be spread there.
This is not the end of the restriction, we are only mitigating it so that the economy can start working again. Industries will start to open again. Minister Patel will explain how it will work.
South Africans need to wear masks according to Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. When you leave your home, wear a cloth mask. This is mandatory. It will have to be worn everywhere the Minister said.
Below is the conditions of return to the workplace:
In addition to generally applicable health and safety protocols, each sector must agree upon a COVID-19 prevention and mitigation plan, approved by the Minister of Health and any other Minister relevant to the sector.
Individual businesses or workplaces must have COVID-19 risk assessments and plans in place, and must conduct worker education on COVID-19 and protection measures:
- Identification and protection of vulnerable employees
- Safe transport of employees
- Screening of employees on entering the workplace
- Prevention of viral spread in the workplace
- Hand sanitizers and face masks
- Cleaning of surfaces and shared equipment
- Good ventilation
- Shift arrangements and canteen controls
- Managing sick employees
Monitoring systems must be in place to (1) ensure compliance with safety protocols and (2) identify infections among employees.
Mass testing should be carried out for workplaces over 500 workers.
Below is the different stages of the South African lockdown. South Africa will move to stage 4 on the 1st of May:
See the address to the nation by minister below: