President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to address the nation tonight at 20h00.  The address will be broadcast live on the SABC television News channel and digital platforms 

Ramaphosa’s address comes as the country continues the rollout of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine against COVID 19.  

South Africa is also seeking to stimulate the economy that has been ravaged by the lockdowns.  

The official unemployment rate stands at 32.5%. 

President Ramaphosa addresses the Nation on COVID-19 response:

Acting Minister in the Presidency, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, earlier this week, said the Cabinet remains concerned over the high rate of unemployment in the country.

According to data from Stats SA’s 4th Quarter Labour Force Survey, over 700 000 job losses were recorded between Quarters 3 and 4 of 2020.

Briefing the media, Ntshavheni said young people constituted the largest pool of the unemployed.

“It is disturbing that young people constitute the largest pool of the unemployed and African and coloured South Africans, as well as women, remain the most vulnerable groups in the economy of the country and this strengthens governments resolve to fast track measures to enable and support the meaningful participation of youth, women and black people in the economy of the country. This is in line with the recommitment of economic reform and transformation made by the President in the 2021 SONA.”

The total number of COVID-19 infections in South Africa stands at 1 512 225, following 1 447 new cases reported by the Department of Health on Saturday.

In the last reporting period, there have been a further 157 COVID-19-related deaths in the country, bringing the national death toll to 49 941 deaths.

Recoveries now stand at 1 429 047 representing a recovery rate of 94%.

The number of vaccines that have been administered to healthcare workers now stands at 67 303.

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The country continues to be on adjusted Lockdown Level 3.