President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved the country to Alert Level 3 of the national lockdown following his meeting with the National Coronavirus Command Council, the Presidential Coordinating Committee, and Cabinet earlier today.

Ramaphosa was addressing the nation on government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. He has also announced the resumption of the sale of alcohol.

VIDEO: President’s address to the nation:

“The country should be moved from Adjusted Level 4 and be placed on Adjusted Alert Level 3, the hours of curfew will stay the same starting at 10pm until 4am. Interprovincial travel for leisure may resume once more. Non-essential establishments such as restaurants, taverns, bars and fitness centers may be opened.”

President’s full address below:

He also announced the reinstatement of the R350 Social Relief Grant. It will run until March 2022.
According to the President, 10 percent of the population has now received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and that people between the ages 18 and 34 will be allowed to register for vaccinations from the 1st of September.
INFOGRAPHIC: Alert Level 3: