The Presidency has confirmed that President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at around 8 pm on Sunday evening on progress in the fight against COVID-19.
There have been calls from various sectors for the Ramaphosa administration to relax lockdown regulations as the third wave eases across the country.
PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA TO ADDRESS THE NATION
President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation at 20h00 today, Sunday, 12 September 2021, on developments in the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.#StsySafe
— Presidency | South Africa 🇿🇦 (@PresidencyZA) September 12, 2021
Latest COVID-19 stats in SA:
A further 143 people have passed away from COVID-19-related complications in the latest 24-hours reporting cycle, taking the national death toll since the pandemic outbreak in South Africa to 84 751.
The country has also recorded 5 309 new COVID-19 infections, with total positive cases now at 2 854 234.
Restaurants Association calls for a lift on the curfew
The Restaurants Association of South Africa has highlighted the financial strain that the industry continues to endure.
“Certainly over the last six weeks, there has been every level of evidence that we should be reopening the industry and lifting restrictions. We are moving into the summertime months. The public is certainly demanding that they want to go out and we need to accommodate people in a safe environment. We need to up the numbers and we certainly need to lift the curfew and bring back dinnertime trade. It has been dire for us without the dinnertime trade, it is 70% of our turnover and we currently are only trading at 25% of potential with an expectation to pay 100% of our debts, which simply isn’t in our margins – the turnover and cash flow to support the debts,” says Restaurants Association of South Africa CEO, Wendy Alberts.