State of Disaster lifted in SA

Source: MyBroadband

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa has lifted the state of disaster, as of 00:00 on Tuesday, 5 April 2022.

In an address to the nation on Monday evening, Ramaphosa emphasised that the state of disaster was necessary to manage the pandemic and its consequences on various industries.

However, he added that the additional powers that a state of disaster provides are temporary and limited and should be maintained only as long as necessary.

Ramaphosa said that because of the drastic downturn in Covid-19 cases and Covid-19-related deaths, and the number of hospital beds available to patients, South Africa would be able to return to normality in public health facilities.

“These conditions no longer require that we remain in a national state of disaster,” Ramaphosa stated.

While government will lift the state of disaster from midnight, Ramaphosa said specific transitional measures would remain for 30 days before automatically lapsing.

Outside of these few exceptions, all existing rules under the state of disaster are repealed.

Cooperative governance minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma gazetted these transitional regulations for public comment last week.

It is important to note they will be separate from the National Health Act regulation amendments that will be used to manage the pandemic once finalised after the public comment period lapses on 16 April.

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