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State of disaster extended by another month

Article by: Dumisane Dube

The Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has announced the extension of the National State of Disaster by another month.

The state of disaster was declared in March 2020 by President Cyril Ramaphosa. South Africa declared a national state of disaster under Section 27(1) and Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act on 15 March 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The state of disaster has been extended to September 15.

“The extension takes into account the need to continue augmenting the existing legislation and contingency arrangements undertaken by organs of state and all other role players to mitigate against the impact of the disaster on lives and livelihoods. All people are urged to continue adherence to regulations under Alert Level 3 in an effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19,” the department said in a statement on Thursday.

Dlamini –Zuma says people are urged to continue adherence to regulations under Alert Level 3 in an effort to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

“Everyone has to wear a mask at all times, social distance, avoid large crowds and gatherings, and wash hands with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, ”she added.

The Government has relied on the state of disaster to introduce and give effect to lockdown restrictions, which it has used to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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