Cyril Ramaphosa to address SA about Covid-19 economic and social relief measures

21 April 2020 - 11:06
By Genevieve Quintal
Cyril Ramaphosa.    Picture: SUNDAY TIMES
Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Tuesday evening on additional economic and social relief measures that form part of the national response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This follows a Cabinet meeting held on Monday and deliberations with the national coronavirus command council, the president’s co-ordinating council, and the national economic development and labour council (Nedlac), among others, the presidency said.

A time for the address will be communicated later in the day.

SA is in the fourth week of a five-week national lockdown, which was imposed in a bid to curb the Covid-19 pandemic. The novel coronavirus has infected more than 3,000 people in SA and left nearly 60 dead. 

The virus has caused panic and fear across the globe and brought economies to a standstill. SA’s lockdown has compounded the country’s own economic and social problems.

A crucial cabinet meeting held last week to plan SA’s response to Covid-19 and the resulting economic crisis ended inconclusively, with no decisions taken and all proposals put off until later.