The minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has extended the National State of Disaster by another month. It will be in effect until 15 November 2020.
South Africa has been in a state of disaster since March when Covid-19 infections were on the rise.
Dr Dlamini-Zuma said extending the state of disaster will allow the government to put measures in place to avoid a second wave of infections.
“The decision to extend the State of National Disaster was not taken lightly. Consideration of the material conditions within the context of the Risk-Adjusted Strategy motivated the decision to endorse this further extension.”
The extension comes after the minister had multiple consultations with Cabinet, which eventually approved the extension.
“It is important to note that the current measures contained in the regulations to deal with the disaster, in the context of the Risk-Adjusted Strategy, are needed beyond 15 October 2020,” the department said.
The Minister has thanked the public for its support in following the right measures to limit the spread of the virus. This includes maintaining a social distance, washing hands regularly/sanitising, and wearing masks in public.
She has urged the public to continue making efforts to limit the spread of Covid-19.
“We must also sustain our commitment to remain responsive, agile and compassionate, as we work to save lives and protect the livelihoods of all South Africans. The National State of Disaster will be in effect for another month until 15 November 2020,” the department said.
Section 27 of the Disaster Management Act states:
“A national state of disaster that has been declared in terms of subsection (1)
(a) lapses three months after it has been declared.
(b) may be terminated by the Minister by notice in the Gazette before it lapses.
(c) may be extended by the Minister by notice in the Gazette for one month at a time before it lapses.”
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