All eyes will be on President Cyril Ramaphosa tonight as he calls yet another family meeting, following a meeting of the national coronavirus command council.
Ramaphosa will address the nation about government’s latest lockdown measures to help curb the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant of Covid-19.
The country is currently on adjusted level 4, but the president is expected to ease certain restrictions.
According to insiders, with the infection rate having gone down over the past few days, some stricter measures might be lifted, including the ban on the sale of alcohol and interprovincial movement, and the curfew times may change.
A fortnight ago, during his national address, Ramaphosa promised to review the regulations after 14 days – that’s today.
The liquor industry, which has suffered the most after the sale of alcohol was banned, has already called for the ban to be lifted.
Last week’s riots in the country, which saw liquor outlets and distribution centres looted and vandalised, added to their miseries.
Yesterday, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga declared that schools were ready to reopen tomorrow, pending Ramaphosa’s confirmation tonight.
Motshekga said the sector had done what it could to prepare for the returning pupils and teachers.
“Depending on confirmation by the president tomorrow [today] after [consultations in] Cabinet, as a sector there is agreement across the board that we are ready for the reopening of schools on Monday.
“School management teams and support staff have already gone back to work, as from Thursday, to prepare for the return of pupils and teachers on Monday,” said Motshekga during a press conference.