Lockdown: 'No roadmap' to end state of disaster, fears Western Cape Premier Alan Winde

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  • Consultation should have taken place before the extension of the state of disaster, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said.
  • Winde claims there is no plan by national government in place to end the state of disaster.
  • The national state of disaster has been extended until 15 November.

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde has claimed national government had no plan in place to end the national state of disaster, and that it should not have been extended without consultation.

The national state of disaster was extended by Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs  Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Thursday. According to the gazetted extension, the state of disaster would now run until 15 November.

Last week, Winde wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa to request consultation with provinces ahead of any extension of the national state of disaster. He also requested details of the national government's "proposed roadmap to end this disaster".

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"I am concerned that the national state of disaster has now been extended without proper consultation with provinces, which we believe is required to give effect to the cooperative governance principle of our Constitution.  There should have been a fulsome discussion on this matter, with provincial capacity and planning taken into account."

Winde said:

It was also done without any clear plan or roadmap for when it will end, and how, which the economy needs for certainty, so that we can have a successful recovery that creates jobs. It increasingly looks like there is in fact no plan, and that is very worrying.

Winde said his request for the plan to terminate the declaration "is only reasonable" and should be based on expert advice, with clear markers, including vaccination coverage and the empowerment of provincial and local governments to respond in future.

The premier also suggested a five-point plan which could serve as a  framework for the country.

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He is lobbying for the end of the national state of disaster and said provincial and local government responses must be enabled through an established traffic-light warning system based on pre-determined measures of health platform capacity.

The plan would also increase budget allocations to provincial governments to maintain healthcare capacity.

Winde said behaviour change campaigns must be rolled out, and vaccinations increased through more pop-up and satellite vaccination sites.


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