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Easter lockdown: When will Cyril Ramaphosa address the nation again?

As we wait with bated breath for Cyril Ramaphosa’s address, it seems any plans for a tougher Easter lockdown will be relayed sooner, rather than later.

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Right now, we are in the middle of a waiting game: South Africans are braced for a return to tougher lockdown laws over the Easter weekend, as the government aims to limit the possibility of COVID-19 transmission during the public holiday. Cyril Ramaphosa is due to speak to the nation ‘imminently’ – but do we know what day that’ll take place?

When will Cyril Ramaphosa address the nation again?

The government needs a clear, coherent communication strategy if they are to successfully reach the highest possible number of citizens with these adjusted regulations. Right now, there is a vacuum of speculation – and the earlier the president can get this address sorted, the better…

He’s no stranger to a Sunday night address, and often leaves it until the late afternoon to tell us a family meeting is taking place later on. But with Good Friday now just FIVE days away, time is no longer on Ramaphosa’s side. Therefore, we are more likely to see his speech come within the next day or two – something John Steenhuisen is sure of.

Easter lockdown: John Steenhuisen predicts address for Monday 29 March

In a written statement issued this morning, the opposition leader may have let the cat out of the bag. He claimed that the country is ‘bracing for another televised address tomorrow’, referring to Monday 29 March. Steenhuisen also rallied against national lockdowns, arguing that a ‘localised approach’ is the best way forward.

“As the country braces for yet another televised address by the President tomorrow with the expectation of a return to some version of a higher lockdown level over Easter, the DA urges government to trust science, to apply common sense, and to make use of its own proven localised plan to contain COVID-19 transmission.”

“We simply cannot afford the blunt tool of nation-wide lockdowns. We should not be considering blanket bans on the sale of alcohol or curfew extensions that achieve nothing other than the decimation of the restaurant industry. The devastation wrought by the past year of lockdown – particularly in the hospitality and tourism sectors – will take years to overcome.”