SA stays on Level 1

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BONUS - RUSTENBURG - In an address to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that the early detection of the new Covid-19 variant has given South Africa a much better chance of containing the spread.
The President held the press conference on Sunday night (28 November). He pleaded with South Africans not yet vaccinated to please do so immediately.

"Please help us to open up the economy. We need to reduce the risk to those who are in the greatest risk. We are looking at booster shots for health care workers and vulnerable people with co-morbidity," the President said.
He added that a task team are exploring making vaccination compulsory for certain activities. "It is a difficult, serious decision. But we must consider what is best for the country," he said.
The President then announced that South Africa will, for now, remain on Alert Level 1. All restrictions currently in place will remain unchanged.
President Ramaphosa then hinted that government is exploring the possibility of lifting the State of Emergency, paving the way for all Lockdown restrictions to be lifted.
The President criticized foreign governments imposing travel restrictions on South Africa and other southern African countries. "This is completely unjustified and will only do more damage to our economy and on the livelihoods of our people," the President said.
He said that the world should wake up and address Vaccine Inequality. "If the rich countries do not step up, and see to it that more vaccines are made available to other countries, more and more variants will emerge."
He concluded on a more positive note that South Africa will come through the storm. "We will defeat this virus," President Ramaphosa told the nation.