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Minister Dlamini Zuma’s Statement on the Extension of the National State of Disaster

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) has Gazetted the extension of the National State of Disaster (Covid-19) in terms of section 27(5)(c) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002).

The extension follows consultations and approval by Cabinet.

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 a decision to endorse this further extension. Consequently, 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 Minister wishes to express gratitude for the public support on measures to mitigate the spread of the pandemic, including maintaining social distancing, regular washing of hands or sanitising, and the wearing of masks in public, as this will enhance our fight against the pandemic.

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 full Gazette can be downloaded: https://bit.ly/3j0l4CX


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