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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), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has Gazetted the extension of the National State of Disaster on Covid-19 until 15 July 2021, in terms of section 27(5)(c) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002).

The decision to extend the state of national disaster follows consultations and approval by Cabinet.

The extension takes into account the need to continue augmenting the existing legislation and contingency arrangements undertaken by organs of state to mitigate against the impact of the disaster on lives and livelihoods.

The number of COVID-19 cases is increasing daily and requires every individual to practice  greater personal responsibility. Although over 1 million people have already been given vaccines there is no room for complacency. We cannot let our guard down now as the risk of the third wave is very real and has already started in certain parts of the country.

If you are awaiting your test results or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive or know that you have tested positive for COVID-19, please stay at home.

All  people in the country are urged to be cautious and continue observing non-pharmacetical interventions against COVID-19 in an effort to mitigate the rapid spread and the increasing infections. Wear a mask at all times, social distance, avoid large crowds and gatherings, and wash your hands with soap and water or an alcohol based hand sanitizer.

We must sustain our commitment to remain responsive, agile and compassionate as we work to save lives and protect the livelihoods of all South Africans.

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