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SA’s state of disaster extended by another month - Premier Winde wants a way out

15 October 2021 11:26 AM
Tags:
National State of Disaster
Premier Alan Winde
Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Cogta Minister

Afternoon Drive host John Maytham chats to Western Cape Premier Alan Winde about the ongoing national state of disaster in SA.
  • Premier Alan Winde continues to plead for an end to the national state of disaster
  • Cogta Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has extended the disaster declaration by another month
  • Winde says provincial government is working on its own roadmap out of the national state of disaster
  • He says the public health sector will need a trigger system to help manage Covid-19 when the lockdown ends

FILE: Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma updates South Africans on regulations pertaining to the COVID-19 lockdown. Picture: @GovernmentZA/Twitter

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde says he's asked provincial health officials to prepare a Covid-19 management plan for when the national state of disaster is terminated, despite the national government's ongoing extensions.

Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has extended the Covid-19 national state of disaster by another month.

Dlamini-Zuma has gazetted the extension until 15 November 2021. She has been extending the state of disaster on a monthly basis for over a year now.

South Africa has been under the national state of disaster since 15 March 2020 when the Covid-19 lockdown began.

The declaration allows the national government to impose lockdown restrictions.

Premier Winde has been calling for the national government to develop a concrete plan on how and when the national state of disaster will be ended.

He says the country cannot be in a state of disaster indefinitely.

The premier wrote to the Presidency requesting transparency on a proposed roadmap to end the declaration.

He says he received a response from Dlamini-Zuma who won't budge on the matter.

Meanwhile, Winde says provincial and local government will be developing a trigger alert system that will enable the future management of the Covid-19 virus once the declaration and lockdown restrictions are scrapped.

I got a reply not from the Presidency but I got a reply from Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma which really just said no, we're making a decision on the extension and that's just where it is.

Alan Winde, Western Cape Premier

We are still pushing it. I believe that we must have a roadmap. We cannot not have it. We will still be pushing that and we ourselves are now crafting what our own roadmap looks like.

Alan Winde, Western Cape Premier

I want our own Disaster Management teams and our local government teams as well as our economic teams to also have a look at what we think would be legitimate early slow down systems.

Alan Winde, Western Cape Premier



15 October 2021 11:26 AM
Tags:
National State of Disaster
Premier Alan Winde
Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Cogta Minister

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