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National State of Disaster ends on Saturday midnight

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There is just a day left before the one month extension of the Declaration of the National State of Disaster comes to an end. It’s almost five months since the coronavirus was declared a national disaster on March 15.

The coronavirus, a global pandemic has seen South Africa declaring a National State of Disaster for the first time by invoking the Disaster Management Act. The Act makes provision for the first 90-day period to be declared a state of disaster and once the 90 days expire, the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs is empowered to extend it on a month-to-month basis.

There has already been two month- to- month extensions, with the second one coming to an end on Saturday at midnight. President Cyril Ramaphosa is still expected to announce a final cabinet decision on whether another month extension will be granted. There have been media reports that the country will move to level 2 lockdown, making another one month extension possible.

Source: SABC News


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