…for Alleviating May 1st 2020 Lockdown Political Parties and Trade Blocs Sanctified President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa
By Abdul Rahman Bangura –
NEW AFRICA BUSINESS NEWS ( NABN ) Freetown, Sierra Leone- SOUTH AFRICA, shortly after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that, the Novel Coronavirus pandemic lockdown will be ease on May 1st, 2020 Political parties and trade unions all touted President Cyril Ramaphosa for his timely statement in an overture; for the South Africa government to strengthening the balancing of saving lives and granting the economy an opportunity to huff after serious suffocation under a total lockdown since March 2020.
Similarly, Ramaphosa declared openly that, the country would ameliorate some regulations, with various businesses awaited to open, enclosing the allowances and the permission of the sale of cigarettes.
D A leader – John Steenhuisen – Official opposition DA leader on Thursday, April 23rd 2020 said, he cheered Ramaphosa’s statement on the introduction of a phased lockdown from May 1.2020 Steenhuisen was stridden by the Ramaphosa’s proclamation to the DA’s “Smart Lockdown” plan which was pursued two weeks ago.
“This phased, risk-adjusted model, whereby restrictions are lifted as and when the data suggests it is safe, is critical to protecting precious jobs and ensuring that the livelihood of millions of South Africans is saved.
“The DA has called for precisely this approach in our ‘Smart Lockdown Plan’, released ten days ago. It is encouraging that we are able to co-operate in this way, and to know that we are on the same page as we face this daunting challenge,” Steenhuisen furthered in a statement on Thursday.
But he still called for transparent data to inform the phased lockdown. In his speech Ramaphosa disclosed five phases of the lockdown. Phase five is the current lockdown regulation which will be relaxed after April 30.
“Without such transparent data in the public domain, it is impossible to know when, where and to what extent restrictions on activities are necessary. Sharing this data with the media and public is also critical to maintaining support and ensuring compliance with ongoing Covid-19 measures,” said Steenhuisen.
He noted that, his party experienced with Ramaphosa a comprehensive deterioration on the data required to lift restrictions. “We have long maintained that the only way to move out of a hard lockdown is to make up for whatever benefits we were getting from this lockdown with equally effective smart interventions.
“The better we are at implementing these smart interventions — such as increased testing & tracing, good hand hygiene and effective social distancing protocols for all sectors and business types — the less we have to rely on a paralyzing lockdown,” he noted.
He said his party welcomes the requirement of face masks on public transport and the call for them to be worn in all public areas.
ANC national spokesperson – Pule Mabe said citizens must rally behind the new eased lockdown in the interest of the country.
“All of us are expected to support these efforts, especially that they are meant to save lives and make sure that when we return to normality, all of us have adapted to this new normal,” said Mabe.
“As the president has rightly stated, whatever measures they undertake on the ground, they have got to be informed by scientific evidence.”
Mabe said gradually phasing out the lockdown instead of abruptly ending it was the only logical thing to do.
The governing party was particularly pleased that its president had opened a window for various industries to submit their suggestions before the new lockdown regulations are gazetted.
Mabe said: “All of these different sectors of our economy will be expected as announced to forward their own plans in terms of how they are going to effectively run their operations under these conditions by making sure there are precautionary measures to protect lives.”
Numsa’s general secretary, Irvin Jim, also welcomed the announcement.
“The government of SA is one that is consultative.”
Jim said as a union they were doing their best to mobilise workers at shop floor to support government’s efforts to contain the virus.
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