According to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s schedule, the wheels could already be in motion for a very serious ‘family meeting’ this week.
The president is set to take part in three major meetings throughout the day: His first engagement is a gathering of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC). They are the ministerial group that decides on our lockdown laws, and WHEN they should be eased or tightened. However, these meetings happen regularly.
An NCCC meeting isn’t usually enough to set the alarm bells ringing. But shortly afterward, Cyril Ramaphosa is also convening a session with the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC), which features every provincial premier. Add a Cabinet meeting on top of that, on the very same day, and we’re seeing a familiar pattern emerge…
Whenever these three meetings have aligned in the past 15 months or so, lockdown guidance is usually amended. This is accompanied by a speech to the nation from Cyril Ramaphosa, which are now colloquially known as ‘family meetings’. Although nothing has yet been confirmed, the first hints of a major announcement are here in plain sight:
Ramaphosa last addressed the nation a little over two weeks ago. But his ‘Sunday Service’ hasn’t done the country much good in that time. He put the country back down to Level 2 restrictions, but as the data has shown us in the past fortnight, COVID-19 cases are still soaring – and the third wave has officially been confirmed for Mzansi.
At Level 3, gathering allowances shrink and alcohol restrictions become much more strict. Restaurants, indoor entertainment venues, and social hubs will all be at the mercy of government curbs, should Ramaphosa choose to implement further lockdown limitations in the immediate future. Either way, it looks like it’s time to buckle-up once more.