The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) has agreed the country cannot go back to a hard lockdown. “What was raised is that we all have to give the necessary support creating an environment that will not lead to a total shutdown of the economy. Meaning that we can’t drive the country to a total shutdown, unless otherwise we have created alternatives – alternatives that currently do not exist” Nomvula Mokonyane, ANC head or organising, said while briefing the media today.
Government would have to identify parts of the economy that contribute to high virus exposure and the responsibility of the employer. To boost the economy during the current Level 3 lockdown, Mokonyane said government will look at alternative industries to allow small businesses “to share in the economy”
Mokonyane, who is in charge of the running of the ANC’s January 8 celebrations, which will be held virtually, said the main event will be preceded by a host of events building up to Ramaphosa’s address.
“Provinces and regions throughout the country will be engaging in various social media watch parties ahead of the main address by Ramaphosa at 19:00. The main programme will be chaired by our national chairperson Gwede Mantashe from Luthuli House with the NEC, alliance partners and other fraternal parties, including invited guests and dignitaries, joining in virtually” she said.