‘We know the fact and what is to be carried out: We need to include the unfold of the virus. We have to make sure those that need assistance get it. We have to watch the highest requirements of hygiene and practise social distancing.’
In his weekly letter to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa mirrored on the containment measures he introduced in opposition to the unfold of Covid-19 simply over per week in the past.
He mentioned the very existence of the nation was being put to the check, however he was assured that the folks would stick collectively and overcome.
The president is anticipated to announce extra excessive measures, together with the deployment of the SA National Defence Force, in a televised speech in a while Monday.
Read his full letter under.
Dear Fellow South African,
There comes a time in the affairs of a rustic when, in the face of the most formidable of challenges, its very existence as a nation is put to the check.
The coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold at a relentless tempo throughout the globe. As nations of the world we discover ourselves in the identical battle: to include the virus, to guard the lives of our folks, and to fortify our economies in opposition to the inevitable disruption to manufacturing, productiveness, development and employment.
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It has been per week since we declared a National State of Disaster as an pressing response to the outbreak and put in place mandatory containment measures.
These measures relate to the prohibition of gatherings of greater than 100 folks, restrictions on folks coming into the nation, the closure of faculties, the sale of alcohol and emergency procurement procedures in assist of the battle in opposition to Covid-19.
The Department of Health, supported by the whole authorities communications equipment, has led efforts to boost consciousness amongst the common public round screening and detection, prevention, hygiene management and the significance of social distancing.
The method through which all South Africans have taken cost of not simply their very own private well being however the well being of these round them has been exemplary and heartening. Everywhere we see indicators of behavioural change as the nation rallies behind an infection management measures.
From filling stations to taxi ranks, from spazas to eating places, South Africans totally perceive the gravity of the scenario. Hand-washing is being practised and hand sanitiser is available in shops and different retail areas. People are observing the guidelines limiting giant public gatherings. Businesses and workplaces are complying with the laws in the finest pursuits of their clients and workers.
Last week representatives from all the political events in Parliament stood united on a public platform to declare their assist for the nationwide effort to fight the pandemic. At the identical time, they provided sensible and workable recommendations on how we are able to mitigate its affect on lives and livelihoods.
In the identical week, non secular leaders representing a multiplicity of faiths and denominations additionally affirmed their assist, taking daring and far-reaching selections to include the unfold of the virus in church buildings, temples, mosques and synagogues. They did so totally understanding that irrespective of how delicate and troublesome these selections are, the sanctity of life have to be preserved.
Corporate South Africa and the enterprise neighborhood have stepped up, affirming their assist for the emergency measures and laws, and opening channels of engagement round the financial affect of Covid-19. Yesterday, I met with representatives of the enterprise neighborhood to debate measures we have to take collectively to fight the pandemic and deal with its financial affect.
Elsewhere, giant retailers have issued directives limiting the buy portions of in-demand objects to curtail so-called ‘panic shopping for’. This measure was a laudable effort to guard the rights of bizarre South Africans, however most particularly the poor. It is additionally a welcome signal that South African enterprise is not going to interact in unscrupulous profiteering from a nationwide catastrophe.
This week I will likely be assembly with completely different arms of the state, commerce unions, conventional leaders, civil society formations and different sectors. I’ve little question that they too are already mobilised and united behind the nationwide effort.
What we’re witnessing is social solidarity in motion, a defining characteristic of our nationhood. At instances of disaster resembling this one, it will be simple to give up to the impulses of opportunism, greed and bare self-interest. History bears witness to the darkish aspect of human nature that may be uncovered when worry and panic take maintain.
But as the South African nation we’re standing agency. As we navigate our method by way of the troublesome instances that lie forward, we should proceed in the spirit of empathy and selflessness and transfer with unity of function. The social compacts of which I’ve spoken are wanted now as by no means earlier than. Of these, the social compact between residents and their authorities is the most vital of all.
I’m a agency believer in the folks. I additionally imagine, as Abraham Lincoln as soon as mentioned, that “if given the fact, [the people] could be depended upon to satisfy any nationwide disaster”.
We know the fact and what is to be carried out. We need to include the unfold of the virus. We have to make sure those that need assistance get it. We have to watch the highest requirements of hygiene and practise social distancing.
Our success depends on the effort and energies of each citizen and their dedication to assist and help others.
This disaster is not going to debilitate our nation. In how we’ve responded, we’ve affirmed the true character of our nationhood. It is robust, it is resilient and, above all, it is rooted in solidarity.
It is these attributes of our nationwide character that received us our democracy and it is what’s going to guarantee our victory over this pandemic.
With finest needs,
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