‘Gear up for easing of lockdown': Winde to push for Ramaphosa to lift curfew and overseas travel ban

Western Cape Premier Alan Winde wants the curfew lifted and a date

for international travel to resume.

Premiers are meant to meet with President Ramaphosa and the NCCC to

discuss the lockdown.


Winde also hopes to have clarity on events and sporting businesses.


Western Cape Premier Alan Winde and other premiers will be meeting with

President Cyril Ramaphosa and the National Coronavirus Command Council

(NCCC) to discuss the next phase of the lockdown on Tuesday.


In a video statement released on Tuesday, Winde said he would be pushing

for three main agenda items that his government felt would allow for

more economic activity in the country.


Winde said he would be asking the president to lift the curfew and give

clarity on international travel, as well.


“We need a date that international travel opens, in October, so that the

bookings can be made by international travellers who want to come into

our country for business or vacation for the next few months,” he said.


“We need to make sure that we open up on our events, sporting

businesses, and churches must be able to open up more carrying

capacity,” added Winde.


Winde last week also pleaded with Ramaphosa to fight the “second

pandemic” – unemployment – by opening up all sectors of the economy on



According to a statement by the presidency, the meeting would be chaired

by Ramaphosa and was expected to focus on a report from the NCCC on the

country’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.


This, as Ramaphosa hinted in a meeting with the South Africa National

Editors Forum last week that South Africa could be going into Level 1

lockdown soon.


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