President Cyril Ramaphosa warns South Africans, it is critical that ‘we do not become the architects of our own undoing’ ahead of the festive season.
On 9th November (Monday) the president said that ‘the greatest vigilance’ is required from all citizens to keep the virus at bay.
“A resurgence at any scale will not just dramatically reverse our health gains. It will choke the green shoots of economic recovery that have emerged, and take us back from spring to winter,” he said.
“To prevent a second wave of Covid-19 infections, we must observe the public health guidelines that remain in place.
Ramaphosa pointed out the importance of wearing a mask to protect not only you and people around you but also the economy.
“When we fail to wear a mask at a social gathering, when we attend crowded events, we are not only putting ourselves and others at risk. We are also putting our economic recovery in jeopardy.”
“Even as most social and economic activity has resumed, we must still observe all the health measures. This is absolutely necessary if we are to rebuild our economy and put this crisis behind us.”
He added that the emergency measures put in place have laid a firm foundation on which to rebuild the economy.
“As our focus now shifts to the implementation of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, our priority will be to stimulate growth and create jobs.” The president said that progress has already been made in a number of areas.
“We are seeing new funding commitments for infrastructure development following an infrastructure project roundtable last week.
“A number of employment programmes under the Presidential Employment Stimulus have started. We are pushing ahead with economic reforms in areas such as energy and telecommunications.
Ramaphosa added that “Plans are being converted to action and commitments are being reflected in jobs and opportunities,”