Live stream: Ramaphosa to address the nation on Thursday 3 December

President Cyril Ramaphosa will gather us all for a family meeting on Thursday evening, as the head of state provides South Africa with a crucial update on the next stage of our fight against the coronavirus. His speech will be televised, and we will also provide a live stream further down in this article – but what time does it all kick-off?

What time will Cyril Ramaphosa address the nation on Thursday 3 December?

The president is pencilled in to start at 20:00 – most of his lockdown addressed have been at this time, and Cyril has a preference for Thursdays, it seems. We’re not expecting any delays or postponements, and if his last few national addresses are anything to go by, we’ll be up and running within a few minutes of the scheduled start time.

Watch the live stream of Cyril Ramaphosa’s lockdown address on Thursday here:

[Stream will appear in ample time before 20:00, depending on what time a feed is made available]

What does the president want to speak to us about?

As we reported earlier, there are several major issues that need to be covered: The biggest one of the lot will be hammering out the rules and regulations regarding our COVID-19 hot-spots. Both national and local governments are set to reintroduce tighter restrictions in areas that have seen infection rates soar throughout November. They include:

  • Areas in the Western Cape
  • Areas in the Eastern Cape
  • The Garden Route
  • Cape Town Metro
  • Nelson Mandela Bay Metro

Restrictions, hot-spots and vaccines

Alcohol sales are likely to be limited to fewer days, whereas curfew hours are understood to be lengthening in these hot-spots. Restaurants are likely to close earlier, and restrictions on indoor gatherings will be targeted. However, Ramaphosa is also likely to go into detail about South Africa’s readiness for a COVID-19 vaccine.

As the UK became the first country in the world to authorise the use of a mass vaccination programme, others are left wondering when their turn will be. Some reports suggest that South Africa has dithered, and may face a longer wait for the jab than others. This thorny issue is likely to be confronted by Cyril later this evening.

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Presh JM Reporter

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