President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation on Monday night as businesses brace for new restrictions, including the re-imposition of a total ban on alcohol sales, as the country battles a new wave of Covid-19 infections that’s placing strain on the country’s hospitals.

The address, due at 8pm, follows a meeting of the national coronavirus command council (NCCC) on Sunday, the presidency said in a statement. Earlier, government spokesperson Phumla Williams told Business day that the cabinet would hold an urgent meeting. Ramaphosa also withdrew from a planned thanksgiving prayer meeting organised by the Johannesburg region of the ANC, at which he was supposed to speak ...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as articles from our international business news partners; ProfileData financial data; and digital access to the Sunday Times and Sunday Times Daily.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.

Questions or problems? Email or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now