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cosatuIndependent News reports that labour and political parties have welcomed President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on Sunday night to move the country from adjusted level 3 to 2 with effect from today.

Labour federation Cosatu noted the decision and spokesperson Sizwe Pamla called on all South Africans to continue to abide by the various health and safety measures, in particular wearing masks, sanitising, social distancing and others as these were vital in curbing the pandemic. “We applaud the progress on speeding up the vaccination campaign and the tireless efforts of all health care workers. The procurement and delivery of vaccinations programme has shown a positive improvement,” Pamla said. He added that Cosatu was deeply worrying that many people have failed to vaccinate. “All adults need to vaccinate because the vaccines have proven to be highly effective in minimising infections and saving lives. It is critical that everyone vaccinates not only to protect themselves but also their co-workers and families.” Pamla said it was only through achieving mass population immunity that the economy would be able to emerge safely and jobs saved. “The economy cannot afford to continue absorbing periodic lockdowns, nor is there enough in the Unemployment Insurance Fund to provide relief to workers,” he noted. While welcoming the easing of restrictions, the Democratic Alliance called on Ramaphosa to commit to an end date for all lockdown restrictions as well as the state of disaster.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Mayibongwe Maqhina at Independent News

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