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Covid-19 National State of Disaster Extended

April 15, 2021

Department of Cooperative Governance

The Covid-19 national state of disaster has been extended until 15 May 2021.

The cooperative governance department announced the extension in Government Gazette 44447.

The national state of disaster to combat Covid-19 was first declared in March 2020 in terms of the Disaster Management Act.

The act stipulates that a national state of disaster lapses after three months.

However, section 27(5)(c) of the act empowers the cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister to extend the state of disaster for one month at a time.

According to the extension notice, the extension takes into account the “need to continue augmenting the existing legislation and contingency arrangements undertaken by organs of state to address the impact of the disaster”.

Meanwhile, president Ramaphosa, addressing a High-Level Virtual Conference on Africa’s Vaccine Manufacturing for Health Security recently, called for the development of a “vibrant and innovative African medical supplies manufacturing capability that meets the health needs of the continent’s people”.

The president added that, in the medium term, existing capabilities need to be expanded into regional hubs that serve the African continent as a whole.

“To do this, Africa needs to harness its own continental capabilities and identify opportunities for collaboration across several countries of the continent. We also need to forge sustainable partnerships with entities in both the developed world and the developing world”, he said.

The president indicated that the envisaged collaboration should form the “basis of a longer-term strategy to develop a pharmaceutical industry that can achieve continental scale – taking advantage of the large, growing and increasingly integrated African market”.

The president highlighted that the private sector will play an essential role in the success of the initiative with investment coming from both the public and private sectors.