Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, says the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) is considering opening up South Africa’s borders when the country moves to Level 1 lockdown.
“Very soon, international travel will be opened. We will announce measures as and when that happens,” said Mbalula.
Mbalula made the revelations on Saturday 12 September, while he was inspecting the OR Tambo International Airport’s COVID-19 adherence after complaints about a lack of compliance.
Last week, Western Cape Premier Alan Winde made a call for international travel and all sectors of the economy to reopen, to address the second ‘pandemic’ facing South Africa- Unemployment.
“All indicators confirm that the WC has moved into the recovery phase of its pandemic. We need to ensure that we keep up all the behavior changes we’ve learned over the last 5 months. But we need to do something further: we need to move forward,” said a tweet shared by Winde.
“If the daily Covid-19 stats were a marker of how we were doing in our fight against this health pandemic, then the GDP stats released this week, which showed a significant decline in economic activity, should be the clearest indication that we are now in the midst of a dangerous and, yes, deadly second pandemic of joblessness that will hit our most vulnerable communities the hardest,” he added.