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President Cyril Ramaphosa announced South Africa will move from Level 4 COVID-19 restrictions to adjusted Level 3 on Sunday.

South Africa moves to adjusted Alert Level 3

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced South Africa will move from Level 4 COVID-19 restrictions to adjusted Level 3 on Sunday.

The president said new COVID-19 infections are being driven by the Delta variant, which is more transmissible than previous variants, and raised concerns about new daily infections in provinces like the Western Cape, KwaZulu Natal, and the Northern Cape.

Ramaphosa emphasised the importance of wearing masks at all times when in public, keeping distance from others, and ensuring a flow of fresh air with others.

The president announced that based on the recommendations of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19, and inputs from the President’s Coordinating Council, Cabinet, the country be moved from Adjusted Alert Level 4 and be placed on Alert Level 3. ENCA News

Professor Karim cautions against complacency

Professor Salim Abdool Karim says the President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address was a good balancing act. But he cautions against complacency.

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He says while it may seem as if we are over the worst of the third wave, there are still areas where the virus is causing havoc.

“We can ease restrictions but we have to be careful not to ease them too much because then we run the risk of getting a second peak.”

Ramaphosa announced South Africa will move from Level 4 COVID-19 restrictions to adjusted Level 3 on Sunday. ENCA News

Church leaders call for relaxed COVID-19 lockdown regulations

Church leaders are calling for religious gatherings, with a limited number of people of up to 50% venue capacity, to be permitted.

Currently, under level four of the national lockdown, religious gatherings are prohibited in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Church leaders in Gauteng say looting and violence, that were experienced in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng recently were as a result of a lack of guidance from religious leaders.

Pastor At Boshoff of the Christian Revival Church says the country desperately needs the guidance of religious leaders. SABC News

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UCT to launch online high school

The University of Cape Town will be launching an online high school. This will make it the first university on the continent to extend its expertise to secondary schooling online.

UCT has partnered with a Cape Town-based edu-tech company, to deliver this virtual feature. Admission opens on Thursday and the first classes will start in January next year.. ENCA News

Kanye West hypes new album – but no official release

The mercurial Kanye West has previewed his 10th studio album “Donda” at an arena listening event – but characteristically blew past Friday’s expected release without officially dropping the record.

The artist, 44, arrived nearly two hours late to the sold-out listening session at an Atlanta stadium, which was announced just days prior, performing without a mic as his children and ex-wife Kim Kardashian looked on.

The album is named for the rapper-producer’s mother, who died in 2007, and it appeared the content continued to explore religious themes, along with references to his high-profile split from Kardashian. ENCA News

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