Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga held a media briefing on Saturday, 24 July to give an update about the state of readiness for schools to reopen.

Pupils have been on a break for three weeks after their two weeks school holiday was extended.

She said schools are expected to reopen on Monday, 26 July.

"We are ready,” said Motshekga.

She, however, said that the reopening would only be confirmed on Sunday, 25 July as President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to update the nation on the state of disaster.

"Depending on confirmation by the president, as a sector there is agreement across the board that we are ready for the reopening of schools on Monday, 26 July 2021," she said.

Four weeks ago, Ramaphosa announced the imposition of alert level 4, in which all gatherings except funerals were prohibited, a 9pm-4am curfew was imposed, and alcohol sales were banned.

Since then, Gauteng and several other provinces have passed the peak of their third wave of infections.