PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa will tonight address the nation on the latest developments of the government's approach to the Coronavirus pandemic.
It is widely expected that the president will downgrade the country to alert level 1 to further open up the economy, as infection rates continued to fall.
The country has in recent weeks been recording fewer new cases with the recovery rate at around 89%. Hospital admissions are also said to be fewer and the numbers of those in the ICU declining.
Health Minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize has also earlier this week come out in support of the country being downgraded to alert level 1, saying he would recommend to Cabinet the easing of restrictions among them the sale of alcohol.
Some media reports emerging on Wednesday morning suggested that Ramaphosa will likely open up border gates and international travel but would ban travelers from high-risk countries such as the US and United Kingdom as well as other few countries in Europe.
The Presidency in a statement said his address to the nation followed Ramaphosa's Monday meeting with the National Coronavirus Command Council and the President’s Coordinating Council on Tuesday.
He will also attend a special sitting of Cabinet where the downgrade will likely be endorsed.
"The President’s address will be broadcast and streamed on a range of platforms that are accessible to South Africans and international audiences," said The Presidency in a statement.
The address will be at 7 pm.