President Cyril Ramaphosa has moved his address to the nation on Tuesday evening (30 March) from 19h00 to 19h30, according to a statement from the Presidency.
This is to “allow SABC viewers to watch veteran newsreader Noxolo Grootboom’s final bulletin as she retires after 37 years,” the Presidency said.
Viewers had earlier taken to social media to voice their dilemma on whether to watch Ramaphosa’s address or Grootboom’s final bulletin.
The 60-year-old Grootboom is signing off on Tuesday night after a legendary 37-year career in the news industry. She has read SABC 1’s isiXhosa news bulletin for years.
The veteran news anchor is especially known for her affectionate bulletin sign-off, “Ndinithanda nonke emakhaya,” which translates to, “I love you all at home.”
Viewers will now be able to watch both Grootboom’s final bulletin and Ramaphosa’s address without having to choose one over the other.
Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation
Ramaphosa’s address to the nation is expected to outline measures to limit the spread of COVID-19 during the Easter period.
“The President’s address follows meetings in recent days of the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC), the President’s Coordinating Council (PCC) and Cabinet,” the Presidency said.
“As South Africa rolls out its national COVID-19 vaccination programme, government and social partners are continuously monitoring infection, treatment and patient recovery rates, as well as compliance with health regulations and other prevention measures.”
In his weekly newsletter on Monday, Ramaphosa urged religious leaders and groups to “innovate” and help avoid triggering a third wave of the pandemic.
“International experience has taught us that we should not tempt fate. Many countries have eased restrictions, only for there to be resurgences, necessitating the imposition of even harsher restrictions,” he explained.
“Faced with this reality, faith communities are encouraged to innovate in the holding of congregational worship over the upcoming Easter, Passover and Ramadan as they did last year.”