An appeal from the people, seeking help from President Cyril Ramaphosa.

An appeal from the people, seeking help from President Cyril Ramaphosa.

An appeal from the people, seeking help from President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Calls are mounting for President Cyril Ramaphosa to deal with the state, and move the country from lockdown alert Level 3 to Level 2.

The pressure on the economy has been ratcheted up by the ban on alcohol and tobacco products.

As Eskom initiates Stage 2 load-shedding, there are rumors that Cabinet has been advised to maneuver the country to alert Level 2 of the lockdown. South Africans have come an extended way since 26 March, where alert Level 5, the toughest of all of them, saw only essential workers allowed to work.

Alcohol and tobacco products were banned. Things got a touch better on 1 May when the country moved to alert Level 4.

Here, all essential services were allowed to work and sectors like retail, financial services, mining, and forestry, among others were eased.

Level 3 came in two parts – the primary at the start of June, where all economic activities were allowed to resume apart from eateries, bars, and shebeens.

Restaurants and fast-food outlets were allowed deliveries only.

Alcohol sales for home consumption were allowed but tobacco products remained banned.

Entertainment venues, like cinemas and theatres, also as hotels and accommodation for leisure were still not allowed to work.

On 12 July changes were made to alert Level 3, which saw alcohol sales suspended… again.

South Africans could now attend a restaurant for a sit-down meal or watch a movie at the cinema but with limited capacity, of course.

An appeal from the people, seeking help from President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Now, a month later, the sale of tobacco products and alcohol remains prohibited.

International travel and provincial travel for leisure are still not allowed.

Neither are concerts or sporting events with spectators, while gyms remain closed. In the meantime, there are rumours that the president will announce his decision in the week.