We need to save our people from hunger AND Covid-19-Health Minister ‘Mkhize

Health Minister Zweli Mkhize says President Cyril Ramaphosa and his national command council (NCC) debate the balance between securing food supply in South Africa and containing the spreading of Covid-19 daily.

“What is the best way to ensure the balance between the transmission (of the coronavirus) and food supply? There is a huge amount of debate that goes on continuously.

“We need to contain the virus by reducing the movement of people. We are very conscious how this has a negative impact on the economy and food security.

Whatever steps you will hear of in the next few days, you will know that we have taken these two issues into account.”

Mkhize was addressing journalists on Saturday night in the wake of increasing reports of food shortages countrywide.

The government is expected to announce further measures on Monday to relieve the financial pressure on citizens who have lost their jobs and livelihoods as a result of the five-week lockdown.