Fellow South Africans, Good Evening,
We decided to delay the start of this address to the nation by half an hour because a legend of South African broadcasting, Ms Noxolo Grootboom, presented her last isiXhosa bulletin at 7pm on SABC News this evening.
I wish to pay tribute to Ms Grootboom as an outstanding journalist who, throughout her distinguished career, brought historic events in our country and across the world into the living rooms of our nation.
We wish Ms Grootboom well, and thank her for her many years of service.
Sifuna ukuthi, kumakhaya ngamakhaya, Siyakuthanda.
It is now just over a year since we declared a National State of Disaster in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and had to introduce measures to contain its spread.
Since then, we all had to put up with restrictions on nearly every aspect of our lives.