President Cyril Ramaphosa will this afternoon, May 31, 2020, convene a virtual engagement with members of the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF).
The meeting takes place at a time when the country and the rest of the world are immersed in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
It also takes place on the basis of acknowledging of the role played by media as a vital conduit of information disseminated by government and other sources with the aim of saving lives and protecting livelihoods.
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President Ramaphosa is on record as commending South African media for helping to inform and assure the nation in this unprecedented situation which currently calls for a balance between vigilance against the coronavirus and the exercise of personal and collective responsibility that will enable economic activity to resume and alleviate hardship.
The President has held a series of meetings and consultations with various sectors of society since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the national effort to combat the crisis in inclusive.
The virtual meeting with a representative SANEF delegation will afford the President an opportunity to engage editors as thought leaders on South Africa’s ongoing measures to manage the spread of the COVID-19 through the risk-adjusted strategy.
The President has held two other engagements with SANEF in the recent past, in continuous efforts to address pressing issues in the country.