When President Ramaphosa announced in May that the country would be moving to alert level 3 from 1 June, he said government would give consideration to re-opening other sectors of the economy, if the necessary safety precautions were put in place and maintained.
"Therefore, following discussions with industry representatives on stringent prevention protocols, and after advice from scientists and consultation with Premiers, Cabinet has decided to ease restrictions on certain other economic activities," the President said on Wednesday.
President Ramaphosa said many other countries are in the same boat during this global pandemic and are resolving similar dilemmas.
"We used the time during the lockdown to prepare and enhance our health system and put in place public health measures to minimise infections," the President said.
The President said as the country gradually opens up, resuming more activities, the risk of infection inevitably increases.