South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has dismissed rumours that the Covid-19 vaccination program will be compulsory for all citizens.

Addressing the nation on Monday, 1 February, Ramaphosa said the vaccine will not be forced to people but rather taken by those who need it.

Ramaphosa also revealed that the first one million shots of the vaccine will be used to inoculate healthcare workers amid a surge in infections fuelled by a new variant of the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Ramaphosa has said the sale of alcohol by licensed premises for on-site consumption such as restaurants and taverns will be permitted throughout the week from 10 am to 10 pm.

However, Social gatherings, politic events, traditional council meetings and gatherings at sports grounds remain banned.