It has been announced that certain sectors may return to work during the second stage of the COVID-19 lockdown.
Click or tap on the following quick links to see the information immediately:
- Highlights of the lockdown-regulation updates
- Business sectors that may return to work
- Additional information
- Getting business exposure during lockdown
Highlights of the lockdown-regulation updates:
- Alcohol and cigarettes are still NOT for sale
- The sale of hot food is now explicitly banned
- Selected non-consumable goods may be sold for the care of babies and toddlers
- The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, as of 16 April, is 2 605 with a total of 48 deaths and 903 recoveries.
Sectors that may return to work during the second stage of lockdown:
- Mining operations (excluding collieries that supply Eskom) may be reopened at 50% capacity. After lockdown, a risk-based approach will be taken to determine what capacity these operations may be increased to.
Visit https://www.gov.za/speeches/minister-gwede-mantashe-coronavirus-covid-19-amended-regulations-16-apr-2020-0000 to view the conditions that apply to starting work and the gradual increasing of capacity thereafter.
- To ensure that SA continues the supply of energy and petroleum products, the following applies:
- Collieries that supply Eskom may continue to operate at full capacity
- Refineries may operate at full capacity to avoid a shortage of fuel. This includes operations such as refineries, smelters, plants, and furnaces.
- Plumbers, electricians, glaziers, locksmiths, and roof repairers may provide emergency help. Emergency automobile repairs may also be done for people who render essential services and public transport vehicles that are permitted to operate during lockdown.
- Hardware stores and stores selling vehicle components may also reopen but should maintain a register of persons buying essential goods and must keep record of a signed declaration whereby the buyer attests that the goods are essential.
- Essential goods may be transported from warehousing sites to essentials service providers.
- Call centres may operate if they are necessary to provide the following:
- Social support
- Government and financial services
- Debt restructuring for consumers or retailers
- Short-term insurance policies
- Information and communication technology services rendered to entities and institutions engaged in delivering essential services.
- Retailers who are permitted to sell essential goods may sell non-consumable goods essential for the care of babies and toddlers. These goods may include:
- Cot mattresses
- Teething rings
- Feeding bottles
- No one may be evicted from their place of residence for the duration of the lockdown.
For more information on these and other regulations, please visit https://www.gov.za/speeches/minister-nkosazana-dlamini-zuma-coronavirus-covid-19-amended-regulations-16-apr-2020-0000
Getting business exposure during lockdown:
If your business falls into any of the categories listed above, it is imperative to ensure that you make people aware of the fact that you are trading, even if it is under special circumstances.
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We understand the immense strain lockdown has placed on every business in South Africa, and even though this won’t last forever, you’ll need all the help you can get to make it through. Don’t take this opportunity for granted. If you need assistance with anything else, please don’t hesitate to call us on 0872369457 or fill in the contact form below.