WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND PERMITTED BUSINESS ACTIVITIES IN THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?

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Published: May 2, 2020

If your business operates within the manufacturing sector, the following business activities within the sector are permitted unless otherwise specified: 

  • Manufacture of wholesale and retail products permitted to be sold under Alert Level  4, and all input products, permitted scaling up to full employment, except where otherwise indicated, and subject to strict health protocols.
  • Manufacture of paper and paper products, excluding stationery, permitted scaling up to full employment and subject to strict health protocols.
  • Manufacture of plastics and packaging, including glass, plastic bottles and containers, permitted scaling up to full employment and subject to strict health protocols.
  • Petroleum refineries, smelters, and furnaces permitted scaling up to full employment and subject to strict health protocols.
  • Manufacture of winter clothing, footwear, bedding and heaters (and all inputs required, including textiles) permitted, commencing at 25% and scaling up to 50% employment and subject to strict health protocols.
  • Manufacturing of automotive, steel and other metals, rail and shipbuilding (including components), scaling up in phases to 50% employment and subject to strict health protocols.
  • Stationery production, scaling up in phases to 50% employment and subject to strict health protocols.
  • Cement, other construction material, and hardware scaling up in phases to 50% employment and subject to strict health protocols.
  • All other manufacturing, scaling up to 30% employment and subject to strict health protocols.
  • Manufacturing products permitted for production under the Alert Level 4 table can be exported subject to directions.

 

In addition, Alert Level 4 also permits the following supply chain-related activities:

  • Production, manufacturing, supply, logistics, transport, delivery, critical maintenance and repair in relation to the rendering of essential services including components and equipment required for production or rendering of permitted goods and services.

 

  • All workplace or premises must have care and maintenance that is essential to the prevention of the destruction or significant impairment of working areas, plant, machinery or inventory, or to permit orderly wind-down arrangements, on such conditions as may be issued by means of directions by the relevant cabinet members.

 

Workplace Safety

Anybody in the sector that is able to work from home during Alert Level 4 should do so.

Anybody falling under the specific activities mentioned above can work outside the home and can travel to and from work under Alert Level 4.

This is subject to:
–        Strict health protocols, and social distancing rules;
–        Phased-in return to work to enable measures to make the workplace is COVID-ready
–        Returning to work to be done in a manner that avoids and reduces risks of infection.

Anybody that is permitted to work outside their home under Alert Level 4 must carry a Permit to Perform an Essential or Permitted Service (click here to download), issued by the head of the company or institution. This permit must always be accompanied by identification.

The Department of Small Business Development may issue further Directions related to small and micro enterprises, co-operatives, informal traders and spaza shops. (This question will be updated if such Directions are issued).

This is set out in the Disaster Management Regulations issued on 29 April 2020, available here.

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