WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND PERMITTED BUSINESS ACTIVITIES RELATED TO ELECTRICITY, GAS AND WATER SUPPLY UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?

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Published: May 2, 2020

According to the Disaster Management Regulations issued on 29 April 2020:

 

All electricity, gas and water supply business activities are permitted services.

 

In addition, electricity (including vital demand management services), water, gas and fuel production, supply and maintenance are listed as essential services.   

 

To ensure the continuous supply of energy and petroleum products to society –

  • collieries that supply Eskom may continue to operate at full capacity, and
  • refineries and other facilities providing energy and fuel may operate at full capacity to avoid shortage of fuel and energy, and such operations may include fuel storage, smelters, plants and furnaces.

The Alert Level 4 Regulations also permits certain manufacturing, click here to see what the rules are for manufacturing.

 

Workplace Safety

 

All persons who are able to work from home 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 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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