Published: May 2, 2020

The following business activities within the transport and logistic sector are permitted unless otherwise specified:

(excluding public transport)

  • Rail, ocean, air and road transport is permitted for the movement of cargo to other countries and within the Republic of South Africa, subject to national legislation, for the transportation of the following goods-
    • Essential goods for import including:
      • Food products, including non -alcoholic beverages and animal feed
      • Sanitary pads, sanitary tampons, condoms.
      • Hand sanitiser, disinfectants, soap, alcohol for industrial use, household cleaning products, and personal protective equipment, excluding cloth face masks.
      • Products for the care of babies and toddlers.
      • Personal toiletries, including hair care, body and face care products, roll-ons, deodorants, and dental care products.
      • Medical and hospital supplies, medicine, equipment and personal protective equipment (excluding cloth face masks).
      • Fuel, including coal, wood, paraffin and gas.
      • Hardware, components and supplies.
      • Components for aftersales vehicles services.
      • Chemicals, packaging and ancillary products used in the production of any these products.
      • Textiles required to produce face masks, and other personal protective equipment.
      • ICT equipment to facilitate work -from -home arrangements including computers, mobile telephones and other home office equipment.;
  • The imports of materials and components required for manufacturing activities allowed under Alert Level 4;
  • Cargo at ports of entry;
  • Goods cleared at ports of entry for removal in transit through the Republic destined for neighbouring countries;
  • Permitted goods for export including:
    1. Agricultural, agro-processing, forestry and fishing products
    2. Manufacturing products and mining products permitted for production under the Alert Level 4, subject to directions issued by the relevant Minister
    3. The transportation of liquor for export purposes is permitted
  • transport of goods within the Republic of South Africa; and
  • any other goods as set out in Directions by the relevant Cabinet member.
  • Transport and logistics in respect of cargo specified above, and permitted retail goods to neighbouring countries (including all goods imported via SA ports of entry, for re-export to neighbouring countries).
  • The transportation of liquor is prohibited, except where alcohol is required for industries producing hand sanitizers, disinfectants, soap, alcohol for industrial use and household cleaning products; and for export purposes.
  • Transportation of mortal remains is permitted.


In addition, the following are also listed as essential services:

  • Production, manufacturing, supply, logistics, transport, delivery, critical maintenance and repair in relation to the rendering of essential services including components and equipment are considered essential services.


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 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 Cabinet member who is responsible for transport, may, after consultation with the Cabinet members responsible for cooperative governance and traditional affairs, trade, industry and competition. health, justice and correctional services and public enterprises, issue directions relating to sea cargo operations and air freight operations. (This question will be updated if such Directions are issued).

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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