WILL THE WESTERN CAPE VETERINARY EXPORT CERTIFICATION OFFICE REMAIN OPEN DURING THE LOCKDOWN?

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Published: March 31, 2020

Yes. In a statement on 30 March 2020, MEC of Agriculture in the Western Cape, Ivan Meyer, confirmed that the Western Cape Veterinary Export Certification Office would remain open during the lockdown. This follows the implementation of the COVID-19 Lockdown and the subsequent announcement that the Agriculture sector has been declared an essential service. The service remains open during office hours. Two veterinarians and four inspectors remain on duty to ensure that the inspection of export consignments and the issuing of health certificates continues. Due to the current circumstances, however, officials are not accepting physical meetings. Clients are requested to make enquiries electronically and to apply via email at vetexport@elsenburg.com. Officials will communicate via email once the documents are ready for collection. While additional hygiene measures have been implemented at the Milnerton office, a further three veterinarians and one Chief Public Veterinarian Officer are on standby should the Milnerton office need to be quarantined and an alternative office has to be used. After-hour services for inspections and attending to any export-related emergencies will continue to be rendered.

For the MEC’s full statement, click here. To access the Western Cape Department of Agriculture’s Website, click here.

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