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WHICH BUSINESSES CAN OPERATE UNDER ALERT LEVEL 3?


WHICH BUSINESS CAN OPERATE UNDER ALERT LEVEL 3? Any business or institution may operate except those listed under the specific economic exclusions in Table 2 of the Alert Level 3 Regulations.   Specific Economic Exclusions: ...

WHAT HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS DO I NEED TO BE AWARE OF IF I AM REOPENING MY BUSINESS UNDER ALERT LEVEL 3?


WHAT HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS DO I NEED TO BE AWARE OF IF I AM REOPENING MY BUSINESS UNDER ALERT LEVEL 3?   All businesses that are permitted to operate under Alert Level 3 need to be aware of the following: General Measures:...

WHAT DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED IF I AM RETURNING TO WORK UNDER LEVEL 3?


What documentation do I need if I am returning to work under Alert Level 3?   To return to work under Alert Level 3 you require a permit. Permit to Perform an Essential or Permitted Service (Form 2 Annexure A) If you are...

WHAT DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED TO OPERATE A PERMITTED BUSINESS?


What documentation do I need to operate a permitted business during lockdown? Depending on your business, you will need to show a Permit to Perform an Essential or Permitted Service, as well as either of the following: CIPC Certificate; or...

What personal movement is allowed under Alert Level 1?


The following personal movement is allowed under Alert Level 1 No limitation on personal movement but persons are encouraged to limit movement to essential travel Mandatory use of cloth masks (including home-made ones to cover nose and...

What businesses may operate under Alert Level 1?


All COVID-19 health and safety protocols must be followed at all times, including observance of guidelines for social distancing, sanitation and hygiene, and use of appropriate personal protective equipment, like cloth face masks, as determined...

What personal movement is allowed under Alert Level 2?


The following personal movement is allowed under Alert Level 2. Interprovincial travel is permitted Stay at home, other than essential travel for work and to purchase goods. Mandatory use of cloth masks (including home-made ones to...

What businesses are allowed to operate under Alert Level 2?


All COVID-19 health and safety protocols must be followed at all times, including observance of guidelines for social distancing, sanitation and hygiene, and use of appropriate personal protective equipment, like cloth face masks, as determined...

HAS ANY SUPPORT OR INTERVENTION MEASURES BEEN MADE AVAILABLE TO SPAZASHOPS AND GENERAL DEALERS DURING LOCKDOWN?


Yes, there have been Support or Relief Measures made available for Sparzashops and General Dealers during Lockdown.   On 18 April 2020, the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) announced guidelines for participation in the...

WHAT MITIGATION MEASURES NEED TO BE PUT IN PLACE FOR FILM AND TELEVISION PRODUCTION UNDER ALERT 4?


If you wish to start film and television production under Alert Level 4, the following mitigation measures must be put into place.   The resumption of film and television productions means the resumption of jobs across the production...

What goods are listed as essential goods for import under Alert Level 4?


The following goods are listed as essential goods for import under Alert Level 4   Essential Goods for Import   Food products, including non -alcoholic beverages and animal feed. Sanitary pads, sanitary tampons,...

WHAT HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS DO I NEED TO BE AWARE OF IF I AM REOPENING MY BUSINESS UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


All businesses that are permitted to operate under Alert Level 4 need to be aware of the following:   GENERAL MEASURES Everybody needs to wear a cloth face mask when in a public place or have their nose and mouth covered with a...

WHAT ACCOMMODATION SERVICES ARE PERMITTED UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


The following accommodation services are included as permitted and essential services unless otherwise specified:   Accommodation for quarantine and isolation Accommodation for persons rendering essential services Accommodation...

Do I need a CIPC Certificate to operate as an accommodation offering for essential and permitted services workers?


No, you don't. What you need is permission to operate from the National Department of Tourism during Alert Level 4. You will be required to provide proof that the workers are performing essential services, and will be required to submit all...

What happens if I am travelling for an emergency and need to find accommodation?


If you need to travel during Alert Level 4, the best solution would be to find an accommodation offering in the area that has permission to operate from the National Department of Tourism. What if there is no establishment in the area I need to...

If I have essential and permitted services workers in my accommodation and have had for a while, do I need to apply to the National Department of Tourism (NDT) for permission to operate?


Yes you need to apply to the National Department of Tourism for permission during Alert Level 4 It would indeed be necessary to regulate your accommodation services by applying to the National Department of Tourism (NDT) for permission to...

WHAT PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES ARE PERMITTED UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


The following public transport services are permitted under transport, storage and communication services:     Public rail, minibus taxi and bus services will resume at Alert Levels and on terms as will be set out in Directions, based...

WHAT BUSINESS ACTIVITIES ARE PERMITTED IN THE MINING AND QUARRYING SECTOR UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


The following mining and quarrying business activities within the sector are permitted unless otherwise specified:   Coal production for Eskom scaling up to full employment Open-cast mining scaling up to a baseline of 50% and...

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


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...

IS PRIVATE SECURITY AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


Yes. Private security services are permitted.   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...

WHAT SOCIAL WORK SERVICES ARE PERMITTED UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


The following social work services are permitted under Health, Social, and Personal Services:    All social work, counselling, services supporting gender-based violence, care and relief activities   Additionally, the...

ARE RECYCLING AND WASTE REMOVAL SERVICES PERMITTED UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


The following recycling and waste removal business services are permitted under Health, Social, and Personal Services:  Recycling of glass, paper, plastic, metal, tyres and such others as determined by directions, are permitted at 50%...

WHAT ANIMAL, WILDLIFE AND PET CARE SERVICES ARE LISTED AS ESSENTIAL AND PERMITTED SERVICES UNDER LEVEL 4?


The following services are permitted under Health, Social and Personal Services:  Veterinary services Animal care Wildlife management Anti-poaching Cleaning, sanitation, pest control, sewage, waste and refuse removal...

WHAT MEDICAL AND HEALTH RELATED SERVICES ARE LISTED AS ESSENTIAL AND PERMITTED SERVICES UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


The following services are permitted under Health, Social and Personal Services:  Medical and veterinary services Cleaning and sanitation services Mortuary services Other public services: disaster management services, military...

WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE PERMITTED IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, GOVERNMENT SERVICES AND OTHER ARMS OF THE STATE UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


Only essential government and administration services may operate, including: Disaster management, fire prevention, fire fighting and emergency services. Licensing, permitting, deeds, masters offices. birth and death certificates,...

WHAT BUSINESS ACTIVITIES ARE PERMITTED IN PRIVATE HOUSEHOLD EMPLOYMENT UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


The following activities within private household employment are permitted unless otherwise specified: Live-in staff, and staff providing care to the: sick, mentally ill, elderly, people with disabilities, and ...

WHAT SUPPLY CHAINS BUSINESS ACTIVITIES ARE PERMITTED UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


The following business activities within supply chains are permitted unless otherwise specified: Production, manufacturing, supply, logistics, transport, delivery and critical maintenance and repair of goods and services (including...

WHAT EMERGENCY REPAIR AND RECOVERY SERVICES ARE PERMITTED UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


Does your business offer repair and related emergency services listed here? The following business activities are permitted under repair and related emergency services unless otherwise specified: Tow trucks and vehicle recovery services ...

WHAT TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS SERVICES ARE ALLOWED UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


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...

CAN RESTAURANTS OPEN UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


Yes, restaurants are allowed to operate, but only for food delivery services and only between 09H00 and 19H00; restaurant deliveries are subject to restrictions on movement (no sit-down or pick-up allowed).   In addition, the...

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


The following business activities within the financial and business services sector are permitted unless otherwise specified: Employees in this sector should work from home where possible. Essential financial services may operate, subject...

WHAT BUSINESS ACTIVITIES ARE PERMITTED IN THE INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES SECTOR UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


If my business operates within the information and communication services, which business activities are permitted? All telecommunication services and infrastructure. Information and Communication Technology services for all private and...

WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND PERMITTED BUSINESS ACTIVITIES IN WHOLESALE AND RETAIL TRADE UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


Does wholesale and the retail trade sector include Spaza Shops and Informal Traders? Yes, it does. In addition, directions may permit the incremental expansion of e-commerce.*   What business activities within this sector are...

WHAT ARE THE ESSENTIAL SERVICES AND PERMITTED BUSINESS ACTIVITIES IN THE CONSTRUCTION AND RELATED SERVICES (INCLUDING TRADE PERSONS) SECTOR UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


If your business operates within the construction sector, the following business activities within the sector are permitted unless otherwise specified: Civil engineering for public works projects (including water, energy, sanitation) ...

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


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...

WHAT SERVICES AND BUSINESS ACTIVITIES ARE PERMITTED UNDER AGRICULTURE, HUNTING, FORESTRY AND FISHING UNDER ALERT LEVEL 4?


If your business operates within the agriculture, hunting, forestry and/or fishing sector, the following business activities are permitted, unless otherwise specified:   All agriculture, hunting, forestry and fishing, beekeeping,...

Can my business operate during Alert Level 4?


Do you want to know if your business can operate during Alert Level 4, and what it means?   Follow these three easy steps: Select which sector your business operates in, from the list below. Read what business activities within...

What is listed as an essential service during Level 4?


To find out what services are permitted under Alert Level 4, please click here for an update.

Can my company export wine during Level 4?


During Level 4, which commences on 1 May 2020, the export of all agricultural products, including wine, is permitted. The transportation of liquor for export purposes is also permitted under Level 4. This is set out in the Disaster Management...

Can I leave my house to go to work during level 4?


Anybody that is able to work from home during Alert Level 4 should do so. Anybody that falls under the below list in this table, of industries and activities, can work outside the home and can travel to and from work under Alert Level...

What goods may be exported under level 4 of lockdown?


Under Level 4, commencing on 1 May 2020, the following goods may be exported: Agricultural, agro-processed, forestry and fishing products (including wine and other alcoholic beverages as mentioned by Min Dlamini-Zuma in her speech on 29...

WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE SCHOOL CLOSURES?


In a presentation to national parliament on 29 April 2020, the Department of Basic Education made a presentation with tentative dates for the reopening of schools across the country. These dates were not definite.

How do I apply for various types of social grants?


Find out more about applying for various types of social grants here.   As from May 2020, Disability and Older Persons Grants will be paid from the 4th day of the month. All other grants will be paid from the 6th of every...

HOW DO I COMMENT ON THE NATIONAL GOVERNMENT’S COVID-19 RISK ADJUSTED STRATEGY?


As per National Government’s statement on 25 April 2020- Request for comments: Schedule of services to be phased in as per the COVID-19 risk-adjusted strategy. On 25 April 2020, the National Government put in the public domain a draft...

Is the government offering any customs rebates or VAT exemptions on critical import supplies to importers? What is the process to apply for an import permit and rebate?


Yes, the Government is offering customs rebates and VAT exemptions on critical import supplies to importers.   On 27 March 2020, the South African Revenue Services (“SARS”) announced that the importation of goods defined as...

DO I NEED TO UPDATE MY CIPC ESSENTIAL SERVICE CERTIFICATE, AND HOW DO I IT?


According to the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, Companies registered through the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission's (CIPC) BizPortal to perform essential services during the lockdown period, will be required...

IF MY BUSINESS IS PERFORMING AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE, WHAT DOCUMENTATION DO I NEED FOR MY STAFF TO CONTINUE WORKING?


If your business is performing and essential service, what documentation does your staff need to continue working? Anybody that is permitted to work outside their home under Alert Level 4 must carry a "Permit to Perform an Essential or...

Can my business export wine during the National Lockdown?


This question has been updated for Level 4.  Read question here.

I BELIEVE MY BUSINESS IS AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE BUT I AM NOT SURE, WHAT SHOULD I DO?


Non-Compulsory Certification of Enterprises through the Bizportal: Enterprises may register for a CIPC Essential Service certificate on bizportal.gov.za Click on the SERVICES button Possession of a CIPC certificate does not constitute...

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


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...

I have an essential service but need funding/value chain assistance during this time


Should your business need specific assistance during or as a result of the lockdown period, please send an email to supportbusiness@wesgro.co.za with the specifics of your challenge and assistance required.

Can employers force employees to take paid leave during the COVID-19 lockdown period?


In a statement issued on 26 March 2020, the National Department of Employment and Labour has advised that the Basic Conditions of Employment Act allows employers to determine the time that employees can take their annual leave. Therefore, during...

We are busy harvesting, do we need to cease operations for the lockdown?


No, the Lockdown Regulations (Regulations issued in terms of the Disaster Management Act on 25 March 2020) were amended on 26 March 2020 to specifically include harvesting and storage activities as an essential service. According to...

Who can fill in the form for staff in companies that are performing an essential service?


Who can fill in the form for your staff, if your company is performing an essential or permitted service? Any person performing an essential or permitted service must be designated in writing by the head of an institution (or a person designated...

Where can I go to find out about registering my business as an essential service?


Follow this link to find out more. Link to bizportal website. The Bizportal website is now operational. Companies need to click on the Services tab and then on the COVID-19 tab. This will take them to a page where they need to register the...

I have an accommodation establishment with guests, may my staff come in during lockdown?


According to the Disaster Management Act Regulations (“Lockdown Regulations”) published on 25 March 2020, and amended on 2 April 2020, hotels, lodges, and guest houses are closed to the public, except to the extent that they are required...

What is listed as an essential service during the lockdown?


This question has been updated in line with the new regulations for Level 4.  Click here to read what as listed as essential services during Level 4.

What is listed as an essential goods during the lockdown?


Based on the Disaster Management Act released 29 April 2020, this question is being updated. To read what are essential services under level 4 please click here

Can I move between provinces?


The Disaster Management Regulations issued on 29 April 2020, regulating Alert Level 4, state the following: Movement between provinces, metropolitan areas and districts are prohibited except for: For workers who have a permit to perform...

Are there any special conditions that would allow for a foreign national to enter the country during the lockdown?


In the Regulations made in terms of Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act published on 25 March 2020, it states that the cabinet member responsible for home affairs, or a person designated by him or her, may allow a person who requires to...

Can an enforcement officer stop me if I am outside my house during the lockdown?


In the Regulations made in terms of Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act published on 25 March 2020, it states that all persons performing essential services, obtaining essential goods or seeking medical attention, may be subjected to...

Can I attend a funeral during lockdown?


In the Regulations made in terms of Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act published on 25 March 2020, it states that every gathering is prohibited, except for a funeral. In the case of a lockdown attendance at a funeral is limited to 50...

What activities am I allowed to leave my house for during the lockdown?


In the Regulations made in terms of Section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act published on 25 March 2020, and amended on 2 April 2020, it states that every person is confined to his or her place of residence, unless strictly for the purpose of...

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?


The Disaster Management Regulations issued on 18 and 25 March 2020 define isolation and quarantine as follows: ‘Isolation’ means separating a sick individual with a contagious disease from healthy individuals without that contagious...

Where can I access the latest speeches by National Government?


All the latest speeches by the National Government can be accessed here.

Where can I access the latest regulations and guidelines issued by National Government?


The latest regulations and guidelines issued by the National Government can be accessed here.  

Do the limitations placed on cross border travel apply to cross boarder trading too?


In the International Air Services (COVID-19 Restrictions on the movement of air travel) Directions, 2020, the loading and off-loading of air cargo in and out of certain International Airports is permitted. The following International Airports...

Are there domestic or international flights during the lockdown?


According to a statement made by Minister Fikile Mbalula in accordance with the National Lockdown, all domestic and international flights are prohibited irrespective of the risk category of the country of origin, during the lockdown...

Will cargo be affected by the travel restrictions?


In the International Air Services (COVID-19 Restrictions on the movement of air travel) Directions, 2020, the loading and off-loading of air cargo in and out of certain International Airports is permitted. The following International Airports...

I have a visitor visa that expires during lockdown, what should I do?


In the Directions issued by the Department of Home Affairs on 26 March 2020, a person whose visitor’s visa has reached its maximum validity period and is technically not renewable will be allowed to apply for the same visa with the same terms...

What is the duration of the school closures?


This question has been updated. Please click here to read the update.  

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