“This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for science, not rumours. This is the time for solidarity, not stigma. We are all in this together, and we can only stop it together.”
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization
Below is a comprehensive guide of facts and credible links related to the Coronavirus in South Africa.
Visit this page regularly for any updates or changes.
What is a lockdown?
A lockdown is an emergency protocol that requires all South Africans to stay at home unless:
• You are performing an essential service
• You are getting essential goods or receiving an essential service
• You are collecting a social grant
• You are seeking emergency, life-saving or chronic medical attention
What remains open?
• Grocery shops, banks, pharmacies and other essential services will stay open during the lock down
• Shopping centres and retail stores must be closed, unless essential goods are sold on the premises. The store staff must ensure safe distancing and hygiene conditions
• As of 2 April, spaza shops and informal traders will be allowed to operate, as long as they have a valid permit
• As of 2 April, call centres providing services to international clients will be allowed to operate on condition that they're providing healthcare, social or financial services
• All South African borders are closed, except for the transportation of essential goods and fuel
What are the repercussions of ignoring the lockdown regulations?
Ignoring the lockdown restrictions is seen as an offence, and will be punishable with a fine or imprisonment for up to six months, or both.
Should I report people ignoring lockdown regulations, or somebody who tested positive for COVID19 that is ignoring quarantine regulations?
It is your legal duty to report a neighbour or co-worker
How do I identify fake news?
Before you read or watch any news, make sure it is from reliable sources such as credible news publications and government department websites. Only trust verified news sources. Aside from news sites, you can also verify information on the Africa Check, National Institute for Communicable Diseases and Department of Health websites.
How do I report fake news?
You can report any Coronavirus fake news by sending an email to email@example.com or send a Whatsapp to 067 966 4015. You need to include the social media post, article or document deemed fake. Also include the link to where the post is located.
What should I do if a soldier or police officer stops me? What are their guidelines of enforcement?
The soldiers and police officers are patrolling South African streets to ensure that every person is abiding by the lockdown regulations and staying safe. If you are stopped, stay calm, inform the officer your reason for being out in the streets, and obey the instruction provided by them.
How do I report soldier or police brutality?
You can submit a complaint at your local police station or contact the National Service Complaints Call Centre on 0800 333 177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What are essential services?
Only businesses that have been defined as essential services in the regulations made in terms of the disaster management act published by Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, will be allowed to operate.
a. Any food product, including non-alcoholic beverages
b. Animal food
c. Chemicals packaging and ancillary products used in the production of any food product
2. Cleaning and Hygiene Products
a. Toilet paper, sanitary pads, sanitary tampons, condoms
b. Hand sanitiser, disinfectants, soap, alcohol for industrial use, household cleaning products and personal protective equipment
c. Chemicals, packaging and ancillary products used in the production of any of the above
a. Medical and hospital supplies, equipment and personal protective equipment
b. Chemicals, packaging and ancillary products used in the production of any of the above
4. Fuel, including coal and gas
5. Basic goods, including airtime and electricity
Categories of essential services shall be confined to the following services:
1. Medical, health (including mental health), laboratory and medical services
2. Disaster management, fire prevention, fire fighting and emergency services
3. Financial services necessary to maintain the functioning of the banking and payments environment, inlcuding the JSE and similiar exchanges, as well as insurance services
4. Production and sale of the goods listed in Category A, above
5. Grocery stores, including spaza shops
6. Electricity, water, gas and fuel production, supply and maintenance
7. Critical jobs for essential government services as determined by Head of National or Provincial departments in accordance with the guidance of the DPSA, including Social Grant payments
8. Birth and death certificates, and replacement identification documents
9. Essential municipal services
10. Care services and social relief of distress provided to older persons, mentally ill, persons with disabilities, the sick and children
11. Funeral services, including mortuaries
12. Wildlife management, anti poaching, animal care and veterinary services
13. Newspaper, broadcasting and telecommunication infrastructure and services
14. Production and sale of any chemicals, hygiene products, pharmaceuticals for the medical or retail sector
15. Cleaning, sanitation, sewerage, waste and refuse removal services
16. Services related to the essential functioning of courts, judicial officers, the Master of the High Court, Sheriffs and legal practitioners required for those services
17. Essential SARS services defined by the Commissioner of SARS
18. Police, peace officers, traffic officers, military medical personnel and soldiers, correctional services officials and traffic management services
19. Postal services and courier services related to transport of medical products;
20. Private security services
21. Air-traffic navigation, Civil Aviation Authority, cargo shipping and dockyard services
22. Gold, gold refinery, coal and essential mining
23. Accommodation used for persons rendering essential services, quarantine, isolation and the lockdown
24. Production, manufacturing, supply, logistics, transport, delivery, critical maintenance and repair in relation to the rendering of essential services including components and equipment
25. Transport services for persons rendering essential services and goods, and transportation of patients
26. Services rendered by the Executive, Members of Parliament, Members of the Provincial Legislature, Members of Local Councils, the Judiciary, traditional leaders and National Office Bearers of Political Parties represented in Parliament
27. Commissioners of the South African Human Rights Commission, Gender Commission, and the Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities, and the Public Protector and Deputy Public Protector
28. Transport and logistics in respect of essential goods as set out in A above to neighbouring countries.
To read the full regulations click here
How do I register my business as an essential service?
All companies listed as per the essential services list, are required to register on the following portal http://bizportal.gov.za/essential_service.aspx These companies are required to make use of the absolute minimum staff necessary to operate safely.
What financial assistance is available to SMMEs during the lockdown?
There are a number of economic interventions that government has put into place to assist small businesses, these include:
• Covid19 Temporary Employee / Employer Relief Scheme
Businesses can apply for assistance for up to three months. The scheme will assist with paying a portion of workers salaries. Applications are subjected to the normal verification and validation processes of the Unemployment Insurance Fund
Apply for this assistance by emailing email@example.com
For more information on the relief scheme click here
• SMME Debt Relief Fund
The Debt Relief Fund is aimed at providing relief on existing debts and repayments, to assist SMMEs during the period of the COVID-19 State of Disaster. For SMMEs to be eligible for assistance under the Debt Relief Fund, the applicant must demonstrate a direct link of the impact or potential impact of COVID-19 on the business operations. This facility will also assist entities in acquiring raw material, paying labour and other operational costs. All these interventions will be structured to match the patterns of the SMMEs cash flows, as well as the extent of the impact suffered.
All small businesses are eligible to receive this financial aid, and need only meet the following criteria:
o They must be 100% owned by South African citizens
o They should employ at least 70% SA nationals
o They must be registered with SARS and be tax compliant
Priority will be given to female owned businesses, the youth and persons with disabilities.
To access the fund, businesses are required to register on the SMME South Africa platform
For More info click here.
When can I leave my house?
People are allowed to get to the shops and access essential goods and services - in small numbers. Shops allow a limited number of people into the shop at the same time, ensuring social distancing of 1.5 meters when in a public space. Use hand sanitiser provided in the store.
When returning home, remember to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water.
It is advisable that you also change your clothes, as the virus can live on fabric for a few hours.
Also remove excess packaging that can carry the virus (such as boxes, plastic etc) from groceries where possible and decant into your own containers. If it is not possible to decant, wipe the packaging/tins/containers with a cloth and some disinfectant before putting your groceries in your fridge/freezer/cupboard.
Do I need any documentation when I leave my house?
No documentation is required.
What should I do if I'm feeling sick and think I have Covid-19?
If you are not feeling well, call your doctor. DO NOT go to a hospital or clinic. If you do not have a doctor/GP, please call the coronavirus hotline on 0800 029 999. They will advise you on the steps you need to take. You should also separate yourself from your family if you suspect you have the virus. Speak to your medical professional who will advise you on the steps to take.
Can I go for a walk or a run, or take my dog for a walk on a public road?
No, this is NOT allowed. The national disaster declaration is clear that people be confined to their place of residence, unless they are an essential service, buying goods, collecting a social grant, or seeking medical attention.
Can I go for a walk or a run, or take my dog for a walk in my estate?
No, this is not allowed. Roads, parks and other amenities of the estate do not form part of anyone's place of residence, and this is therefore strictly prohibited.
What financial assistance is available to me if I have lost my job due to the lockdown?
The Covid19 Temporary Employee / Employer Relief benefit has been devised by the department of labour. The benefit will assist with paying a portion of workers’ salaries. Applications are subjected to the normal verification and validation processes of the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
Contact 012 337 1997 for information on applying for this benefit.
Can I transport my children between homes for visitation?
Separated parents may now move their children between houses during the nationwide Covid-19 lockdown, provided the transporting parent carries their court order or any agreement registered with the family advocate eg. parental responsibilities and rights agreement or parenting plan.
Parents must also ensure that no person in the household has come into contact with a person who is known or suspected to be infected with Covid-19.
Can I visit elderly relatives who need help during lockdown?
No visiting will be allowed under lockdown, but old-age homes will get the food and support they need.
Can I go out for takeaways or have takeaways delivered?
No, you cannot get takeaways or ready cooked meals delivered to you. All restaurants, takeaways and food delivery services will be closed during lockdown.
Can funerals take place?
Yes, funerals will be allowed to take place with the number of mourners restricted to 50. However, night vigils will be prohibited.
What if my driver’s license expires during the lockdown?
Vehicle Testing Centres and Drivers’ Licence Testing Centres (DLTCs) will be closed. Should your drivers’ licence expire during the duration of the lockdown it will remain valid until the end of the lockdown, with the grace period of renewal within 14 working days thereafter unless otherwise determined.
Do you have any lockdown questions you'd like us to answer? Email your question to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Covid-19 Government Gazettes and key documents
Government has published a number of regulations, declarations, directives and instructions in relation to the coronavirus, and key statements.
Click on any of the links below to find these documents.
Disaster Management Act of 2002. This is the Act in terms of which the key regulations are issued. The Act is administered by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), who makes regulations in terms of this Act.
15 March 2020: The Covid-19 pandemic is classified as a national disaster.
15 March 2020: A national state of disaster is declared due to Covid-19.
15 March 2020: In a speech to the nation, President Cyril Ramaphosa announces the state of national disaster and the first restrictions.
18 March 2020: The CoGTA Ministry issues regulations under the Disaster Management Act. This included arrangements for: help from the Defence Force; funding from donors; prohibitions on gatherings; instructions for those with Covid-19; places of quarantine and isolation; closure of schools and penal facilities; limits on alcohol sales; emergency procurement procedures; authority for various ministers to issue directions in connection with Covid-19; and the listing of offences and penalties for contravention of the regulations.
19 March 2020: The Ministry of Trade and Industry exempts the health sector from parts of the Competition Act and issues regulations to safeguard consumers from excessively high prices of key goods.
19 March 2020: National Treasury issues Instruction 8 of 2019/20 under the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), and Circular 100 under the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA), both relating to emergency procurement arising from Covid-19.
20 March 2020: Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng issued directions on how courts are to operate.
23 March 2020: The Ministry of Trade and Industry exempts the banking sector from parts of the Competition Act.
23 March 2020: The Ministry of Employment and Labour issues a notice on compensation for occupationally acquired Covid-19.
24 March 2020: The Ministry of Trade and Industry exempts the retail property sector from parts of the Competition Act.
24 March 2020: In a speech to the nation, President Ramaphosa announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown from midnight on 26 April to midnight on 16 April.
25 March 2020: The President informs Parliament that he has authorised the deployment of 2820 SANDF members in support of the SAPS and for border control, arising from the pandemic, from 26 March to 26 June 2020 at a cost of R641m. A copy of the letter is here.
26 March 2020: CoGTA Ministry amends the disaster regulations, which includes ordering that buses, taxis and e-hailing services may not carry more than 50% of their passenger capacity and private vehicles may not carry more than 60%.
26 March 2020: The Ministry of Home Affairs limits movements across South Africa's borders.
26 March 2020: The Ministry of Transport repeals the order of 18 March on air travel, and replaces it with an order to shut down all international and domestic passenger flights and limit freight flights to certain airports. The Ministry also repeals the regulations of 18 March on sea ports, and issues further directions on sea ports , directions on railways, directions on taxis and buses, and directions on cross-border road transport.
26 March 2020: The Ministry of Telecommunications and Digital Technologies issues directions on communications, including the required dissemination of public information on Covid-19, and instructions enabling the tracking and tracing of people infected with Covid-19 through internet location information and cellphone tracking.
26 March 2020: The Ministry of Employment and Labour sets up the Covid-19 Temporary Employee / Employer Relief Scheme, using the Unemployment Insurance Fund.
26 March 2020: The Ministry of Justice issues directions on courts, which includes restricts movements into courts, arranges for the postponement of court cases and makes arrangements for court operations such as family law services.
27 March 2020: The Ministry of Trade and Industry increases controls over the export of certain medical supplies and exempts the hotel industry from sections of the Competition Act.
27 March 2020: The Ministry of Transport updates the directions of 26 March on air freight transport, increasing the number of airports open for freight.
29 March 2020: The Ministry of Finance announces an initial set of measures to assist tax compliant businesses with cash flow assistance and provide an incentive to businesses to retain their lower-income employees.
30 March 2020: The CoGTA Ministry directions to municipalities include suspending council meetings and following National Treasury directions on emergency procurement. The Ministry of Finance extends certain MFMA reporting deadlines for municipalities.
30 March 2020: The Ministry of Transport's updates on road transport include setting the times taxis may operate, extending the validity of driving and vehicle licences which would expire during the lockdown, and declaring certain jobs like road emergency operators and toll operators as essential services.
30 March 2020: The Ministry of Social Development issues directions on access to social services.
30 March 2020: In a speech to the nation, President Ramaphosa announces a screening, testing, tracing and medical management programme which will involve 10 000 field workers visiting homes in villages, towns and cities to screen people for Covid-19 and refer those who need it for testing.
31 March 2020: The Ministry of Foresty, Fisheries and Environment extends deadlines relating to environmental licences and authorisations.
31 March 2020: The Ministry of Justice issues further directions on the operations of courts.
31 March 2020: The Ministry of Transport changes the operating times for taxis and buses carrying essential services workers, and amends air transport directions to allow special flights for repatriation of South Africans, evacuation of foreigners and the operation of emergency flights.
31 March 2020: The Ministry of Finance extends certain PFMA deadlines for organs of state.
2 April 2020: The CoGTA Ministry updates regulations on aspects of the lockdown. This includes updates on movement, essential services, borders, funerals, commuter transport (including updating passenger numbers in buses, taxis and cars), and the establishment of a Covid-19 Tracing Database.
2 April 2020: The Ministry of Tourism closes all tourist accommodation including hotels, resorts and game reserves, with certain exceptions.
2 April 2020: The Independent Communications Authority (ICASA) sets rules for licensees for public dissemination of information on Covid-19, including ordering that sign-language interpreters must be used in at least 50% of television news broadcasts at peak hours and in all broadcasts by the National Command Council. The rules also enable ICASA to temporarily assign radio frequency spectrum.
3 April 2020: The Ministry of Trade and Industry sets out how the Competition Tribunal will deal with complaints of excessive prices in connection with Covid-19.
3 April 2020: The Information Regulator of SA issues guidelines on the use of personal information in combatting the spread of Covid-19, emphasising the right to privacy of those tested for or infected with Covid-19.
6 April 2020: The Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies amends the communications directions of 26 March, requiring cellphone companies to make available connectivity to 152 district virtual classroom platforms, and ordering free access to specified Covid-19 websites and the Covid-19 emergency number.
6 April 2020: The Ministry of Small Business Development issues directions on how small businesses should operate, including spaza shops.
7 April 2020: The Ministry of Employment and Labour publishes the extension of the National Textile Bargaining Council's Covid-19 lockdown collective agreement, making it applicable across the industry.
7 April 2020: The Ministry of Social Development updates directions of 30 March, including on access to social services and on the movement of children between parents who don't live together.
7 April 2020: The Ministry of Transport updates the number of passengers which taxis may carry and updates directions on sea ports, blocking passenger vessels.
8 April 2020: The Ministry of Trade and Industry expands the block exemption of the health industry from sections of the Competition Act, improving coordination of medical supplies.
8 April 2020: The Ministry of Employment and Labour updates directions of 25 March on the Covid-19 Temporary Relief Scheme and UIF.
8 April 2020: The Ministry of Health issues directions on health personnel recruitment and training. This allows emergency recruitment of health staff, including bringing back retired staff, and allows deployments. It also orders that all health personnel, both public (at national, provincial and local government level) and private, must be trained on Covid-19 to help manage the pandemic. The directions also cover provision of equipment, disposal of waste and mortuaries.
9 April 2020: The SA Nursing Council orders that retired nurses who return to work during the Covid-19 pandemic will be registered without having to pay fees.
9 April 2020: The Ministries of Health and Trade and Industry jointly set out the extent to which call centres may operate during the lockdown.
9 April 2020: The Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services updates the directions of 18 March on prisons and remand facilities.
9 April 2020: The Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture suspends all sporting, arts, cultural and religious events in stadiums and venues.
9 April 2020: In a speech to the nation, President Ramaphosa extends the national lockdown by another two weeks, until midnight on 30 April.
11 April 2020: The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy extends deadlines on permissions, rights and permits.
13 April 2020: Epidemiologist Professor Salim Abdool Karim's presentation to the Minister of Health on SA's Covid-19 epidemic: Trends and Next Steps. Abdool Karim is the government's chief advisor on Covid-19.
14 April 2020: Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni speaks about the government's economic response to Covid-19.
15 April 2020: ICASA sets up the free telephone number 111 for Covid-19 national emergency services. The public can call or SMS this number without being charged. This number will fall away three months after the end of the National State of Disaster.
15 April 2020: Ministry of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation sets up a National Disaster Water Command Centre, operating out of Rand Water.
16 April 2020: The CogTA Ministry issues updated lockdown regulations, for the extension of the lockdown to 30 April.
17 April 2020: The Chief Justice issues directions on the management of courts.
17 April 2020: The Ministry of Employment and Labour extends the SA Road Passenger Bargaining Council collective agreement on Covid-19 temporary relief to the rest of the industry.
17 April 2020: The Ministry of Higher Education extends various deadlines for public and private higher education institutions, and lists essential goods and services for higher education institutions.
20 April 2020: The CoGTA Ministry issues an update to regulations on food.
21 April 2020: Statement to the nation by President Ramaphosa on further economic and social measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
22 April 2020: Letter from President Cyril Ramaphosa tabled in Parliament, informing Parliament of the extended deployment of the SANDF in support of the SAPS and to control borders, from 2 April to 26 June 2020. This takes the SANDF deployment from the 2 820 deployed on 25 March to 76 000, at a revised cost estimated at R4.590bn.
23 April 2020: Statement to the nation by President Ramphosa on how the lockdown will be lifted on 1 May.
29 April 2020: The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy issues directions on measures for mining operations.
29 April 2020: The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology updates its directions on its list of essential goods and services for the sector, which includes textbooks.
29 April 2020: The Ministry of Employment and Labour issues directions on health and safety in the workplace.
29 April 2020: The CoGTA Ministry issues regulations on the phasing in of service for Level 4 of lockdown.
30 April 2020: The Ministry of Health extends the maximum period for issuing of prescriptions for schedule 2, 3 and 4 substances from six to 12 months; this is updated on 7 May.
30 April 2020: The National Treasury publishes Economic Measures for Covid-19 and a technical paper on Financing a Sustainable Economy, and its presentation to Parliament on the financial implications of Covid-19.
30 April 2020: The CoGTA Ministry updates Level 4 regulations on the once-off movement between provinces to return home or to work. The Transport Ministry issues directions on public transport for the once-off movement between provinces.
1 May 2020: National Treasury revises the Covid-19 Draft Tax Bills with a call for comment by 15 May.
3 May 2020: The Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies issues directions on what communications and ICT services may be provided under Level 4 lockdown.
4 May 2020: The Ministry of Employment and Labour extends Covid-19 lockdown agreement with the National Bargaining Council for the Electrical Industry to the whole sector, and the amended agreement on textile workers to that sector. The Ministry also amends the directive on the Covid-19 Temporary Employee / Employer Relief Scheme.
4 May 2020: The Ministry of Finance includes certain financial services in the list of essential services.
4 May 2020: The Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services updates the directions on courts, including postponing most criminal trials.
4 May 2020: The Ministry of Transport updates the directions on the validity of learner, driving and vehicle licences and on the opening of testing centres. The Ministry updated the directions on public transport including operating times and passenger capacity, and extended the hours for public transport between provinces. The Ministry also updates directions on air freight, on railway operations, and on sea ports.
4 May 2020: The Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture provided direction for the creative sector on film and television content production.
5 May 2020: The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation extends the time for employers to submit applications for mandatory grants to the Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETAs).
5 May 2020: ICASA updates regulations on aspects of broadcasting relating to the use of local content.
5 May 2020: The Ministry of Trade and Industry expands the scope of the Competition Act block exemption for the banking sector.
5 May 2020: The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy publishes a court order on operating procedures for mines under Covid-19.
6 May 2020: The Chief Justice issues further directions on the management of courts.
6 May 2020: the Ministry of Transport updates the times which public transport may operate.
7 May 2020: The CoGTA Ministry updates the directions on municipal governance.
7 May 2020: The CoGTA Ministry permits previously arranged home removals from 7 May to 7 June.
7 May 2020: The Ministry of Health amends the Medical Schemes Act Regulations to include Covid-19 in the list of prescribed minimum benefits.
8 May 2020: The President issues a proclamation listing the categories of prisoners who may be paroled early.
8 May 2020: The Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies amends directions of 26 March and 6 April.
9 May 2020: The Social Development Ministry updates directions on social services, including the release of inmates from facilities, the extension of temporary grants and grants which lapse, to allow the electronic application for grants, the movement of children.
9 May 2020: The Ministry of Health updates directions on movement across South Africa's borders for emergency medical treatment, the return of South Africans and the repatriation of foreign nationals.
11 May 2020: The Chief Inspector of Mines issues draft guidelines for the mitigation of Covid19. The deadline for comments is 14 May.
12 May 2020: The Ministry of Small Business Development lists small businesses which may operate.
13 May 2020: The Ministry of Higher Education and Training allows final year medical students to travel back to universities.
14 May 2020: The CoGTA Ministry issues directions on the movement of people and goods, for relocations.
14 May 2020: The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Competition allows trading through e-commerce platforms.
14 May 2020: The Ministry of Transport amends directions for railway operations, partly reopening the Gautrain.
14 May 2020: The Ministry of forestry, Fisheries and Environment issues directions relating to the processing of permits, registrations and certificates, directions for the freshwater and marine fishing sectors, and on recycling.
15 May 2020: The Ministry of Employment and Labour updates directions on the Temporary Employer/Employee Relief Scheme.
15 May 2020: The Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy extends the list of permitted goods and services for energy projects to include, among others, civil engineering works for REIPPs, embedded generation project, the ongoing build of Medupi and Kusile, the department's solar water heater programme.
18 May 2020: Department of Mineral Resources and Energy issues Guidelines for a Mandatory Code of Practice on the Mitigation and Management of Covid-19 Outbreak.
20 May 2020: Ministry of Transport extends the validity of learner's licences, driving licences, licence discs, professional driving permits and vehicle registrations which expired since 26 March to be valid for 90 days from 1 June.
22 May 2020: Ministry of Transport amends directions on public transport, including allowing food delivery.
25 May 2020: Ministry of Health issues directions on mortuaries and funerals.
26 May 2020: Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment amends directions on the biodiversity sector.
26 May 2020: Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation allows final year medical students to return to universities.
26 May 2020: Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies amends directions on the Post Office.
29 May 2020: Ministry of Basic Education issues directions on the re-opening of schools.
1 June 2020: Ministry of Basic Education updates directions regarding re-opening of schools.
1 June 2020: Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation issues directions for resumption of construction in higher education and training institutions.
2 June 2020: Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services issues directions on the courts and justice sector.
4 June 2020: Ministry of Employment and Labour issues directions on workplace health and safety.
5 June 2020: Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies issues directions on the zero-rating of websites for education and health.
5 June 2020: Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries issues directions on the biodiversity sector, on the freshwater and marine fishing sectors, on the forestry sector and on environmental management permits and licences.
5 June 2020: CoGTA Ministry extends the Covid-19 state of national disaster to 15 July 2020.
8 June 2020: Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation issues directions on the return of students to universities and higher education institutions.
10 June 2020: Ministry of Home Affairs amends directions on crossing borders.
11 June 2020: Ministry of Basic Education publishes an updated school calendar for 2020.
11 June 2020: Ministry of Trade, Industry and Competition amends or withdraws various regulations on calls centres, vehicle sales and repairs, sale of clothing and on the retail property sector.
12 June 2020: Ministry of Communications and Digital Technologies updates directions for the communications sector.
19 June 2020: Ministry of Small Business Development issues directions on the personal care services industry.
19 June 2020: Ministry of Mineral Resources and Energy issues directions permitting supply of energy and petroleum products for civil engineering for public works projects.
22 June 2020: Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services issues directions on prisons.
23 June 2020: Ministry of Basic Education issues directions on the re-opening of schools.
24 June 2020: Minister of Finance tables the Supplementary Budget resulting from the effects of Covid-19, including the Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill and the Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Bill.
25 June 2020: CoGTA Ministry updates regulations on Covid-19, including regulations on contact tracing, travel and gatherings.
26 June 2020: Ministry of Health updates the directions on the costs of quarantine. The Ministry also exempts licensed sellers of ventilators from the provisions of the Hazardous Substances Act, and excludes certain alcohol-based hand rubs from certain sections of the Medicines and Related Substances Act.
29 June 2020: Ministry of Tourism issues directions for tourism facilities.
29 June 2020: Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Innovation issues directions on reopening of training institutions.
29 June 2020: Ministry of Basic Educations amends directions on the re-opening of schools.
2 July 2020: Ministry of Tourism updates directions on air services.
2 July 2020: Ministry of Social Development updates directions on social development facilities.
3 July 2020: Ministry of Defence notice confirming that President has authorised the extension of the deployment of 20 000 members of the SANDF within South Africa to assist the SAPS and for border control from 27 June to 30 September 2020.
3 July 2020: CoGTA Ministry amends directions on municipal operations and governance.
3 July 2020: Ministry of Home Affairs amends directions in respect of Home Affairs services.
6 July 2020: Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture updates directions to allow some sporting events and training, and reopening of libraries, museums, cinemas, theatres, galleries and archives.
6 July 2020: Department of Employment and Labour extends collective agreement with clothing manufacturing industry relating to Covid-19 to non-parties.
6 July 2020: Minister of Police told Parliament in two replies about lockdown arrests and fines. The Minister said 276 607 people had been charged in connection with contravening lockdown regulations, 22 815 paid admission of guilt fines and 199 677 were due to appear in court. On the 22 815 people who paid admission of guilt fines for contravening lockdown regulations, half were in Limpopo; common offences were failure to stay home without sufficient reason, operating businesses which were supposed to be closed, involvement in gatherings, and selling cigarettes.
10 July 2020: Ministry of Social Development issues directions on the reopening of early childhood programmes and facilities.
12 July 2020: CoGTA Ministry updates the disaster regulations on these aspects: hotspots; facemasks; public transport; curfew hours (9pm to 4am); limited opening of parks; prohibiting sale of liquor; updating level 3.
13 July 2020: CoGTA Ministry extends the national state of disaster on Covid-19, originally declared on 15 March, to 15 August.
17 July 2020: Ministry of Health issues directions relating to Covid-19, including: recruitment, training and deployment of personnel; PPE; waste disposal; handling of bodies and funerals; migration; costs of quarantine; quarantine facilities; medical evacuations; shipping; flights; cross-border trucks.
23 July 2020: Ministry of Employment and Labour issues directive on compensation for work-acquired Covid-19.
23 July 2020: President signs a proclamation authorising the Special Investigating Unit to investigate corruption or misappropriation in any state institution relating to the Covid-19 state of disaster.
24 July 2020: Ministry of Transport updates directions on air transport.
27 July 2020: Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Development issues directions on sheriffs' auctions and sales.
27 July 2020: Independent Communications Authority (Icasa) proposes changing the short number for Covid-19 emergencies to one of a selection, after realising that the previous number was already in use.
28 July 2020: Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment updates directions relating to the biodiversity sector.
31 July 2020: Ministry of Home Affairs updates directions relating to visas and permits.
31 July 2020: CoGTA Ministry amends regulations, changing the curfew to 10pm to 4am daily, updating regulations on sport, accommodation establishments, and on Level 3.
2 August 2020: Ministry of Basic Education updates directions on reopening of schools.
5 August 2020: Ministry of Finance exempts municipalities and their entities from certain deadlines under the Municipal Finance Management Act.
6 August 2020: Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture updates directions on sporting events, and on reopening of libraries, museums, cinemas, theatres, galleries and archives.
6 August 2020: Ministry of Tourism amends directions on tourism.
6 August 2020: Ministry of Social Development amends directions on temporary disability grants and the Covid-19 social relief of distress grant.
7 August 2020: Ministry of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development issues directions on spatial planning, land use management and land development processes.
7 August 2020: Ministry of Health issues directions on criteria to guide the determination of alert levels and on self-isolation and quarantine.
7 August 2020: Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries updates directions on the biodiversity sector.
8 August 2020: Ministry of Transport publishes information relating to procurement contracted for the pandemic.
8 August 2020: SARS provides special relief on payment of excise duty on tobacco products and alcohol.
11 August 2020: Ministry of Basic Education updates the 2020 school calendar.
13 August 2020: Ministry of Employment and Labour issues further directions on the Covid-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme.
15 August 2020: CoGTA Ministry extends the national state of disaster by another month to 15 September 2020.
17 August 2020: CoGTA Ministry moves the country to alert level 2 and issues regulations for this, including allowing the sale of tobacco and alcohol.
20 August 2020: Ministry of Transport updates directions on seaports.
21 August 2020: Ministry of Basic Education issues call for comments on proposed amendments to directions on reopening of schools.
25 August 2020: Ministry of Home Affairs reopens applications for identity documents.
25 August 2020: Ministry of Transport updates directions on air services, allowing domestic flights but retaining the ban on international flights. The Ministry updates public transport (buses and taxis) to allow cross-country travel, resetting capacity to 100% for local trips and 70% for national trips, and allowing the transport of liquor.
25 August 2020: Ministry of Tourism updates directions on tourism establishments.
28 August 2020: Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture amends directions on events.
4 September 2020: Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services updates directions on correctional centres.
9 September 2020: Ministry of Transport updates directions on air services; international travel still prohibited.
9 September 2020: Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment updates directions on permits and licences.
11 September 2020: ICASA updates directions on information and communications technology, on zero-rating internet access to educational and Covid-19 sites.
11 September 2020: Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services updates directions on courts and justice service points.
11 September 2020: Ministry of Social Development updates directions on early childhood development programmes.
14 September 2020: CoGTA Ministry extends national state of disaster by another month, to 15 October 2020.
15 September 2020: Ministry of Basic Education updates directions on schools.
22 September 2020: ICASA announces 139 as the short code for the Covid-19 national emergency centre.
23 September 2020: Ministry of Tourism updates directions on weddings, exhibitions and other functions.
30 September 2020: Ministry of Home Affairs updates directions on visas, permits, borders and Home Affairs services.
1 October 2020: Ministry of Employment and Labour updates health and safety directions.
2 October 2020: Ministry of Basic Education amends the school calendar for 2021.
3 October 2020: CoGTA Ministry updates directions.
5 October 2020: Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology updates directions on higher education, including on NSFAS funding.
6 October 2020: Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture updates directions on events and venues.
7 October 2020: Ministry of Social Development updates directions on grants and drop-in centres.
7 October 2020: Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment updates directions on biodiversity auctions.
14 October 2020: CoGTA Ministry extends state of national disaster by another month to 15 November 2020.
21 October 2020: CoGTA Ministry updates regulations in respect of land ports of entry.
21 October 2020: Ministry of Basic Education updates directions on schools.
23 October 2020: Ministry of Home Affairs updates directions on land ports of entry.
2 November 2020: Ministry of Social Developments updates directions on grants, extending the validity of lapsed temporary disability grants and extending the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress grant of R350 per month until 31 January 2021.
10 November 2020: Ministry of Correctional Services updates directions on correctional and facilities.
11 November 2020: CoGTA Ministry relaxes regulations on borders and on alcohol.
14 November 2020: CoGTA Ministry extends the national state of disaster another month to 15 December 2020.
26 November 2020: Ministry of Trade and Industry and Competitition updates Covid-19 export control regulations.
27 November 2020: ICASA updates regulations in terms of the Electronic Communications Act.
3 December 2020: Ministry of Home Affairs updates directions.
3 December 2020: Ministry of Health updates directions on travel, quarantine and testing.
11 December 2020: CoGTA Ministry extends national state of disaster by another month to 15 January 2021.
14 December 2020: Ministry of Transport amends directions on public transport in connection with tourist and charter transport services.
15 December 2020: Ministry of Health updates regulations on cross-border travel.
17 December 2020: CoGTA Ministry amends regulations on tourism, accommodation, gatherings.
24 December 2020: Eastern Cape CoGTA publishes notification of a provincial disaster risk management policy framework.
24 December 2020: Ministry of Transport extends the validity of operating licences for interprovincial and intraprovincial services.
24 December 2020: CoGTA Ministry extends hours for beaches open to the public.
29 December 2020: CoGTA Ministry updates the list of hotspots. Western Cape: City of Cape Town; Garden Route District Municipality; West Coast DM; Cape Winelands DM; Central Karoo DM; Overberg DM. Eastern Cape: Nelson Mandela Bay Metro; Buffalo City Metro; Sarah Baartman DM; Amathole DM; Chris Hani DM; OR Tambo DM; Alfred Nzo DM. Gauteng: City of Tshwane; City of Johannesburg; Ekurhuleni Metro; West Rand DM. KZN: eThekwini Metro; Umgungundlovu DM; Ugu DM; Harry Gwala DM; Ilembe DM; King Cetswayo DM. Limpopo: Waterberg DM; Capricorn DM. North West: Bojanela DM.
29 December 2020: Fines for breaching Covid-19 rules in the Johannesburg magisterial district are here.
31 December 2020: Ministry of Basic Education amends directions on marking of matric exams.
5 January 2021: Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture updates directions on matches and facilities.
11 January 2021: CoGTA Ministry updates level 3 regulations.
13 January 2021: CoGTA Ministry extends the national state of disaster by another month to 15 February.
14 January 2021: Ministry of Home Affairs amends directions on visas, closure of borders, and limitation of services to the public.
21 January 2021: The Cabinet sets up an Inter-Ministerial Committee on Vaccination, chaired by Deputy President David Mabuza, to help with quick decision-making on the rollout of the vaccination programme.
Parliamentary oversight on Covid-19
The Parliamentary Monitoring Group is tracking oversight by Parliament. For more information see the PMG's parliamentary oversight and discussions.