Apr 2020 2nd Edition

SA lockdown regulations

Categorisation of essential goods and services during lockdown

Categories of essential services shall be confined to the following services:

  • Medical and Laboratory Services   
  • Food and beverage production
  • Financial and Insurance Services, Disaster Management, Fire Fighting and Emergency Services
  • Grocery stores, including spaza shops
  • Financial services necessary to maintain functioning of the banking and payments environment, including the JSE and similar exchanges
  • Electricity, water, gas and fuel production, supply and maintenance 

  • Essential government services determined by Head of National or Provincial Departments in accordance with the guidance by the DPSA, including Social Grant payments
  • Essential municipal services
  • Care services provided to older persons, mentally ill, the sick, and children in need of care
  • Funeral services, including mortuaries
  • Wildlife Management, Animal Care and Veterinary Services
  • Newspaper, broadcasting and telecommunication infrastructure and services
  • Production of any chemicals, hygiene products, pharmaceuticals to the medical or retail sector
  • Cleaning, sanitation, sewerage and refuse removal services
  • Services related to the essential functioning of correctional services, courts, the Master of the High Court, Sheriffs and legal practitioners required for those services (but only as is strictly necessary of the period lockdown)
  • Essential SARS services defined by the Commissioner of SARS
  • Police, peace officers, traffic officers, military medical personnel and soldiers, and traffic management services 
  • Postal services 
  • Private Security services
  • Shipping and dockyard services
  • Gold, gold refinery and essential mining
  • Accommodation used for persons rendering essential services and quarantine
  • Production, manufacturing, supply logistics, transport delivery, critical maintenance and repair in relation to the rendering of essential services
  • Transport services for persons rendering essential services and transportation of patients
  • Services rendered by the Executive, members of Parliament, Members of the Provincial Legislature, and Members of Local Councils
  • 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






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