COVID-19 State of Disaster & Other Developments: Update (28 September 2020)
COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTS: Update (28 September 2020)
LOCKDOWN LEVEL 1
- A ministerial directive gazetted on 23 September:
- restricts to 250 and 500 respectively the number of attendees at any indoor or outdoor function
- limits all venues to using 50% of their capacity.
- These ‘limitations’ exclude people ‘participating through electronic platforms’.
- It is mandatory for a ‘certificate of occupancy’ to be displayed by the owner or operator of:
- a restaurant
- conference centre
- meetings venue
- wedding, exhibition or functions venue
- hotel, lodge, bed-and-breakfast, time share facility, resort, or guest house, and
- The certificate should stipulate the maximum number of people the venue or facility may hold.
DEVELOPMENTS UNRELATED TO THE COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER
Digital and future skills strategy
- The national strategy gazetted on 23 September focuses on:
- digital foundations
- digital futures and mastery
- skills for the fourth industrial revolution and the world of work, and
- four ‘cross-cutting’ elements dealing with building digital skills awareness.
- A ministerial determination on new energy generation capacity procurement from independent power producers gazetted on 25 September enables the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy to procure (for Eskom to purchase):
- 513 MW from ‘storage’ (2022)
- 6 800 MW using photovoltaic and wind technologies (2022 to 2024)
- 3 000 MW using gas (2024 to 2027) and,
- 1500 MW using coal (2023 to 2027).
- These allocations are informed by the 2019 integrated resource plan.
- A White Paper published on 25 September:
- places fire safety and prevention at the centre of all fire services
- recognises the importance of responding more appropriately to the ‘new risks’ posed by changes in the built and natural environment, and
- notes the financial challenges already facing local government.
- Policy imperatives include:
- overhauling all related legislation
- developing a national education and training strategy, and
- introducing a national fire code.
Prepared by Pam Saxby
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