COVID-19 State of Disaster & Other Developments: Update (5 October 2020)
LOCKDOWN LEVEL 1
Reopening borders and international travel
- A ministerial directive was gazetted on 30 September:
- listing the requirements to be met by the residents of other countries wishing to enter South Africa
- listing the land ports-of-entry at which prospective visitors from other countries will be ‘processed’
- setting out the procedures to be followed by ‘any person from a country listed as having a high Covid-19 infection and transmission rate’ wishing to visit SA for business purposes during the State of Disaster
- confirming that Department of Home Affairs business and corporate visa application services in South Africa and elsewhere have reopened
- listing the other visa services now available
- extending to 31 January 2021 the validity of visas and permits allowing their holders to remain in South Africa without being declared ‘undesirable’, and
- confirming that identity document and passport application services have resumed.
- Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi issued a media statement the same day:
- listing the countries with high Covid-19 infection and transmission rates from which travellers will be refused entry to South Africa for leisure purposes
- confirming that the list will be updated ‘from time to time’ and published on his department’s website.
- On 1 October, three ministerial directives were gazetted spelling out the requirements to be met:
- According to the directive on commercial seaports:
- ‘foreign crew changes’ are permitted at all nine ports
- although passenger ships carrying travellers for international leisure purposes are permitted to dock at South African ports for specific reasons, no passengers may disembark other than:
- returning South African citizens, and
- the holders of South African residence permits, and
- every port will designate ‘isolation centres’ to ‘facilitate screening, rapid testing and treatment’.
- The directive on air services sets out:
- the conditions to be met by any foreign-operated in- or out-bound international passenger or ambulance service flight
- the measures to be taken in respect of passengers and crew before embarking and once onboard
- the services that may be provided onboard, and
- the procedures to be followed when a passenger or crew member displays Covid-19 symptoms, and
- lists the airports to be used by international passenger and cargo carriers.
Occupational health and safety
- A ministerial directive was gazetted on 1 October:
- replacing one issued in June, and
- setting out measures to be taken by all places of employment during the remainder of the Covid-19 State of Disaster.
- It does not apply to:
- places of employment excluded from the 1993 Occupational Health and Safety Act in terms of section 1(3) (mines and ships), or
- falling under a direction issued in terms of regulations dealing with employee health and safety.
Sport, arts and culture
- An amendment to the disaster management regulations for lockdown level one has been gazetted confirming that international events ‘involving countries with … low or medium Covid-19 infection and transmission rates’ are permitted.
- A ministerial directive has been gazetted setting out the requirements to be met. It replaces one issued in May and has been amended to confirm that.
DEVELOPMENTS UNRELATED TO THE COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER
- On 2 October, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa issued:
- An invitation to apply for a licence to provide mobile broadband wireless access services using the high-demand radio frequency spectrum earmarked for auction early next year, and
- a composite invitation to apply for individual wireless open access network service and radio frequency spectrum licences.
- On 30 September, draft regulations aimed at prohibiting the production, distribution, import, export, sale and use of persistent organic pollutants were gazetted for public comment.
- Revised guidelines on the preferential pricing system for certain categories of high quality scrap metal were gazetted on 2 October.
Administrative adjudication of road traffic offences
- A revised draft of proposed new regulations was published on 2 October for comment (the more-than-500 page document can be found in National Government Gazette 43758, Notice 1049)
- The system is scheduled to be rolled out on 1 July 2021, having been piloted in Gauteng.
Prepared by Pam Saxby
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