07 December 2020

From the Government Gazette (7 December 2020)




  • A notice declaring the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan municipality a ‘hotspot’ was gazetted on 3 December.
  • On the same day, an amendment to the 1 October Covid-19 lockdown level one disaster management regulations was published:
    • prescribing the ‘hotspot’ measures announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa, applicable to the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan area and including:
      • an extension to the hours of curfew (from 22:00 to 04:00)
      • a significant reduction in the days on which retail outlets may sell alcohol and the times of day when sales may take place (between 10:00 and 18:00 from Monday to Thursday)
      • a 50% reduction in the number of people allowed to gather outdoors
      • a cap of 100 on the number of people allowed to gather indoors, and
      • prohibitions on post-funeral gatherings, alcohol consumption in public spaces and customary initiation practices.
  • The amended regulations also incorporate changes made on 21 October and 11 November.
  • An explanatory note gazetted on 3 December has confirmed that, elsewhere in SA, lockdown level one measures will continue to apply.


  • A directive issued on 3 December by Health Minister Zweli Mkhize amended one gazetted on 17 July (already amended on 7 August), affecting:
    • measures to be taken by prospective visitors to South Africa
    • anyone tested Covid-19 positive who is either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic
    • the measures to be taken when someone passes away at home
    • transporting mortal remains
    • leaving South Africa
    • the cost of quarantine should this be necessary when entering SA
    • self-quarantine and self-isolation protocols
    • the designation of quarantine facilities
    • repeat testing, and
    • the crew of cargo and passenger vessels.


Travel and transport


  • Amendments to measures affecting transport and travel were gazetted on 3 December in ministerial directives on:
    • driving licences, by:
      • extending to 31 August 2021 the validity period of various types of licence that have already expired during the State of Disaster or will shortly do so
    • entering or exiting SA, by:
      • repealing a requirement for ministerial approval before visiting SA for business purposes (imposed in a directive issued on 30 September)
    • air services, by:
      • amending measures in place since 1 October affecting domestic and international air travel, by:
        • prescribing stricter on-board protocols, and
        • imposing additional obligations on air service operators, and
    • seaports, affecting:
      • the protocols to be followed by foreign crew (prescribed in the 1 October directive), and
      • small craft calling at designated commercial ports.




  • The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa has clarified the recently gazetted amendments to regulations making radio frequency spectrum temporarily available during the State of Disaster, confirming that:
    • the validity of these licences will be extended to 31 March 2021, but only on request
    • fees will be charged during the extended period, and that
    • licensees will be expected to continue providing free access to designated virtual classroom platforms, regardless of whether they choose to extend the validity of their temporary licences.


Export controls


  • A ministerial directive backdated to 26 November has removed restrictions on the export of certain Covid-19-related goods to:
    • specific Southern African countries, and
    • in cases where they will be used for clinical trials or have been prescribed for ‘private individuals’.




Data costs


  • The Competition Commission has extended the deadlines for finalising legislative and regulatory amendments recommended in its data service market inquiry report.


Climate change


  • The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has called for comment on proposed methodological guidelines for quantifying forestry industry greenhouse gas emissions.


Prepared by Pam Saxby

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