12 July 2021
From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (12 July 2021)
- President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that South Africa will remain under adjusted lockdown level four until 25 July.
- The regulations for lockdown level four, as amended, have since been amended again to reflect eased restrictions on:
- restaurants and in-house dining facilities
- gyms, fitness centres and swimming pools, and
- agricultural and livestock auctions.
- A directive on temporary employer/employee relief scheme (TERS) benefits for sectors affected by the lockdown measures is expected to be gazetted soon.
- The President’s announcement regarding expired business licence fees and permits is also expected to be gazetted soon.
- Schools and tertiary education institutions will remain closed for contact classes until 26 July.
- Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu issued a directive on 9 July prohibiting:
- ‘sitting and eating’ at community nutrition and development centres, and
- visits to elderly people in residential facilities.
- On 5 July, Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Minister Barbara Creecy issued a directive:
- suspending live biodiversity auctions
- permitting inter-provincial travel to and from Gauteng:
- ‘for hunting with the primary purpose of obtaining meat for consumption’, and
- culling, and
- confirming that ‘game parks, botanical gardens, zoos and aquaria are open to the public’.
- Sport, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa issued a directive on 6 July:
- calling for ‘bio-safe environment’ proposals from sports and/or recreational body compliance officers
- aligning directions in previous directives with the disaster management regulations, and
- confirming that ‘international sports events involving countries with a low or medium Covid-19 infection and transmission rate are allowed’.
- On 7 July, Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams issued a directive amending the requirements of earlier directions for lockdown levels three, four and five. The new directive also affects:
- postal, courier and broadcasting services
- advertising agencies
- the retail and/or franchised stores of electronic communications service licensees, and
- operations dealing with ‘e-commerce sales’.
WATER AND SANITATION
- The Department of Water & Sanitation has issued a media statement confirming the reinstatement of its blue and green drop municipal drinking and wastewater water quality management programmes.
- Recently gazetted amendments to the November 2019 carbon tax offset regulations came into effect retrospectively on 1 June 2019.
- National Treasury has confirmed that 2021 Budget retirement annuity and UIF announcements:
- have been formalised in the regulations concerned, and
- have been in force since 1 March and I June respectively.
- A draft revised national radio frequency plan for the 8.3 kHz to 3000 GHz bands has been released for public comment.
Prepared by Pam Saxby
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