21 June 2021

From the Government Gazette and Media Statements (21 June 2021)


  • A Government Gazette notice officially returning South Africa to lockdown level three was published on 15 June.
  • Adjusted regulations gazetted the same day formalised restrictions announced in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address to the nation on 15 June, imposing:
    • longer curfew hours (22:00 to 04:00 daily)
    • an earlier closing time for listed facilities and venues (21:00 daily)
    • caps of 50 and 100 people respectively on indoor and outdoor gatherings where venues can accommodate these numbers without compromising social distancing requirements
    • a cap of 50% capacity at venues too small to do so
    • a cap of 50 attendees at funerals and cremations
    • restrictions on the sale of liquor at retail outlets for off-site consumption (10:00 to 18:00 from Monday to Thursday, excluding public holidays)
    • an earlier closing time for premises licensed to sell alcohol for on-site consumption (21:00 daily), and confirming
    • the ongoing prohibition of alcohol consumption in any other public space, and
    • the ongoing prohibition of after-funeral/cremation and similar gatherings.


  • The regulations were amended on 17 June and now:
    • require banks and non-bank financial institutions operating ATMs to:
      • make hand sanitisers available at their machines, and
      • take ‘reasonable steps’ to ensure that social distancing protocols are observed by anyone queuing to use them, and
    • exclude children under the age of six from being required to wear a mask before entering a public place.


  • On 19 June, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced the immediate commencement of a vaccination programme for educators, support staff and administrators at public schools ‘irrespective of their age’.



  • The 2013 White Paper on Families has been revised.



  • Communications and Digital Technologies Minister Stell Ndabeni-Abrahams has clarified aspects of her department’s draft policy for data and cloud computing.



  • The Department of Trade, Industry and Competition has published its recently signed master plan for the steel sector.
  • The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment has confirmed that squid has been added to the basket of species available to South Africa’s small-scale fishers, who have been allocated 15% of the ‘total allowable’ catch.





  • The commencement of section 58(2) has been postponed. This sub-section requires the regulator to investigate a situation requiring prior authorisation in terms of sub-section 58(1) or to notify the responsible party that no such investigation is required.


Prepared by Pam Saxby

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