If a water pipe bursts at your home during the remainder of the state of confinement, you can call a plumber, but the only alcohol that may be transported is the kind used for disinfection purposes, said Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Restaurants and places selling takeaway meals also remain. No mention was made of jogging or walking with your dog. However, buying cigarettes is still taboo.
The minister did, however, relax certain regulations and said the state of restriction would be systematically relaxed. It will be announced weekly which sectors or businesses may reopen.
“We do not yet know whether the state of restriction will be lifted on April 30, but it will happen systematically. Therefore, new sectors will be allowed to reopen weekly. However, some regulations will remain in place for a very long time, ”says Dlamini-Zuma.
“I don’t necessarily want to mention it, but there are already things that affect people. Winter is coming, schools may reopen, so we will deal with everything as it happens. We’ll do it in an orderly way. “
Some of the relaxations include:
* Children of divorced couples may move back and forth between their parents, but decisions on this need to be made with the current situation in mind.
* Refineries should work at full capacity for as long as there is no shortage when the restriction is lifted.
* Mines will start to work at 50% of their capacity and be allowed to do more systematically. However, those who supply coal to Eskom and the refineries are in full steam.
* Goods arriving from overseas ports need no longer be disinfected because the goods were at sea for a long time and the virus was destroyed at that time. This will also prevent congestion at the ports.
* Fishermen in small coastal villages fishing for a livelihood will be allowed to do so. However, cooked food may not be sold.
* Call centers that do not cover essential services, but work for retailers and financial institutions, for example, may work again.
* There is relief for people doing early childhood development work.
* For example, companies that provide internet services are allowed to continue with this.
Gwede Mantashe, Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, says the mine changes are especially aimed at so-called deep mines, which become too dangerous when stopped for too long.
However, special steps must be taken to reduce the risk of the spread of the Covid-19 virus, he says.
Trade and Industry Minister Ibrahim Patel says certificates and permits that allowed businesses and informal traders in the initial state of restriction to do business will be extended until the end of April.
The current restriction is expected to expire by midnight on April 30.