FROM THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE
This was first published on 7 December by the Parliamentary Monitoring Group, in its National Assembly blog
COVID-19 STATE OF DISASTER
A notice declaring the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan municipality a ‘hotspot’ was gazetted on 3 December.
o 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.
An explanatory note gazetted on 3 December has confirmed that, elsewhere in SA, lockdown level one measures will continue to apply.
o measures to be taken by prospective visitors to South Africa
o anyone tested Covid-19 positive who is either asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic
o the measures to be taken when someone passes away at home
o transporting mortal remains
o leaving South Africa
o the cost of quarantine should this be necessary when entering SA
o self-quarantine and self-isolation protocols
o the designation of quarantine facilities
o repeat testing, and
o 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:
o 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
o 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)
o 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
o 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 recently gazetted amendments to regulations making radio frequency spectrum temporarily available during the State of Disaster, confirming that:
o the validity of these licences will be extended to 31 March 2021, but only on request
o fees will be charged during the extended period, and that
o 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.
A ministerial directive backdated to 26 November has removed restrictions on the export of certain Covid-19-related goods to:
o specific Southern African countries, and
o in cases where they will be used for clinical trials or have been prescribed for ‘private individuals’.
The Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries has called for comment on proposed methodological guidelines for quantifying forestry industry greenhouse gas emissions.