Updated and amended regulations to address issues regarding transport, essential goods and the tracking of the coronavirus was signed and gazetted by Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on 02 April 2020.
The changes include:
- Provision for certain individuals to be allowed to travel between provinces, metropolitan areas and districts for the purpose of transporting mortal remains for burial.
- A process by which persons who wish to travel between provinces, metropolitan and districts to attend a funeral or cremation can obtain a permit, provided they are:
- The spouse or partner of the deceased.
- Children of the deceased, whether biological, adopted or stepchildren.
- Children-in-law of the deceased.
- Parents of the deceased whether biological, adopted or stepparents.
- Siblings, whether biological, adopted or stepbrother or sister of the deceased.
- Grandparents of the deceased.
- Persons closely affiliated to the deceased.
- The creation of a confidential national database that will allow for the tracing for people who has, or who have been in contact with someone who has the coronavirus.
- The database will collect personal information on persons when they are tested.
- Government may also request information from electronic communications service providers such as mobile networks and ISPs, including location and movement.
- The database will include (but is not limited to) the following information:
- First name
- Last name
- Identity/Passport number.
- Residential address.
- Work address/Other addresses where they could be located
- Cell phone number
- Covid-19 test results
- The personal details of all known or suspected contacts of a person who has tested positive for the virus.
Spaza shops and informal traders
- Grocery stores and wholesale produce markets, including spaza shops and informal food traders, may operate but must obtain a permit from a municipal authority to operate.
These changes are gazetted in the Government Gazette 43199 on 02 April 2020, please follow the link for the full publication.