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COGTA releases updated Level 1 Regulations

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The Ministry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs has promulgated updated Lockdown Level 1 Regulations, following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on 11 November.

Please click hereto view the Regulations.

Contained within the Government Gazette, published 11 November 2020, are the following regulations pertaining to international travel and border reopenings and UIF TERS:

COVID-19 UIF TERS benefit

The UIF will extend the COVID-19 UIF TERS benefit scheme by another month, to 15 October 2020.

Government will continue discussions with social partners on support for businesses in distress going forward, mindful of the need to ensure that the UIF has sufficient funds to meet the anticipated rise in unemployment claims.

International travel and the reopening of borders:

  • The 18 land borders that were partially operational, will now be fully operational and the 34 land borders that were closed, will remain closed
  • All international travel will resume subject to the traveller providing a valid certificate of a negative test which was obtained not more than 72 hours before the date of travel
  • In the event of the traveller’s failure to submit a certificate of proof of a negative test, the traveller will be required to quarantine him or herself at his or her own cost
  • International travel remains restricted to the following airports:

– OR Tambo International Airport
– Cape Town International Airport
– King Shaka International Airport

  • All commercial seaports will reopen
  • Small crafts will be allowed entry into seaports in line with health and border law enforcement protocols
  • The resumption of visa application services shall be determined in directions issued by the Cabinet Member responsible for Home Affairs
  • The Cabinet Member responsible for Home Affairs in consultation with the Cabinet Members for Health and Transport must develop International Travel Containment Protocols to be issued in directions, to ensure that entry into South African ports of entry will only be allowed subject to adherence to ensure COVID-19 positive travellers are not allowed into the republic.

Specific economic exclusions: 

  1. Night vigils
  2. Night clubs
  3. The 34 land borders that remain closed
  4. Initiation practices
  5. Passenger ships for international leisure purposes, excluding small crafts, in-line with health and border law enforcement protocols
  6. Attendance of any sporting event by spectators
  7.  International sports events
  8. Exclusions relating to public transport services as set out in the directions issued by the Cabinet Member responsible for Transport
  9. Exclusions relating to education services as set out in the directions issued

For more information on COVID-19 Alert level 1, click here.

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