Note that persons who were not at their place of residence before lockdown and could not travel between provinces, districts or metros will be allowed on a once-off basis to return to their place of residence or work – to do so between 1 and 7 May 2020. However, they will then be required to stay at that place for the duration of level 4 restrictions.
Government has gazetted regulations pertaining to the once-off movement of South Africans back to their place of residence and work. Under level 4 of the lockdown, passengers will not be required to produce a permit to cross provincial borders as well as metropolitan and district boundaries. Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma announced the regulations after midnight on the first day of level four of the lockdown. For this purpose, there will be no need for people to obtain and produce a permit in order to cross provincial, metropolitan or district boundaries.
In a media statement, her department says that she has in terms of the applicable Act, and after consultation with relevant Cabinet members, issued directions in the schedule relating to the once-off movement of persons in line with Regulation 16(5), which provides: “Any person who was not at their place of residence or work before the lockdown period and who could not travel between provinces, metropolitan and district areas during the lockdown, will be permitted, on a once-off basis, to return to their places of residence or work and will be required to stay in such place until the end of the Alert Level 4.”
Those who will be crossing these borders will need to do so between 1 and 7 May. However, Government has made it clear that the lockdown guidelines still apply and that the once-off movement is to be used responsibly.
It is our advice that every business entity practices due care and adheres to all transport arrangements (merely some suggestions for your consideration):
- Draft a letter (date and time stamp), clearly showing the place of work (physical address during the season – cellar or production unit, departure address), duration of work and returning physical address – including contact details of the owner/manager at the departure address.
- Create a list of the names of all the passengers and their ID-numbers. The-driver and a nominated passenger to have a copy.
- If in the possession of any health records/temperature screening, that you have completed in the last day or two, it can be included.
- Every passenger should wear a mask whilst in the vehicle and it’s critical to continue wearing during any leg-stretches or public ablution facilities or tuck shops and/or any other public places.
- Hand sanitizer to be provided and to practice as illustrated, every time passengers enter the vehicle again.
- Make hard copies of the attached regulation and make sure that the driver and the nominated individual also have a copy.
VIEW AN UPDATED PROTOCOL (12 May 2020) ON THE TRANSPORTING OF SEASONAL WORKERS, FROM ORGANISED AGRICULTURE, NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, LAND REFORM AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND INDUSTRY BODIES IN THE WESTERN CAPE, SHOULD THE MOVEMENT OF SEASONAL WORKERS BE PERMITTED AGAIN IN LEVEL 3.