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Disaster Management Act – Amended Directions Related To Municipalities

April 1, 2020

The Department of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs has issued amended Directions in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act.

The aim of the amended Directions is to address, prevent, and combat the spread of COVID-19.

The Directions published in Notice 432 in Government Gazette 43184 amend those originally published in Notice 399 of 25 March 2020.

The amended Directions include:

  • Municipal operations and governance: only meetings of the Metropolitan and District Command Centres may be undertaken during the initial 21 day lockdown period, or any other extended period of lockdown that may be declared;
  • Municipalities are directed to suspend all council meetings during the initial 21 day lockdown period, or any other extended lockdown that may be declared; and
  • Municipal entities are directed to ensure that during the initial 21 day lockdown period, or any other extended period of lockdown that may be declared, notwithstanding any requirements in terms of any systems of delegation of municipalities, decision-making that would have required the approval of councils, council committees, mayoral or executive committees, will be made by the Accounting Officer of the Entity on written recommendation of the Chief Financial Officer and with approval or concurrence of the Chairperson of the Board of the Entity.