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Disaster Management Act Regulations Amended

December 7, 2020

Department of Cooperative Governance

Disaster Management Act Regulations have been amended.

The cooperative governance department published the amended Regulations in Government Gazette 43964.

A new Chapter 6 on Alert Level 1 is inserted.

The Regulations stipulate that initiation practices are prohibited nationally except for the Eastern Cape Province but excluding any area identified as a hotspot, with effect from 17 December 2020.

A new Chapter 7 on hotspots is inserted.

The chapter focuses on movement of persons, attendance of funerals, gatherings, prohibition of initiation practices and sale and dispensing of liquor.

The curfew in hotspots is adjusted to 22H00 until 04H00 daily.

The chapter also stipulates that after-funeral gatherings are not allowed in areas determined as hotspots and initiation practices are prohibited in hotspots.

In hotspots, the sale of liquor by a licensed premises for off-site consumption is only permitted from 10H00 to 18H00, from Mondays to Thursdays, excluding Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

The amendments came into effect on the date of publication except for the exclusion in regulation 73(1) dealing with initiation practices in the Eastern Cape (except for areas declared as hotspots) that will come into force on 17 December 2020.

In Gazette 43965, the department confirmed that Alert Level 1 will continue to apply nationally and that the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro has been declared a hotspot with additional measures.

In Gazette 43966, the department published an explanatory memorandum on the amendments.