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Further Amendments To Disaster Management Act Regulations

March 30, 2020

The Department of Co-Operative Governance and Traditional Affairs has published further amendments to the Disaster Management Act Regulations.

The amendments published in Notice 419 in Government Gazette 43168 amend the Regulations originally published in Gazette 43096 on 18 March 2020.

Amendments include the inserting of the following sub-regulations regarding trade and industry:

All workplaces or premises must have care and maintenance that is essential to the prevention of the destruction or significant impairment of working areas, plant, machinery or inventory, or to permit orderly shutdown arrangements, on such conditions as may be issued by means of directions by the Cabinet members responsible for trade, industry and for employment and labour.

The amendments also include the following regarding transport:

All commuter transport services including passenger rail services, bus services, taxi services, e-hailing services, maritime and air passenger transport are prohibited, except bus services, e-hailing services and private motor vehicles for purposes of rendering essential services, obtaining essential goods, seeking medical attention, funeral services and to receive payment of grants: Provided that – 
(a) bus service, taxi services and e-hailing services shall not carry more than 50% of the licensed capacity; and
(b) private vehicles shall not carry more than 60% of the licensed capacity, and that all directions in respect of hygienic conditions and the limitation of exposure of persons to COVID-19, are adhered to.