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Limited Domestic Business Flights on the Cards

June 2, 2020

Department of Transport

Limited domestic air travel for business purposes will be allowed in Alert Level 3 of the lockdown.

The transport minister confirmed this in a statement on level 3 lockdown measures pertaining to the transport sector.

The minister added that domestic air travel will be subject to restrictions on the number of flights per day and authorization based on the reason for travel.

The resumption of domestic flights will be rolled out in three phases.

During Phase 1 commercial aircraft movement will be allowed from OR Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and Lanseria International Airport.

Phase 2 will involve Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, Polokwane International Airport and Bram Fischer Airport while Phase 3 will include Kimberley Airport, Upington Airport, East London Airport, Umtata Airport and Port Elizabeth Airport.

Only passengers will be allowed inside terminal buildings.

According to the minister, Level 3 Directions, that came into effect on 1 June 2020, “demonstrate the careful balancing act of enabling mobility while arresting the spread of the virus through the transport system”.

The Directions regulating the movement of ships remain unchanged.

“The ban on passenger vessels and cruise liners remains in place, and only vessels bringing in cargo are allowed to call on our ports.”

The minister also announced that the Gautrain resumed the airport service as from 1 June 2020.

Timelines for the resumption of the Metrorail commuter service have been revised. Services are set to resume on 1 July 2020 on the following lines:

Pretoria to Pienaarspoort; Cape Town to Simonstown; East London to Berlin; and Port Elizabeth to Uitenhage.

Long distance trains remain prohibited.

Three transport-related measures to combat COVID-19 were published in the Government Gazette:

• Gazette 43373 – Notice 613 – measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of covid-19 in railway operations – Gautrain to continue commuter services as follows: Park Station to Hatfield; and Sandton to OR Tambo International Airport.
• Gazette 43374 – Notice 614 – measures to prevent and combat the spread of covid-19 in the public transport services – inter-provincial public transport allowed for persons permitted to travel between provinces in terms of the regulations.
• Gazette 43375 – Notice 615 – measures to address, prevent and combat the spread of covid-19 in the air services – focused on international and domestic flights, airport and airlines, general aviation and aviation training.

All three amendments came into effect on 1 June 2020.

In Gazette 43358, the Road Accident Fund has announced a consumer price index (CPI)-related adjustment to the statutory limit in respect of claims for loss of income and support as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

The amount referred to under section 17(4)(c) of the Road Accident Fund Act 56 of 1996 has been adjusted to R294 300 with effect from 30 April 2020.

According to the notice, the purpose of the adjustment is to “counter the effects of CPI inflation”.

No claim for loss of income and support can exceed the latest limit.

Limits are adjusted on a quarterly basis in line with inflation.