Department of Transport
The transport department is busy setting up new transport regulations and directives that respond to government’s recently announced COVID-19 risk adjusted approach and alert levels.
Last week, president Ramaphosa announced that government has decided to implement a gradual and phased recovery of economic activity from 1 May 2020.
‘We will implement a risk adjusted strategy through which we take a deliberate and cautious approach to the easing of current lockdown restrictions.’
The cooperative governance and traditional affairs minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, detailed government’s risk adjusted approach to the new regulations and detailed the alert levels as announced by the president on the weekend.
During the media briefing, the minister clarified that, in the upcoming phase, government will continue to limit travel and movement and will institute a curfew where everyone has to be indoors between 8pm and 5am except for essential workers.
She also pointed out that, in undertaking the Risk Adjustment Approach, government has, together with the National Command Council and the Ministerial Advisory Committee on COVID-19, “sequenced and phased in key sectors and priority areas with a view to deepening the fight against COVID-19 whilst rebuilding our economy. This plan spans over six to eight months, because we believe that the curve peak will probably arrive in September”.
According to the transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, the transport sector will play a significant role in the gradual opening up of the economy “as it provides mobility to the workforce that will be permitted to return to their places of employment”.
In a statement following a series of virtual meetings to consult transport industry stakeholders on lockdown regulations, the transport department indicated that the transport minister will communicate and make announcements this week on new transport regulations and directives.