Essential Service and Permitted Business Travel Permits
Lockdown Level 3 [From 1 June 2020]
Level 5, Level 4 + Level 3 Category (updated)
A National Lockdown was declared in South Africa from 26 March 2020 to stop the spread of COVID-19 and the Coronavirus illness.
Businesses that provide "Essential and Permitted Services" are allowed to open and trade.
Prescribed Permits are required for Business employees to travel inter-provincially.
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Under Lockdown Level 3, genuine employees of businesses may travel for business purposes across provincial borders provided they have the Prescribed Permit. If you do not have the correct permit you will be turned back at the provincial borders and not allowed to continue.
The permit must be presented on demand to a law enforcement official at the roadblocks.
COVID-19 Essential Service and Permitted Business Travel Permit
If your business provided a service considered to be an essential service, or (W.E.F. 1 May 2020) provided services to these businesses, you were permitted to re-open your business for trade.
With effect from 1 June 2020 Wholesale and Retail trade could restart – subject to exclusions.
During the Initial Nationwide Lockdown period, only essential services were permitted to trade to prevent the spread of the deadly Coronavirus.
As a second and now third phase to re-opening the economy, further additional layers of services have been permitted to restart.
To ensure compliance with the new legislation and the Regulations, your employees have to carry permits to allow travel between provinces (for business purposes only).
This Permit is to be presented to South African Police Services (SAPS) and other Law Enforcement officials upon request.
The Minister has warned – Heavy fines and a Criminal Record await those who do not comply.
Certification process during COID-19 Coronavirus Extended Lockdown Level 4 as announced by the Department of Trade and Industry on 16 Apr 2020:
Registered Companies (Pty) LTD and Closed Corporations (CCs/CKs) were required to have a new Certificate from 17 April 2020.
The new Certificate clearly stated that it is for the Extended Lockdown period, beginning 17 April 2020, and South African Police Service officials were instructed which certificates to look for.
Certificates issued before then were no longer be valid and had to be disposed of. To provide time for businesses to adjust to the new requirements, the new Certificates had to be available to be displayed from start of business on Monday, 20 April 2020.
Possession of the Certificate was still subject to your company fully complying with the applicable Lockdown Regulations and is a record of the company’s details, and did not in itself constitute the right to continue operating during the period.
Only businesses which provided essential or permitted services in terms of the Lockdown Regulations, as amended, issued by the Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs were allowed to continue their operations during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The Certificate was a reference to the legal registration of the company in terms of the Companies Act, 2008 (Act No. 71 of 2008) and a record of registration. It did not give a firm or individual a right to trade if that company did not fall into an Essential or Permitted Service as defined in the Lockdown Regulations.
Registration was only for Companies and Closed Corporations registered in terms of the Companies Act.
Where it was found that certificates had been issued to entities which did not meet the definitions of an essential or permitted service, such certificate would be revoked, and the companyreferred to the South African Police Services.
False declaration by the entity was a criminal offence and resulted in prosecution, in terms of Lockdown Regulations.
The transportation of liquor continued to be prohibited, except where alcohol is required for industries producing hand sanitizers, disinfectants, soap, alcohol for industrial use and household cleaning products.
To confirm if your business complies, please consult the necessary regulation at:
Businesses can only apply if they belong to the list of essential or permitted services categories as above.
This service is only for Essential and Permitted Business Travel Permits in response to the National Lockdown to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and the Coronavirus Illness
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