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Clarity on the Amendment of Lockdown Regulations

The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, designated under section 3 of the Disaster management Act,2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002) has signed and gazetted an amendment to the regulations issued in terms of section 27(2).

The amended regulations emphasize government commitment to implementing measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. “We continue to strengthen the regulations in order to decrease the frequent movement of people and this has necessitated the need to restrict the sale of hot cooked food during the period of the lockdown”, said Minister Dlamini Zuma.

To this effect, Annexure B to the regulations is hereby amended by the substitution in Part A for item (i) of paragraph (1) of the following item:
– Any food product, including non-alcoholic beverages, but excluding cooked food.

The amended regulations issued in terms of section 27(2) seeks to clarify that no cooked food should be sold by either restuarants, retailers, outlets or informal food traders. The amendment will allow government to continue strengthening our efforts to flatten the curve and reduce new infections.

The regulation therefore excludes hot cooked food from the classification of essential goods during the lockdown period.

Lungi Mtshali

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