‘Incremental’ lifting of lockdown

New regulations as South Africa prepares for ‘incremental’ lifting of lockdown

16 April 2020

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has announced revised regulations for South Africa’s lockdown. In a media briefing on Thursday (16 April), Dlamini-Zuma said that the lockdown will be lifted in an incremental manner and that restrictions will remain in place even once the lockdown is lifted. “Because we are going to be opening the lockdown in an orderly matter, we will be naming the areas which will opened from the lockdown,” said Dlamini-Zuma. “The lockdown cannot be stopped abruptly.”

Because of this, Dlamini-Zuma said the new regulations are mainly an ‘addition’ to the current regulations which were first introduced before the lockdown was extended.

Some of the new changes include:


  • The transportation of essential goods are permitted from warehousing sites to essential service providers with the exception of the transportation of liquor;


  • Plumbers and electricians will be allowed to visit homes to fix broken utilities;


  • ICT professionals are now considered essential workers where they assist essential services using technology;