Lockdown: Taxis and buses come to a stop except for essential workers

Lockdown: Taxis and buses come to a stop except for essential workers

- The general public will not be able to commute via public transport during the 21-day lockdown

- The only exception to the rule will be essential workers

- Transport minister Fikile Mbalula emphasised that the rules of the lockdown will be strictly enforced by the authorities

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President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a 21-day lockdown, which kicks off on Thursday evening.

However, there still seems to be a great deal of uncertainty amongst the general public in terms of what is and what is not allowed.

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has made one thing abundantly clear - public transport will not be available for the general public.

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Mbalula emphasised that the lockdown will be strictly enforced by the authorities, Briefly.co.za gathered.

Mbalula said, “We are looking at allocating time for the operation of taxis in the morning peak and in the afternoon, and during the day [there will be] a lockdown because a lockdown is a lockdown. Workers who are classified as essential will be permitted to get to work. We’ll cater for them. "

SowetanLIVE reported that their employers will still be expected to apply for permits to allow their workers on the roads.

Each essential worker should then be issued with the permit, which will enable them to commute.

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Health minister Zweli Mkhize cited the lockdown on public transport as a key measure to combat the Covid-19 crisis.

Mkhize touched on the possibility of people migrating to their hometowns ahead of Thursday evening.

He said, “We are going to make an attempt at reducing numbers of people who are to go out into the various places, into the various provinces."

Ealier, Briefly.co.za shared some good news for workers at Shoprite stores.

The retailer took the impressive decision to reward staff members with a whopping R102 million once off bonus.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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