- Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, shed light on the new Level 4 lockdown restrictions
- The slightly relaxed measures will allow for exercise within reason and greater freedom on the roads
- The sale of alcohol and cigarettes will remain prohibited and recreational visits are still not allowed
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South Africans have been experiencing financial woes and cabin fever in light of the Covid-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown.
President Cyril Ramaphosa's recent address alluded to the new phased approach, which would see the country easing some of the restrictions.
Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, provided a detailed update on Wednesday to shed light on some of the changes that will come into effect from 1 May.
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Dlamini-Zuma confirmed that government received more than 70 000 submissions to their proposals and deemed it to be a "good response".
Of those, 22 000 related to exercise and many South Africans will be thrilled to know that they can now cycle, run and walk within their neighbourhoods.
Recreational visits will still not be allowed and those without permits, cannot be on the road between 8pm to 5am.
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Only close relatives will be allowed to attend funerals and crowds are still not allowed.
Travel between provinces will not be permitted. However, a once-off allowance will be made for those wanting to return home or to a province they'll be working in.
The borders will remain closed, except for South Africans returning from abroad.
Taxis and e-hailing services, buses and rail will be opened under strict conditions.
All agricultural products may be exported and certain goods may be transported across the country.
Following the submission of more than 2 000 people opposing the sale of tobacco, cigarettes and alcohol will remain banned.
Those desperate for some more retail therapy will take heart in the knowledge that winter clothing will be permitted.
Postal and courier services will be permitted, but hotels and guest houses will remain closed for business.
Briefly.co.za noted that the new lockdown system will enable government to eact quickly & change the level of restrictions based on the rate of COVID-19 infections in different parts of the country.
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