Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma held a press briefing today where she told different media houses that South Africans should expect weekly updates with regards to lockdown restrictions being lifted as the country moves towards 30 April.

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The Minister said that the Government will be opening up the lockdown in an incremental manner and there will be weekly updates with information on which areas of the economy are opened and their conditions.

She, however, said that as much as this should be expected to happen on a weekly basis, there are some sectors which will remain as they and I would like to assume one of them includes Alcohol as she said that all restrictions which were put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 will remain unchanged.

The initial changes affect the mining and transport sectors as we reported earlier in this article.

Here’s the list of where the restrictions will be lifted:

  • Mines which supply Eskom with coal
  • Fuel refineries
  • Smelters
  • Furnaces
  • ICT workers who are needed to repair hardware and render essential services
  • Vehicles used to deliver essential services will also be allowed to be repaired.
  • Call centres ( retailers which offer customers accounts and insurance products )

The minister said South Africans should expect that almost every week, new areas will be coming on stream, but some will remain in place for a very long time.


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