Covid-19: Updated level 1 lockdown regulations for schools and travel in SA

Here is everything you need to know about the updated regulations for SA’s adjusted level 1 lockdown, including changes for schools and travel.

Covid-19: Updated level 1 lockdown regulations for schools and travel in SA

The government has recently gazetted updated regulations for South Africa’s adjusted level 1 lockdown, including changes for schools and travel.

The changes include the relaxation of restrictions for air travel.

Negative Covid-19 tests are not yet a requirement for domestic travel. The department has withdrawn and republished the gazette, correcting the error.

Domestic travel:

Negative Covid-19 tests are not yet a requirement for domestic travel. The department has withdrawn and republished the gazette, correcting the error.

An airline operator can provide pre-packaged catering onboard the aircraft but must take all Covid-19 health measures into account.

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An airline operator may make complimentary magazines available, which passengers must pick up when entering the aircraft. Passengers are not allowed to share these magazines.

International travel:

A traveler must provide a valid certificate with a negative Covid-19 test outcome, recognised by the World Health Organisation or equivalent local accredited authority, obtained no more than 72 hours before the date of travel.

South African authorities reserve the right to verify the authenticity of the presented certificate.

International scheduled operations and charter flights carrying passengers are allowed at the following airports:

  • OR Tambo International Airport;
  • King Shaka International Airport;
  • Cape Town International Airport
  • Lanseria International Airport;
  • Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport.

Long-haul flight departures and landings at the airports listed above are permitted during the hours of the curfew. However, passengers are required to present a valid boarding pass if stopped by law enforcement.”

Spectators at school sports, arts, and culture have also been given the go-ahead.

THE AMENDED REGULATIONS ARE EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY

According to the recently published amendments, the following activities may resume with spectators: 

  • Contact sport, non-contact sport including training, intra-school and inter-school matches, and all arts and culture intra-school and inter-school activities. 
  • Co-curricular and enrichment programmes, such as oral history, spelling bee, moot court, speech contests, debates, and school clubs, may resume activities including competitive inter-school events and engagements and 
  • Choir practices or rehearsals and choir competitions. 

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It was clear that the following health and safety measures must be adhered to when resuming events or activities contemplated in this direction: 

  • Face masks must be worn by all persons entering the venues where the activities take place, change rooms, or training areas, except when participating in training or matches accompanied by vigorous exercise.
  • There must be sufficient quantities of hand sanitisers with at least 70% alcohol available for use by all officials, coaches, assistants, learners and participants. 
  • There must be facilities for washing of hands with soaps and water
  • All windows and doors must remain open to ensure adequate ventilation.
  • Subject to requirements of any contact activity, social distancing must be maintained at all times.
  • The sharing of drinks and drink containers is not allowed.
  • A Covid-19 compliance office must be appointed for each venue. 
  • Each of the entry points at the venue must be controlled to ensure that the stipulations with regards to gatherings as contemplated in sub-direction (2)(i) to (n) and (q) are complied with.

According to the amendments, the principal of a school or an organiser of a venue, hosting an event or activity contemplated in this direction, who fails to comply, is liable to a fine or imprisonment. 

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Traffic officials’ boss welcomes hefty sentences for bribery, fraud

Road Traffic Management Corporation CEO Makhosini Msibi has that warned corrupt officials will go to jail.

Traffic officials’ boss welcomes hefty sentences for bribery, fraud

The Road Traffic Management Corporation has welcomed the heavy jail terms imposed on five Kwa-Zulu Natal licensing bureau traffic officials who fraudulently assisted scores of motor vehicle learner’s licence applicants to pass their tests in the province.

 The Durban Specialised Commercial Crimes Court sentenced the five  examiners attached to the Umngeni licencing department in Howick to direct imprisonment terms ranging from four and eight years.

 The five officials were among 19 people who were arrested when the National Traffic Anti-Corruption Unit of Road Traffic Management Corporation and the Hawks raided Umngeni Local Municipality on 06 March 2018. All officials were charged with fraud following months of investigations which found that examiners were assisting applicants to pass learner licence tests. The examiners used a concealed light emitting device to surreptitiously point the correct answers to the applicants enabling them to pass without knowledge of the rules of the road.

The court found the officials guilty of fraud in November 2020 following a lengthy trial. Sentencing was handed down on Monday as follows:

· Dumisani Nkala – a traffic officer, who was a management representative at the time of his arrest. He was found guilty on 49 counts of fraud and was sentenced to eight years imprisonment suspended for five years due to his health conditions. He was also placed under house arrest for 18 months and ordered to perform community service for 16 hours per month for 12 months of the sentence.

· Lindiwe Xulu, an examiner of driving licences, who was found guilty on 158 counts of fraud was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

· Meshack Ndlovu, a traffic officer, who was found guilty on seven counts was sentenced to four years imprisonment.

· Nkosinathi Zondi, an examiner of driving licences, found guilty on 276 counts was sentenced to seven years imprisonment.

· Dumisani Phungula, an examiner of driving licences, who was found guilty on 15 counts of fraud was sentenced to four years imprisonment.

The Road Traffic Management Corporation welcomed the judgement saying it sends a clear message that fraud, corruption and lawlessness will not be tolerated in the sector. All officials had already been dismissed after lengthy disciplinary processes.

RTMC CEO Advocate Makhosini Msibi said: “Those who are committing crime in our licensing must be prepared to do time in prison for their corrupt practices.”

Msibi commended the investigating and prosecution team for a job well done.

Source : The South African More   

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