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Still no alcohol, cigarettes under level 4 lockdown - minister

The national coronavirus command council, led by Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, is outlining the finalised details of level 4 lockdown regulations in a briefing.

Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: @DlaminiZuma/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG – Cooperative Governance Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has announced that people will be allowed a once-off permit to move from one province to the other.

The country will move to level 4 lockdown on Friday while trying to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Dlamini-Zuma said those who had gone to other provinces before the level 5 lockdown began, would now have the opportunity to change provinces.

“Once they arrive, they cannot go back. You come back until the end of level 4; it is a once-off movement from one province to the other.”

The permit would be made available mostly to those who have to come back to the provinces they work in so that when more companies reopen under level 4 lockdown, they are closer to their jobs.

WATCH: Dlamini-Zuma on level 4 lockdown regulations

STILL NO ALCOHOL AND CIGARETTES SALES UNDER LEVEL 4

The minister said the sale of alcohol and cigarettes would still not be allowed under level 4 lockdown.

She said from the over 70,000 submissions made by the public on the relaxation of regulations, over 2,000 of them objected to the sale of cigarettes.

Dlamini-Zuma also said the ban on alcohol sale had assisted in the fight against coronavirus.

"Even if you make your own alcohol at home, don't distribute it to others".

PHASED-IN APPROACH FOR RETURNING TO WORK

Minister of Trade and Industry Ebrahim Patel said as the country headed towards level 4 of the lockdown, many companies had been asking to be allowed to reopen and trade again.

He said the government’s aim was to increase economic activities while saving lives.

The minister said the return of workers to work would be done in a phased manner.

“Our main focus must be to avoid a significant rise in infections. There should be a phasing in of employees. Companies should structure arrangements to rotate employees.”

He said all agriculture and half of manufacturing businesses would be open.

“Shoes, bedding, winter clothes, children’s clothes, home office equipment and hardware will be opened under level 4. Also e-commerce will be expanded incrementally, more products will be added to the list of products they can sell.”

He emphasised that government was still focused on making sure that the country did not have to move back to level 5.

“There was a short but valuable consultation process, many took time to make submissions. This process allowed concerns to be raised with government. 850 submissions were made by business.”

Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thoko Didiza added that auctions would be allowed to take place under strict measures.