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DTI apologises for contradictions, confusion caused by COVID-19 regulations

This comes after criticism over its regulations, including the ban on cooked foods, e-commerce - which have since been allowed - and certain clothing.

DTI Director-General Lionel October. Picture: DTI

Editors' note: The article had been updated to clarify the department's sentiments around the confusion caused by the regulations gazetted for COVID-19.

JOHANNESBURG - The Trade and Industry Department has apologised for the confusion caused by some of the regulations it's gazetted, saying the intention of the was to make the lock down as hard as possible.

The department appeared before Parliament's committee on Trade and Industry on Friday to explain its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This comes after criticism over its regulations, including the ban on cooked foods, e-commerce - which have since been allowed - and certain clothing.

The department’s Director-General Lionel October: "We have moved very decisively to start easing up because we needed to make the first part of the lockdown really hard and sharp because we needed to decisively try to flatten the curve."

For official information about COVID-19 from the Department of Health, please click here.