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LIVE BLOG: Unfair price hikes have stabilised - Competition Commission

Ministers of the economic cluster who serve in the National Coronavirus Command Council brief the media on the regulations relating to the COVID-19 Level 3 restrictions.

More teaching staff may be deployed to schools.

The Competition Commission says price surges have stabilised after cases came to light and fines have been issued.

To date, a total of 332 prohibition notices were served, which averages out at about 9 prohibition notices per day.Out of 3844 inspections, 2116 complied while 1724 failed to comply.

As more people go back to work, the burden will ease off the UIF system.

UIF has paid out over R15bil in COVID-19 benefits.

"The state of compliance leaves much to be desired," Nxesi says. He says many workplaces are not compliant.

Cleanliness must be a priority at workplaces.

Workplaces will be subject to inspections.

Employees have the right to refuse to work if the necessary precautions have not been put in place.

Employees who go on 14 days isolation must be given paid sick leave.

Employers will be required to:

Appoint COVID-19 compliance officers
Develop a plan to return to work
Do a risk analysis

Labour Minister Thulas Nxesi is next.

Over 384 cases in mining have tested positive so far. 

Compliance will be monitored through unannounced visits to mines.

Mines are required to implement a code of practice to mitigate the spread. Failure to do so will be a criminal act.

Diesel will be rationed to meet the power demand until the end of May.

Demand for power is now rising as the economy reopens.

Collieries supplying Eskom continue to operate fully during lockdown.

Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe is up next.

The CTICC has been turned into a field hospital site.

Over 10,000 South Africans have been repatriated from around the world. All were quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.

De Lille says there are enough quarantine sites.

Eskom and Transnet facilities have also been identified as sites.

Some facilities have been assessed by the Health Department and found to be compliant.

Public Works has approached hotels, lodges etc to offer their properties as quarantine sites. 1,751 facilities have been identified. 129,600 beds in each of these facilities.

De Lille says they have been working to be ready for the worst-case scenario if cases increase exponentially.

Public Works' responsibility is to make quarantine sites across SA available to meet health standards, De Lille says.

Public Works Minister Patricia de Lille starts.

WATCH LIVE: Economic cluster media briefing on COVID-19 level 3 lockdown regulations


Ministers of the economic cluster who serve in the National Coronavirus Command Council, will brief the media  on the regulations relating to the COVID-19 Level 3 restrictions following the announcements made by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, 24 May 2020, and the subsequent address to the nation on Tuesday, 26 May 2020.