If you will be working during the lockdown, here’s what you need to know

As the national lockdown comes into effect in the early hours of Friday, those rendering essential services are expected to report for duty.President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that the country will go into a 21-day shut-down, where all forms of movement will be restricted, except for few specified categories of persons.

Staff in the essential services sector includes healthcare practitioners, retail workers, those working in the water and electricity industry etc.

People are expected to stay in their homes for that period, with the only movement allowed, would be those going to the shops to get food, medical products and for those who are working in essential services sectors.

Transport minister Fikile Mbalula announced that all international and domestic air travel, all commuter rail transport and long distances travels would be suspended, to limit mobility.

“All commuter rail services will shut down for the duration of the lock-down, and this includes all Metrorail and the Gautrain.”

“All international and domestic flights are prohibited irrespective of the risk category of the country of origin,” he added.

However, Mbalula said taxis and E-hailing services would be available.

But he said operators would be expected to adhere to strict time schedules.

“Minibuses and E-hailing serves such as Uber will be allowed to only transport essential staff and those travelling to the shops and health care facilities. But they are only permitted to operate between 05:00 to 09:00 and then in the afternoon between 16:00 to 20:00.”

The South African National Defense Force (SANDF) and South African Police Services (SAPS) will be deployed across the country, to ensure that everyone complies with the regulations.

Over 700 people have been diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus in South Africa, with the figure expected to increase in the coming days.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has since called for national day of prayer, to seek for devine intervention ahead of the lock-down


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