All businesses that will be allowed to provide essential services must obtain approval from the Department of Trade, Industry, and Competition.

Minister Ebrahim Patel said the companies must apply to the Bizportal website for companies and intellectual property ( ) to obtain a certificate that will enable them to continue trading. This service is available from this morning (26 March).

The certificate will serve as proof that the enterprise has indeed obtained permission from the government to trade and that its employees have only unrestricted movement in this regard. The minister warned that a false application could be considered a fraud and could lead to criminal prosecution.

Workers of such enterprises must at all times have a letter or permit and a form of identification in their possession.

The list of essential goods and services during the 21-day period of seclusion was released yesterday.

Essential goods are:

  1. Kos

Any food products, including non-alcoholic beverages; animal food; and chemical, packaging and supplementary products used in the production of any food product.

  1. Cleaning and hygiene products

Toilet paper, sanitary products, and condoms.

Hand sanitizer, disinfectants, soaps, alcohol for industrial use, household cleaning products and personal protective equipment.

Chemical, packaging and supplementary products used in the manufacture of any of the above.

  1. Medical

Medical and hospital supplies, medical equipment and personal protective equipment.

Chemical, packaging and supplementary products used in the manufacture of any of the above.

  1. Fuel, including coal and gas
  2. Basic goods, including airtime and electricity

Essential services are:

Categories of essential services will be limited to the following services:

  1. Medical, health (including mental health), laboratory and medical services;
  2. Disaster management, fire prevention, fire fighting, and emergency services;
  3. Financial services needed to maintain the functioning of the banking and payment environment, including the JSE and similar stock exchanges, as well as insurance services;
  4. Manufacture and sale of the goods listed above;
  5. Grocery stores, including spaza stores;
  6. Production, supply, and maintenance of electricity, water, gas and fuel;
  7. Critical posts for essential government services as determined by the head of the national or provincial department in accordance with guidelines of the Department of Public Service and Administration, including the payment of social grants;
  8. Birth and death certificate and replacement of identification documents;
  9. Essential municipal services;
  10. Caring services and social assistance to the elderly, the mentally ill, the disabled, the sick and the children;
  11. Funeral services, including mortuaries;
  12. Wildlife management, anti-poaching, animal care and veterinary services;
  13. Newspaper, broadcasting and telecommunications infrastructure services;
  14. Production and sales of chemicals, hygiene products and pharmaceuticals for the medical or retail sector;
  15. Cleaning, sanitation, sewerage, waste and refuse removal services;
  16. Services related to the essential functioning of courts, judicial officers, the Supreme Court Master, sheriffs and legal practitioners required for those services;
  17. Essential services by the South African Revenue Service (SARS), as defined by the commissioner of SARS;
  18. Police, peace officers, traffic officers, military medical personnel and soldiers, correctional services and traffic management services;
  19. Postal and courier services relating to the transport of medical products;
  20. Private security services;
  21. Air Traffic Navigation, Civil Aviation Authorities, Freight and Shipyard Services;
  22. Gold, gold refineries, coal and essential mining;
  23. Accommodation used for persons providing essential services, for quarantine, for isolation and for the period of seclusion;
  24. Production, manufacture, supply, logistics, transport, delivery, critical maintenance and repair of the provision of essential services, including parts and equipment;
  25. Transport services for persons providing essential services and goods, and transport of patients;
  26. Services rendered by the executive, members of parliament, provincial legislature members, local council members, the judiciary, traditional leaders and national office bearers of political parties represented in parliament;
  27. Commissioners of the South African Human Rights Commission, Gender Equality Commission, the Language and Cultural and Religious Rights Promotion and Protection Commission, the Public Protector and the Deputy Public Protector; and
  28. Transport and logistics regarding essential goods (as set out above) to neighboring countries.

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