Monday | 20 April | 2020
By Reon Janse van Rensburg
The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in a separate Government Gazette published last week, outlined certain goods that can now be sold by South African retailers.
According to Dr Dlamini-Zuma these good form part of the regulations that will be updated and adjusted continuously as the country’s national lockdown is lifted gradually in a controlled manner after the five-week lockdown.
However, she still maintained that alcohol and cigarette sales were suspended and supermarkets would not be allowed to sell hot foods.
The government has mentioned in previous communications that baby food is on the list of essential goods, but the regulations now also provide for:
- Teething ring
- Feeding bottles
- Other non-consumable good essential for the care of infants and toddlers
These good may only be sold by a retailer who is permitted to sell essential goods.
By late Friday, 17 April the government has published another guideline that adds certain items to the list of essential goods.
Blade Nzimande, the Minister of Higher Education added the following good to the list:
- Information and communication technology devices such as laptops, computers, modems and other devices for educational purposes
- Gasses, liquids and chemicals used to store biological samples and maintain equipment and machinery
- Animal feed for laboratory and farm animals
According to Nzimande these good are essential for the continuous functioning of higher education institutions such as colleges and universities.
* All information was correct at the time of publication.