Level 4 Lockdown Businesses that can trade
This is what you need to know regarding the directives, which were published on Tuesday 12 May.
Cars – Minister of Trade and Industry, Ebrahim Patel, has issued a directive which will allow for the sale of cars during level 4 lockdown restrictions.
The following trading activities are now permitted during level 4:
- Trade-in new and used cars;
- Wholesale trade of new and used cars by original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and importers;
- Export and import of all category of cars through national ports of entry under strict guidelines;
- Trade-in purchases, car lease scheme returns and wholesale trading of used cars.
- To facilitate the sales of cars and the proper functioning of the supply chain, Patel also stated that administrative workers – such as those conducting roadworthy assessments – may also return to work.
There are a few restrictions around the sale of cars:
- All dealerships and used car outlets will operate with up to 30% of employment subject to a maximum of one employee or customer per every nine square metres of floor space: Provided that small businesses may operate with a minimum of five employees;
- The majority of car sales will be done remotely via the internet or eCommerce or telephone.
- Personal contact will be kept to a minimum and only on appointment under very strict hygiene and social distancing conditions in line with the regulations;
- Home delivery of vehicles with full sanitisation will be mandatory;
- These restrictions will slowly be eased in the coming weeks and months.
Minister of small business Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has published a directive outlining what small and micro-businesses are allowed to sell during the lockdown.
The following businesses can operate:
- Small scale bakeries and confectioneries;
- Small scale hardware stores;
- Informal restaurants and shisanyamas for home deliveries only;
- Trades, herein referred to as artisan businesses, necessary for rendering emergency repair work, including plumbers, electricians, locksmiths, glaziers, roof repair work, tow trucks, vehicle recovery and automobile repairs (motor mechanics), including small-scale vehicle services centres/workshops, small-scale motor body repair shops, and fitment centres;
- Sole traders within the clothing and textiles and confectionery business;
- Cooperatives operating under permitted businesses in line with the regulations.