Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula has published a number of directives which allow for increased travelling under South Africa’s level 3 lockdown.
The first directive relates to inter-provincial travel, with the directive saying that those approved for such travel at level 3 are allowed to use long-distance public transport to do so from 1 June.
However, this should be read alongside the primary level 3 regulations which outline the scenarios where South Africans are allowed to travel between provinces, districts and metropolitan areas.
In a separate directive, Mbalula indicated that some rail services will be allowed to operate during the level 3 lockdown. This includes the following Prasa routes:
The directive also states that the Gautrain will continue commuter services on the following routes:
Mbalula has also outlined how air travel will work under level 3 lockdown in a third directive.
The directive indicates that all international passenger flights are prohibited except those flights authorised by the minister of transport for the repatriation of South African nationals from foreign countries and evacuation of foreign nationals from South Africa.
Commercial domestic passenger flights may resume on 1 June subject to the following conditions:
In addition, the directive sets out a number of other safety guidelines which need to be followed, including:
In a directive published earlier in May, Mbalula outlined the validity of motor vehicle licences and registrations during South Africa’s 21-day lockdown.
The lockdown has made it difficult for motorists to renew expired licences, and the government has published a number of regulations to extend the validity of these licences until the lockdown restrictions are relaxed.
The latest regulations state that all documentation that expired between 26 March and 31 May will now be extended for 90 days, from 1 June.
This extends to:
In addition, motor trade number licences that expired during this period have had their validity extended by a further six months.
A motor trade number is typically used to operate an unregistered and unlicensed motor vehicle on a public road in the course of their business.
The gazette also states that driving licence centres, registering authorities, testing stations and driving schools will resume services from 1 June. This aligns with the country’s move down to level 3 lockdown restrictions.