Notice Title: Disaster Management Act, 2002: Amendment of regulations issued in terms of section 27(2).
Government Notice: GN 11 in GG 44066 on 11 January 2021
Commencing date: 12 January 2021

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs amended the Regulations issued in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 to give effect to the national address given by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 11 January. For a copy of the Government Gazette Notice click here.

Some of the key points of the amendments are provided below.


The curfew times have been adjusted from 9pm to 5 am.


The wearing of a face mask is mandatory for every person when in a public place. Criminal charges can be laid against anyone who refuses to wear a mask after having been formally requested to do so by an enforcement officer. Children younger than 6 years does not have to wear masks in public places.

Attendance of funerals

Funerals are considered a “super spreader event”. A maximum of 50 persons are allowed to attend a funeral. No after funeral gatherings are allowed.


Gatherings that include inter alia social, faith -based, political and sport gatherings are prohibited

Gatherings at a workplace for work purposes are however allowed. These gatherings are subject to strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures.

Alcohol sales

Alcohol sales remain prohibited. On-site consumption of alcohol remains prohibited, this includes the sale of alcohol in restaurants.

Closure of borders

All land ports of entry into and out of South Africa are closed until 15 February 2021, with some exceptions that include:

  • The transportation of fuel, cargo and goods;
  • Emergency medical attention for a life-threatening condition;
  • Return of South African national, permanent resident, persons with valid visa’s and diplomats;
  • Funeral purposes for family members in the first degree of kinship to the deceased person;
  • The deportation of foreign nationals;
  • The departure of a South African national to place of employment, study or residence; and
  • Daily commuters from neighbouring countries who attend school in South Africa.


Businesses may continue with their activities unless specifically listed under the specific economic exclusions in Table 2 of the Regulations. The businesses that cannot open include nightclubs, bars, taverns and shebeens.

Businesses must continue to comply with the Direction by the Minister of Employment and Labour in terms of Regulation 4 (10) of the Regulations R480 of 29 April 2020 issued by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in terms of Section 27 (2) of the Act that was published on 4 June 2020. For more information on the specific requirements of the Directive please refer to our previous newsflash here.

For more information or assistance with the implementation of COVID-19 workplace legal requirements contact Gert van der Waal at

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