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Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, confirmed on Thursday 8 May 2020 that South Africans may move house during lockdown level 4, under certain conditions.
New regulations for lockdown level 4 allow the movement of person and goods. However, this is a once-off condition.
According to Gazette Volume 659 issued on 7 May 2020, the “once-off movement of persons and transportation of goods – which is limited to household furniture and effects – will be allowed.
However, you’d only be able to move house for the period between 7 May and 7 June 2020. In addition, residents must obtain a permit to travel across provincial, metropolitan and district boundaries.
As per the direction stipulated in the Gazette, these permits can be obtained from SAPS station commander. The permit must “indicate the persons who are part of the household who will be required to move”.
In addition, you must also have in your possession “the relevant lease agreement indicating the date of expiry of the old lease and the date of commencement of the new lease”, or the transfer documents.
Residents who are moving house must also complete From 1 on page 6 of the Gazette; titled “Permit to travel to another province, metropolitan area or district for purposes of relocation”.
Prior communication from the government indicated that “people are not allowed to move houses; moving companies are not provided for to resume operations in Level 4.”
It was then decided that a grace period of seven days would apply, until such time as the new conditions have been gazetted. On 8 May, Minister Fikile Mbalula called on residents moving between provinces to exercise extreme caution:
“Minister Fikile Mbalula calls on interprovincial travellers to exercise extreme caution on the roads, as the grace period for transit across provincial boundaries, draws to a close. The once-off movement of interprovincial travellers will end at 23:59 tonight”.
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Moving House is now Permitted under Level 4: Rentals before & during lockdown and property transfers that happened before lockdown ??— Cllr Leah Knott (@LeahK28) May 7, 2020
Not sure what this means for estate agencies – they should by virtue issue an amendment to the essential services list but have not seen this yet pic.twitter.com/ZUltcNi7EX