After 27 months, the last remaining lockdown restrictions in SA officially expired in June 2022 – Photo: Adobe Stock

Less than two weeks to comment on rules REPLACING State of Disaster

The State of Disaster may have been lifted, but new regulations will be put in place – and government wants the public to weigh in


After 27 months, the last remaining lockdown restrictions in SA officially expired in June 2022 – Photo: Adobe Stock

The clock is ticking as South Africans only have until 16 April 2022 to weigh in on the proposed regulations, which are set to replace the State of Disaster.

The country has now entered a new phase, with the State of Disaster now having ended. But focus is now on the new regulations, which have received much criticism from opposition parties. The regulations are aimed at ensuring that the country continually has mechanisms to control and manage the resurgence of COVID-19 and an outbreak of any pandemic in the future.

Health Minister Dr Joe Phaahla spoke at a media briefing on Tuesday, 5 April 2022, touching on the regulations, which fall under the National Health Act.

“The Health Regulations as in [the] Government Gazette will take effect immediately after the transitional measures have elapsed. The regulations in the main seek to introduce few amendments to the Surveillance and Control of Notifiable Diseases and Medical Conditions, to include Coronavirus (COVID-19) as such,” the Minister said.


  • The wearing of masks indoors
  • When coming to gatherings, indoor and outdoor venues can take up to 50% of their capacity without any maximum limit, provided that proof of vaccination or a Coved test not older than 72 hours is required at entrance of the venue
  • Travellers entering South Africa will need to show proof of vaccination or negative PCR test not older than 72 hours
  • The directions that provide for the payment of the special R350 Social Relief of Distress Grant remain in place

At the same briefing, Phaahla said public comments are still being processed and said the measures were necessary to prevent a resurgence.

“We have seen what has been happening. We are studying that. In some countries as we speak now, there is a lot of concern because some of the countries as you are people who follow the news will know that a big city like Shanghai in China as we speak is currently under lockdown. A city of more than 20 million people and other areas in China and other parts of the world. So, these measures are to help us not to go there,” he said.