Fikile Mbalula welcomes Prasa executives

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Mbalula: All-day public transport permitted under Level 3

Under level 3 of the national lockdown, which comes into effect on Monday, 1 June 2020, all sectors of the economy will be allowed to operate which means it’s back to work for many South Africans and naturally, more movement on the roads

Fikile Mbalula welcomes Prasa executives

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Time restrictions on the usage of road-based public transport have been lifted for level 3, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has announced.

Mbalula together with his deputy Dikeledi Magadzi and Director-General Alex Moemi briefed the media on regulations to be enforced by the department.

A series of other restrictions will however remain, namely: a 70% loading capacity for minibus-taxis, a 50% loading capacity for buses while the same will still apply for e-hailing and metered taxis

Domestic Travel

There will be limited domestic air travel for business purposes, subject to restrictions on the number of flights per day and authorization based on the reason for travel.

The availability of port health services will also inform how the flights will be scheduled. Aircraft movement will also be rolled out from airports by way of phases.

“Limited domestic air travel also means that flights will only be allowed to depart and land at selected airports in a phased manner as earlier explained. Only passengers will be allowed inside the terminal buildings”, the minister said.

Restrictions for cabin crew

The South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) has developed a number of guidelines to be followed by the sector to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Under level 3, aircrafts have to implement a number of measures inside the cabin namely: no catering will be allowed, no magazines on board and the last row will be reserved for isolation of suspected cases. All aircrafts must be disinfected before entering into service and after each flight.

Metrorail operations remain halted

As far as rail transport is concerned, the Passenger Rail Agency (Prasa) has concluded that Metrorail is not ready to resume work for level 3 and will remain out of action. Mbalula said they would continue working with the rail agency in assessing each line on the rail network. Moemi said this was due to the infrastructure which still needs to be stabilized.

Restrictions on movement

Similarly to level 4, people will only be allowed to leave their homes to commute to and from work, as well as to purchase essential goods and services.

Movements between provinces, metropolitan areas and districts and hotspots is also disallowed except for specific circumstances including: people traveling for work purposes, people moving to another place of residence, caring for an immediate family member, the transportation of mortal remains and obtaining medical treatment.

“With the increase in the number of people returning to work and learners and students returning to institutions of learning, long distance public transport crossing Provincial, Metropolitan or District boundaries is permitted to operate”, Mbalula added.