Government makes a u-turn on the sale of cigarettes during lockdown

LEVEL 04 LOCKDOWN - The government has made a u-turn on the sale of cigarettes during Level 04 of the lockdown measures, which is coming into effect tomorrow. Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma briefed the country last night on the way forward. She says all tobacco-related products, including vaping, are prohibited, as is the sale of alcohol.

Some good news is that Level 04 allows for some exercise but under strict conditions.

Dlamini-Zuma adds that all sea and land ports remain closed, except for goods coming in or going out of the country. People will be allowed to return home from overseas under strict conditions. Municipal services will also continue.

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel says the government has been flooded with suggestions and calls from unions, business leaders, and individuals on which industries should be allowed to resume. He warns that to allow all businesses to start working again, could necessitate a return to Level 05 of the lockdown.

Patel also cautions factories that will be allowed to re-open that their operations will have to be restructured in such a way that every employee will be given a chance to work.

The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development Thoko Didiza has announced that the agricultural sector will be fully operational from tomorrow. Didiza emphasized the importance of ensuring that all farmers and their workers adhere to strict safety measures. Several industries that play a supporting role in agriculture will also reopen.

PHOTOS: (Presidency, Twitter)

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