South African consolidated and updated Covid-19 legislation

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Commencement date Repeal information
Adjusted Level 4 Directions for Older Persons’ Residential Facilities and Community Nutrition Development Centres (Government Notice 608 of 2021)
Alert Level 2: Directions to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in all Correctional Centres and Remand Detention Facilities in the Republic of South Africa (Government Notice 967 of 2020)
Allied Health Professions Council of South Africa: Executive Committee SARS-COV-2 / COVID-19 Directives and Extraordinary Policy Decisions: 10 March 2020 to 22 June 2020 (Board Notice 95 of 2020)
Amended 2020 School Calendar for Public Schools in South Africa (General Notice 432 of 2020)
Amended 2020 School Calendar for Public Schools in South Africa (Government Notice 666 of 2020)
Classification of a National Disaster (Government Notice 312 of 2020)
COGTA COVID-19 Disaster Response Directions, 2020 (Government Notice R399 of 2020)
Compensation for Occupationally-acquired COVID-19 (General Notice 193 of 2020)
Competition Act: Regulations related to COVID-19 (Government Notice R350 of 2020)
Competition Tribunal Rules for Covid-19 excessive pricing complaint referrals (Government Notice R448 of 2020)
Consolidated COVID-19 Direction on Health and Safety in the Workplace (Government Notice R639 of 2020)
Consolidated Direction on Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Certain Workplaces (Government Notice R1031 of 2020)
Consolidated Directions on Occupational Health and Safety Measures in Certain Workplaces (Government Notice R499 of 2021)
COVID-19 Block Exemption for the Banking Sector, 2020 (Government Notice R355 of 2020)
COVID-19 Block Exemption for the Healthcare Sector, 2020 (Government Notice R349 of 2020)
COVID-19 Block Exemption for the Retail Property Sector, 2020 (Government Notice R358 of 2020)
COVID-19 Occupational Health and Safety measures in workplaces COVID-19 (C19 OHS), 2020 (Government Notice 479 of 2020)
COVID-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (C19 TERS) Direction, 2021 (Government Notice R167 of 2021)
COVID-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme (C19 TERS) Direction, 2021 (Government Notice R342 of 2021)
Covid-19 Temporary Relief Scheme, 2020 (General Notice 215 of 2020)
Cross-Border Road Transport Special Dispensation (COVID-19 Restrictions on the movement of Cross-Border Road Transport Passengers) Directions, 2020 (Government Notice 413 of 2020)
Declaration of a National State of Disaster (Government Notice 313 of 2020)
Declaration of Essential Services for purposes of COVID-19 (Government Notice 431-C of 2020)
Department of Arts and Culture: Directions regarding live streaming (Government Notice 490 of 2020)
Department of Health: Directions to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 (Government Notice 796 of 2020)
Department of Health: Directions to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19: Repealed (Government Notice 457 of 2020)
Department of Higher Education and Training: Extension of the date for submission of the 2020/2021 financial year applications for mandatory grants (Government Notice 501 of 2020)
Department of Mineral Resources and Energy: Directions to Provide Guidance on the Implementation of the Provisions for Essential Goods and Services (2) (Government Notice 542 of 2020)
Department of Mineral Resources and Energy: Directions to provide guidance on the implementation of the provisions for essential goods and services (Government Notice R462 of 2020)
Department of Mineral Resources: Directions to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 and to alleviate, contain and minimise the effects of the national state of disaster and for the protection and safety of persons (General Notice 250 of 2020)
Department of Social Development: Adjusted Alert Level 3 Directions (Government Notice R681 of 2021)
Department of Social Development: Directions to Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 (Government Notice 993 of 2020)
Department of Sports, Art and Culture: Directions to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 (Government Notice 461 of 2020)
Department of Tourism: Directions to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 (General Notice 235 of 2020)
Department of Transport: Declaration of Essential Services for purposes of COVID-19 (Government Notice 453-C of 2020)
Department of Transport: Directions determining the Extension for the Validity Period of Operating Licence and Accreditation Certification for Public Transport Operators: for purposes of Lockdown (COVID-19) (Government Notice 454-B of 2020)
Department of Transport: Directions on Sea Cargo Operations and Air Freight Operations (Government Notice 453-B of 2020)
Department of Transport: Procurement Information Related to COVID-19 (Government Notice 875 of 2020)
Deployment of Military for Prevention of Crime and Maintenance and Preservation of Law and Order With Specific Reference to Enforcement of Lockdown Regulations (Government Notice 78 of 2021)
Determination of Alert Level (Government Notice R476 of 2021)
Determination of Alert Level (Government Notice R529 of 2021)
Determination of Alert Level (Government Notice R650 of 2021)
Determination of Alert Level (Government Notice R868 of 2021)
Determination of Alert Level 1 (Government Notice 998 of 2020)
Determination of Alert Level 2 (Government Notice 891-A of 2020)
Determination of Alert Levels and Hotspots (Government Notice 1291 of 2020)
Determination of Alert Levels and Hotspots (Government Notice 608-A of 2020)
Determination of Alert Levels and Hotspots in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng Provinces (Government Notice R1424 of 2020)
Determination of Alert Levels and Hotspots: Garden Route, Sarah Baartman and Nelson Mandela Bay (Government Notice 1345 of 2020)
Determination of Correctional Facilities as Temporary Places of Detention of Illegal Foreigners Pending Deportation, for the Duration of the Period of the National State of Disaster (Government Notice 512 of 2020)
Determination of extension for the validity period of a learner's licence, driving licence card, licence disc, professional driving permit and registration of a motor vehicle Directions, 2020 (Government Notice 491 of 2020)
Direction by the Minister of Finance: Essential Financial Services (Government Notice 487 of 2020)
Direction Extending COVID-19 TERS Benefits for Certain Categories of Employee (Government Notice R968 of 2020)
Direction Extending COVID-19 TERS Benefits for Certain Categories of Employees (Government Notice R878 of 2020)
Direction on Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the spread of COVID-19 at Sea Ports for Adjusted Alert Level 3 (Government Notice 60 of 2021)
Direction on Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 at Sea Ports for Adjusted Alert Level 3 (Government Notice 79 of 2021)
Direction on Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the Air Services for Adjusted Alert Level 3 (Government Notice 63 of 2021)
Direction Providing COVID-19 TERS Benefits for Certain Categories of Employees (Government Notice R637 of 2021)
Directions for a National Framework for Tuition and Accomodation Fees in Public Higher Education Institutions for the Academic Year 2020 (Government Notice 1057 of 2020)
Directions for Alert Level 1, to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in all Correctional Centres and Remand Detention Facilities in the Republic of South Africa (Government Notice 1197 of 2020)
Directions for Re-opening of Institutions Offering Qualifications Registered on the Occupational Qualifications Sub-Framework (OQSF) as Part of a Risk-adjusted Strategy for a Phased-in Return of Skills Development Activities (General Notice 355 of 2020)
Directions for the Resumption of Construction and Related Services in Post School Education and Training Institutions (Government Notice 617 of 2020)
Directions on a National Framework and Criteria for the Management of the 2021 Academic Year in Public and Private Higher Education Institutions (Government Notice 277 of 2021)
Directions on Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in Railway Operations for Adjusted Alert Level 3 (Government Notice 62 of 2021)
Directions on Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the Public Transport Services (Government Notice 59 of 2021)
Directions on Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the Public Transport Services, 2020 (Government Notice 801 of 2020)
Directions on Measures to Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in Cross-Border Road Transport Services (Government Notice 61 of 2021)
Directions on Risk Adjusted Strategy for Tourism Facilities, Services and Products (General Notice 356 of 2020)
Directions on Taxi Relief Fund to Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 in the Taxi Industry, 2021 (Government Notice 290 of 2021)
Directions on the Determination of the Commencement of Services and Extension for the Validity Period of Learner's Licences, Driving Licence Cards, Licence Discs, Professional Driving Permits and the Registration of Motor Vehicles (Government Notice 544 of 2020)
Directions on the Once-off Movement of Persons and the Transportation of Goods for Purposes of Relocation (Government Notice 513 of 2020)
Directions on the Once-off Movement of Persons and the Transportation of Goods for Purposes of Relocation (Government Notice 534 of 2020)
Directions on the Risk-Adjusted Strategy for the Communications and Digital Technologies Sector (Government Notice 484 of 2020)
Directions on Zero-rating of Content and Websites for Education and Health (Government Notice 651 of 2020)
Directions Regarding Auctions and Sales in Execution Conducted by Sheriffs of the Court (Government Notice R816 of 2020)
Directions regarding call centres providing essential services (Government Notice R459 of 2020)
Directions regarding correctional centres and remand detention facilities (Government Notice 460 of 2020)
Directions Regarding e-Commerce Sales During Alert Level 4 of the COVID-19 National State of Disaster (Government Notice R535 of 2020)
Directions Regarding Livestock Auctions (Board Notice 85 of 2020)
Directions Regarding Measures to Address, Pevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 Relating to National Environmental Management Permits and Licences (Alert Level 3) (Government Notice 650 of 2020)
Directions Regarding Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in Relation to Recycling of Waste (Government Notice 539 of 2020)
Directions Regarding Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 Relating to Biodiversity Auctions (Government Notice 1064 of 2020)
Directions Regarding Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 Relating to National Environmental Management Permits and Licences (Government Notice 970 of 2020)
Directions Regarding Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 Relating to the Biodiversity Sector (Alert Level 3) (Government Notice 647 of 2020)
Directions Regarding Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 Relating to the Biodiversity Sector (Government Notice 537 of 2020)
Directions Regarding Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 Relating to the Biodiversity Sector (Government Notice 591 of 2021)
Directions Regarding Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 Relating to the Forestry Sector (Alert Level 3) (Government Notice 649 of 2020)
Directions Regarding Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 Relating to the Freshwater and Marine Fishing Sectors (Alert Level 3) (Government Notice 648 of 2020)
Directions Regarding Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 Relating to the Freshwater and Marine Fishing Sectors (Government Notice 538 of 2020)
Directions Regarding the Criteria to Guide the Determination of Alert Levels (Government Notice R867 of 2020)
Directions Regarding the National Criteria for the Phased-in Return to Campuses of Public and Private Higher Education Institutions (Government Notice 652 of 2020)
Directions Regarding the Phased Return of Children to Early Childhood Development Programmes and Partial Care Facilities (Government Notice 762 of 2020)
Directions Regarding the Re-opening of Schools and Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the National Department of Basic Education, and Provincial Departments of Education, and all Schools in the Republic of South Africa (General Notice 343 of 2020)
Directions Regarding the Re-opening of Schools and Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the National Department of Basic Education, and Provincial Departments of Education, and All Schools in the Republic of South Africa (General Notice 42 of 2021)
Directions Regarding the Sale of Cars and Emergency Automobile Repairs During Alert Level 4 of the COVID-19 National State of Disaster (Government Notice R524 of 2020)
Directions Regarding the Sale of Clothing, Footwear and Bedding During Alert Level 4 of the COVID-19 National State of Disaster (Government Notice R523 of 2020)
Directions Relating to Norms and Standards for Religious Gatherings (Government Notice 1052 of 2020)
Directions Relating to Norms and Standards for Religious Gatherings (Government Notice 609 of 2020)
Directions Relating to Spatial Planning, Land Use Management and Land Development Processes (General Notice 431 of 2020)
Directions relating to the movement of persons (Government Notice 482 of 2020)
Directions to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in all Correctional Centres and Remand Detention Facilities (Government Notice 54 of 2021)
Directions to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in all Correctional Centres and Remand Detention Facilities in the Republic of South Africa (Government Notice 647 of 2021)
Directions to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in all Courts, Court houses and Justice Service Points in the Republic of South Africa (Government Notice 992 of 2020)
Directions to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in all Courts, Court Houses and Justice Service Points in the Republic of South Africa (Government Notice R632 of 2021)
Directions to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in all courts, court precincts and justice service points (Government Notice R418 of 2020)
Directions to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in all courts, court precincts and justice service points (Government Notice R440 of 2020)
Directions to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in All Courts, Court Precincts and Justice Service Points in the Republic of South Africa (Adjusted Alert Level 3) (Government Notice R73 of 2021)
Directions to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in All Courts, Court Precincts and Justice Service Points in the Republic of South Africa (Alert Level 3) (Government Notice 623 of 2020)
Directions to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in All Courts, Court Precincts and Justice Service Points in the Republic of South Africa (Alert Level 4) (Government Notice R489 of 2020)
Directions to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in Correctional Centres and Remand Detention Facilities (Government Notice 698 of 2020)
Directions to Assist Micro and Small Businesses Trading in Permitted Services, to Comply with the Regulations (Government Notice R522 of 2020)
Directions to facilitate the availability and use of digital technologies to combat the spread of COVID-19 (Government Notice 417 of 2020)
Directions to Permit Travel and Recommencement of Studies for Final Year Medical Students Registered at South African Public Universities During the Academic Year 2020 (2) (Government Notice 591 of 2020)
Directions to Permit Travel and Recommencement of Studies for Final Year Medical Students Registered at South African Public Universities During the Academic Year 2020 (Government Notice 533 of 2020)
Directions to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 (Government Notice R430 of 2020)
Directions to Provide for the Continuous Supply of Energy and Petroleum Products and to Allow Maintenance and Construction Work for Energy Projects to Resume (Government Notice 697 of 2020)
Directions to Provide Protocols to Mitigate and Manage the COVID-19 Outbreak Amongst Employees and Customers in the Personal Care Services Industry (Alert Level 3) (Government Notice R696 of 2020)
Directive on Compensation for Workplace-Acquired Novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) (General Notice 387 of 2020)
Directives issued by the Chief Justice regarding COVID-19 (General Notice 187 of 2020)
Directives Regarding Business Licences and Trade Permits (Government Notice 615 of 2021)
Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act 57 of 2002)
Disaster Management Act: Determination of Alert Level 1 (Government Notice R151 of 2021)
Disaster Management Act: Regulations relating to COVID-19 (Government Notice 318 of 2020)
Disaster Management Act: Regulations relating to COVID-19 (Government Notice R480 of 2020)
Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Act, 2020 (Act 14 of 2020)
Exclusion of Certain Alcohol-based Hand-rubs from the Operation of Certain Provisions of the Act (Government Notice R721 of 2020)
Exclusion of Medicines, Medical Devices and In Vitro Diagnostics (IVDs) Donated to the State From the Operation of Certain Provisions of the Act (Government Notice R585 of 2020)
Exclusion of Schedule 2, Schedule 3 and Schedule 4 Substances from the Operation of Certain Provisions (Government Notice R481 of 2020)
Exemption from Act and regulations (Government Notice 429 of 2020)
Exemption from Act and regulations (Government Notice 437 of 2020)
Exemption of Municipalities and Municipal Entities from Regulations 4(3) and 29(2) of the Municipal Supply Chain Management Regulations, 2005 (Government Notice 503 of 2020)
Exemption Regarding the Sale of Electronically Controlled Ventilators (Government Notice R722 of 2020)
Explanatory Note on Regulations Issued 3 December 2020 (Government Notice 1292 of 2020)
Extension dates for Post-School Education and Training (PSET) institutions during the COVID-19 lockdown (Government Notice R467 of 2020)
Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice 1090 of 2020)
Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice 1341 of 2020)
Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice 333 of 2021)
Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice 646 of 2020)
Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice 889 of 2020)
Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice 995 of 2020)
Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice R15 of 2021)
Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice R193 of 2021)
Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice R424 of 2021)
Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice R493 of 2021)
Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice R611 of 2021)
Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice R733 of 2021)
Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice R86 of 2021)
Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice R867 of 2021)
Extension of the Period for Compliance With the Regulations for the Protection of the Karoo Central Astronomy Advantage Areas (Government Notice 629 of 2020)
Further Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice 1225 of 2020)
Further Extension of a National State of Disaster (COVID-19) (Government Notice 765 of 2020)
Further Extension of the Date For Submission of the 2020/2021 Financial Year Applications for Mandatory Grants (Government Notice 752 of 2020)
Guideline for the Compilation of a Mandatory Code of Practice for the Mitigation and Management of COVID-19 Outbreak (General Notice 280 of 2020)
International Air Services (COVID-19 Restrictions on the movement of air travel) Directions, 2020 (Government Notice 415 of 2020)
International Air Services (COVID-19 Restrictions on the movement of air travel) Regulations, 2020 (General Notice 175 of 2020)
Mandating of a COVID-19 Short Code for the National Emergency Services (General Notice 512 of 2020)
Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in the Sea Ports Directions, 2020 (Government Notice 496 of 2020)
Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19: Air Freight Operations Directions, 2020 (Government Notice 492 of 2020)
Measures to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 in the public transport services (Government Notice 483 of 2020)
Measures to, Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 in Cross-Border Road Transport, 2020 (Government Notice 1034 of 2020)
Ministerial Order: Air Traffic and Navigation Services
Ministerial Order: Airport Company South Africa (ACSA)
Ministerial Order: South African Civil Aviation Authority
Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries: Directions to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19 (Government Notice R439 of 2020)
Ministry of Higher Education Science and Innovation: Direction to Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 (Government Notice R468 of 2020)
National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry: Extension to Non-parties of the COVID -19 Lockdown II Collective Agreement (2) (Government Notice R594 of 2020)
National Bargaining Council for the clothing manufacturing industry: extension to non-parties of the COVID-19 lockdown collective agreement (Government Notice R403 of 2020)
National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry: Extension to Non-parties of the COVID-19 Lockdown II Collective Agreement (Government Notice R588 of 2020)
National Bargaining Council for the Clothing Manufacturing Industry: Extension to Non-parties of the COVID-19 Personal Protection Equipment & Other Essential Products Collective Agreement (Government Notice R750 of 2020)
National Bargaining Council for the Electrical Industry of South Africa: extension to non-parties of the COVID-19 lockdown collective agreement (Government Notice R485 of 2020)
National Ports Act (COVID-19 Restrictions on the Movement of Persons and Crew) Directions, 2020 (General Notice 216 of 2020)
National Ports Act (COVID-19 Restrictions on the movement of persons and crew) Regulations, 2020 (General Notice 173 of 2020)
National Textile Bargaining Council: Extension to Non-parties of the COVID-19 Lockdown Collective Agreement (Government Notice R452 of 2020)
National Textile Bargaining Council: extension to non-parties of the COVID-19 lockdown collective amending agreement (Government Notice R488 of 2020)
Notice in Terms of Section 19(2) of the Defence Act, 2002 (Government Notice 747 of 2020)
Office of the Chief Justice: Directives for the Management of Courts During the Lockdown Period (General Notice 246 of 2020)
Office of the Chief Justice: Directives for the Management of Courts During the National State of Disaster Period (General Notice 254 of 2020)
Placement on Parole of Selected Categories of Sentenced offenders (Proclamation 19 of 2020)
Policy Directive on the Exportation of Ferrous and Non-ferrous Waste and Scrap Metal (Government Notice R746 of 2020)
Preventative Measures in the Railway Operations (COVID-19 Control Measures on the Operations by Rail) Regulations, 2020 (Government Notice 414 of 2020)
Preventative Measures in the Railway Operations (COVID19 Control Measures on the Operations by Rail) Directions, 2020 (Government Notice 494 of 2020)
Public Transport Services Directions, 2020 (Government Notice 412 of 2020)
Repeal date
Public Transport Services Directions, 2020 (Government Notice 493 of 2020)
Referral of Matters to Existing Special Investigating Unit: (Proclamation R23 of 2020)
Regulations relating to COVID-19 Block Exemption for the Hotel Industry, 2020 (Government Notice R422 of 2020)
Small business development: Directions to provide guidance on implementation of the provision of essential goods and services (Government Notice R450 of 2020)
South African Road Passenger Bargaining Council: extension to non-parties of the COVID-19 temporary relief scheme benefits collective agreement (Government Notice R466 of 2020)
Temporary measures in respect of entry into or exit out of the Republic in order to prevent and combat the spread of the COVID-19 (Government Notice 416 of 2020)
The ICT COVID-19 National Disaster Regulations (General Notice 238 of 2020)
Water and Sanitation Emergency Procurement COVID-19 Disaster Response Directions, 2020 (Government Notice 464 of 2020)