|IOPSA AND PIRB FORMAL STATEMENT RE: COVID-19 NATIONAL LOCKDOWN 2020 – 26/03/2020 ESSENTIAL SERVICES
To whom it may concern,
With an unprecedented challenge approaching for all South Africans and our plumbing industry, we as plumbers find ourselves at the forefront in terms of protecting the Nation.
On Monday 23 March 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa took the unprecedented step – in democratic South Africa – in announcing a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
The national lockdown marks a major event in South African history. It is hoped that the measures suggested by President Cyril Ramaphosa will limit the spread of COVID-19 in South Africa in order to “flatten the curve” of Covid-19 infections
GAZETTED REGULATIONS TO DEAL WITH THE SPREAD
NOTE: WE ARE FULLY AWARE OF THE AMOUNT OF FALSE AND MISCOMMUNICATION OUT THERE. IOPSA AND PIRB STANCE IS CLEAR IN THAT WE WILL NOT COMMUNICATE OTHER THAN WHAT IS VERIFIED FROM A CREDIBLE SOURCE. THE FOLLOWING REGULATIONS AS OUTLINE BELOW ARE VALIDATED AND IOPSA AND PIRB’S STANCE IS INLINE WITH THESE REGULATIONS IN RESPECT TO ESSENTIAL SERVICES. AT ANY POINT IN TIME THE MINISTER MAY CHANGE THESE REGULATIONS AND IF SO, IT WILL THEN BECOME THE OFFICIAL STANCE OF IOPSA AND PIRB, WHICH WE WILL THEN BE COMMUNICATED ACCORDINGLY.
The Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) has, in terms of section 3 of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002), and after consulting the responsible Cabinet members, made the and gazetted regulations to deal with the spread of Regulations in the Schedule.
The Gazette Regulations to deal with the COVID-19 Spread:
The Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002): https://www.gov.za/sites/default/files/gcis_document/201409/a57-020.pdf
Despite their necessity, these gazette regulations and measures will undoubtedly place pressure on each and every business, but it is imperative that we stand and work together in order to “flatten the curve” of Covid-19 infections.
The following are the pertinent extras from the Gazette Regulations related to essential services.
Please refer to the full gazette regulations above for the details….CONTINUED
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