Dear Members,

Government has amended the regulations pertaining to the movement of persons and goods o, 7 May 2020, to a limited extent.  The regulations now allow people who have to move house, either due to a new lease having being concluded, or due to a property having been bought, to move from one residence to another, during the limited period from 7 May to 7 June 2020.  The movement of goods is limited to household furniture and effects.  Movement throughout the country is permitted, but not yet across national borders – persons about to emigrate remain bound to stay in South Africa.

It is important to note that this relaxation of the regulations extend to residential property only, and is not available for retail, commercial or industrial tenants who must move from one premises to another.

A person who wishes to make use of this relaxation must have the following documents in his/her possession:

1. A permit issued by a station commander of the SAPS, in the prescribed format.

2. A list of the persons forming part of the household who are also required to move; and

3. Copies of old and new lease agreements, or the deed of transport

As an example, a person whose residential lease expired on 31 March 2020, and who has signed a new lease on a different premises, will now be granted until 7 June 2020 to move from their old residence to a new residence.

Save for the limited extent above, people are still not allowed to relocate their homes or businesses during alert level 4.

Neil Gopal