Essential Service Businesses



Essential Service Businesses


The President of South Africa has declared a National Lockdown from 26 March 2020 until 16 April 2020. During that period only businesses that provide essential services are allowed to open and trade. Those businesses need to apply to for a certificate in order to trade. Supplying incorrect information is a criminal offense and will lead to prosecution.

All enterprises operating within the borders of the Republic of South Africa are expected to be closed during the lockdown period. Only enterprises which produce and/or provide, and/or distribute goods and services listed below are exempted from the restrictions contemplated in the regulation issued in terms of the Disaster Management Act. Note, absolute minimum staff necessary to operate safely.

Businesses can only apply if they belong to this list of essential services categories:
  • Health, Medical, Laboratory and medical services
  • Emergency services, Disaster, Fire, EMS
  • Finance, Banking, JSE/exchangers, insurance
  • Production and sale Category A regulations goods
  • Grocery stores, Spaza shops
  • Electricity, water, gas, fuel supply and maintain
  • Care services, social relief of distressed
  • Funeral service, mortuaries
  • Wildlife, anti-poaching, animal care, veterinary
  • Newspaper, broadcasting, telecommunications
  • Hygiene chemicals, medical, pharmaceutical
  • Cleaning, sanitation, sewerage, waste removal
  • Postal, courier, transport of medical products
  • Private security services
  • Air-traffic, Civil Aviation, Cargo Shipping
  • Essential mining, Gold, gold refinery, coal
  • Hotels, Accommodation, quarantine and isolation
  • Supply, critical repair on essential service
  • Transport essential staff, good and patients
  • Tow trucks, vehicle recovery
  • Call Centre for health safety social support
  • Harvest and storage agricultural goods

List above not not inclusive of subcategories. See full list below.

Please refer to this document for a comprehensive list of critical services required during the imposition of restricted movement.