South Africa Lockdown- What you need to know

by | Mar 25, 2020

A 21-day national lockdown begins (Thursday 26 March 2020) at 23:59pm.

South Africans will be joining over 2.5 billion people in confinement, as the world takes measures to restrain the pandemic.

It is our responsibility to stay home, cancel gatherings and only go out when we absolutely need to, until 16 April 2020 at midnight.

In this short, but concise article, I’ll highlight the most important points to take note of during the lockdown…

Please read it carefully because anyone who is found in violation of the lockdown could face a fine or one month’s imprisonment.

SA Lockdown 

What is the lockdown about?

An emergency protocol that requires South Africans to stay at home to disrupt the chain of transmission. This way it will prevent the spread of the COVID-19, and save the lives of the people.


Hospitals, clinics, doctors, pharmacies, veterinary services, hygiene services and laboratories.

Police, security, military and emergency services.

Banks, financial and payment services and the JSE.

Supermarkets, production, distribution and supply of food, basic goods and medical supplies.

Petrol stations, warehousing, ports, road & rail networks, logistics for essential products and goods.

Companies which deliver electricity, water, sewerage, sanitation, media, radio, online broadcasting, print, datacentres & telecommunications.

All firms that are able to continue their operations remotely including online and digital businesses should do so.

NOTE: As most businesses, malls and shops will be closed, restaurants, bars and coffee shops will also be forced to shut down.

This means no Uber Eats or other food delivery services from restaurants.


Buy groceries & supplies

Visit the pharmacy

Seek medical care

Collect a social grant

Access banking services

Get petrol

NOTE: When you leave your home, plan your trip carefully, try to go out alone and be in and out as quickly as possible.

Clean your hands before you leave, when you arrive at your destination and when you return back home.

Trade well and look after yourself,



Timon Rossolimos

Founder, MATI Trader

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