South Africa: Level 3 - the Return of Rush Hour


Transport takes centre stage this week as South Africa moves to Level 3 lockdown, with many more people heading back to work. While buses and taxis resume services, albeit with restrictions and precautions in place, one of the country's biggest movers of people - trains - will only be running from 1 July.

As much of the country's workforce returns to work under Level 3 lockdown regulations from Monday, 1 June, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced new regulations for the transportation industry at the weekend. Saying that a "cautious approach" had been adopted, he warned: "we must maintain a delicate balance between enabling mobility and arresting the spread of the virus".

By Saturday 30 May, South Africa had 30,967 confirmed Covid-19 cases. Now, with people heading back to the office this week, there are fears that the country could see a sharp increase in cases.

Addressing the media, Mbalula said, "As the country moves to Level 3, with more industries resuming operations and learners returning to school, the transport sector must be responsive to enable mobility of both workers and learners." Regulations specific to public transport include:

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