The South African government have announced a move to back to Level 3 national lockdown measures from 29 December 2020. It is planned that this lockdown will stay in place till the 15 January 2021 and is as a direct result of the increase in the COVID cases. Borders were opened for International travel from 1st October 2020 and this is still in place with limitations on the number of land borders opened and travel may be restricted to and from certain countries that are deemed high risk. The government has also revised the curfew, which is now from 9pm to 6am.
Cargo is still moving via airfreight, however capacity is constrained and limited to freighter flights and some passenger aircrafts (if South Africa hasn’t been banned due to the increase in infections). Ports are now fully operational. The government has also restricted export of essential goods, such as masks, sanitizer and vaccines etc. Export of these items requires an export permit from Department of Trade and Industry. Domestic road freight is also facing significant delays due to roadblocks and the varied interpretations of existing regulations. Cross-border road freight to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and The Democratic Republic of Congo are moving with some delays due to capacity and at the borders.