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Ministry of Higher Education Science and Innovation: Direction to Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Government Notice R468 of 2020

as from 17 April 2020 to 28 April 2020

This is the version of this Government Notice as it was from 17 April 2020 to 28 April 2020. Read the version currently in force.
South Africa
Disaster Management Act, 2002

Ministry of Higher Education Science and Innovation: Direction to Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Government Notice R468 of 2020

  • Published in Government Gazette no. 43237 on 17 April 2020
  • Assented to on 16 April 2020
  • Commenced on 17 April 2020
  • [Up to date as at 29 April 2020]
I, Dr BE Nzimande, MP, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, in terms of regulation 10(8) of the Regulations issued in terms of the Disaster Management Act, No 57 of 2002, hereby issue the Directive set out in the Schedule hereto in order to provide guidance on the implementation of the provisions for essential goods and services for higher education institutions.Dr BE Nzimande, MPMinister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation

1. Definition

In this Schedule, a word or expression to which a meaning has been assigned in the Regulations issued in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, Act No. 57 of 2002, published under Government Notice No. 318 in Government Gazette No. 43107 of 18 March 2020, as amended by the Regulations published in Government Gazette No. 43148, Government Notice No. 398 of 25 March 2020 ("the Regulations"), and the Higher Education Act, No 101 of 1997, as amended, bears the meaning so assigned to it, unless the context otherwise indicates.

2. Authority

2.1The COVID-19 was classified as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation ("WHO"), and following related developments within the Republic, the President of the Republic declared a national state of disaster relating to COVID-19 in terms of section 27(1) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002.
2.2Section 26(2)(b) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002, provides that a national disaster, once declared, must be managed in accordance with existing legislation, as well as contingency arrangements as amplified by disaster management regulations or directions issued in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002.
2.3This Directive is issued pursuant to regulation 10(8) of the Regulations to provide for measures necessary to manage COVID-19, and is valid for the duration of the declared national state of disaster.

3. Purpose

The purpose of this directive is to:(a)prescribe temporary measures to manage the impact of the covid-19 lockdown on the functionality of higher education institutions;(b)ensure the procurement and delivery of essential goods and services for higher education institutions.

4. Directive relating to essential goods and services for higher education institutions

The following are designated as essential goods and services for the functionality of higher education institutions:(a)Information and Communication Technology devices (such as desktops, laptops, modems and other devices) for education purposes.(b)Gases, liquids and chemicals used in the preservation of biological samples and maintenance of equipment and machinery.(c)Animal feed for laboratory and farm animals.The transport of such goods between suppliers and higher education institutions and between higher education institutions and identified individuals and institutions is declared an essential service.

5. Commencement

This Directive comes into effect on the date of publication in the Government Gazette.