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Food, medical supplies and hygiene products categorised as essential goods and services during national lockdown

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The official Twitter account of the Presidency shared an infographic of the categorisation of essential goods and services for the lockdown period, with food, medical supplies and fuel amongst those listed.

On Thursday, 26 March 2020, the official Twitter account of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s office shared an infographic stipulating the categorisation of essential goods and services for the duration of the lockdown period. These are the goods and services that will be available throughout the 21 days.

In the Twitter thread, financial services, such as banks, will be open during the lockdown period. Furthermore, various food and beverage productions will still have workers reporting for duty, except bars, taverns and shebeens. Grocery stores and spaza shops will also remain open for the duration of the lockdown. Lastly, other essential services that will be operational include electricity, water, fuel and gas, and supply and maintenance services.

A clear message was relayed that stores and supermarkets are prohibited from selling any kind of alcoholic beverages during the lockdown. Furthermore, many articles that have been written on the matter of the availability of cigarettes have had a gloomy forecast on the possibility of cigarettes being sold during this period. See the post below.

Sabelo Makhubo
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