South Africans can now move house

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Anyone wanting to move must have a copy of their new signed lease and must obtain a permit to move from the nearest police station.

People who want to move house can now do so under strict conditions until the 7th of June. On Thursday, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma made amendments to the Level 4 lockdown regulations, allowing citizens to move to their new homes during the lockdown.

Anyone wanting to move must have a copy of their new signed lease. They must also obtain a permit to move from the nearest police station.

“It’s important that all protocols are adhered to which include acquiring permits from your local station commander and having all relevant documentation with you so that no one is denied an opportunity to move and that there is no chance of spreading COVID-19,” implores Western Cape Human Settlements Minister, Tertuis Simmers.

The move follows an outcry by frustrated homeowners and tenants as they were not able to move or relocate during the lockdown.

In the video below, SABC News reporter Jayed-Leigh Paulse reports further:

Easing of lockdown

The country went in a lockdown on 27 March 2020 and was under the stay-at-home order on Level 5 for 35 days.

It was eased to Level 4 on May 1. Government has said there may be a time when provinces are placed under different lockdown levels. The decision will be based on the number of infections in each province. There is also a possibility of the country reverting to Level 5 depending on severity of the outbreak.

Below are some of the sectors that can operate under Level 4:

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