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The relevant directions contained in the above Gazette are as follows: (NB This is an edited and summarized version of the Gazette, produced to be more reader-friendly than the original. Numbering is therefore not necessarily in sequence. Should any disputes arise, it is essential to refer to the original, not to this summary.)

  1. Permitted activities
    The following activities are permitted and may resume, without any spectators, subject to compliance with hygiene and safety measures and social distancing

    • (a) School sport matches;
    • (b) Physical education;
    • (c) Extra-curricular activities; and
    • (d) Inter-school, district, provincial and national school sport tournaments.
  2. Safety measures
    The following safety measures must be adhered to when resuming the activities:

    • (i) A COVID-19 compliance officer must be appointed for each venue;
    • (j) There must be only one controlled entrance to the venue;
    • (k) All participants and anyone else who enters the venue must undergo health and temperature screening before warm-up or event;
    • (m) Hand sanitisers must be available at the entrance gate and every person who enters the venue must sanitise his or her hands;
    • (n) Participants and officials must sanitise their hands before and after a match or event;
    • (o) A person who leaves the venue temporarily and returns again, must again undergo the process of health and temperature screening, and hand sanitising.
  3. Contact tracing
    For contact tracing purposes only, a register of all officials and learners from visiting and hosting schools who are attending a school match or event must be kept by the hosting school for at least 21 days and must contain the following information of officials and learners:

    • (i) Full names;
    • (ii) Residential address;
    • (iii) Cell phone number, telephone number or email address;
    • (iv) Contact details of the person or persons living in the same residence as the person attending training or a school match or event;
    • (q) A digital registration and health screening platform, such as the Teacher Connect Application, may be used to assist with the administration of the registration process.
  4. People management
    • (r) If a person has COVID-19 symptoms or presents with a temperature above 380C, that person must be refused access into the venue;
    • (s) The number of persons, including participants, referees, adjudicators, technical officials, volunteers, medical team, media or broadcasting team, and stadium workers, permitted at a venue at any one time is limited to—
      • (i) a maximum of 100 persons, for indoor venues; and
      • (ii) a maximum of 250 persons, for outdoor venues,
        If the venue is too small to hold 100 persons indoors or 250 persons outdoors while observing a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other, then not more than 50 percent of the capacity of the venue may be used, subject to strict adherence to all health protocols and social distancing measures.
    • (t) Everyone, including team members, technical officials, volunteers, stadium staff, medical staff and members of the media or broadcasting teams must leave the venue as soon as their responsibilities are completed;
    • (u) Social distancing and the wearing of face masks must at all times be maintained by persons who are not participating in matches or events;
    • (v) Participants must wear face masks, except when participating in an event;
    • (w) Technical officials must report before the start of any event or competition for a COVID-19 regulations and protocol briefing session and screening;
    • (x) All ablution facilities must be sanitised regularly and kept clean as per COVID-19 protocols;
    • (y) Entry to the ablution area must be regulated to adhere to social distancing protocols; and
    • (z) All sport equipment must be sanitised before and after use.
  5. Administrative measures
    • (a) Championships, tournaments and inter-school sport matches that require learners to travel to other schools or provinces may resume without spectators provided that public schools are subject to compliance with the Regulation for Safety Measures in Public Schools, as published under Notice No. 1040 in Government Gazette No. 22754 of 12 October 2001. This requires principals to ensure that the vehicles it owns or hires for the transport of learners have in place relevant insurance, roadworthy certificates and fire extinguishers; and that the drivers are licenced and have Professional Driving Permits. On long trips (over 200km) there should also be reserve drivers in place.
    • (b) A list of names of all officials, learners and any other person from the visiting school must be provided to the hosting school at least three days before an event or match.
    • (c) Bus and taxi services may not carry more than 70% of the licensed capacity for trips of 200km or more; but may carry 100% of the licensed capacity for any trip not exceeding 200km. Windows should be open and social distancing should be observed insofar as it is possible.
    • (d) A driver, owner or operator of public transport may not allow any member of the public who is not wearing a face mask, to board or be conveyed in a personnel transport vehicle.
  6. Cultural Activities
    Subject to strict adherence to all social distancing, hygiene and safety measures, co-curricular and enrichment programmes such as choir practices or rehearsals, choir competitions and inter-school choir events, oral history, spelling bee, moot court, speech contests, debates and school clubs may resume, without spectators.

    In order to comply with the venue capacity, the categories permitted to participate in respect of the South African Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE) are limited to small ensembles, farm schools and special schools.

These amendment directions are in operation from 27 March 2021.