Citizens can now move to a new house, but only for a limited time
I welcome the announcement by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma that citizens are with immediate effect allowed to move to their new homes. This must however be done by 7 June 2020.
Gazetted yesterday, the directive, which is a once-off movement of persons and goods, states that its “purpose is to facilitate the movement of persons and goods within and across provincial, metropolitan or district boundaries during the period of Alert level 4.”
This refers “to the movement of persons and goods, where -
(i) new lease agreements were entered into before or during the lockdown period: or
(ii) the transfer of immovable property occurred before the lockdown period, requires a change in place of residence, including the transport of goods to a new place of residence, within the Republic.”
It is critical to note that the persons that would be travelling would require permits from a “station commander of a police station or a person designated by him or her.”
Furthermore, “the relevant lease agreement indicating the date of expiry of the old lease and the date of commencement of the new lease, or the transfer documents attesting to the change in place of residence or change of ownership of property,” should also be in their possession.
I’d like to encourage all those who has been looking forward to this opportunity to immediately make use of it. It is important that all protocols are adhered to, so that no-one is denied the opportunity to move and that there’s no chance of spreading COVID-19.
This also places my Department in a stronger position to expedite our relocations, particularly for those beneficiaries who’s been waiting to move into their new homes. These are units, in various parts of the province, who already have identified beneficiaries and where minor work is required to fully complete the units.