Ebrahim Patel, minister of trade and industry, on
Ebrahim Patel, minister of trade and industry, on Wednesday evening. Photo: GCIS
  • Only live-in domestic workers as well as childminders and household staff who look after people with special needs can return to work during Level 4.
  • Government believes the risk of the coronavirus spreading between households remains too high for more domestic workers to return. 
  • SA has an estimated one million domestic workers and gardeners. 
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Live-in domestic staff and childminders in private households can return to work as part of Level 4 of the national lockdown. 

Staff employed by private households who care for the sick, mentally ill, elderly and people with disabilities will also be allowed to work, according to new regulations, released by government on Wednesday.

Level 4 of the lockdown, or Alert Level 4 as it is now known in government documents, starts on Friday.

At a media briefing on Wednesday night, minister of trade and industry Ebrahim Patel said that domestic workers will be allowed to return as part of a phased approach to address the coronavirus crisis.

"We are still trying to contain movement from one household to another household, because that's how the virus spreads."

He said that there are about one million domestic workers and gardeners in South Africa.

When South Africa moves to Level 3 of the lockdown, more of these workers will be allowed to return to work, Patel said. But at Level 4, there are still "significant risks".

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According to government’s risk adjusted strategy, at Level 3 of the lockdown, all domestic workers who are employed by people who are allowed to work at that time, can also begin working.

Gardening and swimming pool services are also supposed to return to work in Level 3. 

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