Jewellery, which are not allowed to be sold in stores during Level 4, are cordoned off in a Woolworths shop..
  • New regulations now allow South Africans to buy anything online - except for cigarettes and alcohol. 
  • The list of products you can now have delivered includes sport equipment, jewellery and furniture.
  • E-commerce sites could still take your money until today, but couldn't deliver these goods yet. Now all those orders are good to go.
  • Online retailers have to give prominence to locally produced goods.
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With immediate effect, South Africans can buy anything online under Alert Level 4 restrictions – except cigarettes and alcohol – and actually have it delivered.

New regulations were gazetted on Thursday, which now give consumers access to a range of products that are not currently allowed for sale.

While online retailers previously could, and did, accept money for non-essential items, they weren't allowed to deliver. Now such orders are good to go.

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Here are some of the products you can now order online and get delivered:

  • Jewellery
  • Watches
  • Handbags and purses
  • Sunglasses
  • T-shirts, flip-flops and sandals (which have been excluded as part of SA’s odd new Level 4 clothing rules)
  • Sport equipment (everything from ping-pong balls to treadmills)
  • Perfume
  • Furniture
  • Portable braais
  • Luggage
  • Televisions
  • Cameras and sound systems
  • Curtains and blinds
  • Home décor, including glassware and candles
  • Camping gear
  • Photo frames
  • Toys
  • Video games and consoles
  • Bikes, scooters and skateboards
  • Some kitchen appliances

According to the new regulations, retailers have to give “prominence” to products manufactured in South Africa, to bolster local industries which have been suffering due to Covid-19.

Retailers are also required to provide “as many payment options as possible”, and help poorer consumers to access delivery services.

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There are also strict rules about hygiene, including that retailers must provide written guidelines for customers on how to safely disinfect their deliveries.

Customers and delivery personnel must maintain at least one and a half metres distance from each other.

Retailers are required to immediately isolate any employee whose temperature is above 37.5 degrees.

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