24 March 2020 – Allowed agriculture and food supply sector to continue to operate

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Type of Intervention: Industry interventions
Sectors Involved: Food and necessities
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency:

Overview: The Government of South Africa classified the food and agriculture sector as essential so that they can continue to function during the 21 day lock down period.

The entire sector is classified as essential, ranging from farms, agro-processing and food manufacturing, to logistics and related services, and wholesale and retail services.

Live auctions of livestock and the sale of other agricultural commodities will continue, but under strict conditions that account for COVID-19.
Full details here: https://www.gov.za/speeches/minister-thoko-didiza-message-agriculture-and-food-sector-south-africa-coronavirus-24-mar