Minibus-taxis will from today be permitted to operate from 5am until 7pm, with a grace period of one hour in the afternoon to complete their trips and drop off passengers.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced on Monday that the loading capacity for minibus-taxis remains at 70% of licensed passengers, with social distancing and other mitigating measures remaining in place.
Mbalula also announced that people will be allowed a once-off special to travel will be between 1 May 2020 and 7 May 2020 in line with these regulations.
“Long-distance bus and taxi operators are allowed to undertake long-distance travel during this window period. Full compliance with the 70% passenger capacity, wearing of masks by all passengers and sanitisation of vehicles at the completion of each journey is a mandatory requirement,” the Minister said.
Commuter rail will resume operations gradually on an incremental basis, based on detailed plans submitted by passenger rail operators. Limited services with strict measures to ensure social distancing and other mitigation measures, will be introduced.
Long-distance trains are still prohibited in Level 4.
Gautrain Operating staff in completion of service, will operate from 5h00 to 12h00 and 15h00 with an appropriate peak hour service. The last trains will depart at 18h00 to clear the system by 19h0