COVID19 Update from dti – 25 March 2020

Dear all

Since the announcement of the total lockdown which will be effected from Thursday, 26 March, midnight, we have been inundated with requests from industry on the understanding of essential manufacturing and services. Please refer to the attached PDF document , which categorizes essential services and goods (check annexure B)

Because the essential manufacturing activities are to continue to assist government in curbing the spread of the virus, with the enforcement of the lockdown, it will mean that no persons will permitted to move around without valid reasons and it is expected that SANDF will be enforcing this rule in all the key checkpoints. We are therefore requested to provide a list of suppliers in the sectors/ products declared as essential as per the attached PDF document.

Please use the attached, and populate should your sector be categorised as such.


Please note  the following generic email addresses to access the COVID 19 loan facilities:

NEF – Email – Tel – 011 305-8888

IDC – or 0860 693 888 or

SEFA – 0860 663 7867 and, applicants can register and apply for funding

Based on the broad categories that were announced by the President on Monday, a number of companies are already asking for exemptions from the lockdown requirements. A process is currently developed and will be shared once available.  Communication will be provided in due course.

It is important to re-emphasise that the rapid spread of the virus should be a major concern for all of us. Any production activities that can be deferred to assist in flattening the curve should seriously be considered. The reality is that there will be significant financial losses on all parties.

Kind regards

Nyakallo Dlambulo (Ms)

Director : Ferrous Metals

Industrial Development Division

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti)


77 Meintjies Street

 Sunnyside PTA 0002

Direct line:   +27 (0) 12 394 5713



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