Corona updates Breede River Valley

Until Lock-down (26 March 24H00)

  • 00Days
  • 00Hours
  • 00Minutes
  • 00Seconds

Important Links:

Information Resources

COVID-19: SATSA’s daily round-up – 25 March

International and domestic travel “prohibited” post lockdown

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced this evening that “all international and domestic flights would be prohibited” following the lockdown on midnight March 26.

During an inter-ministerial briefing, Mbalula also announced that there would be no movement across land borders, only cargo. Further clarity will be provided once the directives are released by the Department of Transport in the next day.

Home Affairs Minister Aaron Motsoaledi further confirmed that there would be no movement across borders by road for travellers and said that passports and visas would not be issued through the duration of the lockdown.

Bheki Cele, Minister of Police, says that hotels, lodges and guesthouses, public and private game reserves and holiday resorts needed to be closed except to the extent that they are required to remain open because they have tourists.

The goal of the lockdown is to “limit unnecessary movement”. Your movement must be justifiable.

Please update the SA Tourism foreign tourist registry

We ask all SATSA members to update the foreign travellers who are staying in their accommodation establishments here.

Herewith the numbers thus far.

Should you have any questions, please email communications@satsa.co.za 

SATAS Resources and Updates

1. SATSA Webinar: COVID-19 Labour Law Guidance
2. Updated Embassy List for international travellers in South Africa 

Government Resources and Updates

1. South African Government releases final lockdown regulations
2. Covid-19: South African Tourism update – National Shutdown FAQs

Supplier News and Updates

1. ASATA issues COVID-19 Labour Law Guidance
2. MTPA: Local tourism attractions close for business due to the national lockdown
3. Airlink to suspend all operations between midnight 26 March and 20 April
4. SAA suspends all domestic flights in support of national lockdown to fight Coronvirus

VINPRO COVID-19 UPDATE: 25 MARCH 2020 LETTER OF AUTHORITY TEMPLATE

(Vir Afrikaans)

While we are still awaiting official feedback from the respective Government departments on allowed activities during the nation-wide lockdown, we would like to share the following.
 
Download a template letter of authority that you can complete (with your business or personal letterhead), print and provide to employees who need to travel for work from midnight on 26 March 2020 to 16 April 2020.

Agri SA Agri WK Vinpro lockdown employment letter – Word
Agri SA Agri WK Vinpro lockdown employment letter – PDF
 
The template was compiled by Agri SA, in collaboration with Agri Western Cape, and Vinpro’s logo was included for use by the wine industry.

Please note that there may be amendments to this document following official correspondence from Government and we undertake to communicate any further information as and when it becomes available.
 
Kindly send enquiries to info@vinpro.co.za
 
Kind regards,
 
Vinpro
tel:      
+27 (0)21 276 0429
email:  info@vinpro.co.za
web:    www.vinpro.co.za
Vinpro, Cecilia Street, Suider Paarl, 7646

Covid-19: South African Tourism update – National Shutdown FAQs

South African Tourism, in light of the President’s announcement on 23 March of a nationwide lockdown, has prepared a comprehensive list of FAQs to help guide the tourism industry to address questions and uncertainties.

These FAQs can be accessed here.

South African Tourism would also like to highlight the following:

  • Tourism is not an essential service and therefore needs to adhere to the lockdown regulations that come into effect on midnight on 26 March 2020.
  • With immediate effect, no new bookings may be accepted.
  • We appeal to tour operators and tour guides to act responsibly and halt all operations as per the president’s declaration of a national lockdown, scheduled to commence at midnight on 26 March 2020.   This will ensure the safety of everyone within the country.
  • South African citizens coming anywhere internationally will automatically be placed under quarantine for 14 days.
  • Lanseria airport has temporarily been suspended as an international airport.
  • We urge all tourism stakeholders, particularly accommodation owners, to cooperate and make sure none of their international guests to leave unless they produce their flight ticket and are catching the next flight home.

To reiterate, Tourism is NOT AN ESSENTIAL SERVICE and therefore needs to adhere to the lockdown regulations that come into effect.
 
We encourage establishments and operators to ask their guests to contact their embassy as soon as possible to ascertain what support is in place for them while they are still in South Africa.
 
Click here to access the updated list of Embassy contacts.

If you feel that there are any questions not answered by the FAQs please email these to communications@satsa.co.za.

VINPRO COVID-19 UPDATE: 24 MARCH 2020 #2

(Vir Afrikaans)

As per our email to you earlier today, the wine industry, along with our partners in agriculture, had extensive discussions with Government in the course of today with regard to the practical implications of the nation-wide lockdown for the wine industry value-chain.
 
The discussions focused on three aspects, namely production, distribution and sale of alcoholic products.
 
We believe that the industry’s voice was heard and we have received positive feedback from Government in this regard. However, we are not able to implement any decisions made before receiving the necessary official Government documentation that will govern the industry’s activities from midnight on 26 March 2020 until midnight on 16 April 2020.
 
In the meantime, please familiarise yourself with the following documents:

  • Joint statement from Vinpro, Salba and the Beer Association of South Africa: Feedback on alcohol industry discussions regarding COVID-19 – read here
  • Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Mr Ebrahim Patel: Government’s intervention measures on Coronavirus – read here 
  • Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Ms. Thoko Didiza: A Message to the Agriculture and Food Sector of South Africa – read here

We would like to reiterate that we endorse President Ramaphosa’s decisions to ensure the safety of our nation and would like to call on every one of our industry members and partners to adhere to the regulations set out by Government.
 
We also ask that any concessions by Government be met with the necessary respect, ownership and responsibility on the industry’s part.
 
We would like to thank every one of you for your patience during this time of uncertainty, and request that you remain calm and responsible in all actions and messaging over the next few days.
 
We will communicate any further, and specifically official, regulations in this regard during the course of tomorrow. Also be sure to follow the latest news and developments at:
https://www.wineland.co.za/covid-19-info/
 
Kind regards,
 
Vinpro
tel:      
+27 (0)21 276 0429
email:  info@vinpro.co.za
web:    www.vinpro.co.za
Vinpro, Cecilia Street, Suider Paarl, 7646

TOURISM MINISTER PROVIDES CLARITY FOLLOWING PRESIDENT’S SPEECH

The inter-ministerial briefing on 24 March has provided some additional clarity following President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement last night of a national lockdown.
 
Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane issued some information to assist tourism establishments in the interpretation of the President’s measures. Further advice will come through once travel regulations and the Government Gazettes are issued by tomorrow.
 
We realise there are still many questions regarding travellers from high-risk countries currently in the country. We are working with TBCSA and other entities to get the correct information and interpretation for you as soon as possible. 
 
Please see the highlights of her speech at the inter-ministerial briefing below: Click Here to read more… 

VINPRO COVID-19 UPDATE: 24 MARCH 2020

(Vir Afrikaans)

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a nation-wide lockdown on Monday evening, 23 March 2020 that will be in effect for 21 days from midnight on 26 March 2020 to midnight on 16 April 2020.
 
Find herewith the President’s full speech, with specific sections marked in yellow that are applicable to the agricultural sector:
  
We are well aware of specific questions regarding the harvesting of wine grapes, transport of employees, seasonal workers, cellar activities, laboratory services, logistics, bottling facilities, as well as a number of other activities related to the wine value-chain, including the sale of wine in supermarkets and/or standalone liquor stores.

It is Vinpro’s interpretation that:

  • The wine industry forms part of regulations that apply to the agricultural sector and therefore activities can continue at production level, specifically with regard to regions that are still busy harvesting.
  • Winery activities are likely to be limited to essential services (winemaking and laboratory services), while tasting rooms, restaurants and tourism activities must be closed.
  • The ports will remain open for export and import of goods. Vinpro specifically advocates strongly about this.

Aspects that the wine industry, together with other agricultural organisations and government, are urgently addressing for clarification are:

  • What are the implications for the sale and consumption of wine outside restaurants, bars and tasting rooms (i.e. off-consumption)? May liquor stores and supermarkets continue to sell liquor?
  • Can the transport of goods continue, or are there restrictions? This applies to exports and delivery.
  • What is the additional protocol for transporting employees to farms in terms of safety and hygiene?
  • What would be the effect on certification activities?

An official Gazette should also be issued within the next two days with further details on the implementation of the stricter measures.
 
Rest assured that as a wine industry these issues have recently formed part of all the respective discussion forums. It is now important to confirm the interpretation of the announced measures with the various Government departments and to ensure that any grey areas and/or possibly different interpretations will be eliminated – both at national and provincial levels, specifically in the Western and Northern Cape.
 
Talks have been scheduled between the respective parties over the next two days. We undertake to communicate final clearance to you as it becomes available, in a coordinated manner, and limited to actual tangible outputs with regard to specific permits and letters of authorisation.
 
Also, be sure to follow this wine-related news platform around COVID-19: https://www.wineland.co.za/covid-19-info/
 
We appreciate your patience and wish you well with all activities in the vineyard and cellar.

Regards,
  
Vinpro
tel:      
+27 (0)21 276 0429
email:  info@vinpro.co.za
web:    www.vinpro.co.za
Vinpro, Cecilia Street, Suider Paarl, 7646

VINPRO COVID-19 UPDATE: 23 MARCH 2020

(Vir Afrikaans Lees Hier)

The South African wine industry is, like the rest of South Africa and the world, trying to adapt to the “new normal” following the global COVID-19 outbreak, as well as the declaration by President Ramaphosa on 15 March 2020 that South Africa is in a State of Disaster on 15 March 2020.

In the past week, Vinpro was in continuous discussion with organised agriculture (Agri Western Cape, Agri SA and Agbiz, and inputs to Nedlac), as well as the greater South African liquor industry (ABInbev, SAB, Pernod Ricard, Distell, Heineken, Diageo, Vinpro and SALBA), where all possible issues such as harvest time, ports, logistics, wine tourism, announced trading hours, numbers on premises and events such as weddings, and registers to be kept were conveyed and discussed.

The liquor industry would have had a meeting with the Minister of Police, Minister Bheki Cele, this morning to discuss these issues; however it was cancelled early this morning due to an urgent cabinet meeting at 09:00.

Of course, we are well aware of the myriad of practical challenges, as well as the monetary impact on the SA wine industry, including harvest time and all that goes with it, but more importantly the impact on sales volumes and the ripple effect on wine businesses and their respective producer members.

The voices of our wineries and wine grape producers are therefore passed on to government as comprehensively as possible, but the reality of a global pandemic and what is happening all over the world and here in South Africa dictates all government action.

Vinpro and the other business units strive to keep the latest information and announcements alive and to keep our members informed on this WEB PORTAL: https://www.wineland.co.za/covid-19-info.

Follow the developments here and contact us at info@vinpro.co.za if you have questions about any issues not addressed on the abovementioned portal.

Keep well and all the best to you for the week ahead.

Vinpro
tel:      
+27 (0)21 276 0429
email:  info@vinpro.co.za
web:    www.vinpro.co.za
Vinpro, Cecilia Street, Suider Paarl, 7646

—————–end—————–

SATSA is aware that there is some confusion following the sending of a mailer containing a TBCSA directive yesterday to accommodation establishment and activities. We are desperately seeking some clarity for you and thank you for your patience.

In the interim, South African Tourism has issued an industry update including a link for accommodation establishments to upload the necessary information requested in the TBCSA message. This is a temporary link to allow for immediate implementation:

https://www.southafrica.net/gl/en/trade/category/coronavirus-covid-19-south-african-tourism-update/central-traveller-registry-for-accommodation-establishments

Click here to view the SA Tourism Industry Update.

Furthermore, in the absence of clarity, SATSA is asking members to retain their travellers from high-risk destinations temporarily until we are advised in other parts of the country about what national protocol should be for high-risk travellers. If you have a foreigner from a high-risk country who wants to check-in, please do not turn them away. Rather, keep them isolated in your property as we attempt to seek clarity on your behalf.

Please click here to view the TBCSA directive issued this weekend.

—————–end—————–

We are aware of the concern that the letter from the TBSCA raised in our industry, potentially resulting in tourists from high-risk countries being denied check-in.  While we gain clarity on this general statement, the Western Cape Government has already ascertained that there are  in excess of 900 beds available in the Western Cape for quarantine and/or self-isolation.  This at least provides an immediate solution for the industry to provide alternative accommodation.

The lead on this project is:
Lindy Cambouris
Tourism Marketing Development
DEDAT
Western Cape Government
Email lindy.cambouris@westerncape.gov.za
Office  021 483 6527

In order to access the accommodation, the Tourism Safety Hotline is available 24/7 (contact details attached).

Details of the requirements in terms of numbers and preferred location will be needed in order to prove a rapid response.

As soon as we have any further clarification, we will share it with you.

Stay safe

—————–end—————–

We have tourists from some tour groups that have tested positive, and this is putting staff in accommodation establishments and attractions at high risk. As such Tourism Business Council of South Africa has been instructed by the Ministry of Tourism to ask industry to cooperate fully as a matter of urgency on the below:

All hotels that have tourists from high-risk countries should urgently compile a list of those tourists including the following.

  1. Personal details
  2. Entry date into South Africa (please look at Home Affairs entry stamp)
  3. Places visited by tourists
  4. No tourists from high-risk countries should be allowed to check-in or out of any accommodation establishments across the country. We need to assist them with contacting their embassies as well COVID-19 hotline: 0800 029 999
  5. The health officials will go to all establishments to test for COVID-19
  6. All embassies will be notified

Please see full TBCSA statement here.

—————–end—————–

SAA Suspends All International Flights Until The End of May 2020 

SATSA has received the following statement from SAA regarding flight suspensions of flights on all international routes:

South African Airways (SAA) has announced that it will immediately suspend all international operations until 31 May 2020 in response to a government travel ban aimed at stopping the transmission of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

The COVID-19 pandemic and attendant travel restrictions resulted in a substantial decline in demand for air travel. The situation caused many airlines across the world to ground aircraft, release their employees, and to cancel flights. In the case of SAA, this decision means that SAA will only render services on its regional and domestic routes.

Following the declaration of the State of Disaster after the outbreak of COVID-19 in South Africa, the government announced a travel ban and issued regulations, which introduced certain measures aimed at combating the spread or transmission of the virus.

Amongst other things, the regulations, issued on Thursday state that: “Disembarkation of foreign nationals from the high-risk countries is suspended on airports upon arrival. Embarkation and disembarkation is permissible under the following circumstances: Disembarkation of returning South African citizens and permanent residents; embarkation of departing foreign nationals, the disembarkation of a declared medical emergency; foreign nationals must be approved by port health services; upon landing, crew from high-risk countries shall be subject to medical screening and quarantined for 21 days”.

SAA operates in three markets that form part of countries listed in the travel ban as high-risk areas. These are the United States (Washington DC and New York, JFK), the United Kingdom (London, Heathrow) and Germany (Frankfurt and Munich). In addition, SAA operates flights to Australia (Perth) and Brazil (São Paulo) which have not been declared high-risk.  All of which is now cancelled.

“In support of efforts by the government to deal with this pandemic, and in the best interests of our crew, passengers and the public, we have decided to suspend all international flights until 31 May 2020. It is all our responsibility, not just the government, to curb further transmission of the virus. In addition, the increasing risks to our crew of contracting the virus including the possibility of being trapped in foreign destinations as a consequence of increasing travel bans cannot be ignored,” said SAA Acting CEO, Zuks Ramasia.

“We also recognise the fluidity in the conditions we operate in and the need to respond to these changes with speed, to this end we commit to keep all our stakeholders abreast of any changes on an ongoing basis,” said Ramasia.

Customers are advised to either contact their travel agents, or for direct bookings, South African Airways Call Centres on +27 (0)11 978-1111 or 0861 606-606 or 0800 214-774 (South Africa only) or +27 (0)11 978-2888.

“We thank customers for their support by continuing to place their trust in South African Airways with their travel plans,” concluded Ramasia.

SAA will provide regular and timely updates through media statements, its official channels and through its travel trade partners.

Circular 18/03/2020: Urgent and Important Government Gazette and Regulations