Essential Services Permit

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Essential Services are set out in Annexure B: Categorisation of essential goods and services during lock down, Regulation 11A 

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 Businesses can only apply if they belong to this list of essential services categories:

  • Health, Medical, Laboratory and Medical services
  • Emergency services, Disaster Management, Fire Fighting and Emergency Services
  • Financial services necessary to maintain the banking and payments environment, JSE/exchanges, as well as insurance services
  • Production and sale of goods listed in Category A (food, chemicals, cleaning and hygiene products and medical supplies
  • Grocery stores, including Spaza shops
  • Electricity, water, gas, fuel production, supply and maintenance
  • Critical jobs for essential Government Services 
  • Care services, social relief of distressed
  • Funeral service, mortuaries
  • Essential Municipal Services
  • Wildlife Management, anti-poaching, animal care, Veterinary Services
  • Newspaper, broadcasting and telecommunications infrastructure and services
  • Production and sale of any chemicals, hygiene products, pharmaceutical for the medical or retail sector
  • Cleaning, sanitation, sewerage, waste and refuse removal
  • Services relating to the essential functioning of courts
  • Essential SARS services
  • Police Services
  • Postal and courier services related to the, transport of medical products
  • Private security services
  • Air-traffic navigation, Civil Aviation Authority, Cargo Shipping and dockyard services;
  • Gold, gold refinery, coal and essential mining
  • Accommodation used for persons rendering essential services or quarantine, isolation and lockdown
  • Production, manufacturing, supply, logistics, transport, delivery, critical maintenance and repair in relation to the rendering of essential services including components and equipment
  • Transport services for persons rendering essential services and goods and patients
  • Tow trucks, vehicle recovery
  • Call Centre for health safety social support
  • Harvest and storage agricultural goods

List above not inclusive of subcategories. See full list:

How do I apply for an Essential Services Permit?

Step 1:

Before you apply make sure that your business falls into the list of categories that are allowed to trade during the National Lockdown. Supplying incorrect information is a criminal offense and will lead to prosecution.

Step 2.

  • Register your business on Bizportal as a provider of an essential service. The link is
  • BizPortal is a platform developed by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) to offer company registration and related services in a simple seamless digital way which is completely paperless. It was developed in response to the quest of improving the ease of doing business in South Africa, specifically, starting a business.

What is required:

In order to register your business, the following is required:

  1. Your business registration number;
  2. You will prompted to select your business category from the list provided;
  3. You will also need to provide your trading as name, if applicable;
  4. You will need to state how many employees are required to work during the lockdown;
  5. You will need to confirm your business address; and
  6. You will need to confirm the particulars of the person making the application to the CIPC.
  7. The CIPC will then issue you a certificate confirming that your business is registered as a provider of an essential service.

Step 3.

Arrange for the head of an institution/company/business to complete and sign the form (SEE FORM 1 ANNEXURE C at bottom of Annexure B). The institution may be the one where or for whom the person performs the essential service (eg: hospital, government department, food shop, etc). For a public institution, the head is the accounting officer. For a private institution, the CEO must sign the form.

It is advisable to import this form onto your business’ letterhead.

Step 4:

Ensure that the institution’s official stamp is used on the form. It is not stated in the regulations but we are of the view that the institution’s letterhead or stamp could be used. We are also of the view that an electronic copy in PDF or photo form to the person’s cell phone can be provided during the lock down.

Step 5:

The employee must carry a copy of the CIPC confirmation letter, an official signed and stamped form, and his/her identification whenever s/he moves from and to his/her residence. It is not stated in the regulations but we are of the view that an electronic copy in PDF or photo form can be saved and shown from the person’s cell phone.

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