The government has now expanded the list of essential goods that may be sold under the extended lockdown period to include communication technology.
According to BussinessTech, Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said that these goods have been added to the list of essential goods for the continued functioning of higher education institutions such as universities and colleges.
These include items such as laptops, modems and other devices that can be justified under education purposes.
In order to make sure that those at these institutions can relieve these items, the transport of these goods has been approved as well.
This comes on the back of universities like The University of the Witwatersrand pledging to give laptops to students who need them to continue the school year from home.
The complete list of items include:
- Information and Communication Technology devices (such as desktops, laptops, modems and other devices) for education purposes;
- Gasses, liquids and chemicals used in the preservation of biological samples and maintenance of equipment and machinery;
- Animal feed for laboratory and farm animals.
Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in a separate statement, said that the list of essential goods will continue to be updated as the country prepares to leave lockdown in a controlled phased-out manner.