Essential service?

How to apply for a certificate

President Cyril Ramaphosa initially declared a National Lockdown with effect from 26 March 2020 until 16 April 2020. The lockdown has since been extended until 30 April 2020. During the lockdown period, only businesses that provide essential services are permitted to remain open and to trade and to do so, such businesses should apply to for a certificate. The system is based on self-regulation, and so companies are cautioned that supplying incorrect information is a criminal offence and will lead to prosecution.

All enterprises operating within the borders of the Republic of South Africa are expected to be closed during the lockdown period. Only enterprises which produce and/or provide, and/or distribute goods and services listed below are exempted from the restrictions contemplated in the regulation issued in terms of the Disaster Management Act. Note, absolute minimum staff necessary to operate safely.

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

  • Health, Medical, Laboratory and medical services
  • Emergency services, Disaster, Fire, EMS
  • Finance, Banking, JSE/exchangers, insurance
  • Production and sale Category A regulations goods
  • Grocery stores, Spaza shops
  • Electricity, water, gas, fuel supply and maintain
  • Care services, social relief of distressed
  • Funeral service, mortuaries
  • Wildlife, anti-poaching, animal care, veterinary
  • Newspaper, broadcasting, telecommunications
  • Hygiene chemicals, medical, pharmaceutical
  • Cleaning, sanitation, sewerage, waste removal
  • Postal, courier, transport of medical products
  • Private security services
  • Air-traffic, Civil Aviation, Cargo Shipping
  • Essential mining, Gold, gold refinery, coal
  • Supply, critical repair on essential service
  • Transport essential staff, good and patients
  • Tow trucks, vehicle recovery
  • Call Centre for health safety social support
  • Harvest and storage agricultural goods
  • Pest control
  • Sale of baby clothes
  • Implementation of payroll systems
  • Critical maintenance which cannot be delayed
  • Emergency repairs,plumbers,locksmith,electrician
  • Emergency automobile repairs for essential service
  • ICT rendered to entities of essential service

Please note that the above list is not exhaustive. For a copy of the regulations and the latest amendments, email us.

If you have reviewed the Regulations and you have determined that your business is an essential service, you may apply for a certificate by visiting You will be requested to fill in your company registration number. This will result in your company details displaying on the screen. Follow the prompts from there and upon successful completion of the registration process, you will receive a certificate issued by the Commissioner of the CIPC. If you have previously been issued with a certificate for the original lockdown period and now wish for another certificate which covers the extended lockdown period, visit and follow the prompts and a new certificate will be issued.