CAPE TOWN- South Africans may soon be permitted to travel internationally as Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula said the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) is considering to open national borders.
Mbalula was inspecting OR Tambo International Airport and King Shaka International Airport over the weekend following complaints on lack of compliance to Aviation Regulations by airliners, as some failed to sanitize passengers and disregarded the wearing of masks.
“Very soon, international travel will be opened. We will announce measures as and when that happens,” said Mbalula.
Based on empirical evidence, South Africa could be moving to lockdown level 1 “very soon” he said.
“We’ve got to reclaim our economy. We know when the airlines reopen and the place is abuzz with people, we are back on track.”
At the same time, Mbalula warned airlines and travellers to adhere to Covid-19 regulations.
“There is no enforcement of masks, and there is no sanitising. We want to deal with that because we can’t allow airlines to break the measures that have been set by the government,” said Mbalula.
Inspections follows complaints I received on lack of compliance to Aviation Regulation related by airliners; from failure to sanitize passengers & the wearing of masks. pic.twitter.com/K414x9m8na
— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) September 12, 2020
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