For those of you hoping to get in or out of Gauteng in the near future, you might have to buy yourself a rifle and some camouflage gear. All leisure travel to and from the province is outlawed at this stage of Level 4 restrictions, but on Monday, the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment made an exemption – for people who go hunting.
You’re allowed to travel through Gauteng – IF you’re hunting
This divergence from the rules may have raised a few eyebrows, but Minister Barbara Creecy believes she is justified in this decision. The new Level 4 laws add just a few lines of text to the existing restrictions, but they make a major difference. These latest regulations were issued in the Government Gazette on 5 July.
According to the latest guidance, South Africans can travel through Gauteng – whether they are leaving or entering – as long as they are hunting ‘with the primary purpose of obtaining meat’. Another caveat also allows people to cross the provincial border if they are legally culling animals with large populations. It’s grim, but… it’s there.
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The changes came into effect yesterday, to very little fanfare. Those who rely on hunting for sustenance and business purposes can breathe a sigh of relief – even if that means the rest of South Africa is left feeling a little perplexed. People in Gauteng, meanwhile, have been reminded that they can still visit nature spots during Level 4 of lockdown.
“Inter-provincial travel to or from Gauteng is permitted for hunting at Level 4, with the primary purpose of obtaining meat for consumption, and culling. Furthermore, game parks, botanical gardens, zoos, and aquaria are open to the public.”
“These rules are subject to all other prohibitions imposed by the regulations, or by any other applicable directions issued by the relevant Cabinet member and the necessary health and safety protocols imposed by the State of Disaster laws.”
Minister of the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, Barbara Creecy