SADC Guidelines on Harmonization of Cross Border Operations during COVID19 Pandemic

SADC has adopted special guidelines to harmonise and facilitate the movement of critical goods and services across the region during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Countries in the region including Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana have enforced total lock-downs in an effort to stop the spread of the disease.

In an effort to ease challenges posed by the lockdowns, SADC council of Ministers convened an emergency virtual meeting Monday where they agreed to facilitate the flow of essential goods such as fuel, food and medicines and limiting unnecessary and mass movement of passengers across borders.

In a statement, SADC encouraged governments to categorise cross border truck drivers, pilots and crews as workers undertaking essential and exempted services to facilitate their movement.