The South African Council of Shopping Centres (SACSC) supports the President’s directives and initiatives with the priority of minimising the spread of COVID-19 and hence saving lives.

The health and safety of customers, retailers, employees and all involved in the shopping centre industry are of utmost priority. The SACSC is committed to working with the shopping centre industry to promote a safe environment for the consumer, who requires only essential services during this lockdown period. The government has clearly indicated that the intention of the lockdown is to restrict and minimise movement of people.

The categorisation of essential goods and services:


  • Any food product, including non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Animal food chemicals, packaging and ancillary products used in the production of any food product.
  • Retailers that remain open need to ensure 1sqm space between customers.

Cleaning and hygiene products plus other essentials

  • Toilet paper, sanitary pads and tampons and condoms.
  • Hand sanitiser, disinfectants, soap, alcohol, household cleaning products and personal protective equipment.
  • Chemicals, packaging and ancillary products used in the production of any of the above.
  • Medical supplies.
  • Fuel.
  • Airtime.
  • Banking services.

Please note:

1. Any retailer trading may not trade in any non-essential products/services listed.

2. Retailers who choose to trade need to comply with specified safety measures for staff and customers.

3. All trading or operating under essential goods and services must have a certificate or letter from the CEO, together with their ID in order to be able to move during lockdown.

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