Directives for auctions published-Received in the RPO newsletter
The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, Thoko Didiza, published directions in the Government Gazette to allow for auctions of livestock under specified control measures to enable the supply of livestock into the food value chain.
Another purpose of the directions is to ensure compliance with the regulations by livestock owners, livestock agents, livestock agencies, hosts of auctions and owners or managers of auction venues and their employees and representatives and any other attendees of auctions.
The directions are applicable to livestock auctions conducted within the borders of South Africa until further notice and must be complied with by all persons (natural and juristic) involved in the holding and or attendance of auctions.
All persons conducting or attending livestock auctions must comply with the Agricultural Produce Agents Act, the Stock Theft Act, the Animal Identification Act, Act 6 of 2002 and the Animal Diseases Act, Act 35 of 1984.
Only owners of livestock and livestock agents and livestock agencies, registered with the registrar, shall be allowed to hold or attend auctions. Any livestock owner, livestock agent and livestock agency must have the necessary documentation required under the Stock Theft Aft to transport livestock to and from the venue where the auction is conducted. Furthermore, any livestock owner, livestock agent, livestock agency, host of an auction and owner or manager of an auction venue and their employees and representatives must comply and ensure compliance with the regulations.
The host of the auction and the owner or manager of the auction venue must:
- At least 48 hours before the auction, in writing, inform all attendees of the auction of the Covid-19-measures to be complied with.
- Display marked boards and distribute other information at the auction, to inform the attendees about the risks associated with Covid-19 and the necessary and compulsory measures to mitigate such risks.
- Conduct inspections, before and during the auction, to ensure that the safety measures are being observed by the attendees of the auction.
- Ensure that there are no more than 50 persons, excluding workers, present at the auction venue.
- Keep a register in which the identity number, physical address and telephone number of all attendees as well as workers is entered.
- Ensure that physical distancing of 1,5 meters is strictly applied.
- Ensure compliance with the health protocols by all workers and attendees by:
- Providing sanitisers and hand washbasins with running water, soap and disposable hand towels which must be strategically placed at the auction venue.
- Encouraging all attendees and workers to wash their hands on a regular basis for at least 20 seconds.
- Ensuring there is no personal contact between individuals.
- Reminding attendees and workers to cover their mouth when coughing and sneezing.
- Ensuring all workers and attendees wear cloth facemask.
- Sanitising both the card and machine after each transaction at the checkout point when using a card machine.
- Cleaning all surfaces, including all handrails, with disinfectants.
- Screening all attendees and workers before every auction and referring any attendee or worker that shows any symptoms of Covid-19 for testing by the relevant authorities.
- Ensure that any attendee who does not comply with these directions is refused entry to the auction or leave the auction immediately.
Any livestock owner, livestock agent, livestock agency, host of an auction, the owner or manager of an auction venue and their employees and representatives or any other attendee at the auction must report any attendee or worker who does not comply with the regulations and these directions to the necessary authorities.
The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development shall inspect and monitor the conduct of auctions held in terms of these directions and inform all interested parties of any amendments of these directions or the regulations.