GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI

MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

GRADUAL RELAXATION: COVID-19 TRANSPORTATION SERVICES AS REGULATED

The Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini has extended the partial lockdown for a further 21 days commencing today. This extension comes with gradual relaxation of the partial lockdown measures to allow certain low risk operations to continue.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport would like to announce the following revised guidelines for operating of all transport modes during this period to cenable the fight against COVID-19.  The guidelines are issued in terms of Section 15 and 16 of The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Regulations 2020 (under Section 43 of The Disaster Management Act of 2006).

Road Transport

Passenger transport

  1. The operation of public transport is considered essential. Bus, Taxi, Minibus and Midibus shall operate at 70% capacity on condition that ALL occupants in the vehicle wear face masks. Buses shall not have a standing capacity and must also be at 70% capacity and observe the wearing of masks.
  2. All passengers boarding public transport must have their hands washed with water and soap or sanitised prior to boarding.
  3. Public transport must be regularly disinfected and kept clean at all times.
  4. It is the duty of the commuter or passenger of public transport to provide himself/herself with the face mask. The driver of public transport MUST NOT allow a commuter to board the vehicle without a face mask.
  5. Operation hours of all public transport shall no longer be restricted but shall operate normal hours.

Cross Border Passenger Transport

  1. All cross-border road passenger movements to any of our neighbouring countries remains prohibited for the duration of the partial lockdown.

Freight transport (Local and Cross border)

  1. Freight transport shall be allowed to operate to support trade but to adhere to the WHO guidelines, SADC Protocol and Member States agreement on operating within the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. Cross-border freight movement for essential goods will continue to and from our neighboring countries. 
  3. Safety of vehicles and operation shall not be compromised on the basis of the partial lockdown.
  4. All goods vehicles must be disinfected before and after every trip.
  5. All places of loading or work for goods vehicles must be disinfected at regular intervals.
  6. Cross border Freight transport operators must ensure all documentation pertaining the adherence to the agreed principles and protocol especially certificate of Fitness before travel are valid and shall ensure  that they submit applications for Certificate of Fitness at least 7 days prior to expiry.

Private Vehicles

  1. Private vehicles shall not exceed 70% carrying capacity and all shall be compelled to wear a mask during the course of travel.
  2. Private vehicles shall not operate a taxi service or load passengers for gain.

Transport services

  1. The following transport services can operate with strict observance to the WHO guidelines on sanitation and social distancing:
  1. Driver Training: Driving Schools are allowed to operate as classified under Low Risk by the Ministry of Commerce Industry and Training.
  1. Breakdown services are operating normal hours and their drivers are to have masks all the time when they attend to an accident scene or in a recovery basis.

CHIEF NDLALUHLAZA NDWANDWE

MINISTER FOR PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORT

Thursday 16 April 2020

Government of the Kingdom of Eswatini

 COAT OF ARMS

 

 

MINISTRY OF PUBLIC  WORKS & TRANSPORT

DATE:  Sunday 29 March 2020

The Right Honourable Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Eswatini, under the command of His Majesty the King Mswati III; announced an escalated measure to counter and contain the COVID-19 Pandemic that has seen at positive cases confirmed in Eswatini. The measures direct that a Partial Lockdown is implemented effected in the country from 27 March 2020 up to 16 April 2020.

Transport shall operate in the following manner during the Partial Lockdown:

Rail Transport (Passenger and Freight)

Passenger Rail

  • Cleaners clean Coaches; door handles and rails every 2 hours with sanitiser.
  • Passengers spray sanitizers before they enter the train.
  • Passengers must be 1m apart from each other.
  • Immigration Protocols are to be followed at Mpaka where they disembark and tour the country. This includes the digital thermometer administered at the border gates. The disinfectant before boarding

Freight Rail

The Rail transport will bring essentials from the Republic of South Africa and Mozambique as described under the regulations during the Lockdown; those include fuel, wheat and containers.

Handover of trains at interchange points

  • Train Driver and Train Assistant wear latex gloves to climb the locomotive steps and open the doors.
  • They clean the cabin with a sanitiser/disinfectant
  • They sanitise the door knobs too
  • Train Driver and Train Assistant must be 1m apart

Civil Aviation

The following shall be observed in terms of safety measures:

Airport

  • Quarantine Facilities for inbound or outbound passengers presenting COVID-19 symptoms are provided.
  • There shall be constant coordination with MOH on the quarantine of suspected cases of passengers.
  • Air Navigation and Service Provider (ANSP)

    • Information shall be relayed by aircraft whilst still airborne and inbound to an Eswatini Airport relating to number of passengers on board presenting COVID-19.
    • There shall also be dissemination of that information to Airport and Facilitation Team in particular MOH and Immigration.

    Airlines

    • Eswatini Airlink has suspended all flights for the duration of the partial lockdown. Normal flight schedule shall resume once the National Emergency has been lifted.

    For any aircraft that may for any purpose operate the following shall apply:

    • Cabin Announcements shall be made in cases referencing COVID-19 awareness and measures to be taken by passengers.
    • Contents of the Universal Precaution Kit shall be adhered to.
    • Aircraft Cabin Air Quality Brief to ensure the air is adequately ventilated.
    • In event of Bird Strike on the airport, aircraft precautionary measures to avoid contamination shall be engaged.
    • Ensure Maintenance Crew does not have contact with aircrew to avoid spread of COVID-19. Also disinfection of aircraft prescribed sanitation liquids to avoid surface contamination and spread.
    • Ensure Cargo & Baggage Handlers avoid contact with passengers, aircrew and maintenance personnel to avoid transmission of COVID-19.
    • Ensure Cabin Crew is required to be trained on COVID-19 symptoms in passengers and among themselves and the measures to be taken to avert transmission of COVID-19.
    • Ensure Cleaning Crew avoid contact with passengers, aircrew and maintenance personnel to avoid transmission of COVID-19.
    • Ensure Passenger Agents maintain prescribed distance and avoid contact with passengers, aircrew and maintenance personnel to avoid transmission of COVID-19.
    • Ensure Passenger Locator Form is current and passengers complete the forms.
    • Disseminate Flu Hygiene information by means of flyer.

    Road Transport

    Passenger transport

    1. To comply with the WHO recommendations of Social Distancing, Government has directed that the public transport passengers should observe a 1m distance apart. That would mean that the Public Transport must ferry people at reduced capacity. The carrying capacity for buses shall not be limited to the 20 people per gathering, but shall be guided by the social distancing noted.
    1. Government, particularly the Ministry, shall continue working with the National Road Transport Council and other key stakeholders to address matters involving the operation of public transport within the Partial Lockdown.
      1. Public transport shall operate in the following manner to be in line with the partial lockdown:
      1. i. From 05h00 to 09h00 in the morning peak.
      2. ii. From 15h00 to 19h00 in the afternoon peak.
      • iii. No public transport shall operate between 09h00 to 15h00.
      1. iv. Public transport in this instance is considered an essential service.
      2. v. All passenger vehicles must be sanitised after every trip.
      3. vi. All bus and taxi ranks must be sanitised at regular intervals.
      1. All cross-border road passenger movements to any of our neighbouring countries will be prohibited for the duration of the partial lockdown.
      1. Safety of vehicles and passengers and the entire operation shall not be compromised on the basis of the partial lockdown.

      Freight transport

      • Freight transport shall be allowed to operate to support trade but to adhere to WHO guidelines on operating within the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • Cross-border freight movement for essential goods will continue to and from our neighbouring countries. 
      • Safety of vehicles and operation shall not be compromised on the basis of the partial lockdown.
      • All goods vehicles must be sanitised before and after every trip.
      • All places of loading or work for goods vehicles must be sanitised at regular intervals. Where possible, Government will provide assistance.

      Transport services

      • During the partial lockdown, certain services of the Ministry shall not operate at full optimum. The affected services include:
      1. Vehicle Roadworthiness Testing Station shall operate at minimal capacity but shall be reviewed with time.
      2. Driver Licensing Testing is suspended.
      3. Issuance of new driver licenses is suspended.
      • All public transport permits that expire within the period of the partial lockdown shall be deemed to be valid. However, the permits must be renewed within a period of 30 days after the partial lockdown.

 

GOVERNMENT OF THE KINGDOM OF ESWATINI

MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS AND TRANSPORT

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR THE DIGITAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION SYSTEM

 

Do I have to pay more or less for the newly introduced enhanced and automated Vehicle Registration System?

  • No additional costs come with the new system.

By digital what exactly do you mean?

  • This basically means documents will now be computer printed, eliminating the previously hand- written blue-books.

How long does it take for me to get my certificate?

  • The certificate will be printed immediately over the counter.

When will the system be operational?

  • The system will be operational from the launch date (23 October 2019).

What are the new improvements in this system?

  • The vehicle will be registered and appear in the Vehicle Registration System in real time unlike before where the registration document (blue-book) was hand written and license disc issued to the owner. Previously capturing details would take up to 14 days to appear on the system.
  • License renewal will be spread throughout the year, giving the vehicle owner 365 days from the date of issue. This will eliminate the quarterly license renewal intervals.
  • The new system enables the police to verify vehicle details through scanning the license disc and it also comes with other security features,

What documents are required from me to get the certificate?

  • For the first capturing into the system, the vehicle owner will be required to bring the current blue-book, personal identity card (ID) and the license renewal fees.

Does this mean I no longer have to queue in long lines to renew my license?

  • The elimination of the quarterly license renewal system will drastically improve revenue queues during the license renewal period as this will now be a rolling exercise throughout the year. The certificate is generated in less than two minutes eliminating the length of time spent in a queue.

 

Can I connect to any portal from my home to register or renew my license?

  • Not yet. Further enhancements will be done on an ongoing basis. For now vehicle registration will be done digitally at the Revenue offices.

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MOU Works

13 November 2019

The Government of Eswatini through the Ministry of Public Works & Transport has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Crowne Aerospace to operate Inkwazi Airline, an investment of E15 Billion ($1.1 Billion) which will bring 600 permanent jobs in the aviation industry and 9000 indirectly linked jobs to Emaswati.

Minister of Public Works & Transport Chief Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe assured the nation that there will be a lot of activity within the aviation sector which will see Swazis trained in aviation employed.

The company will invest within the cargo terminal Eswatini with at least 180 different take offs from the King Mswati lll international airport to an array of destinations internationally within Africa, Europe, USA and Asia.

Minister of Commerce, Trade & Industry Manqoba Khumalo stated that at least 9000 Swazis will benefit directly & indirectly through the partnership. “This is truly exciting because it is in line with the King’s vision of attaining 1st world status and will shape the outlook of the aviation industry bringing the economic activity that we need for Eswatini to carry out its mandate as an export driven economy in line with the strategic road map.”

The Minister of Commerce further extended his gratitude towards the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Eswatini Civil Aviation Authority and Mduduzi Dlamini who orchestrated and spearheaded the investment.

Crowne Aerospace CEO, Douglas Berry expressed his excitement towards the imminent partnership with government and promised excellent service delivery on their part as a company.

My Road Safety Journey: A Letter Writing Competition

The Letter Writing Question

In your school Road Safety Officials visited and taught you about road safety. Write a letter to your friend who goes to another school, informing him/her about what you have learnt.

In your letter include:

  1. Why you think your friend should know about road safety rules.
  2. The categories of road users in the road use environment.
  3. What road safety rules stood out to you the most?
  4. How you think, you can help road safety in spreading the road safety message.
  5. The letter should be 180 – 200 words long.

Justification / Benefits of the Competition

  1. This will enable the Road Safety Council and Secretariat gauge what learners know about road safety.
  2. The competition shall serve to create and increase road safety awareness among school going learners.
  3. This will also involve the learners who are predominantly affected by road accidents.
  4. The competition may catalyse the formulation of Road Safety School Ambassador Programme in schools.
  5. This will also create a strong relationship and link between Education and Road Safety.

Rules of the Competition

  1. Learners over the age of 18 are not allowed to take part in the competition.
  2. Both Primary and High School learners are eligible to enter the competition.
  3. Letters can be typed or neatly hand written.
  4. A School with a lot of entries will receive a prize.
  5. Children, friends and relatives of Road Safety Council Secretariat employees are not eligible to enter the competition.
  6. Markers of the scripts to be chosen after the closing date of competition.
  7. The deadline for submission is 30 September 2019.

Prizes:

The prizes will be divided in categories; Primary school and High School.

Category

Student Prizes

Position 1

Position 2

Position 3

Primary

           E1, 500

·         Trophy

Automatic member of Road Safety School Ambassador

(on consent)

·         E 800

·         Trophy

Automatic member of Road Safety School Ambassador

(on consent)

·         E 500

·         Trophy

 Automatic member of Road Safety School Ambassador

(on consent)

High

·         E1, 500

·         Trophy

Automatic member of Road Safety School Ambassador

(on consent)

·         E 800

·         Trophy

Automatic member of Road Safety School Ambassador

(on consent)

·         E 500

·         Trophy

·Automatic member of Road Safety School Ambassador

(on consent)

 

School with most entries

School Prizes

Primary

E2, 000

High

E2, 000

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