On Friday, 17 April 2020, notebooks for education purposes were added to South Africa’s list of “essential goods”, allowing them to be bought and transported once more despite the national lockdown that’s currently in effect.
Government published the new directive late on Friday. Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande said that “… these goods have been added to the list of essential goods for the continued functioning of higher education institutions such as universities and colleges.”
Not back to normal yet
It’s not a resumption of normal trade, however, as the Minister emphasised that the transport of notebooks for education was only authorised “…between suppliers and higher education institutions and between institutions and individuals…”.
Businesstech.co.za reports that the full description of ICT equipment added to government’s list of “essential goods” is as follows:
Information and Communication Technology devices (such as desktops, laptops, modems and other devices) for education purposesBusinesstech
“In the context of the South African economy, which is dual in nature and with the highest Gini coefficient in the world, there is still a vast amount of work that we as a nation need to do to ensure that those who need mobility the most have such access,” says Senzo Mbhele, Project Manager at the Tarsus Technology group.
“As such, we’re very pleased to see government relaxing restrictions on the sale and transport of ICT equipment that benefits the education sector,” he added.
With the relaxed regulation, reseller partners that are involved with the education sector can resume their sales activities. Qualifying partners can get hold of their account managers to find out how to proceed
Any of our reseller partners that are involved with the education sector can get hold of their account managers to find out what their next move should be.