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Unlocking The Who, What, Where, When and How of essential workers and business travel during lockdown.

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Confused about the details around essential worker traveling? We can help!

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, and since the nationwide lockdown in South Africa, we’ve been bombarded with information. Some relevant and some leaving us with more questions than answers. To shed some light on the subject, we’ve done the research and here’s the basic information you need to know to start traveling as an essential worker or business traveler.


Defining the ‘essential worker’ – A person that provides life-sustaining and essential services, vital to the continuity of functions critical to the health and welfare of our country and it’s people.


If you’re amongst the companies that performs an essential service, as listed by the government (https://www.gov.za/Coronavirus/essential-services) you can then register your business to obtain a certificate from the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) – do this here https://www.bizportal.gov.za/essential_service.aspx


Once the business have been issued with an Essential Service Certificate, the head of your company will complete the essential employee form. This form must be on a company letterhead, with the designated employee’s information and an official company stamp, signed by the head of your company. If you are one of the selective few to obtain such a letter, you must carry this, along with a copy of the CIPC confirmation letter and your ID whenever you travel. You may now travel between provinces to do your work.

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When you you travel on the R71, between Tzaneen and Phalaborwa, you’ll view the Murchison Mountain range


Traveling by vehicle between provinces are allowed for essential workers. Commencing lockdown level 3 protocol on 1 June 2020, domestic flights will also be permitted. International flights and travel will be not be allowed. When essential workers have to travel far from their home, there will be some certified essential accommodation options available for the weary traveler. Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa have a verified letter of approval, issued by the Minister of Tourism, Ms Kubayi-Ngubane, granting us permission in terms of the Tourism Directions, to operate during the lockdown period. Therefor we open our doors and our hospitality to the business travel and essential worker sectors.

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Kilima Hospitality

At Kilima Private Game Reserve and Spa we not only uphold strict hygiene practices as required by our Government Healthcare regulations, but we’re also running a SPECIAL for B&B; dinner and B&B or full board.

We would be proud to serve our country by accommodating the essential worker for a short visit or an even longer stay with all the benefits that a luxury 5 star lodge has to offer. Our beautiful, safe and luxurious game reserve boast with the unique Kukura Wellness Spa and delectable cuisine at the restaurant.

We are all in this together and by supporting each other, we will face the storm (may it be with a mask and sanitiser) and emerge stronger on the other side.

We uphold to social distancing regulations even at our Boma!

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