Health regulations: comments deadline extended to April 24, WhatsApp submission added

Health minister Dr Joe Phaahla

Health minister Dr Joe Phaahla today announced the extension until April 24 of the deadline for public comments on amendments to the health regulations the government wants to introduce following the termination of the state of disaster.

Previously the deadline for submissions was Friday April 13.

The government will allow now allow the public to make submissions by WhatsApping “COMMENT” to 060 012 34456.

The official email address for comments is legalreviews@health.gov.za

Freedom of Religion South Africa still recommends making submissions via the Dear South Africa website at https://dearsouthafrica.co.za/health-act-amendment/. The Dear South Africa platform logs when every email is sent, when it reaches the Department of Health’s server, and keeps are record of every comment, thus ensuring that every submission counts.

In a briefing to the Portfolio Committee on Health today Phaahla said he wanted to dispel as a myth the suspicion that government wants to use the amendments to maintain a permanent state of control over people. He said they are aimed at containing Covid-19 and could be amended at a later stage if no longer needed.

NOTE: This is a developing story and will be updated later

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