A number of Johannesburg drivers, following the government ‘s pledge to open them at lockdown level 3, could not renew their driving license or comply with other requirements at various licensing departments on Tuesday.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced the resumption of operations under level 3 by License and Testing Stations, effective Monday. Mbalula said that under strict coronavirus safety guidelines, licenses offices will be available. But motorists came home with frustration that only a portion of the licenses had been re-established.

Mpho Rakgalakane said at least a list of departments which were willing to serve the public should have been given to the government.

Another Midrand engineer, Simphiwe Msibi, said that his license disk could not be restored because of the closing of the closest centre.

Ekurhuleni metro ‘s spokesman, Themba Gadebe, said that on Friday the public would receive notice of the exact resumption date of licensing services in Ekurhuleni and that disinfection was happening in all licensing departments. “We are able, as given in Level 3 regulations, to open our licensing centres. Measures are currently in effect for hygiene, disinfection regulation, isolation from society and hygiene.

Road & Traffic Control Speaker Simon Zwane has expressed the need for licensing departments to comply with the regulations laid down by the Ministry of Jobs and Labor. “There are workplaces we must take into account. We must also ensure that workers are first safe, then that we have clear guidelines to open them to the public, “he said.

On Tuesday after the Health Measures meeting and consent for reopening, only four License Centers started operating in Johannesburg. They are the offices of Dube and Wemmer, Sandton and Roodepoort.

Theo Nkonki, spokesman of the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, said the Department understood the misunderstanding and would soon release the Guidelines Directive.

By Noni Nchwe