Power Alert 1 - 23 June 2020

Tender Bulletin 3111 - 19 Jun 2020

Mpumalanga Stakeholder Bulletin - May 2020

The road to economic recovery requires deliberate bias to the most disadvantaged in tourism

Media Statement - Residential space heating options - 11 June 2020

Tender Bulletin 310905 - 05 June 2020

Ministry in the Presidency Media Statement - 2 June 2020

Department of Basic Edcucation - Amended Directive

Tender Bulletin 310829 - May 2020

Business for SA COVID-19 - Weekly Teleconference - 21 May 2020

Letter to HOD- COGTA

GCE Five Priorities Update with COVID number included

Eskom System Status Briefing - Final Final (21 May 2020)

Workplace Readiness

The Small Business COVID-19 Survival Guide

Explanatory Memorandum on the Draft Management Tax Relief Bill

Disaster Management - Regulations

Draft Rule amendments under Customs and Excise Act 1964 - COVID 19 Relief Measures - 1 May 2020

Media statement - Publication of the revised COVID-19 Draft Tax Bills - 1 May 2020

Draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Bill

TIPS Export Tracker Q4 2019

PRESENTATION BY PROF MDWABA, CHAIRMAN PRODUCTIVITY SA & IOE VP TO THE ILO

South Africa's economic recovery plan beyond the Covid-19 pandemic

Media Statement - Eskom takes steps to mend environmental breaches at Kendal Power Station

Media Statement - Hartbeespoort couple arrested for illegal sale of Eskom pre-paid electricity vouchers

COVID-19 Impact on South Africa SMMEs

Guidelines for Childcare Facilities and Schools 11 March 2020

Funeral regulations during initial 21 day lockdown period

B4SA COVID-19 Risk Findings Report

Media Statement on President Ramaphosa's address

Summary of alert levels

Guidelines on Management of corononvirus or COVID-19 health care waste

Risk-adjusted strategy for economic activity

Combined NCCC Proposal on Risk-Adjusted Approach

President's Message - 21 April 2020

SA Covid-19 Relief Schemes Summaries

Lockdown regulations: Who can now go back to work

Amended Department of Labour COVID-19 TERS Directive

Department of Labour COVID-19 TERS Directive

Media Statement - Eskom board statement on the COO

Covid19 - Trends & Next Steps

Final Inception Report - Development of the Aerospace & Defence Masterplan for South Africa March 2020

Covid Funding Resources for SA Businesses 7-4-2020

Government Gazette 2 April 2020 : Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Tender Bulletin 31023 April 2020

Small business development for your information and reference

MAP OF SME SUPPORT MEASURES COVID 19

Regulations

Q&A on Lockdown for Business

Debt relief finance scheme

Department of Transport Gazette - 31 March 2020

Travel Affidavit

Eskom Correspondence to Stakeholders on Response to COVID 19

Power Alert 1 - No loadshedding is expected during the Covid-19 Lockdown

Government Gazette 24 March 2020 : Covid-19 block exemption for the retail property section

Department of Small Business Development 23 March 2020 : Covid-19 SMME Emergency Funding Package

Designated Essential Services Alphabetical Listing 2019

DSBD Media Statement 24 March 2020

Final Media Statement Minister of Health 24 March 2020


Skills Development Levy Contribution Holiday

Dear Member,

Following a meeting with Minister Nzimande on May 28 2018, wherein the Minster tabled concerns with the implications of the “4-months Holiday for companies’ skills development levy contributions” as referred to in the Draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill, published on 1 May 2020, the Department of Higher Education and Training has sent the following attached documents for your consideration:

  1. Signed Social Partners Paper on the Proposed Skills Development Levy Holiday
  2. Draft Explanatory Memorandum on the Revised Draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill
  3. Briefing by National Treasury on Financial Implications of COVID-19 on both the Economy and Budget

The Minister advised that the reduction in budget due to the 4 month skills development levy holiday would result in loss of income in the amount of R 6 115 497 067. The department is concerned that the levy holiday will result in a reduction of the SETA administration budgets, mandatory and discretionary grants, and various learning programmes such as Artisan Development, Learnerships, Work Integrated Learning and other Workplace Based Learning Programmes.

The department recommends that a Means Test Approach be applicable to companies with proof of financial distress, emphasizing as an example, entities with evidence of having made applications to benefit from the UIF COVID-19 TERS.

The department is of the view that:

  1. Companies must continue with the payment of skills development levy, including for the month of May, with the exception of those companies which can prove to be negatively affected by the CVOID-19 pandemic, which may apply for the skills development levy holiday for between two and four months.
  2. The levy holiday must be understood as a deferral, and not an exemption.
  3. Any company applying for the skills development levy holiday, will be required to submit a plan on how to re-pay the money in equal installments within the financial year of 2020/2021.
  4. Companies applying for the skills development levy holiday must demonstrate, amongst others, that they have applied for the UIF COVID-19 TERS Benefit, as proof of their financial distress.

All input should be submitted to Nozizwe Ndhlovu (nozizwen@sacci.org.za) by close of business on Wednesday, 10 June 2020.


Court Ruling on legality of Level 3 & 4 Lockdown Regulations

Kindly find attached the judgment handed down by the Pretoria High Court (the “Court”) today, declaring the Lockdown Alert Level 3, as read with the Lockdown Alert Level 4 Regulations, (the “Regulations”) unconstitutional and invalid. The Presidency media statement is also attached hereto, for your information.

In summary, the Court declared the Regulations unconstitutional and invalid for the following reasons – 

  1. they are not rationally connected to the objectives of slowing the rate of infection or limiting the spread of COVID-19; and
  2. insofar as they do not satisfy the rationality test, their encroachment on, and limitation of, the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights are not justifiable in an open and democratic society based on human dignity, equality and freedom.

The declaration of invalidity has been suspended for a period of 14 business days (i.e. until 22 June 2020), or such longer time as the Court may allow, to enable the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, in consultation with the relevant Ministers, to review, amend and re-publish the Regulations with due consideration to the limitation each regulation has on the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.

During this period of suspension, the Lockdown Alert Level 3 Regulations, as read with the Lockdown Alert Level 4 Regulations, will continue to apply.

Cabinet will be studying the judgment and will communicate further once the judgment has been fully considered.

Members with queries in this regard are hereby requested to forward them to Nozizwe Ndhlovu (nozizwen@sacci.org.za )


BUSINESS FOR SOUTH AFRICA PARTNERS WITH SADAG, PsySSA TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT AND GUIDELINES

Business for South Africa (B4SA) recognises that business leaders and their employees are facing significant challenges, not only in terms of the economic impact of COVID-19, but also the feelings of anxiety, worry and distress many people are experiencing in relation to the pandemic.  In an effort to help companies navigate through this difficult and unprecedented time, B4SA has partnered with the SA Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) and the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) to hold an online seminar which offers insights, resources and support. 

Mental health impacts can be cumulative; business owners, managers, employees, workers and their families are absorbing a disproportionate amount of stress and anxiety from a combination of financial and business sustainability and job security concerns, isolation from family, friends and colleagues, together with the toll of the actual or perceived risk of infection. 

In order to assist business, several valuable guidelines have been developed in partnership with SADAG and PsySSA to help businesses manage the mental health impacts of COVID-19. To access the document, go to https://www.businessforsa.org/b4sa-partners-with-sadag-psyssa-to-provide-business-with-mental-health-support-and-guidelines/                       

BUSINESS FOR SOUTH AFRICA PARTNERS WITH EM GUIDANCE TO DRIVE DIGITAL COVID-19 RESOURCE PLATFORM FOR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS

Business for South Africa's (B4SA) Health Workgroup has partnered with Essential Medical Guidance (EMGuidance), the country's largest free digital health care platform and community, which has launched a dedicated COVID-19 Support Channel for South African health care professionals (HCPs) in both the public and private sectors. 

The COVID-19 platform will provide four key support and resource channels:

  1. Clinical Updates Channel: providing the latest South African COVID-19 clinical information, including National Department of Health (NDoH) alerts, digital guidelines, COVID-19 medicines information, local care coordination such as the location of COVID-19 testing sites, information on accessing and using personal protective equipment (PPE), and links to other critical clinical applications;
  2. Mental Health Support Channel: Support and access to mental health support, through the South Africa Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP), the South African Medical Association (SAMA), the South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SAMA), the Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) and the South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG).  EMGuidance will serve as a dedicated channel to survey and monitor the mental health status of South Africa's health care community.  It will also be used to disseminate mental health care content, and provide access to professional mental health support.
  3. Practice Business Support Channel: Providing business resources, including advice on taxation, accounting and labour relations.  This is provided in partnership with practice management companies and financial institutions; and
  4. COVID-19 Chatbot: A dedicated machine learning chatbot which provides information based on NDoH guidelines and local care coordination information. In addition, a specialist pharmacologist is available online to provide guidance on COVID-related medicines queries. 

Accessing EMGuidance:

We encourage all healthcare professionals to access the COVID-19 Support Channels within the EMGuidance platform. To download and register on the mobile application click here http://onelink.to/sy896k or visit the website and register here:  www.emguidance.com  

HCPs will need to input their South African professional registration details to gain access. For support, please contact support@emguidance.com or call 010 592 1818. 

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OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES ON COVID-19

All official government regulations and guidelines are available at https://www.gov.za/coronavirus/guidelines

OFFICIAL RESOURCES: 

NICD website:                                     http://www.nicd.ac.za 
COVID-19 information website:          https://sacoronavirus.co.za
Coronavirus 24-hour Hotline:             0800 029 999
Coronavirus WhatsApp:                     060 012 3456


Dear Member,

Following the survey sent out on 4 April 2020 on the impact of the current lockdown on businesses, please find attached for your information the TIPS policy brief that incorporates the results of the survey. Thank you to those that completed the survey.

TIPS - Reopening the economy: Obstacles, opportunities and risks


SACCI PRESS RELEASE - BUSINESS CONFIDENCE INDEX (BCI) FOR APRIL 2020

EMBARGO: 11:30 on Thursday, 7 May 2020

Desperate Business Climate

SACCI’s Business Confidence Index (BCI), which is a composite index of economic and financial market indicators rated by business as critical indicators of the business climate, has decreased by 12.1 index points to 77.8 in April 2020. This is the lowest level ever, for the SACCI BCI since its inception in 1985 and the second sharpest month-on-month decline. On an annual basis, the SACCI BCI declined by 15.9 index points between April 2019 and April 2020.

High volatility was prevalent in global financial markets in April and was also mirrored in South African financial markets. The rand exchange rate; share prices; and commodity prices – notably the crude oil price, continued to reflect global and local uncertainty and unpredictability. The further easing of the monetary stance in South Africa and the leniency of commercial banks provided some relief to business and households as the impact of the lockdown took effect. The banking sector’s efforts were evidenced by the positive impact by the financial sub-indices of the BCI.  

Seven of the thirteen sub-indices weighed negative on the BCI compared to March, but despite the present unpredictability and uncertainty in the business environment, six sub-indices were still contributing positively to the business climate. Four of the six financial sub-indices positively influenced the business climate while real economic activity was more harshly affected with five of the seven economic activity sub-indices BCI being negative. 

Strikingly negative monthly impacts on the BCI were caused by the lower volume of merchandise exports; the weaker exchange rate of the rand against the major trading currencies; and less new vehicles sold – mainly due to the lockdown, but also affected by the credit downgrade and a subdued economic performance.

The marked annual decline of the BCI between April 2020 and April 2019 was particularly exerted by the weaker rand, depressed new vehicle sales, lower merchandise import volumes, and much weaker share prices on the JSE. Financial conditions were somewhat easier in April 2020 and mainly due to lower inflation and lower real financial cost than a year earlier.

It remains imperative that the economic performance recovers rapidly after the effects of the lockdown has eased. This could provide an opportunity to build a cohesive and more equitable society. The essentials of increased capital formation and the restoration of a business climate conducive to private sector participation and investor confidence over the longer-term remain preconditions for an economy in difficulty.   

For more information, contact:

Alan Mukoki                         SACCI CEO                                  082 551 1159  
Richard Downing                SACCI Economist              082 822 5566


Revised COVID-19 Draft Tax Bills and Draft rule amendments published on 1 May 2020

Dear Member,

 National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) published, for public comment, the revised 2020 Draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill and 2020 Draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Bill. These Bills give effect to the media statement issued by National Treasury on 24 April 2020 regarding further tax measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, following the address by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 21 April 2020.

The revised 2020 Draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Bill and the 2020 Draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Bill provide the necessary legislative amendments required to implement the further tax measures aimed at combating the COVID-19 pandemic 1 May 2020 – Revised COVID-19 Draft Tax Bills and Draft rule amendments.

Attached are:

 BUSA, through Business for South Africa, will be submitting comments on the draft Bills. Please provide comments (for incorporation into a consolidated BUSA submission to B4SA) on the attached matrices by no later than close of business on Wednesday 12 May 2020. Please note that due to time constraints, comments received outside of the attached matrices regrettably cannot be considered.


Safe Return to work: Health Planning Tools for Businesses

The Disaster Management Regulations allow for the operation of essential services. On 23 April 2020, the President further announced the gradual and phased approach to other business operations which will differ having regard to the applicable level of lockdown as declared by Government from time to time (Levels 1 to 5). Every employer will, during each of the levels of lockdown and for the foreseeable future thereafter, have to adhere to detailed occupational health and safety protocols. This means that all employers must re-examine their activities, work environment and policies in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and may need to change, adapt or enhance these in order to operate.

 With the above mentioned in mind, Please find attached hereto:

 Any members with any queries in this regard are requested to please submit them to Nozizwe Ndhlovu (nozizwen@sacci.org.za).


Updated COVID-19 Regulations

Please find attached hereto three updates with regards to regulations, namely:

  1. Directions to address, prevent and combat the spread of COVID - 19 issued out by the Department of Transport in terms of regulation 4(7) of the Regulations issued in terms of the Disaster Management Act. 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002). These directions were issued out on 01 May 2020.
  2. Amendment of Directive by the minister of Employment and Labour in terms of Regulation 10 (8) of the regulations issued by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in terms of Section 27 (2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002).
  3. Directions on the Risk – Adjusted Strategy for the Communications and Digital Technologies Sector under Regulation 4(10) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (ACT No.57 of 2002). These Directions apply in addition to the existing restrictions and rules that are in place across all sectors and alert levels including COVID -19 health protocols and sanitisation requirements.

 Members with any queries in this regard are requested to please submit to Nozizwe Ndhlovu (nozizwen@sacci.org.za )


Employment and Labour on new National Minimum Wage rate


Business for South Africa (BSA – www.businessforsa.org) formation is working to understand the urgent medical needs South Africa faces in responding to COVID-19. BSA is conducting an overall study of all medical product needs across the country and available supplies per key category of goods. The purpose of the work is to project, using the Department of Health's scenario modelling, where shortages are most likely to occur at what time and where we need to retool industrial capacity to begin manufacturing critical goods such as masks, thermal scanners, etc.

In order to assist BSA in understanding the likely needs in the coming months, we ask that you please complete the template within the attached presentation. BSA will aggregate the data and report on where shortages are most likely to occur. BSA is also accumulating numerous offers of assistance from local manufacturers who are retooling capacity to produce medical goods. Once your needs are understood, BSA can also put you in touch with the appropriate manufacturers who will be able to assist you in meeting your needs.

We look forward to your rapid response ideally by the end of the weekend (i.e. Sunday the 19th of April).


 

 

 


MEDIA ADVISORY

TO               : ALL MEDIA/NEWS EDITORS
DATE           : 21 APRIL 2020

PRESIDENT TO OUTLINE EXPANDED COVID-19 ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RELIEF

President Cyril Ramaphosa will address the nation this evening – Tuesday, 21 April 2020 – on additional economic and social relief measures that form part of the national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The President’s address flows from recent deliberations at Cabinet, the National

Coronavirus Command Council, the President’s Coordinating Council, and the National Economic Development and Labour Council, among others.

The Presidency will in the course of the day announce the time for the President’s address which will be broadcast on radio and television and will be streamed live.

Public Enquiries: Presidential Hotline 17731
COVID-19 Specific enquiries: NICD Hotline 0800 0029 999

 Media enquiries: Spokesperson to the President, Khusela Diko on media@presidency.gov.za

 https://www.gov.za/speeches/president-cyril-ramaphosa-outlines-expanded-covid-19-coronavirus-economic-and-social-relief


The Department of Small Business Development announces guidelines for participation in the SPAZA shops and general dealers support scheme in partnership with NEDBANK which opened on Saturday, 18 April 2020.

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Extension: Call for input on the National Skills Authority (NSA) draft Regulations to conduct investigations

On the 26th of March 2020, the Department of Higher Education and Training issued out a call for public comment on the document titled “The National Skills Authority (NSA) draft Regulations to conduct investigations” in terms of section 36 read with section 5 of the Skills Development Act 97 of 1998.

  • In terms of section 5(1)(d) of the Skills Development Act 97 of 1998 ( "Skills Development Act ") as amended, one of the functions of the National Skills Authority (NSA) is to conduct investigations on any matters arising out of the application of the Skills Development Act.
  • Furthermore, section 5(2) provides that the NSA has prescribed powers of entry, to question and inspect.
  • However, since its establishment the NSA has had no regulations drafted/ promulgated supporting or giving rise to its powers as stipulated in section 5(2) of the Skills Development.
  • It is against the above background that the NSA saw a need for the development of Investigation Regulations for the purposes of strengthening the role of oversight of the NSA.
  • The intention of the regulations is to give expression to the investigative powers of the National Skills Authority, as contained in section 5 of the Skills Development Act; and create a framework within which a standardised approach is followed for all National Skills Authority investigations arising from the application of the Skills Development Act.

 Please find attached hereto the draft regulations. Members with any input are requested to submit to Nozizwe Ndhlovu (nozizwen@sacci.org.za ) by no later than close of business on Monday, 20 April 2020.


SACCI Press Release - Trade Conditions Survey - March 2020

Unpromising Trade Conditions 

The Covid-19 pandemic and recessionary economic conditions have impacted the business climate negatively and resulting in further uncertain trade conditions. The State of Disaster announcement and the lockdown starting on the 26th of March caused a sudden disruption of already volatile trade conditions.

These events did not have a major effect on trade during March, but more significantly affected trade expectations.  The seasonally adjusted Trade Activity Index (TAI) declined by 3 points to 37 in March while the seasonally adjusted Trade Expectations Index (TEI) dropped by 4 index points to 41 - i.e. well into negative terrain. The Moody’s sovereign credit downgrade to junk status in late March did not in particular impact trade conditions in March 2020.

Sales volumes and new orders received were notably hard hit – respectively 65% and 62% in negative territory. For instance, the notable negative effect on new vehicle sales in March was troubling. Supplier deliveries and inventories, however, maintained their February levels. Sales expectations and expected new orders for the next six months took quite a blow as both these indices declined by 18% in the March trade survey. Expected supplier deliveries and inventories are also to deteriorate over the next six months. Both sales and input prices are expected to decline but to remain above the 50-index mark.

According to respondents the National Lockdown is creating unrecoverable costs and may incur further financial losses due to further compromised trade conditions. Covid-19 had a worsening effect on an already depressed trade environment and cause serious disruptions for the supply and offset chains – notably the consequence for expectations. Respondents fear loss of business with a noticeable impact on job losses if some adjustment on lockdown regulations is not considered. The effects of covid-19 are expected to remain with the trade environment for the whole of 2020.

Although there was not an immediate serious negative impact on jobs in March, employment opportunities remain scarce with the sub-index declining by 3 index points to 41 while employment opportunities will remain tight in the next six months with the sub-index remaining in negative territory on 41. 

Released by the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry at their offices in Illovo, Johannesburg.

South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry Trade conditions survey - March 2020


Business for South Africa would like to encourage you to like and follow the new B4SA social media pages listed below: 


Dear Member,

Media Statement on the Launch of the Intergovernmental Fintech Working Group (IFWG) Innovation Hub

Tuesday, 7 April 2020            

Innovation Hub launched to promote responsible innovation in the South African financial sector

South Africa’s financial regulators today launched the Intergovernmental Fintech Working Group (IFWG) Innovation Hub to respond to changes in the financial sector driven by financial technology (fintech) and to promote responsible innovation in the sector. The Innovation Hub is intended to support the sector in introducing innovations that complement the core mandates of regulators, including financial stability and soundness; consumer protection; financial inclusion; and fair lending practices.

Fintech innovation leverages technology to address inefficiencies and other challenges in the financial sector. It embraces agility, adaptability and responsiveness, traits that are essential as local and global economies navigate this period of uncertainty.  To help address the expected economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the IFWG believes innovation among fintech firms and other financial sector innovators is required now more than ever and, therefore, must be supported. 

The Innovation Hub provides assistance to innovators in the financial technology space. Support for these innovators comes from the IFWG members, including the Financial Intelligence Centre, Financial Sector Conduct Authority, National Credit Regulator, National Treasury, South African Revenue Service and South African Reserve Bank. The Innovation Hub is open to all financial sector innovators, whether from a start-up, an established fintech firm, an incumbent financial service provider or an adjacent industry entering the financial services market (e.g., retail, telecommunications).

The benefits of the offerings of the Innovation Hub include clarification on the regulatory landscape, access to a space for testing the regulatory fit of innovative solutions and participation in initiatives and forums helping to shape the future of financial sector regulation on emerging fintech topics.

Innovation Hub users have access to three avenues for assistance:

The Regulatory Guidance Unit exists to help market innovators resolve specific questions regarding the policy landscape and regulatory requirements. Financial sector innovators with questions on fintech or innovation-related financial sector regulation are encouraged to visit the IFWG website and submit an enquiry to the Regulatory Guidance Unit at https://www.ifwg.co.za/regulatory-guidance-unit/. Regulators will continue to assist queries through digital and virtual means, however, due to the pandemic, response times may depend on the volume and complexity of queries and will be provided on a best effort basis.

The Regulatory Sandbox provides financial sector innovators with an opportunity to test new products and services that push the boundaries of existing regulation, all under the responsible supervision of relevant regulators. Participants must apply to the Regulatory Sandbox, and the application can be downloaded at https://www.ifwg.co.za/regulatory-sandbox/.

The Innovation Accelerator exists to provide a collaborative, exploratory environment for financial sector regulators to learn from and work with each other – and the broader financial sector ecosystem – on emerging innovations in the industry. Outcomes of these coordinated efforts will be shared on the IFWG Innovation Hub website, and the Innovation Hub’s latest reports can be accessed at https://www.ifwg.co.za/innovation-accelerator/.

 Through the Innovation Hub, the IFWG is committed to providing these resources to fintechs and other financial sector innovators not only as we combat the Covid-19 pandemic, but well into the future. Over time, it is the IFWG’s desire that its efforts to promote responsible financial sector innovation could have the potential to generate economic benefit for individuals, businesses and – in sum – the country at large.

For more information on the IFWG Innovation Hub visit www.ifwg.co.za.

Please direct further queries to innovation@ifwg.co.za.                                      

Note to editors:

Members of the IFWG include the Financial Intelligence Centre, Financial Sector Conduct Authority, National Credit Regulator, National Treasury, South African Revenue Service, and the South African Reserve Bank. Formed in 2016, the IFWG is focused on promoting responsible innovation in the South African financial sector.

For further background on the IFWG and materials related to its work, visit the IFWG Innovation Hub website on www.ifwg.co.za.


Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (SAVCA) members are pledging pro-bono services to support small, medium and micro-enterprises (SMMEs) whose businesses have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown. Assistance has been earmarked in the form of access to experts and professionals, kindly click on the link below for more information.

 https://covid-19.savca.co.za/


Dear Member,

National Treasury has published new Regulations on 3 April 2020 concerning the PFMA provisions during the Lockdown.


Dear Member,

 As you are aware, National Treasury has recently published the attached COVID-19 Draft Tax Bills for public comment. The Bills are:

 BUSA, through Business for South Africa, will be submitting comments on the draft Bills. Please provide comments (for incorporation into a consolidated BUSA submission) on the matrices listed below by no later than close of business on Thursday 9 April 2020. Please note that due to time constraints, comments received outside of the attached matrices regrettably cannot be considered.

BUSA Matrix-Draft Disaster Management Tax -Tax Measures

BUSA Matrix-Draft Disaster Management Tax Relief Administration Bill -Tax Relief


UIF

Apparently The process for claiming UIF has changed. The authorities at Dept of Labour say that they have realized that paying employees directly is not going to work. So they have developed the new process to pay employers who must then pay employers their UIF benefits to employees and account to the UIF. 

The process is described in the PDF I am sending now after this.

Basically you will need:

1. Get Letter of Authority 
2. Fill in the MOA by the black crosses on Pages 1 and 20
3. Get three months of your payroll in pdf or Excel
4. Certified copies of peoof of your business’ bank account.
5. Fill in the Excel spreadsheet #3 based on the examples in excel CSV #2


Dear Member, I hope this email finds you well.

On 26 March 2020, the Department of Transport issued out a directive that detailed measures that were to be undertaken to prevent and combat the spread of COVID-19. Please find attached hereto the regulations as well as their amendments as issued by the Department of Transport on 31 March 2020. Any members with queries are to forward them to Nozizwe Ndhlovu ( Nozizwen@sacci.org.za )


Kindly take note that The Department of Small Business Development has put together a “Debt Relief Finance Scheme” & "SMME Business Growth Resilience Facility" for businesses which are negatively affected, either directly or indirectly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please see attached documents for qualifying criteria and application process.

SMME Business Growth Resilience Facility

SMME Debt Relief Scheme


Dear Member,

 The Unemployment Insurance Fund and the Department of Employment and Labour have launched the new Covid-19 temporary employee relief scheme, which will provide funds to distressed companies unable to pay the full salaries of workers they permanently laid off or sent home temporarily due to Covid-19 and the shutdown.

Please click here for more information.


DAILY MEMBER UPDATE - South African business collaborates with government to reduce COVID-19 risks and economic impacts

Dear Member,

Business for South Africa’s collaborative effort to build capability and drive a coordinated, proactive approach to limit the economic, labour market and health impacts of COVID-19 on South Africa is moving ahead rapidly.

The significant resources within Business for South Africa are being provided on a pro bono basis by various institutions, including Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) and its member organisations; the Black Business Council; and a range of consulting firms, companies and business associations.

Please find attached hereto the Business for South Africa Testing Protocol, the statement on Lockdown Regulations and the daily newsletter for additional information.

Business For South Africa Statement on Lockdown Regulations 270320

Business For South Africa - Daily member update 270320

Business For South Africa - COVID-19 Testing Protocol 27 March 2020


 


MEDIA RELEASE
DATE: 25 MARCH 2020  

MINISTER PATEL ANNOUNCES ESSENTIAL SERVICE APPLICATION PORTAL

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr Ebrahim Patel has announced that all businesses that will be allowed to provide essential services are required to seek approval from the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the DTIC)  in order for them to trade during the period of the lockdown in terms of the regulations published today by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Ms Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in Regulation Gazette No. 11062

Such businesses are required to apply to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) Bizportal website at www.bizportal.gov.za and obtain a certificate from the Commission that allows them to continue trading. The Bizportal website will contain a menu icon listed as “Essential Service Businesses” through which an application can be made to the CIPC.

The application will be a simple declaration requiring minimal registration details, type of business/trade involved in, what trading name if any is used and whether it meets the requirements contained in the essential services list, the contact details of the person applying as well as the number of employees that will be working during the lockdown period.

The CIPC registry will then pre-populate the remaining company information and email a certificate stating that the business is allowed to remain trading.

The certificate can then be used as evidence to authorities requiring same that indeed the business has been given government permission to trade and that its employees are able to have unrestricted movement ONLY in the course of that trade.

It should be stressed and noted that if you make a false application to the CIPC, and are indeed not an essential service as per the government regulations, such will be taken as a fraudulent application and will render yourself as applicant liable to criminal prosecution and sanction.

This service will be available tomorrow morning 26 March 2020 at the start of business trading hours.

Enquiries:
Sidwell Medupe-Departmental Spokesperson
Tel: (012) 394 1650
Mobile: 079 492 1774
E-mail: MSMedupe@thedti.gov.za
Issued by: The Department of Trade and Industry
Follow us on Twitter: @the_dti


 


All Take NOTE:

NB‼️‼️‼️‼️
We had to keep the homeless off the streets and set up a tent camp at Kees Taljaard Stadium. To assist us in this endeavor we need the help from the community. Already 80 plus people there and others to follow today. We need the following assistance from the community:
- Toiletpaper
- Soap
- Handtowels or something
- blankets
- foods
- masks
- drinking water
- papercups and plates
- plastic knives and forks
- any sanitary ware for ladies

Then we urgently need assistance with the following:   we are experiencing problems. Many are druggies, alcoholics, smokers, etc. We cannot let them out. Medical assistance is there from hospital.
- We need guards from those companies that can assist us to keep them inside.
- Maybe if theres companies that can assist in closing holes in the fence and fix some broken gates.
- NGO's and people that usually assisted the homeless with food, to also join hands, not only in giving but also with preparation of food.
- we will need 2 more gass burners (big ones) to prepare food

It can only work if we all join hands and work together.
United we can stand. Devided we will fall!!!

We did this before and became the Town of the Year!! We CAN stand together. It's proven. Let's do it again!!!!
If you can assist in any way please contact me
082 415 8029

THANK YOU MIDDELBURG ‼️‼️