SA to move from level 5 lockdown to level 4

Submitted by admin on Fri, 04/24/2020 - 10:26

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Life in South Africa will gradually begin to return to normal from next month, with government steadily easing the COVID-19 lockdown regulations, albeit under stringent stipulations.

From 1 May, government will implement a risk-adjusted strategy aimed at easing the current lockdown restrictions. The decision was taken during a National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) meeting on Thursday.

This was revealed by President Cyril Ramaphosa during an address to the nation on COVID-19, on Thursday evening.

UIF pays out COVID-19 benefits to workers

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 11:16

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A total of 606 462 employees who have lost their income as a result of the lockdown imposed to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19 will receive their benefit from the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF).

To date, the UIF has received just over 55 268 applications from employers representing about 1 601 767 employees. In total, the UIF has over 1 800 000 employers registered on its database representing more than 8 million workers.

Businesses feel they cannot continue to operate: Survey

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 11:11

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Stats SA today released the results of a rapid response survey conducted with businesses during the lockdown.

Businesses were asked how the current crisis affected their operations in the two-week period from 30 March to 13 April 2020.

More than 700 businesses in the formal sector responded to the survey, outlining the pandemic’s impact on turnover, trading, workforce, imports and exports, purchases, prices, and business survival.

COVID-19 regulations partially eased to allow urgent services

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 15:55

Thursday, April 16, 2020

If you are stuck at home with a burst pipe, you can now call your plumber to come fix it. This is just one of the changes made to regulations governing the extended COVID-19 lockdown.

The announcement was made by the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who was addressing the country on Thursday.

“Today, we’re not coming with many new regulations. We’re extending the regulations that exist because the lockdown was extended,” she explained.

Municipalities urged to assist informal traders to comply with regulations

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/08/2020 - 17:23

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The Parliamentary Committee on Small Business Development has called on all municipalities to assist eligible informal traders to comply with their COVID-19 trading regulations.

This follows the directions issued by Small Business Development Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, which are in line with the amendments to the regulations on the COVID-19 lockdown. These were published in the Government Gazette by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) Minister, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, on 2 April 2020.

Businesses urged to apply to tourism relief fund

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/08/2020 - 17:15

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Department of Tourism has encouraged eligible businesses to apply for the COVID-19 Tourism Relief Fund.

The R200 million Tourism Relief Fund has been established as an intervention to mitigate against the impact of COVID-19 in the tourism sector.

“We acknowledge the difficulties experienced by businesses during this time, hence the need to support the industry and communities to cope with the negative effects of this pandemic.

KZN comes to the aid of entrepreneurs

Submitted by admin on Tue, 04/07/2020 - 13:14

Monday, April 6, 2020

The KwaZulu-Natal province has created a One -Stop Business Portal to assist entrepreneurs to weather the wrath of the Coronavirus on the economy.

The portal, which can be accessed on www.tikzn.co.za/support-desk, is an initiative of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) through its entity Trade and Industry KZN.

The portal seeks to assist entrepreneurs log enquiries about their business during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Agriculture dept opens up to help small-scale farmers

Submitted by admin on Tue, 04/07/2020 - 13:04

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development will from Wednesday, 8 April, accept applications from distressed small-scale farmers, who need financial relief from the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

This follows last week's announcement of the R1.2 billion COVID-19 disaster fund intervention in the agricultural sector, as a response to assist small-scale farmers.

Social grant payments underway on Day 4 of lockdown

Submitted by admin on Mon, 03/30/2020 - 11:26

Monday, March 30, 2020

Social grant payments for the elderly and people with disabilities is in full swing as South Africa enters Day 4 of the 21-day lockdown to curb COVID-19.

In preparation for the lockdown, social security agency - SASSA - announced that grants for the elderly and people with disabilities will be paid from 30 - 31 March 2020.

The Social security agency’s decision to pay grants earlier is in response to the State of National Disaster, as announced by President Ramaphosa on 15 March 2020.

Media reporting essential during lockdown period

Submitted by admin on Thu, 03/26/2020 - 14:00

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Minister in the Presidency, Jackson Mthembu, says government’s classification of media work as an essential service during the COVID-19 national state of disaster and lockdown is a measure to ensure South Africans and the international community have access to vital information during this time.