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.

Three-phased economic response to COVID-19 pandemic

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/22/2020 - 11:06

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Government has announced a massive social relief and economic support package of R500 billion which amounts to around 10% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to mitigate against the blow of COVID-19 in the country.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the intervention as the country saw a rise of COVID-19 cases to 3465 with 58 deaths recorded as of Tuesday.  

Gauteng calls on suppliers to register on PPE database

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 16:02

Thursday, April 16, 2020

In a bid to streamline and fast track COVID-19 related procurement processes, the Gauteng Health Department has urged suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE) to register on its database.

Through a portal by the provincial Health Department, suppliers can indicate to the department what items they can provide.   

“Attention is drawn to the National Treasury Instruction Note 8 of 2019-2020, which suppliers must familiarise themselves with, as it gives a guide on prices. 

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.

SA says US decision to cut WHO funding “regrettable”

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 15:51

Thursday, April 16, 2020

South Africa has expressed concern and alarm at the announcement by the President of the United States of America (USA) to cut funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) with immediate effect.

“South Africa is particularly alarmed that the decision is made amid a global health crisis that requires a full-capacity World Health Organisation to provide support in combatting the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

Cabinet: COVID-19 recovery plan in the pipeline

Submitted by admin on Thu, 04/16/2020 - 15:44

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Work continues to map South Africa’s future - with Cabinet asking all clusters to work together to produce one consolidated document on key priorities regarding the country’s economic recovery plan that will used post the COVID-19 national lockdown.

The call was made during a virtual Special Cabinet Meeting held on Wednesday to discuss the socio-economic recovery plan, post the COVID-19 national lockdown.

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PPE suppliers urged to contact National Treasury

Submitted by admin on Wed, 04/08/2020 - 17:27

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

National Treasury has called on compliant essential personal protective equipment (PPEs) suppliers to direct their offers to the department’s Project Management Office (PMO). 

PPE is much-needed by government, as the State intensifies its effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

In a statement on Wednesday, National Treasury, in support of the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, said a support team, which is responsible for coordinating the process exclusively for the identified commodities, will assess the submissions.

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.