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PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA’S ADDRESS TO THE NATION

The president addressed the nation on Thursday, 23 July 2020 on progress in the national effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

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PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA’S FULL ADDRESS TO THE NATION

Thursday 23 July 2020

The president addressed the nation on Thursday on progress in the national effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Gazetted regulations: AMENDMENT REGULATIONS AS FROM 12 JULY 2020

Level 3 restrictions to remain with additional measures in place including curfew and restriction on sale of alcohol

Presidency Cyril Ramaphosa’s address on Sunday night12 July 2020

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the sale and distribution of alcohol has been suspended with immediate effect.

During an address on Sunday night, Ramaphosa announced that the alcohol ban has been reinstated.

He said the resumption of alcohol sales has resulted in substantial pressure on hospitals.

In addition, he said a curfew would be reinstated, between 9pm and 4am, starting on Monday night.

https://www.capetalk.co.za/…/watch-live-ramaphosa-addresses…

Presidency Cyril Ramaphosa announced further easing of level 3 restrictions on Wednesday night.

On Wednesday night President Cyril Ramaphosa announced to the nation that Cabinet has decided to ease further restrictions.

Restaurants will be allowed to host sit-down meals, commercially-licensed accommodation facilities but not home-sharing Airbnb-style accommodation, conference facilities, cinemas and theatres, casinos, and personal care services which include hairdressers and beauty services.

Non-contact sports such as golf, tennis, and cricket are allowed but contact sports allowed for training purposes only.

Watch the full video of the president’s address here

See https://sacoronavirus.co.za/category/press-releases-and-notices/ for all the latest news updates

Covid-19 – Disaster Management Act Amendment – Directions Minister of Minister of Basic Education 1 June 2020 Disaster Management Act (57/2002): Amendment of Directions issued in terms of Regulation 4 (3) of the Regulations made under Section 27 (2) of the Act: Regarding the Re-opening of Schools and Measures to Address, Prevent and Combat the Spread of Covid-19 in the National Department of Basic Education, all Provincial Education Departments, all Education District Offices and All Schools in the Republic of South

See https://sacoronavirus.co.za/category/press-releases-and-notices/ for all the latest news updates

Covid-19 – DMA – Amendment of Directive – Minister of Employment and Labour, Disaster Management Act (57/2002): Amended COVID-19 Temporary Employee/Employer Relief Scheme Benefit (C19 Ters), Direction 2020’

Regulations governing lockdown Level 3, which gets under way on 1 June.

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COVID-19 | President Ramaphosa addresses the nation: 24 May 2020

Detailed guidelines on how South African Police Service (SAPS) and municipal police must conduct themselves

Covid-19 – Directions Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Disaster Management Act (57/2002): Directions Regarding e-Commerce Sales during Alert Level 4 of the COVID-19 National State of Disaster’

President Ramaphosa addresses the nation

https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/national/2020-05-13-watch-president-cyril-ramaphosa-addresses-the-nation

REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO ALERT LEVEL 4

Movement permitted under Alert Level 4. It also contains all the necessary forms to obtain permits and to apply for permission to travel. Click on the link to download the article as it was too big to send.

Covid-19NEW REGULATIONS – link http://www.cogta.gov.za/?p=8050

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, gave a detailed briefing on the regulations relating to the COVID-19 Level 4 restrictions.

29 April 2020

https://www.enca.com/news/livestream-cogta-minister-briefing-covid-19-level-4

https://www.businessinsider.co.za/lockdown-level-4-what-is-now-allowed-2020-4

President Ramaphosa addresses nation 21 April 2020

https://www.enca.com/news/livestream-ramaphosa-address-nation-covid-19-economic-measures

USE OF CLOTH FACE-MASKS BY MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN SOUTH AFRICA DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

There has been much debate globally and locally about whether members of the general public should be advised to wear face-masks during the Covid-19 pandemic. As the epidemic unfolds, support for the wide use of cloth face-masks, including for people who are not ill, is growing. The main benefit of everyone wearing a face-mask is to reduce the amount of Coronavirus (or Influenza virus) being coughed up by those with the infection thereby reducing its spread through droplets.

Since some persons with the Coronavirus may not have symptoms or may not know they are infected, everyone should wear a facemask.

The National Department of Health therefore recommends that everyone in South Africa should wear a cloth face-mask (also known as a non-medical mask) when in public. Commuters travelling in taxis and other forms of public transport, as well as people spending time in spaces where physical distancing is difficult to practice, are particularly encouraged to wear cloth face-masks.

The following should be noted:
Cloth face-masks are recommended as part of respiratory hygiene or etiquette which also includes coughing and sneezing into a bent elbow or a tissue (with proper disposal of the tissue).

The use of cloth face-masks does not reduce the need for other prevention strategies and should never be promoted separately from hand-washing (or sanitising), physical distancing and other components of cough/sneeze hygiene.

The public should not use surgical (medical) or N-95 respirator masks.
Surgical masks and N-95 masks are critical supplies that must be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders. The public is strongly discouraged from using these masks.

Cloth face-masks need to be worn and cleaned properly
The face-mask must cover the nose and mouth completely. Face-masks should not be lowered when speaking, coughing or sneezing.

How the properly use a cloth mask
It is very important that cloth masks are used correctly. Incorrect use might result in users putting themselves at risk of spreading Covid-19.

Guidelines for use are as follows:
1. Only use a mask that has been washed and ironed.
2. Wash your hands before putting the mask on.
3. Place the mask with the correct side facing your face, and ensure that it covers both your nose and mouth properly.
4. Tie the strings behind your head, or if you are using elastic bands, make sure these are tight.
5. Make sure it fits well. Move it around to get the best fit. Never touch the cloth part.
6. Once you have put on the mask, DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE again until you take it of.
7. When you take it off, undo the ties, and carefully fold the mask inside out, hold it by the strings/elastic and place the mask in a container reserved for washing the cloth mask.
8. Wash your hands thoroughly and dry before doing anything else.
9. Wash cloth masks with warm soapy water and iron when dry.
10. You must have at least two cloth masks per person so you will be able to wash one and have a clean one ready for use.
11. Masks should be washed with soap and hot water, rinsed thoroughly and ironed.

DR A PILLAY
ACTING DIRECTOR-GENERAL
DATE: 17/04/2020’

Extension of term of Office of Councils and Boards of Public Entities and Suspension of Sport, Arts and Cultural Events

Handy compendium of all Regulations, Directions, Directives etc relating to Covid-19 with hyperlinks

Covid-19 – Sale of Essential baby items during lockdown

Essential baby items, clothing can be sold in lockdown

Baby clothing was not listed as ‘essential’ under the original lockdown regulations, which have since been amended.

Essential baby items and clothing may be sold in stores during the 21-day lockdown, the department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) said on Thursday.

“Following requests for clarification, we confirm that this provision includes baby clothes, blankets, towels and other essential accessories for newborns, infants and toddlers up to 36 months old,” said minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

“To ensure the effectiveness of the lockdown in containing the spread of Covid-19, all stores that are currently permitted to remain open for the sale of other essential goods, including supermarkets, may therefore sell these products.”

Mothers have raised concerns over not being able to buy baby clothes and goods at certain stores in the country.

The regulations were amended in the Government Gazette on March 25-26 to include “products for care of babies and toddlers” as essential goods.

Dlamini-Zuma said her department had been in contact with the CEOs of large retailers, who had “undertaken to sell these products at prices which simply cover their basic costs of production and distribution for the period of the lockdown”.

“Hospitals and clinics may directly procure these products as necessary to provide for the infants in their care,” she added.

YOU CAN BUY BABY CLOTHES UNDER LOCKDOWN – COGTA

Following many requests for clarity on the sale of ‘baby care products’ after shops stop selling clothing during the lockdown, Cogta says South Africans can buy clothing for babies between 0-36 months.

FULL SPEECH: PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA’S COVID-19 UPDATE

EWN – 9 April 2020 |.

Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the nation on Thursday night, asking South Africans to ‘endure even longer’ as he extended the lockdown by two more weeks.

My Fellow South Africans,

At midnight tonight, it will be exactly two weeks since our country entered into an unprecedented nation-wide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

During the course of these last two weeks, your lives have been severely disrupted, you have suffered great hardship and endured much uncertainty.

We have closed our borders to the world, our children are not in school, businesses have closed their operations, many have lost their income, and our economy has ground to a halt.

And yet, faced with such daunting challenges, you, the people of South Africa, have responded with remarkable patience and courage.

You have respected the lockdown and largely observed the regulations.

You have accepted the severe restrictions on your movement and many of the daily freedoms that we all take for granted.

You have done so because you have understood the devastating effect that this disease will have on the health and well-being of all South Africans unless we take drastic measures.

You have also understood that we must do everything in our power to prevent the massive loss of life that would occur if we did not act.

For your cooperation, for your commitment and above all for your patience, I wish to thank you personally.
I wish to thank you for reaffirming to each other and to the world that we South Africans are a people who come together and unite at moments of great crisis.

Earlier today I had a most productive meeting with our Premiers about the work they are doing in provinces and districts to stop the spread of the virus.

I also had a discussion with the leaders of all our political parties represented in Parliament, who collectively pledged their support for the efforts that are being made to combat the pandemic.

Through this we are demonstrating that we are able to work together across party lines to confront a common threat.

Since I announced the lockdown just over two weeks ago, the global coronavirus pandemic has worsened.

Two weeks ago, there were 340,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the world.

We now have over 1.5 million confirmed cases worldwide.

Over 90,000 people across the world have died from this disease.

The health systems of many countries have been overwhelmed.

Even the most developed economies in the world have not had the means to treat the many thousands who have fallen ill.

They have struggled to find the medical supplies and personnel necessary to deal with the pandemic.

The devastating effect of this is that many people have died.

The global evidence is overwhelming.

It confirms that our decision to declare a national state of disaster and to institute a nation-wide lockdown was correct and it was timely.

While it is too early to make a definitive analysis of the progression of the disease in South Africa, there is sufficient evidence to show that the lockdown is working.

Since the lockdown came into effect, the rate at which new cases have been identified here in South Africa has slowed significantly.

From 1,170 confirmed cases on the 27th of March, the number of confirmed cases today stands at 1,934.

In the two weeks before the lockdown, the average daily increase in new cases was around 42%.

Since the start of the lockdown, the average daily increase has been around 4%.

While we recognise the need to expand testing to gain a better picture of the infection rate, this represents real progress.

The measures we have taken – such as closing our borders and prohibiting gatherings – as well as the changes that we have each had to make in our own behaviour, have definitely slowed the spread of the virus.

But the struggle against the coronavirus is far from over.

We are only at the beginning of a monumental struggle that demands our every resource and our every effort.

We cannot relax. We cannot be complacent.

In the coming weeks and months, we must massively increase the extent of our response and expand the reach of our interventions.

We are learning both from the experiences of other countries and from the evidence we now have about the development of the pandemic in South Africa.

Both make a clear and compelling case to proceed in a manner that is cautious and properly calibrated.

Simply put, if we end the lockdown too soon or too abruptly, we risk a massive and uncontrollable resurgence of the disease.

We risk reversing the gains we have made over the last few weeks, and rendering meaningless the great sacrifices we have all made.

Fellow South Africans,

This evening, I stand before you to ask you to endure even longer.

I have to ask you to make even greater sacrifices so that our country may survive this crisis and so that tens of thousands of lives may be saved.

After careful consideration of the available evidence, the National Coronavirus Command Council has decided to extend the nation-wide lockdown by a further two weeks beyond the initial 21 days.

This means that most of the existing lockdown measures will remain in force until the end of April.

We will use the coming days to evaluate how we will embark on risk-adjusted measures that can enable a phased recovery of the economy, allowing the return to operation of certain sectors under strictly controlled conditions.

We will also use this time to ramp up our public health interventions.

We did not take this decision to extend the lockdown lightly.

As your President, I am mindful of the great and heavy burden this will impose on you.

I am keenly aware of the impact this will have on our economy.

But I know, as you do, that unless we take these difficult measures now, unless we hold to this course for a little longer, the coronavirus pandemic will engulf, and ultimately consume, our country.

We all want the economy to come back to life, we want people to return to work, we want our children to go back to school, and we all want to be able to move freely again.

But our immediate priority must remain to slow down the spread of the virus and to prevent a massive loss of life.

We must do this while preventing our economy from collapsing and saving our people from hunger.

We are determined to pursue a path that both saves lives and protects livelihoods.

Our strategy is made up of three parts:

  • Firstly, an intensified public health response to slow down and reduce infections.
  • Secondly, a comprehensive package of economic support measures to assist businesses and individuals affected by the pandemic.
  • Thirdly, a programme of increased social support to protect poor and vulnerable households.

As government, together with our many partners, we have used this lockdown period to both refine and intensify our public health strategy to manage the coronavirus.

Our approach is to screen in communities and test people in hospitals, clinics and mobile clinics, to isolate those who are infected, and to care for those who are ill in our health facilities.

We need to do this intensively and systematically.

We have used the last week to develop our screening and testing methodology in various parts of the country.

Over the next two weeks, we will roll out the community screening and testing programme across all provinces, focusing in particular on highly vulnerable communities.

Those who test positive and cannot self-isolate at home will be isolated at special facilities that have been identified and are now being equipped.

At all times, we will observe the human rights of all people.

Let us not discriminate against people who test positive.

To ensure that our strategies are effectively coordinated and to ensure they are informed by comprehensive, real-time data, we have established the COVID-19 Information Centre at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

This world-class centre will keep track of all screening, testing, isolation and hospitalisation throughout the country.

It is already identifying infection hotspots.

It is following the spread and the severity of the disease, and enabling us to move our focus and resources where they are most needed.

We are working with mobile telephony companies and other institutions to locate those people who have tested positive for the virus and those with whom they have been in contact.

As part of the second element of our strategy, we have put in place various measures to provide support to businesses in distress, to workers facing loss of income, to the self-employed and to informal businesses.

Many of these measures are being taken up by both large and small businesses.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund has set aside R40 billion to help employees who will be unable to work, as part of the effort to prevent jobs losses as a result of the lockdown.

To date, it has paid out R356 million.

I would like to applaud all those employers who have continued to pay their workers during this difficult time, as well as those employers who are working with unions and government to assist their employees to access these benefits.

I would like to call on all businesses to continue to pay their suppliers, to the extent that they can, to ensure that those suppliers can also continue to operate and pay their staff and suppliers.

In this respect, I would like to appeal to all large businesses not to resort to force majeure and stop paying their suppliers and rental commitments, as such practice has a domino effect on all other businesses dependent on that chain.

We must do all we can to ensure that the underlying economy continues to function and to focus support on those small businesses that really need them.

The Industrial Development Corporation has set aside R3 billion for the procurement of essential medical supplies.

It has already approved R130 million in funding and expects to approve a further R400 million in the coming week to companies who applied for funding under this special facility.

The Small Enterprise Finance Agency has approved the postponement of loan repayments for a period of 6 months.

The small business debt relief and business growth facilities are currently adjudicating applications for assistance.

There is a total of R500 million available in support.

Government has reprioritised R1.2 billion to provide relief to smallholder farmers and to contribute to the security of food supply.

In addition to these expenditure measures, the Reserve Bank has also lowered interest rates and has taken measures to inject liquidity into the economy.

One of the biggest challenges that all countries in the world are facing is the shortage of medical supplies to fight the coronavirus.

As a country we have had to rely on our own capabilities to supply these goods, but have also had to source supplies from other countries.

In recent weeks, we have seen a massive mobilisation of South African business, labour, academics and government agencies to build the stocks of medical and other equipment needed to fight coronavirus.

We have, for example, established the National Ventilator Project to rapidly mobilise the technical and industrial resources of our country to manufacture non-invasive ventilators, which can be used to support patients afflicted with the disease.

Other projects are focusing on increasing the local manufacture of protective face masks, hand sanitisers and pharmaceutical products which can be used by health care workers and the public at large.

As the third part of our coronavirus response, we have been working to provide basic needs such as water and to maintain the reliability of food supply to the poorest South Africans.

We have also expanded the provision of food parcels and we’ve provided spaza shops with financial support.

To date, government has delivered over 11,000 water storage tanks to communities in need across the country, and many of these have been installed.

In addition, 1,000 water tankers have been provided for the delivery of water.

Several homeless people have been accommodated in 154 shelters.

I am pleased to report that the Solidarity Fund – which was established to mobilise resources from companies, organisations and individuals to combat the coronavirus pandemic – has so far raised around R2.2 billion.

It has already allocated around R1 billion to buy sterile gloves, face shields, surgical masks, test kits and ventilators.

It will also allocate funds for humanitarian relief to vulnerable households, in addition to the R400 million set aside by government for Social Relief of Distress grants.

All of these efforts, while necessary and commendable, will not be sufficient on their own to cushion the poor from the impact of this pandemic.

Nor will they provide the relief that businesses and their employees require.

Additional extraordinary measures will need to be put in place in the coming weeks and months to absorb the sudden loss of income to both businesses and individuals.

We are in a situation that demands swift action and exceptional methods, a situation that demands innovation and the mobilisation of every resource that we have.

Cabinet will be developing a comprehensive package of urgent economic measures to respond both to the immediate crisis and to the severe economic challenges that we must confront in the months ahead.

Further announcements on the next phase of our economic and social support strategy will be made in due course.

An essential part of our response to this emergency is the principle of solidarity.

From across society, companies and individuals have come forward to provide financial and other assistance.

In support of this effort, we have decided that the President, Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers will each take a one-third cut in their salaries for the next three months.

This portion of their salaries will be donated to the Solidarity Fund.

We are calling on other public office bearers and executives of large companies to make a similar gesture and to further increase the reach of this national effort.

In this regard, we welcome the donation of 20,000 cellphones by Vodacom for health workers that will be involved in screening and tracing in communities.

As we have stressed before and we will stress once again, our struggle against the coronavirus requires fundamental changes in behaviour from all of us.

Until we have contained the coronavirus, the same rules remain.

Shaking hands, hugging, sitting close to each other and other forms of physical contact enable this virus to be transmitted, and must be avoided.

We must continue to wash our hands regularly and thoroughly using water and soap or sanitiser.

To stay safe and to keep others safe we must continue to respect whatever restrictions that are placed on our movement and on our daily lives

Over the past two weeks, I have been speaking to other African leaders about a coordinated continental effort to combat the coronavirus and support our people and our economies.

We have established an AU COVID-19 Response Fund to mobilise the resources necessary to support this effort.

We have reached out to world leaders, even as they struggle with the pandemic in their countries, to assist the continent with essential medical supplies and to support a comprehensive stimulus package for Africa.

As we confront this disease in our country, we are part of a great global effort that is bringing humanity together in ways that many never thought possible.

For billions across the world, and for us here in South Africa, the coronavirus pandemic has changed everything.

We can no longer work in the way we have before.

As government, as NGOs, as political parties, as large corporations and small businesses, as financial institutions, as community organisations and as South Africans we will need to adapt to a new reality.

As we emerge from this crisis, our country will need to undergo a process of fundamental reconstruction.

To do so, we will draw on our strengths: our abundant natural resources, our advanced infrastructure, our deep financial markets, our proven capabilities in information and communication technology, and the depth of talent among our people.

We will draw on our proven capacity for innovation and creativity, our ability to come together in a crisis, and our commitment to each other and our common future.

We will learn from global experience and the best scientific evidence, but we will craft a uniquely South African response that uses our own capabilities as a nation.

This weekend is a sacred time for many South Africans.

For many, it will be difficult to spend this time without their friends and family.

I ask that you keep in your thoughts tonight all in our land who are vulnerable, destitute and alone.

I ask that you give what you can to alleviate their burden.

To contribute to the Solidarity Fund in any way you can.

This is a difficult time for us all.

Yet the message of Easter is one we carry in our hearts tonight.

It is the message of hope, of recovery and of rebirth.

As we walk this road together, as we struggle to defeat this pandemic, we remain strong and united and resolved.

Much is being asked of you, far more than should ever be asked.

But we know that this is a matter of survival, and we dare not fail.

We shall recover.

We shall overcome.

May God bless South Africa and protect her people.

I thank you.

DEADLINE FOR TAX COMMENTS EXTENDED

Treasury News

Media Statement Extension of Deadlines for Public Comments on Specific

2020 Tax Proposals

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INFORMAL TRADING PERMIT APPLICATIONS

Documentation iro informal trading permits

Directive iro employment/employer relief scheme

‘Disaster Management Act (57/2002): 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 Act’  

‘Covid-19 – Amendment of Directions by Minister of Transport

Herewith a reminder of what is allowed ito public transport with specific reference to mini-buses.

Disaster Management Act (57/2002): Amendment of Directions issued in terms of Regulation 10 (7) of Regulations made under Section 27 (2) of the Act: Measures to Prevent and Combat Spread of COVID-19 in Public Transport Services; and Directions Determining the Extention for the Validity Period of Operating Licence and Accreditation Certification for the Public Transport Operators: For Purposes of Lockdown (COVID-19)’   

Covid-19 – DMA Directions issued by Minister of Small Business

Disaster Management Act (57/2002): Directions issued in terms of Regulation 10 (8) of the Regulations made under Section 27 (2) of the Act: Measures to Prevent and Combat the Spread of COVID-19 These Directions are issued in order to assist SMMEs operating grocery stores including the corner shops, spaza shops, fruit and vegetable stores, to comply with the lockdown Regulations. The Informal Food Traders as referred to in the Regulations are limited to Fruit and Vegetable informal traders and the Langanas, who operate in the Northern Cape and Western Cape

Covid-10 toolkit

Business Support and Retention during COVID-19 Pandemic

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ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES AND ASSET MANAGEMENT

Enterprise and Investment Department Investment Facilitation

Date: 26th March 2020

To: Members of the Business Community of Cape Town

Subject: Business Support and Retention during COVID-19 Pandemic

The City of Cape Town through its Business Support programs continues to commit resources to creating and maintaining an enabling business environment. During these trying times, the City would like to remain responsive to the needs of its Business Community.

To do so effectively we are asking business to provide us with information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their operations by completing the attached questionnaire. The information will be kept confidential and will only be reported on at an aggregate level. Specific issues that you indicate that you would like to be addressed will be shared with relevant line departments and our partners in Provincial and National government.

Please email the completed questionnaire to Mr. Gerschwin Williams (contact details below) on or before Wednesday 08th April 2020.

Should you have any queries, please direct them to anyone of the following members of the Investment Facilitation Unit:

Mr. Gerschwin Williams Head: Investment Facilitation Unit (Atlantis) Gerschwin.williams@capetown.gov.za Cell – 078 6733 997

Tim Hadingham Manager: Investment Facilitation timothy.hadingham@capetown.gov.za Cell – 084 583 9510

Winston Richards Business Retention Officer Cell – 072 902 1691

Chris Hewett Principal Investment Facilitation Officer christopher.hewett@capetown.gov.za Cell – 084 927 3794

Ms. Makeya Karlie Business Retention Officer) Cell – 079 518 0406

We look forward to your response and the opportunity to continue being of assistance.

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Food and financial donations during Covid-19

Paper Cup Standing By The Handmade Sign Of A Homeless And Hungry ...

The GSCID Social Outreach Division has been very busy over these last few days of #lockdown providing three meals a day to the homeless within the GSCID precinct. The meals are supplied to the homeless wherever they are located within the GSCID boundaries.

Many interested parties have expressed an interest in assisting and donating towards the feeding initiative. A bank account has set up to cater to this need during Covid 19 lockdown.

Should you wish to donate financially, the GSCID has opened a bank account specifically for this cause. Details are below. Please be sure to include the reference Social Donation.

Bank: ABSA, Account Name: GSCID, Account Number: 4077129340, Reference: Social Donation

Alternatively, if you wish to donate non-perishable foodstuffs, soap and the like, kindly contact the GSCID’s Social Outreach Manager, Ingrid Frieslaar, on 074 602 8213 and she will arrange for collection following the necessary precautionary protocols.

Fraudulent applications as essential services

Covid-19 – ‘kansvatters’ durinlast few days of #lockdown

Pubs and restaurants contravene lockdown rules

The CIPC says certain companies not designated essential services have either fraudulently or negligently applied for such status

31 MARCH 2020 – 12:47 BEKEZELA PHAKATHI

Several pubs, taverns and restaurants have been found to have either fraudulently or negligently applied to be designated essential services providers, the department of trade and industry said on Tuesday.

SA started a three-week-long nationwide lockdown on Friday morning in a bid to contain the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Under the lockdown regulations, only essential services providers main remain operational.

The list includes heath practitioners; staff and service providers responsible for the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity; security personnel; agricultural and food supply-related operations; retailers, wholesalers, and spaza shops; financial services; government officials and the media.

Last week, trade and industry minister Ebrahim Patel announced that all businesses that would be allowed to provide essential services were required to seek approval from the department. Such businesses need to apply to the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) bizportal website at www.bizportal.gov.za and obtain a certificate that allows them to continue trading.

On Tuesday, the department said during the course of its review of the essential service list of applications, the CIPC established that certain companies not designated as essential services had either fraudulently or negligently applied.

“The CIPC, upon review, has established that pubs, taverns, restaurants, fast-food places, pizza parlours and the like have registered to continue operating during the lockdown, in violation of the applicable regulations as per the essential service list. These businesses are not eligible to continue operating during the lockdown period in terms of the regulations and directions issued by government,” the department said in statement.

The businesses in the CIPC database that are not eligible to continue operations during the lockdown have had their certificates cancelled and will be handed over to the SA Police Services for further investigation and potential prosecution.
“Any business that is not authorised to continue operating during the lockdown in terms of the applicable regulations and directions should cease operations with immediate effect.”

The department said it had made it clear when the automated certificate was issued by the CIPC, that the provision thereof was based on information provided by the registered company itself, and that possession of the certificate does not in itself automatically constitute the right to continue operating during the lockdown period.

The operation of any essential service is subject to full compliance with the applicable lockdown rules and that the company falls within the scope of essential services as defined in the regulations, the department said.

“In a number of cases, companies have applied and received essential service certificates without compliance with the regulated conditions. It is a criminal offence for any business to continue operating during the lockdown period if it is not providing an essential service, as defined in the applicable regulations and direction, unless such business can be operated using work-from-home arrangements.

“It is also a criminal offence for any business which misrepresents the nature of its operations in order to obtain a CIPC certificate,” the department said.

Directives and the rules iro issuing travel permits which must be adhered to and also what businesses must provide should they qualify to be open.

GSCID COVID 19 Contamination Plan

Update as at 24 March 2020

21 Day Lock down Announced
Starting: Thursday Midnight
Ends for now: 16 April 2020

Replay of address by President Cyril Ramaphosa

Infections have increased 6 fold in eight days from 61 to 402

Drastic measures required to curb the rapid rise

Every citizen must adhere to all regulations without exception

New measures announced :

1. Nationwide lockdown for 21 days from midnight Thursday 26 March

2. All citizens must stay home

3. Emergency, health and security workers are exempt.

4. Workers involved in production of essential goods, banking staff and SASSA are exempt.

5. All shops will be closed except supermarkets, pharmacies and financial institutes including the JSE

6. No one is to leave home except under exceptional circumstances such as buying food, banking, seeking medical assistance or going to work under the exempt sectors.

7. Delivery of food and essential services will be exempt

7. Anyone arriving from overseas will placed in 14day quarantine.

Information resources for Coronavirus

THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNICABLE DISEASES (NICD) http://www.nicd.ac.za/

DESIGNATED TESTING FACILITIES

The following centres are designated testing facilities for COVID-19;

Testing at the centres below is R1200 (since all of them are private). It is free only at the selected government hospitals although they will still require a referral letter after a doctor’s full assessment .

WESTERN CAPE
CAPE TOWN – 2 Heide Street, Bloemhof,
CAPE TOWN – Brackenfell Medical Centre, Cnr Brackenfell & Old Paarl Road
CAPE TOWN – Cnr Longmarket & Parliament Street,
CAPE TOWN – Smartsurv House, Century City,
CAPE TOWN – 15 Paul Kruger Street, Durbanville,
Shop 9 De Kuilen Shopping Centre Carinus Street
CAPE TOWN – 7c Solway Street, Bellville West A,
CAPE TOWN – 91 Jan Smuts Dr, Pinelands, 7405,
CAPE TOWN – Rondebosch Medical Center, 95 Klipfontein Rd, Rondebosch,
1st Floor, Room 4 Harbour Bay Medical Centre
STELLENBOSCH – Trumali House, Trumali Street, Harringtons Place
SIR LOWRY’S PASS – Arun Place Block 6 Unit F, Cherrywood Gardens
STELLENBOSCH – Stellenbosch Oewerpark Suite 12A Rokewood Road, Die Boord,

How soap kills the Coronavirus

New legislation

Please see below the new legislation put in place to help us as a nation to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We are appealing to all organisations within Subcouncil 20 to assist us in ensuring that this legislation is abided. By helping us monitor the trading hours of liquor outlets during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Liquor Sales, Licensing and the coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS:
BARS, SHEBEENS TO CLOSE AT 6PM

Under the new regulations which come into effect immediately, the establishments can only re-open at 9AM.
EWN – 19 March 2020 –

The Cooperative Governance Ministry has announced strict new measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus (covid-19) ordering all bars, shebeens and some restaurants to close at 6pm.

Under the new regulations which come into effect immediately, the establishments can only re-open at 9AM.
The rules relate to outlets where alcohol is both purchased and consumed.
These establishments are not allowed to host more than 50 people at the same time.

South Africa has 116 cases of the coronavirus and is currently under a state of disaster with schools closed, travel restricted and many working from home as a form of social distancing.
With the number of cases rising in the country, government is taking stricter measures to combat coronavirus.

All bars, shebeens and some restaurants are now banned from selling alcohol after 6pm.

The government says for the duration of the state of disaster no liquor license approvals or permits for special events will be issued.

Failure to adhere to these rules may result in a fine or jail time for up to 6 months.

Public transport precautionary measures

The city of Cape Town’s transport directorate on Tuesday said it would implement several precautionary measures at public transport interchanges, minibus-taxi facilities, MyCiTi stations and on MyCiTi buses in an effort to curb the fast spreading Covid-19 virus.

A minibus taxi passes aMyCiTi bus station on the Cape Flats. File picture: Phando Jikelo/African News Agency (ANA)

https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/coronavirus-precautionary-measures-to-be-implemented-on-public-transport-in-cape-town-45092264?fbclid=IwAR028jT21ZS6K6qHKvxmb460_Wuh7nrFoEIjuGOI_bODj_2LS_zAdRwAfEw

Special shopping hours introduced for pensioners at Pick n Pay

http://www.capetalk.co.za/…/special-shopping-hours-introduc…Pick n Pay has launched a special pensioners shopping hour every Wednesday for shoppers over 65.