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HOW TO ACCESS: Business Partner Grant & Loan Facilities Now available for Covid-19 Relief

The Business Partner SUKUMA Program has been launched. Grants for Sole Proprietors and Businesses - Sole Proprietors, Close Corporations, Partnerships and Trusts as well as generous Business Loans for those businesses in-distress.

Companies providing Essential Services During the Coronavirus Shutdown

What the regulations say about Essential Services, how to proceed as an essential service and under what circumstances a company can be prosecuted.

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National lockdown

The lockdown will be in effect from midnight on March 26 to midnight on April 16

Click here for the Government Rules and Regulations around the Shutdown

Advice for Businesses

Learnerships and YES in the time of COVID-19

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 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 an d 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.

Relief Fund for Business

Relief Fund Measures for Businesses - Covid 19 - 25 March 2020

Notice on Compensation for Occupationally-acquired Corona Virus 

Notice on Compensation for Occupationally-acquired Novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) under Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act, Act 130 of 1993 as amended

Download the notice here

UIF Benefits

The Minister of Employment and Labour has announced measures that the Department will put in place to contain the spread of the Corona virus (COVID-19) and its impact on UIF contributors.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund will compensate affected workers through its existing the Illness and Reduced Work Time benefits.

Download the Easy-Aid Guide for Employers for UIF Benefits
The guide is applicable to all employers who are registered with UIF and make monthly contributions as required by the Contributions Act of 2002.

Directive by the Minister of Employment andLabour in terms of Regulation 10 (8) issued by the Minister of CooperativeGovernance and Traditional Affairs in terms Of Section 27 (2) of the DisasterManagement Act, 2002 (Act No. 57 of 2002)

During the lockdown, your company has the following options regarding staff and UIF:

Option 1:

  • Companies that are able to continue their operations remotely should do so.
  • Normal pay.
  • Company must ensure they have a monitoring of performance and output.

Option 2:

  • Work from home and partial pay / temporary change to employees terms and conditions
  • This must be agreed to before Thursday at midnight. Normal procedural requirements must apply to implement short time or lay offs until Thursday midnight.  Must be group via telecom if possible. Should not consult individually.
  • Should employees not agree, then company can “temporarily suspend” the terms and conditions.
  • For example, a non-exempt company may continue operations but working hours / salaries will change, so for the lockdown, we will temporarily suspend (change) terms and conditions.

Option 3:

  • Complete shutdown of business as a result of the lockdown
  • No work no pay. 
  • Inform employees, no S189/ A as the employer and employee are NOT refusing to work, it is result of lockdown, so no procedure.
  • Employment relationship is suspended.
  • If companies wish to pay out annual leave, move compulsory shutdown (as long as shutdown is not as per collective or sectoral agreement), pay out bonus now (on agreement) they can implement

Government assistance:

  • Where a Company shuts down for a certain period or implements Reduced or Short Time. UIF benefits payable is the difference between what employer pays and normal UIF benefits payable should an employee lose employment (see documents from the Department of Labour (DOL))
    • UI19 and UI2.7 (completed by Employer)
    • UI 2.1 b
    • UI 2.8 (bank form completed by the bank)
    • A letter from the Employer confirming Reduced Work Time is due to the Corona Virus
    • Copy of ID document 
    • Steps:
  1. Make copies of Ui 2.8 (confirmation of employee bank account) and provide to the employees with the requirement that they return the signed copies asap.
  2. You then need to complete the following forms (make sure the employee signs where required)
  3. Ui19
  4. Ui 2.7
  5. Ui2.1
  6. You need to prepare a letter for each employee confirming the lay-off, please find attached
  7. You need to have a copy of each employees’ ID Book.
  8. Scan a set of each employees’ documents and send by email to the relevant Department of Labour. One employees’ document set per email is probably best, with the subject header Application for Benefits “employee name and ID Number”. Where possible include the employees email address in the address bar so that they get a copy at the same time.
  9. Print the sent email (as proof) and put with the rest of the documents. Give a copy of the entire set to the employee if they weren’t on the email.  
  • Government is considering National Disaster Benefit which could be paid to employees (not yet confirmed)
  • There will be a tax subsidy for private sector employers under the Employment Tax Incentive (no procedure of how to apply)
  • Temporary reduction of employer and employee contributions to UIF and employer contribution to skills development (awaiting detail)
  • TERS (application process):
    • The distressed company will only be funded if it meets the key requirements of the UIF being:
  • Distressed company is able to demonstrate that it has been compliant with the relevant UIF legislation;
  • If not compliant, the distressed company undertakes to pay outstanding contributions and bring its declarations up to date within a stipulated timeframe;
  • The distressed company is able to demonstrate that it will/or has embarked upon a turnaround or sustainability programme which will result in job preservation at the expiry of the funding agreement; and
  • The distressed company will be able to meet its obligations in relation to the UIF legislation.

o   To obtain application forms and all relevant details , please send an email to

o   Companies must send an application for TERS to the CCMA (applications should be sent to

If you have a complaint against the police, these are the numbers to call

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (IPID) has issued emergency numbers for complaints against the police during the Covid-19 lockdown. IPID's services are still ongoing during the lockdown, spokesperson Sontaga Seisa said. A limited number of investigators are on standby in all nine provinces, and provincial management will ensure that their work continues.

The numbers to lay a complaint against the police are:

Eastern Cape: 082 592 9888;

Free State: 063 225 6081;

Gauteng: 076 455 5718;

Limpopo: 078 871 4811;

KwaZulu-Natal: 079 895 2741;

Mpumalanga: 072 881 4196;

Northern Cape:  064 624 8203;

North West: 078 163 6874;

Western Cape: 073 890 1269. 


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