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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.
The lockdown will be in effect from midnight on March 26 to midnight on April 16
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 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
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
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
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:
o To obtain application forms and all relevant details , please send an email to infoTERS@labour.gov.za
o Companies must send an application for TERS to the CCMA (applications should be sent to MosaB@ccma.org.za)
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.